2018

Traffic alert: Vehicle fire causes temporary Willow Road shutdown

Firefighters from the Menlo Park Fire Protection District responded to a vehicle fire a little after 3 p.m. Wednesday afternoon on the Willow Road/U.S. 101 overpass.

August 15, 2018 | No comments yet
Most local firefighters back from battling deadly California wildfires

Woodside and Menlo fire crews spent three weeks on Carr and Mendocino fires
Local firefighters from the Woodside and Menlo Park fire protection districts have returned from battling some of the deadly wildfires that have consumed California this summer.

August 15, 2018 | No comments yet
High school board: Thomsen seeks third term

Incumbent Chris Thomsen, a Menlo Park resident and an elected member of the Sequoia Union High School District governing board, was the only candidate to file papers to run for the board seat he currently holds, according the San Mateo County Elections Office.

August 15, 2018 | No comments yet
Deadline for school board candidates extended in three local districts

Ravenswood district has 10 candidates for three seats
With at least one incumbent not filing in each of three local school districts, the deadline to sign up to run for a seat on the boards of the Menlo Park City School District, the Las Lomitas Elementary School District and the Woodside Elementary School District has been extended to Wednesday, Aug. 15, at 5 p.m.

August 14, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: No charter city ballot measure, council decides

Changing city demographics raise questions about continued viability of district system to protect minority voters
The Menlo Park City Council voted unanimously at an Aug. 13 emergency meeting to reverse its earlier position in support of placing a charter city measure on the November ballot. If approved by voters, the measure would have converted Menlo Park to a charter city, and given it more flexibility in the areas of elections and term limits.

August 14, 2018 | 1 comment
Thursday: Downtown Block Party in Menlo Park

Menlo Park will hold its annual block party from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 16, downtown on Santa Cruz Avenue between University Drive and El Camino Real.

August 15, 2018 | No comments yet
Thursday: Free concert in Portola Valley

The third and last free summer concert in 2018 in Portola Valley -- with Santa Cruz dance band Extra Large -- takes place Thursday, Aug. 16, from 6 to 8 p.m.

August 15, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo Park ordinance in works to make landlords assist displaced renters

Menlo Park is in the process of developing an ordinance that, if passed, could require landlords who evict tenants without cause or impose rent increases over a certain level to give cash to those displaced.

August 14, 2018 | 21 comments
Menlo College opens men's soccer season on the road

Woodside High grad Luis Nunez returns to the soccer field for Menlo College after missing last year with an injury. The Oaks, who finished 8-8-2 overall and 4-5-1 in the Golden State Athletic Conference, can use a scoring threat like Nunez.

August 14, 2018 | No comments yet
USA cadet water polo earns bronze in Serbia tournament

Incoming Sacred Heart Prep freshman Griffen Price had one final summer fling before returning home and preparing for the school year to begin next Monday. He helped the U.S. Cadet national team finish third at the Darko Cukic Memorial Tournament.

August 13, 2018 | No comments yet
Woodside: Neighbors contest use of roadside

Residents of Marva Oaks Drive, a cul-de-sac off Raymundo Drive in Woodside, are pushing back against demands by some equestrians to add a trail and a horse-trailer parking area to the equestrian amenities in the area.

August 14, 2018 | 2 comments
Town councils to decide on having elections

There will be at least one election for the four open seats on the Woodside Town Council. Whether there will be more, and whether there will be an election at all in Portola Valley, remains to be seen.

August 13, 2018 | No comments yet
Friday morning: Civic center cost-cutting on Atherton council agenda

Atherton's City Council will work on the difficult task of trying to figure out how to reduce the costs of the town's planned new civic center at a special meeting on Friday morning, Aug. 17.

August 15, 2018 | No comments yet
Key election issue: Addressing Bayfront area's general plan

Whether or not Menlo Park residents supported the general plan changes approved in late 2016 governing growth in the city's eastern region, it's likely that few could have predicted that the 25-year plan's cap on office space would be on the verge of max-out less than two years later.

August 15, 2018 | 6 comments
Woodside: Four candidates running for Town Council so far

In Portola Valley, only incumbants file papers to run
The race for four seats on the Woodside Town Council now has four qualified candidates and one person who has taken out nomination papers but has not yet completed the process. The filing period for three of the four seats has been extended to Wednesday because none of the three incumbents is seeking re-election.

August 13, 2018 | 2 comments
Tonight: Menlo Park council to reconsider 'charter' ballot measure

Menlo Park's City Council will hold a special meeting at 5:30 p.m. tonight to reconsider a ballot measure it previously approved.

August 13, 2018 | No comments yet
United States cadet water polo team know the Price is right

Sacred Heart Prep freshman Griffen Price recorded 11 saves in the U.S. national cadet team's 14-5 victory over the Netherlands on Friday at the Darko Cukic Memorial Tournament in Belgrade, where the U.S. has won its first three matches after placing fourth at the Montenegro Cup earlier in the month.

August 12, 2018 | No comments yet
Perseid meteor showers might delight sky-watchers

The Perseid meteor shower should be dazzling Bay Area sky-watchers Sunday night and Monday morning if weather and wildfires don't get in the way.

August 12, 2018 | No comments yet
Only the three incumbents file for Atherton election

Council will decide on Aug. 21 whether to hold or cancel election
Atherton has only three candidates for three open City Council seats, so council members will decide at a special meeting on Aug. 21 whether they want to cancel the election and appoint the three incumbents who filed to run, or hold the election anyway.

August 10, 2018 | 30 comments
Menlo Park elections update: Eight candidates qualify to run for council

All but one potential candidate filed papers and qualified
Menlo Park is expected to have a full roster of candidates running in its inaugural year of district-based elections.

August 10, 2018 | 15 comments
The healing touch

The nonprofit Jasper Ridge Farm, located at Webb Ranch in Portola Valley, offers a therapeutic touch to sick kids, lonely inmates and adults needing help.

August 13, 2018 | 1 comment
Prep football preview: Woodside has plenty of upside

Woodside football coach Justin Andrews is looking for a rebound season and so far likes what he's seen. Most encouraging are the presence of 80 players to populate the program's two teams, a big increase over last season.

August 10, 2018 | No comments yet
Regal recycling

Found materials make compelling art at Pace Gallery
Egg cartons, plastic membranes, empty propane canisters and torn denim are probably candidates for the recycle bin in most homes. For artist Tim Hawkinson these objects, and most detritus, are fodder for his imaginative, off-beat assemblages.

August 9, 2018 | No comments yet
Working it out

Jane Austen, high schoolers, hip-hop and more at annual New Works Festival
Always a highlight of the summer arts calendar, TheatreWorks Silicon Valley's New Works Festival this year will include influences from rock and hip-hop music, new spins on classic stories and wholly original tales from a variety of voices.

August 9, 2018 | No comments yet
Boyz in the hoods

Spike Lee unmasks hatred with 'BlacKkKlansman'
"Do we always have to talk politics?" a man asks. "What's more important?" a woman replies. This exchange in the new Spike Lee joint "BlacKkKlansman" sums up the director's own sweet spot as an artist. No, he doesn't always have to talk politics, but at this moment, he's feeling the responsibility... and the anger.

August 9, 2018 | No comments yet
George R.R. Martin in RWC

"Game of Thrones" author George R.R. Martin will be in conversation with Hugo Award-winning artist John Picacio on Tuesday, Aug. 14.

August 9, 2018 | No comments yet
Atherton council meeting on civic center is Aug. 17

Special meeting on cutting building costs will start at 8:30 a.m.
Atherton's City Council will hold a special meeting on Aug. 17 to discuss ways that the design of its new library and town police and administration offices could be changed to lower the cost of the new buildings.

August 9, 2018 | No comments yet
List of candidates grows longer

Filing deadline for nomination papers nears
Two Woodside residents have qualified to run for seats on the Town Council, the race for seats on the board of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District has two more candidates, and the list of contenders and would-be contenders for seats on the board of the Ravenswood City School District continues to grow.

August 9, 2018 | 9 comments
Room ransacked in Atherton break-in

Police unsure if anything taken in west Atherton incident
Atherton police say they are investigating a break-in that reportedly took place at a home on Alta Vista Drive Wednesday night, Aug. 8.

August 9, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo fire district drones capture wildfire damage

Drone pilots from the Menlo Park Fire Protection District and from sheriff's offices in the East Bay have been documenting the damage from wildfires in ways more efficient and effective than in 2017, after the fire that destroyed parts of Santa Rosa.

August 9, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Events draw kids, canines and public safety folks

Families, canines and public safety folks gathered together in various Menlo Park locations on Tuesday evening for National Night Out, an annual event held to bring neighborhoods together and help residents get to know local police and fire personnel.

August 8, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo Park wants Stanford to pay property taxes and build tunnel, gondola

Left with few other options to register opposition, Menlo Park has gone big with its demands of Stanford University in a letter addressed to Santa Clara County, the agency tasked with deciding whether to approve the university's proposed expansion between now and 2035.

August 10, 2018 | 27 comments
Menlo Park: Commission reviews draft tenant relocation assistance ordinance

If passed, ordinance would require landlords to give some forced-out tenants several months' rent in cash
Menlo Park is in the process of developing an ordinance that, if passed, could require landlords who evict tenants without cause or impose major rent increases to give cash to the tenants they displace.

August 8, 2018 | No comments yet
Spare the Air alert issued for second straight day

For the second straight day and the sixth time this year, a Spare the Air alert has been declared for Thursday in the Bay Area because of ongoing air pollution issues related to wildfire smoke and smog from vehicles.

August 8, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Council to reconsider charter city ballot measure

Special meeting set for Monday, Aug. 13
In a flip-flop of its majority opinion, the Menlo Park City Council voted unanimously on Aug. 6 to reconsider its plan to put forward a ballot measure asking voters to consider converting Menlo Park from a "general law" to a "charter" city.

August 9, 2018 | 2 comments
One-lane traffic on Alpine Road

One-lane traffic will be in effect today (Wednesday, Aug. 8) until about 12:30 p.m. along Alpine Road in Portola Valley between Westridge Drive and Arastradero Road

August 8, 2018 | No comments yet
Home sales

Average of six East Palo Alto homes sold is $1.2 million
A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula.

August 12, 2018 | No comments yet
Copters, bouncy houses at Atherton's National Night Out

The landing of a helicopter on the field in Holbrook-Palmer Park was the highlight of Atherton's fifth annual National Night Out on Aug. 7. Our correspondent, fourth-grader Fiona Lempres, reports on the event.

August 8, 2018 | No comments yet
Spare the Air alert issued for Wednesday

A Spare the Air alert has been issued for the Bay Area for Wednesday because of a mix of smog and wildfire smoke expected in the region, air quality officials said.

August 7, 2018 | 1 comment
List of council candidates grows

Three more people have qualified for Menlo Park and Atherton council races, and the list of potential candidates has grown in races for seats on the Woodside council and the governing board of the Ravenswood City School District.

August 7, 2018 | No comments yet
Six-hour fire board meeting yields fresh ideas

While the six-hour Menlo Park Fire Protection District board meeting on Saturday, July 28, was billed as a "Board Strategic Planning Study Session," the session ended with the district no closer to a strategic plan than it had been before the meeting.

August 8, 2018 | 8 comments
Local USGS employees study Kilauea eruption

Kyle Anderson has been out of his Menlo Park office for much of the past three months, studying the eruption of the Kilauea volcano on Hawaii's Big Island for the U.S. Geological Survey.

August 10, 2018 | No comments yet
Woodside: New crosswalks going in

In an ongoing initiative to improve safety for children walking and biking to school in Woodside, the Town Council recently agreed to install three new crosswalks and a new trail.

August 10, 2018 | 4 comments
Air quality advisory issued for Bay Area through Thursday

Region could see Spare the Air alerts mid-week
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District is extending an air quality advisory through this Thursday because of possible smoke impacts in the region from state wildfires.

August 6, 2018 | No comments yet
Rash of car burglaries reported in Lindenwood

Atherton police say an unknown suspect stole valuables and other items from five cars in Atherton's Lindenwood neighborhood between 10 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5, and 7 a.m. Monday, Aug. 6.

August 6, 2018 | 8 comments
Menlo Park: Proposed growth along Bay far outpaces expectations

In Menlo Park, there's one lesson city officials are learning the hard way for the second time this year: With great development potential comes greater development demand.

August 7, 2018 | 21 comments
Longtime Woodside volunteer George Offen dies

As a volunteer for the town and community of Woodside, George Offen was a standout. He served 12 years on the local elementary school board and 20 years on committees associated with the town's response to environmental issues. Offen died at his home Sunday, Aug. 5.

August 6, 2018 | 7 comments
Street Smarts: Whether pedaling or water paddling, safety training is crucial for kids

Introducing Street Smarts, a new column by Katie Behroozi and Jen Wolosin dedicated to transportation-related issues in and around Menlo Park.

August 14, 2018 | 4 comments
Local students form club to give back to community through tech

If you were to hear about a local group called the Ramen Club, you might picture a passel of people gathered together to sample different kinds of noodle soup. In reality, this club is a team of high school students who met through the robotics program at Woodside Priory School in Portola Valley.

August 11, 2018 | 1 comment
National Night Out events set for Aug. 7

National Night Out, an annual event held to bring neighborhoods together and help residents get to know local police personnel, will be celebrated Tuesday, Aug. 7. Here are National Night Out events scheduled in Menlo Park and Atherton.

August 4, 2018 | No comments yet
Where Cuban meets classical

Pianist Nachito Herrera comes to Palo Alto
Pianist Ignacio "Nachito" Herrera's playing began with classical pieces in the concert hall before transitioning to improvisations in the bandstand.
But the Minnesota resident's journey has also been a decidedly international one, bringing him from his youth in Havana, Cuba, to a concert Thursday night, Aug. 9, at the Oshman Family JCC's Schultz Cultural Arts Hall in Palo Alto.

August 3, 2018 | No comments yet
Live at Lytton

Locals bring love of music, free expression to the plaza
On a recent summer evening in Palo Alto's Lytton Plaza, the scene was vibrant. At the heart of it all was Equator, an improv-music duo that listeners can find performing in the plaza on most Friday and Saturday nights throughout the summer.

August 3, 2018 | No comments yet
East Palo Alto Blues Fest returns

Joe Louis Walker headlines, along with a lineup of musicians, food and more at the East Palo Alto Blues Fest this weekend.

August 3, 2018 | No comments yet
Tween heaven and hell

'Eighth Grade' captures the awkwardest time
Pool parties and mall hangouts, first crushes and first dates. From the ridiculous to the sublime, being an eighth grader means more angst than one might recognize at first blush. Add the accelerant of social media -- with its illusions of perfection and demands for "likes" -- and it's a wonder a kid doesn't burn out before childhood fades away. Writer-director Bo Burnham keenly observes all of the above and more in his feature filmmaking debut, the comedy-drama "Eighth Grade."

August 3, 2018 | No comments yet
Alice's adventures on stage

Local playwright puts beloved childhood characters in new context
The colorful characters and worlds of Lewis Carroll's "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" and J.M. Barrie's "Peter Pan" have captivated children and adults alike for more than a century. In "Every Day Alice," a new play by Mountain View resident Anne Kobori, the titular Alice and Peter come together on stage.

August 3, 2018 | No comments yet
Gunpowder, treason and plot

Dragon's 'Equivocation' is an unequivocally well-done production
So influential to the English language and the world of theater is the work of William Shakespeare that works about the Bard creating that work have become a sub-genre of their own. Bill Cain's "Equivocation" is an example of that genre, with Dragon Productions Theatre Company currently offering an excellent production of it.

August 3, 2018 | No comments yet
M-A grads Sakalia, Fifita pay a visit to ancestral home

Ever since the Global Leaders program was established at the school, Menlo-Atherton High students have made annual service trips to various places over summer vacation. Those destinations have included Guatemala, Ecuador and Ghana over the last decade. Tonga was this summer's trip and it was only fitting.

August 3, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Major changes ahead for City Hall staff

The city of Menlo Park has some major leadership changes ahead, according to an announcement by City Manager Alex McIntyre, who in a written statement announced on Aug. 2 a series of internal promotions and planned staff departures.

August 3, 2018 | 3 comments
Menlo Park: District 4 may have four contenders for council seat

There are now four potential candidates of Menlo Park's downtown and Allied Arts area who have pulled papers to run for City Council and take Menlo Park's open District 4 seat in the upcoming November elections.

August 3, 2018 | No comments yet
Type O blood supply critically low

Officials say need for new donors is urgent
Local hospitals are in urgent need of type O blood, both positive and negative, according to a statement released this morning (Friday, Aug. 3) by the Stanford Blood Center.

August 3, 2018 | No comments yet
Air quality advisory announced for Friday due to wildfire smoke

An air quality advisory has been issued for Friday due to smoke from the Mendocino Complex fire and other wildfires burning throughout Northern California, according to the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.

August 2, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Suspect in doughnut shop area stabbing arrested

The Menlo Park police around 1:30 p.m. Aug. 2 arrested a suspect in a stabbing incident that occurred July 3.

August 2, 2018 | No comments yet
Election update: New names appear in local races

The list of candidates and potential candidates for local elective office in the Nov. 6 election continues to grow. The filing deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10, or 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15, if an incumbent is not running.

August 2, 2018 | 4 comments
Menlo Park chess champ brings home another trophy

Shawnak Shivakumar places third in Pan American competition
Ten-year-old Menlo Park chess champ Shawnak Shivakumar has brought home another trophy -- this time a third-place one from the under-10 age category in the Pan American Youth Chess Championship 2018 in Santiago, Chile, a weeklong tournament that ended on July 29.

August 9, 2018 | No comments yet
Atherton police arrest burglary suspect

Caretaker found man in Middlefield Road home
A suspected burglar was arrested by Atherton police on Tuesday, July 31, after allegedly entering a home on Middlefield Road that morning, according to a statement from police.

August 2, 2018 | No comments yet
Proposed firefighter contract boosts compensation $17M over five years

Menlo Park Fire Protection District board asks for public comment
A proposed five-year contract with the Menlo Park Fire Protection District's firefighters' union includes a wage and benefits package whose cost would increase by $17 million in cumulative additional spending over the five years.

August 6, 2018 | 11 comments
Appeals court upholds injunction in Trump's sanctuary cities order

Ruling protects San Francisco, Santa Clara County
A federal appeals court on Wednesday upheld an injunction protecting San Francisco and Santa Clara County from a presidential executive order that threatened federal funding for so-called sanctuary cities.

August 1, 2018 | 11 comments
Menlo Park: Alleged serial BevMo burglar arrested

The Menlo Park police investigations unit arrested a 58-year-old man from East Palo Alto around noon today (Aug. 1) on suspicion of serially burglarizing the Menlo Park BevMo.

August 1, 2018 | No comments yet
McNealy scouts out a way to the top, loses in a playoff

Portola Valley resident Scout McNealy shot a 2-under 69 to climb into a first-place tie with Charles Alliston after two rounds of the NCGA Junior Tour Championships on Tuesday at Poppy Hills Golf Course in Pebble Beach.

August 1, 2018 | No comments yet
Back to old plans for new Woodside fire station

Plans are off for a new fire station that was under consideration to be built along Woodside Road at the northeast corner of Haciendas Drive, Chief Dan Ghiorso of the Woodside Fire Protection District said.

August 1, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo Park councilwoman Kirsten Keith dominates early campaign fundraising

One potential candidate for Menlo Park's upcoming City Council elections has raised far more money for her campaign than others.

August 2, 2018 | 8 comments
Initiative accepting local grant proposals

Initiative to support nearby nonprofits helping people meet 'basic needs'
The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative is looking to fund a new round of local nonprofits that help vulnerable people and families address basic needs, the company announced Tuesday.

August 1, 2018 | No comments yet
Woodside: Last term on council for Deborah Gordon

Brian Dombkowski takes out papers for Gordon's District 2 seat
Deborah Gordon, a member of the Woodside Town Council since 2001 who served several times as the town's mayor, says she will not run for another term.

August 1, 2018 | 3 comments
Menlo Park resident files ethics complaints against two council members

Alleges Keith and Carlton accepted travel reimbursements in excess of allowed gift levels
The California Fair Political Practices Commission confirmed July 26 that it will investigate ethics complaints made by Menlo Park resident George Fisher against City Council members Kirsten Keith and Catherine Carlton.

