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Monday, October 21, 2019

PG&E warns of possible power shutoff in Woodside, Portola Valley

Nearly 6,500 PG&E customers in San Mateo County -- including residents of Woodside and Portola Valley -- could lose power this week as the utility prepares for another fire danger-related power shutoff.

Monday, 5:50 PM | No comments yet
Kitchen fire renders Menlo Park home uninhabitable

Firefighters responded to a kitchen fire at a Menlo Park home Monday morning (Oct. 21) that went up through the stove exhaust vent and burned for a short time in the attic space before it was doused.

Monday, 4:15 PM | No comments yet
Silicon Valley Community Foundation hires new leadership team

The Mountain View-based Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF) announced the hiring of several new executives, part of restructuring after former CEO Emmett Carson and other top staff departed amid toxic workplace complaints.

Monday, 8:15 AM | No comments yet

Sunday, October 20, 2019

National Weather Service warns of more fire danger this week

The National Weather Service is warning of another weather pattern that will lead to an increased risk of wildfires in the Bay Area this week.

Sunday, 3:19 PM | No comments yet
Home sales for the week of Oct. 14

A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula, where Palo Alto recorded the highest sale at $6,500,000 for a five-bedroom homein Old Palo Alto with a resort-style garden that has been featured on the prestigious Gamble Garden tour.

Sunday, 9:12 AM | No comments yet

Saturday, October 19, 2019

San Mateo County cities fume as Stanford rebuffs their funding requests

In a stinging rebuke, a coalition of San Mateo County cities has issued a statement Friday criticizing Stanford for rejecting their requests for funding to address the impacts of its dramatic campus expansion.

Saturday, 5:03 PM | 4 comments
30 years after Loma Prieta, USGS scientists reflect on the quake's impact on their lives and research

Thirty years after the Loma Prieta earthquake struck at 5:04 p.m. Oct. 17, 1989, scientists who were working at Menlo Park's U.S. Geological Survey offices that day can still remember where they were when the shaking began.

Saturday, 7:29 AM | No comments yet

Friday, October 18, 2019

Oracle CEO Mark Hurd, known for his 'visionary' business approach, dies at 62

Silicon Valley tech executive Mark Hurd, who served as CEO for Oracle and Hewlett-Packard, died Friday at the age of 62, according to a statement from co-founder Larry Ellison posted on Hurd's website.

Friday, 6:31 PM | 2 comments
Activists seeking new oversight of Sheriff's Office

Activists in San Mateo County are seeking greater oversight of the Sheriff's Office and asking the county's Board of Supervisors to create a new citizens' oversight body that would be able to compel records from the sheriff.

Friday, 3:59 PM | 2 comments
Jazz festival in Menlo Park promotes youth musicianship

This past weekend, Fremont Park was alive with the sound of jazz as the third annual Silicon Valley Jazz Festival brought a lineup of a dozen concerts by students and professionals alike to Menlo Park on Oct. 12 and 13.

Friday, 1:54 PM | No comments yet
Peninsula cities, companies explore partnership to tackle traffic congestion

Traffic may be a regional problem, but just about every city in the Peninsula has its own local gripes -- and proposed fixes -- for easing congestion on neighborhood streets and prominent commute arteries.

Friday, 11:16 AM | 1 comment
Sequoia teachers receive 3.25% raise

The Sequoia Union High School District Board of Trustees approved a 3.25% pay increase and a new contract for members of the district's teachers union at its meeting on Oct. 16.

Friday, 10:25 AM | 1 comment
Facebook donates $25 million for Palo Alto teacher housing project

A plan to build housing for teachers and school staff in Palo Alto has received a major boost: A $25 million donation from social media giant Facebook.

Friday, 8:36 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Menlo Park murder suspect appears in court for preliminary hearing

Francis Wolke, the 27-year-old Cincinnati man charged with killing former Atherton town arborist Kathy Hughes Anderson in her Menlo Park home last year, appeared at a preliminary hearing in San Mateo County Superior Court on Thursday.

Thursday, 2:58 PM | No comments yet
Woodside Road reopens following crash

Woodside Road from Skyline Boulevard to Portola Road is closed this afternoon (Oct. 17) due to a vehicle accident, according to a San Mateo County Office of Emergency Services alert issued at 2 p.m.

Thursday, 2:09 PM | 1 comment
No significant movement in local students’ test scores

San Mateo County students' standardized test scores remained stagnant during the 2018-19 testing period, but they still outperformed students statewide, according to California Department of Education data released last week.

Thursday, 11:54 AM | 1 comment
Hillview student publishes illustrated book for kids

When a quick online search for a book about extroverts came up empty, 11-year-old Menlo Park resident Charlotte Anthony decided she needed to write her own story.

