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Monday, April 27, 2015

It's official: Burmeister will be new assistant superintendent

Hillview Principal Erik Burmeister was offically appointed as the new assistant superintendent of the Menlo Park City School District on April 27, and the district has begun the process of finding his replacement at Hillview.

Monday, 11:29 PM | No comments yet
Today at 1 p.m.: Menlo Park school board considers assistant superintendent position

The governing board of the Menlo Park City School District is scheduled to discuss the job description for an assistant superintendent and to consider appointing Erik Burmeister, currently the principal at Hillview Middle School, to the position at 1 p.m. today, April 27.

Monday, 11:34 AM | No comments yet
Portola Valley: Hillary Clinton to make fundraising stop in May

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will be in Portola Valley for a campaign fundraising lunch on Friday, May 8.

Monday, 10:05 AM | 5 comments

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Man arrested on suspicion of attempted rape

A 22-year-old man is in custody after a woman reported an attempted rape in unincorporated San Mateo County early Saturday morning, the Sheriff's Office reported.

Sunday, 9:19 AM | No comments yet
Portola Valley: Report of mountain lion sighting on Westridge Drive

A day after a deer carcass was found in the driveway of a home on Westridge Drive in Portola Valley, the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office received a report late Saturday afternoon of a mountain lion sighting on the street. Later, at 11 p.m. Saturday, the Sheriff's Office received a report of a sighting in Ladera.

Sunday, 8:51 AM | No comments yet

Saturday, April 25, 2015

First person: Joy of connecting on Compassion Weekend

We were told not to come to our place of worship on that weekend. Instead, many of us (almost 4,000, I'm told) showed up at the more than 55 "Compassion Weekend" projects set up around the Bay Area.

Saturday, 2:13 PM | 1 comment
Jerry Hearn recognized as 'environmental hero'

Jerry Hearn, a longtime local environmental leader and resident of Los Trancos Woods, was recognized April 25 as an "environmental hero" of California's 13th Senate District.

Saturday, 10:01 AM | 4 comments

Friday, April 24, 2015

No West Nile virus found in Menlo Park mosquitoes

After a dead American crow found in the Willows area of Menlo Park tested positive for West Nile virus on April 20, the county's Mosquito and Vector Control District collected and tested mosquitoes in the area. The mosquitoes tested negative for West Nile virus, the county reported on April 24.

Friday, 5:19 PM | No comments yet
Portola Valley: Deer carcass found in Westridge driveway

A deer carcass was found Friday morning (April 24) in a driveway of a home in the 1100 block of Westridge Drive in Portola Valley, the Sheriff's Office reported. Deputies said they think the deer was killed by a mountain lion.

Friday, 11:11 AM | 3 comments
Tonight: Cal Water to meet with public in Woodside

Tonight in Woodside, with the drought as a backdrop, Cal Water is scheduled to make a presentation at a public meeting of the town's Sustainability and Conservation Committee. The meeting is open to the public and begins at 6 p.m. in Independence Hall.

Friday, 10:40 AM | 3 comments
Menlo Park man arrested in connection with multiple gunshots

A report of gunshots sent Menlo Park police officers to Chilco Street during the pre-dawn hours of Friday, April 24.

Friday, 10:08 AM | No comments yet
Southbound U.S. 101 to get metering lights

Starting on April 28, Caltrans will phase in metering lights on 17 southbound U.S. 101 on-ramps in San Mateo County.

Friday, 10:01 AM | No comments yet
Atherton talk: water-wise gardening in time of drought

Master gardener and landscape designer Julie Montanari recently gave an Earth Day talk in Atherton sharing some simple ways to cut water use in landscaping.

Friday, 9:29 AM | 16 comments
Burglars heist $140K in property in West Menlo, Ladera

Burglars got away with jewelry, electronics and other items valued at $140,000 in two recent home burglaries in West Menlo Park and Ladera, the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office reported.

Friday, 8:27 AM | 3 comments

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Saturday in Ladera: Sen. Hill buys coffee, meets constituents

State Sen. Jerry Hill will meet with constituents and answer questions over coffee from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, April 25, in Ladera.

Thursday, 8:59 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Saturday: Comcast employees to clean up Flood Park in Menlo Park

An estimated 300 Comcast employees, family members and friends are expected to show up at Flood Park on Saturday, April 25, to weed the 21-acre site.

Wednesday, 10:51 PM | 3 comments
Rudy Driscoll to resign from Woodside school board

The board of the Woodside Elementary School District will appoint a new board member to replace Rudy Driscoll, who is resigning June 13. Applications are due by May 4.

Wednesday, 10:48 PM | No comments yet
Thursday: County health and emergency-response teams conduct exercise

San Mateo County Health System staff will join local response teams in a large preparedness exercise on April 23 designed to practice how each group would respond during a major emergency.

