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Saturday, May 19, 2018

Menlo Park: Council endorses charter city vote

Come November, Menlo Park voters may be asked to decide whether to convert the city from a "general law" city, with a standardized constitution, to a "charter" city, with a more customizable one.

Saturday, 3:52 PM | No comments yet

Friday, May 18, 2018

Atherton council agrees it wants non-park location for water facility

Atherton City Council members haven't yet ruled out putting a massive underground water storage and filtering facility in Holbrook-Palmer Park, but they have unanimously agreed they'd prefer some other location.

Friday, 3:21 PM | 5 comments
Man run over by truck while sleeping dies in East Palo Alto

A 47-year-old homeless man who was sleeping on an abandoned mattress on an East Palo Alto street was killed after being run over by a truck on Thursday morning, East Palo Alto police Cmdr. Jeff Liu said.

Friday, 8:39 AM | No comments yet
Fine points of feminism

A public campaign, in print, advocating for the rights of women has been going on for centuries in France, according to two new books by Woodside resident and historian Karen Offen.

Friday, 8:34 AM | 1 comment

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Belle Haven group launches petition to transfer school from Ravenswood district

Weekday mornings, Menlo Park's Belle Haven neighborhood bustles with outbound kids, says neighborhood association member Sheryl Bims.

Thursday, 5:30 PM | 21 comments
Court hears U.S. appeal of preliminary injunction that kept DACA program in place

A panel of U.S. appeals court judges appeared to give a cool reception Tuesday to a government lawyer who urged them to overturn a preliminary injunction by a federal judge in San Francisco that protected undocumented young immigrants from deportation.

Thursday, 11:56 AM | No comments yet
High school students awarded Kiwanis scholarships

Ten Peninsula high school students have been awarded scholarships from the Woodside Terrace A.M. Kiwanis Club, organizers said Sunday.

Thursday, 11:48 AM | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Planning Commission hits pause on controversial office building

A proposed single-story office building expected to house little more than 10 professionals was halted Monday, May 14, when the Menlo Park Planning Commission voted 6-0 to continue its review of the project when the developer had more thoroughly addressed neighborhood concerns about the office's expected traffic and parking impacts.

Thursday, 11:45 AM | 1 comment
Portola Valley: Corporation formed in effort to buy Alpine Inn

News of a community investment opportunity to safeguard the future of a much-loved burger joint -- the Alpine Inn -- should be making the rounds in Portola Valley soon.

Thursday, 10:33 AM | 16 comments

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Atherton holds school shooter forum for school officials

With recent local and national incidents fresh in their minds, representatives from most of the nine schools in Atherton got together with members of the Atherton Police Department on Tuesday, May 8, to talk about responding to school shootings.

Wednesday, 8:55 PM | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Three new downtown buildings get Planning Commission nod

Three new buildings planned for the site now occupied by the Mid-Peninsula Animal Hospital and its neighboring businesses near the Caltrain station were cleared for approval by the Menlo Park Planning Commission on Monday, May 14.

Wednesday, 11:51 AM | 15 comments
Supervisor candidates cite traffic and housing as priorities

Dan Stegink and Don Horsley are running for San Mateo County supervisor of District 3 in the June 5 primary election. Both have primary concerns of reducing traffic congestion and increasing affordable housing.

Wednesday, 8:41 AM | 5 comments

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Today: Day-long wildland fire drill along northern border of Woodside

The venue for the annual day-long wildland fire drill in the Woodside Fire Protection District this year -- happening Wednesday, May 16 -- will be the open areas along the northern border of Woodside.

Tuesday, 8:21 PM | 1 comment
Police calls: Fraudsters strike, hitting pay dirt twice

Crime and accident reports for Menlo Oaks, Menlo Park and Portola Valley

Tuesday, 6:44 PM | 3 comments
Park water facility back on Atherton agenda Wednesday

Atherton's City Council meets Wednesday, May 16, with an agenda full of items that the council has seen before, including the water capture facility the town is considering installing in Holbrook-Palmer Park.

Tuesday, 11:52 AM | 1 comment
Affordable housing fees from Stanford could raise $156 million

Santa Clara County could collect at least $156 million in affordable housing dollars from Stanford University in the coming years if the university opts to build out all the new space it plans for, based on a fee supervisors voiced support for on May 8.

