If it is local and useful, it is on en-us <![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]]> <![CDATA[Tuesday: Menlo mayor asks council to study public benefit thresholds of specific plan]]> Mayor Ray Mueller plans to ask the rest of the Menlo Park council on Tuesday (Oct. 21) to schedule a study session on the public benefit thresholds of the downtown/El Camino Real specific plan.]]> <![CDATA[Portola Valley: Second units key to 'affordable housing']]> Portola Valley Town Council members had a lively and generally upbeat discussion recently on what is usually a difficult and controversial topic in this town -- affordable housing.]]> <![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[Menlo School boys hold off Bellarmine in water polo OT]]> If it hasn't already, the balance of power in boys water polo apparently has shifted from Division I of the Central Coast Section to Division II. Cases in point: Division II Sacred Heart Prep knocked off Division I St. Francis on Wednesday and Division II Menlo School toppled Division I Bellarmine on Friday. Read this story and see more local sports coverage on ]]> <![CDATA[SHP overcomes a big hurdle in quest for PAL Bay Division title]]> Prep football: For the past five years, Terra Nova has stood in Sacred Heart Prep's way of a PAL Bay Division football championship. That streak, however, ended Friday night as the Gators rolled to a 49-28 victory in Pacifica. Read this story and see more local sports coverage on ]]> <![CDATA[Voter Guide: Incumbent faces challenger for open space district seat]]> A newcomer aiming for his first public office is running against a 14-year-veteran for a seat on the board of the Mid-Peninsula Regional Open Space District as the district begins to spend the proceeds of a $300 million bond.]]> <![CDATA[Reducing lanes on El Camino: Atherton moves toward study]]> Atherton's City Council has asked firms to propose how they would study the effects of reducing El Camino Real in Atherton from six lanes to four.]]> <![CDATA[Earthquake! Atherton gets ready for a big one]]> As scientists warn that a major earthquake is almost certain to strike California in the near future, Atherton residents and city officials worked this week to make sure they will be ready by holding two earthquake response drills on Oct. 16.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo's Lacy, SHP's Hill run to titles in WBAL cross country]]> Thursday's prep roundup
Menlo School's Lizzie Lacy and Sacred Heart Prep's Daniel Hill ran away with individual honors to highlight the West Bay Athletic League's second cross-country meet of the season on Thursday at Baylands Park in Sunnyvale. Read the story here.]]>
<![CDATA[Portola Valley: Council concurs, hazardous trees and power lines a real threat]]> Roadside stands of eucalyptus trees, with their tendency to drop limbs and sometimes fall over, can be a very significant danger when power lines are present, firefighting authorities say. Even if the power line is across the road, as they are at least three locations in Portola Valley, the trees are so tall that the power line is still vulnerable.]]> <![CDATA[Police calls: Portola Valley home burglary during errand run]]> Crime reports from Portola Valley, Woodside and Menlo Park.]]> <![CDATA[Oct. 25: Sale to benefit Friends of the Woodside Library]]> Books, books and more books will be available at the Friends of the Woodside Library booksale on Oct. 25.]]> <![CDATA[Woodland students help schools in West Africa]]> McKenna Brown, 14, an eighth-grader at Woodland School in Ladera, recently organized two drives to collect classroom materials for schools in Equatorial Guinea in West Africa. ]]> <![CDATA[Almanac editorial: No on Measure M]]> When they vote on Measure M this fall, Menlo Park residents will be participating in what may be the most consequential ballot-box decision ever made regarding the future character of their community. One of the most complicated as well.]]> <![CDATA[Sweep nets 207 traffic citations, 93 in Menlo Park]]> Twenty-two officers made more than 240 traffic stops locally on Wednesday and issued 207 citations, as part of a "saturation" traffic enforcement event. ]]> <![CDATA[First water from new Bay Tunnel reaches Crystal Springs]]> The first water to come through the newly completed Bay Tunnel reached the Crystal Springs Reservoir on Wednesday (Oct. 15) and was greeted with fanfare in a ceremony at the Pulgas Water Temple.]]> <![CDATA[Keith leads Menlo Park council fundraising]]> Incumbent Kirsten Keith raised $13,943 according to the campaign finance report that covers the period from July 1 through Sept. 30, outpacing the other five candidates running for three open seats on the Menlo Park City Council. The reports were filed by Monday, Oct. 6, with the city clerk's office.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park: More than 200 at hearing on Mandarin school]]> More than 200 people filled the Multi-Use Room at Encinal School on Tuesday (Oct. 14) for a public hearing on the proposed Menlo Mandarin Immersion Charter School.]]> <![CDATA[Caltrain reports pedestrian fatality in Palo Alto]]> Caltrain confirmed on Wednesday evening at 6 p.m. that a pedestrian fatality had occurred near Charleston Avenue on the Caltrain right of way.]]> <![CDATA[Recent home sales - Oct. 15]]> Home sales are provided by California REsource, a real estate information company that obtains the information from the County Recorder's Office. ]]> <![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[Zuckerberg, Chan join fight against Ebola]]> Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and wife Dr. Priscilla Chan announced Tuesday that they have committed $25 million to help address the Ebola epidemic.]]> <![CDATA[Voter's Guide: Measure M in Menlo Park]]> It's not over until it's over, and in Menlo Park, that may be never. The downtown/El Camino Real specific plan, which determines what may be built during the next three decades in the heart of the city, was approved in 2012 after five years of public input. But the finish line isn't in sight.]]> <![CDATA[Woodside teen who died in I-280 incident is identified]]> The California Highway Patrol has reported the death at about 12:45 p.m. Tuesday (Oct. 14) of a 17-year-old Woodside girl who, witnesses said, jumped from the Sand Hill Road overpass at Interstate 280 and was struck by a vehicle driving north on the freeway.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park: PG&E responds to 1-inch gasline rupture]]> A plumbing contractor damaged a one-inch natural gasline at a single-story home in Menlo Park this morning, a PG&E spokesman said.]]> <![CDATA[Construction firms heavy donors to bond measure for community colleges]]> It's a season of giving for construction interests from around the Bay Area. Contributions from architectural firms, builders and organized labor made up much of the $167,600 total to a campaign committee backing Measure H.]]> <![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. ]]>