Recent News

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Menlo Park: Facebook opens west campus

It's no longer "the Gehry building" -- Facebook's newest Menlo Park office has been dubbed "MPK20" as employees start moving in this week.

Tuesday, 11:27 AM | 2 comments
Police calls: Security cam sees man with tote bag not his own

Crime reports for Woodside and Menlo Park.

Tuesday, 10:40 AM | No comments yet
Tonight: Menlo Park studies proposed M2 zoning changes

It's time for the decision-makers to take a first look at what residents have said they hope to see in Menlo Park's M2 industrial district, when the City Council and Planning Commission hold a joint study session tonight (March 31).

Tuesday, 8:29 AM | 2 comments

Monday, March 30, 2015

Menlo Park police officer honored for work with kids

Going to school pays off, both for the students and for the Menlo Park police officer whose mission it is to make sure the kids get to class.

Monday, 6:24 PM | 1 comment
How to register your kindergartner

Four local elementary school districts -- Woodside, Portola Valley, Las Lomitas and Menlo Park City -- have announced kindergarten registration procedures.

Monday, 10:16 AM | No comments yet
Menlo Park man cited after claiming to be police officer

A "driving incident" on Crane Street led to the citation of a Menlo Park man for allegedly impersonating a police officer.

Monday, 10:08 AM | 2 comments
Another daytime car burglary reported in Holbrook-Palmer Park

For the second time in a little more than a week, Holbrook-Palmer Park was the site of a broad-daylight vehicle burglary on Friday, March 27, Atherton police say.

Monday, 10:03 AM | 2 comments
Galway, Ireland, officials visit Menlo Park

The mayor of Galway, Ireland, Donal Lyons, stopped by Menlo Park on March 10-11, at the invitation of Menlo Park Mayor Catherine Carlton. Mayor Lyons was accompanied by Galway Chief Executive (similar to city manager) Brendan McGrath.

Monday, 9:51 AM | No comments yet
$5 million food-for-kids drive launched

Second Harvest Food Bank is launching a $5 million Stand Up for Kids Campaign by partnering with schools and community organizations to better connect hungry kids and their families to nutritious food.

Monday, 7:59 AM | No comments yet
Feature story: Hands-on learning

It's an old dividing line, jobs in the trades that require hand skills with a variety of tools versus jobs that rely mainly on thinking. Hands-on versus intellectual. Are both important?

Monday, 7:53 AM | No comments yet
Tonight: Hearing set on O'Connor Street residents' school district transfer request

On Monday night, the public can comment on the request by residents of the north side of Menlo Park's O'Connor Street to be moved into the same school district as their across the street neighbors, from the Ravenswood City to the Menlo Park City school district.

Monday, 7:51 AM | No comments yet

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Train strikes, kills pedestrian

A pedestrian was struck and killed by a Caltrain in Sunnyvale on Sunday morning (March 29).

Sunday, 1:54 PM | No comments yet

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Menlo Presbyterian names new director of children's ministry

Gary Lindsay is the new director of children's ministry at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, where he will be serving more than 2,000 families.

Saturday, 10:04 PM | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Two cited for buying minors alcohol

Two adults were cited for misdemeanors after they bought alcohol for a minor decoy working on behalf of the Menlo Park Police Department on Thursday.

Saturday, 5:24 AM | 1 comment

Friday, March 27, 2015

Jury rejects Ellen Pao's claim of gender bias by Kleiner Perkins

After two full days of deliberation following an almost month-long trial, a jury on Friday found in favor of venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers in a lawsuit alleging gender discrimination brought by Ellen Pao, a former junior partner.

Friday, 5:16 PM | 22 comments
Update: Filoli executive talks about moving past recent turmoil

Update: Expanded story - Nearly six weeks after she first declined interviews with the Almanac, Filoli's executive director, Cynthia D'Agosta agreed to an interview at Filoli on March 26 to discuss how those at the historic estate are working to move past the recent turmoil.

Friday, 11:38 AM | 26 comments
Water snafu affected 3,500 Menlo Park customers

Untreated water was mixed with treated water in an East Bay reservoir earlier this month and then went on to the regional water system, which delivers to an estimated 3,500 customers of the Menlo Park Municipal Water District, according to the city.

