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Sunday, July 5, 2020

Letters to the editor: Black lives matter, supporting local businesses, racist housing covenants

Letters to the editor in the July 3, 2020, issue on a Black Lives matter protest in Portola Valley, racist housing covenants, local mask donations and supporting local businesses.

Sunday, 9:41 AM | No comments yet

Saturday, July 4, 2020

North Fair Oaks: Man hurt in illegal fireworks explosion

A 20-year-old man suffered lacerations and burns to his face and hand after a glass bottle with illegal fireworks inside of it blew up in front of a North Fair Oaks building Thursday night (July 2).

Saturday, 3:00 PM | 1 comment
Menlo Park: Newark man arrested for sexual assault following incidents at Ace Hardware

A 27-year-old Newark man was arrested Friday afternoon after allegedly sexually assaulting two Menlo Park women at Ace Hardware, according to Menlo Park police.

Saturday, 10:51 AM | 3 comments

Friday, July 3, 2020

Woodside: Driver arrested for DUI following fatal crash near Fogarty Winery

A 27-year-old man died and another was flown to Stanford Hospital with major injuries after a suspected DUI crash Friday night on Skyline Boulevard near the Thomas Fogarty Winery in Woodside, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Friday, 9:31 PM | 2 comments

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Community briefs: Open space facilities reopen, library events go virtual

This week's community briefs: Open space district reopens restrooms, San Mateo County's tax assessment rolls continue to rise and library events go virtual.

Thursday, 11:59 AM | No comments yet
Atherton budget remains healthy, despite COVID-19

The Atherton City Council voted 5-0 to approve the town's 2020-2021 fiscal year budget at its June 17 meeting, with signs that the town is weathering the storm of economic impacts brought on by COVID-19.

Thursday, 11:55 AM | No comments yet
Wind-driven grass fire threatens homes in East Palo Alto

A rapidly spreading vegetation fire caused the evacuation of homes in an East Palo Alto neighborhood on Wednesday afternoon after breaking out in a homeless encampment.

Thursday, 11:45 AM | 2 comments
What California's budget deal means for K-12 schools

California's new budget provides enough funding for schools to pivot to hybrid learning when they reopen this fall. But school officials fear delayed cuts could throw districts into the fiscal abyss later.

Thursday, 9:34 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Supervisors vote to encourage all employers to offer telecommuting options

The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to encourage all employers in the county to offer employees the option to work from home and telecommute when feasible.

Wednesday, 11:58 AM | No comments yet
Stanford plans to bring half of its undergraduates back to campus this fall, but they'll still mostly learn online

Stanford University will alternate bringing half of its undergraduate students to campus for different quarters, with most courses still happening online -- even for students who are living there in person.

Wednesday, 10:56 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Menlo-Atherton, Woodside high schools to open in the fall with a mix of online and in-school learning

After some weeks of uncertainty about the fate of student learning amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Sequoia Union High School District has announced that students will return part-time to school campuses this fall.

Tuesday, 5:18 PM | No comments yet
The cost of COVID-19 drug remdesivir: $2,340 to $3,120 per patient

Gilead Sciences, the manufacturer of an experimental antiviral drug used to shorten COVID-19's effects, announced on Monday costs for remdesivir, which it claims is far below how drugs are usually priced.

Tuesday, 3:55 PM | 1 comment
Tri-city fireworks summit examines enforcement, culture change

Loud explosions on East Palo Alto's city streets formed a backdrop for a public meeting on Monday night as leaders from three cities met to discuss the growing problem of fireworks.

Tuesday, 11:58 AM | 12 comments

Monday, June 29, 2020

Woodside: Mayor to host wildfire preparedness town hall June 30

Woodside Mayor Ned Fluet will host a virtual town hall on Tuesday, June 30, that will focus on what the town and fire district are doing to help prevent wildfires and how residents can be prepared in the event of a fire.

Monday, 5:07 PM | No comments yet
Woodside: Mayor hosts wildfire prevention town hall June 30

Woodside Mayor Ned Fluet will host a virtual town hall on Tuesday, June 30, that will focus on what the town and fire district are doing to help prevent wildfires and how residents can be prepared in the event of a fire.

Monday, 4:47 PM | No comments yet
Coroner's Office identifies San Jose woman killed in Highway 280 crash near Portola Valley

A fatal solo-vehicle crash was reported Monday afternoon on southbound Interstate Highway 280 near Portola Valley, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Monday, 4:12 PM | 2 comments
East Palo Alto: Man sentenced for 2015 fatal shooting, earlier non-fatal shooting

A 34-year-old man has been sentenced to more than 95 years in prison for a fatal shooting in East Palo Alto in 2015 as well as a non-fatal shooting months earlier, San Mateo County prosecutors said Monday.

