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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

New Menlo Park city manager finds renewal at City Hall

Standing in her City Hall office, which overlooks the Burgess Park duck pond and draws in the spring sunshine, Menlo Park's new City Manager Starla Jerome-Robinson describes Menlo Park as being in a state of renewal.

Wednesday, 5:33 PM | No comments yet
Mary Poppins brings her magic to Hillview stage

Hillview Middle School students will revive the Disney classic "Mary Poppins" with their upcoming spring musical, which is being staged from April 25 through 27.

Wednesday, 3:59 PM | No comments yet
Study: Atherton traffic at 'saturation level'

Two long-awaited reports on traffic in Atherton were presented to the City Council at its last meeting, but council members asked for a study session to look at the reports in detail and the possible options available to the town.

Wednesday, 10:40 AM | 3 comments
Menlo Park fire board criticizes JPA, county ambulance agreements

The Menlo Park Fire Protection District board has expressed its objections to an Emergency Medical System Joint Powers Agreement and an ambulance contract with San Mateo County following a brief opportunity to take a look at the deals.

Wednesday, 9:28 AM | 1 comment
Ravenswood appoints new principals for 2019-20 school year

The Ravenswood City School District Board of Education approved new leaders for two schools on Thursday, while other principals remain in interim district-level roles through the summer.

Wednesday, 8:18 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Menlo Park: City manager announces three top leadership appointments

The city of Menlo Park has made three new appointments to leadership positions, according to an April 23 announcement from City Manager Starla Jerome-Robinson.

Tuesday, 6:37 PM | No comments yet
Update: Missing Palo Alto woman who berated MAGA hat-wearing man found safe

A Palo Alto woman who made national headlines when she verbally assaulted a man wearing a Make America Great Again hat on April 1, has been located after she was reported missing on Friday, April 19.

Tuesday, 11:44 AM | 6 comments
New Belle Haven Library plans move forward

The population of Menlo Park on the Bay side of 101 could triple in the coming years, and the city of Menlo Park has been working to streamline a process to build a new library in Belle Haven as soon as possible.

Tuesday, 10:51 AM | 1 comment
Four Bay Area counties have strongest labor markets in state

Four Bay Area counties have the strongest labor markets in the state, according to data released Friday by the California Employment Development Department. San Mateo County takes the top spot on that list.

Tuesday, 8:26 AM | No comments yet

Monday, April 22, 2019

Residential burglary, car theft reported in Atherton

Atherton police have responded to a residential burglary and a car theft in recent days, according to department press releases.

Monday, 2:06 PM | 1 comment
Tonight: Policy discussion about Caltrain, Dumbarton rail

A Menlo Park City Council subcommittee made up of members Drew Combs and Ray Mueller will meet tonight (April 22) to iron out the city's formal policy on the proposed Dumbarton transportation project and Caltrain's efforts to craft a new business plan.

Monday, 11:48 AM | 1 comment
Menlo Park: Coroner identifies motorcyclist killed in freeway crash

A motorcyclist who died in a Menlo Park crash on U.S. Highway 101 early Saturday morning has been identified as 34-year-old East Palo Alto resident Fredrick Mahoni, according to the San Mateo County Coroner's Office.

Monday, 10:35 AM | No comments yet
Home sales

A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula, where Portola Valley recorded the highest home sale at $9.2 million for a five-bedroom house that last sold in 2014 for $10 million.

Monday, 8:35 AM | No comments yet

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Atherton groundbreaking marks start of civic center work

On Tuesday, April 23, Atherton officials and community members will gather for a groundbreaking ceremony for a new town civic center with police, administration, and building and planning offices plus a library.

Sunday, 8:55 AM | 1 comment

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Menlo Park: Motorcyclist killed in freeway crash

A motorcyclist died in a Menlo Park crash on U.S. Highway 101 early Saturday morning, the California Highway Patrol reported.

Saturday, 3:11 PM | No comments yet
Palo Alto woman who berated MAGA hat-wearing man reported missing

Rebecca Parker Mankey of Palo Alto, who made national headlines when she verbally assaulted a man wearing a Make America Great Again hat in a Palo Alto Starbucks on April 1, has been reported missing.

