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Sunday, June 26, 2022

Community briefs: Atherton town manager gets pay bump, scholarship winners announced and more

In this week's community briefs, Atherton town manager gets a raise, student scholarship news, new paster in Woodside and more.

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Saturday, June 25, 2022

Up close and personal: 2022 Peninsula Photo Contest winners bring focus to obscure moments

Whether viewing the world from underwater or using a flash to illuminate everyday objects in a new way, the winning images in this year's contest bring unique insight to life's otherwise ordinary moments.

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Friday, June 24, 2022

After burning for more than three days, the Edgewood Fire is 98% contained

After burning for over three days, firefighters on Friday said the Edgewood Fire in the Emerald Hills area of Woodside and Redwood City is almost completely contained.

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Santa Clara, San Mateo counties officials vow support for out-of-state patients seeking abortions

Elected officials in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties vowed to protect women's rights to abortion and reproductive health care after the Supreme Court voted Friday to overturn Roe v. Wade.

Friday, 4:32 PM | No comments yet
'It was crazy.' Emerald Hills residents watched flames erupt just a few hundred feet away

Locals packed up kids, dogs and even horses when the Edgewood Fire prompted evacuation orders on Tuesday. Emerald Hills returned to a neighborhood dusted with a bright pink coating of fire retardant.

Friday, 12:02 PM | No comments yet
Supreme Court overturns federal abortion rights

The U.S. Supreme Court reversed the court's Roe v. Wade decision granting women the federal right to an abortion in the United States on Friday. The decision sends authority to regulate abortion back to the states.

Friday, 10:35 AM | 4 comments
Small towns budgets rise amid planning for housing, greater staffing needs

Planning for growth is costing towns more than in past years.

Friday, 9:25 AM | No comments yet
After Roe: What happens to abortion in California?

Now that the Supreme Court has overturned the Roe decision, here are key takeaways of what to expect for abortion in California. They include the politics, more legislation and a possible influx of out-of-state patients.

Friday, 8:39 AM | 1 comment

Thursday, June 23, 2022

First probable monkeypox case found in Santa Clara County

A suspected case of monkeypox virus is under investigation in Santa Clara County, the Public Health Department said in a statement on Thursday.

Thursday, 4:06 PM | No comments yet
How to get your under-5 child vaccinated against COVID-19

After a long wait, COVID-19 vaccine shots starting going into the arms and thighs of 6-month to 5-year-olds locally on Tuesday, June 21, but you won't find it at San Mateo County-run mass vaccination clinics.

Thursday, 10:19 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Bill to remove police radio encryption faces pushback

A bill authored by state Sen. Josh Becker that would restore media access to police radio communications got past the Assembly Public Safety on Tuesday. Even supporters, however, warned that the bill's fate remains far from certain.

Wednesday, 11:24 AM | No comments yet
Update: Stanford cancels classes through Friday due to power outage

A power failure caused by damage to transmission equipment from the Edgewood Fire in San Mateo County has caused Stanford University to cancel classes through Friday, according to the university.

Wednesday, 10:51 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Fire near Edgewood Park now 90% contained

A brush fire that grew to over 20 acres in an area between Woodside, Redwood City and Edgewood Park Tuesday afternoon is now 90% contained, Cal Fire fire officials said Thursday.

Tuesday, 4:28 PM | 1 comment
Stanford researchers link COVID brain fog to 'chemo brain'

Patients experiencing COVID-19 brain fog suffer from the same sort of excessive inflammation and damage to nerves in the brain as patients with "chemo brain," a new study by Stanford University and Yale University scientists has found.

Tuesday, 11:52 AM | No comments yet
Draft housing element would bring multifamily housing to Atherton

Atherton officials have released a draft of the town's updated housing element, which plans for the development of hundreds of additional homes over the next eight years.

Tuesday, 11:49 AM | No comments yet
It's showtime: Stanford Theatre to reopen on July 9

Peninsula film lovers will soon be able to once again catch a classic movie and hear the Wurlitzer play when the downtown Palo Alto movie palace reopens on July 9 after a more than two-year closure.

Tuesday, 9:55 AM | No comments yet

Monday, June 20, 2022

Justin Murphy announced as Menlo Park's new city manager

The Menlo Park City Council unanimously picked interim city manager Justin Murphy as the new city manager at a closed session council meeting, Friday, June 17.

Monday, 11:26 AM | No comments yet
Two youths arrested for homicide of 15-year-old in East Palo Alto

Two boys were arrested on Thursday for the fatal shooting of a 15-year-old boy in East Palo Alto on June 13. A semi-automatic pistol with an extended magazine was found at one of the homes.

