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Saturday, May 28, 2016

San Mateo County Sheriff's Office puts 'inmate locator tool' online

The San Mateo County Sheriff's Office announced Friday that it was making available online an inmate locator tool, which gives the public the ability to get real-time information on people in custody.

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One dead in Interstate 280 crash in Menlo Park

A solo-vehicle crash on Interstate Highway 280 turned deadly Friday evening in Menlo Park, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Saturday, 8:41 AM | 1 comment

Friday, May 27, 2016

Judge rules against restaurateur Russell Deutsch in tax-evasion case

A San Mateo County judge on May 26 denied a motion by attorneys defending Portola Valley resident and restaurateur Russell Deutsch to suppress, as evidence in connection with a tax evasion charge, the discovery by investigators of over $600,000 in cash in his house.

Friday, 11:50 AM | 9 comments
Menlo Park: Environmental report released on Facebook's expansion plans

An environmental review says that Facebook's plan to build three 75-foot-tall buildings, adding 962,400 square feet at two proposed office buildings and 174,800 square feet at a 200-room hotel, plus 3,533 parking spots, could have some impacts determined to be "significant and unavoidable."

Friday, 11:45 AM | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Judge counsels kids on dealing with police

When interacting with the police, don't be a R.A.T., advised Judge LaDoris Cordell, speaking before about 200 children, teens and adults at the Menlo Park clubhouse of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula.

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Menlo Park: Fatigued council debates dog park, again

Fatigue appeared to weigh on City Council members Tuesday as they heard a presentation by city staff, asking for advice on how to move forward with the restoration of Nealon Park's baseball field and part-time dog park. No decisions were made, but the city hopes to involve the community in the discussion by next winter.

Friday, 7:50 AM | 7 comments

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Menlo Park pays up for downtown street cafes

As soon as July, 12 downtown parking spots in front of six restaurants and one furniture store are planned to be converted into outdoor cafe spaces on Santa Cruz Avenue.

Thursday, 11:50 AM | 24 comments
Menlo Park fire district gets OK from FAA to operate drone

It's taken almost two years, but the Menlo Park Fire Protection District is now authorized by the FAA to operate a portable drone to help in observing a fire or other emergency situation.

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Police calls: Woodside, Atherton, Portola Valley and Menlo Park

In Woodside, a resident fell for a fraudster's phoned-in claim to be a relative in need of money. In Menlo Park, thieves stole a basketball set-up and towels from a coin-operated dryer. Details on these and other incidents.

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Editorial: Vote 'yes' on Measure AA, Bay restoration parcel tax

The nine-county, $12-per-parcel tax to fund the restoration of San Francisco Bay shorelines to functioning tidal marshes would deliver a bang for the buck.

Thursday, 7:43 AM | 22 comments

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Menlo Park tonight: Learn how the city budget works

Are you curious about how finances work in the city of Menlo Park?

Wednesday, 11:44 AM | 1 comment
Woodside: Council addresses aircraft noise, considers increase to house sizes

Woodside Town Council members considered how to effectively complain about noise from commercial aircraft flying over the town, and conducted another study session on increasing maximum house size, this time with a proposal in front of them.

Wednesday, 11:41 AM | 6 comments
Tonight: Public meeting on high-speed rail from San Francisco to San Jose

People who have questions or are interested in learning more about the California high-speed rail project can attend a meeting tonight (May 25) from 5 to 8 p.m. at the SFV Lodge, located at 361 Villa St. in Mountain View.

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'Menlo Summerfest' is Menlo Park's 'new' downtown festival

Menlo Park's summer festival just got a lot more lively – at least in name.

Wednesday, 11:23 AM | 4 comments

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Obituary: Frederic 'Tic' Webster of Menlo Park, civil engineer, 70

Frederic A. "Tic" Webster, noted for his work in rehabilitating California's historic adobe missions, died Oct. 11, 2015 at his home in Menlo Park surrounded by family. He was 70.

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Longtime Almanac staffer Jane Coladarci dies at 96

Jane Coladarci, who had been a mainstay of the Almanac's advertising department for most of her 30 years at the paper, died "quickly and peacefully" May 7 in Yuba City, California, in the company of her daughter and son, the family said. She was 96.

Tuesday, 3:26 PM | No comments yet
June 7 election: Poll workers needed

An estimated 1,400 poll workers are needed on Election Day, June 7, to manage 342 precincts in San Mateo County.

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A century of service: Parade celebrates Menlo Park fire district's centennial

"Put the blue stuff on the red stuff." Reduced to such simple terms, the core imperative of firefighting makes it sound almost too easy.

