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Sunday, June 16, 2019

Home sales: Three homes sell for over $10M in Atherton

A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula, where Atherton recorded the most-expensive transaction this week with the sale of a $23 million home.

Sunday, 8:22 AM | No comments yet

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Menlo Park woman using oxygen dies in accidental fire

A woman who was smoking in her Menlo Park home while also using oxygen in a medical cylinder to breathe died last night (June 14) when she caught on fire, according to a news bulletin from the Menlo Park Fire Protection District.

Saturday, 3:30 PM | No comments yet
Girls rock on first Little League all-female team, the Rockies

Gender equality in sports took a happy step forward on the local baseball field this season as the Menlo Atherton Little League put together an all-girls team for the first time ever.

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Friday, June 14, 2019

Menlo Park: Attempted murder suspect to undergo mental competency review

The man charged with attempted murder after allegedly hitting a pedestrian with a stolen vehicle on June 7 in Menlo Park showed up in court on Friday (June 14) after refusing to appear at two previously scheduled arraignment hearings.

Friday, 7:10 PM | No comments yet
Man accused of 1974 cold-case killing near Stanford campus pleads not guilty

A 74-year-old man accused of murdering two 21-year-old women whose strangled bodies were found on Stanford University property about a year apart in the 1970s pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in one of the cases on Friday.

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Last vestiges of Woodside's Jackling House still in limbo

Steve Jobs may have hated his George Washington Smith-designed house in Woodside and had it torn down, but many homes designed near the architect's home in Santa Barbara County are now worth millions of dollars.

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Driver arrested for attempted murder at Nealon Park scheduled to enter plea Friday

A man charged with attempted murder after allegedly striking a pedestrian with a stolen car on June 7 at Nealon Park refused to come to court Wednesday and Thursday, June 12 and 13, and is scheduled to plea Friday.

Friday, 11:50 AM | 3 comments
Portola Valley School board approves election for two seats

With two Portola Valley School District board members' terms up in December, the board voted at a June 5 meeting to authorize an election for the seats on the November ballot. Trustee Gulliver La Valle said he won't seek re-election.

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Thursday, June 13, 2019

Former Woodland School director files age discrimination suit

A former employee of the private Woodland School in Portola Valley is suing the school for age discrimination.

Thursday, 5:11 PM | No comments yet
Block party perks up downtown Menlo Park

Downtown Menlo Park was a lively scene Wednesday evening as the city and the Chamber of Commerce hosted the 13th annual community block party. Photographer Magali Gauthier was there to capture the spirit of the evening with pictures.

Thursday, 4:40 PM | 2 comments
M-A program offers free Latin lessons to K-8 students

A group of Menlo-Atherton High School students will spend their Saturdays tutoring elementary and middle schoolers in Latin to improve their literacy and English language skills through a newly launched, free program.

Thursday, 3:51 PM | 1 comment
Civic center, traffic and public safety at top of Atherton's priorities list

Concerns over funding for the civic center, traffic and public safety are of greatest importance to Atherton City Council members over the next two years, they said at a recent goal-setting meeting.

Thursday, 11:59 AM | No comments yet
County to expand flood district to create 'resilient shoreline'

Flooding isn't a new problem in San Mateo County. But with climate change-driven sea level rise and development along the Bay, there's new urgency in the county to combat water-related threats to the county.

Thursday, 10:38 AM | No comments yet
Atherton Police Department lobby closed until Tuesday

The Atherton Police Department lobby will be closed beginning Thursday (June 13) and reopen next Tuesday.

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

$27K in restitution ordered for man who hacked The Almanac

The 36-year-old man who hacked and temporarily shut down and other Embarcadero Media websites nearly four years ago was sentenced on June 12 in federal court.

Wednesday, 5:32 PM | No comments yet
Ex-Stanford sailing coach who accepted nearly $800K in bribes through college admissions scam sentenced

Stanford University's former head sailing coach John Vandemoer became the first person to be sentenced in the college admissions case Wednesday for knowingly designating two applicants as recruits despite their lack of experience.

Wednesday, 1:09 PM | 2 comments
Same-day Spare the Air alert issued as poor air quality persists

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued a belated Spare the Air Alert for Wednesday after increased ocean breezes and a fog layer that were forecast to bring improved air quality didn't show up.

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Menlo Park council: No moratorium

The Menlo Park City Council on Tuesday backed away from a proposal to enact a citywide moratorium on nonresidential development and a Bayside ban on large housing developments.

