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Friday, August 28, 2015

City of Menlo Park loses a fourth top manager

The city of Menlo Park has lost its fourth administrator since mid-July, with the departure of Human Resources Director Gina Donnelly, announced by City Manager Alex McIntyre on Aug. 27.

Friday, 11:53 AM | 2 comments
Menlo Park is next on PG&E tree removal plan

PG&E has begun examining 1,300 trees in Menlo Park that are growing in its gas transmission line easements and might have to be removed. Of those trees, 500 are in public right-of-ways and 800 are on private property, according to PG&E.

Friday, 11:10 AM | 2 comments
Menlo Park school district expands language programs

The Menlo Park City School District is working hard this year to achieve a goal it adopted in 2008: to offer world language programs to all district students.

Friday, 10:03 AM | 1 comment
Back to school: Woodside preschool changes more than its building

While as many as 60 construction workers swarmed over Woodside Elementary School's campus each day last week, it was a little hard to believe the school would be ready to welcome more than 400 students by its Aug. 25 opening day of school.

Friday, 10:01 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Woodside High prepares for 19 percent enrollment growth

The 2015-16 school year will be well along at Woodside High School by the time construction crews break ground for a new two-story, 10-classroom building between the gym and the softball fields.

Thursday, 11:57 PM | 4 comments
Linden Avenue in Atherton reopened

Linden Avenue in Atherton has now been reopened at Elm Place in the Lindenwood neighborhood of Atherton after being closed by a fallen tree, town officials announced at a little after 9 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 27.

Thursday, 5:33 PM | 1 comment
Cardinal Levada, a Menlo Park resident, charged with DUI in Hawaii

A resident of St. Patrick's Seminary & University in Menlo Park, Cardinal William Joseph Levada, has been charged with drunken driving after being stopped on Aug. 20 by a police officer on a street in Kailua-Kona in Hawaii.

Thursday, 11:51 AM | 8 comments
Atherton gives Menlo School go-ahead on expansion plans

After neighbors objected to an earlier version of its expansion plans, Menlo School on Wednesday gained unanimous approval of the Atherton Planning Commission for revised plans, including a height variance.

Thursday, 11:38 AM | No comments yet
Back to School: Las Lomitas prepares for growth

The Las Lomitas School District, home to La Entrada (grades 4-8) and Las Lomitas (kindergarten to grade 3), has been busy over the summer planning for the expansion of its two school campuses.

Thursday, 9:15 AM | No comments yet
Back to school: Portola Valley students get new 'Maker Spaces'

It may be hard to convince the students at Ormondale and Corte Madera schools in Portola Valley that what they will be doing in the two new "Maker Spaces" at their schools is actually work.

Thursday, 9:10 AM | No comments yet
New principal, construction at M-A High

As fall classes resume at Menlo-Atherton High School, a new principal is at the helm: Simone Rick-Kennel. And ground has been broken for a new G wing in the form of a two-story classroom building.

Thursday, 7:59 AM | 15 comments
Police calls: Attempted arson suspected at Woodside Elementary School

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

Thursday, 7:43 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Fire district board approves four-year contract with firefighters

The long running dispute between firefighters and the management of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District is officially over, but the discussion by members of the governing board is not.

Wednesday, 11:46 AM | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Pilot program to make city parks herbicide-free OK'd by council

The Menlo Park City Council unanimously adopted revisions to the city's Integrated Pest Management (IPM) policy last night, including implementing a pilot program at four city parks to eliminate all herbicide use.

Wednesday, 11:16 AM | 2 comments
Tonight: Atherton weighs Menlo School expansion plans

Whether the town should give Menlo School a height variance for a third-floor addition at the rear of the school's most historic building will be considered by the Atherton Planning Commission when it meets Wednesday night.

Wednesday, 9:07 AM | 2 comments
First day of school photos at Las Lomitas School

Classes began this week and last at most of our local schools. Almanac photographer Michelle Le visited Las Lomitas Elementary, a kindergarten through third-grade school in Atherton, on Aug. 20 and captured these opening day scenes.

Wednesday, 8:42 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Former Portola Valley town manager has interim job with Menlo Park

Nick Pegueros, whose "involuntary resignation" as the Portola Valley Town Manager was announced Aug. 12, has been named the interim administrative services director in Menlo Park, City Manager Alex McIntyre announced on Aug. 25.

Tuesday, 10:59 PM | 26 comments
Eastbound Marsh Road to be closed today until 3 p.m. for fence repair

The eastbound lane of Marsh Road in Atherton will be closed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 26 to repair the fence between the road and the drainage channel. The fence was damaged when a car crashed through it on Tuesday.

