If it is local and useful, it is on en-us <![CDATA[A cafe in new Atherton civic center?]]> Atherton, which now has no commercial zoning, may soon change that so locals can buy a cup of coffee when the town gets its new civic center.]]> <![CDATA[Portola Valley native Michael Dunne dies]]> Michael Dunne, a native of Portola Valley, liked to sail, to sing and to play sports. His focus in college was landscape architecture, and he was in his third year working at The Grove restaurant in San Francisco when he died on May 8. He was 31.]]> <![CDATA[2015 boys high school all-league lacrosse teams]]> ALL-PAL BAY DIVISION
Coach of the Year: Chris Rotelli (Sacred Heart Prep)
First Team (Attack)
Frank Bell (Sacred Heart Prep) Jr.; Peter Gish (Menlo School) Jr.; Holden Kardos (Menlo-Atherton) Sr.; Cole Shaffer (Menlo-Atherton) Sr.; Thomas Lopez (Woodside) Sr. See complete list here.]]>
<![CDATA[Tonight: Affordable housing panel in Menlo Park]]> Tonight (May 28), a panel of housing experts will talk about a range of related issues, including affordability, regional planning and how to prevent people from being forced out of their neighborhoods. ]]> <![CDATA[June 1 is deadline for Las Lomitas parcel tax senior exemption application]]> Residents of the Las Lomitas School District who are 65 or older by July 1, 2015 can receive an exemption from the $311 district parcel tax if they apply by June 1.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park police sergeants have new contract]]> The Menlo Park City Council gave its blessing on May 19 to a collective bargaining agreement between the city and the union representing its police sergeants, finalizing a deal that includes additional reimbursements for out-of-pocket expenses related to health care premiums, along with dental insurance. The agreement includes no pay raise.]]> <![CDATA[Thursday and Saturday: Middle Avenue plaza design workshop]]> Stanford University will host community workshops on May 28 and May 30 to talk about design options for a public plaza off Middle Avenue in Menlo Park.]]> <![CDATA[Pet of the Week is a standout]]> Carmelo, a 5-year-old of an unusual mix of breeds, needs a home.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park: Water rate hikes proposed]]> Customers of the Menlo Park Municipal Water District should keep an eye on the mailbox for a notice explaining the utility's proposed increases to water rates.]]> <![CDATA[Musician, college president and Woodside resident Bob Stiff]]> Woodside resident Dwight Robert "Bob" Stiff, a self-taught professional musician, twice president of Canada College, and the husband of former Woodside mayor Joan Stiff, died peacefully at home on March 15. He was 88.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo College's Larson repeats as academic All-American]]> Oaks notes
Menlo College senior Nicole Larson became one of four softball players in the nation to repeat on the Capital One Academic All-America College Division Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America. Read the story here.
<![CDATA[SHP reaches its first CCS baseball title game since 1989]]> The last time Sacred Heart Prep played in a Central Coast Section baseball championship game, none of the current players had been born. And, SHP head coach Anthony Granato probably hadn't started playing baseball yet. Read the story here.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park: City manager awaits contract renewal]]> City Manager Alex McIntyre's employment contract is scheduled for a renewal vote on June 2, prompting residents to offer the council their opinions on his performance.]]> <![CDATA[How should Menlo Park define public benefit?]]> In the city's ongoing effort to wrangle the meaning of "public benefit" into measurable, comparable terms, the Menlo Park Planning Commission and the planning staff, as well as two developers with projects coming to the table, took a few hours recently to consider what the right questions to ask would be.]]> <![CDATA[Spreading the Menlo Spark]]> The nine founding members of Menlo Spark -- a small group with a big goal -- are setting out on a mission to guide Menlo Park to "climate neutrality." By when? By 2025.]]> <![CDATA[Junior league helps girls in tech with $100,000 grant]]> A $100,000 grant is on the way to The Tech Museum of Innovation, courtesy of the Junior League of Palo Alto-Mid Peninsula, to help promote opportunities for girls in science, technology, engineering and math education.]]> <![CDATA[Three M-A students awarded National Merit scholarships]]> Three Menlo-Atherton High School students -- Christopher W. Jarrett, Ryan J. Cole and Alexander Anand Iyer -- now share a distinction enjoyed by economists Paul Krugman and Ben Bernanke, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice.]]> <![CDATA[Worth a Look: The Corner Laughers, Italian master drawings and more]]> This week, catch Midpeninsula indie band The Corner Laughers on KZSU, check out drawings by Italian master artists at the Cantor Arts Center and more.]]> <![CDATA[District holds groundbreaking for new Upper Laurel School]]> On Thursday, May 21, the Menlo Park City School District held a ceremonial groundbreaking for its new third- to sixth-grade Upper Laurel School.]]> <![CDATA[Atherton supports water restrictions, but leaves enforcement to Cal Water]]> The Atherton City Council on May 20 approved a resolution "endorsing and supporting" the California Water Service Company's (Cal Water) drought regulations, but leaving the enforcement of the water rules up to Cal Water.]]> <![CDATA[Windmill School buys former nursery site]]> After more than 55 years of renting in Portola Valley, Windmill School, a nonprofit preschool, has become a property owner. The school has completed its purchase of 900 Portola Road, the 1.68-acre former site of Al's Nursery.]]> <![CDATA[Crowd questions Cal Water on drought restrictions]]> A crowd of nearly 250 people showed up at a Tuesday night meeting to ask officials from Cal Water about the new drought restrictions that will be imposed on all Bear Gulch District customers beginning June 1.]]> <![CDATA[Surf Air continues plans to expand local flights]]> Local residents and officials who had been trying to meet with Surf Air CEO Jeff Potter since the company announced a major expansion in its flights in and out of the San Carlos Airport finally got that meeting last week, but the news was not good.]]> <![CDATA[Murder conviction in DUI case that killed Menlo Park couple]]> A woman who was driving drunk when her car struck and killed a Menlo Park couple in 2013 was convicted of murder on Wednesday, according to San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.]]> <![CDATA[Return to 'Silicon Valley']]> A graduate of JLS, Gunn and Stanford, actor Joshua Chang was thrilled to land a role on season 2 of the Golden Globe-nominated HBO comedy, "Silicon Valley."]]> <![CDATA[No amore in the kitchen]]> Delicious sandwiches seem to be Café Vitale's métier, but other dishes fall short of the mark.]]> <![CDATA[The Beat goes on]]> For more than 50 years, Southern California artist George Herms has been making collage, assemblage and sculpture from discarded, everyday objects. An exhibition of Herms' recent work will be on display at Palo Alto's Smith Andersen Editions May 16-June 20.]]> <![CDATA[Recent home sales - May 13]]> Home sales are provided by California REsource, a real estate information company that obtains the information from the County Recorder's Office. ]]> <![CDATA[Marketing at the high end]]> Everyone knows the local real estate market is hot, with many homes continuing to sell almost as soon as they are listed, often with multiple offers and for well over the listing prices.]]> <![CDATA[Thinking of moving?]]> Roger and Margaret Smith had always thought of themselves as in the "we're going to die in the house" scenario.]]> <![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[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[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[Scoreboard]]> ● Click here for the latest high school, college and other local sports scores. ]]>