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Monday, January 23, 2017

Tuesday in Woodside: mariuna regulation, final adoption of house-size ordinance

The Woodside Town Council will hold a study session tonight (Tuesday, Jan. 24) for a public discussion of possible regulation of the outdoor cultivation of recreational marijuana.

Monday, 7:26 PM | No comments yet
Portola Valley: Suspects in prowling incident identified

Sheriff's Office deputies have identified the two men arrested on Thursday, Jan. 19, in connection with a Portola Valley resident's 911 call to report two prowlers in her backyard.

Monday, 12:12 PM | 1 comment
Man who led car chase in Menlo Park gets prison sentence

A man who allegedly ran a stop sign while on the phone in eastern Menlo Park, led a Menlo Park police officer on a car chase and crashed into another car has been sentenced to two years in state prison.

Monday, 12:05 PM | 2 comments

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Menlo Park: City staff recommends approval of Greenheart complex

A much-discussed project to build apartments, offices and shops totaling 420,000 square feet at 1300 El Camino Real in Menlo Park will go before the City Council at its meeting Jan. 24, and city staff recommends approval.

Sunday, 10:05 PM | 2 comments
Atherton to ask voters to lift civic center public funding limits

Atherton has a problem. The town has almost all the funds it needs to build a new civic center, but it's not allowed to spend much of them because of a 2012 ballot measure that limits public funding for new town and police offices.

Sunday, 10:02 PM | 6 comments

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Photos from Saturday's 'community action' rally in Redwood City

Here are photos from the "Community Action Rally" held Saturday at Courthouse Square in Redwood City.

Saturday, 1:00 PM | 8 comments

Friday, January 20, 2017

Menlo Park tonight: Candlelight vigil in Fremont Park

A candlelight vigil open to the public will be held Friday, Jan. 20, from 6 to 7 p.m. at Fremont Park to "support each other in a time of distressing national changes."

Friday, 3:06 PM | 1 comment
Portola Valley: Council fills out membership of affordable housing committee

Seven residents of Portola Valley, all volunteers, will be studying the question of whether it's feasible to build small houses on town-owned land that's affordable to people who work in town but cannot afford to live there, including teachers and Town Hall staff.

Friday, 11:45 AM | 7 comments
Feature story: On writing

Portola Valley resident and author Mary Waters-Sayer says she sees boredom as an opportunity for interesting thoughts and feelings, and that its absence is undesirable in the long run, particularly for children.

Friday, 11:28 AM | No comments yet
Stanford poll shows more state residents are unaligned with Trump's agenda

As Donald Trump prepares for his swearing-in as the nation's 45th president, a new survey by the Hoover Institution at Stanford University shows that most Californians aren't in line with several key proposals that could impact the entire country.

Friday, 10:28 AM | 7 comments
Lovely weather for ducks!

These Woodside ducks have been enjoying this winter's wet weather in the way only ducks can, by rolling in the mud and glorying in the water falling from the sky.

Friday, 12:30 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Menlo Park: Third-graders take on computer coding

"OK class, write your last line of code," Nhi Vu, an instructor at Code for Fun tells a wiggly pack of third-graders at Belle Haven Elementary School on a recent Thursday afternoon.

Thursday, 7:08 PM | 2 comments
Update: Two arrested after deputies respond to report of prowlers in Portola Valley

Deputies from the San Mateo County Sheriff''s Office arrested two men after responding to a report of prowlers in the 100 block of Golden Oak Drive in Portola Valley shortly after noon today (Jan. 19).

Thursday, 2:03 PM | 3 comments
Today: Celebrating life of Judith Delsman Robinson of Atherton

A celebration of life of Judith Delsman Robinson, a longtime Atherton resident, teacher and volunteer, will take place at Trinity Episcopal Church, 330 Ravenswood Ave. in Menlo Park at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19.

Thursday, 9:42 AM | No comments yet
Encinal students learn about engineering by having fun

They may have thought they were just having fun, but kindergarten through second-grade students at Encinal School in Atherton learned skills that will help them with science and engineering during an Encinal Engineers event on Jan. 11.

