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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

City of Menlo Park gives $266,000 to nonprofits

Menlo Park will give more than a quarter of a million dollars to local nonprofit organizations under the city's community funding program.

Wednesday, 10:35 PM | No comments yet
Holiday Fund: Patients' experiences are vital part of well-being

Gifts to the Almanac's Holiday Fund benefit the Ravenswood Family Health Center and nine other local community organizations.

Wednesday, 9:34 PM | No comments yet
Home sales: Atherton, Menlo Park, Portola Valley, Woodside

Woodside estate sells for $13 million

Wednesday, 9:18 PM | No comments yet
Two women found dead of gunshot wounds

Two women were found dead Wednesday morning at a residence in East Palo Alto in what police are investigating as a possible murder-suicide.

Wednesday, 9:16 PM | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Councilman Peter Ohtaki named next mayor

Marking the completion of another year, the Menlo Park City Council held its annual chair swap as Councilwoman Kirsten Keith passed the role of mayor to Councilman Peter Ohtaki, who had been serving as vice mayor.

Wednesday, 11:38 AM | No comments yet
Feature: Former Woodside Elementary student returns, with a river

Gregory Gavin says his lifelong preoccupation with creeks started more than five decades ago when he was a young Woodside Elementary School student.

Wednesday, 9:04 AM | No comments yet
Holiday Fund: Boys & Girls Clubs boost efforts for students

The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula has grown to serve 2,500 K-12 students at three clubhouses and nine school campuses in eastern Menlo Park, Redwood City, and East Palo Alto.

Wednesday, 8:56 AM | No comments yet
Spare the Air alerts issued for Wednesday, Thursday

Bay Area air quality officials have issued Winter Spare the Air Alerts banning the burning of solid fuels on both Wednesday and Thursday.

Wednesday, 7:37 AM | 4 comments
Portola Valley prepares for license-plate-reading cameras

The poles are in the ground in Portola Valley and waiting for their intended purpose: as mounts for license-plate-reading cameras that will create a daily visual record of every vehicle that passes through town.

Wednesday, 7:25 AM | No comments yet

Monday, December 11, 2017

Menlo Park: Should new library include housing?

Where to put a new main library and whether it should include housing were two questions discussed but not resolved at a public meeting held Monday, Dec. 4, at the Menlo Park Library.

Monday, 11:31 PM | 8 comments
Police calls: Crime reports from Woodside, Ladera, Menlo Oaks, Atherton

These reports are from the Atherton Police Department and the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.

Monday, 10:55 PM | No comments yet
Portola Valley: Marijuana sales in town worry residents

The idea of a retail marijuana dispensary in a central commercial area in Portola Valley has residents painting grim scenarios, including of Peninsula cannabis tourism and back-door deals with seedy characters.

Monday, 10:52 PM | 12 comments
After all these years: St. Raymond class reunites

Some didn't have to leave Menlo Park, but many traveled hundreds and in some cases, thousands, of miles. But they all came to celebrate and reminisce.

Monday, 4:25 PM | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Hearing tonight for three-story development on Santa Cruz Avenue

The Menlo Park Planning Commission will hold a hearing to discuss the future of the current site of Juban Yakiniku, Union Bank and a computer repair store -- next to Ace Hardware in downtown Menlo Park -- at its meeting Monday night, Dec. 11.

Monday, 12:35 PM | 7 comments
Fourth girl says coach touched her inappropriately

Prosecutors have added a fourth child, this one 5 years old, to the list of girls who claim to have been touched inappropriately by an Emerald Hills man and former after-school coach at a San Carlos elementary school.

Monday, 11:42 AM | No comments yet
Menlo Park: City's 'satisfaction survey' raises red flags for some

Menlo Park's biennial survey by Godbe Research, circulated randomly among residents in early December to gauge their satisfaction with city services, raised concerns for some respondents that the way several questions were phrased may result in wrong conclusions.

Monday, 10:21 AM | 10 comments
Fourth winter Spare the Air alert for today

Wood-burning activities are banned today in the Bay Area, which is under another Spare the Air alert today, Bay Area Air Quality Management District officials said.

Monday, 9:56 AM | No comments yet

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Silicon Valley and its impacts were Markoff's beats

Silicon Valley is going to face real competition in several key technical areas in years to come -- a key take-away from a lively talk in Portola Valley by former New York Times science and technology writer John Markoff.

Sunday, 5:54 PM | No comments yet

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Supes OK limited commercial cultivation of marijuana

It will soon be OK to grow marijuana for commercial purposes in unincorporated San Mateo County if it's grown in a greenhouse, according to an ordinance given preliminary approval Dec. 5 by the Board of Supervisors.

