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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Friday: Meet Cecilia Taylor, Menlo Park City Council candidate

A "meet and greet" will be held for locals to get to know Menlo Park City Council Candidate Cecilia Taylor.

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Laurel School wins National Blue Ribbon Schools recognition

Laurel School in Atherton, which next month will open its second campus in Menlo Park, has won a prestigious National Blue Ribbon School award, Principal Linda Creighton has announced.

Thursday, 11:40 AM | 1 comment
Tonight in Menlo Park: Feedback sought on county transportation projects

Sick of sitting in traffic and have ideas about how to fix it? There are two meetings " on Thursday, Sept. 29 and Tuesday, Oct. 4 " in Menlo Park you can attend to give feedback.

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Saturday services for Woodside's 'Music Man,' Richard Gordon

Services for Richard Gordon of Woodside, who died Sept. 12, will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at Skylawn Memorial Park, 100 Lifemark Road in San Mateo.

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Menlo Park: Malcolm McGinnis, co-owner of Freewheel Brewing, dies at 57

Malcolm McGinnis of Menlo Park, a researcher, triathlete and, in recent years, head brewer and co-owner of Freewheel Brewing Company, died Sept. 13, surrounded by family and friends. He was 57, and the cause of death was pancreatic cancer.

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Atherton loses lawsuit over Caltrain electrification project

A Superior Court judge has ruled against Atherton and other plaintiffs that had tried to stop progress on Caltrain's electrification project by claiming the project's environmental report was flawed.

Wednesday, 11:52 AM | 3 comments
UPDATE Portola Valley: New Ormondale School principal named

Veteran educator Lynette Hovland will be the next principal of Ormondale Elementary School in Portola Valley.

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Woodside council agrees in principle to moving elections to even-numbered years

In a move that should prove cost effective and compliant with state law, the Woodside Town Council on Tuesday, Sept. 27, agreed to shift council elections from odd-numbered years to even-numbered years in alignment with statewide and federal elections.

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Atherton city manager and police get pay raises

Atherton police officers and City Manager George Rodericks have been awarded pay increases.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Thursday: Menlo Park City School District candidates forum

A forum for the four candidates running for two open seats on the Menlo Park City School District's governing board will be held on Thursday, Sept. 29, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., at Hillview Middle School's Performing Arts Center.

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Friday: Portola Valley focuses on disaster planning

Portola Valley's Emergency Preparedness Committee is asking physicians, nurses and other resident healthcare providers to meet Friday, Sept. 30, to discuss the town's current emergency plans and related issues.

Tuesday, 7:53 PM | No comments yet
Lennie Roberts named 'Environmental Hero'

Ladera resident Lennie Roberts, a local legislative advocate for the Committee for Green Foothills, has long been a local hero to the living beings that make up what is commonly referred to as "the environment." Now it's official.

Tuesday, 7:44 PM | 2 comments
Woodside's new bakery, cafe will be 25 percent larger

The new bakery and cafe going in at the corner of Canada and Woodside roads in Woodside will be 25 percent larger than the Woodside Bakery & Cafe, which closed in March 2016.

Tuesday, 7:40 PM | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Facebook expansion clears Planning Commission

Up next: Facebook's got a date with the City Council. On Sept. 26, the company cleared the penultimate hurdle for its expansion project when it earned the unanimous support of the Planning Commission.

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Menlo Park fire district plans to use drones, robot

A few years from now, if technology at the Menlo Park Fire Protection District develops as planned, responses to fire emergencies are likely to include a camera-equipped drone taking to the skies from the fire station on Chilco Street.

Tuesday, 10:40 AM | No comments yet
Wednesday: Portola Valley reconsiders license-plate-reading cameras

In the wake of a home-invasion robbery in Portola Valley in June and community meetings, the Town Council is revisiting the question of whether to allow fixed, automatic license-plate-reading cameras in town.