August 1, 2018 | 5 comments
M-A grad Henig, Paly grad Lusk at Speedo Junior Nationals

Izzy Henig is a veteran of the CIF State Swimming and Diving Championships, having capped her senior season at Menlo-Atherton High in the spring with some solid finishes in the state finals, including a second place in the 100-yard freestyle.

July 31, 2018 | No comments yet
Midpeninsula fire agencies battling state wildfires

Crews from Menlo Park, Woodside among responders to raging blazes
Midpeninsula fire agencies have joined the effort to fight wildfires that have been scorching tens of thousands of acres across the state.

July 31, 2018 | No comments yet
Longyear's legacy is one of dedication to his students

Rick Longyear spent 36 years lovingly working at his dream jobs as biology teacher and swimming and water polo coach at Menlo-Atherton High. He never lost his passion, not for a single moment.

July 31, 2018 | No comments yet
Saturday: Stroll with Historical Association through Palo Alto, Menlo Park

The Menlo Park Historical Association will host a two-mile history walk on Saturday, Aug. 4, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., set to start in front of the MacArthur Park restaurant at 27 University Ave. in Palo Alto.

August 3, 2018 | No comments yet
Thursday: County commission to review Flood Park proposal

Following a postponement earlier this summer, a proposed master plan for Flood Park is scheduled for review by the San Mateo County Parks & Recreation Commission at its meeting scheduled for 4 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 2, in the Board of Supervisors' chambers at 455 County Center in Redwood City.

August 1, 2018 | 1 comment
Menlo Park: Council to review 25-year parks plan

What should be done to improve or maintain Menlo Park's parks over the next 25 years?

August 6, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Aug. 10 deadline for community police academy

The Menlo Park Police Department is offering a community academy for adults who want to learn more about criminal law, forensics and investigations, or wish to get a glimpse into the day-to-day life of police officers and public safety staff.

August 7, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: New assistant community development director

Longtime Menlo Park city planner Deanna Chow has been promoted to assistant community development director, effective July 23.

July 31, 2018 | No comments yet
Grand jury urges county cities to prepare for crushing pension costs

Few budget-eating monsters weigh as heavily on the financial futures of California cities as a notably unsexy pest: pension costs. And, according to the findings of a new civil grand jury report, San Mateo County's cities are not doing enough to incapacitate that pest before it becomes capable of wreaking Godzilla-like levels of havoc on city finances.

July 31, 2018 | 19 comments
Facebook expands nonprofit partnership to train local youth without college degrees

After his first year of college in Alabama, Oakland native Jay Hammonds ran out of money. Forced to move home, where he felt he didn't have many opportunities without a network or strong resume, he worried about what he would do next.

August 8, 2018 | No comments yet
Owners of fences encroaching on town's park property must apply for permits

Atherton has sent letters to Menlo Park property owners whose Felton Gables backyards abut Holbrook-Palmer Park, informing them that their fences are on town property and they must apply for encroachment permits if they want to keep them there.

August 3, 2018 | 1 comment
Home sales

Modern Woodside home on 2 acres sells for $18.5 million
A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula.

August 3, 2018 | No comments yet
Easy living?

You get what you pay for with smart home devices, but some say they're nobody's friend
Is the smart house ready for prime time? A sampling of local opinion shows adopters limiting the technology's scope at home and skeptics warning that unless you're an informed hobbyist or have access to one, it's best avoided for now.

August 7, 2018 | No comments yet
Police calls: Burglar breaks into bank with screwdriver

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

August 8, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo Park council race heats up

The clock is ticking, as there are 10 days left -- 15 if an incumbent isn't running -- to pick up and complete nomination papers for a municipal, special district or school board elective office. Three more people are showing interest in the Menlo Park council race.

July 30, 2018 | No comments yet
Of local note: Local athletes add to gold medal collections

East Palo Alto Greyhounds' Layla McGee added the 11-12 girls discus throw to her gold medal collection, winning the event with a throw of 106-4 on Saturday at the USATF Junior Olympic Nationals at North Carolina A&T in Greensboro.

July 30, 2018 | No comments yet
Stanford 16U A girls club team places ninth at Junior Olympics

The Stanford girls water polo club's top team in each of the four age groups of the USA Water Polo National Junior Olympics won its final game Sunday, with the 16U A team proving the most successful in terms of results.

July 30, 2018 | No comments yet
'Mission: Impossible' ups the ante

Cruise pushes his body to its limits, yet again
Know when you're beat. This advice to superspy Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) goes unheeded, of course, in "Mission: Impossible -- Fallout," the sixth in a series of action extravaganzas based on the 1960s TV show. Hunt's can-do spirit in the face of seemingly impossible odds becomes a prominent motif this time out.

July 27, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo College administrators up for national honors

Menlo College's Aaron Gillespie and Ashley Vogds have been nominated by the Golden State Athletic Conference as candidates for several NAIA annual awards. Gillespie is up for an award presented to a member of NAIA-Sports Information Directors Association and Vogds is in line for NAIA Athletic Trainer of the Year.

July 30, 2018 | No comments yet
EPA Greyhounds' McGee repeats as national shot put champion

It wasn't quite a personal best but East Palo Alto Greyhounds' Layla McGee did well enough to win her second consecutive USATF National Junior Olympic shot put title in the 11-12 age group.

July 27, 2018 | No comments yet
Junior Olympics: Goalies influence the net results

Anthony Rethans arrived a little late to the party. The Bellarmine Prep grad, who will continue his water polo career as a goalie at California in the fall, joined the Stanford Water Polo Club program as a freshman in high school.

July 27, 2018 | No comments yet
JOs: Stanford girls club teams on solid ground after first day

USA Water Polo National Junior Olympics competition for the Stanford 18-under girls A team couldn't have gotten off to a better start than the way it transpired Thursday morning at Bellarmine Prep. The 16U A team felt the same way, winning twice on the first day of the tournament.

July 27, 2018 | No comments yet
Tech pilot initiative aims to smooth traffic on Bayfront Expressway

Project will generate app to tell people how fast to drive along congested corridor
As part of an effort to minimize idling and smooth traffic along Bayfront Expressway in Menlo Park, people will be able to download an app starting this fall that will tell them how fast they should go through a set of selected traffic signals.

August 7, 2018 | 2 comments
Saturday: Menlo Park fire board holds strategic planning study session

A strategic planning study session, which Menlo Park Fire Protection District officials say was in the works before a recent county civil grand jury report faulted the district for not having a strategic plan, will be held on Saturday, July 28, starting at 10 a.m.

July 27, 2018 | 2 comments
A drop of golden sun

Foothill's 'The Sound of Music' makes a great family outing
For its big annual summer musical, Foothill Music Theatre has chosen one of the biggest this year, in terms of familiarity and place in the Broadway pantheon: Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II's "The Sound of Music."

July 26, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: District 4 has new potential City Council contender

Ron Shepherd, former sanitary district board member, pulls papers to run for council
Come November, there could be competition for the City Council seat to represent Menlo Park's new District 4, which includes downtown Menlo Park, the Allied Arts neighborhood and a southern segment of El Camino Real.

July 26, 2018 | 5 comments
USA Water Polo National Junior Olympics Club rosters

USA Water Polo National Junior Olympics
Stanford club rosters
18A: Alison Berg, Emma Brezoczky, Christina Kulick, Megan LaCroix, Madison Lewis, Courtney Lindholm, Isabella Mandema, Gabriella Matafora-Adams, Madison Menard, Devon Ottinger, Nadia Paquin, Claire Pisani, Allison Sullivan Wu, Zoe Banks, Maya Srinivasan.

July 26, 2018 | No comments yet
Last term for Woodside Councilwoman Anne Kasten

Councilwoman Anne Kasten, a member of the Woodside Town Council for eight years, informed her colleagues at the end of the July 24 council meeting that she will not be running for a third term in November.

July 26, 2018 | 1 comment
Fire board nixes discussion of limiting revenue sharing to public vote

The Menlo Park Fire Protection District board on July 24 rejected a board member's proposal to discuss at a future meeting a possible resolution that would require a public vote before any future fire board could "enter into agreements to share fire district tax revenues with other agencies."

July 26, 2018 | 3 comments
Bay Area Spare the Air alert issued for today

People advised to limit outdoor exercise due to unhealthy ozone levels
A Spare the Air alert is in effect for today (July 26) because triple-digit temperatures and light winds are expected to combine to create unhealthy ozone levels, according to the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.

July 25, 2018 | 1 comment
Rick Longyear, M-A teacher and coach, dies at 57

Rick Longyear, a longtime teacher and water sports coach at Menlo-Atherton High School, was of the opinion that extracurricular activities present students with opportunities for important life lessons, a fellow coach said in remembering him.

July 25, 2018 | 4 comments
Of local note: Greyhounds rock the USATF Junior Olympics

The Menlo i Greyhounds track and field club produced a pair of national champions at the USATF Junior Olympics in Greensboro on Tuesday: the girls 15-16 3,200 relay team and the boys 17-18 3,200 relay team.

July 25, 2018 | No comments yet
Top U.S. and Australian state and defense officials meet at Stanford

Visit brings dozens on campus to protest President Trump's policies
U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and Secretary of Defense James Mattis met with Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop and Minister for Defense Marisa Payne at Stanford University on Monday and Tuesday.

July 24, 2018 | No comments yet
Atherton cracks down on cyclists' stop sign violations

Police chief offers hints to motorists for safely co-existing with bicyclists
After watching three cycling groups speed through a stop sign on Alameda de las Pulgas at Atherton Avenue while the Atherton Police Department was conducting a bicycle safety event, Chief Steve McCulley decided to crack down.

July 25, 2018 | 60 comments
Denzel returns as Lyft-driver-turned-assassin in 'Equalizer 2'

Sequel proves to be equal parts corny and violent
Denzel Washington has made the first sequel of his career, re-teaming with director Antoine Fuqua for "The Equalizer 2," in which he reprises his role as Robert McCall, an ex-CIA agent who faked his death and went underground but just can't help himself from being a supreme do-gooder wherever and whenever he sees injustice.

July 24, 2018 | No comments yet
Thursday: USGS free public lecture on Iron Mountain

The U.S. Geological Service will hold a free public lecture on its Menlo Park campus at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 26, about the Iron Mountain acid mine drainage site, an EPA Superfund site in the Klamath Mountains above Redding.

July 25, 2018 | No comments yet
JOs: Stanford 18U A, 14U A on the road toward a title

The Stanford Water Polo Club 12U A team may not be playing for a USA Water Polo National Junior Olympics title on Tuesday but their coach Peter Olson considers them champions no matter what the outcome.

July 24, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Parking fears top list of criticisms leveled at proposed building

A proposed new commercial building and its twin, a five-story parking structure, from Menlo Park's most prolific biotech building developer John Tarlton was subjected to considerable scrutiny July 16 when the Menlo Park Planning Commission discussed the proposal at length during a preliminary study session, in advance of making any decisions about whether or not to approve it.

July 29, 2018 | 7 comments
Police calls: Burglar takes $140,000 in cash

Crime reports for Menlo Park.

July 27, 2018 | No comments yet
Affordable housing measure collecting local support

Zuckerberg money raises question: Is Facebook worsening Menlo Park's housing crisis?
A statewide ballot measure to set up a $4 billion bond to support affordable housing for veterans and low-income residents appears, so far, to have only fans.

July 26, 2018 | 1 comment
Atherton urges residents to sign up for emergency alerts

Saying it is the best way to reach residents in an emergency, Atherton has begun a campaign to get more households to sign up for the San Mateo County emergency alert system and the town's own alert system.

July 28, 2018 | No comments yet
List of candidates grows for November election

The list of candidates and would-be candidates for local elected office continues to grow with the start of the second week of the four-week filing period for the Nov. 6 election.

July 24, 2018 | No comments yet
High temps prompt statewide flex alert today, Wednesday

Residents encouraged to conserve energy from 5 to 9 p.m.
High temperatures expected throughout California this week have prompted the state's Independent System Operator Corporation to issue a Flex Alert to encourage electricity conservation Tuesday and Wednesday.

July 24, 2018 | No comments yet
Atherton: Repeated false alarms would bring fines

Atherton's City Council has given preliminary approval to a new town ordinance that would impose a $400 fine for the fourth and subsequent false alarms in any 12-month period.

July 30, 2018 | 5 comments
Celebrating 35 years of turning water into wine

Karina Mudd returned to Woodside nearly two years ago to head Cinnabar Winery, founded by her parents Tom Mudd and Melissa Frank. Now, she invites the public to help celebrate the winery's 35 years of operation.

July 25, 2018 | 3 comments
Cost of renting park Pavilion may skyrocket

The cost of renting the Jennings Pavilion in Atherton's Holbrook-Palmer Park, which can host dinners for as many as 130 people and seat 150, may soon go up -- way up.

July 31, 2018 | 10 comments
Menlo Park: New fire station open but not finished

Firefighters and their firetrucks moved into the rebuilt fire station at 700 Oak Grove Ave. in Menlo Park in June, but the firehouse -- Station 6, built at a cost of about $7.55 million -- is not yet fully operational.

July 30, 2018 | No comments yet
Woodside's 'MVP' bids town farewell

Antonio Corgas has kept town running smoothly for 30 years
Antonio Corgas' job is looking for trouble -- and he's very, very good at it. So good in fact, that Corgas often finds trouble -- and makes it disappear -- before the residents of Woodside, where he heads the maintenance crew, even know it's there.

July 26, 2018 | 1 comment
PG&E may cut power in 'extreme' weather

Residents of parts of Portola Valley and Woodside, already advised to prepare for earthquakes and wildfires, now face a new situation that warrants such preparedness: intentional shutdowns of the electrical power grid.

July 25, 2018 | 6 comments
Agreement advances on library revenue-sharing

The Atherton City Council on July 18 unanimously decided to move forward an agreement to share some unspent property tax revenues from Atherton, Woodside and Portola Valley with the San Mateo County public library community.

July 23, 2018 | 1 comment
Damaged statue will find new home in Lindenwood

Atherton council approves letting homeowners association fund repairs
Atherton's City Council has approved allowing the Lindenwood Homeowners Association to pay for repairs to the statue of the Roman goddess Diana and her hound that had been displayed in Holbrook-Palmer Park.

July 27, 2018 | No comments yet
Tuesday: Fire board to discuss strategic planning study session

Grand jury report, Atherton fiscal review part of chief's report
The Menlo Park Fire Protection District's board will discuss the agenda for a strategic planning study session when it meets on Tuesday, July 24, at 7 p.m. in the classroom at the 300 Middlefield Road fire station.

July 23, 2018 | 1 comment
Celebrating summer

The Menlo Summer Fest street fair brought out kids young and old on Saturday and Sunday, with artisan and food booths, live music, activities for kids and community booths.

July 23, 2018 | No comments yet
Junior Olympics: Stanford, Menlo Park reach semifinals

The Stanford Boys Water Polo Club advanced three teams into the Championship Division semifinals. The 18U A, 14U A and 12U A teams qualified for the semis. Stanford 18U B team is in the semifinals of the Gold Division and the Menlo Park Mavericks 12U in the semifinals of the Classic Division.

July 23, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Coach fired following alleged sexual assault

A badminton coach arrested last week on suspicion of molesting a minor and sexual assault-related offenses is no longer working at the Menlo Park sports academy where he was a coach, company officials said.

July 21, 2018 | 7 comments
Home sales

Volume in Menlo Park, Mountain View and Palo Alto picks up
A complete listing of home sales on the Midpeninsula.

July 21, 2018 | No comments yet
Atherton: Council requests meeting with fire board to discuss study's conclusions

Atherton's City Council wants Menlo Park Fire Protection District officials to end their public silence about a January report showing the fire district spends less than half its Atherton-generated property tax revenue providing services in the town. The council hopes to schedule a joint public meeting to discuss the report and what to do about it.

July 20, 2018 | 26 comments
Monday: Cafe Zoe to host cookbook launch for local author

Rebecca Bloom, a Menlo Park resident from the Willows neighborhood, has released a cookbook with co-author (and college roommate) Shelley Onderdonk.

July 22, 2018 | No comments yet
Nobel Prize winner Burton Richter dies at 87

Decorated scholar known for his discovery of the J/psi subatomic particle
Burton Richter, a former Stanford University physics professor who won the Nobel Prize in 1976, died Wednesday in Palo Alto. He was 87 years old.

July 20, 2018 | No comments yet
Coach arrested on suspicion of sex crime with teen student

A 37-year-old San Jose man who coaches badminton in Menlo Park was arrested July 12 and booked into the Santa Clara County jail on suspicion of annoying or molesting a minor and a "sexual assault-related crime," according to Sheriff's Office Sergeant Richard Glennon.

July 20, 2018 | 4 comments
Saturday: Movie night at Flood Park

The San Mateo County Parks Department is partnering with the county Sheriff's Activity League to host a free movie night in Menlo Park on Saturday, July 21.

July 19, 2018 | No comments yet
Pear presents 'Fresh Produce'

The Pear Theatre will offer “Fresh Produce," a weekend presentation of staged readings of three plays under development from members of the Pear Playwrights Guild.

July 19, 2018 | No comments yet
Theater on an epic scale

For its 20th anniversary, SRT celebrates legendary women
In Stanford Repertory Theater's new production of "Hecuba/Helen," the two legendary ladies are played by one actor.

July 19, 2018 | No comments yet
Hard 'Truths'

TheatreWorks production celebrates an all-American role model
To start its 49th season, TheatreWorks Silicon Valley has chosen a one-man play of great power and current relevance.

July 19, 2018 | No comments yet
Atherton council members considering taking on debt to build civic center

Faced with the reality of having to slash features from the plans for a new Atherton library and town offices to bring the cost down, the City Council has begun talking about going into debt to pay for the long-planned project.

July 19, 2018 | 36 comments
Roster grows by seven in local races

The list of potential candidates running for local office in San Mateo County in the Nov. 6 election has grown by seven since late Monday, the first day of the candidate filing period.

July 19, 2018 | No comments yet
Junior Olympic boys water polo headed to the Bay Area

A massive wave of water polo players is set to engulf the Bay Area beginning this weekend as the USA Water Polo National Junior Olympics, which feature the best players in the nation in several age groups, from 10U to 18U, begin Saturday at various locations around the area.

July 19, 2018 | No comments yet
Free coding camp for kids through July 28

A Woodside Priory student who helped establish a group of fellow students dedicated to STEM education and robotics will host a free coding camp for students in first through sixth grade from July 21 through 28.

July 18, 2018 | No comments yet
Local golf: Menlo's Ting in good shape at ACDS Junior

Recent Menlo School grad Max Ting, who will be attending Princeton in the fall, shot rounds of 1-under 69 and 3-under 67 for a two-round total of 133, good for third place after the first day of the ACDS Junior Championship presented by Live View Golf at San Jose Country Club on Tuesday.

July 18, 2018 | No comments yet
State Democrats support repeal of Costa-Hawkins' rent control constraints

Prop. 10 aims to return control over rent regulation to local communities
The California Democratic Party on Sunday voted overwhelmingly to endorse Proposition 10, the statewide Affordable Housing Act, which would repeal the anti-rent-control Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act and return power to regulate rents to local communities.

July 18, 2018 | 9 comments
Thursday: Free summer concert in Holbrook-Palmer Park

Concerts are July 26, August 9 and August 23
Dance cover band Livewire kicks off a trio of free summer concerts in Atherton's Holbrook-Palmer Park on Thursday, July 26, that will also bring food trucks to the park.

July 24, 2018 | No comments yet
Peninsula Bridge student app showcase set for July 17

Peninsula Bridge, a nonprofit dedicated to helping local kids from disadvantaged families succeed in high school and college, invites the public to a student app showcase on Tuesday, July 17, at Amazon Web Services in East Palo Alto.

July 17, 2018 | No comments yet
Local residents signing up to run in November election

Filing period opened Monday
As the filing period for candidates in several local races opened on Monday, a number of local residents picked up the papers they must fill out to become candidates, while a few turned in their completed paperwork needed to appear on the Nov. 6 ballot.

July 17, 2018 | 16 comments
Regional group exploring housing solutions

Metropolitan Transportation Commission forms CASA group to gain legislative traction, develop a regional policy compact
The Committee to House the Bay Area on Wednesday will present the public's input on how to build more affordable and low-income housing throughout the region.

July 17, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo College men looking at a tough soccer schedule

The Menlo College men's soccer team opens its season in a month with a goal of returning to the Golden State Athletic Conference playoffs. The Oaks begin the season with a pair of road contests in Oregon hosted by Southern Oregon.

