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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Monday update: Menlo Park council election results

The latest round of election results, released 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 19, show that Cecilia Taylor, Drew Combs and Betsy Nash remain the top vote recipients in their races for the Menlo Park City Council seats for districts 1, 2 and 4, respectively. More ballots remain to be counted.

Tuesday, 11:16 AM | No comments yet
Monday update: Fluet is likely winner in Woodside council race

The latest vote count in the race for a seat on the Woodside Town Council shows Ned Fluet increasing his lead over his opponent Frank Rosenblum. Fluet now has 56 percent of the vote, up a percentage point, and is the likely winner of the District 7 council seat.

Tuesday, 11:13 AM | No comments yet
Menlo Park council studies options to address rising pension costs

Menlo Park has an estimated $54.5 million in unfunded pension liability for city employees, including public safety staff, and must pay $5.1 million this fiscal year in pension costs, which are expected to rise in the years to come.

Tuesday, 8:50 AM | 1 comment

Monday, November 19, 2018

East Palo Alto man found guilty of shooting at police officers in Menlo Park

An East Palo Alto man was convicted Thursday, Nov. 15, of two counts of attempted murder of a police officer and other charges for shooting at three officers in Menlo Park in 2015.

Monday, 5:08 PM | No comments yet
Monday update: PV school bond measure still leads

The latest election results reported today (Nov. 19) show that the Portola Valley School District's bond measure, Measure Z, which requires 55 percent of the vote for approval, has 62.09 percent of the vote, a small increase from Friday's count.

Monday, 4:55 PM | No comments yet
Conditions in Midpeninsula hills ripe for wildfire

Palo Alto and the Bay Area are at great risk for a large fire similar to the Camp Fire in Butte County, a California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman said.

Monday, 2:16 PM | 1 comment
Search-and-rescue team deployed to Camp Fire

Urban search-and-rescue specialists, including first responders from the Menlo Park and Woodside Fire protection districts, have been sent to Butte County to help find people who have gone missing in the Camp Fire.

Monday, 11:48 AM | No comments yet
First major storm of season expected this week

Confidence has increased that a storm front set to arrive late Tuesday or early Wednesday will bring much-needed relief to parched Northern California and improve poor air quality in the Bay Area caused by the Camp Fire in Butte County, according to the National Weather Service.

Monday, 9:24 AM | No comments yet

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Citizen firefighters

A small number of men and women residing in San Mateo County live in daily readiness to take on dangerous and often life-saving assignments in the interest of public safety in their community. They're the first responders of the Kings Mountain Volunteer Fire Brigade.

Sunday, 11:28 AM | 1 comment

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Bay Area air quality expected to worsen Sunday

Smoke from the Camp Fire in Butte County, which has cast a pall over the entire Bay Area for more than a week, isn't expected to dissipate significantly until at least Wednesday, according to the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.

Saturday, 8:18 PM | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Funding to build affordable housing available

The city of Menlo Park has released a "notice of funding availability," a call for agencies to apply for funding, for affordable housing projects. The city currently has about $11.5 million in funds available.

Saturday, 3:07 PM | 2 comments

Friday, November 16, 2018

Former Menlo Park residents lose home in Camp Fire

A GoFundMe page has been started to help a longtime Menlo Park family who lost their home as a result of the Camp Fire in Butte County.

Friday, 7:44 PM | 3 comments
Friday update: Fluet's lead grows in Woodside council seat race

The latest vote count for Ned Fluet continues to advance his lead over his opponent, Frank Rosenblum, in the race for Woodside's District 7 Town Council seat. Fluet now leads with 55 percent of the vote, an increase of one percentage point.

Friday, 7:26 PM | No comments yet
Friday update: Leads hold in election for fire board seats

The three candidates who have held lead positions in the Menlo Park Fire Protection District race since election night continue to do so with the county's latest vote count update on Friday, Nov. 16.

Friday, 7:21 PM | No comments yet
Friday update: Taylor, Combs, Nash likely Menlo Park council race winners

The latest round of election results, released 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 16, show that Cecilia Taylor, Drew Combs and Betsy Nash remain the top vote recipients in their races for the Menlo Park City Council seats for districts 1, 2 and 4, respectively.

