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Saturday, December 9, 2023

Local residents residents who have died recently: Beachler and Porter

Local residents who have died recently include Dorothy West Beachler and Lynn Porter.

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Friday, December 8, 2023

As California's appetite for organics expands, local growers see a new role in fighting climate change

It's hard to find a job fighting climate change. But the organic farming industry is one place where a person can make a living making a difference. And in the Bay Area, sales of organic produce is blooming.

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With new housing administrator, more frequent housing waiting list updates, Menlo Park hopes to boost affordable home ownership

The Menlo Park City Council approved updates to below-market-rate housing policy on Dec. 5.

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Flood Park to get revamp with $1.3 million grant

"Realize Flood Park" would allow for a new baseball field, walking paths, parking lot and more in the park near North Fair Oaks.

Friday, 9:53 AM | 3 comments
Community briefs: Grand Chanukah Festival, Menlo Park district receives state honor and more

In this week's community briefs, the Menlo Park City School District receives Golden Bell Award, Grand Chanukah Festival in Portola Valley and more.

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Thursday, December 7, 2023

Stanford Center on Longevity looks at living a good, long life

Researchers at Stanford's Longevity Center say work needs to be rethought as more people live to become centenarians.

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Dog trainer is charged in disappearance of Palo Alto German shepherd that's presumed dead

A dog trainer who allegedly attempted to substitute a Palo Alto resident's German shepherd with another dog after failing to return the pet to its owner will face charges, the Palo Alto Police Department has confirmed.

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Fire claims life of dog in unincorporated neighborhood near Atherton

A dog died in a fire at a home near Atherton early Wednesday morning, according to the Menlo Park Fire Protection District.

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Is it too risky to give inmates their mail?

A ban on mail to San Mateo County inmates began in 2021 and staff currently scan physical copies and incarcerated individuals can access their mail through kiosks and shared tablets.

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Wednesday, December 6, 2023

In race to succeed Anna Eshoo in Congress, Evan Low and Julie Lythcott-Haims are in and Josh Becker is out

The race to succeed Anna Eshoo in the U.S. Congress continued to solidify this week, with Assembly member Evan Low, D-Campbell, confirming his intention to run and State Sen. Josh Becker, saying he plans to remain in Sacramento.

Wednesday, 5:43 PM | No comments yet
'I think that the voice of the people was thrown in the trash.' Community implores Menlo Park council to reconsider its naming decision for community campus

Community members implored the Menlo Park City Council Tuesday night, Dec. 5, to reconsider naming the new community campus currently under construction after the late activist Onetta Harris.

Wednesday, 2:08 PM | 1 comment
Bigger, faster delivery robots could be coming to Mountain View

The bots are coming back to Mountain View, for the third time, in an updated pilot program that once again would allow automated delivery devices on the city's sidewalks, crosswalks and possibly its bike lanes.

Wednesday, 11:21 AM | No comments yet
Holiday Fund: Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula offers lessons in leadership

From a "club kid" to a staff member, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula, an Almanac Holiday Fund recipient, shares how its programs build leaders from a young age.

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Tuesday, December 5, 2023

Woodside Elementary to ask voters for $36 million bond measure

With a storm-damaged creek bank on its campus, aging infrastructure and a TK expansion mandate, Woodside Elementary district voters will be asked to pass a $36 million bond measure next March.

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Woman fatally struck by vehicle in Walmart parking lot in Mountain View

A 60-year-old pedestrian was fatally struck by a vehicle in a Walmart parking lot early Monday morning, according to the Mountain View Police Department.

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Aglow with holiday spirit at Menlo Park's tree lighting

Holiday magic was in the air at Fremont Park on Friday, Dec. 1, as the community turned out for Menlo Park's annual tree lighting event. Our photo essay puts you right in the middle of the action.

Tuesday, 11:36 AM | No comments yet
Rare Palo Alto beaver found in local creek dies

A beaver that is recolonizing the Matadero Creek in Palo Alto was taken to the Wildlife Center of Silicon Valley on Wednesday after being spotted immobile in a pile of leaves, officials said.

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Monday, December 4, 2023

Buena Vista man pleads guilty to trailer park murder

A man who in 2019 stabbed to death a resident of Buena Vista Mobile Home Park in Palo Alto has pleaded no contest to multiple violent felonies, including second-degree murder, a Santa Clara County prosecutor said.

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Julie Lythcott-Haims weighs run for Congress seat

Author and Palo Alto City Council member Julie Lythcott-Haims is considering jumping into the race to succeed Rep. Anna Eshoo in the U.S. Congress.

Monday, 5:14 PM | 4 comments
Police: Woman arrested after burglarizing occupied home in University South

Palo Alto police have arrested a woman who they said burglarized an occupied home in the University South neighborhood on Thursday evening and then stole a package from another home a few blocks away.

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Sunday, December 3, 2023

Letters to the editor: Fixing a dangerous crosswalk, lambasting the council's community center decision and more

In this week's letters to the editor, an idea for fixing a dangerous crosswalk, a plea for tree-trimming and Onetta Harris' grandson voices community frustration with the Menlo Park City Council.

