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Menlo Park: Council OKs big increases in managers' maximum salaries
Next time a bigger city comes courting for talent, Menlo Park's management staff may have more reason to pass up the offer.... Last comment 3 hours ago | 12 comments

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For nearly four years, Josh To was, by day, a Google employee, and by night, a residential counselor with his wife, Sara,... Last comment on Mar 18, 2018 at 10:35 am | 10 comments

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Photo (0363.JPG). Mona & Bob Armistead and Vista Center Board Member, Joivta Honor attended the 35th Annual Vintage Affaire benefiting Vista Center For Blind & Visually Impaired individuals and their families through evaluation, counseling, education and training, to promote Independence & quality of life. Photo (0364.JPG) Many Atherton people incl. Barbara Peyton and Dave & Lynne & Heppberger enjoyed the wine & chiefs tasting reception before the live auction and gourmet dinner Benefit at a lovely Atherton Estate on Saturday, July 15. The benefit is staffed by local volunteers and the has raised over $8 million in the 34 years. Submitted by bobbi bon on Jul 25, 2017

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Menlo Park: Activists urge Willow Road changes to keep kids safe
Members of Belle Haven Action, a nonprofit focused on addressing problems in Menlo Park's Belle Haven neighborhood, are worried about kids' safety as they commute to and from school across U.S. 101 and along Willow Road. Monday, 2:20 PM | 1 comments

Tuesaday: Menlo fire board to consider housing for employees
Following the Menlo Park Fire Protection District's recent purchase of several residences, Fire Chief Harold Schapelhouman will on Tuesday ask the fire board for permission to rent one to a district employee at a steep discount. Monday, 11:45 AM | 4 comments

Locally produced documentary on Silicon Valley premieres
"Silicon Valley: The Untold Story," a documentary by Michael Schwarz and Kiki Kapany of Menlo Park, premieres on the Science Channel at 8 p.m. Monday, March 19. Monday, 10:22 AM | 1 comments

School board member denies wanting to arm teachers
Las Lomitas Elementary School District board member Diane Honda says that reports that she advocated arming teachers during a March 14 school board discussion are not true. Monday, 6:17 AM | 2 comments

Police calls: Resident living alone complains of objects being moved
Crime reports from Portola Valley and Menlo Park. Monday, 9:47 AM

Menlo Park hires city clerk
There's quite a game of musical clerks happening on the Peninsula. Judi Herren, deputy city clerk for the town of Atherton, has been hired to be city clerk in Menlo Park, a position that has been vacant since last June, when Pam Aguilar left to take the same job in Redwood City. Monday, 10:23 AM

Agencies seek public preferences for future in online survey
Residents have a chance to help shape the Bay Area's future by taking a survey from two regional agencies on such things as the economy, the environment and growth. Friday, 4:07 PM | 1 comments

Challenger cites pension liabilities in run against incumbent supervisor
San Mateo County Supervisor Don Horsley, whose district includes Menlo Park, Atherton, Woodside and Portola Valley, is facing an electoral challenge from Dan Stegink, a planning commissioner for the city of Pacifica.
Friday, 11:45 AM | 8 comments

Man who shot assault rifle in Menlo Park backyard gets one year in jail
The Menlo Park man who last month triggered a manhunt after shooting an assault rifle in a Belle Haven backyard was sentenced to a year in county jail on March 14 after he pleaded no contest to the felony of possessing a gun as a convicted felon, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office. Friday, 11:21 AM

It takes a village
For nearly four years, Josh To was, by day, a Google employee, and by night, a residential counselor with his wife, Sara, at Eastside College Preparatory Academy in East Palo Alto. Friday, 9:54 AM | 10 comments

An appreciation for The Almanac
While I retired in January as editor of The Almanac, I didn't want to head into the sunset without expressing my appreciation to everyone who has played a part in creating and sustaining this community resource for 53 years.
Friday, 8:45 AM | 1 comments

Resident group files suit over water company's refusal to hold election
A call by a group of residents and shareholders for the Palo Alto Park Mutual Water Company, which serves a number of Menlo Park households, to hold an election for all five board members has morphed into a lawsuit after the directors last year refused the request. Thursday, 11:55 AM

School district puts hold on new artificial turf studies
A proposal to spend $43,000 to further study the possible health hazards of artificial turf playing fields at Hillview Middle School and Kelly Park in Menlo Park was tabled by the Menlo Park City School District's governing board on March 13. Thursday, 11:14 AM | 2 comments

Agnes Bierman Babcock, archaeologist and mother, dies at home in Portola Valley
A memorial service for Agnes Bierman Babcock of Portola Valley will be held Friday, March 16, at 11 a.m. at Saint Denis Catholic Church at 2250 Avy Ave. in Menlo Park. Ms. Babcock was an archaeologist, mother and namesake to a complex of caves in Southern California. She died at age 94. Thursday, 10:07 AM

High school walkout draws students through Atherton, Menlo Park and Palo Alto streets
In recognition of the 17 students who were killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, a month ago by a teen with an assault rifle, students at Menlo-Atherton High School began what would be an eventful morning of activism by gathering in the quad to reverently form a circle. Wednesday, 3:51 PM

'One child is worth more than all the guns'
Students from Hillview Middle School in Menlo Park took part in a student-planned but school-sanctioned protest march today (March 14) as part of the nationwide student protests sparked by the school shootings in Parkland, Florida. Wednesday, 12:09 PM

Local students join nationwide school violence walkouts
In just one of many observances in local schools of the nationwide student protest against gun violence, many students from Woodside Elementary School walked out of their classrooms at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 14, in a student-led but school-sanctioned gathering in the school's outdoor amphitheater. Wednesday, 11:42 AM | 3 comments

Menlo Park: Council OKs big increases in managers' maximum salaries
Next time a bigger city comes courting for talent, Menlo Park's management staff may have more reason to pass up the offer. At least that was the staff's goal in recommending the major boosts in the city's management salary schedule that were approved on a 2-1 vote by the Menlo Park City Council on Tuesday. Wednesday, 9:55 AM | 12 comments

Portola Valley: Second residential burglary in two weeks
Sheriff's deputies have reported another residential burglary in Portola Valley, this time of a home in the 4000 block of Alpine Road. Wednesday, 11:26 AM | 1 comments

Group urges Caltrain to consider high-density housing on its land
Caltrain is developing a new business plan this year, and one group is asking the agency to consider adopting affordable housing development as a priority for its excess land along the rail line. Wednesday, 8:22 AM | 18 comments

Woodside loses a local hero with the death of Alden R. 'Dick' Tagg
A memorial service for Alden Richard "Dick" Tagg, who died on Feb. 2, three weeks after his 90th birthday, will be held on Saturday, March 31, at 3 p.m. at the Woodside Village Church, 3154 Woodside Road in Woodside. Tuesday, 3:56 PM | 3 comments

Planning Commission OKs designs for building next to Draeger's
It looks as if Draeger's in Menlo Park may be getting a new neighbor, and the family of grocers is worried it may have to relocate the area in which wares are moved in and out of the grocery store. Tuesday, 11:52 AM | 13 comments

Peter Mason leaves the Town Council after 10 years

Man convicted in 2011 fatal drive-by shooting

Portola Valley: Burglar stole $90,000 in cash from home, deputies say

Woodside: New ethics code may be both inspiring and enforceable

Women design bracelets with a message: End Alzheimer's


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