2016

Resident interrupts Menlo Park burglary; two teens arrested

Man struck with a hammer while confronting the suspects
A man was able to detain one of two teenagers he found allegedly burglarizing his family's Menlo Park home early this morning, even after one teen struck the man with a hammer, according to Menlo Park police.

December 31, 2016 | 1 comment
Pinewood, M-A girls take home basketball tournament titles

Prep report
The Pinewood girls basketball started strong, hit its 3-pointers and thoroughly beat St. Francis, 73-48, in the championship game of the Joe Schram Holiday Basketball Classic at St. Francis.

December 31, 2016 | No comments yet
It's official: East Palo Alto files lawsuit against Menlo Park

East Palo Alto on Dec. 29 filed a lawsuit against Menlo Park over recently adopted changes to Menlo Park's general plan and zoning allowing intensified development in Menlo Park's M-2 industrial area.

December 30, 2016 | 1 comment
'The Evolution of Film' exhibit in Palo Alto

A free Museum of American Heritage exhibit features a wide variety of motion picture artifacts dating from the late 1800s to 1980s.

December 30, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo College women win a wild, wild basketball contest

An old-fashioned basketball shootout lit up the Haynes-Prim Pavilion on the Menlo College campus Thursday night, with the host Menlo College women getting the better of Olivet Nazarene, 102-88, as part of the Menlo Peninsula Holiday Classic.

December 30, 2016 | No comments yet
New Year's Eve countdown

Where to go for music, food, festivities
Here's a non-exhaustive roundup of local events on New Year's Eve, from a Beatles tribute concert to a five-course meal.

December 29, 2016 | No comments yet
Atherton no longer is the most expensive, Forbes says

Town falls to third in Forbes list, remains second on PropertyShark
After three years of sitting at the top of the Forbes priciest American residential real estate list, as of this December Atherton had fallen to third place, the media company said.

December 29, 2016 | 3 comments
AAA offers free rides, tows on New Year's Eve

AAA will offer free rides and tows on New Year's Eve to help prevent drunk driving on the holiday.

December 29, 2016 | No comments yet
A few of the top local teams to meet in tournament semifinals

Girls' basketball
Thursday's semifinals in both the Joe Schram Classic and the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic will feature clashes between two local teams. Gunn and Menlo-Atherton meet at Menlo School while Pinewood and Palo Alto square off at Saint Francis.

December 29, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo's Houghton, Xu named to All-America volleyball team

Menlo School senior libero Jessica Houghton and sophomore outside hitter-setter Selina Xu were named to MaxPreps' Small Schools All-American Girls' Volleyball team it was learned Wednesday.

December 28, 2016 | No comments yet
East Palo Alto suing Menlo Park over general plan updates

Lawyer says East Palo Alto bears burdens, but not benefits, of Menlo Park plan
East Palo Alto says it is suing Menlo Park over recently adopted changes to Menlo Park's general plan and zoning allowing intensified development in Menlo Park's M-2 industrial area.

December 28, 2016 | 21 comments
Knights rally to 84-69 victory at Orange Holiday Classic

Prep basketball
Joe Foley made three 3-pointers and finished with 29 points to lead the Menlo School boys' basketball team past Chino, 84-69, in the second round of the 52nd Orange Holiday Classic at Hope International in Fullerton on Tuesday.

December 28, 2016 | No comments yet
Elementary school districts plan for the future

For the four local elementary school districts 2016 was a year of planning and preparing for the future, with parcel tax proposals in two districts, new buildings opening in two districts, and planning for construction in two others.

December 28, 2016 | No comments yet
Atherton's year in review: El Camino safety, civic center and noise top agenda

It was a busy year in Atherton with pedestrian and bicycle safety on El Camino Real, the Marsh Road drainage channel project, design and funding of a new civic center, and noise from planes and trains being major issues in the town.

December 30, 2016 | No comments yet
Free Caltrain rides on New Year's Eve

Free rides from 8 p.m. to 2:15 a.m.
Caltrain has volunteered to be the designated driver for Peninsula residents on New Year's Eve, offering free train service to and from San Francisco on Dec. 31 from 8 p.m. on.

December 27, 2016 | No comments yet
Knights get beat by Esperanza; future Cardinal men's hoopster

Prep report
JH Tevis scored 18 points for Menlo, which lost its Orange Holiday Classic opener at Hope International in Fullerton, 65-52, to state-ranked No. 6 Esperanza (10-1) on Monday night.

December 27, 2016 | No comments yet
SHP grad Koloamatangi to play in college football all-star game

Sacred Heart Prep grad and East Palo Alto resident Leo Koloamatangi, a senior offensive lineman for the University of Hawai'i, accepted an invitation to play in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, an all-star football game, on Jan. 21 on the campus of Cal State Dominguez Hills.

December 27, 2016 | No comments yet
Year in review: Development dominates Menlo Park news in 2016

"Strong" was the word Councilman Rich Cline, who held the title of mayor at the time, used to describe Menlo Park during 2016. The strength of the city's economic fortune was reflected in the constant stream of news about construction, development and planning projects that characterized the year.

December 27, 2016 | No comments yet
At long last, Menlo Park's BBC holds 'soft,' stealth opening

On the morning of Dec. 23, a passerby peeped through the window of the British Bankers Club, then entered the building. A few minutes later, he left with a dinner reservation for the same night.

December 23, 2016 | 2 comments
Woodside year in review: Openings, closings, and costly tree-felling

Woodside loves its heritage trees and protects them with large penalties meted out to people who cut them down without a permit. While five-figure fines are not uncommon, the Town Council went well beyond that threshold in 2016.

December 30, 2016 | 2 comments
Portola Valley year in review: Home safety a major concern

With two home-invasion robberies in four months in Portola Valley, the second and most violent incident in October, it's been a time of living cautiously for some residents -- a trend that's likely to continue into 2017.

December 29, 2016 | No comments yet
Year in review: New election system, new school make news in high school district

In 2016, the biggest news for the Sequoia Union High School District may have been the decision to divide the 19-square-mile district into five voting areas -- one for each board seat -- to encourage people of color to run for seats on the board.

December 29, 2016 | No comments yet
New 70-room Hampton Inn proposed in Menlo Park

A developer has proposed to demolish the 28-room Red Cottage Inn & Suites and build a 70-room "Hampton Inn by Hilton" hotel at 1704 El Camino Real, between Stone Pine Lane and Buckthorn Way in Menlo Park.

December 23, 2016 | 12 comments
Menlo's Paine puts the hurt on Northern New Mexico

Oaks basketball
John Paine scored 14 points, including the go-ahead layup midway through the second half, and the Menlo College men's basketball team beat Northern New Mexico, 67-64, at Kailua, Hawaii on Wednesday in the Big Island Classic.

December 23, 2016 | No comments yet
Holiday closures in effect for local government services

Holiday hours are in effect for local government, meaning extended closures for administrative offices in Menlo Park, Atherton, Portola Valley and Woodside. School district offices are also closed. Public libraries are taking shorter breaks.

December 23, 2016 | 1 comment
Returning starter Norton stars in new M-A basketball reality

Boys' basketball
With four starters having graduated off last season's team that advanced to the Northern California Division I finals, it's an all new reality for the Menlo-Atherton boys basketball team.

December 22, 2016 | No comments yet
Sidney Drell, Stanford theoretical physicist and national security expert, dies at 90

Drell known as former deputy director of SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, groundbreaking researcher
A giant in the worlds of both academia and policy, Sidney Drell, emeritus professor of theoretical physics at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and senior fellow at Stanford's Hoover Institution, died Wednesday, Dec. 21, at his home in Palo Alto.

December 22, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo College women need overtime for basketball win

The Menlo College women's basketball team concluded play in the Hoop N Surf Classic with a thrilling, 69-66, overtime victory over Doane University on Tuesday in Honolulu.

December 21, 2016 | No comments yet
Jazz pianist, Menlo Park resident Kathryn Bailey dies

Longtime Menlo Park resident Kathryn Bailey, a pianist and composer with an impressive history of performances with singers such as Billie Holiday and Johnny Mathis, has died at the age of 86.

December 27, 2016 | No comments yet
2016 All-League girls golf teams

2016 all-league girls golf teams
ALL-WBAL
Players of the Year: Sophie Siminoff (Menlo) and Katherine Zhu (Harker)
First Team
Gianna Inguagiato (Menlo) Fr.
Miav Layton (Castilleja) So.
Sulwen Ma (Menlo) Fr.

December 21, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Undercover surveillance, home video leads to burglary arrests

Due to undercover police surveillance and a home video security system, two juveniles suspected in several burglaries in the Willows area of Menlo Park were arrested Monday, police said.

December 20, 2016 | 2 comments
Stanford Children's Health to launch new 'critical' youth mental health services

Partnership with inpatient unit, outpatient program among initiatives coming in new year
Stanford Children's Health and Lucile Packard Children''s Hospital will be addressing in 2017 what they describe as "immediate critical needs" in youth mental health by launching a range of new programs and services that will support local teenagers at high risk for suicide.

December 20, 2016 | 2 comments
Unknown illness claims life of M-A freshman

Community raises funds to help family
Only eight days after going to the emergency room with a mysterious illness, Aisea Mataele, a 14-year-old freshman at Menlo-Atherton High School, died Dec. 20 at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, after life support was ended.

December 20, 2016 | 5 comments
$221 million in financing secured for East Palo Alto affordable housing

East Palo Alto's largest owner of low-income housing has secured a $221 million Freddie Mac loan, real estate lending company Greystone announced on Monday, Dec. 19.

December 20, 2016 | 4 comments
Guest opinion: Greenheart project a real enhancement to downtown

The Station 1300 mixed-use development proposal for El Camino Real is a welcome modernization of our downtown. It is a definite positive for our wonderful city.

December 22, 2016 | 2 comments
Guest opinion: City Council should insist on true mixed-use project on Greenheart site

The proposed Greenheart project occupies a 6.4-acre site that backs up to the train tracks. The property faces El Camino and borders Oak Grove Avenue. For years, the city has allowed the property to remain abandoned and unkempt, overgrown with weeds.

December 22, 2016 | 32 comments
Ecumenical Hunger Program seeks gifts for teens

With only days left in the Ecumenical Hunger Program's holiday distribution of food and gifts, the organization is low on gifts for teens.

December 20, 2016 | No comments yet
Portola Valley: Two arrested in Westridge on prowling, stolen-property charges

Sheriff's deputies arrested two men on Ramoso Road in Portola Valley in the early morning hours of Tuesday, Dec. 20. The men were booked into county jail on charges that include prowling and possession of stolen property.

December 20, 2016 | 3 comments
M-A football coach reflects on grand season and the future

Back home on Sunday from a trip to Lancaster in which his Menlo-Atherton football team fell short in its bid for a state championship, losing to Paraclete 39-21, Adhir Ravipati began the process of putting the experience in perspective.

December 20, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park 8-year-old is state champion chess player, plus a whole lot more

Several words come to mind when describing Shawnak Shivakumar: prodigy, polymath and precocious among them, but despite being a state chess champ, the Laurel School Upper Campus third-grader is, at heart, just a typical 8-year-old kid.

December 20, 2016 | No comments yet
Together again: Atherton council, fire board meet on mutual issues

The Atherton City Council and the board of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District are a bit like a dating couple who fight sometimes but believe at heart they can't get along without each other.

December 20, 2016 | No comments yet
Who will live at 'Station 1300' in Menlo Park?

If the 183 downtown Menlo Park apartments at 1300 El Camino Real are approved and built, who will live there?

December 21, 2016 | 10 comments
Almanac's Holiday Fund: Food, clothing, housing for families in need

Gifts to the Almanac's Holiday Fund benefit St. Francis Center and nine other local community-service organizations.

December 23, 2016 | No comments yet
Almanac Holiday Fund: Helping older teens make sexual health decisions

Gifts to the Almanac's Holiday Fund benefit Health Connected and nine other local community-service organizations.

December 27, 2016 | 1 comment
Portola Valley: New mayor also a career leader in his day jobs

Craig Hughes, elected Dec. 14 by his colleagues on the Town Council as the 2017 mayor of Portola Valley, is not unaccustomed to leadership positions.

December 27, 2016 | 2 comments
Woodside: Mayor wants to heal divide over 2015 election

Tom Livermore, chosen by his colleagues on the Town Council on Dec. 13 to be mayor of Woodside for 2017, is retired from a 30-year career in business, including the business of making ice cream.

December 27, 2016 | 16 comments
High school board divides district into five voting areas

(Expanded version of previously posted story.) It's the end of the era in the Sequoia Union High School District when each voter could cast a ballot to fill all five school board seats.

December 21, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park, Atherton police calls: Jewels among targets in home burglaries

Crime reports from Menlo Park and Atherton.

December 20, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Police find stolen property, arrest man

Menlo Park police officers making a traffic stop in the 200 block of O'Keefe Street in Menlo Park on Sunday morning, Dec. 18, arrested an East Palo Alto man on charges that include possession of stolen property.

December 20, 2016 | No comments yet
Portola Valley seeks volunteers

Town Hall in Portola Valley is encouraging residents with an interest in local government to come forward and consider joining one of the town's commissions or its many committees.

December 21, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: A different birthday tradition

Barbershop owner, musician Jym Marks celebrates birthdays with a transbay trek
Some people celebrate their birthdays with a cake and a party. Jym Marks, Menlo Park business owner, jazz musician and in recent years, advocate for healthy aging, has a different tradition.

December 19, 2016 | No comments yet
First winter 'Spare the Air' alert issued

The first winter Spare the Air Alert in the San Francisco Bay Area has been issued for today (Monday, Dec. 19), officials with the Bay
Area Air Quality Management District said.

December 19, 2016 | 2 comments
School board considering larger class sizes, series of cuts

Even with parcel tax, Menlo Park City School District must cut spending
Although the governing board of the Menlo Park City School District has decided to put a parcel tax measure on the March 7 ballot, the board's work on the district's budget is far from over.

December 19, 2016 | 3 comments
Bears' excellent season ends with a loss in state football game

In a season of firsts, the Menlo-Atherton High football team can't feel bad about finishing second, not when a first included M-A's first appearance in a state football championship, which resulted in a 39-21 setback to Paraclete in the Division 3-AA final at Antelope Valley College in Lancaster on Saturday night.

December 18, 2016 | No comments yet
Almanac Holiday Fund: How Project Read-Menlo Park changes lives

Gifts to the Almanac's Holiday Fund benefit Project Read-Menlo Park and nine other local community-service organizations.

December 21, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo-Atherton football one of the last teams standing

Menlo-Atherton is ready to play the most significant football game in school history: a 6 p.m. game Saturday at Antelope Valley College against Paraclete of Lancaster, with the state championship on the line.

December 16, 2016 | 2 comments
Prep basketball season heating up this weekend

After a relatively light week, most high schools return to action this weekend and there are several interesting matchups. The local rivalry between Menlo School and Menlo-Atherton heats up Friday when the Bears travel to Menlo for a girls-boys basketball doubleheader beginning at 5:30 p.m.

December 16, 2016 | No comments yet
Guest opinion: Most wonderful time of the year?

Tips for avoiding holiday depression triggers from the Children's Health Council
It's hard to escape it: Christmas tunes on every radio station, red snowflake cups at Starbucks, pine trees atop every other SUV. "It's the hap-happiest season of all," right?
Not for everyone.

December 21, 2016 | No comments yet
High school board approves map subdividing district into five voting areas

In a unanimous vote on Wednesday, Dec. 14, the board of the Sequoia Union High School District approved a map that subdivides the 19-square-mile school district into five voting areas of approximately equal populations.

December 15, 2016 | 1 comment
Theater review: 'Daddy Long Legs' is utter delight

TheatreWorks revives mellifluous musical comedy
Let's cut to the chase: TheatreWorks' "Daddy Long Legs" is a wonderfully charming and delightful bit of musical comedy that should be just the ticket for anyone looking for some escapism this holiday season.

December 15, 2016 | No comments yet
Heavy rain, winds, king tides expected Thursday

A new storm will bring rain, wind and possible flooding to the Bay Area on Thursday afternoon but is expected to taper off by Friday morning,
according to the National Weather Service.

December 14, 2016 | No comments yet
Worth a Look

More than 30 of Palo Alto resident Karen White's vividly colorful landscape and floral oil paintings are on exhibit at Viewpoints Gallery for the month of December.

December 14, 2016 | No comments yet
Former landfill employees get jail time in fraud case

Three former employees at Ox Mountain Landfill just east of Half Moon Bay who pleaded no contest to participating in a fraud scheme were sentenced to jail Wednesday, Dec. 14, but had their charges reduced to misdemeanors.

December 14, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park fire district shares holiday fire safety tips

Graphic demonstration shows how fire can ruin a holiday
They say a picture is worth a thousand words; but actually witnessing something as dramatic as a dry Christmas tree being consumed in flames within 30 seconds of ignition may be worth even more.

December 16, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park to install 120-foot-tall police antenna/transmitter

Tree growth may be great for the arcadian feel of Menlo Park's Civic Center, but it has had one negative effect.

December 15, 2016 | 8 comments
Menlo Park plans to drill emergency water well

Up to two months of grating drilling sounds may be the price Menlo Park's water users will pay for a reliable water supply in times of emergency.

December 14, 2016 | 7 comments
Menlo Park pedestrian killed in San Jose hit-and-run collision

A man struck and killed in a hit-and-run collision in San Jose early Saturday morning (Dec. 10) has been identified as 59-year-old Patrick Osmar of Menlo Park, according to the Santa Clara County medical examiner's office.

December 14, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Outdoor dining areas under construction

Workers are building outdoor seating areas in street parking spaces in front of six restaurants on Santa Cruz Avenue in downtown Menlo Park.

December 16, 2016 | 27 comments
Kirsten Keith named Menlo Park's mayor

"We have a lot of issues to work on," said Menlo Park Councilwoman Kirsten Keith, who was selected Dec. 13 by her fellow council members to serve as mayor for the next year.

December 14, 2016 | No comments yet
SH Prep grad Davidson, three others honored by soccer site

Sacred Heart Prep grad Tierna Davidson was named to TopDrawerSoccer.com's Freshman Best XI first team while three other Stanford players earned recognition on the website's Postseason Best XI teams.

December 13, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Woman faces up to four years in prison for threatening officer

She pleads no contest to drug and threatening charge
An East Palo Alto woman who threatened to kill a Menlo Park police officer in September 2015 entered a plea on Dec. 12 of no contest to two felonies in exchange for no more than four years in prison, county prosecutors said.

December 14, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park Planning Commission endorses Greenheart's El Camino complex

A proposed development at 1300 El Camino Real by local developer, Greenheart Land Co., has cleared the second to last hurdle in Menlo Park's approval process, winning an endorsement from the city's Planning Commission on a 6-0 vote (with commissioner Susan Goodhue absent) on Dec. 12.

December 13, 2016 | 15 comments
Woodside: Three youths arrested in residential burglary case

Three juvenile suspected of being involved in a residential burglary in Woodside, and possibly two others in the town, are being held in a youth detention facility.

December 13, 2016 | No comments yet
Tonight: New mayor selection in Menlo Park

The Menlo Park City Council will meet Tuesday, Dec. 13 to pick a new mayor.

December 13, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Three options vetted to separate roads from rail crossings

City staff and consultants from AECOM presented to the Menlo Park Planning Commission recently their research on the feasibility of three options to separate Menlo Park's roads from the Caltrain tracks they cross.

December 14, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Extended free parking downtown made permanent

A one-year trial to extend free downtown street parking to 90 minutes from one hour and plaza parking lot to three hours from two hours was made permanent Dec. 6, with the approval of the Menlo Park City Council.

December 13, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park installs red-light cameras at Chilco, Bayfront Expressway

A red-light camera monitoring system to catch drivers running red lights has been installed at Bayfront Expressway and Chilco Street in eastern Menlo Park.

December 13, 2016 | 13 comments
SRI scientist wins award for immune cell research

Parijat Bhatnagar, program director for cell-based medicine at SRI International in Menlo Park, has received an innovator's award from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, part of the National Institues of Health.

December 14, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park City Council to discuss ban on religious registry

iThe Menlo Park City Council has agreed to discuss adopting an ordinance that would prohibit any employee of the city of Menlo Park, including the police, from using resources or funds to make a "registry or database" of "U.S. citizens based on their religious beliefs, race, or nation of descent."

December 19, 2016 | 15 comments
Recruiting restaurants, shops to Menlo Park

A retail recruitment firm with access to data about the spending habits of people who live, work and shop in Menlo Park has been hired to research and help court potential retailers and restaurants to come to the city.

December 14, 2016 | 10 comments
Thursday: Immigrant rights forum at M-A High

A community forum to discuss how life and the law could change for immigrant families and students during a Trump administration will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15, at the Menlo-Atherton High School Performing Arts Center, 555 Middlefield Road in Atherton.

December 13, 2016 | 7 comments
Feature story: How to run a railroad

Menlo Park model railroaders are putting their new layout on the map
There was a time when observing a passing freight train did not require the imagination to see normal signs of use and weathering on boxcars and tank cars rolling by. The workhorses of commercial rail traffic were allowed to age gracefully, without graffiti.

December 19, 2016 | No comments yet
Police calls: Pilot claims laser pointed from central Woodside

Crime reports for Woodside and Menlo Park

December 13, 2016 | No comments yet
Obituary: Arthur Lloyd, railroad man through and through

A funeral service is set for Saturday, Dec. 17, for Menlo Park resident Arthur Lloyd, a career railroad man, ardent advocate for rail passenger service and columnist for the Almanac on rail and public transit issues.

December 13, 2016 | 3 comments
Menlo Park: Officer interrupts apparent burglary in progress

Police arrested three men after an officer interrupted what appeared to be a burglary in progress on Dec. 7 at a construction site on Constitution Drive in the light industrial zone of Menlo Park, police said.

December 12, 2016 | 2 comments
Legal aid report: No-cause tenant eviction rate rises sharply

A first-of-its-kind report on evictions in San Mateo County from two nonprofit legal organizations shows a partial but meaningful three-year snapshot of who is being evicted and why.

December 15, 2016 | 3 comments
Tonight: Atherton, fire district hold joint meeting

Meeting starts at 5 p.m. in Holbrook-Palmer Park pavilion
Atherton's City Council and the Menlo Park Fire Protection District's governing board will have a chance to repair their recent strained relationship when the two hold a joint meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 13, in the Jennings Pavilion in Holbrook-Palmer Park, starting at 5 p.m.

December 13, 2016 | 1 comment
'Tis the season to add to your home library!

New books for children and families
Books often end up on a variety of holiday checklists either as travel companions, a special gift or the opportunity to share family time together during winter evenings in front of the fire, making this a good time of year for families to expand their home libraries. We've put together a list of books for children and families that cover everything from Ansel Adams' work to local ghost tales and family struggles set in the 1700s.

December 12, 2016 | No comments yet
Sacred Heart Prep wins girls' basketball tournament

Prep report: Senior Natalie Zimits scored 16 points and freshman Charlotte Levison added 12 in leading the Sacred Heart Prep girls' basketball team to a 56-27 victory over Westmoor in the championship game of The King's Academy tournament in Sunnyvale on Saturday.

December 12, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Crash injures two, knocks down 70-foot tree

All lanes of U.S. 101 have reopened after a solo crash injured two people (a driver and a passenger), and knocked down a 70-foot tree in Menlo Park this morning, California Highway Patrol officers said.

December 12, 2016 | 5 comments
M-A Bears head for state football bowl game

Jordan Mims and Aajon Johnson were at it again, running wild behind an offensive line that created opportunity after opportunity. At the end of the night, Menlo-Atherton put together a running attack that scored from just about everywhere on the field.

December 10, 2016 | 1 comment
Tonight: Santa visits fire stations to promote toy, book drive

Santa Claus is coming to town early to visit the Woodside Fire Protection District's three stations on Wednesday, Dec. 14, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

December 14, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park tonight: Greenheart project goes to Planning Commission

Greenheart Land Company's 420,000-square-foot development at 1300 El Camino Real in Menlo Park will face the penultimate barrier to the project's approval on Monday, Dec. 12: review by the city's Planning Commission.

December 9, 2016 | 13 comments
Atherton to work with Caltrain to resolve train horn noise problem

Study found Caltrain engineers violating Fair Oaks quiet zone 20 percent of the time
Angry and frustrated after a recent report showed Caltrain is repeatedly violating Atherton's quite zone, City Council members said they'll work with Caltrain to resolve the problem before going to federal officials to ask for enforcement.

December 9, 2016 | 7 comments
Menlo Park: Two bus shelters coming to Belle Haven

After years of requests from residents for bus shelters in Belle Haven, the city has approved a contract with SamTrans to get two shelters built: at Marketplace Park and the Onetta Harris Community Center.

December 9, 2016 | No comments yet
Update: 21 residents displaced by East Palo Alto fire

A two-alarm fire at an apartment complex in East Palo Alto displaced 21 residents Thursday (Dec. 8) firefighters said.

December 9, 2016 | No comments yet
2016 Girls' all-league water polo teams

ALL-PAL BAY DIVISION
Most Valuable Goalie: Georgia Lewis (Castilleja) Jr.
Most Valuable Player: Allison Sullivan Wu (Burlingame) Jr.

December 8, 2016 | 2 comments
Girls basketball: Bears hang on to beat Panthers in early hoops showdown

Prep report: For all the success the two local programs, separated by a scant few miles, have achieved in recent years, the Menlo-Atherton and Eastside girls basketball teams had not played each other in a regular-season game until Wednesday, when the host Bears used a fourth-quarter rally to pull out a 52-45 victory.

December 8, 2016 | No comments yet
East Palo Alto apartment fire displaces 11 residents

Four units are damaged and uninhabitable
A two-alarm fire left four apartment units uninhabitable at a building in East Palo Alto Thursday morning and displaced at least 11 people, the Menlo Park Fire Protection
District chief said.

December 8, 2016 | No comments yet
M-A, Manteca line up for a berth in a state playoff game

Menlo-Atherton has the opportunity to win a Northern California Division 3-AA regional championship and advance to a state championship game with a win over Manteca. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday at M-A.

December 8, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Driver in dramatic police chase could face prison time

A sentence of up to two years in prison could be ahead for a 36-year-old driver who led Menlo Park police on a dramatic chase in July that involved running stop signs, colliding with another vehicle and a fire hydrant, and an injury to a police officer.

December 9, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Downtown bike route approved

The start of new bike lanes and the end of some street parking is ahead for downtown Menlo Park. A concept plan laying out a route to safely navigate downtown Menlo Park by bike was approved 3-0 by the Menlo Park City Council on Dec. 6.

December 8, 2016 | 27 comments
Atherton: New mayor shares 2017 priorities

Mike Lempres voted mayor by fellow council members
A busy year is ahead for Atherton, new Mayor Mike Lempres said Wednesday night, with plans and funding for its civic center, improving safety on El Camino Real and hiring a new police chief among his priorities.

December 8, 2016 | No comments yet
2016 Boys' all-league water polo teams

ALL-PAL BAY DIVISION
Most Valuable Goalie: Tiago Bonchristiano (Menlo) Sr.
Most Valuable Player: Sam Untrecht (Menlo) So.

December 8, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Two displaced after bacon fire causes $80K damage

A one-alarm kitchen fire Wednesday afternoon displaced two Menlo Park residents and caused $80,000 of damage to their apartment, fire officials said.

December 8, 2016 | 19 comments
Menlo Park: Burn victim at Oak Grove Avenue apartment fire

One person was injured and is being cared for by medics as a result of a structure fire at a first-floor apartment in a two-story complex at 445 Oak Grove Ave. in Menlo Park, according to Fire Chief Harold Schapelhouman of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District.

December 7, 2016 | No comments yet
Theatre: Stranger than 'Fiction'

Drama rewinds moments from a marriage
According to playwright Steven Dietz, "there are really three 'pasts' -- the past we remember, the past that we record and the past that actually happened. I think they are seldom the same thing." The blurry lines between truth, fiction and memory are explored and displayed to riveting effect in Dietz's "Fiction," as staged at Redwood City's Dragon Theatre.

December 7, 2016 | No comments yet
Ragazzi Boys Chorus celebrates the season

The Ragazzi Boys Chorus has a lot to celebrate this December. Not only do the choir members (local boys ages 7-18) have their usual busy lineup of holiday performances, but this year they're also celebrating the release of their brand-new album “I Dream a World."

December 7, 2016 | No comments yet
German Holiday Market

Post-election America got you down? Hankering for a taste of Europe, or perhaps just seeking a bit of holiday cheer? The German International School of Silicon Valley's annual Weihnachtsmarkt (German Holiday Market), which recreates the traditional open-air winter markets of Germany, Austria and the Alps, will be held on Saturday, Dec. 10.

December 7, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Gas leak ignites and melts water main in Sharon Heights

A break in a small gas line that burned a hole in a large water main led first to shooting flames and then to jets of water on Tuesday evening (Dec. 6) at 300 Sand Hill Circle in Menlo Park.

December 7, 2016 | 3 comments
Election set for Woodside Elementary parcel tax

All-mail April 4 special election will require two-thirds approval
A ballot measure asking voters to approve a parcel tax identical to an existing tax that expires June 30 will go before voters in the Woodside Elementary School District in an April 4 special mail-in election.

December 7, 2016 | 1 comment
Correction: No loss of potential affordable housing due to Facebook rezoning

The Almanac inaccurately reported, in a Dec. 6 online story and in the Dec. 7 print edition, that a rezoning of Facebook's east campus from "residential-mixed use" to "office-corporate housing" in the final months of the process resulted in the potential loss of up to 300 affordable housing units in Menlo Park.

December 7, 2016 | 3 comments
Menlo-Atherton grad Klein returns to coach baseball

David Klein stayed close to home after graduating from Menlo-Atherton and UC Santa Barbara. Now he's even closer. Klein, an all-Bay Area catcher while playing for the Bears, returns as the school's baseball coach. The school made it official Tuesday.

December 7, 2016 | No comments yet
County library system launches mobile Exploratorium-like initiative

The Lookmobile will visit the library in East Palo Alto for five days, starting Dec. 12. Visits are scheduled for libraries in Atherton (Jan. 14 to 20), Portola Valley (Feb. 27 to March 5) and Woodside (March 6 to 11).

December 6, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park may set 30-day minimum on renting out secondary units

The restriction would apply to homeowners with secondary units, and would cover rental of the main house
A cursory skim of Airbnb listings in Menlo Park shows a number of cottages and private units listed online for $125 to $170 a night. Unless those units were rented out for a minimum term of 30 days, such offerings could soon be illegal.

December 7, 2016 | No comments yet
Tonight's Menlo Park council meeting: parking, bike lanes and more

The Menlo Park City Council will meet tonight, Dec. 6, for its second-to-last meeting in 2016, and, as may be expected, has a lot of projects to wrap up and follow up with.

December 6, 2016 | No comments yet
Voter turnout 'historic,' chief elections officer says

Voter turnout in San Mateo County in the 2016 presidential election, at 81.57 percent of registered voters, was well above turnouts for recent off-year elections, but it also exceeded the 78.83 percent turnout for the 2012 presidential election.

December 7, 2016 | No comments yet
Correction: No loss of potential affordable housing due to Facebook rezoning

The Almanac inaccurately reported, in a Dec. 6 online story and in the Dec. 7 print edition, that a rezoning of Facebook's east campus from "residential-mixed use" to "office-corporate housing" in the final months of the process resulted in the potential loss of up to 300 affordable housing units in Menlo Park.

December 6, 2016 | No comments yet
Voters will see parcel tax measure on ballot in Menlo Park City School District

Ballot measure asks for $360 annual parcel tax for seven years
A ballot measure asking Menlo Park City School District voters to approve a $360 annual parcel tax that would expire after seven years was unanimously approved Monday night by the district's governing board, including two newly seated board members.

December 6, 2016 | 26 comments
Menlo-Atherton hosts 3-AA NorCal football playoff game

Prep report: Menlo-Atherton will continue its football journey with a Northern California contest at home against Manteca at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

December 6, 2016 | No comments yet
Bad-tasting water due to Hetch Hetchy water reductions

'Blended' water altering taste, odor, but it remains safe
Palo Alto and other local cities' residents who have been complaining about nasty-tasting water coming from their taps can blame it on water reductions from the Hetch Hetchy supply and blending from other sources, according to City of Palo Alto Utilities spokeswoman Catherine Elvert.

December 6, 2016 | No comments yet
Atherton Now pushes to meet civic center fundraising goal

Goal is to raise $10 million by year end
Atherton Now, the group seeking donations for a new Atherton civic center, has raised more than $550,000 toward a $1 million matching grant, with the goal of getting to a $10 million total by the end of the year, according to the latest report from the group.

December 8, 2016 | No comments yet
Almanac Holiday Fund: Filling critical gap in dental care

Gifts to the Almanac's Holiday Fund benefit the Ravenswood Family Health Center and nine other local community-service organizations.

December 21, 2016 | No comments yet
Atherton: Study finds Caltrain violates quiet zone

Wednesday, Dec. 7, council meeting has quiet zone report on agenda
Atherton now has documented something many had suspected -- Caltrain is regularly violating the town's six-month-old quiet zone.

December 6, 2016 | 6 comments
Feature story: The rewards of rest

Menlo Park author argues for striking a balance between work and rest for a more creative, productive life
What does rest mean to you? Menlo Park author Alex Soojung-Kim Pang this week releases his new book on the topic of deliberate, "active" rest, and his insights might get you off the sofa and living a more satisfying life.

December 12, 2016 | No comments yet
On Pearl Harbor anniversary: Museum opens World War II retrospective

A retrospective on San Mateo County during the war years opens at the county's History Museum in Redwood City on Wednesday, Dec. 7, the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor by forces of the empire of Japan.

December 6, 2016 | No comments yet
Police calls: Rolex, bike and inflatable turkey stolen in Atherton

Crime reports from Atherton, Menlo Park, Woodside, West Menlo Park and Portola Valley

December 6, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Laurel third-grader is state chess champ

Eight-year-old Shawnak Shivakumar won state tournament Dec. 4
Laurel School third-grader Shawnak Shivakumar is the new third-grade California state champion chess player.

December 6, 2016 | 2 comments
Menlo Park: Facebook housing displacement fund announced after months of negotiations

Facebook's public commitment to give $20 million over five years to stem the displacement of local residents around its headquarters comes after months of negotiations with a nonprofit coalition called "Envision, Transform, Build - East Palo Alto," according to a member of the coalition.

December 5, 2016 | 3 comments
The Knights make their own state volleyball history

After losing in its first five state championship match appearances, the Menlo School girls' volleyball team shook off the negative history, beating Point Loma-San Diego, 25-18, 25-13, 25-21, at Santiago Canyon College for the CIF Division IV title on Saturday.

December 4, 2016 | No comments yet
Emerald Hills: Firefighters injured in three-alarm house fire

Residents of the three-story home were not at home
Two firefighters were injured in a possible explosion in a three-alarm fire house fire Sunday afternoon (Dec. 4) in the unincorporated Emerald Hills area, a fire official said.

December 4, 2016 | No comments yet
Tuesday: County holds Menlo Park meeting on major changes to Flood Park

The public will have an opportunity Tuesday (Dec. 6) to comment on major changes planned for the 21-acre Flood Park, located at 215 Bay Road in Menlo Park.

December 5, 2016 | 1 comment
Nobu restaurant to open in Palo Alto

"It's time to put the rumors to rest," Seth McDaniels, general manager of Palo Alto's The Epiphany Hotel said in a statement. Renowned Japanese restaurant Nobu is opening its first Northern California location at the hotel next year, he confirmed.

December 3, 2016 | No comments yet
Recent home sales: Menlo Park, Portola Valley, Woodside

Home sales are provided by California REsource, a real estate information company that obtains home sale data from local county recorders' offices.

December 7, 2016 | 1 comment
M-A's 30-win volleyball season comes to a close in the state final

Menlo-Atherton High's girls volleyball team went out the way they started, with big dreams and unlikely results. There were too many good things that happened this year to consider the Bears anything less than successful.

December 3, 2016 | No comments yet
Saturday: Wine walk, tasting in downtown Menlo Park

"Taste of the Mountains," a fundraising wine walk and tasting, will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, in downtown Menlo Park.

December 2, 2016 | No comments yet
Monday: Parcel tax vote for Menlo Park school board

Menlo Park City School district board meeting is in Hillview PAC at 6 p.m.
The public's last chance to weigh in on the details of a parcel tax measure that the Menlo Park City School District's governing board is pondering putting on the March 7 ballot will be on Monday, Dec. 5, at Hillview Middle School, 1100 Elder Ave. in Menlo Park. The meeting starts at 6 p.m.

December 2, 2016 | 3 comments
Woodside teens celebrate their cross-country championships

Woodside teenagers Jake Lange and Natalie Novitsky celebrated becoming Central Coast Section cross country champions at the Crystal Springs Cross Country Course in Belmont.

December 2, 2016 | No comments yet
Almanac Holiday Fund: Helping youth navigate personal crises

Gifts to the Almanac's Holiday Fund benefit StarVista and nine other local community-service organizations.

December 20, 2016 | No comments yet
Almanac Holiday Fund: Ecumenical Hunger Program gives David a fresh start

Gifts to the Almanac's Holiday Fund benefit the Ecumenical Hunger Program and nine other local community-service organizations.

December 19, 2016 | No comments yet
Guest opinion: We must work together to solve county's housing crisis

Most residents of San Mateo County who are not policymakers see only a part of the impact of the housing crisis. As a county supervisor, I hear about all of the challenges.

December 12, 2016 | 7 comments
Menlo Park: Another sentencing delay for E. Gary Smith of Menalto Cleaners

The long-awaited sentencing of Edwin Gary Smith has been postponed, again, until 9 a.m. Friday, Jan. 13.

December 2, 2016 | 5 comments
Menlo-Atherton is hosting a girls wrestling tournament

Folashade Akinola and Abby Erickson followed Menlo-Atherto High senior Chelsea Wilson into the wrestling room and helped shape the image of Bears' girls' wrestling.

December 2, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo girls ready for prime time at state volleyball

Menlo School senior outside hitter Mia Vandermeer watched her older sister Lida from the stands of the Santiago Canyon College gymnasium in Orange the last team Menlo played for the state Division IV girls volleyball championship. She gets to play in one this year.

December 2, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo-Atherton is hosting a girls wrestling tournament

Folashade Akinola and Abby Erickson followed Menlo-Atherton High senior Chelsea Wilson into the wrestling room and helped shape the image of Bears' girls' wrestling.

December 2, 2016 | 1 comment
Bears are better prepared for state volleyball chase

Second-year coach Fletcher Anderson learned from Menlo-Atherton's trip to the state girls volleyball championships last year. The Bears (30-5) should have a better trip to Santiago Canyon College, where they meet Edison (35-8) for the Division I championship at 4:30 p.m. Friday night.

December 2, 2016 | No comments yet
Monday: Civic center's 'green' features subject of Atherton meeting

How to prioritize energy and water-saving features in the plans for a new Atherton civic center and library will be on the agenda Monday, Dec. 5, when Atherton's City Council holds a special joint meeting with its Civic Center Advisory Committee.

December 2, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park business: Pop-up shop sells handcrafted goods

The shop will be open Dec. 8, 9 and 10
A pop-up store selling handcrafted goods, mostly from Southeast Asia, will open for three days (Thursday through Saturday, Dec. 8-10) at 1148 Chestnut St. in downtown Menlo Park.

December 6, 2016 | 1 comment
Sacred Heart Prep girls open soccer season with a big win

M-A takes a tough loss, 1-0, to Mitty in its opener
Prep report: The Sacred Heart Prep girls soccer team may have lost some talented seniors from last year's Central Coast Section Division II runner-up team, but it appears there's plenty left to make another run.

December 1, 2016 | No comments yet
Parcel tax measure in Menlo Park City School District moves toward board approval

Final vote scheduled for Monday, Dec. 5
As two members of the Menlo Park City School District's governing board finished up their terms Wednesday night, Nov. 30, board members agreed on draft details of a new parcel tax measure that will be voted on when two new board members are sworn in on Monday, Dec. 5.

December 1, 2016 | 78 comments
Waste management authority halts hazardous waste pickup

Waste Management Inc. had planned to double the costs in five years
An underutilized program that picks up hazardous household waste materials for many Peninsula residents will be discontinued at the end of this month.

December 1, 2016 | 4 comments
Menlo Park fire district hires 20 firefighters this year

This is the 'most aggressive hiring effort' in decades, fire chief says
The Menlo Park Fire District hired 20 firefighters and firefighter paramedics this year, marking "the largest, single most aggressive hiring effort since at least the 1980s, if ever," Fire Chief Harold Schapelhouman said Wednesday.

December 1, 2016 | 86 comments
Fuel spill reported after dump truck crash on Dumbarton Bridge

Fuel apparently spilled into the Bay after a crash between a dump truck and a car on the Dumbarton Bridge this morning (Dec. 1), according to the California Highway Patrol.

December 1, 2016 | No comments yet
Caltrain, Crisis Text Line announce partnership to prevent suicides

Parent of young Palo Alto woman who died by suicide urges others to use, share resource
Starting next week, the now-ubiquitous "There is Help" signs with suicide hotline numbers posted at local Caltrain stations and along the railroad tracks will be joined by a new resource for those in crisis: Crisis Text Line, a free, confidential, 24/7 support service accessible by simply texting the number 741741.

November 30, 2016 | No comments yet
Trading places

Two local orchestras to swap conductors this winter
'Tis the season for exchanges -- of gifts, of course, but also holiday greeting cards, fancily decorated cookies and, in the case of the Redwood Symphony and Palo Alto Philharmonic, of maestros.

November 30, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park resident aims to slow down the caffeine scene

Gina Meyers opens tea room in Redwood City
If waiting impatiently in line for Starbucks, Philz or Peet's for your caffeine dose isn't your, well, cup of tea, a new shop in Redwood City may offer an alternative.

December 1, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Oak Grove Avenue fire station bites the dust

In actual fact, an excavator did the biting and the station became the dust
The demolition of the fire station at 700 Oak Grove Ave. in downtown Menlo Park on Monday, Nov. 28, was a necessary step before construction could begin on a new station set to open in May of 2018.

November 30, 2016 | 1 comment
Menlo Park adopts big changes to general plan

After two years and more than 60 public meetings, a set of policies for what can get built in Menlo Park has been approved by the Menlo Park City Council.

November 30, 2016 | 4 comments
Sacred Heart Prep boys open soccer season with a victory

Prep report: Senior team captain Connor Johnston scored in the second half and the Sacred Heart Prep boys soccer team beat host Mountain View, 1-0, in the season opener for both teams Tuesday.

November 30, 2016 | No comments yet
San Mateo County enhances protection for 'significant' trees

Menlo Oaks residents sought to protect tree canopy
San Mateo County has beefed up its tree protection regulations after residents of Menlo Oaks, in unincorporated Menlo Park, complained that their namesake oak trees were falling prey to development at an alarming rate.

November 30, 2016 | 8 comments
Today in Menlo Park: Nick Colasanti's life to be celebrated at Hillview School

Friends, colleagues and former students of Nick Colasanti, who spent 36 years in roles including teacher, counselor, coach and vice principal at Hillview Middle School in Menlo Park, will gather at Hillview on Dec. 8, to celebrate his life.

November 30, 2016 | No comments yet
Atherton panel: Stepping off college admissions treadmill

Speakers share ideas for redefining the college-entry process
New York Times columnist Frank Bruni, Harvard educator Richard Weissbourd and Challenge Success founder Denise Pope recently shared some ideas about how to step off college admissions treadmill -- for colleges, for families and for local schools.

November 30, 2016 | 9 comments
Dec. 3-4: Model railroad show, Holiday Train in Menlo Park

The West Bay Model Railroad Association will hold its annual holiday show in Menlo Park on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 3 and 4, with trains running on a new two-level layout. Meanwhile, Caltrain's full-sized Holiday Train will arrive at 7:45 p.m. Sunday.

November 29, 2016 | No comments yet
Sunday: Holiday arts-and-crafts fair in Portola Valley

A Portola Valley holiday arts-and-crafts fair is set for Sunday, Dec. 4, from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center at Woodside Priory School at 302 Portola Road.

November 30, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Longtime library volunteer has retired

Jackie Drew, who has volunteered at the Menlo Park Library for almost 30 years, and lived in the city for 32 years, has retired from her duties at the library and moved to her childhood home in Billings, Montana, according to Menlo Park city staff.

November 29, 2016 | No comments yet
New clubhouse planned at Alpine Swim & Tennis Club

At the Alpine Hills Swim & Tennis Club, the once-familiar stand of gigantic eucalyptus trees that occupied the space between the club and Alpine Road is gone, cut down in late 2014.
The clubhouse, which dates to the 1950s, may be the next to go.

December 1, 2016 | No comments yet
Portola Valley: New baker for farmers' market knows art, science of bread-making

In a tiny village in central France where Portola Valley resident Fiona Strouts' parents live, the arrival of the baker and his cargo of homemade bread tends to infuse the air with excitement. Ms. Strouts may do the same for her hometown.

December 1, 2016 | 1 comment
Police calls: Losses exceed $54K in two Menlo Park home burglaries

Crime and traffic accident reports from Menlo Park, Woodside and Atherton

November 29, 2016 | 1 comment
Menlo Park: Locals seek to protect vulnerable groups before Trump takes office

Councilman Mueller to raise ordinance option at Tuesday council meeting
Before President-elect Donald Trump takes office Jan. 20, some people in Menlo Park are trying to cement protections for populations that may face increased threat under Mr. Trump's proposed policies.

November 28, 2016 | 55 comments
Tonight: Menlo Park council could act on general plan update

(This is an expanded version of a previously posted story.) The Menlo Park City Council will continue its public hearing on proposed changes to the general plan on Tuesday night, Nov. 29.

November 28, 2016 | 1 comment
Loss in football title game can't sour Menlo's sweet season

Menlo was not supposed to get this far. Too many questions, especially at quarterback. This Hayden Pegley kid? Never started a game at QB until this season. Don't call them overachievers, though. The Knights earned the right to play for a title. That they fell short of a Central Coast Section Division V championship, 41-24, at the hands of defending champion Half Moon Bay at Sequoia High School on Friday night, takes nothing away from a marvelous year.

November 28, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo holds a block party in NorCal championship match

NorCal girls' volleyball
The Menlo School girls' volleyball team will be making its sixth trip to the state finals, though just its second in the rally-scoring era. Mia Vandermeer made sure the Knights got another chance this year, recording 10 kills and being part of an astonishing 12 blocks in Menlo's 25-9, 25-14, 28-26 victory over Monte Vista Christian in the NorCal Division IV final Saturday in front of a full house at Menlo.

November 28, 2016 | No comments yet
Girls' volleyball: M-A plans return trip to state championship

DiSanto, Grover combine for 29 kills, 22 digs
The Menlo-Atherton girls' volleyball team won its second consecutive Northern California Division I championship Saturday with a 3-1 win over visiting Oak Ridge.

November 28, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo-Atherton Bears win CCS championship game, 17-0

Talk about saving your best football for last, about saving your best for the most important games of the season. That's what the Menlo-Atherton defense did once it arrived deep in the playoffs.

November 26, 2016 | 2 comments
Menlo Park Kiwanis Club opens its Christmas tree lot

Santa's elves, disguised as Menlo Park Kiwanis Club members, opened the club's Christmas Tree lot the day after Thanksgiving.

November 25, 2016 | 1 comment
Final vote count leaves school board outcome unchanged

Ackerman and Lucas are new Menlo Park City School District board members
With what San Mateo County says is its last vote count update, issued on Wednesday, Nov. 23, David Ackerman and Caroline Lucas still lead the race for two seats on the governing board of the Menlo Park City School District.

November 25, 2016 | No comments yet
Tuesday: Woodside Elementary district board ponders parcel tax

Dec. 6 meeting follows 3:30 p.m. Rudy Driscoll event
A measure to replace a $289 parcel tax expiring at the end of June 2017 will be on the agenda of the Woodside Elementary School District's governing board when it meets on Tuesday, Dec. 6, in the Wildcats Room of the school at 3195 Woodside Road.

December 5, 2016 | No comments yet
Top 12 holiday book picks

Local culture, art, history targeted in reading selections
As the hunt for the perfect gift gets underway this holiday season, we've decided to keep our focus local.

November 23, 2016 | No comments yet
'Tis the season: A guide to some holiday highlights

Though winter doesn't officially arrive until the solstice on Dec. 21, the holiday season has begun. With it comes plenty of arts-and-entertainment events to help you warm up in cool weather, deck the halls or make merry.

November 23, 2016 | No comments yet
M-A looks to Bear down on Milpitas in CCS title game

Prep football
Plenty of size and athleticism will be on display Friday when Menlo-Atherton takes on Milpitas in the Central Coast Section Open Division I championship game. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Independence High in San Jose.

November 23, 2016 | No comments yet
This time Menlo, HMB meet with CCS championship on the line

The third-seeded Menlo football team meets fourth-seeded Half Moon Bay at 7 p.m. Saturday in the CCS Division V championship game at Sequoia High. Go figure.

November 23, 2016 | No comments yet
2016 ALL-CCS DIVISION I, II GIRLS WATER POLO TEAMS

All-CCS Division I, II Girls' Water Polo Awards
Division II co-Players of the Year: Maddy Johnston* SHP 12 and Hannah Henry (GK) Soquel 12
*Overall CCS Player of the Year

November 23, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: New high school clears environmental hurdle

The board of the Sequoia Union High School District recently gave its unanimous approval to a final environmental impact report on the 400-student magnet school that will focus on technology, engineering and design.

November 29, 2016 | No comments yet
Almanac Holiday Fund: Raising expectations through education

Nine years ago Carmina Ortuno came to the United States from Mexico to escape threats on her life. Today, she owns a thriving food truck and catering business.

December 7, 2016 | No comments yet
Holiday Fund: Feeding our less fortunate neighbors

Mariano is a long-time volunteer at St. Anthony's Padua Dining Room, the large soup kitchen in Menlo Park. Each day he helps serve hot food to some 350 patrons, who line up to get a warm meal, surplus groceries, and human contact.

November 23, 2016 | 4 comments
Laurel students celebrate school's national award

Students and staff at Laurel School's upper and lower campuses gathered Nov. 21 to celebrate the school's National Blue Ribbon School award.

November 23, 2016 | 1 comment
Almanac Holiday Fund: New effort to serve high-school teens

This fall, the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula converted its Redwood City Clubhouse from a K-12 facility into a teens-only "Forest High School Center," shifting 200 younger students to the club's on-campus programs at adjacent Hoover Community School.

December 1, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg supports Kepler's, community businesses

Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, left, visits Kepler's bookstore in Menlo Park and meets Dawn Kepler to support "Small Business Saturday," a celebration of the nation's local community businesses, held on Nov. 26 this year.

November 23, 2016 | No comments yet
Guest opinion: More work needed on Menlo Park general plan before approval

At the outset, let us say collectively that we believe there are many positive attributes contained in the proposed general plan currently under consideration by the City Council.

November 28, 2016 | 25 comments
Dec. 3: Christmas Market at Allied Arts Guild

The annual Christmas Market at the Allied Arts Guild in Menlo Park will be held on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

November 22, 2016 | No comments yet
SHP's Enright named CCS boys water polo Player of the Year

Harvard-bound Jackson Enright, a senior at Sacred Heart Prep, was named the overall Central Coast Section men's water polo Player of the Year in a vote of 14 members of the CCS Coaches Association. The results were announced Monday.

November 22, 2016 | No comments yet
2016 girls' all-league volleyball teams

ALL-PAL BAY DIVISION
Co-Most Valuable Players: Jacqueline DiSanto (Menlo-Atherton) Sr. and Eliza Grover (Menlo-Atherton) Sr.
First Team
Kirby Knapp (Menlo-Atherton) Sr.

November 22, 2016 | No comments yet
2016 ALL-LEAGUE GIRLS' TENNIS TEAMS

ALL-PAL BAY DIVISION
First Team
Lanie Van Linge (Menlo-Atherton) Jr.
Julia Marks (Menlo-Atherton) Jr.
Julia Chang (Menlo-Atherton) Sr.
Sophia Longo (Menlo-Atherton) So.

November 22, 2016 | No comments yet
SHP's Johnston named CCS girls' water polo Player of the Year

Sacred Heart Prep senior Maddy Johnston was named Central Coast Section girls' water polo Player of the Year. She heads the list of 10 players that also includes Gators' senior Maddie Pendolino and Gunn junior Zoe Banks.

November 22, 2016 | No comments yet
Pre-construction work starts on Caltrain electrification

Work will take place primarily during the day but sometimes overnight
Preparations for the construction work needed to electrify Caltrain along the Peninsula corridor have started and will last until the end of February, officials with the transit agency said Thursday.

