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Sunday, May 26, 2019

Police calls: Ride-share driver uses a Taser on passenger

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

Sunday, 8:50 AM | No comments yet

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Menlo Park council pumps brakes on Middle Avenue bike lanes

The Menlo Park City Council chastised staff May 21 for not doing enough public outreach before drawing up potential plans for new bike lanes on Middle Avenue that could eliminate street parking for up to 135 cars along the road.

Saturday, 9:09 AM | 3 comments

Friday, May 24, 2019

Police looking for man who stabbed East Palo Alto resident

East Palo Alto police are looking for a man who stabbed a 26-year-old male on the 400 block of East O'Keefe Street early in the morning on May 15. Investigators on Friday released a sketch of the man in the hopes that he'll be located.

Friday, 3:29 PM | No comments yet
Menlo Park woman who paid $15K in college admissions scam pleads guilty

Menlo Park resident Marjorie Klapper pleaded guilty Friday in the national college admissions scam, becoming the fourth parent with Midpeninsula ties to make such a move in federal court.

Friday, 2:10 PM | 1 comment
'This is not saying we're anti-charter.' Ravenswood school board backs state charter bills

The Ravenswood City school board unanimously approved Thursday night a charter school moratorium that throws their support behind a raft of state legislation that they insist is not anti-charter, but rather pro-local control.

Friday, 11:24 AM | 1 comment
Portola Valley winery seeks tasting room permit

The economics of the wine business and preserving open space are a couple of key considerations facing Neely Wine and the town of Portola Valley in the winery's effort to open a tasting room on its property.

Friday, 10:03 AM | 3 comments
Menlo Park: Library events focus on mental health awareness

The Menlo Park Library has been hosting a series of activities this month focusing on mental health and improving awareness about it in the community.

Friday, 8:20 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, May 23, 2019

First Portola Valley School District superintendent Tony Rose remembered

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 25, for Tony Rose, the founding superintendent of Portola Valley School District, who died March 13 at the age of 99.

Thursday, 4:08 PM | No comments yet
Despite Stanford objections, county calls for more housing in campus expansion

Stanford University would be required to build more than 2,000 housing units and to offer nearly half of them at below market rate to secure permission for its expansion plan under conditions that Santa Clara County released Wednesday.

Thursday, 1:02 PM | 4 comments
Empowering through science

M-A student Rachel Park started Curieus, a nonprofit aimed at fostering interest in STEM among underserved elementary school kids in the Bay Area, this school year.

Thursday, 10:30 AM | 1 comment
As statewide tensions continue, East Palo Alto school district eyes charter school moratorium

The Ravenswood City School District Board of Education could become the latest public agency to lend its voice to the divisive fight against charter school growth in California.

Thursday, 8:38 AM | 4 comments

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

By pleading guilty in college-admissions scandal, Menlo Park father could face prison time

A Menlo Park father charged with taking part in a nationwide college-admissions scam to get his daughter into a top-ranked university pleaded guilty to one count of mail fraud and honest services mail fraud on Wednesday morning.

Wednesday, 5:04 PM | 1 comment
Menlo School students win laurels at state Latin convention

Students in the Menlo School Junior Classical League (JCL) won multiple high honors at a recent state convention of JCL chapters from around the state, including first-place overall award in the medium-size high school division.

Wednesday, 4:38 PM | No comments yet
Emerald Lake Hills woman is snatch-and-run victim

A pair of thieves stole a purse from a woman seated in her car in the Emerald Lake Hills area of unincorporated San Mateo County Tuesday afternoon (May 21), according to the county Sheriff's Office.

Wednesday, 1:56 PM | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Expert says paying for train tunnel would require 'significant' new development

Last week, Palo Alto scrapped its exploration of an underground rail line. Tuesday, Menlo Park's City Council heard from a Stanford professor about the real costs of undergrounding its portion of the Caltrain line.

Wednesday, 11:53 AM | 9 comments
San Mateo County court partners with Stanford to send text reminders before traffic hearings

San Mateo County Superior Court has partnered with Stanford Law School to deliver text message reminders to people who have upcoming traffic court hearings, according to court officials.

Wednesday, 11:21 AM | No comments yet
Thursday: Menlo Park meeting focuses on creek plans

A meeting to discuss proposed changes to the plan to provide flood protection along the San Francisquito Creek, upstream of U.S. 101, will be held on Thursday, May 23, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Laurel School Upper Campus.

Wednesday, 10:11 AM | No comments yet
Robert Kelley: Theater founder honored with lifetime achievement award

When he joined a Palo Alto Children's Theatre production at age 9, Robert Kelley didn't know he would dedicate his life to local theater or ultimately impact generations of local actors and audiences.

