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Friday, September 30, 2022

Traffic alert: Los Altos Hills brush fire on southbound I-280

A brush fire has prompted the closure of lanes of southbound Interstate Highway 280 in the area of Los Altos Hills on Friday afternoon, according to the California Highway Patrol.

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PV Town Council hopefuls talk housing, wildfire risk at The Almanac's virtual forum

Portola Valley's five Town Council candidates answered hot button questions from The Almanac during an online forum Thursday night, taking on everything from housing and fire safety to civility in local politics.

Friday, 11:23 AM | No comments yet
Live forum to explore East Palo Alto City Council candidates' views

East Palo Alto City Council hopefuls include the incumbent mayor; a minister and coach; a former teacher; two self-employed business owners; a data scientist; and a proud graduate of public schools.

Friday, 10:57 AM | 1 comment
After a pandemic hiatus, Woodside Musical Theatre returns to the stage with 'Bright Star'

After going dark during the pandemic, Woodside Musical Theatre is back with a new name and new production, staging "Bright Star" two weekends in October at the Woodside High School Performing Arts Center.

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Thursday, September 29, 2022

At Google's campus, state and local leaders urge greater efforts to conserve water

A group of state and local officials gathered at Google's Mountain View campus Thursday to praise the Bay Area and tout the benefits of conservation as California faces the prospect of a fourth consecutive year of drought.

Thursday, 5:26 PM | 1 comment
SFO Airport worker strike ends after tentative deal reached

A strike involving San Francisco International Airport restaurant employees has ended after the workers' union reached an agreement with the airport's consortium of restaurants, union officials announced Thursday.

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Clerks in Menlo Park cited for selling alcohol to minors

Six clerks and servers in Menlo Park have been cited for the sale of alcohol to minors following a decoy operation by the California Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) and Menlo Park Police.

Thursday, 11:37 AM | 3 comments
Guest opinion: Remembering George Mader and the role of outsiders in Portola Valley

I was saddened, as were so many, to hear of the recent death of George Mader, Portola Valley's longtime and trailblazing Town Planner. But more than anything, I cannot help but reflect on George's life with happiness and inspiration.

Thursday, 11:03 AM | 2 comments
Caltrain plan to rebuild San Francisquito Bridge may upend Palo Alto's rail priorities

A proposal by Caltrain to replace the aged bridge over San Francisquito Creek at the Menlo Park border may force Palo Alto to speed up its plans for redesigning the Palo Alto Avenue rail crossing.

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Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Menlo Park City Council requests grant for pedestrian and bike safety

Menlo Park is seeking grants to help pay for roadway improvements that will boost bike and pedestrian safety, voting on Sept. 20 to submit two grant applications to the San Mateo County Transportation Authority.

Wednesday, 11:46 AM | 2 comments
Newsom signs abortion protections into law

California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a package of 12 bills Tuesday, establishing some of the strongest abortion protections in the nation -- a direct reaction to the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to overturn federal abortion guarantees.

Wednesday, 11:09 AM | No comments yet
Flying out of SFO? Better bring your own food

Nearly a thousand fast food workers went on strike at the San Francisco International Airport on Monday, causing many food establishments and lounges to shutter, said an airport workers' union.

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Sen. Becker holding virtual town hall meeting focusing on adolescent mental health

State Sen. Josh Becker will host a virtual "town hall" meeting Tuesday at noon, with experts to discuss ways to build mental health wellness in adolescents.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Federal grant will help pay rent for 15 foster youth in San Mateo County

San Mateo County will be able to help pay rent for 15 local young adults transitioning out of foster care, thanks to a federal grant of just over $340,000.

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Dramatic spike in abandoned huskies end up at local animal shelter, leaving many up for adoption

The Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA is experiencing a large spike in the number of husky and husky-mix dogs at their shelter, with 15 huskies and husky-mix dogs currently available for adoption.

Tuesday, 11:09 AM | No comments yet
Woodside planning director to retire at the end of October

Woodside Planning Director Jackie Young is stepping down from her role after 14 years, after playing a central role in developing the town's trajectory for growth under state housing mandates.

Tuesday, 10:23 AM | 1 comment

Monday, September 26, 2022

District attorney drops all felony charges against Indiana Batmobile-maker accused of theft

Two months after San Mateo County deputy sheriffs raided the workplace of an Indiana Batmobile-maker, drawing sharp criticism of Sheriff Carlos Bolanos, the district attorney's office has dropped all charges against the businessman.

Monday, 6:28 PM | 3 comments
Mental health workers reject Kaiser's latest contract offer to end strike

The union representing Kaiser Permanente mental health therapists about to enter their seventh week of striking said members "resoundingly rejected a contract offer" from Kaiser late Saturday night.

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Gavin Newsom signs bill aimed at reducing catalytic converter thefts

Gov. Gavin Newsom's office on Sunday announced Newsom has signed two bills aimed at cracking down on catalytic converter theft.