Tuesday, 10:32 AM | No comments yet
Tonight: Menlo Park district school board seeks public comment on budget woes

A meeting seeking public comment on solutions to the Menlo Park City School District's budget problems will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, at the Hillview Performing Arts Center, 1100 Elder Ave. in Menlo Park. The main topic of the school board meeting will be a review of the May 3 parcel tax election.

Tuesday, 8:58 AM | 16 comments

Monday, September 26, 2016

Air quality district issues another Spare the Air alert for Tuesday

The Bay Area's intense heat wave prompted regional air quality officials today to issue another Spare the Air smog alert for Tuesday.

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Woodside: Homemade fireworks thought to be behind Sunday night explosion

Homemade fireworks are being reported as the cause of an explosion heard around 9:15 p.m. in Woodside on Sunday, Sept. 25, according to a message from Town Manager Kevin Bryant.

Monday, 11:26 AM | 4 comments
Monday: Planning Commission to weigh in on Facebook expansion

Facebook's proposed expansion plans for two large office buildings totaling more than 962,000 square feet and a 200-room hotel at 300-309 Constitution Drive in eastern Menlo Park go before Menlo Park's Planning Commission on Sept. 26.

Monday, 11:18 AM | No comments yet
Record-breaking heat Sunday; 'Spare the Air' alert for Monday

Clear skies and westerly winds brought record-breaking heat to two Bay Area locations Sunday, according to official data from the National
Weather Service. The regional spike in temperatures helped to create conditions that prompted the Bay Area Air Quality Management District to issue a Spare the Air alert for today (Monday).

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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Tonight: Woodside council weighs steps to increase voter turnout

Woodside has a history of low voter turnouts for Town Council elections, a situation that runs afoul of a 2015 state law intended to increase voter participation. The council will consider changing local elections dates to line up with higher-turnout statewide elections.

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Saturday, September 24, 2016

Menlo Park City School District gives a raise and bonuses to all employees

In addition to awarding a 2.5 percent raise to all its employees, the Menlo Park City School District has given all its workers a bonus worth 2.5 percent of their salary to make up for the lack of a raise during the last school year.

Saturday, 10:56 AM | 48 comments

Friday, September 23, 2016

Candidate drops out of Menlo Park school board race

Scott Hinshaw has announced he is withdrawing from the contest for a seat on the Menlo Park City School District's governing board for personal reasons.

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District considering appointing Erik Burmeister as new superintendent

The Menlo Park City School District announced on Friday, Sept. 23, that the school board is considering making current assistant superintendent Erik Burmeister the district's new superintendent.

Friday, 11:57 AM | 17 comments
Robotics pioneer Victor Scheinman of Woodside is dead at 73

Victor David Scheinman, a pioneer in industrial robotics and a longtime Woodside resident, died Tuesday, Sept. 20, of complications of heart disease. He was 73.

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Menlo Park's Chan Zuckerberg Initiative announces $3 billion funding commitment for research

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, currently headquartered on Santa Cruz Avenue in Menlo Park, announced to the world this week that it will invest $3 billion over the next decade in scientific research to "cure, prevent or manage all diseases by the end of the century."

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Sunday: Farmers' market in Atherton

A farmers' market featuring entertainment and food trucks will be held in Atherton on Sunday, Sept. 25, from noon to 3 p.m.

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Widespread heat expected in Bay Area Sunday

After below-normal temperatures midweek, weak offshore winds and clear skies will bring a warming trend starting today and highs on Sunday as much as 30 degrees above normal, according to the National Weather Service.

Friday, 7:34 AM | 2 comments

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Menlo Park: City manager gets raise, bonus

Menlo Park City Manager Alex McIntyre has won a $4,300 pay raise to $221,800 a year, plus a year's extension to his contract, which will now run until March 7, 2018, and a bonus of $15,000.

Thursday, 10:43 PM | 1 comment
Cal Water gives a 'state of the drought' update

Water budgets and surcharges for going beyond them may be gone for now, Dawn Smithson of California Water Service (Cal Water) told the Atherton City Council on Wednesday, but the drought is still with us, and could lead to more severe restrictions in the new year.

