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Monday, November 24, 2014

VA leases Menlo Park land to developer for housing

The Department of Veteran Affairs has made a long-term agreement with Willow Housing L.P. to lease just under two acres of VA Palo Alto Health Care System, Menlo Park Division land for the construction and operation of housing for at-risk veterans, a press release announced on Saturday.

Monday, 9:50 AM | No comments yet

Friday, November 21, 2014

Atherton moves ahead with Pedestrian Bicycle Master Plan

Moving ahead with a plan to add bike lanes and to make it easier to get around town on foot, Atherton has adopted a Pedestrian Bicycle Master Plan and will now study how to best start putting the plan into action.

Friday, 11:04 AM | 2 comments
Third generation of Hassetts opens new hardware store

The fifth family-owned Hassett Hardware store has opened in Redwood City, with the family proving that the little guy really can be a success.

Friday, 10:36 AM | 3 comments
Facebook shuttle drivers vote to form union

After presenting a petition and holding a rally at Facebook's headquarters in Menlo Park, the 87 drivers who take Facebook employees to and from work have voted to unionize, according to Teamsters Local 853.

Friday, 10:16 AM | 13 comments
Atherton wants residents to pay town's costs for special events

Atherton residents who host events that cost the town money for police or other services, ranging from presidential visits to teenagers' parties, would have to pay back the town's expenses under proposed regulations.

Friday, 9:34 AM | 6 comments

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Woodside: Council makes appointment to architecture review board

In a 5-2 vote after 30 minutes or so of deliberation, a majority on the Woodside Town Council on Nov. 18 approved the appointment of resident Bruce Carlsmith to a brief term on the town's Architecture and Site Review Board.

Thursday, 11:55 AM | 2 comments
Menlo College wants to buy, preserve Sunset campus

An idea that could preserve the existing Sunset Magazine buildings has been put forth by Menlo College, which has outgrown its Atherton campus and needs room for more students.

Thursday, 11:11 AM | 18 comments
DA sheds more light on sheriff employees' arrests

Prosecutors will seek to revoke bail this morning (Nov. 20) for a Hells Angels member accused of conspiring with sheriff's employees, including a deputy who ran against his boss for the office of sheriff in June, to smuggle cellphones and drugs into a Redwood City jail, according to San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.

Thursday, 9:24 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Train 'clipped' car at Menlo Park crossing

A southbound train "clipped" an eastbound car at the Ravenswood Avenue Caltrain crossing in Menlo Park at about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday (Nov. 18), according to Caltrain spokesperson Jayme Ackemann.

Wednesday, 5:35 PM | 9 comments
Inmate pleads not guilty in cellphone smuggling case

The jail inmate accused of participating in a conspiracy with a sheriff's deputy and two correctional officers to smuggle cellphones and drugs into the county jail pleaded not guilty to all charges before a San Mateo County judge on Tuesday.

Wednesday, 4:24 PM | No comments yet
Police calls: Atherton resident fraudulently billed for $48,000

In this week's police calls, fraud was committed via automatic bill pay, hospital bills and contracting services in Atherton and Menlo Park.

Wednesday, 10:41 AM | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Fatal shooting by police officers may not have been recorded

Only two of three Menlo Park police officers involved in the fatal shooting of a burglary suspect on Nov. 11 were wearing body cameras. One camera may have been turned on after the shooting, and one may have been left off, according to the District Attorney's Office.

Wednesday, 9:28 AM | 40 comments

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

San Mateo County says all election votes now counted

The three open seats on the Atherton council have gone to Rick DeGolia, Mike Lempres and Bill Widmer, according to the vote count released by San Mateo County late on Tuesday, Nov. 18.

Tuesday, 6:37 PM | 3 comments
Third-grade Woodside girls raise money for Ebola fight

A group of third-grade girls from Woodside Elementary School is raising money for Medecins Sans Frontieres / Doctors Without Borders every weekend during November in front of Roberts Market on Woodside Road in Woodside.

Tuesday, 4:16 PM | No comments yet
Looking back: The Lane family at Sunset headquarters

The Lane family posed at the Sunset headquarters on Willow Road in this undated photo. Brothers Mel, left, and Bill flank their parents, Ruth Bell and Laurence Lane, who purchased the magazine in 1928.