Monday, 10:12 AM | 1 comment
Climate activists take to Palo Alto streets to demand action from local politicians

With youth at the forefront, a group of 60 climate activists rallied in front of Palo Alto City Hall on Sept. 23 to demand that the city's elected officials take urgent action to address the global climate crisis.

Monday, 9:51 AM | No comments yet

Sunday, September 25, 2022

Gov. Newsom signs bill addressing state's wild pig problem

A bill addressing how to handle up to 400,000 wild pigs that are roaming across California has been signed into law by Gov. Gavin Newsom.

Sunday, 8:39 AM | No comments yet

Saturday, September 24, 2022

Community briefs: star party in PV, talk on helping kids develop emotional vocabulary and more

In this week's community briefs, Woodside Elementary's garden fest is back, PV to hold a star gazing party and more.

Saturday, 9:23 AM | No comments yet

Friday, September 23, 2022

The push for free community college gets a major showing, as hundreds call on Newsom to sign Becker's SB 893

Students and administrators showed up at Cañada College in Woodside on Thursday, Sept. 22, to demonstrate for free community college.

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Menlo Balance switches up messaging, calls Measure V a 'pro-teacher' ballot initiative as election approaches

Nicole Chessari and Tim Yaeger, co-founders of Menlo Balance, are changing up their campaigning in order to fight what they see as misconceptions surrounding Measure V, launching a pro-housing and pro-teachers platform.

Friday, 11:29 AM | 69 comments
Crime Briefs: men arrested for hunting deer in PV and man convicted of murder for EPA shooting

In this week's community briefs, San Mateo County Sheriff's deputies arrested two men for hunting and man convicted for 2011 EPA murder.

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County supervisor urges state investigate public closure of therapy pool

As residents continue to push for the public reopening of a therapeutic pool, San Mateo County Supervisor David Canepa has requested that the state investigate Sutter Health's use of federal stimulus funding.

Friday, 8:54 AM | 1 comment

Thursday, September 22, 2022

Portola Valley: Applications open for ADU ambassador program

To spur growth and keep track of the number of in-law units in town, Portola Valley is seeking two to four volunteers to promote accessory dwelling units (ADUs) " which make up about a third of the town's draft housing element.

Thursday, 11:22 AM | No comments yet
Atherton housing plan includes new housing at Menlo College. That won't happen unless the school raises $20 million

Menlo College would like to build 40 units of faculty and staff housing on site, but it's going to take millions to help finance the project.

Thursday, 10:59 AM | No comments yet
The holidays are coming to town: Menlo Park seeks to bring back city-run events this fall

Menlo Park's well-loved holiday traditions are returning for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began, with several council members making efforts to reinstate more community events at a Sept. 20 council meeting.

Thursday, 10:08 AM | 4 comments
Stanford purchases 759 apartments off Sand Hill Road

Seizing an unexpected opportunity to increase its housing options, Stanford has purchased Oak Creek Apartments, a 759-unit complex located on a prime piece of real estate on Sand Hill Road.

Thursday, 8:51 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Three Ravenswood candidates running as a slate

Two trustees and a teacher are joining forces on a slate for the Ravenswood City School District's governing board.

Wednesday, 11:49 AM | No comments yet
New Menlo College residence hall opens its doors to students

Although a little behind schedule, students began to move into a new, $20 million residence hall on the Menlo College campus on Friday, Sept. 16.

Wednesday, 11:35 AM | No comments yet
Silicon Valley International School hosts annual Moon Festival

Silicon Valley International School stargazed, listened to stories, ate mooncakes and carried lanterns during the school's Moon Festival event on Sept. 16.

Wednesday, 10:26 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Palo Alto police seek public's help to find burglary suspects

Police are looking for the public's help in locating three people who broke into an empty home on Sunday morning. The department has released a photo of one burglar who was seen on a security camera.

Tuesday, 10:36 AM | No comments yet
U.S. Justice Department launches COVID-19 fraud strike force groups

The U.S. Department of Justice has launched a trio of strike force groups tasked with expanding the department's ongoing fraud prevention efforts related to COVID-19.

Tuesday, 10:27 AM | No comments yet
Palo Alto's Magical Bridge Playground temporarily closed for repairs, upgrades

The space is undergoing renovations that will include repair work to its existing structures while ushering in a new feature that will help with accessibility for visitors who are blind or have limited vision.

Tuesday, 10:08 AM | No comments yet

Sunday, September 18, 2022

Driving instructor faces pornography charges for allegedly coercing teen girls to produce explicit content

A driving school instructor in San Mateo County faces federal charges relating to child pornography after allegedly coercing teenage girls to produce explicit content, according to U.S. Attorney Stephanie Hinds.

Sunday, 7:08 PM | No comments yet
Lawsuit, possible license suspension loom for Tesla over alleged autonomous-vehicle deceptions

Tesla has found itself on a collision course with state and federal agencies -- plus a customer who initiated a class-action lawsuit -- over allegations of misleading the public regarding its cars' self-driving capabilities.

Sunday, 8:38 AM | No comments yet

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