Thursday, 11:47 AM | 3 comments

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Tonight: Open house for Belle Haven programs

Curious about the programs and services that are offered in Belle Haven?

Wednesday, 8:28 PM | No comments yet
Golden Acorn Awards recognize local leaders

With pauses every few minutes to observe the muffled screeching of a Caltrain passing nearby, Menlo Park's 40th annual Golden Acorn Awards ceremony proceeded otherwise without interruption on Tuesday night (Sept. 20) at the Stanford Park Hotel.

Wednesday, 5:13 PM | No comments yet
Menlo Park City School District ponders how cuts could affect looming deficit

After first recapping a bleak financial outlook predicting a $5.3 million operating deficit within five years, the Menlo Park City School District's board on Sept. 20 looked at the effects of 10 percent across-the-board spending cuts.

Wednesday, 2:35 PM | 64 comments
Bay Area home prices up slightly in August compared with last year

The median cost for a Bay Area home rose slightly in August compared with the same period last year partly due to low interest rates and job growth, according to research firm CoreLogic.

Wednesday, 2:12 PM | No comments yet
Police calls: Laser pointed at aircraft in Woodside/Portola Valley area

Crime reports for Portola Valley, Woodside, Ladera, Menlo Park, West Menlo Park and Atherton.

Wednesday, 11:16 AM | No comments yet
Atherton and Menlo Park: Police focus on traffic safety in extra patrols today

Police from law enforcement agencies from around the county are once again collaborating in a traffic-safety initiative, today in Atherton and Menlo Park, patrolling "known trouble spots" until 4 p.m.

Wednesday, 10:42 AM | 3 comments
Tonight: Atherton police contract on agenda

Contracts for Atherton's city manager and the police department are on the agenda when the Atherton City Council meets at 7 p.m. tonight (Sept. 21) in the town's council chambers.

Wednesday, 8:05 AM | 1 comment

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Book sale at Menlo Park Library this weekend

Looking to stock your shelves with new stacks of books? The Menlo Park Friends of the Library will be hosting its fall quarter book sale this weekend, Sept. 24 and 25.

Tuesday, 9:54 PM | 1 comment
Menlo Park: New lights may have caused Willows house fire

Newly installed lights are suspected in a Menlo Park fire that extensively damaged a home Sunday evening and left one woman with minor injuries, according to fire officials.

Tuesday, 2:26 PM | No comments yet
Tonight: Fire board discusses Atherton council's property tax complaints

The board of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District meets tonight in a study session in response to an idea put forward by the Atherton City Council to look into the fair and efficient use by the fire district of its share of Atherton's property tax revenues.

Tuesday, 11:51 AM | 7 comments
Menlo Park City School District discusses financial woes tonight

One in a planned series of discussions on how the Menlo Park City School District will deal with its budget problems will be held when the district's governing board meets tonight, Sept. 20.

Tuesday, 11:30 AM | No comments yet
Portola Valley: Windmill preschool clears last hurdle as council approves permit

The quest for a permanent home is officially over for Windmill School, a private preschool that's been renting space in Portola Valley for more than 50 years.

Tuesday, 9:45 AM | No comments yet
Driver killed Friday by flying debris on Highway 101 identified

An 82-year-old man who died while driving his car on U.S. Highway 101 in Menlo Park on Friday was likely struck by debris that came off a state-owned truck, a Caltrans spokesman said.

Tuesday, 7:15 AM | No comments yet

Monday, September 19, 2016

Trees back on county supervisors' agenda

San Mateo County's Board of Supervisors will consider tightening up the county's tree regulations when the board meets Tuesday morning, Sept. 20. The changes come in response to a plea by Menlo Oaks residents who said their neighborhood's trees are disappearing at an alarming rate.

Monday, 2:23 PM | 1 comment
USGS to leave Menlo Park for Moffett Field

Officials with the U.S. Geological Survey say they intend to shut down the agency's West Coast science center in Menlo Park over the next five years beginning next year, and relocate the center at the NASA Ames Research Center on Moffett Field in Mountain View.

