AlmanacNews.com http://www.almanacnews.com If it is local and useful, it is on AlmanacNews.com. en-us <![CDATA[College bond measure faces a new kind of opponent]]> When there is opposition to school construction bond measures, it usually comes from voters opposed to the concept of taxation. This time, they have company.]]> <![CDATA[Recent home sales - Oct. 22]]> ]]> <![CDATA[New laws aim to level playing field for LGBT community members]]> Two bills by Assemblyman Rich Gordon to improve healthcare and economic opportunities for the LGBT community have been signed into law. The bills were among 17 Mr. Gordon authored in 2014 that passed in both houses of the state Legislature.]]> <![CDATA[Voter info available to candidates, journalists]]> It may come as a surprise to voters that much of the information they provide when they register to vote (including name, party affiliation and address) can be legally obtained by candidates and ballot measure committees, as well as scholars and journalists. They also can find out whether or not you voted.]]> <![CDATA[Five indicted in bid-rigging scheme at foreclosure auctions]]> Five real estate investors accused of rigging bids at foreclosure auctions in San Francisco and San Mateo counties have been indicted in federal court in San Francisco, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.]]> <![CDATA[Voter Guide 2014]]> Links to Voter Guide stories in the Almanac for the Nov. 4 election.
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<![CDATA[Supes OK going forward with Middlefield Road redesign plan]]> San Mateo County is ready to design improvements that will slim down the section of Middlefield Road between Redwood City and Atherton to three lanes while adding bike lanes, wider sidewalks and other other amenities.]]> <![CDATA[Local 2015 Michelin stars: Baume, Madera, Chez TJ, Village Pub]]> The Michelin guide released its latest San Francisco Bay Area stars list Tuesday, yet again granting distinction to Baume in Palo Alto, Madera in Menlo Park, Chez TJ in Mountain View and The Village Pub in Woodside. ]]> <![CDATA[Oak Knoll teacher John Fuller writes a book inspired by his long commute]]> Driving 100 miles each day back and forth from his home in Orinda to his job teaching at Menlo Park's Oak Knoll School gave John Fuller time to think about and the inspiration for his recently published book, "Fly Car."]]> <![CDATA[Fire district gets green light to buy a drone]]> A hand-held aerial drone, probably one with four helicopter blades, will likely take up residence soon in the Menlo Park Fire Protection District to help survey the scene of a fire from above. ]]> <![CDATA[Nov. 1: Grandson talks on growing up with Ty Cobb]]> Herschel Cobb, Menlo Park resident and author of the memoir, "Heart of a Tiger: Growing up with My Grandfather, Ty Cobb," will speak at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, at the Menlo Park City Council chambers at 701 Laurel St. in the Menlo Park Civic Center. ]]> <![CDATA[Nov. 8: Kepler's holds book swap]]> Author Alice LaPlante will be featured at the next Book Swap on Saturday, Nov. 8, at Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real in Menlo Park. The event starts at 6:30 p.m. ]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park to study changing public benefits trigger in specific plan]]> The Menlo Park City Council agreed Tuesday night to Menlo Park Mayor Ray Mueller's request to have the city schedule a time to study the process in which developers in the downtown/El Camino Real specific plan area are allowed extra square footage if they provide public benefits. ]]> <![CDATA[Menlo School to induct five new members into its Hall of Fame]]> Menlo School will have five new inductees for its Athletics Hall of Fame to highlight homecoming week. The induction ceremony is Friday at the Athletic Center at 5:30 p.m., following the Burlingame at Menlo football game at 3 p.m. Read this story and see more local sports coverage on PASportsOnline.com. ]]> <![CDATA[County bans smoking in apartments, condos in unincorporated areas]]> The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to change the definition of "smoking" and "tobacco product" to include electronic smoking devices. The board also voted 4-1 to approve an ordinance prohibiting smoking of all types in and around multi-unit residences, which include owner-occupied condominiums and townhouses, in unincorporated areas of the county. ]]> <![CDATA[Facebook funds upgrades to fire district technology and equipment]]> Thanks to $150,000 from Facebook, the Menlo Park Fire Protection District is upgrading a system that turns red traffic lights to green as emergency vehicles approach, and is adding emergency equipment to some of its stations and vehicles.]]> <![CDATA[Deja vu all over again?]]> Home prices along the Peninsula continue to rise with no indication of coming down any time soon, according to real estate experts.]]> <![CDATA[Fall Real Estate 2014]]> Links to stories in the Almanac's Fall Real Estate publication. ]]> <![CDATA[Woodside Community Theatre stages 'Curtains']]> Rehearsals are in full swing in Menlo Park and Woodside, with the new director commuting from the East Bay and actors coming from as far away as San Francisco and San Jose. ]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park mayor hosts Chinese delegation]]> A Chinese delegation seeking to strengthen economic ties between the United States and China visited Menlo Park on Oct. 17 as part of a two-week trip to several U.S. cities. ]]> <![CDATA[Sneak peek: Bradley's Fine Diner in Menlo Park]]> Renowned chef Bradley Ogden's much-anticipated Bradley's Fine Diner, or BFD, is officially opening in Menlo Park the first week of November.
