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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Menlo School grads off to new adventures

The 138 members of Menlo School's Class of 2019 received their diplomas on June 6 in an outdoor ceremony.

Wednesday, 6:41 PM | No comments yet
Menlo Park man convicted of attacking octogenarian mother

A Menlo Park man who attacked his 83-year-old mother in September 2016 has been found guilty of felonies of elder abuse, making threats and false imprisonment in a jury trial verdict reached June 19.

Wednesday, 2:03 PM | No comments yet
Portola Valley school district’s budget sound, but $1.2 million in cuts may come if parcel tax isn’t renewed

The Portola Valley School District's budget remains healthy, but the district will need to make over $1 million in budget cuts unless a parcel tax is renewed, school officials say.

Wednesday, 11:52 AM | 2 comments
Portola Valley aboard the pickleball bandwagon

Portola Valley is among hundreds of communities nationwide that are getting addicted to a sport with the strange name of pickleball.

Wednesday, 11:39 AM | No comments yet
Stanford pitches $4.7B deal to county for campus expansion

Stanford University offered Santa Clara County a deal on Monday that would commit $4.7 billion toward housing, transportation projects and public schools in exchange for approval of the university's expansion plans.

Wednesday, 7:56 AM | 1 comment

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Thursday: USGS lecture about wildfires

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) will hold a free public lecture about wildfire science at its Menlo Park campus on Thursday, June 27, at 7 p.m.

Tuesday, 7:59 PM | No comments yet
Skyline slaying suspect also of Yemeni ancestry

Malik Dosouqi, the suspect in the Skyline Boulevard double homicide case, shared a Yemeni ancestry with one of the victims in the case, Abdulmalek Nasher, although no evidence has been shown that they knew each other.

Tuesday, 4:56 PM | 5 comments
Atherton chemist, a co-developer of the birth control pill, dies at 102

Atherton resident George Rosenkranz, renowned in his field for his work in developing the birth control pill, died on Sunday, June 23, at age 102.

Tuesday, 11:56 AM | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Hampton Inn project sidelined after split vote by Planning Commission

A proposed Hampton Inn hotel on El Camino Real in Menlo Park was sidelined Monday night when the city's Planning Commission voted 3-1-1 not to approve the hotel and to continue further discussion of the matter to its next meeting.

Tuesday, 11:51 AM | 8 comments
County transportation authority launches new strategic plan process

The San Mateo County Transportation Authority is working on a new plan to guide the authority's procedures and spending plans for its Measure A and Measure W dollars from 2020 through 2024.

Tuesday, 8:41 AM | No comments yet

Monday, June 24, 2019

Longtime Oak Knoll teacher enters her 'next phase'

After more than three decades of teaching -- with nearly 24 years spent in Menlo Park -- Oak Knoll School teacher Renee Lavezzo is retiring.

Monday, 5:36 PM | 3 comments
Skyline murder suspect declines to enter plea, asks for time

Malik Dosouqi, the suspect in two separate homicides on Skyline Boulevard near Woodside on June 17 and 18, declined to enter a plea at his arraignment in San Mateo County Superior Court on June 24.

Monday, 4:38 PM | No comments yet
Tonight: Planning Commission to hold public hearing on Hampton Inn proposal

Menlo Park residents concerned that a proposed Hampton Inn hotel would be too big for the neighborhood and wouldn't provide adequate public benefits are urging the Planning Commission to say no to the project.

Monday, 11:55 AM | 7 comments
Woodside coalition raising $200K to replace equestrian bridge

A coalition of horse lovers is joining the town of Woodside to build a bridge that will replace a section of a popular equestrian trail along Bear Gulch Creek that was washed out in 2017.

Monday, 8:34 AM | 2 comments

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Kiwanis boosts scholarship fund; eight students benefit

Eight outstanding Menlo-Atherton High School seniors received scholarships from the Menlo Park Kiwanis Club this year.

Sunday, 2:26 PM | No comments yet
Home sales for the week of June 17

Homes Sales is a complete list of residential real estate transactions reported on the Midpeninsula this week.

Sunday, 6:43 AM | No comments yet

Saturday, June 22, 2019

East Palo Alto to add affordable homes, new transit connections with $20M grant

An East Palo Alto coalition will receive $20 million to add additional affordable housing units at Light Tree Apartments and expand transit services that reduce greenhouse-gas emissions, a state committee announced on Friday.

Saturday, 1:33 PM | No comments yet
Atherton Police Activities League awards four $5,000 scholarships

The Atherton Police Activities League (PAL) has awarded scholarships to be used toward college to four 2019 high school graduates.

Saturday, 8:05 AM | No comments yet

Friday, June 21, 2019

Dance floor therapy

This spring, the Rosener House in Menlo Park launched an experimental therapeutic tango program aimed at improving cognition, gait and balance in participants with Alzheimer's disease. It's proving to be a mood-booster, too.

Friday, 6:30 PM | 1 comment
All Stars are shining

A June 18 scrimmage at Burgess Park brought these players on local 12-year-old Little League All star teams together. The teams compete in an All Star tournament starting Saturday, June 22.

Friday, 3:26 PM | No comments yet
Portola Valley plans street resurfacing this summer

Portola Valley will begin a street resurfacing program on 17 streets on Monday (June 24) that will continue until Aug. 9.