Thursday, 8:50 AM | No comments yet
Saturday: 'Community Action Rally' in Redwood City to follow Trump inauguration

The day after the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump, a "Community Action Rally" will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, at Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway in Redwood City.

Thursday, 12:24 AM | 36 comments

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Five local youths attain Eagle Scout rank

Five boys Jack Hansen, Trevor Kelly, Henry Marks, Nicholas Nolasco and Marshall Williams all of Menlo Park Troop 222, earned their rank of Eagle Scout and were honored at a recent Court of Honor at Menlo Church. The troop is headed by Scoutmaster Jay Hansen.

Wednesday, 11:50 PM | No comments yet
Health advisory: Flu season in full swing

The Bay Area has been named one of three regions in California with the most influenza activity.

Wednesday, 11:48 PM | No comments yet
Series of storms, heavy winds to lash Bay Area

A series of storms will be moving through the Bay Area over the next several days, bringing heavy winds and more rain to an already saturated region, according to the National Weather Service.

Wednesday, 1:53 PM | No comments yet
Through the fog

Cyclists and a runner were out in the fog in Portola Valley on Sunday morning, Jan. 15. These scenes were taken from a spot adjacent to the Town Center at 765 Portola Road.

Wednesday, 1:34 PM | No comments yet
Greenheart project goes to Menlo Park council on Tuesday

A 420,000-square-foot housing, office and retail development proposed at 1300 El Camino Real by the Greenheart Land Co. is scheduled to go before the Menlo Park City Council on Tuesday, Jan. 24, according to City Manager Alex McIntyre.

Wednesday, 11:08 AM | No comments yet
Update: Woodside OKs larger floor areas for main residences

(Expanded version of story previously posted.) The Woodside Town Council has taken action on complaints registered in 2014 by residents of the Woodside Heights neighborhood over limitations on floor area allowed for main residences.

Wednesday, 11:00 AM | No comments yet
Rich Gordon takes government relations job at nonprofit

Rich Gordon, who served 24 years in elected office locally and recently termed out as representative to the state Assembly, has a new job: as a government relations officer for the nonprofit Caminar for Mental Health.

Wednesday, 9:16 AM | No comments yet
One sentenced, two plead not guilty to theft charges

Of three men who were arrested in December on suspicion of attempting to steal tools from the Menlo Gateway construction site at 100-190 Independence Drive in Menlo Park, two have pleaded not guilty, and one has pleaded no contest to charges of commercial burglary and grand theft, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's office.

Wednesday, 9:06 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Wednesday forecast: Cold front to bring rain, strong winds

The National Weather Service is reporting that a strong cold front will pass over the Bay Area Wednesday afternoon and evening, bringing rainfall, heavy at times, and strong winds.

Tuesday, 3:36 PM | No comments yet
Firefighters deserve high pay, chief says

Firefighters, says Menlo Park Fire Protection District Chief Harold Schapelhouman, deserve to be well paid.

Tuesday, 11:38 AM | 11 comments
Cause for alarm? How the Menlo Park Fire Protection District pays its employees

The employees of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District had the highest average wages of any California government agency in 2014. That was before a new contract was approved that the district projected would increase the amount it paid in pay and benefits by 41 percent over the life of the contract.

Tuesday, 11:35 AM | 93 comments
Woodside: One-way traffic likely for months on storm-damaged section of Hwy. 84

Erosion from recent storms has weakened part of Highway 84 in the hills above Woodside. A 75-to-100-foot section located a few minutes north of Skylonda and just past Grandview Drive dropped by about 9 inches, according to a foreman directing a clean-up crew on Jan. 14.

Tuesday, 10:59 AM | 8 comments
Guest opinion: Small gains for cyclists; big losses for everyone else

Make a mental note: Dec. 6, 2016, will prove to be a more important date than most Menlo Park residents now realize. That day, three City Council members approved a one-year field trial of the soon-to-be-controversial Oak Grove-Crane-University Bike Project without understanding its true benefits and negative impacts, and with little input and feedback from residents.

