AlmanacNews.com http://www.almanacnews.com If it is local and useful, it is on AlmanacNews.com. en-us Copyright 2017 AlmanacNews.com Almanac Online http://AlmanacNews.com/art/top_logo.png http://www.almanacnews.com/news/rss.php <![CDATA[Plan to expand Belle Haven fire station is back to drawing board]]> Residents of the Belle Haven neighborhood filled the Menlo Park Fire Protection District's meeting room Tuesday night, protesting a plan they said would disrupt their community and displace a beloved family.]]> <![CDATA[How a Menlo Park man, out on a walk, wound up handcuffed in Atherton]]> Menlo Park's Dick Winant said he was out to get a better view of the night sky on the Sharon Hills golf course. Soon, though, he was lost, and then in handcuffs, being interrogated by four Atherton police officers. ]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park: Man charged with attempting to kill police officer at hotel]]> A man working for a vendor performing maintenance at the Stanford Park Hotel has been charged with the attempted murder and assault of a police officer after he rushed at a group of officers with a large kitchen knife outside the hotel at around 2:50 a.m. on Monday, March 20.
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<![CDATA[Fallen tree on Oak Grove Avenue causes temporary road closure]]> A large tree has fallen at Oak Grove Avenue and Marcussen Drive in Menlo Park, causing downed power lines and temporary closure of the road.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park donors sponsor high school kids to see 'Hamilton']]> Today, 2,200 Bay Area high school students and teachers will gain free bragging rights to an exclusive experience many locals seem willing to pay a small fortune or, say, sacrifice a firstborn child, to attain: seats to the San Francisco production of the "Hamilton" musical. ]]> <![CDATA[Woodside: Man with car in ditch pleads no contest to felony DUI]]> Redwood City resident Duncan Crawford Burr entered a no-contest plea to one count of felony drunken driving last week in connection with a July 2016 incident near Godetia Drive and Jefferson Avenue in Woodside.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park library should double in size, consultants say]]> Menlo Park's main library in the Civic Center should more than double in size to add rooms for studying, tutoring, meetings and perhaps a "maker space," according to the architectural consulting firm Noll & Tam.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park: Volunteers sought to fill 10 commission seats]]> The city of Menlo Park is looking for volunteers to fill various commission openings.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park: City manager gets second bonus in six months]]> A $4,400 cash bonus for Menlo Park City Manager Alex McIntyre was approved by the City Council last week following a closed session to review his performance over the past six months. ]]> <![CDATA[Portola Valley: Town may install license-plate-reading cameras]]> The sense of privacy that Portola Valley residents and visitors have when driving into or out of town may be in the balance Wednesday (March 22) when the Town Council meets to consider a staff recommendation to install license-plate-reading cameras to assist with criminal investigations.]]> <![CDATA[School board examines cost-reduction options]]> Although voters overwhelmingly approved a parcel tax for the Menlo Park City School District on March 7, the budget woes of the district are far from over. ]]> <![CDATA[Santa Cruz Avenue sidewalk finally under construction]]> The long-awaited Santa Cruz Avenue sidewalk construction project in Menlo Park is finally underway. Sidewalks are being built on the north side of Santa Cruz Avenue between Olive Street and Johnson Street, and on the south side between Olive Street and Arbor Road. ]]> <![CDATA[Portola Valley: Suspect in January residential burglary pleads no contest]]> One of the two Redwood City men charged in an attempted residential burglary in Portola Valley in January have entered a no-contest plea to one count of burglary in exchange for a sentence of no more than two years in state prison.]]> <![CDATA[Atherton not happy being left out of fire station study]]> Atherton's City Council has unanimously approved a strongly worded letter to the fire district, berating it for not including the town in a study of fire station locations.]]> <![CDATA[Six years in prison for E. Gary Smith of Menalto Cleaners]]> After being postponed five times, the sentencing hearing for former Menalto Cleaners owner Edwin Gary Smith was finally held on Friday, March 17. Mr. Smith, 64, was sentenced to six years in state prison. ]]> <![CDATA[Parole hearing waived for woman convicted of 1997 Menlo Park murder]]> Stephanie Rochelle Jackson, who in 1998 was convicted of murdering her boyfriend in Menlo Park, will be in prison for at least five more years, after she waived a parole hearing last week.]]> <![CDATA[Woodside: Easing regulations on building second housing units]]> The Woodside Town Council on March 14 introduced an ordinance intended to make it easier for residents to build second units, but included a provision that these dwellings cannot be rented for fewer than 30 days.]]> <![CDATA[War hero Carl Clark dies at 100]]> An expanded version of an earlier story. Funeral services are set for March 31 for Carl Clark of Menlo Park, who for 66 years was denied official recognition as a World War II hero because of the color of his skin and was finally awarded a medal in 2012. Mr. Clark died on March 16 at age 100.
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<![CDATA[Menlo Park fire district shifts elections to even-numbered years]]> As governing boards of many California public agencies have already done, the board of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District has shifted board elections to even-numbered years, when voter turnout tends to be higher. ]]> <![CDATA[Parents warned of kids' 'choking game' dangers]]> A student at Hillview Middle School in Menlo Park recently suffered a broken jaw while playing "the choking game" at lunchtime on the school's playing field.]]> <![CDATA[Feature: Menlo Park's Jeff Fisher has argued 31 times before U.S. Supreme Court]]> Before the Supreme Court's current Chief Justice John Roberts was a judge, he argued cases before the Supreme Court. According to Menlo Park resident Jeffrey L. Fisher, Justice Roberts once told a colleague that the night before every argument, he would ask himself: "Why do I do this to myself?" ]]> <![CDATA[Woodside: Retaining wall going in along La Honda Road at Friars Lane]]> Crews under contract with the state Department of Transportation are busy installing a retaining wall to shore up an eroded bank along La Honda Road near the intersection with Friars Lane.]]> <![CDATA[Portola Valley expands environmental committee]]> Sustainability is a key component of the ethos of Portola Valley government, so it might seem surprising that it's 2017 and the Town Council recently established the Sustainability & Environmental Resources Committee.]]> <![CDATA[Malaysian restaurant opens in Menlo Park]]> Black Pepper, the second restaurant from a longtime Malaysian chef-owner in Milpitas, is now open at 1029 El Camino Real in Menlo Park. ]]> <![CDATA[Hundreds turn out for tech rally against federal policies]]> Hundreds of Silicon Valley workers and supporters rallied against President Donald Trump's administration's policies on immigration, health care and other issues on Tuesday afternoon in front of Palo Alto City Hall.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park council backs suits challenging Trump's 'sanctuary city' executive order]]> The Menlo Park City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to sign on to "friend of the court" brief supporting lawsuits that challenge the constitutionality of an executive order by President Trump involving withholding federal funds from "sanctuary cities." ]]> <![CDATA[Woodside pig scramble: Opposing views]]> A group of Woodside residents is calling on the Town Council to ban the traditional pig scramble, when kids chase and capture pigs, at the July Fourth Junior Rodeo in Woodside. The Mounted Patrol captain calls the opposition an attack on "an American tradition and western culture." ]]> <![CDATA[Editorial: Pig chase is cruel, and sends wrong message to kids]]> Does an event that allows children to chase down frantically fleeing baby pigs to capture one for a ribbon constitute animal abuse? An equally important question: Do the values imparted to children who participate in such an event reflect the values we want our children to embrace as they find their way in the world?]]> <![CDATA[Man convicted of second degree murder in fatal street fight]]> A 56-year-old man described as a transient was convicted by a jury of second-degree murder Tuesday in connection with a 2014 street fight in North Fair Oaks.]]>