July 17, 2018 | No comments yet
Thursday: Creedence Clearwater tribute band in Portola Valley

The second of three free summer concerts in Portola Valley takes place Thursday, July 19. The Fog City Swampers, a Creedence Clearwater Revival tribute band, performs on the lawn at Town Center at 765 Portola Road from 6 to 8 p.m.

July 18, 2018 | No comments yet
Crynes is named Menlo College track and field coach

Menlo College Vice President for Athletics, Keith Spataro announced Friday that David Crynes is taking over head coaching duties for the Track and Field and Cross Country programs.

July 16, 2018 | No comments yet
Police calls: Police arrest man carrying brass knuckles

Crime reports from Atherton, Woodside and Menlo Park

July 16, 2018 | No comments yet
Portola Valley revises lighting policies

It's dark on moonless nights in Portola Valley, due in part to residents being discouraged in using lights triggered by motion sensors. The guidelines have changed, but pedestrians should still find themselves in the dark.

July 16, 2018 | 11 comments
Madera wins Wine Spectator's Grand Award

Madera's 17,645-bottle wine cellar has won the highest recognition possible from Wine Spectator magazine: the Grand Award, which has been bestowed on fewer than 100 restaurants around the world.

July 13, 2018 | 2 comments
Wednesday: Atherton council to discuss options for future as part of fire district

The same day a critical civil grand jury report on the Menlo Park Fire Protection District was issued, Atherton posted a consultant's report that looks at the town's options for its future as part of the fire district. The City Council will discuss the report at a 4 p.m. meeting on Wednesday, July 18.

July 15, 2018 | 1 comment
Of local note: SHP grad qualifies for U.S. Amateur event

Sacred Heart Prep grad Derek Ackerman shot a two-round 5-under 137 at Bayonet Gold Club in Seaside to qualify for the U.S. Amateur Championships at Pebble Beach beginning Aug. 19.

July 13, 2018 | No comments yet
Local athletes getting a taste of college baseball

Max Jung-Goldberg and Dominic Cacchione are getting a taste of what college baseball will be like this summer while playing for the Pacific Union Financial Capitalists.

July 13, 2018 | No comments yet
Fangs for nothing

'Hotel Transylvania 3' a cruise anchored by cliché
It'll be the parents asking "Are we there yet?" at this year's middle-shelf animated sequel, "Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation." Kids, as we know, are happy to be anywhere (with popcorn and soda), and there's no point in begrudging fans of this popular franchise another ride.

July 12, 2018 | No comments yet
Steeped in tradition

Expat builds community through Chinese tea tastings
Junyan Xie started hosting tea tastings in her Menlo Park home to introduce others to traditional pu'er tea from China and share the experience of connecting through an ancient tradition.

August 5, 2018 | No comments yet
Justin Roberts & The Not Ready for Naptime Players

Bing Concert Hall's lawn stage (327 Lasuen Way, Stanford) will host an outdoor concert for kids and families by longtime indie tot-rocker Justin Roberts and his band, the Not Ready for Naptime Players at 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 15.

July 12, 2018 | No comments yet
'The Future of Music: Computer or Composer'

Music always involves some sort of technology, be it the wonders of the human voice, a hand drum, an electronic synthesizer or Pro Tools. But what role might advanced machine learning, or artificial intelligence, have in the future of artistic pursuits?

July 12, 2018 | 1 comment
A fiery passion for clay and glass

Local artists connect with customers and peers at annual festival
Juried artists will present their work at the 26th annual ACGA Clay & Glass Festival on July 14 and 15 at the Palo Alto Art Center.

July 12, 2018 | No comments yet
'The Great American West'

The Pacific Art League's current exhibition, "The Great American West," features landscapes celebrating the beauty of the western U.S., including the Grand Canyon, Yosemite and the Pacific coast.

July 12, 2018 | No comments yet
Grand jury: Menlo fire district is not prepared for growth

July 12 report says fire board is to blame for lack of long-term planning
A just-issued grand jury report questions whether the Menlo Park Fire Protection District is prepared to meet the challenges of rapid local growth within the district, criticizing the district for lacking long-term strategic and fiscal planning.

July 12, 2018 | 55 comments
Menlo Summer Fest returns this weekend

The annual Menlo Summer Fest returns to Menlo Park's downtown area on Saturday and Sunday, July 21 and 22.

July 19, 2018 | 1 comment
Home sales

Average Atheron sale price tops $15 million
A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula.

July 15, 2018 | No comments yet
Portola Valley: Mentor and volunteer Marilyn Walter dies at 92

Marilyn Walter lived her life in accord with the precept "The charm of life is in its living," her granddaughter said. A memorial service is set for 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19, in Portola Valley.

July 12, 2018 | 4 comments
Report touts Bay Area as mega-powerful region facing challenges

Silicon Valley is an economic powerhouse, and some of the cogs that drive it are more functional than others, claims a new report recently released by the Bay Area Council Economic Institute.

July 12, 2018 | 4 comments
Music@Menlo tours 'Creative Capitals'

This year's Music@Menlo festival takes audiences on a musical voyage to seven European cultural hubs, featuring chamber music and song cycles spanning the 18th through the 20th centuries.

July 12, 2018 | No comments yet
The universal language

Woodside woman is on a cross-cultural quest to build pride through dance
Thanks to one local woman's passion, perseverance, and many professional connections, three young dancers from South Africa are having the experience of a lifetime shuttling between Woodside and San Francisco this summer.

July 14, 2018 | No comments yet
Speier to miss two weeks in Congress for surgery

U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier, D-San Francisco/San Mateo, will undergo surgery on Thursday and will not be present for votes in Congress for the next two weeks as she recovers at home, her office announced today.

July 11, 2018 | No comments yet
Woodside Priory students host free hackathon for cognitive disability aids

A group of high schoolers known as the Ramen Club, from Woodside Priory School, will host a free hackathon/makeathon at the Priory from Friday, July 13, through Sunday, July 15.

July 11, 2018 | No comments yet
Tonight: Complete Streets Commission to discuss Belle Haven traffic plan

Each day, tens of thousands of cars pass through a few key intersections in Menlo Park's Belle Haven neighborhood, and after years of requests for help from some frustrated residents, a plan is in the works to reduce cut-through traffic and improve safety.

July 11, 2018 | No comments yet
Last term for Woodside councilman Dave Tanner

Councilman Dave Tanner, a veteran on the Woodside Town Council, has announced plans to move from Woodside and will not be running for re-election in November.

July 11, 2018 | No comments yet
SHP grad Tsotadze scores three goals for USA water polo

Sacred Heart Prep grad Alex Tsotadze and U.S. teammate Nicholas Tierny each scored in the final minute of play to bring the United States men's junior national water polo team into a 10-10 draw with Brazil on first day of the UANA Junior Pan American Championship in Clearwater, Fla. on Tuesday.

July 11, 2018 | No comments yet
Las Lomitas School driveway location on agenda

Atherton Transportation Committee to discuss if driveway should be moved
Whether or not the Las Lomitas School should change its driveway to align with Walsh Road will be discussed by Atherton's Transportation Committee when it meets Tuesday, July 10 starting at 6 p.m. in the town's council chambers at 94 Ashfield Road.

July 10, 2018 | 4 comments
Menlo Park: New building proposed along El Camino Real

A new three-story building could appear at the corner of Cambridge Avenue and El Camino Real in Menlo Park, next to the former Oasis.

July 10, 2018 | 15 comments
County top in state for lowest unemployment, highest home cost

San Mateo County holds two statewide superlatives: the lowest unemployment rate and the highest median cost for a home, according to statistics recently released by county assessor Mark Church.

July 11, 2018 | No comments yet
Of local note: Water polo set to make a big splash in the area

The UANA Junior Pan American Championships in Clearwater, Fla. kicks off another week of competitive water polo that leads into the biggest water polo tournament in the world.

July 10, 2018 | No comments yet
Portola Valley school board OKs $49.5 million bond ballot measure

November measure will need approval of 55 percent of those voting to pass
A $49.5 million bond to pay for repairs, renovations and new buildings on the Portola Valley School District's two campuses will go before voters in November.

July 11, 2018 | 25 comments
Police calls: Atherton resident rejects ransom demand to restore computer

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

July 11, 2018 | No comments yet
Candidate filing period opens Monday for fall elections

The candidate filing period for the Nov. 6 general election in San Mateo County opens next Monday, July 16, and closes at 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10.

July 13, 2018 | 5 comments
Woodside Bakery & Cafe to rekindle its restaurant in Menlo Park

Regular patrons of the old Woodside Bakery & Cafe, forced to closed its doors in March 2015, may experience deja vu after scanning the menu of an enterprise of the same name set to open later this year at the Sharon Heights Shopping Center.

July 12, 2018 | 15 comments
Surf Air flights down by 85 percent, but noisy legal fight continues

Commuter airline responds to suit claiming it owes former operator millions
The skies over the Midpeninsula may have become quieter in the weeks since Surf Air, a commuter airline that uses the county-owned San Carlos Airport, announced it had changed the company operating its planes. But there's a noisy fight going on behind the scenes.

July 10, 2018 | 49 comments
Pursuit of suspected arsonist ends in Atherton

Woman arrested for allegedly starting fires on Coastside
San Mateo County sheriff's deputies arrested a 39-year-old El Granada woman suspected of arson after a short pursuit that ended in Atherton on Friday night.

July 9, 2018 | 1 comment
WIREd for change

Menlo Park woman heads group committed to expanding women's representation in government office
"I'm not qualified." That's the initial response of 99 percent of women when they are approached about the possibility of running for public office, according to Carol Mayer Marshall, a Menlo Park resident who knows that those words are often fiction, not fact.

July 9, 2018 | No comments yet
Home sales: 7-bedroom Atherton home sells for $23 million

A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula.

July 7, 2018 | No comments yet
Supervisors name next county manager

When John Maltbie retires as San Mateo County manager in November, his successor will be a familiar face.

July 6, 2018 | 1 comment
A taste of the Caucasus

Palo Alto's Bevri brings Georgian cuisine, wine to the Bay Area
Five-month-old Bevri is the only Georgian restaurant in the Bay Area, according to owner Pavel Sirotin. It's a delightful addition to the Palo Alto restaurant scene.

July 6, 2018 | No comments yet
From HBO to Bing

Violinist Lucia Micarelli's musical journey
It may seem like a logical straight line from prestigious music schools to the likes of Bing Concert Hall. But violinist Lucia Micarelli's journey has included sports arenas, jazz clubs and a starring role on television along the way.

July 6, 2018 | No comments yet
Piecing things together

Palo Alto Art Center presents a summer-long homage to collage
"Paper Cuts: Large Scale Collage" is part of the Palo Alto Art Center's "Summer of Collage," which includes the gallery exhibition and a series of workshops and events designed to inspire the visitor to both view and create.

July 6, 2018 | No comments yet
'Red' alert

SF Mime Troupe returns to Palo Alto with socialist musical
After skipping Palo Alto last year, when it was denied permission to solicit donations at its annual free performances at Mitchell Park, the San Francisco Mime Troupe is back with a new musical, "Seeing Red," and will perform at the Cubberley Community Center Amphitheatre on July 12.

July 6, 2018 | No comments yet
Scales of justice

Size matters in Marvel sequel 'Ant-Man and the Wasp'
Blockbuster movies have a tendency to "go big," but the most appealing current crop of big-screen superheroes has a tendency to go small. The 2015 screen debut of "Ant-Man" gave us a nimble, kid-friendly superhero comedy, from director Peyton Reed and the screenwriting dream teams of Edgar Wright & Joe Cornish and Adam McKay & Paul Rudd. Rudd returns as co-writer and star of "Ant-Man and the Wasp," reunited with Reed for a sequel that delivers on the promise of a romantic superhero partnership (times two).

July 6, 2018 | No comments yet
Photography workshop for students

Scholarships for the five-day camp still available
Social Fabric Collective, a nonprofit organization that provides professional photography equipment and education to young adults, will hold an intensive small-group workshop for 10 local high school students from July 16-20 at Palo Alto High School's Media Arts Center.

July 6, 2018 | No comments yet
Cardinal corner: M-A grad Caryotakis joins Stanford water polo

Menlo-Atherton High grad Nik Caryotakis was one of seven men's water polo players officially announced as Stanford recruits by coach John Vargas on Thursday.

July 6, 2018 | No comments yet
Woodside: Emergency access solution in the works for Skywood Acres residents

A resolution is in sight that should help relieve the difficulties for residents entering or leaving the neighborhood of Skywood Acres in Woodside during emergencies, and for neighborhood children making their way safely to and from the school bus.

July 8, 2018 | No comments yet
Federal funds flow to flood-control project

Army Corps gets funding to study plan to replace Pope-Chaucer Bridge, widen San Francisquito Creek channel
An effort by Palo Alto, Menlo Park and East Palo Alto to boost flood protection around San Francisquito Creek received an unexpected nudge from the federal government last month, when the Army Corps of Engineers received $646,500 to evaluate upstream work, including replacement of the Pope-Chaucer Bridge.

July 5, 2018 | 3 comments
Woodside: Annual rodeo draws two protest groups

Two protest groups stood along Kings Mountain Road in Woodside at the entrance to the grounds of the Mounted Patrol of San Mateo County on Wednesday. The occasion: the annual Fourth of July junior rodeo, including the controversial pig scramble. (See video of a segment of the pig scramble.)

July 5, 2018 | 19 comments
Menlo Park: Yang announces run for Belle Haven's City Council seat

George Yang, 42, and a 10-year resident of Menlo Park, has announced his candidacy for Menlo Park's City Council. He lives in the Belle Haven neighborhood and plans to run for the District 1 seat.

July 5, 2018 | 33 comments
Menlo-Atherton 11-12 all-stars fall in District 52 title game

Menlo-Atherton All-Star Calem Filipek had a solo home run in the third and drove in a go-ahead run in the top of the seventh, but it wasn't enough to prevent a 6-3 loss to Half Moon Bay in the championship game of the District 52 11-12 Majors Tournament on Tuesday in Redwood City.

July 4, 2018 | No comments yet
Two of four felons plead no contest to handling guns in music video

Defense attorney raises First Amendment concerns over prosecution
Two convicted felons accused of brandishing guns in a music video despite being prohibited from possessing firearms due to past criminal convictions pleaded no contest Monday, according to San Mateo County prosecutors. A defense attorney has raised First Amendment concerns over the prosecution of the men.

July 4, 2018 | 40 comments
San Mateo County supervisors approve legal aid fund for undocumented immigrants

County's 2018-19 fiscal year budget, while promising, carries warnings
With a unanimous vote just days before the beginning of a new fiscal year, the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors on June 26 approved revisions to the county's two-year budget to solidify a spending plan of $2.749 billion and 5,528 employees.

July 9, 2018 | 18 comments
Menlo Park: Man stabbed in front of Donut Delite

Officers and detectives are searching for the suspect
Menlo Park police are searching for the assailant of a man who was reportedly stabbed in front of Donut Delite at 732 Willow Road.

July 3, 2018 | No comments yet
Police reminder: No fireworks allowed in Menlo Park

The Menlo Park Police Department is reminding the community as the Fourth of July approaches that all forms of fireworks and gunfire are strictly prohibited in this area.

July 3, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Library accepting applications for two-day workshop

Application deadline is Saturday, July 7
Ever wondered what to do with old family photos and archives? The Menlo Park Library will host a two-day digital storytelling workshop from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 21, and Sunday, July 22.

July 5, 2018 | No comments yet
AAA offering tipsy tow service for Fourth of July

AAA is offering its Tipsy Tow service for Bay Area residents for the Fourth of July holiday so they don't see the "red, white and blue" of police sirens pulling them over for impaired driving.

July 3, 2018 | No comments yet
In the shadow of a volcano

Kilauea has long been a tourist attraction on the "big island" of Hawaii, a volcano within a national park that has been erupting with generally benign regularity since 2008. The volcanic activity has been anything but benign since May, and Red Cross and other volunteers have stepped in to help the thousands of people and pets whose lives have been disrupted.

July 5, 2018 | 2 comments
M-A rallies to reach Little League all-star title game

The Menlo-Atherton Little League All-Stars have a number of good luck charms in their dugout -- among them a magic padlock, Pepperidge Farm Goldfish crackers, and some well-chewed bubble gum. So I suppose add Davonnie Bower's haircut to the list.

July 3, 2018 | 1 comment
USAV Girls' Junior National Championships

USAV Girls' Junior National Championships
at Detroit
Monday
17-year-old
American Division: Vision 17 Blue d. OK Charge 17 UA, 14-25, 25-19, 15-10; Blue Steel VBC EDGE d. Vision 17 Blue, 25-10, 25-14. Vision 17 Blue is 4-4 overall and plays LAVA North 17 Adidas on Tuesday morning. Locals include Menlo School's Riley Holland, Grace King and Castilleja's Alexis Stull.

July 3, 2018 | No comments yet
Assorted local crimes earn man 16 years in state prison

Charges against the man arrested at Bedwell Bayfront Park include identity theft, robbery and drug possession
A 30-year-old Redwood City man was sentenced to 16 years and four months in state prison on June 29 following his plea of no contest to six felonies tied to robbery, identity theft, possessing stolen property, possessing methamphetamine intended for sale, and unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor.

July 3, 2018 | No comments yet
Atherton: Lawn mower suspected cause of shed fire

The cause of a Friday fire that destroyed a shed and damaged the garage of a home on Greenoaks Drive may have been a lawn mower being used nearby, the fire chief said.

July 2, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo Park bans landlords from discriminating against rent subsidy recipients

People who favor tenant rights recently won a small victory in Menlo Park, when the City Council on June 19 unanimously and without discussion approved a policy that prohibits landlords of properties with three or more housing units from discriminating against renters based on their source of income, including whether they receive rent subsidies.

July 6, 2018 | 4 comments
M-A loses but still standing in 11-12 Little League tourney

The Menlo-Atherton all-stars should have known something was amiss on Friday when several seagulls showed up for their game against Half Moon Bay at Kiwanis Field in Redwood City.

July 2, 2018 | No comments yet
Smoke advisory issued throughout Bay Area

Northerly winds send smoke and ash from County Fire into area
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District issued a smoke advisory throughout the Bay Area at 4:30 p.m. Sunday due to impacts from the County Fire that has spread over 22,000 acres in Yolo, Napa and Solano counties just outside of the Bay Area.

July 1, 2018 | No comments yet
Portola Valley: Hardware store a haven for fix-it-yourself community

Residents of Portola Valley seeking a meaningful sense of accomplishment may find what they're looking for with a visit to the local hardware store, or so the owners of Portola Valley Hardware say.

July 10, 2018 | 6 comments
Spare the Air alert issued for Saturday

Air quality officials expect unhealthful levels of smog due to high temperatures
A Spare the Air alert goes into effect Saturday for the San Francisco Bay Area because the level of smog is expected to be unhealthy, according to the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.

June 29, 2018 | No comments yet
Sheriff's deputies to begin carrying anti-overdose drug

Law enforcement officers in San Mateo County should start carrying the drug naloxone, also known as Narcan, to help prevent fatal opioid overdoses, according to a report issued Thursday by the county's civil grand jury.

June 30, 2018 | No comments yet
Atherton: Firefighters contending with garage fire on Greenoaks Drive

Radio dispatchers reported "several loud explosions" and a backyard on fire at 307 Greenoaks Drive in Atherton shortly after 4 p.m. today. Fire Chief Harold Schapelhouman says the incident appears to be a garage fire with some ignition started on the main building.

June 29, 2018 | No comments yet
A 'marvellous party'

Pear Theatre celebrates the genius of Noel Coward
"I went to a marvellous party," begins the Noel Coward spoken-word song of the same name. The same could be said by audience members after a performance of "Oh, Coward!", the fizzy musical revue capping off the Pear Theatre's current season.

June 29, 2018 | No comments yet
Ways to celebrate the Fourth of July

As Independence Day approaches, many families are looking for ways to mark the occasion by joining others in community celebrations and activities. For those eager to celebrate, there are numerous events listed below scheduled for Wednesday, the Fourth of July.

July 1, 2018 | 1 comment
Cartel me a story

Action pic 'Day of the Soldado' sequelizes 'Sicario'
Action movies, even ultraviolent ones, tend toward the escapist, but screenwriter Taylor Sheridan specializes in the non-escapist action thriller in his latest movie, "Sicario: Day of the Soldado."

