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Friday, May 26, 2017

Western Allied's Angela Simon named VP of national contractors' association

Angela Simon, president of the Menlo Park-based Western Allied Mechanical, a heating and air conditioning contractor, has been named the first female vice president of the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors' National Association.

Friday, 11:08 AM | No comments yet
More carpool and express lanes on 101?

How to manage congestion on U.S 101 in San Mateo County and northern Santa Clara County is the focus of two public meetings in San Mateo and Redwood City on May 31 and June 5.

Friday, 11:03 AM | 11 comments
Qualified by life

Ginny Maiwald, the Menlo Park City School District's director of student services, is qualified not just by her education and her work experience -- but by her life as a single mother who raised two deaf children to be thriving young adults.

Friday, 9:58 AM | 2 comments

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Menlo Park Rotary Club awards $125K in scholarships

More than 100 students from four local high schools received scholarships and academic achievement awards during the Rotary Club of Menlo Park's scholastic achievement awards ceremony at the Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center on May 22.

Thursday, 5:00 PM | 1 comment
Tonight in Portola Valley: Caring for trees after long drought, then heavy rain

Recent years have been rough on Peninsula trees. Even the end of the drought this winter had consequences. Heavy rain, new growth and saturated soil represent a threat to heritage oaks and other trees.

Thursday, 2:37 PM | No comments yet
Atherton's new police chief likes 'customer service' focus

Atherton's new police chief, Steven McCulley,says he was drawn out of retirement by Atherton's job description, which focused on customer service.

Thursday, 7:37 AM | 3 comments
Menlo Park gives preliminary approval to 'Safe City' ordinance

For what was at least the third time, a group of adults and kids sat in on the Menlo Park Council meeting, many of them supporters of two ordinances and a resolution laying out policies on how people who have immigrated illegally to the U.S. should be treated in Menlo Park.

Thursday, 7:18 AM | 15 comments

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Man indicted for cyberattack on Almanac website appears in court

A San Francisco man accused of a cyberattack on and other websites owned by Embarcadero Media appeared in federal court in San Jose on May 24.

Wednesday, 4:39 PM | 3 comments
Woodside sues residents, alleges substantial construction was done without permits

In two suits filed against residents, the town of Woodside alleges substantial construction was done without permits and that homes were improperly used for Airbnb short-term rentals.

Wednesday, 4:13 PM | No comments yet
FedEx driver arrested in connection with Atherton, Menlo Park burglaries

A Hayward man and convicted felon working on contract as a FedEx driver was arrested by Menlo Park police May 23 in connection with three home burglaries during daylight hours -- two in Atherton and one in Menlo Park.

Wednesday, 11:27 AM | 7 comments
Tonight: Immigration policy panel discussion in Menlo Park

A free, open-to-the-public panel discussion about recent changes in immigration policy will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 24, in Menlo Park.

Wednesday, 5:23 AM | 5 comments
Thursday: Belle Haven meeting on traffic woes

A community meeting to talk about traffic problems in Belle Haven is scheduled for Thursday, May 25.

Wednesday, 5:22 AM | No comments yet
Plea deal on charges after high-speed chase from Menlo Park to Belmont

A 19-year-old East Palo Alto man has pleaded no contest to two felonies -- assault with a metal object and evading the police -- following a high-speed chase from Menlo Park to Belmont, when he allegedly drove at speeds exceeding 100 mph and struck two police cars, according to San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.

Wednesday, 5:21 AM | 5 comments
Menlo Park: Many prefer tunnel under tracks at Middle Avenue

At a recent community meeting held to discuss a bike and pedestrian crossing of the railroad tracks at Middle Avenue in Menlo Park, many people expressed preference for an undercrossing (a tunnel) rather than an overcrossing (a bridge).

Wednesday, 5:21 AM | 2 comments

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Tonight: Menlo Park meeting on Willow Oaks Park upgrades

Options to renovate the dog park and add new bathrooms at Willow Oaks Park, located at 490 Willow Road in Menlo Park, will be discussed by the Parks & Recreation Commission on Wednesday, May 24.

Tuesday, 11:07 PM | 1 comment
Woodside: Village Bakery & Cafe plans July opening

If things go as expected, a new restaurant " The Village Bakery & Cafe " will open in Woodside at 3052 Woodside Road in the third week of July.

Tuesday, 10:40 AM | 5 comments
Police calls: Crime reports from Atherton, Portola Valley, Woodside, Menlo Park

These reports are from the Menlo Park and Atherton police departments and the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.

