The collision happened at approximately 4:47 p.m., when northbound train No. 253 collided with the individual near West Meadow Drive, Caltrain spokesperson Dan Lieberman said.
There were approximately 200 passengers on the train at the time of the collision, Lieberman said.
The San Mateo County Sheriff's Office's Transit Police Bureau is investigating the incident.
A staff member with the Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner's Office said the person had not yet been identified.
The southbound track of Caltrain through Palo Alto reopened Saturday evening but at reduced speeds. Trains were being single-tracking through the affected area, Lieberman said.
— Bay City News Service
Ecumenical Hunger Program collects school supplies
With the start of the new school year just weeks away, the Ecumenical Hunger Program is hosting its annual back-to-school donation drive. The East Palo Alto nonprofit is asking for school supplies, as well as clothes, books and other items.
The organization stressed the importance of making sure no student is left behind. Last year, the organization distributed school supplies to 412 students in the greater East Palo Alto area. This year, the nonprofit expects the demand to be even greater based on the current volume of requests, according to Lesia Preston, executive director of the Ecumenical Hunger Program.
In addition to clothes, backpacks, hygiene products and school supplies, the nonprofit also is requesting gift cards that families will use to shop for their children. Amazon, Walmart, Target and Costco are the most popular choices, according to Preston.
The annual event serves hundreds of students in East Palo Alto and Menlo Park's Belle Haven neighborhood.
Families who wish to benefit from the program can register with Ecumenical Hunger until supplies run out, according to Preston. Anyone who wishes to donate is encouraged to do so as soon as possible, although there is no deadline.
Gift cards and donations can be dropped off at 2411 Pulgas Ave. in East Palo Alto on Mondays through Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 650-323-7781 or go to ehpcares.org.
— Miles Breen
Google gives housing crisis commitment update
Three years after pledging to invest $1 billion toward increasing the Bay Area's housing supply and supporting organizations that combat homelessness, Google released an update on how this commitment is unfolding.
So far, the tech behemoth has allocated $128 million of a $250 million investment fund to 18 organizations, which resulted in the development of 23 affordable housing projects across the Bay Area, according to a July 25 statement. The other chunk of the $1 billion commitment will be in the form of land — the company is pushing forward a number of housing projects on Google-owned land worth $750 million.
"We've worked closely with elected officials and residents to propose plans where residential units, offices, retail spaces and open space will coexist on our land," Google said in the statement.
All together, Google aims to build close to 13,000 units of housing across the south Bay Area, the majority of which are planned for Mountain View. The San Jose City Council approved Google's Downtown West project in May 2021, which calls for 4,000 housing units. The company has also submitted plans for two mixed-use developments in Mountain View — the Middlefield Park and North Bayshore master plans — which together will generate nearly 9,000 housing units in the coming decades.
The company announced that over the next three years, it will be distributing more than $10 million to Bay Area nonprofits in grants and pro bono support in the form of technical expertise provided at no cost, said Google Communications Manager Bailey Tomson.
— Malea Martin
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