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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Menlo Park: Water rate hikes proposed

Customers of the Menlo Park Municipal Water District should keep an eye on the mailbox for a notice explaining the utility's proposed increases to water rates.

Wednesday, 10:44 AM | 2 comments
Musician, college president and Woodside resident Bob Stiff

Woodside resident Dwight Robert "Bob" Stiff, a self-taught professional musician, twice president of Canada College, and the husband of former Woodside mayor Joan Stiff, died peacefully at home on March 15. He was 88.

Wednesday, 10:43 AM | No comments yet
Menlo Park: City manager awaits contract renewal

City Manager Alex McIntyre's employment contract is scheduled for a renewal vote on June 2, prompting residents to offer the council their opinions on his performance.

Wednesday, 8:14 AM | 2 comments

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Tuesday: Woodside studies basement rules

The Woodside Town Council met Tuesday, May 26 for a second study session on the topic of basements and whether their location, design and construction should be regulated to be more aligned with the town's 2012 general plan.

Tuesday, 11:05 AM | 2 comments
How should Menlo Park define public benefit?

In the city's ongoing effort to wrangle the meaning of "public benefit" into measurable, comparable terms, the Menlo Park Planning Commission and the planning staff, as well as two developers with projects coming to the table, took a few hours recently to consider what the right questions to ask would be.

Tuesday, 9:59 AM | 2 comments
Tonight: Should Portola Valley's excess library revenues stay within the town?

The use of excess property tax revenues to fund maintenance and services at the town's public library will be a topic of discussion at the Portola Valley Town Council meeting set for 7:30 p.m. tonight (Wednesday, May 27) in the Historic Schoolhouse at 765 Portola Road.

Tuesday, 9:52 AM | No comments yet
Tuesday: Menlo Park budget presentation

A presentation on Menlo Park's proposed budget for next year was held May 26. According to the city's staff, the theme is, "It's time to invest."

Tuesday, 9:33 AM | No comments yet
Spreading the Menlo Spark

The nine founding members of Menlo Spark -- a small group with a big goal -- are setting out on a mission to guide Menlo Park to "climate neutrality." By when? By 2025.

Tuesday, 9:26 AM | 8 comments
Junior league helps girls in tech with $100,000 grant

A $100,000 grant is on the way to The Tech Museum of Innovation, courtesy of the Junior League of Palo Alto-Mid Peninsula, to help promote opportunities for girls in science, technology, engineering and math education.

Tuesday, 7:12 AM | No comments yet

Friday, May 22, 2015

Menlo Park mayor and son celebrate Bike to Work Day

George Carlton-Ridenour and his mother, Menlo Park mayor Catherine Carlton, participated in the regional Bike to Work Day on May 14.

Friday, 6:14 PM | 2 comments
Three M-A students awarded National Merit scholarships

Three Menlo-Atherton High School students -- Christopher W. Jarrett, Ryan J. Cole and Alexander Anand Iyer -- now share a distinction enjoyed by economists Paul Krugman and Ben Bernanke, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice.

Friday, 12:00 PM | No comments yet
District holds groundbreaking for new Upper Laurel School

On Thursday, May 21, the Menlo Park City School District held a ceremonial groundbreaking for its new third- to sixth-grade Upper Laurel School.

Friday, 10:01 AM | No comments yet
Atherton supports water restrictions, but leaves enforcement to Cal Water

The Atherton City Council on May 20 approved a resolution "endorsing and supporting" the California Water Service Company's (Cal Water) drought regulations, but leaving the enforcement of the water rules up to Cal Water.

Friday, 8:17 AM | 7 comments

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Windmill School buys former nursery site

After more than 55 years of renting in Portola Valley, Windmill School, a nonprofit preschool, has become a property owner. The school has completed its purchase of 900 Portola Road, the 1.68-acre former site of Al's Nursery.

Thursday, 11:57 AM | 1 comment
Crowd questions Cal Water on drought restrictions

A crowd of nearly 250 people showed up at a Tuesday night meeting to ask officials from Cal Water about the new drought restrictions that will be imposed on all Bear Gulch District customers beginning June 1.

Thursday, 10:33 AM | 6 comments
Surf Air continues plans to expand local flights

Local residents and officials who had been trying to meet with Surf Air CEO Jeff Potter since the company announced a major expansion in its flights in and out of the San Carlos Airport finally got that meeting last week, but the news was not good.

Thursday, 9:37 AM | 57 comments

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Murder conviction in DUI case that killed Menlo Park couple

A woman who was driving drunk when her car struck and killed a Menlo Park couple in 2013 was convicted of murder on Wednesday, according to San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.

Wednesday, 3:23 PM | 15 comments
Residents evacuate neighborhood for annual wildland fire drill

Had there been a real wildfire along Old La Honda Road in Woodside on Saturday morning, May 16, firefighters might have seen scared residents hurrying along with boxes of possessions. Many more people would have been evacuating, and in an atmosphere tinged by panic and chaos.

Wednesday, 10:49 AM | 1 comment
Woodside shop holds benefit for Nepalese women

Emily Joubert Home & Garden at 3036 Woodside Road in Woodside is hosting a get-together with sparkling wine and light food from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 21, for the benefit of Nepalese women following the devastation of the country by two major earthquakes.

Wednesday, 10:25 AM | No comments yet
Wednesday: Meeting about Flood Park's future

San Mateo County will host a community meeting in Menlo Park on Wednesday, May 20, to talk about options for Flood Park. Translators and child care will be provided.

