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Monday, February 24, 2020

Three local students to compete in regional spelling bee

Three local students will be put to the test this Saturday when they compete in the Bay Area Regional Spelling Bee in the hope of advancing to the national contest in May.

Monday, 7:07 AM | No comments yet

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Home sales: Menlo Park has week’s highest sale at $5.57M

A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula, where Menlo Park recorded the highest sale at $5.57 million for a five-bedroom home built in 1997 and located in the Menlo Oaks neighborhood close to St. Patrick's Seminary.

Sunday, 9:04 AM | No comments yet

Saturday, February 22, 2020

'This is a miracle': Missing Palo Alto couple found alive, ending weeklong search in which hopes had dimmed

Search and rescue volunteers navigating their way through dense vegetation on Saturday found Palo Alto residents Carol Kiparsky and Ian Irwin in Marin County, where they had gone missing eight days earlier.

Saturday, 9:29 PM | No comments yet
Silicon Valley pioneer Larry Tesler of Portola Valley dies at 74

Portola Valley resident Larry Tesler, who created computer concepts such as "cut," "copy," and "paste," died on Feb. 17 at the age of 74, according to published news reports.

Saturday, 9:01 AM | No comments yet

Friday, February 21, 2020

Highway 84 closed between Portola Road and Skyline Boulevard

Highway 84 is closed between Portola Road and Skyline Boulevard due to a large tree across the roadway east of Friars Lane, according to the San Mateo County Alert System.

Friday, 5:01 PM | No comments yet
Menlo Park: USGS site to hit the market

The federal government has decided to put the U.S. Geological Survey's Menlo Park campus up for sale in the coming months.

Friday, 4:27 PM | 10 comments
Menlo Park: Jury trial begins for man accused of armed robbery, sexual assault

A jury trial began Thursday (Feb. 20) for a San Jose man accused of armed robbery and sexual assault of a Menlo Park man in 2017.

Friday, 11:00 AM | No comments yet
Outside spending in state Senate race ramps up in final days before Super Tuesday

With only 12 days until California's March 3 primary, candidates for District 13 in the state Senate are ramping up their campaign fundraising and spending efforts to convince voters to select them.

Friday, 9:42 AM | No comments yet
Retired fire marshal learned the field from the ground up

Denise Enea looks back on her 24 years of service with the Woodside Fire Protection District after her recent retirement from her position as fire marshal.

Friday, 8:44 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Carl Jones, Laurel School's man of many hats, dies at 62

A memorial was held on Feb. 14 for former Laurel School custodian and crossing guard Carl Jones, who died last year at the age of 62.

Thursday, 11:51 AM | 2 comments
Woodside: Real estate developer sentenced for bankruptcy fraud

A Bay Area real estate developer who owned a home in Woodside was sentenced on Feb. 18 to 12 months and a day in prison and ordered to pay a $150,000 fine for bankruptcy fraud.

Thursday, 11:36 AM | No comments yet
Ballot error affects Measure P voters

Approximately 2,046 San Mateo County voters received incorrect March 3 ballots because of a printing error, including people set to vote on a Portola Valley School District parcel tax measure.

Thursday, 10:25 AM | 1 comment

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Last 'Sunny Day' defendant sentenced for killing, shooting

Six years after prosecutors announced indictments against 16 gang members as part of "Operation Sunny Day," the last defendant, Tyrone Sostenes Love-Lopez, was sentenced to eight years in prison.

Wednesday, 2:16 PM | No comments yet
Longtime community band keeps the beat

Musical tastes come and go, but the Los Trancos Woods Community Marching Band is a throwback, a madcap troupe that has been playing the same music for 60 years and enjoying it just as much as when it started.

Wednesday, 11:07 AM | 1 comment
Tonight: fire services, new Menlo College housing project on Atherton council agenda

There are several notable items on Atherton City Council's Wednesday, Feb. 19, agenda, including reviews of a townwide publication on fire service costs and a proposal for a new three-story residence hall.

Wednesday, 10:53 AM | 11 comments
New Las Lomitas buildings debut

Las Lomitas Elementary School officials debuted new buildings last month.

Wednesday, 8:39 AM | 1 comment

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Kings Mountain Road debris goes up in smoke

A controlled burn in the area of Kings Mountain Road on Tuesday, Feb. 18, was visible nearby, but not in the more populated areas east of Interstate 280.

Tuesday, 6:41 PM | 3 comments
Have an opinion on Ravenswood school district's superintendent pick? The district wants to hear from you.

The Ravenswood City School District is seeking feedback to inform the hiring of the East Palo Alto district's next superintendent through two upcoming public meetings and an online survey.

Tuesday, 3:19 PM | 2 comments
Skyline Boulevard reopens following PG&E repair work

State Route 35 (Skyline Boulevard) between SR-84 and Bear Gulch Road has reopened after being closed most of the day Tuesday (Feb. 18) due to downed power poles and lines.

Tuesday, 8:52 AM | No comments yet

Monday, February 17, 2020

Smoke in the hills this week coming from fire department burn

Local residents are likely to see smoke in the area of Kings Mountain Road beginning on Tuesday, Feb. 18, and through Friday as the San Mateo County Fire Department burns piles of excess vegetation near the entrance to Huddart Park.

Monday, 8:42 AM | No comments yet

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Home sales: Menlo Park property is week’s top seller at $7.05M

A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula, where Menlo Park recorded the highest sale at $7.05 million for a three-bedroom home on a 18,942-square-foot lot in the downtown area. The property last sold for $3.25 million in 2018.