June 29, 2018 | No comments yet
Following fiscal crisis, Ravenswood board approves 2018-19 budget

Enrollment decline, more cuts likely ahead
Months after facing an impending financial crisis and warnings of insolvency, the Ravenswood City School District is ending the school year with a slightly rosier yet still cautious outlook on its finances.

July 6, 2018 | No comments yet
Flowers bloom at gallery, courtesy of Linda Salter

"A Summer Bouquet," a collection of pastel and oil flower paintings by Linda Salter, is the featured exhibit from July 3 to July 31 at the Portola Art Gallery at Allied Arts Guild in Menlo Park.

July 2, 2018 | No comments yet
Facebook alarms blast neighborhood

At least three times in June, residents in eastern Menlo Park have been awakened in the middle of the night by alarms blasting from rooftop stadium speakers at Facebook's new building under construction.

July 2, 2018 | 20 comments
City's costs increase with new pool contract

Private operator says running Menlo Park's two pools a costly enterprise
Ever wonder why there are so many activities and kids at the Burgess Park pool, especially in the summer? Turns out that for many years, Menlo Park's private pool operator, Team Sheeper Inc., has been fighting a battle to turn a profit in the notoriously non-lucrative business of aquatics.

July 5, 2018 | 23 comments
'No through traffic' signs coming to Belle Haven

In response to resident complaints about vehicles cutting through the Belle Haven neighborhood, the Menlo Park City Council agreed on June 19 to install temporary "no through traffic" signs, with more potential changes in the works.

July 3, 2018 | 5 comments
Menlo Park: Momentum builds for new stop signs in the Willows

On May 7, a young girl riding her bike was hit by a car in Menlo Park's Willows neighborhood at the intersection of Central Avenue and Walnut Street. And only weeks later, on June 15, a woman riding her bike was hit by a car on the same street, just a block away, at Central Avenue and Elm Street.

July 9, 2018 | 5 comments
Saturday: Services for the Rev. Pius Horvath at the Woodside Priory

A viewing and Mass are set for 10 a.m. Saturday, June 30, at the Woodside Priory Chapel in Portola Valley to lay to rest the Rev. Pius (Laszlo) Horvath, a priest in the Order of Saint Benedict who died on June 22 in the Benedictine monastery at the Priory.

June 29, 2018 | 1 comment
M-A golfer qualifies for Junior Amateur championship

Menlo-Atherton junior Jackson Lee earned medalist honors at the U.S. Junior Amateur Qualifying on the Stanford golf course earlier this week, qualifying him for the Junior Amateur Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, New Jersey beginning July 15.

June 28, 2018 | No comments yet
Hospital foundation announces new CEO

Cynthia Brandt Stover to take helm of Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health
Cynthia Brandt Stover has been appointed president and CEO of the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health, the organization announced Thursday morning.

June 28, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Locals weigh in on Stanford housing options

In an unusual second round of public scrutiny, Stanford's expansion plans are getting another look.

June 28, 2018 | 2 comments
Portola Valley: Bidder begins due diligence ahead of Alpine Inn sale

One of three final bidders vying to buy the Alpine Inn burger joint and beer garden in Portola Valley has been given the green light to begin a 30-day due diligence period, according to Lucy Neely, one of the bidders.

June 28, 2018 | 1 comment
Risk high for fire, heat-related illnesses through weekend

Bay Area residents face increased danger from wildfires and heat-related illnesses Friday and Saturday as the weather gets hot and windier, according to the National Weather Service.

June 28, 2018 | No comments yet
M-A 11-12 all-stars win third straight in district tourney

Rowan Kelly hit two home runs -- one a grand slam -- and Menlo-Atherton rolled to a 6-4 win over Pacifica American in the District 52 Little League Majors All-Star Tournament on Wednesday.

June 28, 2018 | No comments yet
Silicon Valley Community Foundation CEO out following workplace complaints

Reeling from a storm of complaints of workplace harassment, the Silicon Valley Community Foundation announced Wednesday morning that CEO Emmett Carson had stepped aside, effective immediately. The news came following a two-month investigation that determined that Carson's leadership style had condoned bullying and other misconduct.

June 27, 2018 | 1 comment
Menlo Park: Five arrested on suspicion of attempting to steal Facebook property

Three suspects allegedly connected to other Menlo Park crimes
Menlo Park police arrested a group of three boys and two men Tuesday, June 26, at around 1:30 p.m. on suspicion of attempting to steal Facebook property.

June 28, 2018 | 1 comment
Tonight: Stanford housing plans in the spotlight

Should Stanford build more housing in the coming years than it currently plans to? The public is invited to weigh in on that question tonight, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Menlo Park City Council chambers.

June 27, 2018 | 2 comments
Menlo Park man pleads no contest to robbery charges

A Menlo Park man who attempted to steal prescription drugs from Walgreens and twice succeeded in doing so from CVS over the course of a week last October has pleaded no contest to robbery charges.

June 27, 2018 | 1 comment
Tonight: Woodside council to hear arguments on Skywood Acres entrances and exits

The council will also vote on a new budget for the next 12 months
The Woodside Town Council will consider an appeal by residents of Skywood Acres of a Planning Commission decision to allow a redesigned gate at what had been an informal entrance across private property into the neighborhood.

June 26, 2018 | No comments yet
Immigrant detention centers 'a stain on America'

Rep. Anna Eshoo said she saw traumatized children and adults
U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo met with immigrant mothers in a Texas detention facility this past weekend and said they were "filled with grief and worry" for their separated children, with whom they had had no contact.

June 26, 2018 | 25 comments
Menlo, Bowie prepare to move forward with football program

Josh Bowie, hired as Menlo School's coach, has been around the local prep football scene for quite some time as a former Woodside player and head coach, as well as an assistant at Woodside, Capuchino and Sacred Heart Prep.

June 25, 2018 | No comments yet
Tonight: Portola Valley votes on budget

At a cost of $12,000, a hot-water spigot and sink are going in near the Historic Schoolhouse at Portola Valley Town Center to supply the Thursday afternoon farmers' market if the town's proposed new budget is approved tonight.

June 27, 2018 | 2 comments
Woodside: New budget funds study pedestrian needs in Town Center

Along with the hiring of a second full-time motorcycle patrol officer to monitor traffic on Woodside's roads, the town's new budget would include funds for an analysis of how to improve things for pedestrians in Town Center.

June 26, 2018 | 2 comments
Woodside: Pig scramble protest is on for rodeo, opponents say

Opponents of the pig scramble in Woodside at the Fourth of July Junior Rodeo say they will protest the event once again out of concern for what they view as cruelty to animals and children. The Mounted Patrol of San Mateo County, the rodeo's sponsor, says it's fun for all.

July 3, 2018 | 21 comments
Police calls: Burglary suspects jailed in Woodside and Menlo Park incidents

Crime reports for Woodside, Menlo Park and Portola Valley

June 28, 2018 | No comments yet
Confessions of a Bone Woman

Portola Valley's Cindie White reveals the skeletons in her barn
Through the blue barn doors at the historic Jelich Ranch lies Portola Valley resident Cindie White's inner sanctum: a cathedral of naturalistic artifacts, every inch of the walls festooned with bones and pelts and taxidermied critters.

June 28, 2018 | 1 comment
Memorial service June 27 for J. Barton Phelps

A memorial Mass for J. Barton Phelps, a Menlo Park resident who had a notable career in the law, is set for 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 27, at the Church of the Nativity. Judge Phelps died June 15 at the age of 101.

June 25, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo Park's interim police chief to take permanent post

Starting July 8, Menlo Park's interim police chief, Dave Bertini, will lose the "interim" from his job title, City Manager Alex McIntyre announced today (June 25).

June 25, 2018 | 1 comment
M-A 11-12 all-stars lock onto extra-inning playoff victory

Rowan Kelly's two-run, walk-off homer in the seventh inning gave Menlo-Atherton a 4-2 win over Hillsborough in a winners'-bracket game of the District 52 Little League All-Star Majors Tournament at Kiwanis Field in Redwood City.

June 25, 2018 | No comments yet
Study highlights impacts of adding Stanford housing

Menlo Park meeting set for 6 p.m. June 27 on EIR plan
As Stanford University moves ahead with a proposal to build more than 2 million square feet of academic space by 2035, it continues to face calls from community members who believe the university should build more housing as part of the expansion.

June 25, 2018 | No comments yet
Changes coming to Ravenswood Avenue Caltrain crossing

Caltrain has announced that it plans to install $3.5 million in rail crossing safety improvements at 15 rail crossings along the Caltrain line between San Francisco and San Jose.

June 26, 2018 | 4 comments
Saturday: Menlo Park emergency drill scheduled at Fremont Park

The second annual community emergency drill in Menlo Park, hosted by the Menlo Park Fire Protection District, will be held Saturday, June 23, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Fremont Park (at the intersection of Santa Cruz Avenue and University Drive) and downtown Menlo Park.

June 22, 2018 | 1 comment
Bad Blood in Silicon Valley

Investigative journalist John Carreyrou's new nonfiction thriller investigates rise and fall of Theranos
Wall Street Journal investigative reporter John Carreyrou's new book tells step-by-step the chilling tale of how the Theranos scandal unfolded.

June 22, 2018 | No comments yet
Air quality alerts issued for Friday, Saturday

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued the first Spare the Air smog alerts of the year, for Friday and Saturday.

June 21, 2018 | No comments yet
Laughs served at 'Dinner'

PA Players' production of a classic comedy is uneven but funny
The laughter that rolled like a wave across Palo Alto last Saturday night was from "The Man Who Came to Dinner," a 1939 comedy by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart that opened at the Lucie Stern Theatre.

June 21, 2018 | No comments yet
A whole new 'World'

The 'Jurassic' franchise lumbers through next chapter
Forty-three years after the launch of his blockbuster shark flick, Steven Spielberg's now-patented Spielbergian thrill ride is still all about the jaws. In the latest chapter of his dinosaur-themed franchise, director J.A. Bayona skillfully clones Spielberg through well-choreographed action and witty visual touches. Now if only he had a script worthy of his talents ...

June 21, 2018 | No comments yet
Will Surf Air soon stop flying?

Commuter airline facing millions in tax liens and lawsuit
Surf Air's distinctive blue and white planes may soon disappear from Peninsula skies, but not because of continuing noise complaints from local residents or measures San Mateo County has imposed on the commuter airline at the San Carlos Airport.

June 22, 2018 | 54 comments
Charter city measure coming to Menlo Park voters

Measure would give city flexibility adopt different voting systems
With a 3-1 vote on June 19, the Menlo Park City Council agreed to ask voters in November to decide on whether to make their home town a charter city.

June 22, 2018 | 15 comments
Atherton will redesign its civic center

Consultant speculates why low bid was nearly $15 million more than estimate
Atherton will try to redesign its planned civic center to bring its cost down to about $41 million, after the lowest bid for the complex came in at 40 percent more than consultants had estimated.

June 23, 2018 | 8 comments
Magee wins race for county superintendent of schools

The race for San Mateo County superintendent of schools is over, and Nancy Magee is the winner. Her opponent, Gary Waddell, conceded in a June 20 statement.

June 21, 2018 | No comments yet
High heat, dangerous fire conditions expected this weekend

Dry air and dangerous heat are forecast for this weekend, raising the risk for wildfires, officials with the National Weather Service said.

June 22, 2018 | 4 comments
Menlo Park family helps raise more than $20 million to reunite immigrant families

After seeing a gripping photo of a 2-year-old child crying at the U.S. border, Charlotte and Dave Willner of Menlo Park last Saturday morning set up a fundraising campaign on Facebook. Six days later, they've raised $19 million -- and counting.

June 21, 2018 | 15 comments
Woodside: Koko the gorilla dies at her mountain retreat

Koko the gorilla, a longtime resident of Woodside, a friend to kittens, and a practitioner of American Sign Language, has died, according to the Associated Press.

June 21, 2018 | 3 comments
USA women's sitting team dominates Dutch VB tourney

Outside hitter Katie Holloway, who has worked at the Reikes Center in Menlo Park and for the Palo Alto V.A. Hospital, scored 17 points as the U.S. women's sitting volleyball team downed Russia, 25-16, 25-18, 25-16, in the finals of the Dutch Tournament.

June 21, 2018 | No comments yet
Portola Valley: Public invited for coffee with assemblyman, mayor on Friday

The public is invited to bring questions and concerns to a coffee and a chat with Assemblyman Marc Berman and Portola Valley Mayor John Richards on Friday morning, June 29, at Roberts Market in Portola Valley.

June 22, 2018 | 1 comment
Board wants more study on proposal for $40 million-plus fire station

With options, chief's proposal for new fire station complex could cost as much as $70 million
Fire Chief Harold Schapelhouman had asked the Menlo Park Fire Protection District's board to approve a budget, funding strategy and design direction for a new fire station on the two acres the district now owns at 300 Middlefield Road in Menlo Park when it met last week. But the decision was delayed, and more study of the proposal is in the future.

June 26, 2018 | 7 comments
Atherton PAL awards $20,000 in scholarships

Four high school seniors from Atherton schools have been awarded $5,000 scholarships by the Atherton Police Activities League: Clairesina Fifita and Mirian Melendez from Sacred Heart Preparatory, and Joseph Lohmann and Jenny Ruiz-Venegas from Menlo-Atherton High School.

July 13, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo Park budget clears final hurdle

With fresh, steady money coming from new hotels and double-digit increases in property value assessments since last year, the Menlo Park City Council voted confidently and unanimously on June 19, with Councilman Rich Cline absent, to approve a $143 million spending plan for the upcoming 2018-19 fiscal year.

June 21, 2018 | 4 comments
Schapelhouman gets three-year contract extension and raises

Menlo fire board approves base salary increases that top out at $315,000
The board of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District has enthusiastically and unanimously approved a three-year contract extension and three years of salary increases for Chief Harold Schapelhouman, with his base pay topping out at $315,000 in the last year of the contract.

June 20, 2018 | 9 comments
Bellis among field at Mubadala Silicon Valley tennis Classic

Atherton resident CiCi Bellis will be among the 21 women's tennis players, all ranked among the top 85 in the world, in the field of the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic, which is scheduled for San Jose State beginning July 30.

June 19, 2018 | No comments yet
Tomorrow: Obama to visit Atherton for fundraiser

Former President Barack Obama will be in Atherton on Friday, June 29, for a fundraiser at the home of Liz Simons and Mark Heising.

June 28, 2018 | 8 comments
Laurel families gang up to bike to school

Jen Wolosin said she wanted to make sure her son had the chance to ride his bike to school at the Laurel School Lower Campus in Atherton at least once, so she asked other school parents if they'd join in on a ride on Friday, June 8.

June 20, 2018 | 5 comments
Caltrain boosts its fares

As of this month, Caltrain's monthly pass rate includes an additional day, at an increased cost.

July 18, 2018 | No comments yet
Focusing on hope

Atherton resident seeks provocative, inspirational films for Windrider festival
For nine years, Terri Bullock of Atherton has directed Windrider Film Forum Bay Area, three days of show and tell that's billed as: "Independent films. Compelling conversations. Unexpected journeys." The festival returns to the M-A Performing Arts Center on June 28.

June 24, 2018 | No comments yet
Tuesday: Fire board to consider extending chief's employment

Menlo fire board also to consider new Middlefield Road fire station, budget
On the agenda when the Menlo fire board meets Tuesday night: extending Chief Harold Schapelhouman's employment contract through June 2021, options for building a new fire station complex at 300 Middlefield Road, and the district's proposed $52 million budget.

June 19, 2018 | 1 comment
Menlo Park: Planning Commission tackles housing, traffic, parking in downtown plan review

Menlo Park's Planning Commission on June 18 hosted two study sessions that pointed to two very different scales for development in different parts of the city, bound by the shared threads of traffic, parking requirements and affordable housing.

June 19, 2018 | 6 comments
Local golfers doing just fine at Amateur championships

Portola Valley resident Colt McNealy finished the first day of the California Amateur Golf Championships in a four-way tie for first place, shooting a 3-under 69 to share the lead with Thomas Hutchinson, Brad Reeves and Tyler Guo at the Omni La Costa Resort and Spa on Monday.

June 19, 2018 | No comments yet
Tuesday: SLAC lecture explores 'The End of Spacetime'

SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory will host "The End of Spacetime," a special public lecture by theoretical physicist Nima Arkani-Hamed, on Tuesday, June 19, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m at the Panofsky Auditorium at SLAC.

June 18, 2018 | No comments yet
Police calls: Woodside woman wires $15,000 to bail out her 'grandson'

Crime reports from Woodside, Atherton, West Menlo Park and Menlo Park.

June 19, 2018 | 6 comments
Wednesday: What's next for Atherton's civic center?

Council meets Wednesday to decide what to do about far-over-budget bids
The Atherton City Council was supposed to be awarding the bid for its new civic center at its Wednesday, June 20, meeting and had tentatively scheduled a groundbreaking ceremony for a week later. And then the bids were opened.

June 20, 2018 | 3 comments
Tonight: Menlo Park council wrapping up budget process

Starting July 1, Menlo Park will spring headfirst into its next fiscal year without a hitch -- if the City Council works through some changes tonight (June 19) to the proposed budget put forward by City Manager Alex McIntyre earlier this month.

June 19, 2018 | No comments yet
Latin American art gallery opens its doors in downtown Menlo Park

Veteran art collector and curator Marcela del Alcazar has put a halt to her retirement to launch a new art gallery, Marcela's Village, in downtown Menlo Park.

June 30, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Planning Commissioner Drew Combs considering second council run

Menlo Park planning commissioner, 2014 City Council candidate and current Facebook employee Drew Combs has informed The Almanac he is "seriously considering" a November run for City Council as a representative of District 2.

June 18, 2018 | 35 comments
Monday: Planning Commission discusses potential revisions to downtown plan

The Menlo Park Planning Commission was to discuss possible revisions to a development plan for the city's downtown that officials only five years ago thought would last decades when it met Monday night, June 18.

June 18, 2018 | 4 comments
iSing wins international contest

Palo Alto girls choir takes the grand prize at Robert Schumann International Choral Competition
Palo Alto's iSing Silicon Valley girls choir has won the grand prize at the eighth International Robert Schumann Choral Competition.

June 18, 2018 | No comments yet
Home sales

Mountain View continues with top sales volume
A complete listing of home sales on the Midpeninsula.

June 16, 2018 | No comments yet
Ex-Theranos executives indicted by federal grand jury

Elizabeth Holmes, Ramesh 'Sunny' Balwani each face up to 20 years in prison
The former CEO and COO of embattled blood-testing company Theranos have been indicted by a federal grand jury for an alleged multimillion-dollar scheme to defraud investors, doctors and patients.

June 16, 2018 | 2 comments
Magee now leads in county schools superintendent race

Nancy Magee has pulled ahead of Gary Waddell for the first time since the initial Election Day results were posted, according to election results released on Friday afternoon, June 15, but the county elections office says more than 46,000 ballots still need to be counted.

June 15, 2018 | No comments yet
Magee now leads in county schools superintendent race

Nancy Magee has pulled ahead of Gary Waddell for the first time since the initial Election Day results were posted, according to election results released on Friday afternoon, June 15, but the county elections office says more than 46,000 ballots still need to be counted.

June 15, 2018 | No comments yet
New report offers tips for tackling Peninsula's two biggest headaches

A newly released report by two Bay Area nonprofits shines light on how the Peninsula's twin problems -- a stunted, costly housing supply and jam-packed roads triggered by major job growth in the area -- are inextricably linked.

June 20, 2018 | 5 comments
Woodside: Council favors ethics code that addresses complaints informally

Proposed code would replace one considered inflexible and punitive in tone
An expanded version of an earlier story: On June 12, after hearing from representatives of a committee formed to consider alternatives to the inflexible language and punitive tone in the current ethics code, the Woodside Town Council leaned toward a new code that would remind officials of a sense of "higher purpose."

June 15, 2018 | No comments yet
On the recruiting trail with M-A football star Heimuli

Menlo-Atherton football coach Adhir Ravipati and senior-to-be Daniel Heimuli have been spending some time on the road visiting universities which have offered Heimuli. It's been an eye-opening experience.

June 15, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo College turns men's volleyball over to Hollenbeck

Menlo College Vice President for Athletics Keith Spataro worked quickly to fill the men's volleyball coaching position, hiring Todd Hollenbeck on Thursday to replace Menlo-Atherton grad Atlee Frechette, who stepped down just a few days ago.

