AlmanacNews.com http://www.almanacnews.com If it is local and useful, it is on AlmanacNews.com. en-us <![CDATA[About 20 residents still displaced following fire]]> About 20 people are still displaced following a Sunday night structure fire that gutted several apartment units in Redwood City, according to the American Red Cross.]]> <![CDATA[Living with nature]]> Purple needlegrass is something special in the semi-arid world of the California native plant community. It grows in clumps, and fields of it, each clump a shower of fine blades out-flung from the center, present to the observer an ethereal loveliness.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park council votes for yield signs on Wallea Drive]]> Despite the strong recommendations of transportation staff and the majority of the Transportation Commission to install stop signs, the Menlo Park City Council voted 3-2 to install yield signs on Wallea Drive instead.
]]>
<![CDATA[Woodside residents can get town cash to build 'defensible spaces']]> If a wildfire gets going in Woodside, there may be residents who, like the grasshopper in Aesop's fable, learn the hard way, in this case about the importance of preparing fire-resistant areas around homes and other buildings.]]> <![CDATA[New gas lines ahead for Portola Valley Ranch]]> A project to replace 1,600 feet of low-pressure PVC gas main and 11 residential service lines will get underway in late October in a Portola Valley subdivision.]]> <![CDATA[3-D "virtual reality" coming to Woodside classrooms]]> Middle school science students at Woodside Elementary School will soon have the ability to look inside an erupting volcano or dissect a human heart, via 3-D virtual reality software.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park tightens water belt]]> New water restrictions will take effect on Thursday, Aug. 28, for all customers of the Menlo Park Municipal Water District.]]> <![CDATA[Police calls: Man in truck plunges over embankment on Woodside Road]]> Crime and accident reports from Woodside, Portola Valley, West Menlo Park and Menlo Park.]]> <![CDATA[Thursday: Open space district study session on spending bond money]]> How will the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District spend money from a $300 million bond measure approved by voters in June?
]]>
<![CDATA[Mandarin school backers seek district sponsorship]]> Backers of the proposed Menlo Mandarin Immersion Charter School say they will officially ask the Menlo Park City School District to sponsor their school at the board's Sept. 9 meeting.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park honors history association]]> Mayor Ray Mueller and the City Council presented the Menlo Park Historical Association on Aug. 19 with a proclamation recognizing its accomplishments. ]]> <![CDATA[Woodside: 75 drivers cited for speeding in one day]]> Seventy-five speeding tickets, 15 tickets for "distracted driving" and eight for seat belt violations were issued to drivers at various locations in Woodside on Aug. 20, according to the San Mateo County Police Chiefs and Sheriff Association.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park: City newsletter criticized for bias against Measure M]]> Menlo Focus, the city's quarterly newsletter, generally garners only as much attention as it takes to decide whether to read it first before recycling it. But that changed when the latest issue came out with an article on Measure M, the initiative on the November ballot that would change Menlo Park's specific plan.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park: Roger Reynolds site may sprout townhomes]]> When the Roger Reynolds Nursery & Carriage Stop abruptly closed in 2013 after 97 years in business, patrons lamented its loss and wondered what would become of the site. It looks like the answer is housing.]]> <![CDATA[East Palo Alto woman gets 15 years to life for high-speed-chase murder]]> An East Palo Alto woman has received 15 years to life in prison after a 2011 high-speed chase that led to the death of her friend, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office.
]]>
<![CDATA[More than 500 riders turn out for Tour de Menlo]]> More than 500 bicycle riders from all over the Bay Area participated the 10th annual Tour de Menlo bike ride on Saturday, Aug. 23, organizers said.]]> <![CDATA[Reports: Multiple mountain lion sightings in Portola Valley]]> The San Mateo County Sheriff's Office said it has received reports of multiple mountain lion sightings in Portola Valley, including a report of seeing three mountain lions in the vicinity of Westridge Drive and Cervantes Road in Portola Valley at around 11:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21. ]]> <![CDATA[Drought: Cal Water lists restrictions on water use]]> The California Water Service Company has a list of restrictions on water use during the drought, but doesn't have a final plan for how those restrictions will be enforced.]]> <![CDATA[Neighbors protest water waste at Corte Madera School]]> Portola Valley residents who live near Corte Madera School have become increasingly upset this summer as water continues to run down nearby streets from the school grounds, but school officials say they are doing their best to solve the problem.]]> <![CDATA[County clerk sentenced for workers' comp fraud]]> A hidden video was the undoing of a San Mateo County medical-records file clerk who had been drawing workers' compensation benefits after convincing doctors she had suffered a work-related back injury.]]>