Tuesday, 10:35 AM | 28 comments
Wednesday: Atherton to discuss how to pay for civic center

On Wednesday, Jan. 18, the Atherton City Council will discuss ways to pay for the new civic center and putting a measure on the June 6 ballot allowing town money to be used to build it.

Tuesday, 10:12 AM | 2 comments

Monday, January 16, 2017

Woodside Elementary principal explains her mid-year departure

A day after Woodside Elementary School District Superintendent Beth Polito announced Principal Pam Duarte's retirement, Ms. Duarte emailed a letter explaining why she is leaving.

Monday, 11:16 AM | 5 comments
Hartwig to head Portola Valley schools for two more years

Eric Hartwig, hired as interim superintendent of the Portola Valley School District when Superintendent Lisa Gonzales abruptly left the district in October 2015, has agreed to stay at the district through June 2019.

Monday, 11:11 AM | 1 comment
Menlo Park: Police nab 13-year-old boy driving stolen car

Menlo Park Police are investigating whether a 13-year-old driver and his three passengers, whom officers detained on Saturday, Jan. 14, for driving a car reported stolen, are connected to a string of recent burglaries in and around Menlo Park.

Monday, 7:45 AM | 3 comments

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Menlo Park meeting Wednesday on flood-control project

The agency charged with improving flood protection around San Francisquito Creek is preparing for its next ambitious project and the public is invited to weigh in.

Saturday, 2:26 PM | 2 comments

Friday, January 13, 2017

Menlo Park: E. Gary Smith sentencing postponed again

The sentencing and restitution hearing for Edwin Gary Smith has been postponed once more, at the request of Mr. Smith's defense attorney, according to San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.

Friday, 12:51 PM | 1 comment
Menlo Park: Cops, residents meet to battle burglaries

Every chair and seat in a back bleacher section was occupied in the auditorium of Laurel School Upper Campus during the Jan. 11 meeting to talk about a rash of burglaries that occurred in the Willows neighborhood of Menlo Park between September and December.

Friday, 11:02 AM | No comments yet
Woodside elementary principal leaving district next month

Pam Duarte, hired in 2014 as a principal at Woodside Elementary School, will be leaving the district in mid-February, Superintendent Beth Polito announced on Jan. 12.

Friday, 10:47 AM | 2 comments
Martin Luther King Day commemorates 50th anniversary of call to action

The Martin Luther King Jr. Research and Education Institute at Stanford University is one of numerous organizations holding celebrations and commemorations this weekend of the life of the Civil Rights leader.

Friday, 8:34 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Update: Highway 84 closed for road, power line repairs

State Highway 84 (La Honda Road) between Grandview Drive to Skywood Way is closed and will be for two days, followed by one-lane access for "an extended time" due to downed power lines and a 100-foot section of roadway that is slipping, according to Denise Enea, fire marshal for the Woodside Fire Protection District.

Thursday, 4:55 PM | No comments yet
Atherton: Where do your property-tax payments go?

Atherton is trying to help its residents better understand where their property tax payments go by adding a feature to the town's website that allows residents to look up exactly how much of their taxes go to which local agencies.

Thursday, 2:08 PM | 1 comment
Federal circuit court rejects petition challenging FAA aircraft noise initiative

Efforts aimed at reducing aircraft noise in the skies above Portola Valley, Ladera and Woodside were dealt a setback recently by a three-judge panel, but related development may give cause for optimism.

Thursday, 10:07 AM | 2 comments
Menlo Park: Huge apartment complexes nearing finish

The 3600 block of Haven Avenue in eastern Menlo Park may look like a daunting mass of building frames, but it will soon become home for many.

Thursday, 9:31 AM | 15 comments
Pinkston named president of Menlo Park Kiwanis Club

The Menlo Park Kiwanis Club has a new president: John Pinkston, a former U.S. Geological Survey researcher.