June 15, 2018 | No comments yet
Poetry, fine art celebrated at Menlo Park Library

A celebration of poetry and fine art is on tap at the Menlo Park Library on Monday evening, June 18.

June 15, 2018 | No comments yet
Open space district steps back from proposal for red barn site

MROSD board votes to look at other ways for public to access preserve
It looks like they won't be -- to paraphrase Joni Mitchell -- paving paradise to put up a parking lot, at least not next to the iconic red barn off Highway 84 between Skyline Boulevard and La Honda.

June 15, 2018 | 1 comment
The family that saves together…

Pixar gets the 'supers' back together for 'Incredibles 2'
The long-awaited sequel "Incredibles 2" fails to reach the heights Pixar's best but remains impressive all the same. It's another big-scale adventure with full-throttle action sequences, a bit of mystery, and career complications testing the structural integrity of this nuclear family of superheroes.

June 14, 2018 | No comments yet
A guide to summer jazz

Local concert season heats up
Summertime is golden for live jazz on the Peninsula.

June 14, 2018 | No comments yet
Un-American activities

'Finks' sheds light on dark Hollywood history
Joe Gilford's "Finks" is a slightly fictionalized story of what his parents (comics and activists Jack Gilford and Madeline Lee Gilford) experienced during the Hollywood blacklistings of the 1950s.

June 14, 2018 | No comments yet
East Palo Alto to host Juneteenth celebration

City's annual festival seeks to honor African-American culture and heritage
Juneteenth holds a particular significance to the identity of East Palo Alto, where an event on Saturday will mark the long-standing community and national holiday.

June 14, 2018 | No comments yet
Woodside: Commuters and weekend through traffic are making roads less safe, parents tell council

Traffic rerouting services for commuters threaten pedestrian safety in Woodside, particularly on roads used by children to get to and from school, residents say. The problems continue on weekends with through traffic, they told the Town Council.

June 14, 2018 | 41 comments
SHP's best, brightest athletes to continue at next level

Tennis star Sara Choy, who was 79-1 as a singles player during her high school tennis career, is one of 19 Sacred Heart Prep seniors who will continue their athletic careers in college. The school recently honored the class, which will compete for programs as close as Stanford (Choy) and as far as the east coast, with athletes committed to Princeton, Harvard and Georgetown.

June 14, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Half-million dollar bathrooms coming to Jack W. Lyle Park

The Menlo Park City Council has approved a nearly $500,000 contract with Suarez & Munoz Construction, Inc., to build permanent bathrooms at Jack W. Lyle Park.

June 29, 2018 | 22 comments
Menlo Park ironing out how to get electric vehicle charging stations across city

Driving around Menlo Park, it seems as though Teslas and other electric vehicles are a dime a dozen. And the numbers bear this out: the International Council of Clean Transportation reports that 15 percent of all new vehicles registered in Menlo Park in 2016 were electric, placing Menlo Park fourth among California cities that year. But as the share of individuals and households with green vehicles rises in the city, the city has to figure out how to make sure there are enough charging stations to go around, on both public and private lots.

June 14, 2018 | 3 comments
Update: Race for county schools superintendent coming down to the wire

Latest count shows only 75 votes separate candidates
With 105,091 votes counted in the contest for the San Mateo County Office of Education superintendent post, only 75 votes separate candidates Gary Waddell and Nancy Magee.

June 14, 2018 | No comments yet
Former Atherton finance director John Johns has died at 58

Former town of Atherton finance director John Paul Johns died on June 2 at the age of 58.

June 14, 2018 | 6 comments
Menlo fire district warns of 'catastrophic consequences' from mobility issues

Letters to local jurisdictions don't include data to back up warnings
The Menlo Park Fire Protection District has sent letters to the municipalities it covers asking for joint meetings to address "mobility" problems in the district that the letters warn "will have catastrophic consequences for those needing emergency services."

June 13, 2018 | 23 comments
Woodside: Residents express concern about 'plans' for new fire station

Residents in the vicinity of Haciendas Drive in Woodside turned out on Tuesday evening (June 12) to complain to the Town Council about tentative plans for a fire station on the northeast corner of Haciendas and Woodside Road.

June 13, 2018 | 2 comments
Menlo College losing men's VB, track and field coaches

Menlo-Atherton High grad Atlee Frechette is stepping down from her post as men's volleyball coach at Menlo College to focus on the family business, it was announced Tuesday. Track and field coach Dan Noel also announced he is stepping down from his position at Menlo to pursue a law degree at UCLA.

June 13, 2018 | No comments yet
Today: World music concert launches summer series in Portola Valley

With the arrival of summer, the annual free outdoor concert series in Portola Valley begins Thursday, June 21. The 10-piece jazz band Wobbly World Music will open the 2018 series on the lawn at Town Center from 6 to 8 p.m.

June 21, 2018 | No comments yet
Residents to prompt Woodside council on safe routes to school

Also on the agenda: new ethics code, cannabis ordinance and proposed budget
A group of Woodside residents has plans to give a presentation to the Town Council on June 12 to show concern for children's safety when walking and biking to school. Also on the agenda: a budget, a cannabis ordinance and a new ethics code.

June 12, 2018 | No comments yet
Tonight: Portola Valley council considers priorities, housing among them

The Portola Valley Town Council is set to discuss and establish its priorities for the fiscal year that begins on July 1. The council meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 13, in the Historic Schoolhouse at 765 Portola Road.

June 13, 2018 | No comments yet
Off they go

Five graduating seniors talk about the genesis of their career plans
For students about to graduate from high school, visions of the future tend not to include horizons. No mileposts have gone by marking sadder and wiser perspectives after a career they've grown tired of or any number of surprises, achievements and disappointments.

June 13, 2018 | No comments yet
New volunteer group blooms after closure of Random Acts of Flowers

In the wake of the closure of Random Acts of Flowers, a new group called Blossom Buddies has sprouted up with a similar purpose: to deliver flowers locally to the ailing and elderly.

June 13, 2018 | No comments yet
Questions raised over council members' expense-paid travel

Two Menlo Park City Council members, Kirsten Keith and Catherine Carlton, have reported receiving contributions from US Asia Innovation Gateway, a Palo Alto-based trade organization that may not be legally authorized to pay for local elected officials' travel.

June 12, 2018 | 23 comments
Flood Park plan pits sports field supporters against neighbors

Plans to add a new sports field at the 21-acre Flood Park in Menlo Park have pitted the park's immediate neighbors against some youth sports supporters over the how the park should be used in the years to come.

June 13, 2018 | 17 comments
Conlon headed to November ballot for state treasurer

Atherton resident coming in second in primary race
Atherton's Greg Conlon appears to be one of the winners in the June 5 primary election, coming in second in the race for state treasurer and winning a place on the November ballot against San Francisco Democrat Fiona Ma.

June 12, 2018 | 1 comment
Caltrain expands Bikes Board First pilot program

Starting this week, Caltrain is expanding a pilot program that allows bicyclists to board "bike cars" on trains before other passengers in an effort to make the transit agency's service more efficient.

June 14, 2018 | No comments yet
Neighbors protest open space district's plans for red barn site

Public meeting on proposed project Tuesday night in La Honda
Residents of the La Honda area and communities nearby are unhappy with the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District's plans to build a visitor center near the iconic red barn. A public meeting on the project is Tuesday night, June 12, in La Honda.

June 11, 2018 | 10 comments
Menlo Park resident plays big role in U.S. U17 soccer match

Menlo Park resident Sophia Jones and Stanford commit Kennedy Wesley played the full game, helping to keep Canada out of the net, and the U.S. women's junior national soccer team beat the Canadians 1-0 in the final group play match of the CONCACAF U17 Women's Championships on Friday in Florida.

June 11, 2018 | No comments yet
Valentine delivers a movable feast for Guy Plumbing

Brent Valentine had a home run and a triple, with 6 RBI, to lead Guy Plumbing to a 7-2 win over Old Pro in the Menlo Park Little League Majors City Championship game at Burgess Park.

June 11, 2018 | No comments yet
Vandal punctures tires in La Entrada School parking lot

Someone has been forcing metal screws into the tires of vehicles belonging to the staff of La Entrada School over the last few months, according to Menlo Park police and the school principal.

June 11, 2018 | 2 comments
Back to the drawing board for Atherton?

Low bid on civic center is $16 million over estimate
Only two of the five contractors Atherton had prequalified to bid on the project to build the town's new civic center complex submitted bids, and when those bids were opened on Tuesday, June 5, the news wasn't good.

June 9, 2018 | 13 comments
A grand goodbye

The Class of 2018 at Woodside High School assembled, for the final time, at 10 a.m. on the football field on Friday, June 8, to graduate and consign their high school experiences to the place of memories.

June 8, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo School honors its college-bound student-athletes

Menlo School officially honored the 18 student-athletes who will study and compete in their respective sports in colleges spread across the country.

June 8, 2018 | No comments yet
Senior moments

The big day arrives for M-A grads, and it's a sunny one
Sunshine joined family and friends on Thursday to send off about 470 Menlo-Atherton High School seniors, who crossed a threshold into a new phase of their lives during a festive ceremony.

June 8, 2018 | No comments yet
Painterly reflections

Woodside artist Jim Caldwell talks about his creative process and how water, in all its forms, shaped his one-man show
Woodside artist Jim Caldwell talks about his creative process and how water, in all its forms, shaped his one-man show at Art Ventures Gallery in Menlo Park. He will give a presentation at the gallery on Thursday, June 14.

June 10, 2018 | No comments yet
Singers perform Puccini at Italian dinner in Woodside

Last year's Italian opera and dinner night was such a big hit the Village Hub is hosting it again on June 16 at Woodside Village Church.

June 8, 2018 | No comments yet
Cue the cool jazz

'Ocean's Eight' spinoff an amiable, female-led heist movie
As the title suggests, "Ocean" is a spin off -- and also a sequel to -- Steven Soderbergh's 2000s trio of heist films: "Ocean's Eleven," "Ocean's Twelve" and "Ocean's Thirteen." But this time, the women are the masterminds.

June 7, 2018 | No comments yet
They've got magic to do

Los Altos Stage Company shines with 'Pippin'
If you're looking for an odd, funny, rather magical way to spend an evening, head to the Bus Barn Theater and catch Los Altos Stage Company's production of the musical "Pippin."

June 7, 2018 | No comments yet
Victim injured in North Fair Oaks shooting

One person was shot Wednesday night in North Fair Oaks, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.

June 7, 2018 | No comments yet
Heavy traffic expected today from M-A graduation

Atherton police are warning residents to expect "extremely heavy" traffic in the area of Menlo-Atherton High school today (June 7) because the school will be holding its graduation ceremony.

June 7, 2018 | No comments yet
Stanford, Menlo College each have baseball players drafted

Stanford infielders Beau Branton and Duke Kinamon were drafted on the final day of MLB's First-Year Player Draft on Wednesday, joining three other teammates who were taken over the first two days of the event. Menlo College's Joe Gillette was also drafted.

June 7, 2018 | No comments yet
SamTrans announces partnership with Facebook, Plenary Group to explore Dumbarton corridor project

SamTrans announced Wednesday, June 6, that its Board of Directors will be working with Facebook and Plenary Group, an infrastructure developer, to look into how to advance projects on the Dumbarton Transportation Corridor -- an endeavor that could reopen the Dumbarton rail bridge for passenger service.

June 7, 2018 | 5 comments
Hacker guilty on all counts in attack on Almanac Online

Federal jury convicts Ross Colby Wednesday in San Jose
A federal jury on Wednesday, June 6, convicted former San Francisco resident Ross M. Colby of two felonies and three misdemeanors relating to computer hacking that preceded the Sept. 17, 2015, take-down of Almanac Online and four other websites of parent company Embarcadero Media.

June 7, 2018 | No comments yet
Shadows in 'The Valley'

Local filmmaker tackles teen suicide in debut feature
"The Valley" tells the story of a wealthy Indian-American family living in Atherton. The successful, picture-perfect Kumars seem to have it all but are devastated by the shocking suicide of college freshman Maya.

June 8, 2018 | No comments yet
Financial outlook is improving for Menlo Park City School District

With one-time state funds, district projects a slight surplus in coming fiscal year
With an expanding economy bringing in extra property tax and one-time state revenues, plus a slowdown in projected enrollment growth, the Menlo Park City School District is cancelling planned spending cuts for the coming fiscal year.

June 7, 2018 | 2 comments
94-unit apartment building proposed on Independence Drive

A 94-unit, eight-story apartment building at 111 Independence Drive in eastern Menlo Park, near the Marsh Road-U.S. 101, interchange, has been proposed by SP Menlo LLC.

June 7, 2018 | 7 comments
Portola Valley voters renew utility users tax

Measure allows Town Council to lower the 4.5 percent rate after 2020
With 84.2 percent voting in favor, Portola Valley voters renewed a 4.5 percent utility users tax until June 30, 2023, according to unofficial results from the San Mateo County Elections Office.

June 6, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Neighbors' opposition to proposed house earns concessions

To quell neighbors' outrage about a new proposed house they say is too tall and perhaps not sufficiently aesthetic, the Menlo Park City Council voted unanimously on June 5 to require the person proposing the two-story, 2,717-square-foot home at 752 Gilbert Ave. to make some changes.

June 6, 2018 | 7 comments
Bridge-toll hike poised to pass

With strong support in Santa Clara County and San Francisco, Regional Measure 3 nears victory
Wednesday morning election results show Bay Area voters on the cusp of approving a regional measure that would raise tolls at seven state bridges by $3 to fund $4.5 billion in transportation improvements.

June 6, 2018 | 4 comments
Menlo softball players repeat as NAIA Scholar-Athletes

Menlo College softball players Brooke Shigematsu and Alaina Morgan earned a return trip onto the Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athletes list it was announced Tuesday. The seniors, who graduated in Mat, maintained a GPA of 3.50 or greater.

June 5, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo School's Xu named to Jr. USA team; senior team wins

Menlo School setter Selina Xu and Stanford commit Caitlin Baird earned spots on the U.S. women's junior national volleyball team that will compete at the NORCECA U20 Continental Championship in Mexico, which begins June 18 with a match against Puerto Rico.

June 5, 2018 | No comments yet
Sheriff's race: Bolanos winning, but opponent's numbers impressive

Early election night results show appointed incumbent Sheriff Carlos Bolanos easily winning his bid to retain his seat, but challenger Mark Melville has garnered a stunning 41 percent of votes in the preliminary tally.

June 5, 2018 | 29 comments
Horsley wins a third term as county supervisor

Voters have swept incumbent Don Horsley to victory for a third four-year term on the five-member Board of Supervisors of San Mateo County.

June 5, 2018 | No comments yet
Sheriff Carlos Bolanos retains his post

Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos will retain his position at the top of the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office, a position he's held since July 2016 when he was appointed by a divided Board of Supervisors. But opponent Mark Melville's showing in the contest against a sitting sheriff was uncommonly strong.

June 5, 2018 | 37 comments
$70 million bond measure passes in Las Lomitas school district

Election night results show measure has nearly 66 percent of vote
Results posted by the county elections office at the end of election night showed that voters in the Las Lomitas Elementary School District had approved a $70 million bond measure by a wide margin.

June 5, 2018 | 9 comments
Update: Waddell still slightly ahead in schools superintendent race

Candidates are 501 votes apart
The race for the San Mateo County Office of Education's superintendent of schools is still a squeaker, with Gary Waddell ahead of Nancy Magee with the Thursday, June 7, vote totals released, but his percentage of votes is shrinking.

June 5, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Council to hear appeal on controversial two-story home in Vintage Oaks

A fraught conflict between property owners wanting to build a two-story home in Vintage Oaks and their single-story homeowner neighbors could be resolved tonight (June 5).

June 5, 2018 | 7 comments
Woodside: Fire station may move east along Woodside Road

For decades, firefighters returning to the main fire station in Woodside have had to stop on the highway in front of the station, put their engines into reverse and back into the stalls. That limitation may be going away.

June 5, 2018 | No comments yet
Police calls: Scam tricks would-be renters with condo not actually for rent

Crime reports from Menlo Park, Portola Valley and Menlo Oaks.

June 8, 2018 | No comments yet
Weigh in on how to spend potential county sales tax

Leaders in San Mateo County are considering putting a half-cent sales tax on the November ballot to raise money for local transportation projects.

June 15, 2018 | 3 comments
Menlo Park: Give input on park facilities

The city of Menlo Park is developing a master plan for its parks and recreation facilities and is hosting a community meeting Saturday, June 9, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Menlo Park Senior Center, 110 Terminal Ave., for people to weigh in on what they'd like to see added or done to improve park facilities over the next 20 years.

June 8, 2018 | 2 comments
Menlo Park summer concert series begins June 13

Menlo Park's annual summer concert series is set to launch Wednesday, June 13, with a performance by the Sun Kings, a Beatles tribute band, at Fremont Park.

June 12, 2018 | No comments yet
Woodside school seventh-grader designs award-winning, cost-efficient solar device

Georgia Hutchinson won a first prize at state science and engineering fair
Woodsider Georgia Hutchinson has come up with a way to make producing solar energy more efficient and less costly -- and she's only in seventh grade.

June 7, 2018 | 2 comments
Menlo Park: City prepares to invest in water system

Menlo Park will need to invest heavily, and soon, in the city's municipal water system infrastructure, according to the findings of a report and master plan developed by city staff and consultants.

June 5, 2018 | No comments yet
Today: Third study session on Atherton budget

Park fence lines and fire district meeting request also on agenda
With construction of the town's new civic center scheduled to begin soon, Atherton plans to spend more on capital improvement projects in the 2018-19 fiscal year than it will running the rest of the town.

June 6, 2018 | No comments yet
Alpine-West Menlo LL: Guy Plumbing wins the title

Sam Boyd had a double and a single and scored two runs, and teammate Brent Valentine connected for a three-run home run in the fifth inning, as Guy Plumbing beat Peak Performance, 10-3, in the championship game of the Alpine-West Menlo Majors Playoffs.

June 4, 2018 | No comments yet
Miranda, Tomkinson write finish to track and field season

Menlo sophomore Charlotte Tomkinson and senior Robert Miranda each made the most of their appearance at the CIF State Track and Field Championships over the weekend, producing personal bests in their respective events and giving the season a sense of accomplishment.

June 4, 2018 | No comments yet
Roommate: Alleged hacker said he was paid to attack news site

Suspect's friend thought it was just a boastful claim
Alleged Almanac Online hacker Ross M. Colby told a housemate that he had hacked a news website for pay, according to testimony in San Jose federal court on Friday.

June 2, 2018 | 3 comments
Home sales

One-story PA home on big lot sells for $18 million
A complete listing of home sales on the Midpeninsula.

June 2, 2018 | No comments yet
Bolanos' fundraising in sheriff's race dwarfs that of opponents

About 9.5 percent of incumbent's donations come from employees he oversees
An expanded version of an earlier story

Incumbent Carlos Bolanos' campaign war chest donations for the sheriff's race include contributions by 108 employees of the Sheriff's Office, including captains, lieutenants, sergeants, deputies and corrections officers, totaling 9.5 percent of their current boss' total campaign funds.

June 4, 2018 | 14 comments
Update: Vegetation fire at Webb Ranch fully contained

A vegetation fire of about one acre at Webb Ranch that was reported around 6 p.m. today in the general vicinity of the intersection of Interstate 280 and Alpine Road is now fully contained, according to a bulletin issued at 7:48 this evening (June 1) by Fire Marshal Denise Enea of the Woodside Fire Protection District.

June 1, 2018 | No comments yet
Sunday: Library launches summertime puppetry festival

The Menlo Park Belle Haven Library is hosting a three-month-long puppetry celebration, including performances by various professional puppet companies and puppet arts and crafts, beginning on Sunday, June 3, at 2 p.m.

June 1, 2018 | No comments yet
Spending is high in county schools superintendent race

Magee and Waddell have spent more than $90,000 each
The two candidates running for San Mateo County superintendent of schools on the June 5 ballot, Gary Waddell and Nancy Magee, have each raised more than $100,000 in their race for a job with a base salary of about $235,000 a year.

June 1, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Firefighters extinguish house fire in Sharon Heights

A one-alarm fire on the evening of Thursday, May 31, may have caused as much as $150,000 in damages to an unoccupied 6,000-square-foot, two-story home on La Loma Drive in the Sharon Heights neighborhood of Menlo Park, according to Chief Harold Schapelhouman of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District.

