If it is local and useful, it is on en-us Copyright 2019 Almanac Online <![CDATA[San Mateo County cities fume as Stanford rebuffs their funding requests]]> In a stinging rebuke, a coalition of San Mateo County cities has issued a statement Friday criticizing Stanford for rejecting their requests for funding to address the impacts of its dramatic campus expansion.]]> <![CDATA[30 years after Loma Prieta, USGS scientists reflect on the quake's impact on their lives and research]]> Thirty years after the Loma Prieta earthquake struck at 5:04 p.m. Oct. 17, 1989, scientists who were working at Menlo Park's U.S. Geological Survey offices that day can still remember where they were when the shaking began.]]> <![CDATA[Oracle CEO Mark Hurd, known for his 'visionary' business approach, dies at 62]]> Silicon Valley tech executive Mark Hurd, who served as CEO for Oracle and Hewlett-Packard, died Friday at the age of 62, according to a statement from co-founder Larry Ellison posted on Hurd's website.]]> <![CDATA[Activists seeking new oversight of Sheriff's Office]]> Activists in San Mateo County are seeking greater oversight of the Sheriff's Office and asking the county's Board of Supervisors to create a new citizens' oversight body that would be able to compel records from the sheriff.]]> <![CDATA[Jazz festival in Menlo Park promotes youth musicianship]]> This past weekend, Fremont Park was alive with the sound of jazz as the third annual Silicon Valley Jazz Festival brought a lineup of a dozen concerts by students and professionals alike to Menlo Park on Oct. 12 and 13. ]]> <![CDATA[Peninsula cities, companies explore partnership to tackle traffic congestion]]> Traffic may be a regional problem, but just about every city in the Peninsula has its own local gripes -- and proposed fixes -- for easing congestion on neighborhood streets and prominent commute arteries.]]> <![CDATA[Sequoia teachers receive 3.25% raise]]> The Sequoia Union High School District Board of Trustees approved a 3.25% pay increase and a new contract for members of the district's teachers union at its meeting on Oct. 16.]]> <![CDATA[Facebook donates $25 million for Palo Alto teacher housing project]]> A plan to build housing for teachers and school staff in Palo Alto has received a major boost: A $25 million donation from social media giant Facebook.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park murder suspect appears in court for preliminary hearing]]> Francis Wolke, the 27-year-old Cincinnati man charged with killing former Atherton town arborist Kathy Hughes Anderson in her Menlo Park home last year, appeared at a preliminary hearing in San Mateo County Superior Court on Thursday.]]> <![CDATA[No significant movement in local studentsí test scores]]> San Mateo County studentsí standardized test scores remained stagnant during the 2018-19 testing period, but they still outperformed students statewide, according to California Department of Education data released last week.]]> <![CDATA[Hillview student publishes illustrated book for kids]]> When a quick online search for a book about extroverts came up empty, 11-year-old Menlo Park resident Charlotte Anthony decided she needed to write her own story.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park woman sentenced to three weeks in prison for role in college admissions scam]]> A 50-year-old Menlo Park entrepreneur who fraudulently claimed her son was black or Latino on college admission applications was ordered to pay a $9,500 fine and spend three weeks in federal prison, federal prosecutors said Wednesday.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park grapples with significance of new state housing law]]> As Menlo Park's City Council continues to grapple with the challenges of unequal growth in different areas, recently passed state laws are complicating matters in new ways, as became evident at the council's Oct. 15 meeting.]]> <![CDATA[Gov. Newsom: PG&E should repay customers affected by public safety power shutoff]]> After last week's Public Safety Power Shutoff by PG&E that left more than 700,000 customers without power, Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday called on the utility to give a credit or rebate to affected residents and businesses.
<![CDATA[Program looks at progress toward Alzheimer's cure]]> Dr. Sharon Sha, who works with Alzheimer's disease patients and is a researcher in the area of cognitive disorders, will speak on Thursday, Oct. 17, in Menlo Park on progress in finding a cure for Alzheimer's and other dementias.]]> <![CDATA[Man convicted in Portola Valley rape gets 25 years to life sentence]]> A San Francisco man was sentenced to 25 years and eight months to life in prison on Tuesday (Oct. 15) following his conviction in August for the forcible rape of his girlfriend in an incident that took place in Portola Valley in 2018.]]> <![CDATA[Portola Valley school district surveying community on priorities]]> The Portola Valley School District released an online survey this week to allow residents to provide feedback on priorities as it considers a parcel tax renewal ballot measure.]]> <![CDATA[Earthquake felt in many Bay Area cities, including Menlo Park, on Monday night]]> An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.5 roughly centered in Contra Costa County was felt in the Menlo Park area on Monday night.]]> <![CDATA[I CARE, a local blindness prevention philanthropy, turns 50]]> I CARE, a local philanthropy focused on blindness prevention, is set to turn 50 this year, according to organization co-president Bobbie McDonald. ]]> <![CDATA[Jury trial for former sheriff's deputy, candidate postponed to Nov. 12]]> Juan Pablo Lopez, a former deputy with the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office, was granted a postponement of a jury trial on charges of election, real estate and insurance fraud at an Oct. 11 hearing in San Mateo County Superior Court. ]]> <![CDATA[Work starts on closing 'a critical gap' of Bay Trail]]> Construction has begun on a new segment of the San Francisco Bay Trail in the Ravenswood Preserve near East Palo Alto.]]> <![CDATA[Local nonprofits sue the EPA over Cargill salt ponds ruling]]> A coalition of local nonprofits is suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and its head, Andrew Wheeler, over the agency's decision that the Cargill Redwood City Salt Ponds are not subject to the U.S. Clean Water Act.]]>