Thursday, 8:52 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Menlo Park woman sentenced to three weeks in prison for role in college admissions scam

A 50-year-old Menlo Park entrepreneur who fraudulently claimed her son was black or Latino on college admission applications was ordered to pay a $9,500 fine and spend three weeks in federal prison, federal prosecutors said Wednesday.

Wednesday, 5:29 PM | 1 comment
Menlo Park grapples with significance of new state housing law

As Menlo Park's City Council continues to grapple with the challenges of unequal growth in different areas, recently passed state laws are complicating matters in new ways, as became evident at the council's Oct. 15 meeting.

Wednesday, 3:57 PM | 6 comments
Gov. Newsom: PG&E should repay customers affected by public safety power shutoff

After last week's Public Safety Power Shutoff by PG&E that left more than 700,000 customers without power, Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday called on the utility to give a credit or rebate to affected residents and businesses.

Wednesday, 11:48 AM | 7 comments
Today: Atherton council to vote on removing penalty cap on building projects that exceed time limit

Atherton's City Council will vote on Wednesday (Oct. 16) on whether to eliminate a $250,000 penalty cap on building projects that violate the town's construction time-limit provision.

Wednesday, 9:56 AM | No comments yet
Program looks at progress toward Alzheimer's cure

Dr. Sharon Sha, who works with Alzheimer's disease patients and is a researcher in the area of cognitive disorders, will speak on Thursday, Oct. 17, in Menlo Park on progress in finding a cure for Alzheimer's and other dementias.

Wednesday, 8:31 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Man convicted in Portola Valley rape gets 25 years to life sentence

A San Francisco man was sentenced to 25 years and eight months to life in prison on Tuesday (Oct. 15) following his conviction in August for the forcible rape of his girlfriend in an incident that took place in Portola Valley in 2018.

Tuesday, 4:43 PM | No comments yet
Portola Valley school district surveying community on priorities

The Portola Valley School District released an online survey this week to allow residents to provide feedback on priorities as it considers a parcel tax renewal ballot measure.

Tuesday, 3:39 PM | 2 comments
Earthquake felt in many Bay Area cities, including Menlo Park, on Monday night

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.5 roughly centered in Contra Costa County was felt in the Menlo Park area on Monday night.

Tuesday, 11:52 AM | No comments yet
I CARE, a local blindness prevention philanthropy, turns 50

I CARE, a local philanthropy focused on blindness prevention, is set to turn 50 this year, according to organization co-president Bobbie McDonald.

Tuesday, 10:48 AM | No comments yet
Jury trial for former sheriff's deputy, candidate postponed to Nov. 12

Juan Pablo Lopez, a former deputy with the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office, was granted a postponement of a jury trial on charges of election, real estate and insurance fraud at an Oct. 11 hearing in San Mateo County Superior Court.

Tuesday, 8:44 AM | 11 comments

Monday, October 14, 2019

Work starts on closing 'a critical gap' of Bay Trail

Construction has begun on a new segment of the San Francisco Bay Trail in the Ravenswood Preserve near East Palo Alto.

Monday, 2:50 PM | 2 comments
Local nonprofits sue the EPA over Cargill salt ponds ruling

A coalition of local nonprofits is suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and its head, Andrew Wheeler, over the agency's decision that the Cargill Redwood City Salt Ponds are not subject to the U.S. Clean Water Act.

Monday, 8:38 AM | 3 comments

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Home sales for the week of Oct. 7

A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula, where Palo Alto recorded the highest sale at $7,020,000 for a five-bedroom, four-level home in Old Palo Alto that includes a professional home theater and billiards room.

Sunday, 8:57 AM | 3 comments

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Probation, community service and a $9,500 fine for Menlo Park parent sentenced in college admissions scam

Peter Jan Sartorio of Menlo Park, the first local parent to be sentenced in the nationwide college admissions scam, received the lightest sentence handed down so far from a federal judge on Friday.

Saturday, 2:44 PM | No comments yet
Police calls: Wallet with $800 cash stolen in Menlo Park auto burglary

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

Saturday, 8:28 AM | No comments yet

Friday, October 11, 2019

Daisy's Day program provides emergency help to low-income pet owners

Daisy's Day, a veterinary-care program offered by the Palo Alto Humane Society to low-income pet owners, has helped hundreds of animals get the urgent care they need to overcome illness.

Friday, 4:12 PM | 1 comment
Prosecutors challenge psychiatrists' opinion on alleged Skyline killer

Prosecutors are challenging an opinion from two psychiatrists that Malik Dosouqi, the Pacifica resident charged with two murders on Skyline Boulevard in Woodside in June, is not mentally competent to stand trial.

Friday, 11:46 AM | No comments yet
Helping creatures in need

Animal welfare is one of many pressing issues in today's world, and while awareness of the need to help familiar creatures like dogs and cats is high, the plight of animals we encounter less often, including horses, is far lower.