Wednesday, 9:27 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Wednesday: Staff recommends Atherton not pass water-restriction laws

Saying it is not the town's job to enforce Cal Water's drought restrictions, Atherton's city manager has recommended that the town adopt only a resolution supporting the restrictions, rather than adopt the rules as town law.

Tuesday, 5:02 PM | 38 comments
Tuesday: City improvements, police contract before Menlo Park council

A new contract for the Police Sergeants' Association and potential capital improvement projects for the next fiscal year are on the agenda for the open session of tonight's (May 19) Menlo Park City Council meeting.

Tuesday, 10:51 AM | No comments yet
Los Trancos water district dissolves, but services continue

For residents of Los Trancos Woods and Vista Verde, community efforts toward wildfire safety, effective storm drainage and well maintained public spaces will continue as normal, but it will be a new normal.

Tuesday, 9:35 AM | No comments yet
Police calls: $3,500 bike stolen from Menlo Park garage

A stereo was taken from an unlocked car and sunglasses from a locked car, while an expensive bike vanished from a garage -- locked status unknown -- in Menlo Park recently.

Tuesday, 9:30 AM | 2 comments

Monday, May 18, 2015

Bill eliminating personal belief vaccination exemption clears state senate

A bill that would eliminate the personal belief exemption allowing parents to opt out of vaccinating their children has passed the California Senate and is now being considered by the state Assembly.

Monday, 11:38 AM | 26 comments
Tonight: Two downtown Menlo Park projects, public benefit discussions

Two downtown Menlo Park development proposals with different options for public benefits will be discussed during separate study sessions at the May 18 Planning Commission meeting.

Monday, 11:10 AM | 2 comments
Tuesday: Workshop on Cal Water drought plan

Cal Water will hold a public workshop on its proposed drought restrictions and ways customers can reduce water use at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 19, at Las Lomitas Elementary School's Cano Hall.

Monday, 9:36 AM | 1 comment

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Coroner releases name of man killed by train in Atherton

The San Mateo County Coroner's Office has released the name of the man who was struck and killed by a train at the Atherton station on Sunday afternoon.

Sunday, 3:07 PM | 2 comments

Saturday, May 16, 2015

High school graduation rates move up across county

Students in public high schools in San Mateo County are graduating at a higher rate, according to state data for the four-year period from 2010 to 2014. The graduation rates are up significantly for student groups with traditionally lower graduation rates.

Saturday, 11:30 AM | No comments yet

Friday, May 15, 2015

German-American International School parades to new school site

On May 15, students, staff and parents from the German-American International School paraded from their current school site to the former Menlo Oaks School site at 475 Pope St., where they will be moving this summer.

Friday, 6:10 PM | No comments yet
Local schools win Kent Awards for innovation

Las Lomitas, Oak Knoll and Ormondale schools, plus the Portola Valley School District, were among the 16 honorees receiving J. Russell Kent awards for innovative programs from the San Mateo County School Boards Association.

Friday, 3:09 PM | No comments yet
State may fine Greenheart committee for campaign finance filing violation

Local developer Greenheart may pay $2,500 for failing to report its non-monetary donation of a telephone survey to the "No on Measure M" committee, according to the state's Fair Political Practices Commission. The committee was funded exclusively by Greenheart to oppose a measure on the November 2014 ballot that would have restricted development on El Camino Real in Menlo Park.

Friday, 11:20 AM | 3 comments
Saturday: Benefit concert in memory of Amelie Le Moullac

A benefit concert for children in Haiti and in memory of Menlo School graduate Amelie Le Moullac is set for 8 p.m. Saturday, May 16, at Saint Mark's Episcopal Church at 600 Colorado Ave. in Palo Alto.

Friday, 10:07 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, May 14, 2015

New trail connects Russian Ridge and Mindego open space

A new one-mile trail extension connects the Mideninsula Regional Open Space District's Mindego Gateway parking lot to the Russian Ridge trail system.

Thursday, 11:24 PM | No comments yet
For decades, Woodside home has been a gathering place for family and friends

Woodside memories: Grandfather bought our Woodside property over 96 years ago, and his foresight has provided a gathering place for five generations of our family and the friends of all of us. Until recent years our Woodside home on Kings Mountain Road has always been filled with people.

Thursday, 11:04 PM | No comments yet
Oak Knoll School honors retiring principal David Ackerman

Retiring Oak Knoll School Principal David Ackerman will be honored at the school's annual Spring Fair on Friday, May 15, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on the school's upper playground.

Thursday, 9:02 PM | No comments yet
Tuesday: Memorial service for Michael Dunne in Portola Valley

Steve and Dorian Dunne of Los Trancos Woods will be hosting a memorial get-together to remember Michael Dunne, 31, of San Francisco, at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 19, at the Portola Valley Town Center at 765 Portola Road.

Thursday, 7:22 PM | No comments yet
Monday: Rotary Club holds scholastic achievement ceremony

The Rotary Club of Menlo Park will hold its annual Scholastic Achievement Awards ceremony at 7 p.m. Monday, May 18, at the Menlo-Atherton High School Performing Arts Center.

Thursday, 3:17 PM | No comments yet
Woodsider wins Anne Frank scholarship

Kiran Sridhar of Woodside, a senior at Lick Wilmerding High School in San Francisco, will receive a scholarship in the name of Anne Frank.

Thursday, 11:31 AM | No comments yet
Menlo Park driver testifies in double-fatality DUI trial

Marjorie Reitzell took the stand on Wednesday to testify in her defense, telling the court that she is capable of driving safely while intoxicated. The 55-year-old Menlo Park woman was allegedly drunk when the car she was driving struck and killed a couple walking along Chilco Street.

Thursday, 10:32 AM | 12 comments

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