If it is local and useful, it is on en-us Copyright 2016 Almanac Online <![CDATA[Housing crisis: Locals open up about housing struggles at Kepler's]]> A group of children sat at the back of Kepler's Books in Menlo Park, as they fidgeted with their marker and glitter-paint posters. Their posters read: "Stop, this is our home. East Palo Alto is not for sale; community is priceless."]]> <![CDATA[Jury finds deputy not guilty of brandishing gun in court]]> After a three-day trial, a jury on Monday (Aug. 29) returned a verdict of not guilty in the case of San Mateo County Deputy Andy Mar, who had been accused of pointing a gun at a custodian in a Redwood City courtroom in April 2016.]]> <![CDATA[Tonight: Menlo Park council to talk about new Laurel school, police sergeant raises]]> When the Menlo Park City Council meets on Aug. 30, it is expected to consider approving an agreement between the city and the Menlo Park Police Sergeants' Association that could cost the city $50,600 between now and June 30, 2017. The council will also wrangle with the opposing views of homeowners on Oak Court and parents who will be sending their kids to the Laurel School, Upper Campus, on how traffic and school busing should be navigated. ]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park readies streets for new Laurel school]]> People who live near the new Laurel School, Upper Campus, set to open Oct. 17 at 275 Elliott Drive, may notice some changes to their streets in coming weeks as the city prepares for the new young commuters.]]> <![CDATA[Woodside: Donald Trump comes to town for a fundraiser]]> Helicopters chopped the air above Woodside on Monday afternoon (Aug. 29) with the arrival on the ground of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.]]> <![CDATA[Atherton: The sting on El Camino Real]]> Atherton police had a plain clothes officer repeatedly cross El Camino Real at Almendral Avenue for two hours on Friday morning, Aug. 26, in an attempt to make drivers aware of a new pedestrian-activated stoplight.]]> <![CDATA[East Palo Alto charter school wins county approval]]> Two months after the Sequoia Union High School District board voted down Oxford Day Academy's petition to open a public charter high school in East Palo Alto, the San Mateo County Office of Education gave the school its unanimous stamp of approval.]]> <![CDATA[Maurice Ghysels will leave Menlo Park school district]]> Menlo Park City School District Superintendent Maurice Ghysels, who has headed the district since 2011, has announced he will leave the district at the end of the school year.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park: Upscale men's shoe and clothing shop open for business]]> It's hard to miss the shiny gold lettering announcing one of Menlo Park's newest additions to Santa Cruz Avenue: a men's shoe and clothing shop called Brogue. ]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park bans drones, remote-controlled aircraft from parks]]> After hearing passionate comments by more than 22 people, among them numerous model airplane hobbyists and birdwatchers, the Menlo Park City Council voted 4-0 on Aug. 23, with Vice Mayor Kirsten Keith absent, to ban remote controlled aircraft and unmanned aerial systems, or drones, in city parks.]]> <![CDATA[County wins appeal of airplane noise nuisance ruling]]> San Mateo County doesn't have to pay a $1,000 small-claims judgment related to noisy planes using the county's San Carlos Airport, a judge ruled on Aug. 26. He said, however, that the matter should be heard in a court where a judge has the authority to issue an injunction to stop the noise.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park Historical Association aims to re-create gateway]]> Members of the Menlo Park Historical Association have lauched a drive to build a replica of a historic 19th century gateway, built near present-day El Camino Real and Ravenswood Avenue, that first bore the name of Menlo Park.]]> <![CDATA[Portola Valley: Former mayor Kirke Comstock dies]]> A memorial service for former Portola Valley mayor Kirke Comstock is in the works, but not yet scheduled. Mr. Comstock was 86 when he died Tuesday, Aug. 23, in Saratoga, his son William Comstock said.]]> <![CDATA[Schools: State releases results of new standardized testing]]> California has released the 2016 results of the state's new computerized standardized assessments that test whether students are meeting the Common Core curriculum standards.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park: Two council members named to 'educational equity' subcommittee]]> Goals of starting a multi-city, county and district group that could help spread needed funds to the Ravenswood City School District are one step closer to reality after the Menlo Park City Council appointed two of its members to an "education equity" subcommittee on Aug. 23.