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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Menlo Park: Changes ahead for St. Patrick's Seminary

Come next June, the group of priests that has overseen St. Patrick's Seminary since it began 118 years ago will stop overseeing it.

Tuesday, 2:56 PM | No comments yet
Stanford sirens malfunction

A malfunction in Stanford's outdoor emergency warning system resulted in a siren system going off around 3:10 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 18.

Tuesday, 2:55 PM | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Transportation woes leave commission at impasse over general plan

With the Planning Commission's numbers down to four (three commissioners recused themselves due to personal connections to the area under discussion), the commission found itself at an 11 p.m. impasse.

Tuesday, 11:52 AM | 3 comments
District looks at cost of non-resident employees' kids attending district schools

This year, 67 students in the Menlo Park City School District live outside the district, but have parents who work for the district. Board member Terry Thygesen figures it could be costing the district $1 million a year.

Tuesday, 11:48 AM | 3 comments
Speakers tell school district to go for a parcel tax to avoid cuts

Members of the public almost universally favored another parcel tax, and several suggested asking for enough to avoid budget cuts, at the first of two public-input sessions for the board of the Menlo Park City School District. A second meeting is tonight, Oct. 25, at 6 p.m.

Tuesday, 11:31 AM | 11 comments
Police calls: Women with stun gun rob Safeway market in Menlo Park

Crime and accident reports for Menlo Par, West Menlo Park and Woodside.

Tuesday, 10:58 AM | 5 comments
Portola Valley: Home invasions rattle some, galvanize others

It's been a disquieting week and a half in Portola Valley. Anxiety is up after an Oct. 18 daytime residential burglary, an infrequent event but one that happened just five days after three armed men invaded and robbed a home nearby -- the second home-invasion robbery in six months.

Tuesday, 10:56 AM | 1 comment
East Palo Alto landlord accused of trying to force tenants out

An East Palo Alto landlord has been charged with felony destruction of property in an attempt to force his rent-controlled tenants out, according to a police department press release.

Tuesday, 10:32 AM | No comments yet

Monday, October 24, 2016

Public gets to see Menlo Park district's new Laurel School Upper Campus

Menlo Park City School District officials welcomed the public to their new Laurel School Upper Campus in Menlo Park's Willows neighborhood on Saturday morning, Oct. 22.

Monday, 4:36 PM | 1 comment
Stanford University inaugurates new president

As Marc Tessier-Lavigne shed his black doctorate of philosophy robe and put on the Cardinal-red robe of the president, he ceremonially stepped into his new role as Stanford University's 11th president at his inauguration Friday morning.

Monday, 3:22 PM | 4 comments
Menlo Park: 'Corporate housing' zone would allow 1,500 dorm-style units on Facebook campus

Tonight, the Menlo Park Planning Commission will meet again to talk about the city's general plan update, this time to issue recommendations to the City Council. The commission previously met on Oct. 19 for a four-hour discussion on the topic.

Monday, 10:59 AM | 17 comments

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Home sales: 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.

Sunday, 11:13 PM | No comments yet
Woodside weighs plan to regulate marijuana cultivation

Marijuana, including its cultivation in the town of Woodside, will be a topic of discussion and possibly action when the Town Council meets at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25, in Independence Hall at 2955 Woodside Road.

Sunday, 11:10 PM | 4 comments
Former vice president of SAP charged with insider trading, money laundering

A San Mateo man was charged in a federal indictment for his alleged role in a scheme to commit insider trading and money laundering, U.S. Department of Justice officials said Thursday.

Sunday, 10:43 PM | No comments yet

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Committee outlines potential plane-noise recommendations

A multi-city and county committee tasked with finding ways to reduce overhead noise from airplanes going to and from San Francisco International Airport has released preliminary proposed recommendations.

Saturday, 3:20 PM | 2 comments

Friday, October 21, 2016

Menlo Park: Contract awarded for new fire station

Plans to rebuild Menlo Park's downtown fire station at 700 Oak Grove Ave. just cleared another hurdle.

