If it is local and useful, it is on en-us <![CDATA[Locals sue FAA over aircraft noise]]> For years, residents in Portola Valley, Ladera and along Skyline Boulevard have complained to Northern California aviation authorities about noise from commercial aircraft. Three residents from Woodside and one from Portola Valley have taken their concerns to federal court]]> <![CDATA[Woodside: Can a dangerous route to school be made safe?]]> Students at Woodside Elementary School are using new and improved crosswalks in front of the school, but still to come this fall are several improvements to safety for those walking to school. One trouble spot, however, remains.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park: Preserving memory of a felled pine tree]]> At the site where a beloved Italian stone pine tree was cut down to prevent it from toppling over in Fremont Park, people left flowers, and a memorial written on wood: "RIP / We loved you / Killed 9/20/14 / ICUMP."]]> <![CDATA[Pet of the week]]> Meet "Old Blue Eye," available for adoption at the Peninsula Humane Society's Center for Compassion in Burlingame.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park mayor calls for do-over of Stanford proposal]]> Saying that a recently released traffic analysis concluded that the Stanford Arrillaga complex proposed at 500 El Camino Real would dump more than double the amount of traffic anticipated by the specific plan onto a single residential street, Menlo Park Mayor Ray Mueller called for the university to go back to the drawing board.]]> <![CDATA[Surf Air gets some noise from local residents]]> At least 150 people showed up in Atherton on Tuesday night (Sept. 30) for a public meeting with officials from Surf Air, a small commuter airline that began flying in and out of the San Carlos Airport last June. Many said that the noise from the airline has affected their lives and, sometimes, their businesses.]]> <![CDATA[Thursday: El Camino Real workshop in Menlo Park]]> Menlo Park will host a community workshop for its ongoing study of the El Camino Real corridor at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2.]]> <![CDATA[Housing in mixed-use projects can count toward state housing requirement]]> Menlo Park -- and other California cities and towns -- will now be able to count housing within mixed-use projects toward its state-mandated affordable housing requirements, thanks to Assembly Bill 1690, which Gov. Jerry Brown signed on Tuesday, Sept. 30.]]> <![CDATA[Today: Tour Menlo Park by double-decker bus]]> As part of its general plan update, Menlo Park is offering a free tour of the city by double-decker bus at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1, with an eye toward talking about land use and traffic circulation issues. ]]> <![CDATA[Gov. Brown signs law on public access to Martins Beach]]> A movement to reopen a popular surfing beach in San Mateo County was given a boost Tuesday when Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law requiring the State Lands Commission to negotiate with Martins Beach owner Vinod Khosla to acquire a public access route.]]> <![CDATA[Thursday: Assemblyman holds office hours in Menlo Park]]> Assemblyman Rich Gordon, D-Menlo Park, is holding office hours at Café Zoe on Thursday, Oct. 2.]]> <![CDATA[Today: First of seven meetings on proposed Mandarin immersion charter school]]> With the clock ticking down the time the Menlo Park City School District has to decide whether to authorize a Mandarin immersion charter school, a series of public meetings are planned to discuss the proposal. The first takes place on Wednesday (Oct. 1) morning.]]> <![CDATA[New water rates have residents paying less per gallon despite drought]]> The latest price of having fresh water at home from the California Water Service Company went up and it went down for residents of Atherton, Portola Valley, Woodside and parts of Menlo Park -- all located within Cal Water's Bear Gulch District. The increase was in the service charge; the drop was for water usage.]]> <![CDATA[Police calls: Losses of $15,700 in tool thefts in two Atherton burglaries]]> Thieves cut the padlock on a gate to get into a construction site on Atherton Avenue and then broke into two equipment trailers and a tool storage box. ]]> <![CDATA[Tonight: Menlo Park council reviews cut-through traffic study for Stanford complex]]> Just in time for the November elections, a study of potential neighborhood cut-through traffic associated with Stanford University's proposed mixed-use complex at 500 El Camino Real was released by the city of Menlo Park on Monday, Sept. 29.]]> <![CDATA[Today: Making Atherton more walkable and bikeable]]> Setting priorities for projects laid out in a new Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan and discussion of possible new sign regulations are on the agenda for the Atherton City Council when it meets in a study session on Wednesday, Oct. 1, at 4 p.m.
<![CDATA[Report: Silicon Valley income gap continues to widen]]> Silicon Valley incomes have increased for the second straight year after a three-year downward trend, according to a Sept. 24 report released by Joint Venture Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies, a nonprofit think tank.]]> <![CDATA[Vehicle-registration fee to rise $1]]> The next time they register their vehicles, residents of San Mateo County will be paying an additional dollar in annual fees to fund operations of the county's vehicle-theft task force.]]> <![CDATA[Maasai warrior hikes Wunderlich Park]]> Maasai warrior and chief Sabore Ole Oyie is in the United States to solicit aid to drill 400 wells to provide safe drinking water for 9,000 residents of the undeveloped Ewaso Nyiro region of Kenya. He recently hiked in Wunderlich Park in Woodside, along with several local residents, looking for signs of mountain lions.]]> <![CDATA[Pair arrested for allegedly stealing mail in Menlo Park, Woodside and other cities]]> A traffic stop on Tuesday morning led to the arrest of two probationers in possession of mail stolen from several Peninsula cities, according to the Palo Alto police department.]]>