Friday, 9:53 AM | No comments yet
Hydrogen fuel station planned for Skylonda

Electric cars and their charging stations have had the alternative-fuel spotlight mostly to themselves in Silicon Valley in recent years. By the end of October, however, they will have challengers, in Skylonda and along the Peninsula.

Friday, 9:52 AM | 1 comment
New Ravenswood Family Health Center to debut Saturday

After 15 years of operating out of modular buildings, Ravenswood Family Health Center in East Palo Alto will host a grand opening celebration for its brand-new, 38,000-square-foot facility on March 28 from noon to 4 p.m.

Friday, 9:49 AM | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Bus fire snarls traffic on U.S. 101

A casino bus caught fire on southbound U.S. 101 in Menlo Park Thursday evening, according to Menlo Park Fire Protection District officials.

Friday, 8:29 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Saturday: Portola Valley, Woodside hold Earth Fair

With a theme of "Carbon: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" for the 2015 Portola Valley and Woodside Earth Fair on Saturday, March 28, it should be no surprise that cars that run on fuels not derived from fossilized carbon will be on display.

Thursday, 9:25 AM | No comments yet
Homeless census: Far fewer people living on county streets

A homeless census in San Mateo County shows around 690 people are living on the streets, in vehicles or in encampments, lower by 47 percent from the 1,299 people counted in 2013.

Thursday, 8:40 AM | No comments yet
Atherton couple's $50 million donation is part of pledge to give away half their wealth

Mark and Mary Stevens, the Atherton couple who have given $50 million to USC's Neuroimaging and Informatics Institute, are among 129 billionaires worldwide who have signed the Giving Pledge started by Warren Buffett and Bill Gates, promising to give away at least half their wealth.

Thursday, 8:24 AM | 2 comments
Paly student tells of school stress: 'Students are gasping for air'

My stress began in elementary school, where students were segregated into separate class meetings as "early" and "late" readers, recalls Carolyn Walworth a junior at Palo Alto High School.

Thursday, 8:11 AM | 15 comments
Editorial: Kudos to watchdog and city, but herbicide spraying issue is unresolved

Janet Davis of the Stanford Weekend Acres neighborhood, known by many as a watchdog of public works and traffic-related services provided by the county and the city of Menlo Park in the Alpine Road area, deserves a round of applause for her relentlessness in helping to track down the truth of the March 17 herbicide spraying right next to San Francisquito Creek.

Thursday, 1:26 AM | 1 comment

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Menlo Park district superintendent is back after medical leave

Menlo Park City School District Superintendent Maurice Ghysels is back on the job, he announced in a communication to the school community on March 25. He had been on a medical leave since late February after injuring his neck.

Wednesday, 6:19 PM | No comments yet
Recent home sales: Atherton, Menlo Park, Portola Valley

Home sales are provided by California REsource, a real estate information company that obtains the information from the County Recorder's Office.

Wednesday, 11:27 AM | No comments yet
Recent home sales - Atherton, Menlo Park, Portola Valley

Home sales are provided by California REsource, a real estate information company that obtains the information from the County Recorder's Office.

Wednesday, 11:21 AM | No comments yet
Former district attorney Keith Sorenson dies at 93

Keith C. Sorenson, the district attorney in San Mateo County from 1953 to 1982, has died. Mr. Sorenson played a major role in hiring retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor after she graduated from Stanford University law school.

Wednesday, 10:51 AM | 2 comments
Menlo Park to look at extending parking time limits downtown

Menlo Park will be looking at four changes to downtown parking, including letting people park in the downtown plazas for up to three hours for free and funding parking garages.

Wednesday, 10:40 AM | 27 comments
Police calls: Woodside residents call deputies after unknown man runs into woods

Crime and accident reports from Woodside, North Fair Oaks, Portola Valley and Menlo Park

Wednesday, 10:20 AM | No comments yet
Thursday: Atherton prepares for emergency

It's emergency preparedness made easy -- Atherton has planned a "Get Ready Atherton" event for Thursday, March 26, in Holbrook-Palmer Park to give residents "one-stop shopping" for information, supplies and answers to their questions about emergency preparedness.

Wednesday, 9:32 AM | No comments yet
Atherton couple give brain research institute $50 million

Mark and Mary Stevens of Atherton have given the University of Southern California $50 million to endow and name the USC Mark and Mary Stevens Neuroimaging and Informatics Institute, the university announced today.

