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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 | 1 comment
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 Tuesday, with Gov. Gavin Newsom declaring his plan to significantly scale back the hugely ambitious but deeply flawed project.

Tuesday, 6:48 PM | 16 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

Friday, February 8, 2019

Menlo Park: Mountain Mike's Pizza takes over former Applewood space

The space that was for decades home to Applewood Pizza in Menlo Park will soon serve pizza again.

Friday, 3:37 PM | 1 comment
Portola Valley: Alpine Inn has new owners

The Alpine Inn, the Portola Valley beer garden and burger haven also known as Rossotti's, has new owners: Deke and Lori Hunter of the Hunter 1988 Revocable Trust.

Friday, 11:59 AM | 25 comments
Facebook submits revised plans for Willow Village

Facebook submitted updated plans this morning (Feb. 8) for Willow Village, a proposal by the company to build 1.75 million square feet of office space, 1,500 housing units, up to 200,000 square feet of retail space, and a hotel with 200 to 250 rooms on a 60-acre parcel currently occupied by about 1 million square feet of office and warehouse buildings.

Friday, 10:00 AM | 11 comments
Update: Marsh Road reopens after water main break

Westbound Marsh Road at Fair Oaks Avenue in Atherton has reopened after a water main break this morning (Feb. 8).

Friday, 8:24 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Rain expected starting Friday

After frigid overnight temperatures Thursday night into Friday morning, storms are expected to soak the Friday afternoon commute and linger well into next week, according to the National Weather Service.

Thursday, 3:30 PM | No comments yet
Greystar proposes 483-unit housing complex in eastern Menlo Park

Development company Greystar is proposing to build a new 483-unit housing complex that includes apartments and for-sale townhomes at 141 Jefferson Drive and 180-186 Constitution Drive.

Thursday, 11:31 AM | 17 comments
Atherton resident William Wade Awbrey dies at 87

William Wade Awbrey, who lived in Atherton for 42 years, died Jan. 20 at the age of 87.

Thursday, 10:20 AM | 3 comments
Submissions sought for Women's Art Show

In recognition of Women's History Month in March, San Mateo County's Arts Commission and Commission on the Status of Women are teaming up to organize the 15th annual Women's Art Show.

Thursday, 8:34 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

M-A to show documentary on effects of screen addiction

It's not uncommon to see a child's eyes glued to an iPad or cellphone. Montessori teacher Krista Riihimaki noticed her students - at increasingly younger ages - spending large amounts of time tied to digital devices.

Wednesday, 3:27 PM | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Teen shot Tuesday night in Willows neighborhood

A 17-year-old boy was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after he was shot in the leg in the Willows neighborhood of Menlo Park Tuesday night (Feb. 5), according to a police press release.

Wednesday, 11:52 AM | 1 comment
Man who helped catch homicide suspect arrested for trespassing at victim's home

Daniel Baggett, 47, the former tenant of Menlo Park homicide victim and former Atherton town arborist Kathy Hughes Anderson, was arrested Jan. 27 after entering her house on the 900 block of Valparaiso Avenue and taking a potted plant, according to San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.

Wednesday, 11:32 AM | 5 comments
Will Ravenswood push back against charter school expansion?

At a packed community meeting Tuesday night, Belle Haven parents, staff and residents urged the Ravenswood school board against uprooting any district school in order to provide space for an expanding charter school, and some trustees indicated a desire to "fight" the charter school's request.

Wednesday, 9:48 AM | No comments yet
Home sales

A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula.

Wednesday, 8:26 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Chain restaurant may replace Applewood Pizza

In the aftermath of Applewood Pizza's closure at the end of December, rumors are swirling that a new pizza parlor is planning to occupy the downtown Menlo Park building at the corner of Ravenswood Avenue and Menlo Avenue.

Tuesday, 6:20 PM | 28 comments
Menlo Park council hashes out 2019 goals

Following roughly six hours of discussion on Saturday, Feb. 2, the Menlo Park City Council agreed to hold off until later in the month to pick its top priorities for 2019.

Tuesday, 11:45 AM | 2 comments
Las Lomitas superintendent announces retirement

Las Lomitas Elementary School District Superintendent Lisa Cesario will retire at the end of this school year.

Tuesday, 11:41 AM | 2 comments
Atherton police: At least $2M in jewelry, other items stolen this year

About 200 Atherton residents filled Holbrook-Palmer Park's Jennings Pavilion on Thursday, Jan. 31, for a police meeting on a recent rash of burglaries in town.

Tuesday, 10:49 AM | 3 comments
County workers' union plans two-day strike

Approximately 1,700 members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union working for San Mateo County are planning a two-day strike Feb. 13 and 14 in protest of health care cuts and what they say are unfair wages.

Tuesday, 8:38 AM | 6 comments

Monday, February 4, 2019

Weather service expects low snow levels through Tuesday afternoon

The National Weather Service is predicting snow in some of the Bay Area's higher elevations.

Monday, 6:31 PM | No comments yet
Man with gun, meth arrested at Woodside Park and Ride

Deputies from the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office arrested a 29-year-old transient from San Jose on Sunday night at the Woodside Park & Ride after discovering warrants out for his arrest and finding him in possession of a gun and methamphetamine.

Monday, 11:58 AM | 1 comment
Chan Zuckerberg Initiative announces 2019 local grantees

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative has announced the recipients of its local grant program for 2019. Nearly 40 local organizations that help to meet the basic needs of people in Belle Haven, East Palo Alto, North Fair Oaks and Redwood City will receive grants of $25,000 to $100,000, according to a press statement released Tuesday.

Monday, 9:24 AM | No comments yet

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