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Friday, July 22, 2016

Portola Valley: Mosquitoes test negative for West Nile virus

Test results were negative for the presence of mosquitoes carrying the West Nile virus in the vicinity of the intersection of Alpine and Los Trancos roads in Portola Valley, according to Town Hall.

Friday, 6:04 PM | No comments yet
Menlo Oaks residents ask San Mateo County to protect their oaks

On Tuesday, the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors will discuss a request by residents of Menlo Oaks for emergency rules to protect their neighborhood's namesake oak trees, which they say have been disappearing at an alarming rate.

Friday, 11:52 AM | 2 comments
Atherton resident convicted of violating Food, Drug and Cosmetics Act

Atherton resident Bill Facteau, former CEO of Menlo Park medical device company Acclarent, has been convicted in federal court of 10 misdemeanor charges of violating the Food, Drug and Cosmetics Act, but was acquitted of 14 more serious felony charges.

Friday, 11:35 AM | 2 comments
Atherton won't put business license tax changes on November ballot

Changes in Atherton's 31-year-old business license tax will not be on the November ballot, City Council members decided this week, but they still want to consider a revised tax for the 2018 general election.

Friday, 10:58 AM | No comments yet
Traffic alert: Major water main replacement project in Menlo Park

The California Water Service company will soon begin a several-months-long project to replace 3,875 feet of water main on Santa Cruz Avenue in Menlo Park, from Hillview Middle School to Fremont Park.

Friday, 10:32 AM | 5 comments

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Remembering Woodside's Bob O'Neil: A long and happy life

Woodsider Maggie Mah remembers her friend and neighbor Bob "Boots" O'Neil, who died in March at the age of 92, after spending as much of his life as possible in the vicinity of horses.

Thursday, 11:29 AM | No comments yet
Saturday is last day for Beltramo's in Menlo Park

On Saturday, July 23, the doors to Beltramo's Wines & Spirits, a Menlo Park institution owned and operated by the Beltramo family for 134 years, will close for good.

Thursday, 10:41 AM | No comments yet
Profile: Woodside, a work in progress, and Ron Romines likes it

Former mayor Ron Romines said he saw himself as on the side of trying to promote and protect what he saw as community values "and sort of maintaining the rural environment that everybody loves to talk about in Woodside."

Thursday, 7:57 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Remembering the Atherton of his youth

Jonathan Berg remembers growing up in the Atherton of the 1950s and 60s.

Wednesday, 5:13 PM | 1 comment
Obituary: Noyon Berg, 98, worked to establish Holbrook-Palmer Park

Noyon Estelle Blanchard Berg, who had lived in Atherton for 39 years and Menlo Park for 27 years, died on June 12 at the age of 98.

Wednesday, 5:12 PM | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Council approves terms of development agreement for Facebook expansion project

Facebook is one step closer to expanding its offices again. The Menlo Park City Council on July 19 approved the terms of a development agreement to allow Facebook to build two new, 75-foot-tall office buildings and a hotel on its Menlo Park campus.

Wednesday, 11:45 AM | 7 comments

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Menlo Park Housing Commission calls for more affordable housing

As Menlo Park updates its general plan, the city's Housing Commission intends to push the City Council to get built as many "below market rate" housing units as possible.

Tuesday, 6:48 PM | 1 comment
San Mateo County residents warned of phone scam

San Mateo County sheriff's officials are warning residents to beware of a recent phone scam involving a caller fraudulently posing as a law enforcement official in order to demand payment from residents for failing to appear for jury duty.

Tuesday, 2:58 PM | 3 comments
Menlo Park tonight: Education inequality, housing fees, Facebook money and more

The Menlo Park City Council is scheduled to discuss some of Menlo Park's biggest issues during its Tuesday, July 19, meeting, which starts at 7 p.m. in the council chambers at the Civic Center.

Tuesday, 11:53 AM | 2 comments
Portola Valley: West Nile virus found in dead bird

Authorities from San Mateo County's mosquito control agency have discovered West Nile virus in the carcass of a dead bird found in Portola Valley, according to a statement released Monday, July 18, by the town.

Tuesday, 11:15 AM | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Beltramo's, Menlo Park Hardware burglarized

Burglars struck at two Menlo Park businesses over past several days: Beltramo's Wine & Spirits on Thursday (July 14) and Menlo Park Hardware on Monday (July 18), police say. The loss in the wine theft was estimated at $65,000.

Tuesday, 11:03 AM | 2 comments
Eshoo announces Congressional App Challenge

The "Congressional App Challenge" for the 18th Congressional District has launched again, and U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo is inviting local high school students to compete by creating and exhibiting an app for mobile, tablet or computer devices around science, technology, engineering and math education.

