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Monday, May 20, 2019

Community role model: Rita Williams conquered 'barriers to success,' and now helps others who face them

Star journalist Rita Williams of Portola Valley retired from her job at KTVU television in 2013, but after a 35-year career in Bay Area TV she was not about to sit still.

Monday, 11:44 AM | 1 comment
Portola Valley may update its 1964-vintage general plan

Portola Valley is considering an update to its current general plan, which was adopted in 1964. The plan would take a long-term perspective into the future and would be a road map for future development.

Monday, 9:30 AM | No comments yet

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Home sales

A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula, where Menlo Park recorded the highest home sale at $6.8 million for a 5,196-square-foot home with six bedrooms and six bathrooms on Bay Laurel Drive.

Sunday, 8:49 AM | No comments yet

Saturday, May 18, 2019

National Merit Scholarship winners announced

Five high school students who attend schools in The Almanac's coverage area have been named winners of National Merit Scholarships of $2,500.

Saturday, 8:35 AM | 1 comment

Friday, May 17, 2019

Cal Fire plans work along Kings Mountain Road next month

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) is planning to begin its major fire suppression project along Kings Mountain Road in and near San Mateo County's Huddart Park early in June.

Friday, 4:02 PM | 2 comments
Menlo Park fire board meeting gets contentious

The Menlo Park Fire Protection District board moved forward with a plan for an emergency notification system and agreed to ratify a Joint Powers Authority agreement May 14, but there was disagreement behind both those decisions.

Friday, 11:42 AM | 4 comments
Talking trash

Local garbage-processing centers face new challenges because of a change in China's policy on accepting recycling, which severely restricts the type and purity level of material that can be shipped there for processing.

Friday, 8:14 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Contentious state housing bill punted to 2020

Senate Bill 50, a contentious bill that aimed to encourage more housing near transit, suffered a setback Thursday when the state Senate Appropriation Committee chair announced that the bill will not be brought for a hearing until 2020.

Thursday, 3:07 PM | 4 comments
Arrest in 1970s cold-case murder points to serial killer

Nearly six months after a Hayward man was charged in another murder that had gone unsolved for decades, DNA evidence has led investigators to accuse him of the 1974 killing of a 21-year-old woman near the Stanford University campus.

Thursday, 12:22 PM | No comments yet
Arrest in 1970s cold-case murder points to serial killer

Nearly six months after a Hayward man was charged in another murder that had gone unsolved for decades, DNA evidence has led investigators to accuse him of the 1974 killing of a 21-year-old woman near the Stanford University campus.

Thursday, 12:20 PM | No comments yet
Arrest in 1970s cold-case murder points to serial killer

Nearly six months after a Hayward man was charged in another murder that had gone unsolved for decades, DNA evidence has led investigators to accuse him of the 1974 killing of a 21-year-old woman near the Stanford University campus.

Thursday, 12:03 PM | No comments yet
Arrest in 1970s cold-case murder points to serial killer

Nearly six months after a Hayward man was charged in another murder that had gone unsolved for decades, DNA evidence has led investigators to accuse him of the 1974 killing of a 21-year-old woman near the Stanford University campus.

Thursday, 11:57 AM | No comments yet
Arrest in 1970s cold-case murder points to serial killer

Nearly six months after a Hayward man was charged in another murder that had gone unsolved for decades, DNA evidence has led investigators to accuse him of the 1974 killing of a 21-year-old woman near the Stanford University campus.

Thursday, 11:18 AM | 2 comments
Woodside: SB 50 may enable conversion of single-family homes to multi-family

One of Woodside's long-term goals has been to protect the "rural character" of the community, but a new provision of the proposed state Senate Bill 50 could work to create more housing density than currently exists.

Thursday, 11:14 AM | No comments yet
Spurred by loss, Palo Alto teacher organizes suicide awareness walk in Woodside

Jaclyn Petty, a fourth-grade teacher in Palo Alto whose brother died by suicide in 2016, is organizing the Peninsula's first-ever Hike for Hope on May 19 in Woodside to raise money for suicide awareness.

Thursday, 9:31 AM | No comments yet
Ester Bugna, historian, library commissioner and lifelong Menlo Park resident, dies at 84

Ester Bugna, a dedicated member of the Menlo Park Historical Association and Library Commission until her last days, died May 6 at the age of 84.

Thursday, 7:36 AM | 4 comments

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Ravenswood board approves contract for interim superintendent

Gina Sudaria will stay on as the Ravenswood City School District's interim superintendent through next year or until a new superintendent is hired under a contract the school board approved for her last week.

Wednesday, 4:43 PM | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Ravenswood redwoods to face ax after council's final ruling

Following a months-long appeal process led by a group of residents seeking to preserve seven redwood trees at the corner of El Camino Real at Ravenswood Avenue, the Menlo Park City Council voted 4-0 to let the trees come down.