Thursday, 8:57 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Menlo Park: Celebrity chef pulls out of Bradley's Fine Diner

About two years after taking over a large Menlo Park restaurant space to open Bradley's Fine Diner, renowned chef Bradley Ogden has pulled out of the concept, citing "philosophical" and business differences with the parent restaurant group's CEO. The restaurant has closed but may reopen in the spring with a new concept.

Wednesday, 10:13 PM | 14 comments
Menlo Park: Housing Commission revamped to tackle displacement problem

"The devil's in the details" seemed to be the most-repeated refrain of the Menlo Park City Council's study session on residential displacement held Tuesday with the Housing Commission and four local housing experts.

Wednesday, 11:50 AM | No comments yet
Woodside council OKs larger floor areas for main residences

The Woodside Town Council on Tuesday, Jan. 10, by a unanimous vote with two council members absent, took the first of two steps in approving an ordinance to expand the maximum allowable floor area of a main residence.

Wednesday, 11:46 AM | 11 comments
Photos of flooding at Menlo Park Caltrain station parking lot

Menlo Park resident Andrea Gemmet took these photos of flooding Wednesday morning, Jan. 11, at the Caltrain station parking lot in Menlo Park.

Wednesday, 9:08 AM | 5 comments
At SLAC, atoms, diamonds self-assemble into tiny wires

Scientists at Stanford University, the the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and other research centers have developed a method to create self-assembling insulated wires on an atomic scale.

Wednesday, 1:20 AM | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Excavation underway for new El Camino hotel

Excavators work to dig out what will be a two-story underground parking garage beneath the half-acre site of a new hotel at 1400 El Camino Real in Menlo Park.

Wednesday, 1:14 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Woodside: Trees fall, blocking local roads

Highway 84 west of Woodside was reported closed at 5:59 p.m. tonight due to a downed tree between Grandview Drive and Skywood Way, according to the the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.

Tuesday, 6:50 PM | No comments yet
Tonight: Woodside may increase house-size allowances

The Woodside Town Council tonight (Tuesday, Jan. 10) will hold a public hearing and may introduce an ordinance to increase the maximum allowable house sizes in town, with the increase based in part on the home's zoning area.

Tuesday, 2:37 PM | No comments yet
Bay Area storm to last through Wednesday

Storm conditions today throughout the Bay Area and Monterey Bay region are expected to peak later this afternoon and into the early evening, according to the National Weather Service.

Tuesday, 11:55 AM | No comments yet
Police calls: Thieves bust in front doors in four Menlo Park home burglaries

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

Tuesday, 11:37 AM | 2 comments
Menlo Park: 3-story, mixed-use building may arise downtown

The single-story building running from 706 to 716 Santa Cruz Ave., which currently houses the Japanese restaurant Juban Yakiniku and Union Bank, may be demolished and replaced with a three-story, mixed-use building.

Tuesday, 11:14 AM | 13 comments
Wednesday: Atherton, Menlo Park meet on shared transportation issues

No one would deny that what happens on the streets in Menlo Park affects Atherton, as well as the reverse. At 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11, the transportation committees of the two jurisdictions will hold a joint meeting to discuss some shared issues.

Tuesday, 10:28 AM | No comments yet
Woodside council to get reports on bills paid, as code requires

When the town of Woodside pays a bill, a check is cut in Town Hall and the transaction is recorded. So such records do exist, but they have not been seen much by the Town Council, contrary to what is specified in the municipal code.

Tuesday, 10:26 AM | 13 comments
Hewlett Foundation gives $50 million for dam removal

Aiding the restoration of free flow to Western waterways by helping remove obsolete dams is the goal of a $50 million grant recently announced by the Menlo Park-based William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

Tuesday, 10:25 AM | 1 comment
Obituary: Jean Long, volunteer, real estate agent

Jean Vontobel Long, a former Atherton resident, died Dec. 14 in Carmichael. She was 88.

Tuesday, 10:24 AM | No comments yet

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