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Friday, February 22, 2019

M-A wrestler voluntarily dismisses lawsuit against coach, school district

A Menlo-Atherton High School student voluntarily dismissed a complaint against the Sequoia Union High School District, district administrators, the M-A athletic director and a wrestling coach for alleged retaliation against her and her father after they complained about "disturbing behavior" by a wrestling coach at the school.

Friday, 8:17 PM | No comments yet
Speier among lawmakers pushing phone app ban

A Bay Area congresswoman is trying to pressure Google and Apple into removing a restrictive Saudi Arabian phone app that allows men to track women and migrant workers.

Friday, 6:00 PM | No comments yet
Shed fire draws firefighters to Los Trancos Woods last night

A burning shed adjacent to a guest house at 20 Ciervos Road in Los Trancos Woods brought firefighters in from Woodside, Redwood City, Menlo Park and CalFire last night (Thursday, Feb. 21) to fight the fire.

Friday, 11:56 AM | 3 comments
Rail separation talks move forward

Menlo Park City Councilman Drew Combs and Mayor Ray Mueller recently met in a crowded room at City Hall to discuss the city's next steps for how to separate the city's roads from the Caltrain line, and whether just one crossing, Ravenswood Avenue, should be separated, or others as well.

Friday, 8:10 AM | 1 comment

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Firefighters 'knock down' Los Trancos Woods structure fire Thursday

Firefighters have "knocked down" a single-story guest house fire at 20 Ciervos Road in Los Trancos Woods, an unincorporated community in the hills south of and above Portola Valley, that had been burning since around 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Fire Chief Dan Ghiorso of the Woodside Fire Protection District said less than an hour later.

Thursday, 6:46 PM | No comments yet
It's unofficial: Jerome-Robinson named new Menlo Park city manager

The Menlo Park City Council wants to appoint Interim City Manager Starla Jerome-Robinson to the position permanently, the city announced late this afternoon (Feb. 21).

Thursday, 5:52 PM | No comments yet
Plea deal in attempted kidnapping

Two Menlo Park men pleaded guilty after they reportedly grabbed a woman leaving a downtown Mountain View nightclub last year, brandished guns when people tried to intervene, and fired two rounds out of a vehicle as they drove away.

Thursday, 3:09 PM | No comments yet
Menlo Park: New deputy director hired to lead city's housing efforts

Rhonda Coffman has been hired as Menlo Park's new deputy community development director overseeing housing, Interim City Manager Starla Jerome-Robinson announced Wednesday, Feb. 20.

Thursday, 11:37 AM | 1 comment
Middlefield Road office building gets go-ahead

A small office building proposed for the high-traffic area near the intersection of Middlefield and Willow roads in Menlo Park has been cleared to move forward after the City Council denied an appeal of an earlier approval of the project.

Thursday, 8:48 AM | 4 comments
Police calls: Four women arrested after Highway 101 chase

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

Thursday, 8:15 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Portola Valley: License-plate cameras show some criminal-tracking value

A license-plate-reading camera in Portola Valley played a role in an ongoing investigation, a Sheriff's Office captain told the Town Council recently. "We are very, very close to an arrest," she said.

Wednesday, 5:05 PM | 7 comments
Menlo Park: Man pleads no contest to 2011 Kelly Park sex assault charge

A 27-year-old man accused of sexually assaulting a teen eight years ago in a public bathroom in Menlo Park has pleaded no contest to a felony charge related to the assault.

Wednesday, 11:42 AM | 1 comment
More home burglaries in Atherton

Burglars hit two more Atherton houses in the last week, the latest in a rash of burglaries in town, according to the Atherton Police Department.

Wednesday, 11:36 AM | No comments yet
Feds cancel high-speed rail grant, may seek refund

Officials with the U.S. Department of Transportation announced on Tuesday that they are terminating an agreement worth $929 million for the California high-speed rail project.

Wednesday, 8:55 AM | 7 comments
Wednesday: Atherton council examines restoring weekday Caltrain service

The Atherton City Council will review a Rail Committee recommendation to expand Caltrain service in town and explore how transit-oriented housing measures could affect the town at its Wednesday (Feb. 20) meeting.

Wednesday, 8:40 AM | 1 comment

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Should police protect Facebook's bikes?

Local law enforcement officials have been stopping people riding Facebook bikes, questioning them, and in some instances, arresting them and confiscating the bikes if they find that the cyclists stopped don't work for the giant social media company.

Tuesday, 7:00 PM | 24 comments
Menlo Park council discusses city manager recruitment behind closed doors

The Menlo Park City Council was scheduled to meet Tuesday, Feb. 19, to discuss recruitment for a new city manager, during a meeting not open to the public.

