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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Menlo Park family helps raise more than $16 million to reunite immigrant families

After seeing a striking photo of a 2-year-old child crying after being separated from her family by border patrol agents, Charlotte and Dave Willner of Menlo Park last Saturday morning set up a fundraising campaign on Facebook. Five days later, they've raised $16.73 million -- and counting.

Thursday, 11:55 AM | 2 comments
Menlo Park budget clears final hurdle

With fresh, steady money coming from new hotels and double-digit increases in property value assessments since last year, the Menlo Park City Council voted confidently and unanimously on June 19, with Councilman Rich Cline absent, to approve a $143 million spending plan for the upcoming 2018-19 fiscal year.

Thursday, 10:21 AM | 1 comment
Today: World music concert launches summer series in Portola Valley

With the arrival of summer, the annual free outdoor concert series in Portola Valley begins Thursday, June 21. The 10-piece jazz band Wobbly World Music will open the 2018 series on the lawn at Town Center from 6 to 8 p.m.

Thursday, 8:07 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Laurel families gang up to bike to school

Jen Wolosin said she wanted to make sure her son had the chance to ride his bike to school at the Laurel School Lower Campus in Atherton at least once, so she asked other school parents if they'd join in on a ride on Friday, June 8.

Wednesday, 8:59 PM | 2 comments
Schapelhouman gets three-year contract extension and raises

The board of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District has enthusiastically and unanimously approved a three-year contract extension and three years of salary increases for Chief Harold Schapelhouman, with his base pay topping out at $315,000 in the last year of the contract.

Wednesday, 11:27 AM | 2 comments
New report offers tips for tackling Peninsula's two biggest headaches

A newly released report by two Bay Area nonprofits shines light on how the Peninsula's twin problems -- a stunted, costly housing supply and jam-packed roads triggered by major job growth in the area -- are inextricably linked.

Wednesday, 8:56 AM | No comments yet
Wednesday: What's next for Atherton's civic center?

The Atherton City Council was supposed to be awarding the bid for its new civic center at its Wednesday, June 20, meeting and had tentatively scheduled a groundbreaking ceremony for a week later. And then the bids were opened.

Wednesday, 8:38 AM | 1 comment

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Menlo Park: Planning Commission tackles housing, traffic, parking in downtown plan review

Menlo Park's Planning Commission on June 18 hosted two study sessions that pointed to two very different scales for development in different parts of the city, bound by the shared threads of traffic, parking requirements and affordable housing.

Tuesday, 12:35 PM | 6 comments
Police calls: Woodside woman wires $15,000 to bail out her 'grandson'

Crime reports from Woodside, Atherton, West Menlo Park and Menlo Park.

Tuesday, 11:59 AM | 4 comments
Tuesday: Fire board to consider extending chief's employment

On the agenda when the Menlo fire board meets Tuesday night: extending Chief Harold Schapelhouman's employment contract through June 2021, options for building a new fire station complex at 300 Middlefield Road, and the district's proposed $52 million budget.

Tuesday, 11:56 AM | 1 comment
Tonight: Menlo Park council wrapping up budget process

Starting July 1, Menlo Park will spring headfirst into its next fiscal year without a hitch -- if the City Council works through some changes tonight (June 19) to the proposed budget put forward by City Manager Alex McIntyre earlier this month.

Tuesday, 9:17 AM | No comments yet

Monday, June 18, 2018

Tuesday: SLAC lecture explores 'The End of Spacetime'

SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory will host "The End of Spacetime," a special public lecture by theoretical physicist Nima Arkani-Hamed, on Tuesday, June 19, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m at the Panofsky Auditorium at SLAC.

Monday, 4:24 PM | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Planning Commissioner Drew Combs considering second council run

Menlo Park planning commissioner, 2014 City Council candidate and current Facebook employee Drew Combs has informed The Almanac he is "seriously considering" a November run for City Council as a representative of District 2.

Monday, 11:58 AM | 20 comments
Monday: Planning Commission discusses potential revisions to downtown plan

The Menlo Park Planning Commission was to discuss possible revisions to a development plan for the city's downtown that officials only five years ago thought would last decades when it met Monday night, June 18.

Monday, 11:45 AM | 4 comments

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Home sales

A complete listing of home sales on the Midpeninsula.

