If it is local and useful, it is on en-us Copyright 2022 Almanac Online <![CDATA[Menlo Park without the blare of train horns? Study of 'quiet zone' on Caltrain line moves forward]]> Menlo Park is officially exploring what it would take to establish a "quiet zone" along a section of the Caltrain corridor within -- and even beyond -- city limits. ]]> <![CDATA[Bay Area law enforcement grapples with rise in 'ghost guns']]> Officials in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties have reported a significant rise in "ghost guns" over the last few years. They're untraceable, illegal and too often in the hands of criminals.]]> <![CDATA[Newsom injects $6.1B to speed shift to zero-emission vehicles]]> Standing outside the Ford Greenfield Labs in Palo Alto on Wednesday, Gov. Gavin Newsom spoke about his vision for fast forwarding the state's zero-emissions economy and climate goals.]]> <![CDATA[Even as COVID-19 cases plateau, San Mateo County health officials expect difficult weeks ahead]]> COVID-19 case rates in San Mateo County may be starting to plateau but San Mateo County Health Chief Louise Rogers said Tuesday that there may still be difficult weeks ahead with tremendous strain on hospitals.]]> <![CDATA[Obituaries: A list of local residents who died recently]]> ]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park's troubled community engagement committee likely to remain in pared-down form]]> Menlo Park's Community Engagement and Outreach Committee, or CEOC, has had its fair share of challenges since its creation in May 2021. Here's how the council is trying to reform it. ]]> <![CDATA[What's in the California paid sick leave deal for workers and businesses?]]> California workers will soon again have access to as much as two weeks paid time off for COVID-19-related sick leave, under a deal announced on Tuesday by the governor and legislative leaders.]]> <![CDATA[John Arrillaga, one of Silicon Valley's top philanthropists, dies at 84]]> John Arrillaga, the billionaire philanthropist who helped develop the modern Silicon Valley before becoming one of its most prolific and generous donors, died Monday morning at the age of 84, his family announced.]]> <![CDATA[$50K worth of jewelry, other items stolen from Atherton home]]> Someone stole $50,000 worth of jewelry and other items from a home in Atherton sometime over the last week, police said.]]> <![CDATA[Magical Bridge Foundation and East Palo Alto seek community feedback on upcoming playground]]> The nonprofit behind the new Magical Bridge Playground in East Palo Alto is holding virtual community engagement meetings to gather community input for the 7-acre space at Bell Street Park. ]]> <![CDATA[Family sues Stanford University, fraternity over son's fentanyl death]]> The family of a Stanford University student who died from an accidental fentanyl overdose in January 2020 has filed a lawsuit against the university and the fraternity to which he belonged.]]> <![CDATA[Ravenswood district in talks to lease two of its properties]]> The Ravenswood City School District hopes to finalize longterm lease agreements to develop two of its sites and use the revenue to fund recent raises for teachers. ]]> <![CDATA[On new Portola Valley mayor's plate in 2022: housing, fire safety and improving communication with residents]]> PV Mayor Craig Hughes is planning for new housing, safety element work and more in 2022.]]> <![CDATA[Community briefs: Vaccine clinic offers $50 bonus, omicron impacting garbage service, tsunami relief and more]]> Leaf blower restrictions, upcoming vaccine clinics, volunteers sought for homeless count and more in this week's community briefs.]]> <![CDATA[Downtown Menlo Park development signs up notable San Francisco eateries as tenants]]> Coming soon to downtown Menlo Park's Springline development: Burmese cuisine, a brewery, a new coffee shop, an Italian restaurant and market, and a cafe/wine bar. ]]> <![CDATA[Glass door smashed in Atherton's fifth burglary of 2022]]> Atherton police reported the fifth burglary of the year on Thursday, after someone reportedly smashed a glass door to break into a home on Selby Lane.]]> <![CDATA[COVID-19 cases ease at local high schools, rise slightly at elementary schools]]> Menlo Park middle schooler Isaac Chen woke up to a sore throat, took a rapid test and was surprised to find he had COVID-19. He's part of a spike at local schools, though data shows case rates are starting to slow among older students.]]> <![CDATA[Body of missing Stanford nurse found near Dumbarton Bridge]]> A search effort for a Stanford Hospital nurse who disappeared on Tuesday ended on Thursday with the discovery of his body, the Alameda County Coroner's Bureau has confirmed.]]> <![CDATA[Newsom's $50 million opioids education pledge comes as colleges warn of risks]]> Gov. Gavin Newsom proposed spending $50 million on youth opioids education, funding that comes as colleges are grappling with how to best protect students and train them in overdose prevention.]]> <![CDATA[Deputies seeking suspect after burglar shatters window in Portola Valley]]> The San Mateo County Sheriff's Office is still seeking a suspect who broke into a home in Portola Valley's Westridge neighborhood on Dec. 31.<br /> ]]> <![CDATA[Man arrested on suspicion of firing shots in North Fair Oaks]]> A 38-year-old man was arrested late Sunday night on suspicion of firing a gun in the unincorporated area of North Fair Oaks, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.<br /> ]]> <![CDATA[Elderly women robbed at gunpoint while lunching at Stanford Shopping Center]]> A man who pointed a handgun at two elderly women stole their purses on Tuesday outside True Food Kitchen, according to police.]]> <![CDATA[Scammer impersonating deputy, Sheriff's Office warns]]> The San Mateo County Sheriff's Office is alerting the public to a financial scam involving a person who is claiming to be a deputy. The person is using the name of an actual deputy sheriff to extract money from victims.]]> <![CDATA[Atherton couple grateful for community support after burglars cause $1 million in damage]]> After burglars broke into their home and damaged a faucet, causing flooding while they were away on vacation, an Atherton couple lost $20,000 in valuables, $1 million in structural repair costs and some of their sense of security.]]> <![CDATA[Coronavirus central: Track the latest vaccination and case counts]]> View maps and charts showing updates on vaccinations, cases, deaths and hospitalizations in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. ]]>