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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Menlo Park eyeing project to streamline Bayfront Expressway connection between Dumbarton Bridge and U.S. 101

The city of Menlo Park has released an "online open house" with an interactive map where people can weigh in on the projects being considered as the city's Transportation Master Plan continues to be developed.

Tuesday, 11:43 AM | No comments yet
Two home burglaries in Atherton since Friday

Burglars used blunt objects to break into two Atherton homes directly across the street from each other in the last few days, according to police.

Tuesday, 11:04 AM | No comments yet
Trump to lunch in the Los Trancos area near Portola Valley

With many conflicting rumors swirling in the past few days, it's been confirmed that President Donald Trump's Bay Area fundraiser luncheon today in the Palo Alto foothills, at the Portola Valley border.

Tuesday, 9:59 AM | 4 comments
Menlo Park school district bond refinancing saves $3.7 million

The Menlo Park City School District will save taxpayers over $3.7 million by refinancing its voter-approved bonds.

Tuesday, 7:36 AM | No comments yet

Monday, September 16, 2019

Atherton considering how to raise more civic center project funds

The Atherton City Council recently asked staff to explore how to raise additional funding for the town's civic center project, including the possibility of accepting a loan from an Atherton resident.

Monday, 4:17 PM | 2 comments
San Mateo County says no reports of vaping illnesses so far

With reports of vaping-related illnesses on the rise nationwide and six vaping-related deaths, San Mateo County health officials say that they haven't seen any specific cases of illness in the county that have been tied to vaping.

Monday, 8:56 AM | No comments yet

Sunday, September 15, 2019

High school parent education series starts Sept. 19

The Parent Education Series will kick off its annual expert presentations and panel discussions, which take place at local high schools, with a discussion on the transition from high school to college.

Sunday, 8:56 AM | No comments yet

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Home sales for the week of Sept. 9

A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula, where Menlo Park recorded the highest sale at $9,950,000 for a newly constructed six-bedroom modern home with expansive views of San Francisco Bay.

Saturday, 8:49 AM | No comments yet

Friday, September 13, 2019

Mutts take the spotlight. And who can complain?

Fremont Park could have been christened Muttville Menlo Park on Sunday, Sept. 8, as canines big and small converged to take a shot at fame during the first annual Mutt Strutt Super Heroes Dog Show.

Friday, 5:30 PM | 1 comment
Trump won't be coming to Atherton after all, police chief says

Atherton will not be the destination of President Donald Trump as he makes his political fundraising visit to the Bay Area this week, Atherton Police Chief Steve McCulley said last week.

Friday, 3:28 PM | 21 comments
Third straight Spare the Air alert issued for Saturday

Bay Area air district officials issued a third straight Spare the Air alert for Saturday (Sept. 14) and expanded an air quality advisory for possible smoke drifting from Northern California wildfires.

Friday, 2:05 PM | No comments yet
The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for Menlo Park today. Here's where to stay cool.

With a predicted high of about 94 degrees in Menlo Park today, the National Weather Service has declared a heat advisory throughout large swaths of the Bay Area, with the worst heat expected between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Friday, 11:34 AM | No comments yet
Stanford's Michele Barry to speak on the climate impact of megacities

When it comes to the climate crisis, are massive "megacities" part of the problem, or part of the solution? According to Stanford University medical professor Dr. Michelle Barry, the answer is both.

Friday, 10:36 AM | No comments yet
Portola Valley is ready to party this Saturday with annual picnic

Portola Valley will be continuing a long tradition on Saturday when the town comes together for its annual picnic.

Friday, 8:39 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Second-straight Spare the Air alert in effect Friday

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued a Spare the Air alert for Friday because of elevated levels of smog expected as a result of high temperatures and light winds in the region.

Thursday, 4:29 PM | No comments yet
Traffic alert: Skyline Boulevard south of Alpine Road closed following small grass fire

Skyline Boulevard near Alpine Road will be closed for about two to three hours today (Sept. 12) due to downed electrical wires that started a small grass fire, according to a San Mateo County Alert issued just before 3:30 p.m.