Saturday, 9:00 PM | No comments yet
Ex-Theranos executives indicted by federal grand jury

The former CEO and COO of embattled blood-testing company Theranos have been indicted by a federal grand jury for an alleged multimillion-dollar scheme to defraud investors, doctors and patients.

Saturday, 7:17 AM | 2 comments

Friday, June 15, 2018

Magee now leads in county schools superintendent race

Nancy Magee has pulled ahead of Gary Waddell for the first time since the initial Election Day results were posted, according to election results released on Friday afternoon, June 15, but the county elections office says more than 46,000 ballots still need to be counted.

Friday, 9:58 PM | No comments yet
Magee now leads in county schools superintendent race

Nancy Magee has pulled ahead of Gary Waddell for the first time since the initial Election Day results were posted, according to election results released on Friday afternoon, June 15, but the county elections office says more than 46,000 ballots still need to be counted.

Friday, 9:50 PM | No comments yet
Woodside: Council favors ethics code that addresses complaints informally

An expanded version of an earlier story: On June 12, after hearing from representatives of a committee formed to consider alternatives to the inflexible language and punitive tone in the current ethics code, the Woodside Town Council leaned toward a new code that would remind officials of a sense of "higher purpose."

Friday, 11:57 AM | No comments yet
Weigh in on how to spend potential county sales tax

Leaders in San Mateo County are considering putting a half-cent sales tax on the November ballot to raise money for local transportation projects.

Friday, 11:46 AM | 3 comments
Open space district steps back from proposal for red barn site

It looks like they won't be -- to paraphrase Joni Mitchell -- paving paradise to put up a parking lot, at least not next to the iconic red barn off Highway 84 between Skyline Boulevard and La Honda.

Friday, 11:16 AM | 1 comment

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Menlo Park ironing out how to get electric vehicle charging stations across city

Driving around Menlo Park, it seems as though Teslas and other electric vehicles are a dime a dozen. And the numbers bear this out: the International Council of Clean Transportation reports that 15 percent of all new vehicles registered in Menlo Park in 2016 were electric, placing Menlo Park fourth among California cities that year. But as the share of individuals and households with green vehicles rises in the city, the city has to figure out how to make sure there are enough charging stations to go around, on both public and private lots.

Thursday, 5:17 PM | 3 comments
Woodside: Commuters and weekend through traffic are making roads less safe, parents tell council

Traffic rerouting services for commuters threaten pedestrian safety in Woodside, particularly on roads used by children to get to and from school, residents say. The problems continue on weekends with through traffic, they told the Town Council.

Thursday, 11:59 AM | 34 comments
Update: Race for county schools superintendent coming down to the wire

With 105,091 votes counted in the contest for the San Mateo County Office of Education superintendent post, only 75 votes separate candidates Gary Waddell and Nancy Magee.

Thursday, 11:51 AM | No comments yet
Former Atherton finance director John Johns has died at 58

Former town of Atherton finance director John Paul Johns died on June 2 at the age of 58.

Thursday, 10:51 AM | 6 comments
Caltrain expands Bikes Board First pilot program

Starting this week, Caltrain is expanding a pilot program that allows bicyclists to board "bike cars" on trains before other passengers in an effort to make the transit agency's service more efficient.

Thursday, 9:17 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Menlo fire district warns of 'catastrophic consequences' from mobility issues

The Menlo Park Fire Protection District has sent letters to the municipalities it covers asking for joint meetings to address "mobility" problems in the district that the letters warn "will have catastrophic consequences for those needing emergency services."

Wednesday, 3:13 PM | 23 comments
New volunteer group blooms after closure of Random Acts of Flowers

In the wake of the closure of Random Acts of Flowers, a new group called Blossom Buddies has sprouted up with a similar purpose: to deliver flowers locally to the ailing and elderly.

Wednesday, 11:55 AM | No comments yet
Woodside: Residents express concern about 'plans' for new fire station

Residents in the vicinity of Haciendas Drive in Woodside turned out on Tuesday evening (June 12) to complain to the Town Council about tentative plans for a fire station on the northeast corner of Haciendas and Woodside Road.

