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Saturday, December 20, 2014

For the children

In keeping with a holiday tradition, the seventh-grade students at St. Raymond School in Menlo Park collected new books for the children at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital to open on Christmas morning.

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County declares state of emergency after storms

The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors voted Friday to declare a state of emergency after recent rain and windstorms caused an estimated $3.4 million in damage.

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Friday, December 19, 2014

Atherton couple celebrate 70th anniversary

On Dec. 22, 1944, a young man named Joe Cotton asked Rema Nelson to marry him. Recently returned to the states from being shot down over Greece in World War II, and spending three harrowing months evading the Nazis, Mr. Cotton was ready for a challenge of a more domestic sort.

Friday, 5:01 PM | 2 comments
Menlo Park: Security camera helps capture alleged package thief

A few days after a security camera captured the theft of a package from the doorstep of a home in the Willows neighborhood, Menlo Park police arrested a suspect.

Friday, 9:53 AM | 13 comments
Middlefield Road, Fair Oaks Lane in Atherton reopen

Middlefield Road between Oak Grove Avenue and Ravenswood Avenue, and Fair Oaks Lane have reopened, Atherton police reported.

Friday, 9:43 AM | 4 comments
School board gets update on Spanish immersion, world languages

Reports from Menlo Park City School District administrators about the Spanish immersion program and how to make study of world languages available to all district students drew a big crowd to a recent school board meeting.

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Police calls: Thefts from home construction site in Portola Valley

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

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

'Cali' girl needs good home!

Parker is a medium-sized, spayed Californian bunny available for adoption at the Peninsula Humane Society's Center for Compassion in Burlingame.

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Atherton's new mayor lays out his vision

New Atherton mayor Rick DeGolia's vision for the coming year includes a new civic center that creates all its own energy and a free high-speed fiber Internet system for the whole town.

Thursday, 1:24 PM | 1 comment
Atherton councilman Bill Widmer is new city manager in Rancho Palos Verdes

Bill Widmer, who on Nov. 4 was elected to his second term on the Atherton City Council, has been named the new city manager in Rancho Palos Verdes in Southern California. He says that, for now, he is not moving from Atherton and will remain on the council, but new mayor Rick DeGolia says he has asked Mr. Widmer to resign.

Thursday, 11:17 AM | 18 comments
Tonight: How should Menlo Park's M-2 district develop?

Menlo Park will host a community workshop on Thursday, Dec. 18, to find out what residents and other interested parties see as the future of the city's M-2 industrial district, which roughly encompasses parcels wedged between the San Francisco Bay, University Avenue, Marsh Road and U.S. 101.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Board OKs plans to buy sites for new high schools

The Sequoia Union High School District has entered into contracts to spend up to $12.7 million for two Peninsula properties -- $9.3 million for a 2.1-acre site in Menlo Park near Belle Haven and $3.4 million for a 1-acre site in San Carlos.

Wednesday, 10:29 PM | 1 comment
Deputy pleads not guilty to conspiracy charges

Deputy Juan Lopez of the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office pleaded not guilty on Tuesday (Dec. 16) to two charges of conspiracy in connection with a case involving an inmate in the San Mateo County jail who is accused of acquiring and using a cellphone while in jail.

Wednesday, 3:37 PM | 12 comments
Vast photo collection documents San Mateo County life over several decades

Retired commercial and news photographer Norton Pearl has donated a lifetime's worth of negatives representing his professional work to the San Mateo County Historical Association.

Wednesday, 9:52 AM | 1 comment
Tonight: Changes to Menlo Park's heritage tree ordinance discussed

Improving replacement tree planting and survival rates, and better protecting the city's heritage trees, are three of the priorities for proposed changes to Menlo Park's heritage tree ordinance. The Environmental Quality Commission will talk about those changes tonight.

Wednesday, 9:03 AM | 1 comment
Four men rob Menlo Park market at gunpoint

A cashier was beaten and another robbed at gunpoint after four men entered the El Rancho Market around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to Menlo Park police.

Wednesday, 9:01 AM | 5 comments

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Train strikes car in Atherton

A southbound Caltrain struck a on the train tracks at Fair Oak Avenue in Atherton at about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 16. The driver was able to escape the car before the collision.

Tuesday, 11:41 PM | 9 comments
Menlo Park: Seven homes flooded by broken water main

A broken water main flooded the yards and garages of seven homes in West Menlo Park on Tuesday night.

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Woodside, Portola Valley elect new mayors

Woodside and Portola Valley have new mayors -- Tom Shanahan and Jeff Aalfs. Both councilmen were elected on unanimous votes of their town councils, on Dec. 9 and 10, and both are holding the office for the first time.

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Menlo Park: Laundry room bandit strikes at apartments

A laundry room bandit or bandits swarmed through Menlo Park recently, hitting coin-operated laundry machines in apartment complexes, according to the Menlo Park Police Department.

Tuesday, 7:03 PM | 1 comment
Tonight: Atherton plans outdoor event area in park

An outdoor event area that could seat up to 150 people as well as suit smaller gatherings will be considered by the Atherton City Council when it meets on Wednesday, Dec. 17, starting at 7 p.m. Also on the agenda is election of a mayor and vice-mayor.