Tuesday, 4:55 PM | 3 comments
Fire on roof of Woodside Bakery extinguished by alert nearby employees

Quick action on the part of employees at the Woodside Tennis Shop and the office of Dave Tanner's home design and remodeling business put out a small roof fire at the Woodside Bakery shortly after 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 25.

Tuesday, 2:01 PM | 3 comments
Can Menlo Park afford to make city parks herbicide-free?

In response to community concerns about the use of the herbicide Roundup Pro Max in city parks, the Menlo Park City Council will consider tonight (Aug. 25) a pilot program to create herbicide-free areas at four of those parks.

Tuesday, 11:13 AM | 3 comments
Cyclist injured in Alpine Road collision

A 65-year-old Portola Valley woman on a bicycle traveling east on Alpine Road was injured in a collision with a westbound car turning left at Indian Crossing at about 6:40 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 19.

Tuesday, 10:41 AM | 15 comments

Monday, August 24, 2015

Bobcat visits a Portola Valley home

It was about 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 23, when Ron Johnson of the Alpine Hills neighborhood, in his hand a single-lens reflex camera with zoom lens, caught an image of this bobcat alongside his house.

Monday, 6:35 PM | 2 comments
Tonight: New contract with Menlo Park Firefighters up for vote

A contract with firefighters from the Menlo Park Fire Protection District is up for approval before the district governing board on Tuesday, Aug. 25. The firefighters have been working without a contract for seven years.

Monday, 11:43 AM | No comments yet
Understanding the world through science

Humans like to think about the past as a simpler time, and when viewed through the lens of scientific progress, that kind of thinking has an element of truth to it.

Monday, 8:26 AM | 1 comment
Tonight: Packed agenda for Menlo Park City Council

The Menlo Park City Council's Aug. 25 agenda is scheduled to include: the El Camino Corridor report, the city's pesticide policy, a response to a grand jury report on sea level rise, and a PG&E presentation on plans to remove trees in gas transmission line easements.

Monday, 7:58 AM | 5 comments
Tuesday: Kiwanis talk on plan for Stanford plaza in Menlo Park

Lucy Wicks, associate director of community relations at Stanford University, will give a talk on Tuesday, Aug. 25, on "The Planned Stanford Plaza at 500 El Camino Real" in Menlo Park.

Monday, 7:08 AM | No comments yet

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Recent home sales: Atherton, Menlo Park, Portola Valley, Woodside

Home sales data are provided by California REsource, a real estate information company that obtains the information from the county Recorder's Office. Information is recorded from deeds after the close of escrow and published within four to eight weeks.

Sunday, 9:51 AM | No comments yet

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Doctor charged with sexually assaulting patient pleads not guilty

A Redwood City doctor accused of sexually assaulting a female patient during an acupuncture session in June pleaded not guilty Aug. 21 in San Mateo County Superior Court.

Saturday, 7:52 AM | No comments yet
San Mateo County has lowest unemployment rate in state

San Mateo County has the lowest unemployment rate in the state, at 3.7 percent, according to July employment data released Aug. 21 by the California Employment Development Department.

Saturday, 7:28 AM | 2 comments

Friday, August 21, 2015

San Mateo County corrections officer accused of selling drugs in jail

Jason Jurow, a corrections officer in the San Mateo County jail, faces a preliminary hearing in a Redwood City courtroom on Sept. 14 to answer to drug-related charges brought by county prosecutors.

Friday, 11:31 AM | No comments yet
Highway 84 closed in Woodside

Live power lines are down in the 1400 block of La Honda Road (state Highway 84) in Woodside, and eastbound and westbound lanes are closed, San Mateo County authorities reported at 11 a.m. today.

Friday, 11:09 AM | 3 comments
Correction in statistics on average water use in July

The Almanac misinterpreted water use data from Cal Water in our reporting an earlier version of this story. The average usage number is per water meter per month in units (1 unit = about 748 gallons or 100 cubic feet of water) – not daily per capita use in gallons.

Friday, 11:07 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Feature story: Burgers and brews among friends at the Dutch Goose

Scott Davis pored over a newspaper while nursing a golden ale as a bright afternoon sun peeked into the patio of one of the Midpeninsula's most iconic watering holes.

Thursday, 1:35 PM | 21 comments
Fashion: Woodside inspires local designer's new collection of handbags

Normally the fashion industry thrives on constantly changing styles to keep it alive, so it comes as somewhat of a surprise to hear local leather goods designer and retailer Lisa Rissetto say, "I'm fine with them (customers) buying one and making it last."

Thursday, 10:41 AM | No comments yet
Psychologist writes of dealing with Alzheimer's in family

Constance Vincent's late father suffered from dementia, and now her 95-year-old mother is in the late stages of Alzheimer's disease. At 74, Ms. Vincent, a Menlo Park psychologist, fears she could one day lose her memory, too.

