If it is local and useful, it is on en-us Copyright 2021 Almanac Online <![CDATA[Menlo Park: Three people suffer major injuries in solo vehicle crash]]> Three people, identified by a 911 caller as teenagers, were taken to Stanford Hospital with "significant" injuries after a solo vehicle rollover crash in Menlo Park on Saturday afternoon (Jan. 16), according to the Menlo fire district.]]> <![CDATA[Editorial: The menace in the White House]]> Hopes were high among many going into the new year, buoyed by the beginning of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout. But the pandemic has become a backdrop in the aftermath of an insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.]]> <![CDATA[Struggling small businesses could get boost from Newsom's proposed $227B budget]]> On Friday, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a $575 million grant program for small businesses and nonprofits as part of his $227 billion budget proposal to the state legislature.]]> <![CDATA['Let them play' say youth sports advocates during Friday rally]]> About 20 student athletes and their parents gathered in front of Sequoia High School in Redwood City Jan. 15 to plead with officials to allow them to compete again.]]> <![CDATA[Opinion: Contradictions of COVID-19]]> While city councils up and down the Peninsula contemplate severe housing shortages in the decades ahead, we are also witnessing probably the largest exodus from the Bay Area in many years. ]]> <![CDATA[Cal Fire CZU is latest to provide text to 911 option]]> Cal Fire CZU's Emergency Command Center that responds to emergencies in San Mateo and Santa Cruz counties is the latest public agency to now provide the option to send text messages to 911 if necessary.]]> <![CDATA[California's new goal: Vaccinate a million people in 10 days]]> Acknowledging that vaccinations have been too slow, state officials aim to ramp up the pace. But many questions remain about expanding to the next groups of Californians.]]> <![CDATA[Resident raises concern Atherton police officers are flouting mask rules]]> A local resident says she has witnessed Atherton Police Department officers not wearing face masks while on the job, potentially putting themselves and the people they encounter at risk of contracting COVID-19.]]> <![CDATA[A harrowing experience with COVID-19]]> Sequoia district advisor Rolando Bonilla shares his experience falling ill with COVID-19 at the same time as losing a family member to the virus.]]> <![CDATA['I will vote to impeach this traitor': Rep. Anna Eshoo supports removing Trump from office]]> Granted only 30 seconds to speak on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, Rep. Anna Eshoo did not mince words regarding President Donald Trump during Wednesday's impeachment hearing.]]> <![CDATA[Debate over Foothills Park access continues as Palo Alto weighs new restrictions]]> Nearly a month after Palo Alto opened the once-exclusive Foothills Park to the broader public, city leaders are preparing to adopt new restrictions on Tuesday to curb the sudden onrush of visitors.]]> <![CDATA[Americans are living 30 years longer on average — and that's a big plus for businesses]]> A recent Stanford conference looked at everything from business innovations to caregiving to new ways for Americans to work and thrive throughout the increasingly long lives they're now living.]]> <![CDATA[14-year-old from Menlo Park reported missing]]> Wynne Lee, a 14-year-old from Menlo Park vanished from their family's home on Jan. 11, according to an alert from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.]]> <![CDATA[New community center in Belle Haven wins approval]]> The Menlo Park City Council last night gave the green light for Facebook to move forward with its plans to rebuild the complex at 100 Terminal Avenue into a multi-generational community center.]]> <![CDATA[New Menlo Park fire station to break ground this month]]> Menlo Park Fire Protection District plans to demolish its 72-year-old fire station on Alameda de las Pulgas starting Jan. 21, making way for a new structure the district says will offer improved services.]]> <![CDATA[Newsom's school reopening plan puts tight deadlines on districts, legislature]]> Schools would have to offer in-person learning for primary students starting Feb. 16 in order to get the full funds under the governor's education budget. Lawmakers would need to meet deadlines in February and March. ]]> <![CDATA[As visitors flock to Foothills Park, city plans to restrict access]]> Concerned about the recent surge of visitors to Foothills Park, Palo Alto leaders are planning to restrict access to the once-exclusive nature preserve by closing the entrance gates when the open space reaches maximum capacity.]]> <![CDATA[San Mateo County COVID-19 vaccine rollout continues via clinic, partnerships]]> In San Mateo County, about one-third of the health care workers and long-term care residents eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine have received it so far, county health officials said Tuesday.]]> <![CDATA[Stanford Shopping Center was a hot spot of violations when public health inspectors came calling]]> Eighteen stores in the Stanford Shopping Center were fined for violating Santa Clara County COVID-19 health orders over the Black Friday weekend, according to documents obtained by the Almanac's sister paper, the Palo Alto Weekly.]]> <![CDATA[Crime brief: Atherton police respond to weekend burglary]]> Police reported a burglary on Saturday evening in Atherton. It's the latest in a string of burglaries reported in town since October.]]> <![CDATA[Gov. Newsom: Bay Area's ICU capacity drops below 1%]]> Less than 1% of the Bay Area's intensive care unit beds remain available amid the region's latest coronavirus surge, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday. Announcement on extending the region's stay-at-home order is expected Tuesday.