If it is local and useful, it is on en-us <![CDATA[Filoli statement: More than 1,000 volunteers sign new agreement]]> More than 1,000 Filoli volunteers have signed a new volunteer agreement, Executive Director Cynthia D'Agosta announced in a prepared statement Monday afternoon. ]]> <![CDATA[Rescuing 41 starving horses]]> Woodside resident and equestrian Gladys Martines, a longtime friend of horses, is seeking donations locally to help defray the costs of the recent rescue of 41 starving horses from a Northern California pasture.]]> <![CDATA[Woodside High names student of the week]]> Woodside High junior Suzie Ortiz has been named student of the week for her achievement in her Spanish III class. She loves the class, and being able to speak in Spanish at school and work, and with her grandfather, who is Puerto Rican.]]> <![CDATA[Hillview principal named interim superintendent]]> Erik Burmeister, principal of Hillview Middle School in Menlo Park, has been appointed temporary superintendent of the Menlo Park City School District during the "short term medical leave" of Superintendent Maurice Ghysels, the school board president, Maria Hilton, announced Monday.]]> <![CDATA[Residents upset with Caltrans' plans to spray herbicides on roadsides March 3, 10]]> Local residents say they are unhappy to hear Caltrans plans to spray herbicides along county roadways in March, despite a county ban on such spraying. They also say Caltrans earlier sprayed along Skyline Boulevard without informing residents.]]> <![CDATA[Young entrepreneurs from India to train in Menlo Park]]> Menlo Park will launch an economic exchange program this spring, with 100 young entrepreneurs and students from India coming to the city during the next year to train at BootUp Ventures, according to Mayor Catherine Carlton.]]> <![CDATA[Recent home sales: Atherton, Menlo Park, Woodside]]> Home sales are provided by California REsource, a real estate information company that obtains the information from the County Recorder's Office. ]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park workshop examines options for El Camino Real]]> Should El Camino Real be a two-lane or three-lane route through Menlo Park? Should bike lanes be added to the roadway? These were among the questions facing local residents at a community workshop on the future of El Camino Real. ]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park: Lab leases business park space]]> Personalis Inc., a genomics-based clinical diagnostic laboratory, has signed a 66-month lease for approximately 31,000 square feet at Menlo Business Park, located off O'Brien Drive near University Avenue.]]> <![CDATA[Yellow fever mosquitoes found in Menlo Park]]> Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, which can transmit several diseases, including yellow fever, were found in Menlo Park on Jan. 27, according to the San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control District.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park: Ex-councilman fined by state]]> Former Menlo Park councilman Andy Cohen has been fined $1,000 for failing to maintain campaign finance records for his unsuccessful bid for a seat on the county Board of Supervisors in 2012.]]> <![CDATA[Police calls in Menlo Park: Burglaries, thefts and a stolen GTO]]> Crime reports from Menlo Park: A resident of Creek Drive came home to a burglary in progress. The suspected burglar fled. ]]> <![CDATA[Feature story: Saving Arthur the owl -- twice]]> Lee Ann Gilbert is very, very certain that she, with a lot of help from the Peninsula Humane Society's Wildlife Care Center has saved the life of Arthur, a Western screech owl. Saved it, in fact, twice.]]> <![CDATA[JobTrain adds coding classes]]> Starting in April, a new class will teach JobTrain clients the basics of computer programming. Students will earn college credit through Canada College for participating, JobTrain has announced.]]> <![CDATA[Woodside woman spots mountain lion on her porch]]> A Woodside resident said a mountain lion lingered for about 15 minutes on her porch this morning. When deputies arrived, it left.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park will consider financial aid for downtown hotel project]]> A proposed 63-room, four-story luxury hotel with rooms at $350 a night downtown could deliver Menlo Park up to $8.5 million in transient occupancy tax revenue over 10 years. But the developer is also suggesting that $1 million of that go to investors instead – an option the council was not averse to discussing further, provided the city recoups the money down the road.]]> <![CDATA[Those were the days]]> College dances looked a lot different in the 1940s, and this photo of a Menlo College spring formal offers a glimpse of that era's traditional college ball.]]> <![CDATA[Kidnapper of Woodside High student may be paroled]]> After serving a little more than 25 years of a life sentence in state prison, parole may be ahead for Octavio Godinez Valdiosera Sr., who was convicted in 1990 of the kidnapping for ransom of a 16-year-old student at Woodside High School.]]> <![CDATA[Correction in identification of driver killed by train in Menlo Park]]> The Santa Clara County coroner's office has corrected the identification of the woman who was killed when a train struck the SUV she was driving at the Ravenswood Avenue crossing in Menlo Park on Monday, Feb. 23. ]]> <![CDATA[More traffic control coming to Alpine Road/I-280]]> To encourage drivers to pay attention to stop signs at the intersection of Alpine Road and Interstate 280, the state is installing additional traffic control mechanisms. Some are already there.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park kickstarts redesign of Ravenswood train crossing]]> Thirteen years ago, Menlo Park decided to look at separating the railroad track crossings at Ravenswood, Encinal, Glenwood and Oak Grove avenues from the street, so that cars and pedestrians would no longer have to travel directly over the tracks.]]> <![CDATA[Editorial: What's behind the Filoli fiasco?]]> Administrators of the historic Filoli estate have a lot to answer for with their strangely inept handling of introducing a first-ever volunteer agreement -- an ill-advised, five-item document that has sparked a rebellion among the people who donate their time and energy to keeping the venerable institution open.]]>