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Thursday, August 22, 2019

Bus service to M-A High School gets easier this school year

SamTrans, the public bus service for San Mateo County, is adding service to Route 81 to make the commute to and from Menlo-Atherton High School easier for students living in East Palo Alto and Menlo Park's Belle Haven neighborhood.

Thursday, 3:55 PM | No comments yet
Golden Acorn Award winners announced

The winners of Menlo Park's Golden Acorn Awards are a varied, accomplished group: a community cafe, a cycling fundraiser, a free meal program, a program to cut fresh water use at a golf course, and nonprofit and for-profit developers.

Thursday, 11:07 AM | No comments yet
Portola Valley greenlights pursuit of pedestrian, bicyclist safety plan

Portola Valley's public works department received the go-ahead from the Town Council on Aug. 14 to proceed with a plan for a series of safety improvements to make its semi-rural streets and roads safer.

Thursday, 8:36 AM | 1 comment

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Menlo Park man accused of sexual assault of minors arrested again

Randolph Haldeman, who was arrested last month on allegations of sexually assaulting children and then released on bail, was arrested again on Wednesday (Aug. 21) at his Menlo Park home on 20 sexual assault charges.

Wednesday, 8:50 PM | 5 comments
Council votes to cut 165 street parking spots and add bike lanes on Jefferson and Chrysler drives

In order to offer safer passage by bike to Menlo Park's new high school, the City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night (Aug. 20) to remove 165 parking spaces on Jefferson and Chrysler drives and add bike lanes.

Wednesday, 2:21 PM | 2 comments
Thursday: Menlo Park to hold hearing on local minimum wage

A proposal by the city of Menlo Park to require all employers in the city to pay employees a minimum of $15 an hour by Jan. 1, 2020, is the topic for discussion on Thursday, Aug. 22.

Wednesday, 11:57 AM | 15 comments
New effort in the works to build trail from Bay to ocean

Land conservation agencies and local jurisdictions are teaming up behind a bold new plan to build a trail that would allow people to travel by foot, bicycle or horse from the San Francisco Bay to the Pacific Ocean.

Wednesday, 10:26 AM | 5 comments
Local elementary school students return to the classroom this week

The new school year has begun for local public elementary school districts, with most students returning to their classrooms today after the summer break.

Wednesday, 7:57 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Election canceled for Portola Valley school board

The Portola Valley School District's school board election for this fall has been canceled because the number of qualified candidates in the race was equal to the number of open seats, according to county officials.

Tuesday, 2:41 PM | No comments yet
Tonight: Cannabis ban, Willow Village EIR contract, new El Camino building and more on Menlo Park council agenda

The Menlo Park City Council has a busy evening in store for its meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 20.

Tuesday, 11:18 AM | 4 comments
Woodside middle school principal moves into superintendent's office

After nearly two decades with the Woodside Elementary School District, Steve Frank is now filling the district's top management role.

Tuesday, 10:50 AM | No comments yet
Saint Frank Coffee and Schmidt family offices open near Menlo Park Caltrain station

Menlo Park is now officially home to the headquarters of the family foundation and office of former Google chairman Eric Schmidt and a new Peninsula outpost of coffee vendor Saint Frank Coffee.

Tuesday, 9:05 AM | 10 comments

Monday, August 19, 2019

Public comment period for county's Flood Park project review is open

Plans by San Mateo County to renovate Flood Park, a 24-acre park nestled in Menlo Park's residential Suburban Park, Lorelei Manor and Flood Triangle neighborhoods, are slowly moving forward.

Monday, 3:06 PM | 1 comment
'I don't think there is trust on this board.' Fissures emerge between East Palo Alto school trustees during retreat

Nine months after an election created new dynamics on the Ravenswood City School District Board of Education, the new and old trustees are struggling to find common ground.

Monday, 8:32 AM | 2 comments

Sunday, August 18, 2019

From the fields to canvas

California's Salinas Valley, with its fertile fields and high yield of food crops, is known as the Salad Bowl of the World. Sarah Phillips Deen knew it for much of her 83 years of life as home.