Wednesday, 9:12 AM | 1 comment

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Thursday: Sen. Jerry Hill holds open house

State Senator Jerry Hill, D- San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, and Assemblyman Kevin Mullin, D-South San Francisco, will hold an open house from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, March 26, at their district offices, 1528 South El Camino Real in San Mateo.

Tuesday, 1:07 PM | No comments yet
Tonight: SLAC talk in Menlo Park on Jupiter research

At the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in Menlo Park, staff scientist Siegfried Glenzer has devised experiments to view simulated conditions in the center of Jupiter.

Tuesday, 11:08 AM | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Man accused of camera store break-in pleads not guilty

A man in jail over a break-in at Mike's Camera shop has pleaded not guilty to charges that include burglary, vandalism and possession of stolen property, according to a prosecutor's report.

Tuesday, 9:47 AM | 1 comment
Four robbed at auto shop in North Fair Oaks

Two suspects robbed four people at an auto mechanic shop in unincorporated North Fair Oaks over the weekend, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.

Tuesday, 8:38 AM | No comments yet
Lawsuit against Menlo Park fire district over crash is dismissed

A lawsuit brought against the Menlo Park Fire Protection District over a collision between a car and an emergency vehicle has been dismissed, but it has led to changes in how emergency vehicles drive to a scene.

Tuesday, 6:51 AM | 12 comments

Monday, March 23, 2015

One person killed, two injured in head-on crash on Highway 1

One person was killed and two were injured in a collision that blocked state Highway 1 near Ano Nuevo State Park in San Mateo County on Monday evening.

Monday, 8:04 PM | No comments yet
Tuesday: Downtown parking on Menlo council agenda

Downtown parking, that perpetual agenda topic in Menlo Park, will reappear yet again before the City Council on Tuesday, March 24, for a study session.

Monday, 1:01 PM | 3 comments
Tonight: ASCC meets in Portola Valley to discuss a bridge, a wall and a trailer

The Architectural and Site Control Commission in Portola Valley is set to address a wide-ranging discussion of topics tonight, including a new bridge; a wider road shoulder, perhaps with a retaining wall; and a new radar trailer.

Monday, 12:18 PM | No comments yet
Tonight: Community meeting to talk about ballast rock piles in Menlo Park

In 2008, Caltrain started storing ballast, or railroad rock, in piles next to the tracks and near Chilco Street in Menlo Park. There the rock has lingered, much to the chagrin of residents living nearby.

Monday, 11:51 AM | No comments yet
El Camino Real study session rescheduled

The Menlo Park Planning Commission has continued a study session on how to improve El Camino Real, with a three-lane corridor or separate bike lanes among the options to consider, to April 6.

Monday, 9:46 AM | 34 comments

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Menlo Park: Truck smashes through camera shop; cop chases, catches suspect

After a silver Nissan pickup truck smashed through the rear glass door of Mike's Camera in downtown Menlo Park early Sunday morning, a Menlo Park officer chased and captured a 46-year-old burglary suspect a short distance away.

Sunday, 6:52 PM | 4 comments

Friday, March 20, 2015

Flor Aquino Ortiz named Woodside High student of the week

Flor Aquino Ortiz has been named Woodside High School's student of the week for achievements in advanced placement environmental science and community service.

Friday, 7:47 PM | No comments yet
Update: Three arrested on burglary charges after Menlo Park pursuit

Three men were taken into custody Friday (March 20) following a pursuit sparked by a resident who reported seeing a suspicious vehicle cruising along Bay Laurel Drive in Menlo Park shortly after 10 a.m., police reported.

Friday, 5:42 PM | 1 comment
Atherton police on lookout for suspect in vehicle burglaries

Atherton police are looking for a man they suspect has committed a series vehicle burglaries in town recently.

Friday, 11:46 AM | No comments yet
Deputy warns Woodside drivers to be more careful near school

An email sent March 19 to parents at Woodside Elementary School by San Mateo County Sheriff's Deputy Ron DeRespini warns that drivers are breaking traffic laws near the school and putting children and adults at risk.

Friday, 10:25 AM | 2 comments
Atherton chooses architecture firm to start civic center work

Atherton is a step closer to making a new civic center complex a reality with Wednesday night's approval of a contact with WRNS Studios to start work on plans for new town facilities.

