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Wednesday, December 2, 2020

San Mateo County Supervisors OK purchase of Redwood City hotels for homeless

San Mateo County on Tuesday purchased two Redwood City hotels that will eventually house unsheltered residents as part of the state's Project Homekey initiative, despite pushback from some residents who said the process was rushed.

Wednesday, 4:16 PM | No comments yet
Amid spiking COVID-19 cases, high school sports put on hold

Local high school student-athletes whose seasons have been delayed this year won't be playing games any time soon, with the California Interscholastic Federation pausing all full practice and competition.

Wednesday, 11:44 AM | No comments yet
San Mateo County rolls out permanent mobile COVID-19 testing site

Starting Tuesday, San Mateo County will provide a permanent COVID-19 mobile testing site free of charge that will operate five days per week, Supervisor David Canepa announced.

Wednesday, 11:07 AM | No comments yet
Suspected homicide victim found on Highway 35 identified as East Palo Alto man

Investigators are treating the discovery of a body found Tuesday near state Highway 35 and Quail Court in Woodside as a homicide, the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office said. The victim has been identified as an East Palo Alto man.

Wednesday, 10:27 AM | No comments yet
Residents launch referendum petition to keep ban on nonresidents at Foothills Park

Palo Alto's recent decision to expand access to Foothills Park by welcoming nonresidents to the exclusive nature preserve is facing a challenge from a group of residents who are hoping to reverse it through a referendum.

Wednesday, 9:53 AM | 4 comments

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Police identify alleged shooter in 2018 double homicide in East Palo Alto

East Palo Alto police have identified Julian Rico Santana as the person who allegedly shot and killed two men during a Halloween party on Oct. 14, 2018.

Tuesday, 3:53 PM | No comments yet
Supervisors to consider completing purchase of hotels to shelter unhoused residents

San Mateo County's Board of Supervisors will consider on Tuesday completing the purchase of two hotel properties to provide shelter to unhoused residents via the state's Project Homekey initiative.

Tuesday, 2:03 PM | No comments yet
Editorial: Your help is needed more than ever. Support the Holiday Fund.

Though many people face strained financial circumstances due to the pandemic, we hope those who can will support our Holiday Fund nonprofits so they can do as much as possible to help local families and individuals now and after COVID.

Tuesday, 11:04 AM | No comments yet
Newsom: State leaders could issue stay-at-home order

The majority of California could be subject to a state stay-at-home directive to stop the spread of COVID-19, Gov. Gavin Newsom warned.

Tuesday, 9:30 AM | No comments yet

Sunday, November 29, 2020

Atherton police host annual toy drive for Selby Lane School

The Atherton police are taking toy donations for the holidays to benefit families at Adelante Selby Lane Spanish Immersion School in Atherton, and the Las Lomitas School District is seeking toys for a local nonprofit to distribute.

Sunday, 8:58 AM | No comments yet

Saturday, November 28, 2020

San Mateo County enters COVID-19 'purple tier,' nightly curfew

Continued steeply climbing COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations have pushed San Mateo County into the state's most restrictive "purple tier," and Santa Clara County has ordered additional restrictions, including mandatory travel limits.

Saturday, 2:57 PM | 8 comments
Las Lomitas parents call for recall of board member

Las Lomitas community members are asking a school board member to step down for not displaying leadership in denouncing racism.

Saturday, 8:48 AM | 19 comments

Thursday, November 26, 2020

Vegan food aid nonprofit gives faux turkey roasts – and more – to local families in need

An anonymous foundation in Redwood City is funding a vegan nonprofit called Vegan Outreach to provide food aid to hundreds of local families each week.

Thursday, 8:41 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Crab for Christmas? Dungeness crab season delayed to mid-December

Commercial Dungeness crab season is delayed until at least mid-December, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife announced.

Wednesday, 12:32 PM | No comments yet
All the fixings: Sequoia district hands out Thanksgiving meal kits to families

The Sequoia Union High School District provided turkey, mashed potatoes, blueberry crumbles and more to families this year for Thanksgiving.

Wednesday, 10:58 AM | 1 comment
Inmate found dead in Redwood City jail

An inmate found unresponsive Tuesday in a housing pod at the Maguire Correctional Facility in Redwood City is believed to have died from natural causes, the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office said.

Wednesday, 10:44 AM | No comments yet
What county health leaders are doing to bridge COVID-19 testing gaps

People of color have been the most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and San Mateo County is working on reducing disparities through testing initiatives, county health officials said in a panel discussion hosted Nov. 19.

Wednesday, 10:38 AM | 1 comment
Former mayor pens humor book from alien perspective

Mickie Winkler, a former Menlo Park City Council member and mayor, has released a humor book containing local anecdotes and reflections called "Politics, Police and Other Earthling Antics."

