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Sunday, September 22, 2019

Police lean on training to diffuse crisis during encounter with mentally ill man

East Palo Alto and Menlo Park police used crisis-de-escalation techniques to try to diffuse a situation with a mentally ill man before having to use a Taser on Sept. 18.

Sunday, 11:06 AM | No comments yet
County sets hearing in Palo Alto on Stanford general-use permit

Launching into the final phase of the review process for Stanford University's application for a permit to add development on campus, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors will hold four public meetings over the next six weeks.

Sunday, 8:31 AM | No comments yet
Home sales for the week of Sept. 16

A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula, where Atherton recorded the highest sale at $10,780,000 for a six-bedroom, contemporary Mediterranean home constructed in 2016.

Sunday, 7:37 AM | No comments yet

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Menlo Park district preschool expands in its second year with classroom at Oak Knoll School

Students are settling into the first days of the school year at the Early Learning Center, which recently added students and expanded to another local campus.

Saturday, 7:17 AM | No comments yet

Friday, September 20, 2019

Three women arrested for Woodside auto burglary

Three women were arrested for felony burglary and conspiracy in Woodside on Wednesday (Sept. 18) after they were spotted breaking into a car in the 3400 block of Sand Hill Road, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.

Friday, 5:35 PM | No comments yet
What will be their future on a warming planet?

Students at Oak Knoll School in Menlo Park were among the estimated tens of thousands of Bay Area students who participated in the Global Climate Strike today (Sept. 20).

Friday, 4:58 PM | No comments yet
Nonprofit aims to bolster number of early childhood education teachers in county

San Mateo County will need to fill about 2,500 teaching spots by 2025 to keep pace with the growing need for early childhood education programs, according to a 2016 early learning facilities needs assessment for the county.

Friday, 11:12 AM | No comments yet
Valpo Fun Run supports Peninsula Bridge in flying colors

Registration is now open to all runners, walkers and strollers wanting a colorful way to have fun and raise money for a local cause by participating in the Valpo Fun Run. The cost to register goes up next Tuesday.

Friday, 7:53 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Man arrested after hitting Menlo Park officer with his car

A 19-year-old San Mateo man was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon on Tuesday (Sept. 17) after he allegedly hit a Menlo Park police officer with his car, bruising the officer's knee.

Thursday, 6:27 PM | 3 comments
Man jumps from Menlo Park building in apparent suicide

A Facebook employee jumped off the fourth floor of a building on the company's campus, in the 100 block of Jefferson Drive, at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday (Sept. 19) in an apparent suicide, according to the Menlo Park Police Department.

Thursday, 2:39 PM | 1 comment
Flegel's building is for sale but business to continue as usual

The building that houses Flegel's Interior Design & Distinctive Home Furnishings, at 870 Santa Cruz Ave. in Menlo Park, is for sale, but there's no need for alarm bells, says the store's general manager, Brian Flegel.

Thursday, 10:38 AM | 4 comments
Menlo Park man shot, killed when 'illegal transaction' evolves into dispute

A man shot when an "illegal transaction" evolved into a dispute in East Palo Alto died two days later, marking the city's first homicide case of the year, police said this week.

Thursday, 10:27 AM | 2 comments
Uneven Ground

Meet the new industrial pollution, a jobs-housing balance so skewed that it prices people out of their homes, triggers kids' asthma and forces people to pick: grueling commute or substandard housing. What's being done to change this?

Thursday, 10:20 AM | 3 comments
Kepler's offers free tickets to students for 'Green New Deal' book talk

Kepler's Literary Foundation is offering 300 free tickets for students to an event with journalist Naomi Klein, author of "On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal" on Friday, Sept. 27.

Thursday, 9:33 AM | No comments yet
Woodside, Portola Valley in the same fire-risk league as Paradise

Imagine a day with temperatures in the 90s and gale-force winds blowing in the San Mateo County hills. Then imagine that someone or something ignites a fire. Are we vulnerable to the type of inferno witnessed last year in Paradise?

Thursday, 7:58 AM | 4 comments

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Longtime Menlo Park resident Mary Whittle Tipton dies at 98

Mary Whittle Tipton, who was a member of St. Raymond Parish in Menlo Park since its founding, died on June 24, just weeks after her 98th birthday.

Wednesday, 2:35 PM | 1 comment
Guest opinion: Learning our history, raising our consciousness, leveling the ground

A huge thank you to The Almanac and Kate Bradshaw for the important and well-researched series, "Uneven Ground: How unequal land use harms communities in southern San Mateo County."

