If it is local and useful, it is on en-us Copyright 2016 Almanac Online <![CDATA[Scott Delucchi departs for Monterey SPCA post]]> Scott Delucchi, a former Menlo Park resident, has left his post as vice president of community relations for the Peninsula Humane Society to become chief executive officer of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals for Monterey County.]]> <![CDATA[Firefighters extinguish second homeless camp blaze since March]]> Firefighters on Friday morning (June 24) paid another emergency visit to the site of a grass fire at an undeveloped area in Menlo Park at the intersection of Willow Road, Bayfront Expressway and University Avenue. The area, known as the Kavanaugh Tract, is used as a campground by the homeless.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park's assessed property value up 12.5 percent]]> The assessed value of property in Menlo Park grew by 12.5 percent in 2105, a faster rate than that of any other city in San Mateo County, county assessor Mark Church announced on June 23. The assessed property value rose 8.2 percent in Atherton, 6.9 percent in Woodside and 4.5 percent in Portola Valley.
<![CDATA[Menlo Park: Home burglary suspect nabbed]]> An attempt by Menlo Park police to talk to the driver of a vehicle whose occupants appeared to be scoping out homes to burglarize in the area of O'Connor Street led to a car and foot chase and the arrest of one of at least two burglary suspects on Thursday.
<![CDATA[Facebook expansion could exacerbate housing issues, report says]]> Facebook's expansion – a project that would add two office buildings and a hotel, totaling more than a million square feet – is unlikely to have a direct impact on the housing crisis in East Palo Alto and Belle Haven, but it could yield an indirect impact, a new report says. ]]> <![CDATA[FAA approves Surf Air route to take planes over Bay]]> Commuter airline Surf Air has received permission from the Federal Aviation Administration to start flying a new approach to the San Carlos Airport, sending its planes over the Bay from Moffett Field past the Dumbarton Bridge whenever conditions allow, starting on Tuesday, July 5.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park council raises staff salaries at cost of $430K]]> The Menlo Park City Council passed a $113 million budget Tuesday and agreed to a higher pay for city employees that will cost about $430,000 the first year. ]]> <![CDATA[DA proposes mandatory prison sentence for sexual-assault crimes]]> In the wake of widespread outrage over the three months former Stanford University student-athlete Brock Turner will spend in jail after sexually assaulting an unconscious and intoxicated woman on campus last year, Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen announced Wednesday proposed legislation that would eliminate the possibility of probation and make years in prison mandatory for anyone convicted of the same crime.]]> <![CDATA[Sacred Heart Schools hosts 118th commencement]]> Sacred Heart Preparatory graduated 144 students recently at the 118th commencement ceremony at Sacred Heart Schools in Atherton.
<![CDATA[Woodside: Ex-councilman sees himself as watchdog of architectural board]]> Woodside resident Dave Burow left the Town Council in December but he stays active in town affairs, showing up occasionally at council meetings and regularly at meetings of the Architectural and Site Review Board.]]> <![CDATA[San Mateo County launches app for dads]]> San Mateo County has launched an app called "SMC Dads" designed to give dads information about local parenting resources.]]> <![CDATA[County holds vigil for Orlando shooting victims]]> "Ellos solo querian bailar," said Jorge Bautista, a minister at the Congregational Church of San Mateo, speaking at a June 17 vigil held at the county center in Redwood City to mourn the 49 people who died in a shooting at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando. Translated, Mr. Bautista's statement says, "They only wanted to dance."]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park: Residents skeptical Facebook expansion will have 'less than significant' housing impact]]> Residents question a draft environmental impact report that says adding about 6,550 employees and no housing will have a "less than significant" impact on the city's population and housing situation. ]]> <![CDATA[How locals voted in presidential primary]]> In the 62 precincts in the Almanac area, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton won 72 percent of the Democratic vote in the June 7 presidential primary, according to data provided by the San Mateo County Elections Office. ]]> <![CDATA[Police calls in Menlo Park, Woodside, West Menlo Park]]> A Menlo Park woman sent $10,000 in cash via Fed Ex to someone claiming to be her granddaughter and saying she needed the money to get out of jail. A conversation with her actual granddaughter a couple of weeks later proved the incident was a scam. ]]> <![CDATA[Atherton, Caltrain squabble over train horns]]> Atherton's quiet zone, where trains aren't to blow their horns near the Fair Oaks Lane crossing except in an emergency, went into effect on June 13. But Caltrain says a loophole allows sounding the horns through the adjacent station.]]