If it is local and useful, it is on en-us Copyright 2018 Almanac Online <![CDATA[Jane Goodall visits Ladera's Woodland School]]> Jane Goodall, the world-famous primatologist and anthropologist, visited Woodland School in Ladera last week, spending time with Woodland first-graders who have been involved in her Roots & Shoots youth service program.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park: Minimum wage ordinance on hold]]> In spite of the urging by some to act sooner, Menlo Park's City Council has put on hold until next year plans to consider a citywide minimum wage ordinance. ]]> <![CDATA[Red flag warning in effect through this afternoon]]> A red flag warning is in effect in the Bay Area through Thursday afternoon because of hot, dry and windy conditions in the region, according to the National Weather Service.]]> <![CDATA[Man arraigned in fatal 2011 shooting of Menlo Park woman]]> A 27-year-old man has been extradited to San Mateo County to face murder charges for a fatal 2011 shooting of a Menlo Park woman in East Palo Alto, the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office said on Tuesday. The murder victim, Catherine (Cate) Fisher, 19, was a Menlo Park gymnastics center instructor.]]> <![CDATA[Enrollment continues to dip in area schools]]> Enrollment slightly declined this school year for local elementary school districts, continuing a recent area trend. The drop, local experts say, is due to the migration of young families from the area to find more affordable housing.]]> <![CDATA[Street Smarts: How do we slow down traffic on neighborhood streets?]]> Street Smarts, written this week by Jen Wolosin, discusses the importance of slowing down traffic on neighborhood streets and the challenges associated with doing so. ]]> <![CDATA[Woodside: No parking on Marva Oaks Drive until factions find compromise]]> Residents of Marva Oaks Drive in Woodside and local equestrians could not reach a compromise over how to address parking and horse traffic along the road, so the Woodside Town Council has stepped in.]]> <![CDATA[New law requires apartment balcony inspections]]> Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday signed a bill requiring inspections of apartment balconies, decks, outdoor stairs and elevated walkways in hopes of avoiding deaths from collapses like the one in Berkeley in 2015.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park: Staff vacancy crisis slows city activity]]> In a deadpan refrain belying deeper urgency, Menlo Park staff reported to the City Council at its last meeting that because of severe staff shortages, "Resources may not be available for progress on important line items." ]]> <![CDATA[Victim in Woodside hills accident was a Renaissance man]]> North Fair Oaks resident Stephen Morse, who was killed on Sept. 9 while riding his Vespa motor scooter in Woodside, was a man of many interests and talents, with strong local roots.]]> <![CDATA[Atherton investigating water capture facility at Menlo College]]> It's been nearly four months since Atherton City Council members, responding to protests from neighbors and visitors of Holbrook-Palmer Park, said they wanted to find a new location for a planned underground water storage and filtering facility. The town is hoping Menlo College might be that location. An item on a possible project is on the council's consent calendar for its meeting Sept. 19.]]> <![CDATA[Police arrest man suspected of attempting to rape Menlo Park woman]]> A 19-year-old East Palo Alto man was arrested in Menlo Park on Monday on suspicion of the attempted rape of a woman out jogging that afternoon, according to a statement from the Menlo Park Police Department. ]]> <![CDATA[Palo Alto University professor accuses Kavanaugh of sexual assault]]> Christine Blasey Ford, a psychology professor at Palo Alto University, identified herself Sunday to the Washington Post as the author of the confidential letter that accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her in the early 1980s, when they were both high school students in suburban Maryland.]]> <![CDATA[New interactive voice technology being used by tax collector's office]]> San Mateo County's tax collector's office has adopted a new interactive voice response system that will allow callers to review and pay their property taxes more efficiently, county officials said.]]> <![CDATA[Caltrain ridership up this year from 2017]]> Caltrain ridership has jumped slightly this year compared to 2017, when ridership decreased, Caltrain officials said.]]> <![CDATA[Home sales]]> A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula.]]> <![CDATA[Search-and-rescue team members deployed to North Carolina]]> Urban search-and-rescue team members from the Menlo Park Fire Protection District were scheduled to return to the Bay Area today (Sept. 14) after responding to Hawaii for Hurricane Olivia, just as other team members prepare to deploy to the East Coast for Hurricane Florence.]]> <![CDATA[Local CERT teams prepare for disaster]]> Approximately 100 volunteers who have trained as Community Emergency Response Team members gathered in Atherton on Saturday, Sept. 8, for a disaster drill directed by the Atherton Police Department and the Menlo Park Fire Protection District.]]> <![CDATA[Police calls: Homeless man stabbed in encampment]]> Crime reports from Menlo Park, Atherton and Portola Valley.]]> <![CDATA[Food sustainability: Can we hack it?]]> It had a catchy name -- one suitable for Silicon Valley and a region where sustainable food production is of wide interest. Called "Hacking Food," it was the second Bay Area's Sustainable Food Festival, and it took place in Menlo Park in July at BootUP on Willow Road.]]> <![CDATA[MidPen submits plans for affordable housing project]]> MidPen Housing Corp., a nonprofit housing developer that owns affordable housing on the 1200 and 1300 blocks of Willow Road, has submitted an application to build 140 affordable apartments at 1345 Willow Road. ]]> <![CDATA[M-A student's video is semifinalist in Breakthrough contest]]> A video by Menlo-Atherton High School student Maya Khodabakchian about brain neuroplasticity is one of 29 semifinalists in the annual Breakthrough Junior Challenge for short student videos explaining difficult scientific concepts.]]>