Tuesday, 8:28 AM | No comments yet

Monday, July 18, 2016

Police calls: Burglar takes $17,500 in coins, jewelry and computers

Crime reports from Menlo Park, Woodside and Portola Valley

Monday, 11:03 PM | No comments yet
Wednesday: Atherton weighs putting business tax hike on ballot

Atherton's City Council is scheduled to decide this week if it wants to put a ballot measure substantially increasing the town's business license tax on the November ballot.

Monday, 11:01 PM | 11 comments
Editorial: Supervisors' bad decision to rush appointment of sheriff

"The public was completely removed from this process," Supervisor Dave Pine says, referring to the rushed and unexpected appointment of Carlos Bolanos to the office of San Mateo County sheriff.

Monday, 2:51 PM | 38 comments
Menlo Park: Boom in population and jobs raises concerns

Menlo Park's population could grow by 50 percent and its employee count by 70 percent between now and 2040 if the city adopts proposed zoning changes and developers take advantage of the maximum amount of growth allowed.

Monday, 11:37 AM | 1 comment
Eshoo sees swift appointment of new sheriff as an affront

An expanded version of an earlier story. The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors had a 30-day window to choose a successor to former sheriff Greg Munks, who resigned Saturday, July 16. A board majority chose not to use that window and instead made an appointment before the window opened, a move anticipated and criticized from a branch of government not usually involved in county affairs.

Monday, 9:43 AM | 16 comments
Menlo Chamber restarts Golden Acorn Awards; nominations due Friday

After a four-year hiatus from hosting the Golden Acorn Awards, the Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce will again sponsor them this year. Menlo Park individuals and groups will be recognized in four categories: community service, public service, innovation and technology and business excellence.

Monday, 9:31 AM | 1 comment
Menlo Park author has a lot to juggle

Menlo Park's Nick Taylor is a champion multitasker, the type who in the past would have been called a Renaissance man.

Monday, 9:13 AM | 1 comment

Friday, July 15, 2016

Facebook willing to pay Menlo Park $15 million-plus for company's expansion

Menlo Park could reap more than $15 million in one-time payments and contributions and hefty annual payments from Facebook if it decides to accept the terms of a development agreement with the social media company outlined in a staff report released July 14.

Friday, 11:41 AM | 18 comments
Filing period opens Monday for local elections

The candidate filing period for Nov. 8 local elections to city councils, school board and special district boards opens July 18 and runs through Aug. 12.

Friday, 10:47 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Menlo Park: Armed robbers hold up man in car at his home

Two men, one holding a knife and the other a tire iron, robbed a man who was in his car and had just arrived at his Menlo Park home Wednesday night, July 13, police reported.

Thursday, 11:53 AM | No comments yet
San Mateo County supervisors move toward sales tax ballot measure

Following up on a vow to find funding to help alleviate the housing crisis in San Mateo County, the county's Board of Supervisors has asked county officials to draw up a ballot measure to extend an existing half-cent general sales tax for 20 more years.

Thursday, 11:43 AM | 12 comments
New sheriff appoints new undersheriff

Assistant Sheriff Trisha Sanchez will be the county's new undersheriff, effective Sunday, July 17, as Acting Sheriff Carlos Bolanos takes up his new responsibilities as the appointed sheriff for San Mateo County.

Thursday, 11:19 AM | 12 comments
Facebook aims to build 'significant' amount of housing in Menlo Park

Facebook hopes the city's general plan update will give the company the opportunity to build "a significant amount of housing, including affordable and mixed-income housing, in the near future," a Facebook executive said in a recent email to the Menlo Park Housing Commission.

Thursday, 7:29 AM | 26 comments
Business: New locale for DJ's Hair Design in Menlo Park

After more than 30 years in Menlo Park, DJ's Hair Design has moved to its new location at 814 Santa Cruz Ave., former site of Golden Shears barbershop.

Thursday, 7:27 AM | No comments yet
Editorial: Housing crisis requires bold steps to resolve

Solving the housing crisis that plagues the Bay Area will demand Herculean resolve and enterprise if cities continue to welcome job-generating high-tech companies to set up shop. San Mateo County is taking a number of steps in the right direction, and is considering a ballot measure that could result in a giant step forward.

Thursday, 7:17 AM | 3 comments
Cuckoo's Nest sues former officer

A lawsuit has been filed by Cuckoo's Nest, a private, invitation-only club that mingles tech entrepreneurs and venture capitalists, against its former chief sales and marketing officer, Tony Perkins.

