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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Behind the Headlines: Rep. Anna Eshoo

On this week's "Behind the Headlines," Rep. Anna Eshoo joins Palo Alto Weekly Publisher Bill Johnson, Editor Jocelyn Dong and Staff Writer Sue Dremann to discuss issues from aircraft noise and Caltrain electrification to the political climate in Washington.

Saturday, 9:53 AM | No comments yet

Friday, April 21, 2017

Woodside: Old La Honda Road to close Monday - Wednesday during daylight hours

Daytime traffic on Old La Honda Road will be interrupted for three days -- Monday, April 24, through Wednesday, April 26 -- so crews can begin three weeks of repair work on storm drains at three sites on the road.

Friday, 8:12 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Woodside High School Foundation holds spring auction

The Woodside High School Foundation is holding a fundraising auction online April 22-27 and a spring auction event at the Palo Alto Hills Golf and Country Club on Saturday, April 29.

Thursday, 6:00 PM | No comments yet
April 21-24: Glenwood Ave. rail crossing closed for maintenance

The railroad crossing at Glenwood Avenue in Menlo Park will be closed from 8 p.m. Friday, April 21, until 4 a.m. on Monday, April 24, for Caltrain track maintenance.

Thursday, 5:39 PM | No comments yet
Saturday: Earth Day celebration at Bedwell Bayfront Park

The city of Menlo Park will host an Earth Day celebration on Saturday, April 22, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Bedwell Bayfront Park.

Thursday, 5:12 PM | No comments yet
Karen Peterson named to Woodside High School Hall of Fame

Woodside High School will honor alumnus and longtime volunteer Karen Peterson, inducting her into the school's Hall of Fame at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 26, at the Performing Arts Center at 100 Churchill Ave. in unincorporated Woodside.

Thursday, 4:05 PM | 2 comments
Sunday in Woodside: Ribbon-cutting for restored riding arena at Wunderlich Park

Local equestrians have something to celebrate: a newly restored riding arena in Wunderlich Park in Woodside, thanks to a partnership of organizations and individuals.

Thursday, 3:12 PM | No comments yet
Menlo Park: New east-west bike route trial moves forward

The Menlo Park City Council heard more than an hour's worth of contentious public comments stretching into the wee hours of Wednesday, April 19, before deciding shortly after 1 a.m. to move forward with an existing schedule for an east-west bike route in town.

Thursday, 2:02 PM | 6 comments
Atherton approves fire services study

Atherton's City Council has given the go-ahead to a study of fire services in town, something that has soured the relationship between the town and Menlo Park Fire Protection District since it was first proposed in September.

Thursday, 12:58 PM | 24 comments
Menlo Park burglary: Man, 21, faces up to 11 years in prison

A 21-year-old East Palo Alto resident faces up to 11 years in state prison after pleading no contest to one felony count of residential burglary in Menlo Park and one felony count of assault while at the San Mateo County Maguire Correctional Facility in 2015.

Thursday, 11:40 AM | 4 comments
Woodside: New residential complex may force widening of Mountain Wood Lane

If Woodside issues one more building permit to develop an undeveloped parcel on Mountain Wood Lane, the fire code will require a widening of what is essentially a half-mile-long one-lane shared driveway.

Thursday, 11:28 AM | 5 comments

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Menlo Park school district considers fee-based preschool program

Attempting to offer its most disadvantaged students an opportunity for early childhood education, the Menlo Park City School District is considering a fee-based preschool that would offer scholarships to needy families.

Wednesday, 6:52 PM | 3 comments
Local impacts of sea-level rise: comment sought on report

With funding and cooperation from the California Coastal Conservancy, San Mateo County has prepared a 291-page draft report on the county's vulnerability to rising sea levels.

Wednesday, 6:01 PM | No comments yet
Saturday: Woodside, Portola Valley, Atherton celebrate Earth Day

Earth Day will be celebrated by local towns, including a joint celebration by Woodside and Portola Valley on Saturday, April 22, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Runnymede Farm, 980 Runnymede Road in Woodside. Atherton will hold events at its town center.