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park: Construction worker lifted out of open basement after fall]]> A construction worker was lifted out of an open basement on a residential construction site in Menlo Park on Wednesday, Aug. 24, after he fell in and injured himself, fire officials said.]]> <![CDATA[Atherton: No council election in November]]> It's official: Atherton has reappointed incumbents Elizabeth Lewis and Cary Wiest, the only candidates who filed for their seats, and will not hold a City Council election in November.]]> <![CDATA[Portola Valley: Residents asked to imagine Town Center's future]]> The Portola Valley Town Center, a pastoral complex for sports and outdoor recreation, community get-togethers and civic activities of all kinds, is eight years old. What will it look like and who will be using it when it's 28?]]> <![CDATA[Back to school: What's up at local elementary schools]]> Gone are the days when summer lasted until Labor Day: This year local elementary school districts began classes as early as Aug. 18 and as late as Sept. 1.]]> <![CDATA[Grants available to replace wood-burning heating devices]]> Money will be available starting Friday morning for roughly 1,500 Bay Area homeowners and landlords to help them upgrade their wood-burning heating devices with cleaner ones to reduce winter air pollution, officials with the Bay Area Air Quality Management District said today.]]> <![CDATA[New school vaccination rules now in effect]]> Children in California schools and daycare can no longer be exempted from vaccination requirements for personal belief or religious reasons under a new state law that went into effect in July. ]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park bans drones, remote-controlled aircraft from parks]]> The Menlo Park City Council held another marathon meeting the evening of Tuesday, Aug. 23, as it heard the public comments of a full house speak out on two controversial issues: whether drones and remote-controlled aircraft should be banned from city parks, and what traffic policies the city should implement for when the Upper Laurel elementary school campus opens Oct. 17. ]]> <![CDATA[Back to school: What's new at Woodside, M-A high schools]]> New courses, staff and facilities are greeting Woodside and Menlo-Atherton high school students, who returned to class Aug. 17.]]> <![CDATA[Recent home sales: Atherton, Menlo Park, Portola Valley]]> Home sales are provided by California REsource, a real estate information company that obtains home sale data from local county recorders' offices. ]]> <![CDATA[Peter deCourcy Hero, who transformed Silicon Valley philanthropy, has died]]> The man who was instrumental in helping tech tycoons channel their millions to charitable giving, Peter deCourcy Hero, has died, according to close sources.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park: New high school will focus on technology, engineering, design]]> The disciplines of technology, engineering and design will be the focus of the new magnet high school set to open in the fall of 2018 on Jefferson Drive east of U.S. 101 in Menlo Park's industrial zone.]]> <![CDATA[New program to help first-gen students prepare for and navigate college]]> Step by step, about 35 rising 10th-graders walked across the Golden Gate bridge on Aug. 4. For some, it was the first time they'd walked beneath the iconic beams connecting San Francisco to the North Bay. ]]> <![CDATA[New bus route takes students from East Palo Alto to M-A High]]> New school year, new bus route. Effective Aug. 7, SamTrans will operate a new school bus route running from the intersection of Clarke Avenue and East Bayshore Road in East Palo Alto to Menlo-Atherton High School in the mornings and in the afternoons the reverse direction. ]]> <![CDATA[Civil rights group pushes school district to change method for electing board members]]> A civil rights group is pushing the board of the high school district to change its system for electing members and correct possible noncompliance with the Voting Rights Act, or face a lawsuit that would likely compel the change.]]> <![CDATA[Police calls: Five commercial burglaries in Menlo Park]]> Crime reports from Menlo Park.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park: SLAC and Stanford scientists advance water purification technology]]> Scientists at SLAC and Stanford University have come up with a tiny device that uses ordinary sunlight to create reactions that, before dissipating, will chemically clean a bottle of contaminated water by killing bacteria.]]>