If it is local and useful, it is on en-us Copyright 2021 Almanac Online <![CDATA[Guest opinion: California reopened, and it's time to return to health]]> While all of us need to remain vigilant regarding COVID-19, especially as new variants enter our communities, we also need to be vigilant when it comes to taking care of our health.]]> <![CDATA[Sequoia Hospital hits impasse with Anthem over contract negotiations, putting patients out of network]]> Dignity Health, the largest nonprofit hospital network in California, announced this month that it no longer has an agreement with Anthem Blue Cross, claiming the health insurer refuses to pay its fair share for hospital services.]]> <![CDATA[Seven new 'breakthrough' COVID-19 cases reported at Stanford in a week]]> Seven vaccinated students at Stanford University have tested positive for COVID-19 this week, university leaders said in an announcement to students and staff on Thursday.]]> <![CDATA[Santa Clara among 3 Bay Area counties urging employers to implement vaccination policy]]> As the Bay Area experiences an increased rate of COVID-19 cases, particularly among the unvaccinated population, three county health officers urged employers on Thursday to consider implementing a vaccination mandate in the workplace.]]> <![CDATA[San Mateo County to start requiring face masks at county facilities on Monday]]> Starting Monday, face coverings will be required at San Mateo County facilities "out of an abundance of caution" due to rising COVID-19 case rates, the county announced Thursday.<br /> ]]> <![CDATA[Community briefs: Sequoias residents give out scholarships, solar rebates and walkathon for foster kids]]> In this week's community briefs, free movie nights in Redwood City, Portola Valley retirement community hands out its first ever scholarships, solar rebates offered and more.]]> <![CDATA[San Mateo County to legalize home cooking businesses and offer start-up grants for home chefs]]> Home chefs in San Mateo County now have a path toward legally selling their creations, following a unanimous decision by the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors Tuesday.]]> <![CDATA[Inspired by the pandemic, Menlo Park women create phone buddy program for isolated seniors]]> When the pandemic triggered widespread shutdowns last year, Menlo Park resident Laura Steuer had already put herself in lockdown, as she had a preexisting condition that made her vulnerable to COVID-19. ]]> <![CDATA[State launches $40M grant program to encourage COVID-19 vaccines in doctors' offices]]> The CalVaxGrant program will make $40 million in grants available to help doctors' offices and small practices safely store and administer more COVID-19 vaccines.]]> <![CDATA[SLAC welcomes Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm]]> Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm made a virtual visit to the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.]]> <![CDATA[County health officials urge vaccinations, indoor masking with rise as COVID-19 cases increase]]> As COVID-19 cases increase slightly in San Mateo County, health officials say that getting vaccinated is the best way to protect against the virus, including the contagious delta variant.]]> <![CDATA[Local school districts face rising pension, COVID-19 reopening costs]]> The expense of reopening classrooms amid the COVID-19 pandemic and rising pension costs are dominating local school districts' most recent budget reports.]]> <![CDATA[PAMF, Sutter Health face suit over allegedly racist workplace]]> An eye surgeon who was once the highest-ranking Black physician in a leadership role at Palo Alto Medical Foundation has filed a lawsuit alleging PAMF and Sutter Health maintained a racially toxic workplace.]]> <![CDATA[Universal basic income? California moves to be first state to fund pilot efforts]]> Once the bill is signed, cities and counties can apply for funding from a $35 million pool to support current or new initiatives.]]> <![CDATA[Summer school programs get a boost after year of pandemic losses]]> Teachers hope to combat "summer slide" after a year of distance learning with extra summer school programming. ]]> <![CDATA[Carjacking suspect arrested near Facebook Saturday morning]]> Police arrested a man suspected of carjacking on July 17 near Facebook's Menlo Park headquarters.]]> <![CDATA[Woman side-swiped by car after telling man to leave her property]]> A Portola Valley woman told police on Monday, July 12, that a man side-swiped her with his car after approaching her about having her driveway repaved.]]> <![CDATA[Guest opinion: Loving a job for 40 years]]> In a guest opinion, recently retired Menlo Fire Protection District Chief Harold Schapelhouman looks back on his decadeslong fire service career.]]> <![CDATA[National Weather Service cancels red flag warning for Bay Area]]> The National Weather Service has canceled a red flag warning as thunderstorms anticipated in the Bay Area are now unlikely to show up at all.]]