If it is local and useful, it is on en-us <![CDATA[Pet of the week]]> Looks like this week's featured pet, a lovebird named Jillian, dyed her feathers to celebrate the San Francisco Giants World Series victory, but it's all natural. ]]> <![CDATA[Stanford doctor in voluntary quarantine]]> A Stanford physician who recently returned from Liberia has voluntarily gone into quarantine, and the university has announced precautions barring faculty, students and medical professionals who have traveled to areas affected by the Ebola virus from campus for 21 days after they return home.]]> <![CDATA[Saturday conference in Menlo: trafficking of women, girls]]> A conference on the trafficking of women and girls will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 1, at Trinity Church, 330 Ravenswood Ave. in Menlo Park.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park resident arrested for alleged graffiti vandalism]]> An 18-year-old Menlo Park resident has been arrested for allegedly spray-painting graffiti on public and private property along U.S. 101 from San Francisco all the way down to Santa Clara counties, according to police.]]> <![CDATA[Atherton police offer Halloween safety tips, free glow necklaces]]> The Atherton Police Department will give out free glow necklaces to children and their parents on and before Halloween, starting Oct. 30. ]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park council approves specific plan changes]]> Menlo Park now allows less medical office space within the boundaries of the downtown/El Camino Real specific plan, following a unanimous vote by the City Council on Oct. 30.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park police seek three suspects in attempted sexual assault]]> Three men confronted a woman early today and attempted to pull her clothes off as she carried trash to a dumpster enclosure behind businesses in the 100 block of El Camino Real in Menlo Park, police reported. ]]> <![CDATA[Government officials attempt to influence aircraft regulations]]> Palo Alto and other government officials have so far been fighting an uphill battle to decrease airplane noise over their cities. For nearly 20 years, Palo Alto officials have been trying to join the San Francisco International Airport Community Roundtable, a group that represents 19 cities within San Mateo County; San Francisco and San Mateo counties; the San Francisco Airport Commission; and The Association of Governments of San Mateo County Airport Land Use Committee.]]> <![CDATA[Residents have growing concerns over small commuter planes]]> Fledgling airline Surf Air's marketing slogan is "Disruptive Innovation -- A Revolutionary Approach to Air Travel." Some residents in Menlo Park, Redwood City and Atherton say it sums up their experience with the commuter airline's turbo-propeller planes. ]]> <![CDATA[Residents, city officials gear up to fight increased airplane noise]]> Angry local residents say the Midpeninsula's skies are turning into an aeronautic superhighway and that federal levels for acceptable noise, which date to the 1970s, are obsolete and need to be updated -- pronto. ]]> <![CDATA[Police calls: Man doesn't have the goods, so robber walks off]]> Crime and accident reports from Menlo Park.]]> <![CDATA[Yikes!]]> Will there be a soft scuttling from above as little ones visit this creepy corner at Princeton Road and Cambridge Avenue in Menlo Park on Halloween night? ]]> <![CDATA[New law establishes veterans' program]]> Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill providing veterans with increased access to home-based assisted living care. Authored by Assemblyman Rich Gordon, D-Menlo Park, the bill creates a three-year medical foster home pilot program, which provides veterans the option to choose to live and receive care in a private home.]]> <![CDATA[Human Services director 'horrified' by allegations against social worker]]> The director of the San Mateo County Human Services Agency said Wednesday she is "horrified" by allegations that one of her employees was arrested on suspicion of having sex with a 16-year-old girl he was supposed to help.]]> <![CDATA[Man arrested in stabbing death at Courthouse Square]]> Police arrested a San Carlos man on suspicion of a fatal stabbing in downtown Redwood City on Tuesday night. ]]> <![CDATA[Will voters weigh in on future of Sequoia Healthcare District?]]> One race in the Nov. 4 election has the potential to correct what some see as a miscarriage of the democratic process. But a correction would likely jeopardize grants for local health-care-related activities, including food banks, drug-and-alcohol abuse programs, school nurse programs and K-5 physical fitness programs.]]> <![CDATA[Editorial: Money and politics in Menlo Park]]> The unseemly role of money in politics at the state and national levels has a local counterpart these days. Rather sizable amounts are being spent for and against Menlo Park's Measure M, which aims to reduce the scale of office complexes allowed on El Camino Real. ]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park: Keith raises $20,274 for council campaign]]> As befits a small city election, Menlo Park council candidate campaigns are weighed in thousands of dollars, rather than hundreds of thousands. This holds true for the latest batch of campaign finance reports.]]> <![CDATA[Almanac endorsement: Menlo Park City Council race]]> With six candidates running for three seats, we believe that the incumbents are the best choices in the Menlo Park City Council race.]]> <![CDATA[Not much spending in open space race]]> The two candidates for the MidPeninsula Regional Open Space District board's Ward 6 have each spent very little on their race; although challenger Brandon Lewke says he was told by Republican Party officials to not report their phone bank donations in his behalf until after the election.]]> <![CDATA[College bond measure: Big donors boost 'Yes on H' coffers]]> The campaign for Measure H, a bond measure in the Nov. 4 election that would pay for more modernizing of the county's three community college campuses, received $116,500 in campaign contributions in October, including $95,000 from three donors.]]> <![CDATA[School board examines law governing charter schools]]> An attorney led a study session Monday night for the board of the Menlo Park City School District about the details of charter school law that will govern its Nov. 12 decision on a proposed Mandarin immersion charter school in the district. ]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park: Measure M fundraising, spending pick up]]> The latest batch of campaign finance reports show big spending on both sides of the Measure M debate. ]]> <![CDATA[Rose Hau still top Atherton council fundraiser]]> Rose Hau remains the top fundraiser of the four candidates running for three Atherton City Council seats, according to campaign finance statements for the period Oct. 1 through Oct. 18.]]> <![CDATA[College bond measure faces a new kind of opponent]]> When there is opposition to school construction bond measures, it usually comes from voters opposed to the concept of taxation. This time, they have company.]]> <![CDATA[Voter info available to candidates, journalists]]> It may come as a surprise to voters that much of the information they provide when they register to vote (including name, party affiliation and address) can be legally obtained by candidates and ballot measure committees, as well as scholars and journalists. They also can find out whether or not you voted.]]> <![CDATA[Five indicted in bid-rigging scheme at foreclosure auctions]]> Five real estate investors accused of rigging bids at foreclosure auctions in San Francisco and San Mateo counties have been indicted in federal court in San Francisco, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.]]> <![CDATA[Voter Guide 2014]]> Links to Voter Guide stories in the Almanac for the Nov. 4 election.