June 1, 2018 | No comments yet
State track and field: Tomkinson pushes past barriers

Menlo School sophomore Charlotte Tomkinson's progression as an 800-meter runner as the high school track and field season unfolded has been nothing short of stunning.

June 1, 2018 | No comments yet
Second day of Almanac Online hacking trial focuses on FBI probe

Defense attempts to discredit FBI work while prosecution tries to connect Ross Colby to the crime
During the second day of the federal trial of Ross M. Colby, who is charged with hacking Almanac Online, Palo Alto Online and other Embarcadero Media websites on Sept. 17, 2015, Colby's defense attorney attempted to challenge the FBI investigation's credibility.

June 1, 2018 | No comments yet
Bridging the generation gap

'Three Days of Rain' is a fitting farewell for Dragon director
It's funny how stories that might seem unremarkable if they were spooled out in a traditionally chronological manner take on resonance and intrigue when they unfold backward, giving the audience a peek into the past.

May 31, 2018 | No comments yet
Existential crisis

'First Reformed' looks at what ails churches, the human psyche
At 70, writer-director Paul Schrader, the foremost cinematic chronicler of dysfunctional American masculinity, has reached something like an apotheosis with his themes in "First Reformed," set in and around a small Dutch Reform church in upstate New York.

May 31, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: City reveals $141.6 million spending plan

Two new hotels in town and ever-rising property tax revenues promise a rosy fiscal year starting in July, according to the city of Menlo Park's financial team. The council is scheduled to host its first discussion of the budget Tuesday, June 5, at its meeting scheduled for 7 p.m.

June 5, 2018 | 7 comments
Saturday: Local actor tells story of baseball legend Ty Cobb

Actor and author Norm Coleman will perform his one-man re-enactment of baseball legend and longtime Atherton resident Ty Cobb at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 2.

May 31, 2018 | No comments yet
Sacred Heart Preparatory grads bound for college

All 148 of the students who graduated from Atherton's Sacred Heart Preparatory in its 120th commencement ceremony on May 25 are headed to college.

June 8, 2018 | No comments yet
A solid round helps Menlo golfers finish third at state

Menlo School senior Max Ting opened his round at Wednesday's CIF state golf tournament with a bogey. He ended it with a birdie. In between, he and his teammates played well enough to finish third behind Torrey Pines and Palm Desert but ahead of De La Salle and St. Francis.

May 31, 2018 | No comments yet
2018 ALL-LEAGUE BASEBALL TEAMS

2018 ALL-LEAGUE BASEBALL TEAMS
Santa Clara Valley Athletic League

June 1, 2018 | No comments yet
Getting it down on paper

A different aspect of the Anderson Collection on view
The Anderson Collection is featuring "Salon Style: Collected Marks on Paper," which features drawings, collages and paintings.

June 14, 2018 | No comments yet
Bond, parcel tax are on June 5 ballot in Ravenswood district

Measures would support learning, technology, facilities improvements
The K-8 Ravenswood City School District, which includes East Palo Alto and parts of Menlo Park,is seeking voter approval of two ballot measures on Tuesday, June 5: a renewed parcel tax and a $70 million bond.

May 31, 2018 | 5 comments
Tuesday: Budget, report on goals on Menlo school board agenda

Menlo Park City School District will also celebrate staff milestones
The Menlo Park City School District's proposed budget, a review of the Local Control Accountability Plan's goals for the district and a celebration for district employees who are retiring or reached milestones this year are all on the agenda for the school board's meeting on Tuesday, June 5.

June 4, 2018 | No comments yet
Highway 84 reopens following accident this afternoon

Highway 84 between Skyline Boulevard and Portola Road has been reopened following a large truck and trailer accident this afternoon (May 30).

May 30, 2018 | 1 comment
Portola Valley's passionate 'pollinator'

Danna Breen cultivates community in her kitchen and her garden
Danna Breen of Portola Valley, who has been designing gardens on the Peninsula and San Francisco for over 40 years, is also a master at cultivating personal connections.

May 30, 2018 | 1 comment
Donations pour in for Las Lomitas bond measure backers

Majority of donors are from construction industry
More than $40,000 was donated to the committee backing a $70 million bond measure in the Las Lomitas school district in a span of less than three weeks in May, documents filed by the campaign show.

May 31, 2018 | 3 comments
Menlo Park man pleads no contest to credit union robbery

A 57-year-old Menlo Park resident pleaded no contest on May 29 to felony robbery and admitted prior felonies on the condition he be sentenced to no more or less than 14 years in state prison.

May 30, 2018 | No comments yet
2018 ALL-LEAGUE SOFTBALL TEAMS

2018 ALL-LEAGUE SOFTBALL TEAMS
Peninsula Athletic League Ocean Division
First team
Marygrace Waller, Menlo-Atherton, Frosh
Miranda Calderon, Menlo-Atherton, Soph

May 30, 2018 | No comments yet
Prep report: Champions of the classroom

Menlo School, Castilleja, Sacred Heart Prep and Palo Alto combined to produce 14 Top 5 Central Coast Section Scholastic teams during the spring season. The CCS Office released the list of reporting schools Tuesday.

May 30, 2018 | No comments yet
Accused AlmanacNews.com hacker allegedly intended economic damage

Opening trial day focused on the breadth of destruction and key evidence
The 2015 hack on AlmanacNews.com and parent company Embarcadero Media appeared designed to inflict significant financial damage on the news group, according to testimony in federal court Tuesday (May 29).

May 30, 2018 | No comments yet
Atherton still looking for police sleeping quarters

Atherton continues to search for some place its police officers and dispatchers can sleep between or after 12-hour shifts.

May 31, 2018 | 34 comments
Menlo Park: Nonviolence activist announces large-scale sculpture plans

Artist and nonviolence activist Lin Evola announced she plans to build a 64-foot-tall sculpture somewhere in Silicon Valley at a recent fundraiser at Art Ventures Gallery, 888 Santa Cruz Ave. in Menlo Park.

June 3, 2018 | No comments yet
Tuesday: Menlo Park city manager to talk about upcoming year's budget

With the start of the next fiscal year just a little more than a month away, Menlo Park's City Manager Alex McIntyre is scheduled to hold a public meeting Tuesday, May 29, to talk about his $142 million spending plan to carry the city through next June.

May 29, 2018 | No comments yet
M-A, Menlo girls produce three CCS track and field champions

Jessica Eagle won the 100, Maggie Hall won the 200, and both M-A girls relay teams advanced to the state meet Friday at the Central Coast Section track and field championships at Gilroy High. Menlo's Charlotte Tomkinson won the 800.

May 29, 2018 | No comments yet
2018 Boys Lacrosse All-league Teams

2018 Boys Lacrosse All-league Teams
West Catholic Athletic League
Player of the Year: Tommy Barnds, Sacred Heart Prep
First team
Tommy Barnds, Sacred Heart Prep, Jr.
Jack Devine, Bellarmine, Sr.
Cody Wiebe, Sacred Heart Prep, Jr.

May 29, 2018 | No comments yet
West Bay Opera delivers a fresh and fiendish 'Carmen'

Georges Bizet's "Carmen" is one of the most frequently performed operas in the Western canon, so does the world really need another staging of it? Music lovers (and critics) should be forgiven for asking that question, but would do better to ask instead: What can an opera production company do with an old war horse? Look to the current production by West Bay Opera for the answer.

May 29, 2018 | No comments yet
Fire district's board hadn't seen budget details

Menlo fire board approved budget after seeing only executive summary
When the Menlo Park Fire Protection District's board unanimously gave preliminary approval to the 2018-19 fiscal year budget on May 15, neither the board nor its finance subcommittee had seen more than an 11-page "executive summary" of the proposed budget.

May 30, 2018 | 6 comments
Trial of alleged AlmanacNews.com hacker began Tuesday

Ross Colby faces five federal counts in 2015 attack on Embarcadero Media websites
The jury trial of a San Francisco man accused of executing a damaging hacking attack of AlamancNews.com, PaloAltoOnline.com and three other Embarcadero Media websites began on Tuesday, May 29, in San Jose federal court.

May 28, 2018 | No comments yet
Home sales

Highest sale price in East Palo Alto nears $2 million
A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula.

May 26, 2018 | No comments yet
Fire district projected budget: $2.7M surplus for coming year

District spent down its reserves by $13.7 million this fiscal year
The Menlo Park Fire Protection District's board has given preliminary approval to a proposed budget for the 2018-19 fiscal year that projects $54.63 million in revenues and $51.94 million in spending.

May 30, 2018 | 7 comments
East Palo Alto man found not guilty of 2013 murder

Tyrone Sostenes Love-Lopez, 25, remains in custody after jury deadlocks on six charges
An East Palo Alto man who was arrested during the "Operation Sunny Day" sweep was found not guilty Thursday of murdering Lamont Coleman in 2013, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office.

May 25, 2018 | 1 comment
Menlo Park: Dirt alert at Bedwell Bayfront Park

A plan to restore the salt ponds around Bedwell Bayfront Park into their former identity as tidal marshes will get underway this summer.

May 31, 2018 | No comments yet
Wine Walk on Saturday

The fifth "Wine Walk" fundraiser for the Menlo Park Atherton Education Foundation will be held on Saturday, June 2, from 2 to 5 p.m.

June 1, 2018 | No comments yet
Portola Valley: Community members gather to discuss possible purchase of Alpine Inn

Lucy Neely initiates community effort to buy the Alpine Inn to "preserve its character and make improvements in alignment with its character." Other groups are interested and Neely is trying to get them to collaborate rather than compete.

May 27, 2018 | 2 comments
Police calls: Hare found hanging from a basketball hoop in Portola Valley

Crime reports from Portola Valley, Ladera, Atherton and Menlo Park

May 29, 2018 | 3 comments
Local athletes hope to run victory laps at CCS meet

Central Coast Section track and field preview
The half-miler, the miler and the two-miler. Palo Alto's distance runners have established a fruitful division of specialization. And now Reed Foster in the 800, Sam Craig in the 1,600 and Henry Saul in the 3,200 have all qualified for Friday's Central Coast Section track and field championships at Gilroy High.

May 25, 2018 | No comments yet
Mansion for sale in Menlo Park at record-breaking $21 million

Commanding prices deemed downright Athertonian, a Menlo Park home is currently listed for sale at $21 million, a record for the city, according to McNair Group, the group selling it.

May 25, 2018 | 9 comments
Smuin's 'Dance Series 02' comes to Mountain View

Smuin, the contemporary ballet company, will close its season with performances of "Dance Series 02," including the world premiere of the whimsical "If I Were a Sushi Roll" by choreographer Val Caniparoli.

May 24, 2018 | No comments yet
Bizet's colorful 'Carmen' arrives on West Bay Opera stage this weekend

West Bay Opera is closing its season with "Carmen," by Georges Bizet, with performances beginning on Friday, May 25, on the Lucie Stern Theatre stage in Palo Alto.

May 24, 2018 | No comments yet
Millennial Falcon?

'Solo' ages down Han for a 'Star Wars' origin story
Like estimations of how many parsecs it takes to make the Kessel Run, your mileage may vary when it comes to "Solo: A Star Wars Story."

May 24, 2018 | No comments yet
Local teens affected by housing crisis share their stories

Kepler's Books hosts panel for four students to talk about experiences, solutions to regional housing shortage
Displacement causes trauma. Make housing affordable. Be an ethical landlord. These were among the pleas and assertions emblazoned on colored-marker posters that adorned the bookshelf walls of Kepler's Books during a May 23 panel discussion in which local high school students talked about their experiences with displacement and gentrification.

May 25, 2018 | 1 comment
Filoli hosting annual Flower Show

The Woodside estate will hold its annual Flower Show starting Friday, June 1 through Sunday, June 3 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

May 31, 2018 | No comments yet
Portola Valley: Council approves $5,000 deposit for commercial cannabis applicants

The Portola Valley Town Council voted unanimously on Wednesday (May 23) to approve a one-time application fee of $750 and a deposit of $5,000 for up to 30 hours of staff work for people wanting to grow commercial cannabis in town.

May 24, 2018 | 1 comment
New library talks on hold for next few months

Some urge affordable housing to be part of proposal
Citing inadequate community meeting room facilities and other deficiencies with the current Menlo Park Library, Menlo Park staff has recommended the City Council approve a number of steps to make good on an offer by John Arrillaga to rebuild the city's library if the city will invest a hefty $30 million for the estimated $58 million proposal. But residents and attendees of a council meeting May 22 pointed to flaws in the public process that made it feel as though they had not been heard, and urged the council to include affordable housing as part of the proposed project.

May 24, 2018 | 3 comments
'Chef Darren' to debut

Menlo Park filmmaker premieres new work
"Chef Darren: The Challenge of Profound Deafness," is Menlo Park filmmaker Dorothy Fadiman's latest work, a documentary on a man's journey from a childhood isolated by deafness to the opening of his own award-winning restaurant in Southern California.

May 24, 2018 | No comments yet
Woodside: Ordinance would ban commercial marijuana activity

Personal outdoor cultivation would be OK if done discreetly
In a study session on Tuesday evening (May 22), the Woodside Town Council directed staff to prepare a draft ordinance that would ban commercial marijuana activity in town, but permit some outdoor cultivation for personal use.

May 23, 2018 | 8 comments
Menlo Park: Council approves project to rebuild the Guild

Vintage movie theater to get makeover as 'state-of-the-art' music and events venue
It might be a new city record: In less than six months, an idea to rebuild the fading Guild Theatre in downtown Menlo Park as a live music and events venue went from not-yet-submitted proposal to council-approved plan.

May 23, 2018 | 2 comments
Menlo Park City School District wants residents to take online survey

June 30 is deadline to participate
Want to let the Menlo Park City School District know how you feel about it? The district is providing an opportunity to do just that until June 30 with an online community survey.

May 24, 2018 | No comments yet
New Menlo school district preschool still has openings

Early Learning Center opens on lower Laurel School campus in August
The new Menlo Park City School District preschool that will open at Laurel School Lower Campus in Atherton in August still has some openings for both full-day and afternoon-only students.

May 23, 2018 | No comments yet
Tuesday: Woodside council in study session on marijuana regulation

Marijuana and how to regulate it for medicinal and adult use is the topic for a study session Tuesday, May 22 at the Woodside Town Council meeting.

May 22, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo golfers are state-bound after placing second at NorCals

Kripa Dharan, Charlie Hsieh and Seth Pope each birdied the first hole at Woodbridge Golf and Country Club on Monday, setting the stage for Menlo School's boys golf team to finish second in the NCGA/CIF Northern California Championship and earn a bid into the state tournament, a first in school history.

May 22, 2018 | No comments yet
Horsing around

Portola Valley celebrates equestrian traditions with community fair
On a recent Saturday in Portola Valley, in a shady and grassy corner of the Town Center, children were having a particularly good time celebrating the equestrian aspects of living in a town with a history of equestrian aspects.

May 24, 2018 | 2 comments
Menlo Park fire district will become a landlord

Home on Valparaiso and space in warehouse will both be rented
The Menlo Park Fire Protection District will soon become a landlord, after voting to rent out on the open market a home it purchased in March for $3.2 million and to rent space in its East Palo Alto warehouse to the federal government.

May 22, 2018 | 4 comments
Menlo Park councilwoman held Facebook shares through most of 2017

Amended state-mandated documents reveal that it took Menlo Park City Council member Catherine Carlton six months to sell Facebook shares after learning her husband owned company stock.

May 22, 2018 | 58 comments
Sheriff write-in candidate says he's running to proclaim he has secrets

Deputy Heinz Puschendorf, at one time the president of the San Mateo County Deputy Sheriff's Association, is running for the top job of sheriff in the June 5 election.

May 22, 2018 | 8 comments
Police calls: Man pours water on colleague then takes his money

Crime reports from Menlo Park, Atherton and Portola Valley.

May 23, 2018 | No comments yet
Tuesday: Menlo Park council to hash out offers to rebuild two community institutions

Council could make big decisions on Guild Theatre, city library rebuild proposals
Talk about first-world problems. The city of Menlo Park has two offers on the table by affluent donors to rebuild buildings some consider to be community institutions: the Guild Theatre and the city library in the Civic Center. Both are scheduled for discussion over next steps at Tuesday's City Council meeting.

May 21, 2018 | 2 comments
Trailblazing microbiologist Stanley Falkow dies at Portola Valley home

Stanley Falkow, a resident of Portola Valley, professor emeritus in microbiology and immunology at the Stanford University medical school, and a pioneer in determining how bacteria cause human disease and develop resistance to antibiotics, has died.

May 21, 2018 | No comments yet
Henig, Lusk each place in a pair of individual 'A' finals

Menlo-Atherton senior Izzi Henig will be swimming in a few meets over the summer as she prepares for her future at Yale University. Her final high school meet put an exclamation point on an outstanding prep career.

May 21, 2018 | No comments yet
Central Coast Section track and field entries are finalized

Priory senior Keyshawn Ashford recorded the third fastest qualifying time in the 100 meters at the Central Coast Section track and field preliminaries at Gilroy High on Friday. He's one of 26 local athletes who will appear at the CCS finals on Friday at Gilroy High.

May 21, 2018 | No comments yet
A great baseball season comes to a close for SH Prep

Sacred Heart Prep is a league baseball champion and won more than twice as many games as it did a year ago. Losing in the first round of the Central Coast Section Open Division, 8-0, to Valley Christian doesn't change any of that.

May 21, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo completes undefeated tennis season in NorCals

Menlo School completed its season's mission on Saturday, defeating Bellarmine, 6-1, in the championship match of the CIF Northern California Boys Tennis Championships at the Broadstone Racquet Club in Folsom.

May 21, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Saturday evening house fire contained quickly

A house fire reportedly caused by a plumbing project mishap broke out on Ambar Way in Menlo Park on Saturday evening (May 19), but was quickly extinguished by firefighters and a handyman who had been on the scene to notice the first signs of the wall and attic blaze.

May 20, 2018 | 4 comments
Atherton council agrees it wants non-park location for water facility

Council still hasn't ruled out the park or given up the $13.6 million Caltrans-funded project
Atherton City Council members haven't yet ruled out putting a massive underground water storage and filtering facility in Holbrook-Palmer Park, but they have unanimously agreed they'd prefer some other location.

May 18, 2018 | 7 comments
Man run over by truck while sleeping dies in East Palo Alto

Police: fatality being investigated as a traffic accident
A 47-year-old homeless man who was sleeping on an abandoned mattress on an East Palo Alto street was killed after being run over by a truck on Thursday morning, East Palo Alto police Cmdr. Jeff Liu said.

May 18, 2018 | 1 comment
Feeling groovy

MOAH celebrates record players throughout history
At the Museum of American Heritage's (MOAH) current exhibition, "In the Groove: A History of Record Players," visitors can encounter a variety of models of phonographs, gramophones, jukeboxes and turntables, learn about the history of the technology, and even select songs to spin.

May 18, 2018 | No comments yet
Glass Animals headline Frost Festival

Pop band Glass Animals will headline Stanford University's seventh annual Frost Music & Arts Festival this Saturday, May 19.

May 18, 2018 | No comments yet
Baby blues

Charlize Theron struggles with motherhood in 'Tully'
The ennui of a white, middle-aged suburban mother gets the full treatment from screenwriter Diablo Cody and director Jason Reitman in the comedy-drama "Tully."

May 18, 2018 | No comments yet
Palo Alto, SH Prep ready for CCS baseball openers

Palo Alto and Sacred Heart Prep open CCS baseball playoffs in the Open Division on Saturday at 2 p.m. Palo Alto travels to Los Gatos while Sacred Heart hosts Valley Christian. Pinewood opens Division III play at St. Francis-Watsonville.

May 17, 2018 | No comments yet
Court hears U.S. appeal of preliminary injunction that kept DACA program in place

Judges take case under submission, will issue written ruling at later date
A panel of U.S. appeals court judges appeared to give a cool reception Tuesday to a government lawyer who urged them to overturn a preliminary injunction by a federal judge in San Francisco that protected undocumented young immigrants from deportation.

May 17, 2018 | 3 comments
Menlo tennis players double their fun with CCS title

The Menlo School boys' tennis duo of seniors Clark Safran and Bo Leschly, who clinched the Knights' 5-2 victory over Bellarmine in the Central Coast Section team tennis championship match, earned another trophy playing together Wednesday.

