If it is local and useful, it is on en-us Copyright 2018 Almanac Online <![CDATA[Median housing prices hit record across Bay Area]]> Housing prices in the Bay Area jumped 14.7 percent from 2017 and hit a new peak of $820,000 in March, according to data released by research firm CoreLogic.]]> <![CDATA[Federal judge sentences Portola Valley man to 18 months in prison]]> Portola Valley resident Mark Migdal was sentenced to 18 months in prison on April 24 for conspiracy to commit bank fraud and for providing false statements to banks in connection with the sale of two condominiums, U.S. attorneys say.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park: Guild Theatre renovation wins Planning Commission's OK]]> "I never thought we'd be talking about Willie Nelson's shower size," said Menlo Park Planning Commission Chair Drew Combs at one point during Monday's livelier-than-usual Planning Commission discussion about a proposal by a local nonprofit to transform the El Camino Real Guild Theatre into a live music and community event venue.]]> <![CDATA[Seniors perform and dream big at M-A fashion show]]> What started in 1984 as a simple luncheon for moms in Burgess Park with some 14 Menlo-Atherton High School students modeling clothes from two local stores has turned into a full-blown production and rite of passage for the graduating class.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo fire district real estate purchases reduce revenue for local agencies]]> Since 2006 the Menlo Park Fire Protection District has purchased $28.6 million of property that is now tax exempt, but would be bringing in $328,000 a year in property tax revenues for local agencies if bought by private owners.]]> <![CDATA[Police calls: Police arrest man left holding the bag; confederates get away]]> Crime reports from Menlo Park, Atherton and Woodside.]]> <![CDATA[Friday: Rally for Riekes]]> The Riekes Center for Human Enhancement in Menlo Park will host its annual "Rally for Riekes" fundraiser on Friday, April 27, starting at 6 p.m]]> <![CDATA[Atherton council roundup: Tennis keys, high-speed rail, false alarm fees]]> Atherton's City Council discussed the cost of tennis court keys, fees for false alarms sent to the police department and a letter about the state's latest high-speed rail plans when it met April 18.]]> <![CDATA[New emergency warning system tested]]> One of the joint goals the Atherton City Council and the Menlo Park Fire Protection District's board agreed to in December was finding a way to get an audible warning to residents in an emergency. Last week they tested such a system.]]> <![CDATA[Parking garage talks lift possibility of on-site housing, entertainment]]> The natural consequence of drawing more people to downtown Menlo Park -- fewer open parking spots in city lots -- has become a problem for some business owners and supporters, who say it's time for Menlo Park to build a parking structure. The City Council will discuss the matter at a meeting on Tuesday, April 24.]]> <![CDATA[School bond, facilities on April 25 agenda]]> Options for the amount and type of bond measure the Portola Valley School District may put on the November ballot will be presented when the district's governing board meets on Wednesday, April 25.]]> <![CDATA[Wednesday: Sheriff candidates set to debate]]> A rare event takes place at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 25, at United Methodist Church at 2000 Woodside Road in Redwood City: a debate between two candidates running for sheriff of San Mateo County in the June 5 election.]]> <![CDATA[Atherton: Minor injuries in Sunday morning crash that sheared off power pole]]> Two Menlo Park men involved in a car accident early Sunday morning in which their car sheared off a power pole and struck a tree on Camino Al Lago in Atherton suffered only minor injuries, according to an Atherton police officer who said he spoke with the men's parents.]]> <![CDATA[High school officials question 'tighter message control' plan]]> Sequoia Union High School District officials are pushing back against a draft communications plan proposed recently by a San Francisco public relations firm.]]> <![CDATA[Details emerge about investigation of East Palo Alto preschool director]]> The director of Ravenswood City School District's preschool was formally disciplined for releasing the wrong child to an unauthorized adult, according to documents the district released in response to a Public Records Act request from the Weekly.]]> <![CDATA[Home sales]]> A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park: Coffee kiosk to 'benefit public' hits snags]]> The owners of the office building currently under construction at 1020 Alma St. in Menlo Park may be asked to subsidize a publicly-accessible coffee kiosk indefinitely, following a discussion by the city's Planning Commission earlier this month.]]> <![CDATA[Atherton not ready to commit to paid-for $13.2 million park water project]]> While Atherton's City Council hasn't quite reached the point of giving back the $13.2 million Caltrans had offered to build an underground water capture facility, it is considering it. ]]> <![CDATA[Guest opinion: Main library project continues to raise concerns]]> The project to rebuild the Menlo Park main library appears to be proceeding, but the approach erodes public trust, confidence and support.]]> <![CDATA[Rep. Speier introduces bill to provide free technology to block robocalls]]> Rep. Jackie Speier, D-San Francisco/San Mateo, introduced legislation Wednesday directing the Federal Communications Commission to require that phone companies provide free technology to block robocalls.]]> <![CDATA[How one school prepares for the worst]]> Sacred Heart Schools' 64-acre Atherton campus has nearly 1,200 students, from 3-year-old preschoolers to 18-year-old high schoolers, plus at least 250 adults, which makes preparing for an emergency a challenge. ]]> <![CDATA[Practicing for the unthinkable: Menlo fire and Atherton police hold active shooter drill]]> The Atherton Police Department and the Menlo Park Fire Protection District recently practiced their response to a scenario no one ever wants to encounter - a shooter on a school campus. ]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park: Check-in raises questions about downtown's future]]> Is Menlo Park's downtown transforming according to plan?
The question was one up for debate during the Menlo Park's City Council meeting April 17, when it reviewed the city's downtown specific plan for the third time since it was approved in 2012.]]>
<![CDATA[Editorial: Questions surround councilwoman's trip to China]]> Menlo Park City Councilwoman Kirsten Keith's chair at the dais in the local council chambers was empty on March 27 when the City Council was examining details of the largest proposed development in the city of Menlo Park's history. Ms. Keith was in China on that day, and questions have been raised about her role in a ceremonial event there, the purpose of which is murky at best.]]>