Friday, 5:39 PM | 2 comments
Winter Spare the Air alert extended through Tuesday

Winter Spare the Air alerts will continue through Tuesday as a result of smoky conditions caused by the Camp Fire in Butte County, according to regional air quality officials.

Friday, 5:32 PM | No comments yet
Update: Schools planning to reopen Monday

Following the closure of most schools in San Mateo County on Friday due to poor air quality, local district officials are indicating they plan to keep campuses open Monday (Nov. 19).

Friday, 5:32 PM | 5 comments
Friday update: PV school bond measure maintains lead

Unofficial results updated by the county this afternoon (Nov. 16) show the original margin of support for Measure Z, a $49.5 million bond to pay for repairs, renovations and new buildings on the Portola Valley School District's two campuses, holding steady.

Friday, 4:57 PM | No comments yet
Woodside planning staff recognized for achievements

The Woodside Town Council recently recognized three Planning Department employees who passed exams that confer upon them an official capacities for environmental planning, and one who is now a certified planner.

Friday, 11:55 AM | No comments yet
Supervisors OK resolution seeking to expand emergency alert system

The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a resolution on Tuesday, Nov. 13, encouraging the county's Office of Emergency Services to expand its current emergency alert notification system to a greater number of residents.

Friday, 8:53 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Woodside's historic Fleishhacker estate could set a sales record in California

One of Woodside's oldest estates, the 75-acre Fleishhacker property known as Green Gables, is for sale.

Thursday, 9:41 PM | 3 comments
Smoke from Camp Fire forces school closures

Spare the Air alerts will continue through Tuesday as a result of smoky conditions caused by the Camp Fire in Butte County. The poor air quality prompted officials at schools around the Bay Area to cancel classes Thursday and Friday.

Thursday, 2:54 PM | No comments yet
PV schools superintendent announces resignation

Portola Valley School District Superintendent Eric Hartwig announced that he will be leaving his post at the end of the school year at a board meeting Wednesday night (Nov. 14).

Thursday, 12:44 PM | 3 comments
New Facebook bus stop approved

The Menlo Park City Council voted 4-0 on Tuesday, Nov. 13, to approve a new bus stop and bus circulation configuration proposed by Facebook at 180 to 200 and 220 Jefferson Drive.

Thursday, 11:44 AM | 2 comments
Former Menlo Park mayor Dee Tolles dies at 79

Former Menlo Park mayor Raymond "Dee" Tolles died Monday, Nov. 12, at age 79, leaving behind a legacy of civic involvement as remembered by a number of Menlo Park's leaders over the years.

Thursday, 10:45 AM | 6 comments
Local schools struggle with substitute teacher shortage

Midpeninsula schools are having trouble filling substitute teaching positions, making it hard for teachers to take time off when needed.

Thursday, 9:04 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Supervisor Pine touts county's affordable housing, transit efforts

San Mateo County has the lowest unemployment rate, claims the highest per-capita income among counties in the state and touts a budget nearly $3 billion. It also has more than 100,000 people who receive MediCal, and one in three kids in public schools qualifies for free or reduced-price lunch, an indicator of poverty.

Wednesday, 7:57 PM | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Bike lanes on Oak Grove Avenue to stay

A little over a year ago, temporary bike lanes were installed on segments of Oak Grove Avenue, Crane Street and University Drive as part of a pilot project to see if they would improve the safety of those cycling east to west through downtown Menlo Park and draw more cyclists out of cars and off of other car-heavy roads.

Wednesday, 3:26 PM | 5 comments
Tonight: District considers resolution to ‘mitigate impact' of development on M-A

Sequoia Union High School District officials have not been shy in voicing their concern that student enrollment could increase at Menlo-Atherton High School if a proposed Facebook development that includes 1,500 units of housing comes to Menlo Park.

Wednesday, 11:37 AM | 2 comments
Tonight: PV school board reviews first steps for Measure Z projects

With a $49.5 million bond to pay for repairs, renovations and new buildings on the Portola Valley School District's two campuses, inching toward approval as votes are counted in the Nov. 6 election, district officials have begun the process of hiring staff to manage the project.

Wednesday, 8:27 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Tuesday update: Fire board candidates hold leads in latest vote count

More votes have been counted, but the margins of lead have not changed in the race for three seats on the governing board of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District.

