If it is local and useful, it is on en-us Copyright 2016 Almanac Online <![CDATA[Judge rules against restaurateur Russell Deutsch in tax-evasion case]]> A San Mateo County judge on May 26 denied a motion by attorneys defending Portola Valley resident and restaurateur Russell Deutsch to suppress, as evidence in connection with a tax evasion charge, the discovery by investigators of over $600,000 in cash in his house.]]> <![CDATA[Environmental report released on Facebook's expansion plans]]> An environmental review says that Facebook's plan to build three 75-foot-tall buildings, adding 962,400 square feet at two proposed office buildings and 174,800 square feet at a 200-room hotel, plus 3,533 parking spots, could have some impacts determined to be "significant and unavoidable."]]> <![CDATA[Judge counsels kids on dealing with police]]> When interacting with the police, don't be a R.A.T., advised Judge LaDoris Cordell, speaking before about 200 children, teens and adults at the Menlo Park clubhouse of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park: Fatigued council debates dog park, again]]> Fatigue appeared to weigh on City Council members Tuesday as they heard a presentation by city staff, asking for advice on how to move forward with the restoration of Nealon Park's baseball field and part-time dog park. No decisions were made, but the city hopes to involve the community in the discussion by next winter.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park pays up for downtown street cafes]]> As soon as July, 12 downtown parking spots in front of six restaurants and one furniture store are planned to be converted into outdoor cafe spaces on Santa Cruz Avenue. ]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park fire district gets OK from FAA to operate drone]]> It's taken almost two years, but the Menlo Park Fire Protection District is now authorized by the FAA to operate a portable drone to help in observing a fire or other emergency situation.]]> <![CDATA[Police calls: Woodside, Atherton, Portola Valley and Menlo Park]]> In Woodside, a resident fell for a fraudster's phoned-in claim to be a relative in need of money. In Menlo Park, thieves stole a basketball set-up and towels from a coin-operated dryer. Details on these and other incidents.]]> <![CDATA[Editorial: Vote 'yes' on Measure AA, Bay restoration parcel tax]]> The nine-county, $12-per-parcel tax to fund the restoration of San Francisco Bay shorelines to functioning tidal marshes would deliver a bang for the buck.]]> <![CDATA[Woodside: Council addresses aircraft noise, considers increase to house sizes]]> Woodside Town Council members considered how to effectively complain about noise from commercial aircraft flying over the town, and conducted another study session on increasing maximum house size, this time with a proposal in front of them.]]> <![CDATA['Menlo Summerfest' is Menlo Park's 'new' downtown festival]]> Menlo Park's summer festival just got a lot more lively – at least in name. ]]> <![CDATA[Obituary: Frederic 'Tic' Webster of Menlo Park, civil engineer, 70]]> Frederic A. "Tic" Webster, noted for his work in rehabilitating California's historic adobe missions, died Oct. 11, 2015 at his home in Menlo Park surrounded by family. He was 70.]]> <![CDATA[Longtime Almanac staffer Jane Coladarci dies at 96]]> Jane Coladarci, who had been a mainstay of the Almanac's advertising department for most of her 30 years at the paper, died "quickly and peacefully" May 7 in Yuba City, California, in the company of her daughter and son, the family said. She was 96. ]]> <![CDATA[June 7 election: Poll workers needed]]> An estimated 1,400 poll workers are needed on Election Day, June 7, to manage 342 precincts in San Mateo County.]]> <![CDATA[A century of service: Parade celebrates Menlo Park fire district's centennial]]> "Put the blue stuff on the red stuff." Reduced to such simple terms, the core imperative of firefighting makes it sound almost too easy.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park: Man who backed truck into Mike's Camera sentenced to prison]]> The man who pleaded no contest to a burglary charge in connection with a dramatic break-in at Mike's Camera on Santa Cruz Avenue in March 2015 was sentenced to 16 months in prison. ]]> <![CDATA[Assembly candidate submits murky donor reports]]> Dinged in the past for failing to report political contributions, Cupertino Mayor Barry Chang could be facing another set of election troubles in an eight-way primary race for the District 24 state Assembly seat. ]]> <![CDATA[Political committees pump cash into Assembly campaigns]]> With the crowded race to succeed Assemblyman Rich Gordon in the 24th District heading into the final stretch, independent political action committees are throwing hundreds of thousands of dollars into the contest in hopes of influencing the outcome. So far, Palo Alto City Councilman Marc Berman has been the chief beneficiary.]]>