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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Mistrial declared in Kelly Park sex assault case

Following hours of deadlock among jurors, San Mateo County Superior Court Judge Jeffrey R. Finigan declared a mistrial in a trial of a man accused of sexually assaulting a teen eight years ago at a public Menlo Park bathroom.

Tuesday, 9:13 PM | No comments yet
Stanford fees for affordable housing to nearly double

The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors approved on Tuesday new policies that require Stanford University to pay higher fees to support affordable housing and to construct more such housing as part of planned expansion.

Tuesday, 5:39 PM | No comments yet
Spare the Air alert issued for second straight day in the Bay Area

A Spare the Air alert has been issued for Wednesday in the Bay Area due to smog pollution reaching unhealthy levels, according to local air quality officials.

Tuesday, 1:47 PM | No comments yet
Tonight: Committee to discuss transportation projects in southern Menlo Park

The Transportation Master Plan Oversight and Outreach Committee, a Menlo Park advisory group, is set to hold the third of three public meetings tonight (Sept. 25) to talk about which potential projects in the southern part of Menlo Park should be part of the city's transportation master plan.

Tuesday, 11:37 AM | No comments yet
Fire board passes policy requiring public vote before a tax reallocation

A new board policy allowing the Menlo Park Fire Protection District to reallocate its property tax revenues only after approval by district voters was passed by a divided fire board on Sept. 18.

Tuesday, 10:47 AM | 1 comment
League of Women Voters candidate forums announced

The League of Women Voters has scheduled a number of City Council candidate forums running through late October.

Tuesday, 8:55 AM | No comments yet

Monday, September 24, 2018

Menlo Park city manager plans to leave for Ventura

Menlo Park City Manager Alex McIntyre told The Almanac today (Sept. 24) that he has given notice of resignation to the City Council and is in the process of negotiating with the city of Ventura to take on the role of city manager there.

Monday, 5:29 PM | 15 comments
Spare the Air alert issued in Bay Area for Tuesday

A Spare the Air alert has been issued for Tuesday in the Bay Area because of an unhealthy level of smog expected in the region, air quality officials said.

Monday, 3:30 PM | No comments yet
Tuesday: Woodside council to discuss rules for reclaiming disturbed land

The Woodside Town Council meets Tuesday night (Sept. 25) with an agenda that includes a study session on whether to modify the process of returning damaged or disturbed land to its natural state.

Monday, 2:03 PM | No comments yet
Town Council to discuss nonconforming lots in Glens

The concerns of residents living on "nonconforming" lots when rebuilding, remodeling or considering additions to their properties will be the focus of a special Town Council meeting set for 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 26.

Monday, 11:51 AM | No comments yet
Police calls: Thief redirects delivery of collectible gold coins worth $88K

Among recent police calls: A numismatist's nightmare. Police received a call Sept. 10 that someone had called FedEx, redirected the intended delivery location of a package to the main FedEx office in Menlo Park, and then claimed a package containing $88,700 in gold collectible coins, stealing it from its intended recipient.

Monday, 11:15 AM | 2 comments
Atherton takes first steps toward moving site of water capture project

Atherton has started the process that could lead to moving the location of a controversial massive underground water storage and filtering project to Menlo School and Menlo College's jointly owned Cartan Field.

Monday, 10:37 AM | No comments yet
St. Raymond School has a new principal

Valerie Mattei is the new principal at St. Raymond School in Menlo Park, but hers is not a new face at the school.

Monday, 8:27 AM | No comments yet

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Berman to focus on computer science education at forum

Assemblyman Marc Berman will address the perceived gap between the increasing availability of jobs in technology and skills taught at California public schools at an event in East Palo Alto on Monday.

Sunday, 7:11 PM | No comments yet
Atherton offers four-day primer on town government

Atherton is offering to share the nitty-gritty details of how the town operates with its residents in a free four-day "Atherton Citizens' Engagement" academy this fall.

Sunday, 1:41 PM | No comments yet

Saturday, September 22, 2018

The Big Lift

After learning that some 43 percent of third-graders in San Mateo County schools couldn't read proficiently, a coalition of public and private organizations went to work to tackle that and other problems involving low-performing, often disadvantaged kids.

Saturday, 8:05 PM | No comments yet

Friday, September 21, 2018

Former Woodside School Board president Bettina Pike excelled at 'building bridges'

Tyrone Pike says the best way to honor his wife Bettina Pike, who died on Sept. 5 at the age of 52, is for those who knew and loved her to "pay it forward" by trying to "be more like Bettina" in their lives.

Friday, 8:59 PM | No comments yet
Windy, dry conditions increase fire danger over the weekend

Continuing dry weather, brittle grasslands, warm fall temperatures, low humidity and high winds have prompted a call for extreme fire safety in the Bay Area this weekend.

