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Monday, January 20, 2020

Concerts sound the message: 'Hold Fast to Dreams'

Musicians and guest artists of the African American Composer Initiative will present benefit concerts dedicated to the rich heritage of music by African American composers at Eastside College Preparatory School on Jan. 25 and 26.

Monday, 10:25 AM | No comments yet
State Senate candidate forum set for Jan. 22 in La Honda

A candidate forum to hear from state Senate candidates running to represent California's 13th District is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 22, from 7 to 9 p.m. at 120 Scenic Drive in La Honda, at the Cuesta La Honda Clubhouse.

Monday, 8:36 AM | No comments yet

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Teenager arrested in Portola Valley robbery

The San Mateo County Sheriff's Office announced on Jan. 19 that it had arrested a 17-year-old suspected of an early morning robbery in Portola Valley.

Sunday, 9:35 PM | No comments yet
Home sales: Atherton continues to record area's highest sales

A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula, where Atherton recorded the highest sale at $13,750,000 for a three-bedroom home that sold for $5,500,000 in 2017.

Sunday, 8:45 AM | No comments yet

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Remembering Woodside circa 1966

Years after an idyllic experience at Woodside Elementary School, 35 members of the class of 1966 have written about their time there after experiencing the real world of adulthood.

Saturday, 7:40 AM | 1 comment

Friday, January 17, 2020

Saturday: Library to host voter information session

People looking to learn more about how to vote in the March 3 primaries may consider attending an event scheduled at the Menlo Park Library on Saturday morning called "Voting in the Primaries: What you Need to Know."

Friday, 6:15 PM | No comments yet
Atherton signs off on Caltrain proposal to permanently close its train station

The Atherton City Council decided on Wednesday, Jan. 15, to accept a proposal from Caltrain to permanently close the town's train station.

Friday, 3:50 PM | 14 comments
Judge may order PG&E to hire more tree trimmers, removers

A federal judge announced in San Francisco Thursday that he is considering ordering PG&E to hire and train enough workers to trim or remove all trees that could fall on power lines and spark wildfires.

Friday, 11:54 AM | 2 comments
Become a barista, a beekeeper or a lighthouse keeper with website's help

Amava, an online start-up founded by Atherton resident Mark Silverman, helps connect people with part-time jobs, volunteer work and travel adventures.

Friday, 8:06 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Auto burglars hit 10 vehicles in Ladera shopping center Wednesday evening

Ten vehicles were reported burglarized in the parking lot of the Ladera shopping center on Wednesday evening (Jan. 15), according to the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.

Thursday, 8:12 PM | 9 comments
New Planned Parenthood clinic opens in Mountain View after months of delays

Mountain View's Planned Parenthood clinic, which shuttered last year for a redevelopment project, reopened on Monday at a new site that will provide reproductive health and specialty services through a deal with Santa Clara County.

Thursday, 2:06 PM | No comments yet
New Portola Valley mayor embraces thoughtful change

As a professional energy consultant, new Portola Valley Mayor Jeff Aalfs is well-positioned to help write new rules to make homes more energy-efficient, one of the Town Council's objectives for 2020.

Thursday, 9:54 AM | 10 comments
Founder of Menlo Park Academy of Dance, RoseAnn Sayler, dies at 96

RoseAnn Sayler, a longtime Menlo Park resident who founded the Menlo Park Academy of Dance and participated in the city's civic life for many years, died on Jan. 5 at the age of 96.

Thursday, 9:40 AM | 3 comments
Caltrain app adds parking permit option

A new feature recently rolled out on Caltrain's mobile app allows riders to pay for their parking.

Thursday, 8:16 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Stanford to share a historic anti-war speech by MLK

A newly discovered recording of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s historic speech against the Vietnam War, "Beyond Vietnam," will be played as part of a special program at Stanford's Memorial Church on Thursday, Jan. 16.

Wednesday, 5:11 PM | No comments yet
Council agrees to pay up for study of fully elevated grade separation option

In the ongoing discussion of how best to separate at-grade rail crossings, the Menlo Park City Council took a small step forward Tuesday to commit additional funding toward studying a fully elevated grade separation option.