Tuesday, 6:41 PM | No comments yet
Menlo College terminates contract with tweeting San Jose cop

Phillip White, a San Jose police officer who generated widespread outrage after tweeting threatening statements about civil rights protestors, has had his contract as an assistant basketball coach terminated by Menlo College.

Tuesday, 12:39 PM | 1 comment
Northbound El Camino reopened near Selby Lane in Atherton

About a half hour after announcing northbound El Camino Real near Selby Lane had been closed because of high voltage wires in the street, Atherton police reported it has been reopened at 12:38 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 16

Tuesday, 12:17 PM | No comments yet
Atherton police: Beware 'plumbers' at the door

A pair of men posing as plumbers talked their way into two Atherton homes on Monday, Dec. 15, stealing money and jewelry while the residents were distracted, police said.

Tuesday, 11:13 AM | 2 comments
Food truck event gets five-year permit in Menlo Park

Off the Grid's weekly food truck event rolled away from Monday's Planning Commission meeting with unanimous approval to continue for five years in Menlo Park.

Tuesday, 10:46 AM | 3 comments
Tonight: Police contract, economic and general plan updates before Menlo Park council

The agenda is packed for the Dec. 16 Menlo Park City Council meeting. Topics include goals for the general and economic plan updates, a new contract for police officers and a report on the status of various capital improvements.

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Glimpse at new building coming to Menlo-Atherton campus

A rendering of a new two-story building at Menlo-Atherton High School showed up in a presentation to the board of the Sequoia Union High School District on Dec. 9.

Tuesday, 8:21 AM | No comments yet
Woodside: No crosswalk on Mountain Home Road for now

Children walking to Woodside Elementary School from the south side of town -- from neighborhoods along Mountain Home and Whiskey Hill roads -- have not had the benefit of a crosswalk when crossing Mountain Home Road. A crosswalk was planned, but it's off for now.

Tuesday, 8:10 AM | No comments yet

Monday, December 15, 2014

Holiday Fund: Unlocking stories helps adults learn to read, write and find success

Project Read-Menlo Park literacy tutors are finding that the personal stories locked inside their students can be sprung loose to become fascinating, valuable tools in the quest for literacy.

Monday, 11:40 AM | No comments yet
Tonight: Third Facebook campus, food truck event before Menlo Park commission

Facebook's plans for its third campus and renewal of Off the Grid's permit for its weekly food truck event will be topics of discussion by the Menlo Park Planning Commission tonight (Dec. 15).

Monday, 9:41 AM | No comments yet
Storm delivering rain as predicted

Rain will continue in the Bay Area through most of today, according to a forecaster at the National Weather Service.

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Six people displaced by house fire in North Fair Oaks

Six people were displaced in a two-alarm house fire in the North Fair Oaks area early Sunday morning, a San Mateo County fire official said.

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Recent home sales - Dec. 10

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

Sunday, 5:56 PM | No comments yet
New Kaiser Permanente hospital in Redwood City to debut Tuesday

Kaiser Permanente's new 149-bed, seven-story Redwood City hospital is set to open Tuesday, Dec. 16. The nonprofit health organization began construction on the 280,000-square-foot building on Veterans Boulevard and Walnut Street in 2011.

Sunday, 5:45 PM | 9 comments

Friday, December 12, 2014

Check out an e-reader at county libraries

The San Mateo County library system now has e-reader tablets pre-loaded with best-sellers available for check out in all county libraries.

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Stray goat found in Woodside

See photo of a goat, currently in the care of the Peninsula Humane Society, found stray in Woodside on Nov. 14. This was called into the PHS by a resident on the 1200 block of Skyline.

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Cover story: War is hell

Woodside resident and former mayor Nat Landes has many military medals sitting on a bookshelf in his living room that recognize his service as a U.S. Army artillery officer during World War II. He talked about his service with the Almanac.

Friday, 9:46 AM | 1 comment
Multi-family zoning in Woodside?

The Woodside Planning Commission dealt recently with a topic with potential to be controversial -- multi-family zoning in a town zoned for single-family homes. But voices did not rise. Positions were taken, but in measured tones.

Friday, 9:17 AM | No comments yet
Holiday Fund: Overcoming adversity, transforming lives

Both of Mark's parents suffered from serious mental illness: his mother from schizophrenia and his father from bipolar disorder. Between his mother's frequent hospitalizations and his father's extreme mood swings, there was a persistent feeling on Mark's part of depression and loneliness.

Friday, 9:14 AM | 1 comment
Do you think there 'Oughta Be A law ... Or Not'?

State Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, is now accepting entries for the seventh annual "Oughta Be A Law ... Or Not" contest.

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Saturday service for Ronald Kistler, retired USGS research scientist

A memorial service for retired U.S. Geological Survey research scientist Ron Kistler, who died Oct. 30, will be held Saturday, Dec. 13, at the USGS campus in Menlo Park.

