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Friday, September 21, 2018

Former Woodside School Board president Bettina Pike excelled at 'building bridges'

Tyrone Pike says the best way to honor his wife Bettina Pike, who died on Sept. 5 at the age of 52, is for those who knew and loved her to "pay it forward" by trying to "be more like Bettina" in their lives.

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Windy, dry conditions increase fire danger over the weekend

Continuing dry weather, brittle grasslands, warm fall temperatures, low humidity and high winds have prompted a call for extreme fire safety in the Bay Area this weekend.

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Laurene Powell Jobs buys 30 acres in East Palo Alto

One of the largest parcels of vacant land in East Palo Alto is now under the ownership of a limited liability company associated with Laurene Powell Jobs, according to San Mateo County records.

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Menlo Park, Atherton: Nearly 200 traffic citations given on extra enforcement day

During a period of heightened traffic enforcement on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 23 traffic officers from across San Mateo County made more than 200 traffic stops and issued 199 citations in Menlo Park and Atherton, according to a press release from the San Mateo County Police Chiefs and Sheriff Association.

Friday, 11:42 AM | 9 comments
Good news for Atherton on funding for new library

In what Atherton Councilman Rick DeGolia called "a huge win for us," the county library system's governing board has agreed to advance the town about $10 million in property tax revenues to help pay the costs of building a new library.

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Sunday: Committee for Green Foothills to host annual fundraiser in Woodside

Come Sunday, two champions of the outdoors will receive recognition from the Palo Alto-based Committee for Green Foothills: Steve Abbors, retired general manager of the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District, and Rue Mapp, founder and CEO of Outdoor Afro.

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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Guest opinion: Stanford, not community, should pay for housing impacts it creates

The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors will consider on Sept. 25 two ordinances that would require Stanford to more fairly address the housing demand that it creates with its planned campus developments. The rules under review constitute good policy.

Thursday, 6:25 PM | 2 comments
Moonlight Run returning to the Baylands

The Palo Alto Baylands is expected to be flooded with visitors this Friday when more than 1,700 runners flock to the trails for the Palo Alto Weekly's 34th annual Moonlight Run & Walk.

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Menlo Park: Man pleads not guilty to attempted rape charges

A 19-year-old man from East Palo Alto has pleaded not guilty to charges by the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office that he attempted to rape a Menlo Park woman who was out jogging Monday afternoon.

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Jane Goodall visits Ladera's Woodland School

Jane Goodall, the world-famous primatologist and anthropologist, visited Woodland School in Ladera last week, spending time with Woodland first-graders who have been involved in her Roots & Shoots youth service program.

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Menlo Park: Minimum wage ordinance on hold

In spite of the urging by some to act sooner, Menlo Park's City Council has put on hold until next year plans to consider a citywide minimum wage ordinance.

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Red flag warning in effect through this afternoon

A red flag warning is in effect in the Bay Area through Thursday afternoon because of hot, dry and windy conditions in the region, according to the National Weather Service.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Man arraigned in fatal 2011 shooting of Menlo Park woman

A 27-year-old man has been extradited to San Mateo County to face murder charges for a fatal 2011 shooting of a Menlo Park woman in East Palo Alto, the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office said on Tuesday. The murder victim, Catherine (Cate) Fisher, 19, was a Menlo Park gymnastics center instructor.

Wednesday, 3:28 PM | 2 comments
Menlo Park and Atherton: Heightened traffic enforcement today

Consider this a public service announcement: Drive carefully, or risk a ticket. Today (Sept. 19), about 22 law enforcement officers from across San Mateo County have convened in Menlo Park and Atherton to enforce traffic laws throughout the city.

Wednesday, 2:19 PM | 1 comment
Enrollment continues to dip in area schools

Enrollment slightly declined this school year for local elementary school districts, continuing a recent area trend. The drop, local experts say, is due to the migration of young families from the area to find more affordable housing.

Wednesday, 11:08 AM | 14 comments
Street Smarts: How do we slow down traffic on neighborhood streets?

Street Smarts, written this week by Jen Wolosin, discusses the importance of slowing down traffic on neighborhood streets and the challenges associated with doing so.

Wednesday, 9:01 AM | 14 comments

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Woodside: No parking on Marva Oaks Drive until factions find compromise

Residents of Marva Oaks Drive in Woodside and local equestrians could not reach a compromise over how to address parking and horse traffic along the road, so the Woodside Town Council has stepped in.

Tuesday, 9:55 PM | 1 comment
New law requires apartment balcony inspections

Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday signed a bill requiring inspections of apartment balconies, decks, outdoor stairs and elevated walkways in hopes of avoiding deaths from collapses like the one in Berkeley in 2015.

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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 | 19 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 | 2 comments
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 | 1 comment
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 | 2 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 | 13 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.

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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.

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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.

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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 | 3 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.

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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.

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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 | 35 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.

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Home sales

A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula.

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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

Let's Talk Internships
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Couples: Sex and Connection (Chicken or Egg?)
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Zucchini Takeover
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