Sunday, 8:49 AM | No comments yet

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Federal judge thwarts Theranos leaders' attempt to dump fraud case

A federal court judge in San Jose has declined to throw out the fraud case against former Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes and COO Ramesh Balwani, finding the indictment against them contains enough factual information to move forward.

Saturday, 10:13 AM | 2 comments

Friday, February 14, 2020

Violent robbery leaves Stanford student unconscious, cashless

A group of men robbed three Stanford University students on Sunday, knocking one of the students unconscious before fleeing with his money, according to Stanford's Department of Public Safety.

Friday, 5:20 PM | No comments yet
Atherton to contact residents about naming rights for civic center project

By the end of February, the town of Atherton will send all residents letters informing them that it will recognize donors who support the town's $31.6 million new civic center by granting naming rights to buildings or elements.

Friday, 11:55 AM | No comments yet
Portola Valley: Former restaurateur receives trial date on tax charges

A Portola Valley man who allegedly failed to pay $950,628 in taxes to the state and had more than $600,000 cash at his home has a March 16 trial date in San Mateo County Superior Court, according to District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.

Friday, 9:19 AM | No comments yet
Menlo Park dog wins toy category at Westminster dog show

Menlo Park native Bono took home the top prize in the toy dog category at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show earlier this week.

Friday, 7:29 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Menlo Park: Council OKs more rooms for Facebook hotel

The Menlo Park City Council approved the addition of 40 rooms and a new parking arrangement to plans for a hotel on the Facebook campus Feb. 11, but not before asking staff to assess the potential impact on traffic and water supply.

Thursday, 3:29 PM | No comments yet
State Senate candidate faces allegations that she violated 'non-coordination' rule with real estate political action committee

A complaint against state Senate candidate Annie Oliva claims she worked with an independent expenditure committee supporting her campaign.

Thursday, 10:43 AM | 2 comments
New documents show man killed in fiery Tesla crash reported problems with Autopilot system

A Tesla driver who died in 2018 after striking a highway median in Mountain View reportedly complained of Autopilot problems in the weeks leading up to the crash, according to a trove of newly released documents.

Thursday, 8:36 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Income inequality reaches a 'historic high' in Silicon Valley, new report shows

Despite a hot economy and a slight dip in home prices, 2019 was a year of reckoning for Silicon Valley's high-tech giants, according to a new report from Joint Venture Silicon Valley.

Wednesday, 4:45 PM | No comments yet
Meritorious Marco heads home after Westminster adventure

For the contestants at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, it's all over but the tail wagging. The three-day show drew dogs from all over world, including Marco, the Grand Champion Tibetan Spaniel from Menlo Park.

Wednesday, 4:37 PM | No comments yet
Water main break shuts down segment of Westridge Drive in Portola Valley

Westridge Drive is closed between Alpine Road and Alamos Drive in Portola Valley due to a water main break, according to the San Mateo County Alert System.

Wednesday, 4:37 PM | No comments yet
Marco makes his mark

Marco, a 4-year-old Tibetan Spaniel, is a little dog of big accomplishment. His latest achievement: showing at the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York City from Feb. 9 through 11.

Wednesday, 4:25 PM | No comments yet
Menlo fire accreditation report stresses the need for speed in emergency response

A report analyzing Menlo Park Fire Protection District operations from 2016 to 2018 has suggested improvements in the district's response times to emergencies.

Wednesday, 11:46 AM | No comments yet
Ames wind tunnels put NASA's new moonshot to the test

America's latest bid to send astronauts into space has researchers at NASA Ames hard at work, trying to figure out how to safely get a hulking 320-foot tower of metal, stuffed with 733,000 gallons of fuel, out of the atmosphere.

Wednesday, 10:26 AM | No comments yet
Woodside fire district turns up heat on Stanford housing plan

The Woodside Fire Protection District is weighing in on fire hazards it believes could be associated with a proposed Stanford University housing project in Portola Valley.

Wednesday, 7:58 AM | 16 comments

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Portola Valley schools parcel tax renewal measure on March ballot

Portola Valley School District voters are being asked to renew and approve a rate increase for a parcel tax, which now generates some $1.2 million annually for classroom programs and teaching staff, when they cast their March 3 ballot.

Tuesday, 1:53 PM | No comments yet
Oil tax? Wealth tax? Prop. 13 reform? Senate candidates debate how to pay for new programs for state's youngest residents

Candidates for the 13th Senate district on Sunday weighed in on how to fund improved outcomes for the state's 3 million kids under age 5.

Tuesday, 11:18 AM | 12 comments
Portola Valley Planning Commission considering key findings for Neely tasting room permit

The Portola Valley Planning Commission is studying several questions to determine whether it should approve an amendment to a conditional use permit that would allow a wine tasting room at Spring Ridge Winery, also known as Neely Wine.

Tuesday, 10:08 AM | 18 comments
Accused Menlo Park slasher sent to Napa State Hospital

Marvin Lomeli, who is accused of slashing a man with a box cutter in Menlo Park last April, was transported to Napa State Hospital on Feb. 4 for psychiatric treatment

Tuesday, 7:50 AM | No comments yet

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Short story writers wanted!

The 34th Annual Palo Alto Weekly Short Story Contest is now accepting entries for Adult, Young Adult and Teen categories. Send us your short story (2,500 words or less) and entry form by March 27, 2020. First, Second and Third Place prizes awarded in each category.

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