May 17, 2018 | No comments yet
Woodside's baseball season ends with a tough loss in CCS

The Woodside baseball team's season came to an end Wednesday with a 5-2 loss to Wilcox in the first round of the Central Coast Section Division I playoffs. But in keeping with the way the season went for the Wildcats it was another respectable showing.

May 17, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Council endorses charter city vote

Come November, Menlo Park voters may be asked to decide whether to convert the city from a "general law" city, with a standardized constitution, to a "charter" city, with a more customizable one.

May 19, 2018 | 2 comments
Belle Haven group launches petition to transfer school from Ravenswood district

Weekday mornings, Menlo Park's Belle Haven neighborhood bustles with outbound kids, says neighborhood association member Sheryl Bims.

May 17, 2018 | 39 comments
Menlo Park: Three new downtown buildings get Planning Commission nod

Three new buildings planned for the site now occupied by the Mid-Peninsula Animal Hospital and its neighboring businesses near the Caltrain station were cleared for approval by the Menlo Park Planning Commission on Monday, May 14.

May 16, 2018 | 15 comments
Menlo Park: Planning Commission hits pause on controversial office building

A proposed single-story office building expected to house little more than 10 professionals was halted Monday, May 14, when the Menlo Park Planning Commission voted 6-0 to continue its review of the project when the developer had more thoroughly addressed neighborhood concerns about the office's expected traffic and parking impacts.

May 17, 2018 | 2 comments
Menlo places second at CCS golf tournament; M-A golfer is third

Menlo School's top five golfers finished among the top 26, led by Max Ting's round of 68, as the Knights placed second to St. Francis in the Central Coast Section boys golf championships at Laguna Seca Golf Ranch on the Monterey Peninsula on Tuesday.

May 15, 2018 | No comments yet
Today: Day-long wildland fire drill along northern border of Woodside

The venue for the annual day-long wildland fire drill in the Woodside Fire Protection District this year -- happening Wednesday, May 16 -- will be the open areas along the northern border of Woodside.

May 15, 2018 | 1 comment
Portola Valley: Corporation formed in effort to buy Alpine Inn

Three informational meetings planned for next week in the town library
News of a community investment opportunity to safeguard the future of a much-loved burger joint -- the Alpine Inn -- should be making the rounds in Portola Valley soon.

May 17, 2018 | 33 comments
Alumni report: M-A grad part of Claremont tennis success

Menlo-Atherton grad Casey Morris has to be enjoying his freshman year playing tennis with Claremont McKenna College. He's undefeated in both singles and doubles competition this spring and the Stags host Chicago in the NCAA Division III team tennis championships on Monday.

May 15, 2018 | No comments yet
Oaks have field days at track and field invitationals

Menlo College's Jonnythan Munkholm, Tommy Wright and Da'Schele Sauls each competed in the Oxy Invite, hosted by Occidental College in Los Angeles on Saturday and put up solid numbers on the day.

May 15, 2018 | No comments yet
Park water facility back on Atherton agenda Wednesday

Atherton's City Council meets Wednesday, May 16, with an agenda full of items that the council has seen before, including the water capture facility the town is considering installing in Holbrook-Palmer Park.

May 15, 2018 | 1 comment
Affordable housing fees from Stanford could raise $156 million

Santa Clara County could collect at least $156 million in affordable housing dollars from Stanford University in the coming years if the university opts to build out all the new space it plans for, based on a fee supervisors voiced support for on May 8.

May 15, 2018 | No comments yet
Supervisor candidates cite traffic and housing as priorities

Dan Stegink and Don Horsley are running for San Mateo County supervisor of District 3 in the June 5 primary election. Both have primary concerns of reducing traffic congestion and increasing affordable housing.

May 16, 2018 | 5 comments
Fine points of feminism

Woodside scholar says a tradition of feminism is hard-won in France
A public campaign, in print, advocating for the rights of women has been going on for centuries in France, according to two new books by Woodside resident and historian Karen Offen.

May 18, 2018 | 1 comment
Police calls: Fraudsters strike, hitting pay dirt twice

Crime and accident reports for Menlo Oaks, Menlo Park and Portola Valley

May 15, 2018 | 3 comments
The Knights return to the CCS tennis winner's table

The two boys tennis matches that had very little to do with the outcome of Menlo School's 5-2 victory over Bellarmine Prep in the Central Coast Section championship Friday, were in many ways the most important matches.

May 14, 2018 | No comments yet
Prep report: Two teams, two sports, two league champions

Sacred Heart Prep can make a case for the unofficial Central Coast Section champion in boys lacrosse. The Gators lost once to a CCS opponent all season and they took their revenge in a big way, beating visiting St. Ignatius, 12-5, in the West Catholic Athletic League championship game on Friday.

May 14, 2018 | No comments yet
Milkshakes and a league title make for happy Knights

Charlotte Swisher, your team just won the West Bay Athletic League girls lacrosse championship and you scored three goals. Where do you go next? "We're going to the Creamery to get some milkshakes," she said.

May 14, 2018 | No comments yet
Prep report: PAL T&F, CCS badminton tourney and more

Jessica Eagle won the 100 and 200 and helped the Menlo-Atherton 4x100 relay team win the opening running event as M-A literally ran away from the rest of the league to capture the Peninsula Athletic League girls track and field championship with 101 points, 52 better than second-place Carlmont.

May 14, 2018 | No comments yet
High school students awarded Kiwanis scholarships

Ten Peninsula high school students have been awarded scholarships from the Woodside Terrace A.M. Kiwanis Club, organizers said Sunday.

May 17, 2018 | No comments yet
Project Read fundraiser aims to support literacy programs

Project Read-Menlo Park officials and volunteers are hoping the community will support the library-associated literacy program through financial donations during a one-day "Giving for Literacy" event set for Tuesday (May 15).

May 13, 2018 | No comments yet
More than 400 firearms turned in during gun buyback event

San Mateo County sheriff's deputies collected more than 400 guns for destruction at a gun buyback event on May 5, according to the sheriff's office.

May 13, 2018 | 48 comments
Home sales

Remodeled 118-year-old Palo Alto home sells for $5 million
A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula.

May 14, 2018 | No comments yet
Atherton photographer's work on exhibit at Portola Art Gallery

Artist reception is set for Saturday, May 12
A collection of photographs by Atherton resident Larry Calof capturing sunrises and sunsets, primarily around the West and Southwest, is on exhibit through the month of May at the Portola Art Gallery, located at the Allied Arts Guild in Menlo Park. An artist reception is set for Saturday afternoon (May 12).

May 11, 2018 | No comments yet
Three local students win merit scholarships

Two Menlo-Atherton High School students and one student at Woodside High have been named winners of individual $2,500 scholarships from the National Merit Scholarship Corp., a privately funded nonprofit based in Illinois.

May 11, 2018 | No comments yet
Proxy recount yields win for water company board incumbents

In a hotly contested process that logged more than 32 hours over three consecutive days in East Palo Alto, the board incumbents of the Palo Alto Park Mutual Water Company on May 10 were declared the winners in an election battle with a resident coalition called Neighbors for Better Water.

May 15, 2018 | 1 comment
'Party' down

Melissa McCarthy goes back to school, skips class
Comedian Melissa McCarthy and her director/co-writer husband, Ben Falcone, have produced another vehicle for her exceptional talents as a character-based comedic star. McCarthy and Falcone's previous efforts together -- "Tammy" and "The Boss" -- underwhelmed, which may explain why "Life of the Party" finds them aiming straight for the lowest common denominator and, sadly, hitting the bull's eye.

May 11, 2018 | No comments yet
Prep lacrosse: A tale of two cities in league title tilts

Sacred Heart Prep rallied from a deficit to beat visiting Mitty, 11-10, in the semifinals of the West Bay Athletic League girls' lacrosse tournament Thursday. The Gators (13-5) will meet next-door neighbors Menlo (14-5) in the WBAL championship Saturday night at 7 p.m. at Palo Alto High. Palo Alto and Gunn meet for the SCVAL title on Saturday morning.

May 11, 2018 | No comments yet
Local teams 'psych-ed' for CCS swimming championships

Bellarmine is the prohibitive favorite to continue its string of Central Coast Section boys swimming titles but the girls competition appears to be wide open, with five teams slightly above the rest of the section.

May 11, 2018 | No comments yet
Prep report: M-A ends PAL baseball play on a high note

Tommy Eisenstat pitched a four-hitter and drove in a pair of runs as Menlo-Atherton beat visiting Aragon, 9-1, in a Peninsula Athletic League Ocean Division regular-season finale on Thursday.

May 11, 2018 | No comments yet
Search for suspect connected with La Entrada lock-out leads to arrest

San Mateo County deputies located and arrested the man suspected of a stabbing in West Menlo Park that led to what was initially reported as a lock-down of La Entrada School on Monday morning (May 7), according to a report from the Sheriff's Office.

May 10, 2018 | No comments yet
Illuminating ideas

Menlowe Ballet's diverse spring program blends the classic with the contemporary
With its upcoming show "Illume" (a synonym for "enlighten"), Menlowe Ballet will honor a beloved heroine, offer an excerpt from a classic and present the final major work of a master.

May 10, 2018 | No comments yet
'Slices' of life

Pear Theatre event showcases original short plays
The Pear Theatre drew a packed house for the May 4 opening night of "Pear Slices 2018," in which the best of eight new short plays featured the existential philosophizing of three hot dogs endlessly rotating in a convenience store broiler.

May 10, 2018 | No comments yet
Prep baseball: Big wins for Sacred Heart Prep, Palo Alto

Ryan Friere singled home the tying run and then scored the go-ahead run as Sacred Heart rallied past visiting Sequoia, 8-5, on Wednesday in a Peninsula Athletic League contest.

May 10, 2018 | No comments yet
Big save leads Sacred Heart Prep into WCAL title match

Cody Weibe's goal-saving play in the final minutes allowed Sacred Heart Prep to beat visiting Bellarmine, 8-6, in the semifinals of the West Catholic Athletic League Boys' Lacrosse tournament on Wednesday.

May 10, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo boys looking to restart another CCS title streak

Menlo School survived a few close matches and an animated Menlo-Atherton rooting section Wednesday to earn another shot at a Central Coast Section boys tennis championship. Menlo beat M-A, 5-2, to advance into the finals against Bellarmine, which beat Monta Vista, 4-3, after being down 3-1. The match is slated for Friday at 1:30 p.m., also at Bay Club.

May 10, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Proposal for new office building causes alarm for Willows residents

The Willows Market in Menlo Park could get a new neighbor. A proposal to build a single-story, 3,584-square-foot nonmedical office building is scheduled for review by the Menlo Park Planning Commission at its meeting on Monday, May 14.

May 10, 2018 | 33 comments
Menlo Park: Council opts for Ravenswood Avenue-only rail separation

Despite 'selecting' favored option, council vows to keep researching better options
When pressed to make a decision -- since allocated consultant funding has dried up and then some -- Menlo Park's City Council finally bit the proverbial bullet of pragmatism and picked a favored option to separate the Caltrain rails from city roads, even while advising staff to research better options.

May 9, 2018 | 32 comments
Woodside council sticks with November election to fill empty seat

The Woodside Town Council, normally a governing body of seven members, is now at six, where it has been since early March and where it is likely to remain until the election in November.

May 9, 2018 | No comments yet
Prep report: M-A into lacrosse semis, Woodside baseball wins

Menlo-Atherton returns to Menlo on Thursday for a semifinal match in the West Bay Athletic League girls lacrosse tournament. The Bears earned their spot in the semis with a 17-5 victory over visiting Castilleja in Tuesday's quarterfinal match.

May 9, 2018 | No comments yet
M-A boys are looking to ring Bells in CCS volleyball

Menlo-Atherton senior Aaron Letvin recorded 19 kills and seven aces to lead the Bears to a 24-26, 25-15, 25-19, 25-13 Central Coast Section quarterfinal victory over visiting Salinas on Tuesday night.

May 9, 2018 | No comments yet
CCS boys golf: Menlo, Paly advance to the CCS final round

Palo Alto and Menlo School advanced to the main event that is the Central Coast Section Boys Golf Championships to be held Tuesday at the Laguna Seca Golf Ranch on the Monterey Peninsula.

May 9, 2018 | No comments yet
Meticulously renovated Lindenwood fountain is ready for another century

The story of the fountain in Marion and Bob Oster's Lindenwood garden shows just how far history lovers will go to preserve a piece of the past.

May 10, 2018 | No comments yet
Atherton holds school shooter forum for school officials

Drills, plans and sharing information all important, police say
With recent local and national incidents fresh in their minds, representatives from most of the nine schools in Atherton got together with members of the Atherton Police Department on Tuesday, May 8, to talk about responding to school shootings.

May 16, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo-Atherton, Menlo to meet in CCS tennis semifinals

Take it from somebody who knows; this was the biggest upset in at least two decades for the Menlo-Atherton boys' tennis team. The Bears came away with a 4-3 Central Coast Section quarterfinal victory over host St. Francis on Monday at Cuesta Park.

May 8, 2018 | No comments yet
Prep report: SHP, Menlo advance in WCAL boys lacrosse

Ben Ramsey scored seven goals, helping Sacred Heart Prep open the West Catholic Athletic League boys lacrosse playoffs with a 17-4 victory over visiting Serra on Monday.

May 8, 2018 | No comments yet
Tuesday: Woodside council reconsiders leaving a seat vacant until November

A majority on the Woodside Town Council had been content to leave one seat vacant until the election in November. On Tuesday, May 8, they'll be reconsidering after residents of the affected district advocated for an appointment to the empty seat.

May 8, 2018 | 2 comments
Menlo Park: Park James Hotel slated to open doors in July

A 61-room boutique hotel to be called the Park James Hotel, being built at the corner of Glenwood Avenue and El Camino Real in Menlo Park, is being prepared for a July opening.

May 9, 2018 | 4 comments
Tuesday: Menlo Park council set to discuss rail separation, charter city consideration

Session on earthquake readiness also scheduled for 6 p.m.
Big matters are scheduled for the Menlo Park City Council Tuesday night, May 8, including picking a preferred alternative for how to separate the Caltrain rail lines from city streets and whether to move forward with a November ballot measure to become a charter city.

May 8, 2018 | No comments yet
Saturday: Battle of the Bands, garlic food contest and more at 'Bay Area Brew & FanFest'

People looking for a way to spend their Saturday afternoon in Menlo Park may consider attending a Facebook festival from 1 to 6 p.m. at its headquarters on Saturday, May 12.

May 11, 2018 | No comments yet
Glimpse of history: Flood estate artifacts offer a look into the past

Atherton's Lindenwood neighborhood is full of artifacts from grand estate
Passersby who happen to pause to peer through the opening in the fence fronting Marion and Bob Oster's property in the Lindenwood neighborhood of Atherton may get more than they had bargained for -- a glimpse into the Midpeninsula's opulent past.

May 10, 2018 | 4 comments
Windmill School, now in a permanent home, celebrates grand opening

Windmill School just opened its new and permanent home at 900 Portola Road -- the grand opening was Sunday, April 28 -- and school officials say that the seats are all taken for the 2018-19 school year.

May 9, 2018 | 1 comment
Challengers square off against an appointed incumbent for sheriff

Until late April, the race for sheriff of San Mateo County had been a two-man affair -- between appointed incumbent Sheriff Carlos Bolanos and Deputy Mark Melville. Now it's three: Deputy Heinz Puschendorf is a write-in candidate.

May 9, 2018 | 7 comments
Woodside: Location of horse arena drives controversy over project

After a third conceptual design review, a formal review by Woodside's Architectural and Design Review Board is likely to be the next step for a controversial proposal to create an equestrian complex on a 14-acre property near the entrance to Wunderlich Park.

May 10, 2018 | 3 comments
Waddell and Magee vie for county superintendent of schools job

Two employees of the San Mateo County Office of Education, Deputy Superintendent Gary Waddell and Associate Superintendent Nancy Magee, are vying to take over their boss's job this June after Anne Campbell declined to run for a third term as the county's superintendent of schools.

May 11, 2018 | No comments yet
Wednesday: Overnight closure on U.S. 101 scheduled

To allow construction work on a pedestrian and bicycle bridge across U.S. 101 at Clarke Avenue in East Palo Alto, Caltrans will close southbound U.S. 101 between University Avenue and Embarcadero Road in East Palo Alto and Palo Alto overnight starting Wednesday, May 9, and ending in the early hours of Thursday, May 10.

May 8, 2018 | 1 comment
Woodside celebrates May Day all day

Woodside's annual May Day party, celebrated with a parade and other activities on Saturday, also acknowledged the Mexican holiday, Cinco de Mayo.

May 8, 2018 | 2 comments
Menlo Park school district celebrates science

Four schools hold science events; state science fair winners announced
Not only did four Menlo Park City School District schools hold science-related events during a week in April, the district also heard that two students won awards at the state science fair.

May 10, 2018 | No comments yet
Prep report: SHP still in first place despite losing

Sacred Heart Prep held on to its slim lead in the Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division despite losing to visiting Terra Nova, 2-1, on Friday.

May 7, 2018 | No comments yet
M-A's Anderson clears the hurdles and PR's in long jump

Menlo-Atherton senior Nick Anderson jumped to new lengths in winning the Peninsula Athletic League long jump championship, one of three boys finals held during the league trials Friday at M-A.

May 7, 2018 | No comments yet
UPDATE: Lock-down lifted at La Entrada School

Deputies lifted the lock-down at La Entrada School at 2200 Sharon Road in Menlo Park at about 9:06 a.m. today (Monday, May 7), Sheriff's Office Detective Rosemerry Blankswade told The Almanac at about 10:25 this morning.

May 7, 2018 | No comments yet
Supes advise Stanford: No skimping on housing dollars

It's a $362 million two-part question: How much should Stanford University have to pay to cover the extra housing demand that will be created as the university proceeds with its ambitious campus development plans between now and 2035? And, crucial to Stanford's northern neighbors, where should that money go?

May 7, 2018 | No comments yet
La Entrada School closed as deputies search for suspect in domestic dispute

Deputies from the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office say that La Entrada School at 2200 Sharon Road in Menlo Park is closed and may be considered in lockdown as part of an ongoing search for a man allegedly involved in a domestic dispute earlier this morning (Monday, May 7).

May 7, 2018 | 2 comments
Home sales

New Crescent Park home sells for almost $8 million
A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula.

May 6, 2018 | No comments yet
AAA offers free 'Tipsy Tow' for Cinco de Mayo

Service open to non-AAA members
The American Automobile Association is offering free tow truck services to motorists and the general public celebrating Cinco de Mayo on Saturday.

May 5, 2018 | No comments yet
Saturday: Cash paid for unwanted guns

Law enforcement officials are offering cash for guns, no questions asked, on Saturday, May 5, between 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. at 1402 Maple St. in Redwood City.

May 4, 2018 | 40 comments
SH Prep clinches regular season WCAL lacrosse title

Tommy Barnds scored six goals and the Sacred Heart Prep boys lacrosse team clinched the West Catholic Athletic League regular-season title, beating host Serra, 20-1, in Thursday's regular-season finale.

May 4, 2018 | No comments yet
Prep report: Woodside, Gunn pick up baseball wins

Owen Crevelt doubled twice and drove in three runs, helping host Woodside beat Aragon, 9-3, in a Peninsula Athletic League Ocean Division baseball game Thursday. Gunn rallied to beat Santa Clara in the SCVAL.

May 4, 2018 | No comments yet
Road closures planned for Sunday morning Big Bear Run

Atherton police warn of traffic impacts from event
The Atherton Police Department is warning that Menlo-Atherton High School's Big Bear Run on Sunday morning, May 6, will affect local traffic, with some roads closed and others backed up from about 8:45 a.m. to 11 a.m.

May 4, 2018 | No comments yet
Camper to replace LB Steak in Menlo Park

More details are out on the restaurant taking over the former LB Steak space in downtown Menlo Park.

May 3, 2018 | 1 comment
Voting centers, drop-off locations open for Tuesday's election

June 5 election has new voting format
Voters can drop off completed ballots in boxes that can be found throughout San Mateo County on Tuesday or vote in person at centers that will be open through 8 p.m.

May 7, 2018 | No comments yet
Roam on the range

A young 'Rider' contemplates life after rodeo
"The Rider" is based on Lakota saddle bronc rider and horse trainer Brady Jandreau, who must contemplate his life as a rodeo cowboy after suffering a near-fatal head injury.