Tuesday, 10:19 AM | No comments yet
Proxy recount yields win for water company board incumbents

In a hotly contested process that logged more than 32 hours over three consecutive days in East Palo Alto, the board incumbents of the Palo Alto Park Mutual Water Company on May 10 were declared the winners in an election battle with a resident coalition called Neighbors for Better Water.

Tuesday, 8:55 AM | 1 comment

Monday, May 14, 2018

Home sales

A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula.

Monday, 12:01 PM | No comments yet

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Project Read fundraiser aims to support literacy programs

Project Read-Menlo Park officials and volunteers are hoping the community will support the library-associated literacy program through financial donations during a one-day "Giving for Literacy" event set for Tuesday (May 15).

Sunday, 5:09 PM | No comments yet
More than 400 firearms turned in during gun buyback event

San Mateo County sheriff's deputies collected more than 400 guns for destruction at a gun buyback event on May 5, according to the sheriff's office.

Sunday, 2:40 PM | 7 comments

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Local foundation brings science to Ravenswood

Thanks to a volunteer-led effort and funding from the nonprofit Ravenswood Education Foundation, there is a fledgling but thriving science program that's giving K-8 students hands-on experience.

Saturday, 5:40 PM | 2 comments

Friday, May 11, 2018

Waddell and Magee vie for county superintendent of schools job

Two employees of the San Mateo County Office of Education, Deputy Superintendent Gary Waddell and Associate Superintendent Nancy Magee, are vying to take over their boss's job this June after Anne Campbell declined to run for a third term as the county's superintendent of schools.

Friday, 5:25 PM | No comments yet
Three local students win merit scholarships

Two Menlo-Atherton High School students and one student at Woodside High have been named winners of individual $2,500 scholarships from the National Merit Scholarship Corp., a privately funded nonprofit based in Illinois.

Friday, 3:00 PM | No comments yet
Saturday: Battle of the Bands, garlic food contest and more at 'Bay Area Brew & FanFest'

People looking for a way to spend their Saturday afternoon in Menlo Park may consider attending a Facebook festival from 1 to 6 p.m. at its headquarters on Saturday, May 12.

Friday, 9:44 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Search for suspect connected with La Entrada lock-out leads to arrest

San Mateo County deputies located and arrested the man suspected of a stabbing in West Menlo Park that led to what was initially reported as a lock-down of La Entrada School on Monday morning (May 7), according to a report from the Sheriff's Office.

Thursday, 4:38 PM | No comments yet
Menlo Park school district celebrates science

Not only did four Menlo Park City School District schools hold science-related events during a week in April, the district also heard that two students won awards at the state science fair.

Thursday, 4:10 PM | No comments yet
Woodside: Location of horse arena drives controversy over project

After a third conceptual design review, a formal review by Woodside's Architectural and Design Review Board is likely to be the next step for a controversial proposal to create an equestrian complex on a 14-acre property near the entrance to Wunderlich Park.

Thursday, 11:39 AM | 3 comments
Menlo Park: Proposal for new office building causes alarm for Willows residents

The Willows Market in Menlo Park could get a new neighbor. A proposal to build a single-story, 3,584-square-foot nonmedical office building is scheduled for review by the Menlo Park Planning Commission at its meeting on Monday, May 14.

Thursday, 10:56 AM | 33 comments
Meticulously renovated Lindenwood fountain is ready for another century

The story of the fountain in Marion and Bob Oster's Lindenwood garden shows just how far history lovers will go to preserve a piece of the past.

Thursday, 9:00 AM | No comments yet
Glimpse of history: Flood estate artifacts offer a look into the past

Passersby who happen to pause to peer through the opening in the fence fronting Marion and Bob Oster's property in the Lindenwood neighborhood of Atherton may get more than they had bargained for -- a glimpse into the Midpeninsula's opulent past.

Thursday, 8:58 AM | 4 comments

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Challengers square off against an appointed incumbent for sheriff

Until late April, the race for sheriff of San Mateo County had been a two-man affair -- between appointed incumbent Sheriff Carlos Bolanos and Deputy Mark Melville. Now it's three: Deputy Heinz Puschendorf is a write-in candidate.