Wednesday, 9:44 AM | 1 comment

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Governor calls California's latest surge in COVID-19 cases 'unprecendented'

California's latest surge of COVID-19 infections is "unprecedented," Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday, as new cases and hospitalizations have skyrocketed in recent weeks.

Tuesday, 11:37 AM | No comments yet
Stanford releases Title IX report as university navigates concerns around new federal regulations

Stanford received 92 fewer reports of sexual misconduct in 2019-20 than the prior school year, though the drop is attributed to the fact that the campus was closed for nearly half of the reporting period due to the pandemic.

Tuesday, 11:09 AM | 1 comment
Home sales: Los Altos has highest sale at $6 million

A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula, where Los Altos recorded the highest sale at $6 million for a Craftsman-inspired, six-bedroom home built in 2012.

Tuesday, 8:23 AM | No comments yet

Monday, November 23, 2020

Cantor Arts Center head is asked to leave

Following an external investigation into workplace problems at Stanford's Cantor Arts Center, Susan Dackerman, the director of the museum since September 2017, is stepping down, a Nov. 18 email from Stanford University stated.

Monday, 5:11 PM | No comments yet
High school district parents, teachers and students at odds over returning to classrooms

As Sequoia Union High School District officials make plans for a return to in-person learning, teachers say "no."

Monday, 4:54 PM | 2 comments
Calling for 'increased vigilance,' Stanford to require COVID-19 testing for all on-campus employees

Starting Jan. 4, all Stanford faculty, staff and postdoctoral scholars working on campus will be required to get tested for COVID-19 rather than on a voluntary basis.

Monday, 10:49 AM | No comments yet

Sunday, November 22, 2020

Registration starts for Menlo Park district's preschool

Registration for the 2021-22 school year is open for parents interested in the Early Learning Center preschool, which has locations in Atherton and Menlo Park.

Sunday, 8:58 AM | No comments yet

Saturday, November 21, 2020

Monthslong investigation nabs three men on firearms, robbery charges

San Mateo County sheriff's deputies and San Jose police detectives arrested three men on a variety of weapons and robbery charges Monday, Nov. 16, following a monthslong investigation.

Saturday, 4:10 PM | No comments yet
Mothers Against Murder offers $5,000 reward for information in East Palo Alto homicide

A nonprofit organization is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever killed a man found dead in an East Palo Alto park on Nov. 7, police said.

Saturday, 8:53 AM | No comments yet

Friday, November 20, 2020

Teen arrested after failed carjacking attempt

Menlo Park police officers arrested a 16-year-old female from East Palo Alto after she allegedly tried to drive away with a vehicle that had been parked in downtown Menlo Park the evening of Nov. 18.

Friday, 11:48 AM | No comments yet
Years in the works, a new plan to tackle Menlo Park's transportation woes gains approval

After three and a half years, Menlo Park's comprehensive Transportation Master Plan finally won approval from the City Council Tuesday.

Friday, 11:42 AM | No comments yet
From 10 to zero: Local school districts report their COVID-19 cases since campuses reopened to students

COVID-19 cases are cropping up at local public school districts which have reopened classrooms to students, and some districts are posting data, giving an insight into how the coronavirus impacts local schools.

Friday, 11:36 AM | 1 comment
Mixed-use Station 1300 project rebranded under new developer

The 6.4-acre mixed-use development under construction at the intersection of Oak Grove Avenue and El Camino Real has been taken over from Greenheart Land Co. by Presidio Bay Ventures, a commercial real estate investment firm.

Friday, 11:25 AM | No comments yet
Council favors issuing Measure T bonds for new community center

Despite a pandemic-ravaged budget, the Menlo Park City Council is exploring ways to fund a new pool, plus safety and sustainability additions to a new community center in Belle Haven that Facebook has proposed to rebuild.

Friday, 10:37 AM | 1 comment

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Governor announces nightly curfew for most of the state, starting Saturday

Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Thursday a limited stay-at-home order for California that will go into effect Saturday night and last for a month to try to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Thursday, 2:39 PM | 6 comments
Newly elected Las Lomitas board member steps down, leaving two seats to fill

Board member-elect Jody Leng said she won't assume her seat on the Las Lomitas Elementary School District governing board. With the recent resignation of board president Jon Venverloh, there are now two open seats to fill.

Thursday, 11:49 AM | 1 comment
Health officer: San Mateo County 'much better prepared' to cope with rising COVID-19 cases

San Mateo County's COVID-19 cases are on the rise, mirroring the statewide and national trend, but health officials say the county is prepared this time around.

Thursday, 10:17 AM | No comments yet
County supervisors approve Flood Park renovations

Years in the works, the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Nov. 10 to approve landscaping plans to renovate and upgrade parts of Flood Park, including adding new sports fields, a pump track, and amphitheater.

Thursday, 9:57 AM | No comments yet

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