Wednesday, 3:21 PM | No comments yet
Man killed in RV fire is identified

A 52-year-old man who died after a recreational vehicle caught fire in unincorporated North Fair Oaks on Sunday morning has been identified as Rolando Garza, according to the Santa Clara County medical examiner's office.

Wednesday, 12:43 PM | No comments yet
Menlo Park council shows support for 'sanctuary' ordinances

The Menlo Park City Council took a number of steps Tuesday night to deal with the issue of how the city will treat undocumented immigrants.

Wednesday, 11:42 AM | 43 comments
Thursday: Public info session on federal airport noise study

A public information workshop on an FAA-funded study of noise at the San Carlos Airport will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 20. The study is separate from an on-going county study of noise at the airport.

Wednesday, 10:48 AM | No comments yet
Woodside seeks residents' help to re-examine town ethics code

In the wake of a months-long investigation of a town volunteer, the Woodside Town Council is looking for residents interested in participating in a series of facilitated group discussions to re-examine the town's ethics code for elected and appointed officials and decide whether changes are needed.

Wednesday, 8:20 AM | 10 comments
Tonight: Atherton may adopt fire district review contract

A $49,500 contract to examine the Menlo Park Fire Protection District's finances, and look at other ways Atherton might get fire services for its residents, is on the Atherton City Council agenda for Wednesday, April 19.

Wednesday, 8:11 AM | 23 comments

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Tonight: Assistant superintendent contract and next year's budget

Approval of a contract for the district's new assistant superintendent and proposed adjustments to the budget are on the agenda for tonight's meeting of the Menlo Park City School District's governing board.

Tuesday, 11:54 AM | No comments yet
Tonight: Menlo Fire board considers communications, disability retirements

Three applications for disability retirements and the formation of a board committee on public communications are among the items on the agenda of the governing board of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District when it meets at 7 p.m. tonight (April 18).

Tuesday, 11:46 AM | No comments yet
Tonight: Menlo Park weighs 'sanctuary city' status, bike route

The Menlo Park City Council will have its hands full tonight considering whether it should adopt a "sanctuary city" ordinance, move forward with bike lanes on Oak Grove Avenue and more.

Tuesday, 11:37 AM | 17 comments
Woodside: Food-to-go outlet planned for Alice's Restaurant

It's not uncommon for customers of Alice's Restaurant in Woodside to plan a quick stop for a quick meal on their way to the beach, only to be waylaid by a 45-minute wait for a table. The restaurant's owners are asking the town for permission to offer quicker service on weekends.

Tuesday, 5:41 AM | 1 comment
Top 2016 pay in Menlo Park Fire Protection District: $387,799

A recently released report from the Menlo Park Fire Protection district shows 12 people, including its chief, had total compensation of more than $300,000 in 2016.

Tuesday, 5:05 AM | 80 comments

Monday, April 17, 2017

Woodside: La Honda Road now open

La Honda Road (Highway 84) is open in both directions between Friars Lane and (SR-35) Skyline Boulevard, the San Mateo County Office of Emergency Services said in an advisory around 7 p.m. Monday.

Monday, 4:44 PM | No comments yet
La Honda: Highway 84 reopens after solo-vehicle crash

State Highway 84 in the unincorporated San Mateo County community of La Honda is open again this morning following a solo vehicle crash into a power pole, California Highway Patrol officials said.

Monday, 11:16 AM | No comments yet

Sunday, April 16, 2017

North Fair Oaks: Man, 52, dies after RV catches fire

A 52-year-old man died early Sunday morning after his recreational vehicle caught fire in the North Fair Oaks area, fire officials said.

Sunday, 6:44 PM | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Driver suffers major injuries in crash

A man in his 20s was severely injured in Menlo Park early Sunday morning (April 16) after the vehicle he was driving slammed into a tree and caught fire.