Wednesday, 11:56 AM | 4 comments
Menlo Park unveils three conceptual plans for Middle Ave bike/ped crossing

Menlo Park transportation engineers and consultants unveiled three conceptual designs for a bike and pedestrian crossing beneath the Caltrain tracks at Middle Avenue on Monday.

Wednesday, 11:16 AM | 15 comments
Forecast: Unseasonable weather could last all week

A stretch of unseasonable weather is back in the Bay Area, starting last night and continuing through the weekend, according to the National Weather Service.

Wednesday, 10:30 AM | No comments yet
Local photographer illuminates the many faces of immigration

Menlo Park resident Mark Tuschman has earned accolades for his international photography. Now, he has turned his photographic lens closer to home to explore a topic that resonates with him on a deep personal level: immigration.

Wednesday, 8:29 AM | No comments yet
Polito to head Las Lomitas district

Woodside Elementary School District Superintendent Beth Polito will head the neighboring Las Lomitas School District beginning July 1.

Wednesday, 8:24 AM | 1 comment

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Construction on Portola Valley schools to start this summer

The Portola Valley School District will launch construction projects this summer funded by Measure Z, a $49.5 million bond to pay for repairs and renovations on its two campuses.

Tuesday, 7:19 PM | 2 comments
Tonight: Final decision expected on Ravenswood redwoods

An appeal months in the making over the proposed felling of seven prominent redwood trees at the corner of El Camino Real and Ravenswood Avenue is scheduled to come to the Menlo Park City Council tonight for a final decision.

Tuesday, 11:41 AM | 2 comments
Tuesday: Woodside council to consider solar panel study

The Woodside Town Council will discuss a feasibility study on installing solar panels to power town facilities at its meeting tonight (May 14) -- a plan that has generated some controversy.

Tuesday, 10:26 AM | No comments yet
Forecast: Back-to-back storms to hit Bay Area this week

A pair of back-to-back storms will move through the Bay Area this week, with the first coming through on Tuesday through Thursday and the second on Friday through the weekend, according to the National Weather Service.

Tuesday, 8:45 AM | No comments yet

Monday, May 13, 2019

The Blitz aims to wipe out sudden oak death

The Peninsula version of "The SOD Blitz," which will take place in Portola Valley on May 18, aims to identify evidence of sudden oak death.

Monday, 4:56 PM | No comments yet
Helping neighbors in need

More than 1,500 volunteers spent a Saturday late last month repairing homes and community centers on the Peninsula as part of National Rebuilding Day.

Monday, 1:36 PM | No comments yet
Tonight: Open house to discuss bike/pedestrian rail crossing in Menlo Park

The city of Menlo Park is moving forward with plans to build a grade-separated bike and pedestrian rail crossing at Middle Avenue. It's hosting a meeting tonight (May 13) to get community feedback on early project designs.

Monday, 10:45 AM | 3 comments
Home sales

A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula, where Atherton recorded the highest home sale at $24 million for a contemporary 13,014-square-foot home with seven bedrooms and 12 bathrooms on Faxon Road.

Monday, 9:14 AM | No comments yet

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Radioactive material found in late SLAC scientist's home identified

Radioactive material that was removed from a shed behind a vacant San Carlos home and partially catalogued on May 3 has been identified, city officials said.

Sunday, 9:01 AM | No comments yet

Saturday, May 11, 2019

For stressed-out families, local doctors are prescribing a new fix: public parks

It's no secret that getting outdoors is good for people. Bay Area health officials have been at the heart of a growing movement that encourages families and individuals to enjoy time in nature.

Saturday, 1:44 PM | 14 comments
Menlo Park man heads to trial on attempted murder charge

A Menlo Park resident accused of attempted murder will get a jury trial beginning on June 17 following his May 10 arraignment in Superior Court, according to San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.

Saturday, 8:52 AM | No comments yet

Friday, May 10, 2019

San Mateo County coalition demands major contributions from Stanford

Stanford has long been trying to win support from the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors for its big growth plans. Now a coalition of San Mateo County leaders is saying: "What about us?"

Friday, 5:53 PM | 3 comments
Saturday in Portola Valley: Big Barn Bash celebrates 10 years of therapeutic animal programs

The nonprofit Jasper Ridge Farm, which offers animal-based therapy for special-needs and sick children as well as veterans and other adults, is holding its annual fundraiser on May 11.

Friday, 1:44 PM | No comments yet
Views from the Trail

Menlo Park photographer Frances Freyberg Blackburn is exhibiting her work in a show called "Views from the Trail" at Portola Art Gallery in Menlo Park through May, with an artist's reception set for Saturday, May 11.