November 22, 2016 | 2 comments
Tonight: Menlo Park district school board meets again on parcel tax

Meeting starts at 6 p.m. in Hillview PAC
A discussion about the details of a parcel tax that could be put on the March 7, 2017 ballot is the sole topic of a special meeting of the Menlo Park City School District's governing board on Wednesday, Nov. 30.

November 23, 2016 | 43 comments
Menlo Park mayor gives update on 'state of the city'

Major regional changes and development 'are a lot to swallow'
Following a Menlo Park tradition in which each mayor delivers a "State of the City" address at the close of his or her one-year mayoral term, Mayor Rich Cline gave his own "honest, off the chest" take on where things stand in Menlo Park to a crowd gathered Nov. 17 at Facebook's recently renovated Building 23.

November 22, 2016 | No comments yet
Where volunteers, nonprofits serve free Thanksgiving meals

This Thanksgiving, thousands of community members will come together in kitchens and dining halls throughout the Midpeninsula, including dozens of volunteer kitchen workers who will spend the morning prepping and serving turkey with all the fixings to hundreds of children, families, seniors and those in need.

November 22, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park man faces more charges of sex acts with minors

He coached at local elementary schools
Authorities have filed more charges of sexual activity with minors against Menlo Park resident Julio Edgardo Ortiz, a former basketball coach at local elementary schools.

November 22, 2016 | No comments yet
Stanford seeks to expand academic facilities by 2 million square feet by 2035

University also looks to add 3,150 units of housing by 2035
Faced with a heavy demand for housing, evolving academic disciplines and anticipated growth in its undergraduate population, Stanford University is preparing to expand its campus by more than 2 million square feet over the next 17 years, according to an application the university submitted Monday with Santa Clara County.

November 22, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo-Atherton edges host Priory in girls' basketball opener

In a match-up made for March, the Menlo-Atherton High girls' basketball team survived a possible game-tying shot at the buzzer to eke past host Priory, 48-45, in a CCS Sportsmanship game on Monday night.

November 22, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park City School District: Second survey mailing has glitch

A second mailing inviting registered voters in the Menlo Park City School District to participate in an online survey ended up with an even bigger flaw than the original mailing, which lacked a return address and may have caused some recipients to discard it as junk mail.

November 22, 2016 | 5 comments
Earn the bird: Thanksgiving morning exercise fundraiser

Class at Laurel lower campus raises money for Sharing and Caring program
A Thanksgiving morning Jazzercise class to benefit Laurel School's Caring and Sharing Program runs from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 24.

November 22, 2016 | No comments yet
Dec. 4: Fashion show, fair in downtown Menlo Park

The business community in Menlo Park will come together for a fashion show and fair benefiting the Lambadina Foundation on Sunday, Dec. 4, at the Stephen Miller Gallery on Santa Cruz Avenue. The fair opens at 4 p.m. The fashion show starts at 6 p.m.

November 21, 2016 | No comments yet
'Make America Kind Again' vigil in Menlo Park

In a vigil with a goal to "Make America Kind Again," organized by Gail Sredanovic, people with candles walk by Fremont Park in downtown Menlo Park on the evening of Friday, Nov. 18.

November 22, 2016 | No comments yet
Key issue splits board in drawing maps to subdivide school district

Plans to divide the Sequoia Union High School District into five voting areas for school board elections have raised a key question: Should a voting area echo a particular high school's attendance area and possibly put that board member under pressure by voters to represent that school on the board?

November 22, 2016 | No comments yet
Police calls: Menlo Park man loses $4,440 in computer support scam

Crime reports from Menlo Park.

November 22, 2016 | No comments yet
Woodside extends temporary ban on commercial cultivation of marijuana

Numbers can tell a tale. For example, 65 percent of Woodside voters in the Nov. 8 election voted in support of statewide Proposition 64, which made it legal to grow, use and sell marijuana for recreational and commercial use.

November 29, 2016 | 1 comment
Thanksgiving travel could set records

Thanksgiving weekend travel at Bay Area airports is expected to be busier than last year, and among Californians holiday weekend travel will be the busiest in the last nine years, airport and AAA officials said.

November 21, 2016 | No comments yet
Wednesday: School board ponders budget, parcel tax choices

Nov. 30 and Dec. 5 meetings may pin down tax details
Members of the governing board of the Menlo Park City School District continue to struggle with how to balance the district's budget, which is currently projected to be $5.3 million in the red by the 2020-21 school year.

November 21, 2016 | 36 comments
The Bears claw their way into volleyball semifinals

Girls Div. I NorCals
Jacqueline DiSanto and Eliza Grover, who shared the PAL Bay Division MVP award, each recorded 15 kills to help the Menlo-Atherton High girls' volleyball team beat visiting Tracy, 25-10, 25-22, 25-13, Saturday night to reach the Northern California Division I semifinals.

November 21, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo stays home, Sacred Heart Prep goes on the road

Girls NorCal volleyball
The Menlo School girls volleyball team stays at home for its Northern California Division IV tournament semifinal match. Sacred Heart Prep will need to win on the road to play again.

November 21, 2016 | No comments yet
Bears bring down the Bells in CCS football semifinals

How far has the Menlo-Atherton football team come since its season opener? Look no further than Friday's final score. All the rest is mere commentary. The Bears dominated from start to finish in a 21-0 win over Bellarmine in a Central Coast Section Open Division I semifinal at M-A.

November 19, 2016 | No comments yet
Knights late score puts them in CCS football title game

Hayden Pegley passed for 378 yards and three touchdowns and the Menlo School football team is headed back to the CCS championship game after a 34-28 Division V victory over host Seaside on Friday.

November 19, 2016 | No comments yet
Tonight: Family-friendly candlelight vigil at Fremont Park

"Make America kind again," will be the mantra of a family friendly candlelight vigil to be held tonight (Friday, Nov. 18) from 6 to 7 p.m. at Fremont Park in downtown Menlo Park at the intersection of Santa Cruz Avenue and University Drive.

November 18, 2016 | 14 comments
Playoff time brings out the best in Sacred Heart Prep

Prep football preview
It's playoff time now, and that has come to mean the Sacred Heart Prep football team is performing at a high level.

November 18, 2016 | No comments yet
2016 girls' all-league volleyball teams

ALL-PAL BAY DIVISION
Co-Most Valuable Players: Jacqueline DiSanto (Menlo-Atherton) Sr. and Eliza Grover (Menlo-Atherton) Sr.
First Team
Kirby Knapp (Menlo-Atherton) Sr.

November 18, 2016 | No comments yet
Sunday services for Mary Elizabeth Rapp, longtime Menlo Park resident

A Mass of Intention for Mary Elizabeth Rapp, who lived most of her life in Menlo Park, will be held at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, at St. Denis Church, 3350 Avy Ave. in Menlo Park. Ms. Rapp died Oct. 15 at the age of 92.

December 7, 2016 | No comments yet
Business: Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage names new manager

Chris Rasmussen is the new manager of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage offices in Menlo Park, Woodside, and Portola Valley. He succeeds longtime local manager Wendy McPherson, who retired.

November 29, 2016 | No comments yet
Feature story: Woodside's Bailey is now flea-free

This story started with a very itchy dog in Woodside named Bailey who scratched at hairless hotspots for years. After multiple visits to the vet, and two rounds of prednisone and antibiotics, the underlying issue became clear: fleas had built up immunity to her flea preventative medication.

December 1, 2016 | No comments yet
Two Menlo Park youths attain Eagle Scout rank

Schuyler Knapp and CJ Box in Troop 206 have earned the rank of Eagle Scout and took part in a recent Court of Honor ceremony at Trinity Episcopal Church in Menlo Park.

December 1, 2016 | No comments yet
Atherton OKs Little League tournament in Holbrook-Palmer Park

Sixteen all-star teams will compete over two weeks in July 2017
Atherton has approved a Little League tournament for Holbrook-Palmer Park next summer, but warned the sponsoring Menlo-Atherton Little League that it needs to be careful not to rile up the park's neighbors if it wants to hold the event in the future.

November 18, 2016 | 7 comments
Feature story: Divided Cypriot teens find common ground here

"I'm sorry to go," Nelly admitted at a group dinner she helped prepare right before she left the U.S. in late July. She is one of six teenagers who became new best friends when they came to this area for four weeks, and then flew home to Cyprus, an island nation designed to keep many of its people separate.

November 21, 2016 | 1 comment
Where you can get free sandbags

Locals can prepare for the rainy season by picking up free sandbags in Atherton, Menlo Park, Portola Valley and Woodside.

December 14, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park council challenger Taylor plans to stay in game

Candidate and challenger Cecilia Taylor came fairly close to winning a seat on the Menlo Park City Council on Nov. 8, receiving 4,609 votes and coming in third after incumbent Catherine Carlton, who received 5,296 votes.

November 17, 2016 | 9 comments
Girls' volleyball: Bears, Knights win first round matches

NorCal girls' volleyball: The top-seeded Menlo-Atherton High's girls volleyball team made quick work of its first round NorCal Division I regional opponent, visiting Skyline-Oakland, 25-6, 25-4, 25-7, Wednesday night.

November 17, 2016 | No comments yet
Sacred Heart Prep's Choy upset in CCS tennis singles final

The longer Wednesday's match was extended, the better Sacred Heart Prep junior Sara Choy played. Had she been able to force a third set, Choy may very well be celebrating a third straight Central Coast Section girls tennis title.

November 17, 2016 | No comments yet
Tonight in Menlo Park: Hear works by local writers at Kepler's

Kepler's Books has long been a place for readers to gather, but it is now launching a program to gather writers together to share their work.

November 17, 2016 | No comments yet
Tonight: More discussion of Menlo Park school district parcel tax and budget cuts

Meeting is at 7 p.m. in Hillview Middle School Performing Arts Center
A marathon Nov. 9 meeting wasn't long enough for the board of the Menlo Park City School District to decide on the details of a parcel tax measure for the March 2017 ballot so the board is meeting again Thursday, Nov. 16, for more discussion.

November 16, 2016 | 84 comments
No charges against Menlo Park developer David Bohannon in domestic dispute

No charges will be filed against Menlo Park developer David Bohannon, who was involved in a domestic dispute on Oct. 12 that led to his arrest by the Menlo Park Police Department, according to San Mateo County District Attorney's office.

November 16, 2016 | 5 comments
Tuesday: Woodside Elementary honors Rudy Driscoll

Rudy Driscoll, a former Woodside Elementary School District board member and school parent who died in June 2015 at the age of 47, will be honored at an event on Tuesday, Dec. 6 at the school.

December 1, 2016 | No comments yet
Atherton: Caltrans changes stoplight's timing on El Camino Real

Walk signal extended to 22 seconds from 8 seconds
Two weeks after The Almanac published a story about the dangers of a new light on El Camino Real in Atherton at Almendral Avenue, Caltrans has changed the light's timing so pedestrians have a walk signal for 22 seconds instead of 8 seconds.

November 16, 2016 | 5 comments
Menlo Park council dissects proposed general plan changes

Menlo Park's City Council spent about four and a half hours Tuesday night hearing comments, asking questions and giving feedback about proposed changes to the city's general plan, which governs new development.

November 16, 2016 | 3 comments
Michael Killen art on display in Atherton

Works by artist Menlo Park artist Michael Killen, who says he uses his art to share messages on climate change, ocean change, energy and emissions, will be on display in Atherton's town offices and the library through January.

November 18, 2016 | No comments yet
SH Prep's Choy moves on in CCS girls tennis tournament

Tennis roundup: Seniors Haley Mathews, Julia Chang and Sarah Tiemann played their final girls' high school tennis matches on Tuesday. Juniors Julia Marks and Sara Choy still have another year. In fact, the top-seeded Choy still has Wednesday.

November 16, 2016 | No comments yet
Latest vote count confirms Ackerman and Lucas won school board seats

County updated vote totals at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 15
David Ackerman and Caroline Lucas still lead the race for two seats on the governing board of the Menlo Park City School District with the latest vote count released by the San Mateo County Elections Office on Tuesday, Nov. 15. It appears unlikely the outcome of the race will change.

November 15, 2016 | 16 comments
Menlo student-athletes sign letters to play in college

Menlo School is pleased to announce that three student-athletes have signed national letters of intent and are set to play intercollegiate sports as they continue their studies next season.

November 15, 2016 | No comments yet
Tonight: Woodside council may extend window for marijuana regulation

The Woodside Town Council meets tonight (Tuesday, Nov. 15) to consider a resolution extending its window of opportunity to craft local regulations for the handling of recreational marijuana, including its cultivation, manufacture, testing, labeling and sale.

November 15, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: BBC renovations inch closer to completion

It's not yet known when the famed BBC building in downtown Menlo Park will be open for business as a new restaurant and bar, but progress on the building is being watched carefully.

November 16, 2016 | 2 comments
Menlo Park voters grapple with Donald Trump's election

Eighty-seven percent of Menlo Park's voters picked a candidate other than the country's president-elect, Donald Trump.

November 16, 2016 | 116 comments
Tonight: Menlo Park council takes up general plan changes

After about two years of community meetings on proposed changes to Menlo Park's general plan, the proposals come to the Menlo Park City Council tonight (Nov. 15) for its review.

November 15, 2016 | No comments yet
Tonight: School board may decide how to subdivide Sequoia high school district

The board of the Sequoia Union High School District meets tonight at 6 p.m. and may decide on a map to subdivide the 19-square-mile school district into separate voting areas. The goal is to improve the chances of having a more ethnically diverse board.

November 16, 2016 | No comments yet
League of Women Voters surveys community

The mission of the League of Women Voters of South San Mateo County is to engage citizens in the democratic process and public policy discussions, but how many local residents know this?

November 17, 2016 | 5 comments
Portola Valley toughens defenses after home invasions

Burglars and robbers may see the darkness, wealth and semi-rural tranquility of Portola Valley as an invitation to perpetrate crime, but residents and the Town Council are considering steps that would change any such impression.

November 17, 2016 | 9 comments
Police calls: Portola Valley pastor poser prompts probe

Crime and accident reports for Portola Valley, Woodside, Menlo Park, West Menlo Park, Ladera and Atherton

November 15, 2016 | No comments yet
Atherton civic center donor seeks design changes

As Atherton scrambles to finish the design of its new civic center, a donor has asked for design changes that could set back the start of the project.

November 15, 2016 | 15 comments
Tonight: Atherton considers Little League request to hold tournament in town

The Atherton's City Council is scheduled to act on a request by the Menlo-Atherton Little League to host an all-star tournament in Holbrook-Palmer Park in July 2017 when it meets on Wednesday, Nov. 16, starting at 7 p.m.

November 15, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo-Atherton High School students stage large anti-Trump protest march

A peaceful, if loud and boisterous, protest against the election of Donald Trump as the next president of the United States began at about 1:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14, when a large number of Menlo-Atherton High School students -- more than 1,000, an Atherton policeman said -- gathered on the school campus with their signs and frustrations over Mr. Trump's positions.

November 14, 2016 | 25 comments
Thursday: Science Night at the Menlo Park Library

Kids and adults interested in learning more about animals, the cosmos and more might check out the Menlo Park Library's third Science Night, set for Thursday, Nov. 17, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

November 15, 2016 | No comments yet
Thursday: Menlo Park holds 'State of the City' event at Facebook

Menlo Park's annual "State of the City" event will be held Thursday, Nov. 17, at Facebook's recently refurbished Building 23 at 300 Constitution Drive in Menlo Park.

November 16, 2016 | No comments yet
Mims scores early, Johnson scores a lot in M-A victory

CCS football playoffs
Menlo-Atherton senior quarterback Aajon Johnson accounted for five touchdowns and the Bears earned a 42-14 Central Coast Section Open Division quarterfinal victory over visiting Wilcox Friday night.

November 12, 2016 | No comments yet
Today: Public forum on Woodside school parcel tax measure

The most likely measure is a $289 parcel tax for 12 years
The Woodside Elementary School District board plans to vote in December on a proposal to put a parcel tax measure on an April mail-in-only ballot. A community forum on the proposed measure is set for 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 22, in the Wildcat Room at the school, 3195 Woodside Road.

November 18, 2016 | 6 comments
Oaks men have the golden touch in GSAC soccer tourney

No. 25 Menlo College's historic men's soccer season continued Thursday in the Golden State Athletic Conference tournament with yet another dramatic, come-from-behind victory.

November 11, 2016 | No comments yet
Gators set to compete for CCS girls volleyball title

Natalie Zimits looks around the Sacred Heart Prep Gym and sees all the championship volleyball banners, representing 14 Central Coast Section titles. The senior middle blocker would like this year's team to add a banner of their own.

November 11, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo-Atherton, Menlo out of CCS team tennis tournament

There's a lot of tennis left in Lanie Van Linge's future but there's not a lot of team tennis left, so she values all the time she has with her Menlo-Atherton High teammates.

November 11, 2016 | No comments yet
Update: Ackerman, Lucas still lead in school board election after vote count update

David Ackerman and Caroline Lucas hung on to their lead in the election for two seats on the governing board of the Menlo Park City School District, according to the vote count released Thursday by the San Mateo County Elections office.

November 10, 2016 | No comments yet
Update: Woodside High students protest Trump election

Student: Protest started as emotional outpouring and evolved into 'unity thing'
Hundreds of students gathered in the Woodside High School central quad at mid-morning Thursday and stayed out of classes to air opinions on the election of Donald Trump as president. What began as an emotional outpouring evolved into a "unity thing," a student said.

November 10, 2016 | 11 comments
Woodside High: Student Trump supporter assaulted

A Woodside High sophomore said that after she posted on social media her support of Donald Trump for president, she was assaulted Nov. 9 at the school by another student who accused her of hating Mexicans.

November 10, 2016 | 35 comments
Menlo Park: Some landlords soon to be required to offer 12-month leases

Some landlords in Menlo Park will be required to give renters the option of a 12-month lease as early as February 2017.

November 10, 2016 | 7 comments
Menlo Park City School District board leaning toward March parcel tax election

Meeting planned for next week to discuss amount of tax
The board of the Menlo Park City School District is leaning toward putting a parcel tax measure on the ballot in March, but board members say they still don't have enough information to decide the amount of the proposed tax.

November 10, 2016 | 37 comments
'In Volution'

"In Volution," an original theater piece by Stanford students Maddie Bixler and Elliott Bomboy, follows three women from a Southern California trailer park as they deal with the cultural ramifications of Ronald Reagan's 1980 election and its impact on the lives of working-class people.

November 10, 2016 | No comments yet
Cantor Arts Center: Dramatic overhaul of permanent collection

Cantor Arts Center and Stanford faculty collaborate to transform galleries
The Cantor Arts Center is celebrating the joys of directly engaging with art, thanks to a complete and dramatic overhaul of the museum's permanent collection.

November 10, 2016 | No comments yet
Wilson, Gaona-Mendoza elected to Ravenswood school board

Two winning candidates offer starkly different views of state of school district
The Ravenswood City School District Board of Trustees will hold onto one longtime public servant and gain a new voice after Tuesday's election, with incumbent Sharifa Wilson and challenger Marielena Gaona-Mendoza winning two open seats, according to unofficial results from the San Mateo County Registrar of Voters.

November 10, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo-Atherton beats Gunn to reach boys water polo championship

CCS water polo: Henry Marks scored with 36 seconds remaining to play to lift third-seeded Menlo-Atherton to an 8-7 victory over visiting Gunn in the semifinals of the Central Coast Section boys' Division I water polo tournament Wednesday night.

November 10, 2016 | 2 comments
Water world: Woodside resident curates ‘California: The Art of Water' at the Cantor

Claire Perry of Woodside raises a lot of topical questions in "California: The Art of Water," an exhibit she curated that's currently at the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University.

November 22, 2016 | 1 comment
Portola Valley farmers' market switches to winter hours

With the end of daylight saving time, winter hours (2 to 5 p.m.) have begun for the Portola Valley farmers' market.

November 12, 2016 | No comments yet
Update: Incumbents win re-election to Sequoia Healthcare District board

Jack Hickey's quest for a majority falls short again
Incumbents Kim Griffin and Kathleen Kane were re-elected Tuesday to four-year terms on the five-member governing board of the Sequoia Healthcare District. With all precincts reporting, the vote count was 33,165 for Ms. Griffin and 28,393 for Ms. Kane.

November 9, 2016 | 1 comment
Menlo, SHP to meet for boys Division II water polo title

Their rosters turn over every year and there are always new faces and old friends. When it comes down to it, though, the Central Coast Section boys Division II water polo championship trophy will be displayed, once again, somewhere near Valparaiso Ave., on the Atherton side.

November 9, 2016 | No comments yet
Marc Berman edges out Vicki Veenker for Assembly seat

Palo Alto councilman on his way to Sacramento
In a tight race that split the region's Democratic establishment, Palo Alto City Councilman Marc Berman has edged out attorney Vicki Veenker to represent Assembly District 24 in Sacramento.

November 9, 2016 | No comments yet
Update: Mueller, Carlton re-elected to Menlo Park council

Challenger Cecilia Taylor runs a close third
Both Menlo Park City Council incumbents, Catherine Carlton and Ray Mueller, were re-elected Tuesday to serve another four years on the council.

November 9, 2016 | 1 comment
Wednesday: Menlo Park may act on renter-protection measures

The day after Election Day, it will be back to business for the Menlo Park City Council. This time, the council will consider ways to help residents stay in the community despite soaring rents.

November 8, 2016 | 6 comments
Palo Alto, Sacred Heart Prep, Castilleja on to the semifinals

M-A, Menlo lose in Open Division; will play in NorCals
CCS volleyball
The Menlo-Atherton girls' volleyball team saw its 25-match winning streak come to an end Saturday but not its season.

November 8, 2016 | No comments yet
Home prices in Woodside, Atherton, Portola Valley, Menlo Park

If you had a million dollars, what could you buy? What about $10 million?
Home prices vary so widely on the Midpeninsula that there are cottages for under $1 million and mansions for over $10 million. Whatever the price range, it's probably somewhere on the Midpeninsula.

November 8, 2016 | 4 comments
Tennis: All for one and one for all in Menlo-Atherton's victory

CCS girls' tennis: The four singles players for the Menlo-Atherton girls' tennis team all won in straight sets to lead the Bears past host Castilleja, 6-1, in a first-round match of the Central Coast Section team tournament Monday.

November 8, 2016 | No comments yet
Links to latest results in local elections

Links to election results, including Menlo Park City Council, Menlo Park City School District governing board, Measure K (the extension of the county's half-cent sales tax to 2043).

November 8, 2016 | No comments yet
Sequoia Healthcare District: Incumbents Griffin, Kane elected

Incumbents Kim Griffin and Kathleen Kane lead in the election for two seats on the governing board of the Sequoia Healthcare District.

November 8, 2016 | No comments yet
Update: Measure to extend sales tax for 20 years passes handily

Measure K didn't need a two-thirds majority, but it got one
Seventy percent of voters Tuesday agreed with Measure K, a proposal to extend by 20 years a 10-year countywide half-cent sales tax that would have expired in 2023.

November 8, 2016 | 4 comments
Update: Ackerman, Lucas lead in Menlo Park City School District board race

Two candidates seen by many as "outsiders," David Ackerman and Caroline Lucas, appear to have been elected to the governing board of the Menlo Park City School District. It appears that thousands of votes are yet to be counted in the race, however.

November 8, 2016 | 2 comments
Incumbents Mueller, Carlton re-elected to Menlo Park council

Incumbents Ray Mueller and Catherine Carlton were re-elect Tuesday to another four-year term on the Menlo Park City Council.

November 8, 2016 | No comments yet
Living with Parkinson's disease

Local group helps women with Parkinson's live life fully
A group of local women are helping each other live with Parkinson's disease by providing encouragement, camaraderie and compassion and focusing on living life fully despite -- or with -- the disease.

November 12, 2016 | No comments yet
Consultant resending school survey invitation

Deadline to take Menlo Park City School District survey extended to Dec. 9
After admitting it erred by leaving off the return address on a mailing that invited registered voters in the Menlo Park City School District to take an online survey, a consulting firm has agreed to remail the invitation at its own expense.

November 8, 2016 | No comments yet
Fire district weighs tax on new development

The Menlo Park Fire Protection District is going with Plan B in response to inaction by the cities it serves, particularly Menlo Park, to institute a new-development-impact-fee to subsidize new firefighting equipment to keep pace with new commercial property development.

November 9, 2016 | No comments yet
Portola Valley pushes envelope on new green building codes

As technology moves ahead with new sustainable construction techniques, so does the California building code, but pushing to be in the forefront is the town government of Portola Valley.

November 9, 2016 | 1 comment
Atherton may sue, again, over high-speed rail

Atherton has spent more than $145,000 fighting both the state's plans to put high-speed rail through the middle of town, and Caltrain's plans to electrify its trains. Now, it's considering spending even more.

November 9, 2016 | 14 comments
Options emerge for dealing with Alpine Road speed and congestion

About 70 residents, most from Ladera and Stanford Weekend Acres, gathered in Ladera for a third presentation by the county Public Works Department on congestion and speed problems on Alpine Road between these two communities.

November 9, 2016 | 7 comments
Atherton, Menlo Park police calls: Burglaries, thefts, scams

Crime and accident reports from Atherton and Menlo Park.

November 8, 2016 | No comments yet
Jewelry-maker celebrates 10 years at Allied Arts

Master silver- and goldsmith Davide Bigazzi has been crafting necklaces, rings, earrings and more in his Allied Arts Guild studio for a decade now, and he is inviting the community to help him celebrate his 10th anniversary at the guild on Saturday, Nov. 12.

November 9, 2016 | No comments yet
SRI International turns 70

SRI International turned 70 on Nov. 6.

November 13, 2016 | No comments yet
Anthem furniture store may open in Menlo Park

Anthem, a high-end furniture and home-decor store in San Francisco's Pacific Heights neighborhood, may open a shop in Menlo Park.

November 17, 2016 | No comments yet
Man charged in Menlo Park burglary gets 11-year sentence

A 21-year-old Redwood City resident who pleaded no contest to charges of burglary in Menlo Park, evading an officer in East Palo Alto and gang-related assault at the San Mateo County jail was sentenced to 11 years in state prison on Nov. 3.

November 7, 2016 | 4 comments
Atherton's Bellis wins Tevlin Challenger in Toronto

As a result, the teenager will break into the top 100 in the world rankings for the first time
Atherton resident CiCi Bellis won the Tevlin Challenger, a $50,000 ITF Pro Circuit event held at the Tevlin Centre in Toronto, on Sunday. She beat Czech Republic's Jeskia Maleckova, 6-2, 1-6, 6-3, in the championship match.

November 7, 2016 | No comments yet
Today: Atherton council and advisory committee meet on civic center plans

Advisory committee meets at 4:30 p.m.; joint council meeting at 5:30 p.m.
Two public meetings on the design of Atherton's civic center will be held today, Nov. 7. The Civic Center Advisory Committee meets at 4:30 p.m. followed by a joint meeeting with the City Council at 5:30 p.m.

November 7, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo-Atherton is No. 1 seed in Division I football playoffs

Menlo-Atherton not only made the Central Coast Section Open Division I playoffs but received the No. 1 seed Sunday at the CCS seeding meeting.

November 6, 2016 | No comments yet
Friday to Sunday: Menlo School stages interactive murder mystery musical

Theater goers decide how the story ends
"The Mystery of Edwin Drood," a Tony Award-winning interactive musical whodunit, based on the unfinished Charles Dickens novel of the same name, will be presented by the Menlo School Drama Department in four performances from Friday, Nov. 11, through Sunday, Nov. 13.

November 7, 2016 | No comments yet
Wednesday: Decision time near for Menlo Park school district

Menlo Park City School District board meets in Hillview PAC at 6 p.m.
When the Menlo Park City School District's governing board meets on Wednesday, Nov. 9, to consider how it will try to resolve its budget problems, one thing will be certain: board members will have a plethora of information to consider.

November 8, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Firefighters rescue two men from lift basket stuck 80 feet in the air

Firefighters in Menlo Park on Friday rescued two men stuck inside a lift basket that had stopped 80 feet in the air at a construction site.

November 5, 2016 | 2 comments
Wednesday: Woodside Elementary School board considers parcel tax measure

Details of a parcel tax measure, including the amount and how long it would last, will be discussed by the governing board of the Woodside Elementary School District when it meets on Wednesday, Nov. 9.

November 8, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park school district posts answers to budget questions

Included: Why no return address on survey envelopes?
The Menlo Park City School District has posted a feature on its website that aims to answer frequently asked questions about the district's budget woes and the process it's using to resolve them.

November 5, 2016 | 52 comments
Menlo Park: La Entrada Middle School holds book sale

More than 6,000 books in all genres will be available for sale during the La Entrada Middle School's Used Book Fair from Monday through Thursday, Nov. 7-10.

November 5, 2016 | No comments yet
Local prep football scores

Football scores for Menlo-Atherton, Woodside, Menlo School, Sacred Heart Prep and Priory.

November 5, 2016 | No comments yet
Councilman DeGolia: Public money may be needed for new civic center in Atherton

Atherton exploring ways to add revenues to town's coffers
Atherton City Councilman Rick DeGolia says he thinks it is "inevitable" that the town must soon ask voters to allow the use of public money for its new civic center because donations to pay for it are not coming in.

November 7, 2016 | 23 comments
Palo Alto girls reach quarterfinals with win over the Bears

Prep report
Palo Alto defeated Menlo-Atherton, 9-6, Thursday at Mountain View to advance into the quarterfinals of the girls Division I water polo tournament.

November 4, 2016 | No comments yet
Artscene: David Byrne and co. blend science and art in Menlo Park

You may find yourself living in the body of a doll. And you may find yourself behind the podium of a moral-dilemma game show. And, to quote David Byrne, you may ask yourself, "Well, how did I get here?" Probably via El Camino Real, in this case, where musician/author/artist Byrne, technology investor/nonprofit founder Mala Gaonkar and the team at Pace Art + Technology have created "The Institute Presents: NEUROSOCIETY," an "immersive theatrical experience" based on real neuroscience and psychology experiments.

November 3, 2016 | 2 comments
Business: Co-working office spaces are networking opportunities

It seems that everyone has a different idea for how to use the comparatively expansive square-footage in Menlo Park's M-2 area east of U.S. 101.

November 4, 2016 | No comments yet
Coming soon to Menlo Park: new apartments for low-income seniors

Low-income seniors will soon have a new place to live in Menlo Park.

November 4, 2016 | 5 comments
Speaking in pictures

Photographers' online 'conversation' of nearly 1,000 images turns into an art show
When nine Bay Area professional photographers launched a blog three years ago, they didn't think it would last. They were wrong. Not only has their collaborative content gained followers, it has spawned a new art form now on display at Foothill College.

November 22, 2016 | No comments yet
M-A's annual canned food drive has begun

When times are hard, a festive meal for the holidays can raise one's spirits, even if only for a little while. Can that spirit be encouraged to linger a while longer? Try participating in a program that provides the makings of festive holiday meals for families that can't afford them.

November 4, 2016 | No comments yet
50 years of Flamenco

Theatre Flamenco of San Francisco is marking five decades of lively Spanish dance and theater in the Bay Area. The company's dancers and musicians will perform at the Mountain View Center of the Performing Arts (500 Castro St.) on Friday, Nov. 4, at 8 p.m.

November 3, 2016 | No comments yet
SHP's Choy, Menlo's Hao and Liu earn WBAL tennis titles

Sacred Heart Prep junior Sara Choy continued her mastery of high school tennis with her third straight West Bay Athletic League singles title and Kaitlin Hao and Vivian Liu kept the doubles title at Menlo in Tuesday's individual tournament.

November 3, 2016 | No comments yet
On stage: The salvation of Shaw

Pear Theatre presents witty, weighty 'Major Barbara'
In George Bernard Shaw's 1905 play "Major Barbara," the characters grapple with questions that still plague us today, in this age of campaign financing and lobbyists. Is accepting money from sources with questionable motives or values worth doing if the money serves the greater good?

November 3, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo College soccer honored on all-GSAC selections

The Menlo College men's and women's soccer teams each placed three players on the all-Golden State Athletic Conferencev team, it was announced.

November 3, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: 104 new apartments units near Facebook up for lease

Rents range from $3,100 to $6,100
A total of 104 new apartment units are now available for lease at a recently built complex near Facebook in Menlo Park, the developer announced at a Nov. 2 grand opening event.

November 3, 2016 | No comments yet
Update: Menlo Park council to discuss residential displacement Nov. 9

The Menlo Park City Council will hold a special meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, to discuss what it can do about renters being pushed out of their homes due to rising housing costs and evictions, according to Mayor Rich Cline.

November 2, 2016 | 3 comments
High school district superintendent to step down when school year ends

A little more than seven years after he signed on as superintendent of the Sequoia Union High School District, James Lianides will be stepping down. His last day on the job will be June 30, 2017.

November 2, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Facebook expansion approved unanimously

The Menlo Park City Council on Nov. 1 unanimously approved Facebook's plans to build two large office buildings and a hotel in the area bounded roughly by Bayfront Expressway, Constitution Drive and Chilco Street overlooking the Bay.

November 2, 2016 | 16 comments
San Mateo County voter registration reaches all-time high

Though pundits and pollsters say the outcome of the presidential election in California is a foregone conclusion, voter registration in San Mateo County has reached an all-time high, according to Mark Church, the county's chief elections officer.

November 2, 2016 | No comments yet
New wood-burning rules as winter Spare the Air season starts

More stringent rules aim to 'further protect public health from wood smoke pollution'
With the Winter Spare the Air season having begun Tuesday, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District is reminding residents in the region about new requirements that have been added to the district's wood burning rule.

November 2, 2016 | 1 comment
Portola Valley today: In wake of home invasions, deputies meet with residents

In the wake of two home-invasion robberies in Portola Valley, deputies and detectives from the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office will be on hand from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1, to meet Portola Valley and Woodside residents at the Community Hall at 765 Portola Road.

November 2, 2016 | 1 comment
Housing march in North Fair Oaks reveals deep anxiety over displacement

An estimated 400 people took to the streets of Redwood City and North Fair Oaks on Oct. 21 to protest evictions and rent spikes at a 48-unit apartment complex in North Fair Oaks that was bought in July by Los Angeles-based firm Trion Properties.

November 4, 2016 | 2 comments
New program encourages Menlo Park shoppers to bike

Local organizations are urging people to consider riding a bike when they shop in Menlo Park this holiday season.

November 21, 2016 | 4 comments
How big is resident displacement problem in Menlo Park?

How many residents in Menlo Park have been displaced due to rising housing costs and evictions? Considering the number of development projects in the works, how many will be displaced?

November 3, 2016 | 13 comments
Menlo Park: Traffic woes lead to divide over general plan

General plan update goes to City Council on Nov. 15
(This is an expanded version of a previously posted story.) With the Planning Commission's members down to four (three commissioners recused themselves due to personal connections to the area under discussion), the commission found itself at an 11 p.m. divide on Oct. 24.

November 3, 2016 | 6 comments
Water polo: Sacred Heart Prep earns top seeds for CCS championships

Prep water polo: West Catholic Athletic League champions Sacred Heart Prep earned the top seeds in each the Central Coast Section Division II boys and girls water polo championships, which begin Tuesday at various locations.

November 1, 2016 | No comments yet
Nov. 3-6: Menlowe Ballet celebrates with Atherton performance

This season Menlowe Ballet is marking its fifth anniversary with "Tribute," a program including two new works, a classical ballet, and a comeback of the company's showpiece by the same name.

October 31, 2016 | No comments yet
Woodside preserves right to regulate marijuana

(Expanded version of story previously posted.) There are at least 19 farms in Woodside, according to a directory published by Dun & Bradstreet Inc. Several are vineyards and other are involved with horses. Will marijuana cultivation find a place alongside them?

November 3, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo district school board gets advice on ending budget woes

Speakers at two public-input sessions about a possible new parcel tax for the Menlo Park City School District almost universally favored another tax, with several people suggesting a tax high enough to avoid all budget cuts. (Expanded version of earlier story.)

November 1, 2016 | 3 comments
Woodside: Council shifts to even-numbered-year elections

(Expanded version of story previously posted.) The Woodside Town Council, in a unanimous vote, added a year to the terms of each of its members. The council basically had to do this to comply with a state law that requires most publicly elected bodies to hold elections in even-numbered years.

November 3, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park art exhibit: 'Water, Nature's Gift'

Reception for artists on Saturday, Nov. 5
"Montara Cove" by Barbara von Haunalter is one of the featured artworks in the joint November exhibit by Ms. Von Haunalter and Jan Prisco at the Portola Art Gallery at Allied Arts Guild in Menlo Park.

October 31, 2016 | No comments yet
Police calls: Burglaries, thefts in Menlo Park

Crime reports from Menlo Park.

November 1, 2016 | No comments yet
Wednesday: Atherton council considers permit surcharge to help pay for part of civic center

Study session starts at 3 p.m. in council chambers
Adding a surcharge to building-permit fees as a way to raise money to build part of the new civic center is one of three topics the Atherton City Council will examine at a study session Wednesday, Nov. 2.

November 1, 2016 | No comments yet
Atherton: Woman struck by car while crossing Middlefield Road

Medics took a 37-year-old Nevada woman to Stanford Hospital on Saturday night (Oct. 29) after she was struck by a 2004 Honda Pilot SUV at about 11:10 p.m. while attempting to walk across Middlefield Road near Fair Oaks Lane.

November 1, 2016 | 3 comments
How new Atherton stoplight makes crossing El Camino more perilous

Caltrans plans to install 13 more pedestrian-activated lights on El Camino
Atherton residents and officials say the new pedestrian-activated stoplight on El Camino Real at Almendral Avenue -- which was supposed to make crossing the street safer -- actually makes it more dangerous.

November 1, 2016 | 17 comments
Saywell, Gupta top spenders in Menlo Park school district election

Both were also the top donors to their own campaigns
The two top spending candidates in the Menlo Park City School District race, Scott Saywell and Alka Gupta, have each spent close to $7,000 but both either loaned or contributed the bulk of their funding to themselves, according to campaign finance reports for the period through Oct. 22.

November 1, 2016 | 2 comments
County revises redaction practices for online campaign finance reports

In response to several emails from the Almanac, the San Mateo County Elections Office says it will stop redacting some information from online campaign finance reports, which contain information on those contributing to a political campaign.

November 4, 2016 | No comments yet
Tuesday: Third Alpine Road corridor meeting at 7 p.m.

A third and final public meeting on the future of the Alpine Road corridor as it passes the unincorporated communities of Stanford Weekend Acres and Ladera is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1, at Woodland School in Ladera.

October 31, 2016 | No comments yet
Rep. Anna Eshoo supports Atherton's fiscal study of Menlo Park Fire Protection District

Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Menlo Park, backs Atherton's plans to evaluate the costs and benefits of services provided to the town's property owners by the Menlo Park Fire Protection District, according to a letter Ms. Eshoo sent Oct. 27 to Atherton Mayor Elizabeth Lewis.

October 31, 2016 | 46 comments
Tonight: Menlo Park council reviews Facebook expansion project

After many study sessions and discussions, and approvals through various commissions, the Menlo Park City Council is set to review Facebook's proposed major expansion on Tuesday, Nov. 1.

October 31, 2016 | No comments yet
Two-alarm bar fire closes El Camino in Redwood City

A two-alarm fire at a Redwood City bar this morning resulted in the closure of El Camino Real in both directions between Broadway and Brewster Avenue at around 5 a.m. Police reported shortly after 7 a.m. that the road had reopened.

October 31, 2016 | No comments yet
Halloween house in Menlo Park is quite a sight -- and fright

Menlo Park resident Dorrie Ericson has been decorating her house on Ravenswood Avenue near Marcussen Drive for Halloween since she moved there in 2000. Each year, she adds more spooky elements, she said.

October 31, 2016 | No comments yet
Volleyball: M-A, Menlo in Open Division; Paly, SHP earn No. 1 seeds

CCS volleyball: PAL Bay Division champion Menlo-Atherton earned the No. 3 seed in the Open Division of the Central Coast Section girls volleyball championships and meets No. 6 Notre Dame-Belmont, WBAL Foothill Division champs, in the first round on Saturday at Santa Clara High. First serve is slated for 7:30 p.m.

October 30, 2016 | No comments yet
Who's funding candidates for Menlo Park City Council?

Candidates report campaign contributions and spending for Sept. 29 to Oct. 26 period
Between Sept. 29 and Oct. 26, Menlo Park's three City Council candidates, who are running for two council seats, continued to raise funds to support their campaigns.

October 31, 2016 | 4 comments
Assembly race splits Democratic establishment

Candidates Marc Berman and Vicki Veenker prepare for final push in Assembly District 24
Unlike in recent years, where the district's anointed Democrat rolled to a comfortable Election Day victory, this year's Assembly race has split the Democratic establishment into two camps.

October 31, 2016 | 4 comments
Portola Valley surveys residents on license-plate cameras

The camera would photograph the license plate of every vehicle entering or leaving town
The town of Portola Valley is using an online survey to gather community opinion on the use of cameras that photograph the license plate of every vehicle entering or leaving the town.

October 27, 2016 | 5 comments
Menlo Park not ready to join Atherton in fiscal scrutiny of Menlo Park fire district

Menlo Park seems to have sidestepped flared tensions between the town of Atherton and the Menlo Park Fire Protection District, at least for now.

October 27, 2016 | 1 comment
Tonight at Kepler's: 'To Pixar and Beyond: My Unlikely Journey with Steve Jobs'

In his new book, "To Pixar and Beyond: My Unlikely Journey with Steve Jobs to Make Entertainment History," Palo Alto resident Lawrence Levy shares the story of Pixar's improbable success.

October 27, 2016 | No comments yet
Football: Woodside hosts Menlo Friday; M-A hosts Hillsdale Saturday

Prep football preview: Menlo and Half Moon Bay are tied for first place heading into Friday's final PAL Ocean games. Menlo (7-1, 3-1) plays at Woodside (5-3, 1-3). Menlo-Atherton will try to complete a perfect season in the PAL Bay Division when it hosts Hillsdale on Saturday at 2 p.m.

October 27, 2016 | No comments yet
Will robots be making deliveries in Menlo Park?

City looks into a pilot program involving a fleet of delivery robots
Entrepreneurs, take note: If you want to pitch the Menlo Park City Council on something newfangled, it can't hurt to sweeten your presentation with a box of treats from a Menlo Park bakery.

October 28, 2016 | 18 comments
Wednesday: Portola Valley School District seeks public's help to plan future facilities

The Portola Valley School District wants the public's help in planning the future of its school facilities.

November 1, 2016 | 2 comments
Menlo Park school district sending survey to all registered voters

Beginning this week, the Menlo Park City School District is mailing every registered voter in the district an invitation to participate in an online survey.

October 27, 2016 | 21 comments
Thursday: Documentary at M-A on rescuing teens from drug addiction

"Generation Found," a documentary about a community effort to help teenagers recover from drug addiction, will be shown Thursday, Nov. 17, at the Performing Arts Center at Menlo-Atherton High School at 555 Middlefield Road in Atherton.

November 15, 2016 | No comments yet
Nov. 3: Event benefits Peninsula Bridge

An evening to benefit Peninsula Bridge will be held Thursday, Nov. 3, at Sharon Heights Golf and Country Club. The cocktail reception begins at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m.

October 27, 2016 | No comments yet
Portola Valley: Plaque commemorates equestrian history

Portola Valley has unveiled a trail-side plaque commemorating local ranch history.

November 22, 2016 | No comments yet
Today: Fall festival adds music and pumpkin carving to Portola Valley farmers' market

Rain or shine, a fall festival takes place today (Thursday, Oct. 27) in Portola Valley, from 2 to 6 p.m. with the weekly farmers' market at the Town Center at 765 Portola Road.

October 27, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Ground broken for boutique hotel on El Camino

"To prosperity, new beginnings, and managed growth," Menlo Park Mayor Rich Cline toasted to a small crowd gathered around shiny shovels at 1400 El Camino Real, the site where ground was broken Oct. 27 for a 61-room, four-story boutique hotel.

October 27, 2016 | 16 comments
Menlo girls earn WBAL golf tournament title at Popular Creek

Sophia Siminoff shot a 72 and Menlo School captured the West Bay Athletic League girls' golf tournament title Wednesday with a 395 at Popular Creek.

October 27, 2016 | No comments yet
Prep tennis: Menlo's streak alive in match decided by a third set tie-breaker

Prep tennis: Penelope Penfold-Patterson and Laurel Creamer decided it wasn't too late to win their doubles match on Tuesday, beating Sacred Heart Prep's Lindsey Marcus-Sarah McGrath, 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (5), in a classic match that clinched Menlo's 4-3 victory over the visiting Gators in a West Bay Athletic League Foothill Division girls tennis contest.

October 26, 2016 | No comments yet
Storm expected Thursday

Resident are urged to protect themselves from potential debris flows, flash floods
Another storm is due to arrive in the Bay Area on Thursday and possibly over the weekend, according to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration officials.

October 26, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo's only girls' water polo senior finds success in home pool

Prep report: Chloe Ebrahimian scored four goals and recorded two assists and host Menlo School beat Aragon, 14-10 Tuesday, in the first round of the PAL tournament, which also doubled as a CCS play-in game. The Knights (11-7) qualified for their first CCS tournament since 2010.

October 26, 2016 | No comments yet
Worth a Look

The Menlo Park-based dance company Menlowe Ballet, which offers audiences a blend of classical, contemporary and cultural dance, is celebrating its fifth anniversary with "Tribute," a program featuring two world premieres, a signature revival and a classical work.

October 26, 2016 | No comments yet
NOTE: David Bodanis event at Kepler's is on Friday, Oct. 28

Today's Almanac Express had incorrect information on the date of the David Bodanis event at Kepler's bookstore in Menlo Park. The event will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, not on Wednesday, Oct. 26.

October 26, 2016 | No comments yet
Thursday: County hosts 'Housing Heroes' award event

In 2008, when the median monthly rent for a one-bedroom apartment was 65 percent cheaper than it is now, San Mateo County launched its "Housing Heroes" award.

October 26, 2016 | No comments yet
Woodside preserves right to regulate marijuana; shifts council elections to even-numbered years

The Woodside Town Council acted unanimously on two matters Tuesday: preserving the council's right to locally regulate the cultivation and handling of locally grown marijuana, and shifting council elections to even-numbered years when turnout tends to be much higher.

October 26, 2016 | 2 comments
Menlo Park: Renters' displacement not city's top priority

Council members say they want to discuss it, but that might not happen until January
Menlo Park City Council members spent more than an hour Oct. 25 talking about when and how they should discuss what to do about the renters' displacement problem.

October 26, 2016 | 13 comments
Voter Guide 2016

Links to election stories, endorsements and campaign finance reports. Polls close at 8 p.m.

October 25, 2016 | 1 comment
Michelin 2017: Menlo Park's Madera regains its star; others retain status

The much sought-after Michelin Guide stars have been announced for the San Francisco Bay Area, with familiar MidPeninsula restaurants making the cut, plus one establishment that returned to the annual list.

October 25, 2016 | No comments yet
New Menlo Park school gives district breathing room

Just three days before the new Menlo Park City School District Laurel School Upper Campus was scheduled to open, it appeared next-to-impossible the new school would be ready for students the following Monday morning.

October 26, 2016 | No comments yet
Business: New beauty salon in Menlo Park shopping center

What used to be a beauty supply store has been transformed into a beauty salon.

October 26, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Teens venture to Japan on cultural exchange trip

Menlo Park has a new crop of young ambassadors.

November 22, 2016 | No comments yet
Stanford sirens malfunction

A malfunction in Stanford's outdoor emergency warning system resulted in a siren system going off around 3:10 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 18.

October 25, 2016 | No comments yet
Saturday in Menlo Park: Last Facebook farmers' market of the year

The last Facebook farmers' market for the year will celebrate Halloween and Day of the Dead from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at Facebook headquarters, 1 Hacker Way in Menlo Park.

October 27, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Transportation woes leave commission at impasse over general plan

With the Planning Commission's numbers down to four (three commissioners recused themselves due to personal connections to the area under discussion), the commission found itself at an 11 p.m. impasse.

October 25, 2016 | 5 comments
Speakers tell school district to go for a parcel tax to avoid cuts

Second input session tonight at 6 p.m. at Hillview Performing Arts Center
Members of the public almost universally favored another parcel tax, and several suggested asking for enough to avoid budget cuts, at the first of two public-input sessions for the board of the Menlo Park City School District. A second meeting was on Oct. 25.

October 25, 2016 | 111 comments
SH Prep's Burke named a CCS fall sports honor coach

Sacred Heart Prep girls water polo coach Jon Burke earned a CCS Fall Sports Honor Coach Award, it was announced Monday.

October 25, 2016 | No comments yet
East Palo Alto landlord accused of trying to force tenants out

An East Palo Alto landlord has been charged with felony destruction of property in an attempt to force his rent-controlled tenants out, according to a police department press release.

October 25, 2016 | No comments yet
SH Prep girls earn WBAL golf victory; league tourney on tap

Prep report: All five of Sacred Heart Prep's golfers finished within five strokes of each other Monday and the Gators completed the regular-season with a 224-263 victory over Notre Dame-Belmont at Menlo County Club in a West Bay Athletic League girls' golf match.

October 25, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Competition, rising rent force yoga studio to close

Nineteen years ago, Fran Philip arrived in the U.S. from Australia with her husband and an L-2 visa, which meant she wasn't authorized to work in the country.

October 27, 2016 | 1 comment
Menlo Park: 'Tent City' video bristles against Facebook plans

A homespun music video by Menlo Park resident Bill Coggshall that was posted on YouTube last week takes on Facebook's huge expansion plans in Menlo Park and its impact on housing affordability.

October 26, 2016 | 4 comments
Menlo Park: Changes ahead for St. Patrick's Seminary

Come next June, the group of priests that has overseen St. Patrick's Seminary since it began 118 years ago will stop overseeing it.

October 25, 2016 | 2 comments
Police calls: Women with stun gun rob Safeway market in Menlo Park

Crime and accident reports for Menlo Par, West Menlo Park and Woodside.

October 25, 2016 | 5 comments
Donors fill coffers of Measure K campaign to extend sales tax

Donations have poured in to support Measure K, a 20-year extension of the 10-year half-cent sales tax approved by San Mateo County voters in 2012. Reports from the county Elections Office show $785,000 in donations since the end of August.

October 26, 2016 | 6 comments
Portola Valley: Home invasions rattle some, galvanize others

Community meeting on town safety set for Nov. 9.
It's been a disquieting week and a half in Portola Valley. Anxiety is up after an Oct. 18 daytime residential burglary, an infrequent event but one that happened just five days after three armed men invaded and robbed a home nearby -- the second home-invasion robbery in six months.

October 25, 2016 | 3 comments
Stanford University inaugurates new president

Marc Tessier-Lavigne describes his vision for the 'purposeful university'
As Marc Tessier-Lavigne shed his black doctorate of philosophy robe and put on the Cardinal-red robe of the president, he ceremonially stepped into his new role as Stanford University's 11th president at his inauguration Friday morning.

October 24, 2016 | 4 comments
Public gets to see Menlo Park district's new Laurel School Upper Campus

Community grand opening was Saturday
Menlo Park City School District officials welcomed the public to their new Laurel School Upper Campus in Menlo Park's Willows neighborhood on Saturday morning, Oct. 22.

October 24, 2016 | 1 comment
Menlo Park: 'Corporate housing' zone would allow 1,500 dorm-style units on Facebook campus

Tonight: Menlo Park commission to act on general plan update
Tonight, the Menlo Park Planning Commission will meet again to talk about the city's general plan update, this time to issue recommendations to the City Council. The commission previously met on Oct. 19 for a four-hour discussion on the topic.

October 24, 2016 | 24 comments
SH Prep girls water polo season headed in right direction

Prep report: Sacred Heart Prep senior Maddie Pendolino would rather not engage in lopsided games, thank you all the same, which is why she enjoys this time of the year.

October 23, 2016 | No comments yet
Former vice president of SAP charged with insider trading, money laundering

Christopher G. Salis allegedly disclosed confidential information about company's acquisition of travel management company Concur
A San Mateo man was charged in a federal indictment for his alleged role in a scheme to commit insider trading and money laundering, U.S. Department of Justice officials said Thursday.

October 23, 2016 | No comments yet
School board looks at costs of educating kids who live outside district

These are the children of the school district's employees
This year, 67 students in the Menlo Park City School District live outside the district, but have parents who work for the district. Board member Terry Thygesen figures it could be costing the district $1 million a year.

October 25, 2016 | 40 comments
Committee outlines potential plane-noise recommendations

Local cities could see noise reduce through planes flying at higher altitudes, other measures
A multi-city and county committee tasked with finding ways to reduce overhead noise from airplanes going to and from San Francisco International Airport has released preliminary proposed recommendations.

October 22, 2016 | 3 comments
Bears hang on to beat Aragon, clinch title tie in PAL football

Prep football: Aajon Johnson rushed 209 yards and scored a pair of touchdowns and the Menlo-Atherton football team topped host Aragon, 48-35, Friday to clinch at least a share of the PAL Bay Division title.