Thursday, 3:50 PM | No comments yet
Enrollment up slightly at M-A, Woodside high schools

When Sequoia Union High School District students returned to school last month, they were met with new teachers, classes and facilities, including the just-opened TIDE Academy in Menlo Park.

Thursday, 3:41 PM | 2 comments
A hot spot of hospitality

On a recent Sunday morning, hundreds of visitors flocked to the same destination: Alice's Restaurant. The scene wasn't unique to this particular Sunday. For decades now, it has happened all weekend, every weekend.

Thursday, 11:14 AM | 1 comment
Police calls: Six laptops stolen from Woodside Priory school

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

Thursday, 9:33 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Interested in school board seat? Application deadline is Sept. 16

The deadline to apply for appointment to a seat on the Menlo Park City School District Board of Trustees is 4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16.

Wednesday, 9:10 PM | 1 comment
Spare the Air alert issued for Thursday due to hot temperatures, light winds

High temperatures and light winds forecast in the Bay Area for Thursday have prompted the Bay Area Air Quality Management District to issue a Spare the Air alert.

Wednesday, 4:24 PM | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Minimum wage ordinance approved

Starting on Jan. 1, workers in Menlo Park must be paid a minimum of $15 an hour, following a 4-0-1 vote on Sept. 10 by the Menlo Park City Council to enact a citywide minimum wage ordinance.

Wednesday, 11:58 AM | 35 comments
Atherton to begin exploring gas-powered leaf blower restrictions

After a study session debate about whether Atherton town staff has the time to explore limiting leaf blower use in town, council members asked staff to estimate the amount of time it would take to look into the topic.

Wednesday, 9:31 AM | 10 comments
Art and community among the redwoods

The Kings Mountain Art Fair, begun 58 years ago to support the community's volunteer fire brigade and local school, drew typical crowds for festivities and art browsing over the three-day Labor Day weekend.

Wednesday, 8:24 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Uneven Ground Part II: Navigating food deserts and swamps

In part II of "Uneven Ground," reporter Kate Bradshaw explores different ways that the communities of North Fair Oaks, Belle Haven and East Palo Alto experience inequitable access to healthy food and what steps are being taken to help.

Tuesday, 2:32 PM | No comments yet
Tonight: Menlo Park council set to vote on minimum wage ordinance

The Menlo Park City Council could vote to approve a citywide minimum wage ordinance tonight (Sept. 10).

Tuesday, 11:58 AM | No comments yet
Open space district opens new Oljon Trail at El Corte de Madera Creek Preserve

With a snip of a pair of comically large scissors, directors and staff at the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District officially opened the Oljon Trail, a new 1.3-mile trail segment in El Corte De Madera Creek Open Space Preserve.

Tuesday, 11:42 AM | 2 comments
Menlo Park man accused of sexual assault of minors pleads not guilty, remains in custody

At a brief hearing on Monday (Sept. 9), Randolph Haldeman, the Menlo Park man facing 20 sexual assault charges for allegedly molesting several children, pleaded not guilty and received a Nov. 5 date for a preliminary hearing.

Tuesday, 9:14 AM | 2 comments

Monday, September 9, 2019

DA's Office investigating former community college chancellor

The San Mateo County District Attorney's Office has issued search warrants in connection with Ron Galatolo's tenure as San Mateo County Community College District chancellor. Galatolo recently left the chancellor's post.

Monday, 2:53 PM | 3 comments
Woodside Planning Commission denies permit for equestrian bridge

The Woodside Planning Commission gave a nudge to town traditions on Sept. 4 by denying a request for a conditional use permit for a plan to spend $200,000 in town and donated money to replace a washed-out equestrian bridge.

Monday, 10:43 AM | 21 comments

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Renovated Sky Londa 'wellness resort' to reopen Nov. 1

A 28-year-old hotel, resort and conference center in the forest along Skyline Boulevard is taking on yet another identity after being acquired by Canyon Ranch, a chain of "wellness resorts."

