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San Mateo County Civil Grand Jury raises red flags with private defender program

San Mateo County's private defender program, which has less than half the budget of the District Attorney's office, needs...

Original post made on Sep. 16, 2020
Last comment by Bernie Lafayette, on Sep 17, 2020 at 6:04 pm | 2 comments | 4709 Views

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County supervisors approve grant program for small landlords

A program to assist small landlords financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic was approved Tuesday by San Mateo County...

Original post made on Sep. 16, 2020
Last comment by Observer, on Sep 16, 2020 at 12:06 pm | 1 comment | 1321 Views

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Sales tax would be 'game changer' for pandemic-hit Caltrain, board chair says

With few riders and ongoing tensions over its governance, Caltrain is asking voters to approve an eighth-cent sales tax...

Original post made on Sep. 3, 2020
Last comment by Menlo Voter., on Sep 7, 2020 at 9:53 am | 8 comments | 2208 Views

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Fire district candidates say race hinges on micromanagement versus progress

The race for a seat on the Menlo Park Fire Protection District board is heating up, with incumbents Virginia Chang Kiraly...

Original post made on Sep. 4, 2020
Last comment by Peter Carpenter, on Sep 6, 2020 at 3:41 pm | 7 comments | 449 Views

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Grand jury report finds few enrolled in SMC Alert system

A San Mateo County civil grand jury investigation found that as of October 2019, only 10.6% of the county's 765,000 residents...

Original post made on Aug. 25, 2020
Last comment by Lynne Bramlett, on Sep 5, 2020 at 10:54 am | 3 comments | 2381 Views

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Good intentions, hard consequences

How is it that, with the very best of intentions, we charge the poor so heavily for their own opportunities? Read the...

Original post made on Aug. 30, 2020
Last comment by Long Time Resident, on Sep 2, 2020 at 2:25 pm | 3 comments | 975 Views

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For a better educational experience, parents band together to create pandemic pods

As the new school year starts virtually, a booming number of parents are forming a separate but parallel educational experience...

Original post made on Aug. 28, 2020
Last comment by charlie jones, on Aug 28, 2020 at 1:33 pm | 1 comment | 2887 Views

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CZU Fires: Our guide to stay informed, find resources and help out

Here's our guide to help you stay informed, receive help or provide support during the CZU fires. Read the full story here...

Original post made on Aug. 28, 2020
Last comment by Localmom, on Aug 28, 2020 at 12:21 pm | 1 comment | 2659 Views

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Governor: 'Historic' wildfires in California burn 1.2 million acres

Along with an unprecedented health crisis, California is currently experiencing wildfires of "historic" magnitude, Gov. Gavin...

Original post made on Aug. 25, 2020
Last comment by Kendall Ryan, on Aug 25, 2020 at 5:32 pm | 3 comments | 1430 Views

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Out-of-control wildfires grow to 40,000 acres in San Mateo, Santa Cruz counties

Wildfires blazing in Santa Cruz and San Mateo counties, dubbed the CZU August Lightning Complex fires, have merged and spread...

Original post made on Aug. 21, 2020
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Fearing 'election theft in progress,' Eshoo shows support for Postal Service

Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, held a press conference on Tuesday morning to address what she labeled as the Trump...

Original post made on Aug. 19, 2020
Last comment by Jon Castor, on Aug 19, 2020 at 6:30 pm | 4 comments | 1769 Views

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Smoke prompts air quality advisory through Wednesday

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued a Spare the Air alert for Tuesday and Wednesday because of smoke...

Original post made on Aug. 19, 2020
Last comment by Meg, on Aug 19, 2020 at 2:18 am | 1 comment | 4361 Views

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Layoffs, furloughs and service reductions: County courts announce cuts due to pandemic's effect on budget

San Mateo County Superior Court on Wednesday announced furloughs, layoffs and a slew of service reductions due to an estimated...

Original post made on Aug. 11, 2020
Last comment by James Madison, on Aug 11, 2020 at 12:25 pm | 1 comment | 2164 Views

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Guest opinion: Why is COVID-19 spreading so rampantly? Here are three factors to consider.

In an op-ed in the July 24 issue, San Mateo County Health Officer Dr. Scott Morrow writes about factors that are contributing...

Original post made on Jul. 25, 2020
Last comment by Peter Carpenter, on Aug 10, 2020 at 10:24 am | 24 comments | 6058 Views

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Stepping back from the brink

On May 26, Menlo Park Mayor Cecilia Taylor joined Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, and 44 other U.S. cities and signed a proclamation...

Original post made on Jul. 31, 2020
Last comment by Vera Michalchik, on Aug 2, 2020 at 5:56 pm | 6 comments | 710 Views

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Guest opinion: Recognize the progress of high-speed rail project

In an op-ed for CalMatters that ran in the July 17 issue, state Sens. Jim Beall and Scott Wiener write about the progress...

Original post made on Jul. 22, 2020
Last comment by Ed Kahl, on Jul 30, 2020 at 2:27 pm | 25 comments | 4503 Views

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Rep. Eshoo, mental health advocates push for suicide prevention legislation

The House Energy and Commerce Committee recently passed three bills related to suicide prevention, which Rep. Anna Eshoo...

Original post made on Jul. 28, 2020
Last comment by acomfort, on Jul 28, 2020 at 5:22 pm | 1 comment | 2360 Views

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Letters to the editor: Proposition 15, protecting salt ponds, women in office

Letters to the editor on protecting local salt ponds, Proposition 15 and women in office. Read the full story here https://www.almanacnews.com/news/2020/07/26/letters-to-the-editor...

Original post made on Jul. 26, 2020
Last comment by Jes' sayin', on Jul 27, 2020 at 7:29 pm | 2 comments | 2412 Views

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Portola Valley council approves George Floyd resolution

The Portola Valley Town Council on June 24 followed up on its work to engage the community about police reform and racial...

Original post made on Jul. 21, 2020
Last comment by charlie jones, on Jul 21, 2020 at 2:17 pm | 1 comment | 2779 Views

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Coronavirus central: Total of Latino/Hispanic residents with virus in San Mateo County nearly doubles other races

The coronavirus continues to take its toll on the Midpeninsula. On Wednesday, Santa Clara County reported 2,688 cases and...

Original post made on May. 28, 2020
Last comment by acomfort, on Jul 21, 2020 at 12:57 pm | 5 comments | 35819 Views
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