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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 | No comments yet
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 | 3 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

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Appeals court says class action lawsuit against Facebook can proceed

A federal appeals court in San Francisco ruled on Thursday (Aug. 8) that Facebook users in Illinois can proceed with a class action lawsuit challenging the social media company's use of facial recognition technology.

Thursday, 5:18 PM | 1 comment
As KIPP seeks to open new high school, school board expresses reservations

The national charter school organization KIPP is seeking to expand its presence in San Mateo County with a new high school that would serve about 650 students when fully enrolled.

Thursday, 3:55 PM | 3 comments
Rep. Jackie Speier to hold meeting in Menlo Park Friday

Congresswoman Jackie Speier will hold a meeting on Friday, Aug. 9, in the Menlo Park City Hall conference room where she is expected to discuss local and federal issues with at least some members of the City Council.

Thursday, 11:13 AM | No comments yet
Goods' prices rise faster than wages in the Bay Area

Living expenses outpaced wages over the 12 months ending in June in the San Jose-San Francisco Oakland metropolitan area, federal officials announced Wednesday (Aug. 7).

Thursday, 8:37 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Atherton, Menlo Park communities celebrate National Night Out

National Night Out brought neighborhoods together to meet local police and fire department staff on Tuesday evening, Aug. 6.

Wednesday, 5:54 PM | No comments yet
'Village People' prepare to close up shop

Village Stationers, a family-owned stationery store with locations in Menlo Park and Los Altos, will be closing its doors on Aug. 17 after 53 years in business.

Wednesday, 5:16 PM | 9 comments
New Portola Valley school superintendent focuses on parcel tax, curriculum and communication

Roberta Zarea has been getting to know the Portola Valley School District since she became its superintendent on July 1.

Wednesday, 11:49 AM | 2 comments
Stanford visiting professor among latest Breakthrough Prize winners

Three physicists, including one with Stanford University ties, will share $3 million awarded at the Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics ceremony in Mountain View in November for their 1976 theory of "supergravity."

Wednesday, 10:30 AM | No comments yet
Menlo Park library launches new tutoring services

A new homework support center is on its way to the Belle Haven Library.

Wednesday, 7:39 AM | No comments yet

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