October 22, 2016 | No comments yet
Outgoing superintendent says he's 'ready for next big adventure'

Maurice Ghysels, who has headed the Menlo Park City School District since mid-2011, says he plans to leave the district at the end of the school year because the time is right, both for him and for the district.

November 13, 2016 | No comments yet
Square dancing comes to Menlo Park

Stanford Quads, a square-dancing club that has been dancing in Palo Alto for the past 27 years, moved to Menlo Park this summer.

October 23, 2016 | No comments yet
Woodside weighs plan to regulate marijuana cultivation

Urgency ordinance seen as way to preserve options should Proposition 64 pass
Marijuana, including its cultivation in the town of Woodside, will be a topic of discussion and possibly action when the Town Council meets at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25, in Independence Hall at 2955 Woodside Road.

October 23, 2016 | 5 comments
Menlo Park: Contract awarded for new fire station

Groundbreaking expected before end of year, says fire chief
Plans to rebuild Menlo Park's downtown fire station at 700 Oak Grove Ave. just cleared another hurdle.

October 21, 2016 | 4 comments
Home sales: Menlo Park, Portola Valley, Woodside

Home sales are provided by California REsource, a real estate information company that obtains home sale data from local county recorders' offices.

October 23, 2016 | No comments yet
Sparks flying between Atherton and Menlo Park fire district

Menlo Park considering joining Atherton in studying fire district finances
The relationship between the Menlo Park Fire Protection District and the town of Atherton has become strained since the town said it wants to figure out how much of the district's property tax money is generated in Atherton and how much the district spends to provide the town with services.

October 21, 2016 | 66 comments
Football: Woodside High vs. South San Francisco

Woodside has a chance to get its first conference win this week when it squares off against South San Francisco on Friday at 7 p.m.

October 20, 2016 | No comments yet
Erik Burmeister named superintendent of Menlo Park City School District

It's official: Erik Burmeister will become the new superintendent of the Menlo Park City School District on July 1, when current superintendent Maurice Ghysels steps down.

October 20, 2016 | 2 comments
Girls golf and boy, girls water polo league titles are decided

Prep report: The Menlo girls golf team wrapped up the West Bay Athletic League title, the Menlo boys water polo team completed an undefeated Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division season, the Castilleja girls water polo team finished unbeaten in the PAL Bay Division and the Menlo-Atherton girls tennis team clinched at least a tie for the PAL Bay Division title.

October 20, 2016 | No comments yet
Food & drink: Martins West balances Scottish fare with California flair

Martins West Gastropub in Redwood City is all about Scotland, from the haggis on a stick to delectable fish and chips.

October 20, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park tonight: Commission reviews general plan update

Brace for a marathon meeting. Tonight, the Menlo Park Planning Commission will review the city's general plan update, and possibly recommend that the City Council approve it.

October 19, 2016 | No comments yet
Hundreds beseech East Palo Alto council to end evictions

City Council votes to look at changing its ordinance, create housing task force
Facing a packed council chamber that overflowed with hundreds of residents on Tuesday night, the East Palo Alto City Council addressed how the city could best stem a flood of recent evictions from red-tagged and illegal dwellings while responsibly keeping its residents safe and enforcing the city's laws.

October 19, 2016 | No comments yet
Sister sojourners

Dragon's 'On the Verge (or the Geography of Yearning)' is an atemporal adventure
Three intrepid explorers from the Victorian era set off on an adventure through time in Eric Overmyer's surreal "On the Verge (or the Geography of Yearning)," currently staged at the Dragon Theatre.

October 19, 2016 | No comments yet
The kids are alright

Upstage Theater gives teens creative control
In the words of the old maxim, if you want something done right, do it yourself. Local teens have taken that credo to heart by forming Upstage Theater, an independent company that allows teens to take charge of all aspects of theater production.

October 19, 2016 | No comments yet
Worth a Look

'Green Eggs and Hamadeus,' Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival and more
Find out about some interesting upcoming events, including a Suessian opera for kids, the October exhibit at Bryant Street Gallery, the 25th annual Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival and a jazz concert featuring identical twins.

October 19, 2016 | No comments yet
'Green Eggs and Hamadeus'

Would you listen in a box? Would you listen with a fox? Stanford University's Bing Nursery School, which hosts an annual performance series for kids and families, presents "Green Eggs and Hamadeus," a kid-friendly opera based on Dr. Seuss's "Green Eggs and Ham," on Sunday, Oct. 22.

October 19, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Higher legal fees for developers; city attorney gets pay raise

Menlo Park's legal fees rose for developers and Menlo Park's City Attorney Bill McClure won a pay raise when the City Council unanimously adopted these measures Oct. 11.

November 13, 2016 | 1 comment
SH Prep's Choy returns to lineup; helps Gators beat Pinewood

Prep report
Sara Choy returned to the Sacred Heart Prep girls tennis lineup for the first time in nearly three weeks, helping the host Gators beat Pinewood, 7-0, and stay on the heels of league leader Menlo, which also won.

October 19, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park school district paints bleak picture without new parcel tax

Cuts in programs and teacher support, plus increased class sizes would be needed, district says
Since two parcel taxes failed to pass in a May election, the Menlo Park City School District has been pondering how to balance its budget. On Tuesday night, district officials laid out cuts that would be needed to erase a predicted $5.3 million deficit without a new parcel tax.

October 19, 2016 | 52 comments
Developer David Bohannon arrested a second time

Menlo Park developer David D. Bohannon II was arrested Oct. 17 on suspicion of attempting to contact the alleged victim of a previous domestic dispute by text and email, while a no-contact emergency protective order was in effect, according to Menlo Park police.

October 19, 2016 | No comments yet
Canada College wins $4.3 million grant to assist in STEM education

The U. S. Department of Education awarded a grant of $4.3 million to Canada Community College in Woodside on Oct. 18 to support Hispanic students pursuing careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.

October 19, 2016 | No comments yet
Portola Valley council sets 'town safety' meeting after home-invasion robberies

In reaction to two home-invasion robberies in Portola Valley, the Town Council is hosting a "town safety" meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, in the Community Hall at 765 Portola Road.

October 18, 2016 | No comments yet
Missing hikers, including one from Menlo Park, are located

Three Bay Area hikers, including one from Menlo Park, who were reported missing in a remote region along the Sierra Nevada, were located this morning (Oct. 18) following an extensive search, sheriff's officials said.

October 18, 2016 | 9 comments
Portola Valley: Deputies investigate another home burglary

Sheriff's deputies were on the scene investigating today (Tuesday, Oct. 18) after receiving a call about another residential burglary in the Alpine Hills neighborhood of Portola Valley.

October 18, 2016 | 4 comments
Comic shop owner talks feminism at Menlo Park Comic Con

While it stormed outside, the Menlo Park Library was bustling with activity at its first Comic Con event.

October 23, 2016 | No comments yet
Portola Valley: Home-invasion robberies prompt petition for license-plate-reading cameras

Town considers using home video surveillance cameras; sheriff steps up patrols
In the wake of a second home-invasion robbery of an occupied Portola Valley home in six months, a petition to install fixed automated license-plate-reading cameras at key locations is making the rounds.

October 18, 2016 | 8 comments
Castilleja spoils Menlo's perfect WBAL golf season

The Castilleja girls golf team got to celebrate a big West Bay Athletic League victory Monday, but the Gators will need some help the rest of the week to successfully defend their league title.

October 18, 2016 | No comments yet
Woodside Community Theatre performs 'Ragtime'

Musical deals with immigration, racial issues in early 1900s
Months ago, Woodside Community Theatre reached out to the larger community to find a diverse and talented cast for its fall musical, "Ragtime." As a result, many fresh faces will be appearing on stage at the Woodside High School Performing Arts Center from Oct. 21 through Oct. 30.

October 18, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: New Laurel School Upper Campus is open

Menlo Park has a brand new school. On Monday, 300 students moved into their new Laurel School Upper Campus. While they were still sharing their new space with a few construction workers, all appeared to go smoothly.

October 18, 2016 | 5 comments
Have you registered to vote? Monday is your last chance

Monday, Oct. 24, is the last day to register to vote in the Nov. 8 election.

October 19, 2016 | No comments yet
Election 2016: Menlo Park candidates give views on traffic, business, rail issues

A painstakingly slow process to get things done. A gap in communication between people in different parts of the city. Old infrastructure and urban planning methods that discourage cities from thinking regionally. Those are among the biggest problems facing Menlo Park, according to, respectively, Catherine Carlton, Cecilia Taylor and Ray Mueller, the three City Council candidates.

October 20, 2016 | 1 comment
Monday and Tuesday: Public input sought on school budget decisions

Menlo Park City School District holding morning and evening meetings on possible parcel tax
Two more meetings designed to get the public's input on whether the Menlo Park City School District should put a parcel tax measure on the ballot next spring are scheduled for Monday morning and Tuesday evening, Oct. 24 and 25.

October 21, 2016 | 7 comments
Menlo Park: Website is social network just for those 50 and up

When Noopur Pandey's mom asked how she could meet new friends while visiting family in Menlo Park, Ms. Pandey had a Silicon Valley solution - she started a social network just for those 50 and older.

October 28, 2016 | 3 comments
New law: School districts can't invest bond funds

A new state law prohibiting school districts from investing their own construction bond money while waiting to spend it was inspired by the local community college district's attempts to do just that, the state legislative analyst says.

October 20, 2016 | 3 comments
Saturday: Book sale at Woodside Library has something for everyone

There will be children's books, gardening books, cookbooks, travel books, reference books, history books, and, of course, fiction when the Friends of the Woodside Library hosts a book sale on Saturday, Oct. 22

October 18, 2016 | No comments yet
Police calls: Atherton, Woodside, Menlo Park

Crime reports for Atherton, Woodside, West Menlo Park and Menlo Park.

October 20, 2016 | 6 comments
Portola Valley: Town opens door to affordable housing plan

The Portola Valley Town Council is gearing up for a community discussion on steps to increase the supply of homes affordable to people of average means.

October 20, 2016 | No comments yet
Wednesday: Atherton weighs scope of fire district funding study

Lots on agenda at Wednesday meeting
The details of a study of fire district property taxes generated and spent in Atherton will be discussed by the Atherton City Council on Wednesday, Oct. 19.

October 18, 2016 | No comments yet
Tuesday: Menlo Park council to review proposed changes in general plan

If and when Menlo Park is fully built out under proposed zoning changes, the amount of revenue the city will receive is somewhat less than originally estimated, according to the final fiscal-impact analysis on the city's general plan update.

November 10, 2016 | 3 comments
Former Woodside mayor Susan Crocker dies at 75

Susan Crocker, who served on the Woodside Town Council from 1991 to 1995, and was mayor in 1993, died at her home in Woodside on Wednesday, Oct. 12. She was 75.

October 17, 2016 | 1 comment
Sacred Heart Prep finishes third at North-South Challenge

Prep water polo: Sacred Heart Prep matched its best finish at the North-South Challenge, beating visiting Miramonte, 12-8, in the third-place contest Saturday. Menlo School finished seventh, beating Cathedral Catholic, 9-4.

October 16, 2016 | No comments yet
Bears run past Sacred Heart Prep in PAL Bay Division football

Menlo-Atherton seniors Aajon Johnson and Jordan Mims combined for 405 all-purpose yards and four touchdowns to lead the Bears to a 35-13 PAL Bay Division football rout over host Sacred Heart Prep on Friday.

October 16, 2016 | No comments yet
Portola Valley: Another home invasion by three armed men

Three armed men invaded an occupied home on Valencia Court in Portola Valley late Thursday, Oct. 13, corralled the three residents and escaped with jewelry and electronic equipment, according to the county Sheriff's Office.

October 14, 2016 | 6 comments
M-A tennis, volleyball each improve to 10-0 in PAL play

Prep report: Junior Lanie Van Linge won her match and the Menlo-Atherton girls' tennis team made it 10-0 in PAL Bay Division play with a 6-1 victory over visiting Carlmont on Thursday.

October 14, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park developer arrested on suspicion of domestic assault

David D. Bohannon II, president and CEO of the development company David D. Bohannon Organization, was arrested on suspicion of domestic assault on Wednesday, Oct. 12, around 6:30 a.m. on Hermosa Way in Menlo Park.

October 14, 2016 | No comments yet
This weekend: pumpkin fest in Menlo Park

Autumn is here: a pumpkin festival will be held at St. Raymond School on Friday, Oct. 14, from 3:30 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 15, from noon to 6 p.m.

October 13, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park aerospace engineer named county's poet laureate

Aerospace engineer, private pilot and Menlo Park resident Lisa Rosenberg has been named the new poet laureate of San Mateo County. Her term begins Jan. 1, 2017.

October 17, 2016 | No comments yet
Woodside council gets earful on short-term rentals and their impact on rural character

The sharing economy, in the form of short-term rental outfits like Airbnb, has become a disruptive force in parts of Woodside.

October 13, 2016 | 15 comments
Menlo Park man sentenced to one year in county jail for grabbing, kissing teen

Adam Joseph Degroat, 44, of Menlo Park, a registered sex offender, was sentenced to one year in county jail Oct. 12 after pleading no contest Aug. 29 to one count of felony child molestation.

October 13, 2016 | No comments yet
Football: Woodside hosts Kings Academy on Friday

Coming off a lopsided 57-14 loss to Half Moon Bay, the Woodside High Wildcats will try to get back in the win column at home Friday against The King's Academy of Sunnyvale.

October 13, 2016 | No comments yet
M-A, SH Prep has developed into pretty strong rivalry

Prep football preview: For years rivalries between Atherton schools in football didn't amount to much. Menlo School and Menlo-Atherton were on different wavelengths. Sacred Heart Prep didn't start playing football until the late 1990s.

October 13, 2016 | No comments yet
Sacred Heart Prep continues WCAL water polo supremacy

The Sacred Heart boys and girls water polo teams each finished their West Catholic Athletic regular-seasons on a successful note Wednesday.

October 13, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park council OKs moving food-truck event to Civic Center

Council members question why Caltrain booted event from train station lot
Off the Grid, a weekly food truck gathering at the Caltrain station parking lot in Menlo Park on Wednesday nights, has won approval of its plan to move to the city's Civic Center parking lot located off Alma Street, between the library and the Arrillaga Family Gymnasium.

October 13, 2016 | 11 comments
Tonight: Portola Valley council to consider strategic plan for affordable housing

A strategic plan for developing affordable housing in Portola Valley is one of the topics the Town Council will be taking up Wednesday, Oct. 12.

October 12, 2016 | 1 comment
Feds close sex-discrimination investigation at Stanford University

Four separate Office for Civil Rights cases remain open
The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights has "administratively closed" one of five investigations into violations of federal gender-equity law Title IX at Stanford University, an Education Department spokesman confirmed Tuesday.

October 12, 2016 | No comments yet
Not surprising, M-A remains unbeaten in PAL volleyball

Prep report: Menlo-Atherton girls' volleyball coach Fletcher Anderson had a little surprise after the Bears beat host Aragon, 17-25, 25-17, 25-19, 25-22, Tuesday in a PAL Bay Division match.

October 12, 2016 | No comments yet
Films for a better world

United Nations Association Film Festival celebrates the human spirit
In an election year when racism and xenophobia have played a significant role in the national conversation, there's no better time for UNAFF, the United Nations Association Film Festival.

October 12, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo College remains unbeaten in GSAC men's soccer

The Menlo College men's soccer team's scorching start to the season continued in the form of a rare Tuesday Golden State Athletic League Conference match-up.

October 11, 2016 | No comments yet
A look back

The late Jeanne Ward Bone, a key leader of the Menlo Park Historical Association for more than three decades, was the first of 700 civilian employees at Dibble General Hospital in Menlo Park when it was built in 1943.

October 11, 2016 | No comments yet
Tonight: Cafe Zoe to host 'get out the vote' event in Menlo Park

Cafe Zoe in Menlo Park will host a "Get out the Vote" event at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21.

October 20, 2016 | No comments yet
New furnishings at Menlo Park Library

The Menlo Park Main Library has new furnishings indoors and out, including a picnic table with an umbrella in front of the entrance, and the replacement of all of the library's upholstered chairs.

October 13, 2016 | No comments yet
Benefit raises $275K for homeless services

LifeMoves (formerly InnVision Shelter Network), the Menlo Park-based nonprofit that serves people who are homeless, raised $275,000 during its annual benefit breakfast Oct. 6 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Burlingame.

October 12, 2016 | No comments yet
Tuesday: Should food truck event move to Menlo Park Civic Center?

When the Menlo Park City Council meets Oct. 11, it will discuss whether the city should lease space in the Civic Center to Off the Grid for weekly food truck nights.

October 11, 2016 | 2 comments
Menlo Park: John Kerry discusses ethical, social challenges of internet age

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry sat casually on the stage of the Rosewood Sand Hill Hotel ballroom in Menlo Park on Monday discussing ethical and social challenges linked with technology and the internet.

October 11, 2016 | No comments yet
Tonight: Woodside considers impact of Airbnb on town

The Woodside Town Council meets tonight (Tuesday, Oct. 11) for a study session to consider the impact of Airbnb and similar organizations on the residential character of the town. The meeting starts at 7:30 p.m.

October 11, 2016 | No comments yet
No charges filed against Stanford student arrested for rape

Campus police continue to investigate separate sexual-assault report
The Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office will not file charges against a male Stanford University graduate student arrested for allegedly raping a 28-year-old woman on campus on Sept. 24, Bay City News Service reported Friday.

October 11, 2016 | No comments yet
Bay Area rain predicted for Thursday, Friday

Officials with the National Weather Service are predicting rain toward the end of the week in the Bay Area.

October 11, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo School closes in on WBAL girls' golf dual-match title

Sacred Heart Prep (4-4, 5-5) leveled Mercy Burlingame, 225-275, at Sharon Heights Golf and Country Club on Monday in a West Bay Athletic League girls golf match. The Gators were led by Lauren von Thaden with a round of 41.

October 11, 2016 | No comments yet
Tonight: Menlo Park school district seeks public comment on financial issues

Meetings meant to get public input on how the Menlo Park City School District should balance its budget will continue on Tuesday, Oct. 18.

October 15, 2016 | 52 comments
Donor offers $1 million matching grant for Atherton civic center

Atherton Now, the nonprofit group raising funds for a new Atherton civic center, announced last week that an anonymous donor has offered to match up to $1 million of any donations received through the end of the year.

October 11, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park district school board candidates file campaign finance reports

Candidates for two seats on the board of the Menlo Park City School District have filed their campaign finance reports.

October 11, 2016 | 6 comments
Menlo Park: New Laurel School Upper Campus opens Monday

Grand opening for public on Saturday, Oct. 22
Menlo Park City School District students, squeezed by 40 percent enrollment growth in the past 11 years, should get some breathing room when the new Laurel School Upper Campus opens for 300 students in grades 3 to 5 on Monday, Oct. 17.

October 13, 2016 | 3 comments
Mental health clinic for youth coming to Menlo Park

SafeSpace will serve youth ages 12 to 26
Three local women who have parented children with mental illnesses, including one who lost a daughter to death by suicide, have banded together to do something locally to help everyone's children who are in a similar situation.

October 12, 2016 | 6 comments
Voting in Nov. 8 election has started; voting centers open

While Election Day is a month away, voting started Tuesday. Vote-by-mail ballots started to be sent to voters on Oct. 11, and three San Mateo County voting centers opened for those who want to cast an early ballot.

October 11, 2016 | No comments yet
Saturday: Free flu shots at Woodside fire station

Free flu shots are available at the main fire station in Woodside on Saturday, Oct. 15, and on selected Thursdays in North Fair Oaks at St. Anthony's Church on Middlefield Road.

October 14, 2016 | No comments yet
Sequoia high school board prepares for redistricting meetings

The board of the Sequoia Union High School District is holding three community meetings -- on Thursday, Oct. 20, Tuesday, Oct. 25 and Wednesday, Oct. 26 -- to discuss subdividing the district into separate voting areas, one for each member of the Board of Trustees.

October 14, 2016 | No comments yet
Election could alter future of Sequoia Healthcare District

Running for seats on the board of the Sequoia Healthcare District are incumbents Kathleen Kane and Kim Griffin, and challengers Harland Harrison and Lois Garcia -- both running as a slate under the management of a third board member, Libertarian Jack Hickey.

October 13, 2016 | 3 comments
Woodside: Term limits for Town Council?

Of the 20 incorporated towns and cities in San Mateo County, five – Redwood City, Foster City, San Mateo, Millbrae and Pacifica – have term limits for their council members. Will Woodside join this group?

October 16, 2016 | 10 comments
Menlo Park police calls: Peacemakers break up assaults

Crime reports from Menlo Park and Atherton.

October 13, 2016 | No comments yet
Photos from Woodside's Day of the Horse

Woodside celebrated the 10th Day of the Horse on Saturday with a "horse fair," trail rides and horse blessings.

October 10, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park releases final environmental impact report on city's general plan update

The final environmental impact report on Menlo Park's general plan update was released Oct. 10.

October 10, 2016 | 3 comments
Guest opinion: What kind of school district will its new superintendent lead?

Challenges facing Menlo Park City School District
I like adventure. And when the Menlo Park City School District board put my potential appointment as the district's next superintendent on the agenda, it was clear that adventure might possibly await.

October 13, 2016 | 34 comments
Meet the contenders: Three compete for two Menlo Park council seats

Three candidates are running for two open seats on the Menlo Park City Council in the Nov. 8 election: incumbents Ray Mueller and Catherine Carlton, and challenger Cecilia Taylor.

October 10, 2016 | No comments yet
Mims, Blackmon each score twice in M-A's football victory

Friday's results: Jordan Mims, who made four runs of 15 yards or more, rushed for 162 on just 14 carries and scored twice as the host Bears took care of business Friday night in beating Burlingame, 40-14, in PAL Bay Division action.

October 9, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo, Sacred Heart Prep remain atop WBAL tennis standings

Prep roundup: Menlo School and Sacred Heart Prep each won a West Bay Athletic League Foothill Division home match Thursday and remained in first and second place, respectively.

October 9, 2016 | No comments yet
Woodside man sentenced to prison for violating bank reporting laws

A Woodside man who admitted that he structured his bank transactions to conceal that he skimmed about $1.5 million in cash from his business was sentenced Friday to 31 months in prison and ordered to pay a $10,000 fine, federal prosecutors said.

October 9, 2016 | 2 comments
Today: Tech, government leaders at Menlo Park internet confab

Top tech and government leaders, including Secretary of State John Kerry, are gathering in Menlo Park on Monday and Tuesday (Oct. 10-11) to discuss trends in the internet economy and how best to foster innovation.

October 9, 2016 | 2 comments
Three candidates vie for two seats on Ravenswood school board

Retention of teachers, improving facilities among top concerns for district
Two incumbents and one challenger, all with backgrounds in education, are competing for two open seats on the Ravenswood City School District Board of Trustees in this November's election.

October 7, 2016 | No comments yet
Record 26th 'spare the air' alert called for Saturday

Regional air quality officials on Friday called this year's 26th smog alert for Saturday, breaking a record for the number of alerts called in a year.

October 7, 2016 | No comments yet
Recent home sales: Atherton, Menlo Park, Portola Valley

Atherton again tops local list with $11 million home sale
Home sales are provided by California REsource, a real estate information company that obtains the information from the County Recorder's Office.

October 7, 2016 | No comments yet
Bears are motivated for football game against Burlingame

Prep preview
Motivation is in plentiful supply for the Menlo-Atherton football team this week. All M-A has to do is take a trip down memory lane to the last time they played Burlingame.

October 7, 2016 | No comments yet
Hurricane Matthew: Local search and rescue team specialist on the East Coast

First responders from around the country are on the East Coast to assist in providing aid in the wake of Hurricane Matthew, and Carl Levon Kustin of the Menlo Park-based Urban Search and Rescue Task Force 3 is among them.

October 7, 2016 | No comments yet
County rolls out its clean energy program

All of San Mateo County's small and medium businesses, city government facilities and about 20 percent of homes across the county just got greener by doing nothing.

October 12, 2016 | 1 comment
Menlo Park Police Department wins international award for community policing

The Menlo Park Police Department has been recognized again this year with an award for community policing, this time the International Association of Chiefs of Police/Cisco Community Policing Award.

October 6, 2016 | 2 comments
Atherton council questions county library plans to share funding

Proposal would allow taxes generated in Atherton to go to other county libraries
Atherton City Council members questioned a proposal by the San Mateo County Libraries system to start using some of the property tax money from Atherton, Woodside and Portola Valley that is set aside for libraries to help fund libraries in less affluent communities.

October 6, 2016 | 7 comments
Menlo Park weighs three options for separating roads from rail line

Three options to separate the Caltrain rail line from the Menlo Park streets it crosses were presented by the city of Menlo Park and representatives of the construction engineering consulting firm, AECOM, at a community meeting on Oct. 4.

October 9, 2016 | 49 comments
Local girls' volleyball teams remain in title contention

The Menlo-Atherton girls volleyball team continues to roll, beating visiting Burlingame, 25-11, 25-18, 23-25, 25-17, Tuesday night in a PAL Bay Division match.

October 6, 2016 | No comments yet
M-A, Menlo, Sacred Heart all win big in boys water polo

Prep roundup: Nicholas Caryotakis scored five goals and the Menlo-Atherton boys water polo team beat visiting Woodside, 17-10, in a PAL Bay Division match on Wednesday.

October 6, 2016 | No comments yet
Increased water use statewide could lead to mandatory restrictions

A recent dramatic drop in water conservation statewide could lead to a renewal of state-imposed mandatory water restrictions, according to California water officials.

October 6, 2016 | 9 comments
Woodside loses another member of equestrian community

On the night of Sept. 15, Woodside lost another older member of the local equestrian community. As a veterinarian of more than 20 years, I put to sleep Henry, or as his former owner used to refer to him, "Alpo," under the light of a nearly full moon.

October 5, 2016 | 3 comments
Remembering Portola Valley's John A. Wilson

Portola Valley pioneer resident John Arnot Wilson, who died in 1999, would have celebrated his 100th birthday on Oct. 9. He is most widely known as the co-founder of the iconic Silicon Valley law firm, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, which now employees some 600 attorneys.

October 5, 2016 | 2 comments
West Bay Opera stages a Mozart masterpiece

'Le Nozze di Figaro' is a sprightly, saucy comedy
Palo Alto's plucky West Bay Opera company opens its 61st season Oct. 14 with a new production of the composer's operatic masterpiece.

October 5, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo and Castilleja sharpen golf games in WBAL action

Prep report: Menlo School's girls' golf team remained undefeated in West Bay Athletic League play, narrowing escaping with a 227-233 victory over Sacred Heart Prep in a match played at Sharon Heights on Tuesday.

October 5, 2016 | No comments yet
Curtains Cabaret sets sail

New local burlesque company offers 'Variety on the High Seas'
The term "burlesque" may bring to mind images of glamorous ladies, sequins, feather boas and striptease. And while it can indeed involve those elements, the founders of a new local burlesque company -- Curtains Cabaret -- say it can also be much more: a diverse, inclusive, multifaceted experience.

October 5, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo, Gunn continue winning streaks in boys water polo

Menlo School remained undefeated after beating host Bellarmine Prep, 8-5, in a nonleague boys water polo match on Tuiesday and Gunn beat visiting Palo Alto, 8-5, to stay unbeaten in SCVAL De Anza Division play.

October 5, 2016 | No comments yet
Recent home sales: $13 million sale in Atherton

The most recent home sale to top the charts took place in Atherton, with a property changing hands for $13,000,000, according to this week's listings.

October 4, 2016 | 1 comment
Menlo Park: Carlton, Mueller lead council election fundraising

Menlo Park City Council incumbents Catherine Carlton and Ray Mueller lead in fundraising in the Nov. 8 election for two council seats, based on campaign fiance reports for the period July 1 through Sept. 24.

October 4, 2016 | No comments yet
Private defender program will retain most of its independence

Just how San Mateo County provides the attorneys poor defendants have a right to has been under scrutiny for more than a year, after a county civil grand jury issued a report in July 2015 on the county's Private Defender Program.

October 11, 2016 | 2 comments
Wednesday: Library, fire district, business tax on Atherton council agenda

Atherton's City Council will discuss several tax-related issues when it meets in a study session on Wednesday, Oct. 5, starting at 3 p.m. in the town's council chambers at 94 Ashfield Road.

October 4, 2016 | No comments yet
Voter guide: Four run for two school board seats in Menlo Park district

New board members will face difficult financial decisions
Voters have the opportunity in November to choose two new members of the Menlo Park City School District's five-member governing board, which faces difficult decisions about the district's future.

October 4, 2016 | No comments yet
Police calls: Shoplifting figures in several recent incidents in Menlo Park

Crime reports from Menlo Park, West Menlo Park, Ladera and Woodside

October 5, 2016 | No comments yet
Voters asked to extend county's 1/2-cent sales tax by 20 years

It's costly for people with average incomes to live in San Mateo County. The median price for a single-family home is $1.25 million, out of reach for a three-person household earning the median income of $108,000.

October 6, 2016 | 6 comments
Woodside's Day of the Horse celebration set for Saturday

The annual celebration of Woodside's equestrian heritage, the Day of the Horse, begins at 9:45 a.m Saturday, Oct. 8, with the first of three "Blessing of the Horse" ceremonies on the grounds of the Mounted Patrol of San Mateo County.

October 5, 2016 | No comments yet
Portola Valley council says 'no,' again, to fixed license-plate cameras

After a two-hour discussion Sept. 28 revisiting the question of whether to install automatic license-plate-reading cameras at various locations in Portola Valley, the Town Council stayed with its decision in 2015: wait and see.

October 5, 2016 | 10 comments
Prep football: Woodside's streak ends in up-to-the-wire loss

The four-game winning streak of Woodside High School's varsity football team ended Friday night, Sept. 30, against arch-rival Sequoia High, but not without a valiant effort fought to the last minute, with late scoring by both sides.

October 4, 2016 | No comments yet
Charter school group wins $10 million grant

Summit Public Schools, the nonprofit that operates 11 charter high schools, including Summit Prep and Everest in Redwood City, was awarded a $10 million grant recently to open another school, Summit Elevate, in Oakland.

October 5, 2016 | 10 comments
Tonight: Menlo Park City Council candidates answer questions at election forum

Candidates for two seats on the Menlo Park City Council will answer questions at an election forum at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 10, in the council chamber at the Civic Center, 701 Laurel St. in Menlo Park.

October 9, 2016 | No comments yet
Obituary: Joy Ramies, longtime Portola Valley resident

Joy Jean Ramies, a member of a family with deep roots in Portola Valley, died Sept. 24, at a rest home in Mountain View. She was 83. A celebration of her life has been held.

October 9, 2016 | No comments yet
Saturday: Paws for Paws K9 fundraiser

A "Paws for Paws" walk through Burgess Park, a fundraiser for the Menlo Park Police Foundation and the Police Department's K9 unit, will be held from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 8.

October 5, 2016 | 1 comment
Brandishing firearm: Why jury acquitted deputy in courtroom incident

On Aug. 29, 2016, after a three-day trial and about four hours of deliberation, a jury acquitted Sheriff's Office Deputy Andy Mar of misdemeanor brandishing of a firearm. But there were witnesses. What led to that verdict?

October 4, 2016 | 3 comments
Saturday: Pancake breakfast benefit in Menlo Park

The 16th annual pancake breakfast benefit for the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation will be held at the main fire station in Menlo Park from 7:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 8.

October 4, 2016 | No comments yet
Stavropoulos, SHP win four times at girls tennis tournament

Junior Melina Stavropoulos won four times, including twice at No. 1 singles, and the Sacred Heart Prep girls' tennis team completed the Battle of the Bay tournament with a 4-0 record.

October 3, 2016 | No comments yet
Portola Valley: Feds charge resident with bank fraud

Federal authorities have charged Portola Valley resident Mark Migdal and a co-defendant from Hillsborough with bank fraud and conspiracy in connection with the sale of two rental properties in Hawaii, according to federal prosecutors.

October 3, 2016 | 3 comments
Portola Valley: Book program for African kids illustrates 'power of one'

A simple book read during a family trip to Lesotho triggered an insight that changed Portola Valley resident Chris Bradshaw's life, the lives of her family and the lives of uncounted children and adults in villages and communities throughout large areas of rural Africa.

October 2, 2016 | No comments yet
Driver suffers major injuries in crash near Woodside

A person was trapped inside a vehicle that went over an embankment Saturday evening in unincorporated San Mateo County, according to preliminary information from the California Highway Patrol.

October 1, 2016 | 6 comments
Tonight: Menlo Park meets on Ravenswood Avenue grade separation

The Ravenswood Avenue railroad crossing in downtown Menlo Park is being studied for the feasibility of a grade-separation project there that would separate the roadway from the railway.

October 2, 2016 | 2 comments
Services Sunday for Robert 'Clark' Atkinson of Woodside

Services for Robert "Clark" Atkinson III are set for 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2, at 2200 Ralston in Hillsborough. Mr. Atkinson died unexpectedly on Sept. 15 while tending his prize-winning fuchsias in Woodside.

September 30, 2016 | No comments yet
Guest opinion: We need a path to education equity

I appreciate the very good article, "Proposal aims to narrow the wide gap in educational equity at local schools" by Barbara Wood, that appeared in the Aug. 17 Almanac.

October 3, 2016 | No comments yet
Saturday in Menlo Park: Pros and cons of ballot measures

A presentation by the League of Women Voters on the pros and cons of the upcoming election's ballot measures will be given on Saturday, Oct. 1, from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Menlo Park Library downstairs program room.

September 30, 2016 | No comments yet
Atherton Police Chief Ed Flint is retiring

Atherton Police Chief Ed Flint will retire effective Oct. 14, the town announced on Sept. 30. Chief Flint had been on leave with a medical condition for months and Commander Joe Wade has been acting chief since early April.

September 30, 2016 | 5 comments
Menlo Park: Junior League gives $30K to girls' STEM education

The Junior League of Palo Alto-Mid Peninsula, based in Menlo Park, has given grants to three nonprofits that focus on promoting STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education for girls.

October 3, 2016 | No comments yet

September 29, 2016 | No comments yet
Laurel School wins National Blue Ribbon Schools recognition

Only 279 public schools nationally won the award this year
Laurel School in Atherton, which next month will open its second campus in Menlo Park, has won a prestigious National Blue Ribbon School award, Principal Linda Creighton has announced.

September 29, 2016 | 3 comments
Friday: Meet Cecilia Taylor, Menlo Park City Council candidate

A "meet and greet" will be held for locals to get to know Menlo Park City Council Candidate Cecilia Taylor.

September 29, 2016 | No comments yet
Saturday services for Woodside's 'Music Man,' Richard Gordon

Services for Richard Gordon of Woodside, who died Sept. 12, will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at Skylawn Memorial Park, 100 Lifemark Road in San Mateo.

September 29, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park school changes name and focus

Menlo Park's German-American International School is no more. In name, that is.

September 30, 2016 | 1 comment
Saturday: Comic Con coming to Menlo Park

Love all things fantasy, sci-fi or anime, but couldn't make it to San Diego's official Comic-Con this year?

October 9, 2016 | 1 comment
Woodside council agrees in principle to moving elections to even-numbered years

Each council member would have term extended by one year
In a move that should prove cost effective and compliant with state law, the Woodside Town Council on Tuesday, Sept. 27, agreed to shift council elections from odd-numbered years to even-numbered years in alignment with statewide and federal elections.

September 28, 2016 | 1 comment
Atherton loses lawsuit over Caltrain electrification project

Suit had claimed flaws in environmental report
A Superior Court judge has ruled against Atherton and other plaintiffs that had tried to stop progress on Caltrain's electrification project by claiming the project's environmental report was flawed.

September 28, 2016 | 3 comments
Tonight in Menlo Park: Feedback sought on county transportation projects

City will hold a meeting Oct. 4 on grade separations
Sick of sitting in traffic and have ideas about how to fix it? There are two meetings " on Thursday, Sept. 29 and Tuesday, Oct. 4 " in Menlo Park you can attend to give feedback.

September 29, 2016 | No comments yet
UPDATE Portola Valley: New Ormondale School principal named

Portola Valley school board approves appointment Wednesday night
Veteran educator Lynette Hovland will be the next principal of Ormondale Elementary School in Portola Valley.

September 28, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Malcolm McGinnis, co-owner of Freewheel Brewing, dies at 57

Malcolm McGinnis of Menlo Park, a researcher, triathlete and, in recent years, head brewer and co-owner of Freewheel Brewing Company, died Sept. 13, surrounded by family and friends. He was 57, and the cause of death was pancreatic cancer.

September 29, 2016 | No comments yet
Riekes Center athletes compete in Rio Paralympics

Two athletes who train or work at the Riekes Center for Human Advancement in North Fair Oaks – Katie Holloway and Steven Toyoji – have returned home from the Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro. One bears a gold medal, and both athletes spoke with the Almanac about their accomplishments in Rio.

October 2, 2016 | 1 comment
Menlo Park: Facebook expansion clears Planning Commission

Up next: Facebook's got a date with the Menlo Park City Council. On Sept. 26, the first phase of the company's expansion project cleared the penultimate hurdle when it earned the unanimous support of the Planning Commission.

September 27, 2016 | No comments yet
Atherton council hears update on civic center design

When Atherton's City Council asked its architects to shave some square footage, and cost, off the new civic center's design, they ended up saving something they hadn't thought to ask for " a heritage oak tree scheduled for removal.

September 29, 2016 | 6 comments
Atherton city manager and police get pay raises

Atherton police officers and City Manager George Rodericks have been awarded pay increases.

September 28, 2016 | No comments yet
Thursday: Breakfast benefit for Menlo Park homeless services agency

The Menlo Park-based LifeMoves, formerly InnVision Shelter Network, will host its annual breakfast fundraiser on Thursday, Oct. 6, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Burlingame.

October 3, 2016 | No comments yet
Local towns sign up for 100 percent renewable energy

Menlo Park, Atherton, Woodside and Portola Valley are among the municipalities that have signed up to buy electricity that is 100 percent from renewable sources.

September 30, 2016 | No comments yet
Wednesday: Portola Valley reconsiders license-plate-reading cameras

In the wake of a home-invasion robbery in Portola Valley in June and community meetings, the Town Council is revisiting the question of whether to allow fixed, automatic license-plate-reading cameras in town.

September 27, 2016 | No comments yet
Why Woodside resident has devoted decades to restoring World War II command vehicle

Woodside resident Reno Taini has created a kind of time machine, a vehicle of war equipped with bare essentials considered fitting for a general leading an army from 70 years ago.

October 16, 2016 | 1 comment
Fire board, Atherton lower the heat in funding fray

The Atherton City Council has made known its concerns about possible inequities between funding for town operations and funding for the Menlo Park Fire Protection District. The fire district board has now weighed in.

September 30, 2016 | 10 comments
Menlo Park police calls: Soup and bottles of bitters among shoplifted items

Crime reports from Menlo Park.

September 30, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo College cross country: Thompson repeats as winner at Pacific Union

College cross country: Menlo College's Megan Thompson successfully defended her title at the Pacific Union Cross Country Invitational on Sunday, racing a 21:07 to complete the 5K course in Angwin and beating a foursome from UC Merced, which won the team title.

September 27, 2016 | No comments yet
Air quality district issues another Spare the Air alert for Tuesday

The Bay Area's intense heat wave prompted regional air quality officials today to issue another Spare the Air smog alert for Tuesday.

September 26, 2016 | No comments yet
Atherton names student winners of Environmental Challenge awards

Atherton recently announced the student winners of its Environmental Challenge awards, part of the town's Earth Action Fair, sponsored by the Atherton Environmental Quality Committee.

October 2, 2016 | No comments yet
Thursday: Menlo Park City School District candidates forum

Four running for two school board seats
A forum for the four candidates running for two open seats on the Menlo Park City School District's governing board will be held on Thursday, Sept. 29, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., at Hillview Middle School's Performing Arts Center.

September 27, 2016 | No comments yet
Farmers' market and family fair comes to Atherton

Hundreds turned out for a farmers' market and family fair in Atherton on Sept. 25. The event was sponsored by Atherton Now, which is raising private money for a new civic center in Atherton.

September 30, 2016 | No comments yet
Monday: Planning Commission to weigh in on Facebook expansion

Facebook's proposed expansion plans for two large office buildings totaling more than 962,000 square feet and a 200-room hotel at 300-309 Constitution Drive in eastern Menlo Park go before Menlo Park's Planning Commission on Sept. 26.

September 26, 2016 | No comments yet
Woodside: Homemade fireworks thought to be behind Sunday night explosion

Homemade fireworks are being reported as the cause of an explosion heard around 9:15 p.m. in Woodside on Sunday, Sept. 25, according to a message from Town Manager Kevin Bryant.

September 26, 2016 | 4 comments
Tonight: Menlo Park district school board seeks public comment on budget woes

Board will also discuss contract for new superintendent
A meeting seeking public comment on solutions to the Menlo Park City School District's budget problems will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, at the Hillview Performing Arts Center, 1100 Elder Ave. in Menlo Park. The main topic of the school board meeting will be a review of the May 3 parcel tax election.

September 27, 2016 | 17 comments
Record-breaking heat Sunday; 'Spare the Air' alert for Monday

Clear skies and westerly winds brought record-breaking heat to two Bay Area locations Sunday, according to official data from the National
Weather Service. The regional spike in temperatures helped to create conditions that prompted the Bay Area Air Quality Management District to issue a Spare the Air alert for today (Monday).

September 26, 2016 | No comments yet
Oaks men complete sweep of road conference soccer matches

Menlo College report
Isaac Miselewicz scored late in the first half and the Menlo College men's soccer team made it stand Sunday in a 1-0 victory over host Biola in a Golden State Athletic League match.

September 25, 2016 | No comments yet
SHP grad Swart collects a hat trick for Princeton water polo

Of local note
Sacred Heart Prep grad Michael Swart scored three goals and the No. 11 Princeton men's water polo team downed Whittier, 15-9, on Saturday at the Mountain Pacific Invitational at Northgate High

September 25, 2016 | No comments yet
Sacred Heart Prep girls win important league tennis match

Prep report
The Sacred Heart Prep girls' tennis team made a statement Thursday with its 7-0 home victory over a very good Castilleja team in West Bay Athletic League Foothill Division action.

September 23, 2016 | No comments yet
Candidate drops out of Menlo Park school board race

Scott Hinshaw says he's not running for Menlo Park City School District board
Scott Hinshaw has announced he is withdrawing from the contest for a seat on the Menlo Park City School District's governing board for personal reasons.

September 23, 2016 | No comments yet
Worth a Look

This week's A&E highlights
This week, check out ZiRu Dance and the Silicon Valley Dance Festival; a free concert at Backyard Coffee Co. in Redwood City as part of the nationwide series of live concerts to end gun violence and more.

September 23, 2016 | No comments yet
Under the sea

'Little Mermaid' makes extravagant splash on stage
Palo Alto Players has pulled out all the stops for its season opener with a colorful, extravagant and fun production of "The Little Mermaid" as adapted for stage by Alan Menken and Doug Wright. It's big, it's bold and it pays wonderful homage to one of the most beloved animated films of all time.

September 23, 2016 | No comments yet
Saturday: Celebrating fall

Filoli is kicking off the fall harvest season with its Autumn at Filoli Festival on Saturday, Sept. 24.

September 23, 2016 | No comments yet
District considering appointing Erik Burmeister as new superintendent

The Menlo Park City School District announced on Friday, Sept. 23, that the school board is considering making current assistant superintendent Erik Burmeister the district's new superintendent.

September 23, 2016 | 17 comments
Robotics pioneer Victor Scheinman of Woodside is dead at 73

Victor David Scheinman, a pioneer in industrial robotics and a longtime Woodside resident, died Tuesday, Sept. 20, of complications of heart disease. He was 73.

September 23, 2016 | No comments yet
Saturday: Menlo Park retirement celebration for Martha of Martha's Pastries

Martha Merz, recognized by locals as the Martha of Martha's Pastries, is retiring after spending the past 28 years running her Sharon Heights bakery.

September 28, 2016 | 1 comment
Tonight: Woodside council weighs steps to increase voter turnout

Woodside has a history of low voter turnouts for Town Council elections, a situation that runs afoul of a 2015 state law intended to increase voter participation. The council will consider changing local elections dates to line up with higher-turnout statewide elections.

September 25, 2016 | No comments yet
Widespread heat expected in Bay Area Sunday

After below-normal temperatures midweek, weak offshore winds and clear skies will bring a warming trend starting today and highs on Sunday as much as 30 degrees above normal, according to the National Weather Service.

September 23, 2016 | 2 comments
A tough schedule only makes SH Prep that much stronger

Brian Kreutzkamp handed the Sacred Heart boys water polo team a tough assignment: an unrelenting schedule against some of the top teams in the nation.

September 22, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Tensions simmer over city ownership of fire station site

When Menlo Park Fire Chief Harold Schapelhouman looks around at the amount of development that could happen in eastern Menlo Park, his reaction is similar to the man in the film "Jaws" who just met the great white shark. The prevailing thought: We're gonna need a bigger fire station.

October 3, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park City School District gives a raise and bonuses to all employees

Board says increases necessary to keep and attract teachers
In addition to awarding a 2.5 percent raise to all its employees, the Menlo Park City School District has given all its workers a bonus worth 2.5 percent of their salary to make up for the lack of a raise during the last school year.

September 24, 2016 | 90 comments
Menlo Park bike rodeo gives kids tips on street safety

Menlo Park's Police Department and Bicycle Commission hosted a bike rodeo recently that taught sixth-graders at Hillview Middle School about safe biking practices.

October 2, 2016 | 2 comments
Menlo Park's Chan Zuckerberg Initiative announces $3 billion funding commitment for research

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, currently headquartered on Santa Cruz Avenue in Menlo Park, announced to the world this week that it will invest $3 billion over the next decade in scientific research to "cure, prevent or manage all diseases by the end of the century."

September 23, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park church launches weekly cafe, music venue

Starting in October, there'll be a new music venue and cafe in town, open only on Sundays.

September 29, 2016 | No comments yet
Cal Water gives a 'state of the drought' update

Water budgets and surcharges for going beyond them may be gone for now, Dawn Smithson of California Water Service (Cal Water) told the Atherton City Council on Wednesday, but the drought is still with us, and could lead to more severe restrictions in the new year.

September 22, 2016 | 3 comments
Menlo-Atherton girls wins important PAL volleyball match

Prep report
Eliza Grover and Jacqueline DiSanto combined for 34 kills and the Menlo-Atherton girls' volleyball team beat host Carlmont, 25-13, 21-25, 25-20, 25-21, in an important PAL Bay Division match Tuesday.

September 21, 2016 | No comments yet
Sunday: Farmers' market in Atherton

Atherton Now will also have plans for civic center on display
A farmers' market featuring entertainment and food trucks will be held in Atherton on Sunday, Sept. 25, from noon to 3 p.m.

September 23, 2016 | No comments yet
Bay Area home prices up slightly in August compared with last year

The median cost for a Bay Area home rose slightly in August compared with the same period last year partly due to low interest rates and job growth, according to research firm CoreLogic.

September 21, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park City School District ponders how cuts could affect looming deficit

After first recapping a bleak financial outlook predicting a $5.3 million operating deficit within five years, the Menlo Park City School District's board on Sept. 20 looked at the effects of 10 percent across-the-board spending cuts.

September 21, 2016 | 64 comments
Golden Acorn Awards recognize local leaders

Sheryl Sandberg talks about community service, life in Menlo Park
With pauses every few minutes to observe the muffled screeching of a Caltrain passing nearby, Menlo Park's 40th annual Golden Acorn Awards ceremony proceeded otherwise without interruption on Tuesday night (Sept. 20) at the Stanford Park Hotel.

September 21, 2016 | No comments yet
Atherton and Menlo Park: Police focus on traffic safety in extra patrols today

Police from law enforcement agencies from around the county are once again collaborating in a traffic-safety initiative, today in Atherton and Menlo Park, patrolling "known trouble spots" until 4 p.m.

September 21, 2016 | 3 comments
Menlo's Von Schottenstein earns GSAC women's soccer honor

Sophomore transfer Alexis Von Schottenstein had a huge week for the Menlo College women's soccer team, helping the Oaks beat UC Santa Cruz and Soka University of America over the weekend. She was named the Golden State Athletic League Offensive Player of the Week on Tuesday for her effort.

September 20, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: New lights may have caused Willows house fire

Newly installed lights are suspected in a Menlo Park fire that extensively damaged a home Sunday evening and left one woman with minor injuries, according to fire officials.

September 20, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Quilting exhibition a patchwork of color

About 135 quilts took over the walls of the Onetta Harris Community Center in Menlo Park the weekend of Sept. 17-18.

September 29, 2016 | No comments yet
Tonight: Fire board discusses Atherton council's property tax complaints

The board of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District meets tonight in a study session in response to an idea put forward by the Atherton City Council to look into the fair and efficient use by the fire district of its share of Atherton's property tax revenues.

September 20, 2016 | 7 comments
Book sale at Menlo Park Library this weekend

Looking to stock your shelves with new stacks of books? The Menlo Park Friends of the Library will be hosting its fall quarter book sale this weekend, Sept. 24 and 25.

September 20, 2016 | 1 comment
Menlo Park City School District discusses financial woes tonight

One in series of meetings on district's projected budget deficit
One in a planned series of discussions on how the Menlo Park City School District will deal with its budget problems will be held when the district's governing board meets tonight, Sept. 20.

September 20, 2016 | No comments yet
Portola Valley: Windmill preschool clears last hurdle as council approves permit

The quest for a permanent home is officially over for Windmill School, a private preschool that's been renting space in Portola Valley for more than 50 years.

September 20, 2016 | No comments yet
Tonight: Atherton police contract on agenda

Contracts for Atherton's city manager and the police department are on the agenda when the Atherton City Council meets at 7 p.m. tonight (Sept. 21) in the town's council chambers.

September 21, 2016 | 1 comment
Driver killed Friday by flying debris on Highway 101 identified

Mountain View man struck in neck by large metal screw-on nozzle cap, Caltrans official said
An 82-year-old man who died while driving his car on U.S. Highway 101 in Menlo Park on Friday was likely struck by debris that came off a state-owned truck, a Caltrans spokesman said.

September 20, 2016 | No comments yet
Bunton leads Menlo College at Roadrunner golf tournament

Douglas Bunton shot a two-round score of 153 to complete the first day of the Roadrunner Invitational in a tie for 10th place and Menlo College resides in fourth place with a team score of 631 in men's golf action Monday.

September 19, 2016 | No comments yet
Friday: Portola Valley focuses on disaster planning

Portola Valley's Emergency Preparedness Committee is asking physicians, nurses and other resident healthcare providers to meet Friday, Sept. 30, to discuss the town's current emergency plans and related issues.

September 27, 2016 | No comments yet
Lennie Roberts named 'Environmental Hero'

Second environmental hero in 83 years for local chapter.
Ladera resident Lennie Roberts, a local legislative advocate for the Committee for Green Foothills, has long been a local hero to the living beings that make up what is commonly referred to as "the environment." Now it's official.

September 27, 2016 | 2 comments
Police calls: Laser pointed at aircraft in Woodside/Portola Valley area

Crime reports for Portola Valley, Woodside, Ladera, Menlo Park, West Menlo Park and Atherton.

September 21, 2016 | No comments yet
Tonight: Open house for Belle Haven programs

Curious about the programs and services that are offered in Belle Haven?

September 21, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: City manager gets raise, bonus

Menlo Park City Manager Alex McIntyre has won a $4,300 pay raise to $221,800 a year, plus a year's extension to his contract, which will now run until March 7, 2018, and a bonus of $15,000.

September 22, 2016 | 1 comment
Woodside's new bakery, cafe will be 25 percent larger

The new bakery and cafe going in at the corner of Canada and Woodside roads in Woodside will be 25 percent larger than the Woodside Bakery & Cafe, which closed in March 2016.

September 27, 2016 | No comments yet
Trees back on county supervisors' agenda

Meeting Tuesday morning
San Mateo County's Board of Supervisors will consider tightening up the county's tree regulations when the board meets Tuesday morning, Sept. 20. The changes come in response to a plea by Menlo Oaks residents who said their neighborhood's trees are disappearing at an alarming rate.

September 19, 2016 | 1 comment
USGS to leave Menlo Park for Moffett Field

Officials with the U.S. Geological Survey say they intend to shut down the agency's West Coast science center in Menlo Park over the next five years beginning next year, and relocate the center at the NASA Ames Research Center on Moffett Field in Mountain View.

September 19, 2016 | 24 comments
Bonchristiano comes up big in Menlo's tournament victory

Boys water polo
Tiago Bonchristiano recorded 36 saves on Saturday to lead the Menlo School boys' water polo team to its second tournament title in as many weeks. The Knights (12-0) beat De La Salle, 9-0, in the semifinals of the St. Francis NCS-CCS tournament and then topped San Ramon Valley, 14-7, in the championship game.

