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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Portola Valley: Firefighters extinguish garage fire on Golden Hills Drive

Firefighters from the Woodside Fire Protection District extinguished a fire on Saturday afternoon, July 22, in a garage at 395 Golden Hills Drive in Portola Valley.

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Friday, July 21, 2017

Sunday: Facebook launches weekly produce truck in Menlo Park, East Palo Alto

Facebook is sponsoring a produce truck that will travel to locations in East Palo Alto and Belle Haven, and sell subsidized produce, starting Sunday, July 23, between 10 a.m. and 2:45 p.m.

Friday, 11:57 AM | No comments yet
Woodside: Rollover accident at Sand Hill and Whiskey Hill roads

A collision involving two vehicles, one of which rolled over, drew medics from the Woodside Fire Protection District to the intersection of Sand Hill and Whiskey Hill roads Friday morning, July 21.

Friday, 11:49 AM | 2 comments

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Saturday: Open house at new Woodside bakery, restaurant

The Village Bakery & Cafe, the new bakery, restaurant and bar set to open for dinner on Monday, July 24, announced an open house for the Woodside community on Saturday, July 22, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 3052 Woodside Road.

Thursday, 11:23 PM | 1 comment
Saturday: Summer of Love family fest at Menlo Park Library

A family festival celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 22, at Menlo Park's main library, located at 800 Alma St. in the Civic Center.

Thursday, 11:06 PM | No comments yet
Menlo Park council expands Housing Commission

The Menlo Park Housing Commission, which advises the City Council on housing-related issues, has been expanded to seven members with the appointment of two new commissioners.

Thursday, 8:35 PM | 2 comments
Walking your way through history

In celebration of the San Mateo County History Museum's "Victorian Days at the Old Courthouse," free walking tours, of one to two hours, will be held at various locations, including Woodside and Menlo Park, this summer.

Thursday, 1:19 PM | No comments yet
Atherton puts parcel tax renewal on November ballot

Atherton's City Council voted unanimously Wednesday to put a three-year renewal of the town's parcel tax, which costs the average homeowner $750 a year, on the Nov. 7 ballot.

Thursday, 11:41 AM | No comments yet
Menlo Park council accepts Arrillaga offer to help rebuild main library in Civic Center

Plans to rebuild the main Menlo Park library may become reality more quickly than anyone thought.

Thursday, 11:20 AM | 4 comments
Menlo Park council authorizes up to $6.7 million for affordable housing project

A proposal by the nonprofit housing developer MidPen Housing to redevelop the 1300 block of Willow Road into a 141-unit affordable housing complex got a funding jumpstart July 18.

Thursday, 8:50 AM | 1 comment
Menlo Park pastor pleads not guilty to charges of sexually assaulting minors

A Menlo Park pastor pleaded not guilty Tuesday to multiple sex assault charges involving teenage girls.

Thursday, 8:22 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Peninsula Bridge students build apps as part of computer science boot camp

The nonprofit Peninsula Bridge, which runs a number of programs to help local students from lower-income families succeed in high school and college, is partnering with Amazon Web Services this summer to conduct a two-week computer science boot camp for its students.

Wednesday, 12:46 PM | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Steel worker injured at Facebook construction site

A steel worker was injured Tuesday morning after falling at the construction site of a new Facebook building in Menlo Park, fire officials said.

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Permit approved for new taqueria in Menlo Park

The Menlo Park Planning Commission has unanimously approved a use permit for a new Salvadoran and Mexican taqueria in downtown Menlo Park.

Tuesday, 11:33 PM | 9 comments
Parole denied in 1987 murder case in Menlo Park

One of two men convicted of murder in a 1987 residential burglary of a Belle Haven apartment in Menlo Park has been denied parole, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office.

Tuesday, 10:42 PM | 2 comments
Thursday: 1960s rock at free Portola Valley concert

The band "The Back Pages" will play 1960s-era rock-and-roll and Beatles' tunes at a concert on the performance lawn at Portola Valley Town Center on Thursday night, July 20.

Tuesday, 7:54 PM | No comments yet
County sues fossil fuel industry for causing climate change

San Mateo County has filed a lawsuit against 37 oil, gas and coal companies, claiming they are responsible for global warming and the damage it is causing, including the sea level rise threatening the county.

Tuesday, 11:01 AM | 26 comments
Menlo Park: Commission can't assemble quorum to consider eight-story biotech building

The commission was unable to assemble a quorum to consider the matter because three of the seven commissioners must recuse themselves due to professional ties to the proposal area, and one commissioner was absent.