Wednesday, 11:57 AM | 10 comments
Wednesday: Menlo Park school district to host meeting on equity

Educational equity for students throughout the Menlo Park City School District will be the topic of a special meeting of the district's school board on Wednesday.

Wednesday, 9:23 AM | No comments yet
Menlo Park, Atherton water main work underway

A water main replacement project began on May 31 in the Lindenwood neighborhood of Atherton and the Menlo Oaks neighborhood of unincorporated Menlo Park.

Wednesday, 8:49 AM | 1 comment

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Menlo Park: Santa Cruz Avenue shut down Wednesday for downtown block party

Menlo Park's 13th annual downtown block party will be held on Wednesday, June 12, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Santa Cruz Avenue.

Tuesday, 3:30 PM | 1 comment
Menlo Park: Nativity Carnival draws crowds over weekend

Sun, fun and games were on the program for those attending the Nativity Carnival last weekend, June 7-9.

Tuesday, 3:19 PM | 1 comment
Lawmaker behind SB 50 makes case for zoning reforms to address state housing crisis

Scott Wiener, whose housing bill has energized housing advocates and galvanized local officials, came to Palo Alto on Friday to push back against local critics and assure a receptive crowd that Senate Bill 50 remains on track to pass.

Tuesday, 11:04 AM | 5 comments
Bay Area under third straight Spare the Air alert Tuesday

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued a Spare the Air Alert for Tuesday since high temperatures and light winds are expected to persist in the region.

Tuesday, 8:45 AM | No comments yet

Monday, June 10, 2019

Atherton: Semitruck driver suffers moderate injuries in crash

A semitruck driver was transported to the hospital with moderate injuries on Monday morning (June 10) following a three-vehicle collision in Atherton, according to Atherton police.

Monday, 2:33 PM | 1 comment
'Champion' activist and journalist Nita Spangler dies

Nita Reifschneider Spangler, who helped keep Almanac readers informed of San Mateo County matters as a reporter from 1969 to 1977, died on April 18, one day after her 96th birthday.

Monday, 9:10 AM | No comments yet

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Home sales: Mountain View sees 20 transactions

A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula, where Mountain View recorded the most homes sales with 20 transactions and Los Altos recorded the highest sale at $6M for a 3,232-square-foot home.

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Saturday, June 8, 2019

Atherton: Sixteen-year-old arrested for having gun on M-A campus

Police arrested a 16-year-old boy who they suspect brought a gun on the Menlo-Atherton High School campus on June 6 during the Atherton school's graduation ceremony. The suspect is not an M-A student, police said.

Saturday, 11:48 AM | 2 comments
Menlo Park: Driver of stolen vehicle arrested for attempted murder

Menlo Park police arrested a 34-year-old man for attempted murder on Friday night after he allegedly drove a stolen vehicle into a 33-year-old Menlo Park woman who was filming an altercation between him and a neighbor.

Saturday, 11:01 AM | No comments yet
Police calls: Woman breaks into home, makes herself at home

Crime reports from Atherton, Menlo Park, Woodside, Portola Valley and West Menlo Park.

Saturday, 8:33 AM | No comments yet

Friday, June 7, 2019

Bay Area to see warm weather and gusty, dry winds this weekend

A widespread warming trend will envelop the Bay Area starting Saturday, with hot temperatures luring people to beaches and dry, gusty winds increasing fire risks.

Friday, 5:57 PM | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Motorcyclist taken to hospital after collision

A 24-year-old motorcyclist was taken to the hospital in an ambulance after he collided with a car at the corner of Ringwood and Coleman avenues in Menlo Park at 6:54 a.m. on Friday, June 7.

Friday, 5:30 PM | 2 comments
Woodside sends off its graduates

About 400 seniors in Woodside High School's Class of 2019 gathered on the school's football field at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 7, to receive their diplomas and take the first step in a new journey of their lives.

Friday, 5:17 PM | No comments yet
M-A's Class of 2019 says farewell

Menlo-Atherton High School's Class of 2019 received their diplomas during a graduation ceremony held on the school's football field on Thursday, June 6, at 4 p.m. There were 564 graduation candidates, according to the school.

Friday, 2:18 PM | 2 comments
Menlo Park school board member decides not to resign

Stacey Jones will not resign from the Menlo Park City School District board, following a November announcement that she may need to leave her post this summer because she and her family would likely move away.

Friday, 11:57 AM | No comments yet
ShakeAlert safeguards Menlo fire district quake response

In an earthquake, seconds can make the difference between being able to take shelter and being caught by surprise.

