Almanac Online If it is local and useful, it is on en-us Copyright 2023 Almanac Online <![CDATA[California Clean Air Day returns to the Bay Area on October 4]]> The Bay Area Air Quality Management District is inviting residents to participate in the sixth annual California Clean Air Day, a statewide initiative, on October 4. Residents are encouraged to take the Clean Air Day pledge.]]> <![CDATA[Obituaries: Local residents who have died recently]]> Local residents who have died recently include Marlene Cummings Arnold, Manuel Santos Avila, Kevin George Bohannon, Susan J. Levy and Cyrena Nelson Wilson. ]]> <![CDATA[Gavin Newsom signs law boosting minimum wage for fast-food workers. Is $20 enough?]]> ]]> <![CDATA[San Mateo County Supervisors OK contracts for mental health services, unlocking federal funding]]> The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors finalized two of four contracts for mental health care providers that will operate smaller, more specialized facilities, which will allow the county to obtain federal reimbursements.]]> <![CDATA[Local athletes turn out in droves Friday for the annual Moonlight Run]]> Back for its 39th year, the Palo Alto Weekly Moonlight Run & Walk drew runners, walkers and canines to the Palo Alto Baylands Friday night, Sept. 29.]]> <![CDATA[San Mateo County Supervisors OK updated 5-year capital improvement plan]]> The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors got a glimpse Tuesday of a revamped online breakdown of the county's capital improvement projects before voting to accept a five-year plan that includes more than $765 million in spending.]]> <![CDATA[Local leaders share statements on the late U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein's 'trailblazing' leadership]]> U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the longest-serving woman senator in the country's history and the first woman to be San Francisco's mayor, has died at the age of 90. Local leaders share their thoughts on her groundbreaking career.]]> <![CDATA[Caltrans bridge work to close U.S. 101 southbound lanes in Redwood City this weekend]]> U.S. 101 Southbound will be closed for 55 hours this weekend between Whipple Avenue and Brittan Avenue for construction on the Cordilleras Creek Bridge.]]> <![CDATA[With the death of Sen. Dianne Feinstein, whom will Newsom appoint?]]> ]]> <![CDATA[New contract for Menlo Park pools floats past City Council's renewed scrutiny]]> After reconsidering its new contract with Team Sheeper to operate swimming pools at both Burgess Park and the Menlo Park Community Campus, the Menlo Park City Council decided against making changes at a Sept. 26 meeting.]]> <![CDATA[Sheriff: Five home burglaries reported in Woodside, Portola Valley on Thursday]]> San Mateo County Sheriff's deputies said they responded to five calls reporting residential burglaries in Portola Valley and Woodside in just one day, and are asking residents to report any suspicious activity they see. ]]> <![CDATA[Sequoia district didn't know of ex-superintendent's involvement in LA overtime-pay scandal]]> Darnise Williams, Sequoia Union High School District's former superintendent, was implicated in a pay scandal in the Los Angeles Unified School District prior to being hired by Sequoia, a recent Los Angeles Times story has revealed.]]> <![CDATA[Firefighters file lawsuit against NASA, alleging they were pushed out because of age and union activities]]> ]]> <![CDATA[Citing privacy concerns, Menlo Park says no to automated license plate readers]]> While other local towns, aiming to reduce crime, have opted to install automatic license plate readers and gunshot detection services, the Menlo Park City Council veered in a different direction at its Sept. 26 meeting.]]> <![CDATA[President Biden leaves Bay Area after campaign stops, meeting with science and tech advisors]]> President Joe Biden left the Bay Area via Air Force One on Wednesday evening around 6:30 p.m. after a day and a half of campaign fundraising stops and a meeting with science and tech advisors. <br /> ]]> <![CDATA[San Mateo County forms domestic violence task force after 5 women are killed]]> Their names were Grace, Yesenia, Claribel, Maria and Frances, and they all shared the same sad fate: They were killed this year in San Mateo County, allegedly by their partners. <br /> ]]> <![CDATA[Driver hits two parked cars, flips vehicle on Emerson]]> Emergency vehicles swarmed a downtown Palo Alto block on Tuesday afternoon after a driver sideswiped two parked cars and flipped his vehicle on Emerson Street.]]> <![CDATA[Serial killer John Getreu dies in prison]]> John Arthur Getreu, the serial killer who was sentenced to life in prison for the strangulation murders of two women in the 1970s on Stanford University land, has died in state prison, San Mateo County District Attorney confirmed.]]> <![CDATA[Living history: Atherton turns out to celebrate the town's centennial on Sunday]]> With activities, live music and educational displays, Atherton residents celebrated the town's first 100 years on Sunday, Sept. 24. ]]> <![CDATA[Trainer connected with Palo Alto dog's death charged in Massachusetts case]]> A woman who was under investigation for the disappearance and death of a Palo Alto family's beloved German shepherd in January has been arrested and charged in Massachusetts in connection with a dog-training scam.]]> <![CDATA[Former Congresswoman Jackie Speier announces run for San Mateo County Board of Supervisors]]> Jackie Speier, who spent more than three decades as a state legislator and member of Congress, announced she is running for a position on the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, where she started her career as an elected official.]]> <![CDATA[Large vegetation fire burning at University Avenue/101 interchange in East Palo Alto]]> Firefighters were responding to a large fire that burned shrubs and trees at University Avenue and the U.S. Highway 101 interchange on Tuesday night.]]> <![CDATA[President Biden arrives on Peninsula for Atherton campaign events, meeting with tech advisors]]> President Joe Biden arrived in the Bay Area via Air Force One on Tuesday afternoon, landing at Moffett Field in Mountain View before heading to Atherton for a campaign reception.<br /> ]]> <![CDATA[Saying they want a seat at the table, Almanac journalists join effort to form a new, company-wide union]]> Newsroom employees at Embarcadero Media announced that they are forming a union on Tuesday. The proposed Embarcadero Community News Guild includes reporters, editors, visual journalists and designers at The Almanac. ]]> <![CDATA[Team Sheeper's pool contract comes under new scrutiny from Menlo Park City Council]]> ]]> <![CDATA[Exclusive Atherton club finds itself in crosshairs of housing mandate]]> Atherton is eyeing additional properties, including that of an exclusive social club, for potential new multifamily and workforce dwellings to help meet a state requirement for cities to plan for future housing.]]> <![CDATA[How Palo Altan Michelle Kraus and a Silicon Valley network are rescuing LGBTQ+ Afghans]]> Americans for Afghans, a humanitarian startup co-founded by Palo Alto human relations commissioner Michelle Kraus and San Francisco tech executive Joe Rodriguez, is helping rescue LGBTQ Afghans from the clutches of the Taliban.]]>