Tuesday, 10:49 AM | 2 comments
Winners of 2017 Almanac Readers' Choice Awards named

Each year Almanac readers get to vote for their favorite restaurants, shops, services and places to have fun.

Tuesday, 8:58 AM | No comments yet

Monday, July 17, 2017

Woodside: Long-awaited Village Bakery & Cafe opens Monday

A new spot for dinner and drinks in Woodside, The Village Bakery & Cafe, is set to open its doors Monday, July 24. A full bar takes up one wall of the cafe/restaurant with a large collection of spirits, including 80 to 90 different whiskeys, co-owner Tim Stannard said.

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Wednesday: Atherton parcel-tax renewal on council agenda

As the Aug. 11 deadline for putting a measure on the Nov. 7 ballot nears, Atherton's City Council will discuss on July 19 details of a measure that would continue the town's parcel tax beyond its mid-2018 expiration date.

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County asks federal transportation department to investigate Surf Air

The gloves appear to be off in San Mateo County's fight against Surf Air, just as the airline prepares for a major expansion.

Monday, 10:33 AM | 14 comments
Menlo Park Tuesday: D-Day veteran to talk of wartime memories

Roy Billings, a former sergeant in the U.S. Army who participated in the Allied forces' invasion of Normandy, France, in June 1944, will recollect his wartime memories at noon on Tuesday, July 18, at the Allied Arts Guild in Menlo Park.

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Menlo Park police calls: Pedestrian tells police he was a victim of hit-and-run

Crime reports from Menlo Park

Sunday, 10:28 PM | No comments yet
Portola Valley: Wendi Haskell, a force in children's sports

Wendi Hammond Haskell, a teacher, champion of children's athletic programs and community volunteer, died quietly on June 10 at her home in Portola Valley in the company of her family. She was 75.

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Candidate filing period opens for November elections

After many local governing bodies changed their election dates to comply with a new state law that saying elections should be held in odd years, this November's election will have only two local races.

Sunday, 6:26 PM | No comments yet
Award-winning Stanford math professor dies

Stanford mathematics professor Maryam Mirzakhani, the first woman to win the Fields Medal, mathematics' leading award, has died of cancer at the age of 40, according to Stanford News Service.

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Three rescued after boat capsizes near Dumbarton Bridge

Two men and a child were rescued Saturday evening from the San Francisco Bay after their boat capsized near the Dumbarton Bridge, according to Menlo Park Fire Protection District officials.

Sunday, 6:11 PM | 3 comments

Friday, July 14, 2017

Biotech company plans 8-story building in Menlo Park

A 120-foot-high, eight-story building with three levels of structured parking, four floors of offices, a top-floor restaurant, a first-floor cafe and a rooftop garden has been proposed at 1075 O'Brien Drive and 20 Kelly Court to replace a single-story warehouse there.

Friday, 11:45 AM | 9 comments
John Arrillaga offers $25 million to rebuild Menlo Park's main library in Civic Center

John Arrillaga has offered $25 million to the city of Menlo Park to rebuild its main library, according to a staff report released Thursday, July 13.

Friday, 10:52 AM | 28 comments
Facebook's Willow Campus designer: Creating part of a new city

Lead designer of the Facebook project, Shohei Shigematsu of OMA New York, said in an interview with the Almanac that the biggest challenge of the Willow Campus project so far has been to "create a sense of place."

Friday, 8:09 AM | 7 comments

Thursday, July 13, 2017

ID theft suspect arrested on explosives possession

A man under investigation for identity theft in Menlo Park was arrested in Stockton July 6 after law enforcement agents said they found in a search of his home there a stockpile of ammunition, items used to make improvised destructive devices, and a controlled substances laboratory.

Thursday, 5:51 PM | 2 comments
Kittens rescued from boom lift available for adoption

Three kittens, rescued in Redwood City after being trapped inside a boom lift (used on construction sites) are up for adoption.

Thursday, 5:33 PM | No comments yet
Hometown names bridge after longtime Atherton resident Joe Cotton

A bridge in Rushville, Indiana, has been named after native son and longtime Atherton resident Joe Cotton, who died last year at the age of 94.

Thursday, 5:28 PM | No comments yet
New Salvadoran and Mexican taqueria planned for Menlo Park

An application to transform the former Applewood-2-Go site, a takeout pizza joint in Menlo Park, into a new taqueria that would serve Salvadoran and Mexican food will be reviewed by the Planning Commission on Monday, July 17.

