If it is local and useful, it is on en-us Copyright 2017 Almanac Online <![CDATA[Atherton council promises to try to save civic center trees]]> As many as 13 healthy heritage trees could be cut down to make way for the construction of a new civic center in Atherton, the City Council learned last week. ]]> <![CDATA[Guest opinion: Polarized voting in Menlo Park has not been proven]]> The City Council, facing a potential lawsuit represented by attorney Kevin Shenkman, is scrambling to create a plan for city voting districts, with Belle Haven the focal neighborhood. But neither the council nor the person threatening to sue currently knows if there is racially polarized voting.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park: Trash pickup rates to rise]]> Trash pickup rates in Menlo Park will rise over the next three years, some by as steeply as 63 percent.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park: Shift in City Hall staff]]> To better grapple with city staff vacancies and an imminent retirement, some changes have been made in Menlo Park's Community Services department. ]]> <![CDATA[Grady scores on both sides of the ball in Knights win]]> Dillon Grady wasn't sure he would even earn a starting spot for the Menlo School football team. Turned out he became a starter at a number of positions. Saturday, he scored a touchdown on offense and on defense to help the Knights beat Jefferson 35-8 in the Central Coast Section Division V playoffs.]]> <![CDATA[Postal vehicle catches fire in Menlo Park]]> A U.S. Postal Service vehicle caught fire in Menlo Park Friday.]]> <![CDATA[Bears claw their way back to win in CCS football playoff]]> Miles Conrad threw four touchdown passes, De'Marshaun Payton ran for another and Menlo-Atherton beat host San Benito, 37-21, Friday to qualify for the semifinals of the Central Coast Section Open Division I football playoffs.]]> <![CDATA[La Honda Road blocked due to collision, downed wires, Thursday evening]]> Overhead wires downed after a vehicle collision at about 5:30 p.m. on Thursday (Nov. 16) blocked La Honda Road (state Highway 84) west of Skyline Boulevard for a time, drawing first responders and repair crews to the scene.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park: Bedwell Bayfront Park plan approved]]> The feel and function of Menlo Park's Bedwell Bayfront Park will remain mostly the same over the next quarter-century, but with some significant investment to support adding a park ranger, more accessible trails and park infrastructure, and educational spaces and programs.]]> <![CDATA[Consultants say Menlo Park school's playing field is safe; parents disagree]]> After parents questioned aspects of a consultant's report on the safety of the artificial turf field at Hillview Middle School, the Menlo Park City School District's board has asked for more information before deciding what to do next.]]> <![CDATA[Editorial: Menlo Park's tone-deaf lobbyist proposal sidelined]]> New revelations that the FBI was investigating a top partner of Mercury Public Affairs helped derail Menlo Park's plan to hire the lobbyist firm, thanks to a public outcry. But why was the city considering doing business with this firm in the first place?]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park council reverses approval of Stanford's office building on Sand Hill Road]]> Claiming inaccuracies and omissions in Stanford's traffic projections for its current and future developments, the Menlo Park City Council voted unanimously in favor of two actions meant to slow the university's ambitious growth plans. ]]> <![CDATA[Once again, Portola Valley school board will appoint a new member]]> It may seem like deja vu, but Portola Valley's school board voted on Wednesday night (Nov. 15) to make an appointment to fill a vacancy on the five-member board. ]]> <![CDATA[Portola Valley: How local women made an impact in Virginia elections]]> Fifteen Portola Valley women asked not what Virginia could do for them, but what they could do for Virginia -- though they did get something for their efforts: a discovery that the politics of Donald Trump and his fellow Republicans are vulnerable to get-out-the-vote campaigns.]]> <![CDATA[Local home sales: Woodside, Menlo Park]]> Home sales are provided by California REsource, a real estate information company that obtains the information from county recorders' offices.]]> <![CDATA[RV evictions in East Palo Alto protested]]> About 50 protesters blocked a tow truck Wednesday morning that came to haul away RVs in East Palo Alto, where sewage from the vehicles has clogged a storm drain and, city staff said, created a public health hazard.]]> <![CDATA[Park to be renamed after war hero Karl Clark]]> Karl Clark, a Menlo Park resident and World War II hero who died in March at age 100, is at last getting the prompt recognition he was denied when he was alive. ]]> <![CDATA[Woodside agrees to settle ethics code case]]> The Woodside Town Council on Tuesday (Nov. 14) voted unanimously, with one council member absent and two recused, to approve a settlement with resident and town volunteer Nancy Reyering in a town ethics code case. ]]> <![CDATA[Willows traffic crisis: Menlo Park to install 'No Thru Traffic' signs]]> Drastically worsened traffic conditions on Willow Road and in the Willows neighborhood due to the installation of new signals at the Willow Road/U.S. 101 interchange have left some residents housebound. ]]> <![CDATA[Home sales: Nearly $7 million sale for 107-year-old Menlo Park home]]> Home sales are provided by California REsource, a real estate information company that obtains the information from the county recorder's offices.]]> <![CDATA[Doctor shares secret for teen mental health: sleep]]> Dr. Jacob Towery told parents attending his recent talk at Hillview Middle School how they can do one thing to improve their teens mental health -- assure they get more sleep. ]]> <![CDATA[Police calls in Atherton, Woodside, Ladera]]> These reports are from the Atherton Police Department and the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office. ]]> <![CDATA[Wildfire fears: Woodside fire district calls meetings]]> With lessons from the North Bay fires and the recent Skeggs Fire above Woodside, Woodside Fire Protection District officials will hold three 90-minute community meetings on three consecutive evenings Nov. 14-16.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park losing Police Chief Bob Jonsen to Palo Alto]]> Menlo Park Police Chief Bob Jonsen will leave Menlo Park early next year to head the police department of the city's larger neighbor, Palo Alto. ]]> <![CDATA[Woodside: Filoli expands its holiday offerings]]> Filoli, the historic estate in Woodside, has expanded its holiday program, which will now run Nov. 18 to Dec. 23, Tuesday through Sunday, with evening programs on Fridays and Saturdays.]]> <![CDATA[Home sales]]> A complete list of homes for sale on the Midpeninsula.]]> <![CDATA[Our Neighborhoods: Downtown Menlo Park]]> Downtown Menlo Park is an "idyllic" place to live, with a mix of apartments and single-family homes that is "really easy to get to."]]> <![CDATA[Our Neighborhoods: Suburban Park/Lorelei Manor/Flood Triangle in Menlo Park]]> Family friendly is how Jessica Clark, a marriage and family therapist, describes her Suburban Park neighborhood where she's lived for seven years. That quality is what sold her on the neighborhood. When she and her family wanted to move from San Jose to Menlo Park, they drove around the neighborhood and even from the car, she knew it would be a great place to raise a family. ]]> <![CDATA[Our Neighborhoods: Park Forest in Menlo Park]]> If you want to meet your neighbors in Park Forest, a development of about 75 multi-story townhomes off El Camino Real in Menlo Park, walk your dog, says Peri Caylor.]]> <![CDATA[Our neighborhoods: Stanford Weekend Acres]]> Bay Area residents often venture out to Lake Tahoe or the Santa Cruz Mountains to get a little fresh air and some peace and quiet. But one Menlo Park neighborhood has all that and proximity to everything else the Peninsula has to offer.]]> <![CDATA[Our Neighborhoods: Linfield Oaks in Menlo Park]]> Back in 1982, Lynne and Tony Reynolds and their daughter were looking for a larger space in Menlo Park, ideally with a "nice-sized yard and a pool." ]]>