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Thursday, October 21, 2021

Community briefs: Upcoming talks, food drive, book sale and more

This week in community briefs, learn about housing and rain gardens, snag your last Off the Grid meal of the year in Menlo Park, donate food or prepare to pick up some new reads.

Thursday, 11:45 AM | No comments yet
Menlo Park mayor blasts councilwoman for setting up mystery meeting

While some of what happened at the Menlo Park City Council's closed session last week may remain a mystery, one thing is clear: Mayor Drew Combs is not pleased with Councilwoman Jen Wolosin for setting up that meeting behind his back.

Thursday, 11:18 AM | 25 comments
Elizabeth Holmes trial: Former Theranos project manager testifies no intent to deceive

Elizabeth Holmes's defense team spent much of Wednesday trying to undo damaging testimony by former Theranos project manager Daniel Edlin.

Thursday, 9:32 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Former tutor now faces 55 counts related to alleged lewd acts on students

Former Palo Alto math tutor Mark Allan Hodes' plea hearing was postponed after prosecutors added more charges that allege multiple lewd and lascivious acts against girls whom he had taught in his home.

Wednesday, 11:44 AM | No comments yet
Newsom declares statewide drought emergency

Gov. Newsom has expanded the California drought emergency from 50 counties to statewide. He didn't order mandatory water conservation, but authorized regulators to ban wasteful water use, such as spraying down public sidewalks.

Wednesday, 11:41 AM | No comments yet
Burnout, anxiety weigh on some local teachers two months into full return to classrooms

"I'm wondering 'Was my mask on tight enough today?'" said Menlo-Atherton High School teacher Mallory Byrne. She gets tested twice a week on campus. "It's anxiety-inducing."

Wednesday, 11:00 AM | 2 comments
Obituaries: Karen Sortino

This week in obituaries, read about the life of Karen Sortino, 85.

Wednesday, 9:52 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Local nonprofit leader co-authors first book for children about the harms of gasoline

Menlo Park resident Janelle London advocates for the environment as leader of a nonprofit to make America gas-free and Menlo Park's Environmental Quality Commission. Now she's the co-author of a children's book building on that work.

Tuesday, 11:46 AM | 3 comments
Rain on the way, as three systems and a possible atmospheric river head toward Bay Area

The National Weather Service says the Bay Area and Monterey should expect an "unsettled weather pattern" over at least the next week, with three systems on the way and a potential atmospheric river arriving Sunday.

Tuesday, 11:08 AM | No comments yet
Four Menlo Park liquor stores cited for selling alcohol to underaged youth

Menlo Park Police cited four out of the nine liquor stores involved in a minor decoy operation for selling alcohol to underaged youth.

Tuesday, 10:48 AM | 7 comments
Woodside nears the end of $2M bridge project

Woodside is four months into a project to rebuild the aging Portola Road bridge.

Tuesday, 10:44 AM | No comments yet

Monday, October 18, 2021

Youth's input on state government sought at Marc Berman's town hall

Young people have a chance to share their thoughts with state Assembly member Marc Berman, D-Menlo Park, at a youth town hall that the California legislator is hosting this Wednesday.

Monday, 11:07 AM | No comments yet
'Get the Zuck out': Protesters call for Mark Zuckerberg's removal as Facebook CEO

A caravan of about 20 protesters parked by Mark Zuckerberg's Palo Alto residence on Sunday afternoon to honk up a storm and deliver a message to Facebook's CEO: "Get the Zuck out!"

Monday, 10:52 AM | 1 comment

Sunday, October 17, 2021

Weather service forecasts rain for Bay Area as soon as Tuesday

The National Weather Service is forecasting a return of rainy weather to the Bay Area this week for the first time in a while, but exactly how much and when it will fall is still uncertain.

Sunday, 9:08 AM | No comments yet
Editorial: Vote yes on Measure B

The Almanac recommends Menlo Park City School District residents vote yes on Measure B, the parcel tax measure on the Nov. 2 ballot.

Sunday, 8:53 AM | No comments yet

Saturday, October 16, 2021

Guest opinion: No on Measure A

In a guest opinion, Woodside resident Don Pugh writes about why he opposes Measure A, which is on the Nov. 2 ballot in town.

Saturday, 10:46 AM | 1 comment
Guest opinion: Yes on Woodside's Measure A

In a guest opinion, the Woodside residents behind Measure A, Peter Bailey and Alex Tauber, write about their support of the initiative and the background behind it.

Saturday, 10:46 AM | 3 comments

Friday, October 15, 2021

Weather service forecasts rain in the Bay Area early next week

The National Weather Service is forecasting a return of rainy weather to the Bay Area next week for the first time in a while, but exactly how much and when it will fall is still uncertain.

Friday, 4:23 PM | No comments yet
Are immigrants getting left out of California's rent relief?

Non-English speaking immigrants face some of the biggest hurdles to receiving California rent relief. Advocates say informal leases, lack of technology access and language barriers are getting in the way.

Friday, 11:53 AM | 2 comments
Menlo Park police get grant to combat harm from alcohol

The Menlo Park Police Department received over $70,000 in grant money to fight against alcohol-related harm, the department announced on Wednesday.

Friday, 11:53 AM | No comments yet
Voter Guide: Measure A asks Woodside voters to decide on zoning changes to two parcels in town's center

Voters will decide this November whether to change zoning on two pieces of land in central Woodside to enable consideration of expanded outdoor dining opportunities and potential construction of an amphitheater for community events.

