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Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Menlo Park affordable housing development begins accepting applications for lottery

MidPen Housing is accepting applications for tenants to have a chance in the lottery for affordable units at the Gateway Rising development on Willow Road. Applications are due by Feb. 17.

Tuesday, 12:06 PM | No comments yet
Atherton Library celebrates Lunar New Year with dance performance

A crowd gathered on the front deck of the Atherton Library on a sunny Saturday afternoon, Jan. 28, to celebrate the Lunar New Year with traditional Korean dancing.

Tuesday, 9:55 AM | No comments yet
San Mateo County Board of Education Trustee Joe Ross announces resignation

San Mateo County Board of Education Trustee Joe Ross has announced his resignation from the board this week, effective March 16.

Tuesday, 9:44 AM | No comments yet

Monday, January 30, 2023

Menlo Park police seeking public's help after a hit-and-run seriously injures one person on Marsh Road

Menlo Park police are seeking the suspect in a hit-and-run collision on Jan. 26 involving two vehicles on Marsh Road near Highway 101 that resulted in serious injuries to at least one person.

Monday, 5:25 PM | No comments yet
Bay Area bridge toll increases finally approved at end of long litigation

A pot of $545 million destined for new projects in the Bay Area may soon be released from escrow after litigation over a 2018 ballot measure on bridge toll increases finally comes to an end.

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Schwab Learning Center opens new dyslexic-friendly 'innovation lab'

With its new home at Children's Health Council in Palo Alto, the Schwab Learning Center's reach is now expanding beyond Stanford to the wider community.

Monday, 10:57 AM | No comments yet

Sunday, January 29, 2023

Community briefs: Orchids at Filoli, $10K equestrian scholarship and more

In this week's community briefs, an equestrian scholarship application opens up, see orchids at Filoli and apply for open college district seat.

Sunday, 8:55 AM | No comments yet

Saturday, January 28, 2023

Guest opinion: Sequoia school board's secrecy is undemocratic and irresponsible

Menlo-Atherton students weigh in on the departure of the district superintendent, arguing the school board has some explaining to do after Darnise Williams resigned shortly after the new trustees were sworn in.

Saturday, 9:44 AM | 1 comment

Friday, January 27, 2023

Steph and Ayesha Curry oppose upzoning of Atherton property near their home

Steph and Ayesha Curry penned a letter to Atherton officials saying they are against developing a lot near their house into multifamily housing.

Friday, 1:49 PM | 12 comments
Here's how you can support the Half Moon Bay community right now (and take care of yourself)

Here's a list of organizations raising funds for the Jan. 23 mass shooting victims, plus memorial events and mental health resources.

Friday, 12:17 PM | No comments yet
In the year ahead, housing, parking and other infrastructure on Woodside mayor's plate

Woodside Mayor Chris Shaw expects a lot of his focus this year to be on state housing mandates, though it wouldn't be his chosen priority.

Friday, 11:27 AM | No comments yet
Think you're juggling a lot? Go behind the scenes of the Game of Throws circus arts festival in Palo Alto

From newcomers to professionals, Gunn High's juggling festival over the weekend drew people of all ages and skill levels.

Friday, 11:24 AM | No comments yet
Saying it needs more time, Portola Valley opts to submit revised housing element late

With under a week until the deadline for a compliant housing element, and facing possible fines and other repercussions, the Portola Valley town staff announced they won't submit the plan to the state next week.

Friday, 10:35 AM | 3 comments
Heavy storms caused hundreds of calls to Menlo Park as city contended with flooding, downed trees

The wet start to the year in Menlo Park resulted in nearly 200 storm-related calls to the city and 220 tons of sand being used for sandbags by residents, according to City Manager Justin Murphy at a Jan. 24 City Council meeting.

Friday, 8:59 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, January 26, 2023

New San Mateo County sheriff aims to build community trust with new program

In her second week as the sheriff of San Mateo County, Sheriff Christina Corpus launched a new program for law enforcement to build a better relationships with residents, businesses and community organizations.

Thursday, 11:38 AM | No comments yet
Woodside signs contract to install 20 license plate readers in town

Woodside is the latest Midpeninsula town to install cameras in an attempt to deter burglaries and other crimes.

Thursday, 11:35 AM | No comments yet
Coastal farmworkers eke out a living amid hardship

Shootings, wildfires, the pandemic and other challenges have tested the Coastside's isolated communities, but many of its farmers aren't going anywhere.

Thursday, 9:38 AM | 1 comment

Wednesday, January 25, 2023

No bail for Half Moon Bay accused shooter, DA considers death penalty

The 66-year-old man accused of gunning down seven people and critically injuring one other at two mushroom farms earlier this week made his initial court appearance Wednesday.

Wednesday, 5:11 PM | No comments yet
Terminated Meta content moderators worry about fake news flourishing in their absence

Nearly 200 Meta content moderators who used to work at the tech company's Mountain View office and now work in Fremont had their contracts terminated this month, workers included in the cut told the Voice.

Wednesday, 11:26 AM | 3 comments

Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Five men, two women die in Half Moon Bay mass shooting

A community is in mourning after a gunman allegedly walked onto two farms, including one where he is said to have worked, and killed seven people. He also critically injured one other.

Tuesday, 6:25 PM | No comments yet
Suspect in Half Moon Bay shootings was employee of farm where 5 where shot

A man accused of mass shootings at two locations in the Half Moon Bay area on Monday legally purchased the semi-automatic handgun allegedly used in the crimes, San Mateo County Sheriff Christina Corpus said.

