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Thursday, April 18, 2019

Saturday: Easter egg hunts planned in Menlo Park, Atherton

The city of Menlo Park and the town of Atherton are preparing for Easter activities for kids and families that will take place this Saturday, April 20. Here's what's on the program for both towns.

Thursday, 11:24 AM | No comments yet
Facts about homelessness in the Bay Area

Here are some facts about homelessness in the Bay Area.

Thursday, 8:52 AM | No comments yet
Understanding the unsheltered among us

It's the day before an atmospheric river is supposed to dump over Menlo Park and Steven Hough is on the go.

Thursday, 8:45 AM | 3 comments

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Man convicted in death of toddler

A jury has convicted a 27-year-old man of involuntary manslaughter and assault on a child resulting in death for his role in the death of his girlfriend's 18-month-old son in 2014, San Mateo County prosecutors said.

Wednesday, 4:36 PM | 1 comment
Measures to curb Belle Haven's cut-through traffic fast-tracked

In response to previous complaints that Menlo Park was moving too slowly to install critical measures to deter cut-through traffic in Belle Haven, plans to remove street parking and install bulb-outs and other measures to slow traffic throughout the neighborhood are moving forward on an expedited timeline.

Wednesday, 11:58 AM | No comments yet
Applications sought for transportation authority advisory committee

People interested in giving input on transportation funding in San Mateo County are being encouraged to apply for seats on an advisory committee for the county's Transportation Authority.

Wednesday, 10:31 AM | No comments yet
New PV school trustee hopes to foster community involvement

Kimberley Morris Rosen joined the Portola Valley School District's school board as its latest member at a March 27 meeting.

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Atherton to hold memorial, tree planting in honor of former town arborist

Kathy Hughes Anderson, Atherton's former town arborist who was stabbed to death in her Menlo Park home in December, will be honored by the town in conjunction with its Arbor Day celebration on Thursday, April 18.

Tuesday, 3:24 PM | No comments yet
Fire chief leaving Woodside district with priorities intact

Woodside Fire Protection District Chief Dan Ghiorso has a lot to reflect on after his 28 years in the department, with his retirement coming up on April 27.

Tuesday, 11:29 AM | 1 comment
Palatella, McGlashan plead not guilty in college bribery scam

Two Midpeninsula parents in the college-admissions bribery scandal pleaded not guilty to charges in the nationwide $25-million scandal while a Palo Alto couple has asked the federal court to dismiss the same charges against them in the case, according to court documents.

Tuesday, 10:32 AM | No comments yet
Wednesday: Atherton looks at ways to reduce traffic congestion

While its lack of commercial and multifamily zoning has kept the population of Atherton relatively stable in recent years, town officials have become increasingly concerned about the problems caused by traffic passing through Atherton as the cities surrounding it and the region continue to grow.

Tuesday, 10:06 AM | 13 comments
Alpine Road sewer repair project slows traffic

Alpine Road drivers may face delays because of a construction project expected to be ongoing into July.

Tuesday, 7:47 AM | No comments yet

Monday, April 15, 2019

Street parking could be removed on stretch of Middle Avenue

Members of Menlo Park's Complete Streets Commission voted 6-0 on April 10 to recommend that the City Council permit the removal of more than 100 street parking spaces on both sides of Middle Avenue, between Olive Street and San Mateo Drive.

Monday, 4:45 PM | 19 comments
Helen Alburger, early Ladera resident, dies at age 94

Helen Eileen Alburger, who with her husband was among the earliest residents of the Ladera community, died at her home on Jan. 4 at the age of 94.

Monday, 11:28 AM | 1 comment
Tuesday: Menlo Park fire board to discuss concerns with JPA agreement

Faced with the complexity of the issue, the Menlo Park Fire Protection District has asked for more time to evaluate a proposal for the first new countywide joint powers authority operating agreement in 10 years.

Monday, 9:39 AM | 3 comments

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Home sales

A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula, where Atherton recorded the highest sale at $4.7 million for a newly built five-bedroom house on a 10,654-square-foot lot that last sold for $1.9 million.

