If it is local and useful, it is on en-us Copyright 2020 Almanac Online <![CDATA[First COVID-19 drug treatment gains FDA approval]]> The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the antiviral drug remdesivir to treat COVID-19 in hospitalized patients, the first such treatment the FDA has authorized to fight the deadly coronavirus.]]> <![CDATA[Atherton Caltrain Station closure agreement vote delayed]]> The council delayed until next week a vote on an agreement that would cut rail service in town.]]> <![CDATA[San Mateo County playgrounds to reopen Saturday]]> Starting Saturday, Oct. 24, nine of the 10 playgrounds operated by the San Mateo County Parks Department will reopen for play after remaining off-limits to young visitors since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.]]> <![CDATA[To avoid COVID-19 scare, Halloween celebrations take on different look]]> From virtual carnivals to neighborhood costume parades to a candy chute to deliver treats hands-free, Midpeninsula cities and residents are gearing up for Halloween in creative and safer ways.]]> <![CDATA[Red flag warning for high winds, fire weather starting Sunday]]> The National Weather Service issued alerts for fire weather and high winds Friday that are expected in parts of the Bay Area beginning on Sunday, and PG&E has begun notifying customers that it will shut off power in some areas.]]> <![CDATA[Street-cleaning teen takes dog along for the ride]]> A Menlo Park teen is cleaning up Menlo Park streets with dog Ollie.]]> <![CDATA[Motorcyclists suffer major injuries in separate crashes]]> A pair of motorcycle accidents on Skyline Boulevard last weekend sent two men to the hospital with major injuries, according to the California Highway Patrol.]]> <![CDATA[Possible PG&E power outages in West Atherton starting Sunday]]> West Atherton homes may lose power from Sunday to Wednesday.]]> <![CDATA[Facing a lawsuit, Palo Alto looks to permanently expand Foothills Park access]]> Spurred by a lawsuit from a coalition that includes the ACLU and the NAACP, Palo Alto is preparing to permanently abolish a long-standing policy of limiting Foothills Park access to residents and their guests.]]> <![CDATA[Bay Area's new growth plan eyes massive housing influx in Silicon Valley]]> Sometime in early 2021, city planners throughout the Bay Area will receive a daunting assignment: a mandate to accommodate their cities' "fair share" of the region's projected housing growth.]]> <![CDATA[Obituaries:Mary Margaret Walz, Michael David Spafford]]> This week in obituaries, read about the life of Mary Margaret Walz, 81, and Michael David Spafford, 64.]]> <![CDATA[Las Lomitas kindergartners get first taste of classroom life]]> Teachers and a cascade of bubbles greeted kindergartners as they filed off the school bus and entered classrooms at Las Lomitas Elementary School in Atherton on Monday. They are among the first students back on campus since March.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park council favors lowering speed limits citywide]]> Menlo Park could overhaul its speed limit system in favor of mandating slower speeds on city streets, possibly making it 25 mph citywide. ]]> <![CDATA[County history museum, other sites reopen doors this week]]> The San Mateo County History Museum, the Woodside Store and the Sanchez Adobe reopened on Tuesday after being closed for most of the year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.]]> <![CDATA[San Mateo County Sheriff, DA, defender and advocates tackle tough questions about law enforcement and race]]> Months after protests calling for police reform rippled throughout the U.S. and Peninsula, Portola Valley hosted a panel to discuss how the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office and court system are responding. ]]> <![CDATA[DOJ accuses Google of illegally maintaining a monopoly on internet searches]]> Google, the company that once adopted the motto "don't be evil," was accused on Tuesday of illegally maintaining a monopoly position in internet search in the United States through anticompetitive and exclusionary tactics.]]> <![CDATA[Wednesday: Atherton council to vote on plan to close train station on Dec. 1]]> The Atherton City Council will consider approving an agreement to shut down its historic train station on Wednesday, Oct. 21.]]> <![CDATA[Portola Valley seeks volunteers for town commissions]]> The Portola Valley Town Council is looking for three volunteers to serve on the town's Architectural and Site Control Commission (ASCC) and three to serve on the town's Planning Commission through December 2024.]]> <![CDATA[Students find new ways to get out the vote amid pandemic]]> Driven by concerns about climate change, racism and health care, students are more mobilized around the November election than they were in 2018 or 2016, according to researchers.]]> <![CDATA[Jury convicts man for mailing bombs in act of revenge on officers]]> An Oakland man was found guilty earlier this week of sending bombs through the mail to take revenge on a corrections officer and a police officer, federal prosecutors said.]]> <![CDATA[Mystery behind donated photo album leads woman on search for long-lost family connection]]> A donation to the Friends of the Palo Alto Library led to the discovery of a series of photographs of a now-deceased Palo Alto doctor and a mystery about where they came from.]]> <![CDATA[Portola Valley: Virtual roundtable on policing, race and justice Monday]]> The town of Portola Valley is hosting a virtual panel and Q&A on Monday, Oct. 19, entitled "Policing, Race & Justice in the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office."]]