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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Woodside gets ready for May Day Parade

On Saturday, May 7, tradition takes over the town of Woodside for the 94th year in a row with the May Day Parade and Carnival and other morning activities that will close down a portion of Woodside Road for stretches of time.

Wednesday, 3:30 PM | No comments yet
Menlo Park postpones bike lanes on El Camino Real

The Menlo Park City Council on Tuesday night postponed installing bike lanes on El Camino Real for now; appointed new commissioners to the planning, parks and recreation and library commissions; and adjusted fees for city services.

Wednesday, 11:39 AM | 4 comments
Today: Portola Valley reviews plans for new Windmill School

Plans for a new facility for Windmill School, a preschool, at 900 Portola Road at the former site of Al's Nursery, go before the Portola Valley Planning Commission on Wednesday, May 4, for the first of what may be several reviews.

Wednesday, 8:51 AM | 1 comment
Update: Woodside council approves limits on basement size, location

(This is an expanded version of a previously posted story.)
Woodside's municipal code has long specified limits on how much floor area a residence can have above ground, but below ground, there have been no limits. The absence of regulations on basements was in exchange for limits above ground. This compact is now evolving.

Wednesday, 8:50 AM | No comments yet
Menlo Park, Atherton, Woodside police calls: Scissors, razors stolen in hair salon burglary

Crime and accident reports from Menlo Park, Atherton and Woodside.

Wednesday, 8:37 AM | No comments yet
Facebook employees devote day to service projects

Facebook's Menlo Park headquarters was spattered with posters and banners proclaiming #GlobalCausesDay on April 28. In its third year, Facebook's Global Causes Day is an opportunity for Facebook employees to "flex our altruistic muscle as a community," said Tudor Havriliuc, a Facebook vice president.

Wednesday, 8:27 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Update: School tax measures fail to get 2/3rds voter approval

Voters in the Menlo Park City School District failed to give two parcel tax measures the necessary two-thirds vote to pass Tuesday. The school board will discuss how to cut spending when it meets on Tuesday, May 10.

Tuesday, 8:40 PM | 49 comments
Wednesday: Caution, it's 'Walk and Wheel to School Day' for Laurel School

Motorists who use Ringwood Avenue and Coleman Avenue or Edge Road should slow down and keep an eye out for Laurel School students on Wednesday, May 4, as students participate in "Walk and Wheel to School Day."

Tuesday, 4:35 PM | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Willows neighbor saves family's pets from house fire

An alert resident of the Willows neighborhood of Menlo Park saw smoke coming from a neighbor's two-story home on Concord Drive on Monday evening (May 2), called firefighters and then saved the family's pets.

Tuesday, 10:54 AM | 1 comment

Monday, May 2, 2016

Wednesday: New home for teen counseling center

After getting priced out of its former offices in eastern Palo Alto, Adolescent Counseling Services has found a new home.

Monday, 11:42 PM | No comments yet
Woodside fire district: how to prepare for wildfire

Residents of the Woodside Fire Protection District -- in Woodside, Portola Valley and nearby unincorporated areas -- have three opportunities this week to attend a seminar on how to prepare for a wildfire and evacuation.

Monday, 11:26 PM | No comments yet
Tonight: Are bike lanes in El Camino Real's future?

Each day, as many as 45,000 cars make the slow, jolting traverse through Menlo Park along El Camino Real. How to make that traverse less excruciating, more safe and more friendly to alternative modes of transit were questions that resulted in a $459,713 study by traffic engineering consultant W-Trans.

Monday, 9:11 PM | 28 comments
Update: Portola Valley house fire likely caused by spontaneous combustion

This is an expanded version of a previously posted story. An April 27 fire that significantly damaged a two-story house under construction in Portola Valley's Westridge neighborhood was likely caused by spontaneous combustion associated with materials used to stain exterior cedar siding, firefighters said.

Monday, 8:23 PM | 1 comment

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Tonight: Community meeting on Ravenswood Ave. grade separation

The first of three community meetings to discuss a "grade separation" (separating the roadway from the railroad tracks) at Ravenswood Avenue in Menlo Park will be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 2, in the Oak Room of the Arrillaga Family Recreation Center.

Sunday, 11:12 PM | 8 comments
Business: How Woodside exec uses robot at his Sand Hill Road office

How can you be in two places at once? If you ask Geoff Rehnert of Woodside, it's easy. Now that his company has a small team of telepresence robots called BeamPro, "it's like having an avatar," he says.

Sunday, 11:03 PM | No comments yet
Wednesday: If you've got $10 million, Atherton has a deal for you

Looking for a special gift for the person who has everything? Or do you want to ensure your name is not soon forgotten? Atherton may soon offer just the thing -- naming rights to a new street, for a $10 million donation.

Sunday, 11:02 PM | 7 comments
Almanac receives awards in state contest

The Almanac received two second-place awards – for coverage of local government and best writing – in the 2015 Better Newspaper Contest, sponsored by the California Newspaper Publishers Association.