Sunday, 9:11 AM | No comments yet

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Menlo Park skydivers to be inducted into Hall of Fame

Alan Eustace and Deke Sonnichson, both of Menlo Park, hadn't known each other -- or of each other's skydiving achievement -- until they met recently at Cafe Borrone to speak to The Almanac.

Saturday, 7:41 AM | No comments yet

Friday, August 16, 2019

Preparing for the worst

Atherton Disaster and Preparedness Team Pesident Tom Prussing talks about disaster preparedness and how he became passionate about the topic.

Friday, 3:58 PM | No comments yet
New Menlo Park high school opens, but construction is ongoing

TIDE Academy, a new high school in Menlo Park, opened for the first day of classes on Wednesday, Aug. 14, but construction is ongoing because of project setbacks, according to school officials. 

Friday, 11:25 AM | 5 comments
Another Spare the Air alert issued as heat wave continues across Bay Area

Bay Area communities can expect another hot day Friday, which has led the Bay Area Air Quality Management District to issue a third consecutive Spare the Air alert this week.

Friday, 9:20 AM | No comments yet
Local home sales for the week of Aug. 5

A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula, where Woodside recorded the highest sale at $16,750,000 for a six-bedroom home on 8 acres, bordering Stanford University's Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve.

Friday, 8:00 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Menlo Park neighborhood hit with auto burglaries

Menlo Park police received reports of five auto burglaries that occurred in the same general vicinity during the early morning hours of Monday, Aug. 12.

Thursday, 1:57 PM | 6 comments
Woodside's electric duo

Contrary to popular belief, it wasn't Elon Musk, but Woodside residents Martin Eberhard and Marc Tarpenning who first built the brand that ignited the electric vehicle revolution.

Thursday, 10:29 AM | No comments yet
Heat advisory, Spare the Air alert in effect Thursday

A heat advisory that the National Weather Service issued remains in effect until 8 p.m. Thursday as temperatures climb to the 90s and 100s in parts of the Bay Area.

Thursday, 8:07 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Woodside: Teague Hill blaze caused by illegal campfire

An illegal campfire was the cause of a wildfire in the Teague Hill Open Space Preserve in Woodside that broke out early in the morning on Sunday, Aug. 11.

Wednesday, 5:12 PM | 4 comments
Menlo Park woman loses $25K in phone scam

A Menlo Park woman was apparently the victim of a phone scam when she mailed $25,000 to an address in New York because she was told it was needed to bail her son out of a Mexican jail, according to the Menlo Park police.

Wednesday, 11:53 AM | No comments yet
Woodside council rules on Menlo Country Club noise ruckus

Debbie Mendelson bought her home on Sheridan Way in Woodside more than 30 years ago, but she says it wasn't until after she moved in that she discovered she had a large and noisy next-door neighbor in the Menlo Country Club.

Wednesday, 10:57 AM | 14 comments
Portola Valley school district to discuss possible parcel tax renewal

As Portola Valley students begin to file into classrooms next week for the start of the school year, school board members will explore renewal of a parcel tax that district officials say is necessary to keep current programs afloat.

Wednesday, 10:50 AM | 3 comments
Stanford Blood Center sounds the call for donations

Stanford Blood Center is in urgent need of blood donations due to a critically low inventory of blood products resulting from a drop in donations over the summer and a higher than normal need.

Wednesday, 8:11 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

High temperatures in forecast prompts heat advisory for parts of the Bay Area

The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for Wednesday and Thursday for parts of the Bay Area.

Tuesday, 9:17 PM | No comments yet
Second straight Spare the Air alert issued for Wednesday

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued another Spare the Air alert for Wednesday because of unhealthy levels of smog expected in the region.

Tuesday, 9:05 PM | No comments yet
Congresswoman Speier, Menlo Park council talk gun violence

Congresswoman Jackie Speier, whose congressional district includes a portion of Menlo Park and parts of Woodside, met with the Menlo Park City Council the morning of Aug. 9.