Wednesday, 5:17 PM | No comments yet
Update: Gas leak capped; Willow Road partially reopened

A gas leak on Willow Road in Menlo Park was capped this afternoon and the road has been partially reopened, fire and utility officials said.

Wednesday, 1:35 PM | 4 comments
Man sentenced for beating woman in Menlo Park

A 33-year-old Mountain View man, who pleaded no contest to beating a woman he had been dating, has been sentenced to one year in San Mateo County jail and three years of supervised probation.

Wednesday, 12:38 PM | No comments yet
It looks like water rationing is coming for Cal Water customers

The manager of the California Water Service's Bear Gulch District said Tuesday that the district is working on a plan that includes water rationing to meet the district's expected mandate of a 36 percent cut in water use over 2013 levels.

Wednesday, 11:46 AM | 32 comments
Dead bird in Menlo Park tests positive for West Nile virus

Investigators with the county Mosquito and Vector Control District said that a dead bird found in the Willows area of Menlo Park on April 20 has tested positive for West Nile virus.

Wednesday, 11:33 AM | No comments yet
Menlo Park Planning Commission again recommends bike lanes on El Camino Real

After a lengthy dissection of a 7-0 vote made at a previous meeting to recommend adding bike lanes, but not car lanes, to El Camino Real, the Menlo Park Planning Commission on April 20 stood by its recommendation, but this time it wasn't unanimous.

Wednesday, 10:13 AM | 28 comments
Menlo Park development: City seeks clarity on 'public benefit'

The city of Menlo Park negotiates with builders to provide "public benefits" in exchange for extra development rights. Both developers and the community want more clarity and consistency on what "public benefit" means.

Wednesday, 9:19 AM | No comments yet
New mixed-use complex finished in Menlo Park

Construction has finished on a 16-unit townhouse complex with a two-story office building of approximately 26,800 square feet at 1460 El Camino Real.

Wednesday, 7:50 AM | 13 comments

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Court battle continues over German Panzer tank

The battle continues in San Mateo County court over who owns a World War II-era German Panzer IV tank that once belonged to the late Jacques Littlefield and was on display at his Los Trancos Woods estate.

Tuesday, 7:36 PM | 5 comments
Police calls: Man borrows broom to clean up accident site

Crime and accident reports for Woodside and Menlo Park

Tuesday, 11:11 AM | 1 comment
Menlo Park district surpasses state water-reduction goal

While much of the state faces severe water use reductions, customers of the Menlo Park Municipal Water District may be largely off the hook.

Tuesday, 10:59 AM | 7 comments
Three-year old 'officers' visit Atherton Police Department

Three-year-old Atherton twin brothers got to meet their heroes last week when they made an impromptu visit to the Atherton Police Department, in uniform, to take a look around.

Tuesday, 10:58 AM | 1 comment
Man, 61, faces charges tied to burglaries at four Menlo Park restaurants

A 61-year-old man charged with burglarizing four Menlo Park restaurants has been held to answer after a preliminary hearing on Monday, April 20.

Tuesday, 9:07 AM | No comments yet
M-A college adviser Alice Kleeman to retire

Alice Kleeman, a college adviser at Menlo-Atherton High School for 20 years, will retire in June, the school has announced.

Tuesday, 8:32 AM | No comments yet

Monday, April 20, 2015

Two Woodside councilmen have clients with underground projects

When the Woodside Town Council voted on April 14 to reject a proposed ordinance that would have set limits on the size of basements in town, two council members -- general contractor Dave Tanner and architect Peter Mason -- had clients in town with underground projects recently submitted to the planning department.

Monday, 11:11 PM | No comments yet
More Woodside residents are moving underground

Woodside residents seem to be moving underground at an increasing pace. In the past five years, the town has approved 40 basements. But this year it has already received proposals for nine more.

Monday, 11:11 PM | 2 comments
Tonight: Menlo Park commission may reopen El Camino redesign discussion

At the request of commission member John Kadvany, the Menlo Park Planning Commission may decide tonight (April 20) to reopen a discussion of the options for redesigning El Camino Real.

Monday, 10:42 AM | 9 comments
Recent home sales in Atherton, Menlo Park

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

Monday, 9:13 AM | No comments yet
Tuesday: Atherton talk on water-wise gardening

Atherton will celebrate Earth Day on Tuesday, April 21, with special events, including a talk on "Water Wise Gardening," starting at 7 p.m. in the Jennings Pavilion at Holbrook-Palmer Park, 150 Watkins Ave.

Monday, 8:23 AM | No comments yet

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Take some time to smell the roses

It's that time of year when roses go crazy in local gardens. Here are a few from the garden of one of our reporters.

Sunday, 11:40 PM | No comments yet
Open space district official asks Caltrans to cut back herbicide spraying

A Midpeninsula Regional Open Space official has sent a letter to the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) asking the state agency to consider maintaining at least some of its San Mateo County roadsides without broadcast spraying herbicides.

Sunday, 11:30 PM | 1 comment
Guest opinion: Huge income 'gender gap' — a conspiracy or just socioeconomics?