> <![CDATA[Residents encouraged to 'know your zone' for evacuations]]> San Mateo County emergency managers have divided the Peninsula into more than 300 evacuation zones in preparation for wildfire season, and all residents are encouraged to memorize their zone code to help save lives. ]]> <![CDATA[Health officers encourage masking indoors regardless of vaccination, stop short of new mandate]]> A coalition of Bay Area health officials urged residents across the region Friday to resume wearing a mask indoors regardless of vaccination status following an uptick in COVID-19 cases.]]> <![CDATA[Community briefs: Vaccine clinic, community chat with local Assemblyman, rent relief available]]> This week in community briefs: Get a COVID-19 vaccine at Marsh Manor Shopping Center Saturday, hear from Menlo Park's Mayor and local Assemblyman Marc Berman at a virtual community coffee event Thursday and more. ]]> <![CDATA[How diverse are cities' water supplies — and are they enough?]]> The deepening drought and recent calls for Californians to voluntarily reduce their water use by 15% have residents starting to wonder: Just how resilient are local water systems in the event of a long-term drought or an emergency?]]> <![CDATA[Education briefs: New coding program at Cañada College, local National Merit scholars]]> In this week's education briefs, local National Merit Scholars are named and Cañada College hosts a new coding program.]]> <![CDATA[Thunderstorms may come to Bay Area on Sunday, with chances of dry lightning]]> Thunderstorms with chances of dry lightning might make their way to the Bay Area on Sunday and Monday, according to the National Weather Service.]]> <![CDATA[Woodside, Portola Valley brace for wildfire season]]> Last 2020, Rita Comes and her daughter watched the "surreal lightning" storm in Portola Valley, then began packing. The CZU Lightning Complex wildfires spared the town, but Midpeninsula officials aren't counting on more lucky breaks.]]> <![CDATA[Sheriff: Windy Hill Preserve reopens after suicidal man with a gun spotted in bushes on Wednesday]]> The Sheriff's Office closed Windy Hill Preserve in Portola Valley Wednesday after a man who appeared suicidal was seen lying on the ground with a gun. ]]> <![CDATA[LifeMoves CEO's ambitious agenda: Build network of housing projects and end homelessness]]> When Aubrey Merriman joined the nonprofit LifeMoves as its new CEO in April, he had to hit the ground running. Now he wants to lay out a path to eliminate homelessness, banking on big financial and political support.]]> <![CDATA[New children's book by locally grown author encourages youth activism]]> Marissa McGee, a former elementary school teacher, was out shopping for shampoo one day when she saw something that bothered her. Little did she know that the experience would spur her to craft a children's book about it. ]]> <![CDATA[San Mateo County raises concerns over COVID-19 Delta variant]]> As the Delta strain jumps to the head of the line of COVID-19 variants, San Mateo County officials are urging unvaccinated residents to get their shots now if they have been delaying vaccinations.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park's data-driven new police chief aims to bring stability, mentoring to MPPD]]> After 27 years spent working with the San Mateo Police Department, Dave Norris has stepped up to helm the Menlo Park Police Department as its new chief.]]> <![CDATA[Obituaries: Susan Mein, Isobel Christensen, James Upton]]> This week in obituaries, read about the lives of Susan Lambert Mein, 78, Isobel Christensen, 90, and James Upton, 87.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park resident arrested in theft of up to $30K in jewelry from Portola Valley home]]> Police arrested a Menlo Park man on suspicion of stealing between $20,000 and $30,000 worth of jewelry from a Portola Valley woman while at her house working for a pest control company.]]> <![CDATA[Cost of fighting COVID in California: $12.3 billion]]> An influx of taxpayer money has paid for everything from masks, hospital beds and student laptops to extra workers for unemployment hotlines and tracing contacts.]]> <![CDATA[Atherton resident reports $130K worth of radio equipment missing from garage]]> More than $139,000 worth of radio equipment was reported missing in Atherton last week amid an uptick in burglaries around town, according to police.]]> <![CDATA[Cities make the case for a 'bicycle superhighway']]> Few roads better epitomize the frustrations and hopes of local bicycle advocates than El Camino Real, a hazardous route that some see as the ideal setting for a bicycle superhighway.]]> <![CDATA[State expands drought emergency to Santa Clara, San Mateo counties]]> As the drought throughout California deepens, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that the state is extending its April drought emergency to include additional counties, including San Mateo and Santa Clara.]]> <![CDATA[Midpeninsula residents nominated, appointed to state, county judgeships]]> Judge Charles E. Wilson II, an East Palo Alto resident, and Palo Alto native Justice Alison Tucher have been nominated to the California Court of Appeal, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced on Friday.]]>