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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Menlo Park: Staff vacancy crisis slows city activity

In a deadpan refrain belying deeper urgency, Menlo Park staff reported to the City Council at its last meeting that because of severe staff shortages, "Resources may not be available for progress on important line items."

Tuesday, 11:56 AM | 3 comments
Victim in Woodside hills accident was a Renaissance man

North Fair Oaks resident Stephen Morse, who was killed on Sept. 9 while riding his Vespa motor scooter in Woodside, was a man of many interests and talents, with strong local roots.

Tuesday, 11:34 AM | No comments yet
Wednesday: Atherton investigating water capture facility at Menlo College

It's been nearly four months since Atherton City Council members, responding to protests from neighbors and visitors of Holbrook-Palmer Park, said they wanted to find a new location for a planned underground water storage and filtering facility. The town is hoping Menlo College might be that location. An item on a possible project is on the council's consent calendar for its meeting Sept. 19.

Tuesday, 11:30 AM | No comments yet
Police arrest man suspected of attempting to rape Menlo Park woman

A 19-year-old East Palo Alto man was arrested in Menlo Park on Monday on suspicion of the attempted rape of a woman out jogging that afternoon, according to a statement from the Menlo Park Police Department.

Tuesday, 8:59 AM | 3 comments

Monday, September 17, 2018

Palo Alto University professor accuses Kavanaugh of sexual assault

Christine Blasey Ford, a psychology professor at Palo Alto University, identified herself Sunday to the Washington Post as the author of the confidential letter that accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her in the early 1980s, when they were both high school students in suburban Maryland.

Monday, 3:38 PM | 16 comments
Menlo fire board to consider proposal on revenue sharing

A proposal to restrict future fire boards from agreeing to share district tax revenues with other agencies without prior approval from voters will be on the agenda of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District board when it meets on Tuesday, Sept. 18.

Monday, 11:57 AM | 2 comments
Tonight: Redesigned three-story building proposed for downtown gets another look

A proposal to redevelop a 23,500-square-foot site in the heart of Menlo Park's downtown into a three-story mixed-use building is scheduled for review by the Planning Commission at its meeting tonight (Sept. 17).

Monday, 11:37 AM | 1 comment
New interactive voice technology being used by tax collector's office

San Mateo County's tax collector's office has adopted a new interactive voice response system that will allow callers to review and pay their property taxes more efficiently, county officials said.

Monday, 8:36 AM | No comments yet

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Caltrain ridership up this year from 2017

Caltrain ridership has jumped slightly this year compared to 2017, when ridership decreased, Caltrain officials said.

Sunday, 2:43 PM | 2 comments

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Home sales

A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula.

Saturday, 3:56 PM | No comments yet

Friday, September 14, 2018

Search-and-rescue team members deployed to North Carolina

Urban search-and-rescue team members from the Menlo Park Fire Protection District were scheduled to return to the Bay Area today (Sept. 14) after responding to Hawaii for Hurricane Olivia, just as other team members prepare to deploy to the East Coast for Hurricane Florence.

Friday, 7:04 PM | No comments yet
Local CERT teams prepare for disaster

Approximately 100 volunteers who have trained as Community Emergency Response Team members gathered in Atherton on Saturday, Sept. 8, for a disaster drill directed by the Atherton Police Department and the Menlo Park Fire Protection District.

Friday, 4:58 PM | 2 comments
Police calls: Homeless man stabbed in encampment

Crime reports from Menlo Park, Atherton and Portola Valley.

Friday, 10:45 AM | No comments yet
Food sustainability: Can we hack it?

It had a catchy name -- one suitable for Silicon Valley and a region where sustainable food production is of wide interest. Called "Hacking Food," it was the second Bay Area's Sustainable Food Festival, and it took place in Menlo Park in July at BootUP on Willow Road.

Friday, 8:51 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Portola Valley: Residents asked to be on lookout for black sedan

Deputies with the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office are asking residents of Portola Valley to be on the lookout for a "newer model" black sedan, possibly a Lexus or a Volkswagen, with paper license plates.

Thursday, 4:44 PM | No comments yet
Saturday: Atherton traffic delays for Las Lomitas School Fun Run

Traffic on several Atherton streets will be delayed during the annual Las Lomitas School Fun Run on Saturday, Sept. 15, between 8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m., the Atherton Police Department says.

Thursday, 3:26 PM | No comments yet
Menlo Park man who allegedly sexually assaulted teen at city park on trial

A Menlo Park man accused of sexually assaulting an 18-year-old woman in a bathroom at Kelly Park seven years ago is being tried in San Mateo County Superior Court.

Thursday, 3:00 PM | No comments yet
New data shows slow Bay Area housing production

New data shows that Bay Area housing increased by only 14,900 new units in 2017, less than 30 percent of the number of new jobs in the region during the same period.

Thursday, 11:57 AM | No comments yet
MidPen submits plans for affordable housing project

MidPen Housing Corp., a nonprofit housing developer that owns affordable housing on the 1200 and 1300 blocks of Willow Road, has submitted an application to build 140 affordable apartments at 1345 Willow Road.