Sunday, 3:44 PM | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Westbound Sand Hill Road reopens

Westbound Sand Hill Road, between Branner Road and Saga Way, which had been closed for an accident investigation, is now open for traffic, the Menlo Park Police Department announced at about 10 a.m. this morning.

Sunday, 9:10 AM | 1 comment

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Sheriff's Office investigates another Portola Valley burglary

The San Mateo County Sheriff's Office reported Saturday that it is investigating another residential burglary in Portola Valley, this one on Brookside Drive sometime between 6 p.m. Friday and 6 a.m. Saturday.

Saturday, 11:55 PM | 2 comments

Friday, April 14, 2017

Woodside: Computing pioneer Robert Taylor dies at 85

Robert W. Taylor, 85, a Woodside resident for 34 years and a visionary in the development of computer networks and modern personal computing, died Thursday of complications of Parkinson's disease.

Friday, 7:27 PM | No comments yet
Woodside: Two-way traffic restored at second La Honda Road collapse

Two-way traffic has been restored to a section of La Honda Road (state Highway 84) that collapsed on April 12. The site was east of the failure on Friars Lane, and was the second major storm-related subsidence east of Skyline Boulevard since January.

Friday, 5:36 PM | No comments yet
Update: Atherton names new police chief

Steven D. McCulley, who has been serving concurrently as police chief in two cities in the state of Washington, is Atherton's new police chief.

Friday, 5:24 PM | 6 comments
Portola Valley: Trust seeks to preserve Hawthorns estate

The Hawthorns Preservation Foundation Trust is fundraising for the 79-acre Hawthorns estate, owned by the MidPeninsula Regional Open Space District, to help fund long-term maintenance and repairs to major structures on the estate.

Friday, 11:05 AM | No comments yet
Finding a home in the world

Menlo Park author Donia Bijan tells a gripping story of an exile's return home in her first novel, "The Last Days of Cafe Leila," which is being launched at an author event Thursday, April 20, at Kepler's bookstore.

Friday, 9:45 AM | No comments yet
Woodside: Hydrogen fuel-cell station set to open in May or June

A hydrogen pump, among the other fuel pumps at Woodside's Skywood Trading Post at 17287 Skyline Blvd. is set to open in May or perhaps June. Installation is complete and testing of the pump is underway.

Friday, 8:13 AM | No comments yet
Volunteers, donors sought for book giveaway

Organizers of the seventh annual Reading Bonanza in the Park are seeking volunteers and book donations for the event, which takes place Saturday, May 13, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Bell Street Park, 550 Bell St. in East Palo Alto.

Friday, 7:54 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, April 13, 2017

North Fair Oaks: Volunteers prepare Easter meal for up to 1,000

Preparations have begun to provide a free Easter meal for up to 1,000 people from noon to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 15, at St. Anthony's Padua Dining Room in North Fair Oaks.

Thursday, 11:16 AM | No comments yet
Portola Valley: Road shoulder work to address pinch point for bicyclists

There are no bike lanes on Alpine or Portola roads in Portola Valley, but painted white fog lines create shoulders that serve as bike lanes. The town of Portola Valley will be widening the shoulder at a pinch point on northbound Portola Road near Farm Road.

Thursday, 10:32 AM | 3 comments
County may spend $50 million over two years on affordable housing

The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors supports spending at least $30 million over two years in sales tax revenues on affordable housing projects, and may increase that by $20 million.

Thursday, 10:17 AM | 3 comments
Man sentenced for felony DUI incident in Woodside

A 30-year-old Redwood City man has been sentenced to 10 months in county jail in connection with a felony drunken driving incident in Woodside.

Thursday, 9:59 AM | 3 comments
Suspect charged in Almanac online hacking case

A 34-year-old San Francisco man was arraigned April 11 in federal District Court on charges in connection with the Sept. 17, 2015, hacking of and other websites operated by Embarcadero Media.