Sunday, 8:57 AM | No comments yet

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Students turn goat milk into soap on school farm

Students at one Atherton high school are getting a chance to take a break from sitting in classrooms, and instead take in fresh air and bond with animals while they learn.

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Friday, April 12, 2019

Murder suspect's plea postponed due to delayed coroner's report

Francis Wolke, the man who allegedly killed Menlo Park resident and former Atherton town arborist Kathy Hughes Anderson in her home on Dec. 12, was scheduled to enter his plea in court today (Friday, April 12) following several postponements.

Friday, 5:54 PM | No comments yet
How would SB 50 impact Menlo Park?

Across California, Senate Bill 50, a proposed law that would require cities to relax height, density and parking restrictions in areas that have lots of jobs and reliable public transit, is sparking waves of controversy, especially in affluent suburban areas that prize low-density, single-family homes.

Friday, 11:50 AM | 22 comments
Menlo's parks could undergo massive revamp

Want to weigh in on what should be changed at city parks in the coming years? Menlo Park's draft park master plan recommends changes such as a new Belle Haven community center, more dog parks, restrooms, field lighting and more.

Friday, 11:37 AM | No comments yet
Woodside Glens residents get new piece to their puzzle

The Glens is what could be called the "less-fashionable side" of Woodside, as F. Scott Fitzgerald might say. And some residents of the community of 185 homes on the east side of Canada Road say they aren't being treated fairly compared with those in the other areas of the town.

Friday, 11:06 AM | No comments yet
Memorial service Saturday for Linda Jo Miller

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 13, for Linda Jo Miller, a Menlo Park resident for nearly 40 years who died on March 29 at the age of 72.

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Thursday, April 11, 2019

Bud Eisberg recognized by town for decades of volunteer service

Longtime Portola Valley resident Bud Eisberg was posthumously honored on March 16 with the town's Volunteer of the Year Award, given for his many years of civic service.

Thursday, 5:50 PM | No comments yet
On a roll: Menlo-Atherton's Bike Shed puts emphasis on carless commutes

Alongside a swath of bike racks on the northwest part of Menlo-Atherton High School's campus, a teacher is spearheading an effort to enable more students to commute to school by bicycle.

Thursday, 11:39 AM | 2 comments
Report: Bay Area has nation's third-highest homeless population

The nation's third largest population of homeless people, roughly 28,000, reside in the Bay Area, and most of them are unsheltered, according to a study released Wednesday by the Bay Area Council Economic Institute.

Thursday, 10:36 AM | 5 comments
Police calls: Woman arrested for grand theft from employer

Local officers respond to calls: from workplace theft and a construction site fight, to rummaging through trash while naked and assault with an umbrella.

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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Portola Valley schools host third annual Maker Faire

The Portola Valley School District will highlight the work of inventors, tech enthusiasts, hobbyists, crafters, artists and "Do it Yourselfers" at its third annual Maker Faire on Friday, April 12, at Corte Madera School.

Wednesday, 8:06 PM | No comments yet
Measles-carrying Caltrain commuter sparks public health warning

Public health officials are warning the public of possible exposure to measles -- this time involving a Santa Clara County resident who traveled to San Francisco via Caltrain, the San Francisco Department of Public Health said Tuesday.

Wednesday, 4:40 PM | 1 comment
Measles-carrying Caltrain commuter sparks public health warning

Public health officials are warning the public of possible exposure to measles -- this time involving a Santa Clara County resident who traveled to San Francisco via Caltrain, the San Francisco Department of Public Health said Tuesday.

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Menlo Park's red light camera program to end

The Menlo Park City Council opted Tuesday to not renew a contract with Redflex, a red light camera company, thereby ending the city's red light camera enforcement program.

Wednesday, 11:57 AM | 21 comments
Man arrested after reportedly firing gun in home with toddlers inside

A 33-year-old man was arrested Monday after allegedly firing his gun in a home in unincorporated Menlo Park in which two toddlers were in the next room over, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.

Wednesday, 11:21 AM | 22 comments
Tonight: Complete Streets Commission to consider Middle Avenue bike lanes

The Menlo Park Complete Streets Commission is scheduled to discuss two potential options for adding bike lanes on Middle Avenue, between Olive Street and San Mateo Drive, at its meeting on Wednesday, April 10. Both involve the elimination of street parking.