Tuesday, 6:22 PM | No comments yet
Why build 550 housing units instead of 1,700? Menlo Park commission seeks much higher density for Parkline project at SRI campus

The Menlo Park Planning Commission recommended a higher density of housing units while reviewing the Parkline development's plan in a Jan. 23 meeting, saying it could match Willow Village's 1,730 units.

Tuesday, 4:22 PM | 7 comments
Atherton: Planning Commission recommends town dump rezoning along El Camino for more expansive overlays

With about a week to go before a state deadline, Atherton's housing element is still in flux, with the Planning Commission proposing to ditch a controversial rezoning plan and replace it with an overlay zone instead.

Tuesday, 10:57 AM | 2 comments

Monday, January 23, 2023

Seven dead in Half Moon Bay mass shooting, 67-year-old man in custody

Seven people are dead, one is in critical condition and a 67-year-old man is in custody after he allegedly opened fire in two separate shootings in an unincorporated area of Half Moon Bay on Monday.

Monday, 5:03 PM | No comments yet
Elizabeth Holmes' lawyers rebut prosecution claims that she is a flight risk

As the date for Elizabeth Holmes to begin serving her sentence approaches, prosecutors and defense lawyers are fighting over whether she should be allowed to stay free while her appeal is resolved.

Monday, 4:09 PM | No comments yet
Atherton resident targeted by protesters asks for more restrictions on picketing

An Atherton resident who said he was targeted by paid protesters last year is asking the City Council to do more than limit picketing, arguing for misdemeanor criminal charges for violators.

Monday, 1:31 PM | 3 comments
Community briefs: library seeks poster submissions for Black History Month, Boy Scouts recruiting and more

In this week's community briefs, sign up for Menlo Park-area Boy Scouts, Woodside committee openings and more.

Monday, 1:02 PM | No comments yet
Three clerks in Menlo Park cited for selling alcohol to minors

Three clerks and servers in Menlo Park were cited Jan. 20 for the sale of alcohol to minors following a decoy operation by the California Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) and Menlo Park Police.

Monday, 11:34 AM | 1 comment
Menlo Park man arrested after high-speed chase down Middlefield Road

Deputies from the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office are looking for a man who fled on foot from officers Sunday morning after a pursuit ended with the suspect's vehicle crashing into a parked car.

Monday, 11:15 AM | No comments yet
State COVID testing sites begin to close

As the state prepares to end the state of emergency, those sites with less demand will close first.

Monday, 8:43 AM | No comments yet

Saturday, January 21, 2023

Series of small earthquakes hit Portola Valley and Woodside

Several small earthquakes hit Portola Valley and Woodside in the span of 24 hours, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Saturday, 10:10 AM | No comments yet
No vacation, no pension, no bonus: San Mateo County's 'extra help' workers allege unequal treatment

San Mateo County's "flex" workers are missing out on benefits afforded to full-time employees, and are rallying for better compensation and an end to extended labor negotiations.

Saturday, 9:15 AM | No comments yet

Friday, January 20, 2023

Where to watch the San Francisco 49ers playoff game around the Midpeninsula

The 49ers find themselves on the cusp of another deep postseason run with a familiar foe standing in their way. Can't afford a ticket but want to watch the team go up against the Dallas Cowboys surrounded by fans? Here's where to go.

Friday, 6:17 PM | No comments yet
For the second time in two years, the Sequoia District begins the search for a new superintendent

Teachers, parents and local officials said they were “left with more questions than answers" after a special board meeting to discuss the appointment of a new Sequoia Union High School District superintendent.

Friday, 11:45 AM | 1 comment
Colder temperatures and king tides in the Bay Area's five-day forecast

Dry weather in the Bay Area's forecast is a welcome relief from recent storms, but it will bring chilly temperatures for the next five days.

Friday, 11:13 AM | No comments yet
Menlo Park Mayor Jen Wolosin wants to look at the big picture in 2023

Menlo Park's new mayor for 2023 is Jen Wolosin, who promises to prioritize her campaign promises while remaining flexible.

Friday, 10:57 AM | 2 comments
Lunar New Year celebration to be held this weekend

Wiz Chinese, a group of Palo Altans of Chinese heritage, will host its Lunar New Year celebration at Mitchell Park Community Center with music and dance performances, food and drink, and activities.

Friday, 8:49 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, January 19, 2023

President Joe Biden makes a stop in Mountain View before heading to Santa Cruz County to survey storm damage

Air Force One landed around 11:41 a.m. on Thursday at the Moffett Federal Airfield, and President Joe Biden emerged about 10 minutes later wearing his signature black aviator sunglasses.

Thursday, 3:41 PM | No comments yet
Colder temperatures and king tides in the Bay Area's five-day forecast

Dry weather in the Bay Area's forecast is a welcome relief from recent storms, but it will bring chilly temperatures for the next five days and a freeze warning has already been issued for Friday morning.

Thursday, 11:48 AM | 1 comment
Referring to themselves as the 'poverty pocket' of Atherton, some residents facing upzoning threaten legal action

A group of Atherton residents is pushing back against a plan to upzone their lots to allow for denser housing development as part of the town's efforts to get its state-mandated housing element approved.

Thursday, 11:37 AM | 2 comments
What it's like to do an SB 9 lot split in Atherton

The first property approved by Atherton for a lot-splitting project allowed under new state law SB 9 is at 2 Lowery Drive. Its owners talked to The Almanac about their project, the approval process and their neighbors' reactions.

Thursday, 10:59 AM | No comments yet
President Biden flying into Mountain View to visit storm-ravaged Capitola, Aptos Thursday afternoon

President Joe Biden will visit Santa Cruz and Santa Clara counties Thursday, Jan. 19, to see first-hand the damage from a series of atmospheric river storms in the past three weeks.

Thursday, 9:22 AM | No comments yet

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