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Saturday, March 17, 2018

Locally produced documentary on Silicon Valley premieres

"Silicon Valley: The Untold Story," a documentary by Michael Schwarz and Kiki Kapany of Menlo Park, premieres on the Science Channel at 8 p.m. Monday, March 19.

Saturday, 4:55 PM | 1 comment

Friday, March 16, 2018

Menlo Park hires city clerk

There's quite a game of musical clerks happening on the Peninsula. Judi Herren, deputy city clerk for the town of Atherton, has been hired to be city clerk in Menlo Park, a position that has been vacant since last June, when Pam Aguilar left to take the same job in Redwood City.

Friday, 4:29 PM | No comments yet
Agencies seek public preferences for future in online survey

Residents have a chance to help shape the Bay Area's future by taking a survey from two regional agencies on such things as the economy, the environment and growth.

Friday, 4:07 PM | 1 comment
Challenger cites pension liabilities in run against incumbent supervisor

San Mateo County Supervisor Don Horsley, whose district includes Menlo Park, Atherton, Woodside and Portola Valley, is facing an electoral challenge from Dan Stegink, a planning commissioner for the city of Pacifica.

Friday, 11:45 AM | 8 comments
Man who shot assault rifle in Menlo Park backyard gets one year in jail

The Menlo Park man who last month triggered a manhunt after shooting an assault rifle in a Belle Haven backyard was sentenced to a year in county jail on March 14 after he pleaded no contest to the felony of possessing a gun as a convicted felon, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office.

Friday, 11:21 AM | No comments yet
It takes a village

For nearly four years, Josh To was, by day, a Google employee, and by night, a residential counselor with his wife, Sara, at Eastside College Preparatory Academy in East Palo Alto.

Friday, 9:54 AM | 10 comments
An appreciation for The Almanac

While I retired in January as editor of The Almanac, I didn't want to head into the sunset without expressing my appreciation to everyone who has played a part in creating and sustaining this community resource for 53 years.

Friday, 8:45 AM | 1 comment

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Resident group files suit over water company's refusal to hold election

A call by a group of residents and shareholders for the Palo Alto Park Mutual Water Company, which serves a number of Menlo Park households, to hold an election for all five board members has morphed into a lawsuit after the directors last year refused the request.

Thursday, 11:55 AM | No comments yet
School district puts hold on new artificial turf studies

A proposal to spend $43,000 to further study the possible health hazards of artificial turf playing fields at Hillview Middle School and Kelly Park in Menlo Park was tabled by the Menlo Park City School District's governing board on March 13.

Thursday, 11:14 AM | 2 comments
Agnes Bierman Babcock, archaeologist and mother, dies at home in Portola Valley

A memorial service for Agnes Bierman Babcock of Portola Valley will be held Friday, March 16, at 11 a.m. at Saint Denis Catholic Church at 2250 Avy Ave. in Menlo Park. Ms. Babcock was an archaeologist, mother and namesake to a complex of caves in Southern California. She died at age 94.

Thursday, 10:07 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

High school walkout draws students through Atherton, Menlo Park and Palo Alto streets

In recognition of the 17 students who were killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, a month ago by a teen with an assault rifle, students at Menlo-Atherton High School began what would be an eventful morning of activism by gathering in the quad to reverently form a circle.

Wednesday, 3:51 PM | No comments yet
'One child is worth more than all the guns'

Students from Hillview Middle School in Menlo Park took part in a student-planned but school-sanctioned protest march today (March 14) as part of the nationwide student protests sparked by the school shootings in Parkland, Florida.

Wednesday, 12:09 PM | No comments yet
Local students join nationwide school violence walkouts

In just one of many observances in local schools of the nationwide student protest against gun violence, many students from Woodside Elementary School walked out of their classrooms at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 14, in a student-led but school-sanctioned gathering in the school's outdoor amphitheater.

Wednesday, 11:42 AM | 3 comments
Portola Valley: Second residential burglary in two weeks

Sheriff's deputies have reported another residential burglary in Portola Valley, this time of a home in the 4000 block of Alpine Road.

Wednesday, 11:26 AM | 1 comment
Menlo Park: Council OKs big increases in managers' maximum salaries

Next time a bigger city comes courting for talent, Menlo Park's management staff may have more reason to pass up the offer. At least that was the staff's goal in recommending the major boosts in the city's management salary schedule that were approved on a 2-1 vote by the Menlo Park City Council on Tuesday.