Thursday, 11:28 AM | 16 comments
Saturday: Local volunteer events planned for Coastal Cleanup Day

An estimated 30 activities aimed at cleaning up the coast and local water sources in San Mateo County are scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 15.

Thursday, 8:59 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Home sales

A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula.

Wednesday, 7:45 PM | No comments yet
Bikeway launched to connect Peninsula cities

September 8 marked the opening of the Peninsula Bikeway, a bike route on surface streets that connects Redwood City and Mountain View by way of Atherton, Menlo Park and Palo Alto.

Wednesday, 5:49 PM | 9 comments
Menlo Park: Council approves updated travel policy

The Menlo Park City Council voted unanimously (with members Rich Cline and Ray Mueller absent) Sept. 11 to approve changes to a 1991 travel policy and more clearly lay out which kinds of council travel can be reimbursed and what protocols should be followed when considering taking trips funded by third parties.

Wednesday, 11:58 AM | 4 comments
M-A student's video is semifinalist in Breakthrough contest

A video by Menlo-Atherton High School student Maya Khodabakchian about brain neuroplasticity is one of 29 semifinalists in the annual Breakthrough Junior Challenge for short student videos explaining difficult scientific concepts.

Wednesday, 11:31 AM | No comments yet
West Menlo survey input sought

San Mateo County and a task force of residents and local stakeholders working to come up with solutions to improve safety on the Santa Cruz Avenue corridor in West Menlo Park have released a survey seeking public input.

Wednesday, 11:19 AM | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Speed hump trial wins council approval

Nine speed humps. One yield sign. One road closed to vehicles, plus a few advisory speed limit signs. Yet it took, by one resident's calculations, 528 days to get the Menlo Park City Council to approve a six-month trial for such traffic-calming measures to be enacted in the Willows neighborhood.

Wednesday, 10:21 AM | 11 comments
Arraignment for extradited 2009 hit-and-run suspect postponed

The arraignment hearing scheduled for Shannon Steven Fox, who authorities say was the driver in a hit-and-run street racing accident that killed 6-year-old Menlo Park resident Lisa Xavier in 2009, has been postponed to Sept. 27.

Wednesday, 7:35 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Cal Fire bans burning in San Mateo County

Cal Fire's San Mateo-Santa Cruz Unit announced a ban on all outdoor burning starting today (Sept. 11).

Tuesday, 6:08 PM | No comments yet
Facebook growth passes new milestone

Towering redwoods dot the rooftop of Facebook's new "MPK 21," an office building designed by famed architect Frank Gehry that sprawls over a half million square feet along Menlo Park's stretch of the Bay.

Tuesday, 11:55 AM | 3 comments
Teens hope their videos will prompt dialogue about mental health

Local students who serve on the student advisory board for the Menlo Park mental health advocacy group SafeSpace have made five short videos they released this week to coincide with National Suicide Prevention Week.

Tuesday, 10:56 AM | No comments yet
Woodside: Menlo Park man dies in head-on crash

A 66-year-old motorcyclist from Menlo Park was killed in a head-on collision with a pickup truck on La Honda Road (state Highway 84) on Sunday, Sept. 9.

Tuesday, 10:08 AM | No comments yet
Former SHP student finds short and long way to Hollywood success

Attack, Exploration, Logistics, or A.X.L. for short. That's the code name for the robotic dog starring in the new feature film "A.X.L." But it could also be used to describe how Sacred Heart Prep grad Oliver Daly, a relative unknown in Hollywood, came to create a potential summer blockbuster so early in his career.

Tuesday, 8:57 AM | No comments yet

Monday, September 10, 2018

Woodside: Residents want straight, not narrow

The path along Laning Drive in Woodside, as it approaches Canada Road, is now safe for equestrians and pedestrians -- it no longer dead-ends in the vehicle traffic lane -- but at what cost?

Monday, 4:47 PM | No comments yet
Tuesday: Menlo Park council to evaluate its travel policies

The Menlo Park City Council may update its policies on travel funded by taxpayers and third parties at its meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 11.

Monday, 11:58 AM | 15 comments
Tuesday: Recess over, Woodside council has full agenda

The Woodside Town Council on Tuesday (Sept. 11) will consider a proposal to add an equestrian trail, no-parking signs and a horse-trailer parking area to Marva Oaks Drive. Also on the agenda: sharing funds reserved for the library.

Monday, 11:58 AM | No comments yet
Air quality advisory issued for smoke in Bay Area

An air quality advisory for potential smoke in parts of the region has been issued through Tuesday, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District said.

Monday, 9:56 AM | No comments yet
One crosswalk, 2.5 hours: 12 tickets, 10 warnings

Atherton police officers, with some extra help from the California Highway Patrol, handed out 12 tickets and 10 warnings in two-and-a-half hours on Sept. 4 near the intersection of El Camino Real and Stockbridge Avenue.