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Saturday, Sunday: Portola Valley celebrates the horse

Portola Valley's third annual Celebration of the Horse will be spread out over two days on Memorial Day weekend with a group ride Saturday morning, May 28, followed by a Horse Fair on Sunday afternoon, May 29.

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Menlo Park: Man who backed truck into Mike's Camera sentenced to prison

The man who pleaded no contest to a burglary charge in connection with a dramatic break-in at Mike's Camera on Santa Cruz Avenue in March 2015 was sentenced to 16 months in prison.

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Tonight: Menlo Park may OK new 'mini-park' cafes spaces downtown

The Menlo Park City Council could vote Tuesday, May 24, to move forward with plans to create street cafe spaces on Santa Cruz Avenue.

Tuesday, 11:23 AM | 19 comments
Tonight: Woodside studies changing allowable house sizes

Woodside's Town Council will hold a third study session Tuesday (May 24) on whether it should increase the maximum allowable size of main residences.

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Monday, May 23, 2016

Wednesday: Portola Valley may go with 100% renewable sources for electricity

Portola Valley's Town Council will consider a venture that would reset every household's electricity supplier at a baseline of 100 percent of its electricity coming from renewable non-fossil-fuel sources.

Monday, 10:45 PM | 1 comment
Assembly candidate submits murky donor reports

Dinged in the past for failing to report political contributions, Cupertino Mayor Barry Chang could be facing another set of election troubles in an eight-way primary race for the District 24 state Assembly seat.

Monday, 10:39 PM | 1 comment
Political committees pump cash into Assembly campaigns

With the crowded race to succeed Assemblyman Rich Gordon in the 24th District heading into the final stretch, independent political action committees are throwing hundreds of thousands of dollars into the contest in hopes of influencing the outcome. So far, Palo Alto City Councilman Marc Berman has been the chief beneficiary.

Monday, 10:19 PM | 2 comments
Tonight: Planning Commission to discuss general plan update

During the Menlo Park Planning Commission's meeting tonight at 7 p.m., the commission will hold a study session to talk about plans for new zoning ordinances that would shape the building standards and requirements applied to future office, life sciences and residential-mixed use buildings in Menlo Park's M-2 area.

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Friday, May 20, 2016

Menlo Park: Firefighters rescue 12 stuck in Facebook elevator

Firefighters rescued 12 people from an elevator at a Facebook campus building in Menlo Park on Friday afternoon.

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Election: Ravenswood school district seeks voter approval for $26 million bond measure

Ravenswood City School District is asking voters to approve Measure H, which would provide funding for repairs and upgrades at the district's eight school sites.

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Man, 25, in fatal Skyline Boulevard crash identified

A 25-year-old man who died when his SUV crashed into a tree on Skyline Boulevard south of Portola Valley in San Mateo County early Thursday morning, May 19, has been identified as James Henry Power, according to the San Mateo Coroner's Office.

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Menlo Park: Why today is a special day for retired fire captain Tom Carter

When retired Fire Captain Tom Carter rides on the Menlo Park fire district's 1899 horse-drawn Hose Wagon No. 1 on Saturday, May 21, at 10 a.m. up Santa Cruz Avenue in downtown Menlo Park, it will not only be special because it's the fire district's 100th anniversary celebration and parade. It will also be the first time since 1938 that he has ridden on the historic hose wagon.

Friday, 11:50 AM | 1 comment
Saturday: Memorial for Margaret Fruth, formerly of Menlo Park

A memorial will be held Saturday, May 21, in Palo Alto for Margaret Fruth, a former resident of Menlo Park who was active in local civic affairs.

Friday, 10:21 AM | No comments yet
Celebration of life for John Sidensol, 70

A celebration of the life of Portola Valley resident John Sidensol is set for Sunday, May 22. Mr. Sidensol, 70, died May 7 as a result of a solo-vehicle accident at the corner of Alpine and Portola roads.

Friday, 9:59 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Menlo Park: Closing sales begin for Beltramo's Wines & Spirits

Beltramo's, the family-run wines and spirits shop that plans to close after 134 years in Menlo Park, has begun its "everything must go" closing sales.

Thursday, 4:31 PM | No comments yet
Election: See videos of Assembly candidate interviews

Candidates looking to replace outgoing state Assemblyman Rich Gordon in the June 7 primary election were interviewed recently by Bill Johnson, president of Embarcadero Media, parent company of the Almanac, plus staff from the Almanac and its sister papers, the Palo Alto Weekly and the Mountain View Voice.

