If it is local and useful, it is on en-us <![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 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[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.]]>