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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Fire board very close to choosing new colleague

The board of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District came very close Tuesday night to appointing Robert Jones to fill out Rex Ianson's board term, but he must pass a background check before being officially appointed.

Wednesday, 11:17 AM | 5 comments
Menlo Park roundup: Council approves plan to move ahead with library projects

The Menlo Park City Council approved steps to move forward with an improved "library system" -- both the main library and Belle Haven branch library -- at its Oct. 17 meeting.

Wednesday, 10:17 AM | 1 comment

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

State of the city? Things are good, Menlo Park mayor says

Menlo Park Mayor Kirsten Keith presented an upbeat take on where things stand in Menlo Park during her "State of the City" address Oct. 12 at the renovated British Bankers Club restaurant downtown.

Tuesday, 10:50 PM | 1 comment
Could the North Bay inferno happen here?

An aerial video of the suburban Coffey Park neighborhood in Santa Rosa shows block after block after block of parcels that are now uniformly, and chillingly, the color of ash. Could such a fire happen here?

Tuesday, 10:43 PM | 5 comments
Woodside's Day of the Horse: Photos, contest winners

Woodside's annual celebration of equestrian culture, the Day of the Horse, was held Saturday, Oct. 14, and included a fair, equestrian exhibits, stage coach rides, children's activities and a progressive trail ride.

Tuesday, 10:29 PM | No comments yet
Guest opinion: City needs to accept gift, move forward with plans to build two new libraries

Menlo Park has been presented with a tremendous opportunity to create two 21st century libraries: a new main library in the Civic Center and a branch library in the Belle Haven community.

Tuesday, 4:21 PM | 5 comments
Facebook's new plans win Planning Commission OK

A debate over the aesthetics of a proposed 8-story parking garage dominated the Menlo Park Planning Commission's discussion of Facebook's revised plans for its development along Bayfront Expressway.

Tuesday, 12:05 PM | 3 comments
Tonight: Reporter John Markoff on four decades of covering Silicon Valley

Four decades of covering Silicon Valley, from the Homebrew Computer Club in Menlo Park to the Google's self-driving car, is the topic veteran New York Times science and tech reporter John Markoff will take on tonight (Oct. 17) in Portola Valley.

Tuesday, 11:22 AM | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Bonus approved, 5 percent raise considered for city manager

The Menlo Park City Council approved a $6,654 bonus for City Manager Alex McIntyre, 3 percent of his salary, on Oct. 10, and more money may be on the way.

Tuesday, 10:54 AM | 3 comments

Monday, October 16, 2017

Menlo Park council may reconsider West Menlo annexation in January

Residents of West Menlo Park who have petitioned to join Menlo Park will have to wait at least until January to see if their request will become part of the City Council's work plan for 2018.

Monday, 3:22 PM | 4 comments
Tonight: Can divided fire board agree on new member?

The board of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District is scheduled to appoint a new director on Tuesday night, to fill the remaining term of Rex Ianson, who resigned effective Aug. 31 because he was moving to Oregon.

Monday, 12:49 PM | 14 comments
Menlo Park: Firefighters douse structure fire in Menlo Oaks neighborhood

Firefighters needed about 12 minutes to control a fire that burned a shed, a fence and vegetation early on Sunday morning (Oct. 15) at 360 Menlo Oaks Drive in unincorporated Menlo Park.

Monday, 11:22 AM | 2 comments
Tonight: Menlo Park Planning Commission to review changes in Facebook's development plans

The Menlo Park Planning Commission is scheduled to discuss tonight (Oct. 16) Facebook's revised plans for its development along Bayfront Expressway at the former TE Connectivity site.

Monday, 11:09 AM | No comments yet

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Menlo Park OKs hikes in pay, benefits for city employees

The Menlo Park City Council has unanimously approved spending more than $1.9 million for pay and benefit increases for 192 city employees and supervisors between now and June 30, 2020.

Sunday, 8:17 PM | 2 comments
Opera review: Don't mess with Norma -- but do go to hear her sing

How can a Druid high priestess possibly be expected to react when her Roman lover leaves her for younger woman? If her name is Norma, she won't keep you guessing: "War! Carnage! Extermination!" Not good news for Il Romano.

Sunday, 8:09 PM | No comments yet

Friday, October 13, 2017

Menlo Park, Woodside district firefighters battle North County fires

Over 1,000 firefighting units from around California are battling the Northern California fires, now including 84 firefighters and 19 fire engines from San Mateo County after another deployment at 3 a.m. this morning.

Friday, 11:57 AM | No comments yet
Critics question wisdom of rebuilding Menlo Park's main library

A plan to accept a multi-million-dollar gift from developer John Arrillaga to rebuild the Menlo Park main library has its critics who point out that the city may have to come up with as much as $30 million for something the city doesn't really need.

Friday, 11:44 AM | 23 comments
Menlo Park animal hospital delivers truckloads of pet supplies to fire victims

Menlo Park's Mid Peninsula Animal Hospital is pitching in to help people with pets impacted by the North Bay fires.