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<![CDATA[Man, 27, convicted of Woodside burglaries, sentenced to 33 years in prison]]> Justin Ralph Mitchell, 27, of Redwood City, who was convicted in June of two Woodside residential burglaries, was sentenced to 33 years in state prison on Friday, Oct. 17.]]> <![CDATA[Police calls: Bobcat construction vehicle stolen from Woodside home]]> Crime and accident reports from Woodside and Menlo Park.]]> <![CDATA[Should Portola Valley allow deputies to deploy license-plate-reading cameras?]]> In June, sheriff's deputies asked Portola Valley for permission to place license plate reading cameras in town and were denied pending a Town Council discussion with law enforcement authorities. That discussion is set for Wednesday evening, Oct. 22. ]]> <![CDATA[Free and equal]]> Between Oct. 16 and 26, the United Nations Association Film Festival will screen more than 70 films from around the world that touch on issues from religious freedom and poverty to women's rights and immigration.]]> <![CDATA[Worth a Look]]> Learn the story of how Santa Clara County came to be the Silicon Valley, check out one-act plays directed by high school students and catch a movie at the Jewish Film Festival.]]> <![CDATA[TheatreWorks sets a murderous tale in WWII London]]> TheatreWorks sets Steven Sondheim's 1979 musical "Sweeney Todd" in WWII London in the midst of the blitz.]]> <![CDATA[Lacy, Hill run to runner-up finishes at Monterey Bay race]]> Prep roundup: Menlo School senior Lizzie Lacy and Sacred Heart Prep senior Daniel Hill both ran to second-place finishes during races Saturday at the Monterey Bay Invitational at Toro Park in Salinas. Read this story and see more local sports coverage on PASportsOnline.com.]]> <![CDATA[Movie review: 'The Boxtrolls']]> "The Boxtrolls" falls into the category of classical fairy tale, with its shadowy world inhabited by innocents in contention with monstrous adults.]]> <![CDATA[Movie review: 'Fury']]> Brad Pitt and Logan Lerman shine in "Fury," a throwback combat movie that offers vivid performances and a decidedly anti-war sentiment.]]> <![CDATA[Saturday: Sale to benefit Friends of the Woodside Library]]> Books, books and more books will be available at the Friends of the Woodside Library book sale on Saturday, Oct. 25.]]> <![CDATA[Real Estate Matters]]> The real estate industry faces many challenges. The industry is made up of agents from all walks of life and educational backgrounds that range from a high school diploma to graduate degrees from the world's best law and business schools.]]> <![CDATA[Local neighborhoods: Westridge in Portola Valley]]> The Almanac produces an annual "Our Neighborhoods" publication with stories about neighborhoods in Portola Valley, Woodside, Menlo Park and Atherton. Here is a story on the Westridge neighborhood of Portola Valley.]]> <![CDATA[Absurdly irresistible]]> Packed with music of brilliance, power and intensity, Giuseppe Verdi's 1853 masterpiece, "Il Trovatore" ("The Troubadour"), opens West Bay Opera's season next Friday, Oct. 17.]]> <![CDATA[Check out Scoreboard for the latest local sports scores]]> Bookmark Scoreboard for the latest high school, college and other local sports scores. ]]>