Wednesday, 8:45 PM | 7 comments
Menlo Park: Park James Hotel slated to open doors in July

A 61-room boutique hotel to be called the Park James Hotel, being built at the corner of Glenwood Avenue and El Camino Real in Menlo Park, is being prepared for a July opening.

Wednesday, 11:56 AM | 4 comments
Menlo Park: Council opts for Ravenswood Avenue-only rail separation

When pressed to make a decision -- since allocated consultant funding has dried up and then some -- Menlo Park's City Council finally bit the proverbial bullet of pragmatism and picked a favored option to separate the Caltrain rails from city roads, even while advising staff to research better options.

Wednesday, 11:49 AM | 32 comments
Woodside council sticks with November election to fill empty seat

The Woodside Town Council, normally a governing body of seven members, is now at six, where it has been since early March and where it is likely to remain until the election in November.

Wednesday, 10:16 AM | No comments yet
Windmill School, now in a permanent home, celebrates grand opening

Windmill School just opened its new and permanent home at 900 Portola Road -- the grand opening was Sunday, April 28 -- and school officials say that the seats are all taken for the 2018-19 school year.

Wednesday, 8:55 AM | 1 comment

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Tuesday: Woodside council reconsiders leaving a seat vacant until November

A majority on the Woodside Town Council had been content to leave one seat vacant until the election in November. On Tuesday, May 8, they'll be reconsidering after residents of the affected district advocated for an appointment to the empty seat.

Tuesday, 11:56 AM | 2 comments
Woodside celebrates May Day all day

Woodside's annual May Day party, celebrated with a parade and other activities on Saturday, also acknowledged the Mexican holiday, Cinco de Mayo.

Tuesday, 10:43 AM | 2 comments
Tuesday: Menlo Park council set to discuss rail separation, charter city consideration

Big matters are scheduled for the Menlo Park City Council Tuesday night, May 8, including picking a preferred alternative for how to separate the Caltrain rail lines from city streets and whether to move forward with a November ballot measure to become a charter city.

Tuesday, 10:38 AM | No comments yet
Wednesday: Overnight closure on U.S. 101 scheduled

To allow construction work on a pedestrian and bicycle bridge across U.S. 101 at Clarke Avenue in East Palo Alto, Caltrans will close southbound U.S. 101 between University Avenue and Embarcadero Road in East Palo Alto and Palo Alto overnight starting Wednesday, May 9, and ending in the early hours of Thursday, May 10.

Tuesday, 7:32 AM | 1 comment

Monday, May 7, 2018

Local leaders split over transportation measure

Few would dispute that the Bay Area urgently needs relief from traffic jams, but reasonable people are finding much to disagree about when it comes to Regional Measure 3, a proposal to raise $4.5 billion for transportation improvements by gradually raising tolls at seven Bay Area bridges.

Monday, 11:54 AM | 7 comments
Supes advise Stanford: No skimping on housing dollars

It's a $362 million two-part question: How much should Stanford University have to pay to cover the extra housing demand that will be created as the university proceeds with its ambitious campus development plans between now and 2035? And, crucial to Stanford's northern neighbors, where should that money go?

Monday, 11:47 AM | No comments yet
UPDATE: Lock-down lifted at La Entrada School

Deputies lifted the lock-down at La Entrada School at 2200 Sharon Road in Menlo Park at about 9:06 a.m. today (Monday, May 7), Sheriff's Office Detective Rosemerry Blankswade told The Almanac at about 10:25 this morning.

Monday, 10:45 AM | No comments yet
La Entrada School closed as deputies search for suspect in domestic dispute

Deputies from the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office say that La Entrada School at 2200 Sharon Road in Menlo Park is closed and may be considered in lockdown as part of an ongoing search for a man allegedly involved in a domestic dispute earlier this morning (Monday, May 7).

Monday, 9:37 AM | 2 comments
Voting has started: June 5 election has new voting format

The June 5 primary election will be unlike any other election ever held in San Mateo County, with every voter receiving a ballot in the mail and the choice of either voting by mail or in person at a limited number of voting centers.

Monday, 7:12 AM | No comments yet

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The Almanac Readers' Choice ballot is here

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