Tuesday, 5:27 PM | No comments yet
Tuesday update: Fluet increases lead in Woodside's District 7 council race

The latest tally from the county Elections Office, released this afternoon (Nov. 13) shows Ned Fluet slightly improving his lead over his opponent, Frank Rosenblum, in the race for Woodside's District 7 Town Council seat.

Tuesday, 5:10 PM | No comments yet
Tonight: Portola Valley council reviews new antenna regulations

Cities and towns have long tussled with wireless telecommunications providers over use permits, the placement of cellphone antennas, and how intrusive they can be. New rules from the federal government appear to have made it easier for wireless companies to deploy their antennas.

Tuesday, 3:17 PM | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Pensions discussions on council agenda

The Menlo Park City Council is scheduled to discuss what it should do about its pension obligations at its meeting scheduled for tonight, Tuesday, Nov. 13.

Tuesday, 8:55 AM | 3 comments

Monday, November 12, 2018

The amazing life story of a natural ham

Move over Miss Piggy. There's a new superstar hogging the limelight: Pickles the pig, who lives in the loving care of Portola Valley native Maddie Johnson.

Monday, 9:32 PM | 2 comments
Tuesday: Menlo Park City School District board discussing philosophy for paying teachers

As the Menlo Park City School District comes up with a philosophy for how to pay its teachers, there is concern that introducing teacher evaluations into a document about teacher pay could make instructors anxious, while other district employees feel left out of the conversation.

Monday, 5:05 PM | No comments yet
Menlo Park Police Department names new commander

The Menlo Park Police Department has hired a new police commander, Rich Struckman, who was scheduled to start Tuesday, Nov. 13. He will be expected to oversee the Patrol Division, according to a city announcement.

Monday, 3:44 PM | 3 comments
Winter Spare the Air alert extended through Friday

As heavy smoke from the Camp Fire in Butte County continues to choke Bay Area skies, a Winter Spare the Air alert has been extended through Friday, Nov. 16.

Monday, 11:18 AM | No comments yet
Woodside: Glens residents resist the 'nonconforming' label

For some people, being labeled a nonconformist is a badge of honor. Homeowners in the Glens in Woodside are tired of being labeled as not conforming to the town's spacious open-space requirements meant for much larger properties.

Monday, 9:31 AM | 3 comments

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Arson charges for Menlo Park man rescued at Compadres fire

Palo Alto police arrested a man Saturday night, Nov. 10, on suspicion of starting two fires that afternoon within 50 minutes of each other along El Camino Real.

Sunday, 1:22 PM | 2 comments

Saturday, November 10, 2018

One World: The new way of business

Helping companies to develop and increase their social impact is the mission of "One World," a Palo Alto-based company founded in 2015 by Scott Saslow.

Saturday, 9:36 PM | No comments yet
The perils of plastic

Plastics: It's hard to imagine modern life without them. But the word describes a modern development that has become both a blessing and a curse.

Saturday, 9:22 PM | No comments yet
Unhealthy air quality and fire risk trigger weekend closures of outdoor spaces

Due to poor air quality expected throughout much of the Bay Area and fire danger in some areas, several outdoor open spaces in the region will be closed Nov. 10 and 11.

Saturday, 10:39 AM | No comments yet

Friday, November 9, 2018

Red flag warning issued for this weekend

The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning for the weekend that covers the western hills portion of the Woodside Fire Protection District.

Friday, 7:05 PM | No comments yet
Historical Association hosts celebration of Armistice Day centennial on Sunday

This Sunday, Nov. 11, will mark 100 years since the end of World War I, and 80 years of Fremont Park's existence in Menlo Park. To celebrate the centennial event, the Menlo Park Historical Association will host a celebration starting at 10:30 a.m. that day at Fremont Park.

Friday, 6:19 PM | 6 comments
Butte County fire impacts local schools

A Menlo-Atherton High School football playoff game and other local school activities were postponed or canceled Friday due to poor air quality from the wildfire burning in Butte County.

Friday, 4:44 PM | No comments yet
Winter Spare the Air alert extended through Monday due to wildfire smoke

In an unusual move, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued a Winter Spare the Air alert from today (Friday, Nov. 9) all the way through Monday because of heavy smoke and particulates drifting into the Bay Area from the Camp Fire, which continues to rage in Butte County.