September 19, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo-Atherton girls win seventh straight volleyball match

The prep report
The Menlo-Atherton girls volleyball team survived a grueling nonleague schedule and then survived a tough, three-set match against Palo Alto to earn the title of the Chris Chandler Invitational, held at Menlo School on Saturday.

September 19, 2016 | No comments yet
Woodside has lost its 'Music Man,' Richard Gordon

Services are on Oct. 1
There's an empty music stand in Woodside right now, a conductor's baton waiting to be used. The town's own "Music Man," Richard Gordon, died on Monday, Sept. 12, after losing a four-month fight with brain cancer.

September 19, 2016 | 8 comments
Menlo Park: House fire damages patio, bedrooms

A fire destroyed an attached covered patio and adjoining bedrooms of a house in the 300 block of Grayson Court in the Willows area of Menlo Park on Sunday night.

September 18, 2016 | No comments yet
Suspect arsonist who burned 9/11 memorial caught on video

Police are asking for the public's help to identify a person who was caught on surveillance video Sunday afternoon in East Palo Alto vandalizing a memorial dedicated to the firefighters who died during the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

September 18, 2016 | No comments yet
Proposal to expand public access to Peninsula watershed draws opposition

A proposal to further open to the public a large tract of Peninsula open space controlled by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission continues to meet with stiff opposition from environmental groups.

September 18, 2016 | 6 comments
Suspect arsonist who burned 9/11 memorial caught on video

Police are asking for the public's help to identify a person who was caught on surveillance video Sunday afternoon in East Palo Alto vandalizing a memorial dedicated to the firefighters who died during the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

September 16, 2016 | No comments yet
Bellis goes pro, reaches quarterfinals at Quebec City

Atherton's CiCi Bellis announced on Twitter this week that she is forgoing a Stanford scholarship and is turning pro.

September 16, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Driver killed by debris on U.S. 101

An elderly man was struck in the neck and killed by an unidentified object while driving northbound on U.S. 101 in Menlo Park early Friday afternoon (Sept. 16), according to the California Highway Patrol.

September 16, 2016 | 2 comments
County gets more angry feedback about Surf Air noise

San Mateo County was looking for feedback from the public about noise issues connected with the county-owned and operated San Carlos Airport when it held the second of two town hall meetings on Sept. 14. Feedback is what they received " some of it angry and confrontational.

September 16, 2016 | 24 comments
Palo Alto's Keeble & Shuchat Photography to close in October

Longtime camera store no longer profitable, owner says
Facing a changing industry and declining profits, one of the Bay Area's last major brick-and-mortar camera stores, Palo Alto's Keeble & Shuchat, will be closing next month, owner Terry Shuchat confirmed Thursday.

September 16, 2016 | 3 comments
Facebook expansion in Menlo Park: Final environmental report released

The final version of the environmental impact report for Facebook's expansion plans has been released by Menlo Park city staff.

September 16, 2016 | 3 comments
Menlo College women end long soccer winless streak against the Banana Slugs

Alexis Von Schottenstein scored in the 43rd minute and the Menlo College women's soccer team ended a long winless streak Thursday, beating visiting UC Santa Cruz, 1-0, in a nonconference battle.

September 16, 2016 | No comments yet
Woman suffers critical injuries in crash near Woodside High School

A pedestrian suffered critical injuries when she was struck by a vehicle Thursday afternoon just outside Woodside High School, a California Highway Patrol officer said.

September 16, 2016 | 1 comment
All lanes of I-280 open after suspicious backpack fire

Northbound Interstate 280 reopened Thursday night after the San Mateo County Sheriff's bomb squad was called out to investigate a suspicious backpack fire that stopped traffic for an hour.

September 16, 2016 | No comments yet
Sharon Green apartment renovations approved

Plans to renovate the 18-building Sharon Green apartment complex were unanimously approved by the Menlo Park Planning Commission on Sept. 12.

September 16, 2016 | No comments yet
New deal to keep CinéArts Theatre open for two years

Negotiations between Palo Alto Square property owner and theater company succeed in keeping popular theater operating
Film lovers will be able to catch movies at Palo Alto's popular CinéArts theater for the next two years, thanks to a new deal between the theater's parent company and the property owner of Palo Alto Square, the city announced Thursday morning.

September 15, 2016 | No comments yet
Board rejects Zuckerberg's plans for Palo Alto homes

Architectural Review Board says Facebook CEO's plan effectively creates a 'compound,' clashes with city's vision for neighborhoods
Mark Zuckerberg's plan to demolish and replace his four homes in Palo Alto's Crescent Park neighborhood took an unexpected turn Thursday morning when the city's Architectural Review Board recommended denying his application, arguing that the proposed “compound" clashes with the city's official vision for single-family neighborhoods.

September 15, 2016 | 5 comments
Worth a Look

This week's A&E highlights
This week, check out three-time Grammy nominee singer/songwriter/musician Peter Case at Red Rock Coffee in Mountain View; Jessica Bennett, creator of "Feminist Fight Club: An Office Survival Manual for a Sexist Workplace," at Kepler's in Menlo Park and more.

September 15, 2016 | No comments yet
Israeli-born opera singer expands cultural roots at JCC

Ronit Widmann-Levy, born in Haifa, has performed in opera houses and symphony halls worldwide -- in Italian, French, German and Russian -- but the Israeli soprano rarely has had the opportunity to perform an opera in her native Hebrew language, until now.

September 15, 2016 | No comments yet
Olympics gold medalist KK Clark reveals all: from her red nail polish to her nickname

Sacred Heart's Fiona Lempres interviews the Olympian in Atherton
Olympics gold medalist KK Clark, a native of Menlo Park and a Sacred Heart Prep graduate, visited her alma mater on Sept. 13. Our correspondent, Fiona Lempres, a second-grader at Sacred Heart, interviewed her.

September 29, 2016 | 9 comments
Menlo Park: Police and FBI SWAT team raid home early this morning

Police from Menlo Park and East Palo Alto, in the company of an FBI SWAT team, conducted a search of an occupied home in the 1300 block of Sevier Avenue in the Belle Haven neighborhood of Menlo Park at about 5 a.m. this morning (Sept. 15).

September 15, 2016 | 7 comments
Project Read needs volunteers; informational session Saturday

People 18 years and older who are interested in volunteering as a tutor for Project Read-Menlo Park -- an adult literacy program that has improved the lives of thousands of local residents over the last 30 years -- are invited to an orientation on Saturday (Sept. 17) morning at the Menlo Park Library, where they can learn more about the program.

September 15, 2016 | No comments yet
Commission OKs moving food truck event to Menlo Park Library parking lot

Soon, visitors to the Menlo Park Library and Civic Center sports fields may not have to leave the Civic Center to get food on Wednesday nights.

September 15, 2016 | 33 comments
Menlo grad Smith's football job with the Trojans is a snap

Locals on the field: Menlo School grad Zach Smith will take his final snap at Stanford Stadium as a college football player on Saturday.

September 14, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Facebook staff, community volunteers rehab houses

About 80 Facebook employees, community members and nonprofit staff with Rebuilding Together Peninsula, a nonprofit that helps restore old houses, rehabilitated three homes in Menlo Park's Belle Haven neighborhood recently.

September 14, 2016 | 1 comment
Saturday: Volunteer to clean up San Francisquito Creek

People who are looking for an outdoor volunteer opportunity can pitch in at a cleanup day at the San Francisquito Creek from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 17.

September 16, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Council approves terms for Greenheart development

A project to build 420,000 square feet of residential, office and retail space on the large vacant lot along El Camino Real (between Glenwood and Oak Grove avenues) in Menlo Park cleared a major milestone on Tuesday, Sept. 13.

September 14, 2016 | 33 comments
Atherton: It's a good weekend to leave your car at home

Two fund raising runs scheduled Saturday and Sunday mornings
This may be a good weekend to leave your car at home in Atherton, at least on Saturday and Sunday when two fund-raising "fun runs" will be held on the town's streets.

September 16, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo's Siminoff earns medalist honors at golf tournament

Prep roundup: Menlo's Sophie Siminoff earned medalist honors at the Helen Lengfeld girls golf tournament at Poplar Creek on Monday. St. Francis, led by Bibilani Liu, won the team title.

September 13, 2016 | No comments yet
Get some football tips from Steve Young at Menlo College

Steve Young knows how to play football. He knows how to talk and was one of the best running quarterbacks to play in the NFL. Saturday he'll he sharing his knowledge at a football clinic for ages 9-14 at the Menlo College football field between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

September 13, 2016 | No comments yet
Tonight: Council to weigh agreement with Greenheart over downtown development

Menlo Park's City Council will discuss Tuesday (Sept. 13) whether to accept a proposed agreement between the city and Greenheart Land Co. regarding its planned 420,000-square-foot development at 1300 El Camino Real and Oak Grove Avenue.

September 13, 2016 | 1 comment
Fire damages 9/11 display of American flags at Menlo Park fire district station

Someone set fire to and partially burned a display of 343 American flags set out at a local fire station on Sunday, Sept. 11, to honor the 343 firefighters who died in responding to the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York City on September 11, 2001.

September 13, 2016 | 8 comments
Menlo Park: Condos, office, shop OK'd at former Park Theatre site

A proposal to build a three-story buildings with four condos, office spaces and a small retail area at the former site of the Park Theater at 1275 El Camino Real was approved unanimously by the Menlo Park Planning Commission on Monday, Sept. 12.

September 13, 2016 | 2 comments
Ex-corrections officer pleads no contest to drug charge

In a plea bargain, a former corrections officer at the San Mateo County Jail pleaded no contest Monday to one count of possession of drugs in jail in exchange for serving 90 days in jail and no time in state prison, according to prosecutors.

September 13, 2016 | No comments yet
Championship trophy belongs to more than just team members

Boys water polo: Menlo School defeated San Ramon Valley, 12-8, in the championship game to win the Roche Invitational title for the third time in the last six years and seventh time in the 19-year history of the event. Then, Knights boys water polo coach Jack Bowen took the championship trophy and handed it to a man in the crowd.

September 13, 2016 | No comments yet
Friday night blues

Bay Area-based singer/songwriter James Devine brings his fresh take on old-school, foot-stomping roots and blues music to Freewheel Brewing Company in Redwood City on Friday, Sept. 16.

September 13, 2016 | No comments yet
Fall exhibit puts local artists on display

The Atherton Arts Foundation will host a free fall art show in Holbrook-Palmer Park on Friday, Sept. 16.

September 13, 2016 | No comments yet
Celebrate the spirit and culture of Mexico

Angelicas is hosting its first annual Mariachi Festival featuring Los Angeles-based "Mariachi Los Reyes" with a special guest appearance by Coro Redes y Cantos de Chapala for a weekend of music, food and culture to celebrate Fiestas Patrias and Hispanic Heritage month.

September 13, 2016 | No comments yet
Sultry salsa sweeps the dance floor

Learn to salsa dance at Club Fox in Redwood City on Friday, Sept. 16. Montuno Swing, a West Coast salsa band, will be performing.

September 13, 2016 | No comments yet
Demand drives Bay Area gas price increase over the past month

Bay Area gas prices climbed to an average of $2.77 per gallon over the past month as refineries failed to keep pace with strong demand, AAA officials announced Monday.

September 13, 2016 | No comments yet
Saturday: Jasper Ridge Farm barn warming

After spending a couple of years in temporary arrangements, Jasper Ridge Farm is finally ready to show off its new home at Webb Ranch, located at 2720 Alpine Road just west of Interstate 280.

September 14, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park fire district plans to use drones, robot

A few years from now, if technology at the Menlo Park Fire Protection District develops as planned, responses to fire emergencies are likely to include a camera-equipped drone taking to the skies from the fire station on Chilco Street.

September 27, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo couple lauded for helping public relate to science

Chocolate. Encountering the word alone can raise expectations of a celebration for the taste buds.Two chemists find its value in teachable moments.

September 14, 2016 | No comments yet
Community college district may subdivide for voting purposes

Under-represented communities could have a place on the governing board.
In a move to address the potential for discrimination in elections, board members of another school district in San Mateo County are taking steps to create voting regions, or trustee areas, within the district.

September 13, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park police calls: Burglar takes jewelry, cash, bonds

Crime and accident reports from Menlo Park.

September 13, 2016 | 8 comments
Menlo Park: Meet the Golden Acorn award winners

Chamber of Commerce awards recognize public and community service, innovation and business excellence
Winners of the 2016 Golden Acorn Awards will be recognized at a reception on Tuesday, Sept. 20, starting at 5 p.m., at the Stanford Park Hotel. Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook's chief operating officer, will give the keynote address.

September 18, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park Library's 'Centennial Extravaganza' a colorful affair

Elaborate sets and professionals in costume acted out characters from books and entertained children and adults alike on Saturday, Sept. 10, during a "Centennial Extravaganza" hosted by the Menlo Park Library, which turns 100 this year.

September 15, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: 'Off the Grid' food truck event may move to the Civic Center

The Menlo Park Planning Commission may decide tonight (Sept. 12) whether to move the Wednesday night "Off the Grid" food truck gathering from the Caltrain parking lot to the Menlo Park Civic Center.

September 12, 2016 | 20 comments
Menlo Park: How rezoning could impact city's finances

Analysis shows negative fiscal effects on some school districts due to growth under existing general plan
A new fiscal impact analysis shows how plans to rezone Menlo Park's M-2 area east of U.S. 101 to allow substantial new development could be profitable for the city.

September 12, 2016 | 1 comment
Menlo College suffers second men's soccer overtime loss

Eastern Oregon scored early in the first overtime to hand the Menlo College men's soccer team a 2-1 setback on Sunday in a nonconference contest at Oregon Tech in Klamath Falls.

September 12, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Permit sought for mixed-use development at former Park Theatre site

The Menlo Park Planning Commission will consider on Sept. 12 an application for an architectural control permit for a proposed mixed-use development at 1275 El Camino Real, the former site of the Park Theatre.

September 12, 2016 | 4 comments
Mims the word in Menlo-Atherton football romp over the Irish

Prep football: Jordan Mims rushed for 305 yards on 19 carries and scored four times to help the Menlo-Atherton High football team take care of host Sacred Heart Cathedral, 49-0, at Kezar Stadium on Friday night.

September 11, 2016 | No comments yet
Coroner identifies victim of fatal crash off of Skyline Boulevard

The San Mateo County coroner's office has identified the man who died in a solo-vehicle crash Thursday afternoon off of Skyline Boulevard near the San Mateo/Santa Clara county line.

September 10, 2016 | No comments yet
Sacred Heart Prep looking to get its offense in rhythm

Prep football
One of the biggest surprises, two weeks into the prep football season, is how few points Sacred Heart Prep has scored.

September 9, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo College's McCarthy becomes school leader in scoring

Women's soccer
Danielle McCarthy scored twice and became Menlo College's all-time scoring leader and the Oaks beat visiting Marymount, 4-1, in a nonconference soccer match Thursday.

September 9, 2016 | No comments yet
Recycling center sustains significant damage in fire

Garbage and recycling collection operations are not expected to be affected
The Shoreway Environmental Center recycling facility in San Carlos sustained significant damage in a four-alarm fire Wednesday night and repairs may take four to six months. Garbage and recycling collection operations are not expected to be affected.

September 8, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: City releases proposed development terms for Greenheart project

City Council may approve terms at Tuesday meeting
The 420,000-square-foot mixed-used development that Greenheart Land Co. has proposed in downtown Menlo Park near the Caltrain station would be one step closer to approval if the Menlo Park City Council approves the terms of a development agreement at its Tuesday, Sept. 13, meeting.

September 9, 2016 | 18 comments
Teen killed in solo crash on Skyline Boulevard

A passenger in a BMW was killed Thursday when the speeding car careened down an embankment and slammed into two trees in the Santa Cruz mountains near the San Mateo/Santa Clara county line.

September 8, 2016 | 4 comments
Atherton moves toward study of fire district funding

Issue will come back to council in October
Atherton's City Council has agreed to move toward a study of how much Atherton property owners pay for services provided to them by the Menlo Park Fire Protection District and how much those services cost the district.

September 8, 2016 | 48 comments
Monday: Menlo Park commission weighs major renovation at Sharon Green apartments

During renovations, residents won't be able to live there
The Sharon Green apartments, located at 350 Sharon Park Drive in Menlo Park, which sold in December 2015 for what could be a Peninsula record ($245 million, or $828,000 per unit) may soon be undergoing major renovations.

September 8, 2016 | 7 comments
Menlo Park: Kepler's bookstore wants you to name its new nonprofit

Kepler's Books in Menlo Park is launching a new nonprofit organization to raise funds for and operate community, cultural and literary events and programs.

September 8, 2016 | No comments yet
Four-alarm fire at Shoreway Environmental Center

A four-alarm fire Wednesday night at the Shoreway Environmental Center, the recycling and refuse transfer station in San Carlos, was extinguished just before midnight, according to Redwood City Fire Department.

September 8, 2016 | 2 comments
Menlo School's Vandermeer a big hit in nonleague volleyball win

Prep roundup: Mia Vandermeer recorded nine kills and had a hitting percentage of .533 to help the Menlo School girls' volleyball team beat host Homestead, 25-14, 25-20, 25-17 in non-league action Wednesday.

September 8, 2016 | No comments yet
Wildfire smoke impacts Bay Area air quality

Residents urged to protect themselves from smoke from Gap Fire
Bay Area residents may be affected today by smoke from the Gap Fire in Siskiyou County, Bay Area Air Quality Management District officials said.

September 8, 2016 | No comments yet
Man dies after crashing Ferrari near Woodside

A 46-year-old man died after crashing a rented Ferrari that was part of a caravan of expensive sports cars traveling near Woodside on Wednesday afternoon, a California Highway Patrol spokesman said.

September 8, 2016 | 4 comments
Ladera: New head of school at Woodland

The governing board of Woodland School in Ladera has hired Marja Brandon, former head of school for the Pennsylvania School for the Deaf and founding head of the Seattle Girls' School, as its new head of school.

September 14, 2016 | No comments yet
Sunday: Valpo Fun Run raises money for Peninsula Bridge

The community is invited to join hundreds of students, parents and teachers for the fourth annual Valpo Fun Run, the 5k race hosted by Sacred Heart Schools and Menlo School in Atherton to raise money for the Peninsula Bridge program, which helps students from underserved families. The event is on Sunday, Sept. 18.

September 13, 2016 | No comments yet
Woodside: Decking the hall

There is new wood on the exterior deck at Town Hall in Woodside.

September 7, 2016 | 1 comment
County hosts second meeting on airport noise

A second public meeting to help San Mateo County gauge the public's feelings about noise connected with the San Carlos Airport will be held in Redwood City on Wednesday, Sept. 14, at 6:30 p.m. in the Fair Oaks Community Center, 2600 Middlefield Road.

September 7, 2016 | No comments yet
High-speed rail agency seeks contractors

The California High Speed Rail Authority has a goal to have 30 percent of the value of its contracts go to small businesses, especially those that are considered disadvantaged or run by disabled veterans, according to a workshop held in Menlo Park on Aug. 22.

September 13, 2016 | No comments yet
Sunday: Menlo Park Library hosts storytelling festival

On Sunday, Sept. 18, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. in its downstairs program room, the Menlo Park Library will host its first storytelling festival.

September 7, 2016 | No comments yet
San Mateo County History Museum seeks artifacts, information for WWII exhibit

San Mateo County History Museum is gathering information and artifacts for a World War II exhibit that will open on Pearl Harbor day, Dec. 7, 2016.

September 7, 2016 | No comments yet
Tonight in Menlo Park: workshop on greener electrical power for residents

A 90-minute workshop on a new option for San Mateo County residents to buy electrical power from clean energy sources is set for 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, at the Menlo Park Senior Center at 110 Terminal Ave. in Belle Haven.

September 13, 2016 | No comments yet
Saturday: 'Skate Jam' returns to Menlo Park

Valparaiso Avenue from Altschul Avenue to Hallmark Circle will be closed to car traffic
What's more fun to do at the Sharon Hills Park in Sharon Heights than fulfilling your masochistic fitness needs sweating your way up the steep incline? For some, the answer is easy: bombing down the same hill on a longboard at insane speeds.

September 27, 2016 | No comments yet
Prep roundup: Sacred Heart Prep's Choy serves up another win in tennis opener

Sacred Heart Prep junior Sara Choy won her 60th consecutive girls high school match Tuesday as the Gators opened their season losing to host Cupertino, 5-2, in a nonleague match.

September 7, 2016 | No comments yet
Spare the Air alert issued for Wednesday

Bay Area residents are being encouraged to carpool, bike, walk or take public transportation to work Wednesday because of a Spare the Air alert, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District announced today.

September 6, 2016 | 2 comments
Atherton's Bellis still considering Stanford after tennis success

Winning three qualifying matches at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center just to get into the main draw of the U.S. Open got Atherton's Cici Bellis stoked.

September 6, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: 15 rental townhouses planned along El Camino Real

Curious about what new development is planned for the currently empty lot between the Menlo Park Inn and M&R Automotive on El Camino Real?

September 7, 2016 | 20 comments
Menlo-Atherton just misses chance for football upset

One can't blame Menlo-Atherton football coach Adhir Ravipati if he soon lobbies for replay review for high school football. The Bears had two key calls go against them in the second half on their way to a gut-wrenching 31-25 loss to North Coast Section power Marin Catholic at Coach Parks Field on Saturday afternoon.

September 4, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo's Ferguson continues to build a solid football resume

High school: Charlie Ferguson might be one of the Peninsula's best running backs college scouts have never heard of. It'll be impossible for scouts to ignore him much longer if he keeps going like he has early on in his senior year.

September 3, 2016 | No comments yet
USGS to end walk-in map sales

Beginning Sept. 6, Menlo Park's U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) offices will be closing the on-site map sales office to walk-in visitors.

September 5, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Chamber of Commerce names Golden Acorn winners

Fran Dehn, president and CEO of the Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce, announced during the Menlo Park City Council's Aug. 30 meeting the winners of the 2016 Golden Acorn Awards.

September 6, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Facebook gives $250K to nonprofits

This year Facebook surpassed by $150,000 the amount it has agreed to give to local nonprofit organizations in exchange for permission from the city of Menlo Park to expand the company's operations.

September 8, 2016 | 3 comments
Police calls: Portola Valley, Woodside, Menlo Park

Safe at Lulu's Mexican restaurant burgled in West Menlo Park
This information is based on reports from the Menlo Park Police Department and the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.

September 7, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Commission recommends approval of plans to cut down 99 heritage trees

The Menlo Park Environmental Quality Commission recommended Aug. 31 that requests to cut down 99 heritage trees on three sites in the city be approved.

September 5, 2016 | 27 comments
Menlo Park, school district reach consensus on Oak Court gate

Tensions between residents of Oak Court and parents of the soon-to-open Laurel School, Upper Campus, located at 275 Elliott Drive, have been escalating in past weeks, with emails flying and hackles raised on both fronts.

September 6, 2016 | 15 comments
Feature: Woodside's Rebekah Witter trains miniature horses as 'therapy' animals

They whinny, they eat hay, they each have four legs and a mane and a long face every day. Lovey and Shiloh are horses, of course, and live for now in Woodside, but their future likely includes spending a lot of time indoors -- and not always in barns.

September 12, 2016 | 2 comments
Menlo Park: Celebrating her 101st birthday at Facebook

Longtime Menlo Park resident Willie Mae Jones celebrated her 101st birthday recently by spending a day at Facebook's campus with her great-granddaughter, Keyanna Adger, who recently started working at Facebook.

September 5, 2016 | 1 comment
Menlo Park: Two burglary suspects arrested, thanks to resident's tip

Menlo Park police arrested two teens from East Palo Alto on Thursday (Sept. 1) after receiving a tip from a resident of Oakland Avenue in Menlo Park about suspicious people in the neighborhood shortly before 1 p.m. that day.

September 2, 2016 | 1 comment
Six Menlo College players score in men's soccer victory

The Menlo College men's soccer team returned home on Wednesday and spread the scoring wealth as six different players scored in a 6-0 victory over Simpson.

September 2, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo women force a fifth set but lose volleyball match

The Menlo College women's volleyball team dropped a 25-23, 13-25, 25-18, 25-27, 15-10 nonconference decision to visiting Pacific Union on Wednesday night.

September 2, 2016 | No comments yet
New early childhood education director at Sacred Heart Schools

Nasreen Hussain has been named the new early childhood education director for Sacred Heart Schools' preschool and kindergarten in Atherton.

September 13, 2016 | 1 comment
Wednesday: Second public meeting on airport noise

A second public meeting to help San Mateo County gauge the public's feelings about noise connected with the San Carlos Airport will be held in Redwood City on Wednesday, Sept. 14, at 6:30 p.m. in the Fair Oaks Community Center, 2600 Middlefield Road.

September 13, 2016 | 10 comments
Could Atherton withdraw from the fire district?

Council to discuss fire district funding in study session
For years, Atherton officials have groused that it appears the Menlo Park Fire Protection District gets more property tax revenue from the town's property owners than Atherton does. Now, the town is considering doing something about it, with options including withdrawing from the fire district.

September 1, 2016 | 108 comments
Even a lost ball could not stop Siminoff, Menlo School

Girls golf: Menlo girls' golf opened its season with a 210-248 victory over Mercy-Burlingame in a West Bay Athletic League match Wednesday at Poplar Creek.

September 1, 2016 | No comments yet
Tonight: ConnectMenlo Open House

In case you haven't heard, the city of Menlo Park is considering some big changes to the kinds of development and buildings it will allow to be built in the city's M-2 area east of U.S. 101. To learn more, attend one of two open houses the city will host in Menlo Park.

September 1, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park police sergeants get 3 percent raise

Menlo Park's eight police sergeants will get a 3 percent raise starting Sept. 4 in a new contract approved by the Menlo Park City Council on Aug. 30.

September 1, 2016 | 6 comments
Menlo Park: Woodside Bakery & Cafe reopens -- in Sharon Heights

The Woodside Bakery & Cafe -- the bakery element, anyway -- opened for business today (Thursday, Sept. 1) at the Sharon Heights Shopping Center at 325 Sharon Park Drive in Menlo Park.

September 1, 2016 | 22 comments
Saturday: Menlo Park Library hosts centennial party

The colorful worlds of five literary realms will be lifted off the page by the Menlo Park Library when it hosts its "Centennial Extravaganza" on Saturday, Sept. 10.

September 1, 2016 | No comments yet
Thursday: Talk by photographer Robert Buelteman

Noted photographer Robert Buelteman, who grew up in Woodside, will give the talk "Robert Buelteman speaks for the Land" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1, in Courtroom A of the Old Courthouse at 2200 Broadway in Redwood City.

August 31, 2016 | No comments yet
Atherton: Polo fundraiser for Lyme research on Sept. 11

Two teams of polo players named the Ticks and the Cures will face off at Menlo Circus Club in Atherton on Sunday, Sept. 11, to raise money for Lyme disease research.

August 31, 2016 | No comments yet
If it's Labor Day weekend, it's Kings Mountain Art Fair

For a "mountain vibe" on Labor Day weekend, head for the 53rd Kings Mountain Art Fair, to be held Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Sept. 3-5, at 13889 Skyline Blvd. in the hills above Woodside.

August 31, 2016 | 2 comments
Bears need five sets to turn out the Knights in girls volleyball

Local roundup: Menlo-Atherton needed to go a fifth set to beat visiting Menlo School, 22-25, 26-24, 25-18, 25-27, 15-2, in its rivalry volleyball match Tuesday. The Knights saved five match points to force the extra set.

August 31, 2016 | No comments yet
Tonight: Changing system for electing high school board members

The board of the Sequoia Union High School District will meet tonight (Aug. 31) to discuss how to proceed with plans to divide the district into trustee areas for purposes of electing school board members.

August 31, 2016 | No comments yet
New state law mandates fines for big water wasters in drought

State Sen. Jerry Hill authored new law
Big water wasters will be subject to big fines or surcharges during drought conditions under a new state law authored by Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, and signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday.

September 1, 2016 | 4 comments
Menlo Park: 99 heritage trees face ax

The fate of 99 of Menlo Park's heritage trees could be decided at the city's Environmental Quality Commission meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 31.

August 31, 2016 | 8 comments
Ladera: Marja Brandon is new Woodland head of school

The governing board of Woodland School in Ladera has hired Marja Brandon, former head of school for the Pennsylvania School for the Deaf and founding head of the Seattle Girls' School, as its new head of school.

August 31, 2016 | 2 comments
Jury finds deputy not guilty of brandishing gun in court

After a three-day trial, a jury on Monday (Aug. 29) returned a verdict of not guilty in the case of San Mateo County Deputy Andy Mar, who had been accused of pointing a gun at a custodian in a Redwood City courtroom in April 2015.

August 30, 2016 | 4 comments
Tonight: Menlo Park council to talk about new Laurel school, police sergeant raises

When the Menlo Park City Council meets on Aug. 30, it is expected to consider approving an agreement between the city and the Menlo Park Police Sergeants' Association that could cost the city $50,600 between now and June 30, 2017. The council will also wrangle with the opposing views of homeowners on Oak Court and parents who will be sending their kids to the Laurel School, Upper Campus, on how traffic and school busing should be navigated.

August 30, 2016 | No comments yet
Woodside: Donald Trump comes to town for a fundraiser

Helicopters chopped the air above Woodside on Monday afternoon (Aug. 29) with the arrival on the ground of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

August 30, 2016 | 9 comments
Housing crisis: Locals open up about housing struggles

A group of children sat at the back of Kepler's Books in Menlo Park, as they fidgeted with their marker and glitter-paint posters. Their posters read: "Stop, this is our home. East Palo Alto is not for sale; community is priceless."

August 30, 2016 | 8 comments
Menlo Park readies streets for new Laurel school

People who live near the new Laurel School, Upper Campus, set to open Oct. 17 at 275 Elliott Drive, may notice some changes to their streets in coming weeks as the city prepares for the new young commuters.

August 30, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Willow Road gridlock gets another look

Willow Road, Menlo Park's best-known gridlock hotspot, could have some changes coming.

September 7, 2016 | 2 comments
Atherton: The sting on El Camino Real

Atherton police have decoy activate new stoplight
Atherton police had a plain clothes officer repeatedly cross El Camino Real at Almendral Avenue for two hours on Friday morning, Aug. 26, in an attempt to make drivers aware of a new pedestrian-activated stoplight.

August 30, 2016 | 3 comments
Agricultural production has its ups and downs

The ridge of the Santa Cruz Mountains silhouetted against the eastern sky overlooks communities organized around an agricultural economy, whose products show up at farmers markets, including in Menlo Park and Portola Valley.

September 1, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Critics knock plans for new high school

Big players are weighing in against the public high school district's plans to build a high school in the M-2 industrial zone in Menlo Park. Critics include the city, the local fire protection district and developer David Bohannon.

September 7, 2016 | No comments yet
Woodside: Lane-painting mistake on Woodside Road

A painting mistake by crews working for the California Department of Transportation has widened the driving area for motor vehicles on Woodside Road by 2 feet in front of the elementary school, where it is supposed to be narrower.

September 1, 2016 | 2 comments
East Palo Alto charter school wins county approval

Oxford Day Academy to open fall 2017
Two months after the Sequoia Union High School District board voted down Oxford Day Academy's petition to open a public charter high school in East Palo Alto, the San Mateo County Office of Education gave the school its unanimous stamp of approval.

August 29, 2016 | No comments yet
Maurice Ghysels will leave Menlo Park school district

Superintendent announces he'll leave at end of school year
Menlo Park City School District Superintendent Maurice Ghysels, who has headed the district since 2011, has announced he will leave the district at the end of the school year.

August 29, 2016 | 9 comments
SH Prep girls beat Menlo, place ninth at SpikeFest I

The Sacred Heart Prep girls volleyball team won the Bronze Division championship at the Milpitas/Independence Spikefest I on Saturday, beating rival Menlo School, 25-20, 25-22, in the title match.

August 29, 2016 | No comments yet
County wins appeal of airplane noise nuisance ruling

San Mateo County doesn't have to pay a $1,000 small-claims judgment related to noisy planes using the county's San Carlos Airport, a judge ruled on Aug. 26. He said, however, that the matter should be heard in a court where a judge has the authority to issue an injunction to stop the noise.

August 29, 2016 | 26 comments
M-A Bears put on a good show in football loss to Bellarmine

No easing into the season. No gradual increase in the difficulty level of opponent played.
Menlo-Atherton opened its season Friday against Bellarmine Prep, the oldest and most accomplished program in Central Coast Section history.

August 27, 2016 | No comments yet
Ferguson romps for 200 yards and three TDs in Menlo victory

Charlie Ferguson carried 16 times for 206 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He also returned the second-half kickoff 86 yards for a score that jump-started Menlo to its 42-13 nonleague victory over visiting Lincoln of San Francisco on Saturday.

August 27, 2016 | No comments yet
Portola Valley: Former mayor Kirke Comstock dies

A memorial service for former Portola Valley mayor Kirke Comstock is in the works, but not yet scheduled. Mr. Comstock was 86 when he died Tuesday, Aug. 23, in Saratoga, his son William Comstock said.

August 26, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Three sentenced to prison for multiple residential burglaries

Three 20-year-old men -- Juan Baca Jr. and Alexander Shelton Ledwell of Redwood City and Salvador Reyes-Aguilar of East Palo Alto -- pleaded no contest Aug. 22 to multiple residential burglaries and were sentenced to prison terms ranging from three to five years.

August 31, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo-Atherton football ready for another tough schedule

When Adhir Ravipati took over as head coach of the Menlo-Atherton football team, he immediately set in motion his philosophy of putting together the toughest non-league schedule possible.

August 26, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo School football has a lot of room for improvement

The Menlo School football team is coming off a 6-5 season. There is plenty of hope for improvement in 2016. Charlie Ferguson was the team's leading offensive performer a year ago, rushing for 1,087 yards.

August 26, 2016 | No comments yet
Veg out

Midpeninsula boasts flavor-packed vegan, vegetarian-friendly restaurants
Meat-free fare is easily found -- and taken to the next level -- on the Midpeninsula, with local chefs cooking up modern dishes that appeal to veggie-eaters and carnivores alike.

August 25, 2016 | No comments yet
Festival of the Arts returns to downtown Palo Alto

Police: Expect traffic delays, road closures this weekend
Tens of thousands of art enthusiasts and revelers are expected to turn out for the 35th annual Palo Alto Festival of the Arts this weekend, transforming University Avenue into an open-air gallery.

August 25, 2016 | No comments yet
Schools: State releases results of new standardized testing

Most local elementary school districts are far ahead of state averages
California has released the 2016 results of the state's new computerized standardized assessments that test whether students are meeting the Common Core curriculum standards.

August 26, 2016 | 3 comments
French Laundry alums to open Palo Alto restaurant

A former head sommelier and sous chef from three Michelin-starred The French Laundry in Yountville are opening a restaurant together on California Avenue in Palo Alto.

August 25, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Two council members named to 'educational equity' subcommittee

Goals of starting a multi-city, county and district group that could help spread needed funds to the Ravenswood City School District are one step closer to reality after the Menlo Park City Council appointed two of its members to an "education equity" subcommittee on Aug. 23.

August 25, 2016 | 8 comments
Menlo Park: Construction worker lifted out of open basement after fall

A construction worker was lifted out of an open basement on a residential construction site in Menlo Park on Wednesday, Aug. 24, after he fell in and injured himself, fire officials said.

August 25, 2016 | 2 comments
Local high schools look to open volleyball season on strong note

Preview: Menlo-Atherton High reached the state title match, Menlo School made it to the Northern California playoffs and Sacred Heart Prep reached the Central Coast Section semifinal round. What can we expect as an encore from these volleyball powerhouses?

August 25, 2016 | No comments yet
Atherton: No council election in November

It's official: Atherton has reappointed incumbents Elizabeth Lewis and Cary Wiest, the only candidates who filed for their seats, and will not hold a City Council election in November.

August 25, 2016 | No comments yet
Worth a Look

Libraries are not always quiet. The Menlo Park Library (800 Alma St.) will host an afternoon of original indie-pop from local band The Corner Laughers on Sunday, Aug. 28.

August 24, 2016 | No comments yet
The voice of experience

For Mona Dena, the prospect of reaching the mid-century mark didn't trigger a mid-life crisis but rather ushered in a creative renaissance, inspiring her to write, record and release her very first album.

August 24, 2016 | No comments yet
A poignant pair at the Pear

Theater commemorates anniversaries with 'The Guys' and 'Veils'
It's been nearly 15 years since the devastating terrorist attacks of 9/11, though for some, the painful memories are no doubt as fresh as ever. Mountain View's Pear Theatre (celebrating its own 15th anniversary this year) kicks off its new season with a pair of shows, running in repertory; plays that highlight the strength of humanity in times of crisis, including 9/11.

August 24, 2016 | No comments yet
Grants available to replace wood-burning heating devices

Bay Area homeowners can apply Friday on first-come, first-served basis
Money will be available starting Friday morning for roughly 1,500 Bay Area homeowners and landlords to help them upgrade their wood-burning heating devices with cleaner ones to reduce winter air pollution, officials with the Bay Area Air Quality Management District said today.

August 24, 2016 | No comments yet
Friday: Court hears county appeal on aircraft-noise issue

Small claims court found county liable for Surf Air plane noise
The county's appeal of a small claims court decision that it is responsible for controlling nuisance noise from Surf Air planes is scheduled to be heard Friday.

August 25, 2016 | 3 comments
Menlo Park bans drones, remote-controlled aircraft from parks

After hearing passionate comments by more than 22 people, among them numerous model airplane hobbyists and birdwatchers, the Menlo Park City Council voted 4-0 on Aug. 23, with Vice Mayor Kirsten Keith absent, to ban remote controlled aircraft and unmanned aerial systems, or drones, in city parks.

August 29, 2016 | 9 comments
New school vaccination rules now in effect

No more personal-belief or religious exemptions allowed in schools
Children in California schools and daycare can no longer be exempted from vaccination requirements for personal belief or religious reasons under a new state law that went into effect in July.

August 24, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park bans drones, remote-controlled aircraft from parks

Roundup of Menlo Park council meeting
The Menlo Park City Council held another marathon meeting the evening of Tuesday, Aug. 23, as it heard the public comments of a full house speak out on two controversial issues: whether drones and remote-controlled aircraft should be banned from city parks, and what traffic policies the city should implement for when the Upper Laurel elementary school campus opens Oct. 17.

August 24, 2016 | No comments yet
Recent home sales: Atherton, Menlo Park, Portola Valley

Home sales are provided by California REsource, a real estate information company that obtains home sale data from local county recorders' offices.

August 23, 2016 | No comments yet
Sacred Heart Prep looks to repeat winning football formula

It's been an incredible run for the Sacred Heart Prep football program the last four years. The Gators have won four consecutive Central Coast Section championships, made two state championship game appearances and completed the transition from small-school power to being included among the biggest and the best.

August 23, 2016 | No comments yet
Peter deCourcy Hero, who transformed Silicon Valley philanthropy, has died

Influential leader grew local foundation from $9 million to $1.2 billion in assets
The man who was instrumental in helping tech tycoons channel their millions to charitable giving, Peter deCourcy Hero, has died, according to close sources.

August 23, 2016 | No comments yet
Tonight: Menlo Park council may examine 'education equity' proposal

The Menlo Park City Council will discuss tonight (Aug. 23) a proposal by Councilman Ray Mueller to help the Ravenswood City School District achieve education equity with other local school districts.

August 23, 2016 | No comments yet
Back to school: What's up at local elementary schools

All of them start classes before Labor Day
Gone are the days when summer lasted until Labor Day: This year local elementary school districts began classes as early as Aug. 18 and as late as Sept. 1.

August 25, 2016 | No comments yet
Portola Valley: Residents asked to imagine Town Center's future

The Portola Valley Town Center, a pastoral complex for sports and outdoor recreation, community get-togethers and civic activities of all kinds, is eight years old. What will it look like and who will be using it when it's 28?

August 25, 2016 | No comments yet
Tonight: Menlo Park could ban drone use in city parks

Hobbyists, environmentalists weigh in on what's at stake
Tonight, the Menlo Park City Council will consider a proposal to ban drone use in city parks.

August 23, 2016 | 18 comments
Menlo Park: New high school will focus on technology, engineering, design

The disciplines of technology, engineering and design will be the focus of the new magnet high school set to open in the fall of 2018 on Jefferson Drive east of U.S. 101 in Menlo Park's industrial zone.

August 23, 2016 | 1 comment
Back to school: What's new at Woodside, M-A high schools

New courses, staff and facilities are greeting Woodside and Menlo-Atherton high school students, who returned to class Aug. 17.

August 24, 2016 | 5 comments
Civil rights group pushes school district to change method for electing board members

Board is likely to divide district into trustee areas
A civil rights group is pushing the board of the high school district to change its system for electing members and correct possible noncompliance with the Voting Rights Act, or face a lawsuit that would likely compel the change.

August 23, 2016 | 1 comment
Police calls: Five commercial burglaries in Menlo Park

Crime reports from Menlo Park.

August 23, 2016 | 4 comments
Olympics: Menlo Park native KK Clark wins gold medal

Standing on the highest step of the podium in Rio on Aug. 19, Caroline "KK" Clark, 26, a U.S. women's water polo team member and Menlo Park native, has come a long way since she played on the junior varsity water polo team at Sacred Heart Preparatory School in Atherton.

August 23, 2016 | No comments yet
More than 500 cyclists participate in Tour de Menlo

More than 500 cyclists enjoyed good weather and well-marked routes for this year's 14th annual Tour de Menlo bike ride, which is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Menlo Park and the Almanac.

August 22, 2016 | 1 comment
State Supreme Court upholds California teacher tenure law

The California Supreme Court on Monday upheld the state's laws on public-school teacher tenure after a lower court found them to be unconstitutional.

August 22, 2016 | 30 comments
Thursday: How Menlo Park VA construction plans will impact neighbors

Public invited to community meeting
The Department of Veterans Affairs campus in Menlo Park is inviting the public to a community meeting on Thursday, Aug. 25, to discuss construction plans on the campus and their potential impact on nearby residents.

August 23, 2016 | No comments yet
How will drones be used in scientific research? Free Thursday talk in Menlo Park

Jeff Sloan, a geographer with the U.S. Geological Survey, will give a free public lecture Thursday night, Aug. 25, in Menlo Park on using drones for scientific research.

August 24, 2016 | No comments yet
Tuesday: Menlo Park workshop on contracting with High-Speed Rail Authority

To spread information about how small businesses can contract to work on the statewide high-speed rail project, the California High-Speed Rail Authority will host a free workshop for small businesses from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23, in the Elm Room of the Arrillaga Family Recreation Center at 700 Alma St. in Menlo Park.

August 22, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo College soccer teams sweep nonconference matches

Oaks corner
Danielle Robinson and Brittany Squarcia each recorded a goal and an assist to help the Menlo College women's soccer team open its season with a 4-3 victory over visiting College of Idaho on Saturday in a nonconference match.

August 21, 2016 | No comments yet
American women repeat as Olympic water polo champions

Another round of gold. It's on the U.S. women's Olympics water polo team, which maintained its world dominance from its first appearance in the pool in February through its gold medal victory, 12-5, over Italy Friday at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium in Rio.

August 19, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo College women open volleyball season with a victory

Moea Kekauoha, Sierra Buscher, Bailey Gamez and Monica Hruby each recorded double-doubles and the Menlo College women's volleyball team opened its season with a dramatic, 20-25, 25-19, 22-25, 25-20, 15-11, victory over visiting UC Merced Wednesday night.

August 19, 2016 | No comments yet
Air quality officials issue 18th summer Spare the Air alert

An unhealthy level of air pollution forecast for the Bay Area on Friday prompted the Bay Area Air Quality District to issue this summer's 18th Spare the Air Alert.

August 19, 2016 | No comments yet
Today: Atherton council may appoint incumbents to four-year terms

One subject meeting is at 3 p.m. Aug. 24
Atherton's City Council will hold a one-subject special meeting to decide whether it should appoint incumbents Elizabeth Lewis and Cary Wiest to new four-year council terms on Wednesday afternoon.

August 23, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Peter Olson new CEO for Peninsula Volunteers

Peter Olson, who has served as director of Little House Activity Center in Menlo Park since 2010, is the new chief executive officer for the Peninsula Volunteers Inc., which provides a number of services for seniors in this area.

August 18, 2016 | No comments yet
Jury rejects negligence claim in I-280 accident involving car, horse

After a 14-day trial in San Mateo County Superior Court, a 12-person jury denied damages to a Menlo Park physician who had sued the county after she was seriously injured in a 2012 accident when her car struck a dead horse on Interstate 280 and became airborne.

August 18, 2016 | 8 comments
Menlo Park: City receives plans for 16-bed boarding house

A three-story, 16-bedroom boarding house on Willow Road could be in Menlo Park's future, according to a proposal recently submitted to the Menlo Park Planning department.

August 19, 2016 | 3 comments
USA water polo advance to women's championship contest

It's official, the U.S. Olympic women's water polo team will get the opportunity to defend their Olympic crown after defeating Hungary, 14-10, in the semifinal round of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

August 18, 2016 | No comments yet
Under threat of a lawsuit, Sequoia high school board opts for by-district elections

By a unanimous vote on Wednesday, the board of the Sequoia Union High School District authorized attorneys to prepare maps that would divide the high school district into separate but roughly equal sub-districts, each of which would elect a school board member.

August 18, 2016 | 2 comments
Atherton: Crowd tells county they've had enough of Surf Air

San Mateo County got an earful from a standing-room only crowd of about 185 people who packed a meeting room in Atherton Tuesday night to talk about how Surf Air has affected their lives.

August 18, 2016 | 95 comments
Menlo Park City School District: Five candidates file for two open seats

A fifth school board candidate has filed to run for one of two open board seats in the Menlo Park City School District.

August 18, 2016 | No comments yet
New stoplight is on in Atherton

Bicyclists and pedestrians can activate stoplight on El Camino at Almendral
A long-awaited pedestrian-activated stoplight on El Camino Real at Almendral Avenue in Atherton, where a pedestrian was fatally injured in 2014, was turned on Aug. 17.

August 18, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Office-housing project approved

Plans to build 17,000-square-feet of offices and 17 for-rent housing units at 650 and 660 Live Oak Ave. in Menlo Park were approved unanimously by the Menlo Park Planning Commission on Aug. 15.

August 18, 2016 | 6 comments
Caltrain electrification project gets $20 million state grant

New trains will reduce emissions by 97 percent by 2040, agency estimates
The California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA) announced Tuesday that it will give Caltrain one of 14 cap-and-trade grants focused on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving the state's public-transportation infrastructure.

August 17, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Medical emergency on Santa Cruz Avenue

Paramedics with the Menlo Park Fire Protection District respond to a call about an unconscious man behind the wheel of a PG&E truck stopped on Doyle Street at Santa Cruz Avenue in downtown Menlo Park on Wednesday morning, Aug. 17. No information was immediately available about his condition. (Photo by Natalia Nazarova/The Almanac.)

August 17, 2016 | No comments yet
How new regional agency could help Ravenswood schools

Menlo Park City Council will discuss idea at Aug. 23 meeting
Menlo Park's City Council will discuss Councilman Ray Mueller's idea for a new regional agency that could help get more public money to the Ravenswood City School District when it meets Aug. 23.

August 17, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: The surprising culprit behind power outage

The flash of an explosion, the sounding of a fire alarm, and the darkness of a power outage all followed in quick succession around 6:33 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16, near 1275 Crane St. in downtown Menlo Park.

August 17, 2016 | 1 comment
Narrowing education equity gap in local schools

Coalition could provide more public funds to Ravenswood schools
This week's cover story is about a plan that might allow local government to share some much needed public money with the Ravenswood City School District, which has facilities that are literally falling apart, despite being located in the heart of Silicon Valley.

August 17, 2016 | 24 comments
Recent home sales: Atherton, Menlo Park, Portola Valley, Woodside

Home sales are provided by California RESource, a real estate information company that obtains the information from county recorders' offices.

August 16, 2016 | No comments yet
Target to open 'flexible-format' store in East Palo Alto

Project at Ravenswood Shopping Center to open in July 2017
Target will open a new "flexible format" store in the Ravenswood Shopping Center in East Palo Alto, the retail company announced Monday.

August 16, 2016 | No comments yet
Deputies arrest East Palo Alto man found with multiple items stolen from vehicles

Deputies arrested an East Palo Alto man late Saturday night in San Carlos after finding him in possession of multiple stolen items, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.

August 16, 2016 | No comments yet
Today: Look for traffic conditions to change as students return to class

Morning and afternoon traffic conditions will be subject to seasonal change starting Wednesday, Aug. 17, as the school year gets underway at Menlo-Atherton High School in Atherton, and Woodside High School in unincorporated Woodside.

August 16, 2016 | 1 comment
Olympics/men's rowing: Menlo Park resident and teammates win 'B' final; finish seventh overall

Menlo-Atherton grad and Menlo Park resident Seth Weil and his teammates won the 'B' Final of the men's four rowing event in 5:59.20 Friday at Lagoa Stadium in the Rio Olympics.

August 16, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Upscale men's shoe and clothing shop open for business

It's hard to miss the shiny gold lettering announcing one of Menlo Park's newest additions to Santa Cruz Avenue: a men's shoe and clothing shop called Brogue.

August 29, 2016 | 4 comments
Locals compete at tennis national championships

Sacred Heart Prep junior Sara Choy went 5-2 at the U.S. Tennis Association's National Championships in San Diego over the weekend, reaching the fourth round of the 18s consolation bracket.

August 16, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo School brings in a trio of new coaches this year

Menlo School announced three new head coaches: For the fall season, Alana Burgess will lead girls' water polo and Jim Miller will take the reins of the girls' golf program. In the spring, Kelly Crowley is the Knights swim coach.

August 16, 2016 | No comments yet
Tour de Menlo set for Saturday

Menlo Park bike race fundraiser could be largest yet
Pumped bike tires and primed leg muscles will be on display Aug. 20 at the 12th Tour de Menlo, a bike ride held annually and sponsored by the Rotary Club of Menlo Park and the Almanac.

August 17, 2016 | No comments yet
Kaiser Health News names new editor

New York Times health journalist Elisabeth "Libby" Rosenthal, a doctor of medicine, has been appointed editor-in-chief of Kaiser Health News, a nonprofit news service of the Menlo Park-based Kaiser Family Foundation.

August 18, 2016 | No comments yet
Pokemon-themed bonbons on Madera's dessert menu

Tapping into the Pokemon Go craze, the Madera restaurant at the Rosewood Sand Hill hotel in Menlo Park has added a set of six bonbons inspired by the smartphone game, which lets users catch, collect, evolve and battle creatures that appear on their phones based on the users' actual location.

August 18, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Spark launches 'Green Challenge' online

Menlo Spark, a Menlo Park nonprofit seeking to make Menlo Park climate neutral by 2025, has launched an initiative called the "Menlo Green Challenge," which is an online platform that will track participants' energy usage, encourage competition to reduce energy consumption, and provide information on how to achieve those goals.

August 18, 2016 | No comments yet
It's on to the semis for American women in water polo

The U.S. Olympic women's water polo team advanced to its fifth consecutive Olympic semifinal round, beating Brazil, 13-3, on Monday in the quarterfinals at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium.

August 16, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park Historical Association aims to re-create gateway

Members of the Menlo Park Historical Association have lauched a drive to build a replica of a historic 19th century gateway, built near present-day El Camino Real and Ravenswood Avenue, that first bore the name of Menlo Park.

August 29, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Kepler's hosts forum Thursday on housing crisis

All three council candidates to participate
Kepler's Books in Menlo Park will host a forum Thursday, Aug. 18, on the housing crisis -- how high and rapidly rising housing costs are affecting people in the community.

August 17, 2016 | 7 comments
Menlo Park: What's going on at Menloville?

Valparaiso Ave shop undergoing painting, repairs
Passersby on Valparaiso Avenue may wonder what's going on at Menloville, a country store located at 1902 Valparaiso Ave. in West Menlo Park, which is temporarily closed for business.

August 18, 2016 | No comments yet
Tonight: Watch 'Jurassic World' for free in Menlo Park

"Jurassic World" (PG-13, 2h 4m) will be screened outdoors at the Onetta Harris Community Center at 100 Terminal Ave. in Menlo Park on Wednesday, Aug. 17, beginning at 8:15 p.m.

August 16, 2016 | No comments yet
How health systems in San Mateo County rank

Health systems in San Mateo County ranked third out of 306 regions nationwide, according to a 2016 report by the Commonwealth Fund, a foundation funding health research.

August 16, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park woman describes Airbnb nightmare

Menlo Park homeowner Sharon Marzouk made headlines recently when she came home from extended travel to be greeted with what she calls her "Airbnb Nightmare Reality."

