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PG&E to covert 229 Atherton street lights to LEDs
Pacific Gas & Electric will spend two or three weeks converting 229 utility-owned street lights in Atherton to LEDs this... Last comment 21 hours ago | 9 comments

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"Hillview Fights Cancer!"
Hillview Middle Schoolers make pledges at a Relay for Life event for the American Cancer Society. Funds support research for cancer prevention, treatment, and cures. The students have raised over $24,000! Submitted by Ashley Carlisle on May 16, 2015

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Firefighters extinguish second homeless camp blaze since March
Firefighters on Friday morning (June 24) paid another emergency visit to the site of a grass fire at an undeveloped area in Menlo Park at the intersection of Willow Road, Bayfront Expressway and University Avenue. The area, known as the Kavanaugh Tract, is used as a campground by the homeless. Friday, 2:54 PM

Menlo Park: Home burglary suspect nabbed
An attempt by Menlo Park police to talk to the driver of a vehicle whose occupants appeared to be scoping out homes to burglarize in the area of O'Connor Street led to a car and foot chase and the arrest of one of at least two burglary suspects on Thursday.
Friday, 11:46 AM | 7 comments

Menlo Park's assessed property value up 12.5 percent, most in county
The assessed value of property in Menlo Park grew by 12.5 percent in 2105, a faster rate than that of any other city in San Mateo County, county assessor Mark Church announced on June 23. The assessed property value rose 8.2 percent in Atherton, 6.9 percent in Woodside and 4.5 percent in Portola Valley.
Friday, 11:59 AM | 2 comments

Scott Delucchi departs for Monterey SPCA post
Scott Delucchi, a former Menlo Park resident, has left his post as vice president of community relations for the Peninsula Humane Society to become chief executive officer of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals for Monterey County. Friday, 5:17 PM

Facebook expansion could exacerbate housing issues, report says
Facebook's expansion – a project that would add two office buildings and a hotel, totaling more than a million square feet – is unlikely to have a direct impact on the housing crisis in East Palo Alto and Belle Haven, but it could yield an indirect impact, a new report says. Friday, 11:18 AM

Menlo Park council raises staff salaries at cost of $430K
The Menlo Park City Council passed a $113 million budget Tuesday and agreed to a higher pay for city employees that will cost about $430,000 the first year. Thursday, 11:37 AM | 1 comments

FAA approves Surf Air route to take planes over Bay
Commuter airline Surf Air has received permission from the Federal Aviation Administration to start flying a new approach to the San Carlos Airport, sending its planes over the Bay from Moffett Field past the Dumbarton Bridge whenever conditions allow, starting on Tuesday, July 5. Thursday, 11:53 AM | 5 comments

DA proposes mandatory prison sentence for sex-assault crimes
In the wake of widespread outrage over the three months former Stanford University student-athlete Brock Turner will spend in jail after sexually assaulting an unconscious and intoxicated woman on campus last year, Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen announced Wednesday proposed legislation that would eliminate the possibility of probation and make years in prison mandatory for anyone convicted of the same crime. Wednesday, 11:21 PM | 2 comments

County holds vigil for Orlando shooting victims
"Ellos solo querian bailar," said Jorge Bautista, a minister at the Congregational Church of San Mateo, speaking at a June 17 vigil held at the county center in Redwood City to mourn the 49 people who died in a shooting at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando. Translated, Mr. Bautista's statement says, "They only wanted to dance." Wednesday, 10:23 PM

Woodside: Ex-councilman sees himself as watchdog of architectural board
Woodside resident Dave Burow left the Town Council in December but he stays active in town affairs, showing up occasionally at council meetings and regularly at meetings of the Architectural and Site Review Board. Wednesday, 10:35 PM

Menlo Park: Residents skeptical Facebook expansion will have 'less than significant' housing impact
Residents question a draft environmental impact report that says adding about 6,550 employees and no housing will have a "less than significant" impact on the city's population and housing situation. Wednesday, 10:42 AM | 15 comments

Sacred Heart Schools hosts 118th commencement
Sacred Heart Preparatory graduated 144 students recently at the 118th commencement ceremony at Sacred Heart Schools in Atherton.
Wednesday, 10:44 PM

Atherton, Caltrain squabble over train horns
Atherton's quiet zone, where trains aren't to blow their horns near the Fair Oaks Lane crossing except in an emergency, went into effect on June 13. But Caltrain says a loophole allows sounding the horns through the adjacent station. Wednesday, 10:07 AM | 9 comments

San Mateo County launches app for dads
San Mateo County has launched an app called "SMC Dads" designed to give dads information about local parenting resources. Wednesday, 10:33 PM

Police calls in Menlo Park, Woodside, West Menlo Park
A Menlo Park woman sent $10,000 in cash via Fed Ex to someone claiming to be her granddaughter and saying she needed the money to get out of jail. A conversation with her actual granddaughter a couple of weeks later proved the incident was a scam. Wednesday, 10:14 AM

How locals voted in presidential primary
In the 62 precincts in the Almanac area, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton won 72 percent of the Democratic vote in the June 7 presidential primary, according to data provided by the San Mateo County Elections Office. Wednesday, 10:24 AM | 5 comments

Jenna Carson: a force in helping at-risk students succeed
It's uncommon to encounter an advocate for narrowing one's choices, but fewer options can sometimes be what's called for, according to Menlo-Atherton High School's Jenna Carson. Monday, 11:27 PM | 1 comments

Police arrest pair in connection with Atherton, Menlo Park mail theft
Palo Alto police arrested a man and a woman Tuesday, June 7, for allegedly stealing mail from several residential mailboxes in Atherton and Menlo Park. Monday, 11:24 PM | 3 comments

Lawyer explains when school district can exclude public
After promising to involve the public in future planning, the Menlo Park City School District invited a lawyer to a board meeting June 13 to explain why the public can legally be excluded from some of those discussions. Tuesday, 8:30 AM | 13 comments

Menlo Park: Teacher arrested after physical altercations with students during baseball game
George Karr, 42, a physical education teacher at Willow Oaks School in Menlo Park, was arrested June 10 after a physical altercation with two children, ages 10 and 11, during a baseball game, Menlo Park police reported. Monday, 1:10 PM | 10 comments

PG&E to covert 229 Atherton street lights to LEDs
Pacific Gas & Electric will spend two or three weeks converting 229 utility-owned street lights in Atherton to LEDs this summer, allowing the town to save on its utility bills. Monday, 10:46 AM | 9 comments

Foundation raises $900,000 for Woodside High School
Woodside High School will be participating in the Silicon Valley Urban Debate League in the 2016-17 school year, one of many new opportunities made possible by donors to the Woodside High School Foundation. Sunday, 10:58 PM | 1 comments

Scholarship fund honors longtime college adviser Alice Kleeman

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