Sunday, 11:23 AM | No comments yet

Friday, April 29, 2016

Correction: Water shutdown scheduled in Menlo Park on Sunday

The Menlo Park Municipal Water District will shut down its Burgess Park pressure valve on Sunday, May 1, from 2 to 6 a.m.

Friday, 7:19 PM | 1 comment
A Woodside family marks its passage with athletic excellence

It's been a drama-filled life in recent years for Woodside brothers Erik and Karl Arvidsson, and tangentially for their parents Par and Carol Arvidsson as they have looked on.

Friday, 10:17 AM | 5 comments

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Menlo Park: Twin sisters charged with defrauding county

A pair of Menlo Park psychologists are accused of bilking San Mateo County out of thousands of dollars by charging for therapy sessions that never happened, prosecutors said. Their clients were victims of violent crime.

Thursday, 4:06 PM | No comments yet
Tonight: Meeting on Marsh Road construction, closure

A public meeting will be held tonight on the upcoming construction of a drainage culvert along Marsh Road in Atherton, which will close the road from May 31 to August 11.

Thursday, 11:11 AM | No comments yet
Today: Menlo Park celebrates solar power installations

Solar panel installations at the Arrillaga Family Gymnasium and Gymnastics Center, the city corporation yard and the Onetta Harris Community Center in Menlo Park have been completed. To celebrate, the city is hosting a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 28.

Thursday, 10:34 AM | 1 comment
Tuesday deadline to vote on school parcel taxes

Voters in the Menlo Park City School District have until Tuesday, May 3, to mail or drop off their ballots, or vote in person, on two parcel tax measures.

Thursday, 9:08 AM | 105 comments
Wood-chipper program aims to cut wildfire risks in Woodside, Portola Valley

Crews from the Woodside Fire Protection District will be coming around to neighborhoods in Portola Valley, Woodside and nearby communities, starting Tuesday, May 3, to convert residents' excess brush and branches into wood chips.

Thursday, 8:09 AM | 1 comment

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Update - Surf Air: New flight path will avoid Midpeninsula

Surf Air representatives say they have identified an alternative flight path that would put their planes, and the noise of their turboprop engines, over the Bay during much of their approach to the San Carlos Airport whenever they have clear visibility.

Wednesday, 11:55 AM | 10 comments
Woodside council OKs limits on basement size, location

On its sixth try, the Woodside Town Council voted in favor of an ordinance Tuesday to regulate the size and location of basements.

Wednesday, 11:54 AM | No comments yet
Portola Valley: Fire leaves house under construction uninhabitable

A structure fire significantly damaged a two-story house under construction at 10 La Sandra Way in Portola Valley early this morning.

Wednesday, 10:03 AM | No comments yet
Recent home sales: Atherton, Menlo Park, Portola Valley, Woodside

Home sales are provided by California REsource, a real estate information company that obtains home sale data from local county recorders' offices.

Wednesday, 8:24 AM | No comments yet
Suspected gang member charged after leading deputies on pursuit

A suspected gang member pleaded not guilty Monday to crashing his car and abandoning a pregnant woman and a 13-year-old child while fleeing deputies in East Palo Alto on Friday, prosecutors said.

Wednesday, 8:21 AM | No comments yet
Thursday: Menlo Park fire district to dedicate new station

A fire station that was rebuilt at a cost of $7.6 million and that is nearly three times larger than the former station will be dedicated at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 28, at 2290 University Ave. in East Palo Alto.

Wednesday, 8:04 AM | 3 comments
Fee changes planned for Holbrook-Palmer Park

Atherton's City Council has approved a number of changes in the fees charged at Holbrook-Palmer Park and is also considering allowing bicycles to use one of the park's paths.

Wednesday, 8:03 AM | No comments yet
Portola Valley: Service for Carlo Besio, veterinarian, vintner

A memorial service for Portola Valley veterinarian, gardener, vintner and longtime resident Carlo Besio is set for June 1 in Portola Valley. Dr. Besio, who died April 11, was 86.

Wednesday, 8:03 AM | No comments yet
Driver's guide to road construction in Menlo Park

With El Nino rains largely past, and the dry season upon us, motorists can expect to encounter a lot more roadwork. Road repairs and traffic signal upgrades are underway on Sand Hill Road, Willow Road and Chilco Street in Menlo Park.

Wednesday, 8:01 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Tonight: Woodside may OK limits on basement size, location

The Woodside Town Council may approve a basement ordinance tonight (Tuesday, April 26) that would loosen requirements on keeping excavated soil on site, add a staff review for deep basements, and set an allowance on how much of a basement could be outside the footprint of the main house.

Tuesday, 11:36 AM | No comments yet
Tonight: Woodside School holds meeting on summer construction

A public meeting to discuss construction projects scheduled at Woodside Elementary School this summer will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 26, in the school's Wildcat Room at 3195 Woodside Road.

Tuesday, 10:14 AM | No comments yet
Menlo Park, Portola Valley police calls: Dog alerts resident to attempted break-in

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

Tuesday, 8:24 AM | No comments yet
School parcel tax backers raise $16K

The committee backing two parcel tax measures in the Menlo Park City School District has reported that it raised $16,241 from 29 donors but spent only around $350 as of April 16.