Saturday, 10:45 AM | 2 comments

Friday, December 8, 2017

SamTrans adopts study on easing Dumbarton Corridor traffic congestion

Directors at SamTrans adopted on Dec. 6 the final version of a study on how to ease severe congestion on the Dumbarton Corridor.

Friday, 11:21 AM | 1 comment
After-school aide re-arrested on suspicion of lewd acts

A continuing investigation by San Mateo County Sheriff's Office detectives into the activities of Emerald Hills resident and former after-school aide Hoang Tran has turned up another 6-year-old girl who, according to deputies, was a third victim.

Friday, 10:39 AM | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Police name a suspect in Nov. 22 shooting in marshland area

Police have named Dagoberto Franco-Penaloza, 24, as the suspect in a Nov. 22 shooting of a Menlo Park man in the marshland area near Menlo Park's border with East Palo Alto.

Friday, 10:32 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Atherton has little interest in elevating train tracks

Atherton's City Council, responding to a request for input from Menlo Park, offered no hope that it supports elevating train tracks to separate them from the two track-crossing roadways in the town. The council also expressed no interest in enabling such changes at Encinal Avenue in Menlo Park.

Thursday, 6:50 PM | 31 comments
Winant calls Atherton police probe of his mistreatment claims 'a travesty'

Richard "Dick" Winant, a Stanford University researcher who claimed Atherton police mistreated him after he got lost on the Sharon Hills golf course at night and ended up in an Atherton backyard, says the department's report on his citizen's complaint is "a travesty."

Thursday, 6:10 PM | 14 comments
Tonight: School board reviews report on enrollment declines

A report on declining enrollment in local school districts will be reviewed by the board of the Menlo Park City School District on Tuesday, Dec. 12. The meeting starts at 5:45 p.m.

Thursday, 3:10 PM | 20 comments
Brooke Day is new Portola Valley School board member

Brooke Day, a parent and active volunteer in the Portola Valley School District, has been appointed to fill out the remaining two years of a term on the district's governing board.

Thursday, 11:57 AM | No comments yet
Menlo Park police calls: attempted robbery, auto burglaries, thefts

Police arrested a 35-year-old man on suspicion of attempted robbery, attempted carjacking and assault with a deadly weapon.

Thursday, 11:32 AM | No comments yet
Menlo Park settles development-related lawsuit with East Palo Alto

After nearly a year of closed-session council talks and negotiations, the cities of East Palo Alto and Menlo Park have agreed to the terms of a lawsuit settlement.

Thursday, 11:29 AM | 2 comments

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Menlo Park sends firefighters and equipment south

The Menlo Park Fire Protection District has sent nine people, in two fire engines and a command vehicle, to help fight the Creek Fire in Los Angeles County, according to fire Chief Harold Schapelhouman.

Wednesday, 7:06 PM | No comments yet
Menlo Park council OKs 'traffic calming' measures in Willows

A little less than a month since Caltrans installed new traffic signals at the Willow Road/U.S. 101 interchange -- and in rapid response to the debilitating congestion in the city's Willow neighborhood that has resulted -- the Menlo Park City Council approved Tuesday a number of actions to address the problem.

Wednesday, 11:39 AM | 27 comments

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Portola Valley tonight: Public invited to study session on marijuana cultivation, sale

The Portola Valley Planning Commission on Wednesday, Dec. 6, will hold the first of several study sessions, open to the public, to consider local regulations on the sale and outdoor cultivation of marijuana.

Tuesday, 11:54 PM | 1 comment
Tonight: Atherton to study loss of parcel tax revenue

How the loss of $1.86 million in annual parcel tax revenue will affect the capital improvement and police department programs the Atherton tax paid for will be the focus of a Wednesday, Dec. 6, City Council study session.

Tuesday, 8:55 AM | 6 comments
Atherton residents protest height of planned Caltrain poles

As Caltrain begins construction to electrify its train service, Atherton residents are protesting plans to install nearly 46-foot-tall cantilevered poles near their homes for the electrical wires.

Tuesday, 8:48 AM | 19 comments

Monday, December 4, 2017

Senior housing proposed at site of John Bentley's restaurant

Sunrise Senior Living Corp. has proposed to build a 90-unit residential care facility at 2915 El Camino Real, where the John Bentley's restaurant is located. Mr. Bentley said he plans to close the restaurant in the spring.

Monday, 11:22 PM | No comments yet
John Bentley closing out career in restaurant business

After decades in the restaurant business and 22 years of running his eponymous restaurant on the Midpeninsula, John Bentley will hang up his chef coat for the last time come this spring.