Tuesday, 10:36 AM | No comments yet
Tonight: Menlo Park may adopt 'Safe City' ordinance

The Menlo Park City Council will discuss again tonight (May 23) which policies it should adopt regarding how city staff members, including police, interact with undocumented immigrants.

Tuesday, 10:30 AM | 28 comments
Editorial: Vote yes on Atherton's Measure A to fund new civic center

Atherton's Measure A asks voters whether the town should supplement private donations and existing dedicated funds with available non-dedicated money from the general fund to build a new complex to replace the decrepit set of buildings and trailers that now serve as the Town Center.

Tuesday, 8:41 AM | 4 comments

Monday, May 22, 2017

Feds approve $647M grant to electrify Caltrain

Caltrain's electrification project can move forward as the Federal Transit Administration plans to sign a $647 million grant agreement to fund the long-awaited work, the agency said Monday.

Monday, 1:34 PM | 18 comments
Deputy DA again facing state bar sanctions over alleged dishonesty

Melissa McKowan, a San Mateo County deputy district attorney and the subject of a March 2013 sanction by the state bar over dishonesty in connection with the prosecution of psychiatrist and convicted child molester Dr. William Ayres, is again facing sanctions by the state bar over a charge of dishonesty.

Monday, 11:57 AM | 6 comments
Tonight: Event for Menlo Park Rotary Club scholarships, awards

Tonight, the Rotary Club of Menlo Park is expected to award $125,000 in college scholarships to students at Menlo-Atherton High School, Eastside College Preparatory, Menlo School and Sacred Heart Preparatory.

Monday, 11:24 AM | No comments yet
Atherton's Judy Sleeth receives Lifetime of Achievement Award

As a teacher, a docent and the founder of the nonprofit Art in Action, Judy Sleeth has inspired a love of art in thousands of students, for which she has received the Avenidas Lifetime of Achievement Award.

Monday, 9:51 AM | 3 comments

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Spare the Air Alert Monday in the Bay Area

A Spare the Air alert for smog in the San Francisco Bay Area has been issued for Monday, officials with the Bay Area Air Quality Management District said Sunday.

Sunday, 9:15 PM | 1 comment
Almanac wins six awards in statewide news contest

The Almanac staff won six statewide awards in the California Newspaper Publishers Association contest, it was announced Saturday.

Sunday, 11:11 AM | 2 comments

Friday, May 19, 2017

Risk of heat-related illnesses rise as temps expected to jump

The possibility of heat-related illnesses prompted the National Weather Service to issue a weather advisory for Saturday and Sunday in parts of the San Francisco and Monterey bay areas.

Friday, 2:31 PM | No comments yet
Facebook proposes changes to expansion plan

Facebook wants permission from Menlo Park to make changes to its expansion project at 301-309 Constitution Drive, which the City Council approved last November.

Friday, 11:49 AM | 9 comments

Thursday, May 18, 2017

One-day count shows decline in number of homeless people

A one-day count by 350 volunteers showed the number of homeless people observed in San Mateo County this year was 1,253, a drop of 16 percent from a count in 2015, the county's Human Services Agency reported May 11.

Thursday, 4:49 PM | No comments yet
Officials break ground for tech high school in Menlo Park

A ceremonial groundbreaking took place Wednesday for a new tech-oriented public high school in Menlo Park.

Thursday, 4:27 PM | 3 comments
Woodside school board rescinds action Almanac cited as Brown Act violation

The governing board of the Woodside Elementary School District has rescinded actions taken at a May 1 meeting that the Almanac had challenged as violations of the state's open meeting law known as the Brown Act.

Thursday, 3:58 PM | 1 comment
Menlo Park school superintendent to join Ravenswood district

Maurice Ghysels, the superintendent of the Menlo Park City School District, will take on a new role as chief innovations officer in the Ravenswood City School District.

Thursday, 10:22 AM | 2 comments
Menlo Park: New GOP chair focuses on local elected offices

In a county where Democratic registered voters exceed Republican by three to one, former Menlo Park Councilman John Boyle has taken on a challenge: getting Republicans elected to local offices.

Thursday, 8:02 AM | 7 comments
In Trump's wake: Locals take leadership role in campaigns to elect Democrats

The Republican party controls 33 state legislatures, dominance that did not happen overnight or by accident, but the election of Donald Trump may have been the last straw for Democratic and politically progressive voters, including some in Portola Valley and Woodside.