Wednesday, 9:55 AM | 9 comments
Group urges Caltrain to consider high-density housing on its land

Caltrain is developing a new business plan this year, and one group is asking the agency to consider adopting affordable housing development as a priority for its excess land along the rail line.

Wednesday, 8:22 AM | 17 comments

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

International fly fishing film festival coming to Menlo Park

The Guild Theatre will host the International Fly Fishing Film Festival on Thursday, March 15, from 7 to 9:30 p.m.

Tuesday, 4:10 PM | No comments yet
Woodside loses a local hero with the death of Alden R. 'Dick' Tagg

A memorial service for Alden Richard "Dick" Tagg, who died on Feb. 2, three weeks after his 90th birthday, will be held on Saturday, March 31, at 3 p.m. at the Woodside Village Church, 3154 Woodside Road in Woodside.

Tuesday, 3:56 PM | 3 comments
Wednesday: Student walkouts may affect local traffic

The Atherton and Menlo Park police departments are warning that traffic could be affected on Wednesday, March 14, when students from several local schools take part in walk outs to protest gun violence.

Tuesday, 11:58 AM | 5 comments
Planning Commission OKs designs for building next to Draeger's

It looks as if Draeger's in Menlo Park may be getting a new neighbor, and the family of grocers is worried it may have to relocate the area in which wares are moved in and out of the grocery store.

Tuesday, 11:52 AM | 13 comments
Tonight: Menlo Park council could approve major staff raises

The Menlo Park City Council could approve major staff raises for city employees referred to as "unrepresented management" at its meeting Tuesday night.

Tuesday, 11:38 AM | 8 comments

Monday, March 12, 2018

Man convicted in 2011 fatal drive-by shooting

A 44-year-old transient has been convicted of murdering a man in a drive-by shooting in Menlo Park in 2011, San Mateo County prosecutors said Monday.

Monday, 3:56 PM | No comments yet
Peter Mason leaves the Town Council after 10 years

Longtime Woodside Town Council member and architect Peter Mason has resigned from his council seat, according to a March 9 letter to Mayor Chris Shaw, a copy of which was provided to The Almanac.

Monday, 12:46 PM | 5 comments
Tuesday: School board to consider further research of artificial turf fields

Parents asked the Menlo Park City School District to look more closely at whether the crumb rubber used in artificial turf fields is dangerous to children's health. Now the school board must decide if it's willing to authorize the district to spend $43,000 to do that.

Monday, 11:30 AM | 9 comments
Portola Valley: Burglar stole $90,000 in cash from home, deputies say

A detail has been made public in the case of a residential burglary on Zapata Way in Portola Valley (first reported in a March 6 email to the community from the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office): the burglar got away with $90,000 in cash, according to a brief entry in a Sheriff's Office crime log.

Monday, 10:48 AM | 9 comments

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Women design bracelets with a message: End Alzheimer's

Three local women have joined forces with a man who founded a nonprofit, 4MOM, to raise money for Alzheimer's research and support

Sunday, 2:17 PM | No comments yet
Woodside: New ethics code may be both inspiring and enforceable

The ethics code for the city of Santa Ana attempts to inspire ethical behavior rather than punish falls from grace. A group of Woodside residents, some inspired by Santa Ana's code, is working toward a recommendation on revising the town's ethics code.

Sunday, 9:18 AM | No comments yet

Friday, March 9, 2018

Kings Mountain Road blocked by fallen tree

Kings Mountain Road is blocked between Manuella Avenue and Woodside Road due to a fallen tree, according to a 4:52 p.m. report from the Office of Emergency Services in San Mateo County.

Friday, 5:19 PM | No comments yet
Update: Atherton residents question plans for water facility in park

Atherton's proposal to put a water capture facility in Holbrook-Palmer Park to help control flooding and remove pollutants from storm water before it reaches the Bay appears to have hit a snag - public opposition.

Friday, 11:58 AM | 16 comments
SamTrans purchases 10 new electric buses

In an effort to cut down on greenhouse gas emissions, the San Mateo County Transit District board of directors voted Thursday to replace 10 diesel buses with new battery electric buses.

Friday, 11:58 AM | 1 comment
Free video game designed to help youth with health challenges

With "Shadow's Edge," Atherton's Sheri Sobrato Brisson found a way to build on the success of an interactive journal she had co-written to help young people with serious health challenges address their own emotional health.

Friday, 11:57 AM | No comments yet
Police calls: Door shattered, $5,000 watch stolen from Atherton home

Crime reports from Atherton, Woodside and Menlo Park.