Friday, 11:51 AM | 4 comments
Monday and Tuesday: Public input sought on school budget decisions

Two more meetings designed to get the public's input on whether the Menlo Park City School District should put a parcel tax measure on the ballot next spring are scheduled for Monday morning and Tuesday evening, Oct. 24 and 25.

Friday, 8:45 AM | 7 comments
Sparks flying between Atherton and Menlo Park fire district

The relationship between the Menlo Park Fire Protection District and the town of Atherton has become strained since the town said it wants to figure out how much of the district's property tax money is generated in Atherton and how much the district spends to provide the town with services.

Friday, 12:03 AM | 47 comments

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Erik Burmeister named superintendent of Menlo Park City School District

It's official: Erik Burmeister will become the new superintendent of the Menlo Park City School District on July 1, when current superintendent Maurice Ghysels steps down.

Thursday, 3:50 PM | 2 comments
Portola Valley: Town opens door to affordable housing plan

The Portola Valley Town Council is gearing up for a community discussion on steps to increase the supply of homes affordable to people of average means.

Thursday, 1:33 PM | No comments yet
Editorial: County's Measure K is too vague; vote 'no'

Over the last several years, an increasing number of San Mateo County residents have come to see the light regarding the pressing need for more affordable housing.

Thursday, 1:32 PM | 1 comment
Election 2016: Menlo Park candidates give views on traffic, business, rail issues

A painstakingly slow process to get things done. A gap in communication between people in different parts of the city. Old infrastructure and urban planning methods that discourage cities from thinking regionally. Those are among the biggest problems facing Menlo Park, according to, respectively, Catherine Carlton, Cecilia Taylor and Ray Mueller, the three City Council candidates.

Thursday, 11:25 AM | 1 comment
Tonight: Cafe Zoe to host 'get out the vote' event in Menlo Park

Cafe Zoe in Menlo Park will host a "Get out the Vote" event at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21.

Thursday, 11:18 AM | No comments yet
Police calls: Atherton, Woodside, Menlo Park

Crime reports for Atherton, Woodside, West Menlo Park and Menlo Park.

Thursday, 8:57 AM | 6 comments
New law: School districts can't invest bond funds

A new state law prohibiting school districts from investing their own construction bond money while waiting to spend it was inspired by the local community college district's attempts to do just that, the state legislative analyst says.

Thursday, 8:55 AM | 3 comments

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Menlo Park tonight: Commission reviews general plan update

Brace for a marathon meeting. Tonight, the Menlo Park Planning Commission will review the city's general plan update, and possibly recommend that the City Council approve it.

Wednesday, 4:16 PM | No comments yet
Hundreds beseech East Palo Alto council to end evictions

Facing a packed council chamber that overflowed with hundreds of residents on Tuesday night, the East Palo Alto City Council addressed how the city could best stem a flood of recent evictions from red-tagged and illegal dwellings while responsibly keeping its residents safe and enforcing the city's laws.

Wednesday, 3:07 PM | No comments yet
Menlo Park school district paints bleak picture without new parcel tax

Since two parcel taxes failed to pass in a May election, the Menlo Park City School District has been pondering how to balance its budget. On Tuesday night, district officials laid out cuts that would be needed to erase a predicted $5.3 million deficit without a new parcel tax.

Wednesday, 11:50 AM | 52 comments
Developer David Bohannon arrested a second time

Menlo Park developer David D. Bohannon II was arrested Oct. 17 on suspicion of attempting to contact the alleged victim of a previous domestic dispute by text and email, while a no-contact emergency protective order was in effect, according to Menlo Park police.

Wednesday, 11:33 AM | No comments yet
Canada College wins $4.3 million grant to assist in STEM education

The U. S. Department of Education awarded a grant of $4.3 million to Canada Community College in Woodside on Oct. 18 to support Hispanic students pursuing careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.

Wednesday, 11:03 AM | No comments yet
Have you registered to vote? Monday is your last chance

Monday, Oct. 24, is the last day to register to vote in the Nov. 8 election.