Thursday, 5:11 PM | 7 comments
Menlo Park: Cafe Zoe party supports Willow Oaks School

Cafe Zoƫ has teamed up with the nonprofit organization Get Human to bring a live folk band and 18 artists together in an effort to raise money for the Willow Oaks Elementary School arts program.

Thursday, 1:02 PM | No comments yet
Man arrested on suspicion of indecent exposure at park

A 34-year-old Watsonville man was arrested on suspicion of indecent exposure Tuesday at Portola Redwoods State Park near La Honda in unincorporated San Mateo County, sheriff's deputies said today.

Thursday, 12:52 PM | 1 comment
Menlo Park: 1960s downtown office building sells for $15.5 million

An office building in downtown Menlo Park has been sold for $15.5 million by Oak Grove Associates LLC to Robert Wheatley Properties.

Thursday, 9:48 AM | 9 comments

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Artscene: Portola Valley's Drue Kataoka on the VR revolution

It's hard to imagine a better ambassador for the local art scene than Drue Kataoka. An alumna of Sacred Heart Preparatory in Atherton and Stanford University, she utilizes cutting-edge media, speaks passionately about the integral relationship between arts and sciences, and has a strong social-justice conscience, with the high-profile track record to back it all up.

Wednesday, 10:43 PM | No comments yet
Feature story: Lauren Goodkind plays, teaches and writes about chess

Lauren Goodkind's last name may reflect noble human qualities, but when it comes to playing chess, she says she can leave those attributes -- certainly the "kind" one -- at the door.

Wednesday, 2:39 PM | 2 comments

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Portola Valley: Public invited for coffee with mayor, assemblyman

The public is invited to bring questions and concerns to a coffee and a chat with Portola Valley Mayor Craig Hughes and Assemblyman Marc Berman on Friday morning, July 14, at Roberts Market in Portola Valley.

Tuesday, 11:10 PM | 1 comment
Menlo Park mayor, others react to Facebook expansion plan

Facebook's plans for a 3.45 million square foot housing, office and retail development along Willow Road in eastern Menlo Park should come as no surprise, Menlo Park Mayor Kirsten Keith says.

Tuesday, 10:45 PM | 27 comments
La Entrada classroom building under construction

Construction is underway at La Entrada Middle School in Menlo Park on a two-story, 21-classroom building.

Tuesday, 10:34 PM | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Summerfest street festival set for Saturday, Sunday

The Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce will host the annual Menlo Summerfest street festival Saturday and Sunday, July 15-16, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day on Santa Cruz Avenue in downtown Menlo Park.

Tuesday, 4:52 PM | No comments yet
Menlo Park man faces 35-year prison sentence in gang-related murder

A 26-year-old Menlo Park man, indicted as part of Operation Sunny Day, faces a 35-year prison sentence in connection with a 2012 gang-motivated murder in East Palo Alto, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office.

Tuesday, 11:46 AM | No comments yet
60-year Menlo Park resident Valerie Marie Knapp dies at 82

Valerie Marie Knapp, who lived in Menlo Park for 60 years, died May 30 at her daughter's home in Hawaii, surrounded by her family, at age 82.

Tuesday, 7:52 AM | No comments yet
Food & Drink: Menlo Park bread maker rising

Tian Mayimin's days revolve around bread. During the workday, she bakes naturally leavened bread in her kitchen in Menlo Park's Willows neighborhood. In the evening, she drives around Menlo Park and Palo Alto delivering freshly baked loaves and rolls ordered through her Little Sky Bakery website.

Tuesday, 7:46 AM | No comments yet

Monday, July 10, 2017

Police calls: Thieves steal $2,000 in cologne; driver cited over heat threat to puppy

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

Monday, 6:47 PM | 3 comments
County creates 'safe exchange zone' for online transactions

If you've ever been afraid of being hustled, or worse, when selling your stuff to a complete stranger via an online service like Craigslist, the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office has an option for you.

Monday, 9:14 AM | 3 comments
Tonight: Menlo Park talk for kids on total eclipse of sun

Andrew Fraknoi, chair of the Foothill College astronomy department and co-author of a kids' book about eclipses called "When the Sun Goes Dark," will give a free talk at the main Menlo Park library (800 Alma St.) on Thursday, July 13, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Monday, 7:28 AM | No comments yet

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