Thursday, 10:29 AM | No comments yet
Longtime Almanac staffer Jane Knoerle is moving, but not retiring

Longtime Almanac staffer Jane Knoerle is leaving Menlo Park, where she's lived in Sharon Heights since 1961, but she not retiring from the Almanac. She promises to keep writing from her new home in Southern California.

Thursday, 7:28 AM | 1 comment

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Suspects sought in armed robbery of man kicked in face

Sheriff's deputies are looking for three suspects who stole a man's wallet Tuesday night in unincorporated San Mateo County near Atherton after knocking him down and kicking him in the face and head.

Wednesday, 6:07 PM | No comments yet
North Fair Oaks: Man, 18, wounded in shooting

An 18-year-old man was shot by an occupant of an SUV during an argument in the North Fair Oaks neighborhood of unincorporated Redwood City on Sunday night, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.

Wednesday, 11:46 AM | No comments yet
Tonight: Menlo Park holds downtown Family Fitness event

The city of Menlo Park holds its second annual downtown Family Fitness event from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 20, on Santa Cruz Avenue. About 30 fitness businesses, social groups and nonprofits will participate.

Wednesday, 9:59 AM | No comments yet
Obituary: Susan Sheehan, equestrian, Woodside resident

Susan Gail Sheehan, a nurse and longtime resident of Woodside, was compassionate, caring, giving, an active member of the Peninsula equestrian community and a true friend, her friends and family said. Ms. Sheehan died July 19. She was 74.

Wednesday, 8:38 AM | No comments yet
Contractor's equipment started Aug. 11 grass fire near Webb Ranch

Fire Marshal Denise Enea of the Woodside Fire Protection District said she plans to talk with the land management department at Stanford University about fire-safety protocols when working in dry grass.

Wednesday, 8:21 AM | 3 comments
Still waiting for a new home

So near and yet so far. That describes the place Jasper Ridge Farm finds itself in now that the nonprofit has run into more delays on building a new home at Webb Ranch.

Wednesday, 7:46 AM | 4 comments

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Menlo Park OKs downtown housing-commercial complex

Menlo Park's Planning Commission has approved the first mixed housing and commercial project under the downtown-El Camino Real specific plan since the plan's 2012 adoption. Pinnacle Group plans 15 corporate apartments and about 2,000 square feet of commercial space on the west side of El Camino between Valparaiso and Oak Grove avenues.

Tuesday, 11:43 AM | 30 comments
District meets water-reduction target in June-July period

Atherton and Menlo Park customers of the California Water Service Company's Bear Gulch District didn't quite meet the 36 percent water use reduction goal in July while customers in Woodside and Portola Valley exceeded that number.

Tuesday, 11:10 AM | 2 comments
Recent home sales: Atherton, Menlo Park, Portola Valley, Woodside

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

Tuesday, 10:05 AM | No comments yet
Police calls: Road rage in Woodside

Crime reports from Woodside and Menlo Park.

Tuesday, 9:59 AM | 6 comments

Monday, August 17, 2015

Peninsula Bridge gets $25K Google grant

Peninsula Bridge, a nonprofit that provides social and academic support to motivated and underserved middle school students, received a $25,000 grant this year from Google to fund computer science education.

Monday, 6:01 PM | No comments yet
Today: Kiwanis Club talk on combating homelessness

Brock Burrell, business outreach specialist for the organization, Downtown Streets Team, will give a talk in Menlo Park on Tuesday, Aug. 18, on how his agency combats homelessness.

Monday, 9:19 AM | No comments yet
Monday: Menlo Park Planning Commission reviews El Camino mixed-use proposal

The Menlo Park Planning Commission will review a three-story mixed-use project proposed for two adjacent parcels on El Camino Real between Valparaiso and Oak Grove avenues when it meets tonight (Monday).

Monday, 8:05 AM | 6 comments

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Atherton dentist charged with defrauding patients

Kim Chi Vu, a 52-year-old dentist from Atherton, has been charged with defrauding patients by charging them for services that were not completed or were misrepresented.

Sunday, 5:36 PM | 3 comments
Spare the Air alert issued Monday for Bay Area

A Spare the Air Smog Alert has been issued for Monday due to unhealthy levels of smog and smoke in the air, and residents are being advised both to limit their exposure to the unhealthy conditions and avoid making them worse.

Sunday, 4:58 PM | 1 comment
Officials urge: Avoid driving to 'Spare the Air' today

A Spare the Air alert has been issued for today(Aug. 16) due to concerns about smog, according to the Bay Area Air Quality Management District. Officials are asking the public to avoid driving.

Sunday, 8:43 AM | No comments yet

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