Tuesday, 6:02 PM | No comments yet
Tonight: Fire board discusses goals and priorities for 2019

The Menlo Park fire district board will discuss goals and priorities for 2019 tonight, touching on rescues in the Bay, drone use in emergency situations, and smaller vehicles staffed by one or two people in emergency responses when traffic is congested.

Tuesday, 11:05 AM | No comments yet
Progress on the Bay Trail

Look at the plans for the Bay Trail and it's easy for a cynic to laugh it off as a pipe dream -- 500 continuous miles of trails cutting through 47 cities and nine counties in the Bay Area?

Tuesday, 8:33 AM | 4 comments

Monday, February 18, 2019

Popular burger joint is closed until March for remodeling

The Alpine Inn is set to reopen in mid-March, according to a post on the inn's website. The new owners, all of whom live in the community, add: "We plan to maintain the casual good cheer and historical integrity of the place."

Monday, 4:40 PM | 2 comments
Community meetings to explore new cross-bay link between San Mateo, Alameda counties

A series of community meetings are planned to help guide the development of a proposed new connection linking San Mateo and Alameda counties along the Dumbarton corridor.

Monday, 8:56 AM | No comments yet
Home sales

A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula.

Monday, 8:29 AM | No comments yet

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Report: Inequality on the rise in Silicon Valley

Despite a sizzling economy and an influx of wealth, Silicon Valley remains a bastion of inequality, with more residents now struggling to afford the growing costs of housing, child care and transportation, according to a newly released snapshot of the regional economy.

Sunday, 4:55 PM | 7 comments
Three Woodside horses win national honors

Three horses owned by Woodside residents have won a total of four Horse of the Year titles, three in vaulting and one in jumping.

Sunday, 8:05 AM | No comments yet

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Students advance to regional spelling bee

Five local students are advancing to the Bay Area Regional Spelling Bee, according to the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

Saturday, 10:52 AM | No comments yet

Friday, February 15, 2019

Jail deputy charged with using excessive force against inmates

A San Mateo County Sheriff's Office deputy is facing criminal charges for allegedly using excessive force on inmates, including slamming one inmate's head into a closed elevator door, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office.

Friday, 4:08 PM | No comments yet
Bridging two worlds

Menlo School senior Santy Mendoza, who will be a first-generation college student at Harvard University this fall, is a current beneficiary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, a policy that gives people who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children temporary legal status and protection from deportation.

Friday, 11:45 AM | 1 comment
Ravenswood offers KIPP shared middle school space

The Ravenswood school board unanimously agreed Thursday to preliminarily offer the growing KIPP Community Valiant Prep shared space at the district's new comprehensive middle school next fall, a proposal opposed by both the charter school and teachers and students at the district school.

Friday, 9:12 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Never too wet for a stroll

The wind eased up enough around noontime Thursday, Feb. 14, for Zach Stamper and Patricia Rodriguez to stroll in the rain, with umbrella intact, down Santa Cruz Avenue in Menlo Park. Rain and showers are expected to continue tomorrow and Saturday. Photo by Magali Gauthier

Thursday, 7:24 PM | No comments yet
Woodside council chooses newcomers for key local government posts

Woodside council leaves two veteran local government volunteers without seats in making appointments to the Architectural and Site Review Board and the Planning Commission.

Thursday, 7:14 PM | No comments yet
Suspect arrested for Encinal School burglary

Atherton Police Department detectives arrested an 18-year-old San Jose man on Thursday (Feb. 14) for allegedly stealing about $14,000 worth of electronics from Encinal School in December, according to a police press release.

Thursday, 4:38 PM | No comments yet
West Bay Opera stages rarely performed Verdi work

Local music lovers are in for a treat with the two-weekend staging by West Bay Opera of the rarely performed "I due Foscari" by Giuseppe Verdi, which opens Friday, Feb. 15, in Palo Alto.

Thursday, 2:23 PM | No comments yet
Update: Power restored to most Portola Valley residents

A power outage in Portola Valley this morning (Thursday, Feb. 14) is affecting more than half the homes in town, according to an emailed alert from Town Hall.

Thursday, 11:38 AM | No comments yet
Roughly $640K in repairs underway at flooded middle school

Crews have begun repairs at La Entrada Middle School after the school flooded three times over a five-week span late last year, causing about $640,000 in damages. The repair work began in late January and should be completed at the end of March, Las Lomitas Elementary School District officials said.

Thursday, 10:54 AM | 3 comments
Atherton: Fair Oaks Avenue rail crossing closed overnight Thursday

The Fair Oaks Avenue railroad crossing in Atherton will be closed starting the evening of Thursday, Feb. 14, for construction.