Thursday, 9:25 AM | 3 comments

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Menlo Park: All lanes of westbound Bayfront Expressway now open

All lanes of westbound Bayfront Expressway at Chrysler Drive are now open following the clearing of a vehicle accident.

Wednesday, 3:33 PM | No comments yet
Woodside: Residents fear being landlocked in emergencies

The Skywood Acres neighborhood in Woodside has a single entry point, from La Honda Road via Skywood Way. Mudslides on La Honda Road can maroon the entire neighborhood, complicating rescue efforts in case of an emergency.

Wednesday, 11:06 AM | 4 comments
Facebook to hold five community festivals in Menlo Park this year

Facebook plans to hold five community festivals at its Menlo Park headquarters from May through October that will be free and open to the public.

Wednesday, 9:54 AM | 2 comments
Menlo Park fire district may hire 10 more entry-level firefighters

The Menlo Park Fire Protection District has announced plans to hire over the next year up to 10 entry-level firefighters who are also emergency medical technicians or paramedics.

Wednesday, 9:00 AM | 3 comments
Menlo Park school tax campaign committee faces fine for reporting violations

The committee that backed the Menlo Park City School District's recent parcel tax has agreed to pay a $678 fine for violating campaign donation reporting requirements.

Wednesday, 8:50 AM | 3 comments

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Menlo Park: Mueller seeks disclosure of meetings, phone calls by public officials

Mandatory public memos listing all city-related meetings and phone calls conducted each week would become a requirement for City Manager Alex McIntyre and all members of the Menlo Park City Council and Planning Commission, under a proposal by Councilman Ray Mueller.

Tuesday, 11:37 AM | 8 comments
Police calls: Home surveillance camera captures images of suspected burglars

Crime reports from Portola Valley and Menlo Park.

Tuesday, 11:20 AM | 7 comments
Tonight: Term limits for Woodside council members, volunteers?

A discussion on term limits for Woodside elected officials and volunteers, including council members, is scheduled for the Town Council meeting tonight (April 11).

Tuesday, 11:16 AM | 7 comments
Menlo Park's 'Mr. and Mrs. Chocolate' give a talk tonight

A presentation on the history and the chemistry of chocolate is set for tonight (Tuesday, April 11) in the downstairs program room downstairs in the Menlo Park Library.

Tuesday, 11:03 AM | No comments yet
Report: Menlo Park issues permits for hundreds of housing units

Since 2014, Menlo Park has issued permits for 885 housing units.

Tuesday, 8:40 AM | 5 comments

Monday, April 10, 2017

Portola Valley: Three suspects at large following home burglary

Three burglary suspects are at large following a break-in and theft Monday morning (April 10) at a Portola Valley home, a San Mateo County sheriff's spokesman said.

Monday, 11:55 AM | 12 comments
Tuesday: Board of Supervisors to discuss two-year affordable housing spending plan

The county Board of Supervisors meets at 9 a.m. Tuesday (April 11) with an agenda that includes a study session to consider a recommendation for $30 million in spending on affordable housing initiatives over the next two years.

Monday, 11:47 AM | 1 comment
Caltrain schedule changes take effect today

Some changes have been made to the Caltrain schedule that will take effect today, April 10.

Monday, 11:29 AM | No comments yet
Tonight: Menlo Park community meeting on crime and prevention

A community meeting with Menlo Park Mayor Kirsten Keith and Police Chief Robert Jonsen will be held Tuesday night, April 11, at the Menlo Park Police Department's Neighborhood Service Center in Belle Haven to talk about recent crime trends such as residential and vehicle burglaries, and what people can do to prevent crime.

Monday, 11:15 AM | No comments yet
Menlo Park: New sod for Laurel School Upper Campus playfield

Sod for the playing field at the new Laurel School Upper Campus in Menlo Park was installed April 4 and 5.

Monday, 9:45 AM | No comments yet

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Readers' Choice ballot is here

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