Friday, 9:42 AM | No comments yet
Local teens share stories in 'Youth of the Year' speech contest

Silicon Valley luminaries heard stories of parental neglect, local poverty and domestic violence Thursday night as teenage participants in the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula competed in a speaking contest.

Friday, 9:28 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Saturday: Fair Oaks Health Center celebrates first anniversary

Congresswomen Anna Eshoo and Jackie Speier will be among guest speakers at the Fair Oaks Health Center Health Fair to be held Saturday. March 21, from 9 a.m. to noon, at 2710 Middlefield Road in Redwood City.

Thursday, 7:09 PM | No comments yet
Caltrans cancels second herbicide spray date on Highway 84

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), which had said it would spray herbicides along Highway 84 west of Skyline Boulevard on March 17 and March 24, now says the job was completed in one day and has cancelled the second spray date.

Thursday, 3:48 PM | 3 comments
State sets new water restrictions for urban areas

California's State Water Resources Control Board voted unanimously Tuesday to impose new mandatory restrictions on urban water use as the state enters its fourth year of drought.

Thursday, 2:05 PM | 3 comments
Menlo Park plans next steps to improve rail crossing safety

People disagree on whether railroad tracks should be elevated above the street or buried underground in Menlo Park, and whether it's crossing design or inattention that causes the most problems, but everyone agrees: Even after the Feb. 23 fatal collision at the Ravenswood crossing, drivers still get stuck on the railroad tracks on a daily basis.

Thursday, 11:28 AM | 43 comments
Kristen Gracia named new principal at Oak Knoll School

Kristen Gracia, a 16-year veteran of the Menlo Park City School District who has been serving as an interim co-principal at Oak Knoll School, has been named its new principal.

Thursday, 11:18 AM | No comments yet
Complaint about creekside spraying draws quick response in Menlo Park

Sometimes local government does work. Menlo Park responded this week to a motorist's report of seeing herbicide spraying near a local creek by tracking down the culprit and immediately restricting future spraying in the city. The resident wants even more restrictions, however.

Thursday, 11:00 AM | 7 comments
Menlo Park: Not guilty plea in truck theft case; home ransacked

A 26-year-old man pulled over by Menlo Park police for a traffic stop in what turned out to be a stolen truck pleaded not guilty to multiple charges on Tuesday, March 17.

Thursday, 9:48 AM | No comments yet
Tonight: Belle Haven meeting on land-use survey results for M2 industrial zone

You clicked, you voted, and now you can talk about how it turned out: The Belle Haven neighborhood will host a general plan open house at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 19, to discuss the results of the city of Menlo Park's preferred land use options survey.

Thursday, 8:19 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Guest opinion: Keep calm and parent on

I am a psychiatrist. After the recent tragedy, my phone has not stopped ringing with calls from concerned fellow parents. They ask me in whispers: What can we do right now to decrease the risk of suicide in our children?

Wednesday, 3:51 PM | No comments yet
Scam alert: Deputies warn of home-repair solicitations

Residents of San Mateo County should be wary of scams involving door-to-door solicitations by people claiming to be in the heating, ventilating and air conditioning repair business, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Wednesday, 10:56 AM | No comments yet
Recent home sales - Menlo Park, Woodside

Home sales are provided by California REsource, a real estate information company that obtains the information from the County Recorder's Office.

Wednesday, 10:45 AM | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Iberia restaurant plans to move at year-end

By year-end, it will be off to a new, out-of-town home for Iberia, the popular Spanish restaurant on Alma Street in Menlo Park. Owner and chef Jose Luis Relinque said he's in the process of finalizing the paperwork to buy a Belmont property.

Wednesday, 7:46 AM | 20 comments
Tonight: Menlo Park meeting on making rail crossings safer

Council members Rich Cline and Kirsten Keith will hold a rail subcommittee meeting Wednesday, March 18, to discuss making railroad crossings safer in light of the recent fatal accident at the Ravenswood Avenue intersection.

Wednesday, 7:42 AM | No comments yet
Tonight: Atherton to ink deal with civic center architect

Atherton's City Council is scheduled to approve tonight an initial contract with WRNS Studios, the architectural firm that has been chosen to design the town's new civic center.

Wednesday, 7:31 AM | 2 comments

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