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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Woodside High names student of the week

Woodside High junior Suzie Ortiz has been named student of the week for her achievement in her Spanish III class. She loves the class, and being able to speak in Spanish at school and work, and with her grandfather, who is Puerto Rican.

Saturday, 1:02 PM | No comments yet
Menlo Park school district superintendent on medical leave

Maurice Ghysels, superintendent of the Menlo Park City School District, is on a "short term medical leave," school board president Maria Hilton announced Saturday.

Saturday, 12:33 PM | No comments yet

Friday, February 27, 2015

Residents upset with Caltrans' plans to spray herbicides on roadsides March 3, 10

Local residents say they are unhappy to hear Caltrans plans to spray herbicides along county roadways in March, despite a county ban on such spraying. They also say Caltrans earlier sprayed along Skyline Boulevard without informing residents.

Friday, 9:43 AM | 1 comment
Young entrepreneurs from India to train in Menlo Park

Menlo Park will launch an economic exchange program this spring, with 100 young entrepreneurs and students from India coming to the city during the next year to train at BootUp Ventures, according to Mayor Catherine Carlton.

Friday, 8:13 AM | No comments yet
Recent home sales: Atherton, 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.

Friday, 7:46 AM | No comments yet
Menlo Park workshop examines options for El Camino Real

Should El Camino Real be a two-lane or three-lane route through Menlo Park? Should bike lanes be added to the roadway? These were among the questions facing local residents at a community workshop on the future of El Camino Real.

Friday, 7:38 AM | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Lab leases business park space

Personalis Inc., a genomics-based clinical diagnostic laboratory, has signed a 66-month lease for approximately 31,000 square feet at Menlo Business Park, located off O'Brien Drive near University Avenue.

Friday, 7:30 AM | No comments yet
Yellow fever mosquitoes found in Menlo Park

Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, which can transmit several diseases, including yellow fever, were found in Menlo Park on Jan. 27, according to the San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control District.

Friday, 7:28 AM | 1 comment
Saturday: Conference on youth health and addiction

The community is invited to learn about adolescent mental health and addiction, and where to find help, at the "Parenting Teens through the Challenges of Life" conference on Saturday, Feb. 28, at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, 950 Santa Cruz Ave. in Menlo Park.

Friday, 7:27 AM | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Ex-councilman fined by state

Former Menlo Park councilman Andy Cohen has been fined $1,000 for failing to maintain campaign finance records for his unsuccessful bid for a seat on the county Board of Supervisors in 2012.

Friday, 7:26 AM | No comments yet
Police calls in Menlo Park: Burglaries, thefts and a stolen GTO

Crime reports from Menlo Park: A resident of Creek Drive came home to a burglary in progress. The suspected burglar fled.

Friday, 7:25 AM | No comments yet
Feature story: Saving Arthur the owl -- twice

Lee Ann Gilbert is very, very certain that she, with a lot of help from the Peninsula Humane Society's Wildlife Care Center has saved the life of Arthur, a Western screech owl. Saved it, in fact, twice.

Friday, 7:15 AM | 1 comment

Thursday, February 26, 2015

JobTrain adds coding classes

Starting in April, a new class will teach JobTrain clients the basics of computer programming. Students will earn college credit through Canada College for participating, JobTrain has announced.

Thursday, 8:12 PM | 3 comments
Woodside woman spots mountain lion on her porch

A Woodside resident said a mountain lion lingered for about 15 minutes on her porch this morning. When deputies arrived, it left.

Thursday, 12:50 PM | 8 comments
Menlo Park will consider financial aid for downtown hotel project

A proposed 63-room, four-story luxury hotel with rooms at $350 a night downtown could deliver Menlo Park up to $8.5 million in transient occupancy tax revenue over 10 years. But the developer is also suggesting that $1 million of that go to investors instead – an option the council was not averse to discussing further, provided the city recoups the money down the road.

Thursday, 11:56 AM | 7 comments
Those were the days

College dances looked a lot different in the 1940s, and this photo of a Menlo College spring formal offers a glimpse of that era's traditional college ball.

Thursday, 9:54 AM | 1 comment
Kidnapper of Woodside High student may be paroled

After serving a little more than 25 years of a life sentence in state prison, parole may be ahead for Octavio Godinez Valdiosera Sr., who was convicted in 1990 of the kidnapping for ransom of a 16-year-old student at Woodside High School.

Thursday, 8:43 AM | 15 comments

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Burglary suspect nabbed in Menlo Park

Menlo Park police arrested a man in connection to a string of commercial burglaries in Mountain View and other local cities, police said in a press release Tuesday.

Wednesday, 2:33 PM | No comments yet
Correction in identification of driver killed by train in Menlo Park

The Santa Clara County coroner's office has corrected the identification of the woman who was killed when a train struck the SUV she was driving at the Ravenswood Avenue crossing in Menlo Park on Monday, Feb. 23.

Wednesday, 11:46 AM | 72 comments
More traffic control coming to Alpine Road/I-280

To encourage drivers to pay attention to stop signs at the intersection of Alpine Road and Interstate 280, the state is installing additional traffic control mechanisms. Some are already there.