Tuesday, 3:10 PM | No comments yet
Second straight Spare the Air alert issued for Wednesday

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued another Spare the Air alert for Wednesday because of unhealthy levels of smog expected in the region.

Tuesday, 11:57 AM | No comments yet
Not just horsing around

There was some serious equestrian talent on display during the six-day Menlo Charity Horse Show last week, with some 500 horses and their riders dazzling spectators as they vied for prizes in about 300 classes of competition.

Tuesday, 10:31 AM | No comments yet
Bay Area mayors call for Senate action on gun safety laws

More than 20 Bay Area mayors, including four on the Midpeninsula, are among 249 across the country who have signed a letter calling for action on gun violence legislation in the wake of recent mass shootings.

Tuesday, 8:31 AM | 10 comments

Monday, August 12, 2019

Spare the Air alert issued for Tuesday in Bay Area

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued a Spare the Air alert for Tuesday, the eighth of the summer season, because of unhealthy levels of smog in the region.

Monday, 4:36 PM | No comments yet
Deadline extended for Portola Valley school board candidates

The deadline to pull papers to run for a seat on the Portola Valley School District board has been extended to Wednesday, Aug. 14, after one of the incumbents decided not to run for re-election.

Monday, 2:59 PM | No comments yet
Alleged Safeway shoplifter who threatened employees arrested

Menlo Park police have arrested a 28-year-old man who allegedly threatened Safeway employees with a knife while shoplifting on Sunday night.

Monday, 12:04 PM | 2 comments
Donations needed for back-to-school program

The Ecumenical Hunger Program is sending out an urgent call for donations to its Back to School Program, which has unexpectedly lost a major source of funding to purchase clothing gift cards for kids in need.

Monday, 8:10 AM | No comments yet

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Crews extinguish vegetation fire near Woodside

San Mateo County Fire Department crews extinguished a vegetation fire off of Kings Mountain Road west of Woodside that broke out early Sunday morning, according to fire dispatch.

Sunday, 8:47 AM | No comments yet
Two arrested for DUI, two injured in series of crashes on U.S. 101

Two drivers were arrested on suspicion of DUI and a woman suffered major head injuries as a result of a series of crashes on U.S. Highway 101 in Menlo Park early Sunday morning, according to a California Highway Patrol spokesman.

Sunday, 7:33 AM | 1 comment
SamTrans to reduce day pass fares and shift payment systems

The SamTrans board has approved changes in some of the agency's fares to be more affordable for users.

Sunday, 7:30 AM | No comments yet

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Peninsula festivals to offer free EV test drives

Free test drives of electric vehicles will be offered in August and September at four community festivals on the Peninsula.

Saturday, 9:20 PM | No comments yet
Ravenswood could embark on districtwide naming process

Community concern about losing East Palo Alto's recognition of Cesar Chavez with the phasing out of a middle school named after the civil rights activist could prompt the school district to re-evaluate all of its campus' names.

Saturday, 8:48 AM | 3 comments

Friday, August 9, 2019

Portola Valley sculptor visualizes the big picture

Portola Valley sculptor Roger White Stoller takes the shapes he finds in nature to create works that connect with viewers' imaginations, often because of the attention they attract due to their size and the familiarity of shape.

Friday, 3:28 PM | No comments yet
Woman who embezzled charitable funds from Menlo Park insurance company to serve jail time

A 59-year-old Fremont resident was sentenced Aug. 7 to three months in county jail after pleading no contest to embezzling more than $26,000 from Farmers Insurance in Menlo Park.

Friday, 10:44 AM | 1 comment
Portola Valley rape suspect convicted on all seven counts

A San Francisco man was found guilty by a jury in Redwood City on Thursday (Aug. 8) of the forcible rape of his girlfriend in an incident that took place in Portola Valley in June 2018.

Friday, 8:42 AM | No comments yet

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