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Thursday, January 27, 2022

Menlo Park without the blare of train horns? Study of 'quiet zone' on Caltrain line moves forward

Menlo Park is officially exploring what it would take to establish a "quiet zone" along a section of the Caltrain corridor within -- and even beyond -- city limits.

Thursday, 11:31 AM | 1 comment
Bay Area law enforcement grapples with rise in 'ghost guns'

Officials in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties have reported a significant rise in "ghost guns" over the last few years. They're untraceable, illegal and too often in the hands of criminals.

Thursday, 11:17 AM | 1 comment
Downtown Menlo Park road closures are here to stay — for now

The street closures that have, for many residents, made downtown Menlo Park more pedestrian friendly amid the threat of COVID-19 are set to continue for the time being, despite concerns raised by several downtown retailers.

Thursday, 9:52 AM | 4 comments

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Newsom injects $6.1B to speed shift to zero-emission vehicles

Standing outside the Ford Greenfield Labs in Palo Alto on Wednesday, Gov. Gavin Newsom spoke about his vision for fast forwarding the state's zero-emissions economy and climate goals.

Wednesday, 2:21 PM | No comments yet
Even as COVID-19 cases plateau, San Mateo County health officials expect difficult weeks ahead

COVID-19 case rates in San Mateo County may be starting to plateau but San Mateo County Health Chief Louise Rogers said Tuesday that there may still be difficult weeks ahead with tremendous strain on hospitals.

Wednesday, 11:59 AM | No comments yet
Obituaries: A list of local residents who died recently

This week in obituaries, read about the lives of Björn Conrad, 81, Joshua Lange, 35, Robert Susk, 68, Frances Dickman, 80, and Marianne Ault-Riche, 74.

Wednesday, 11:14 AM | No comments yet
Menlo Park's troubled community engagement committee likely to remain in pared-down form

Menlo Park's Community Engagement and Outreach Committee, or CEOC, has had its fair share of challenges since its creation in May 2021. Here's how the council is trying to reform it.

Wednesday, 10:48 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

What's in the California paid sick leave deal for workers and businesses?

California workers will soon again have access to as much as two weeks paid time off for COVID-19-related sick leave, under a deal announced on Tuesday by the governor and legislative leaders.

Tuesday, 5:08 PM | No comments yet
John Arrillaga, one of Silicon Valley's top philanthropists, dies at 84

John Arrillaga, the billionaire philanthropist who helped develop the modern Silicon Valley before becoming one of its most prolific and generous donors, died Monday morning at the age of 84, his family announced.

Tuesday, 9:15 AM | 1 comment

Monday, January 24, 2022

$50K worth of jewelry, other items stolen from Atherton home

Someone stole $50,000 worth of jewelry and other items from a home in Atherton sometime over the last week, police said.

Monday, 2:18 PM | 3 comments

Sunday, January 23, 2022

Magical Bridge Foundation and East Palo Alto seek community feedback on upcoming playground

The nonprofit behind the new Magical Bridge Playground in East Palo Alto is holding virtual community engagement meetings to gather community input for the 7-acre space at Bell Street Park.

Sunday, 9:32 AM | No comments yet

Saturday, January 22, 2022

Family sues Stanford University, fraternity over son's fentanyl death

The family of a Stanford University student who died from an accidental fentanyl overdose in January 2020 has filed a lawsuit against the university and the fraternity to which he belonged.

Saturday, 9:10 AM | No comments yet

Friday, January 21, 2022

Ravenswood district in talks to lease two of its properties

The Ravenswood City School District hopes to finalize longterm lease agreements to develop two of its sites and use the revenue to fund recent raises for teachers.

Friday, 4:35 PM | 4 comments
On new Portola Valley mayor's plate in 2022: housing, fire safety and improving communication with residents

PV Mayor Craig Hughes is planning for new housing, safety element work and more in 2022.

Friday, 11:11 AM | No comments yet
Community briefs: Vaccine clinic offers $50 bonus, omicron impacting garbage service, tsunami relief and more

Leaf blower restrictions, upcoming vaccine clinics, volunteers sought for homeless count and more in this week's community briefs.

Friday, 9:09 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, January 20, 2022

Downtown Menlo Park development signs up notable San Francisco eateries as tenants

Coming soon to downtown Menlo Park's Springline development: Burmese cuisine, a brewery, a new coffee shop, an Italian restaurant and market, and a cafe/wine bar.

Thursday, 5:50 PM | No comments yet
Glass door smashed in Atherton's fifth burglary of 2022

Atherton police reported the fifth burglary of the year on Thursday, after someone reportedly smashed a glass door to break into a home on Selby Lane.

Thursday, 3:20 PM | 2 comments
COVID-19 cases ease at local high schools, rise slightly at elementary schools

Menlo Park middle schooler Isaac Chen woke up to a sore throat, took a rapid test and was surprised to find he had COVID-19. He's part of a spike at local schools, though data shows case rates are starting to slow among older students.