Wednesday, 10:41 AM | No comments yet
Stephen Curry buys Atherton home for $31 million, report says

Stephen and Ayesha Curry purchased a $31 million home in Atherton, according to a Variety media report.

Wednesday, 9:54 AM | 8 comments
Atherton could remove penalty cap on building projects that exceed time limit

Atherton may eliminate a $250,000 penalty cap on building projects that violate the town's construction time limit provision.

Wednesday, 9:03 AM | 1 comment

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Protesters follow Trump to Los Trancos, near Portola Valley

President Trump's fundraising luncheon today (Sept. 17) ended up being in Los Trancos Woods near Portola Valley, but protesters found out about the location early enough this morning to switch their demonstration to Rossotti Field.

Tuesday, 3:52 PM | 30 comments
Menlo Park eyeing project to streamline Bayfront Expressway connection between Dumbarton Bridge and U.S. 101

The city of Menlo Park has released an "online open house" with an interactive map where people can weigh in on the projects being considered as the city's Transportation Master Plan continues to be developed.

Tuesday, 11:43 AM | 2 comments
Two home burglaries in Atherton since Friday

Burglars used blunt objects to break into two Atherton homes directly across the street from each other in the last few days, according to police.

Tuesday, 11:04 AM | No comments yet
Trump to lunch in the Los Trancos area near Portola Valley

With many conflicting rumors swirling in the past few days, it's been confirmed that President Donald Trump's Bay Area fundraiser luncheon today in the Los Trancos Woods area, at the Portola Valley border. Protests are ongoing.

Tuesday, 9:59 AM | 18 comments
Menlo Park school district bond refinancing saves $3.7 million

The Menlo Park City School District will save taxpayers over $3.7 million by refinancing its voter-approved bonds.

Tuesday, 7:36 AM | 1 comment

Monday, September 16, 2019

Atherton considering how to raise more civic center project funds

The Atherton City Council recently asked staff to explore how to raise additional funding for the town's civic center project, including the possibility of accepting a loan from an Atherton resident.

Monday, 4:17 PM | 2 comments
San Mateo County says no reports of vaping illnesses so far

With reports of vaping-related illnesses on the rise nationwide and six vaping-related deaths, San Mateo County health officials say that they haven't seen any specific cases of illness in the county that have been tied to vaping.

Monday, 8:56 AM | No comments yet

Sunday, September 15, 2019

High school parent education series starts Sept. 19

The Parent Education Series will kick off its annual expert presentations and panel discussions, which take place at local high schools, with a discussion on the transition from high school to college.

Sunday, 8:56 AM | No comments yet

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Home sales for the week of Sept. 9

A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula, where Menlo Park recorded the highest sale at $9,950,000 for a newly constructed six-bedroom modern home with expansive views of San Francisco Bay.

Saturday, 8:49 AM | No comments yet

Friday, September 13, 2019

Mutts take the spotlight. And who can complain?

Fremont Park could have been christened Muttville Menlo Park on Sunday, Sept. 8, as canines big and small converged to take a shot at fame during the first annual Mutt Strutt Super Heroes Dog Show.

Friday, 5:30 PM | 1 comment
Trump won't be coming to Atherton after all, police chief says

Atherton will not be the destination of President Donald Trump as he makes his political fundraising visit to the Bay Area this week, Atherton Police Chief Steve McCulley said last week.

Friday, 3:28 PM | 25 comments
Third straight Spare the Air alert issued for Saturday

Bay Area air district officials issued a third straight Spare the Air alert for Saturday (Sept. 14) and expanded an air quality advisory for possible smoke drifting from Northern California wildfires.

Friday, 2:05 PM | No comments yet
The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for Menlo Park today. Here's where to stay cool.

With a predicted high of about 94 degrees in Menlo Park today, the National Weather Service has declared a heat advisory throughout large swaths of the Bay Area, with the worst heat expected between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Friday, 11:34 AM | No comments yet
Tonight: Stanford's Michele Barry to speak on the climate impact of megacities

When it comes to the climate crisis, are massive "megacities" part of the problem, or part of the solution? According to Stanford University medical professor Dr. Michelle Barry, the answer is both.

Friday, 10:36 AM | No comments yet
Portola Valley is ready to party this Saturday with annual picnic

Portola Valley will be continuing a long tradition on Saturday when the town comes together for its annual picnic.

