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East Palo Alto's COVID-19 positivity rate triples the county's, raising concerns among city officials
East Palo Alto city officials are concerned about the city's COVID-19 positivity rate of 15.4%, more than three times higher than the San Mateo County average of 4.1%. Monday, 4:22 PM

With new deal, communities seek to cement partnership on land use concerns
After banding over shared concerns about Stanford University's growth plan, city and county officials in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties are preparing to sign a "Land Use Compact" that would sustain the newly forged partnership. Monday, 1:35 PM

High school superintendent Mary Streshly announces resignation amid calls for district to fire her
More than a month after Sequoia Union High School District's teachers union and 22 principals and top administrators called for her firing, Superintendent Mary Streshly is resigning, district officials announced Friday. Friday, 6:39 PM | 8 comments

As U.S. threatens WeChat ban, local Chinese Americans face loss of tool that's become integral to their lives
The Chinese-owned mobile app WeChat, which has been the main communications lifeblood for local Chinese Americans, could see a mass exodus of its users after the U.S. Department of Commerce threatened to ban it from mobile app stores. Monday, 10:30 AM

High schools will stay online for second quarter of the fall
Students in the Sequoia Union High School district will continue learning at home for the rest of the fall semester due to COVID-19, the district announced in a statement Friday. Saturday, 4:19 PM

Former longtime Ladera resident celebrates centennial birthday
Last week, a small number of friends and relatives made their way to Aptos to celebrate the 100th birthday of Jean Rusmore, a former longtime Ladera resident and author of popular local hiking guides. Saturday, 10:17 AM | 1 comments

Guest opinion: A helping hand for residents in need during COVID-19
In an op-ed in the Sept. 18 issue, Trinity Church volunteer Laurie Hunter recognizes the volunteer work of Lucile Spurlock, an 88-year-old who is a regular driver for "Trinity Tuesdays, Season of Gleaning." Sunday, 8:30 AM

Modified downtown street closures to last through February
A pilot program to close some areas of Santa Cruz Avenue and allow restaurants and retailers to spread onto the sidewalks and parking areas has been extended through the end of February, per a Sept. 8 City Council decision. Friday, 9:21 AM | 4 comments

Inspired by family tragedy, Atherton siblings create book to teach kids about COVID-19
Siblings Sophia and Sean Nesamoney have written a children's book which explains the coronavirus pandemic to young children. Friday, 10:01 AM

Cal Fire opens more CZU wildfire areas to repopulation
Most fire evacuation zones in San Mateo and Santa Cruz counties can be repopulated, as Cal Fire removed additional evacuation warnings on Wednesday.
Friday, 11:36 AM

Menlo Park to launch study of municipal water rates
Menlo Park is due to start a new a five-year rate study for its water system, which could increase water rates in the future for households that receive water from the Menlo Park Municipal Water District. Friday, 11:25 AM

High school district board candidate drops out of race, citing need for more 'voices of color'
Jacqui Cebrian, a candidate for the Sequoia Union High School District school board Trustee Area E, has announced that she is dropping out in order to support candidate Shawneece Stevenson instead. Wednesday, 6:28 PM | 3 comments

Woodside: Council passes commercial leaf blower ordinance
At its Sept. 8 meeting, the Woodside Town Council voted 6-1 to adopt an ordinance limiting the hours that commercial leaf blowers can be used to the town's construction hours. Thursday, 11:32 AM | 3 comments

Local astronomers weigh in on new research that hints at possible life on Venus
A landmark study published this week found a chemical suspended in the clouds of Venus that could be early proof of life on a planet previously thought to be uninhabitable. Wednesday, 12:29 PM | 3 comments

Project for new Belle Haven community center moves forward
The Facebook-funded proposal to build a new community center in Belle Haven moved forward Tuesday night, when the Menlo Park City Council approved a term sheet, concept design and timeline to review the project. Wednesday, 10:47 AM | 2 comments

Coronavirus central: San Mateo County case total tops 9,500
On Monday, Santa Clara County reported a total of 20,511 cases, 297 deaths and 109 people hospitalized; San Mateo County had a total of 9,598 cases, 143 deaths and 35 people hospitalized as of Sunday. Monday, 6:18 PM | 5 comments

Virtual meeting on Portola Valley fire station renovation plans
The Woodside Fire Protection District is holding a virtual neighborhood meeting starting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16, to present plans to renovate fire Station 8, located at 135 Portola Road in Portola Valley. Wednesday, 10:13 AM

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 supervisors. Grants would cover 80% of landlords' rent losses from April to August.
Wednesday, 11:50 AM | 1 comments

Palo Alto faces lawsuit over 'residents-only' policy at Foothills Park
A group of civil rights organizations and residents filed a lawsuit against Palo Alto on Tuesday in a bid to repeal a contentious law that bans non-Palo Altans from visiting Foothills Park unless accompanied by a city resident. Tuesday, 4:51 PM | 2 comments

How to help the homeless and housing-insecure in the pandemic? Local leaders compare tactics
A panel of local leaders convened Saturday to share their advice on how to help the homeless and housing insecure through the pandemic as the end of the statewide eviction moratorium draws closer. Tuesday, 11:04 AM

Obituaries: David Lee Kreutner
This week in obituaries, read about the life of David Lee Kreutner, 79. Friday, 11:52 AM

Rangers fighting CZU fires see a silver lining for county parks
Two San Mateo County Parks Department employees describe how they've responded to the CZU Lightning Complex fires, which will alter the landscape of some of the Peninsula and South Bay's most iconic forests for the foreseeable future. Tuesday, 11:39 AM | 1 comments

Want to get to know your local candidates? Here's a calendar of election debates, forums
We've compiled a list of local election debates and forums taking place virtually for Midpeninsula voters ahead of the Nov. 3 election. Monday, 11:20 AM | 1 comments

Spare the Air alert issued for Saturday

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

Appeals court reverses injunction blocking removal of protected immigrant groups

By Wednesday, Bay Area will be under Spare the Air alerts for 30 consecutive days

Minimal flames and mop up: CZU Lightning fire is 89% contained

 

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