<br /> ]]> <![CDATA[Woodside kept calm and carried on in 2020]]> The town met the challenges of 2020 and its many curveballs, particularly in both finances and governance, and the community came together in the face of twin calamities: the pandemic and the largest wildfires in county history.<br /> ]]> <![CDATA[San Mateo County opens drive-thru vaccine clinic for vulnerable residents, health care workers]]> Starting Monday, Jan. 11, San Mateo County is offering a drive-thru COVID-19 vaccination clinic for eligible health care workers and vulnerable residents. Anyone interested must register online for an appointment.]]> <![CDATA[With COVID-19 surge, Stanford frosh-soph students can't return to campus after all]]> Stanford University announced Saturday that freshman and sophomore students would not be allowed to return to campus for winter quarter, citing a surge in coronavirus cases.]]> <![CDATA[Guest opinion: California's plan to bring many students back to school for in-person learning in careful stages]]> In an op-ed, Stanford professor and California State Board of Education president Linda Darling-Hammond writes about why she supports the safe reopening of schools.]]> <![CDATA[Holiday Fund: Reimagining sexual health education in a digital world]]> Like many education-focused organizations, the pandemic and the shift from in-person to distance learning has forced Health Connected, a local nonprofit, to consider the very nature of health education.]]> <![CDATA[Pro-Trump business owner documented at Capitol rally faces backlash]]> Some people are threatening a boycott of a Menlo Park business after it came to light that its owner attended a pro-Trump rally on Jan. 6 after which a mob violently invaded the U.S. Capitol. ]]> <![CDATA[Facebook's Willow Village now includes giant glass dome, 'High Line' path and more]]> At noon on Friday, Facebook and Signature Development Group submitted updated plans for the proposed Willow Village development. Among the new features: a giant collaboration dome, a "High Line"-like walkway, and senior housing. ]]> <![CDATA[Here's who'll be eligible for the next phases of COVID-19 vaccine distribution]]> The first phase of the COVID-19 vaccine distribution program is well underway in Santa Clara County, which could move to the second phase as soon as the end of January, health leaders said Friday.]]> <![CDATA[Obituaries: A list of local residents who died recently]]> This week in obituaries, read about the lives of Robert Capps, 63, Pat DiSibio, 88, Dorothy Gravelle, 95, Donald Young, 88, Dan Pomeroy, 77, Lois John, 87, Nancy Kiesling, 88, Norah Bretall, 85, and Elizabeth Kridl, 95.]]> <![CDATA[County embarks on project to renovate Middlefield Road through North Fair Oaks]]> Years in the making, a San Mateo County Public Works project to overhaul a busy half-mile of Middlefield Road through North Fair Oaks is out to bid now. Construction is set to start in the spring. ]]> <![CDATA[A world turned upside down: Documenting an unreal year in photos]]> The past 12 months have been unlike any other. As the Almanac’s visual journalist captured this historic year, their images reflect a range of unfamiliar and sometimes surreal moments that shaped 2020.]]> <![CDATA[Biennial homelessness count faces delays due to pandemic]]> Every other year, on one day in January, volunteers across the country come together before dawn to complete a federally mandated count of how many people are sleeping unsheltered in each city. This year, things may be different.]]> <![CDATA[January could be the pandemic's worst month following holiday season, health officials say]]> There were zero ICU beds available in Santa Clara County as of Wednesday, which is impacting the region's 911 system too, county leaders said.]]> <![CDATA[Community briefs: M-A student wins app competition and small business grant application deadline extended]]> In this week's community briefs, an M-A students wins an award for her app which detects damaged homes during a hurricane and small business grant applications deadline is extended.]]> <![CDATA[Mountain View high grad is the Bay Area's first female Eagle Scout]]> In February 2019, Boy Scouts of America, after 110 years of boys-only programming, for the first time in the organization's history permitted girls to earn the rank of Eagle Scout. From there, the race was on. ]]> <![CDATA['A day from hell': After rioters overrun Capitol, lawmakers have harsh words for president]]> U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo was among hundreds of legislators who fled the House floor on Wednesday as thousands of rioters supporting President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol building.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park councilman announces run for Board of Supervisors]]> Weeks after being sworn in for a third term on the Menlo Park City Council, Councilman Ray Mueller announced on Jan. 5 he plans to run for the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors. ]]> <![CDATA[Mountain View tech startup Nuro lands state's first autonomous vehicle permit]]> Tech company Nuro can now operate its driverless vehicles for commercial purposes and make deliveries to the public in select cities in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties -- a service it plans to launch in 2021.]]> <![CDATA[Nine new California laws explained — each in 1 minute]]> CalMatters runs down nine new state laws that went into effect in 2021, including a ban on police officers from using certain neck restraints and a requirement for businesses to report COVID-19 outbreaks.]]> <![CDATA[New East Palo Alto council member calls for more diverse leadership in Sequoia district]]> East Palo Alto Council member Antonio Lopez is asking the Sequoia Union High School District to hire more diverse leaders and to improve its relationship with his community]]>