Friday, 5:32 PM | No comments yet
Laurene Powell Jobs buys 30 acres in East Palo Alto

One of the largest parcels of vacant land in East Palo Alto is now under the ownership of a limited liability company associated with Laurene Powell Jobs, according to San Mateo County records.

Friday, 1:52 PM | No comments yet
Menlo Park, Atherton: Nearly 200 traffic citations given on extra enforcement day

During a period of heightened traffic enforcement on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 23 traffic officers from across San Mateo County made more than 200 traffic stops and issued 199 citations in Menlo Park and Atherton, according to a press release from the San Mateo County Police Chiefs and Sheriff Association.

Friday, 11:42 AM | 21 comments
Good news for Atherton on funding for new library

In what Atherton Councilman Rick DeGolia called "a huge win for us," the county library system's governing board has agreed to advance the town about $10 million in property tax revenues to help pay the costs of building a new library.

Friday, 10:26 AM | No comments yet
Sunday: Committee for Green Foothills to host annual fundraiser in Woodside

Come Sunday, two champions of the outdoors will receive recognition from the Palo Alto-based Committee for Green Foothills: Steve Abbors, retired general manager of the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District, and Rue Mapp, founder and CEO of Outdoor Afro.

Friday, 8:23 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Guest opinion: Stanford, not community, should pay for housing impacts it creates

The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors will consider on Sept. 25 two ordinances that would require Stanford to more fairly address the housing demand that it creates with its planned campus developments. The rules under review constitute good policy.

Thursday, 6:25 PM | 5 comments
Moonlight Run returning to the Baylands

The Palo Alto Baylands is expected to be flooded with visitors this Friday when more than 1,700 runners flock to the trails for the Palo Alto Weekly's 34th annual Moonlight Run & Walk.

Thursday, 5:34 PM | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Man pleads not guilty to attempted rape charges

A 19-year-old man from East Palo Alto has pleaded not guilty to charges by the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office that he attempted to rape a Menlo Park woman who was out jogging Monday afternoon.

Thursday, 2:26 PM | No comments yet
Jane Goodall visits Ladera's Woodland School

Jane Goodall, the world-famous primatologist and anthropologist, visited Woodland School in Ladera last week, spending time with Woodland first-graders who have been involved in her Roots & Shoots youth service program.

Thursday, 10:32 AM | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Minimum wage ordinance on hold

In spite of the urging by some to act sooner, Menlo Park's City Council has put on hold until next year plans to consider a citywide minimum wage ordinance.

Thursday, 10:22 AM | No comments yet
Red flag warning in effect through this afternoon

A red flag warning is in effect in the Bay Area through Thursday afternoon because of hot, dry and windy conditions in the region, according to the National Weather Service.

Thursday, 8:15 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Man arraigned in fatal 2011 shooting of Menlo Park woman

A 27-year-old man has been extradited to San Mateo County to face murder charges for a fatal 2011 shooting of a Menlo Park woman in East Palo Alto, the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office said on Tuesday. The murder victim, Catherine (Cate) Fisher, 19, was a Menlo Park gymnastics center instructor.

Wednesday, 3:28 PM | 3 comments
Menlo Park and Atherton: Heightened traffic enforcement today

Consider this a public service announcement: Drive carefully, or risk a ticket. Today (Sept. 19), about 22 law enforcement officers from across San Mateo County have convened in Menlo Park and Atherton to enforce traffic laws throughout the city.

Wednesday, 2:19 PM | 1 comment
Enrollment continues to dip in area schools

Enrollment slightly declined this school year for local elementary school districts, continuing a recent area trend. The drop, local experts say, is due to the migration of young families from the area to find more affordable housing.

Wednesday, 11:08 AM | 14 comments
Street Smarts: How do we slow down traffic on neighborhood streets?

Street Smarts, written this week by Jen Wolosin, discusses the importance of slowing down traffic on neighborhood streets and the challenges associated with doing so.

Wednesday, 9:01 AM | 15 comments

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Woodside: No parking on Marva Oaks Drive until factions find compromise

Residents of Marva Oaks Drive in Woodside and local equestrians could not reach a compromise over how to address parking and horse traffic along the road, so the Woodside Town Council has stepped in.

Tuesday, 9:55 PM | 2 comments
New law requires apartment balcony inspections

Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday signed a bill requiring inspections of apartment balconies, decks, outdoor stairs and elevated walkways in hopes of avoiding deaths from collapses like the one in Berkeley in 2015.

Tuesday, 5:23 PM | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Staff vacancy crisis slows city activity

In a deadpan refrain belying deeper urgency, Menlo Park staff reported to the City Council at its last meeting that because of severe staff shortages, "Resources may not be available for progress on important line items."

Tuesday, 11:56 AM | 32 comments
Victim in Woodside hills accident was a Renaissance man

North Fair Oaks resident Stephen Morse, who was killed on Sept. 9 while riding his Vespa motor scooter in Woodside, was a man of many interests and talents, with strong local roots.