Tuesday, 11:33 AM | No comments yet
Tonight: Woodside council considers how to extend lives of four bridges

The town of Woodside has invested about $180,000 in studies to analyze the stability of four key bridges in town. Tonight (Nov. 18), the Town Council is set to consider the analysis and steps to extend the lives of the bridges and restore them to their full carrying capacity.

Tuesday, 11:10 AM | No comments yet
Wednesday: Atherton aims to improve biking and walking safety

Ways to make Atherton a safer place for biking and walking as envisioned in the town's Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan will be up for approval when the council meets this Wednesday, Nov. 19.

Tuesday, 10:16 AM | No comments yet
Portola Valley schools leader on her way to White House technology conference

The superintendent of the Portola Valley School District, Lisa Gonzales has a very important meeting on her calendar this Wednesday, Nov. 19 -- a technology conference at the White House.

Tuesday, 9:58 AM | 1 comment
What's the future for Sunset campus in Menlo Park?

What will be, will be. It has a certain logic for Jim Cogan, the Menlo Park official responsible for economic development in the city.

Tuesday, 8:21 AM | 28 comments
Tonight: License plate data report goes to Menlo Park council

The first report on how Menlo Park's new mobile automated license plate readers are working will be delivered to the council tonight. Of the 263,430 license plates recorded by the readers, one led to the recovery of a stolen car.

Tuesday, 8:20 AM | 8 comments

Monday, November 17, 2014

Atherton: College students arrested on drug charges

Officers from the San Mateo County Narcotics Task Force, with the assistance of Atherton police, arrested two men in connection with the discovery of 20 bags of cocaine, 77 Xanax pills and jars of marijuana in a dorm room at Menlo College on Nov. 10.

Monday, 11:24 AM | 5 comments
School district demolishes Atherton home to make more room for students

A home on Alameda de las Pulgas in Atherton has been demolished by the Las Lomitas Elementary School district to make more room for the campus of the neighboring elementary school. The district purchased the one-acre property for $3 million.

Monday, 10:40 AM | 5 comments

Friday, November 14, 2014

Atherton council vote: Lempres now ahead of Widmer

Mike Lempres has squeaked past Bill Widmer -- by one vote -- for second place in the race for three open seats on the Atherton City Council, with Rose Hau remaining in fourth place, according to the vote count released by San Mateo County at 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 14.

Friday, 5:29 PM | 9 comments
Dance, music at Menlo Park 'state of city' event

The "state of the city" event, hosted by Mayor Ray Mueller on Thursday, drew quite a crowd to a temporary paseo set up outdoors at 1080 Chestnut St., between Santa Cruz and Menlo avenues.

Friday, 2:32 PM | No comments yet
Deputy, two corrections officers arrested

Juan Lopez, a deputy in the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office and a candidate for sheriff in the June election, was arrested on conspiracy charges along with two other Sheriff's Office employees on Thursday night (Nov. 13), according to prosecutors.

Friday, 11:58 AM | 36 comments
Menlo Park mayor changes mind about independent investigator

Menlo Park Mayor Ray Mueller has backed away from asking the city to hire an independent investigator to review a consultant's work on specific plan initiative-related materials in light of the District Attorney's Office involvement.

Friday, 10:18 AM | 29 comments
Menlo Park police release names of officers involved in fatal shooting

The three Menlo Park police officers involved in the fatal shooting of a burglary suspect are veterans with more than a decade of experience, according to the police department.

Friday, 10:06 AM | 13 comments
Ride-along on 'saturation' traffic enforcement day

In enforcing traffic laws out on the streets, officers on motorcycles have advantages, police say. They have a higher seat than when inside a patrol car and they can share a lane and get right next to a vehicle.

Friday, 7:28 AM | 2 comments

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Time Inc. may sell Sunset campus in Menlo Park

The news that Time Inc. is considering selling its property at 80 Willow Road, the iconic home of Sunset magazine, elicited a mixture of sadness and resolve in Menlo Park Mayor Ray Mueller.

Thursday, 5:41 PM | 27 comments
Community college district can raise $388M more for facilities

The San Mateo County Community College District will get to borrow up to $388 million in the bond market to finance new and updated facilities and equipment on its three campuses, including Canada College in Woodside, as a result of the Nov. 4 election.