Friday, 8:15 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Portola Valley public schools reopen for classes on Friday after PG&E power shutoffs

Classes will resume tomorrow (Oct. 11) for Portola Valley Elementary School District schools after today's closure due to the threat of power shutoffs in Portola Valley.

Thursday, 4:32 PM | No comments yet
Smoke in Bay Area prompts air advisory

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued an air quality advisory through Friday (Oct. 11) as smoke from wildfires in the Sierra moves into the region.

Thursday, 4:23 PM | No comments yet
Saturday: Come to Cafe Zoe and talk about The Almanac's 'Uneven Ground' series with us

What did you think about The Almanac's reporting project "Uneven Ground"? Do you have thoughts or feedback to share? Come to an event at Cafe Zoe on Saturday to talk about the project and celebrate the local students who contributed.

Thursday, 1:30 PM | No comments yet
Critical business areas spared PG&E outages in Portola Valley and Woodside

Many streets in Portola Valley and Woodside lost power due to PG&E's precautionary shutoffs at about 10 p.m. Wednesday, but businesses and residences close to critical business areas and main roads tended to be spared.

Thursday, 11:49 AM | 3 comments
Portola Valley school district to put parcel tax renewal on March 2020 ballot

A survey commissioned by Portola Valley School District has found that voters would support renewal of a parcel tax that district officials say is necessary to keep current programs afloat.

Thursday, 9:40 AM | 2 comments
This weekend: Woodside's Day of the Horse

Days are rapidly getting shorter and leaves are starting to fall â€" two sure signs that Day of the Horse is just around the corner.

Thursday, 8:08 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Hills residents concerned about spoiling food, cell phone charging in outages

Residents of Portola Valley and Woodside who were to be affected by the PG&E power shutoffs were mostly concerned about food spoiling in warming refrigerators and freezers and keeping their cell phones and other electronics powered up.

Wednesday, 5:17 PM | No comments yet
Supervisors won't restart negotiations with Stanford on campus expansion

Frustrated by its inability to negotiate a deal with Santa Clara County for a significant campus expansion, Stanford University requested Tuesday, Oct. 8, that the county pause its review of the growth plan.

Wednesday, 5:14 PM | No comments yet
Community weighs in on likely environmental effects of Facebook's Willow Village

Facebook is beginning its environmental review process for its proposed Willow Village, a massive project with office and commercial space, housing and a hotel east of U.S. 101 in Menlo Park.

Wednesday, 11:51 AM | No comments yet
Portola Valley public schools to close Thursday as PG&E plans power shutoffs

Portola Valley Elementary School District schools will be closed Thursday (Oct. 10), as strong, dry winds across large areas of Northern and Central California have prompted PG&E to turn off power across 30 counties.

Wednesday, 11:14 AM | No comments yet
Suspect in 2011 murder of Menlo Park teen to answer charges

A former East Palo Alto man charged with the murder of 19-year-old Cate Fisher of Menlo Park in 2011 was held to answer on all charges in a preliminary hearing on Tuesday in San Mateo County Superior Court.

Wednesday, 9:48 AM | 2 comments
Update: Portola Valley, Woodside prepare for power shutoffs at noon today

The Woodside district fire marshal is warning Portola Valley and Woodside residents to prepare themselves and their households for a fire danger-related power shutoff that is expected to begin at noon today and last up to five days.

Wednesday, 8:57 AM | 8 comments

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Fire Weather Watch: Power likely to be cut in Woodside, Portola Valley

The San Mateo County Emergency Alert System announced tonight (Oct. 8) that power shutoffs in Portola Valley and Woodside are "very likely."

Tuesday, 9:14 PM | 2 comments
Portola Valley woman has court date for felony DUI

Katherine Mumford of Portola Valley is set to appear in court on Oct. 21 on charges of felony drunk driving, misdemeanor obstructing an officer and misdemeanor providing false information to a police officer.

Tuesday, 5:03 PM | 6 comments
Atherton to begin testing license plate readers, security cameras to deter crime

In response to a rash of 20 residential burglaries in Atherton over a four-month period, the City Council directed town staff to begin testing license plate readers and security cameras around town.

Tuesday, 11:49 AM | 33 comments
Woodside Planning Commission refines Glens rules changes

The Woodside Planning Department has worked out a compromise for the Glens neighborhood that it hopes will satisfy people who want to expand their homes while satisfying those who want to minimize the effects of growth.

Tuesday, 11:31 AM | 2 comments
Abandoned motorcycle triggers three-hour search near Skyline Boulevard

More than a dozen emergency vehicles responded to an incident on Sunday at about 6 p.m. after a passerby reported seeing an abandoned motorcycle down an embankment on Highway 84 about a mile west of Skyline Boulevard near Woodside.

Tuesday, 7:01 AM | No comments yet

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