Wednesday, 11:58 AM | 17 comments
Senate Bill 50 returns -- and so does Peninsula's housing debate

Responding to local concerns about the top-down mandates of his contentious bill, SB 50, state Sen. Scott Wiener in early January revised the bill to allow cities to craft their own zoning laws to facilitate home construction.

Wednesday, 9:55 AM | 14 comments
Menlo Park's downtown employers adapt to new minimum wage law

With the implementation of Menlo Park's new $15-an-hour minimum wage ordinance on Jan. 1, The Almanac asked local businesses what impacts, if any, they were experiencing.

Wednesday, 9:46 AM | No comments yet
Police calls: Six auto burglaries reported on Menlo Park street

Six auto burglaries were reported on Jan. 2 in the 100 block of Seminary Drive with miscellaneous items taken.

Wednesday, 8:41 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Greening the grid

How is San Mateo County's green energy program, which was created with the promise of lowering costs for customers while being significantly better for the environment, working three years after its launch?

Tuesday, 3:47 PM | No comments yet
All Five preschool receives national accreditation

The National Association for the Education of Young Children recently accredited All Five preschool, making it the only preschool program in Menlo Park's Belle Haven neighborhood and the East Palo Alto area to receive the recognition.

Tuesday, 11:35 AM | 1 comment
Residents urge Facebook to preserve Belle Haven history

Menlo Park residents packed the Belle Haven senior center on the morning of Saturday, Jan. 11, to hear more about Facebook's proposal to build a new community center and library at the Senior Center/Belle Haven campus.

Tuesday, 11:14 AM | No comments yet
Menlo Park to reevaluate locking up public tennis courts

Menlo Park, unlike many neighboring cities (with the exception of Atherton), keeps its public tennis courts under lock and key. It's a holdover from a bygone era, Community Services Director Derek Schweigart explained.

Tuesday, 11:11 AM | 2 comments
Atherton Caltrain station may close permanently

Caltrain is proposing to permanently close the Atherton train station, which currently operates only on weekends. The City Council will discuss the matter on Wednesday, Jan. 15.

Tuesday, 8:12 AM | 21 comments

Monday, January 13, 2020

State Senate candidates to discuss climate crisis

A coalition of local environmental nonprofits has organized a forum to be held on Wednesday, Jan. 15, at which local voters can get more information on how District 13 state Senate candidates stand on environmental issues.

Monday, 5:10 PM | 1 comment
Stanford Blood Center has critical need for all blood types

The Stanford Blood Center is asking Bay Area residents to donate blood to any nearby center, as supplies are at critically low levels.

Monday, 10:44 AM | No comments yet
Slocum leads San Mateo County Board of Supervisors in 2020

San Mateo County District 4 Supervisor Warren Slocum began a second term as president of the Board of Supervisors on Jan. 7, and he is looking forward to handling a slate of issues countywide and in his district in 2020.

Monday, 8:19 AM | 1 comment

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Exhibit highlights student partnership with The Almanac

Throughout January and February the Menlo Park Library is hosting a photo exhibit showcasing the photography of students from East Palo Alto who participated in reporter Kate Bradshaw's September 2019 "Uneven Ground" reporting series.

Sunday, 8:55 AM | No comments yet

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Longtime teaching assistant is the 'rock star' of Trinity School

Bim Cleland is one of the first teachers to arrive at Trinity School in Menlo Park every day. His daily, wide-ranging schedule exemplifies how Cleland "wears many hats and wears them expertly" at the school, Principal Matt Allio says.

Saturday, 8:24 AM | 1 comment

Friday, January 10, 2020

Facebook challenged on policies in run-up to 2020 presidential election

Commuters passing Facebook on Thursday, Jan. 9, had more than the bumper ahead of them on view as demonstrators along Bayfront Expressway in Menlo Park protested Facebook policies that they say could adversely affect the 2020 election.

Friday, 5:41 PM | 7 comments
Free fruit helps fuel student learning in Las Lomitas district classrooms

A local school district is piloting a program to offer fruit and other breakfast foods to kids, some of whom face a long bus ride in the morning, to ensure that they're alert and ready to learn when their school day begins.

Friday, 11:20 AM | 4 comments
Ex-sheriff's deputy Lopez loses bid to dismiss charges, toss evidence

An effort to dismiss charges in a long-standing case against retired San Mateo County Sheriff's deputy Juan Pablo Lopez fell short on Thursday (Jan. 9) when Superior Court Judge Danny Chou ruled against a defense motion in the case.