August 17, 2016 | 16 comments
Police calls: West Menlo Park woman sends $9,800 to bogus NY police official

Crime and accident reports from West Menlo Park, Portola Valley, Woodside and Menlo Park

August 18, 2016 | No comments yet
Portola Valley: Overflow parking at Windy Hill; Town Council seeks solutions

Portola Valley's Windy Hill Open Space Preserve is a popular place, perhaps more popular than people had in mind when they laid out the preserve's parking lot at 500 Portola Road.

August 18, 2016 | 6 comments
Grand jury: Law library in crisis over inadequate funding

Financial problems stemming from an unreliable funding mechanism are threatening the viability of the 100-year-old San Mateo County Law Library in Redwood City, according to a recent report by the county's civil grand jury.

August 22, 2016 | No comments yet
Obituary: Nick Jenkins, 33, of Menlo Park loved baseball and animals

Nicholas "Nick" Jenkins, a lifelong Menlo Park resident, died Aug. 11 after battling a brain tumor for seven years. He was 33.

August 18, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: SLAC and Stanford scientists advance water purification technology

Scientists at SLAC and Stanford University have come up with a tiny device that uses ordinary sunlight to create reactions that, before dissipating, will chemically clean a bottle of contaminated water by killing bacteria.

August 18, 2016 | No comments yet
Five years, four months in state prison for Menlo Park, Atherton burglar

A 24-year-old Menlo Park resident, Porfirio Cruz Jimenez-Pimental, was sentenced on Aug. 12 to five years and fours months in state prison for two counts of residential burglary at homes in Atherton and Menlo Park.

August 15, 2016 | 6 comments
Menlo Park: A dozen campaign yard signs go missing overnight

Twelve yard signs supporting Menlo Park City Councilman Ray Mueller's re-election were reported stolen within hours from the residences where they were posted, according to Mr. Mueller.

August 15, 2016 | 4 comments
Menlo Park: Masked men rob Trader Joe's at gunpoint

Trader Joe's employees were held at gunpoint by two men during an armed robbery of the Menlo Park store around 9:15 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13.

August 14, 2016 | 4 comments
American women are headed to Olympic water polo quarters

The U.S. Olympic women's water polo team capped a 3-0 run through group play at the 2016 Olympics with an 11-6 win over Hungary on Saturday. The win sets up a quarterfinal matchup with host Brazil on Monday as the competition moves to the Olympic Aquatics Stadium.

August 14, 2016 | No comments yet
Local election roundup: who has filed for council, board seats

Filing deadline was Aug. 12
The candidate filing deadline for the Nov. 8 election was 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12. In the race for the Menlo Park City School District governing board, in which neither incumbent filed for re-election, the filing period is extended to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17.

August 13, 2016 | No comments yet
Lewis and Wiest are unopposed for seats on Atherton City Council

City Council will decide whether to hold election or appoint the candidates
No one signed up to opppose incumbents Elizabeth Lewis and Cary Wiest for seats on the Atherton City Council by the close of the nomination period, so the City Council will now decide whether to appoint the two incumbents or go ahead with the election.

August 12, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Three file for two council seats

Two incumbents and a challenger have filed candidacy papers to run for two open Menlo Park City Council seats in the Nov. 8 election.

August 12, 2016 | No comments yet
Sunday: Taste of Woodside

The Rotary Club of Woodside/Portola will hold its 13th Taste of Woodside event from 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, in Grace Memorial Courtyard at Woodside Village Church.

August 12, 2016 | No comments yet
Air district issues Spare the Air alert for Friday

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued a Spare the Air alert for Friday, the 15th alert in the 2016 summer season due to excessive smog expected in the region.

August 11, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: SRI International spins off new business to automate fruit picking

In as soon as two years, robots, not people, could be picking apples in orchards.

August 22, 2016 | 4 comments
Video: M-A grad makes short film about police, race tensions

A viral Facebook post has become the subject of a two-minute film by Zachary Clarence, a Menlo-Atherton High School graduate (class of 2010) and former president of the school's drama club.

August 12, 2016 | 2 comments
Menlo Park: Twin-sister psychologists sentenced to jail for theft of public funds

Psychologists Lorie Palmer and Marlie Palmer, twin sisters who had offices in Menlo Park, were each sentenced to four months in county jail and three years of supervised probation on Wednesday, Aug. 10.

August 11, 2016 | No comments yet
Spare the Air alert issued for Thursday

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued a Spare the Air alert for Thursday because of excessive smog and smoke expected in the region.

August 11, 2016 | 2 comments
Nov. 8 election: Candiate filing updates

Most filing periods end Aug. 12
The candidate filing deadline for the Nov. 8 election is 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12. If an eligible incumbent doesn't file by that time, the filing period for that race will be extended to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17.

August 11, 2016 | No comments yet
Testing finds no additional West Nile virus carrying mosquitoes in Atherton

Mosquito district says residents should still take precautions
The county's mosquito control district says that no West Nile virus carrying mosquitoes were found in testing after a second round of mosquito fogging treatment on Aug. 4.

August 10, 2016 | No comments yet
New bus routes added to accommodate Peninsula students

Route 81 will serve students in Menlo Park, Palo Alto
Students returning back to school in Peninsula will now have an easier, more convenient way to get to and from school thanks to four new bus routes that launched Monday, the San Mateo County Transit District announced.

August 10, 2016 | No comments yet
Man arrested after police pursuit from Menlo Park to Oakland

A 28-year-old Berkeley man was arrested after a pursuit from Menlo Park to the Oakland hills early this morning, according to the California Highway Patrol.

August 10, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Belle Haven's Cecilia Taylor to challenge council incumbents

Days before the deadline to declare candidacy for the Menlo Park City Council election in November, Belle Haven resident Cecilia Taylor has announced she will be vying for one of the council's two open seats.

August 9, 2016 | 5 comments
Atherton: New El Camino stoplight is on

Bicyclists and pedestrians can turn on El Camino stoplight at Almendral Ave.
Atherton's pedestrian-activated stoplight on El Camino Real at Almendral Avenue was turned on Wednesday, Aug. 18.

August 17, 2016 | 3 comments
Feature story: Documenting the holocaust of 1947

Local Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs recall the life-altering Partition of India
Now in his late 80s, Woodside resident Narinder Singh Kapany holds searing memories of the days surrounding the 1947 Partition of India, a violent cataclysm that created more than 14 million refugees and left an estimated one million dead.

October 3, 2016 | No comments yet
Woman arrested after spree of bank robberies

Sheriff's Office nabs East Palo Alto resident who they believe robbed nine banks
An East Palo Alto woman who police say took part in at least nine bank robberies over the summer, including one in Palo Alto earlier this month, was arrested on Aug. 3 after investigators traced a finger print from bank pamphlet back to her.

August 8, 2016 | No comments yet
Atherton officials: Marsh Road to reopen Saturday

Road is set to reopen at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 13
Atherton officials say the work on Marsh Road to install a new drainage culvert, guard rail and replace sewage pipes will be completed on time for the road to reopen when originally scheduled, by the end of the day Saturday, Aug. 13.

August 9, 2016 | No comments yet
Tuesday: County holds Atherton meeting on San Carlos Airport noise issues

As part of San Mateo County's study of noise issues connected to the San Carlos Airport, the county is hosting a town hall meeting in Atherton's Holbrook-Palmer Park at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16.

August 9, 2016 | 32 comments
Surf Air planes still overhead, despite OK to fly Bay route

Foggy mornings mean planes still fly old route to San Carlos Airport
Joining Adam Ullman in his North Fair Oaks backyard for a weekday morning cup of coffee makes it clear just what he means when he calls the ongoing flight noise a "nuisance."

August 9, 2016 | 13 comments
Airport noise: Mass filings of small claims lawsuits have won concessions in the past

In 1983 a state appeals court ruled in favor of hundreds of neighbors who filed small claims court lawsuits against San Francisco, claiming it was the city's responsibility to do something about the ongoing nuisance caused by noise from the San Francisco International Airport.

August 9, 2016 | No comments yet
Police calls: Eight burglaries in Atherton, Portola Valley, Ladera

Police calls from Atherton, Portola Valley, Ladera and Woodside

August 10, 2016 | 2 comments
Taking county to court over aircraft noise

Small claims court finds county responsible for airport noise
A small claims court judge has awarded $1,000 in damages to a resident who lives directly under the flight path of Surf Air who claimed the noisy planes are a nuisance San Mateo County should control.

August 9, 2016 | 21 comments
Thursday: Kepler's hosts forum on housing crisis

Kepler's Books in Menlo Park will host a forum to discuss the housing crisis at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18.

August 10, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: New bike racks installed downtown

Bikers pedaling into downtown Menlo Park now have more spots to lock up their wheels on Santa Cruz Avenue.

August 12, 2016 | 5 comments
Woodsider homeowners respond to poll on town's building-review process

For years, Woodside town officials have heard complaints from homeowners and others that the process for getting a building permit in town is unnecessarily difficult and costly.

August 11, 2016 | 5 comments
A summer camp immersed in performing arts

Last year I found TheatreWorks' Summer Studio while searching online for a summer theater camp. It stood out for several reasons.

August 8, 2016 | No comments yet
'Big Bad Barn Dance' in Woodside Aug. 28

Friends of Huddart and Wunderlich Parks invites everyone to put on western gear, grab a partner and do-si-do over to the historic Folger Stable in Woodside for the "Big Bad Barn Dance and BBQ" on Sunday, Aug. 28, from 4 to 7 p.m.

August 12, 2016 | No comments yet
New program to help first-gen students prepare for and navigate college

Step by step, about 35 rising 10th-graders walked across the Golden Gate bridge on Aug. 4. For some, it was the first time they'd walked beneath the iconic beams connecting San Francisco to the North Bay.

August 23, 2016 | No comments yet
Obituary: Evelyn Stoops, real estate broker

Evelyn Stoops, a Woodside resident for more than 70 years who worked in real estate for more than 50 years, died June 20 at age 98 in Sequoia Hospital in Redwood City.

August 18, 2016 | No comments yet
Obituary: Kendall Stacey, M-A Class of 2008

Kendall Reid Stacey, a member of the Class of 2008 at Menlo-Atherton High School, died of natural causes on June 28. Mr. Stacey, a native of Berkeley and a resident of San Francisco, was 26.

August 18, 2016 | No comments yet
Obituary: Charles M. Packer of Woodside, aerospace pioneer

Services for Charles Maurice Packer of Emerald Hills, a pioneer in research at Lockheed Missiles and Space Company, were held Saturday, Aug. 6, at Holbrook-Palmer Park in Atherton. Mr. Packer died July 10 at the age of 86.

August 18, 2016 | No comments yet
Irish wake Wednesday for Michael O'Connell of Woodiside

An Irish wake for Woodside Glens resident Michael Dan O'Connell is set for 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17, at Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society in Half Moon Bay. Mr. O'Connell, a machinist, a school basketball coach and a birdwatcher and backpacker died in his sleep on July 18. He was 75.

August 12, 2016 | 1 comment
Saturday: Memorial celebration for Rosemarie Luce of Portola Valley

A three-hour gathering and memorial celebration for friends and relatives of active and engaged Portola Valley resident Rosemarie Luce is set for 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 27, at a private home in town. (Call 650-888-8829 for information on the celebration.)

August 23, 2016 | No comments yet
Chaos and excitement reign at Harry Potter midnight party

Midnight madness over the latest volume related to the Harry Potter saga reigned on July 30 during a book release party held at Kepler's Books.

August 18, 2016 | No comments yet
Woodside: Firefighters quickly control grass fire

Firefighters quickly contained a grass fire on Sunday afternoon (Aug. 7) on Grandview Drive in Woodside. A tree in a backyard fell across an electrical line at about 2 p.m. Firefighters had the blaze contained in about 30 minutes.

August 8, 2016 | 3 comments
Menlo Park: Local students complete Facebook internships

Eighteen high school students from low-income or underprivileged backgrounds completed a six-week internship at Facebook on Aug. 3.

August 18, 2016 | No comments yet
New bus route takes students from East Palo Alto to M-A High

New school year, new bus route. Effective Aug. 7, SamTrans will operate a new school bus route running from the intersection of Clarke Avenue and East Bayshore Road in East Palo Alto to Menlo-Atherton High School in the mornings and in the afternoons the reverse direction.

August 23, 2016 | 1 comment
County organizes team to help people with serious mental illness

A new team has begun work to help San Mateo County residents with an untreated serious mental illness, county health officials have announced.

August 18, 2016 | No comments yet
Celebration of life for Atherton's Roslyn Morris

A celebration of the life of Atherton's Roslyn Morris will be held Wednesday, Aug. 17, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Roslyn G. Morris Little House Activity Center at 800 Middle Ave. in Menlo Park.

August 7, 2016 | 3 comments
Flood-control project in Baylands kicks off

Eighty years after the enactment of the federal Flood Control Act, a decades-in-the-making flood-protection effort on San Francisquito Creek is finally underway.

August 6, 2016 | 1 comment
M-A grad Weil set to row, row, row his boat in Rio waters

Menlo-Atherton grad Seth Weil was just looking for a way to blow off steam when he signed up for the rowing club as a UC Davis freshman. "I thought it was a good way to kick-start the day, you feel like you're doing something right," he said.

August 6, 2016 | 1 comment
Motorcyclist killed in crash identified

Whether he was splitting lanes is now unclear and under investigation, CHP say
A motorcyclist who died when he was run over by a truck Thursday morning in Palo Alto was identified as Milpitas resident Robert Dam, according to the Santa Clara County medical examiner's office. Now, CHP officers say, it's unclear whether he was splitting lanes.

August 5, 2016 | No comments yet
From humble beginnings: Fire district reaches 100

On June 27, 2016, the Menlo Park Fire Protection District began the official journey into its 100th anniversary. On this date back in 1916, 100 residents voted in favor, and 58 against, to establish a "Fire Company" in Menlo Park.

August 18, 2016 | No comments yet
Portola Valley: Troop 64 honors five Eagle Scouts

Five scouts from Portola Valley Troop 64 have earned the rank of Eagle Scout and were recognized in a recent Court of Honor at Portola Valley Presbyterian Church.

August 16, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: PACE Gallery extends exhibit

The PACE gallery in Menlo Park has extended its current exhibition until Dec. 18 due to popular demand, according to Liz Sullivan, president of Pace Palo Alto and Pace Art+Technology in Menlo Park.

August 8, 2016 | No comments yet
Aug. 12: 'Farm to Table' dinner at Filoli in Woodside

Guests will dine al fresco in the main courtyard of Filoli's historic house in Woodside on Friday, Aug. 12, the third year for this twilight fundraiser. The event will run from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

August 12, 2016 | No comments yet
A Touch of France

"Monet's Lily Pond 2" is one of the featured artworks by Jerry Peters on display during August at the Portola Art Gallery in the Allied Arts Guild at 75 Arbor Road in Menlo Park.

August 18, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park man involved in 2014 homicide pleads no contest to accessory charge

Menlo Park resident Herson Cruz charged with shooting 18-year-old Nazario Barajas
A Menlo Park man who was the getaway driver in a 2014 East Palo Alto fatal shooting pleaded no contest to assault and accessory to murder charges on Wednesday, while his co-defendant is set to stand trial for murder later this year, prosecutors said today.

August 5, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo College turns to Jan to drive men's and women's golf teams

Radix Cup team veteran Robert Jan was introduced as Menlo College's men's and women's golf coach on Wednesday by Oaks Director of Athletics Keith Spataro.

August 5, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: 'Laurel Mom' spearheads plan for kid-friendly bike route

In October, Laurel School's upper campus, the new site for its third- through fifth-graders located at 275 Elliott Drive, will open its doors for 300-plus students. What is known with less clarity is how the children who will attend it will get to and from school.

August 5, 2016 | 13 comments
Homeland Security partners with Silicon Valley in Menlo Park

U.S. Homeland Security Dept. seeks to fund Silicon Valley ideas that could boost national security
"Government innovation. I don't think you've seen those two words paired together," Melissa Ho, managing director of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Silicon Valley Innovation Program, told a crowd of eager listeners from the tech industry at a conference held at SRI International in Menlo Park on July 29.

August 16, 2016 | No comments yet
Former Knight now coaching Warriors at Hendrix College

Menlo School grad Liz Daly has been tabbed as the new head coach of the Hendrix College women's lacrosse program, Director of Athletics Amy Weaver announced.

August 4, 2016 | No comments yet
Palo Alto Square theater to remain open -- for now

CinéArts was set to go dark after Thursday night's showings
More than 2,600 signatures and letters from the Palo Alto City Council to the landlord of the CinéArts Theatre in Palo Alto and to theater headquarters appear to have at least temporarily stayed the shuttering of the much-loved movie house.

August 4, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park natives return to launch 'foodie' startup

Kenzo Nakamura and Keisuke Teeple spent their formative years growing up in Menlo Park. Around January, they found their way back to Menlo Park and decided to work on BlackPepper, a website for restaurants and chefs.

August 16, 2016 | No comments yet
Vintage Computer Festival at Computer History Museum

Sure, modern technology is great, but do you ever feel nostalgia for the days of joysticks, Tony Tutors and Commodore? This weekend, techies can get in touch with their roots at The Vintage Computer Festival West. The festival, held at Mountain View's Computer History Museum (1401 N. Shoreline Blvd.) Aug. 6-7, will offer visitors the chance to check out many retro-cool computing machines and gaming systems, exhibits, and speakers.

August 4, 2016 | No comments yet
Running through the redwoods

Crystal Springs Trail Run held in Woodside this weekend
Get your exercise while frolicking through the majesty of the redwood-lined trails of Woodside's Huddart Park, King's Mountain and Bear Gulch this Sunday (Aug. 7) at the Crystal Springs Trail Run.

August 4, 2016 | No comments yet
Motorcycle fatality closed part of U.S. 101 in Palo Alto

Motorcyclist collides with SUV, run over by truck
A motorcyclist was killed this morning on U.S. 101 in Palo Alto after colliding with an SUV and being run over by a truck, the CHP said.

August 4, 2016 | 18 comments
Menlo Park's Mademoiselle Colette to expand to Palo Alto

Less than a year after opening her popular French bakery Mademoiselle Colette in downtown Menlo Park, owner Debora Ferrand is expanding with a second location in Palo Alto.

August 4, 2016 | No comments yet
Recent home sales: Atherton, Menlo Park, Portola Valley, Woodside

Woodside, Atherton sell homes in $14-million range
Two homes, one in Atherton and another in Woodside, sold in the $14-million range.

August 3, 2016 | No comments yet
Moving 'The Mikado'

Lamplighters' new spin on a classic operetta
Since 1885, "The Mikado," set in Japan, has been one of the most performed musical-theater masterworks. To modern audiences, though, it can carry racist connotations. Lamplighters Music Theatre sought a solution rather than confrontation. That effort goes forth at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts the weekend of Aug. 14-15.

August 3, 2016 | No comments yet
August Arts and Music Festival

Rengstorff House hosts its annual celebration this month
Rengstorff House's annual August Arts and Music Festival will kick off this weekend (Aug. 7) with live music on the north lawn: The Prowlers play at 10 a.m. and Bobby Love and Sugar Sweet will start at 1 p.m.

August 3, 2016 | No comments yet
Theater: 'Wild' child

Dragon Theatre explores autism on personal and historical levels
I have a particular affinity for stories that flip back and forth through time, skipping between eras and drawing parallels between them, the past informing the present and the present shining light on the past. It's an affinity that Dragon Theatre shares, exemplified by its current production, "Wild Boy."

August 3, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Former resident sentenced to 70 years in prison for child-exploitation

A former resident of Menlo Park, Ronald Gerard Boyajian, was sentenced Aug. 1 to 70 years in federal prison after being found guilty of three child-exploitation crimes.

August 4, 2016 | 4 comments
Atherton: More mosquitoes found infected with West Nile virus

Additional mosquito fogging scheduled Thursday night
After fogging mosquitoes in one Atherton neighborhood over the weekend, additional mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus have been found in Atherton, prompting the scheduling of more fogging Thursday night.

August 3, 2016 | 6 comments
Local athletes to have a say in Olympic gold medal quest

Stanford senior Maggie Steffens remembers her older teammates guiding her through the ordeal of preparing for the Olympics. Now an elder stateswoman of the team, she's helping guide the new faces as the United States women's Olympic water polo team prepares to defend its gold medal in Rio.

August 2, 2016 | No comments yet
Assembly race: latest reports on campaign contributions

With a couple of months left until election day, Palo Alto City Councilman Marc Berman is leading in campaign contributions in his race against patent attorney Vicki Veenker to succeed Rich Gordon in the 24th Assembly District, with close to $100,000 in his election coffers, according to the latest financial filings.

August 2, 2016 | 2 comments
M-A grad Ayala-Hil takes soccer coaching job at San Francisco State

Menlo-Atherton grad and East Palo Alto resident Javier Ayala-Hil was named the San Francisco State men's soccer coach, Athletics Director Charles Guthrie announced Tuesday.

August 2, 2016 | No comments yet
New jazz book preserves 'the memory of all that'

'Jazz on My Mind' ensures Herb Wong's insights, passion and memories live on
Marilyn Wong recalls the day her husband, jazz educator and concert producer Herb Wong, returned from the doctor with the news that no family wants to hear: The troubling symptoms he'd been experiencing were the result of terminal cancer.

August 4, 2016 | No comments yet
El Camino hazards: Political leaders call on Caltrans to act

After hearing of the verdict assigning the California Department of Transportation most of the blame for a 2010 death in a crosswalk on El Camino Real in Atherton, local political leaders have vowed to work to make sure Caltrans gives priority to improving El Camino's safety.

August 2, 2016 | 1 comment
El Camino hazards: Political leaders call on Caltrans to act

After hearing of the verdict assigning the California Department of Transportation most of the blame for a 2010 death in a crosswalk on El Camino Real in Atherton, local political leaders have vowed to work to make sure Caltrans gives priority to improving El Camino's safety.

August 2, 2016 | No comments yet
Atherton: Menlo Charity Horse Show runs Aug. 9-14

The lively spirit and energetic flare of Brazil will come to Atherton this month at the Menlo Charity Horse Show, which runs from Aug. 9 through 14 at the Menlo Circus Club in Atherton.

August 2, 2016 | No comments yet
Police calls: Boy injured in hit-and-run incident in Menlo Park

Crime and accident reports for Menlo Park and Atherton

August 2, 2016 | 1 comment
Woodside: Smooth surface just one bonus in repaving 12 miles of Woodside Road

Rubberized asphalt surface improves ride and extends road's service life.
Travel on state Highway 84 (Woodside Road) over the 12 miles between Interstate 280 and Friars Lane will be one-lane at times in August and September as crews repair and repave damaged asphalt. But roads should be safer, and more quiet.

August 2, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park war hero turns 100

You don't have to be a hero to live 100 years. But when a hero turns 100, it's party time on a grand scale. Carl Clark of Menlo Park, who was finally recognized in 2012 for heroism for actions during World War II, was honored in royal fashion on July 30, the day he reached the century mark.

August 2, 2016 | 4 comments
Political leaders call for Caltrans to act on El Camino hazards

Jerry Hill: Caltrans' bureaucracy is 'shameful'
After hearing of the verdict assigning Caltrans most of the blame for a 2010 death in a crosswalk on El Camino Real in Atherton, local political leaders have vowed to work to make sure Caltrans gives priority to improving El Camino's safety.

August 2, 2016 | 6 comments
Atherton repeatedly asked Caltrans to make El Camino crossings safer

For years, Atherton has been asking the California Department of Transportation to make crossing El Camino Real, State Highway 82, safer for bicyclists and pedestrians, as deaths and serious injuries add up.

August 2, 2016 | 2 comments
Jan Chandler: Verdict over Atherton crosswalk fatality doesn't bring Chris back

Widow urges state to make El Camino crosswalks safer
Chris Chandler never got to meet his first granddaughter. He wasn't there to walk his oldest daughter down the aisle at her wedding, and he's been missed at birthdays, graduations and holiday celebrations since he was killed crossing El Camino in Atherton on Sept. 30, 2010, at the age of 62.

August 2, 2016 | 1 comment
Menlo club runner Iyer claims 3,000-meter national title

Of local note
Menlo iGrehounds Nikitha Iyer, a senior at Harker, won the 17-18 women's 3,000-meter national championship Saturday in the USATF Junior Olympics at Sacramento State on Saturday.

August 1, 2016 | No comments yet
Atherton's bills for presidential visit subject of WikiLeaks emails

Atherton's attempts to be repaid for the costs of town services when President Barack Obama was in town for a fundraiser in February have achieved internet fame on WikiLeaks.

August 1, 2016 | 23 comments
Update: Man, 30, killed in solo motorcycle crash near Woodside

A 30-year-old man died when he lost control of a motorcycle Saturday morning on westbound state Highway 84, about three miles west of state Highway 35 near Woodside, the California Highway Patrol reported.

July 30, 2016 | 6 comments
Neighboring cities, ACLU criticize findings of Facebook expansion studies

What do Menlo Park's neighbors think about Facebook's expansion plans?

August 1, 2016 | 7 comments
Madera releases Pokemon-themed bonbon collection

Gotta taste them all? In an unexpected merger of high and pop cultures, Madera, Menlo Park's upscale restaurant affiliated with the Rosewood Sand Hill hotel, has released a set of six bonbons that are inspired by Pokemon Go.

August 4, 2016 | No comments yet
Atherton: Crosswalk stoplight activation delayed

Atherton's pedestrian-activated stoplight on El Camino Real at Almendral Avenue, scheduled to go into operation on Aug. 1, has been delayed because its power is not hooked up, the town says.

July 29, 2016 | 2 comments
Tonight: Menlo Park, Atherton celebrate National Night Out

An evening of commingling with neighbors and public safety officers is scheduled on Tuesday, Aug. 2, with three public events and three private ones slated throughout Menlo Park, plus a community event in Atherton, in celebration of "National Night Out."

August 2, 2016 | No comments yet
Woodside: Caltrans repaving 12 miles of Woodside Road

Vehicle traffic through Woodside on Woodside Road will be subject to delays through August and September as Caltrans repaves the 12-mile stretch between Interstate 280 and just west of Fox Hill Road.

July 29, 2016 | No comments yet
Fifth straight Spare the Air alert issued for Friday


A fifth consecutive Spare the Air alert has been issued by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District for Friday because of continued unhealthy levels of ozone expected in the region.

July 28, 2016 | No comments yet
M-A Little League gives sportsmanship awards

The Menlo-Atherton Little League recently held its annual player appreciation day. It gave sportsmanship awards to players and coaches who demonstrated leadership on the field and in the dugout by consistently honoring the game and respecting their teammates, coaches, opponents and umpires.

July 28, 2016 | No comments yet
SLAC talk on solar energy

The talk, "Catching Light: Making the Most of Solar Energy," is set for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug 2, in Panofsky Auditorium in Building 53 at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, 2575 Sand Hill Road in Menlo Park.

July 28, 2016 | No comments yet
Helping women reboot their careers and skills

Now that Wendy Petersmeyer of Atherton has reinvented herself as a professional life coach, she is helping others reinvent themselves, especially women like herself who have launched their children and wonder how to restart their own careers.

July 28, 2016 | 2 comments
West Nile virus found in Atherton

Mosquito fogging to take place early Saturday morning
Mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus were found in Atherton on Thursday, prompting the San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control District to schedule fogging to kill mosquitoes in parts of Atherton and Redwood City early Saturday morning.

July 28, 2016 | 3 comments
Jury: Caltrans 90% responsible for Atherton crosswalk fatality

Family awarded damages of $9.5 million
A jury has found the California Department of Transportation 90 percent responsible for the 2010 death of a 62-year-old man who was struck by a car in an El Camino Real crosswalk in Atherton.

July 29, 2016 | 13 comments
Menlo School students write code for educational tool

The Looma resembles little more than a makeshift wooden box containing a projector with some techy-looking doodads inside. The product's simple design masks its somewhat more complex purpose: to help teachers in developing countries give students access to technology-based learning and education tools, all sans internet connection.

August 5, 2016 | 1 comment
Menlo Park Library launches 'bookface' contest

Between now and the end of August, the Menlo Park Library is inviting visitors to participate in a photo contest, for the chance to win a $100 Kepler's gift card. The challenge? To snap a clever "bookface," or a portrait that integrates a book cover image as part of the photo.

August 1, 2016 | No comments yet
City hopes to preserve Palo Alto Square theater

Land-use zoning, popular sentiments invoked in effort to save CinéArts
Two efforts -- one relying on grassroots democracy and the other rooted in the zoning code -- have emerged to try to save the CinéArts theater at 3000 El Camino Real in Palo Alto from closing.

July 27, 2016 | No comments yet
There is power in a union

SRT's 'Slaughter City' dramatizes the labor movement
Some works of drama are meant to entertain, delight and whisk audiences away to another world. Naomi Wallace's "Slaughter City," presented by Stanford Repertory Theater (SRT), is not one of those. Instead, it's powerful, dark and -- despite its pivotal forays into the supernatural and surreal -- rooted in real-world issues, distasteful though they may be.

July 27, 2016 | No comments yet
Worth a Look

Sometimes, a camera can change a life. The nonprofit organization Empowerment International offers a photography-club program for impoverished children in Nicaragua, with the goal of helping them stay interested/involved in school.

July 27, 2016 | No comments yet
Fourth straight 'spare the air' alert issued for Thursday

A Spare the Air alert has been issued for the Bay Area for Thursday because smog is forecast to be at unhealthy levels, regional air quality officials said.

July 27, 2016 | No comments yet
Disappearing oaks: County stops short of moratorium on tree removals

County will explore hiring an arborist, tightening its tree regulations
New stricter rules to protect trees in unincorporated San Mateo County are needed, the county's Board of Supervisors agreed on July 26 after residents of Menlo Oaks asked board members to protect their neighborhood's namesake trees.

July 28, 2016 | 4 comments
Menlo Park shows free summer movies Aug. 5-Sept. 9

Prepare your picnic baskets and lawn chairs for the third year of Menlo Park's free summer movie series, running Aug. 5 through Sept. 9.

July 27, 2016 | No comments yet
County sales tax measure will be on November ballot

Measure would add 20 years to remaining six years of the existing tax
A measure to extend an existing San Mateo County half-cent sales tax by 20 years will be on the Nov. 8 ballot.

July 27, 2016 | 16 comments
Menlo Park: Office gets permit to build employees-only rooftop pool

Instead of a mid-day coffee break, people who work at the Menlo Business Park on O'Brien Drive in eastern Menlo Park may soon be opting for a quick dive at the office cluster's employee-only rooftop pool.

July 28, 2016 | 3 comments
Saturday: Where to celebrate Harry Potter book release

The boy who lived is making a comeback. On Saturday night, July 30, Kepler's Books in Menlo Park will host a party from 10 a.m. to midnight to celebrate the release of the script of "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Parts One and Two."

July 26, 2016 | No comments yet
Police calls: Lion seen jumping over home's front gate in Woodside

Crime reports for Woodside, Portola Valley, Ladera, Atherton and Menlo Park

July 26, 2016 | No comments yet
Open enrollment begins for clean energy program

Residents can now sign up to participate in the October launch of the Peninsula Clean Energy program, a greener alternative to PG&E as a source of electrical power. Participation is open to any Peninsula resident or small- or medium-sized business.

July 27, 2016 | 1 comment
Atherton crosswalk light debuts Aug. 1

The first of three specialized stoplights planned to protect crosswalks on El Camino Real in Atherton should be ready to operate on Aug. 1, the town says.

July 27, 2016 | No comments yet
Tenth Spare the Air alert of summer issued for Tuesday

Bay Area residents encouraged to to take public transit, carpool, or seek other alternatives to driving alone
The 10th Spare the Air alert of the summer season has been declared for Tuesday in the Bay Area because of unhealthy ozone accumulation, regional air quality officials said.

July 26, 2016 | No comments yet
Caltrain swaps out old cars for larger ones to avoid overcrowding

Starting today, Caltrain will be replacing some of its trains with larger trains capable of accommodating more passengers, in an effort to avoid overcrowding.

July 26, 2016 | No comments yet
Almanac readers name their favorite restaurants, shops and services

The list of winners in the categories of restaurants, food & drink, retails, services and fun stuff is revealed.

July 26, 2016 | No comments yet
Update: Who's running for local office

Here is the latest news about candidates for local elections as of the end of the day Aug. 2.

July 26, 2016 | No comments yet
Feature story: Outdoor Ed in Woodside

Huddart Nature Hikes Program teaches students about the great outdoors
This summer, the organization called the Friends of Huddart and Wunderlich Parks is partnering with two other nonprofits, Girls to Women and LifeMoves, to provide hiking and learning experiences for 120 children from underserved communities.

August 3, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park Rotary Club names new presidents

Maya Sewald, a real estate broker with Pacific Union, has been named the new president of the Rotary Club of Menlo Park. Tom Gibboney, retired editor and publisher of the Almanac, is the new president of the Rotary Club of Menlo Park Foundation.

July 28, 2016 | No comments yet
Utsumi brings attention to women's water polo history

Kyle Utsumi, who will begin a new chapter in his life this fall as an eighth-grade teacher at Woodside Priory, completed another chapter recently by detailing the rise of the sport and what it took to bring it to the attention of the American public in his book, "Sydney's Silver Lining."

July 25, 2016 | No comments yet
Spare the Air alert issued for Monday

Regional weather system and smoke from the Soberanes Fire will bring high temperatures, smoking skies to Santa Clara County
A Spare the Air alert has been issued for the Bay Area today, officials with the Bay Area Air Quality Management District said.

July 25, 2016 | No comments yet
Atherton police looking for mail thieves

North Fair Oaks also hit
Four people were seen taking mail from mailboxes in the Lindenwood and North Fair Oaks neighborhoods on Sunday morning, Atherton police say.

July 25, 2016 | 9 comments
Tuesday: Supervisors vote on putting sales tax extension on ballot

The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors votes Tuesday on whether to put a measure to extend an existing half-cent general sales tax for 20 more years on the November ballot.

July 25, 2016 | 4 comments
Atherton reduces size of planned civic center

The budget for the project has been cut by at least $2 million
The size of Atherton's new civic center has been cut by 1,600 square feet, shaving at least $2 million from the budget for the complex, the City Counci learned on July 20.

July 26, 2016 | 9 comments
Bellis learns a thing or two about tennis from Venus

CiCi Bellis learned a lot of lessons at the Bank of the West Classic. It looks like she's going to be learning a lot more on the campus after officially committing to Stanford.

July 23, 2016 | No comments yet
Portola Valley: Mosquitoes test negative for West Nile virus

Test results were negative for the presence of mosquitoes carrying the West Nile virus in the vicinity of the intersection of Alpine and Los Trancos roads in Portola Valley, according to Town Hall.

July 22, 2016 | No comments yet
Atherton won't put business license tax changes on November ballot

Council wants to keep working on measure for a future election
Changes in Atherton's 31-year-old business license tax will not be on the November ballot, City Council members decided this week, but they still want to consider a revised tax for the 2018 general election.

July 22, 2016 | No comments yet
Bellis makes it to the quarterfinal round at Bank of the West Classic

CiCi Bellis continued her run through the Bank of the West Classic, beating fellow American Sachia Vickery, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, Thursday in the second round at Stanford's Taube Family Tennis Stadium.

July 22, 2016 | No comments yet
Atherton resident convicted of violating Food, Drug and Cosmetics Act

Former Acclarent CEO convicted of 10 misdemeanor counts but acquitted of 14 felony charges
Atherton resident Bill Facteau, former CEO of Menlo Park medical device company Acclarent, has been convicted in federal court of 10 misdemeanor charges of violating the Food, Drug and Cosmetics Act, but was acquitted of 14 more serious felony charges.

July 22, 2016 | 2 comments
Traffic alert: Major water main replacement project in Menlo Park

Construction expedited to coincide with sidewalk installation on Santa Cruz Avenue
The California Water Service company will soon begin a several-months-long project to replace 3,875 feet of water main on Santa Cruz Avenue in Menlo Park, from Hillview Middle School to Fremont Park.

July 22, 2016 | 8 comments
Portola Valley: Free concert tonight after farmers' market

The Keller Sisters will provide the music for the second of Portola Valley's three 2016 free summer concerts this evening (July 21) on the grass at the Town Center, located at 765 Portola Road.

July 21, 2016 | No comments yet
TheatreWorks: A thought-provoking premiere

'Confederates' proves timely, intelligent and plausible
TheatreWorks presents Suzanne Bradbeer's "Confederates," a play packed with timely questions about journalistic ethics and the ever-present political minefield of our nation's racially charged history.

July 20, 2016 | No comments yet
Saturday is last day for Beltramo's in Menlo Park

Family has been in business in Menlo Park since 1882
On Saturday, July 23, the doors to Beltramo's Wines & Spirits, a Menlo Park institution owned and operated by the Beltramo family for 134 years, will close for good.

July 21, 2016 | 1 comment
Menlo Park: A new tool for funding 'affordable' housing?

The city of Menlo Park could have a new way to increase funding for housing that's affordable to middle- and lower-income families.

July 26, 2016 | 4 comments
Menlo Park: Council approves terms of development agreement for Facebook expansion project

Facebook is one step closer to expanding its offices again. The Menlo Park City Council on July 19 approved the terms of a development agreement to allow Facebook to build two new, 75-foot-tall office buildings and a hotel on its Menlo Park campus.

July 20, 2016 | 7 comments
Atherton's Bellis beats sixth seed, advances to second round

Bank of the West Classic: Atherton's Catherine 'CiCi' Bellis, overcome by blissful emotion, nearly broke down as she addressed the crowd at Stanford's Taube Family Tennis Center after beating sixth-seeded Jelena Ostapenko, 6-4, 6-4, on Tuesday night in a first round match of the Bank of the West Classic.

July 19, 2016 | No comments yet
Eastside stories

Teens run the show at East Palo Alto production
Eastside Prep students in a new summer program have the chance to do the behind-the-scenes work of for a production starring local theater professionals.

July 19, 2016 | No comments yet
San Mateo County residents warned of phone scam

San Mateo County sheriff's officials are warning residents to beware of a recent phone scam involving a caller fraudulently posing as a law enforcement official in order to demand payment from residents for failing to appear for jury duty.

July 19, 2016 | 5 comments
Menlo Oaks residents ask San Mateo County to protect their oaks

Board of Supervisors will discuss issue Tuesday morning
On Tuesday, the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors will discuss a request by residents of Menlo Oaks for emergency rules to protect their neighborhood's namesake oak trees, which they say have been disappearing at an alarming rate.

July 22, 2016 | 2 comments
Portola Valley: West Nile virus found in dead bird

Authorities from San Mateo County's mosquito control agency have discovered West Nile virus in the carcass of a dead bird found in Portola Valley, according to a statement released Monday, July 18, by the town.

July 19, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Beltramo's, Menlo Park Hardware burglarized

Wine theft estimated at $65,000
Burglars struck at two Menlo Park businesses over past several days: Beltramo's Wine & Spirits on Thursday (July 14) and Menlo Park Hardware on Monday (July 18), police say. The loss in the wine theft was estimated at $65,000.

July 19, 2016 | 2 comments
Menlo Park tonight: Education inequality, housing fees, Facebook money and more

The Menlo Park City Council is scheduled to discuss some of Menlo Park's biggest issues during its Tuesday, July 19, meeting, which starts at 7 p.m. in the council chambers at the Civic Center.

July 19, 2016 | 2 comments
Eshoo announces Congressional App Challenge

Students in the 18th Congressional District have until Nov. 2 to submit apps
The "Congressional App Challenge" for the 18th Congressional District has launched again, and U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo is inviting local high school students to compete by creating and exhibiting an app for mobile, tablet or computer devices around science, technology, engineering and math education.

July 19, 2016 | No comments yet
Wednesday: Atherton weighs putting business tax hike on ballot

Neighborhood traffic plan also on council's agenda
Atherton's City Council is scheduled to decide this week if it wants to put a ballot measure substantially increasing the town's business license tax on the November ballot.

July 18, 2016 | 11 comments
Remembering the Atherton of his youth

Jonathan Berg remembers growing up in the Atherton of the 1950s and 60s.

July 20, 2016 | 2 comments
Obituary: Noyon Berg, 98, worked to establish Holbrook-Palmer Park

Noyon Estelle Blanchard Berg, who had lived in Atherton for 39 years and Menlo Park for 27 years, died on June 12 at the age of 98.

July 20, 2016 | No comments yet
Police calls: Burglar takes $17,500 in coins, jewelry and computers

Menlo Park, Woodside and Portola Valley
Crime reports from Menlo Park, Woodside and Portola Valley

July 18, 2016 | No comments yet
Eshoo sees swift appointment of new sheriff as an affront

This wasn't government by, for and of the people, says Congresswoman Eshoo
An expanded version of an earlier story. The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors had a 30-day window to choose a successor to former sheriff Greg Munks, who resigned Saturday, July 16. A board majority chose not to use that window and instead made an appointment before the window opened, a move anticipated and criticized from a branch of government not usually involved in county affairs.

July 18, 2016 | 16 comments
West Menlo residents seek annexation by Menlo Park

Study the shape of Menlo Park, and you might wonder why there's a chunk cut out of the city's lower-middle section. Study the streets of Menlo Park, and you might wonder why Santa Cruz Avenue abruptly transitions from the smooth, carefully crowned streets of Sharon Heights into wild, bumpy roads of West Menlo Park.

July 28, 2016 | 4 comments
Kepler's, once a Grateful Dead hangout, hosts author of book on the band

"Spontaneous midair architecture. That's the essence of what making this kind of music is about," said author and musician David Gans during a recording of the "In Deep" radio show with journalist Angie Coiro at Kepler's on June 1.

July 19, 2016 | No comments yet
Facebook willing to pay Menlo Park $15 million-plus for company's expansion

Menlo Park could reap more than $15 million in one-time payments and contributions and hefty annual payments from Facebook if it decides to accept the terms of a development agreement with the social media company outlined in a staff report released July 14.

July 15, 2016 | 18 comments
Menlo Park Legends win five in a row to move up in standings

The Menlo Park Legends are in fourth place in the 12-team California Collegiate League after extending their winning streak to five with a 5-4 victory Sunday over the Healdsburg Prune Packers.

July 15, 2016 | No comments yet
TheatreWorks offers summer camp

Teens interested in a college education or professional career in theater are invited to register for TheatreWorks summer camp program, where teens work with professional playwrights, actors and directors.

July 14, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Armed robbers hold up man in car at his home

Suspects still on the loose, last seen on Hamilton Avenue, police say
Two men, one holding a knife and the other a tire iron, robbed a man who was in his car and had just arrived at his Menlo Park home Wednesday night, July 13, police reported.

July 14, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Rebranded street festival set for this weekend

Menlo Park's rebranded street festival, "Menlo Summerfest" (formerly Connoisseurs' Marketplace), will be held Saturday and Sunday, July 16-17, along downtown Santa Cruz Avenue.

July 14, 2016 | No comments yet
San Mateo County supervisors move toward sales tax ballot measure

Board votes July 26 on sending 20-year extension of sales tax to voters
Following up on a vow to find funding to help alleviate the housing crisis in San Mateo County, the county's Board of Supervisors has asked county officials to draw up a ballot measure to extend an existing half-cent general sales tax for 20 more years.

July 14, 2016 | 12 comments
New sheriff appoints new undersheriff

Assistant Sheriff Trisha Sanchez will be the county's new undersheriff, effective Sunday, July 17, as Acting Sheriff Carlos Bolanos takes up his new responsibilities as the appointed sheriff for San Mateo County.

July 14, 2016 | 12 comments
Meehan gives classic effort for Alpine-West Menlo in loss

Sal Meehan and the Alpine-West Menlo 10-11-year-old Little League all-star team played as hard as they could and gave everything they had but could not overcome unbeaten Belmont-Redwood Shores, which took the 10-0 decision to win the District 52 title Tuesday at Marina Park in Belmont.

July 13, 2016 | No comments yet
Worth a Look

"Peaceable Kingdom," an exhibit of expressive watercolor paintings by Teresa Silvestri, will be on display at Portola Art Gallery throughout July. The paintings were inspired by the artist's love of animals and feature both domestic and wild creatures.

July 13, 2016 | No comments yet
Obon Festival & Bazaar

The Mountain View Buddhist Temple Obon Festival & Bazaar, featuring Taiko drums, Japanese food, cultural displays, games and activities for kids, and traditional Odori dancing, will be held Saturday, July 16 (4-10 p.m.), and Sunday, July 17 (noon-9 p.m.) at 575 N. Shoreline Blvd.
Mountain View.

July 13, 2016 | No comments yet
Update: Menlo Park extends comment deadline on general plan update

New deadline to be Monday, Aug. 1, at 5:30 p.m.
People have an additional 15 days to submit in writing what they think about the draft environmental impact report on the city's general plan update, due to a unanimous vote to extend the deadline by three members of the Menlo Park City Council at a last-minute meeting held Tuesday night.

July 13, 2016 | 3 comments
Menlo Park water line break floods Atherton Marsh Road channel rebuilding project

Project dried out and back on schedule, town says
A water line break in Menlo Park late Saturday night caused a large amount of water to end up in the middle of Atherton's project to rebuild the drainage channel on Marsh Road, but City Engineer Mary Grace Houlihan says the project is still on schedule for the road to reopen by mid-August.

July 13, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park author has a lot to juggle

Nick Taylor: Author, professor, blogger, Steinbeck center head and dad
Menlo Park's Nick Taylor is a champion multitasker, the type who in the past would have been called a Renaissance man.

July 18, 2016 | 1 comment
Atherton's Bellis will play in Bank of the West Classic

Tennis roundup: Top-ranked junior and Atherton resident CiCi Bellis accepted a wildcard to compete at the 2016 Bank of the West Classic, July 18-24, at the Taube Family Tennis Center on the campus of Stanford University.

July 13, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: SUV shears off utility pole; part of Santa Cruz Avenue closed

Santa Cruz Avenue in the vicinity of Hillview Middle School is closed for the next two hours due to a traffic collision, the Menlo Park police reported in an 8:03 a.m. advisory update today.

July 13, 2016 | 5 comments
Menlo Park: Boom in population and jobs raises concerns

Menlo Park Planning Commission takes public comment on general plan update report
Menlo Park's population could grow by 50 percent and its employee count by 70 percent between now and 2040 if the city adopts proposed zoning changes and developers take advantage of the maximum amount of growth allowed.

July 18, 2016 | 1 comment
Congresswomen weigh in on appointment of new county sheriff

Carlos Bolanos appointed San Mateo County sheriff on 3-2 vote
Before the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 on Tuesday (July 12) to appoint Undersheriff Carlos Bolanos to fill the remaining two-plus years of retiring Sheriff Greg Munks' term, they were read a letter jointly written by two members of Congress who represent the county.

July 12, 2016 | 17 comments
Menlo Park relaxes water restrictions

After being named one of the most successful cities in California at curbing water use last year, Menlo Park is relaxing some of its water conservation restrictions.

July 13, 2016 | 3 comments
Construction at Willow and Bayfront almost done

A road project at the intersection of Willow Road and Bayfront Expressway is almost finished.

July 28, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park to develop master plan for Belle Haven pool

Menlo Park is searching for a consultant who will help develop a "master plan" for what should happen at the Belle Haven pool for the next 15 to 20 years, according to a request for proposals the city has released.

July 14, 2016 | No comments yet
Cuckoo's Nest sues former officer

A lawsuit has been filed by Cuckoo's Nest, a private, invitation-only club that mingles tech entrepreneurs and venture capitalists, against its former chief sales and marketing officer, Tony Perkins.

July 14, 2016 | No comments yet
Filing period opens Monday for local elections

The candidate filing period for Nov. 8 local elections to city councils, school board and special district boards opens July 18 and runs through Aug. 12.

July 15, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park Housing Commission calls for more affordable housing

As Menlo Park updates its general plan, the city's Housing Commission intends to push the City Council to get built as many "below market rate" housing units as possible.

July 19, 2016 | 3 comments
Facebook aims to build 'significant' amount of housing in Menlo Park

Facebook hopes the city's general plan update will give the company the opportunity to build "a significant amount of housing, including affordable and mixed-income housing, in the near future," a Facebook executive said in a recent email to the Menlo Park Housing Commission.

July 14, 2016 | 26 comments
Menlo Park general plan update: council meets tonight on extending comment period

At first, it looked like that requests from the city of East Palo Alto, the Menlo Park Housing Commission and the Planning Commission for an extended deadline to further review the environmental impacts of proposed changes to the Menlo Park general plan had come too late.

July 12, 2016 | No comments yet
Atherton: Are drones a threat to privacy?

Council asks town attorney to draft regulations
After discussing a number of safety, noise and privacy concerns — including that drone technology could allow would-be burglars to virtually "case out" a home — Atherton's City Council has asked the town attorney to draft regulations on the use of drones in town.

July 12, 2016 | 18 comments
Home Sales: Atherton, Menlo Park, Portola Valley, Woodside

Home sales are provided by California REsource, a real estate information company that obtains home sale data from local county recorders' offices.

July 12, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park police pursue, arrest alleged hit-and-run driver

Menlo Park police arrested a 36-year-old driver Monday who police said failed to stop for a motorcycle officer, collided with another vehicle, and then fled on foot.

July 11, 2016 | No comments yet
Hip hop, dance show Saturday in Menlo Park

Three employees at Cafe Zoe, a cafe in the Willows neighborhood of Menlo Park, will perform hip hop and reggae in a show called "Get Human: Dance and Music" on Saturday, July 16, at the Hillview Middle School Performing Arts Center, 1100 Elder Ave. in Menlo Park.

July 11, 2016 | No comments yet
Business: New locale for DJ's Hair Design in Menlo Park

After more than 30 years in Menlo Park, DJ's Hair Design has moved to its new location at 814 Santa Cruz Ave., former site of Golden Shears barbershop.

July 14, 2016 | No comments yet
Grand jury urges colleges to step up security measures

The San Mateo County Community College District should improve security training and emergency preparedness on its three campuses, including Canada College in Woodside, the county civil grand jury recommended in a report released July 5.

July 28, 2016 | No comments yet
Woodside: If pigs could talk, what would they say about 'pig scramble'?

If animals could talk, not just with each other but across species, it might be interesting to hear their views on being chased. That question has come up in Woodside with respect to the domestic pig, an animal noted for its intelligence.

July 12, 2016 | 29 comments
Decision on new sheriff up to county supervisors

Sheriff Greg Munks announced recently that he will retire due to health reasons on July 16, with more than two years left of what he said in November 2015 would be his final term as San Mateo County sheriff. The county Board of Supervisors may decide on July 12 whether to put the matter before voters or appoint someone to complete Mr. Munks' term that ends in December 2018.

July 12, 2016 | 8 comments
Price takes fourth in 200 at Canadian Olympic Trials

Former Menlo School standout Maddy Price placed fourth in the women's 200 meters Sunday at the Canadian Olympic Trials in Edmonton. Stanford's Kori Carter was fourth in the women's 400 meter hurdles in Eugene.

July 11, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Planning Commission meets today on general plan

Questions will be answered at 5 p.m. town hall before 6 p.m. public hearing
How should the eastern portion of Menlo Park develop between now and 2040? Discussions on that question are scheduled for tonight (July 11) beginning at 5 p.m.

July 11, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Former dry cleaner faces prison term for defrauding customers

Edwin Gary Smith pleads no contest to eight felonies
Edwin Gary Smith, the former owner of Menalto Dry Cleaners in Menlo Park, pleaded no contest on July 8 to eight felonies: one count of fraudulent use of "an access card" for grand theft, and seven counts of identity theft, prosecutors say. Under a plea deal, he could be sentenced to eight years in prison.

July 11, 2016 | 8 comments
Menlo School graduates 144

The 144 members of Menlo School's Class of 2016 received their diplomas June 9 in an outdoor ceremony that included welcoming remarks from Director of Upper School John Schafer.

July 8, 2016 | No comments yet
Atherton: Marsh Road drainage channel project moving ahead

Aug. 13 is scheduled date to reopen to two-way traffic
Atherton officials say the contractors are making significant progress in installing a new drainage channel along Marsh Road.

July 11, 2016 | 5 comments
Saturday: Bike 4 Breath ride starts, ends in Atherton

Bike 4 Breath, a bike ride to support clean air and lung health, will start and end at Encinal Elementary School in Atherton on Saturday, July 9.

July 8, 2016 | No comments yet
Paye's Undisputed TNT clinches highest finish in 13 years

Local roundup: Paye's Undisputed TNT beat the Kingsport Krushers, 68-66, to advance into the 5th-place contest at the AAU National Championships against the Truth -- Silver of Illinois.

July 8, 2016 | No comments yet
Alpine-West Menlo rolls to victory in D52 11s tourney

A chilly night air blew hard to right field at Marina Field in Belmont on Thursday evening. Alpine-West Menlo did its best to send several freezing spectators home early, thwarting Palo Alto American, 10-0, in a pivotal District 52 Little League 10-11-year-old tourney contest.