Friday, 3:02 PM | No comments yet
Portola Valley: Residents protest appointment of acting attorney general

About 20 people protested President Donald Trump's recent appointment of Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general in Portola Valley on Thursday evening (Nov. 8).

Friday, 1:36 PM | 3 comments
Today: Old La Honda Road closed to through traffic

Officials are asking anyone who does not live along Old La Honda Road to use another route for travel between Portola Road and Skyline Boulevard today (Nov. 9) due to emergency tree work that has closed the roadway.

Friday, 12:37 PM | No comments yet
Portola Valley: Wife says missing man has contacted attorney

Portola Valley resident Marc Bajet, who was the subject of a search by the community and the Sheriff's Office last week when he was reported missing, has contacted his attorney and is "hiding out," his wife told The Almanac.

Friday, 11:53 AM | No comments yet
Update: Local firefighters sent to Butte County wildfire

Local firefighters have been sent to fight the Butte County wildfire, which started on Thursday, Nov. 8.

Friday, 11:11 AM | No comments yet
Winter Spare the Air alert issued due to Camp Fire

The Bay Area Quality Management District has issued a Winter Spare the Air alert for today (Nov. 9) due to heavy smoke blowing into the Bay Area from a fire in Butte County.

Friday, 8:43 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, November 8, 2018

New leader picked to head SVCF

The Silicon Valley Community Foundation announced Thursday it has chosen a new top executive following a monthslong search.

Thursday, 3:47 PM | No comments yet
Long, slow lines frustrate San Mateo County voters

A cumbersome voting process and technical glitches resulting in long lines frustrated voters in East Palo Alto Tuesday and caused at least one City Council member to question why problems repeatedly plague San Mateo County elections.

Thursday, 2:26 PM | No comments yet
Air quality advisory issued due to wildfire in Butte County

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued an air quality advisory for Thursday and Friday because of a large wildfire in Butte County that is expected to send smoke into the region.

Thursday, 2:26 PM | No comments yet
Portola Valley: Farmers' market begins winter hours today

With the end of daylight saving time, winter hours -- 2 to 5 p.m. -- have begun for the Portola Valley farmers' market, starting with the market on Thursday, Nov. 8.

Thursday, 1:53 PM | No comments yet
New mail-in ballot system triggers delays in election results for San Mateo County

When the first, much anticipated vote counts were released by the San Mateo County Elections Office at 8:05 p.m. Tuesday, the numbers, while telling in some instances, were in many cases so low as to leave key races undetermined.

Thursday, 11:58 AM | 33 comments
Tonight: Residents to protest appointment of acting attorney general

In response to President Donald Trump's firing of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the appointment of Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general, protests have been scheduled around the country and abroad, including at 6 p.m. tonight (Thursday, Nov. 8) at the Town Center in Portola Valley.

Thursday, 11:42 AM | 9 comments
Portola Valley: Weeding is coming to Spring Down Open Space

If weeds in the Spring Down Open Space Preserve had ears and could pick up conversations, they would be whispering worriedly -- if they could whisper -- about how to survive the dreaded practice referred to as weeding.

Thursday, 9:00 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Zoo demands custody of Koko's partner, Ndume

The future is in question for Ndume, the 37-year-old male western lowland gorilla who lives at a preserve operated by The Gorilla Foundation off Skyline Boulevard in Woodside.

Wednesday, 8:17 PM | 4 comments
Portola Valley: Former restaurateur avoids bail revocation

A judge granted more time to the attorney representing Russell Howard Deutsch, a former Portola Valley restaurateur, but denied Deutsch the three months of rehabilitation time he asked for before standing trial on tax evasion, theft and fraud charges.

Wednesday, 5:55 PM | No comments yet
County transportation tax measure on the edge

By the narrowest of margins, preliminary results from the San Mateo County elections office show that voters may reject Measure W, the half-cent sales tax that would collect some $80 million in revenues annually for transportation projects in the county. But with the vote count far from complete, the outcome is anything but certain.

Wednesday, 10:33 AM | No comments yet

Salt & Straw Palo Alto to open Nov. 23
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Lakes and Larders (part 2)
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