The existence of a gender gap in pay is a longstanding, well-known fact. The news this year is the size and relation to advanced degrees.

Sunday, 9:27 AM | 6 comments

Friday, April 17, 2015

Atherton park burglary suspect arrested after police chase

Following a police chase, a man was arrested in Newark on Thursday in connection with a series of recent auto burglaries at Atherton's Holbrook-Palmer Park, where vehicle windows were broken and items taken from cars.

Friday, 11:01 AM | 7 comments
Atherton adopts 'talking points' on use of library tax dollars

Atherton's City Council has approved a set of "talking points" members said will be a starting point in negotiations with the county library system over the future use of library tax funds.

Friday, 9:18 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Simone Rick-Kennel will head M-A in new school year

Simone Rick-Kennel, until recently an administrative vice-principal at Menlo-Atherton High School, will take over as principal when the 2015-16 school year begins on July 1.

Thursday, 8:04 PM | No comments yet
Atherton police have park-burglary suspect in custody

Atherton police say they have a suspect in custody in connection with an auto burglary at Holbrook-Palmer Park, where a vehicle window was broken and a purse stolen on April 15.

Thursday, 5:09 PM | No comments yet
Guest opinion: Water woes - Let's focus on the rest of the iceberg

The Almanac's April 7 editorial, "Increase the pressure on water wasters," only touches the tip of the iceberg.

Thursday, 3:04 PM | 15 comments
Caltrain's bike bump form now available online

People with bicycles who are bumped off Caltrain due to overcrowding issues can now make reports online.

Thursday, 2:38 PM | No comments yet
Atherton OKs pedestrian-controlled stoplight on El Camino

Atherton has given the go-ahead for work on a pedestrian-controlled stoplight on El Camino Real at Almendral Avenue, where a pedestrian was fatally injured last July.

Thursday, 11:12 AM | 4 comments
Trial date set for lawsuit by driver who struck horse on I-280

A jury trial is set for April 27 on a lawsuit brought by a Menlo Park physician seriously injured in December 2012 when her car struck an injured horse lying in an I-280 traffic lane in the early morning darkness. The remaining defendant is San Mateo County. Webb Ranch and Stanford University have settled.

Thursday, 9:20 AM | No comments yet
Woodside volunteer 'Nancy' Gonzalez dies at 84

Mary Catherine "Nancy" Gonzalez, a Woodside resident instrumental in organizing town cleanup days, died March 27 in Burlingame after a short illness. She was 84.

Thursday, 7:58 AM | No comments yet
Tonight: Energy efficiency workshop in Menlo Park

A free workshop on Thursday, April 16, will teach homeowners how to take advantage of up to $6,500 in rebates to make their properties more energy efficient.

Thursday, 7:42 AM | No comments yet
Residents learn how to survive after an earthquake

Scientists say a big earthquake is inevitable in the Bay Area. Atherton residents learned how to prepare for an emergency at a "Get Ready Atherton" event and the lessons they learned can help all communities.

Thursday, 7:29 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

School board opposes transfer of homes to Menlo Park district

Despite a last-minute tearful plea from one of the residents asking to move their homes from the Ravenswood to Menlo Park school district, the Menlo Park governing board unanimously approved a resolution against the change on April 14.

Wednesday, 7:53 PM | 7 comments
Atherton: Daytime auto burglar strikes again in park

Once again, an auto burglar has struck during the day in Atherton's Holbrook-Palmer Park.

Wednesday, 5:48 PM | 7 comments
Woodside council nixes moratorium on 'super basements'

The Woodside Town Council chose not to adopt a moratorium Tuesday on super-sized basements while the town updates basement regulations that date to the 1980s.

Wednesday, 11:55 AM | 2 comments
Menlo Park: Burmeister tagged for assistant superintendent

Hillview Middle School principal Erik Burmeister will become the Menlo Park City School District's assistant superintendent next fall, if a proposal made by district Superintendent Maurice Ghysels on April 14 gets final school board approval.

Wednesday, 10:53 AM | 14 comments
Tonight in Portola Valley: How climate change affects birds

Every morning, songbirds greet the sun with a dawn chorus. Might this timeless phenomenon be changing as greenhouse gases accumulate in the atmosphere and affect the climate? Can anything be done?

Wednesday, 9:53 AM | No comments yet
Why Atherton might leave county library system

A set of talking points that will be before the Atherton Council for adoption at its
Wednesday, April 15, meeting make it clear that unless concessions are made, the town could leave the county library system.

Wednesday, 8:51 AM | 12 comments
Atherton moving to put stoplight at El Camino & Almendral

Atherton's City Council is quickly moving toward installing a pedestrian-controlled stoplight on El Camino Real at Almendral Avenue, the site where a 32-year-old Atherton resident, Shahriar Rahimzadeh, was fatally injured in July 2014.

Wednesday, 7:45 AM | 1 comment

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