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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Caltrain proposes fare increases starting in 2020

People can weigh in on potential Caltrain fare changes at a series of public meetings the agency will hold this month.

Wednesday, 8:46 PM | No comments yet
Atherton house under construction for 40 years will be demolished

A house in Atherton that has been under construction for more than 40 years will be demolished, but delays from utility companies have pushed back the date of the teardown, according to City Manager George Rodericks.

Wednesday, 3:57 PM | 1 comment
Atherton: City Council to discuss options for easing traffic in town

Traffic mitigation and a proposal for new police body cameras are among the items on tonight's (July 17) Atherton City Council agenda.

Wednesday, 11:54 AM | 3 comments
Menlo Park: City Council supports updates to heritage tree ordinance

On Tuesday, July 16, the Menlo Park City Council adopted recommendations from a task force to update its tree protection law.

Wednesday, 10:29 AM | No comments yet
San Mateo County property values reach record highs

San Mateo County's property assessment roll increased for the 2019-20 fiscal year, the ninth consecutive year of upward movement.

Wednesday, 8:30 AM | 2 comments

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

City seeks new strategy to support 'missing middle'

It's a challenge that has long befuddled policymakers grappling with the housing crisis: How can they create incentives for the construction of housing units intended for rent by mid-range income earners?

Tuesday, 4:08 PM | 1 comment
Mandy Harvey to perform at fundraiser to benefit hearing impaired patients

Mandy Harvey, an "America's Got Talent" Golden Buzzer winner a couple of seasons ago, brings her inspirational talent to the Peninsula to raise money to help under-served and under-insured patients obtain hearing health care.

Tuesday, 4:06 PM | 1 comment
New Menlo Fire Station 6 combines best of old and new

After a 12-year journey with many detours, the Menlo Park Fire Protection District recently opened its new Station 6, which has an inside that couldn't be more up-to-date with an outside that looks like a throwback to earlier times.

Tuesday, 11:45 AM | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Back-to-back meetings for City Council

The Menlo Park City Council is holding back-to-back meetings this week, with one held yesterday, July 15, and one scheduled for tonight, July 16, to tackle some of its ongoing challenges.

Tuesday, 11:41 AM | No comments yet
Teens punch, attempt to rob man at gunpoint on Stanford campus

Three teens accused of punching and attempting to rob a man at Stanford University on Monday were arrested by police near Palo Alto High School, but a fourth boy remains on the loose, according to a Stanford public safety alert.

Tuesday, 9:59 AM | 1 comment
Residents may be vulnerable if insurance is canceled due to wildfire risk

California's Department of Insurance can help homeowners who lose insurance coverage because of wildfire risk find new coverage, but it can't guarantee what the cost or extent of coverage will be under a new policy.

Tuesday, 7:55 AM | 2 comments

Monday, July 15, 2019

Shot fired during confrontation in Menlo Park

A shot was fired during an argument between occupants of an unknown model black sedan and a gray Lexus SUV on Sunday afternoon near the intersection of Hamilton Avenue and Market Place in Menlo Park, police reported.

Monday, 5:22 PM | No comments yet
Menlo Park: new assistant community development director named

Chuck Andrews, a senior building inspector working with the city of Menlo Park, has been promoted to become the city's assistant community development director.

Monday, 8:45 AM | No comments yet

Sunday, July 14, 2019

ICE put on notice by federal court, no Bay Area raids occur

After the American Civil Liberties Union took U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to federal court in Northern California, the impact of the planned raids was subdued on Sunday, an immigrants' rights attorney said.

Sunday, 11:16 PM | 6 comments
They may be slow, but they're not easy to find: Keeping up with the elusive Western pond turtle

A new program by the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District aims to help Western pond turtles, California's only native freshwater turtle species, thrive.

Sunday, 9:09 AM | No comments yet

Saturday, July 13, 2019

'Gift of quiet time' offered on moonlight labyrinth walk

Community members are invited to a moonlight labyrinth walk at Valley Presbyterian Church in Portola Valley on Monday, July 15, from 7 to 9 p.m.

Saturday, 8:20 AM | No comments yet
Kings Mountain Road fire safety work begins July 15

A long-delayed fire suppression project along King's Mountain Road in San Mateo County's Huddert County Park was set to start on Monday, July 15.

Saturday, 8:19 AM | 3 comments

Friday, July 12, 2019

The taste of summer

For the 15th year, Webb Ranch in Portola Valley is welcoming visitors to its fields to take advantage of one of the many perks of summer: berry season.

Friday, 5:12 PM | 1 comment
Grand jury says entire county at risk of wildfire

A San Mateo County Civil Grand Jury report released on July 9 warns residents of urban areas not to be complacent about wildfires since high winds can drive swarms of embers long distances and ignite vulnerable structures.

Friday, 4:41 PM | 7 comments
Menlo School's 'M-Term' gets students out of the classroom, into the community

Menlo School sophomores ended the school year in an unconventional setting: They sat in the church at San Quentin State Prison listening to four inmates, all convicted of violent crimes, with not a guard in sight.

Friday, 3:21 PM | No comments yet
After years of discord, Ravenswood teachers, staff to get raises

After two years of negotiations on a contract that expired in 2016, Ravenswood City School District teachers will finally receive a 7.5% raise, which was approved by the East Palo Alto school board on Tuesday.

Friday, 11:22 AM | No comments yet
Dogged by constant barking, Haven Avenue residents seek relief

The barking is constant, and has been since Jackie Comstock moved in to the Anton Menlo apartment complex on Haven Avenue in April 2017, she says.