Thursday, 3:17 PM | No comments yet
Election: Measure AA would raise $500M to restore marshes

Advocates for wetlands along the shores of the nine Bay Area counties are asking voters to approve Measure AA, a $12 annual parcel tax on the ballot in the June 7 primary election.

Thursday, 3:00 PM | 18 comments
Menlo Park: Another decade, another grade-separation study

For years, the question of "grade separations" – separating a roadway from the rail line it crosses by using a bridge or tunnel – has periodically risen in Menlo Park, spurring a study on the feasibility of such a project.

Thursday, 2:49 PM | 25 comments
Atherton council OKs preliminary design for civic center

(Due to a technical glitch, a link to this story in Thursday's Express did not work.) A unanimous Atherton City Council on Wednesday (May 18) approved a 198-page schematic design for a new civic center and authorized the city manager to enter into a contract with schematic-design creator WRNS Studio.

Thursday, 12:22 PM | No comments yet
Atherton council OKs preliminary design for civic center

A unanimous Atherton City Council on Wednesday (May 18) approved a 198-page schematic design for a new civic center and authorized the city manager to enter into a contract with schematic-design creator WRNS Studio.

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Menlo Park resident among service academy appointees

Rep. Anna Eshoo will host a reception on Friday, May 20, in Mountain View to honor this year's U.S. Service Academy appointees from the 18th Congressional District, including Gunnar Jongebloed of Menlo Park, who was appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy.

Thursday, 11:22 AM | 1 comment
Menlo Park: Applewood 2-Go outlet closed

Applewood 2-Go, the to-go counter location of Applewood Pizza at 989 El Camino Real in Menlo Park, has closed.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Saturday: Fire district centennial parade in downtown Menlo Park

Firefighting vehicles from 1862 to today will be on display Saturday, May 21, as the Menlo Park Fire Protection District celebrates its centennial with a parade along Santa Cruz Avenue in downtown Menlo Park.

Wednesday, 11:02 PM | 1 comment
Menlo mom offers free fitness coaching for at-risk kids

In January 2011, Ashley Hunter Riley, a Menlo Park resident and mother of four children, read a magazine article about families in the Bay Area that can't afford organized sports for their kids. She decided to do something about it.

Wednesday, 4:31 PM | No comments yet
FAA: Most commercial aircraft over Woodside, Portola Valley adhere to noise-reduction rules

FAA report has no comfort for residents of Woodside, Portola Valley and Ladera with complaints about the noise overhead of commercial aircraft headed to San Francisco International Airport.

Wednesday, 11:57 AM | 4 comments
Menlo Park says it will release more police data to public

Menlo Park is planning to release to the public 2015 data on police department demographics, calls for police service and traffic collisions as part of a national program called the Police Data Initiative.

Wednesday, 8:00 AM | No comments yet
Eric, Wendy Schmidt to move family ventures to new Menlo Park building

Eric and Wendy Schmidt of Atherton plan to build a three-story, 25,000 square-foot office building in Menlo Park to serve as headquarters for their family office and philanthropic operations.

Wednesday, 7:51 AM | 13 comments

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

New chief for Cal Fire's unit serving San Mateo County

A new chief has been appointed to Cal Fire's unit that serves San Mateo and Santa Cruz counties.

Tuesday, 6:36 PM | No comments yet
Guest opinion: Greenheart project complies with the rules; let's get on with it

As I read the guest opinion in the May 4 Almanac criticizing the proposed Greenheart project on El Camino Real, I felt like perhaps I was stuck in a Menlo Park version of the classic movie, "Groundhog Day." Didn't we already have this debate, many times over?

Tuesday, 4:04 PM | 1 comment
Tonight in Portola Valley: Documentary on a roundup to save wild mustangs

A documentary about four Texans who ride and guide a string of wild mustangs living on U.S. government land on a trip from Mexico to Canada "through the wildest terrain of the American West" shows tonight at Portola Valley Town Center.

Tuesday, 10:17 AM | No comments yet
Tonight: Eat at these local restaurants to support Meals on Wheels

Restaurants across the Peninsula will on Tuesday, May 17, donate 10 percent of their eatery proceeds to Meals on Wheels, a Menlo Park-based program that delivers daily hot, nutritious meals to home-bound seniors and adults with disabilities in San Mateo County.

Tuesday, 10:15 AM | 1 comment

Terún to open second Cal Ave restaurant
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“This is Never Gonna Go our Way . . .
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Fire department event at the library
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Grill Baby Grill
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