Wednesday, 11:29 AM | 1 comment
Menlo Park kickstarts redesign of Ravenswood train crossing

Thirteen years ago, Menlo Park decided to look at separating the railroad track crossings at Ravenswood, Encinal, Glenwood and Oak Grove avenues from the street, so that cars and pedestrians would no longer have to travel directly over the tracks.

Wednesday, 10:37 AM | 38 comments
Editorial: What's behind the Filoli fiasco?

Administrators of the historic Filoli estate have a lot to answer for with their strangely inept handling of introducing a first-ever volunteer agreement -- an ill-advised, five-item document that has sparked a rebellion among the people who donate their time and energy to keeping the venerable institution open.

Wednesday, 7:17 AM | 8 comments

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Train injures woman in Palo Alto

A woman struck by a northbound train at the Palo Alto Caltrain station on University Avenue this morning is still alive and has been taken to Stanford Hospital for treatment, according to Caltrain officials.

Tuesday, 3:01 PM | No comments yet
Defense attorney accuses DA of retaliation in prosecution of deputy sheriff

San Mateo County Deputy Sheriff Juan Lopez was back in Superior Court in Redwood City on Feb. 13, but not about allegations that he helped smuggle a cellphone into the county jail.

Tuesday, 11:28 AM | 14 comments
Tonight: Menlo Park council studies boutique hotel

The Menlo Park council will hold a study session tonight (Feb. 24) on a proposal to build a hotel at 1400 El Camino Real. Councilman Peter Ohtaki said the developer is a longtime friend, but one without financial ties to the elected official.

Tuesday, 5:39 AM | 10 comments

Monday, February 23, 2015

Woman dies after train strikes SUV in Menlo Park

A woman in her 30s died Monday night from injuries sustained when her silver Acura SUV was struck by a southbound train at around 4:45 p.m. at the Ravenwood Avenue crossing in Menlo Park.

Monday, 8:49 PM | 57 comments
New program aims to fight truancy, lift graduation rates

Armed with a recently awarded $885,000 federal grant, San Mateo County is launching a targeted effort to combat truancy and boost graduation rates for East Palo Alto and Belle Haven youth.

Monday, 6:47 PM | No comments yet
Update: Woman killed after train strikes car in Menlo Park

A female driver was killed when her car was struck by a train at the Ravenswood Avenue crossing in Menlo Park at abut 4:45 p.m. today, Caltrain and fire officials said.

Monday, 4:59 PM | 51 comments
Update: School evacuation lifted, no threat found

Redwood City police are reporting that the emergency incident at Summit Preparatory Charter High School is over, that students are back in class and the roads that had been closed are open again.

Monday, 11:34 AM | 4 comments
Tuesday: County seeks community comment on Alpine Road and I-280

The county public works department is hosting a community meeting on Tuesday (Feb. 24) in Portola Valley to discuss two local traffic corridors: Alpine Road and the stretch of Interstate 280 between Page Mill and Sand Hill roads.

Monday, 10:55 AM | No comments yet
Tonight: Menlo Park Planning Commission looks at Sunset event permit, affordable housing

Sunset Magazine is asking for one last hurrah -- the Menlo Park Planning Commission tonight (Feb. 23) will review the publication's request for a permit to hold its final Sunset Celebration Weekend June 6-7 on its campus, which was sold in December.

Monday, 9:40 AM | 1 comment

Sunday, February 22, 2015

President of Filoli volunteers explains origins of controversial agreement

Heidi Brown, president of Filoli's volunteer group, Friends of Filoli, said the volunteer agreement that has caused so much recent turmoil came into being "because Filoli is really in the process of trying to upgrade all its standards and policies and become a 21st-century business."

Sunday, 3:59 PM | 46 comments

Friday, February 20, 2015

Today: Junior League celebrates 50th anniversary with blood drive

In celebration of its 50th anniversary, the Junior League of Palo Alto-Mid Peninsula is partnering with the American Red Cross to host a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20.

Friday, 6:37 AM | No comments yet
Feature story: Wheels of freedom?

Belle Haven Bikes at the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula is in its first year of teaching -- for free -- all aspects of bicycle repair for clubhouse members, says master bike mechanic and instructor Dan Hensley.

Friday, 6:31 AM | 2 comments

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Defense attorney accuses DA of vendetta in prosecution of sheriff's deputy

The attorney for a San Mateo County sheriff's deputy accused in 2014 in a jail smuggling case and last week in a new case involving embezzlement and fraud has accused San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe of bringing a "personal vendetta" against his client.

Thursday, 7:37 PM | 43 comments
The Daily News to become a weekly newspaper

The Daily News is ceasing three-times-a-week print publication to become a weekly newspaper, publisher David Rounds announced Wednesday.

Thursday, 6:37 PM | 3 comments
Filoi board relents on volunteer agreement, lets volunteers opt out of 'release clause'

Filoli's governing board this morning sent an email to all volunteers telling them that they would be allowed to "opt out of the release clause" of a new volunteer agreement that they had been told they must sign by March 1 if they want to continue volunteering.