Saturday, 12:24 PM | 2 comments
Midpeninsula mayors, tech company transportation leaders convene to talk traffic

In view of a hulking manzanita tree branch hung from the wall at the Unitarian Universalist Church in south Palo Alto, mayors and other elected officials from Redwood City to Sunnyvale met with transportation program leaders from the area's biggest employers on Thursday, April 18.

Saturday, 8:54 AM | 4 comments

Friday, April 19, 2019

Village Stationers to close Menlo Park and Los Altos locations

For 53 years, Village Stationers has helped Peninsula residents find gifts, cards, office supplies and more at its family-run stationery shops. But the owner of the business says Village's two remaining locations, in Menlo Park and Los Altos, will be shuttered before the end of the summer.

Friday, 3:13 PM | 14 comments
Atherton council digest: Sea level rise and waste haulers

After a lengthy discussion, Atherton's City Council voted at its April 17 meeting to pitch in funding to help transform the county's flood control district into a more comprehensive agency that will also address sea level rise.

Friday, 11:58 AM | No comments yet
Ravenswood school district, KIPP charter school reach facilities-rental agreement

In an eleventh-hour agreement, lawyers for the Ravenswood City School District and KIPP Valiant Community Prep Charter School reached a contract on Thursday night to expand the growing charter school at its current two school sites.

Friday, 11:53 AM | No comments yet
Bill to mandate safe parking for homeless students raises concerns

Community college students in California, many of whom are vulnerable to food, housing and financial insecurity, may soon have a safe place to park while they sleep in their cars, if a bill authored by a Peninsula state assemblyman, Marc Berman (D-Palo Alto), passes. But local community college district board members have raised a number of questions about the bill.

Friday, 8:18 AM | 4 comments

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Is Silicon Valley a threat to humanity?

Journalist and activist Bill McKibben's new book takes stock of how well humankind is coping with the effects of climate change.

Thursday, 4:04 PM | No comments yet
Saturday: Easter egg hunts planned in Menlo Park, Atherton

The city of Menlo Park and the town of Atherton are preparing for Easter activities for kids and families that will take place this Saturday, April 20. Here's what's on the program for both towns.

Thursday, 11:24 AM | No comments yet
Facts about homelessness in the Bay Area

Here are some facts about homelessness in the Bay Area.

Thursday, 8:52 AM | No comments yet
Understanding the unsheltered among us

It's the day before an atmospheric river is supposed to dump over Menlo Park and Steven Hough is on the go.

Thursday, 8:45 AM | 8 comments

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Man convicted in death of toddler

A jury has convicted a 27-year-old man of involuntary manslaughter and assault on a child resulting in death for his role in the death of his girlfriend's 18-month-old son in 2014, San Mateo County prosecutors said.

Wednesday, 4:36 PM | 1 comment
Measures to curb Belle Haven's cut-through traffic fast-tracked

In response to previous complaints that Menlo Park was moving too slowly to install critical measures to deter cut-through traffic in Belle Haven, plans to remove street parking and install bulb-outs and other measures to slow traffic throughout the neighborhood are moving forward on an expedited timeline.

Wednesday, 11:58 AM | No comments yet
Applications sought for transportation authority advisory committee

People interested in giving input on transportation funding in San Mateo County are being encouraged to apply for seats on an advisory committee for the county's Transportation Authority.

Wednesday, 10:31 AM | No comments yet
New PV school trustee hopes to foster community involvement

Kimberley Morris Rosen joined the Portola Valley School District's school board as its latest member at a March 27 meeting.

Wednesday, 8:01 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Atherton to hold memorial, tree planting in honor of former town arborist

Kathy Hughes Anderson, Atherton's former town arborist who was stabbed to death in her Menlo Park home in December, will be honored by the town in conjunction with its Arbor Day celebration on Thursday, April 18.

Tuesday, 3:24 PM | No comments yet
Fire chief leaving Woodside district with priorities intact

Woodside Fire Protection District Chief Dan Ghiorso has a lot to reflect on after his 28 years in the department, with his retirement coming up on April 27.

Tuesday, 11:29 AM | 1 comment
Palatella, McGlashan plead not guilty in college bribery scam

Two Midpeninsula parents in the college-admissions bribery scandal pleaded not guilty to charges in the nationwide $25-million scandal while a Palo Alto couple has asked the federal court to dismiss the same charges against them in the case, according to court documents.