Thursday, 11:29 AM | No comments yet
Sunset campus sold to real estate investment firm

A little more than a month after employees were first told that the landmark Sunset campus was up for sale, the property has been sold to Embarcadero Capital Partners, a real estate investment and management firm based in Belmont, multiple sources told the Almanac.

Thursday, 10:35 AM | 58 comments
Storm brings flooding, roads closures, power outages

The wind-driven storm that blew into the Bay Area Thursday caused flooding, closed roads, closed schools and power outages.

Thursday, 8:37 AM | 6 comments
All local schools expected to be open Friday

According to the San Mateo County Office of Education, all local schools are expected to be open on Friday.

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More than 200 flights canceled due to storm

San Francisco International Airport is seeing numerous flight cancellations and delays today due to a storm descending on the Bay Area.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Kiwanis, Nativity School tree lots aid local causes

Local Christmas tree lots are open and offering premium fresh-cut trees for sale. Two of the lots are operated by volunteers, with proceeds going to school programs or scholarship funds.

Wednesday, 2:05 PM | No comments yet
Mandarin charter backers appeal to county board of education

The group trying to establish a Mandarin immersion charter school in the Menlo Park City School District has appealed to the San Mateo County Board of Education to approve their school after being turned down by the school district in November.

Wednesday, 11:40 AM | 13 comments
Menlo Park: Two arbitration processes for police misconduct cases

The two unions representing the city's police officers will have two different procedures for handling appeals of disciplinary decisions by binding arbitration, if the council approves a proposed contract with the Menlo Park Police Officers' Association.

Wednesday, 10:40 AM | No comments yet
Local agencies, residents prepare for storm

With total rainfall projected to range from 1 to 4 inches in urban areas with winds at 20 to 40 mph and gusts up to 40 to 60 mph, the storm is predicted to be one of the strongest to strike the area since October 2009. Click here for an hour-by-hour forecast of the local weather.

Wednesday, 9:06 AM | 1 comment

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Fourteen plead not guilty to gang indictments

Fourteen defendants, indicted in March for crimes related to their alleged involvement with East Palo Alto gangs, pleaded not guilty Monday to charges including murder, assault, narcotics trafficking and robbery, prosecutors said.

Tuesday, 3:48 PM | 1 comment
Tonight: Council considers crosswalk at Cedar Lane

The proposal to paint a crosswalk at Cedar Lane and Mountain Home Road returns to the Town Council in Woodside tonight (Dec. 9) for further discussion and possible action.

Tuesday, 11:36 AM | No comments yet
Police calls: Woodside grandmother taken for $3,000 in phone scam

A woman transferred money to a caller claiming to be her grandson, only to later learn it was an impostor.

Tuesday, 9:42 AM | 1 comment
Tonight: School board eyes Menlo Park site for new high school

The Sequoia Union High School District is eyeing a property at 150 Jefferson Drive in east Menlo Park for one of two new 400-student high schools the district is planning to open.

Tuesday, 9:34 AM | 2 comments
Tonight: Economic development, general plan update meetings in Menlo Park

The City Council is scheduled to hold a joint study session with the Planning Commission on Tuesday, Dec. 9, to draft the guiding principles for the general plan update and potential land use changes.

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Holiday parking hours kick off in downtown Menlo Park

The two-hour lots in downtown Menlo Park will allow free parking for three hours until Monday, Jan. 5.

Tuesday, 8:31 AM | No comments yet

Monday, December 8, 2014

Strong storm expected to hit Bay Area Wednesday and Thursday

The Bay Area can expect heavy rain and strong winds that could uproot trees, down power lines and cause flooding and mudslides due to a strong weather system starting late Wednesday and continuing through Thursday, National Weather Service officials said.

Monday, 5:56 PM | No comments yet
Couple pleads no contest to theft of wallet at funeral

An East Palo Alto couple pleaded no contest Friday to identity theft charges tied to stealing a wallet while working as caterers at a Belmont funeral reception, prosecutors said. Also, in a search of their apartment, officers found debit cards and an insurance card stolen from a Woodside couple's mail.

Monday, 5:53 PM | No comments yet
Tuesday: School board to discuss Spanish immersion, world languages

Keeping a promise made during the recent debate over a Mandarin immersion charter school proposal, the Menlo Park City School District is examining its Spanish immersion program and discussing world languages at a board meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 9, with the reports scheduled to start at 7:20 p.m.

Monday, 1:14 PM | 3 comments
Fallen trees damage homes in Menlo Park and Atherton

The Menlo Park Fire Protection District was busy on Saturday, Dec. 6, dealing with trees that fell on homes in Atherton and Menlo Park.

Monday, 11:36 AM | 12 comments
Tuesday: Meeting on document examining San Carlos Airport's effects on neighbors

A meeting to discuss the draft of a document that looks at the current and projected effect of the San Carlos Airport on its neighbors is planned for Tuesday, Dec. 9, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., in the San Carlos Library at 610 Elm St.

Monday, 11:02 AM | 5 comments
Woman arrested for alleged stabbing in Menlo Park

A 62-year-old man was allegedly stabbed by an ex-girlfriend after an argument in Menlo Park on Sunday, Dec. 7, according to police.

Monday, 10:57 AM | 1 comment

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