If it is local and useful, it is on en-us Copyright 2021 Almanac Online <![CDATA[Guest opinion: Want to help the environment? Take a look at your stocks.]]> In a guest opinion, Mountain View resident Donna Davies writes about the process of divesting fossil fuel stocks and mutual funds.]]> <![CDATA[Local agencies are preparing for another big wildfire year]]> With the drought in full swing this year, Cal Fire and other agencies are warning that fires are already becoming a threat.]]> <![CDATA[Community briefs: County libraries increase access; $10K scholarship applications open; Menlo Park district receives awards]]> In this week's community briefs, increased library access, Menlo Park district receives awards, a $10,000 scholarship and more.]]> <![CDATA[Stanford begins clinical trials to expand Pfizer vaccine access to young children]]> Stanford Health Care has begun laying the clinical groundwork to expand COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to the country's youngest children, joining in a nationwide trial to see how safe the Pfizer vaccine is for people ages 2 to 5.]]> <![CDATA[How a pandemic passion project is helping a 'Neighborhood Pizza Guy' connect with his community]]> What started out as a pandemic passion project for Atherton resident Matt Burr has quickly grown into what could be something more. ]]> <![CDATA[After over a year, Sequoia special ed students are offered on-campus learning options]]> Families of special ed Sequoia Union High School District students expressed their concerns about their children remaining at home throughout the pandemic. They're pleased they're back in school, but not happy to have waited so long.]]> <![CDATA[Should Menlo Park parcel tax share ballot with governor's recall election? School district consultants say no]]> The Menlo Park City School District is pursuing renewing a parcel tax in November, but a consultant is recommending the school board hold off if Gov. Gavin Newsom's recall is on the same ballot.]]> <![CDATA[Despite low supply, San Mateo County vaccination rates keep pace with neighboring counties]]> As all California residents 16 and older become eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday, San Mateo County officials are still waiting to receive an increased supply of doses from the state, county officials said.<br /> ]]> <![CDATA[San Mateo County juvenile justice commission gives high marks to youth facilities, COVID-19 response]]> San Mateo County's Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Commission gave positive reviews to the COVID-19 response at county youth detention and delinquency-prevention facilities in its 2020 annual report.]]> <![CDATA[COVID-19 vaccine eligibility expands to people ages 16 and up in Santa Clara County]]> The county will receive about 300,000 additional COVID-19 vaccine doses and plans to open up tens of thousands of additional vaccine appointments this week, health leaders said Tuesday.]]> <![CDATA[Sequoia district selects Darnise R. Williams as superintendent finalist]]> Sequoia Union High School District officials announced Tuesday that they have selected Darnise R. Williams as their new superintendent. A vote at a Wednesday, April 14, school board meeting is needed to approve her three-year contract.]]> <![CDATA[Snapshots of retirement: New book looks at how baby boomers are changing the formula]]> With greater affluence than their parents' generation, boomers are reinventing retirement with more activity, more passion and more experimentation, says Woodside resident Richard Haiduck.]]> <![CDATA[Teen substance use treatment center in East Palo Alto shutters after few show up for services]]> In 2018, San Mateo County launched a substance abuse treatment clinic in East Palo Alto for troubled youth. But the clinic failed to draw many teens in need of drug treatment, and shuttered at the end of last year.]]> <![CDATA[Santa Clara, San Mateo counties halt use of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine]]> A rare side effect from the one-shot Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine has caused health leaders in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties to pause its administration, they announced on Tuesday.]]> <![CDATA[Human remains found in the Skylonda/Woodside area]]> The remains of an as-yet-unidentified person were found on Monday at about 9 a.m. in the Skylonda/Woodside area near Kebet Ridge Road, the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office said in a statement on Monday night.]]> <![CDATA[Stanford University plans to resume in-person learning this fall]]> Stanford University is expected to bring back in-person learning at its campus this fall, but whether students will face COVID-19 vaccination requirements is still up in the air.]]> <![CDATA[Vaccine passports in California? Answers to your questions]]> California has no plans to administer a passport. But the state is sending mixed messages to businesses about the need to verify that people at large events are vaccinated.]]> <![CDATA[Hundreds march against anti-Asian hate in Mountain View rally]]> Around 500 Bay Area residents gathered in Mountain View on Sunday to rally against the recent uptick in crimes and discrimination that have targeted Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.]]> <![CDATA[Woodside siblings join Moderna's landmark COVID-19 vaccine trial for teens]]> Three Woodside teens piled into their mom's car for a seven-hour drive with a special purpose -- to be among 3,000 participating in Moderna's adolescent COVID-19 vaccine trial.]]> <![CDATA[Guest opinion: Rise in youth suicide needs joint effort from educators, health providers]]> In an op-ed, the California School-Based Health Alliance executive director advocates for the passage of AB 563, introduced by Assemblyman Marc Berman, that would create an Office of School-Based Health Programs.]]