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Speed Trap
On Wednesday August 20th while driving from my home in Atherton to my office in San Francisco, I was pulled over by a motor... Last comment 29 minutes ago | 25 comments

Menlo Park: Monte Rosa stop sign approval temporarily stopped
At Vice Mayor Catherine Carlton's request, the Menlo Park council last night tabled the question of whether to install stop... Last comment 7 hours ago | 20 comments

Guest opinion: Bigger isn't always better: Menlo Park's zoning wars
The polarization in Menlo Park is not between pro-development and anti-development contingents, but between those who support... Last comment 2 hours ago | 50 comments

'Grandmother' gives 'grandson' scammer a piece of her mind
A would-be confidence man tried the grandson-impersonation scheme on Menlo Park travel consultant Carolyn Bakar with an early... Last comment on Aug 21, 2014 at 7:54 pm | 13 comments

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"Atherton's National Night Out"
Atherton's first National Night Out on Tue, Aug. 5, brought in the 9-1-1 Ready Fox from 9-1-1 for Kids, a nonprofit organization focused on 9-1-1 emergency dialing education. Submitted by Tiffany Lam on Aug 12, 2014

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Drought: Cal Water lists restrictions on water use
The California Water Service Company has a list of restrictions on water use during the drought, but doesn't have a final plan for how those restrictions will be enforced. Friday, 8:34 PM

Neighbors protest water waste at Corte Madera School
Portola Valley residents who live near Corte Madera School have become increasingly upset this summer as water continues to run down nearby streets from the school grounds, but school officials say they are doing their best to solve the problem. Friday, 1:54 PM | 1 comments

Man suspected of burglarizing Sharon Heights home arrested
After a brief chase, deputies with San Mateo County Sheriff's Office captured and arrested a 34-year-old Belmont man Wednesday in connection with a number of burglaries, including in Menlo Park and Atherton. Thursday, 12:05 PM | 1 comments

Woodside down to one farmers' market
The Sunday afternoon farmers market at the elementary school in Woodside is now the town's sole farmers' market. In June, market manager Maggie Foard ended the Wednesday afternoon market for the Skyline community at Four Corners, the intersection of Skyline Boulevard and Highway 84. Friday, 2:17 PM

Clerk sentenced in fake back-injury case
A hidden video was the undoing of a San Mateo County medical-records file clerk who had been drawing workers compensation benefits after convincing doctors she had suffered a work-related back injury. Friday, 11:44 AM

Woodside School safety gets boost with upgraded crosswalks, path
The safety of students getting to and from Woodside Elementary School has taken a big step forward. Thursday, 5:35 PM | 2 comments

Bills to curb antibiotic use head to governor's desk
The California Legislature recently sent to the governor two bills sponsored by Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, that will prohibit the use of antibiotics as growth enhancers in farm animals and promote more responsible use of antibiotics in humans. Thursday, 5:30 PM

Menlo Park council approves Sobrato office complex
While the Menlo Park City Council didn't take action on every item on the agenda for its Aug. 19 meeting, there were still plenty of actions taken, including a unanimous approval of a new office complex in the M-2 industrial zone. Thursday, 9:51 AM

Atherton: New bright green bike lanes on Middlefield near Marsh
Bright green paint and new pavement markings reminding motorists to share the road with cyclists can now be seen on both sides of Middlefield Road near Marsh Road in Atherton. It's part of a test designed to see if the changes will improve safety. Thursday, 9:23 AM | 7 comments

Editorial: Bills would help curb growing crisis over antibiotics
Good news hails from Sacramento in the form of two bills successfully sponsored by Sen. Jerry Hill. Both are important first steps in reining in the overuse of antibiotics in an effort to control the growing health crisis that results from that excess. Thursday, 7:17 AM | 2 comments

Back to School: Menlo district makes plans for new campus
As children in the Menlo Park City School District headed back to classes on Aug. 20, the district is moving ahead with the planning for a new campus for Laurel School at the old O'Conner School site. Wednesday, 3:52 PM

It's back to class for local students
Students in the Almanac area go back to school either this week or next. Thursday, 8:01 AM | 2 comments

