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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Saturday: Movie night at Flood Park

The San Mateo County Parks Department is partnering with the county Sheriff's Activity League to host a free movie night in Menlo Park on Saturday, July 21.

Thursday, 5:28 PM | No comments yet
Atherton council members considering taking on debt to build civic center

Faced with the reality of having to slash features from the plans for a new Atherton library and town offices to bring the cost down, the City Council has begun talking about going into debt to pay for the long-planned project.

Thursday, 11:58 AM | 1 comment
Roster grows by seven in local races

The list of potential candidates running for local office in San Mateo County in the Nov. 6 election has grown by seven since late Monday, the first day of the candidate filing period.

Thursday, 11:57 AM | No comments yet
Menlo Summer Fest returns this weekend

The annual Menlo Summer Fest returns to Menlo Park's downtown area on Saturday and Sunday, July 21 and 22.

Thursday, 9:12 AM | 1 comment

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Free coding camp for kids starts Saturday

A Woodside Priory student who helped establish a group of fellow students dedicated to STEM education and robotics will host a free coding camp for students in first through sixth grade from July 21 through 28.

Wednesday, 2:23 PM | No comments yet
Caltrain boosts its fares

As of this month, Caltrain's monthly pass rate includes an additional day, at an increased cost.

Wednesday, 11:11 AM | No comments yet
State Democrats support repeal of Costa-Hawkins' rent control constraints

The California Democratic Party on Sunday voted overwhelmingly to endorse Proposition 10, the statewide Affordable Housing Act, which would repeal the anti-rent-control Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act and return power to regulate rents to local communities.

Wednesday, 10:42 AM | 7 comments
Thursday: Creedence Clearwater tribute band in Portola Valley

The second of three free summer concerts in Portola Valley takes place Thursday, July 19. The Fog City Swampers, a Creedence Clearwater Revival tribute band, performs on the lawn at Town Center at 765 Portola Road from 6 to 8 p.m.

Wednesday, 10:35 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Local residents signing up to run in November election

As the filing period for candidates in several local races opened on Monday, a number of local residents picked up the papers they must fill out to become candidates, while a few turned in their completed paperwork needed to appear on the Nov. 6 ballot.

Tuesday, 11:58 AM | 7 comments
Peninsula Bridge student app showcase set for July 17

Peninsula Bridge, a nonprofit dedicated to helping local kids from disadvantaged families succeed in high school and college, invites the public to a student app showcase on Tuesday, July 17, at Amazon Web Services in East Palo Alto.

Tuesday, 11:43 AM | No comments yet
Regional group exploring housing solutions

The Committee to House the Bay Area on Wednesday will present the public's input on how to build more affordable and low-income housing throughout the region.

Tuesday, 10:29 AM | No comments yet

Monday, July 16, 2018

Portola Valley revises lighting policies

It's dark on moonless nights in Portola Valley, due in part to residents being discouraged in using lights triggered by motion sensors. The guidelines have changed, but pedestrians should still find themselves in the dark.

Monday, 5:45 PM | 11 comments
Police calls: Police arrest man carrying brass knuckles

Crime reports from Atherton, Woodside and Menlo Park

Monday, 11:16 AM | No comments yet

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Wednesday: Atherton council to discuss options for future as part of fire district

The same day a critical civil grand jury report on the Menlo Park Fire Protection District was issued, Atherton posted a consultant's report that looks at the town's options for its future as part of the fire district. The City Council will discuss the report at a 4 p.m. meeting on Wednesday, July 18.

Sunday, 8:00 PM | 1 comment
Home sales

A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula.

Sunday, 11:19 AM | No comments yet

Saturday, July 14, 2018

The universal language

Thanks to one local woman's passion, perseverance, and many professional connections, three young dancers from South Africa are having the experience of a lifetime shuttling between Woodside and San Francisco this summer.

Saturday, 11:38 AM | No comments yet

Friday, July 13, 2018

Atherton PAL awards $20,000 in scholarships

Four high school seniors from Atherton schools have been awarded $5,000 scholarships by the Atherton Police Activities League: Clairesina Fifita and Mirian Melendez from Sacred Heart Preparatory, and Joseph Lohmann and Jenny Ruiz-Venegas from Menlo-Atherton High School.

Friday, 4:50 PM | No comments yet
Madera wins Wine Spectator's Grand Award

Madera's 17,645-bottle wine cellar has won the highest recognition possible from Wine Spectator magazine: the Grand Award, which has been bestowed on fewer than 100 restaurants around the world.

Friday, 11:15 AM | 2 comments
Candidate filing period opens Monday for fall elections

The candidate filing period for the Nov. 6 general election in San Mateo County opens next Monday, July 16, and closes at 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10.

Friday, 9:30 AM | 3 comments

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Grand jury: Menlo fire district is not prepared for growth

A just-issued grand jury report questions whether the Menlo Park Fire Protection District is prepared to meet the challenges of rapid local growth within the district, criticizing the district for lacking long-term strategic and fiscal planning.

Thursday, 4:33 PM | 55 comments
Report touts Bay Area as mega-powerful region facing challenges

Silicon Valley is an economic powerhouse, and some of the cogs that drive it are more functional than others, claims a new report recently released by the Bay Area Council Economic Institute.