Wednesday, 8:03 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Menlo Park Rotary awards scholarships

More than 100 students from four local high schools received scholarships and academic achievement awards during the Rotary Club of Menlo Park's scholastic achievement awards ceremony on May 13.

Tuesday, 4:07 PM | 1 comment
New Menlo Park budget dedicates $23.9M in new funds for capital improvements

The city of Menlo Park on Friday (May 17) revealed a new draft budget, laying out a $171.9 spending plan, $23.9 million of which represents new funding allocated for the city's capital improvement plan.

Tuesday, 11:58 AM | No comments yet
Ward and Mary Paine: Pioneer preservationists honored with lifetime achievement award

Portola Valley duo Ward and Mary Paine have been key players in preserving tens of thousands of acres of Peninsula hills, baylands and coastside as permanent open space over more than five decades.

Tuesday, 11:39 AM | 1 comment
Memorial service Friday for Laurel School teacher Monique Christian Donecho

A memorial service will be held on Friday, May 24, for Monique Christian Donecho, an art teacher at Laurel School in Menlo Park who passed away on May 15 at the age of 37 after a 15-month battle with breast cancer.

Tuesday, 10:59 AM | No comments yet
Jobless rate falls among all Bay Area regions

Over nearly the last two years, unemployment has fallen in the seven urban regions of the Bay Area, according to the latest data released Friday (May 17) by the California Employment Development Department.

Tuesday, 8:48 AM | No comments yet

Monday, May 20, 2019

Rob Lindner steps up to top job in Woodside fire district

Rob Lindner, who was among the first paramedics hired by the Woodside Fire Protection District, officially took over as the district's fire chief on April 25.

Monday, 4:26 PM | 1 comment
Community role model: Rita Williams conquered 'barriers to success,' and now helps others who face them

Star journalist Rita Williams of Portola Valley retired from her job at KTVU television in 2013, but after a 35-year career in Bay Area TV she was not about to sit still.

Monday, 11:44 AM | 1 comment
Portola Valley may update its 1964-vintage general plan

Portola Valley is considering an update to its current general plan, which was adopted in 1964. The plan would take a long-term perspective into the future and would be a road map for future development.

Monday, 9:30 AM | 3 comments

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Home sales

A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula, where Menlo Park recorded the highest home sale at $6.8 million for a 5,196-square-foot home with six bedrooms and six bathrooms on Bay Laurel Drive.

Sunday, 8:49 AM | 2 comments

Saturday, May 18, 2019

National Merit Scholarship winners announced

Five high school students who attend schools in The Almanac's coverage area have been named winners of National Merit Scholarships of $2,500.

Saturday, 8:35 AM | 1 comment

Friday, May 17, 2019

Cal Fire plans work along Kings Mountain Road next month

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) is planning to begin its major fire suppression project along Kings Mountain Road in and near San Mateo County's Huddart Park early in June.

Friday, 4:02 PM | 2 comments
Menlo Park fire board meeting gets contentious

The Menlo Park Fire Protection District board moved forward with a plan for an emergency notification system and agreed to ratify a Joint Powers Authority agreement May 14, but there was disagreement behind both those decisions.

Friday, 11:42 AM | 7 comments
Talking trash

Local garbage-processing centers face new challenges because of a change in China's policy on accepting recycling, which severely restricts the type and purity level of material that can be shipped there for processing.

Friday, 8:14 AM | 1 comment

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Contentious state housing bill punted to 2020

Senate Bill 50, a contentious bill that aimed to encourage more housing near transit, suffered a setback Thursday when the state Senate Appropriation Committee chair announced that the bill will not be brought for a hearing until 2020.

Thursday, 3:07 PM | 4 comments
Arrest in 1970s cold-case murder points to serial killer

Nearly six months after a Hayward man was charged in another murder that had gone unsolved for decades, DNA evidence has led investigators to accuse him of the 1974 killing of a 21-year-old woman near the Stanford University campus.

Thursday, 12:22 PM | No comments yet
Arrest in 1970s cold-case murder points to serial killer

Nearly six months after a Hayward man was charged in another murder that had gone unsolved for decades, DNA evidence has led investigators to accuse him of the 1974 killing of a 21-year-old woman near the Stanford University campus.

Thursday, 12:20 PM | No comments yet
Arrest in 1970s cold-case murder points to serial killer

Nearly six months after a Hayward man was charged in another murder that had gone unsolved for decades, DNA evidence has led investigators to accuse him of the 1974 killing of a 21-year-old woman near the Stanford University campus.

Thursday, 12:03 PM | No comments yet
Arrest in 1970s cold-case murder points to serial killer

Nearly six months after a Hayward man was charged in another murder that had gone unsolved for decades, DNA evidence has led investigators to accuse him of the 1974 killing of a 21-year-old woman near the Stanford University campus.