Thursday, 1:32 PM | No comments yet
Health care district: Hickey elected, but others in his slate fall short

Sequoia Healthcare District board candidate Jack Hickey had just come home from collecting some 20 campaign signs he had placed in a failed appeal to voters to elect his slate of candidates. Collecting the signs "helped me walk off a funk," he said.

Thursday, 1:32 PM | No comments yet
Thursday: Menlo Park holds state of the city event downtown

Breaking with tradition, Menlo Park's state of the city event this year will take place downtown, at a temporary paseo created on Chestnut Street.

Thursday, 10:49 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Menlo Park school board denies Mandarin school petition

A petition to start a Mandarin immersion charter school in the Menlo Park City School District was unanimously denied by the school board on Wednesday night, Nov. 12.

Wednesday, 11:35 PM | 23 comments
Update: City manager releases consultant's drafts of letters to editor, talking points

Menlo Park City Manager Alex McIntyre sent the Almanac on Wednesday night (Nov. 12) what he described as all of the documents that consultant Malcolm Smith "originally submitted (to the city) that were discarded." The documents are drafts of proposed letters to the editor, talking points and an "op-ed" opinion piece on the topic of the Menlo Park El Camino Real/downtown specific plan in the context of a proposed ballot initiative to revise the plan.

Wednesday, 8:40 PM | 32 comments
Atherton race for third council seat still close; Lempres ahead

Mike Lempres is inching ahead of Rose Hau in the latest vote count for the Atherton City Council race. He had a lead of 26 votes in the Nov. 12. update.

Wednesday, 5:09 PM | No comments yet
Tonight: Council to consider wider, safer trail along Alpine Road

Safety on the narrow trail along the south side of Alpine Road between Saddleback Drive and Hillbrook Drive has long been an issue in Portola Valley. The Town Council meets tonight (Nov. 12) at 7 p.m. at The Sequoias retirement community to discuss a wider and safer trail.

Wednesday, 9:51 AM | 1 comment
Tonight: Board set to vote on Mandarin charter school

A decision on whether to authorize a Mandarin immersion charter school in the Menlo Park City School District is on the agenda for the district's board when it meets Wednesday, Nov. 12.

Wednesday, 9:35 AM | 3 comments

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Update: Man dead in Menlo Park police shooting; police say he drew a gun

A man who allegedly drew a gun during a police pursuit is dead this afternoon after being shot by Menlo Park police officers. The shooting happened on Willow Road, near Willow Place, at about 12:50 p.m.

Tuesday, 4:14 PM | No comments yet
Attorney: Menlo Park police sergeant in fatal shooting saw man reach for gun, heard shot

The attorney representing one of the Menlo Park police officers involved in Tuesday's fatal shooting said the officer returned fire after the suspect allegedly drew a gun.

Tuesday, 2:19 PM | 21 comments
Menlo Park: Police officer reportedly involved in Willow Road shooting

Menlo Park police are responding to an officer-involved shooting this afternoon, according to a police dispatcher.

Tuesday, 1:37 PM | No comments yet
Police calls: Saddles stolen from unlocked shed in Woodside

Thieves pick up saddles, an electric guitar, laptops and bicycles in this week's crime reports.

Tuesday, 10:50 AM | No comments yet
Report says Mandarin charter school not 'likely to succeed'

A report citing flaws in the petition to start a Mandarin immersion charter school in the Menlo Park City School District concludes the school is not "likely to succeed." The district board is scheduled to vote on the petition on Wednesday, Nov. 12.

Tuesday, 10:46 AM | 7 comments
Facebook starts planning process for third Menlo Park site

Facebook may make use of the 59 acres it bought earlier this year from TE Connectivity sooner rather than later, according to city documents.

Tuesday, 8:40 AM | No comments yet
Editorial: Menlo Park consultant's election-year work needs hard look

Menlo Park's divisive Measure M initiative may have been settled at the ballot box earlier this month but, regrettably, newly surfaced facts about the city's dealings with a consultant hired to "inform and educate" the community on the issues that led to the ballot initiative continue fanning flames that might otherwise be dying into embers by now.

Tuesday, 8:35 AM | 12 comments

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