> <![CDATA[Guest opinion: Halloween during a pandemic doesn't have to be scary]]> In an op-ed in the Oct. 16 issue, school superintendents Erik Burmeister, Beth Polito and Gina Sudaria implore families to plan alternative celebrations for upcoming holidays, including Halloween, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.]]> <![CDATA[Sequoia district fields and tennis courts reopen]]> Woodside and Menlo-Atherton high school fields and tennis courts reopened to the public over the weekend.]]> <![CDATA[Police on search for duo in overnight crime spree]]> Palo Alto police detectives are investigating an early Monday morning crime spree after burglars entered two homes, prowled a third property and stole a car from another.]]> <![CDATA[Second Harvest Food Bank faces volunteer shortage]]> Second Harvest of Silicon Valley, which operates as the primary food bank in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, is facing a shortage of volunteers as the number of people it serves has risen to about a half million. ]]> <![CDATA[Alleged robber causes scare with replica handgun at Stanford Shopping Center]]> A man who reportedly had a gun at Stanford Shopping Center was arrested by Palo Alto police on Saturday for allegedly taking $600 in merchandise from the Timberland store, police said.]]> <![CDATA[Guest Opinions: Arguments for, against Caltrain's Measure RR]]> Read guest opinions for and against Measure RR, a proposed eighth-cent sales tax in San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties that would generate $108 million per year for Caltrain operations. ]]> <![CDATA[Three compete for two Menlo Park school board seats]]> How to safely reopen schools amid the COVID-19 pandemic is among the challenges facing the three candidates running for two open seats on the Menlo Park City School District school board.]]> <![CDATA[San Mateo County launches COVID-19 compliance unit]]> San Mateo County on Monday launched a COVID-19 compliance unit that will warn and cite businesses that fail to follow the county's pandemic-related health order.]]> <![CDATA[Vote-by-mail fail: When a ballot arrives that isn't for you]]> More than 21 million ballots are now in various stages of transit across California. They are in mail trucks and mail boxes. And, predictably, some have ended up in the wrong place.]]> <![CDATA[First graders return to Portola Valley schools]]> "Keep one horse length apart" read signs at Ormondale Elementary School, as first graders trickled into classrooms Monday, Oct. 12.]]> <![CDATA[Nearly 1,700 PG&E customers in San Mateo County to lose power for up to two days]]> Power shut-offs are scheduled for about 1,700 PG&E customers in San Mateo County starting tonight that are set to last up to 48 hours, the county announced today. Most affected customers are in unincorporated areas near the coastside. ]]> <![CDATA[Voter Guide 2020: A roundup of The Almanac's news coverage and endorsements]]> As you prepare to fill out your ballot for the Nov. 3 election, we're gathered news stories and editorials to help you make an informed decision on local races.]]> <![CDATA[Voter Guide 2020: Voter resources]]> A contentious general election in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic has brought rise to another issue: casting a ballot. Here's what you need to know about voting by mail this fall.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park's playgrounds to reopen by month's end]]> Seven months after Menlo Park's playgrounds were roped off with caution tape and closed to the public, the city's youngest residents will soon have their jungle gyms back – but must abide by some new rules of play. ]]> <![CDATA[Community College District races bring new perspectives to county board]]> The 2020 elections will bring new faces to the San Mateo Community College Board of Trustees. While the Area 1 race is now uncontested, in Area 5, three candidates vie to represent Redwood City, East Palo Alto and part of Menlo Park. ]]> <![CDATA[Watch the Ravenswood school board candidates discuss top issues]]> Through videos, get to know this year's candidates for the Ravenswood City School District Board of Trustees and find out where they stand on top issues facing the district.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park police arrest three men who allegedly robbed youths at Flood Park]]> Three men were arrested in connection with the robbery of two juveniles Monday afternoon at Flood Park in Menlo Park, police said.<br /> ]]> <![CDATA[Proposal to add apartments, shop, restaurant and townhomes in Allied Arts moves forward]]> A proposal to replace the commercial building and four housing units at the corner of El Camino Real and Cambridge Avenue in Menlo Park moved forward last week. It's now scheduled for review and possible approval by the City Council.]]> <![CDATA[PG&E power shutoff could affect 23K customers in Bay Area]]> Portions of the Bay Area may have their power shut off Wednesday by PG&E as forecasted hot, dry and windy conditions are raising the risk of wildfires in the region and elsewhere, PG&E officials said Monday. ]]> <![CDATA[Crime briefs: bike robbery at gunpoint, underage alcohol sale decoys snag four and more]]> Recent reports from the Menlo Park Police Department: A youth sold a bike to another teen only to have the bike stolen at gunpoint, police are working with minors to catch people who buy alcohol for people under 21, and more.]]> <![CDATA[Two Stanford University economists win Nobel Prize]]> A pair of Stanford economists will share the 2020 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced today.]]>