Friday, 10:39 AM | 27 comments
Hot temperatures in store for Bay Area this weekend

After a cool few weeks in the Bay Area, residents should anticipate a serious warm-up this weekend with some places expected to see highs in the 90s and even the low 100s.

Friday, 8:29 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Summer fun and learning at local libraries

This summer, local libraries are keeping their calendars full of free, drop-in summer events for all ages. Here are some of the highlights.

Thursday, 6:22 PM | No comments yet
Following his road not taken

At age 45, Steve Blank retired from a career as a serial entrepreneur who co-founded three startups in Silicon Valley and began following a credo he learned from an old friend: Don't forget the common good.

Thursday, 4:15 PM | 4 comments
USGS kicks off move from Menlo Park to Moffett Field

Laying the groundwork for a new epicenter for research, the U.S. Geological Survey this week formally began its relocation from Menlo Park to its new headquarters at Moffett Field in Mountain View.

Thursday, 11:43 AM | 6 comments
Calvin F. Quate, inventor of advanced microscopes, dies at 95

Calvin "Cal" F. Quate, a Stanford University applied physics professor, electrical engineer, and inventor of advanced microscopes, died July 6 at age 95 in his Menlo Park home, according to a Stanford News Service announcement.

Thursday, 10:46 AM | No comments yet
Facebook housing program helps teachers stay local

When the Menlo Park City Council approved Facebook's campus expansion in 2016, it required the company to help address some of the challenges associated with its presence in the city, such as the impact on housing costs.

Thursday, 8:43 AM | 2 comments

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

New voting technology on the way in San Mateo County

San Mateo County will have new voting technology for its Nov. 5 elections.

Wednesday, 5:01 PM | 1 comment
Rep. Anna Eshoo kicks off annual Congressional App Challenge

Middle and high school students in the 18th Congressional District, which includes Palo Alto, Menlo Park and other neighboring cities, are invited to participate in U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo's annual Congressional App Challenge.

Wednesday, 1:45 PM | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Housing proposal on Independence Drive moves forward

A proposal to build 105 apartments and less than 1,000 square feet of commercial space at 111 Independence Drive on the Bay side of Menlo Park is moving forward, following a June 24 discussion by the city's Planning Commission.

Wednesday, 11:25 AM | 8 comments
Two counties react to threat posed by peach fruit flies found in Palo Alto

County officials are inspecting areas in Palo Alto, East Palo Alto and Menlo Park after two male peach fruit flies native to southern Asia were found in Palo Alto, with plans to begin eradication treatments this Thursday.

Wednesday, 9:28 AM | No comments yet
Report: County homelessness is up 21 percent from 2017

The number of people experiencing homelessness in San Mateo County is up 21% from what it was two years ago, the results of a one-day count conducted in January show.

Wednesday, 7:55 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Experts sound the alarm on 2020 election-meddling

Will deception on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter be a major threat in the upcoming 2020 election? According to Ann Ravel, former chair of the Federal Elections Commission, the troubling answer is "Yes."

Tuesday, 3:07 PM | 18 comments
Are you prepared for a Bay Area earthquake?

Following a 6.4-magnitude earthquake on July 4 and a 7.1-magnitude one on July 5 -- both of which originated near Ridgecrest in Southern California -- seismologists are emphasizing the value of preparedness across the state.

Tuesday, 11:12 AM | 1 comment
Atherton: Two construction site burglaries reported over Fourth of July weekend

A burglar stole $30,000 in tools and other items from two residential construction sites in west Atherton over the Fourth of July weekend, police said on Monday.

Tuesday, 10:08 AM | 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.

Tuesday, 8:49 AM | 3 comments

Monday, July 8, 2019

Woodside: Skyline homicide suspect pleads not guilty, wants to defend himself

The man charged with murder in the stabbing deaths of two men on Skyline Boulevard last month has pleaded not guilty and filed paperwork with the court to represent himself, according to the District Attorney's Office.

Monday, 6:32 PM | No comments yet
Under new leadership, Ravenswood to start school consolidation process

The Ravenswood City School District in East Palo Alto is starting to discuss consolidating schools -- a process that's sure to be thorny but that the interim superintendent of the K-8 district says is necessary to its survival.

Monday, 11:31 AM | 1 comment
Little agreement on sites for Portola Valley affordable housing

Portola Valley officials seem to be stuck between a rock and a hard place in terms of meeting increasing pressures from Sacramento for more high-density affordable housing and the demands of residents.

Monday, 8:33 AM | 3 comments

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Judge finds witness tampering in ADA lawsuit

Two defendants have been caught tampering with a witness in a lawsuit against a San Jose law firm that has sued thousands of California small businesses for minor accessibility violations, including several in Menlo Park.

Sunday, 8:32 AM | 6 comments

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Josh Becker endorsed by governor for state Senate

Josh Becker, a Menlo Park resident running for California state Senate in District 13 next year, has landed an endorsement from Gov. Gavin Newsom.

Saturday, 8:36 AM | 10 comments

Friday, July 5, 2019

A passionate voice for theater

Recent Sacred Heart Prep graduate Armand Akbari is the winner in the voice category of the annual $15,000 Steve Silver Foundation & Beach Blanket Babylon Scholarship for the Arts.

Friday, 3:51 PM | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Revelers celebrate Fourth of July at annual parade

Residents were dressed in their red, white and blue best for Menlo Park's annual Fourth of July parade and celebration on Thursday.

Friday, 11:33 AM | No comments yet
Equity for Menlo Park students discussed at school district meeting

Council members, residents and community organizers attended a Menlo Park City School District study session about student equity to let school board members know that they believe the district should take a closer look at the subject.

Friday, 8:57 AM | 10 comments

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