Thursday, 8:38 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Ravenswood district could ask KIPP to share middle school campus

More specific ideas for how to accommodate KIPP Valiant Community Prep's request for more facilities coalesced at a school board study session on Monday evening, including asking the charter school to share space at the new Ravenswood Middle School campus in East Palo Alto.

Wednesday, 8:27 PM | 1 comment
Menlo Park council splits on law to help displaced renters relocate

A proposed law to help renters forced out of their homes for no cause or because they cannot afford major rent increases received mixed responses from the Menlo Park City Council on Feb. 12.

Wednesday, 1:02 PM | 15 comments
Atherton Rail Committee recommends restoring weekday train service

In a split vote, the Atherton Rail Committee recommended that the City Council support resuming weekday train stops in Atherton, despite some members' concerns about a recent state bill that could require new housing to be built along busier transit corridors.

Wednesday, 11:58 AM | 10 comments
Home sales

A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula.

Wednesday, 10:45 AM | No comments yet
Three deaths prompt San Mateo County supervisors' meeting on Taser safety

Representatives of the company that manufactures Taser stun guns defended the safety of the devices at a Feb. 11 special meeting of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors held to investigate the use of the electronic control weapons in the wake of three deaths last year.

Wednesday, 9:55 AM | 2 comments
Wednesday: Atherton hosts workshop on general plan update

Atherton will host a community workshop to discuss the town's general plan update Wednesday evening, Feb. 13.

Wednesday, 8:32 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Newsom scales back high-speed rail plans

California's decadelong dream of building a high-speed rail system between San Francisco and Los Angeles hit a dead end in Sacramento on Feb. 12, with Gov. Gavin Newsom declaring his plan to significantly scale back the hugely ambitious but deeply flawed project. (An expanded version of an earlier story.)

Tuesday, 6:48 PM | 24 comments
Burglars steal cash, thousands of dollars in merchandise from Country Corner deli

Burglars stole cash and thousands of dollars in merchandise in a predawn break-in at the Country Corner deli and convenience store in West Menlo Park late last month. The owners watched the incident as it unfolded at home through a video surveillance feed.

Tuesday, 11:58 AM | No comments yet
Heavy rain expected starting Tuesday night

An incoming storm that will start affecting the Bay Area on Tuesday night has intensified in strength and will hit a region that has already seen regular rain for the past few weeks, according to the National Weather Service.

Tuesday, 11:00 AM | No comments yet
Tonight: Menlo fire district board discusses 2019 priorities

The Menlo Park Fire Protection District board will meet tonight (Tuesday, Feb. 12) to discuss district goals and priorities for the 2019 calendar year.

Tuesday, 10:11 AM | No comments yet
Town hall on teacher housing set for Feb. 13

As local school districts grapple with how to help teachers struggling to afford to live in the communities in which they teach, housing advocates, educators and others will sit down for a discussion on solving the issue.

Tuesday, 8:49 AM | 2 comments

Monday, February 11, 2019

Planned county worker strike suspended pending agreement

A strike planned this week by San Mateo County employees has been averted by a tentative agreement between the county and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union.

Monday, 5:46 PM | 1 comment
Menlo Park considers policy to help displaced renters

Following months of discussion by the public and the Menlo Park Housing Commission, the City Council has scheduled a study session about a potential tenant relocation assistance ordinance in Menlo Park for Tuesday, Feb. 12.

Monday, 11:57 AM | 22 comments
Supervisor to propose gun safety law on Tuesday

San Mateo County Supervisor David J. Canepa plans to introduce an ordinance at Tuesday's Board of Supervisors meeting that would require the safe storage of firearms in residences.

Monday, 9:16 AM | 28 comments

Sunday, February 10, 2019

PG&E proposes more potential shut-offs to prevent wildfires

PG&E Co.'s plans to reduce wildfires could include intermittent power shut-offs for many more of its customers, the company announced Wednesday (Feb. 6).

Sunday, 9:21 AM | No comments yet

Saturday, February 9, 2019

More snow expected by Sunday on Bay Area peaks

Another very cold storm system is expected to bring snow to Bay Area peaks by Sunday morning, along with a chilly dip in temperatures Sunday
night, forecasters said.

Saturday, 10:05 PM | No comments yet
Fungus among us

What's the definition of a fun guy? A man with a thousand photos of fungi on his smartphone. The joke aptly describes Dr. George Caughey, the mushroom expert who led The Almanac on a recent two-hour foray from his Woodside home into Huddart County Park.

Saturday, 9:13 AM | No comments yet

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