Thursday, 11:53 AM | 4 comments
Portola Valley: Mentor and volunteer Marilyn Walter dies at 92

Marilyn Walter lived her life in accord with the precept "The charm of life is in its living," her granddaughter said. A memorial service is set for 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19, in Portola Valley.

Thursday, 11:31 AM | 4 comments
Woodside Bakery & Cafe to rekindle its restaurant in Menlo Park

Regular patrons of the old Woodside Bakery & Cafe, forced to closed its doors in March 2015, may experience deja vu after scanning the menu of an enterprise of the same name set to open later this year at the Sharon Heights Shopping Center.

Thursday, 9:10 AM | 15 comments

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Woodside Priory students host free hackathon for cognitive disability aids

A group of high schoolers known as the Ramen Club, from Woodside Priory School, will host a free hackathon/makeathon at the Priory from Friday, July 13, through Sunday, July 15.

Wednesday, 4:27 PM | No comments yet
Speier to miss two weeks in Congress for surgery

U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier, D-San Francisco/San Mateo, will undergo surgery on Thursday and will not be present for votes in Congress for the next two weeks as she recovers at home, her office announced today.

Wednesday, 1:39 PM | No comments yet
Tonight: Complete Streets Commission to discuss Belle Haven traffic plan

Each day, tens of thousands of cars pass through a few key intersections in Menlo Park's Belle Haven neighborhood, and after years of requests for help from some frustrated residents, a plan is in the works to reduce cut-through traffic and improve safety.

Wednesday, 11:56 AM | No comments yet
Last term for Woodside councilman Dave Tanner

Councilman Dave Tanner, a veteran on the Woodside Town Council, has announced plans to move from Woodside and will not be running for re-election in November.

Wednesday, 11:42 AM | No comments yet
Police calls: Atherton resident rejects ransom demand to restore computer

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

Wednesday, 10:23 AM | No comments yet
Portola Valley school board OKs $49.5 million bond ballot measure

A $49.5 million bond to pay for repairs, renovations and new buildings on the Portola Valley School District's two campuses will go before voters in November.

Wednesday, 8:15 AM | 24 comments
County top in state for lowest unemployment, highest home cost

San Mateo County holds two statewide superlatives: the lowest unemployment rate and the highest median cost for a home, according to statistics recently released by county assessor Mark Church.

Wednesday, 7:50 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Menlo Park: New building proposed along El Camino Real

A new three-story building could appear at the corner of Cambridge Avenue and El Camino Real in Menlo Park, next to the former Oasis.

Tuesday, 11:35 AM | 15 comments
Las Lomitas School driveway location on agenda

Whether or not the Las Lomitas School should change its driveway to align with Walsh Road will be discussed by Atherton's Transportation Committee when it meets Tuesday, July 10 starting at 6 p.m. in the town's council chambers at 94 Ashfield Road.

Tuesday, 11:31 AM | 4 comments
Portola Valley: Hardware store a haven for fix-it-yourself community

Residents of Portola Valley seeking a meaningful sense of accomplishment may find what they're looking for with a visit to the local hardware store, or so the owners of Portola Valley Hardware say.

Tuesday, 10:49 AM | 6 comments
Surf Air flights down by 85 percent, but noisy legal fight continues

The skies over the Midpeninsula may have become quieter in the weeks since Surf Air, a commuter airline that uses the county-owned San Carlos Airport, announced it had changed the company operating its planes. But there's a noisy fight going on behind the scenes.

Tuesday, 9:28 AM | 49 comments

Monday, July 9, 2018

Menlo Park: Momentum builds for new stop signs in the Willows

On May 7, a young girl riding her bike was hit by a car in Menlo Park's Willows neighborhood at the intersection of Central Avenue and Walnut Street. And only weeks later, on June 15, a woman riding her bike was hit by a car on the same street, just a block away, at Central Avenue and Elm Street.

Monday, 3:55 PM | 5 comments
San Mateo County supervisors approve legal aid fund for undocumented immigrants

With a unanimous vote just days before the beginning of a new fiscal year, the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors on June 26 approved revisions to the county's two-year budget to solidify a spending plan of $2.749 billion and 5,528 employees.

Monday, 11:11 AM | 18 comments
Pursuit of suspected arsonist ends in Atherton

San Mateo County sheriff's deputies arrested a 39-year-old El Granada woman suspected of arson after a short pursuit that ended in Atherton on Friday night.

Monday, 10:25 AM | 1 comment
WIREd for change

"I'm not qualified." That's the initial response of 99 percent of women when they are approached about the possibility of running for public office, according to Carol Mayer Marshall, a Menlo Park resident who knows that those words are often fiction, not fact.

Monday, 7:52 AM | No comments yet

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Woodside: Emergency access solution in the works for Skywood Acres residents

A resolution is in sight that should help relieve the difficulties for residents entering or leaving the neighborhood of Skywood Acres in Woodside during emergencies, and for neighborhood children making their way safely to and from the school bus.

Sunday, 12:16 PM | No comments yet

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Home sales: 7-bedroom Atherton home sells for $23 million

A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula.

Saturday, 5:30 PM | No comments yet

Flights to replace Shiva's in Mountain View
By Elena Kadvany | 6 comments | 3,525 views

Couples: "The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work" by John Gottman
By Chandrama Anderson | 0 comments | 1,364 views

Thought and Matter: A Young Man's Search for Interest and Meaning
By Aldis Petriceks | 5 comments | 993 views