Monday, 9:37 AM | 2 comments

Sunday, June 19, 2022

Environmental impact report released for SF to SJ section of high-speed rail

The environmental impact report for the San Francisco to San Jose section of California's high-speed rail finds the preferred alternative
would displace 14 residential units and three community facilities.

Sunday, 8:39 AM | 2 comments

Saturday, June 18, 2022

Guest opinion: Civility is under siege in Portola Valley

The worldwide trend of populist resentment of government seems to have arrived in Portola Valley.

Saturday, 8:51 AM | 4 comments

Friday, June 17, 2022

Incumbent San Mateo County sheriff concedes to challenger Christina Corpus

Conceding the primary race, incumbent Sheriff Carlos Bolanos congratulated his opponent Christina Corpus Thursday after early, non-certified results continued to show she had a steady, solid lead that began on election night.

Friday, 5:02 PM | 3 comments
Counties prepare for COVD-19 rollout for children ages 6 months to 5 years

COVID-19 vaccinations for children ages 6 months to 5 years old could be available locally as soon as Tuesday, pending final approval by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Friday, 3:49 PM | No comments yet
Santa Clara County ready to give COVID vaccinations to children 5 and under

COVID-19 vaccinations for children ages 6 months to 5 years old could be available as soon as Tuesday, pending final approval by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Santa Clara County Public Health leaders said on Friday.

Friday, 1:46 PM | No comments yet
Redefining downtowns: Cities bank on 1970s planning tool to bring in new housing

Many cities on the Peninsula and around the Bay Area that are relying on precise plans to transform their downtowns. Those who have successfully implemented such plans agree that the key to making them work is a lot of effort upfront.

Friday, 11:39 AM | No comments yet
Community briefs: Mueller leading in county supervisors race, new M-A coach named and more

In this week's community briefs, Mueller leads county supervisors race, new water polo coach named, Hillview students win French honors and more.

Friday, 10:49 AM | No comments yet
College district receives nearly half million dollars to support formerly and currently incarcerated students

The Rising Scholars Network has granted the San Mateo County Community College District $480,000 to support formerly and currently incarcerated students in the district through Project Change.

Friday, 9:13 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, June 16, 2022

Menlo Park budget lays out a big bump in spending for the coming year

New playground equipment and bike and pedestrian safety are part of a big jump in city spending as the Menlo Park City Council gave direction on the proposed 2022-23 budget at a Tuesday, June 14 meeting.

Thursday, 6:49 PM | No comments yet
Atherton welcomes the community to its new library

Atherton Mayor Rick DeGolia counted down from 10 before kids ran through a red "Welcome" banner held in front of the doors of the new $19.1 million Atherton Library to mark its opening on June 4.

Thursday, 11:05 AM | 5 comments
California legislators want to help you buy a house with down payment, 'shared equity'

California legislators propose a $1-billion-a-year down payment program for first-time buyers, given the high cost of housing and rising mortgage interest rates, in exchange for a partial stake.

Thursday, 10:31 AM | No comments yet
Palo Alto PE teacher charged with sexually assaulting student in 2001

A Palo Alto Unified School District physical education teacher has been charged with sexual assault on a female student over 20 years ago, police said Wednesday afternoon.

Thursday, 9:57 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Pending approval, San Mateo County could begin vaccinating kids 4 and under next week

San Mateo County health providers are ready to provide vaccinations for children six months through 4 years old, pending approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Wednesday, 11:53 AM | No comments yet
East Palo Alto Senior Center to reopen after two-year COVID-19 hiatus

The East Palo Alto Senior Center will be reopening on Friday, June 17, after shutting down for two years during the COVID-19 pandemic, city officials announced.

Wednesday, 11:26 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Portola Valley residents create a PAC to unseat Town Council incumbents in battle over housing plan

Amid tensions over the town's housing plans, a group is suing Portola Valley for alleged violations of the state's open meeting law, and a political action committee has formed to defeat three incumbent council members in November.

Tuesday, 5:38 PM | 34 comments
New regional trail to connect open spaces in San Mateo, Santa Clara counties

Work on a regional trail project that would link open spaces between San Mateo and Santa Clara counties will begin on July 13 and continue through the end of October thanks to $272,711 approved by Santa Clara County supervisors.

Tuesday, 11:55 AM | No comments yet
Find out the sites Portola Valley is proposing to put new housing on

Portola Valley's draft housing element is now available for review, detailing where city officials plan to allow for housing growth, including multifamily housing.

Tuesday, 11:53 AM | No comments yet
Ravenswood's $110 million school bond measure set to pass

Ravenswood City School District's bond measure has 70% voter approval.

Tuesday, 11:24 AM | No comments yet
Boy, 15, dies in East Palo Alto shooting Monday night

A 15-year-old boy died in a shooting Monday night in East Palo Alto, according to police.

Tuesday, 11:06 AM | 1 comment

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