Thursday, 11:57 AM | No comments yet
Arrest in 1970s cold-case murder points to serial killer

Nearly six months after a Hayward man was charged in another murder that had gone unsolved for decades, DNA evidence has led investigators to accuse him of the 1974 killing of a 21-year-old woman near the Stanford University campus.

Thursday, 11:18 AM | 2 comments
Woodside: SB 50 may enable conversion of single-family homes to multi-family

One of Woodside's long-term goals has been to protect the "rural character" of the community, but a new provision of the proposed state Senate Bill 50 could work to create more housing density than currently exists.

Thursday, 11:14 AM | No comments yet
Spurred by loss, Palo Alto teacher organizes suicide awareness walk in Woodside

Jaclyn Petty, a fourth-grade teacher in Palo Alto whose brother died by suicide in 2016, is organizing the Peninsula's first-ever Hike for Hope on May 19 in Woodside to raise money for suicide awareness.

Thursday, 9:31 AM | No comments yet
Ester Bugna, historian, library commissioner and lifelong Menlo Park resident, dies at 84

Ester Bugna, a dedicated member of the Menlo Park Historical Association and Library Commission until her last days, died May 6 at the age of 84.

Thursday, 7:36 AM | 6 comments

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Ravenswood board approves contract for interim superintendent

Gina Sudaria will stay on as the Ravenswood City School District's interim superintendent through next year or until a new superintendent is hired under a contract the school board approved for her last week.

Wednesday, 4:43 PM | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Ravenswood redwoods to face ax after council's final ruling

Following a months-long appeal process led by a group of residents seeking to preserve seven redwood trees at the corner of El Camino Real at Ravenswood Avenue, the Menlo Park City Council voted 4-0 to let the trees come down.

Wednesday, 11:56 AM | 4 comments
Menlo Park unveils three conceptual plans for Middle Ave bike/ped crossing

Menlo Park transportation engineers and consultants unveiled three conceptual designs for a bike and pedestrian crossing beneath the Caltrain tracks at Middle Avenue on Monday.

Wednesday, 11:16 AM | 18 comments
Forecast: Unseasonable weather could last all week

A stretch of unseasonable weather is back in the Bay Area, starting last night and continuing through the weekend, according to the National Weather Service.

Wednesday, 10:30 AM | No comments yet
Local photographer illuminates the many faces of immigration

Menlo Park resident Mark Tuschman has earned accolades for his international photography. Now, he has turned his photographic lens closer to home to explore a topic that resonates with him on a deep personal level: immigration.

Wednesday, 8:29 AM | No comments yet
Polito to head Las Lomitas district

Woodside Elementary School District Superintendent Beth Polito will head the neighboring Las Lomitas School District beginning July 1.

Wednesday, 8:24 AM | 1 comment

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Construction on Portola Valley schools to start this summer

The Portola Valley School District will launch construction projects this summer funded by Measure Z, a $49.5 million bond to pay for repairs and renovations on its two campuses.

Tuesday, 7:19 PM | 2 comments
Tonight: Final decision expected on Ravenswood redwoods

An appeal months in the making over the proposed felling of seven prominent redwood trees at the corner of El Camino Real and Ravenswood Avenue is scheduled to come to the Menlo Park City Council tonight for a final decision.

Tuesday, 11:41 AM | 2 comments
Tuesday: Woodside council to consider solar panel study

The Woodside Town Council will discuss a feasibility study on installing solar panels to power town facilities at its meeting tonight (May 14) -- a plan that has generated some controversy.

Tuesday, 10:26 AM | No comments yet
Forecast: Back-to-back storms to hit Bay Area this week

A pair of back-to-back storms will move through the Bay Area this week, with the first coming through on Tuesday through Thursday and the second on Friday through the weekend, according to the National Weather Service.

Tuesday, 8:45 AM | No comments yet

Monday, May 13, 2019

The Blitz aims to wipe out sudden oak death

The Peninsula version of "The SOD Blitz," which will take place in Portola Valley on May 18, aims to identify evidence of sudden oak death.

Monday, 4:56 PM | No comments yet
Helping neighbors in need

More than 1,500 volunteers spent a Saturday late last month repairing homes and community centers on the Peninsula as part of National Rebuilding Day.

Monday, 1:36 PM | No comments yet
Tonight: Open house to discuss bike/pedestrian rail crossing in Menlo Park

The city of Menlo Park is moving forward with plans to build a grade-separated bike and pedestrian rail crossing at Middle Avenue. It's hosting a meeting tonight (May 13) to get community feedback on early project designs.

Monday, 10:45 AM | 3 comments
Home sales

A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula, where Atherton recorded the highest home sale at $24 million for a contemporary 13,014-square-foot home with seven bedrooms and 12 bathrooms on Faxon Road.

Monday, 9:14 AM | No comments yet

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