If it is local and useful, it is on en-us <![CDATA[Are 'ghost homes' becoming a problem?]]> The house in Palo Alto's Crescent Park neighborhood is large and beautiful, its lawn is regularly manicured and, peering through its large windows from the sidewalk, it looks meticulously clean inside. Problem is, nobody lives there.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[M-A grad qualifies for JC NorCal track and field meet]]> Of local note
Menlo-Atherton High grad Jorge Tafolla finished second in the men's 800 meters at the Coast Conference Track and Field Championships Friday at San Jose City College. Read the story here.]]>
<![CDATA[Oaks sweep the Yotes in record-setting doubleheader]]> Oaks notes
The Menlo College baseball team swept a doubleheader from visiting College of Idaho, 13-9 and 7-5, Friday to clinch at least a fourth-place finish in the NAIA West Conference. The Oaks set a team record and a couple of individual records, as well. Read the story here.]]>
<![CDATA[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. ]]> <![CDATA[No excuses]]> Director Kirby Dick's new documentary on sexual assault, "The Hunting Ground," should be required viewing for every current and incoming college student. ]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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. ]]> <![CDATA[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. ]]> <![CDATA[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.
<![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[Primating rituals]]> "Monkey Kingdom" follows a group of macaques in Sri Lanka over a period of months as they eat, groom, mate and fight for survival.]]> <![CDATA[Memoir-able]]> In telling the story of real-life fallen journalist Michael Finkel and the convict who stole his identity, "True Story" encourages audiences to be skeptical of truth in the modern media age.]]> <![CDATA[Recent home sales - April 21]]> Home sales are provided by California REsource, a real estate information company that obtains the information from the County Recorder's Office. ]]> <![CDATA[A&E Digest: Stanford Live announces new season, Kepler's launches radio show and more]]> In this week's A&E news, Stanford Live announces its 2015/2016 season line-up, Kepler's Books launches a new radio program and Palo Alto hosts the 2015 Greenlight Film Festival.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[Recent homes sales - April 15]]> Home sales are provided by California REsource, a real estate information company that obtains the information from the County Recorder's Office.]]> <![CDATA[Spring into the arts: A fresh new season of arts and entertainment]]> From an emerging contemporary dance company based in Mountain View to a visit from an innovative folk-punk band from Ukraine, we've sorted through hundreds of happenings to bring you some of spring's hottest arts events. ]]> <![CDATA[Scoreboard]]> ● Click here for the latest high school, college and other local sports scores. ]]>