> <![CDATA[Lawyer explains when school district can exclude public]]> After promising to involve the public in future planning, the Menlo Park City School District invited a lawyer to a board meeting June 13 to explain why the public can legally be excluded from some of those discussions.]]> <![CDATA[Jenna Carson: a force in helping at-risk students succeed]]> It's uncommon to encounter an advocate for narrowing one's choices, but fewer options can sometimes be what's called for, according to Menlo-Atherton High School's Jenna Carson.]]> <![CDATA[Police arrest pair in connection with Atherton, Menlo Park mail theft]]> Palo Alto police arrested a man and a woman Tuesday, June 7, for allegedly stealing mail from several residential mailboxes in Atherton and Menlo Park. ]]> <![CDATA[2016 All-West Bay Athletic League Boys Swimming Teams]]> 2016 ALL-WEST BAY ATHLETIC LEAGUE BOYS SWIMMING TEAMS
Most Outstanding Swimmer: Brian Copley (The King's Academy)
First team
CJ Box (Sacred Heart Prep); Duncan Croll (Priority); Jackson Enright (Sacred Heart Prep);
Jason Li (Menlo); Scott Little (Menlo); Nick Oliver (Sacred Heart Prep); John Reinstra (Menlo); Luke Rohlen (Sacred Heart Prep).]]>
<![CDATA[2016 All-West Bay Athletic League Girls Swimming Teams]]> 2016 ALL-WEST BAY ATHLETIC LEAGUE GIRLS SWIMMING TEAMS
Most Outstanding Swimmer: Vivian Wang (Harker)
First team
Kathryn Bower (Sacred Heart Prep); Jocelyn Chan (Menlo); Corinne Charlton (Sacred Heart Prep); Kayla Holman (Sacred Heart Prep); Gaby Ma (Sacred Heart Prep); Kenzie MacDonald (Castilleja); Matte Snow (Sacred Heart Prep); Natalie Tuck (Castilleja).]]>
<![CDATA[Menlo Park: Teacher arrested after physical altercations with students]]> George Karr, 42, a physical education teacher at Willow Oaks School in Menlo Park, was arrested June 10 after a physical altercation with two children, ages 10 and 11, during a baseball game, Menlo Park police reported. ]]> <![CDATA[2016 All-Peninsula Athletic League Boys Volleyball Teams]]> 2016 ALL-PENINSULA ATHLETIC LEAGUE BOYS VOLLEYBALL TEAMS
Player of the Year: Edward Falefa (Menlo-Atherton)
First team
Schuyler Knapp (Menlo-Atherton); Cortney Weintz (Menlo-Atherton)]]>
<![CDATA[PG&E to covert 229 Atherton street lights to LEDs]]> Pacific Gas & Electric will spend two or three weeks converting 229 utility-owned street lights in Atherton to LEDs this summer, allowing the town to save on its utility bills.]]> <![CDATA[Beekeeping presentation keeps Woodside's Town Hall buzzing]]> Woodside's historic Town Hall was buzzing on Sunday, June 12, as the town's Open Space Committee sponsored a presentation on beekeeping.]]> <![CDATA[Foundation raises $900,000 for Woodside High School]]> Woodside High School will be participating in the Silicon Valley Urban Debate League in the 2016-17 school year, one of many new opportunities made possible by donors to the Woodside High School Foundation.]]> <![CDATA[Scholarship fund honors longtime college adviser Alice Kleeman]]> In a first for Menlo-Atherton High School's Senior Awards Night, held this year on May 31, scholarships were handed out in the name of Alice Kleeman, a college adviser for M-A students for 20 years before retiring in June 2015.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park Legends lose at Santa Barbara 5-2]]> After an 8-0 start to the season in non-league play, the Menlo Park Legends are finding California Collegiate League play to be more of a test.]]> <![CDATA[U.S. Olympic women's water polo team has a local flavor]]> Team USA roundup: Four Stanford women's water polo players and a Menlo Park resident will represent the United States at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil it was announced Thursday.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park: Free summer concerts at Fremont, Kelly parks]]> Menlo Park is holding free outdoor summer concerts at Fremont Park and Kelly Park. ]]> <![CDATA[Shining light on dark issues]]> What if we stopped wondering whether the proverbial glass was half-full or half-empty and recognized it instead as simply a beautiful glass? This philosophical reframing lies at the heart of A Theatre Near U's latest original production.]]> <![CDATA[Photography exhibit: Syria before the war]]> Frances Freyberg's photographs of historic monuments and daily life in Syria, taken during her travels in 2008, give a glimpse into the rich cultural heritage of the country before much of it was destroyed or damaged by war. Her images are on display for the month of June at Portola Art Gallery, 75 Arbor Road (Allied Arts Guild), Menlo Park. Other weekend highlights include "Oklahoma" in Redwood City and dance at Foothill College.]]>