Almanac Online If it is local and useful, it is on en-us Copyright 2023 Almanac Online <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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. ]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[Terminated Meta content moderators worry about fake news flourishing in their absence]]> ]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[Why build 550 housing units instead of 1,700? Menlo Park commission seeks much higher density for Parkline project at SRI campus]]> ]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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. ]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[For the second time in two years, the Sequoia District begins the search for a new superintendent]]> ]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.<br /> ]]>