Friday, 10:30 AM | 19 comments
Home sales: Michelle Pfeiffer's Woodside estate sells for $22M

A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula, where Woodside recorded the highest sale at $22,000,000 for an estate reportedly sold by actress Michelle Pfeiffer and her husband, film and TV producer David E. Kelley.

Friday, 8:42 AM | 1 comment
Ravenswood board votes to close Willow Oaks and Brentwood elementary schools

After a lengthy debate, the Ravenswood school board voted to move Willow Oaks Elementary School students to Belle Haven Elementary School in Menlo Park and Brentwood Academy students to Costaño School in East Palo Alto this fall.

Friday, 7:55 AM | 4 comments

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Menlo Park takes on second Greystar proposal to add hundreds of apartments citywide in under a month

Menlo Portal, the tentative name for a second project of developer Greystar to build hundreds of apartments on Menlo Park's Bay side, is moving forward, Menlo Park Principal Planner Kyle Perata announced on Jan. 7.

Thursday, 5:00 PM | 28 comments
Jazz at the library with Jym Marks this Saturday

Jym Marks, a jazz musician, poet, author, lecturer and owner of Markstyle Barber Shop in Menlo Park, is set to offer a jazz performance on Saturday, Jan. 11, from 11 a.m. to noon at the Menlo Park Library at 800 Alma St.

Thursday, 10:45 AM | No comments yet
Gov. Gavin Newsom to propose that California manufacture its own generic drugs, lowering prescription costs

In a bold strategy to drive down prescription drug prices, Gov. Gavin Newsom is proposing that California become the first state in the nation to establish its own generic drug label.

Thursday, 10:34 AM | No comments yet
Bay Area will see on-and-off rain before week ends cool and dry

Bay Area commuters can expect rain and gusty winds Thursday morning as a cold front moves through the region, according to the National Weather Service.

Thursday, 8:58 AM | No comments yet
Ravenswood district remembers longtime Belle Haven teacher

The Ravenswood Education Foundation is the beneficiary of a fundraiser in remembrance of longtime Belle Haven School teacher José-Iván Ibarra, 54. Ibarra died of a heart attack on Dec. 9 in Redwood City, according to his family.

Thursday, 8:24 AM | 1 comment

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Parcel tax, enrollment and employee compensation on Menlo Park school board agenda

The Menlo Park City School District board of trustees faces a full agenda at its meeting on Thursday, Jan. 9, reviewing issues including renewal of a parcel tax and non-teaching staff compensation.

Wednesday, 4:11 PM | 39 comments
La Honda Road closure on Tuesday was due to truck accident

La Honda Road was closed between Portola Road and Skyline Boulevard on Tuesday (Jan. 7) because a truck went off the road near the intersection with Fox Hill Road.

Wednesday, 2:56 PM | 1 comment
U.S. national women's wrestling coach a hit at M-A High

United States national women's wrestling team coach Terry Steiner spent Jan. 4 training the Menlo-Atherton High School girls wrestling team with a clinic that also welcomed high school-age athletes from nearby schools.

Wednesday, 10:34 AM | No comments yet
Menlo Park dog survives gunshot, but family needs funds to pay vet bills

The family of Rambo, a 4-year-old male American terrier that was shot in his owner's Menlo Park yard last week, is on its way to raising funds needed to remove the bullet from the dog's body.

Wednesday, 7:13 AM | 2 comments

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Portola Valley: Alpine Inn beer garden tent to keep the party going year-round

Now that the historic Alpine Inn has reopened after an extensive and expensive remodel, management has come up with a solution for keeping the indoor-outdoor tavern in operation year-round: a tent over the outdoor seating area.

Tuesday, 5:24 PM | 6 comments
Tuesday Woodside Road closure was due to truck accident

Woodside Road was closed between Portola Road and Skyline Boulevard Tuesday because a trailer truck went off the road, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.

Tuesday, 10:42 AM | No comments yet
Building healthy relationships with kids is topic of Jan. 8 talk

Parents can learn techniques for speaking, listening and asking questions to build healthy relationships and de-escalate conflict with their children at a Hillview Middle School program on Jan. 8.

Tuesday, 6:24 AM | No comments yet

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