Friday, 10:00 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Menlo Park's Mademoiselle Colette opens another patisserie

The owner of Menlo Park patisserie Mademoiselle Colette has soft-opened another patisserie; this one is on Lytton Avenue in Palo Alto.

Thursday, 5:41 PM | No comments yet
Recent home sales: Atherton, Menlo Park, Portola Valley, Woodside

Home sales data is provided by California REsource, a real estate information company that obtains the information from county recorders' offices.

Thursday, 5:33 PM | No comments yet
High school students invited to enter 'Congressional App Challenge'

In a bid to help close the gap over the next decade between job opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math and an expected shortfall of qualified graduates for those jobs, Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Menlo Park, is participating in the third annual Congressional App Challenge for public high school students nationwide.

Thursday, 11:57 AM | No comments yet
County health officials: Get flu shots early

With flu season beginning, San Mateo County health officials urge everyone 6 months and older get vaccinated soon.

Thursday, 9:18 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

$36,000 awards available to Jewish teen volunteers

The Helen Diller Family Foundation is taking applications for 15 grants of $36,000 each that will be given to Jewish teens "committed to social action service."

Wednesday, 11:25 PM | No comments yet
Portola Valley: Council to forge ahead on affordable housing

Four undeveloped properties owned by the town of Portola Valley might be worth further examination for affordable housing, but none are "obvious candidates," a report said, so the effort to address the Peninsula housing crisis continues.

Wednesday, 10:33 PM | 5 comments
Friday: Sudden oak death workshop in Portola Valley

A workshop on sudden oak death is set for 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13, at the Community Hall at 765 Portola Road in Portola Valley, with adjunct professor Matteo Garboletto of UC Berkeley's Forest Pathology and Mycology Lab.

Wednesday, 10:30 PM | No comments yet
North Bay fire news: Where to drop off donations locally

Seaport Storage at 1703 E Bayshore Rd, Redwood City will take items that have been requested by shelters in the Wine Country, seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Wednesday, 7:24 PM | No comments yet
At least 21 dead, 170K acres burned in 22 major fires statewide

Cal Fire Chief Ken Pimlott: Make no mistake, this is a serious, critical catastrophic event."

Wednesday, 3:41 PM | No comments yet
Wednesday in Menlo Park: Joe Simitian gives 13 tips for 'successful advocacy'

Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian will give a talk entitled "13 Tips for Successful Advocacy" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18, in the Menlo Park council chambers at 701 Laurel St. in the Menlo Park Civic Center.

Wednesday, 2:25 PM | No comments yet
Tonight: Menlo Park 'State of the City' event at British Bankers Club

Menlo Park Mayor Kirsten Keith will give the city's annual "State of the City" address on Thursday, Oct. 12, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the British Bankers Club at 555 Santa Cruz Ave., next to Cafe Borrone and Kepler's.

Wednesday, 2:04 PM | No comments yet
Advisory: 'Unprecedented levels of air pollution' due to fires

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued health advisories due to heavy smoke in the area from North Bay fires.

Wednesday, 12:58 PM | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Council splinters on grade separations

The Menlo Park City Council's answer to the nearly $400 million question -- "One grade separation, or three, at Menlo Park's Caltrain crossings?" -- will have to wait.

Wednesday, 11:20 AM | 72 comments
Gov. Brown signs off on Caltrain's sales-tax measure

The approval of Senate Bill 797 will allow Caltrain to move ahead with a sales-tax increase proposal.

Wednesday, 8:47 AM | 1 comment

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Police calls: Person cited for flying drone with camera over Atherton home

Crime reports from Atherton and Menlo Park.

Tuesday, 3:55 PM | 2 comments
Cover story: Woodside's equestrian heritage and why it still matters

What is it about the horse that intrigues us, captivates the eye, fires the imagination?

Tuesday, 2:57 PM | 1 comment
Air district: Wildfires causing 'unprecedented levels' of air pollution

The North Bay wildfires are causing "unprecedented levels" of air pollution throughout the Bay Area, regional air quality officials said today.

Tuesday, 2:27 PM | No comments yet
Tonight: Draft master plan for Bedwell Bayfront Park heads to Parks & Rec Commission

The future of Bedwell Bayfront Park might include a boat launch, a ranger and more amenities.

Tuesday, 2:17 PM | 2 comments
Tonight: Menlo Park council could approve major spending for library system

Menlo Park staff are greasing the usual bureaucratic stops to take advantage of local billionaire John Arrillaga's offer to help rebuild the main Menlo Park Library on Alma Street.

Tuesday, 11:52 AM | 10 comments
Menlo Park: Council approves police expansion

The Menlo Park City Council appears to be on board with Facebook footing the bill for a new city police unit -- indirectly.

Tuesday, 10:29 AM | No comments yet
Portola Valley students gather donations for Houston hurricane victims

Corte Madera School students spent two-and-a-half weeks gathering donations to put together hundreds of personal hygiene kits for Houston students and families affected by Hurricane Harvey.

Tuesday, 10:25 AM | 3 comments
Atherton mulls regulating private gates into town's park

Atherton has found 17 gates lead from private property into Holbrook-Palmer Park. The town has liability and safety concerns that may lead to more regulations or elimination of the gates.