Friday, 8:39 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Second-straight Spare the Air alert in effect Friday

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued a Spare the Air alert for Friday because of elevated levels of smog expected as a result of high temperatures and light winds in the region.

Thursday, 4:29 PM | No comments yet
Traffic alert: Skyline Boulevard south of Alpine Road closed following small grass fire

Skyline Boulevard near Alpine Road will be closed for about two to three hours today (Sept. 12) due to downed electrical wires that started a small grass fire, according to a San Mateo County Alert issued just before 3:30 p.m.

Thursday, 3:50 PM | No comments yet
Enrollment up slightly at M-A, Woodside high schools

When Sequoia Union High School District students returned to school last month, they were met with new teachers, classes and facilities, including the just-opened TIDE Academy in Menlo Park.

Thursday, 3:41 PM | 2 comments
A hot spot of hospitality

On a recent Sunday morning, hundreds of visitors flocked to the same destination: Alice's Restaurant. The scene wasn't unique to this particular Sunday. For decades now, it has happened all weekend, every weekend.

Thursday, 11:14 AM | 1 comment
Police calls: Six laptops stolen from Woodside Priory school

Crime reports from Atherton, Menlo Park, Woodside, Portola Valley and West Menlo Park.

Thursday, 9:33 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Interested in school board seat? Application deadline is Sept. 16

The deadline to apply for appointment to a seat on the Menlo Park City School District Board of Trustees is 4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16.

Wednesday, 9:10 PM | 1 comment
Spare the Air alert issued for Thursday due to hot temperatures, light winds

High temperatures and light winds forecast in the Bay Area for Thursday have prompted the Bay Area Air Quality Management District to issue a Spare the Air alert.

Wednesday, 4:24 PM | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Minimum wage ordinance approved

Starting on Jan. 1, workers in Menlo Park must be paid a minimum of $15 an hour, following a 4-0-1 vote on Sept. 10 by the Menlo Park City Council to enact a citywide minimum wage ordinance.

Wednesday, 11:58 AM | 35 comments
Atherton to begin exploring gas-powered leaf blower restrictions

After a study session debate about whether Atherton town staff has the time to explore limiting leaf blower use in town, council members asked staff to estimate the amount of time it would take to look into the topic.

Wednesday, 9:31 AM | 10 comments
Art and community among the redwoods

The Kings Mountain Art Fair, begun 58 years ago to support the community's volunteer fire brigade and local school, drew typical crowds for festivities and art browsing over the three-day Labor Day weekend.

Wednesday, 8:24 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Uneven Ground Part II: Navigating food deserts and swamps

In part II of "Uneven Ground," reporter Kate Bradshaw explores different ways that the communities of North Fair Oaks, Belle Haven and East Palo Alto experience inequitable access to healthy food and what steps are being taken to help.

Tuesday, 2:32 PM | No comments yet
Tonight: Menlo Park council set to vote on minimum wage ordinance

The Menlo Park City Council could vote to approve a citywide minimum wage ordinance tonight (Sept. 10).

Tuesday, 11:58 AM | No comments yet
Open space district opens new Oljon Trail at El Corte de Madera Creek Preserve

With a snip of a pair of comically large scissors, directors and staff at the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District officially opened the Oljon Trail, a new 1.3-mile trail segment in El Corte De Madera Creek Open Space Preserve.

Tuesday, 11:42 AM | 2 comments
Menlo Park man accused of sexual assault of minors pleads not guilty, remains in custody

At a brief hearing on Monday (Sept. 9), Randolph Haldeman, the Menlo Park man facing 20 sexual assault charges for allegedly molesting several children, pleaded not guilty and received a Nov. 5 date for a preliminary hearing.

Tuesday, 9:14 AM | 2 comments

Monday, September 9, 2019

DA's Office investigating former community college chancellor

The San Mateo County District Attorney's Office has issued search warrants in connection with Ron Galatolo's tenure as San Mateo County Community College District chancellor. Galatolo recently left the chancellor's post.

Monday, 2:53 PM | 3 comments
Woodside Planning Commission denies permit for equestrian bridge

The Woodside Planning Commission gave a nudge to town traditions on Sept. 4 by denying a request for a conditional use permit for a plan to spend $200,000 in town and donated money to replace a washed-out equestrian bridge.

Monday, 10:43 AM | 21 comments

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