Sunday, 9:10 AM | 9 comments

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Home sales for the week of Sept. 2

A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula, where Los Altos Hills recorded the highest sale at $11,650,000 for a recently constructed five-bedroom contemporary home with views of the Bay and mountains.

Saturday, 10:41 AM | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Registration opens for city's fall classes

Registration for fall classes through the city of Menlo Park is now open for residents and nonresidents.

Saturday, 10:31 AM | No comments yet

Friday, September 6, 2019

Saturday: Memorial service for Barbara Douglass of Atherton

A memorial Mass for Barbara Holt Douglass of Atherton, who died on Aug. 13 at the age of 93, is set for Saturday morning, Sept. 7, at the Church of the Nativity in Menlo Park.

Friday, 4:51 PM | No comments yet
Menlo Park looking into drone program

Drones may be a part of the Menlo Park City Hall's future.

Friday, 10:08 AM | 3 comments
Bill that would provide overnight parking for homeless community college students pushed to next legislative session

The author of legislation that would require California community colleges to open their parking lots overnight to homeless students has delayed the bill's vote in response to amendments he said watered down its purpose.

Friday, 8:50 AM | 2 comments

Thursday, September 5, 2019

What to know as California's peak fire months loom

Having just endured more than a decade of rampaging fires -- 14 of the 20 most destructive fires in state history have occurred since 2007 -- fire bosses say this year the glass is half-full.

Thursday, 8:47 PM | No comments yet
Saturday: Menlo Park Library kicks off month of free live storytelling events

For those looking for family-friendly entertainment close to home, prepare for an extensive selection of free live storytelling events coming to the Menlo Park libraries over the coming month.

Thursday, 5:16 PM | No comments yet
Menlo Park man arrested in suspected DUI crash that injured 7-year-old sister pleads not guilty

A 21-year-old Menlo Park man arrested last month on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol following a crash that injured his 7-year-old sister has pleaded not guilty, according to the San Mateo County DA's Office.

Thursday, 11:52 AM | 1 comment
Uneven ground

Why do the communities of North Fair Oaks, East Palo Alto and Belle Haven experience greater environmental health problems than their neighbors? How do these problems impact residents' health? And what are people doing about it?

Thursday, 10:25 AM | 1 comment
Housesitter accused of stealing jewelry from Woodside home

A Redwood City man has been arrested for allegedly stealing $70,000 in jewelry from a Woodside home in the 200 block of Eleanor Drive where he was housesitting, according to San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.

Thursday, 10:01 AM | No comments yet
Nonprofit trying to lower ADU construction costs

As more Bay Area communities encourage residents to build accessory dwelling units (ADUs) that could serve as affordable housing, a San Mateo-based nonprofit has come up with a plan to provide an inexpensive road map for building them.

Thursday, 8:24 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Rainbow flag stolen three times from Menlo Park church

When the Rev. Gia Hayes-Martin arrived at the Menlo Park church she leads on Aug. 10 for a funeral, she was disappointed to find that the gay pride rainbow flag the church displays on its front sign was gone.

Wednesday, 2:24 PM | 25 comments
Tonight: Speaker addresses learning and the 'limitless mind'

The Menlo Park City School District will kick off its 2019-20 speaker series on Wednesday, Sept. 4, with Jo Boaler, a professor of mathematics education at Stanford University.

Wednesday, 10:01 AM | No comments yet
Atherton committee considering off-leash dog park postpones meeting

Atherton's Park and Recreation Committee is considering adding a dog park within Holbrook-Palmer Park.

Wednesday, 9:58 AM | 3 comments
Atherton: Leaf blowers, civic center funding on council agenda

Potential limits on using leaf blowers in town and raising additional funding for the civic center project will be discussed when the Atherton City Council reconvenes after a quiet August at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 4.

Wednesday, 9:55 AM | 3 comments
Menlo Park: Driver killed in freeway collision

The driver of a Honda SUV was killed after the vehicle slammed into the back of a flatbed truck on southbound U.S. Highway 101 in Menlo Park early Wednesday morning (Sept. 4), according to the California Highway Patrol.

Wednesday, 8:46 AM | 2 comments

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