Tuesday, 8:14 AM | 9 comments

Monday, April 25, 2016

Woman who died in I-280 crash near Palo Alto is identified

A 47-year-old Los Gatos woman died Monday morning after her car crashed into a cement wall on northbound Interstate 280 near Palo Alto, overturned and landed on its roof.

Monday, 10:51 AM | No comments yet

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Woman dies after being struck by train in Palo Alto

A 19-year-old woman who was struck by a train Friday afternoon near downtown Palo Alto has died, Caltrain has confirmed. She was identified as Sarah Marie Longyear, a graduate of Gunn High School.

Sunday, 4:19 PM | 2 comments
Today in Menlo Park: What to do if disaster strikes

What should you do if a fire, flood, earthquake or some other disaster or emergency hits your community?

Sunday, 2:50 PM | No comments yet

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Menlo Park: Sharon Heights fire leaves 50 temporarily homeless

A structure fire reported just after midnight on Saturday (April 23) in a Sharon Heights apartment complex in Menlo Park displaced 50 residents from 30 apartments, firefighters said.

Saturday, 7:09 PM | 12 comments

Friday, April 22, 2016

Tuesday: Board of Supervisors update on San Carlos Airport issues

An update on San Mateo County's study of "aircraft disturbance" at the San Carlos Airport is on the agenda for the Board of Supervisors' meeting on Tuesday, April 26, at 9:15 a.m.

Friday, 5:24 PM | 32 comments
Menlo Church people to package 350K meals for hungry California kids

More than 1,050 participants affiliated with Menlo Church are expected to package 350,000 meals by hand at three of the church's campuses in Menlo Park, San Mateo and Mountain View on Saturday, April 23, and and Sunday, April 24.

Friday, 11:52 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Menlo Park: Neighborhood feathers ruffling over Cuckoo's Nest club

Menlo Park and Palo Alto residents living near San Francisquito Creek say a proposed bar at a private club for Silicon Valley entrepreneurs should not be allowed because it is too close to their homes.

Thursday, 6:54 PM | 20 comments
Obituary: Ronald Allen Kovas, Menlo College professor, former Sunset magazine exec

Atherton resident Ronald Allen Kovas, a professor at Menlo College who had a long career with J. Walter Thompson, died on April 8 at the age of 74.

Thursday, 3:52 PM | No comments yet
Guest opinion: A remembrance of Walt Gerber, a 'titan of grace' whose impact lives on

Walt Gerber, the former senior pastor of Menlo Park Presbyterian Church (now Menlo Church) who died earlier this month, touched many hearts in the community.

Thursday, 3:06 PM | 1 comment
Menlo Park: How locals are doing their part to reduce greenhouse gases

In observance of Earth Day and in the face of the challenge of climate change, Menlo Spark, the nonprofit that is working to make Menlo Park a climate-neutral city by 2025, asked many people and agencies in the community what they were doing to reduce their energy use, waste and greenhouse gas emissions.

Thursday, 12:49 PM | No comments yet
Woodside celebrates opening of new Sellman Pavilion

Woodside residents and alumni of Woodside Elementary School gathered on April 20 with current students and families to dedicate the school's new auditorium in honor of longtime school superintendent, the late George Sellman.

Thursday, 11:58 AM | 1 comment
Tonight: Menlo Park advisory panel discusses general plan update

The Menlo Park General Plan Advisory Committee will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 21, to discuss possible zoning changes in the city's M-2 area, roughly bounded by San Francisco Bay, University Avenue, U.S. 101 and Marsh Road.

Thursday, 11:25 AM | No comments yet
Drug-selling case at Menlo College is settled

A plea bargain has finally ended a case that began in November 2014 when drugs and cash were found in the dorm room of a Menlo College student.

Thursday, 10:51 AM | No comments yet
How new Woodside Library changes things

The remodeled Woodside Library, which reopened April 16 after a nine-month renovation, includes mobile book shelves capable of being rolled away, creating a new capacity for large indoor community events such as performances and talks.

Thursday, 10:04 AM | 1 comment
Woodside council shifts preference on basement ordinance

A majority of Woodside council members now favors an ordinance that would allow the floor area of a new basement to extend no more than 50 percent beyond the footprint of the main residence above it.

Thursday, 9:42 AM | 3 comments
Portola Valley council sets 'affordable housing' as high priority

The Portola Valley Town Council has agreed to set "affordable housing" as one of nine high-priority issues for the budget year starting July 1.

Thursday, 9:37 AM | 2 comments
Menlo Park: Attorneys call for city action on housing crisis

The city of Menlo Park needs to take action now to deal with a housing crisis that is driving low- to moderate-income families out of the city. That's the message to the city from attorneys with Community Legal Services, a nonprofit agency based in East Palo Alto that provides free and low-cost legal services to low-income residents.

Thursday, 8:04 AM | 48 comments

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