Thursday, 7:55 AM | 28 comments

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Volunteer says Woodside's ethics probe violated her constitutional rights

A former volunteer in Woodside has filed a claim against the town and its current and previous mayors, alleging that her constitutional rights were violated by the way the town handled allegations that she had violated the town's ethics code.

Wednesday, 8:43 PM | 1 comment
Law firm to investigate how district handled sexual-assault reports

The Palo Alto Unified Board of Education, facing pressure from parents and media reports of repeated sexual assaults by a Paly student, decided Tuesday to hire a law firm to investigate district administrators.

Wednesday, 3:05 PM | No comments yet
More enforcement of Bay Area commuter benefits program on its way

Enforcement of the Bay Area's commuter benefits program is being stepped up and unregistered employers may be fined and face violations, officials with the Bay Area Air Quality Management District said Tuesday.

Wednesday, 1:40 PM | No comments yet
Affordable housing: County plans to spend $44 million over two years

The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors agreed Tuesday to spend more than a quarter of the $160 million from the Measure A half-cent sales tax revenues over two fiscal years to increase the supply of affordable housing for seniors, formerly homeless veterans and working families.

Wednesday, 10:35 AM | 4 comments
Menlo Park: Project launched to rebuild Willow/101 interchange

Work has officially begun on a project to rebuild the Willow Road and U.S. 101 interchange, following a groundbreaking event held Tuesday, May 16.

Wednesday, 9:43 AM | 6 comments
Thursday: Airport noise study focus of county meeting

Results of San Mateo County's year-long study of ways to reduce the noise from aircraft using the San Carlos Airport will be presented at a community meeting on Thursday, May 18.

Wednesday, 8:07 AM | No comments yet
Volunteers sought for school district committees

Applications are due by Friday, May 26, for openings on two Menlo Park City School District committees: finance and audit, and technology.

Wednesday, 7:11 AM | No comments yet
Editorial: School district's lapse undermines public trust

The Woodside Elementary School District is doing the right thing this week by setting on a more transparent path in filling a board vacancy after earlier stumbling on a course of action that raised many questions about the openness of the process.

Wednesday, 7:05 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Portola Valley: Windmill School moves ahead on new campus

Windmill School, a play-based preschool, recently received a building permit to move ahead with construction of a new campus for its preschool and Family Education Center on a 1.69-acre site at 900 Portola Road, adjacent to Our lady of the Wayside Church in Portola Valley.

Tuesday, 2:45 PM | 1 comment
Today: Blood drive in Menlo Park

The Menlo Park Fire Protection District and the city of Menlo Park are sponsoring a blood drive on Thursday, May 18.

Tuesday, 2:44 PM | No comments yet
Today: Groundbreaking on Willow Road/U.S. 101 interchange project

A groundbreaking for the Willow Road/U.S. 101 interchange project will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 16, at the intersection of Willow Road and Pierce Road in eastern Menlo Park.

Tuesday, 11:38 AM | 1 comment
Menlo Park: Neighbors oppose affordable housing plan

A proposal by nonprofit developer MidPen Housing to rebuild and expand an affordable apartment complex, yielding a maximum of 150 affordable housing units in the 1300 block of Willow Road in Belle Haven, met with resolute opposition from residents of the Menlo Park neighborhood.

Tuesday, 11:26 AM | 12 comments
Wednesday: Menlo Park meeting on Willow Road traffic woes

A community meeting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 17, at Laurel School Upper Campus (275 Elliott Drive) for residents to get an update from Menlo Park city staff about construction on the Willow Road/U.S. 101 interchange project and talk about how to reduce cut-through traffic.

Tuesday, 11:23 AM | No comments yet
Wednesday: Atherton reconsiders business license tax

Something Atherton's City Council has considered several times in the past -- making changes to the town's business license tax -- will be on the agenda again when the council meets Wednesday, May 17.

Tuesday, 10:45 AM | No comments yet
Wednesday in Atherton: Measure A backers' event will provide info on civic center

Members of the "Yes on Measure A" committee, who favor the ballot measure that would allow the town to spend more public money on a new civic center, have scheduled an event to share information about the civic center plans on Wednesday, May 17, from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, 10:40 AM | No comments yet
Woodside Elementary School District spends $584,000 to dismiss teacher

Woodside Elementary School District spent more than $584,000 in taxpayer funds to dismiss a teacher after an administrative law panel unanimously dismissed all charges against him

Tuesday, 10:32 AM | 10 comments
Menlo Park police calls: Safeway employee punched while attempting to stop robbery

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Tuesday, 10:19 AM | No comments yet

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