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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
PV 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 | No comments yet
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 | 2 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 | 1 comment
This weekend: Woodside's Day of the Horse

Days are rapidly getting shorter and leaves are starting to fall " 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 | No comments yet
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

Monday, October 7, 2019

Offshore wind prompts fire watch, possible PG&E shutoffs

Strong, dry winds across large areas of Northern and Central California may prompt PG&E to turn off power across 30 counties, including San Mateo County, on Wednesday and Thursday.

Monday, 12:07 PM | 9 comments
Enrollment dip continues in local schools

Enrollment has dipped again this year in local elementary school districts, which is mostly attributable to families moving away from the area because they can't afford to live here, district officials say.

Monday, 9:05 AM | 4 comments

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Spare the Air alert issued for Monday

Another Spare the Air alert will be in effect Monday, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District has announced.

Sunday, 8:33 PM | No comments yet
Guest opinion: A call for new models to improve the downtown, make staff more accountable

Sloane Citron's recent guest opinion on the state of the Menlo Park downtown raised many important points.

Sunday, 8:54 AM | 20 comments

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Spare the Air alert issued for Sunday throughout the Bay Area

A short hot spell in the forecast, combined with car exhaust, has prompted Bay Area air district officials to issue a Spare the Air alert for smog on Sunday.

Saturday, 3:35 PM | No comments yet
Sheriff's office locates missing woman with Alzheimer's disease

The San Mateo County Sheriff's Office has located a 69-year-old woman with Alzheimer's disease who was reported missing, the agency said Saturday.

Saturday, 11:59 AM | 1 comment
Home sales for the week of Sept. 30

A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula, where Atherton recorded the highest sale at $20,500,000 for a five-bedroom, three-level contemporary home that includes a two-story climbing wall and glasswork by a Napa artisan.

Saturday, 8:54 AM | No comments yet

Friday, October 4, 2019

Inclusivity on the sidelines

Menlo-Atherton's cheerleading teams are striving to be inclusive of all students.

Friday, 3:53 PM | 1 comment
Biden on Trump: 'We've got to save capitalism from this guy'

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden took jabs at President Donald Trump during a campaign fundraiser in downtown Palo Alto on Thursday afternoon, citing his own versatile resume as an advantage should the two face off in 2020.

Friday, 11:46 AM | 9 comments
Facebook announces plan to fund new Belle Haven Library and community center

Facebook officials introduced plans to fund a "state-of-the-art" community center in Menlo Park's Belle Haven neighborhood during a community meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 2.

Friday, 11:40 AM | 12 comments
Bay Area home sales slip to 9-year low

Home sales in the Bay Area hit a nine-year low during the month of August, according to new data released last month by financial services firm CoreLogic.

Friday, 11:05 AM | No comments yet
San Mateo County supervisors add $296 million in spending to final budget

The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors added $296 million worth of expenditures to the final 2019-21 budget before adopting it Tuesday, Sept. 24.

Friday, 9:01 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Biden lunches in downtown Palo Alto to raise campaign funds

Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden was in Palo Alto on Thursday for a private fundraising luncheon at a downtown restaurant.

Thursday, 4:16 PM | 3 comments
Curtain falls on cinema era at Guild Theatre

The Guild Theatre, Menlo Park's longest-running movie theater, closed Sept. 26 after its final screening of the evening, a 7:05 p.m. showing of "Official Secrets."

Thursday, 11:12 AM | No comments yet
Menlo Park man accused of throwing skateboard at driver pleads not guilty

A Menlo Park man charged with felony vandalism for throwing his skateboard at a moving car in an unprovoked incident last week in Atherton pleaded not guilty on Oct. 1, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office.

Thursday, 8:54 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Menlo Park: Man armed with machete, knife threatened Caltrans workers

Bayfront Expressway was shut down for more than an hour Wednesday after a man allegedly brandished a machete and knife at road workers and threatened to kill them.

Wednesday, 2:57 PM | 3 comments
Survey: PV school district voters would support parcel tax renewal

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. The board will discuss the survey tonight.

Wednesday, 11:53 AM | 3 comments
Board of Supervisors declares climate change emergency

The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors gave an extra push to its efforts to combat climate change by passing a resolution on Sept. 17 declaring a climate change emergency.

Wednesday, 11:14 AM | 1 comment
Defendant in Menlo Park stabbing deemed incompetent to stand trial

Doctors examining Marvin Lomeli, 21, of Redwood City have determined that he is not competent to stand trial for assault with a deadly weapon and assault with the intent to create great bodily injury after a stabbing in Menlo Park.

Wednesday, 10:29 AM | No comments yet
Willow/U.S. 101 interchange project complete

The Caltrans project to rebuild the highway interchange at Willow Road and U.S. 101 has been completed. The project's completion was celebrated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony held the morning of Tuesday, Sept. 24.

Wednesday, 8:40 AM | 8 comments

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