July 8, 2016 | No comments yet
Atherton council: Lewis and Wiest say they will run for re-election

Atherton Mayor Elizabeth Lewis and Councilman Cary Wiest, whose council terms end this year, have told the Almanac they plan to run for re-election in November.

July 8, 2016 | 3 comments
Menlo Chamber restarts Golden Acorn Awards; nominations due Friday

After 39-year run and a four-year hiatus, these community awards will return to Menlo Park
After a four-year hiatus from hosting the Golden Acorn Awards, the Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce will again sponsor them this year. Menlo Park individuals and groups will be recognized in four categories: community service, public service, innovation and technology and business excellence.

July 18, 2016 | 1 comment
Dead birds in Atherton, Redwood City test positive for West Nile virus

Two dead American crows – one found in Atherton and another in Redwood City – tested positive Wednesday for the West Nile virus.

July 7, 2016 | No comments yet
Remembering Woodside's Bob O'Neil: A long and happy life

Woodsider Maggie Mah remembers her friend and neighbor Bob "Boots" O'Neil, who died in March at the age of 92, after spending as much of his life as possible in the vicinity of horses.

July 21, 2016 | No comments yet
M-A's first hit of the game was the go-ahead home run

District 52 Little League: Matt MacLeod hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the fifth inning, Menlo-Atherton's first hit of the game, and the M-A all-stars beat San Carlos American, 5-2, on Wednesday at La Entrada School to advance in the District 52 Little League Majors tournament.

July 7, 2016 | No comments yet
Stanford Jazz Festival in full swing

Bassists Linda Oh and Esperanza Spalding among notable performers
For jazz fans, highlights of the annual Stanford Jazz Festival are many, with world-class talent both locally and globally sourced.

July 6, 2016 | No comments yet
Stepping back in style

Filoli's centennial celebrates fashion and history
Filoli House and Gardens is celebrating its centennial with special programs and displays designed to whisk visitors back in time to the days of afternoon teas, formal balls and society dinners.

July 6, 2016 | No comments yet
Paye's Undisputed advances to elite eight at AAU tournament

Paye's Undisputed TNT won two games Wednesday at the national AAU seventh-grade girls basketball championships in Tennessee to advance to the elite eight.

July 6, 2016 | No comments yet
Retired judges address efforts to remove Brock Turner judge in letter

A letter released Wednesday by a group of retired Santa Clara County Superior Court judges speaks out against efforts to remove a current judge over his sentence for an ex-Stanford University swimmer convicted of sexual assault last month.

July 6, 2016 | No comments yet
East Palo Alto activists say Menlo Park omitted key letter from Facebook expansion study

Something is missing from the almost 5,000 pages of text detailing how the environment would be affected by Facebook's plans to build three 75-foot tall buildings (two offices and a hotel), and add an estimated 6,550 employees to Menlo Park.

July 7, 2016 | 4 comments
Atherton resident aims to give everyone lobbying power

John Thibault founded iLobby website
Atherton resident John Thibault has written a book called "How to Change a Law" that with his iLobby website is designed to give ordinary citizens crowd-sourced power that previously might only have been available to those with a lot of money or influence.

July 11, 2016 | 1 comment
Photos from Woodside Junior Rodeo

Here are photos from the Woodside Junior Rodeo, held Monday, July Fourth, at the Mounted Patrol Grounds on Kings Mountain Road in Woodside.

July 6, 2016 | No comments yet
Little League: Menlo-Atherton out slugs Half Moon Bay to advance in tournament

Menlo-Atherton beat Half Moon Bay, 13-7, on Monday to advance in the District 52 Majors Little League tournament.

July 6, 2016 | No comments yet
Stanford's McNealy regains No. 1 amateur ranking

Local golf roundup: Maverick McNealy took over as the number one player on the World Amateur Golf Ranking after Jon Rahm Rodriguez's decision to turn professional.

July 6, 2016 | No comments yet
Basketball: Paye's Undisputed TNT goes 2-1 at national AAU tournament

Paye's Undisputed TNT went 2-1 in pool play at the AAU 7th Grade National Basketball Championships in Kingsport, Tenn.

July 6, 2016 | No comments yet
Woodside: Rodeo official says pig scramble a gentler affair this year

Children caught pigs in the annual pig scramble at the Woodside Junior Rodeo on Monday, July Fourth, but it was not the spectacle of years past, according to the man who manages the rodeo.

July 5, 2016 | 17 comments
Menlo Park: Study on displacement of residents raises eyebrows

Housing commissioners worry Facebook expansion will lead to Belle Haven, East Palo Alto residents losing homes
The Menlo Park Housing Commission and community members who attended its June 29 meeting, were dubious at best at conclusions in a study claiming that Facebook's addition of 6,550 new jobs, proposed as part of its expansion plans to add two new office buildings and a hotel, would have a minimal impact on local housing demand.

July 8, 2016 | 9 comments
Today: Atherton examines privacy issues with drones

Also on agenda: sharing library funds, business license tax increase
On the agenda for Wednesday's Atherton City Council study session: regulating drones, putting a business license tax on the November ballot, and the county library system's proposal for keeping some of Atherton's library tax money for other libraries.

July 6, 2016 | No comments yet
Parents hire after-school driving help by app

While the parental headache of juggling kids between soccer practices, orthodontist appointments and piano lessons has been outsourced by many families to babysitters and nannies, there's now an app for kid transport. Or rather, multiple apps.

July 7, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: How Facebook's expansion might affect local traffic

While there is debate about how much Facebook's expansion plans will impact housing in Menlo Park, since only about 4 percent of Facebook employees live in the city, that very fact suggests that the impact on traffic could be considerable.

July 6, 2016 | 11 comments
Menlo Park says 'no thanks' to state affordable housing bill

Menlo Park "agrees that California is facing a housing affordability crisis; however, this is not the solution."

July 7, 2016 | 20 comments
Woodside: Filoli names new executive director

Kara Newport headed North Carolina botanical garden for a decade
Filoli has a new executive director, Kara Newport, who for the past 10 years has been the executive director of a large botanical garden in North Carolina.

July 5, 2016 | No comments yet
Alpine-West Menlo, M-A stay alive, PA American drops

Little League Majors
Three days into the District 52 Little League Majors all-stars tournament, three teams have emerged as the teams to beat. On Sunday, Palo Alto American met one of them, San Mateo National, which put on a power display in a 14-2 victory in four innings.

July 5, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo: Armed robbery suspect says he was 'being chased by Russians' during wild ride

Menlo Park police: Robbery occurred on Facebook bus
Efforts have been unsuccessful to get a man into court after he allegedly robbed a Facebook bus driver in Menlo Park before leading police on a wild chase June 28, claiming he was being pursued by Russians, according to prosecutors.

July 3, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Atherton Little League all-stars run into early trouble

After a convincing 13-0 victory over the Menlo Atherton stars Friday evening at Ford Field in Portola Valley to start this year's district 52 version, count San Mateo National as a formidable foe in the days ahead.

July 2, 2016 | No comments yet
Police calls: Woodside woman encounters lion at bottom of stairs

Crime and accidents reports for Woodside, Portola Valley, West Menlo Park, Atherton and Menlo Park

July 5, 2016 | 1 comment
Pig scrambles: Residents, veterinarians debate issue

A brief and extemporaneous debate on the values of the Old West took shape on June 28 at the Woodside Town Council meeting as members of the public disputed the character of a July fourth junior rodeo event – the pig scramble.

July 5, 2016 | 5 comments
New findings on combating sudden oak death

In a breakthrough in the study of sudden oak death, scientists at the University of California at Berkeley now have reliable guidelines on inhibiting the spread of the disease.

July 11, 2016 | 4 comments
Woodside: $212,500 tree-cutting fine is paid in full

Town's budget surplus doubles with payment of fine
The $209,000 budget surplus for the town of Woodside has more than doubled with the cashing of a check for $212,500, delivered to Town Hall by hand on June 22.

July 6, 2016 | 4 comments
Sheriff Greg Munks to retire July 16

Sheriff Greg Munks announced last Friday that he will retire July 16 due to the effect a "not life-threatening" heart condition is having on his quality of life and ability to work full time.

July 1, 2016 | No comments yet
Saturday: Cyclists invited to ride with Tour de France veteran

Peninsula bicycle riders are invited to meet and ride with Tour de France veteran "Fast Freddie" Rodriquez on Saturday, July 9, at the Whole Foods Market in Redwood City.

July 7, 2016 | No comments yet
Little League: Lutticken's claims city championship

The Lutticken's Little League team edged the Sharon Heights Shells 2-1 on June 11 to claim the Menlo Park city championship for the second straight year.

July 1, 2016 | 1 comment
Advocates sharply disagree on solutions to airplane noise

FAA Select Committee to discuss the many questions, ideas surrounding issue
Residents throughout the Midpeninsula and Santa Cruz area agree that airplanes going to San Francisco International Airport are creating deafening noise overhead, but multiple advocacy groups have very differing views on how to fix the problem.

July 1, 2016 | 7 comments
San Mateo County attempts to take on housing crisis

San Mateo County is attempting to take on the housing crisis on several fronts, including the creation of a $10 million fund to buy and preserve existing affordable housing and forming a coalition of local cities and towns, businesses, educators and community groups to work on the problem.

July 1, 2016 | 20 comments
Atherton: Road work partially closes Alameda de las Pulgas July 7-8

Other Atherton streets part of slurry seal project
One lane on a section of Alameda de las Pulgas in Atherton will be closed and several other Atherton streets will be partially or completely closed Thursday and Friday, July 7 and 8, as a slurry seal is applied.

June 30, 2016 | No comments yet
USA women beat Hungary in water polo exhibition

Menlo Park resident KK Clark scored twice and the United States women's Olympic water polo team downed Hungary, 11-6, in an exhibition game in Greenwich, CT on Wednesday night.

June 30, 2016 | No comments yet
Man dies in crash on I-280 in Woodside

A 71-year-old Cupertino man died in a solo-vehicle crash Wednesday afternoon on Interstate 280 in Woodside, California Highway Patrol officials said.

June 30, 2016 | 1 comment
Local schools place 18 girls on prestigious lacrosse team

Seven Menlo School players were among those comprising the Northern California team at the 85th annual U.S. Lacrosse Women's National Tournament held recently at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

June 30, 2016 | 2 comments
'Peaceable Kingdom'

"Peaceable Kingdom," an exhibit of expressive watercolor paintings by Teresa Silvestri, will be on display at Portola Art Gallery in Menlo Park throughout July.

June 30, 2016 | No comments yet
Drink and Click

Say 'cheese' -- and 'cheers!'
Say cheese -- and cheers! Olympus cameras and local camera store Keeble & Shuchat Photography are holding a "Drink and Click" event on Thursday, June 30, at 7:30 p.m. at Antonio's Nut House

June 30, 2016 | No comments yet
Frankly, my dear...

'Gone with the Wind' screens at Stanford Theatre
Saratoga-raised actress Olivia de Havilland, one of the few surviving stars from Hollywood's Golden Age, turns 100 on July 1. To celebrate, The Stanford Theatre has been screening a selection of her best films, ending with a week-long showing of "Gone With the Wind.

June 30, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Two arrested following armed robbery, wild chase across Dumbarton Bridge

Menlo Park police arrested a man and a woman Tuesday, June 28, following an armed robbery and a wild chase across the Dumbarton Bridge and into the East Bay.

June 29, 2016 | 2 comments
Wednesday: Kepler's program focuses on Brock Turner case

In Deep Radio, a weekly news program hosted by Bay Area journalist Angie Coiro, will tackle in a live show Wednesday the international debate over the sentencing of Brock Turner, the former Stanford University student-athlete found guilty of sexually assaulting an unconscious and intoxicated woman on campus last January.

June 29, 2016 | No comments yet
Local Realtors take top spots in annual sales ranking

Two teams of local real-estate agents and 18 individual local sales people were among the top-selling 250 teams and 250 agents nationwide this past year, according to Real Trends, a private communications company that annually publishes "The Thousand" list.

June 29, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park city staff cuts costs with SF park retreat

2016 trip nearly halves the cost of a previous retreat
Twenty-one members of the city of Menlo Park's management staff attended a retreat June 23 at San Francisco's Mission Creek Park Pavilion, located near the 4th and King St. Caltrain station.

June 29, 2016 | No comments yet
UPDATE: Ormondale School Principal Kevin Keegan is leaving district

Keegan will be an assistant superintendent in Santa Clara Unified district
Ormondale School Principal Kevin Keegan is leaving the Portola Valley School District to become an assistant superintendent in the Santa Clara Unified School District, close to his home in Santa Clara.

June 29, 2016 | 4 comments
Bike, pedestrian study focuses on El Camino Real

Palo Alto and Redwood City were selected for study to improve 'royal road'
Among cities that contain some part of the 43 miles of El Camino Real, two of them – Redwood City and Palo Alto – have been selected for a study on how to make the "royal road" better for all modes of transit.

June 30, 2016 | No comments yet
Wednesday: Menlo Park Housing Commission meets on Facebook's planned expansion

The Menlo Park Housing Commission will meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 29, to talk about what Facebook should be required to contribute to the city's below-market-rate fund in exchange for being allowed to build its proposed expansion project.

June 29, 2016 | 2 comments
Free summer meals for income-stretched families

To help families in the summer months when kids who are eligible for free or reduced-price lunches don't get meals at school, Second Harvest Food Bank and a federal summer food program have set up 40 locations in San Mateo County where qualifying children, and in some locations, parents, can get free meals.

July 7, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Tim Cook hosts fundraiser for House Speaker Paul Ryan

Apple CEO Tim Cook is hosting a fundraising breakfast for House Speaker Paul Ryan at an undisclosed location in Menlo Park today.

June 28, 2016 | No comments yet
Cover story: Gay Chinese Christian talks about what it's like to not fit in

Jeff Chu knows what it is to be different. He's Chinese, with a white spouse. He's a Bible-quoting Christian living in Brooklyn's hipster Park Slope. He's gay. He shared his experiences with the congregation of Valley Presbyterian Church.

June 30, 2016 | 2 comments
Water rationing goals may drop dramatically

State must approve plan, which would start Aug. 1
Cal Water has recommended that customers' water rationing goal be reduced from 36 percent to 10 from 2013 usage. If the state PUC and water board approve, the changes take place Aug. 1.

June 28, 2016 | 3 comments
Local ways to celebrate the Fourth

As is the tradition around here, there are many local ways to celebrate the Fourth, including parades, festivals, fireworks and the Woodside Junior Rodeo.

June 29, 2016 | No comments yet
Portola Valley home burglarized Monday morning

Someone burglarized an unoccupied residence on Granada Court in Portola Valley at about 11:45 a.m. Monday (June 27), the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office has reported.

June 27, 2016 | 2 comments
Spare the Air alert issued for Tuesday

High temperatures and low winds could create unhealthy conditions, air district officials say
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued a Spare the Air alert for Tuesday because of expected unhealthy air conditions in the region.

June 27, 2016 | 1 comment
Lacrosse champions

It was a good season for the Firehawks, a lacrosse team for boys 12 and younger living in Woodside, Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Portola Valley and nearby communities.

June 28, 2016 | No comments yet
Profile: Woodside, a work in progress, and Ron Romines likes it

Former mayor Ron Romines said he saw himself as on the side of trying to promote and protect what he saw as community values "and sort of maintaining the rural environment that everybody loves to talk about in Woodside."

July 21, 2016 | No comments yet
Woodside: 'Pig scramble' faces local opposition

A tradition at the Woodside July Fourth Junior Rodeo is under fire. A local veterinarian and former humane society medical chief of staff says a "large coalition" of Woodside residents and neighbors are organizing to try to stop the "pig scramble."

June 28, 2016 | 23 comments
FAA, elected officials hear complaints of aircraft noise

The Federal Aviation Administration got an earful in Redwood City on June 15, having completed a study of noise complaints from residents of San Mateo, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties regarding aircraft headed to SFO.

June 28, 2016 | 3 comments
Woodside: New president named at Canada Community College

Jamillah Moore, currently the interim vice chancellor of educational services and planning for the San Mateo County Community College District, has been named the new president of Canada Community College in Woodside.

June 29, 2016 | 6 comments
Tuesday: Housing, airport noise on county supervisors' agenda

A joint effort by San Mateo County's cities and county government to address the county's jobs and housing imbalance will be on the agenda of the Board of Supervisors when it meets Tuesday morning, June 28. Also on the agenda: creating a fund to purchase and preserve low- and moderate-income housing and a report on the San Carlos Airport study.

June 27, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Rampaging tailgater sentenced to six months in jail

After pleading no contest to felony assault with a vehicle and misdemeanor drunken driving, Victor Manuel Jop, 39, was sentenced to six months of county jail time and three years of probation, and will have his driver's license revoked for life.

June 30, 2016 | 1 comment
Recent home sales: Atherton, Menlo Park, Woodside

Home sales are provided by California REsource, a real estate information company that obtains home sale data from local county recorders' offices.

June 30, 2016 | No comments yet
President Obama, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg talk global enterprise at summit

Passion for an idea, not only creating a business, is key to success
President Barack Obama sat down for a panel discussion with Palo Alto resident and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit on Friday at Stanford University to discuss the role of entrepreneurship in advancing and, perhaps, a future for the president that might involve more informal attire.

June 28, 2016 | No comments yet
Service Tuesday for Evelyn Stoops, 70-year resident of Woodside

Evelyn Stoops, a Woodside resident for more than 70 years who worked in real estate for more than 50 years, died June 20 at age 98 in Sequoia Hospital in Redwood City.

June 26, 2016 | No comments yet
Atherton thefts: Unlocked pickup, bicycle and money from unlocked vehicle

Atherton police say that an unlocked white Toyota Tacoma pickup truck with a white camper shell was stolen from a Lloyden Drive driveway sometime between 2 and 4:15 p.m. Friday afternoon, June 24. The keys were in the vehicle.

June 25, 2016 | No comments yet
Real Estate Matters: High-end homes staying on market longer

A recent Bloomberg report reveals some shifts in the real estate market for higher-end homes in Palo Alto, pointing to an increase in days on the market for properties priced at $5 million and above.

June 27, 2016 | No comments yet
Firefighters extinguish second homeless camp blaze since March

Firefighters on Friday morning (June 24) paid another emergency visit to the site of a grass fire at an undeveloped area in Menlo Park at the intersection of Willow Road, Bayfront Expressway and University Avenue. The area, known as the Kavanaugh Tract, is used as a campground by the homeless.

June 24, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park's assessed property value up 12.5 percent

City had highest assessed property value growth in San Mateo County in 2015
The assessed value of property in Menlo Park grew by 12.5 percent in 2105, a faster rate than that of any other city in San Mateo County, county assessor Mark Church announced on June 23. The assessed property value rose 8.2 percent in Atherton, 6.9 percent in Woodside and 4.5 percent in Portola Valley.

June 24, 2016 | 17 comments
Menlo Park: Home burglary suspect nabbed

An attempt by Menlo Park police to talk to the driver of a vehicle whose occupants appeared to be scoping out homes to burglarize in the area of O'Connor Street led to a car and foot chase and the arrest of one of at least two burglary suspects on Thursday.

June 24, 2016 | 8 comments
Firefighters extinguish homeless camp blaze; second since March

Firefighters put out a brush fire that broke out at a homeless encampment in Menlo Park this morning near Bayfront Expressway and Willow Road.

June 24, 2016 | No comments yet
Facebook expansion could exacerbate housing issues, report says

Facebook's expansion – a project that would add two office buildings and a hotel, totaling more than a million square feet – is unlikely to have a direct impact on the housing crisis in East Palo Alto and Belle Haven, but it could yield an indirect impact, a new report says.

June 24, 2016 | 4 comments
FAA approves Surf Air route to take planes over Bay

Company says changes go into effect July 5
Commuter airline Surf Air has received permission from the Federal Aviation Administration to start flying a new approach to the San Carlos Airport, sending its planes over the Bay from Moffett Field past the Dumbarton Bridge whenever conditions allow, starting on Tuesday, July 5.

June 23, 2016 | 12 comments
DA proposes mandatory prison sentence for sexual-assault crimes

Proposed legislation inspired by victim in Brock Turner case
In the wake of widespread outrage over the three months former Stanford University student-athlete Brock Turner will spend in jail after sexually assaulting an unconscious and intoxicated woman on campus last year, Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen announced Wednesday proposed legislation that would eliminate the possibility of probation and make years in prison mandatory for anyone convicted of the same crime.

June 22, 2016 | 2 comments
Menlo Park council raises staff salaries at cost of $430K

Council OKs $113 million budget
The Menlo Park City Council passed a $113 million budget Tuesday and agreed to a higher pay for city employees that will cost about $430,000 the first year.

June 23, 2016 | 1 comment
Art in Action establishes new scholarship fund

Schools invited to apply to the art-education profit
The Menlo Park nonprofit Art in Action, which provides in-school visual-art education to more than 220 elementary and middle schools, has established the Judy Sleeth Scholarship Fund, which will allow the organization to accept applications from schools new to the program.

June 27, 2016 | No comments yet
Atherton, Caltrain squabble over train horns

Caltrain says it can still sound horns at Atherton's train station despite quiet zone
Atherton's quiet zone, where trains aren't to blow their horns near the Fair Oaks Lane crossing except in an emergency, went into effect on June 13. But Caltrain says a loophole allows sounding the horns through the adjacent station.

June 22, 2016 | 9 comments
Staff salaries, water conservation on tonight's Menlo Park City Council agenda

Staff salary range boosts and water conservation are two of the issues the Menlo Park City Council is scheduled to vote on today, Tuesday, June 21.

June 21, 2016 | No comments yet
San Mateo County launches app for dads

San Mateo County has launched an app called "SMC Dads" designed to give dads information about local parenting resources.

June 22, 2016 | No comments yet
County holds vigil for Orlando shooting victims

"Ellos solo querian bailar," said Jorge Bautista, a minister at the Congregational Church of San Mateo, speaking at a June 17 vigil held at the county center in Redwood City to mourn the 49 people who died in a shooting at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando. Translated, Mr. Bautista's statement says, "They only wanted to dance."

June 22, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Residents skeptical Facebook expansion will have 'less than significant' housing impact

Residents question a draft environmental impact report that says adding about 6,550 employees and no housing will have a "less than significant" impact on the city's population and housing situation.

June 22, 2016 | 15 comments
Police arrest pair in connection with Atherton, Menlo Park mail theft

Third suspect in June 7 incident still at large
Palo Alto police arrested a man and a woman Tuesday, June 7, for allegedly stealing mail from several residential mailboxes in Atherton and Menlo Park.

June 20, 2016 | 6 comments
Woodside: Ex-councilman sees himself as watchdog of architectural board

Woodside resident Dave Burow left the Town Council in December but he stays active in town affairs, showing up occasionally at council meetings and regularly at meetings of the Architectural and Site Review Board.

June 22, 2016 | No comments yet
Seven locals receive Merit scholarships

One Woodside High senior, three seniors from Menlo-Atherton High, and three from Menlo School were among the recipients nationwide of 2016 National Merit scholarships, according to the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

June 27, 2016 | 1 comment
How locals voted in presidential primary

In the 62 precincts in the Almanac area, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton won 72 percent of the Democratic vote in the June 7 presidential primary, according to data provided by the San Mateo County Elections Office.

June 22, 2016 | 13 comments
Police calls in Menlo Park, Woodside, West Menlo Park

A Menlo Park woman sent $10,000 in cash via Fed Ex to someone claiming to be her granddaughter and saying she needed the money to get out of jail. A conversation with her actual granddaughter a couple of weeks later proved the incident was a scam.

June 22, 2016 | No comments yet
Sacred Heart Schools hosts 118th commencement

Sacred Heart Preparatory graduated 144 students recently at the 118th commencement ceremony at Sacred Heart Schools in Atherton.

June 22, 2016 | No comments yet
2016 All-West Bay Athletic League Boys Swimming Teams

2016 ALL-WEST BAY ATHLETIC LEAGUE BOYS SWIMMING TEAMS
Most Outstanding Swimmer: Brian Copley (The King's Academy)
First team
CJ Box (Sacred Heart Prep); Duncan Croll (Priority); Jackson Enright (Sacred Heart Prep);
Jason Li (Menlo); Scott Little (Menlo); Nick Oliver (Sacred Heart Prep); John Reinstra (Menlo); Luke Rohlen (Sacred Heart Prep).

June 20, 2016 | No comments yet
2016 All-West Bay Athletic League Girls Swimming Teams

2016 ALL-WEST BAY ATHLETIC LEAGUE GIRLS SWIMMING TEAMS
Most Outstanding Swimmer: Vivian Wang (Harker)
First team
Kathryn Bower (Sacred Heart Prep); Jocelyn Chan (Menlo); Corinne Charlton (Sacred Heart Prep); Kayla Holman (Sacred Heart Prep); Gaby Ma (Sacred Heart Prep); Kenzie MacDonald (Castilleja); Matte Snow (Sacred Heart Prep); Natalie Tuck (Castilleja).

June 20, 2016 | No comments yet
'Spare the Air' alert issued for today

A Spare the Air alert has been issued for Tuesday, June 21, in the Bay Area, the fourth such alert issued this month for unhealthy air conditions, air district officials said.

June 20, 2016 | No comments yet
Councilman Mueller: Menlo Park Planning Commission has too much on its plate tonight

Councilman calls for postponement of commission review of general plan report
Attempting to review two massive and important reports – one on Facebook's expansion plans and the other on the general plan update – in one meeting is not a good idea, says Menlo Park Council Ray Mueller. He is calling on the city manager to postpone tonight's Planning Commission review of an environmental impact report on the general plan update, so the commission can focus on the Facebook report.

June 20, 2016 | No comments yet
2016 All-Peninsula Athletic League Boys Volleyball Teams

2016 ALL-PENINSULA ATHLETIC LEAGUE BOYS VOLLEYBALL TEAMS
Player of the Year: Edward Falefa (Menlo-Atherton)
First team
Schuyler Knapp (Menlo-Atherton); Cortney Weintz (Menlo-Atherton)

June 20, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park Legends lose at Santa Barbara 5-2

After an 8-0 start to the season in non-league play, the Menlo Park Legends are finding California Collegiate League play to be more of a test.

June 19, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Teacher arrested after physical altercations with students

George Karr, 42, a physical education teacher at Willow Oaks School in Menlo Park, was arrested June 10 after a physical altercation with two children, ages 10 and 11, during a baseball game, Menlo Park police reported.

June 20, 2016 | 10 comments
Sequoia Union school board votes down East Palo Alto charter school

Oxford Day Academy to appeal decision to county
Despite testimonies of support from a standing-room-only crowd, the Sequoia Union High School District Board of Trustees voted 3-2 against approval of a brand-new public charter school on June 15.

June 27, 2016 | No comments yet
Lawyer explains when school district can exclude public

After promising to involve the public in future planning, the Menlo Park City School District invited a lawyer to a board meeting June 13 to explain why the public can legally be excluded from some of those discussions.

June 21, 2016 | 13 comments
U.S. Olympic women's water polo team has a local flavor

Team USA roundup: Four Stanford women's water polo players and a Menlo Park resident will represent the United States at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil it was announced Thursday.

June 17, 2016 | No comments yet
Portola Valley home invasion rattles town residents

Little more than a year after Portola Valley's Town Council voted not to install cameras to record license plate numbers of vehicles entering and leaving the town, a recent home invasion by armed burglars is spurring residents to reconsider the choice.

June 27, 2016 | No comments yet
Portola Valley talk: 'A Gay Christian's Pilgrimage'

Jeff Chu talks are part of Valley Presbyterian's Spiritual Catalysts series
Jeff Chu, a former Time magazine staffer and the author of "Does Jesus Really Love Me?: A Gay Christian's Pilgrimage in Search of God in America," will speak at Valley Presbyterian Church five times over a period of eight days as part of the church's Spiritual Catalysts series, starting June 19.

June 17, 2016 | No comments yet
Scott Delucchi departs for Monterey SPCA post

Scott Delucchi, a former Menlo Park resident, has left his post as vice president of community relations for the Peninsula Humane Society to become chief executive officer of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals for Monterey County.

June 24, 2016 | 1 comment
Today: Two huge reviews on general plan, Facebook for Menlo Park Planning Commission

Academic ambition is one thing. It is another thing to be assigned almost 10,000 pages of documents (in the form of two lengthy draft environmental impact reports) as a member of a volunteer civic commission to read through, ask clarifying questions about, and give recommendations for -- all in one sitting.

June 16, 2016 | 12 comments
Atherton council votes to impose full parcel tax rate in coming fiscal year

Money needed for capital improvement projects, council members say
Even though Atherton has a healthy budget surplus, City Council members voted unanimously on Wednesday, June 15, not to reduce the amount of the parcel tax residents pay, saying they need the money to help pay for projects to improve and repair the town's road and drainage systems.

June 16, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park man faces prison term for burglary of occupied home

A 24-year-old Menlo Park man, nabbed by police inside a 74-year-old woman's Menlo Park home in February with $5,000 worth of her jewelry, pleaded no contest Wednesday to two counts of residential burglary.

June 16, 2016 | 3 comments
Legends, Caps recover from losses to record baseball victories

The Menlo Park Legends and the PUF Caps had a similar couple of days in baseball, each coming back from a loss on Tuesday to win on Wednesday and each getting solid relief pitching.

June 16, 2016 | No comments yet
PG&E to covert 229 Atherton street lights to LEDs

Pacific Gas & Electric will spend two or three weeks converting 229 utility-owned street lights in Atherton to LEDs this summer, allowing the town to save on its utility bills.

June 20, 2016 | 10 comments
Today: San Mateo County vigil for victims of Orlando shooting

In the wake of the June 11 shooting at an Orlando nightclub that left 49 dead and dozens injured, San Mateo County will hold a vigil to remember victims and show opposition to homophobia and gun violence.

June 17, 2016 | 16 comments
Tonight: Free outdoor concert in Portola Valley

The Dolly Rappaport Band will perform at the first of Portola Valley's 2016 summer evening concerts at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 16, on the grass at the Town Center, located at 765 Portola Road.

June 16, 2016 | No comments yet
Atherton: Gas line break repaired, roads reopened

A gas line main break on Encinal Avenue near Laurel Street reported by the Atherton Police Department at about 1 p.m. was repaired and local roads reopened by a little after 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 15.

June 15, 2016 | 2 comments
Atherton installing pedestrian-activated stoplight where man was killed

Atherton resident was killed at El Camino crosswalk in 2014
A pedestrian-activated stoplight should be operating on El Camino at Almendral Avenue by the end of the summer, Atherton officials say. A 32-year-old Atherton resident was killed at the crosswalk in 2014.

June 16, 2016 | 12 comments
Woodside: Man fined $212K for cutting down mature trees

A letter to a post office box is how Woodside Town Hall will initiate seeking payment of a $212,500 fine assessed on Rudolph Koppl for the premature felling of 22 large trees on a vacant 3.2-acre lot at 205 Mountain Wood Lane.

June 15, 2016 | 20 comments
DA disqualifies Judge Persky from new sex-assault case

Backlash over Turner sentencing continues for Aaron Persky
The embattled judge who presided over the trial of former Stanford University student-athlete Brock Turner was disqualified Tuesday from hearing an unrelated sexual-assault case.

June 15, 2016 | 3 comments
Beekeeping presentation keeps Woodside's Town Hall buzzing

Woodside's historic Town Hall was buzzing on Sunday, June 12, as the town's Open Space Committee sponsored a presentation on beekeeping.

June 20, 2016 | No comments yet
Late rally lifts Menlo Park Legends past PUF Capitalists

The Menlo Park Legends needed a ninth inning rally to get past the Pacific Union Financial Capitalists, 8-7, at Palo Alto High on a warm Sunday afternoon in California Collegiate League baseball action.

June 14, 2016 | No comments yet
Atherton now has a 'quiet zone' for Fair Oaks rail crossing

Rail committee member says Caltrain compliance not great
On Monday, June 13, Atherton became the first community on the Caltrain corridor to have a "quiet zone" where train operators can only blow their horns when they encounter a hazard, but an observer says Caltrain isn't honoring it much of the time.

June 14, 2016 | 14 comments
Feature: At 100, Menlo Park Library pivots to face 21st century

In its first century, the library has grown from a few books in a school building to two buildings, a $2.7 million annual budget and up to 15 full-time employees, circulating an estimated 423,000 books over the past 12 months.

June 17, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Free summer concerts at Fremont, Kelly parks

Menlo Park is holding free outdoor summer concerts at Fremont Park and Kelly Park.

June 14, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Belle Haven child center gets grant for remodel

The Belle Haven Child Development Center has received a $40,000 grant to remodel its facilities. The money came from the San Mateo County Community Development block grant program.

June 14, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park Police Department releases data

The Menlo Park Police Department has released its 2015 data sets on traffic stops with dispositions, calls for service, and the police department's demographics, such as gender, race and education of its members.

June 14, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park police use door hangers to notify residents of code violations

Since January, Menlo Park code-enforcement officers have used door hangers to notify Belle Haven residents that a property is in violation of city codes.

June 14, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park budget shows hotel tax will produce more revenue than sales tax

The city of Menlo Park's hotel tax is expected to produce more revenue than sales taxes for the first time.

June 14, 2016 | No comments yet
Tonight: Aircraft noise forum set for Redwood City

Those upset about commercial aircraft noise will have an opportunity on Wednesday, June 15, to sound off to the Federal Aviation Administration and hear about activities of a new committee of elected officials appointed to deal with the problem.

June 14, 2016 | 14 comments
Police calls: Woodside, Portola Valley, Menlo Park

Unlocked doors figure in two residential burglaries, in Woodside and Portola Valley, and a house is ransacked in Menlo Park.

June 15, 2016 | 1 comment
Brock Turner juror to judge: 'Shame on you'

Juror sends letter saying, 'Justice has not been served'
"Absolutely shocked and appalled" -- that's the reaction of a juror in the Brock Turner sexual-assault case to the sentence handed down by Judge Aaron Persky on June 2. The male juror, speaking publicly for the first time, delivered a cutting letter to Persky on Saturday stating, "This punishment does not fit the crime."

June 13, 2016 | 5 comments
Tonight: After home-invasion robbery, Portola Valley holds community meeting

A meeting with the county sheriff and deputies is set for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 15, in the Portola Valley Community Hall in the wake of a home-invasion robbery by armed men in central Portola Valley on Sunday evening.

June 13, 2016 | 6 comments
Wednesday: VR demo, live music planned for Menlo Park Block Party

Classic cars, Oculus virtual reality demonstrations, street dining, an inflatable slide and live music are planned for Menlo Park's downtown block party from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, June 15, along Santa Cruz Avenue.

June 14, 2016 | No comments yet
Memorial this Thursday for Dr. Orland 'Eli' Eliason

Dr. Orland "Eli" Eliason, a former Atherton and Menlo Park resident and Sequoia Hospital urologist until his 2006 retirement, died on May 24, shortly after his 82nd birthday. A memorial celebration of his life is set for Thursday, June 16, in Menlo Park.

June 13, 2016 | No comments yet
Sports Editor Keith Peters says farewell after 49-year career

The past 49 years have seen many historic achievements by local athletes and teams. The state championships by the Palo Alto football and girls' volleyball teams just weeks apart in 2010 remains as the most remarkable season to have covered high school sports. Watching Jeremy Lin lead the Paly boys to a state basketball crown in 2006 ranks up there, as well.

June 13, 2016 | 6 comments
Police: East Palo Alto man dies from gunshot wounds

An East Palo Alto resident died Friday evening after police found him with apparent gunshot wounds, according to the East Palo Alto Police Department.

June 12, 2016 | No comments yet
Fire officials rescue woman from creek at Foothills Park

Multiple agencies, two helicopters assist in the operation
A woman who fell into a creek at Foothills Park was rescued on Saturday morning by Palo Alto and Woodside fire personnel and extracted with the help of two helicopters, according to the Palo Alto Fire Department.

June 12, 2016 | 1 comment
Woodside man appeals $212K fine for cutting down 22 trees

The Woodside Town Council will hear an appeal from a resident on Tuesday, June 14, requesting relief from a fine of $212,500 for having cut down 22 mature oak, bay and madrone trees without havng first obtained a tree-removal permit.

June 13, 2016 | 17 comments
Menlo School's Leschly wins tennis sportsmanship award

Menlo School new graduate Lane Leschly has won the USTA Bill Talbert Junior Sportsmanship Award for his honorable play in tennis tournaments during the season. The Harvard-bound Leschly is one of two winners who will be honored in a ceremony during the USTA semi-annual meeting Sept. 3-6 in New York.

June 10, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Twin sister psychologists plead no contest to theft of public funds

Two Menlo Park psychologists with a therapeutic practice for treating victims of violent crime pleaded no contest on Thursday to one count each of felony theft of public funds, prosecutors say.

June 10, 2016 | No comments yet
A parking garage for Menlo Park? Talks begin again

Building a parking structure in Menlo Park could cost from $4.6 million for a two-level garage to $9.3 million for a four-level garage, said commercial real estate consultants Alyce Rados and John Robbins during a City Council study session June 7.

June 9, 2016 | 39 comments
Menlo Park district school board endorses plan to engage community in decisions

District will form or expand five committees
Superintendent Maurice Ghysels has come up with a plan to involve the community in issues that arose when the Menlo Park City School District unsuccessfully attempted to pass two parcel tax measures in May.

June 9, 2016 | 3 comments
Menlo Park's JobTrain raises nearly $365,000 at 'Breakfast of Champions'

JobTrain is a Menlo Park-based nonprofit that provides vocational training for adults and youth.

June 9, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park office manager sentenced to prison for embezzlement

Former office manager of Menlo Park landscaping company sentenced to seven years and eight months in state prison in $1 million embezzlement case.

June 9, 2016 | 3 comments
Wednesday: Atherton council looks at budget, neighborhood traffic

Atherton's City Council is scheduled to vote on a budget for the 2016-17 fiscal year, set the rate for the upcoming year's parcel tax, and look at a neighborhood traffic management plan when it meets Wednesday.

June 14, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park author offers tips on retiring with no pension

Emily Brandon, a Menlo Park resident who is the mother of an Oak Knoll student and a senior editor at U.S. News & World Report, has written a guide for retiring without a pension.

June 9, 2016 | No comments yet
Voters overwhelmingly approve Ravenswood schools bond measure

Measure H will fund facility repairs and upgrades throughout district
A $26 million bond measure on the June 7 ballot to fund major capital improvements throughout the Ravenswood City School District has passed with a wide margin of support, according to election results provided by San Mateo County.

June 8, 2016 | 7 comments
Woodside School board refrains from putting tax measure on November ballot

Board approves budget, gives teachers 4% cost-of-living hike
Unless there's a last minute change of mind, the Woodside Elementary School District won't have a parcel tax on the November ballot.

June 8, 2016 | 4 comments
Local trio on U.S. U-19 women's national soccer team trip

The U.S. Under-19 Women's National Team, which includes three players from the local area, will embark on its first international soccer trip of the year when it travels to New Zealand from June 8-20.

June 8, 2016 | No comments yet
Election: Bay restoration measure passes

A regional ballot initiative proposing a parcel tax that would raise $500 million over 20 years to fund marsh restoration and flood protection projects in San Francisco Bay was approved by 69 percent of voters in the nine-county Bay Area in the June 7 election.

June 8, 2016 | 9 comments
Election results

Links to latest election results.

June 7, 2016 | No comments yet
Berman, Veenker lead state Assembly race

Menlo Park's Peter Ohtaki is a close third
Palo Alto Councilman Marc Berman finished first in the eight-candidate race to succeed Rich Gordon in the 24th Assembly District, according to election night results with all precincts reporting. Attorney Vicki Veenker came in second, followed closely by Menlo Park Councilman Peter Ohtaki.

June 7, 2016 | 6 comments
Menlo Park: 31 graduate from Mid-Peninsula High School

Mid-Peninsula High school awarded 31 diplomas to its senior class during graduation ceremonies on June 4 at the school's campus on Willow Road in Menlo Park.

June 7, 2016 | No comments yet
Water polo: SHP grad helps USA women open FINA Super Final with win

Menlo Park resident and Sacred Heart Prep grad KK Clark scored four goals to help the U.S. Women's National Team open the FINA World League Super Final with a convincing 20-2 water polo victory over Brazil on Tuesday in Shanghai, China.

June 7, 2016 | No comments yet
Wednesday: Memorial service for Nan Chapman in Atherton

A memorial service for Nan Chapman, the first women to serve on the Atherton City Council, will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday, June 8, at the Menlo Circus Club, 190 Park Lane in Atherton.

June 7, 2016 | No comments yet
Tonight: Menlo Park council review budget with $3.4 million surplus

The Menlo Park City Council will review tonight the city's proposed budget, which projects a surplus of $3.4 million in the fiscal year starting July 1.

June 7, 2016 | 3 comments
Tonight: Hearing on Menlo Park City School District budget

District says budget has $900,000 in cuts
The public will have a chance to comment on the proposed budget of the Menlo Park City School District at a meeting that starts at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 7, in the multi-use room at Encinal School, 195 Encinal Ave. in Atherton.

June 7, 2016 | 3 comments
Menlo Park Legends open season with a pair of wins

Summer baseball
The Menlo Park Legends opened their 2016 baseball season with back-to-back wins over the weekend. After posting a 10-6 win over the San Mateo Rounders on Saturday, the Legends defeated the Rally Factory Rockhounds just 24 hours later, 7-3.

June 6, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: How zoning changes could affect traffic, water

An environmental impact report says that if the proposed zoning changes are made, the city's M-2 area – located east of U.S. 101 – could get more housing and more traffic, all while edging closer to maxing out the city's water allocation.

June 15, 2016 | 1 comment
Menlo Park hosts mayor of sister city: Galway, Ireland

Frank Fahy wears a shiny golden chain with multiple loops around his neck. It's called the "Chain of Office," and each link represents a previous mayor of Galway, Ireland, the city he now serves as mayor. There are about 130 golden links.

June 9, 2016 | No comments yet
M-A high graduation: Celebrating the day, thinking about tomorrow

Four student speakers spoke on June 2 at the graduation ceremony for the 439 seniors of Menlo-Atherton High School's Class of 2016.

June 10, 2016 | No comments yet
Woodside High grads celebrate the moment

The seniors of Woodside High School's Class of 2016 gathered Friday morning, June 3, on the football field to graduate and say goodbye to their high school days.

June 7, 2016 | No comments yet
Police reports: Menlo Park and Atherton

This information is based on reports from the Menlo Park and Atherton police departments.

June 7, 2016 | No comments yet
Foundation raises $900,000 for Woodside High School

Woodside High School will be participating in the Silicon Valley Urban Debate League in the 2016-17 school year, one of many new opportunities made possible by donors to the Woodside High School Foundation.

June 19, 2016 | 1 comment
Scholarship fund honors longtime college adviser Alice Kleeman

In a first for Menlo-Atherton High School's Senior Awards Night, held this year on May 31, scholarships were handed out in the name of Alice Kleeman, a college adviser for M-A students for 20 years before retiring in June 2015.

June 19, 2016 | 1 comment
Jenna Carson: a force in helping at-risk students succeed

It's uncommon to encounter an advocate for narrowing one's choices, but fewer options can sometimes be what's called for, according to Menlo-Atherton High School's Jenna Carson.

June 20, 2016 | 1 comment
Menlo Park: Facebook to move employee health clinic to new location

Some of the building would be used by employees for music rehearsal
Rehearsing for a rock band at an employees-only health clinic? That's what Facebook plans to allow its employees to do after receiving permission from the Menlo Park Planning Commission to relocate its on-site medical and dental care center for employees to 923/925 Hamilton Ave.

June 9, 2016 | 5 comments
Portola Valley event benefits abandoned exotic animals

Representatives from various corners of the animal kingdom -- reptiles, birds and mammals, including some 350 humans -- spent about four hours together for a good cause recently in Portola Valley's Westridge neighborhood.

June 19, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park Kiwanis Club awards M-A students $41,000 in scholarships

The Menlo Park Kiwanis Club awarded $41,000 in eight scholarships to graduates of Menlo-Atherton High School at a recent lunchtime ceremony at the Allied Arts Guild in Menlo Park.

June 17, 2016 | No comments yet
Woodside school board meets today on parcel tax, budget

Meeting starts at 3:30 in Wildcat Room
The Woodside Elementary School District's governing board will meet Tuesday afternoon to consider putting a parcel tax measure on the November ballot and to discuss a budget for the coming school year that shows declining enrollment and rising property tax revenue.

June 6, 2016 | No comments yet
Man killed in May 27 freeway crash in Menlo Park identified

The Santa Clara County Coroner's Office has identified the man killed in a solo-vehicle crash on Interstate 280, near Sand Hill Road, on May 27 as Bryan Smith of San Jose.

June 6, 2016 | No comments yet
School board members explain their job in the age of social media

Despite a recent contentious parcel tax election and the fact that some difficult budget decisions may be ahead for the Menlo Park City School District's board, a dozen people showed up at a June 1 information night for potential candidates for open two board seats.

June 6, 2016 | 4 comments
Third Spare the Air alert issued for Saturday

A third consecutive Spare the Air smog alert has been issued for Saturday.

June 3, 2016 | No comments yet
Woodside High grads step into the future

Nearly 400 Woodside High School seniors received their diplomas under a hot sun on the school's playing field this morning (June 3).

June 3, 2016 | No comments yet
Shining light on dark issues

A Theatre Near U production reflects on youth suicide and mental illness
What if we stopped wondering whether the proverbial glass was half-full or half-empty and recognized it instead as simply a beautiful glass? This philosophical reframing lies at the heart of A Theatre Near U's latest original production.

June 3, 2016 | No comments yet
Rachel Waiters' vocal homecoming

Singer to perform at East Palo Alto church
Singer Rachel Waiters will perform in concert Saturday, June 4, at Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church in East Palo Alto.

June 3, 2016 | No comments yet
Photography exhibit: Syria before the war

Frances Freyberg's photographs of historic monuments and daily life in Syria, taken during her travels in 2008, give a glimpse into the rich cultural heritage of the country before much of it was destroyed or damaged by war. Her images are on display for the month of June at Portola Art Gallery, 75 Arbor Road (Allied Arts Guild), Menlo Park. Other weekend highlights include "Oklahoma" in Redwood City and dance at Foothill College.

June 3, 2016 | No comments yet
USA water polo in full swing as the Rio Olympics near

Of local note
Menlo School sophomore Sam Untrecht and Aptos freshman Gabe Discipulo, both members of the U14 Stanford Water Polo Club's national championship team almost two years ago, were part of Team USA Cadet National Team that produced an 8-7 victory over Dubrovnik on Thursday in the opening of the Kids Final in Budapest, Hungary.

June 2, 2016 | No comments yet
Skyward hats, soaring spirits

Menlo-Atherton High School graduates celebrate by tossing their caps in the air on Thursday, June 2, when about 440 students received their diplomas during an afternoon outdoor ceremony. Photo by Michelle Le

June 2, 2016 | No comments yet
Friday: Another 'Spare the Air' day

A Spare the Air smog alert has been issued for tomorrow (Friday), the second straight day that an unhealthy amount of ozone accumulation is expected in the Bay Area, air quality officials said.

June 2, 2016 | No comments yet
Update: Free compost available all weekend in Atherton

Atherton residents can drop off unwanted electronics, shred up to three boxes of documents and pick up a cubic yard of compost on
Saturday, from 9 a.m. to noon, at Town Hall.

June 3, 2016 | No comments yet
Planned felling of heritage trees at VA sparks outcry

Twenty-five trees, each marked with a spray-painted red X, are scheduled to be felled at the Menlo Park Veterans Affairs (VA) campus on Willow Road within the coming weeks, according to the VA.

June 3, 2016 | 60 comments
Work underway on Marsh Road; traffic appears to be calming

Motorists appear to be figuring out alternative routes with the closure of Marsh Road in Atherton that began this week and will continue through mid-August, local officials say.

June 2, 2016 | 14 comments
Funding for Santa Cruz Avenue sidewalks, upgrades approved

Six-foot-wide sidewalks, flashing pedestrian crosswalks and new drainage systems are one step closer to being built on Santa Cruz Avenue, after the Menlo Park City Council voted unanimously on June 1 to pay upfront the $5.9 million expected cost of the project.

June 2, 2016 | 3 comments
Menlo College adds top recruits in women's wrestling, hoops

Menlo College notes
Menlo College women's wrestling has added another highly touted freshman into the mix for the 2016-17 season with the recent signing of Southern California standout Marilyn Garcia.

June 1, 2016 | No comments yet
Bay Area to cook over next three days; Spare the Air alert issued

Triple-digit temperatures are expected in inland Bay Area locations later this week, National Weather Service officials said. The first Spare the Air smog alert for the year has been issued for Thursday by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.

June 1, 2016 | 2 comments
Tonight: More funding sought for Santa Cruz Avenue sidewalks, flood protection

Several projects the city of Menlo Park has planned are more expensive than predicted, and the City Council may have to make tough choices. The council will meet tonight, June 1, at 5:30 p.m. at the Menlo Park City Council Chambers (701 Laurel St.) to discuss its options on the projects.

June 1, 2016 | 4 comments
A few bumps as Marsh Road closure begins

Police say there were a few start-up problems as Atherton began a planned 10-week closure of Marsh Road on Tuesday as the town rebuilds a drainage culvert.

June 1, 2016 | 44 comments
Friday: Meet Galway's mayor

A reception will be held for visiting Galway Mayor Frank Fahy at 6 p.m. Friday, June 3, at LB Steak restaurant, 898 Santa Cruz Ave. in Menlo Park.

June 2, 2016 | No comments yet
You, too, can be a computer engineer, Facebook tells kids

Much has been written about two core challenges in the tech sector: shortages of skilled programmers and a workforce that lacks diversity. Last year, Facebook launched "TechPrep," with management consultant McKinsey & Company, in an effort to ameliorate those twin problems.

June 5, 2016 | No comments yet
New M-A High club focuses on STEM careers for students, vets

Menlo-Atherton High School has a new club: the Leo Club, associated with Lions Clubs International. It was founded by Elise Kratzer, now the club president, with the assistance of the Peninsula Veterans Lions Club.

June 5, 2016 | No comments yet
Proposed Atherton budget foresees a $5 million surplus

Council will consider amount of parcel tax at June 1 meeting
Although Atherton's budget is solidly in the black, city staff is recommending levying the full amount of the town's parcel tax to pay for upcoming street and drainage projects. Atherton's City Council meets Wednesday (June 1) to discuss the budget and parcel tax.

May 31, 2016 | 2 comments
Hidden service force

Meet five young adults serving Menlo Park
Beneath the celebratory air at graduation time – with caps and tassels flying amid promises of bright futures by commencement speakers – lies a quiet terror, especially for college grads. "What's next?" they ask themselves.

June 3, 2016 | No comments yet
Dumbarton corridor revisited: A twist on an old debate

Each day, about 77,000 cars pass over the Dumbarton Bridge. Commuters and locals alike know all too well how congested the roadways leading to and from the bridge can be.

June 3, 2016 | 2 comments
Menlo Park: capital of commercial drones

Menlo Park has more registered commercial drones than any other U.S. city, according to a database released by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on May 18, and initially reported by MarketWatch.

June 17, 2016 | 2 comments
Tonight: Facebook to meet with public about expansion plans

Facebook will hold the first of several meetings with the public to discuss its plans for expansion at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 1, at the Menlo Park Senior Center.

May 31, 2016 | 1 comment
Menlo goes from missing playoffs to winning a CCS title

Menlo School didn't get the official championship trophy and it didn't get enough individual medals for each of its players. No matter, nothing will take away from the memory of one of the most astounding turnarounds in Central Coast Section baseball history.

May 30, 2016 | No comments yet
Traffic congestion ahead: Marsh Road closure starts this week

Road scheduled to be closed through Aug. 13
The planned 10-week closure of Marsh Road in Atherton began Tuesday, May 31, as the town starts construction on a replacement drainage culvert and a new steel barrier to keep cars out of the ditch.

May 30, 2016 | 8 comments
San Mateo County Sheriff's Office puts 'inmate locator tool' online

The San Mateo County Sheriff's Office announced Friday that it was making available online an inmate locator tool, which gives the public the ability to get real-time information on people in custody.

May 28, 2016 | 2 comments
No ID yet on victim in I-280 crash in Menlo Park

Fatality Friday evening occured at northbound Sand Hill Road exit
The Santa Clara County Coroner's Office is not yet releasing the name of the victim in a fatal solo-vehicle crash on Interstate 280 on Friday evening (May 27) in Menlo Park.

May 28, 2016 | 1 comment
Police Calls: Menlo Park

Eight bicycles stolen in seven incidents in Menlo Park, and a pendant stolen within the last six months without signs of forced entry into the house.

June 1, 2016 | 5 comments
Woodside council calls for 'strong' resolution on aircraft noise problem

The Woodside Town Council directed staff on May 24 to draft a "strong" resolution in favor of quiet skies. The council wants the resolution ready before June 15, when a committee of elected officials meets to address aircraft noise in San Mateo, Santa Cruz and Santa Clara counties.

