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Menlo fire board to consider housing for employees
Following the Menlo Park Fire Protection District's recent purchase of several residences, Fire Chief Harold Schapelhouman... Last comment 18 hours ago | 12 comments

It takes a village
For nearly four years, Josh To was, by day, a Google employee, and by night, a residential counselor with his wife, Sara,... Last comment on Mar 19, 2018 at 7:43 pm | 12 comments

Menlo Park: Council OKs big increases in managers' maximum salaries
Next time a bigger city comes courting for talent, Menlo Park's management staff may have more reason to pass up the offer.... Last comment 9 hours ago | 16 comments

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Finance tech startup Robinhood to take over former Sunset headquarters
After sitting vacant for more than two years, a new tenant has been announced at the site of the former Sunset Publishing headquarters: finance tech startup Robinhood. Tuesday, 11:55 AM | 4 comments

Wednesday: Weigh in on election district lines
How Menlo Park and its residents will be split into districts in future elections may be decided Wednesday. Tuesday, 11:25 AM

Wednesday: Atherton considers more study of fire district options
Atherton's City Council will decide on Wednesday, March 21, if it should spend $13,500 to find out exactly what separating from the Menlo Park Fire Protection District would entail, as well as what legislative options exist to reallocate property taxes among public agencies. Tuesday, 11:17 AM | 5 comments

Menlo Park: Activists urge Willow Road changes to keep kids safe
Members of Belle Haven Action, a nonprofit focused on addressing problems in Menlo Park's Belle Haven neighborhood, are worried about kids' safety as they commute to and from school across U.S. 101 and along Willow Road. Monday, 2:20 PM | 5 comments

Supervisors approve placing measure to raise bridge tolls on ballot
The county Board of Supervisors has authorized placing a measure on the June 5 ballot asking voters in all nine Bay Area counties to approve toll increases on major Bay Area bridges to fund improvements for regional traffic problems. Tuesday, 10:58 AM | 1 comments

Rain expected in the Bay Area
Most cities in the Bay Area will see up to 1.5 inches of rain this week, according to the National Weather Service. Tuesday, 8:04 AM

School board member denies wanting to arm teachers
Las Lomitas Elementary School District board member Diane Honda says that reports that she advocated arming teachers during a March 14 school board discussion are not true. Monday, 6:17 AM | 4 comments

Police calls: Resident living alone complains of objects being moved
Crime reports from Portola Valley and Menlo Park. Monday, 9:47 AM

Menlo Park hires city clerk
There's quite a game of musical clerks happening on the Peninsula. Judi Herren, deputy city clerk for the town of Atherton, has been hired to be city clerk in Menlo Park, a position that has been vacant since last June, when Pam Aguilar left to take the same job in Redwood City. Monday, 10:23 AM

Agencies seek public preferences for future in online survey
Residents have a chance to help shape the Bay Area's future by taking a survey from two regional agencies on such things as the economy, the environment and growth. Friday, 4:07 PM | 1 comments

Challenger cites pension liabilities in run against incumbent supervisor
San Mateo County Supervisor Don Horsley, whose district includes Menlo Park, Atherton, Woodside and Portola Valley, is facing an electoral challenge from Dan Stegink, a planning commissioner for the city of Pacifica.
Friday, 11:45 AM | 8 comments

Man who shot assault rifle in Menlo Park backyard gets one year in jail
The Menlo Park man who last month triggered a manhunt after shooting an assault rifle in a Belle Haven backyard was sentenced to a year in county jail on March 14 after he pleaded no contest to the felony of possessing a gun as a convicted felon, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office. Friday, 11:21 AM | 3 comments

It takes a village
For nearly four years, Josh To was, by day, a Google employee, and by night, a residential counselor with his wife, Sara, at Eastside College Preparatory Academy in East Palo Alto. Friday, 9:54 AM | 12 comments

An appreciation for The Almanac
While I retired in January as editor of The Almanac, I didn't want to head into the sunset without expressing my appreciation to everyone who has played a part in creating and sustaining this community resource for 53 years.
Friday, 8:45 AM | 1 comments

Resident group files suit over water company's refusal to hold election
A call by a group of residents and shareholders for the Palo Alto Park Mutual Water Company, which serves a number of Menlo Park households, to hold an election for all five board members has morphed into a lawsuit after the directors last year refused the request. Thursday, 11:55 AM

School district puts hold on new artificial turf studies
A proposal to spend $43,000 to further study the possible health hazards of artificial turf playing fields at Hillview Middle School and Kelly Park in Menlo Park was tabled by the Menlo Park City School District's governing board on March 13. Thursday, 11:14 AM | 2 comments

'One child is worth more than all the guns'
Students from Hillview Middle School in Menlo Park took part in a student-planned but school-sanctioned protest march today (March 14) as part of the nationwide student protests sparked by the school shootings in Parkland, Florida. Wednesday, 12:09 PM

Local students join nationwide school violence walkouts
In just one of many observances in local schools of the nationwide student protest against gun violence, many students from Woodside Elementary School walked out of their classrooms at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 14, in a student-led but school-sanctioned gathering in the school's outdoor amphitheater. Wednesday, 11:42 AM | 3 comments

Agnes Bierman Babcock, archaeologist and mother, dies at home in Portola Valley

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Short story writers wanted!

The 32nd Annual Palo Alto Weekly Short Story Contest is now accepting entries for Adult, Young Adult (15-17) and Teen (12-14) categories. Send us your short story (2,500 words or less) and entry form by April 6. First, Second and Third Place prizes awarded in each category.

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