Thursday, 7:15 AM | No comments yet
Menlo Park to develop master plan for Belle Haven pool

Menlo Park is searching for a consultant who will help develop a "master plan" for what should happen at the Belle Haven pool for the next 15 to 20 years, according to a request for proposals the city has released.

Thursday, 7:13 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Menlo Park water line break floods Atherton Marsh Road channel rebuilding project

A water line break in Menlo Park late Saturday night caused a large amount of water to end up in the middle of Atherton's project to rebuild the drainage channel on Marsh Road, but City Engineer Mary Grace Houlihan says the project is still on schedule for the road to reopen by mid-August.

Wednesday, 1:10 PM | No comments yet
Update: Menlo Park extends comment deadline on general plan update

People have an additional 15 days to submit in writing what they think about the draft environmental impact report on the city's general plan update, due to a unanimous vote to extend the deadline by three members of the Menlo Park City Council at a last-minute meeting held Tuesday night.

Wednesday, 11:37 AM | 2 comments
Menlo Park relaxes water restrictions

After being named one of the most successful cities in California at curbing water use last year, Menlo Park is relaxing some of its water conservation restrictions.

Wednesday, 8:50 AM | 3 comments
Menlo Park: SUV shears off utility pole; part of Santa Cruz Avenue closed

Santa Cruz Avenue in the vicinity of Hillview Middle School is closed for the next two hours due to a traffic collision, the Menlo Park police reported in an 8:03 a.m. advisory update today.

Wednesday, 8:08 AM | 5 comments

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Congresswomen weigh in on appointment of new county sheriff

Before the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 on Tuesday (July 12) to appoint Undersheriff Carlos Bolanos to fill the remaining two-plus years of retiring Sheriff Greg Munks' term, they were read a letter jointly written by two members of Congress who represent the county.

Tuesday, 2:43 PM | 14 comments
Menlo Park general plan update: council meets tonight on extending comment period

At first, it looked like that requests from the city of East Palo Alto, the Menlo Park Housing Commission and the Planning Commission for an extended deadline to further review the environmental impacts of proposed changes to the Menlo Park general plan had come too late.

Tuesday, 11:37 AM | No comments yet
Atherton: Are drones a threat to privacy?

After discussing a number of safety, noise and privacy concerns — including that drone technology could allow would-be burglars to virtually "case out" a home — Atherton's City Council has asked the town attorney to draft regulations on the use of drones in town.

Tuesday, 10:54 AM | 18 comments
Woodside: If pigs could talk, what would they say about 'pig scramble'?

If animals could talk, not just with each other but across species, it might be interesting to hear their views on being chased. That question has come up in Woodside with respect to the domestic pig, an animal noted for its intelligence.

Tuesday, 10:39 AM | 29 comments
Decision on new sheriff up to county supervisors

Sheriff Greg Munks announced recently that he will retire due to health reasons on July 16, with more than two years left of what he said in November 2015 would be his final term as San Mateo County sheriff. The county Board of Supervisors may decide on July 12 whether to put the matter before voters or appoint someone to complete Mr. Munks' term that ends in December 2018.

Tuesday, 8:04 AM | 8 comments
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.

Tuesday, 7:46 AM | No comments yet

Monday, July 11, 2016

Menlo Park police pursue, arrest alleged hit-and-run driver

Menlo Park police arrested a 36-year-old driver Monday who police said failed to stop for a motorcycle officer, collided with another vehicle, and then fled on foot.

Monday, 7:37 PM | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Planning Commission meets today on general plan

How should the eastern portion of Menlo Park develop between now and 2040? Discussions on that question are scheduled for tonight (July 11) beginning at 5 p.m.

Monday, 11:40 AM | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Former dry cleaner faces prison term for defrauding customers

Edwin Gary Smith, the former owner of Menalto Dry Cleaners in Menlo Park, pleaded no contest on July 8 to eight felonies: one count of fraudulent use of "an access card" for grand theft, and seven counts of identity theft, prosecutors say. Under a plea deal, he could be sentenced to eight years in prison.

Monday, 11:10 AM | No comments yet
Atherton: Marsh Road drainage channel project moving ahead

Atherton officials say the contractors are making significant progress in installing a new drainage channel along Marsh Road.

Monday, 9:48 AM | 5 comments
Atherton resident aims to give everyone lobbying power

Atherton resident John Thibault has written a book called "How to Change a Law" that with his iLobby website is designed to give ordinary citizens crowd-sourced power that previously might only have been available to those with a lot of money or influence.

Monday, 9:24 AM | No comments yet
New findings on combating sudden oak death

In a breakthrough in the study of sudden oak death, scientists at the University of California at Berkeley now have reliable guidelines on inhibiting the spread of the disease.

Monday, 7:34 AM | 4 comments

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