If it is local and useful, it is on en-us Copyright 2017 Almanac Online <![CDATA[Woodside Elementary principal explains her mid-year departure]]> A day after Woodside Elementary School District Superintendent Beth Polito announced Principal Pam Duarte's retirement, Ms. Duarte emailed a letter explaining why she is leaving.]]> <![CDATA[Hartwig to head Portola Valley schools for two more years]]> Eric Hartwig, hired as interim superintendent of the Portola Valley School District when Superintendent Lisa Gonzales abruptly left the district in October 2015, has agreed to stay at the district through June 2019.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park: Police nab 13-year-old boy driving stolen car]]> Menlo Park Police are investigating whether a 13-year-old driver and his three passengers, whom officers detained on Saturday, Jan. 14, for driving a car reported stolen, are connected to a string of recent burglaries in and around Menlo Park.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park meeting Wednesday on flood-control project]]> The agency charged with improving flood protection around San Francisquito Creek is preparing for its next ambitious project and the public is invited to weigh in.
<![CDATA[Menlo Park: E. Gary Smith sentencing postponed again]]> The sentencing and restitution hearing for Edwin Gary Smith has been postponed once more, at the request of Mr. Smith's defense attorney, according to San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe. ]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park: Cops, residents meet to battle burglaries]]> Every chair and seat in a back bleacher section was occupied in the auditorium of Laurel School Upper Campus during the Jan. 11 meeting to talk about a rash of burglaries that occurred in the Willows neighborhood of Menlo Park between September and December. ]]> <![CDATA[Woodside elementary principal leaving district next month]]> Pam Duarte, hired in 2014 as a principal at Woodside Elementary School, will be leaving the district in mid-February, Superintendent Beth Polito announced on Jan. 12.]]> <![CDATA[Martin Luther King Day commemorates 50th anniversary of call to action]]> The Martin Luther King Jr. Research and Education Institute at Stanford University is one of numerous organizations holding celebrations and commemorations this weekend of the life of the Civil Rights leader. ]]> <![CDATA[Update: Highway 84 closed for road, power line repairs]]> State Highway 84 (La Honda Road) between Grandview Drive to Skywood Way is closed and will be for two days, followed by one-lane access for "an extended time" due to downed power lines and a 100-foot section of roadway that is slipping, according to Denise Enea, fire marshal for the Woodside Fire Protection District.]]> <![CDATA[Atherton: Where do your property-tax payments go?]]> Atherton is trying to help its residents better understand where their property tax payments go by adding a feature to the town's website that allows residents to look up exactly how much of their taxes go to which local agencies. ]]> <![CDATA[Federal circuit court rejects petition challenging FAA aircraft noise initiative]]> Efforts aimed at reducing aircraft noise in the skies above Portola Valley, Ladera and Woodside were dealt a setback recently by a three-judge panel, but related development may give cause for optimism.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park: Huge apartment complexes nearing finish]]> The 3600 block of Haven Avenue in eastern Menlo Park may look like a daunting mass of building frames, but it will soon become home for many.]]> <![CDATA[Pinkston named president of Menlo Park Kiwanis Club]]> The Menlo Park Kiwanis Club has a new president: John Pinkston, a former U.S. Geological Survey researcher. ]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park: Celebrity chef pulls out of Bradley's Fine Diner]]> About two years after taking over a large Menlo Park restaurant space to open Bradley's Fine Diner, renowned chef Bradley Ogden has pulled out of the concept, citing "philosophical" and business differences with the parent restaurant group's CEO. The restaurant has closed but may reopen in the spring with a new concept.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park: Housing Commission revamped to tackle displacement problem]]> "The devil's in the details" seemed to be the most-repeated refrain of the Menlo Park City Council's study session on residential displacement held Tuesday with the Housing Commission and four local housing experts. ]]> <![CDATA[Woodside council OKs larger floor areas for main residences]]> The Woodside Town Council on Tuesday, Jan. 10, by a unanimous vote with two council members absent, took the first of two steps in approving an ordinance to expand the maximum allowable floor area of a main residence. ]]> <![CDATA[Photos of flooding at Menlo Park Caltrain station parking lot]]> Menlo Park resident Andrea Gemmet took these photos of flooding Wednesday morning, Jan. 11, at the Caltrain station parking lot in Menlo Park.]]> <![CDATA[At SLAC, atoms, diamonds self-assemble into tiny wires]]> Scientists at Stanford University, the the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and other research centers have developed a method to create self-assembling insulated wires on an atomic scale.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park: Excavation underway for new El Camino hotel]]> Excavators work to dig out what will be a two-story underground parking garage beneath the half-acre site of a new hotel at 1400 El Camino Real in Menlo Park.]]> <![CDATA[Police calls: Thieves bust in front doors in four Menlo Park home burglaries]]> Crime reports from Menlo Park, Woodside, Portola Valley and West Menlo Park.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park: 3-story, mixed-use building may arise downtown]]> The single-story building running from 706 to 716 Santa Cruz Ave., which currently houses the Japanese restaurant Juban Yakiniku and Union Bank, may be demolished and replaced with a three-story, mixed-use building. ]]> <![CDATA[Woodside council to get reports on bills paid, as code requires]]> When the town of Woodside pays a bill, a check is cut in Town Hall and the transaction is recorded. So such records do exist, but they have not been seen much by the Town Council, contrary to what is specified in the municipal code.]]> <![CDATA[Hewlett Foundation gives $50 million for dam removal]]> Aiding the restoration of free flow to Western waterways by helping remove obsolete dams is the goal of a $50 million grant recently announced by the Menlo Park-based William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.]]> <![CDATA[Obituary: Jean Long, volunteer, real estate agent]]> Jean Vontobel Long, a former Atherton resident, died Dec. 14 in Carmichael. She was 88.]]>