Friday, 11:47 AM | 3 comments

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Community briefs: Housing meeting in Portola Valley, Atherton's new volunteer patrol

In this week's community briefs, local meetings on housing, volunteers sought for Atherton patrol group and more.

Thursday, 11:46 AM | No comments yet
Menlo Park council mulls options to encourage commuters to ditch solo driving

It wasn't long ago when one of the most frequently cited problems with Menlo Park was its traffic. As Menlo Park recovers from the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic shutdowns, the City Council is renewing efforts to mitigate that traffic.

Thursday, 11:25 AM | 7 comments
Pandemic blamed for staff shortages at local schools

Mei Chan is the CBO for the Las Lomitas district, but lately, she also serves as a crossing guard. Midpeninsula school districts are having trouble finding people to fill a variety of positions, from substitute teachers to bus drivers.

Thursday, 10:47 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

California pulls the plug on gas-powered leaf blowers under new law

Nearly three decades after Peninsula cities began implementing bans on gas-powered leaf blowers, the effort has found a foothold at the state level, with the governor signing a bill that will phase out their sales.

Wednesday, 1:54 PM | 6 comments
Mandatory jail sentences for nonviolent drug offenses to end in 2022

Gov. Gavin Newsom on Oct. 5 signed a bill that ends mandatory minimum jail sentences for nonviolent drug offenses.

Wednesday, 11:28 AM | No comments yet
Obituaries: A list of local residents who died recently

This week in obituaries, read about the lives of Ernest Edward Goitein, 96, Louella "Lou" Elizabeth Harrington, 98, Irving Holzberg, 82, and Mary Margaret "Peggy" Merz, 87.

Wednesday, 11:18 AM | No comments yet
Community briefs: Portola Valley housing meeting Thursday; Woodside resident, teacher win awards

In this week's community briefs, a Woodside resident and teacher win awards and a housing meeting planned in Portola Valley.

Wednesday, 10:51 AM | No comments yet
Newsom's vetoes: Why did the governor block California bills?

Gov. Gavin Newsom had his reasons for blocking California bills passed by the Legislature: cost, duplication and some politics. Overall, he signed 770 bills into law and vetoed 66, or about 8%.

Wednesday, 10:05 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Menlo Park: Mysterious closed City Council meeting violates protocols and raises questions

Three members of Menlo Park's City Council have authorized a closed session meeting at 3:30 p.m. today (Oct. 12), when the two other City Council members are unable to attend due to their full-time jobs.

Tuesday, 11:58 AM | 25 comments
Las Lomitas school board appoints two trustees following resignations

The Las Lomitas school board has appointed two new members after recent resignations.

Tuesday, 11:51 AM | 1 comment
Stanford professor shares Nobel prize in economics

Stanford University professor Guido W. Imbens was one of two Bay Area professors who were named Nobel laureates in economics early Monday by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.

Tuesday, 11:37 AM | No comments yet

Monday, October 11, 2021

New poll finds 71% of Bay Area residents think quality of life has declined

Bay Area residents grappling with the high cost of living, growing homelessness and high taxes say the quality of life has sunk in recent years, with a record number looking to leave the region altogether, according to a new survey.

Monday, 6:09 PM | 1 comment
Stanford requires COVID-19 vaccines for all employees

Stanford is requiring all employees, whether working remotely or from the office, to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Dec. 8, unless they have a medical or religious accommodation.

Monday, 2:24 PM | No comments yet

Sunday, October 10, 2021

Fire alert, red flag warning issued for Santa Cruz Mountains

Forecasters issued a red flag warning for Sunday night into Tuesday evening, when gusty north winds and dry conditions are in store for the Bay Area.

Sunday, 12:31 PM | No comments yet

Saturday, October 9, 2021

Guest opinion: Measure B is the right solution for the future of Menlo Park's students

In a guest opinion, Menlo Park resident Peter Carpenter writes why Menlo Park City School District voters should vote in favor of Measure B, a parcel tax increase on the November ballot.

Saturday, 10:16 AM | 1 comment
Guest opinion: Vote no on Measure B, Menlo Park school district's latest parcel tax initiative

In a guest opinion, Mark Hinkle argues why Menlo Park City School District voters should oppose Measure B, a parcel tax increase on the November ballot.

Saturday, 10:16 AM | 13 comments

Friday, October 8, 2021

Campaign finance roundup: Contributions to Woodside's Measure A spark accusations; Real estate firm gives $10K to Menlo Park schools parcel tax

Campaign contributions are flowing into local ballot measures, including support for a measure that would allow for more outdoor dining and gathering spaces in Woodside.

Friday, 4:49 PM | 12 comments
Voter Guide: Measure B asks school district residents to increase parcel tax rate

Voters will decide the fate of a proposed parcel tax that Menlo Park City School District (MPCSD) officials say is needed to keep its programming afloat, retain teachers and keep class sizes small.

Friday, 11:33 AM | 18 comments
Trial of Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes loses another juror

An emotional juror was excused Wednesday in the federal criminal trial against Elizabeth Holmes, founder and CEO of the now-defunct blood-testing company Theranos, after telling the judge that her Buddhist beliefs require forgiveness.

Friday, 10:10 AM | No comments yet

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