Tuesday, 10:32 AM | No comments yet
Wednesday: Atherton looks at ways to reduce traffic congestion

While its lack of commercial and multifamily zoning has kept the population of Atherton relatively stable in recent years, town officials have become increasingly concerned about the problems caused by traffic passing through Atherton as the cities surrounding it and the region continue to grow.

Tuesday, 10:06 AM | 13 comments
Alpine Road sewer repair project slows traffic

Alpine Road drivers may face delays because of a construction project expected to be ongoing into July.

Tuesday, 7:47 AM | No comments yet

Monday, April 15, 2019

Street parking could be removed on stretch of Middle Avenue

Members of Menlo Park's Complete Streets Commission voted 6-0 on April 10 to recommend that the City Council permit the removal of more than 100 street parking spaces on both sides of Middle Avenue, between Olive Street and San Mateo Drive.

Monday, 4:45 PM | 22 comments
Helen Alburger, early Ladera resident, dies at age 94

Helen Eileen Alburger, who with her husband was among the earliest residents of the Ladera community, died at her home on Jan. 4 at the age of 94.

Monday, 11:28 AM | 1 comment
Tuesday: Menlo Park fire board to discuss concerns with JPA agreement

Faced with the complexity of the issue, the Menlo Park Fire Protection District has asked for more time to evaluate a proposal for the first new countywide joint powers authority operating agreement in 10 years.

Monday, 9:39 AM | 3 comments

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Home sales

A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula, where Atherton recorded the highest sale at $4.7 million for a newly built five-bedroom house on a 10,654-square-foot lot that last sold for $1.9 million.

Sunday, 8:57 AM | No comments yet

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Students turn goat milk into soap on school farm

Students at one Atherton high school are getting a chance to take a break from sitting in classrooms, and instead take in fresh air and bond with animals while they learn.

Saturday, 8:08 AM | No comments yet

Friday, April 12, 2019

Murder suspect's plea postponed due to delayed coroner's report

Francis Wolke, the man who allegedly killed Menlo Park resident and former Atherton town arborist Kathy Hughes Anderson in her home on Dec. 12, was scheduled to enter his plea in court today (Friday, April 12) following several postponements.

Friday, 5:54 PM | No comments yet
How would SB 50 impact Menlo Park?

Across California, Senate Bill 50, a proposed law that would require cities to relax height, density and parking restrictions in areas that have lots of jobs and reliable public transit, is sparking waves of controversy, especially in affluent suburban areas that prize low-density, single-family homes.

Friday, 11:50 AM | 24 comments
Menlo's parks could undergo massive revamp

Want to weigh in on what should be changed at city parks in the coming years? Menlo Park's draft park master plan recommends changes such as a new Belle Haven community center, more dog parks, restrooms, field lighting and more.

Friday, 11:37 AM | No comments yet
Woodside Glens residents get new piece to their puzzle

The Glens is what could be called the "less-fashionable side" of Woodside, as F. Scott Fitzgerald might say. And some residents of the community of 185 homes on the east side of Canada Road say they aren't being treated fairly compared with those in the other areas of the town.

Friday, 11:06 AM | No comments yet
Memorial service Saturday for Linda Jo Miller

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 13, for Linda Jo Miller, a Menlo Park resident for nearly 40 years who died on March 29 at the age of 72.

Friday, 8:38 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Bud Eisberg recognized by town for decades of volunteer service

Longtime Portola Valley resident Bud Eisberg was posthumously honored on March 16 with the town's Volunteer of the Year Award, given for his many years of civic service.

Thursday, 5:50 PM | No comments yet
On a roll: Menlo-Atherton's Bike Shed puts emphasis on carless commutes

Alongside a swath of bike racks on the northwest part of Menlo-Atherton High School's campus, a teacher is spearheading an effort to enable more students to commute to school by bicycle.

Thursday, 11:39 AM | 2 comments
Report: Bay Area has nation's third-highest homeless population

The nation's third largest population of homeless people, roughly 28,000, reside in the Bay Area, and most of them are unsheltered, according to a study released Wednesday by the Bay Area Council Economic Institute.

Thursday, 10:36 AM | 5 comments
Police calls: Woman arrested for grand theft from employer

Local officers respond to calls: from workplace theft and a construction site fight, to rummaging through trash while naked and assault with an umbrella.

Thursday, 8:36 AM | No comments yet

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