Wednesday, 8:52 AM | 1 comment

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Grand jury adds money-laundering charge for four local parents in college admissions scandal

Federal authorities on Tuesday let the other shoe drop on parents involved in the college admissions scandal, adding fraud and money laundering charges against 16 parents, including four from the Midpeninsula.

Tuesday, 8:21 PM | 1 comment
Woodside: Solar panel plan to face council scrutiny

A proposal from a previous Woodside Town Council to install solar panels to power town facilities has raised questions about the viability of the panels as an energy source in light of recent developments in the renewable energy field.

Tuesday, 4:45 PM | 7 comments
Burglaries reported at Atherton construction sites

There were two burglaries at construction sites off of Middlefield Road in Atherton on April 8, according to the Atherton Police Department.

Tuesday, 11:05 AM | 1 comment
Tuesday: Council to reconsider red-light cameras

Following a six-month contract extension, the question of whether Menlo Park should continue its contract with Redflex, a red-light camera company involved in a bribery scandal in Chicago, will be returning to the City Council Tuesday.

Tuesday, 10:38 AM | 17 comments
Menlo Park: Motorcyclist injured in Highway 101 crash

A motorcyclist involved in a multiple-vehicle collision early Tuesday morning (April 9) on northbound Highway 101 near Willow Road in Menlo Park suffered a compound fracture in one of his legs, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Tuesday, 8:36 AM | No comments yet

Monday, April 8, 2019

Locals among 14 defendants who plan to plead guilty in college-admissions bribery scam

Four Midpeninsula residents are among the 14 people who agreed to plead guilty in the national college-admissions bribery scandal, U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts Andrew Lelling announced on Monday.

Monday, 8:42 PM | 1 comment
Snow survey shows twice as much as average in some locations

The latest survey of the Sierra Nevada snowpack on April 2 found what a state water official called "practically a California water supply dream" with twice as much snow as normal in some locations.

Monday, 9:25 AM | 1 comment

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Woodside Girl Scouts huddle and cuddle with Minnie the therapy dog

Giddy Girl Scouts lined up in Woodside Elementary School's library on March 27 to meet the Palo Alto Humane Society's resident therapy dog Minnie, a 6-year-old white poodle.

Sunday, 7:11 AM | No comments yet

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Kiwanis Club donates $5,000 to M-A Football Association

The Kiwanis Club of Menlo Park donated $5,000 to the Menlo-Atherton Football Association, according to a Kiwanis press release.

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Friday, April 5, 2019

Bills to encourage housing density near transit advance in Senate

Two state bills that would allow more housing density in transit corridors cleared their first legislative hurdles this week, though each proposal will likely see significant changes before either becomes law.

Friday, 4:24 PM | 1 comment
Cellphone video captures heated MAGA confrontation that went viral

Even as a 28-second cellphone video of an explosive April 1 confrontation in Palo Alto over a Make America Great Again hat surfaced on Thursday, a Stanford University political science professor who has researched political polarization called such behaviors "abnormal."

Friday, 4:22 PM | 9 comments
Investigation finds Menlo Park horse facility owner housed workers in stables, cheated on wages

Workers at a prestigious Menlo Park horse training center and a second facility owned by the same person were denied minimum wage and overtime pay for years while the owner housed workers in converted stables without running potable water and took kickbacks on their visa fees, according to an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division.

Friday, 1:40 PM | 15 comments
A year out, census prep efforts abound in San Mateo County

The countdown is on: In just a little under a year, the U.S. census will take place, a once-a-decade effort to count everyone in the U.S. and divvy up government dollars and political representation accordingly.

Friday, 11:38 AM | 1 comment
A growing business

Just off Alpine Road, where Menlo Park meets Portola Valley at Interstate 280, is one of the Peninsula's hidden treasures, open to the public six days a week.

Friday, 10:31 AM | No comments yet
Transportation master plan inches forward

Following a lengthy late-stage discussion over what the goals of the Transportation Master Plan should be, the Menlo Park City Council on March 26 unanimously adopted a new goal for the plan: managing traffic congestion.

Friday, 8:28 AM | No comments yet

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