If it is local and useful, it is on en-us Copyright 2016 Almanac Online <![CDATA[Committee outlines potential plane-noise recommendations]]> A multi-city and county committee tasked with finding ways to reduce overhead noise from airplanes going to and from San Francisco International Airport has released preliminary proposed recommendations.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park: Contract awarded for new fire station]]> Plans to rebuild Menlo Park's downtown fire station at 700 Oak Grove Ave. just cleared another hurdle. ]]> <![CDATA[Monday and Tuesday: Public input sought on school budget decisions]]> Two more meetings designed to get the public's input on whether the Menlo Park City School District should put a parcel tax measure on the ballot next spring are scheduled for Monday morning and Tuesday evening, Oct. 24 and 25.]]> <![CDATA[Sparks flying between Atherton and Menlo Park fire district]]> The relationship between the Menlo Park Fire Protection District and the town of Atherton has become strained since the town said it wants to figure out how much of the district's property tax money is generated in Atherton and how much the district spends to provide the town with services. ]]> <![CDATA[Erik Burmeister named superintendent of Menlo Park City School District]]> It's official: Erik Burmeister will become the new superintendent of the Menlo Park City School District on July 1, when current superintendent Maurice Ghysels steps down.]]> <![CDATA[Portola Valley: Town opens door to affordable housing plan]]> The Portola Valley Town Council is gearing up for a community discussion on steps to increase the supply of homes affordable to people of average means.]]> <![CDATA[Editorial: County's Measure K is too vague; vote 'no']]> Over the last several years, an increasing number of San Mateo County residents have come to see the light regarding the pressing need for more affordable housing.]]> <![CDATA[Election 2016: Menlo Park candidates give views on traffic, business, rail issues]]> A painstakingly slow process to get things done. A gap in communication between people in different parts of the city. Old infrastructure and urban planning methods that discourage cities from thinking regionally. Those are among the biggest problems facing Menlo Park, according to, respectively, Catherine Carlton, Cecilia Taylor and Ray Mueller, the three City Council candidates. ]]> <![CDATA[Police calls: Atherton, Woodside, Menlo Park]]> Crime reports for Atherton, Woodside, West Menlo Park and Menlo Park.]]> <![CDATA[New law: School districts can't invest bond funds]]> A new state law prohibiting school districts from investing their own construction bond money while waiting to spend it was inspired by the local community college district's attempts to do just that, the state legislative analyst says.]]> <![CDATA[Hundreds beseech East Palo Alto council to end evictions]]> Facing a packed council chamber that overflowed with hundreds of residents on Tuesday night, the East Palo Alto City Council addressed how the city could best stem a flood of recent evictions from red-tagged and illegal dwellings while responsibly keeping its residents safe and enforcing the city's laws.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park school district paints bleak picture without new parcel tax]]> Since two parcel taxes failed to pass in a May election, the Menlo Park City School District has been pondering how to balance its budget. On Tuesday night, district officials laid out cuts that would be needed to erase a predicted $5.3 million deficit without a new parcel tax.]]> <![CDATA[Developer David Bohannon arrested a second time]]> Menlo Park developer David D. Bohannon II was arrested Oct. 17 on suspicion of attempting to contact the alleged victim of a previous domestic dispute by text and email, while a no-contact emergency protective order was in effect, according to Menlo Park police. ]]> <![CDATA[Canada College wins $4.3 million grant to assist in STEM education]]> The U. S. Department of Education awarded a grant of $4.3 million to Canada Community College in Woodside on Oct. 18 to support Hispanic students pursuing careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.]]> <![CDATA[Monday deadline to register to vote]]> Monday, Oct. 24, is the last day to register to vote in the Nov. 8 election. ]]> <![CDATA[Portola Valley council sets 'town safety' meeting after home-invasion robberies]]> In reaction to two home-invasion robberies in Portola Valley, the Town Council is hosting a "town safety" meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, in the Community Hall at 765 Portola Road.]]