Tuesday, 10:19 AM | 2 comments

Monday, October 9, 2017

Local firefighters, equipment head to Napa County

Firefighters from the Woodside and Menlo Park fire districts headed to Napa County to help fight the Tubbs Fire near Calistoga, with a fire engine and four fire fighters from each agency.

Monday, 6:45 PM | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Election reformers recommend ranked-choice voting system

Menlo Park has more options to at-large voting – electing all City Council members citywide – than just moving to district elections, according to two officials from election reform organizations.

Monday, 2:46 PM | No comments yet
Tonight: Health care district addresses legality of election system

The threat of a lawsuit over how candidates are elected to the board of the Sequoia Healthcare District may create a more ethnically diverse board to oversee funding of low-cost health care and school health programs in southern San Mateo County.

Monday, 2:24 PM | 1 comment
Early voting has started in the Nov. 7 election

San Mateo County began mailing ballots to vote-by-mail voters this week, and has opened voting centers for early voting for the Nov. 7 election.

Monday, 1:31 PM | No comments yet
Monday and Tuesday: Weather conditions elevate fire danger to extreme, fire marshal says

A red-flag warning has been issued due to extreme fire danger on Monday and Tuesday for residents of Portola Valley, Woodside and nearby unincorporated communities. Residents are being warned to monitor contractors' outdoor work to prevent fire ignitions by gardening and other equipment that can create sparks.

Monday, 11:40 AM | No comments yet

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Menlo Park: 'Ace Hardware Man' Bill Niebling dies at 93

Arthur Winfield "Bill" Niebling, longtime proprietor of Menlo Park's Ace Hardware, cameraman for Betty White and World War II veteran, died on Sept. 24 at age 93.

Sunday, 11:35 AM | 1 comment

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Tonight: Menlo Park council to pick its top rail-separation option

The Menlo Park City Council could pick a preferred alternative for moving forward with a grade-separation project -- separating roads from tracks at rail crossings in the city -- at its meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 10.

Saturday, 4:37 PM | No comments yet

Friday, October 6, 2017

Fire board member says board president is 'going after' her

Menlo fire board member Virginia Chang Kiraly says a fellow board member warned her recently that board President Peter Carpenter was about to "go after her." He appears to be doing just that.

Friday, 5:12 PM | 21 comments
Ravenswood school district open to new funding plan

Ravenswood City School District Superintendent Gloria Hernandez-Goff announced Oct. 5 that she plans to re-enter conversations about a new way to raise money for the school district.

Friday, 3:49 PM | 11 comments
Saturday: Neighborhood cleanup day in Portola Valley

Neighborhood cleanup day for residents of Portola Valley, sponsored by the town and GreenWaste Recovery Inc., takes place Saturday morning, Oct. 7, at Town Center.

Friday, 10:04 AM | No comments yet
Fears about Guild Theatre may be unfounded, for now

About 10 emails over the past several days have made their way to the Menlo Park City Council's inbox urging the council to save the Guild Theatre.

Friday, 9:15 AM | 4 comments
Woodside meadow restoration aims to bring back native plants from the past

When Leslie Ballinger moved to Woodside 19 years ago, about a third of the family's three-acre property on Winding Way was "very wild ... gorgeous in February and March, and then dead in April with an infestation of purple thistle" that had to be mowed each spring.

Friday, 8:46 AM | 1 comment
Menlo Park: Mayor commits to 100 percent renewable energy by 2030

Menlo Park's Mayor Kirsten Keith has signed, and the council approved, a "Mayors for 100% Clean Energy" initiative, which declares a citywide commitment to pursue 100 renewable energy by 2030.

Friday, 8:45 AM | 2 comments

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Menlo Park council acts to move away from at-large elections

In response to a lawsuit threat alleging that Menlo Park's voting system does not give fair council representation to Latino and black voters in the city's Belle Haven neighborhood, Menlo Park's City Council took unanimous action Wednesday night (Oct. 4) to pass a resolution declaring its intent to change election systems.

Thursday, 11:49 AM | 2 comments
Incumbent Karen Tate withdraws from Portola Valley school board election

Portola Valley School District board member Karen Tate, the only incumbent running for one of the three open board seats this November, has announced she is withdrawing from the race, saying she was recently diagnosed with health problems.

Thursday, 11:28 AM | 3 comments
Council picks transportation advisers

The Menlo Park City Council recently chose members of an advisory committee to work on the citywide transportation master plan.

Thursday, 8:05 AM | No comments yet
What to do when first-responders are busy elsewhere

In the past few weeks we have been reminded of the possibility of natural disasters hitting home. So what if a big disaster strikes? Will the fire district, local law enforcement, or the National Guard be able to immediately come to your rescue?

Thursday, 8:01 AM | 1 comment
PG&E upgrade is three-year project

The construction work continues at the Pacific Gas & Electric Co. substation at the corner of Ashton Avenue and Alameda de las Pulgas in West Menlo Park. The work began in 2015 and is scheduled for completion in the spring of 2018.

Thursday, 7:59 AM | 1 comment

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