> <![CDATA[East Palo Alto leaders weigh traffic concerns, job training opportunities for major proposed office development]]> Early plans for a massive, 918,000-square-foot development of four office buildings in East Palo Alto appeared to be welcomed this week by City Council members, who also raised concerns about traffic and job opportunities. ]]> <![CDATA[Three rapes reported on Stanford University campus]]> Stanford University Department of Public Safety is investigating reports of three rapes on the campus over a three-week period in March, the department has confirmed in an email.]]> <![CDATA[Resident group sues city over planned Sharon Road sidewalks]]> A group of residents has filed a lawsuit over a recent Menlo Park City Council decision to install sidewalks on Sharon Road near La Entrada Middle School, claiming that they will result in physical changes and harm to the environment.]]> <![CDATA[Editorial: Vote yes on Measure S]]> It may seem like deja vu for residents of the Portola Valley district — another spring parcel tax measure, just over a year after voters rejected a measure that would have renewed the current parcel tax that is set to expire this June.]]> <![CDATA[Voter Guide: Portola Valley School District asks voters for a smaller parcel tax in special election]]> Portola Valley voters will decide the fate of a nearly $1 million annual parcel tax this spring.]]> <![CDATA[Community briefs: Atherton e-waste event; Portola Valley historical webinar; Atherton recruiting for committees]]> In this week's community briefs, Atherton to house e-waste event, Portola Valley roadhouses webinar is this Sunday, a Portola Valley company announces $350 million in investments and more. ]]> <![CDATA[Facebook to host Menlo Park COVID-19 vaccination clinic on Saturday]]> Starting Saturday, Facebook will convert part of its Menlo Park headquarters into a vaccination clinic for eligible residents of Belle Haven, East Palo Alto and North Fair Oaks. ]]> <![CDATA[Wristbands, partitions and health surveys as high schools reopen]]> Students and teachers streamed into high school classrooms in Menlo Park, Woodside and Atherton on Monday, for the first time in a year, but not before each student completed a health screening and received a spray of hand sanitizer.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park council takes steps toward 2030 climate goals]]> Last July, the Menlo Park City Council approved an ambitious new goal for the city: to go carbon neutral by 2030. On Tuesday, it launched discussions about how to achieve that goal. The details, in short, are complex. ]]> <![CDATA[Her worst fear comes true: Daughter loses both parents to COVID-19]]> Christine Walker had just said her final farewell to her father on Dec. 26, when three weeks later, she found herself saying goodbye to her mother, who died on Jan. 17. Both died from COVID-19.]]> <![CDATA[San Mateo County makes steady progress in vaccinations, but supply is limited]]> Given San Mateo County's low COVID-19 case rates, steady vaccination progress and the state's promise to deliver more vaccines, county officials remain hopeful even though the supply is currently less than promised.]]> <![CDATA[Worker struck by falling tree, rescued from steep hillside near Pescadero]]> A tree worker was rescued from a steep hillside and flown to an area hospital with major injuries, after he was struck by a falling tree Tuesday afternoon near Pescadero, Cal Fire said. <br /> ]]> <![CDATA[The end of an era: Ann's Coffee Shop to close]]> After 75 years, Ann's Coffee Shop, known for its 1950s atmosphere, bottomless carafes of coffee and homemade soups and pies, is set to close April 19, according to the mother-son duo that has run the diner since 2008.]]> <![CDATA[Obituaries: Max A. Capestany, Robert Lesh Baldwin]]> This week in obituaries, read about the lives of Max A. Capestany, 87, and Robert Lesh "Buzz" Baldwin, 93.]]> <![CDATA[San Mateo County Office of Education updates guidance for schools]]> The San Mateo County Office of Education on Tuesday released updated guidance for county schools on physical distancing, quarantining, travel and graduation ceremonies.]]> <![CDATA[Health leaders encourage residents to seek COVID-19 vaccination appointments despite short supply]]> In a continued race to stay one step ahead of the mutating coronavirus, health officials in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties are urging patience and a renewed effort to follow safety guidelines.]]> <![CDATA[Police put Menlo-Atherton High School on lockdown Tuesday due to threatening phone call]]> Police locked down Menlo-Atherton High School after someone called in a threat to "shoot up the school" on April 6. It was students' second day back in classrooms in over a year after the Atherton campus closed due to the pandemic.]]> <![CDATA[California sets June 15 goal for full reopening]]> California's plan to fully reopen on June 15 will largely depend on two criteria: Vaccine supply must be sufficient for anyone 16 and older who wants a shot and hospitalization rates must remain low and stable.]]> <![CDATA[Is California blowing it on unemployment reform?]]> The state went deep into debt to keep jobless benefits flowing during the pandemic. And if it doesn't fix its $48 billion unemployment problem, that could derail COVID-19 recovery.]]> <![CDATA[Fresh off national victory, Stanford women's basketball returns to hometown welcome]]> It's been 29 years since Stanford University women's basketball landed a national title -- a cause for celebration on Monday when the team paraded through campus and downtown Palo Alto.]]>