Monday, 12:52 PM | 22 comments
Woodside has lost its 'Music Man,' Richard Gordon

There's an empty music stand in Woodside right now, a conductor's baton waiting to be used. The town's own "Music Man," Richard Gordon, died on Monday, Sept. 12, after losing a four-month fight with brain cancer.

Monday, 10:23 AM | 7 comments

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Menlo Park: House fire damages patio, bedrooms

A fire destroyed an attached covered patio and adjoining bedrooms of a house in the 300 block of Grayson Court in the Willows area of Menlo Park on Sunday night.

Sunday, 9:15 PM | No comments yet
Suspect arsonist who burned 9/11 memorial caught on video

Police are asking for the public's help to identify a person who was caught on surveillance video Sunday afternoon in East Palo Alto vandalizing a memorial dedicated to the firefighters who died during the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Sunday, 8:46 PM | No comments yet
Proposal to expand public access to Peninsula watershed draws opposition

A proposal to further open to the public a large tract of Peninsula open space controlled by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission continues to meet with stiff opposition from environmental groups.

Sunday, 12:54 PM | 6 comments
Menlo Park: Meet the Golden Acorn award winners

Winners of the 2016 Golden Acorn Awards will be recognized at a reception on Tuesday, Sept. 20, starting at 5 p.m., at the Stanford Park Hotel. Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook's chief operating officer, will give the keynote address.

Sunday, 9:37 AM | No comments yet

Friday, September 16, 2016

Suspect arsonist who burned 9/11 memorial caught on video

Police are asking for the public's help to identify a person who was caught on surveillance video Sunday afternoon in East Palo Alto vandalizing a memorial dedicated to the firefighters who died during the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Friday, 7:43 PM | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Driver killed by debris on U.S. 101

An elderly man was struck in the neck and killed by an unidentified object while driving northbound on U.S. 101 in Menlo Park early Friday afternoon (Sept. 16), according to the California Highway Patrol.

Friday, 2:47 PM | 2 comments
County gets more angry feedback about Surf Air noise

San Mateo County was looking for feedback from the public about noise issues connected with the county-owned and operated San Carlos Airport when it held the second of two town hall meetings on Sept. 14. Feedback is what they received " some of it angry and confrontational.

Friday, 11:53 AM | 12 comments
Atherton: It's a good weekend to leave your car at home

This may be a good weekend to leave your car at home in Atherton, at least on Saturday and Sunday when two fund-raising "fun runs" will be held on the town's streets.

Friday, 11:39 AM | No comments yet
Saturday: Volunteer to clean up San Francisquito Creek

People who are looking for an outdoor volunteer opportunity can pitch in at a cleanup day at the San Francisquito Creek from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 17.

Friday, 11:24 AM | No comments yet
Sharon Green apartment renovations approved

Plans to renovate the 18-building Sharon Green apartment complex were unanimously approved by the Menlo Park Planning Commission on Sept. 12.

Friday, 11:19 AM | No comments yet
Palo Alto's Keeble & Shuchat Photography to close in October

Facing a changing industry and declining profits, one of the Bay Area's last major brick-and-mortar camera stores, Palo Alto's Keeble & Shuchat, will be closing next month, owner Terry Shuchat confirmed Thursday.

Friday, 10:28 AM | 3 comments
Facebook expansion in Menlo Park: Final environmental report released

The final version of the environmental impact report for Facebook's expansion plans has been released by Menlo Park city staff.

Friday, 10:25 AM | 3 comments
Woman suffers critical injuries in crash near Woodside High School

A pedestrian suffered critical injuries when she was struck by a vehicle Thursday afternoon just outside Woodside High School, a California Highway Patrol officer said.

Friday, 7:50 AM | 1 comment
All lanes of I-280 open after suspicious backpack fire

Northbound Interstate 280 reopened Thursday night after the San Mateo County Sheriff's bomb squad was called out to investigate a suspicious backpack fire that stopped traffic for an hour.

Friday, 12:10 AM | No comments yet

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