Wednesday, 10:45 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Portola Valley council sets 'town safety' meeting after home-invasion robberies

In reaction to two home-invasion robberies in Portola Valley, the Town Council is hosting a "town safety" meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, in the Community Hall at 765 Portola Road.

Tuesday, 11:56 PM | No comments yet
Missing hikers, including one from Menlo Park, are located

Three Bay Area hikers, including one from Menlo Park, who were reported missing in a remote region along the Sierra Nevada, were located this morning (Oct. 18) following an extensive search, sheriff's officials said.

Tuesday, 2:32 PM | 9 comments
Portola Valley: Deputies investigate another home burglary

Sheriff's deputies were on the scene investigating today (Tuesday, Oct. 18) after receiving a call about another residential burglary in the Alpine Hills neighborhood of Portola Valley.

Tuesday, 1:54 PM | 4 comments
Portola Valley: Home-invasion robberies prompt petition for license-plate-reading cameras

In the wake of a second home-invasion robbery of an occupied Portola Valley home in six months, a petition to install fixed automated license-plate-reading cameras at key locations is making the rounds.

Tuesday, 11:10 AM | 8 comments
Wednesday: Atherton weighs scope of fire district funding study

The details of a study of fire district property taxes generated and spent in Atherton will be discussed by the Atherton City Council on Wednesday, Oct. 19.

Tuesday, 9:49 AM | No comments yet
Menlo Park: New Laurel School Upper Campus opens on time

Menlo Park has a brand new school. On Monday, 300 students moved into their new Laurel School Upper Campus. While they were still sharing their new space with a few construction workers, all appeared to go smoothly.

Tuesday, 9:40 AM | 4 comments

Monday, October 17, 2016

Menlo Park aerospace engineer named county's poet laureate

Aerospace engineer, private pilot and Menlo Park resident Lisa Rosenberg has been named the new poet laureate of San Mateo County. Her term begins Jan. 1, 2017.

Monday, 6:16 PM | No comments yet
Former Woodside mayor Susan Crocker dies at 75

Susan Crocker, who served on the Woodside Town Council from 1991 to 1995, and was mayor in 1993, died at her home in Woodside on Wednesday, Oct. 12. She was 75.

Monday, 11:54 AM | No comments yet

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Why Woodside resident has devoted decades to restoring World War II command vehicle

Woodside resident Reno Taini has created a kind of time machine, a vehicle of war equipped with bare essentials considered fitting for a general leading an army from 70 years ago.

Sunday, 9:39 PM | 1 comment
Woodside: Term limits for Town Council?

Of the 20 incorporated towns and cities in San Mateo County, five – Redwood City, Foster City, San Mateo, Millbrae and Pacifica – have term limits for their council members. Will Woodside join this group?

Sunday, 9:37 PM | 5 comments

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Tonight: Menlo Park school district seeks public comment on financial issues

Meetings meant to get public input on how the Menlo Park City School District should balance its budget will continue on Tuesday, Oct. 18.

Saturday, 1:37 PM | 52 comments

Friday, October 14, 2016

Portola Valley: Another home invasion by three armed men

Three armed men invaded an occupied home on Valencia Court in Portola Valley late Thursday, Oct. 13, corralled the three residents and escaped with jewelry and electronic equipment, according to the county Sheriff's Office.

Friday, 7:02 PM | 6 comments
Menlo Park developer arrested on suspicion of domestic assault

David D. Bohannon II, president and CEO of the development company David D. Bohannon Organization, was arrested on suspicion of domestic assault on Wednesday, Oct. 12, around 6:30 a.m. on Hermosa Way in Menlo Park.

Friday, 11:24 AM | No comments yet
Sequoia high school board prepares for redistricting meetings

The board of the Sequoia Union High School District is holding three community meetings -- on Thursday, Oct. 20, Tuesday, Oct. 25 and Wednesday, Oct. 26 -- to discuss subdividing the district into separate voting areas, one for each member of the Board of Trustees.

