If it is local and useful, it is on en-us Copyright 2018 Almanac Online <![CDATA[Menlo Park: Pensions discussions on council agenda]]> The Menlo Park City Council is scheduled to discuss what it should do about its pension obligations at its meeting scheduled for tonight, Tuesday, Nov. 13.]]> <![CDATA[The amazing life story of a natural ham]]> Move over Miss Piggy. There's a new superstar hogging the limelight: Pickles the pig, who lives in the loving care of Portola Valley native Maddie Johnson. ]]> <![CDATA[Tuesday: Menlo Park City School District board discussing philosophy for paying teachers]]> As the Menlo Park City School District comes up with a philosophy for how to pay its teachers, there is concern that introducing teacher evaluations into a document about teacher pay could make instructors anxious, while other district employees feel left out of the conversation.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park Police Department names new commander]]> The Menlo Park Police Department has hired a new police commander, Rich Struckman, who was scheduled to start Tuesday, Nov. 13. He will be expected to oversee the Patrol Division, according to a city announcement.]]> <![CDATA[Winter Spare the Air alert extended through Friday]]> As heavy smoke from the Camp Fire in Butte County continues to choke Bay Area skies, a Winter Spare the Air alert has been extended through Friday, Nov. 16.]]> <![CDATA[Woodside: Glens residents resist the 'nonconforming' label]]> For some people, being labeled a nonconformist is a badge of honor. Homeowners in the Glens in Woodside are tired of being labeled as not conforming to the town's spacious open-space requirements meant for much larger properties.]]> <![CDATA[Arson charges for Menlo Park man rescued at Compadres fire]]> Palo Alto police arrested a man Saturday night, Nov. 10, on suspicion of starting two fires that afternoon within 50 minutes of each other along El Camino Real. ]]> <![CDATA[One World: The new way of business]]> Helping companies to develop and increase their social impact is the mission of "One World," a Palo Alto-based company founded in 2015 by Scott Saslow. ]]> <![CDATA[The perils of plastic]]> Plastics: It's hard to imagine modern life without them. But the word describes a modern development that has become both a blessing and a curse.]]> <![CDATA[Butte County fire impacts local schools]]> A Menlo-Atherton High School football playoff game and other local school activities were postponed or canceled Friday due to poor air quality from the wildfire burning in Butte County.]]> <![CDATA[Winter Spare the Air alert extended through Monday due to wildfire smoke]]> In an unusual move, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued a Winter Spare the Air alert from today (Friday, Nov. 9) all the way through Monday because of heavy smoke and particulates drifting into the Bay Area from the Camp Fire, which continues to rage in Butte County.]]> <![CDATA[Portola Valley: Residents protest appointment of acting attorney general]]> About 20 people protested President Donald Trump's recent appointment of Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general in Portola Valley on Thursday evening (Nov. 8).]]> <![CDATA[Portola Valley: Wife says missing man has contacted attorney]]> Portola Valley resident Marc Bajet, who was the subject of a search by the community and the Sheriff's Office last week when he was reported missing, has contacted his attorney and is "hiding out," his wife told The Almanac.]]> <![CDATA[Update: Local firefighters sent to Butte County wildfire]]> Local firefighters have been sent to fight the Butte County wildfire, which started on Thursday, Nov. 8. ]]> <![CDATA[New leader picked to head SVCF]]> The Silicon Valley Community Foundation announced Thursday it has chosen a new top executive following a monthslong search.]]> <![CDATA[Long, slow lines frustrate San Mateo County voters]]> A cumbersome voting process and technical glitches resulting in long lines frustrated voters in East Palo Alto Tuesday and caused at least one City Council member to question why problems repeatedly plague San Mateo County elections.]]> <![CDATA[New mail-in ballot system triggers delays in election results for San Mateo County]]> When the first, much anticipated vote counts were released by the San Mateo County Elections Office at 8:05 p.m. Tuesday, the numbers, while telling in some instances, were in many cases so low as to leave key races undetermined. ]]> <![CDATA[Portola Valley: Weeding is coming to Spring Down Open Space]]> If weeds in the Spring Down Open Space Preserve had ears and could pick up conversations, they would be whispering worriedly -- if they could whisper -- about how to survive the dreaded practice referred to as weeding.]]> <![CDATA[Zoo demands custody of Koko's partner, Ndume]]> The future is in question for Ndume, the 37-year-old male western lowland gorilla who lives at a preserve operated by The Gorilla Foundation off Skyline Boulevard in Woodside.]]> <![CDATA[Portola Valley: Former restaurateur avoids bail revocation]]> A judge granted more time to the attorney representing Russell Howard Deutsch, a former Portola Valley restaurateur, but denied Deutsch the three months of rehabilitation time he asked for before standing trial on tax evasion, theft and fraud charges.]]> <![CDATA[County transportation tax measure on the edge]]> By the narrowest of margins, preliminary results from the San Mateo County elections office show that voters may reject Measure W, the half-cent sales tax that would collect some $80 million in revenues annually for transportation projects in the county. But with the vote count far from complete, the outcome is anything but certain.]]> <![CDATA[Update: Portola Valley school bond measure closer to approval]]> Unofficial results updated by the county Nov. 8 show Measure Z, a $49.5 million bond to pay for repairs, renovations and new buildings on the Portola Valley School District's two campuses, inching toward approval.]]> <![CDATA[Update: Fluet increases his lead in Woodside council race]]> Ned Fluet has improved his lead over his opponent, Frank Rosenblum, in the race for Woodside's District 7 Town Council seat. The unofficial count from the county Elections Office posted at 4:30 p.m. today (Thursday, Nov. 8) gives Fluet 54 percent of the vote.]]> <![CDATA[Update: Jones, McLaughlin, Bernstein maintain strong lead in fire board race]]> Unofficial vote counts updated by the county at 4:30 p.m. today (Nov. 8) show that incumbents Robert Jones and Chuck Bernstein along with Jim McLaughlin are maintaining a strong lead in the contest for three open seats on the Menlo Park Fire Protection District governing board.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park City Council update: Taylor, Combs, Nash maintain significant leads]]> The latest round of election results from the San Mateo County Elections Office, released at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, show Menlo Park City Council candidates Cecilia Taylor, Drew Combs and Betsy Nash maintaining their significant leads in the race for council districts 1, 2 and 4, respectively. The first tally was released shortly after 8 p.m. on Election Night and has not changed much in subsequent counts.
<![CDATA[Dumbarton rail project to get full environmental, fiscal analysis]]> In a sharp acceleration of a project that has for decades lurched through planning processes that haven't gone anywhere, a proposal to reinstate passenger rail transit along the Dumbarton corridor is moving forward in earnest, due mainly to a new partnership formed by SamTrans, Facebook and the Plenary Group. ]]>