If it is local and useful, it is on en-us Copyright 2021 Almanac Online <![CDATA[Community briefs: Upcoming talks, food drive, book sale and more]]> This week in community briefs, learn about housing and rain gardens, snag your last Off the Grid meal of the year in Menlo Park, donate food or prepare to pick up some new reads. ]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park mayor blasts councilwoman for setting up mystery meeting]]> While some of what happened at the Menlo Park City Council's closed session last week may remain a mystery, one thing is clear: Mayor Drew Combs is not pleased with Councilwoman Jen Wolosin for setting up that meeting behind his back. ]]> <![CDATA[Elizabeth Holmes trial: Former Theranos project manager testifies no intent to deceive]]> Elizabeth Holmes's defense team spent much of Wednesday trying to undo damaging testimony by former Theranos project manager Daniel Edlin.]]> <![CDATA[Former tutor now faces 55 counts related to alleged lewd acts on students]]> Former Palo Alto math tutor Mark Allan Hodes' plea hearing was postponed after prosecutors added more charges that allege multiple lewd and lascivious acts against girls whom he had taught in his home.]]> <![CDATA[Newsom declares statewide drought emergency]]> Gov. Newsom has expanded the California drought emergency from 50 counties to statewide. He didn't order mandatory water conservation, but authorized regulators to ban wasteful water use, such as spraying down public sidewalks.]]> <![CDATA[Burnout, anxiety weigh on some local teachers two months into full return to classrooms]]> "I'm wondering 'Was my mask on tight enough today?'" said Menlo-Atherton High School teacher Mallory Byrne. She gets tested twice a week on campus. "It's anxiety-inducing."]]> <![CDATA[Obituaries: Karen Sortino]]> This week in obituaries, read about the life of Karen Sortino, 85.]]> <![CDATA[Local nonprofit leader co-authors first book for children about the harms of gasoline]]> Menlo Park resident Janelle London advocates for the environment as leader of a nonprofit to make America gas-free and Menlo Park's Environmental Quality Commission. Now she's the co-author of a children's book building on that work. ]]> <![CDATA[Rain on the way, as three systems and a possible atmospheric river head toward Bay Area]]> The National Weather Service says the Bay Area and Monterey should expect an "unsettled weather pattern" over at least the next week, with three systems on the way and a potential atmospheric river arriving Sunday. ]]> <![CDATA[Four Menlo Park liquor stores cited for selling alcohol to underaged youth]]> Menlo Park Police cited four out of the nine liquor stores involved in a minor decoy operation for selling alcohol to underaged youth. ]]> <![CDATA[Woodside nears the end of $2M bridge project]]> Woodside is four months into a project to rebuild the aging Portola Road bridge. ]]> <![CDATA[Youth's input on state government sought at Marc Berman's town hall]]> Young people have a chance to share their thoughts with state Assembly member Marc Berman, D-Menlo Park, at a youth town hall that the California legislator is hosting this Wednesday.]]> <![CDATA['Get the Zuck out': Protesters call for Mark Zuckerberg's removal as Facebook CEO]]> A caravan of about 20 protesters parked by Mark Zuckerberg's Palo Alto residence on Sunday afternoon to honk up a storm and deliver a message to Facebook's CEO: "Get the Zuck out!"]]> <![CDATA[Editorial: Vote yes on Measure B]]> The Almanac recommends Menlo Park City School District residents vote yes on Measure B, the parcel tax measure on the Nov. 2 ballot.]]> <![CDATA[Guest opinion: No on Measure A]]> In a guest opinion, Woodside resident Don Pugh writes about why he opposes Measure A, which is on the Nov. 2 ballot in town.]]> <![CDATA[Guest opinion: Yes on Woodside's Measure A]]> In a guest opinion, the Woodside residents behind Measure A, Peter Bailey and Alex Tauber, write about their support of the initiative and the background behind it.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park police get grant to combat harm from alcohol]]> The Menlo Park Police Department received over $70,000 in grant money to fight against alcohol-related harm, the department announced on Wednesday.<br /> ]]> <![CDATA[Voter Guide: Measure A asks Woodside voters to decide on zoning changes to two parcels in town's center]]> Voters will decide this November whether to change zoning on two pieces of land in central Woodside to enable consideration of expanded outdoor dining opportunities and potential construction of an amphitheater for community events.]]> <![CDATA[Pandemic blamed for staff shortages at local schools]]> Mei Chan is the CBO for the Las Lomitas district, but lately, she also serves as a crossing guard. Midpeninsula school districts are having trouble finding people to fill a variety of positions, from substitute teachers to bus drivers.]]> <![CDATA[Coronavirus central: FDA advisory panel recommends Moderna booster for vulnerable groups]]> A Food and Drug Administration advisory panel recommended a half-dose of the Moderna vaccine as a booster shot against COVID-19 on Thursday, paving the way for possible approval. ]]>