Thursday, 1:26 PM | No comments yet
Deputy in jail smuggling case faces new charges of fraud, perjury, embezzlement

A former San Mateo County sheriff's deputy charged in a jail smuggling case is facing new charges of conspiracy, fraud, perjury and embezzlement, including election fraud charges stemming from his unsuccessful run for sheriff last year, prosecutors said Thursday.

Thursday, 12:53 PM | No comments yet
Filoli board relents on volunteer agreement, lets volunteers opt out of 'release clause'

Filoli's governing board on Thursday morning sent an email to all volunteers telling them that they would be allowed to "opt out of the release clause" of a new volunteer agreement that they had been told they must sign by March 1 if they want to continue volunteering.

Thursday, 12:13 PM | 13 comments
Atherton puts study of El Camino lane reduction on hold

Atherton's City Council has decided to put off a study of reducing the number of lanes on El Camino Real while waiting to see what Menlo Park decides to do on its neighboring stretch of the state highway.

Thursday, 11:52 AM | 31 comments
Menlo Park: Boutique hotel proposed for El Camino Real

It's a small lot -- the property at 1400 El Camino Real is about half an acre --- but big enough for a 63-room, four-story hotel with underground parking, according to a local developer. The Pollock Financial Group plans to turn what is now a scattering of shrubs and a whole bunch of dirt into a boutique hotel on the outskirts of downtown Menlo Park.

Thursday, 9:20 AM | 31 comments
Tonight: Menlo Park holds workshop on reconfiguring El Camino Real

The city of Menlo Park will host a workshop at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, to discuss three alternative configurations for El Camino Real with the goal of improving the road for all users.

Thursday, 7:50 AM | 50 comments

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Pet of the week: Bronco

Special delivery from our foster home to your permanent home: Meet Bronco, a 1-year-old, 60-pound, neutered pit bull, available for adoption.

Wednesday, 3:57 PM | 4 comments
Menlo Park promotes interim transportation manager, police commander to permanent posts

The city of Menlo Park recently announced that two employees who held interim management positions have been appointed to the respective permanent posts.

Wednesday, 3:47 PM | No comments yet
Man, 61, pleads not guilty to burglarizing Menlo Park restaurants

The 61-year-old man charged with burglarizing four Menlo Park restaurants pleaded not guilty in San Mateo County Superior Court on Feb. 13.

Wednesday, 12:20 PM | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Burglary suspect pleads no contest

A jury trial had been ahead for Robert James Clark, a 22-year-old transient accused of burglarizing a Menlo Park home in March 2014, but Mr. Clark pleaded no-contest on Tuesday.

Wednesday, 11:49 AM | No comments yet
Tonight in Atherton: Stoplights or fewer lanes on El Camino?

Whether Atherton should drop the idea of reducing El Camino Real from six travel lanes to four will be considered when the Atherton City Council meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18.

Wednesday, 11:37 AM | 20 comments
Hundreds of Filoli volunteers may quit if forced to sign new agreement

At Woodside's historic Filoli estate, many of the 1,300 volunteers, who do everything from selling tickets to building the trails used for nature hikes, have expressed anger and dismay over an agreement that Filoli says they must sign by March 1 or lose their volunteer jobs.

Wednesday, 11:05 AM | 82 comments

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Music program helps penetrate the fog of dementia

Inspired by the award-winning 2014 documentary "Alive Inside," Barbara Kalt is now adding "personalized music" — via iPods and individual playlists — to the array of activities offered at Rosener House, the Menlo Park day program for adults of which she has been executive director for two decades.

Tuesday, 7:15 PM | 1 comment

Monday, February 16, 2015

In business: Shady Lane moves to Menlo Park

After 40 years on University Avenue in Palo Alto, the eclectic Shady Lane gift shop and boutique is moving to a new home in Menlo Park.

Monday, 8:55 PM | 5 comments
Update: Motorcyclist killed in Woodside crash is identified

Dennis Steven Orellana, 61, of Burlingame died Monday (Feb. 16) in an accident on Canada Road in Woodside when the motorcycle he was riding collided with a dump truck driven by a 43-year-old Redwood City man.

Monday, 6:52 PM | 13 comments
Tonight: Sen. Jerry Hill holds online 'town hall' meeting

State Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo/Santa Clara counties, is hosting a discussion about the new legislative year during a live, online "town hall" meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 18, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Monday, 3:49 PM | No comments yet
Police calls: Owner of vehicle in hit-and-run incident claims it was stolen

Crime and accident reports from West Menlo Park, Atherton, Portola Valley, Woodside and Menlo Park.

Monday, 8:11 AM | 2 comments

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Construction manager hired for Woodside Library remodeling

The Woodside Town Council has authorized a payment of up to $212,000 to Nova Partners of Palo Alto to provide construction management services for a $2.3 million remodeling of the Woodside Library.

Sunday, 10:01 AM | No comments yet
Man, 22, arrested in La Honda Road fatality; motorcyclist identified

A 22-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence in a collision that killed a motorcyclist on state Highway 84 near La Honda on Saturday afternoon.

Sunday, 9:55 AM | 4 comments

Cho's Los Altos finally opens
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