Wednesday, 11:53 AM | 2 comments
Off they go

For students about to graduate from high school, visions of the future tend not to include horizons. No mileposts have gone by marking sadder and wiser perspectives after a career they've grown tired of or any number of surprises, achievements and disappointments.

Wednesday, 10:22 AM | No comments yet
Flood Park plan pits sports field supporters against neighbors

Plans to add a new sports field at the 21-acre Flood Park in Menlo Park have pitted the park's immediate neighbors against some youth sports supporters over the how the park should be used in the years to come.

Wednesday, 9:56 AM | 17 comments
Tonight: Portola Valley council considers priorities, housing among them

The Portola Valley Town Council is set to discuss and establish its priorities for the fiscal year that begins on July 1. The council meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 13, in the Historic Schoolhouse at 765 Portola Road.

Wednesday, 8:05 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Conlon headed to November ballot for state treasurer

Atherton's Greg Conlon appears to be one of the winners in the June 5 primary election, coming in second in the race for state treasurer and winning a place on the November ballot against San Francisco Democrat Fiona Ma.

Tuesday, 11:39 AM | 1 comment
Residents to prompt Woodside council on safe routes to school

A group of Woodside residents has plans to give a presentation to the Town Council on June 12 to show concern for children's safety when walking and biking to school. Also on the agenda: a budget, a cannabis ordinance and a new ethics code.

Tuesday, 11:36 AM | No comments yet
Questions raised over council members' expense-paid travel

Two Menlo Park City Council members, Kirsten Keith and Catherine Carlton, have reported receiving contributions from US Asia Innovation Gateway, a Palo Alto-based trade organization that may not be legally authorized to pay for local elected officials' travel.

Tuesday, 10:17 AM | 23 comments
Menlo Park summer concert series begins June 13

Menlo Park's annual summer concert series is set to launch Wednesday, June 13, with a performance by the Sun Kings, a Beatles tribute band, at Fremont Park.

Tuesday, 9:12 AM | No comments yet

Monday, June 11, 2018

Neighbors protest open space district's plans for red barn site

Residents of the La Honda area and communities nearby are unhappy with the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District's plans to build a visitor center near the iconic red barn. A public meeting on the project is Tuesday night, June 12, in La Honda.

Monday, 2:15 PM | 10 comments
Vandal punctures tires in La Entrada School parking lot

Someone has been forcing metal screws into the tires of vehicles belonging to the staff of La Entrada School over the last few months, according to Menlo Park police and the school principal.

Monday, 7:17 AM | 1 comment

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Painterly reflections

Woodside artist Jim Caldwell talks about his creative process and how water, in all its forms, shaped his one-man show at Art Ventures Gallery in Menlo Park. He will give a presentation at the gallery on Thursday, June 14.

Sunday, 10:06 AM | No comments yet

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Back to the drawing board for Atherton?

Only two of the five contractors Atherton had prequalified to bid on the project to build the town's new civic center complex submitted bids, and when those bids were opened on Tuesday, June 5, the news wasn't good.

Saturday, 9:04 AM | 13 comments

Friday, June 8, 2018

Sacred Heart Preparatory grads bound for college

All 148 of the students who graduated from Atherton's Sacred Heart Preparatory in its 120th commencement ceremony on May 25 are headed to college.

Friday, 8:22 PM | No comments yet
A grand goodbye

The Class of 2018 at Woodside High School assembled, for the final time, at 10 a.m. on the football field on Friday, June 8, to graduate and consign their high school experiences to the place of memories.

Friday, 6:45 PM | No comments yet
Police calls: Scam tricks would-be renters with condo not actually for rent

Crime reports from Menlo Park, Portola Valley and Menlo Oaks.

Friday, 11:47 AM | No comments yet
Senior moments

Sunshine joined family and friends on Thursday to send off about 470 Menlo-Atherton High School seniors, who crossed a threshold into a new phase of their lives during a festive ceremony.

Friday, 8:18 AM | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Give input on park facilities

The city of Menlo Park is developing a master plan for its parks and recreation facilities and is hosting a community meeting Saturday, June 9, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Menlo Park Senior Center, 110 Terminal Ave., for people to weigh in on what they'd like to see added or done to improve park facilities over the next 20 years.

Friday, 7:51 AM | 1 comment

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