Sunday, 1:44 PM | 4 comments

Saturday, December 2, 2023

Obituaries: Brox, Wolfberg, Folta, Lunt and Tinseth

Local residents who have died recently include Rita Brox, Joel Wolfberg, Dieter Folta, Lucy Louise Lunt and Ron Tinseth.

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Friday, December 1, 2023

As flu season takes hold, Bay Area health officials offer advice for staying healthy

Public health officials in the Bay Area and surrounding counties are reminding people to stay safe this holiday season by following some basic medical advice.

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California faces big challenges to implement new math guidelines

After a contentious road to approve a new set of statewide guidelines on teaching students math, California officials must still figure out how to support school districts with implementation.

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Holiday Fund: From rent relief to subsidized child care, Fair Oaks Community Center offers wide range of services

When a single mom in Redwood City lost one of her two jobs in October -- and wasn't eligible for unemployment -- she turned to Fair Oaks Community Center, a Holiday Fund recipient, for help.

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Hope Hospice merging with two other Bay Area hospice organizations

Hope Hospice, a longtime Tri-Valley hospice organization, announced on Thursday that it will be merging with two other regional hospice organizations in order to form the largest not-for-profit hospice network in Northern California.

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Thursday, November 30, 2023

Citing urgency of climate change, Palo Alto resident enters race for Anna Eshoo's seat in Congress

Joby Bernstein is not a seasoned politician, but the Palo Alto resident believes his energy, enthusiasm and passion for investing and tackling climate change will serve him well in his next venture: running for Congress.

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Community briefs: Tree lighting events, a toy drive and robotics competition

In this week's community briefs, celebrate the season at community tree lighting events in Menlo Park and Atherton, learn about child care openings, a toy drive and more.

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Menlo Park council votes to allow development of up to 100 housing units per acre in downtown

After going back and forth at a Nov. 28 meeting, the Menlo Park City Council voted for seven rezoning resolutions, including allowing up to 100 units per acre downtown. With bonuses for affordable housing, that could rise to 150 units.

Thursday, 11:34 AM | 7 comments
Atherton strives to meet state mandates on housing plan and still protect town's character

As a state deadline fast approaches, Atherton is searching for ways to spur residential development that complies with California's housing mandate while also preserving the town's historically large-lot, single-family character.

Thursday, 10:37 AM | 8 comments
Caltrans remains on course for El Camino bike lanes in Palo Alto

As Palo Alto looks ahead to its next phase of bike improvements, city officials are also bracing for a bike project that they had never signed up for: the creation of an El Camino Real bikeway.

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Wednesday, November 29, 2023

At long last, Mademoiselle Colette opens Atherton location

When you walk into the new Mademoiselle Colette bakery-cafe in Atherton, you are greeted with pastel greens, handmade wallpaper and white marble in this pocket-sized gem, which finally opened after nearly a year of delays.

Wednesday, 4:43 PM | No comments yet
Simitian announces bid to succeed Eshoo in Congress

Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian formally announced on Wednesday his candidacy to replace U.S. Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, who will step away from Congress next year after nearly three decades in Washington, D.C.

Wednesday, 10:35 AM | No comments yet
Jury convicts man of brutal assault on Stevens Creek Trail in Mountain View

Nearly five years after a violent attack against a woman on Stevens Creek Trail in Mountain View, a jury convicted a 34-year-old man for a crime that authorities described as a “stranger assault" that put the community on edge.

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Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Caltrans opens new one-way traffic route along Highway 84 landslide near Woodside

Caltrans has reconfigured the stretch of a severely damaged portion of Highway 84 near Woodside that has been reduced to one-way traffic since late July. Vehicles are now traveling on the newly paved uphill side while repairs continue.

Tuesday, 5:20 PM | No comments yet
Newsom announces more funding in effort to clear encampments near highways

The state is making nearly $300 million in additional grant money available for local governments to clear homeless encampments, with a focus on areas near state highways and Interstate Highways, and provide housing options for people

Tuesday, 2:04 PM | No comments yet
Caltrain plans for 4-track segments complicate Palo Alto's effort to redesign rail crossings

California's high-speed rail system may be more than a decade away from completion, but the beleaguered project is casting a growing shadow over Palo Alto's plans to separate its streets from its rail tracks.

Tuesday, 11:44 AM | No comments yet
Tonight: Menlo Park council considers zoning changes to greatly increase housing density in parts of the city

Tonight, the Menlo Park City Council is planning to review new zoning measures that could raise the allowable building density in some areas of the city to 150 units per acre.

Tuesday, 11:39 AM | No comments yet
Portola Valley's new town manager hits the ground running with review of town processes, turnover

Portola Valley Town Manager Sharif Etman hired a consultant to look into why there is high staff turnover and how the town can improve its processes.

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Monday, November 27, 2023

San Mateo County libraries are giving out thousands of free diapers this winter

The San Mateo County Libraries' program to hand out free diapers is underway, with events to provide the expensive necessity to families scheduled through January in two cities: Pacifica and Belmont.

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Sunday, November 26, 2023

Obituaries: Bigler, Allo, Dias, Douglas, Eisner

Local residents who have died recently include Armond Bigler, Maria Allo, Frances Dias, Patricia Douglas and Eleanor Eisner.

Sunday, 8:51 AM | No comments yet

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