> <![CDATA[Missing hikers, including one from Menlo Park, are located]]> Three Bay Area hikers, including one from Menlo Park, who were reported missing in a remote region along the Sierra Nevada, were located this morning (Oct. 18) following an extensive search, sheriff's officials said.]]> <![CDATA[Portola Valley: Deputies investigate another home burglary]]> Sheriff's deputies were on the scene investigating today (Tuesday, Oct. 18) after receiving a call about another residential burglary in the Alpine Hills neighborhood of Portola Valley. ]]> <![CDATA[Portola Valley: Home-invasion robberies prompt petition for license-plate-reading cameras]]> In the wake of a second home-invasion robbery of an occupied Portola Valley home in six months, a petition to install fixed automated license-plate-reading cameras at key locations is making the rounds.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park: New Laurel School Upper Campus opens on time]]> Menlo Park has a brand new school. On Monday, 300 students moved into their new Laurel School Upper Campus. While they were still sharing their new space with a few construction workers, all appeared to go smoothly.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park aerospace engineer named county's poet laureate]]> Aerospace engineer, private pilot and Menlo Park resident Lisa Rosenberg has been named the new poet laureate of San Mateo County. Her term begins Jan. 1, 2017.]]> <![CDATA[Former Woodside mayor Susan Crocker dies at 75]]> Susan Crocker, who served on the Woodside Town Council from 1991 to 1995, and was mayor in 1993, died at her home in Woodside on Wednesday, Oct. 12. She was 75.]]> <![CDATA[Why Woodside resident has devoted decades to restoring World War II command vehicle]]> Woodside resident Reno Taini has created a kind of time machine, a vehicle of war equipped with bare essentials considered fitting for a general leading an army from 70 years ago.]]> <![CDATA[Woodside: Term limits for Town Council?]]> Of the 20 incorporated towns and cities in San Mateo County, five – Redwood City, Foster City, San Mateo, Millbrae and Pacifica – have term limits for their council members. Will Woodside join this group?
<![CDATA[Election could alter future of Sequoia Healthcare District]]> Running for seats on the board of the Sequoia Healthcare District are incumbents Kathleen Kane and Kim Griffin, and challengers Harland Harrison and Lois Garcia -- both running as a slate under the management of a third board member, Libertarian Jack Hickey. ]]> <![CDATA[Editorial endorsement: Mueller, Taylor for Menlo Park City Council]]> Menlo Park voters may have a tough time deciding on which two of the three candidates running for seats on the City Council to cast their ballots for this November, considering the impressive ballot roster. ]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park district school board candidates file campaign finance reports]]> Candidates for two seats on the board of the Menlo Park City School District have filed their campaign finance reports.]]> <![CDATA[Meet the contenders: Three compete for two Menlo Park council seats]]> Three candidates are running for two open seats on the Menlo Park City Council in the Nov. 8 election: incumbents Ray Mueller and Catherine Carlton, and challenger Cecilia Taylor. ]]> <![CDATA[Three candidates vie for two seats on Ravenswood school board]]> Two incumbents and one challenger, all with backgrounds in education, are competing for two open seats on the Ravenswood City School District Board of Trustees in this November's election.]]> <![CDATA[Voters asked to extend county's 1/2-cent sales tax by 20 years]]> It's costly for people with average incomes to live in San Mateo County. The median price for a single-family home is $1.25 million, out of reach for a three-person household earning the median income of $108,000.]]> <![CDATA[Editorial endorsement: Ackerman and Lucas for Menlo Park City School District board]]> The Almanac endorses David Ackerman and Caroline Lucas for the two open spots on the Menlo Park City School District board. We believe they can offer valuable new perspectives to the district's decision-making team.]]> <![CDATA[Voter guide: Four run for two school board seats in Menlo Park district]]> Voters have the opportunity in November to choose two new members of the Menlo Park City School District's five-member governing board, which faces difficult decisions about the district's future. ]]>