Monday, 11:21 PM | 9 comments
Tonight: Meeting on lessons learned from North Bay fires

Lessons learned from the North Bay fires will be discussed at the annual joint meeting of the Board of Directors of Menlo Park Fire Protection District and the Atherton City Council on Tuesday, Dec. 12.

Monday, 11:15 PM | No comments yet
Video: Mountain lion visits Ladera home

Ladera resident Mike Stern posted a video on YouTube of a mountain lion visiting his home on Pecora Way in Ladera early Sunday.

Monday, 5:12 PM | 1 comment
Police: Man brandishes firearm while stuck in Willows traffic

Menlo Park police arrested a Danville man at about 5:40 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29, in the Willows neighborhood on charges of brandishing a weapon and carrying a concealed firearm in a vehicle.

Monday, 2:28 PM | 6 comments
Stanford neighbors get more time to comment on university's growth plan

People now have until Feb. 2, 2018, to comment on environmental documents on Stanford's proposed 17-year growth plan, but the Menlo Park City Council has already agreed on what the city's stance should be.

Monday, 2:16 PM | No comments yet
Portola Valley School board to appoint board member tonight

When the three trustees recently elected to the governing board of the Portola Valley School District meet for the first time on Wednesday, Dec. 6, their first item of business will be to appoint a new board member.

Monday, 1:07 PM | No comments yet
Ernst Meissner, advocate for civic improvements

Menlo Park resident Ernst Meissner, who died Nov. 25 at the age of 86, could rightfully lay claim to having added 1,000 points of light to the city. The strings of white LED lights wrapped around the street trees along Santa Cruz Avenue were his idea.

Monday, 9:35 AM | No comments yet
Jean Lane, philanthropist and environmentalist, dies at 87

Jean Lane, a philanthropist, environmentalist, gardener and notable Portola Valley resident, died at her home on Nov. 18 after a brief illness. She was 87.

Monday, 9:01 AM | 1 comment

Friday, December 1, 2017

Judge dismisses cellphone smuggling case against former deputy sheriff

A San Mateo County Superior Court judge today (Dec. 1) dismissed two counts of conspiracy brought by the county against Juan Pablo Lopez, a former Sheriff's Office deputy and a write-in candidate for sheriff in 2014.

Friday, 9:00 PM | 20 comments
Model-railroad open house this weekend in Menlo Park

An old-time pickle plant, a set of grain elevators used to store flour, a railroad overpass with a police cruiser resting precipitously against a broken guard rail -- these are just some of the new dioramas for 2017 at the West Bay Model Railroad Association in Menlo Park.

Friday, 7:09 PM | No comments yet
Atherton police collecting toys

The Atherton Police Department is collecting new, unwrapped toys for families at Selby Lane School through Monday, Dec. 18.

Friday, 6:51 PM | No comments yet
Services Saturday for Mary 'Alex' Coleman, longtime Menlo Park resident

A celebration of of the life of Mary Alexander "Alex" Wells Coleman, an active Menlo Park volunteer and longtime resident, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at St. Bede's Episcopal Church.

Friday, 6:01 PM | No comments yet
Sunset magazine sold to Los Angeles private equity investor

Sunset magazine, once located on Willow Road in Menlo Park and co-published by the late Bill Lane of Portola Valley and his brother, the late Mel Lane of Atherton, has been sold to Regent L.P., a Los Angeles-based private equity firm, Time Inc. has announced.

Friday, 4:17 PM | 2 comments
Menlo Park: Willows residents plead with city for traffic relief

Desperation is mounting in the Willows. Over Thanksgiving weekend, a group of about 30 Willows residents gathered to draft a petition to the City Council, and collected about 350 signatures (as of Nov. 29) in favor of immediate action to curb unprecedented levels of cut-through traffic and congestion that has debilitated passage through segments of the neighborhood.

Friday, 2:59 PM | 47 comments
Former Cindy's Flowers and Gifts owner ordered to pay $131K in restitution

Cynthia Ann Smith, 60, the former owner of Cindy's Flowers and Gifts in Menlo Park, has been ordered to pay more than $131,000 in restitution to various people and agencies, following an August no contest plea to felony charges of insurance fraud and unemployment insurance fraud.

Friday, 10:12 AM | 2 comments
Stanford expansion comment period extended

Responding to requests from Palo Alto and Menlo Park, Santa Clara County planners have agreed to give the public 60 more days to comment on the environmental analysis of Stanford University's 2018 General Use Permit application.

Friday, 10:00 AM | No comments yet

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The holidays are here!

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