June 2, 2016 | 20 comments
Judge rules against restaurateur Russell Deutsch in tax-evasion case

A San Mateo County judge on May 26 denied a motion by attorneys defending Portola Valley resident and restaurateur Russell Deutsch to suppress, as evidence in connection with a tax evasion charge, the discovery by investigators of over $600,000 in cash in his house.

May 27, 2016 | 9 comments
Portola Valley council to set baseline of 100% green electricity

Peninsula Clean Energy launches in April 2017
Portola Valley's Town Council approved a plan on May 25 that will have the greenest baseline possible in effect when a program launches in April 2017 offering residents renewable sources of electricity as alternatives to the sources used by Pacific Gas & Electric company.

May 31, 2016 | 3 comments
Menlo Park: Environmental report released on Facebook's expansion plans

An environmental review says that Facebook's plan to build three 75-foot-tall buildings, adding 962,400 square feet at two proposed office buildings and 174,800 square feet at a 200-room hotel, plus 3,533 parking spots, could have some impacts determined to be "significant and unavoidable."

May 27, 2016 | 6 comments
Menlo Park pays up for downtown street cafes

As soon as July, 12 downtown parking spots in front of six restaurants and one furniture store are planned to be converted into outdoor cafe spaces on Santa Cruz Avenue.

May 26, 2016 | 24 comments
Menlo Park fire district gets OK from FAA to operate drone

It's taken almost two years, but the Menlo Park Fire Protection District is now authorized by the FAA to operate a portable drone to help in observing a fire or other emergency situation.

May 26, 2016 | No comments yet
Sacred Heart Prep sending 18 student-athletes to college

For the 10th consecutive year, Sacred Heart Prep will send 12 or more student-athletes to play at the intercollegiate level. The Class of 2016 boasts 18 headed to play 10 different sports in the collegiate ranks.

May 26, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Fatigued council debates dog park, again

Fatigue appeared to weigh on City Council members Tuesday as they heard a presentation by city staff, asking for advice on how to move forward with the restoration of Nealon Park's baseball field and part-time dog park. No decisions were made, but the city hopes to involve the community in the discussion by next winter.

May 27, 2016 | 19 comments
Menlo School advances to CCS Division II baseball title game

The Menlo School baseball team advanced to the Central Coast Section Division II championship game with a 10-7 victory over visiting Capuchino at San Jose Municipal Stadium Tuesday evening.

May 25, 2016 | No comments yet
Tonight: Public meeting on high-speed rail from San Francisco to San Jose

People who have questions or are interested in learning more about the California high-speed rail project can attend a meeting tonight (May 25) from 5 to 8 p.m. at the SFV Lodge, located at 361 Villa St. in Mountain View.

May 25, 2016 | No comments yet
Woodside: Council addresses aircraft noise, considers increase to house sizes

Woodside Town Council members considered how to effectively complain about noise from commercial aircraft flying over the town, and conducted another study session on increasing maximum house size, this time with a proposal in front of them.

May 25, 2016 | 6 comments
'Menlo Summerfest' is Menlo Park's 'new' downtown festival

Menlo Park's summer festival just got a lot more lively – at least in name.

May 25, 2016 | 5 comments
Menlo Park tonight: Learn how the city budget works

Are you curious about how finances work in the city of Menlo Park?

May 25, 2016 | 1 comment
June 1: Fashion show, luncheon benefits Colon Cancer Alliance

"Inside Anne's Closet," a fashion show, luncheon and benefit for the nonprofit Colon Cancer Alliance, will be held Wednesday, June 1, at the Rosewood Sand Hill hotel in Menlo Park.

May 24, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Rotary Club awards $125,000 in scholarships

More than 100 students from local high schools received scholarships and academic awards during the Rotary Club of Menlo Park's recent scholastic achievement awards ceremony at Menlo-Atherton High School's Performing Arts Center.

June 17, 2016 | No comments yet
Obituary: Frederic 'Tic' Webster of Menlo Park, civil engineer, 70

Frederic A. "Tic" Webster, noted for his work in rehabilitating California's historic adobe missions, died Oct. 11, 2015 at his home in Menlo Park surrounded by family. He was 70.

May 24, 2016 | No comments yet
Longtime Almanac staffer Jane Coladarci dies at 96

Jane Coladarci, who had been a mainstay of the Almanac's advertising department for most of her 30 years at the paper, died "quickly and peacefully" May 7 in Yuba City, California, in the company of her daughter and son, the family said. She was 96.

May 24, 2016 | No comments yet
June 7 election: Poll workers needed

An estimated 1,400 poll workers are needed on Election Day, June 7, to manage 342 precincts in San Mateo County.

May 24, 2016 | No comments yet
Portola Valley celebrates the horse on May 28-29

Portola Valley's third annual Celebration of the Horse will be spread out over two days on Memorial Day weekend with a group ride planned for Saturday morning, May 28, followed by a Horse Fair on Sunday afternoon, May 29.

May 24, 2016 | No comments yet
Saturday, Sunday: Portola Valley celebrates the horse

Portola Valley's third annual Celebration of the Horse will be spread out over two days on Memorial Day weekend with a group ride Saturday morning, May 28, followed by a Horse Fair on Sunday afternoon, May 29.

May 24, 2016 | No comments yet
Dr. Seuss comes alive in Woodside June 1-4

Eighth-graders stage 'Seussical Jr.' in new Sellman Pavilion
Woodside School eighth-graders will stage the musical "Seussical Jr." June 1-4 at the new Sellman Pavilion, named after George Sellman, who launched this musical tradition in 1957.

May 24, 2016 | No comments yet
A century of service: Parade celebrates Menlo Park fire district's centennial

"Put the blue stuff on the red stuff." Reduced to such simple terms, the core imperative of firefighting makes it sound almost too easy.

May 24, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Judge counsels kids on dealing with police

When interacting with the police, don't be a R.A.T., advised Judge LaDoris Cordell, speaking before about 200 children, teens and adults at the Menlo Park clubhouse of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula.

May 27, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Man who backed truck into Mike's Camera sentenced to prison

The man who pleaded no contest to a burglary charge in connection with a dramatic break-in at Mike's Camera on Santa Cruz Avenue in March 2015 was sentenced to 16 months in prison.

May 24, 2016 | No comments yet
Political committees pump cash into Assembly campaigns

Committee contributions boost Berman's bid to replace Rich Gordon
With the crowded race to succeed Assemblyman Rich Gordon in the 24th District heading into the final stretch, independent political action committees are throwing hundreds of thousands of dollars into the contest in hopes of influencing the outcome. So far, Palo Alto City Councilman Marc Berman has been the chief beneficiary.

May 23, 2016 | 2 comments
Wednesday: Portola Valley may go with 100% renewable sources for electricity

Portola Valley's Town Council will consider a venture that would reset every household's electricity supplier at a baseline of 100 percent of its electricity coming from renewable non-fossil-fuel sources.

May 23, 2016 | 1 comment
Police calls: Woodside, Atherton, Portola Valley and Menlo Park

In Woodside, a resident fell for a fraudster's phoned-in claim to be a relative in need of money. In Menlo Park, thieves stole a basketball set-up and towels from a coin-operated dryer. Details on these and other incidents.

May 26, 2016 | No comments yet
Tonight: Menlo Park may OK new 'mini-park' cafes spaces downtown

The Menlo Park City Council could vote Tuesday, May 24, to move forward with plans to create street cafe spaces on Santa Cruz Avenue.

May 24, 2016 | 20 comments
Assembly candidate submits murky donor reports

Late filings, large donors mark Barry Chang's campaign fundraising
Dinged in the past for failing to report political contributions, Cupertino Mayor Barry Chang could be facing another set of election troubles in an eight-way primary race for the District 24 state Assembly seat.

May 23, 2016 | 1 comment
Tonight: Woodside studies changing allowable house sizes

Woodside's Town Council will hold a third study session Tuesday (May 24) on whether it should increase the maximum allowable size of main residences.

May 24, 2016 | No comments yet
Few surprises as local athletes qualify for CCS track finals

For 18 local individuals, the 2016 track and field season includes at least one more meet -- the Central Coast Section Championships on Friday at Gilroy High. In most cases, those advancing were expected to do just that.

May 23, 2016 | No comments yet
Tonight: Planning Commission to discuss general plan update

During the Menlo Park Planning Commission's meeting tonight at 7 p.m., the commission will hold a study session to talk about plans for new zoning ordinances that would shape the building standards and requirements applied to future office, life sciences and residential-mixed use buildings in Menlo Park's M-2 area.

May 23, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo School advances in CCS baseball with dramatic win

In a dramatic sixth inning, Menlo School scored the winner then held off Pacific Grove, 4-2, on Saturday to advance to the Central Coast Section Division II baseball semifinals.

May 23, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Firefighters rescue 12 stuck in Facebook elevator

Firefighters rescued 12 people from an elevator at a Facebook campus building in Menlo Park on Friday afternoon.

May 20, 2016 | No comments yet
Election: Ravenswood school district seeks voter approval for $26 million bond measure

Superintendent: Measure H will pay for 'critical' improvements at eight schools
Ravenswood City School District is asking voters to approve Measure H, which would provide funding for repairs and upgrades at the district's eight school sites.

May 20, 2016 | No comments yet
Man, 25, in fatal Skyline Boulevard crash identified

Victim identified as James Henry Power, 25
A 25-year-old man who died when his SUV crashed into a tree on Skyline Boulevard south of Portola Valley in San Mateo County early Thursday morning, May 19, has been identified as James Henry Power, according to the San Mateo Coroner's Office.

May 20, 2016 | No comments yet
Saturday: Memorial for Margaret Fruth, formerly of Menlo Park

A memorial will be held Saturday, May 21, in Palo Alto for Margaret Fruth, a former resident of Menlo Park who was active in local civic affairs.

May 20, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Why today is a special day for retired fire captain Tom Carter

When retired Fire Captain Tom Carter rides on the Menlo Park fire district's 1899 horse-drawn Hose Wagon No. 1 on Saturday, May 21, at 10 a.m. up Santa Cruz Avenue in downtown Menlo Park, it will not only be special because it's the fire district's 100th anniversary celebration and parade. It will also be the first time since 1938 that he has ridden on the historic hose wagon.

May 20, 2016 | 1 comment
Election: See videos of Assembly candidate interviews

Candidates looking to replace outgoing state Assemblyman Rich Gordon in the June 7 primary election were interviewed recently by Bill Johnson, president of Embarcadero Media, parent company of the Almanac, plus staff from the Almanac and its sister papers, the Palo Alto Weekly and the Mountain View Voice.

May 19, 2016 | No comments yet
Want to run for school board? Info meeting June 1

Two open seats on board of Menlo Park City School District
Those interested in running in the Nov. 8 election for one of the two open seats on the school board of the Menlo Park City School District are invited to a candidate information night on Wednesday, June 1.

May 30, 2016 | 2 comments
Atherton holds documentary screening, Earth Action Fair

Atherton has planned two events this weekend to celebrate Earth Day: a screening of an environmental documentary at the M-A Performing Arts Center on Friday, May 20, and an Earth Action Fair in Holbrook-Palmer Park on Sunday, May 22.

May 19, 2016 | No comments yet
Atherton council OKs preliminary design for civic center

(Due to a technical glitch, a link to this story in Thursday's Express did not work.) A unanimous Atherton City Council on Wednesday (May 18) approved a 198-page schematic design for a new civic center and authorized the city manager to enter into a contract with schematic-design creator WRNS Studio.

May 19, 2016 | No comments yet
Atherton council OKs preliminary design for civic center

Council agrees on an assumed fundraising target of $25 million.
A unanimous Atherton City Council on Wednesday (May 18) approved a 198-page schematic design for a new civic center and authorized the city manager to enter into a contract with schematic-design creator WRNS Studio.

May 19, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park resident among service academy appointees

Ten appointed to U.S. service academies
Rep. Anna Eshoo will host a reception on Friday, May 20, in Mountain View to honor this year's U.S. Service Academy appointees from the 18th Congressional District, including Gunnar Jongebloed of Menlo Park, who was appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy.

May 19, 2016 | 1 comment
Menlo Park: Closing sales begin for Beltramo's Wines & Spirits

Beltramo's, the family-run wines and spirits shop that plans to close after 134 years in Menlo Park, has begun its "everything must go" closing sales.

May 19, 2016 | No comments yet
Wingding Family Fest

Celebrate spring and things with wings on Saturday, May 21, when the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District and the Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society (SCVAS) host a day of eco-adventure, science, birding and hiking.

May 19, 2016 | No comments yet
Feel the 'Burn'

Celebration combines Jewish holiday with Burning Man's vibe
Oshman Family JCC Director of Jewish Innovation, Joel Stanley, plans to bring some of the inspiring energy and creative spirit of Burning Man to Palo Alto's celebration of the Jewish holiday Lag B'Omer on May 26, when the JCC will hold its first-ever "Burning Mensch."

May 19, 2016 | No comments yet
Saturday: Fire district centennial parade in downtown Menlo Park

Firefighting vehicles from 19th century to today will be displayed
Firefighting vehicles from 1862 to today will be on display Saturday, May 21, as the Menlo Park Fire Protection District celebrates its centennial with a parade along Santa Cruz Avenue in downtown Menlo Park.

May 18, 2016 | 1 comment
Saturday: 'Civic hackathon' in Redwood City

An all-day "civic hackathon" to create web and mobile apps aimed at improving services in San Mateo County will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, May 21, at GSV Labs, 425 Broadway St. in Redwood City.

May 19, 2016 | No comments yet
FAA: Most commercial aircraft over Woodside, Portola Valley adhere to noise-reduction rules

FAA says its plans 'no further action'
FAA report has no comfort for residents of Woodside, Portola Valley and Ladera with complaints about the noise overhead of commercial aircraft headed to San Francisco International Airport.

May 18, 2016 | 4 comments
Three's a charm for SHP girls in WBAL lacrosse playoff finals

Prep roundup: After splitting its regular-season matches with rival Menlo School, a third time was a charm for the Sacred Heart Prep girls in the West Bay Athletic League lacrosse playoff finals on Tuesday night at Palo Alto High.

May 18, 2016 | No comments yet
Tales from the realm of Suzanne Vega

Singer-songwriter performs in Palo Alto May 22
As the Suzanne Vega song says, "You've got to find the way to say what you say/and get it down on the page/or the stage. It's the cage for that tiger rage/that you can't contain."

May 18, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Applewood 2-Go outlet closed

Applewood 2-Go, the to-go counter location of Applewood Pizza at 989 El Camino Real in Menlo Park, has closed.

May 19, 2016 | No comments yet
New chief for Cal Fire's unit serving San Mateo County

A new chief has been appointed to Cal Fire's unit that serves San Mateo and Santa Cruz counties.

May 17, 2016 | No comments yet
County aims to ease citizenship process for immigrants

To help San Mateo County residents seeking U.S. citizenship, the county has created the Office of Immigration Support and Coordination.

June 17, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo mom offers free fitness coaching for at-risk kids

In January 2011, Ashley Hunter Riley, a Menlo Park resident and mother of four children, read a magazine article about families in the Bay Area that can't afford organized sports for their kids. She decided to do something about it.

May 18, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park says it will release more police data to public

Menlo Park is planning to release to the public 2015 data on police department demographics, calls for police service and traffic collisions as part of a national program called the Police Data Initiative.

May 18, 2016 | No comments yet
Eric, Wendy Schmidt to move family ventures to new Menlo Park building

New office building has already been approved by Planning Commission
Eric and Wendy Schmidt of Atherton plan to build a three-story, 25,000 square-foot office building in Menlo Park to serve as headquarters for their family office and philanthropic operations.

May 18, 2016 | 13 comments
Tonight in Portola Valley: Documentary on a roundup to save wild mustangs

A documentary about four Texans who ride and guide a string of wild mustangs living on U.S. government land on a trip from Mexico to Canada "through the wildest terrain of the American West" shows tonight at Portola Valley Town Center.

May 17, 2016 | No comments yet
Tonight: Eat at these local restaurants to support Meals on Wheels

Restaurants across the Peninsula will on Tuesday, May 17, donate 10 percent of their eatery proceeds to Meals on Wheels, a Menlo Park-based program that delivers daily hot, nutritious meals to home-bound seniors and adults with disabilities in San Mateo County.

May 17, 2016 | 1 comment
Real Estate Matters: Local homebuyers headed downtown

No fear of noise or busy streets
As more people move to the Bay Area to take advantage of the region's high-octane job market, traffic has gotten predictably worse.

May 16, 2016 | No comments yet
Guest opinion: Greenheart project complies with the rules; let's get on with it

As I read the guest opinion in the May 4 Almanac criticizing the proposed Greenheart project on El Camino Real, I felt like perhaps I was stuck in a Menlo Park version of the classic movie, "Groundhog Day." Didn't we already have this debate, many times over?

May 17, 2016 | 1 comment
Portola Valley: Hot food, prepared on site, coming to farmers market

One booth planned for the Portola Valley farmers market would have visiting chefs do an impromptu shop-and-cook at the market, "cooking right in front of the shoppers," market manager Maggie Foard said.

May 16, 2016 | 1 comment
Election: Measure AA would raise $500M to restore marshes

Tidal marshes are seen as a critical to flood protection.
Advocates for wetlands along the shores of the nine Bay Area counties are asking voters to approve Measure AA, a $12 annual parcel tax on the ballot in the June 7 primary election.

May 19, 2016 | 18 comments
Celebration of life for John Sidensol, 70

A celebration of the life of Portola Valley resident John Sidensol is set for Sunday, May 22. Mr. Sidensol, 70, died May 7 as a result of a solo-vehicle accident at the corner of Alpine and Portola roads.

May 20, 2016 | No comments yet
Alpine Road traffic brings misery to local residents

Alpine Road was once a two-lane curving byway. It's still two lanes and curving, but basically an expressway, with 25,000 vehicles speeding by on weekdays, making life miserable for Weekend Acres residents who want to enter or leave their neighborhood.

May 16, 2016 | 7 comments
Police calls: Atherton, Portola Valley, Menlo Park

Crime reports from Atherton, Portola Valley and Menlo Park.

May 16, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Cuckoo's Nest liquor license application on hold

A request for a liquor license by a private club, called the Cuckoo's Nest, in Menlo Park has generated no insignificant quantity of emailed ire from people who live near the club's location at 68 Willow Road.

May 16, 2016 | 7 comments
Recent home sales: Woodside, Atherton top cities with $14 million sales

East Palo Alto sale is over $700,000
Home sales are provided by California REsource, a real estate information company that obtains home sale data from local county recorders' offices.

May 15, 2016 | No comments yet
Real Estate Matters: Local homebuyers headed downtown

No fear of noise or busy streets
As more people move to the Bay Area to take advantage of the region's high-octane job market, traffic has gotten predictably worse.

May 15, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo's streak of CCS tennis titles comes to a end in 6-1 loss

It was all about the tennis streaks at the 2016 Central Coast Section Team Tournament finals on Friday at Bay Club Courtside in Los Gatos. Menlo School and SI both arrived with them, but only one left with theirs intact.

May 15, 2016 | No comments yet
M-A track teams take positive steps forward at PAL finals

The Menlo-Atherton track and field teams made important strides forward at the 2016 Peninsula Athletic League Championships on Saturday at M-A, with each squad making up for disappointments of a year ago.

May 15, 2016 | No comments yet
Former psychiatrist convicted of child molestation dies in prison hospice

Former San Mateo psychiatrist and convicted child molester William Ayres died last month in a hospice at California Medical Facility, a state prison medical center in Vacaville, according to the Solano County coroner's office.

May 15, 2016 | No comments yet
Tonight: Menlo Park Rotary Club scholarship event starts at 7 p.m.

Jeff Miller, minority owner of the Golden State Warriors, will speak at the Rotary Club of Menlo Park's annual scholastic achievements award ceremony on Monday, May 16.

May 13, 2016 | 1 comment
Menlo Park: Another decade, another grade-separation study

For years, the question of "grade separations" – separating a roadway from the rail line it crosses by using a bridge or tunnel – has periodically risen in Menlo Park, spurring a study on the feasibility of such a project.

May 19, 2016 | 26 comments
Research unveils new way to understand, treat concussions

Stanford's Dr. Jamshid Ghajar has spent decades researching concussions, implications for student athletes
Dr. Jamshid Ghajar, director of the Concussion and Brain Performance Center at Stanford University, has spent decades researching concussions and the implications for student athletes.

August 3, 2016 | No comments yet
Palo Alto, SHP baseball teams will play for tourney titles

Prep roundup
The Palo Alto and Sacred Heart Prep baseball teams won semifinal games and will play for tournament playoff championships on Friday while looking for solid tune-ups for next week's Central Coast Section playoffs.

May 13, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park reduces fees for retrieving towed vehicles

A $100 early-release fee is discontinued
The city of Menlo Park has reduced the fee it charges to retrieve a towed vehicle from an impound lot to $125 and discontinued a $100 extra fee for those retrieving cars before the customary 30-day holding period.

May 13, 2016 | 1 comment
Obituary: Joseph F. Cotton, 94, Atherton resident, test pilot, WWII military pilot

Joe Cotton, who survived a military crash landing on the German-occupied island of Corfu during World War II, then had a long career as a test pilot, died at his home in Atherton on May 5 surrounded by his family. He was 94.

May 13, 2016 | 4 comments
Menlo Park tonight: Kids get training on safe interactions with police officers

A workshop in Menlo Park on Friday will teach youth and parents about their rights and how to stay safe when interacting with law enforcement officers.

May 12, 2016 | 3 comments
Gov. Jerry Brown orders long-term water-use reductions

Some restrictions put in place last year will be made permanent; individual water districts expected to continue to reduce water use
Anticipating that California's massive drought over the last four years could just be the beginning of longer and more frequent droughts to come, Gov. Jerry Brown issued an executive order Monday mandating long-term water conservation throughout the state.

May 12, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo School boys take a shot at some CCS tennis history

The Menlo School boys' tennis program has accomplished many remarkable feats over the past decades, but perhaps none as impressive as its seven consecutive Central Coast Section team championships.

May 12, 2016 | No comments yet
Farm fresh

Local chefs offer tips for making the most of farmers markets' seasonal bounty
Monterey Bay halibut with early summer squash? Garlic noodles with charred Brussels sprouts and cauliflower? We talked to local chefs to get recipes for dishes that draw upon this season's local bounty.

May 12, 2016 | No comments yet
Worth a Look

The annual "Fine Art in the Park" festival, sponsored by the Los Altos Rotary Club, will be held Saturday, May 14, and Sunday, May 15, at Lincoln Park, 199 University Ave., Los Altos, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

May 12, 2016 | No comments yet
Bottoms up

Some of the Midpeninsula's best cocktails, and how to make them at home
Belly up to the home bar: Learn how to craft signature drinks from five local restaurants and bars with step-by-step instructions.

May 12, 2016 | No comments yet
Update: Nan Chapman, first woman to serve on Atherton City Council, dies at 80

Atherton's first woman council member and mayor, Nanette "Nan" Figel Chapman, has died at the age of 80 at her home in Woodside from complications of lung cancer.

May 12, 2016 | 4 comments
Nan Chapman, first Atherton councilwoman, dies at 80

Nan Chapman, the first woman to be elected to the Atherton council, where she served for 20 years, died May 9 at her home in Woodside. She was 80.

May 11, 2016 | 1 comment
After tax defeat, 'transparency' is theme of Menlo Park school district board meeting

Superintendent will form group to look at improving communication with public
In the aftermath of the failure to pass two parcel tax measures on May 3, the board of the Menlo Park City School District discussed Tuesday night not only what can be done to make up for the money the measures would have brought in, but how to regain the trust of the voters.

May 11, 2016 | 78 comments
Woodside gives final OK to new basement regulations

By unanimous vote, council approves limits on location and size
After six public hearings, the Woodside Town Council unanimously adopted an ordinance Tuesday to regulate the size and location of basements. The new law goes into effect in 30 days.

May 11, 2016 | No comments yet
Guest opinion: Woodside decision-making process fails to engage larger community

This opaque policy-making by a few council members is part of a pattern of top-down rule that departs from Woodside's traditional citizen-involvement process.

May 11, 2016 | 3 comments
Menlo College continues its baseball run in GSAC playoffs

Max Dutto homered and drove in three runs, Jason Alexander pitched a complete game and the Menlo baseball team defeated top-seeded and host Westmont, 9-3, in an elimination game of Tuesday's Golden State Athletic Conference playoffs.

May 11, 2016 | No comments yet
Silicon Valley Open Studios continues

Locals artists welcome the public to their workspaces
Ever wanted a peek into the artistic process? Local fine artists in a variety of media will present their studios to the public during the first three weekends of May as part of Silicon Valley Open Studios.

May 11, 2016 | No comments yet
Saturday: Art installation, panel and rally on human trafficking

Human Trafficking Awareness Day will be observed Saturday, May 14, at the San Mateo County History Museum and Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway in Redwood City.

May 13, 2016 | No comments yet
Thursday: Workshop on clean energy program

A workshop will be held Thursday evening, May 19, in Menlo Park for people to learn more about Peninsula Clean Energy, a program that gives San Mateo County residents the ability to buy more electric energy from renewable sources than is available from PG&E – and at competitive prices.

May 13, 2016 | No comments yet
Thursday: Dumbarton corridor study comes to Menlo Park

How can transportation between the East Bay and the Midpeninsula be improved? A study of the Dumbarton corridor – including the current vehicle bridge (State Route 84) and the abandoned Dumbarton rail bridge – is underway to attempt to answer that question.

May 11, 2016 | 3 comments
Thursday: Get free stuff for biking to work

If the incentive of cutting greenhouse gas emissions and building toned thighs isn't enough to swap driving for riding a bike to work, perhaps free snacks (and in some cases, T-shirts) can be.

May 11, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Walls rise on 90 affordable housing units for seniors

Demolition cranes in February made quick work of the 48 below market rate family and senior housing units on the 1200 block of Willow Road, clearing the way for construction of 90 new apartments for lower-income seniors.

May 11, 2016 | 1 comment
Tonight: Assembly hopefuls to square off in candidates' forum

League of Women Voters hosts Tuesday night event in Mountain View; early voting begins for June 7 primary
Eight candidates looking to replace outgoing state Assemblyman Rich Gordon will discuss their political positions on Tuesday evening at the Mountain View Public Library.

May 10, 2016 | No comments yet
Cat and kitten shelter to close

More than 200 cats and kittens are in need of adoption. The Nine Lives Foundation, a no-kill cat and kitten shelter based in Redwood City, will have its lease terminated at the end of June, and all the animals at the shelter will have to be relocated by the end of May.

May 10, 2016 | 3 comments
Portola Valley man dies in single-car accident

A single-vehicle accident around 7:10 a.m. Saturday, May 7, at the intersection of Portola and Alpine roads claimed the life of the vehicle's only occupant, 70-year-old Portola Valley resident.

May 9, 2016 | 4 comments
Police calls: Atherton and Menlo Park

Crime reports for Atherton and Menlo Park.

May 10, 2016 | No comments yet
Sunday: Woodside to hold another soapbox derby

The third annual Woodside Soapbox Derby, sponsored by the Woodside Recreation Committee, begins at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 15, at the top of the sloped parking lot next to Independence Hall at 2955 Woodside Road in Woodside.

May 12, 2016 | 2 comments
Update: Woodside restaurant, bakery set to open around Thanksgiving

If a new restaurant and bakery opens as planned around Thanksgiving at 3052 Woodside Road in Woodside, former customers of what was once the Woodside Bakery & Cafe may see the familiar -- organic vegetables and artisanal pizza -- as well as the new, including tablecloths and a full cocktail bar.

May 10, 2016 | No comments yet
Update: Beltramo's Wines & Spirits is closing its doors in Menlo Park

Business has been in Menlo Park since 1882
"That's devastating news," a customer at Beltramo's Wines & Spirits said Monday on hearing the news that the business, a Menlo Park institution owned and operated by the Beltramo family since 1882, is closing, probably by the end of summer.

May 9, 2016 | 38 comments
Tuesday: School board to discuss spending cuts after tax measures fail

Meeting starts at 6 p.m. Tuesday in Encinal multi-use room
UPDATE: A week after two parcel tax measures failed to gain the needed two-thirds majority in the May 3 election, the board of the Menlo Park City School District meets Tuesday night to hear from the public and discuss a report from Superintendent Maurice Ghysels on budget changes that may be needed.

May 9, 2016 | 44 comments
A near sweep of league swim titles for SHP, Menlo-Atherton

The Menlo-Atherton and Sacred Heart Prep swim teams headed into their respective league championship meets on Saturday with titles to defend. Four teams, four titles at stake. When all was said and done, three squads emerged with first-place honors.

May 9, 2016 | No comments yet
Recent home sales: Atherton, Menlo Park, Portola Valley, Woodside

Home sales are provided by California REsource, a real estate information company that obtains home sale data from local county recorders' offices.

May 15, 2016 | 1 comment
Woodside: Locals line parade route for May Day festivities

School parent Lisa Putnam named 'citizen of the year'
Young kids, old vehicles, horses, music and candy filled the streets at Woodside's 94th annual May Day Parade on Saturday, May 7.

May 8, 2016 | 1 comment
Teen's death on Skyline linked to speed, wet roadway

California Highway Patrol officials said speed and a wet roadway Saturday morning appear to be responsible for a crash on Skyline Boulevard that killed a 17-year-old boy.

May 7, 2016 | 4 comments
Woodside: Gas main repaired and Sand Hill Road to reopen this afternoon, PG&E says

The 3900 block of Sand Hill Road is closed to traffic while Pacific Gas & Electric crews dig up and replace a section of 3-inch steel gas main that that a gas-line survey showed to be leaking.

May 5, 2016 | 4 comments
Atherton working to make 10-week Marsh Road closure less painful to neighbors

Additional public meetings May 7 and May 11 in Redwood City, North Fair Oaks
Atherton is holding a series of meetings to let users of Marsh Road and local residents know about the 10-week closure of the road this summer, including plans to safeguard nearby neighborhoods from cut-through traffic.

May 6, 2016 | 12 comments
Woodside: Restaurant, bakery set to open around Thanksgiving

A new restaurant, for the present referred to as "The Bakery in Woodside," is set to open its doors in late November, around Thanksgiving, at the site previously occupied by the Woodside Bakery & Cafe at 3052 Woodside Road.

May 5, 2016 | 12 comments
Worth a Look

Downtown Mountain View will transform into the Emerald Isle on Saturday, May 7, and Sunday, May 8, when it hosts the annual Silicon Valley Irish Fleadh.

May 5, 2016 | No comments yet
Landscape tips for continuing to conserve water

Now that this winter has brought some rain to California, does that mean to stop worrying about the water situation and go ahead and do some spring planting?

May 5, 2016 | No comments yet
Tuesday: 'Ty Cobb' returns to Menlo Park area

Norm Coleman of Half Moon Bay will present the one-man show "Baseball Great Ty Cobb Lives Again" at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 10, at Little House, 800 Middle Ave. in Menlo Park.

May 4, 2016 | No comments yet
Woodside gets ready for May Day Parade

On Saturday, May 7, tradition takes over the town of Woodside for the 94th year in a row with the May Day Parade and Carnival and other morning activities that will close down a portion of Woodside Road for stretches of time.

May 4, 2016 | No comments yet
Guest opinion: There's still time to improve Greenheart project

The long-vacant Cadillac dealership site on El Camino Real is due to be revitalized. The location is central to Menlo Park and adjacent to downtown. Most residents would like to see the blight replaced by a great project, but Greenheart Land Company's "Station 1300" falls far short of that ideal.

May 6, 2016 | 29 comments
Eight candidates compete for District 24 Assembly seat

From the coastal communities of Santa Cruz and Half Moon Bay to the sprawling campuses of Google, Facebook and Hewlett-Packard Co., the 24th District in the California Assembly is a place of scenic beauty and high-tech might, of affluent suburbs and blue-collar enclaves, of startup dreams and traffic nightmares.

May 5, 2016 | 6 comments
Strong fundraising by Berman, Veenker in state Assembly race

Palo Alto Councilman Marc Berman raised $104,481 in the latest reporting period for his bid to succeed Rich Gordon in the state Assembly, more than any of his seven competitors, campaign-finance documents show.

May 5, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park postpones bike lanes on El Camino Real

The Menlo Park City Council on Tuesday night postponed installing bike lanes on El Camino Real for now; appointed new commissioners to the planning, parks and recreation and library commissions; and adjusted fees for city services.

May 4, 2016 | 8 comments
Tennis: Menlo-SI showdown still could happen in CCS

Prep roundup: Despite being rained out of their highly anticipated nonleague tennis match a few weeks ago, the Menlo School and St. Ignatius boys still could face each other over the next few weeks in the Central Coast Section and NorCal tournaments.

May 4, 2016 | No comments yet
School tax measures fail to get two-thirds voter approval

Two Menlo Park City School District measures had no expiration dates
Voters in the Menlo Park City School District failed to give two parcel tax measures the necessary two-thirds vote to pass Tuesday. The school board will discuss how to cut spending when it meets on Tuesday, May 10.

May 3, 2016 | 183 comments
Wednesday: Caution, it's 'Walk and Wheel to School Day' for Laurel School

Motorists who use Ringwood Avenue and Coleman Avenue or Edge Road should slow down and keep an eye out for Laurel School students on Wednesday, May 4, as students participate in "Walk and Wheel to School Day."

May 3, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Networking group generates business through referrals

Small business owners rely on group to help each other get customers
Every Wednesday morning at 7 a.m., about 35 people who live or do business in Menlo Park meet for breakfast and networking at Menlo College. They are members of a local chapter of BNI, which stands for Business Network International.

May 8, 2016 | No comments yet
Facebook employees devote day to service projects

Facebook's Menlo Park headquarters was spattered with posters and banners proclaiming #GlobalCausesDay on April 28. In its third year, Facebook's Global Causes Day is an opportunity for Facebook employees to "flex our altruistic muscle as a community," said Tudor Havriliuc, a Facebook vice president.

May 4, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Willows neighbor saves family's pets from house fire

An alert resident of the Willows neighborhood of Menlo Park saw smoke coming from a neighbor's two-story home on Concord Drive on Monday evening (May 2), called firefighters and then saved the family's pets.

May 3, 2016 | 1 comment
Menlo Park, Atherton, Woodside police calls: Scissors, razors stolen in hair salon burglary

Crime and accident reports from Menlo Park, Atherton and Woodside.

May 4, 2016 | No comments yet
Monday: Meeting on future of Alpine Road corridor

The county Public Works Department is hosting a second community meeting on the future of the Alpine Road corridor through Stanford Weekend Acres and Ladera. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. Monday, May 9, at Woodland School, 360 La Cuesta Drive in Ladera.

May 6, 2016 | No comments yet
Today: Portola Valley reviews plans for new Windmill School

Plans for a new facility for Windmill School, a preschool, at 900 Portola Road at the former site of Al's Nursery, go before the Portola Valley Planning Commission on Wednesday, May 4, for the first of what may be several reviews.

May 4, 2016 | 1 comment
Update: Portola Valley house fire likely caused by spontaneous combustion

House was under construction is now uninhabitable, firefighters said
This is an expanded version of a previously posted story. An April 27 fire that significantly damaged a two-story house under construction in Portola Valley's Westridge neighborhood was likely caused by spontaneous combustion associated with materials used to stain exterior cedar siding, firefighters said.

May 2, 2016 | 2 comments
Update: Woodside council approves limits on basement size, location

(This is an expanded version of a previously posted story.)
Woodside's municipal code has long specified limits on how much floor area a residence can have above ground, but below ground, there have been no limits. The absence of regulations on basements was in exchange for limits above ground. This compact is now evolving.

May 4, 2016 | No comments yet
Tonight: Are bike lanes in El Camino Real's future?

Each day, as many as 45,000 cars make the slow, jolting traverse through Menlo Park along El Camino Real. How to make that traverse less excruciating, more safe and more friendly to alternative modes of transit were questions that resulted in a $459,713 study by traffic engineering consultant W-Trans.

May 2, 2016 | 31 comments
Woodside fire district: how to prepare for wildfire

Residents of the Woodside Fire Protection District -- in Woodside, Portola Valley and nearby unincorporated areas -- have three opportunities this week to attend a seminar on how to prepare for a wildfire and evacuation.

May 2, 2016 | No comments yet
Track & field: Miranda breaks Menlo School record

Menlo School sophomore Robert Miranda ran himself into the history book at the Sacramento Meet of Champions on Saturday as he ran the 1,600 in 4:21.98, breaking a school record that stood for more than 40 years.

May 1, 2016 | 2 comments
Teens who beat 68-year-old heart patient get prison terms

Brazen daytime attack sent man to the hospital for three days
A San Mateo County Superior Court judge has sentenced two 18-year-olds who beat and robbed a man with a heart condition to prison, the San Mateo County District Attorney's office said.

May 7, 2016 | 5 comments
Wednesday: If you've got $10 million, Atherton has a deal for you

You could get the right to name a street
Looking for a special gift for the person who has everything? Or do you want to ensure your name is not soon forgotten? Atherton may soon offer just the thing -- naming rights to a new street, for a $10 million donation.

May 1, 2016 | 16 comments
Almanac receives awards in state contest

The Almanac received two second-place awards – for coverage of local government and best writing – in the 2015 Better Newspaper Contest, sponsored by the California Newspaper Publishers Association.

May 1, 2016 | No comments yet
Correction: Water shutdown scheduled in Menlo Park on Sunday

The Menlo Park Municipal Water District will shut down its Burgess Park pressure valve on Sunday, May 1, from 2 to 6 a.m.

April 29, 2016 | 1 comment
Business: How Woodside exec uses robot at his Sand Hill Road office

How can you be in two places at once? If you ask Geoff Rehnert of Woodside, it's easy. Now that his company has a small team of telepresence robots called BeamPro, "it's like having an avatar," he says.

May 1, 2016 | No comments yet
Palo Alto, SHP baseball teams look secure in second place

Prep roundup
The Palo Alto and Sacred Heart Prep baseball teams are sitting in similar situations in their respective races following important victories on Wednesday.

April 29, 2016 | No comments yet
Restaurant review: Raw appeal

Rumble Fish rounds out downtown Mountain View's Japanese options
You have to hand it to the owners of Rumble Fish: They obviously had a good time coming up with the names of their specialty maki rolls, and their inspiration shows in sushi that looks as good as it tastes.

April 29, 2016 | No comments yet
Home Front

This weekend, check out Kusamura Bonsai Club's 56th Annual Show in Palo Alto, learn how to cultivate soil health at a free workshop in Menlo Park and more.

April 29, 2016 | No comments yet
Recent home sales: Atherton, Menlo Park, Portola Valley, Woodside

Home sales are provided by California REsource, a real estate information company that obtains home sale data from local county recorders' offices.

May 8, 2016 | No comments yet
Worth a Look

Menlowe Ballet's spring performance, titled "Collage," features the company debut of four former Silicon Valley Ballet dancers and the world premieres of three pieces by Val Caniparoli, Gregory Dawson and Artistic Director Michael Lowe.

April 29, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Twin sisters charged with defrauding county

A pair of Menlo Park psychologists are accused of bilking San Mateo County out of thousands of dollars by charging for therapy sessions that never happened, prosecutors said. Their clients were victims of violent crime.

April 28, 2016 | No comments yet
Today: Menlo Park celebrates solar power installations

Solar panel installations at the Arrillaga Family Gymnasium and Gymnastics Center, the city corporation yard and the Onetta Harris Community Center in Menlo Park have been completed. To celebrate, the city is hosting a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 28.

April 28, 2016 | 1 comment
Woodside council OKs limits on basement size, location

On its sixth try, the Woodside Town Council voted in favor of an ordinance Tuesday to regulate the size and location of basements.

April 27, 2016 | No comments yet
Update - Surf Air: New flight path will avoid Midpeninsula

Route could be flown only with good visibility
Surf Air representatives say they have identified an alternative flight path that would put their planes, and the noise of their turboprop engines, over the Bay during much of their approach to the San Carlos Airport whenever they have clear visibility.

April 27, 2016 | 15 comments
Portola Valley: Fire leaves house under construction uninhabitable

A structure fire significantly damaged a two-story house under construction at 10 La Sandra Way in Portola Valley early this morning.

April 27, 2016 | No comments yet
2016 All-PAL Bay Division boys' tennis team

First Team: Casey Morris (Menlo-Atherton) Jr.; Reed Fratt (Menlo-Atherton) Sr.; Thomas Reznik (Carlmont) So.; Landers Ngirchemat (Aragon) Sr.; Hal Tuttle (Woodside) Sr.; Cale Goodman (Burlingame) So.; Lucas Rosenberg (Hillsdale) So.; Drew Davison (Half Moon Bay) Jr.; Phalgun Krishma (San Mateo) Sr.

April 27, 2016 | No comments yet
Recent home sales: Atherton, Menlo Park, Portola Valley, Woodside

Home sales are provided by California REsource, a real estate information company that obtains home sale data from local county recorders' offices.

April 27, 2016 | No comments yet
Recent home sales: Atherton, Menlo Park, Portola Valley, Woodside

Home sales are provided by California REsource, a real estate information company that obtains home sale data from local county recorders' offices.

April 27, 2016 | No comments yet
Suspected gang member charged after leading deputies on pursuit

A suspected gang member pleaded not guilty Monday to crashing his car and abandoning a pregnant woman and a 13-year-old child while fleeing deputies in East Palo Alto on Friday, prosecutors said.

April 27, 2016 | No comments yet
Tonight: Woodside may OK limits on basement size, location

Deeper basements
The Woodside Town Council may approve a basement ordinance tonight (Tuesday, April 26) that would loosen requirements on keeping excavated soil on site, add a staff review for deep basements, and set an allowance on how much of a basement could be outside the footprint of the main house.

April 26, 2016 | No comments yet
Tonight: Community meeting on Ravenswood Ave. grade separation

The first of three community meetings to discuss a "grade separation" (separating the roadway from the railroad tracks) at Ravenswood Avenue in Menlo Park will be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 2, in the Oak Room of the Arrillaga Family Recreation Center.

May 1, 2016 | 8 comments
Driver's guide to road construction in Menlo Park

With El Nino rains largely past, and the dry season upon us, motorists can expect to encounter a lot more roadwork. Road repairs and traffic signal upgrades are underway on Sand Hill Road, Willow Road and Chilco Street in Menlo Park.

April 27, 2016 | No comments yet
Tonight: Woodside School holds meeting on summer construction

A public meeting to discuss construction projects scheduled at Woodside Elementary School this summer will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 26, in the school's Wildcat Room at 3195 Woodside Road.

April 26, 2016 | No comments yet
Oaks head into GSAC softball tournament with momentum

The Menlo College softball team ended its regular season with a nonconference doubleheader split against visiting Benedictine Mesa, winning 8-0 and losing 6-5, on Monday.

April 26, 2016 | No comments yet
Tuesday deadline to vote on school parcel taxes

Voters in the Menlo Park City School District have until Tuesday, May 3, to mail or drop off their ballots, or vote in person, on two parcel tax measures.

April 28, 2016 | 105 comments
School parcel tax backers raise $16K

Only $350 reported spent by April 16 report date
The committee backing two parcel tax measures in the Menlo Park City School District has reported that it raised $16,241 from 29 donors but spent only around $350 as of April 16.

April 26, 2016 | 9 comments
Portola Valley: Service for Carlo Besio, veterinarian, vintner

A memorial service for Portola Valley veterinarian, gardener, vintner and longtime resident Carlo Besio is set for June 1 in Portola Valley. Dr. Besio, who died April 11, was 86.

April 27, 2016 | No comments yet
Fee changes planned for Holbrook-Palmer Park

Atherton's City Council has approved a number of changes in the fees charged at Holbrook-Palmer Park and is also considering allowing bicycles to use one of the park's paths.

April 27, 2016 | No comments yet
Woodside Priory teen raises $85K for domestic violence group

Nick Jaeger, a 17-year-old senior at Woodside Priory and a resident of Portola Valley, doing community service work in connection with a theology class, was moved by the plight of victims of domestic violence and started a fund.

May 8, 2016 | No comments yet
Thursday: Menlo Park fire district to dedicate new station

A fire station that was rebuilt at a cost of $7.6 million and that is nearly three times larger than the former station will be dedicated at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 28, at 2290 University Ave. in East Palo Alto.

April 27, 2016 | 3 comments
Menlo Park, Portola Valley police calls: Dog alerts resident to attempted break-in

Crime and accident reports from West Menlo Park, Portola Valley and Menlo Park.

April 26, 2016 | No comments yet
Filoli holds annual flower show on Mother's Day weekend

Filoli will present its 28th annual flower show on Mother's Day weekend, from Thursday, May 5, through Sunday, May 8, at the historic site in Woodside.

April 25, 2016 | No comments yet
A Woodside family marks its passage with athletic excellence

It's been a drama-filled life in recent years for Woodside brothers Erik and Karl Arvidsson, and tangentially for their parents Par and Carol Arvidsson as they have looked on.

April 29, 2016 | 5 comments
Menlo Park art show: 'Behind the Lines'

"Those Eyes" is one of the featured watercolors in Yvonne Newhouse's May exhibit, "Behind the Lines," at the Portola Art Gallery at Allied Arts Guild.

April 25, 2016 | No comments yet
M-A's Crowe leads a parade of school track records

Weekend prep roundup: Before she is done, Menlo-Atherton senior Annalisa Crowe should be considered the top middle-distance runner in school history. The record book will prove that out.

April 25, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo School grad Morkovine wins doubles title in Ojai

Of local note: Daniel Morkovine, a junior from Menlo School, and senior captain Skyler Butts from Claremont-Mudd-Scripps defended their Division III doubles title at the 116th Ojai Valley Tournament, which concluded on Sunday.

April 25, 2016 | No comments yet
Woman who died in I-280 crash near Palo Alto is identified

A 47-year-old Los Gatos woman died Monday morning after her car crashed into a cement wall on northbound Interstate 280 near Palo Alto, overturned and landed on its roof.

April 25, 2016 | No comments yet
Wednesday: New home for teen counseling center

Adolescent Counseling Services relocating from Palo Alto to Redwood City
After getting priced out of its former offices in eastern Palo Alto, Adolescent Counseling Services has found a new home.

May 2, 2016 | No comments yet
Woman dies after being struck by train in Palo Alto

Woman identified as 2014 graduate of Gunn High School
A 19-year-old woman who was struck by a train Friday afternoon near downtown Palo Alto has died, Caltrain has confirmed. She was identified as Sarah Marie Longyear, a graduate of Gunn High School.

April 24, 2016 | 2 comments
Woodside to hold May Day festivities May 7

Woodside's traditional May Day celebration continues on Saturday, May 7, with the 94th annual parade along with a carnival, fun run, pancake breakfast, maypole dance, and citizen of the year ceremony.

April 24, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Sharon Heights fire leaves 50 temporarily homeless

Two apartments damaged, but discovery of asbestos led to larger evacuation
A structure fire reported just after midnight on Saturday (April 23) in a Sharon Heights apartment complex in Menlo Park displaced 50 residents from 30 apartments, firefighters said.

April 23, 2016 | 12 comments
Saturday: Garden club holds Woodside plant sale

Local garden club members will be selling hundreds of plants and sharing a wealth of materials and wisdom at their "Every Day is Earth Day" event at the Woodside Library Native Plant Garden on Saturday, April 23, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

April 22, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Church people to package 350K meals for hungry California kids

More than 1,050 participants affiliated with Menlo Church are expected to package 350,000 meals by hand at three of the church's campuses in Menlo Park, San Mateo and Mountain View on Saturday, April 23, and and Sunday, April 24.

April 22, 2016 | No comments yet
Today in Menlo Park: What to do if disaster strikes

What should you do if a fire, flood, earthquake or some other disaster or emergency hits your community?

April 24, 2016 | No comments yet
Tuesday: Board of Supervisors update on San Carlos Airport issues

Meeting is Tuesday starting at 9 a.m.
An update on San Mateo County's study of "aircraft disturbance" at the San Carlos Airport is on the agenda for the Board of Supervisors' meeting on Tuesday, April 26, at 9:15 a.m.

April 22, 2016 | 32 comments
Menlo Park: Neighborhood feathers ruffling over Cuckoo's Nest club

Private techies' club in Menlo Park wants to serve alcohol, host recreational events
Menlo Park and Palo Alto residents living near San Francisquito Creek say a proposed bar at a private club for Silicon Valley entrepreneurs should not be allowed because it is too close to their homes.

April 21, 2016 | 21 comments
Western Ballet turns the big 4-0

'Red Riding Hood' performances and gala mark dance company's anniversary
Longstanding Mountain View dance school, Western Ballet, will celebrate its 40th Anniversary by hosting a gala with performances from its students and professionals, as well as its spring show, "Red Riding Hood."

April 21, 2016 | No comments yet
Worth a Look

Portola Valley will hold a free Earth Day celebration at Town Center on Saturday, April 23,

April 21, 2016 | No comments yet
M-A's Carlson named CCS Female Scholar-Athlete of Year

Sarah "Sally" Carlson, a senior at Menlo-Atherton High, has been named CCS Female Scholar Athlete of the Year. This is the first year for this new award. She received a $1,500 scholarship.

April 21, 2016 | 2 comments
Guest opinion: A remembrance of Walt Gerber, a 'titan of grace' whose impact lives on

Walt Gerber, the former senior pastor of Menlo Park Presbyterian Church (now Menlo Church) who died earlier this month, touched many hearts in the community.

April 21, 2016 | 1 comment
Woodside celebrates opening of new Sellman Pavilion

Woodside residents and alumni of Woodside Elementary School gathered on April 20 with current students and families to dedicate the school's new auditorium in honor of longtime school superintendent, the late George Sellman.

April 21, 2016 | 1 comment
Tonight: Menlo Park advisory panel discusses general plan update

The Menlo Park General Plan Advisory Committee will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 21, to discuss possible zoning changes in the city's M-2 area, roughly bounded by San Francisco Bay, University Avenue, U.S. 101 and Marsh Road.

April 21, 2016 | No comments yet
Drug-selling case at Menlo College is settled

Dominic Ezekiel Jackson pleads no contest to possession of marijuana for sale
A plea bargain has finally ended a case that began in November 2014 when drugs and cash were found in the dorm room of a Menlo College student.

April 21, 2016 | No comments yet
Baseball: Menlo blasts its way back into the PAL Ocean Division race

Prep roundup: Menlo School snapped a three-game losing streak in a big way by belting host El Camino, 16-4, in PAL Ocean Division baseball action on Tuesday. The Knights (6-3, 14-5) are back in the race after losing once to King's Academy and twice to first-place Woodside.

April 21, 2016 | No comments yet
Friday: Benefit concert in Menlo Park for displaced families in Nepal

A concert to raise funds to bring battery-powered lighting and phone-charging systems to tent encampments in Nepal will be held on Friday, April 22, from 7 to 10 p.m. at Cafe Zoe, located at 1929 Menalto Ave. in Menlo Park.

April 21, 2016 | No comments yet
Obituary: Ronald Allen Kovas, Menlo College professor, former Sunset magazine exec

Atherton resident Ronald Allen Kovas, a professor at Menlo College who had a long career with J. Walter Thompson, died on April 8 at the age of 74.

April 21, 2016 | No comments yet
Saturday: Public invited to tour recycling center

Encinal fifth-grader will show her winning 'Trash to Art' entry
The public is invited to tour the recycling operation at the Shoreway Environment Center in San Carlos on Earth Day, Saturday, April 23.

April 20, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Cafe Zoe gets city permit to serve beer and wine, stay open later

For years, people who come to Cafe Zoe, a popular coffee shop in the Willows area of Menlo Park, have asked its owner, Kathleen Daly, whether the shop would ever serve beer or wine.

April 20, 2016 | 10 comments
Gardening: The benefits of bugs

Don't squash those insects -- some may be good for your garden
While "benefits" and "bugs" seem like antonyms, certain insects actually help organic gardens be healthier.

April 19, 2016 | No comments yet
At Kepler's: The new world

Sci-fi stars Kim Stanley Robinson and Paolo Bacigalupi portray an Earth transformed by environmental calamities
Their latest novels take place in settings literally worlds away from each other. Nevertheless, award-winning science fiction writers Kim Stanley Robinson and Paolo Bacigalupi share a deep commitment to the here-and-now and the environmental concerns facing humanity this Earth Day and for the foreseeable future.

April 19, 2016 | No comments yet
Encinal School wins Gold Ribbon award

Encinal School in Atherton, a Menlo Park City School District kindergarten- through fifth-grade school, has received a Gold Ribbon award from the California Department of Education.

April 20, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: How locals are doing their part to reduce greenhouse gases

In observance of Earth Day and in the face of the challenge of climate change, Menlo Spark, the nonprofit that is working to make Menlo Park a climate-neutral city by 2025, asked many people and agencies in the community what they were doing to reduce their energy use, waste and greenhouse gas emissions.

