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Decorations light up the community in preparation to celebrate the new year.

Students recall 2020 as the end of the year approaches

Mandy Mah, Staff Writer December 27, 2020

Many hoped to finally follow through on their New Year's resolutions as they transitioned into 2020. People placed their hopes and bets on the new year and the fact that 2020 was the beginning of a new,...

Oakland is the third-largest city in the Bay Area, and in 2019 saw a 47% increase in the population of homeless people. As the homeless population rises, prices rise and make it harder for people to get back on their feet.

Income inequality worsens as housing prices rise

Maya Campbell, Staff Writer December 16, 2020

Income disparity is leaving Californians in the dust. As housing prices rise, the economically disadvantaged are falling into homelessness and poverty. The Bay Area is one of the most economically diverse...

Guillermina Castellanos purchases a drink at Peet’s Coffee in Belmont using her credit card.

Peet’s Coffee shops eliminate cash payment

Carolina Cuadros, Staff Writer December 13, 2020

Peet's Coffee shops in the San Mateo district are no longer accepting cash as a payment form.  The coffee shops implemented this new rule at the end of March due to the coronavirus pandemic; its purpose...

Christmas tree lots continue a long-standing tradition

Brynn Toomasson and Lucy Lopshire December 10, 2020

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! With the help of incoming Christmas trees, houses are lighting up with holiday cheer and Christmas spirit.  According to the National Christmas Tree Association,...

Belmont Public Art

Belmont City Council approves Public Art Master Plan

Keegan Balster and Zachary Kinder December 9, 2020

Many renowned cities have unique advantages such as location, ancient architecture that attract tourists, increased revenue, beautification, and a sense of originality. Belmont, being similar to many...

Mrs. Loung receives dialysis at the San Francisco Renal Center before COVID-19 restrictions.

COVID-19 spreads, dialysis patients face increased struggle

Aarya Mukherjee, Staff Writer December 8, 2020

COVID-19 has impacted patients with chronic illnesses in many different ways. Specifically, its impact on patients with kidney failure has been profound. Dialysis or Renal Replacement Therapy removes...

San Mateo County recorded 2,628 new cases in the last 30 days, raising concern that Bay Area will be issued another stay-at-home order.

San Francisco and San Mateo County enter purple tier

Anoushka Mekerira, Staff Writer December 7, 2020

San Francisco and San Mateo counties have been put under a curfew after they officially entered the purple tier in Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy plan on Nov. 28. Within...

The recent Sequoia Union High School District election determined new board of trustee members, who will be working to address key issues for students in our district.

Newly-elected school district board members to make key decisions

Noah Braunstein, Staff Writer December 6, 2020

On Nov. 3, 2020, much of the nation’s attention was on the presidential showdown.  However, much closer to home, local voters decided on candidates who will immediately impact local students. Elections...

People wait in line to pick up food provided by Samaritan House on a busy afternoon.

Local charities adapt to COVID-19 while maintaining holiday spirit

Lindsay Augustine and Andrew Tolu December 4, 2020

With the holiday season already underway and the pandemic in full swing, charities have had to massively increase their capacity to serve their communities due to the influx of people requiring their services. Experts from...

Dancers from Advanced Pre Ballet participate in an in-person class at Heartbeat Dance Academy.

Teens working at Heartbeat Dance Academy find new opportunities

Jordan Dooley, Staff Writer December 4, 2020

COVID-19 has caused numerous negative impacts on many aspects of life. However, these negative experiences have opened more new windows than expected. Though many businesses have felt an economic impact...

A student's desk is filled with study guides and review sheets as he studies for finals.

Teachers make ‘final’ decisions regarding final exams

Austin Li, Staff Writer December 1, 2020

Despite learning online for months, students and teachers alike struggle to prepare for finals week.  Each year, after an academic semester, students are presented with an exam from each class to measure...

Aiming for contactless donations, San Carlos YAC had set up boxes for donation drop off.

San Carlos Youth Advisory Committee holds donation drive

Rebecca Von Tersch, Staff Writer November 30, 2020

One of San Carlos’s volunteer groups, the Youth Advisory Committee (YAC), hosted a Homeless Care COVID-19 Donation drive as a project for the community.  The San Carlos YAC held their Homeless Care...

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