Tuesday, 11:34 AM | 3 comments
Atherton investigating water capture facility at Menlo College

It's been nearly four months since Atherton City Council members, responding to protests from neighbors and visitors of Holbrook-Palmer Park, said they wanted to find a new location for a planned underground water storage and filtering facility. The town is hoping Menlo College might be that location. An item on a possible project is on the council's consent calendar for its meeting Sept. 19.

Tuesday, 11:30 AM | 3 comments
Police arrest man suspected of attempting to rape Menlo Park woman

A 19-year-old East Palo Alto man was arrested in Menlo Park on Monday on suspicion of the attempted rape of a woman out jogging that afternoon, according to a statement from the Menlo Park Police Department.

Tuesday, 8:59 AM | 2 comments

Monday, September 17, 2018

Palo Alto University professor accuses Kavanaugh of sexual assault

Christine Blasey Ford, a psychology professor at Palo Alto University, identified herself Sunday to the Washington Post as the author of the confidential letter that accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her in the early 1980s, when they were both high school students in suburban Maryland.

Monday, 3:38 PM | 13 comments
Menlo fire board to consider proposal on revenue sharing

A proposal to restrict future fire boards from agreeing to share district tax revenues with other agencies without prior approval from voters will be on the agenda of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District board when it meets on Tuesday, Sept. 18.

Monday, 11:57 AM | 2 comments
Tonight: Redesigned three-story building proposed for downtown gets another look

A proposal to redevelop a 23,500-square-foot site in the heart of Menlo Park's downtown into a three-story mixed-use building is scheduled for review by the Planning Commission at its meeting tonight (Sept. 17).

Monday, 11:37 AM | 2 comments
New interactive voice technology being used by tax collector's office

San Mateo County's tax collector's office has adopted a new interactive voice response system that will allow callers to review and pay their property taxes more efficiently, county officials said.

Monday, 8:36 AM | No comments yet

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Caltrain ridership up this year from 2017

Caltrain ridership has jumped slightly this year compared to 2017, when ridership decreased, Caltrain officials said.

Sunday, 2:43 PM | 2 comments

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Home sales

A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula.

Saturday, 3:56 PM | No comments yet

Friday, September 14, 2018

Search-and-rescue team members deployed to North Carolina

Urban search-and-rescue team members from the Menlo Park Fire Protection District were scheduled to return to the Bay Area today (Sept. 14) after responding to Hawaii for Hurricane Olivia, just as other team members prepare to deploy to the East Coast for Hurricane Florence.

Friday, 7:04 PM | No comments yet
Local CERT teams prepare for disaster

Approximately 100 volunteers who have trained as Community Emergency Response Team members gathered in Atherton on Saturday, Sept. 8, for a disaster drill directed by the Atherton Police Department and the Menlo Park Fire Protection District.

Friday, 4:58 PM | 4 comments
Police calls: Homeless man stabbed in encampment

Crime reports from Menlo Park, Atherton and Portola Valley.

Friday, 10:45 AM | No comments yet
Food sustainability: Can we hack it?

It had a catchy name -- one suitable for Silicon Valley and a region where sustainable food production is of wide interest. Called "Hacking Food," it was the second Bay Area's Sustainable Food Festival, and it took place in Menlo Park in July at BootUP on Willow Road.

Friday, 8:51 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Portola Valley: Residents asked to be on lookout for black sedan

Deputies with the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office are asking residents of Portola Valley to be on the lookout for a "newer model" black sedan, possibly a Lexus or a Volkswagen, with paper license plates.

Thursday, 4:44 PM | No comments yet
Saturday: Atherton traffic delays for Las Lomitas School Fun Run

Traffic on several Atherton streets will be delayed during the annual Las Lomitas School Fun Run on Saturday, Sept. 15, between 8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m., the Atherton Police Department says.

Thursday, 3:26 PM | No comments yet
Menlo Park man who allegedly sexually assaulted teen at city park on trial

A Menlo Park man accused of sexually assaulting an 18-year-old woman in a bathroom at Kelly Park seven years ago is being tried in San Mateo County Superior Court.

Thursday, 3:00 PM | No comments yet
New data shows slow Bay Area housing production

New data shows that Bay Area housing increased by only 14,900 new units in 2017, less than 30 percent of the number of new jobs in the region during the same period.

Thursday, 11:57 AM | No comments yet
MidPen submits plans for affordable housing project

MidPen Housing Corp., a nonprofit housing developer that owns affordable housing on the 1200 and 1300 blocks of Willow Road, has submitted an application to build 140 affordable apartments at 1345 Willow Road.

Thursday, 11:28 AM | 38 comments
Saturday: Local volunteer events planned for Coastal Cleanup Day

An estimated 30 activities aimed at cleaning up the coast and local water sources in San Mateo County are scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 15.

Thursday, 8:59 AM | No comments yet

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