Friday, 11:05 AM | No comments yet
Menlo Park sports trainer charged in sexual assault case involving teenage girl

Tristan Arfi of Redwood City, owner of the Boxing Theory Gym in Menlo Park, is facing arraignment next week on sexual assault charges involving a teenage girl he trained, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office.

Friday, 8:48 AM | 1 comment

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Atherton resident, Warriors investor Mark Stevens receives one-year ban from NBA games after pushing player

Atherton resident and Golden State Warriors minority investor Mark Stevens has been fined $500,000 and barred from attending NBA games for one year after pushing a Toronto Raptors player during Game 3 of the NBA Finals on June 5.

Thursday, 4:11 PM | 5 comments
Menlo Park school district conducts survey to help it plan for future

The Menlo Park City School District is conducting its annual community survey.

Thursday, 3:07 PM | 1 comment
Woodside teachers to see 2% pay bump

The Woodside Elementary School District board voted on Tuesday, June 4, to give teachers a 2% raise for the 2019-20 school year.

Thursday, 11:58 AM | No comments yet
Fiction or the future?

Atherton resident Dr. Rick Novak is a published novelist and practicing anesthesiologist. His latest, "Doctor Vita" was published in March.

Thursday, 8:40 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Menlo Park council to weigh development moratorium next week

Spurred by a proposal from two council members, the Menlo Park City Council will next week consider adopting a moratorium on new nonresidential development, as well as on large-scale housing development on the city's Bay side.

Wednesday, 9:30 PM | 41 comments
Steve Frank to head Woodside school district

The Woodside Elementary School District's middle school principal Steve Frank will take the top management position in the district beginning July 1.

Wednesday, 5:10 PM | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Commuter bus burns, ignites grass fire near Alpine Road

Crews from five fire agencies responded to a bus fire and two grass fires that were ignited by the commuter bus, which caught fire in the southbound lanes of I-280 at Alpine Road at 10:35 a.m. Wednesday morning.

Wednesday, 11:52 AM | 2 comments
Portola Valley School board to vote on election for two seats

With two Portola Valley School District board members' terms expiring in December, the board will be asked to approve putting the positions on the November ballot. One trustee has announced he won't be seeking re-election.

Wednesday, 11:36 AM | No comments yet
Woodside Priory names new head of school

Patrick Ruff has been named the new head of school of the Woodside Priory, taking over from Tim Molak, who is retiring after 30 years.

Wednesday, 8:21 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Atherton to discuss town budget

The Atherton City Council will meet on June 5 and review the 2019-20 town budget.

Tuesday, 9:32 PM | No comments yet
Menlo Park boxing gym owner arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting teen girl

The owner of a boxing gym in Menlo Park has been arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting a teenage girl he trained, according to a statement from the Menlo Park Police Department.

Tuesday, 4:03 PM | No comments yet
Volunteers wanted for nonprofit Discovery Shop

The American Cancer Society Discovery Shop in Menlo Park is seeking volunteers to work in the store.

Tuesday, 2:15 PM | No comments yet
Environmental review process launches for new Sobrato office building

A proposal to construct a third office building on a 13-acre property owned by the Sobrato Organization at 162-164 Jefferson Drive in Menlo Park is moving into its environmental review phase.

Tuesday, 11:54 AM | No comments yet
Woodside commission to review new proposals for the Glens

Some proposed rules to expand options to residents of the Glens neighborhood to improve their homes will be the subject of a meeting of the Woodside Planning Commission on Wednesday, June 5.

Tuesday, 8:24 AM | 1 comment

Monday, June 3, 2019

Menlo fire district, Coast Guard adopt safety plan for drones and aircraft

A new plan is in place for firefighters' search and rescue drones and U.S. Coast Guard helicopters to share the skies over the San Francisco Bay.

Monday, 3:54 PM | 3 comments
Man involved in hit-and-run that killed a Menlo Park 6-year-old sentenced to prison

Shannon Steven Fox, 33, has pleaded no contest to vehicular manslaughter and admitted to fleeing the scene after a November 2009 hit-and-run that killed six-year-old Menlo Park resident Lisa Xavier and severely injured her mother.

Monday, 11:45 AM | 4 comments
Renowned architect Frank Gehry helps East Palo Alto students imagine future cities

Architect Frank Gehry brought the same concepts he has used with teams to design buildings acclaimed for their innovation, including the Facebook campus facilities in Menlo Park, to an East Palo Alto classroom on May 21.

Monday, 9:56 AM | No comments yet

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