Monday, 12:35 PM | No comments yet

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Caltrain, SamTrans launch COVID-19 customer surveys

Caltrain and SamTrans launched customer surveys Monday to try to find out rider preferences and priorities amid the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

Sunday, 7:37 AM | No comments yet

Saturday, June 27, 2020

High school athletes start conditioning, with restrictions

As Menlo-Atherton and Woodside high schools prepares to reopen this fall amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, many student athletes have begun their summer conditioning exercises.

Saturday, 7:46 AM | No comments yet

Friday, June 26, 2020

San Mateo County inmates win demands after 10-day hunger strike

Rodrigo Prieto and other inmates in a San Mateo County jail didn't eat for 10 days, striking in protest of unfair food prices and a lack of video visits. But then, they won.

Friday, 7:03 PM | 14 comments
Police chiefs, community leaders tackle systemic racism as calls for change get louder

On Thursday, a panel of community leaders discussed use-of-force policies and ways to reform policing to improve accountability.

Friday, 11:55 AM | No comments yet
San Mateo County supervisors extend eviction moratoriums to July 28

Amidst a high unemployment rate and rising anxiety from households struggling with rent, the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to extend an eviction moratorium ordinance through July 28.

Friday, 11:43 AM | No comments yet
Unprecedented fireworks explosions frazzle residents

Local police departments say they are responding in force to a growing number of fireworks complaints in Menlo Park, Palo Alto and East Palo Alto ahead of the Fourth of July.

Friday, 9:51 AM | 5 comments

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Longtime Almanac lifestyle editor Jane Knoerle dies at 95

Jane Hazelton Knoerle, who worked as a staff writer and lifestyle section editor for The Almanac for four decades and served as a role model for several generations of reporters, died June 19 in Southern California at the age of 95.

Thursday, 4:43 PM | 6 comments
Atherton City Council greenlights new three-story Menlo College dormitory

The Atherton City Council unanimously approved the construction of a new three-story student dormitory building on the Menlo College campus at its June 17 meeting.

Thursday, 11:43 AM | No comments yet
County supervisors OK hundreds of new Tasers for Sheriff's Office, voice support for Black Lives Matter

The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to both pass a resolution in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, and to approve a budget that sets aside nearly $1 million to purchase 310 new Tasers.

Thursday, 10:05 AM | 1 comment
Home sales: $4.1 million Menlo Park home is the week’s highest seller

A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula, where Menlo Park recorded the highest sale at $4.1 million for a recently updated four-bedroom home in West Menlo Park. The property last sold in 2019 for $2.1 million.

Thursday, 10:05 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Menlo Park's adopted budget cuts 'to the bone'

With a planned surplus of only $1, the Menlo Park City Council voted Tuesday night, June 23, to finalize an unprecedentedly lean budget to start off the new fiscal year on July 1.

Wednesday, 11:41 AM | 16 comments
Community briefs: Clothing drive, COVID-19 scams, local family's music video

This week: A clothing drive is set for Sunday, the San Mateo County DA offers a warning of COVID-19 contact tracer scams, and a Portola Valley family shares a fun music video to raise spirits in the age of the coronavirus.

Wednesday, 11:23 AM | No comments yet
Driver dies after vehicle hit by lumber truck on Highway 280 in Woodside

A Freeway Service Patrol driver died Tuesday afternoon in a crash on southbound Interstate Highway 280 in Woodside, a spokesman for the California Highway Patrol said.

Wednesday, 9:58 AM | 6 comments

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Despite calls for action, Palo Alto is in no rush to expand Foothills Park access

Weeks after pledging to promote inclusion, the City Council abruptly postponed considering a proposal that many say would do just that: allowing non-residents to access Foothills Park.

Tuesday, 4:21 PM | 2 comments
Cañada College launches investigation into student’s video mocking George Floyd

Cañada College released a statement Friday, June 19, condemning a video filmed and posted online by one of its students that appears to mock the death of George Floyd.

Tuesday, 11:56 AM | 3 comments
Preschools and child care facilities battling COVID-19 from the inside

A recent panel discussion led by Menlo Park City Councilman Ray Mueller explored the impact of COVID-19 on San Mateo County preschools and child care centers.

Tuesday, 11:39 AM | No comments yet

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