Friday, 11:55 AM | No comments yet
Portola Valley keeping pace with affordable housing target

Portola Valley has met its target for total number of affordable housing units under California state rules three years early, but the quest is continuing to develop more.

Friday, 8:40 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Menlo Park: Suspect pleads not guilty to murder charge

Francis Wolke, the man accused of killing Menlo Park resident and former Atherton town arborist Kathy Hughes Anderson in her home on Dec. 12, pleaded not guilty of murder in court today.

Thursday, 5:15 PM | No comments yet
Free Horse Fair in Portola Valley on May 11

Horse lovers are in luck on Saturday, May 11, when the sixth annual Horse Fair comes to Portola Valley Town Center from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Thursday, 4:34 PM | No comments yet
'Women/Mujeres' art show this Saturday in downtown Menlo Park

Marcela's Village Gallery at 883 Santa Cruz Ave. in downtown Menlo Park, is hosting an exhibit called "Women/Mujeres," which is curated to celebrate women of all types -- women who have kids and women who don't.

Thursday, 4:25 PM | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Council takes step toward possible minimum wage ordinance

Menlo Park is surrounded by cities that have adopted minimum wage ordinances, and now, the City Council is considering passing such an ordinance here.

Thursday, 11:53 AM | 1 comment
Menlo Park: Two suspects arrested in Willows neighborhood market burglary

Menlo Park police arrested two men on May 7 who allegedly tried to flee after burglarizing La Hacienda Market at 1933 Menalto Ave. in the Willows neighborhood.

Thursday, 11:33 AM | No comments yet
Hate crime charge dropped in Menlo Park vandalism case

Prosecutors have dropped two initial counts against a San Diego man after a court hearing for an April 24 incident in Menlo Park in which he is accused of vandalizing cars and making threats, according to San Mateo County Deputy District Attorney Al Serrato.

Thursday, 10:11 AM | 2 comments
Friday: Woodside's Walk for Water

The Woodside Elementary School community will host the 10th annual Walk for Water in Woodside on Friday, May 10. The goal is to raise $15,000 for clean water in Samburu, Kenya, according to a press release.

Thursday, 8:08 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Portola Valley: Community meetings on Stanford Wedge project begin Thursday

The town of Portola Valley is working with Stanford University to build housing on the Stanford Wedge property, a 75-acre site along Alpine Road between Westridge and Golden Oak drives, and two community meetings to discuss the plan have been scheduled.

Wednesday, 4:08 PM | No comments yet
Atherton: Road rage leads to robbery

A road rage incident on Monday (May 6) afternoon led to an assault and robbery in Atherton, according to police.

Wednesday, 1:16 PM | 5 comments
Menlo Park: 'Willow Village' should have more affordable housing, better jobs-housing balance, locals say

In the second formal study session the City Council has held to discuss Facebook's enormous development proposal in Menlo Park, its "Willow Village," it was clear that residents are going to be asking for more than a grocery store and pharmacy, and specifically, more housing.

Wednesday, 11:57 AM | 1 comment
With new plan, Caltrain prepares for ridership surge

Facing persistent funding challenges, a growing ridership base and a patchwork of plans from Peninsula cities for redesigning rail crossings, Caltrain is advancing a new business plan to help it navigate the competing pressures.

Wednesday, 8:56 AM | No comments yet
Woodside school district names choice for new superintendent

The Woodside Elementary School District has chosen its middle school principal to fill the post of outgoing Superintendent Beth Polito, pending a vote in an open-session meeting.

Wednesday, 8:26 AM | 2 comments

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Facing a rent hike, Peninsula Youth Theatre launches fundraiser

Peninsula Youth Theatre, a regional group that works with local kids who want to experience life under the spotlight, is facing a 45% rent increase, so it's launching a fundraising campaign to help it stay in its longtime home in Mountain View.

Tuesday, 6:01 PM | No comments yet
Home sales

A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula, where Los Altos recorded the highest home sale at $5.5 million.

Tuesday, 11:55 AM | No comments yet
Tonight: Menlo Park council to discuss minimum wage ordinance, Facebook's 'Willow Village'

The Menlo Park City Council has a busy agenda set for its meeting tonight, including a discussion of a possible minimum wage ordinance and a study session on Facebook's large new "Willow Village" development proposal.

Tuesday, 11:41 AM | 1 comment
When it comes to housing bill, neighboring cities see things differently

With a range of housing bills now sweeping through Sacramento, elected leaders from Menlo Park, Palo Alto and East Palo Alto met in a rare summit Monday night to swap ideas and share concerns about the shifting political landscape and its implications for local zoning.

Tuesday, 10:33 AM | 10 comments
Roberta Zarea appointed new PV schools superintendent

The Portola Valley School District school board selected Roberta Zarea as its new superintendent at a May 1 meeting.

Tuesday, 8:49 AM | No comments yet

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