Friday, 9:58 AM | No comments yet
Saturday: Free flu shots at Woodside fire station

Free flu shots are available at the main fire station in Woodside on Saturday, Oct. 15, and on selected Thursdays in North Fair Oaks at St. Anthony's Church on Middlefield Road.

Friday, 9:57 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Menlo Park: New Laurel School Upper Campus opens Monday

Menlo Park City School District students, squeezed by 40 percent enrollment growth in the past 11 years, should get some breathing room when the new Laurel School Upper Campus opens for 300 students in grades 3 to 5 on Monday, Oct. 17.

Thursday, 10:08 PM | 2 comments
Menlo Park council OKs moving food-truck event to Civic Center

Off the Grid, a weekly food truck gathering at the Caltrain station parking lot in Menlo Park on Wednesday nights, has won approval of its plan to move to the city's Civic Center parking lot located off Alma Street, between the library and the Arrillaga Family Gymnasium.

Thursday, 3:37 PM | 10 comments
Woodside council gets earful on short-term rentals and their impact on rural character

The sharing economy, in the form of short-term rental outfits like Airbnb, has become a disruptive force in parts of Woodside.

Thursday, 11:49 AM | 14 comments
Menlo Park man sentenced to one year in county jail for grabbing, kissing teen

Adam Joseph Degroat, 44, of Menlo Park, a registered sex offender, was sentenced to one year in county jail Oct. 12 after pleading no contest Aug. 29 to one count of felony child molestation.

Thursday, 11:25 AM | No comments yet
Election could alter future of Sequoia Healthcare District

Running for seats on the board of the Sequoia Healthcare District are incumbents Kathleen Kane and Kim Griffin, and challengers Harland Harrison and Lois Garcia -- both running as a slate under the management of a third board member, Libertarian Jack Hickey.

Thursday, 5:21 AM | 3 comments
Menlo Park police calls: Peacemakers break up assaults

Crime reports from Menlo Park and Atherton.

Thursday, 5:16 AM | No comments yet
Guest opinion: What kind of school district will its new superintendent lead?

I like adventure. And when the Menlo Park City School District board put my potential appointment as the district's next superintendent on the agenda, it was clear that adventure might possibly await.

Thursday, 5:04 AM | 33 comments
New furnishings at Menlo Park Library

The Menlo Park Main Library has new furnishings indoors and out, including a picnic table with an umbrella in front of the entrance, and the replacement of all of the library's upholstered chairs.

Thursday, 4:50 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Tonight: Portola Valley council to consider strategic plan for affordable housing

A strategic plan for developing affordable housing in Portola Valley is one of the topics the Town Council will be taking up Wednesday, Oct. 12.

Wednesday, 11:49 AM | 1 comment
Feds close sex-discrimination investigation at Stanford University

The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights has "administratively closed" one of five investigations into violations of federal gender-equity law Title IX at Stanford University, an Education Department spokesman confirmed Tuesday.

Wednesday, 11:21 AM | No comments yet
Mental health clinic for youth coming to Menlo Park

Three local women who have parented children with mental illnesses, including one who lost a daughter to death by suicide, have banded together to do something locally to help everyone's children who are in a similar situation.

Wednesday, 8:00 AM | 6 comments
County rolls out its clean energy program

All of San Mateo County's small and medium businesses, city government facilities and about 20 percent of homes across the county just got greener by doing nothing.

Wednesday, 7:56 AM | 1 comment
Benefit raises $275K for homeless services

LifeMoves (formerly InnVision Shelter Network), the Menlo Park-based nonprofit that serves people who are homeless, raised $275,000 during its annual benefit breakfast Oct. 6 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Burlingame.

Wednesday, 7:55 AM | No comments yet

Response to Arguments Against Measure B
By Steve Levy | 20 comments | 3,188 views

Garden Zucchini Pancakes with Umami Tomato Meets Woodside Elementary
By Laura Stec | 2 comments | 1,339 views