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Menlo Park councilwoman held Facebook shares through most of 2017
Amended state-mandated documents reveal that it took Menlo Park City Council member Catherine Carlton six months to sell... Last comment 1 hour ago | 30 comments

Belle Haven group launches petition to transfer school from Ravenswood district
Weekday mornings, Menlo Park's Belle Haven neighborhood bustles with outbound kids, says neighborhood association member... Last comment on May 23, 2018 at 6:17 pm | 36 comments

Portola Valley: Corporation formed in effort to buy Alpine Inn
News of a community investment opportunity to safeguard the future of a much-loved burger joint -- the Alpine Inn -- should... Last comment 6 hours ago | 31 comments

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East Palo Alto man found not guilty of 2013 murder
An East Palo Alto man who was arrested during the "Operation Sunny Day" sweep was found not guilty Thursday of murdering Lamont Coleman in 2013, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office. Friday, 4:40 PM

Local teens affected by housing crisis share their stories
Displacement causes trauma. Make housing affordable. Be an ethical landlord. These were among the pleas and assertions emblazoned on colored-marker posters that adorned the bookshelf walls of Kepler's Books during a May 23 panel discussion in which local high school students talked about their experiences with displacement and gentrification. Friday, 11:48 AM

Mansion for sale in Menlo Park at record-breaking $21 million
Commanding prices deemed downright Athertonian, a Menlo Park home is currently listed for sale at $21 million, a record for the city, according to McNair Group, the group selling it. Friday, 11:07 AM | 4 comments

Additional voting centers opening Saturday
Starting Saturday, May 26, five additional voting centers will open for San Mateo County residents who wish to vote in person in the June 5 election. Friday, 10:17 AM

Editorial: Unfortunate choices in sheriff's race
Those who remember and continue to be troubled by appointed Sheriff Carlos Bolanos' 2007 escapade in Las Vegas, when he and then-sheriff Greg Munks were detained at an illegal brothel, face a dilemma in the race for sheriff this election season. Friday, 8:18 AM | 18 comments

Portola Valley: Council approves $5,000 deposit for commercial cannabis applicants
The Portola Valley Town Council voted unanimously on Wednesday (May 23) to approve a one-time application fee of $750 and a deposit of $5,000 for up to 30 hours of staff work for people wanting to grow commercial cannabis in town. Thursday, 11:58 AM | 1 comments

New library talks on hold for next few months
Citing inadequate community meeting room facilities and other deficiencies with the current Menlo Park Library, Menlo Park staff has recommended the City Council approve a number of steps to make good on an offer by John Arrillaga to rebuild the city's library if the city will invest a hefty $30 million for the estimated $58 million proposal. But residents and attendees of a council meeting May 22 pointed to flaws in the public process that made it feel as though they had not been heard, and urged the council to include affordable housing as part of the proposed project. Thursday, 11:56 AM | 1 comments

Horsing around
On a recent Saturday in Portola Valley, in a shady and grassy corner of the Town Center, children were having a particularly good time celebrating the equestrian aspects of living in a town with a history of equestrian aspects. Thursday, 8:08 AM | 1 comments

Menlo Park City School District wants residents to take online survey
Want to let the Menlo Park City School District know how you feel about it? The district is providing an opportunity to do just that until June 30 with an online community survey.
Thursday, 11:52 AM

Menlo Park: Council approves project to rebuild the Guild
It might be a new city record: In less than six months, an idea to rebuild the fading Guild Theatre in downtown Menlo Park as a live music and events venue went from not-yet-submitted proposal to council-approved plan. Wednesday, 11:52 AM | 2 comments

Woodside: Ordinance would ban commercial marijuana activity
In a study session on Tuesday evening (May 22), the Woodside Town Council directed staff to prepare a draft ordinance that would ban commercial marijuana activity in town, but permit some outdoor cultivation for personal use.
Wednesday, 11:46 AM | 8 comments

New Menlo school district preschool still has openings
The new Menlo Park City School District preschool that will open at Laurel School Lower Campus in Atherton in August still has some openings for both full-day and afternoon-only students. Wednesday, 11:17 AM

Police calls: Man pours water on colleague then takes his money
Crime reports from Menlo Park, Atherton and Portola Valley. Wednesday, 7:49 AM

Menlo Park councilwoman held Facebook shares through most of 2017
Amended state-mandated documents reveal that it took Menlo Park City Council member Catherine Carlton six months to sell Facebook shares after learning her husband owned company stock. Tuesday, 10:28 AM | 30 comments

Sheriff write-in candidate says he's running to proclaim he has secrets
Deputy Heinz Puschendorf, at one time the president of the San Mateo County Deputy Sheriff's Association, is running for the top job of sheriff in the June 5 election. Tuesday, 11:13 AM | 8 comments

Menlo Park fire district will become a landlord
The Menlo Park Fire Protection District will soon become a landlord, after voting to rent out on the open market a home it purchased in March for $3.2 million and to rent space in its East Palo Alto warehouse to the federal government. Tuesday, 8:49 AM | 4 comments

Trailblazing microbiologist Stanley Falkow dies at Portola Valley home
Stanley Falkow, a resident of Portola Valley, professor emeritus in microbiology and immunology at the Stanford University medical school, and a pioneer in determining how bacteria cause human disease and develop resistance to antibiotics, has died. Monday, 3:27 PM

Editorial: Support Measure R to finish campus projects
Las Lomitas school district officials are asking voters to support Measure R, a $70 million bond measure on the June ballot that would allow the district to finish the job, started in 2014, of repairing and renovating existing buildings, some of which have leaking roofs and outdated electrical and security systems. Monday, 7:41 AM | 5 comments


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