Police calls: Charm bracelet and gold bangles taken in $45,000 burglary
Crime reports from Atherton, Woodside, West Menlo Park, Ladera and Menlo Park. Wednesday, 9:00 AM

Menlo Park: Monte Rosa stop sign approval temporarily stopped
At Vice Mayor Catherine Carlton's request, the Menlo Park council last night tabled the question of whether to install stop signs in all directions at the intersection of Monte Rosa Drive and Eastridge Avenue. Wednesday, 11:34 AM | 20 comments

Three of five candidates want to change healthcare district
Five candidates are running for three open seats on the governing board of the Sequoia Healthcare District in the Nov. 4 election, including three who advocate allowing voters to decide whether the district should exist. Tuesday, 12:53 PM | 11 comments

Four charged with perjury in 'Operation Sunny Day' cases
Four people who testified in cases relating to the San Mateo County District Attorney Office's "Operation Sunny Day" case, under which 16 alleged members of three East Palo Alto gangs were arrested for a string of violent crimes, were arraigned this week on perjury charges, according to the district attorney's office. Wednesday, 10:38 AM

'Grandmother' gives 'grandson' scammer a piece of her mind
A would-be confidence man tried the grandson-impersonation scheme on Menlo Park travel consultant Carolyn Bakar with an early morning telephone call on Aug. 14, but got nowhere. He did get an earful, though. Wednesday, 8:58 AM | 13 comments

Avenidas names new president and CEO
Amy Andonian, a nonprofit executive with experience in services to seniors and caregivers, will become the new president and CEO of Avenidas, the senior services organization based in downtown Palo Alto. Wednesday, 10:39 AM

Contractor pleads no contest to theft, sentenced to jail
A Palo Alto contractor who had been accused of defrauding an Atherton homeowner pleaded no contest to one misdemeanor charge of grand theft and was sentenced to 60 days in county jail under a plea agreement accepted by San Mateo County Superior Court Judge Mark Forcum on Friday, Aug. 15. Monday, 5:13 PM | 5 comments

Menlo Park: Tom Wing & Sons closing at end of September
After seven years in Menlo Park and more than 40 years in business, Tom Wing & Sons is closing its Menlo Park store and the family is retiring, says George Tom, president of the company that specializes in providing fine quality jade and other gemstones. Monday, 5:58 PM | 2 comments

Atherton volunteers rebuild plane-crash victim's home
Four years after a Tesla employee's plane plummeted into an East Palo Alto neighborhood, destroying Lisa Jones' home and child care center, residents of Atherton and dozens of community volunteers have stepped forward to rebuild Jones' home — and life. Monday, 7:50 AM | 14 comments

Pet of the week
Make it an "Orange Friday" this week -- adopt Vincent, a 2-year-old, male looker with a soft coat and golden eyes, from the Peninsula Humane Society's Center for Compassion in Burlingame. Tuesday, 6:45 PM

Menlo Park: Initiative ballot arguments released
The arguments that have been filling the air at city meetings for months are now officially on the Nov. 4 ballot. Those for and against "Measure M," an initiative to change Menlo Park's downtown/El Camino Real specific plan, have submitted the primary arguments in support of their positions. Monday, 11:38 AM | 81 comments

Sunday: Info sessions on Mandarin immersion charter school
An additional information session on the proposed Menlo Mandarin Immersion School has been added to the original two-hour meeting on Sunday, Aug. 24. Wednesday, 9:25 AM

No charges against deputy who shot woman armed with knife

Burglars rob cash register at Fosters Freeze in Menlo Park

Vote-by-mail election trial coming to San Mateo County

East Palo Alto shooting leaves one dead, four injured

Obituary: Jack Byrne, grocer, carpenter

Menlo Park: Man pleads not guilty to assaulting officer with truck

East Palo Alto youth program aims to build qualities for success

32-year-old accident victim had lived in Atherton for 22 years

Menlo Park seeks riders for van service

Fix it, keep it

Trio allegedly robs, attacks man on bicycle in East Palo Alto

Menlo Park man sentenced to 17 years for assault and resisting arrest


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