Monday, 8:42 AM | 12 comments

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Local vaulters to represent U.S. in international competition

Three local vaulting teams -- two in Woodside and one in Portola Valley -- are gearing up to send their championship winners and horses across the country to compete in the International Federation for Equestrian Sports World Equestrian Games later this month.

Sunday, 9:29 AM | 1 comment

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Home sales

A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula.

Saturday, 2:36 PM | No comments yet

Friday, September 7, 2018

Woodside: Lawyer versus engineer in council race

Civil engineer Frank Rosenblum and attorney Ned Fluet are running for election in November to serve on the Town Council for the two years remaining in the term of Peter Mason, who resigned from the council this past March.

Friday, 6:57 PM | 3 comments
Monday: Information session for Menlo Park City Council candidates

City Council candidates in Menlo Park who want to learn more about the job description of a city elected official can attend an information session on Monday, Sept. 10.

Friday, 11:58 AM | No comments yet
Menlo Park: State board denies Willows residents' petition to switch school districts

Near the border with East Palo Alto, one street in Menlo Park's Willows neighborhood sees a split on school days: Kids who live on one side of O'Connor Street attend schools in the Menlo Park City School District, while those living on the other side of the street are assigned to the Ravenswood City School District. That split will remain.

Friday, 11:58 AM | 17 comments
Menlo fire staff wants aerial maps of district

Menlo Park fire officials have an interest in mapping areas vulnerable to burning in the fire district. Technologies for aerial surveys are available, and the district has drones and teams to operate them. Should they use them, or satellites?

Friday, 11:42 AM | No comments yet
School district offers free internet at home

When it comes to doing homework, high school students in homes without online access are at a disadvantage. To cope, they will make do, completing assignments in a public library or a business that offers free Wi-Fi.

Friday, 8:23 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Council OKs civic center design cuts, but hears donors may renege on pledges

Atherton's City Council approved at least $2.5 million in cost-saving design changes for a new administration and police building on Sept. 5, just before hearing that unhappy donors might withdraw $2 million in pledges they'd made to help pay for the civic center.

Thursday, 7:41 PM | 1 comment
Stanley Webb, longtime owner of Webb Ranch, dies at 98

Stanley Webb, the owner of Webb Ranch, changed the ranch's focus from dairy farming and growing strawberries to boarding and celebrating horses and selling a variety of produce at a stand on Alpine Road. Webb died Aug. 11 at the age of 98.

Thursday, 11:57 AM | 5 comments
Board of Supervisors moves to ban flamethrowers

Flamethrowers are not yet illegal possessions for the general public in unincorporated San Mateo County, but a process is now underway to make them so after a unanimous vote by the county Board of Supervisors.

Thursday, 11:54 AM | 1 comment
State board reviews appeal by Menlo Park residents to transfer school districts

For the second time in the past 25 years, the California State Board of Education is deciding the fate of an appeal to transfer 31 households from the Ravenswood City School District into the Menlo Park City School District.

Thursday, 11:47 AM | 8 comments
Saturday: Portola Valley town picnic

The Portola Valley town picnic happens Saturday, Sept. 8, and will include a celebration of the 10th anniversary of the opening of the Town Center.

Thursday, 10:18 AM | No comments yet
Filoli in the fall

The 654-acre Filoli estate is kicking off its annual fall festivities with special events that run from Sept. 7 through Nov. 4.

Thursday, 8:58 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Local cyclists re-create strenuous Irish ride for 87-year-old fellow rider

Shaun Brennan, at 87 the senior member of the Geezi (they say it's plural for geezer) bike group, was unable to make his annual trip to Ireland to ride in the challenging 200 kilometer Wicklow 200, so his loyal friends created the ride for him here.

Wednesday, 2:45 PM | 2 comments
Tonight: Committee to review central Menlo Park transportation recommendations

Menlo Park's Transportation Master Plan Oversight and Outreach Committee will meet tonight to review a 400-plus-page working paper, completed by the transportation consulting firm W-Trans, that lays out recommendations for transportation projects the city should take on to improve safety and transportation options.

Wednesday, 11:50 AM | No comments yet
The gift of hearing

"Papa" was the first word to come out of Bilal's mouth on that momentous day in August. Few thought the 11-year-old Afghan refugee would ever speak, but with a team of audiologists at Pacific Hearing Service in Menlo Park advocating for him, he started uttering sounds.

Wednesday, 11:44 AM | No comments yet
Study: Stanford can triple its density

As Stanford University advances its request to add more than 2 million square feet of academic space to its campus by 2035, one question that has long bedeviled local residents and policymakers is: How big can the university get? Now, there is an answer.

Wednesday, 10:50 AM | 4 comments
How the end of cash bail could affect San Mateo County

In a step intended to treat people in the criminal justice system more fairly regardless of economic status and reduce the number of people in custody awaiting trial, Gov. Jerry Brown on Aug. 28 signed a law that makes the state the first to eliminate cash bail. San Mateo County's district attorney calls the law "a good evolution."

Wednesday, 8:34 AM | No comments yet
Police calls: Man booked after locking himself in bathroom

Crime reports for Atherton and Menlo Park.

Wednesday, 7:32 AM | No comments yet

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