Friday, 11:38 AM | No comments yet
Sinking Bay Area could exacerbate risk of flooding in years to come

Researchers say that sinking land in the Bay Area will increase the risk of flooding predicted for 2100 due to rising sea levels.

Friday, 9:50 AM | 10 comments

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Neighbors question proposed traffic signal at Alameda and Walsh

A proposal to put a traffic signal at Alameda de las Pulgas and Walsh Road in Atherton is being questioned by some neighbors who fear it would make it harder to get in and out of their neighborhood.

Thursday, 11:55 AM | 10 comments
Menlo Park: Jellyfish tagger pleads no contest to vandalism

A 21-year-old Menlo Park resident known as "Stand" pleaded no contest Monday, Feb. 26, to a vandalism misdemeanor on the condition that other charges be dismissed due to insufficient evidence.

Thursday, 11:27 AM | No comments yet
Last hurrah at the Oasis: Restaurant managers reminisce on the end of an era

When the clock struck midnight March 7, patrons at Menlo Park's Oasis burger and beer pub said their goodbyes and helped clean up the facility for what may have been the last night of the bar and restaurant considered by many to be a community institution.

Thursday, 11:07 AM | 1 comment
Cover story: A legacy of art

Judy Sleeth started Art in Action 35 years ago, when her oldest daughter started kindergarten and the teacher informed her that Atherton's Laurel School had no more art teachers.

Thursday, 10:42 AM | 2 comments
Saturday: Berman event focuses on education issues

California state Assemblyman Marc Berman, D-Palo Alto, is hosting a town hall event focusing on kindergarten through high school education in Los Altos on Saturday, March 10.

Thursday, 9:22 AM | 1 comment

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Menlo Park woman launches campaign for governor

Less than four months before the primaries, a Menlo Park woman has launched a campaign to be elected as California's next governor.

Wednesday, 11:48 AM | 15 comments
Work starts on temporary Atherton library quarters

Work to prepare for a temporary home for Atherton's library services during construction of the new civic center has begun near the corner of Dinkelspiel Station Lane and Maple Avenue.

Wednesday, 10:24 AM | No comments yet
Menlo Park woman pleads no contest to attempted murder of husband

Nelinda Caballero, a 62-year-old Menlo Park resident, on Feb. 22 pleaded no contest to a felony charge of attempted murder.

Wednesday, 8:19 AM | 3 comments

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Menlo Park: What residents can expect during the process to electrify Caltrain

Starting as soon as late March, Caltrain is going to begin work to electrify its rail line in Menlo Park, according to Caltrain spokeswoman Tasha Bartholomew.

Tuesday, 6:05 PM | 7 comments
Wednesday: Meeting on Atherton water-capture facility

A public presentation about the water-capture facility Atherton wants to build in Holbrook-Palmer Park is scheduled for Wednesday, March 7, at the Jennings Pavilion in the park, 150 Watkins Ave., at 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, 2:08 PM | 8 comments
Wednesday: Portola Valley School District projects return to black in budget

The Portola Valley School District has managed to get its budget back in line after district projections had shown a future budgetary shortfall, according to new projections that will come before the school board at its meeting on Wednesday, March 7.

Tuesday, 11:12 AM | No comments yet
Former coach sentenced for molestation, assault

A former youth basketball coach was sentenced Friday to 50 years in prison for a child molestation and sexual assault case that began when he was found having sexual contact with a 14-year-old boy, San Mateo County prosecutors said.

Tuesday, 10:57 AM | No comments yet

Monday, March 5, 2018

Tuesday: Meeting on Alameda/Walsh traffic light

A meeting to discuss the possible details of a traffic light that would be installed at Alameda de las Pulgas at Walsh Road is scheduled for Tuesday night, March 6.

Monday, 3:31 PM | 1 comment
Menlo Park: Parents seek city funds to cover future imbalance

When the Menlo Park City Council approved a proposal by Stanford last October to add 215 apartments, 143,000 square feet of office space and about 10,000 square feet of retail space at 500 El Camino Real, one piece of the negotiations went unresolved.

Monday, 1:33 PM | 6 comments
Menlo Park: Tree top falls, damaging roof and several vehicles

A 130-foot redwood tree in the 100 block of Baywood Avenue in Menlo Park is now shorter by about 30 feet after the top section of the tree fell during the windy storm on Thursday afternoon, March 1.

Monday, 11:34 AM | No comments yet
Major delays on the Peninsula following Caltrain fatality

A Caltrain fatally struck someone just south of a train station in San Francisco Monday morning, according to the transit agency. The incident caused major delays for Peninsula commuters.

Monday, 9:52 AM | No comments yet

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