Thursday, 11:37 AM | No comments yet
Body of missing Stanford nurse found near Dumbarton Bridge

A search effort for a Stanford Hospital nurse who disappeared on Tuesday ended on Thursday with the discovery of his body, the Alameda County Coroner's Bureau has confirmed.

Thursday, 9:54 AM | No comments yet
Newsom's $50 million opioids education pledge comes as colleges warn of risks

Gov. Gavin Newsom proposed spending $50 million on youth opioids education, funding that comes as colleges are grappling with how to best protect students and train them in overdose prevention.

Thursday, 9:53 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Deputies seeking suspect after burglar shatters window in Portola Valley

The San Mateo County Sheriff's Office is still seeking a suspect who broke into a home in Portola Valley's Westridge neighborhood on Dec. 31.

Wednesday, 11:56 AM | No comments yet
Man arrested on suspicion of firing shots in North Fair Oaks

A 38-year-old man was arrested late Sunday night on suspicion of firing a gun in the unincorporated area of North Fair Oaks, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.

Wednesday, 11:11 AM | No comments yet
Elderly women robbed at gunpoint while lunching at Stanford Shopping Center

A man who pointed a handgun at two elderly women stole their purses on Tuesday outside True Food Kitchen, according to police.

Wednesday, 10:35 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Scammer impersonating deputy, Sheriff's Office warns

The San Mateo County Sheriff's Office is alerting the public to a financial scam involving a person who is claiming to be a deputy. The person is using the name of an actual deputy sheriff to extract money from victims.

Tuesday, 5:44 PM | No comments yet
Atherton couple grateful for community support after burglars cause $1 million in damage

After burglars broke into their home and damaged a faucet, causing flooding while they were away on vacation, an Atherton couple lost $20,000 in valuables, $1 million in structural repair costs and some of their sense of security.

Tuesday, 11:07 AM | 5 comments
Here's what's changed as California's new COVID workplace rules go into effect

Updated COVID-19 workplace rules went into effect on Friday. Several of the changes increase protections for vaccinated workers.

Tuesday, 9:11 AM | 1 comment

Monday, January 17, 2022

Amid low COVID vaccine rates, more California children hospitalized in omicron surge

The number of California children diagnosed with COVID-19 during the omicron variant surge has "skyrocketed," challenging earlier notions that the coronavirus largely bypassed children.

Monday, 3:17 PM | No comments yet

Sunday, January 16, 2022

Outdoor gathering spaces, fire safety and housing are top of mind for new Woodside mayor

Woodside Mayor Dick Brown lays out his priorities for 2022.

Sunday, 9:21 AM | No comments yet

Saturday, January 15, 2022

$7 million in surplus COVID supplies damaged after being left outside amid rain

Roughly $7 million in surplus safety equipment and cleaning supplies at the San Mateo Event Center was damaged in recent months after being moved outside and remaining there during this winter's storms, San Mateo County officials said.

Saturday, 9:33 AM | 3 comments
Tsunami advisory issued for California coastal areas

Due to a volcanic eruption in the Tonga Islands, the National Tsunami Warning Center issued a tsunami advisory for California coastal areas Saturday morning.

Saturday, 9:17 AM | No comments yet
Guest opinion: Why electrification, now, is counter productive

In a guest opinion, Menlo Park resident Alexander Cannara touts nuclear power as a reliable clean energy source for California's drive to go all-electric.

Saturday, 9:01 AM | 41 comments

Friday, January 14, 2022

A call to action amid staffing shortage, as Sequoia district hit with over 1,000 COVID cases

With a limited number of substitutes available and staff members out because of COVID-19, Sequoia Union High School District officials are asking for help from the community and the government.

Friday, 5:11 PM | No comments yet
Community briefs: Blood donors needed, Portola Valley town hall closed, Las Lomitas hiring for part-time jobs

In this week's community briefs, Portola Valley town hall is closed, Las Lomitas hiring for part-time roles, rules loosened for substitute teachers, and blood donors needed.

Friday, 11:45 AM | No comments yet
Three burglaries reported in Atherton on Thursday

Burglars broke rear windows to get into homes in Atherton on the evening of Jan. 13. Two burglaries were reported in the West of Alameda neighborhood while the other took place on Selby Lane.

Friday, 11:39 AM | No comments yet
Betsy Nash, Menlo Park's new mayor, lays out her priorities for the year

Betsy Nash, Menlo Park's mayor for 2022, identified three key areas where she's hoping to use her role to make an impact: climate action, downtown revitalization and community outreach, she said in a recent interview.

Friday, 11:29 AM | 4 comments
Menlo Park: Council pays $3.9 million for parking lot to build new Caltrain crossing

A Menlo Park plan to build a Caltrain undercrossing at Middle Avenue moved forward Jan. 11 when the City Council voted to spend roughly $3.9 million to buy a parking lot deemed necessary for installing the bike and pedestrian ramp.

Friday, 9:42 AM | No comments yet

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