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Hotel developer, neighbors must compromise, commissioners say
After spending years redesigning plans for a proposed Hampton Inn hotel at 1704 El Camino Real in Menlo Park in response... Last comment 3 hours ago | 14 comments

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Countywide transportation sales tax promises congestion relief, generates glut of questions
Can voters countywide be convinced to support yet another sales tax? Supporters of Measure W, a proposed 30-year, countywide half-cent sales tax for transportation that requires a two-thirds majority to pass, hope the answer to that questions is "yes," but many other questions are being raised. Friday, 7:56 PM

Local man reported missing
A 38-year-old man who is reported to be unable to care for himself has been reported missing from Menlo Park, according to a statement from the Menlo Park Police Department. Friday, 7:30 PM

BootUp Ventures' neighbors may see relief from noise
A Menlo Park business that nearby Palo Alto residents say has been a nuisance for three years must immediately cease holding events at its offices, Menlo Park officials said in a letter to the company. Friday, 1:38 PM | 1 comments

Diocese releases list of priests accused of sexual misconduct with children
The Catholic Diocese of San Jose released yesterday a list of 15 priests, most of whom have died or been banned from the ministry, who it says were "credibly accused" of sexually abusing children. At least one spent time in Menlo Park, and a number of others spent time on diocese assignments throughout the Midpeninsula. Friday, 11:15 AM | 2 comments

Atherton awards contract to demolish library
Atherton awarded a contract to demolish the town library at a City Council meeting on Wednesday evening (Oct. 17), as the town moves forward with plans to rebuild its civic center. Friday, 9:23 AM

By invitation only
Want to get involved in the local wine scene? Then join the club. Thursday, 5:36 PM

A roundup of election stories
The Almanac has published a number of stories about local races over the past few weeks. We've gathered our efforts here for your convenience. Thursday, 4:20 PM

Menlo Park: Council works through plan to pick new city manager
How should Menlo Park's next city manager be chosen? And who will take on the duties of the post in the meantime? Thursday, 11:50 AM | 9 comments

ProPublica reports racial disparities in schools nationwide, locally
White students were more than four times as likely to be enrolled in at least one Advanced Placement (AP) class as black students, and black students were over 15 times as likely to be suspended as white students in the Sequoia Union High School District during the 2015-16 school year, according to data on school districts collected by the nonprofit news organization ProPublica.
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Mystery solved: Turtles and fish of Sharon Park pond are A-OK
Ever wonder what happens to the turtles and fish that live in the picturesque, aquamarine pond at Sharon Park when it gets cleaned out? Thanks to an Almanac reader who asked us, we explored the matter and now know. Thursday, 7:48 AM | 3 comments

Great horned owl rescued in Woodside
Animal rescue workers assisted by local fire district and Sheriff's Office staff freed a great horned owl found tangled in kite string in Woodside this week. Wednesday, 5:14 PM

New study reports Bay Area roads are worst in nation
Roads in the Bay Area were the worst in the nation and accounted for high costs to drivers in 2016, according to a report released by a national nonprofit on Wednesday. Thursday, 9:55 AM | 14 comments

Sheriff's Office personnel now have overdose-prevention drug
All San Mateo County Sheriff's Office personnel have been equipped with the overdose prevention drug naloxone as of this week, sheriff's officials said. Wednesday, 10:46 AM | 3 comments

Police calls: Man robbed of watch at gunpoint
Crime reports from Menlo Park, Atherton and Portola Valley. Wednesday, 8:53 AM | 1 comments

Menlo Park City School District hosts Sup & Sandwich event
Menlo Park City School District Superintendent Erik Burmeister will host a lunch with community members on Friday, Oct. 19, at the Menlo Park Civic Center. Tuesday, 8:45 PM

Menlo Park library director retires
Menlo Park Library Services Director Susan Holmer retired Oct. 5 after 16 years on the job. When she started in 2002, the library still had phonograph records in circulation, and Wi-Fi wasn't a part of the picture, she said. Tuesday, 3:32 PM | 2 comments

State of the City: Mayor cites Menlo Park's achievements, challenges
The short version: The state of the city of Menlo Park is strong. Mayor Peter Ohtaki almost left it at that, but chose to continue with a more traditional "State of the City" speech by talking about some of the successes achieved and challenges faced by the city over the past year during his term as mayor. Tuesday, 7:49 AM

Woodside: New ethics code is aspirational, informal
Woodside's new ethics code, adopted Oct. 9 by a unanimous Town Council, is informal in addressing complaints and has a tone intended to help officials aspire to ethical behavior. Monday, 2:11 PM

Update: Four shot, two dead at East Palo Alto party
A party to celebrate Halloween and a young woman's birthday turned tragic early Sunday morning when a shooter killed two people and injured two others after an argument erupted, East Palo Alto police said. Monday, 5:04 PM

Editorial endorsement: Newcomers deserve your vote for Menlo Park City Council
The Almanac endorses Cecilia Taylor, Drew Combs and Betsy Nash for election to the three open seats on the Menlo Park City Council. Sunday, 4:39 PM | 4 comments

Update: Shelter-in-place order lifted at Menlo-Atherton High School

Meet the Ravenswood school board candidates

Editorial endorsement: Yes on Portola Valley school bond, Measure Z

Menlo Park's Josh Becker announces 2020 state Senate run

Yearslong saga over Draeger's loading zone takes another turn

Atherton Library moving to temporary location this weekend

One contested election highlights Woodside council race

Surf Air owes county $328,371 in taxes

Woodside: Residents, officials want details on neighbor's construction

Menlo Park City Council: Three seats, eight candidates

Early voting begins for November election


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