Friday, 3:12 PM | No comments yet
Woodside Fire training teaches response to any disaster

With earthquakes, fire, floods, landslides and other disasters at a very real level of possibility in the area, the Woodside Fire Protection District is helping individuals help others and stay safe.

Friday, 11:57 AM | No comments yet
Update: Skyline suspect charged with two murders

The San Mateo County District Attorney's Office has filed two murder charges and five other felony counts against Pacifica resident Malik Dosouqi in relation to the two killings on Skyline Boulevard earlier this week.

Friday, 11:38 AM | 10 comments
Facebook hosts series of free festivals

Facebook will host a series of free festivals in the coming months. The next is June 22.

Friday, 11:27 AM | No comments yet
Menlo Park school district financially stable, but salaries, benefits continue to outpace revenues

Expenditures continue to outpace revenues for the Menlo Park City School District, but the district will remain financially stable until at least the 2021-22 fiscal year.

Friday, 8:35 AM | 9 comments

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Longtime Atherton resident dies at 105

A memorial will be held on Saturday, June 29, for longtime Atherton resident Louis Matas, who died in April at the age of 105.

Thursday, 5:32 PM | 1 comment
Menlo Park: Electric vehicles a no-go for police department, for now

Despite requests for the city of Menlo Park to update its police fleet with electric vehicles, the department will buy eight hybrid SUV patrol vehicles instead, since electric vehicles don't meet certain police vehicle standards yet.

Thursday, 11:21 AM | No comments yet
Selby Lane School celebrates library renovation

Officials and students celebrated the opening of Selby Lane School's newly renovated library with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on June 12.

Thursday, 10:53 AM | No comments yet
County aiming to avoid Election Day backups with new equipment, more staff

Voters in San Mateo County who experienced, in some cases, hours-long waits to cast their ballots this past November should have a better time this November.

Thursday, 8:43 AM | 1 comment

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Assemblyman Berman holding wildfire town hall Saturday

State Assemblyman Marc Berman (D-Palo Alto) is sponsoring a June 22 wildfire town hall meeting in Portola Valley that will include a panel made up of representatives from state and local firefighting agencies and PG&E.

Wednesday, 2:39 PM | 1 comment
Menlo Park: No-contest plea in stabbing case

A man who repeatedly tried to stab another man in a Menlo Park homeless encampment last August pleaded no contest on June 11 to a felony charge of assault with a deadly weapon.

Wednesday, 11:54 AM | No comments yet
Menlo Park set to enact cannabis business ban

Citing a lack of public pushback to the city's nearly two-year moratorium on cannabis businesses in Menlo Park, the City Council moved June 18 to line up an ordinance to ban such businesses from setting up shop in Menlo Park.

Wednesday, 11:48 AM | 14 comments
Editorial: Menlo Park City Council moves swiftly in the right direction

The Menlo Park City Council on June 11 rejected an idea to enact a moratorium on commercial development, which disappointed many residents. But the debate sparked by the proposal, and the resulting decisions, are cause for optimism.

Wednesday, 9:49 AM | No comments yet
Atherton budget remains healthy

The Atherton City Council will consider approving the town's 2019-20 fiscal year budget at its Wednesday (June 19) meeting, and it looks like the town will maintain a comfortable budget surplus.

Wednesday, 9:29 AM | 3 comments
Woodside: Murder suspect named; second slaying victim was a tow truck driver

Authorities have identified the suspect arrested early Wednesday morning for allegedly killing a man found Tuesday night on Skyline Boulevard near where another stabbing victim was found the night before as Malik Dosouqi, 26, of Pacif

Wednesday, 8:51 AM | 6 comments

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Menlo Park: Council to mull cannabis ban

Menlo Park city staff is recommending that the City Council prohibit cannabis business-related land uses and ban growing marijuana outdoors. The City Council is scheduled to take up the matter at its meeting tonight (June 18).

Tuesday, 10:28 AM | 9 comments
Update: Victim identified as detectives continue investigating apparent homicide

San Mateo County Sheriff's detectives are investigating an apparent homicide after a 32-year-old Pacifica man's body was found on Skyline Boulevard near the El Corte de Madera Creek Preserve at 11:35 p.m. last night (June 17).

Tuesday, 7:49 AM | No comments yet

Monday, June 17, 2019

Woodside Glens development rules further honed

Woodside planning officials received a boatload of feedback at a study session about a proposal that would have allowed most residents of the Glens neighborhood to add on to their homes without triggering an environmental impact report

Monday, 3:34 PM | No comments yet
Sacred Heart Prep awards diplomas to 121st class

On May 23, Sacred Heart Preparatory graduated 149 students at its 121st commencement ceremony.

Monday, 3:32 PM | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Police arrest man suspected of burglary near Nealon Park

Menlo Park police arrested a man last night (June 16) suspected of burglary at a construction site on the 600 block of University Drive near Nealon Park.

Monday, 11:41 AM | No comments yet
Fire burns rail line on Dumbarton's Fremont side

Flames recently burned the abandoned wooden railroad trestle just south of the Dumbarton Bridge in the East Bay, near Fremont.

Monday, 8:39 AM | No comments yet

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.

Saturday, 9:21 AM | 1 comment

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.

Friday, 6:36 PM | No comments yet
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.

Friday, 5:05 PM | No comments yet
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.

Friday, 9:00 AM | No comments yet

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.

Thursday, 9:06 AM | No comments yet

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