April 21, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Pollock boutique hotel approved

The Menlo Park Planning Commission unanimously approved Monday night a 61-room hotel proposed by the Portola Valley-based Pollock Financial Group to be built at 1400 El Camino Real at Glenwood Avenue in Menlo Park, the former site of a Shell gas station.

April 19, 2016 | 25 comments
Woodside Library gets warm welcome for its reopening

Families from the area converged on Woodside on Saturday, April 16, to celebrate the reopening of the Woodside Library.

April 19, 2016 | No comments yet
Tonight: Portola Valley shows documentary on feeding poor

A documentary on three volunteers and their efforts to feed the poor and hungry will be shown at 7 p.m. tonight (Tuesday, April 19) at the Portola Valley Community Hall, 765 Portola Road.

April 19, 2016 | No comments yet
CHP seeks public's help with fatal hit-and-run

The California Highway Patrol is seeking the public's assistance in identifying and locating a vehicle involved with a fatal crash earlier this month on northbound U.S. 101 just south of Woodside Road.

April 19, 2016 | 2 comments
Wednesday: Atherton ready to award contracts for $4.2 million Marsh Road project

When the Atherton City Council meets Wednesday, April 20, it will consider approving contracts to allow work to start on a new Marsh Road drainage culvert and may approve more funding for the now estimated $4.2 million project.

April 19, 2016 | No comments yet
Keri Nicholas reports record per square foot home sales price in Menlo Park

Keri Nicholas of Alain Pinel Realtors said she recently closed a sale on a home at 520 Olive St. in Menlo Park for $5,998,000, which she said set a per-square-foot sales price record in Menlo Park at $1,630 per square foot.

April 20, 2016 | 9 comments
Menlo Park: Attorneys call for city action on housing crisis

The city of Menlo Park needs to take action now to deal with a housing crisis that is driving low- to moderate-income families out of the city. That's the message to the city from attorneys with Community Legal Services, a nonprofit agency based in East Palo Alto that provides free and low-cost legal services to low-income residents.

April 21, 2016 | 48 comments
Today: Update on new high school planned for Menlo Park

The board of the Sequoia Union High School District is set to receive a progress update Wednesday (Aug. 20) on the thinking and planning for a new public high school planned for the M-2 light industrial district on the east side of Menlo Park.

April 20, 2016 | No comments yet
Portola Valley council sets 'affordable housing' as high priority

The Portola Valley Town Council has agreed to set "affordable housing" as one of nine high-priority issues for the budget year starting July 1.

April 21, 2016 | 2 comments
Woodside council shifts preference on basement ordinance

Deeper basements would require consultation with town engineer.
A majority of Woodside council members now favors an ordinance that would allow the floor area of a new basement to extend no more than 50 percent beyond the footprint of the main residence above it.

April 21, 2016 | 3 comments
Former Newsweek editor describes wacky, dark experiences at tech startup

Raucous laughter erupted from the audience at Kepler's Books as writer Dan Lyons told anecdote after anecdote of the weird culture at Hubspot, the startup marketing software company in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he worked for about a year after losing his job as Newsweek's tech editor.

April 20, 2016 | No comments yet
Service Friday for James Crittenden, former Ladera resident

Blue-water sailor, peace advocate
A memorial service is set for Friday, April 22, in Tiburon for world traveler and former Ladera resident James C. Crittenden, who died March 29 in San Rafael at the age of 94.

April 20, 2016 | No comments yet
How new Woodside Library changes things

The remodeled Woodside Library, which reopened April 16 after a nine-month renovation, includes mobile book shelves capable of being rolled away, creating a new capacity for large indoor community events such as performances and talks.

April 21, 2016 | 1 comment
Woodside Elementary mailer claims district remodeled demolished building

A brochure sent out by Woodside Elementary School last week appears to rewrite history by claiming the district remodeled a building it actually demolished and replaced with a brand new $8.26 million building.

April 18, 2016 | 13 comments
M-A girls run off with another Serra Top 7 track title

Weekend prep roundup
The Menlo-Atherton girls used their talent at the top and showed off plenty of depth to win the team title at the annual Serra Top 7 track and field invitational on Saturday in San Mateo.

April 18, 2016 | No comments yet
California's aid-in-dying law goes into effect

Local medical organizations discuss policies around implementation
California's new End of Life Option Act goes into effect on June 9, offering terminally ill persons who face painful or prolonged deaths the option of ending their own lives with medication.

August 3, 2016 | No comments yet
Monday: Planning Commission could approve boutique hotel in Menlo Park

A new boutique hotel proposed for a site on El Camino Real in Menlo Park could be approved tonight (April 18) at the 7 p.m. meeting of the Planning Commission.

April 18, 2016 | 11 comments
Menlo Park office manager pleads no contest to embezzlement, identity theft

A former office manager accused of embezzling over $1 million from Creekside Landscaping Inc. in Menlo Park entered into a plea agreement on April 15 that included a sentence of no more than seven years and eight months in state prison.

April 18, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo College women win three times in GSAC softball

Oaks report
The Menlo College softball team won three games Saturday, including an away game, to improve its position in the Golden State Athletic Conference. The Oaks concluded a suspended game from March 18 at Biola and then picked up a pair of run-shortened wins in the originally scheduled doubleheader.

April 18, 2016 | No comments yet
Motorcyclist killed in Skylonda after bike slides into path of car

A 26-year-old man from Tracy died Saturday afternoon in Skylonda when he lost control of the motorcycle he was riding and slid into the path of an oncoming car, California Highway Patrol officials said.

April 16, 2016 | 1 comment
Wednesday: Meeting to explain workings of Atherton's Police Department

Learn everything you ever wanted to know about Atherton's police department at a special City Council meeting scheduled for noon Wednesday, April 20.

April 19, 2016 | No comments yet
Ex-sheriff's deputy sentenced for molesting underage female relative

An ex-San Mateo County sheriff's deputy was sentenced Friday (April 15) for child molestation on an underage female relative in Santa Clara County that had started about 10 years ago.

April 15, 2016 | No comments yet
Appeals court upholds California teacher tenure laws

Students' lawsuit, filed against state officials in 2012, was sponsored by Menlo Park-based group Students Matter
California's public-school teacher tenure laws were upheld by a state appeals court in Los Angeles on Thursday.

April 15, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park mom talks about expanded parental leave policy

Following a landmark week when both San Francisco and the state of New York passed laws to broaden paid parental leave, at least one Menlo Park mother will be taking advantage of her own company's newly broadened parental leave policy.

April 17, 2016 | No comments yet
Priory and Kepler's win county sustainability awards

Woodside Priory School in Portola Valley and Kepler's Books in Menlo Park recently won environmental awards from the nonprofit Sustainable San Mateo County.

April 16, 2016 | No comments yet
Las Lomitas district says it's working hard to diversify teaching staff

District reps promise more efforts to come
Parents concerned about the lack of diversity in the teaching staff of the Las Lomitas school district heard this week about the district's efforts to attract more diverse teachers.

April 15, 2016 | 37 comments
Cafe Zoe could be next to serve beer, wine

After about seven and a half years of business in Menlo Park, Cafe Zoe, located at 1929 Menalto Ave., is ready for its next step: The owner has applied for a permit to serve beer and wine and extend the cafe's evening hours. The permit application will be considered by Planning Commission tonight.

April 18, 2016 | No comments yet
Tonight: Meeting on Marsh Road construction, closure

First in series of public meetings on detours, schedule
A public meeting will be held tonight on the upcoming construction of a drainage culvert along Marsh Road in Atherton, which will close the road from May 31 to August 11.

April 28, 2016 | No comments yet
Today: Woodside School celebrates opening of $8M auditorium

Public invited to tour new facilities April 20
Woodside Elementary School will show off its brand new state-of-the art $8 million auditorium, combining a theater, gymnasium and cafeteria all in one energy-efficient building that produces as much energy as it consumes, on April 20.

April 20, 2016 | 2 comments
Power numbers giving Menlo College baseball a huge lift

Need a few extra baseballs? Take a walk down Atherton's Alejandra Avenue after the Menlo College baseball team has completed batting practice. You're likely to find the street that separates the Atherton campus and Cartan Field littered with them.

April 14, 2016 | No comments yet
Worth a Look

Since taking his first photo of an ostrich at the zoo at age 6, local artist Mark McAfee Brown has spent several decades combining traditional media, photography and digital imaging. A free exhibit, "LandScapes/Woodless Woodcuts," will be on display at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., through June 13.

April 14, 2016 | No comments yet
Authors' salon raises funds for Peninsula Volunteers

Though the skies on the morning of April 10 were gray and the weather drizzly, the room at the Sharon Heights Golf & Country Club was bright as five authors spoke on a panel at an authors' salon.

April 14, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Roger Reynolds' carriage house is likely doomed

The carriage house on the former Roger Reynolds Nursery site at 133 Encinal Ave. in Menlo Park will likely face demolition when the nursery is razed to make way for construction of 24 condos.

April 14, 2016 | 13 comments
Shakespearian silliness

Pear's 'Beard of Avon' is a witty winner
"The Beard of Avon," Pear Theatre's latest offering, is a splendid, hilarious take on William Shakespeare and the ongoing questions regarding the authorship of his canon. Brainy and bawdy in equal measure, it's one of the must-see productions of the season.

April 13, 2016 | No comments yet
Woodside council preference shifts on basement ordinance

Majority now favors allowing 50 percent of basement to be built outside footprint of residence above
In a straw poll on Tuesday (April 12), a new majority on the Woodside Town Council reversed an earlier preference to allow 65 percent of a basement to be outside the footprint of the residence above it.

April 13, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Wide support for bike lanes on Oak Grove Avenue

"Hello council members," said a child who took the podium. "I'm Irene Vail. I am in second grade at Encinal School." She went on to tell the Menlo Park City Council that she doesn't feel very safe riding her bike and would like to have bike lanes on Oak Grove Avenue.

April 13, 2016 | 6 comments
Parents call for teacher diversity; Las Lomitas school board discusses teacher recruitment tonight

After a call by some parents to diversify the teaching staff, the governing board of the Las Lomitas Elementary School District will discuss teacher recruiting efforts during its meeting tonight (April 13).

April 13, 2016 | No comments yet
Former county social worker sentenced to nine years for child sex abuse

Manuel Anton Sedillo-Messer engaged in sex acts with girls in his caseload
A former San Mateo County social worker who oversaw the cases of East Palo Alto children was sentenced to nine years in prison on Tuesday, April 12.

April 13, 2016 | 4 comments
Tonight in Menlo Park: 'Community conversation' on Belle Haven Library

Public invited to meet with staff, make suggestions
The Belle Haven Branch Library at 413 Ivy Drive in Menlo Park invites the public to drop by on Thursday, April 28, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., for a "community conversation" on the library.

April 26, 2016 | No comments yet
Artist sets up pop-up gallery in downtown Menlo Park

For Ann McMillan, painting isn't just about capturing the scenery of the landscapes on a canvas. It's a more meditative practice, rooted in observation of the natural world.

April 14, 2016 | 2 comments
Menlo Park police: Woman recants allegation of rape

Man accused of rape in Menlo Park expected to be released from jail today
The woman who accused Hayward man of rape in a vehicle in the vicinity of the Dumbarton Bridge in Menlo Park has recanted her accusations and the man is likely to be released from jail this afternoon, prosecutors say.

April 12, 2016 | 5 comments
Saturday: Facebook farmers' market reopens with live music, cooking demos

Facebook will bring back its farmers' market on Saturday, April 30, from 2 to 5 p.m. in Facebook's parking lot at 1 Hacker Way.

April 18, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Critics of Greenheart development weigh in

Last-minute emails and letters flooded City Hall right before the April 4 deadline for comment on the draft environmental impact report on the proposed Greenheart mixed-use project at 1300 El Camino Real at Oak Grove Avenue in Menlo Park.

April 13, 2016 | 6 comments
Tonight: Carriage house, bike lanes on Menlo council agenda

The Menlo Park City Council is scheduled to discuss and perhaps answer Tuesday, April 12, a number of questions.

April 12, 2016 | 4 comments
Menlo grad Price runs second-fastest 400 in Duke history

Of local note: After setting school records the previous weeks in the 100 and 200 meters, Duke sophomore Maddy Price turned her attention to her specialty for the annual Spec Towns Invitational track and field meet last weekend in Athens, Ga.

April 12, 2016 | No comments yet
Missing Portola Valley man found safe

A 73-year-old Portola Valley man missing since Monday morning was found confused but uninjured in a Redwood City motel, San Mateo County sheriff's officials said this morning.

April 12, 2016 | No comments yet
Fight on its hands: School district asks voters to approve two parcel taxes

For decades, voters in Menlo Park and Atherton have reliably approved every school finance measure put before them. Now, however, the Menlo Park City School District appears to have a fight on its hands over two proposed parcel taxes.

April 12, 2016 | 32 comments
New trail opens near Russian Ridge preserve

Invasive thistles and bullfrogs, endangered snakes, a contaminated landfill site and a mire of regulations were several of the obstacles that were overcome before the new 2.2-mile segment of the Mindego Hill trail opened to the public on March 30.

April 15, 2016 | 6 comments
Menlo Park: Tax revenues, spending exceed budget estimates

Property taxes and hotel taxes collected in Menlo Park during the first half of the 2015-16 fiscal year are bringing in more revenue than expected, according to a mid-year financial report presented to the City Council recently by Nick Pegueros, the city's administrative services director.

April 14, 2016 | 7 comments
Police calls: Several locked mailboxes forced open in Woodside

Crime and accident reports from Woodside, Atherton, Ladera and Menlo Park.

April 12, 2016 | No comments yet
Public Mandarin immersion program open to local kindergartners

Events planned to acquaint parents with program
The Mandarin immersion program at John Gill School in Redwood City is looking for more kindergartners to form a second class of students in fall 2016. Non-district students are eligible to enroll.

April 14, 2016 | No comments yet
Wood-chipper program aims to cut wildfire risks in Woodside, Portola Valley

Crews from the Woodside Fire Protection District will be coming around to neighborhoods in Portola Valley, Woodside and nearby communities, starting Tuesday, May 3, to convert residents' excess brush and branches into wood chips.

April 28, 2016 | 1 comment
Woodside fire district staff to move to Portola Valley

As planning gets underway for construction of a new and up-to-date fire station at 3111 Woodside Road in Woodside, plans to relocate the administrative staff of the Woodside Fire Protection District during the interim are taking shape.

April 14, 2016 | No comments yet
Portola Valley: Firefighters to stage wildfire drill Saturday

Between 60 and 80 firefighters and their emergency vehicles will gather in Portola Valley from around San Mateo County for the Woodside Fire Protection District's annual fire drill on Saturday, April 16.

April 14, 2016 | No comments yet
Saturday: 24-hour hackathon at Menlo School in Atherton

MenloHacks, a 24-hour "hackathon" with 244 student participants, will take over Menlo School's Athletic Center this Saturday night.

April 14, 2016 | No comments yet
Man arrested on rape charges over reported incident at Dumbarton Bridge

The woman in this case has recanted the allegation of rape, police said.

April 11, 2016 | No comments yet
Blowin' in the wind

How to grow your own ornamental grass garden
Inspired by the rippling landscapes of Midwestern prairies, ornamental grass gardens can add an element of wonder and movement to a garden.

April 10, 2016 | No comments yet
Home & Garden: Portola Valley home by a creek feels worlds away

It was the sound of the creek flowing near the Midcentury Modern home in Portola Valley that drew Julie Dyson in 2011.

August 3, 2016 | No comments yet
Contemporary tranquility

Home by a creek feels worlds away
It was the sound of the creek flowing near the Midcentury Modern home in Portola Valley that drew Julie Dyson in 2011.

April 11, 2016 | No comments yet
Sales at a glance: Top sale is $5.6 million

Palo Alto real estate recently sold for between $1.5 million and $5.6 million, according to this week's column.

April 9, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park artist displays her carved ceramic creations

"Beauty of Wood Fire, Vol. 2" is the title of the carved ceramic artwork by Misako Kambe of Menlo Park, one of her creations on display at the Portola Art Gallery during April.

April 8, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Presbyterian Pastor Walt Gerber dies at 79

Walt Gerber, who presided as senior pastor at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church – now called Menlo Church – for 28 years before retiring in 2002, died on April 4 at age 79.

April 7, 2016 | 10 comments
SHP girls gain some revenge with OT lacrosse victory

Wednesday's prep roundup: The Sacred Heart Prep girls snapped a three-game losing streak to rival Menlo School and grabbed control of the West Bay Athletic League (Foothill Division) lacrosse race with a 13-12 overtime victory Wednesday.

April 7, 2016 | No comments yet
If these walls could talk

'Who We Be' explores race and identity at Cantor Arts
"Who We Be," a new exhibition at Stanford's Cantor Arts Center, aims to represent the unrepresented. The show narrates a history of cultural and political shifts in America, from the civil rights movement to present day, asking its viewers: How do you see and understand race?

April 7, 2016 | No comments yet
Worth a Look

"Cyrano," that classic tale (based on Rostand's 1897 play, "Cyrano de Bergerac") of the love triangle between the titular big-nosed swashbuckling romantic, the dashing Christian and the heiress Roxanne, returns in a new TheatreWorks adaptation running April 9-May 6 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts.

April 7, 2016 | No comments yet
Police arrest man in connection with brush fire near Facebook

A 35-year-old East Palo Alto man was arrested Wednesday in connection with a March 28 brush fire in the area of University Avenue east of Adams Drive.

April 6, 2016 | 1 comment
Man dies in hit-and-run rollover collision

A 58-year-old New Hampshire man is dead after a hit-and-run, rollover collision Wednesday on northbound U.S. 101 just south of Woodside Road, California Highway Patrol officials said.

April 6, 2016 | 1 comment
Four Menlo Park teens advance to regional gymnastics championships

Four Menlo Park teens – two boys and two girls – who train at Menlo Park's Arrillaga Family Gymnastics Center, outperformed other Northern California gymnasts March 20 and advanced to regional competitions.

April 7, 2016 | No comments yet
Woodside pit bull hits marks at national obedience competition

The story of Jasmine, a 4-year-old blue brindle pit bull from Woodside, has the trajectory of a rags to riches tale, and though she wore no rags, she did accumulate riches, of a kind.

April 10, 2016 | 1 comment
Windrider Film forum returns to Atherton

Windrider Film Forum returns to the Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center in Atherton for an expanded "very selective" showing of independent films April 14 to 16.

April 6, 2016 | 3 comments
Report on homes near transit: Menlo Park's among most expensive

When it comes to the sale prices of homes near transit, Menlo Park homes were among the most expensive in the Bay Area, according to a new report.

April 7, 2016 | 1 comment
Menlo Park Councilman Ray Mueller invites public to 'office hours' with county supervisors

Menlo Park City Councilman Ray Mueller is inviting the public to two "office hours" events where they may ask questions and meet with him and local county supervisors.

April 14, 2016 | No comments yet
SHP boys grab control of PAL Bay Division lacrosse race

Tuesday's prep roundup: It's still very early in the league season, but the Sacred Heart Prep boys have emerged as the apparent frontrunner in the PAL Bay Division lacrosse race.

April 6, 2016 | No comments yet
Saturday: 'Flashdash' photo scavenger hunt in Menlo Park

A photo scavenger hunt – called "Flashdash" – is coming to Menlo Park on Saturday, April 16.

April 14, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Apple shuttle bus catches fire on I-280; no one injured

A shuttle bus carrying Apple employees from San Francisco to Cupertino caught fire this morning on southbound Interstate 280 at Sand Hill Road in Menlo Park. No one was injured.

April 6, 2016 | 2 comments
Menlo Park: Bus catches fire, causes backup on southbound Interstate 280

A bus caught fire early Wednesday morning on southbound Interstate 280 at Sand Hill Road in Menlo Park.

April 6, 2016 | No comments yet
Bus catches fire, causes backup on southbound Interstate 280

A bus caught fire early Wednesday morning on southbound Interstate 280 at Sand Hill Road in Menlo Park, according to an alert issued by 511 SF Bay Area.

April 6, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo College's Morgan earns GSAC Player of the Week softball honors

Menlo College's Alaina Morgan earned Golden State Athletic Conference Softball Player of the Week honors it was announced Monday.

April 5, 2016 | No comments yet
Record-breaking warm weather expected Wednesday in Bay Area

Daytime temperatures could potentially reach between 90 and 100 degrees
Temperatures around the Bay Area will pick up drastically during the middle of the week, possibly breaking previous records, according to the National Weather Service.

April 5, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Rising housing costs threaten private school for low-income families

Every morning, Konstance Kirkendoll leaves her San Leandro home at 7 a.m., with her two children, an 8-year-old and a 3-month-old, in tow.

April 6, 2016 | 24 comments
Documentary on 'Important Things'

"Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things" will be screened at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 2, at the Guild Theatre in Menlo Park if 60 tickets are reserved or sold by May 23.

April 6, 2016 | No comments yet
Saturday: Remodeled Woodside Library reopens

After a nine-month closure for extensive remodeling and rehabilitation, the Woodside public library at 3140 Woodside Road is set to reopen Saturday, April 16.

April 15, 2016 | No comments yet
Nobel Peace Prize winner talks about her work, faith

Iranian human rights lawyer Shirin Ebadi, who recently spoke to a sold-out audience at Menlo-Atherton High School, spoke about human rights, hope and other topics in an interview with the Almanac.

April 8, 2016 | No comments yet
Longtime Menlo Park police detective Larry Shannon dies at 67

Larry Shannon investigated homicides, arrested Chowchilla kidnapper
Larry Shannon, who arrested one of the Chowchilla kidnappers, was involved in shooting incidents, and investigated homicides as a detective during a 29-year career with the Menlo Park Police Department, died March 26 in Auburn, California, at age 67.

April 5, 2016 | 2 comments
Plans for major changes in Flood Park worry neighbors

Proposals will go before county Parks and Recreation Commission on Thursday
Some Menlo Park residents who live near Flood Park are concerned about a number of major changes to Flood Park proposed by the San Mateo County Parks Department. The neighbors expressed their displeasure during a recent walk that county parks officials held at the park.

April 6, 2016 | 6 comments
Surf Air expands to San Jose airport

CEO says move won't reduce flights at San Carlos airport
Surf Air, the airline that has sparked thousands of complaints from Midpeninsula residents who said its turbo-prop planes are extremely noisy, has announced it is expanding its service to the San Jose International Airport.

April 5, 2016 | 11 comments
Wednesday: Atherton looks at hefty budget surplus as assessed property values rise

Council starts review of budget at study session
A 38 percent increase in assessed property values over five years has helped Atherton be on the way to starting the next budget year with a surplus of nearly $7.5 million, a report to the City Council shows.

April 5, 2016 | No comments yet
Police calls: Atherton, Woodside, Menlo Park

Crime reports from Atherton, Woodside, West Menlo Park and Menlo Park.

April 6, 2016 | No comments yet
Woodside seeks opinions of how it reviews residential projects

The Woodside Town Council gave a green light to the draft of a survey intended to determine opinions of property owners and/or architects, project managers and general contractors regarding the town's project review, planning and building processes.

April 5, 2016 | 2 comments
Clinton campaign way ahead in local fundraising

Hillary Clinton's fundraising totals for her presidential campaign are dramatically outpacing the campaigns of any other candidate of either major party.

April 6, 2016 | No comments yet
Woodside council sends basement ordinance back for more work

The Woodside Town Council, for the fourth time this year, put off taking the first of two steps to adopt an ordinance to regulate the size and location of residential basements.

April 5, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: School parcel tax ballots start arriving this week

Mail-in election for Menlo Park City School's parcel tax measures
San Mateo County started mailing ballots and voter information this week to registered voters in the Menlo Park City School District, which has two parcel tax measures on the May 3 ballot.

April 5, 2016 | 105 comments
Menlo grad Price continues her record-breaking effort in track

Of local note: Former Menlo School standout Maddy Price is continuing to break records, now for the Duke University track and field team. She took down the 100-meter record two weeks ago and lowered the 200 mark this past weekend.

April 4, 2016 | No comments yet
Committee forms to consider commercial aircraft noise remedies

Portola Valley Councilwoman Ann Wengert is one of 12 elected officials from San Mateo, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties named to a new committee to address noise issues related to commercial aircraft arriving at SFO.

April 4, 2016 | 21 comments
Recent home sales: Atherton, Menlo Park

Home sales are provided by California REsource, a real estate information company that obtains home sale data from local county recorders' offices.

April 7, 2016 | No comments yet
Health & Fitness: Get some sleep to age better

Sleep is one of only a few activities that is shared by every single human being on the planet. While our bodies require around 8 hours a day, 56 hours a week, and 2,920 hours of sleep per year, good, restful sleep seems impossible for many in this day and age.

August 3, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: City won't extend deadline to comment on draft EIR for Greenheart complex

The deadline to respond to the draft environmental impact report for the proposed Greenheart "Station 1300" project on El Camino Real in Menlo Park ended April 4 despite a request from the Sierra Club to extend it for two weeks.

April 4, 2016 | 8 comments
Rich throws no-hitter to pace Menlo to third place in tourney

Davis Rich put the exclamation point on Menlo School's third-place baseball finish in the annual Bellarmine Classic by tossing a complete-game no-hitter in a 5-0 victory over Capuchino on Saturday in San Jose.

April 4, 2016 | No comments yet
Las Lomitas district parents want a more diverse teaching staff

Issue on upcoming Las Lomitas district board agenda
Parents in the Las Lomitas Elementary School District say something needs to be done about the fact that they have only 9 percent non-white teachers in a district with nearly 38 percent non-white students.

April 6, 2016 | 33 comments
Zika virus confirmed in San Mateo County patient

Patient contracted virus abroad and has fully recovered, officials say
A case of Zika virus has been confirmed in San Mateo County, health officials say, but the patient, who contracted the disease while traveling abroad, is fully recovered.

April 2, 2016 | No comments yet
Atherton claims Greenheart environmental study has flaws

Town wants developers to help pay for bicycle and pedestrian improvements
A letter from Atherton says there are flaws in the environmental study on Greenheart Land Co.'s El Camino Real development, especially in how the impacts of traffic are calculated.

April 1, 2016 | 10 comments
Investigators deem Monday's grass fire 'suspicious'

Investigators are calling the 13-acre grass fire that broke out on Monday (March 28) in Menlo Park near Facebook "suspicious" after determining that it was caused by human action, fire officials said today.

April 1, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo improves to 11-1 in baseball with seventh straight

Wednesday's prep roundup
Menlo School continued its resurgent baseball season and hot streak with a 1-0 victory over St. Ignatius in an opener of the Cunningham Classic at Bellarmine Prep in San Jose on Wednesday.

April 1, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park offers classes on water-efficient landscaping, gardening

Residents of Menlo Park who want to make their green thumbs a little greener are invited to a series of free classes in April and May to learn how to design landscapes and garden while conserving water.

March 31, 2016 | No comments yet
Rotary college scholarship fund named after M-A's Alice Kleeman

Board members of the Rotary Club of Menlo Park Foundation announced recently the naming of its community college scholarship fund in honor of Alice Kleeman, who retired in July 2015 after 20 years as the college adviser at Menlo-Atherton High School.

March 31, 2016 | No comments yet
Portola Valley: Lyme Foundation offers free tick testing

The Portola Valley-based Bay Area Lyme Foundation is offering free tick testing to U.S. residents.

March 31, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Jane Baxter helps thousands with hearing problems

Over the years in her practice as a clinical audiologist, Dr. Jane Baxter of Menlo Park figures she has treated well over 20,000 people with hearing problems.

April 10, 2016 | 3 comments
History museum showcases Sunset magazine covers

Sixteen original Sunset magazine covers, including that of the inaugural issue in May 1898, will be on display starting April 5 at the San Mateo County History Museum at 2200 Broadway in Redwood City.

March 31, 2016 | No comments yet
April 10: Authors Salon in Sharon Heights

The 25th annual Authors Salon, sponsored by Peninsula Volunteers Inc., will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 10, at the Sharon Heights Golf & Country Club at 2900 Sand Hill Road in Menlo Park.

March 31, 2016 | No comments yet
Saturday in Menlo Park: MaryLee Sunseri offers 'Music & Memories'

"Music & Memories," a selection of American classic songs, will be performed by MaryLee Sunseri at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 2, in the Menlo Park council chambers at 701 Laurel St. in the Civic Center.

March 31, 2016 | No comments yet
Atherton has stiff competition for home sales price crown

Real estate website says Atherton just No. 2 nationally in home sale prices
For three years Atherton's 94027 ZIP code has been listed by Forbes magazine as having the highest home prices in the country, but now the PropertyShark.com real estate website says based on actual sales prices, Atherton was second in 2015, far behind Sagaponack, New York.

March 31, 2016 | 11 comments
Small pleasures in and around Woodside

Life on a scale that, while visible, is made more so with the help of a camera
In parks and woods in general, we are surrounded by lifeforms other than human, some large and some small. In that second category, the question arises: How small are we talking about?

April 6, 2016 | No comments yet
Snowpack levels improve but still below average

When surveyors climbed to a peak in the Sierra Nevada on Wednesday (March 30) they found a welcome sight that wasn't there last year: snow.

March 30, 2016 | No comments yet
Recent home sales: Area experiencing low inventory?

Sales in just three local cities in this week's column could reflect the low inventory that real-estate agents have been talking about. Only Los Altos, Mountain View and Palo Alto had reported sales.

March 30, 2016 | 1 comment
Governor announces deal for $15 minimum wage

State lawmakers and SEIU agree to plan to raise wage by 2023
A new agreement announced by state lawmakers and Gov. Jerry Brown would raise the state's minimum wage to $15 for most employees in 2022 and for all employees in 2023.

March 30, 2016 | No comments yet
House concert with T. Nile

Get lost in a fusion of electro-pop and folk music during a house concert performance by genre-disrupting Canadian artist, T. Nile, on Friday, April 1, at Tami's House Concerts in Los Altos.

March 30, 2016 | No comments yet
Creating cooperative choreography

'Keigwin + Company: Bolero Silicon Valley' lets locals shine
They're a retired particle physicist, a ground-services manager, a librarian, a psychologist, a homemaker, an aerospace engineer, even a Palo Alto Weekly columnist. But for the past few weeks, culminating with shows on April 2 and 3, they and dozens of other community members are something else: dancers, performing with a major national company.

March 30, 2016 | No comments yet
New high-speed rail plan faces criticism

Assembly members, Legislative Analyst's Office share concerns about the project's new alignment, funding plan
High-speed rail's recent pivot toward the Bay Area may have energized the project's Silicon Valley supporters, but it is also raising new concerns from local and state watchdogs about the project's viability.

March 30, 2016 | 37 comments
Police calls: Menlo Park residential burglaries, accidents

Crime and accident reports from Menlo Park.

March 31, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park startup is building 'world's largest molecular food database'

What's actually in the food you eat? A Menlo Park startup is dedicated to answering that question by analyzing food composition down to the molecular level.

April 7, 2016 | No comments yet
M-A High senior wins 'Youth of Year' honors

Olivia Luna, a senior at Menlo-Atherton High School, won the Northern California "Youth of the Year" title at a Boys & Girls Club competition in Sacramento. She had advanced to the regional level after being selected to represent the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula as the high school Youth of the Year.

March 30, 2016 | No comments yet
Football running backs have the M-A boys right on track

Prep roundup: Marquise Reid and Jordan Mims spent the fall season taking turns carrying the ball for the Menlo-Atherton football team. Now, the two are helping carry the Bears' track and field squad.

March 29, 2016 | No comments yet
Caltrain schedule changes begin today

More bike cars, longer stops at stations to accommodate growing crowds
Caltrain is changing its train schedule starting today to cope with the growing numbers of riders bogging down stops at several stations along the rail corridor.

April 4, 2016 | 1 comment
Menlo Park: History professors discuss Trump and Hitler comparison

About 35 people came to Kepler's Books in Menlo Park on March 23 for an hour of conversation with radio veteran Angie Coiro and two history professors on comparing Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump to the German despot Adolph Hitler.

March 30, 2016 | 15 comments
Woodside man killed in hit-and-run crash is identified

Driver of pickup truck is arrested at hospital
The coroner's office has identified a Woodside man who was killed March 27 in a head-on, hit-and run crash west of La Honda on Sunday evening.

March 28, 2016 | No comments yet
Friday: Celebration of life of Barbara Slate

A celebration of the life of Barbara Rubin Slate, 83, who resided in Menlo Park for 49 years, will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday, April 1, at the Jennings Pavilion at Holbrook-Palmer Park in Atherton.

March 28, 2016 | No comments yet
Woodland School problem-solving teams are winners

A team of eighth-graders from Woodland School in Ladera will compete in the Destination Imagination global tournament in May after earning first place in the state competition on Saturday, April 2.

April 4, 2016 | No comments yet
Grass fire burns 13 acres in eastern Menlo Park

Flames reached 20 feet at one point, chief says
A grass fire that started around 3:50 p.m. Monday at an open swampy area in eastern Menlo Park near Bayfront Expressway and University Avenue burned 13 acres and engaged firefighters from five firefighting agencies for several hours before the fire was extinguished shortly after 7 p.m., fire officials said.

March 28, 2016 | 7 comments
Menlo Park: New Laurel school behind schedule, won't open until Oct. 17

Golden Beam ceremony is Friday, April 1, at noon
While a ceremony to mark progress in the construction of the new Laurel School, Upper Campus in Menlo Park will be held this week, it appears that crowding will temporarily get worse for Laurel students before it get better.

March 29, 2016 | 1 comment
Significant traffic delays at East Bayshore, lane shifts on Highway 101

Roadway in Palo Alto will be reduced to one lane starting April 6; Bayshore Freeway changes on April 8
A busy route along East Bayshore Road will be reduced to one lane with traffic control signaling as the third phase of the San Francisquito Creek Bridge Replacement Project commences on April 4, the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has announced.

March 30, 2016 | No comments yet
Former ABAG official sentenced in $3.9 million embezzlement

A former finance official with the Association of Bay Area Governments was sentenced in federal court in San Francisco on March 23 to one year and one day in prison for a fraud in which he admitted embezzling nearly $3.9 million in bond funds.

March 26, 2016 | 2 comments
Menlo Park police investigate 'stranger danger' incident

Police in Menlo Park are investigating a report that two men may have tried to lure a child into a vehicle on Friday (March 25).

March 26, 2016 | No comments yet
West Bay Sanitary District employee resigns from board

District seeks applicants to fill board vacancy
A West Bay Sanitary District board member has resigned after the district's attorney discovered that it's against the law for a district employee to serve on the board, district manager Phil Scott said.

March 25, 2016 | No comments yet
Story time programs in Belle Haven

The Belle Haven Community Library has launched two weekly story time programs, targeted to different age groups.

March 25, 2016 | No comments yet
Saturday in Menlo Park: Thai cooking demonstration

The Menlo Park Library will host a free Thai cooking demonstration at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 26, at the main library, 800 Alma St. in the Menlo Park Civic Center.

March 25, 2016 | No comments yet
Fire chief signs on for another two years

Harold Schapelhouman, fire chief of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District since January 2007, has a new contract with the district to continue in his current position until June 2018.

March 26, 2016 | 3 comments
Portola Valley restaurateur to be released on lowered bail

Portola Valley resident and restaurateur Russell Howard Deutsch went before a judge Friday (March 25) in a San Mateo County courtroom to request that he be released from county jail on $290,000 bail. His request was granted after the court concluded that the money used to post bail was from a legitimate source.

March 25, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo College splits GSAC doubleheader with SD Christian

Alyssa Seva'aetasi and Mary Hall each hit home runs, Jessie Salsbury threw a complete game and the Menlo College softball team beat visiting No. 14 San Diego Christian, 9-5, in the first game of a Golden State Athletic Conference softball doubleheader Wednesday.

March 25, 2016 | No comments yet
Saturday: Two Menlo Park egg hunts

Menlo Park parents have two city-sponsored options for their kids to participate in springtime festivities on Saturday, May 26. Scheduled simultaneously, Menlo Park will host two Easter egg hunts, held at two parks across town, from 10 a.m. to noon.

March 25, 2016 | No comments yet
Worth a Look

Corinne Friedman's multimedia shoe sculptures, incorporating vintage jewelry, feathers, watch parts, glass and ceramic shards, fabrics, trims and paper, will be on display through April 14 at Oshman Family JCC, Taube Koret Campus, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.

March 24, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Does Greenheart development have enough housing?

Housing near the train station, and whether there is enough of it, was a key issue raised March 21 during a Menlo Park Planning Commission meeting on Greenheart Development Co.'s proposed 420,000-square-foot mixed use development in downtown Menlo Park.

March 24, 2016 | 5 comments
More than 60,000 people added to metro area in 2014-15

The San Francisco metropolitan statistical area – which includes San Mateo County – added the 11th biggest number of people between 2014 and 2015 among the nation's 381 MSAs, according to U.S. Census Bureau data released March 24.

March 24, 2016 | No comments yet
Saturday: Annual Easter Egg Hunt in Holbrook-Palmer Park

Event benefits Friends of Holbrook-Palmer Park
Children under 10 will be hunting for thousands of treat-filled eggs Saturday morning during the annual Friends of Holbrook-Palmer Park Easter Egg Hunt.

March 24, 2016 | No comments yet
Gordon Biersch reopens as Dan Gordon's

Almost three decades since Dan Gordon opened the first Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant in downtown Palo Alto, he's revamped and reopened the brew-centric restaurant as Dan Gordon's.

March 24, 2016 | No comments yet
Atherton council supports 12 week closure of Marsh Road this summer

Town working with neighboring communities to set detour details
A plan to close Marsh Road within Atherton's borders for 12 full weeks this summer while the Atherton Channel culvert is repaired was supported by Atherton's City Council when it met on March 16.

March 24, 2016 | No comments yet
Tonight: What 'public benefits' should developers provide in Menlo Park?

The Menlo Park community is invited tonight to weigh in on this question: In exchange for permission to build higher and larger structures than permitted by the city's base zoning rules, what should developers give back to the city?

March 24, 2016 | 8 comments
Woodside School District may put parcel tax on ballot

School plans to spend $1.2 million on improvements this summer.
The Woodside Elementary School District's governing board is contemplating putting a parcel tax measure on the November ballot.

March 29, 2016 | 2 comments
Coming into focus

Photo Forum launches photojournalism speaker series
The desire to use photography to educate, and perhaps influence, the world has given birth to a new speaker series, the Palo Alto Photo Forum, which will bring leading photojournalists to town to present their work and engage in "conversations on visual storytelling." First up is photographer, filmmaker and educator Ed Kashi, who will speak at the Mitchell Park Community Center on Friday, March 25.

March 24, 2016 | No comments yet
Chosen (by the) people

Audiences pick a winner in the Jewish Playwriting Contest
The quest to find the best in modern Jewish theater is coming to the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center in Palo Alto on Tuesday, March 29, in the form of the Jewish Playwriting Contest -- a participatory theater competition that lets audience members vote for which of three plays is their favorite.

March 24, 2016 | No comments yet
Rep. Jackie Speier would crack down on 'burner' phones

U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier, D-San Mateo, is trying to crack down on "burner" phones – unregistered pre-paid cellphones often used by terrorists, human traffickers and drug dealers.

March 23, 2016 | 2 comments
'Resistance | Resilience'

Music duo Emma's Revolution and local group Dance Visions combine forces
This weekend, Emma's Revolution, an award-winning duo that combines music and social justice will be teaming up with Dance Visions, the multi-generational Palo Alto dance company, for a performance called "Resistance | Resilience."

March 23, 2016 | No comments yet
What's next for Valley Presbyterian Church?

With departure of pastors church starts year of transition with "catalyst" speakers
With the departure of pastors Mark and Cheryl Goodman-Morris from the Valley Presbyterian Church, a transition plan has been put into action, including a year of guest speakers the church calls "catalysts."

March 24, 2016 | No comments yet
Owner of Lobster Shack in Ladera pleads not guilty to sales tax evasion charges

DA says Russell Deutsch, 57, of Portola Valley failed to pay $950,628 in sales taxes due to the state
Russell Howard Deutsch, owner of the Old Port Lobster Shack at the Ladera Country Shopper in Ladera and other restaurants, pleaded not guilty on Tuesday, March 22, in San Mateo County Superior Court to charges of sales tax evasion and failing to pay $950,628 in taxes owed to the state over an eight-year period, District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe reported.

March 23, 2016 | 10 comments
Update: Construction starts on Menlo Gateway hotel, office complex

Shiny golden shovels gripped by hard-hatted developers, officials and locals lifted scoops of dirt during a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday, March 23, for Menlo Gateway, the office and hotel complex being built by the Bohannon Development Co. on 16 acres east of U.S. 101 near Marsh Road.

March 23, 2016 | No comments yet
Portola Valley: Pastors Mark and Cheryl Goodman-Morris leave Valley Presbyterian

Mark and Cheryl Goodman-Morris will say good-bye to the church they've served for nearly 29 years, Valley Presbyterian Church in Portola Valley, on Easter Sunday.

March 24, 2016 | 1 comment
Wednesday: Hillary Clinton speaks at Stanford, visits Atherton

Hillary Clinton is scheduled speak at Stanford University about counter-terrorism Wednesday morning before appearing at a fundraising luncheon in Atherton later in the day.

March 22, 2016 | 58 comments
Recent home sales: Atherton, Menlo Park

Home sale data is provided by California REsource, a real estate information company that obtains the information from the county recorder's offices.

March 22, 2016 | No comments yet
Recent home sales: Atherton, Menlo Park

Home sale data is provided by California REsource, a real estate information company that obtains the information from the county recorder's offices.

March 22, 2016 | No comments yet
Affordable housing complex breaks ground in East Palo Alto

East Palo Alto Mayor Donna Rutherford, San Mateo County Supervisor Warren Slocum and other city and county officials marked the construction start of an affordable rental community for East Palo Alto seniors at a groundbreaking ceremony on March 17.

March 22, 2016 | No comments yet
Bay Area on heightened alert after bombings in Brussels

Bay Area transit systems also stepping up security in response to attack
Bay Area law enforcement agencies are stepping up their presence this morning at airports and transit centers after deadly bombings at an airport and metro train station in Belgium reportedly killed at least 34 people and injured dozens of others earlier today.

March 22, 2016 | 2 comments
Convicted felon arrested for possessing stolen gun, narcotics for sale

The Menlo Park Police Department's Narcotic Enforcement Team, the San Mateo County Narcotics Task Force and the FBI arrested a 41-year-old man on Monday morning after serving a search warrant at his residence in the 2300 block of Clarke Avenue in East Palo Alto.

March 22, 2016 | No comments yet
Atherton civic center design unveiling

Photos of event, plus architects' drawings of new public buildings
More than a 100 people gathered to see the recommended design for a new Atherton civic center, Monday night, March 21 in Holbrook-Palmer Park's Jennings Pavilion.

March 23, 2016 | 5 comments
Tonight: Woodside ordinance would set basement size and location limits

Also on the agenda: Customer survey on quality of service from Town Hall in handling residential construction projects
The Woodside Town Council tonight (March 22) will again consider an ordinance to regulate the size, location, depth and other features of basements and related underground structures.

March 22, 2016 | No comments yet
Atherton starts process to quiet train horns near Fair Oaks Lane

Atherton has started the process to establish a "quiet zone" near its Fair Oaks Lane railroad crossing, which would bar trains from sounding their horns except in an emergency.

March 22, 2016 | 20 comments
Story time programs in Belle Haven

The Belle Haven Community Library has launched two weekly story time programs, targeted to different age groups.

March 29, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Cheeky Monkey named 'Retailer of Year' by toy trade group'

Cheeky Monkey Toys in Menlo Park has been named "Retailer of the Year 2016" by the Western Toy & Hobby Representatives Association.

March 29, 2016 | No comments yet
Scare about lead in Menlo Park water due to a data glitch

Statistic in USA Today article raises questions about Menlo Park's lead safety
Concerns that Menlo Park could have elevated levels of lead in its water were raised March 16 when Menlo Park resident Vincent Bressler sent an email to City Manager Alex McIntyre to point out a startling statistic in a USA Today article.

March 24, 2016 | No comments yet
Preschool gets priced out of Menlo Park

Rent was due to quintuple, from $9,500 to about $47,000 a month.
Casa dei Bambini, a preschool at 1215 O'Brien Drive in Menlo Park, is a hive of activity on weekdays.

March 25, 2016 | 8 comments
Fans say goodbye to Woodside Bakery

About 220 people gathered for a buffet dinner at the Woodside Bakery & Cafe on March 15 to say goodbye and thanks as the restaurant closed its doors that night for the last time in Woodside.

March 22, 2016 | No comments yet
Woodside church ushers in 'Village Hub'

A tentative plan would offer Woodside Bakery muffins and croissants, along with gourmet coffee and snacks, at neighborly get-togethers on weekday and Saturday mornings at the Woodside Village Church.

March 30, 2016 | 1 comment
Update: Deputy sued over courtroom gun incident

Update: Former courthouse custodian sues San Mateo County and deputy sheriff, seeking to recover damages in connection with courtroom incident in which deputy/bailiff allegedly pulled out his gun and pointed it at the custodian.

March 22, 2016 | 12 comments
Police calls: Cameras stolen after three windows smashed

Crime and accident reports for Portola Valley, West Menlo Park, Atherton and Menlo Park.

March 25, 2016 | 2 comments
SHP swim teams dominate the Small School Invitational

Weekend prep roundup
Maddy Johnston of Sacred Heart Prep, Natalie Tuck of Castilleja, plus Menlo School's Scott Little and John Reinstra were the individual standouts while the SHP boys and girls were the official team champs at the annual Small School Invitational swim meet Saturday in the Gators' pool.

March 21, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo-Atherton Little League opens season

After two rain postponements opening was March 19
Atherton Mayor Elizabeth Lewis and Menlo Park Mayor Rich Cline threw out first pitches to help the Menlo-Atherton Little League open its 2016 season at Burgess Park on March 19, after two postponements for rain.

March 22, 2016 | No comments yet
Big acting, small fish

'tokyo fish story' serves sushi at the Stern
"tokyo fish story," Kimber Lee's new play (mounted at the Lucie Stern Theatre by TheatreWorks) brings us sushi on stage -- and a small slice of urban life in modern Tokyo.

March 21, 2016 | No comments yet
Atherton residents report threats to drain their pools for water wasting

Atherton police say calls are a hoax
Atherton's Police Department said the man who called numerous Atherton residents on Friday, March 18, threatening to drain their pools if they didn't stop wasting water, was a fraud.

March 19, 2016 | No comments yet
Attempted kidnapping reported in Atherton

A 24-year-old woman told Atherton police her screams drove off a man who was attempting to kidnap her at about 2 a.m. Saturday morning, March 19, on Middlefield Road near Oak Grove Avenue.

March 19, 2016 | 10 comments
Caltrans officials: Spraying was a mistake, won't happen again

Caltrans spokesman Bob Haus on Friday (March 18) acknowledged that a worker recently mistakenly broadcast-sprayed herbicides in the area off Highway 84 near La Honda soon after the agency had promised to do only spot spraying there this year.

March 18, 2016 | 5 comments
Man could spend life in prison for La Honda shootings

A North Carolina man could spend life in prison for the shooting of two La Honda men outside their home on March 12, San Mateo County Deputy District attorney Karen Guidotti said after the man was arraigned March 17 on charges of attempted murder.

March 18, 2016 | 8 comments
Weekend: Menlo Park holds book sale

A two-day book sale of used books in generally good condition, organized by Menlo Park Friends of the Library, will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 19, and from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, March 20.

March 18, 2016 | No comments yet
$116K raised for school custodian injured in motorcycle accident

The Portola Valley School District community is rallying around one of its own, John Bamber, the custodian at Ormondale School for the last 15 years who has been bedridden since January after breaking his legs, hips and pelvis in a motorcycle accident.

March 28, 2016 | 1 comment
Menlo remains unbeaten in PAL Ocean Division baseball

Thursday's prep roundup
Menlo School remained unbeaten in the PAL Ocean Division baseball race thanks to a walk-off RBI single by Rylan Pade in the bottom of the seventh inning as he delivered a 3-2 triumph over visiting Half Moon Bay on Thursday.

March 18, 2016 | No comments yet
Monday: Greenheart goes to Menlo Park's Planning Commission

Developers propose $2.1 million cash contribution as public benefit
Greenheart Land Co. will go before the Menlo Park Planning Commission on Monday, March 21, for a public hearing of the environmental impact report on its plans for a 6.4-acre downtown development. The commission will also conduct a study session on the project's proposed public benefits, offered in exchange for permission to build taller buildings than would otherwise be allowed.

March 18, 2016 | No comments yet
Tuesday: Documentary on food waste and survival without grocery shopping

The film, "Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story," a documentary about a couple who survive on food intended to be thrown away, will be screened at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 22, at the Community Hall in Portola Valley.

March 21, 2016 | No comments yet
Woodside may restrict ASRB members' participation in other advisory panels

On a 4-3 vote, the Woodside Town Council on March 8 approved drafting a resolution that would restrict members of the town's Architectural and Site Review Board from discussing and voting on certain projects as a member of another major advisory committee.

March 17, 2016 | No comments yet
Students learn about gender roles, identity from TheatreWorks actors

A gymnasium full of students sat quietly on the floor at Laurel School in Atherton on March 3, or as quietly as a roomful of students can sit, as on stage young adult actors playing 10-year-olds put on a play about putting on a play.

March 28, 2016 | No comments yet
Today: Ways to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Menlo Park

Menlo Park's "Two Menlos" organization, a committee of the Menlo Park Historical Association, is advising the community about a number of ways to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Menlo Park.

March 17, 2016 | No comments yet
Plaintiff gets no money in Zuckerberg alleged fraud case

Developer settles and withdraws 2014 real estate lawsuit
A real estate fraud case alleged against Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has settled out of court, his attorney said Wednesday.

March 17, 2016 | No comments yet
Stanford psychiatry department to host interactive parent-ed event

'Theatrical' workshop aims to give parents of teens practical advice
Staff from the Stanford University Department of Psychiatry will be leading an interactive event in Palo Alto next week to offer practical ways to address these very real scenarios for parents of teenagers.

March 17, 2016 | No comments yet
Historic night for Menlo girls and Paye family in NorCals

It was perhaps appropriate that Menlo School senior Hannah Paye knocked down the go-ahead 3-pointer with 52 seconds left to help secure a 48-47 victory over St. Mary's (Albany) in a Division IV regional semifinal of the CIF State Basketball Championships on Tuesday night.

March 17, 2016 | No comments yet
A day in France at annual French Fair

Attention, mesdames et messieurs: French culture, fashion and food will be fêted Friday and Saturday at the 11th annual French Fair.

March 17, 2016 | No comments yet
Joie de vivre

La Bohème brings a sophisticated French touch to Cal Ave
Whether it is rustic or elegant, bistro or haute cuisine, French fare is superb. The new La Bohème in Palo Alto is no exception.

March 17, 2016 | No comments yet
Free tows home available for people who drink on St. Patrick's Day

People celebrating St. Patrick's Day in the Bay Area by drinking alcohol can avoid a DUI arrest by getting a free tow home with AAA's Tipsy Tow Program.

March 17, 2016 | No comments yet
Worth a Look

What's the buzz? Nature photographer Judy Kramer and Environmental Volunteers present "A Bee's Eye View: Flowers and Pollinators of the Mid-Peninsula," through May 29.

March 17, 2016 | No comments yet
Officer shot at during scuffle with La Honda shooting suspect

A Pacifica police officer was shot at during a scuffle on a highway embankment with a suspect accused of shooting and critically injuring two La Honda men on Saturday morning, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.

March 16, 2016 | 4 comments
'Summer hours' begin today for Portola Valley farmers' market

With the coming of daylight saving time, summer hours -- 2 to 6 p.m. -- begin today (March 17) for the Portola Valley farmers' market.

March 17, 2016 | No comments yet
MPPD named a top-three finalist in statewide police award

The Menlo Park Police Department was recognized on March 14 as one of the top three finalists for the 2016 James Q. Wilson Award for Excellence in Community Policing, presented at the California Police Chiefs Association Training Symposium.

March 28, 2016 | 2 comments
Today: Atherton to unveil plans for new civic center

March 21 meeting is at Holbrook-Palmer Park
Curious about what Atherton's new civic center might look like? See the design that has been recommended by the Civic Center Advisory Committee on Monday, March 21, 5:30 p.m. in Holbrook-Palmer Park's Jennings Pavilion.

March 18, 2016 | No comments yet
Menlo Park OKs streamlined review of Stanford project

The Menlo Park City Council voted 5-0 Tuesday night to hire the consulting firm ICF International to conduct a streamlined environmental impact review on Stanford's proposed 8.4-acre mixed-use development between 100 and 700 El Camino Real in Menlo Park.

March 16, 2016 | No comments yet