May 3, 2018 | No comments yet
Roam on the range

A young 'Rider' contemplates life after rodeo
"The Rider" is based on Lakota saddle bronc rider and horse trainer Brady Jandreau, who must contemplate his life as a rodeo cowboy after suffering a near-fatal head injury.

May 3, 2018 | No comments yet
Atherton looking for place for officers, dispatchers to sleep between shifts

Employees talk about need for local housing at council meeting
Atherton is trying to find a new option that would give its police officers and dispatchers a nearby place to sleep between 12-hour shifts.

May 4, 2018 | 22 comments
Menlo School presents 'Oliver!'

Outdoor production runs two weekends
"Oliver!," the musical based on Charles Dickens' 1838 novel "Oliver Twist" will be presented outdoors on the quad at Menlo School on the weekends of May 4-6 and May 11-12, featuring a cast of middle school and high school students.

May 3, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo Park council members call for review of city's travel policy

In light of "several inquiries from our greater community," Menlo Park City Councilman Rich Cline requested a review of the city's travel policy for council members by email Tuesday.

May 3, 2018 | 1 comment
Thursday: Lessons and guidance for the coming wildfire season

With the 2017 wildfire season over and the 2018 season coming soon, the Woodside Fire Protection District will hold a community meeting Thursday night on what residents can do before, during and after a wildfire.

May 3, 2018 | No comments yet
Prep baseball: Paly, SH Prep maintain league leads

With a six-run first inning as a cushion the Palo Alto baseball team went on to an 11-7 win Wednesday over Wilcox at Carney Lansford Field. Sacred Heart Prep took advantage of a walk and a hit batsman to score two early runs without benefit of a hit and went on to beat host Terra Nova, 5-1,in PAL action.

May 3, 2018 | No comments yet
Prep report: M-A, Gunn net volleyball victories

Sacred Heart Prep dropped a 13-25, 25-20, 25-20, 25-18 boys volleyball match to visiting Fremont on Wednesday night in Santa Clara Valley Athletic League action. Gators boys lacrosse goes for regular-season title Thursday.

May 3, 2018 | No comments yet
Local leaders split over transportation measure

Voters in nine Bay Area counties prepare to weigh in on Regional Measure 3 in June
Few would dispute that the Bay Area urgently needs relief from traffic jams, but reasonable people are finding much to disagree about when it comes to Regional Measure 3, a proposal to raise $4.5 billion for transportation improvements by gradually raising tolls at seven Bay Area bridges.

May 7, 2018 | 7 comments
Accident snarls traffic at El Camino Real and Valparaiso Avenue

Atherton police reclassify accident; no longer a hit-and-run
Atherton police have changed the classification of the accident that rendered inoperable the traffic signal at El Camino Real and Valparaiso Avenue on Wednesday afternoon and led to traffic jams on El Camino.

May 2, 2018 | No comments yet
Prep golf: Menlo School wins tournament title

Akira Isayama shot a round of 71, Ahmed Ali and fellow Palo Alto senior Sergei Mata each shot a 72 and the Vikings defended their Santa Clara Valley Athletic League El Camino Division title Tuesday, nudging past Saratoga, 371-373, at the Santa Teresa Golf Club.

May 2, 2018 | No comments yet
So close yet so far away in M-A PAL baseball setback

Baseball can be a beautiful game. It can also be agonizing. Tuesday's 6-4 loss in 11 innings to The King's Academy at Frank Bettencourt Field included way more of the latter than would be desirable for the Menlo-Atherton baseball team.

May 2, 2018 | No comments yet
Prep report: WBAL lacrosse playoffs are taking shape

The Menlo-Atherton girls lacrosse team celebrated its Senior Day with an 11-5 victory over Castilleja on Tuesday in West Bay Athletic League play. The Bears (9-8, 7-4) enter the final day of the regular season tied with Mitty in the standings.

May 2, 2018 | No comments yet
Second executive resigns from foundation amid scandal

Silicon Valley Community Foundation's HR executive blamed for failing to protect staffers
Amid a storm of complaints of workplace harassment, the Silicon Valley Community Foundation announced Tuesday its executive in charge of human resources will be leaving.

May 1, 2018 | 3 comments
Guest opinion: A test of Menlo Park council leadership

Menlo Park is expected to finally decide this year -- possibly as soon as this month -- where and how it wants to separate city streets from Caltrain tracks. It will then begin a long process to apply for future state and county funding.

May 4, 2018 | 16 comments
M-A boys' golfers are looking to keep playing together

Monday's final round of the Peninsula Athletic League boys golf tournament at Crystal Springs Gold Course in Burlingame was "about individuals competing against other," M-A coach Jennifer Taylor-Smith said. "It's a pride thing." The Bears did not disappoint

May 1, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo School grad Heneghan joins San Francisco 49ers

Menlo School grad Jack Heneghan is putting his college experience to good use. At least he's getting the chance. The Dartmouth starting quarterback under former Stanford coach Buddy Teevens the past two years, Heneghan will be coming home after signing a free-agent contract with the San Francisco 49ers.

May 1, 2018 | No comments yet
Of local note: Menlo earns top seed in CCS tennis; M-A is No. 5

Menlo School earned the top seed for the Central Coast Section team tennis tournament that begins Wednesday. Menlo-Atherton received the No. 5 seed and Gunn also earned a spot in the tournament.

May 1, 2018 | No comments yet
Inveterate inventor

Woodside's Rodney Perkins can't stop pursuing patents
What do collagen injections, surgical lasers, and now, a hearing aid that uses light to transmit sound, have in common? All were pioneered by Dr. Rodney Perkins, an otologist-inventor and Woodside resident who has made hearing and entrepreneurship the twin pillars of his life's work.

May 2, 2018 | No comments yet
Three-term limit proposed for Menlo Park council

Rounding out his 12th year on the Menlo Park City Council, Councilman Rich Cline has seen it all -- disputes over zoning, homeowner concerns and contracts, for instance -- but he's ready to relinquish his seat and wants to make sure that others will too, following tenures as long as his.

May 1, 2018 | 14 comments
Portola Valley School District may have to borrow to pay repair bill

As Portola Valley School District officials prepare to ask voters for a bond measure that would pay for improvements in the district's two schools, Mother Nature seems determined to help prove the district needs the money.

May 1, 2018 | 4 comments
Top Menlo Park fire district compensation for 2017 totaled $378,703

Deputy Fire Chief Donald Long had the highest total compensation in the Menlo Park Fire Protection District in 2017 -- $378,703 -- and was one of 24 district employees making more than $300,000, a report recently released by the fire district shows.

May 2, 2018 | 40 comments
Wednesday: Atherton council considers overnight officer quarters

Study session will also look at capital improvements budget
Atherton's capital improvements budget and whether the town should provide a place for its police officers to sleep between 12-hour shifts will be on Wednesday afternoon's City Council study session agenda.

May 2, 2018 | 9 comments
Injured cyclist sues Woodside over conditions on Old La Honda Road

Traversing the 3.4 miles of Old La Honda Road in Woodside is not for the faint of heart. It's narrow, it's steep, it's one curve after another, and as the primary route to and from home for at least 75 households, it is not a road less traveled. And now it is the subject of a lawsuit.

May 1, 2018 | 64 comments
Sheriff wants to continue efforts to help county's at-risk populations

San Mateo County Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos is running to be elected to the office to which he was appointed in July 2016. The Almanac spoke with Bolanos, asking him about issues that matter most. The Almanac invited Deputy Mark D. Melville, also running, to some back-and-forth about the issues.

May 3, 2018 | 17 comments
Police calls: Fraudsters con one, maybe two; third doesn't buy it

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

May 4, 2018 | No comments yet
Prep report: SHP wins in lacrosse; top track, field marks

Billy Barnds and Tommy Barnds each scored four goals and Sacred Heart Prep beat visiting Los Gatos 18-5 in a nonleague boys lacrosse match on Saturday. Menlo School grad Madeline Price ran anchor on Duke's championship 4x400 women's relay at the Penn Relays.

April 30, 2018 | No comments yet
Bay Area Spare the Air smog season begins

Regional agency offers tips to protect air quality
As it gets warmer outside, Bay Area air quality officials are urging commuters to limit driving and find other ways of traveling to protect the region's air quality.

May 1, 2018 | No comments yet
Encinal Elementary gets state education award

An Atherton elementary school is among four in the Bay Area that have captured exemplary awards from the California Department of Education.

April 30, 2018 | 1 comment
Woodside gymnast wins at western regionals

Porsche Trinidad of Woodside clinched the No. 1 spot earlier this month after competing against gymnasts on five state teams: Norcal, Socal, Nevada, Utah and Arizona.

April 28, 2018 | No comments yet
In sickness and in health

New drama explores existentialism and medical ethics
The intersection of medicine, ethics and existentialism, which forms the basis for the new play "Homo Ex Machina," is of keen interest to its author, Stanford University bioethicist Karola Kreitmair.

May 3, 2018 | No comments yet
In sickness and in health

New drama explores existentialism and medical ethics
The intersection of medicine, ethics and existentialism, which forms the basis for the new play "Homo Ex Machina," is of keen interest to its author, Stanford University bioethicist Karola Kreitmair.

April 27, 2018 | No comments yet
Throwing down the 'Gauntlet'

Marvel Studios' new "Avengers: Infinity War" shows up DC Entertainment's "Justice League" in every respect: It's a truly epic adventure, spectacular and wildly entertaining, with impressive CG characters and a cast stocked with not six beloved superheroes but 20.

April 27, 2018 | No comments yet
Independent Bookstore Day

Local indie bookstores Books Inc. and Kepler's Books will be hosting special events featuring exclusive literary items at their shops on Saturday, April 28, in celebration of Independent Bookstore Day.

April 27, 2018 | No comments yet
County selects new provider for Ravenswood preschool

Current students can continue at new school
The Institute for Human and Social Development will provide preschool services for Ravenswood City School District families at the Child Development Center, the San Mateo County Office of Education announced Friday.

April 29, 2018 | No comments yet
Candidates for county sheriff debate before enthusiastic crowd

The well-attended debate on Wednesday evening (April 25) for the two candidates running for San Mateo County sheriff found Sheriff Carlos Bolanos and Deputy Mark Melville agreeing with one another more often than not.

April 30, 2018 | 44 comments
SHP names Frank director and coach of girls water polo

Sacred Heart Prep didn't have to look very far to fill the girls water polo program director and coach position. Jamie Frank had been assisting SHP boys' coach Brian Kreutzkamp for a few years as well as working with the Stanford Water Polo Club the past six years.

April 27, 2018 | No comments yet
The decision to play together worked out for M-A seniors

Menlo-Atherton's Jeffrey Jorgensen and Jake Andrew won the Peninsula Athletic League doubles title Thursday at Burlingame High. M-A players also won the thirds-place singles and doubles matches. Tim Berthier reached the singles title match, where he fell in three sets to defending champ Thomas Reznik of Carlmont.

April 27, 2018 | No comments yet
Late rallies in baseball spell victory for Gunn, M-A

Jake Wang singled home the go-ahead run in the bottom of the sixth inning, completing a comeback in a 3-2 victory over visiting El Camino in a Peninsula Athletic League Ocean Division baseball contest Thursday.

April 27, 2018 | No comments yet
Despite protest, Ravenswood school board renews superintendent contract

Gloria Hernandez-Goff's employment extended for two years
After weeks of upheaval in the Ravenswood City School District, the Board of Education voted 3-1 Thursday to renew Superintendent Gloria Hernandez-Goff's contract for two years.

April 27, 2018 | 26 comments
Menlo Park: Carlton voted to approve Facebook development while owning company shares

In November 2016, Menlo Park City Coucilwoman Catherine Carlton gave her stamp of approval to two major projects that granted Facebook massive development rights, giving the social media company permission to build more than a million square feet of office space with a hotel and rezoning over 50 acres of the company's property, thereby paving the way for the company to later propose its "Willow Village," the city's largest-ever development. Those votes may also represent political ethics violations, public documents reveal.

April 27, 2018 | 28 comments
SVCF facing calls for new leadership

CEO of $13 billion Silicon Valley Community Foundation placed on leave, accused of allowing 'toxic' culture
The Silicon Valley Community Foundation is reeling from a crisis of leadership following allegations last week that the organization had allowed a toxic workplace culture to fester for years. On Thursday (April 26), its founding CEO Emmett Carson was placed on paid leave.

April 26, 2018 | 1 comment
Tonight: Ravenswood school board to vote on superintendent's contract

Renewal comes amid allegations of mismanagement, discrimination
The Ravenswood school district community has become divided in the weeks leading up to today's scheduled vote on the renewal of Superintendent Gloria Hernandez-Goff's contract.

April 26, 2018 | No comments yet
Prep report: Paly wins big, SHP walks off with a victory

Max Jung-Goldberg collected four hits, scored three times and drove in a run, leading host Palo Alto past Milpitas, 17-2, in a league game Wednesday. Yianni Gardner scored on a fielding error with one out in the bottom of the 11th inning to lift host Sacred Heart Prep past Capuchino, 2-1, on Wednesday.

April 26, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Council subcommittee recommends current study parameters for Caltrain grade separations

At a recent discussion of how the City Council should move forward from a stalemate over picking a "preferred alternative" to separate the rail line from city roads, one organized group of residents provided a very decisive voice.

April 26, 2018 | 19 comments
Menlo Park launches master plan process for parks

What should happen at the city's public parks and open spaces over the next 20 years?

April 25, 2018 | 2 comments
Median housing prices hit record across Bay Area

San Mateo County has highest median sale price
Housing prices in the Bay Area jumped 14.7 percent from 2017 and hit a new peak of $820,000 in March, according to data released by research firm CoreLogic.

April 25, 2018 | 1 comment
Menlo Park: Newcomer unseats Planning Commission's vice chair

City Council's appointment surprised some, including commissioner
In a surprise upset on what's considered one of Menlo Park's most influential commissions, Housing Commissioner Camille Kennedy unseated the Planning Commission's vice chair, Larry Kahle, during Tuesday's City Council meeting.

April 26, 2018 | 15 comments
Federal judge sentences Portola Valley man to 18 months in prison

Portola Valley resident Mark Migdal was sentenced to 18 months in prison on April 24 for conspiracy to commit bank fraud and for providing false statements to banks in connection with the sale of two condominiums, U.S. attorneys say.

April 25, 2018 | 4 comments
Family movie night Friday at Hillview

Public invited to student-sponsored fundraiser for charities
"Sing," an animated family movie, will be shown outdoors on the playing field at Hillview Middle School on Friday night, April 27, to raise funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

April 26, 2018 | No comments yet
Prep report: Menlo girls gain lacrosse win over SHP

Menlo junior Sophie Scola scored three goals and added an assist to lead her team to a 9-8 nail-biting West Bay Athletic League Foothill Division victory over rival Sacred Heart on Tuesday evening, taking the inside track on the regular season title.

April 25, 2018 | No comments yet
Privacy is focus of five short plays spotlighted Sunday

Privacy in a high-tech world will be the focus of theatrical readings of five-minute plays in a program directed by Noelle GM Gibbs, producing artistic director of the Portola Valley Theatre Conservatory, on Sunday, April 29, at City Lights Theater Company in San Jose.

April 27, 2018 | No comments yet
Seniors perform and dream big at M-A fashion show

More than 200 students will sashay on the stage on April 28 for traditional senior event
What started in 1984 as a simple luncheon for moms in Burgess Park with some 14 Menlo-Atherton High School students modeling clothes from two local stores has turned into a full-blown production and rite of passage for the graduating class.

April 25, 2018 | 1 comment
Menlo Park: Guild Theatre renovation wins Planning Commission's OK

"I never thought we'd be talking about Willie Nelson's shower size," said Menlo Park Planning Commission Chair Drew Combs at one point during Monday's livelier-than-usual Planning Commission discussion about a proposal by a local nonprofit to transform the El Camino Real Guild Theatre into a live music and community event venue.

April 25, 2018 | 4 comments
Of local note: Gymnastics, water polo and track and field

Gunn junior Ashley Kim won the individual gymnastics all-around title in the XD division at the Region I Xcel Championships in Sandy, Utah over the weekend.

April 24, 2018 | No comments yet
Prep report: M-A girls come from behind to claim win

The Menlo-Atherton girls lacrosse team rallied from a 3-goal deficit to beat host Burlingame, 12-5, in a West Bay Athletic League contest Monday. Palo Alto dropped a 12-10 decision to undefeated Los Gatos.

April 24, 2018 | No comments yet
Atherton e-waste, shredding, compost event is on Saturday 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Atherton residents can get rid of unwanted electronics, shred old documents and go home with garden compost on Saturday, April 28.

April 27, 2018 | No comments yet
Atherton council roundup: Tennis keys, high-speed rail, false alarm fees

Atherton's City Council discussed the cost of tennis court keys, fees for false alarms sent to the police department and a letter about the state's latest high-speed rail plans when it met April 18.

April 24, 2018 | No comments yet
Forum Saturday for county superintendent of schools candidates

Learn more about Nancy Magee and Gary Waddell, the two candidates for San Mateo County Superintendent of Schools, at a League of Women Voters-sponsored forum on Saturday, April 28 at 3:30 p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 2000 Woodside Road, Redwood City.

April 26, 2018 | No comments yet
School bond, facilities on April 25 agenda

Portola Valley School District meets Wednesday at 6 p.m.
Options for the amount and type of bond measure the Portola Valley School District may put on the November ballot will be presented when the district's governing board meets on Wednesday, April 25.

April 24, 2018 | No comments yet
May 5: Woodside celebrates May Day, Cinco de Mayo with traditional event

The confluence of Woodside's traditional annual May Day parade and the Mexican holiday will be celebrated with a Cinco de Mayo theme for the parade on Saturday, May 5.

April 30, 2018 | 1 comment
Police calls: Police arrest man left holding the bag; confederates get away

Crime reports from Menlo Park, Atherton and Woodside.

April 25, 2018 | 1 comment
New emergency warning system tested

System could be used throughout the Menlo Park fire district
One of the joint goals the Atherton City Council and the Menlo Park Fire Protection District's board agreed to in December was finding a way to get an audible warning to residents in an emergency. Last week they tested such a system.

April 24, 2018 | 1 comment
Wednesday: Sheriff candidates set to debate

A rare event takes place at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 25, at United Methodist Church at 2000 Woodside Road in Redwood City: a debate between two candidates running for sheriff of San Mateo County in the June 5 election.

April 23, 2018 | 55 comments
Parking garage talks lift possibility of on-site housing, entertainment

The natural consequence of drawing more people to downtown Menlo Park -- fewer open parking spots in city lots -- has become a problem for some business owners and supporters, who say it's time for Menlo Park to build a parking structure. The City Council will discuss the matter at a meeting on Tuesday, April 24.

April 24, 2018 | 11 comments
A matter of opinion

Allen Weiner on international law, how it's used and the honor of using it
Allen S. Weiner directs the international law program at Stanford. His students consider how nation states and their lawyers argue over whether war fighters and their leaders behave according to the laws of war, or are party to atrocities that could constitute war crimes.

April 28, 2018 | 2 comments
Friday: Rally for Riekes

The Riekes Center for Human Enhancement in Menlo Park will host its annual "Rally for Riekes" fundraiser on Friday, April 27, starting at 6 p.m

April 25, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo fire district real estate purchases reduce revenue for local agencies

Since 2006 the Menlo Park Fire Protection District has purchased $28.6 million of property that is now tax exempt, but would be bringing in $328,000 a year in property tax revenues for local agencies if bought by private owners.

April 25, 2018 | 8 comments
Atherton: Minor injuries in Sunday morning crash that sheared off power pole

Two Menlo Park men involved in a car accident early Sunday morning in which their car sheared off a power pole and struck a tree on Camino Al Lago in Atherton suffered only minor injuries, according to an Atherton police officer who said he spoke with the men's parents.

April 23, 2018 | 12 comments
Tonight: Planning Commission to review Guild Theatre proposal

Tonight the Menlo Park Planning Commission will review a proposal by a new nonprofit to renovate the Guild Theatre, a single-screen movie theater currently operated by Landmark Cinemas, into a live music venue.

April 23, 2018 | 2 comments
Prep report: Palo Alto boys, girls each win in swimming

Seniors Zoe Lusk, Claire Lin and Peyton Wang expect to turn it up a notch for the postseason. They helped set a high enough standard during their high school careers. They're not ready to slow down.

April 23, 2018 | No comments yet
M-A girls give baton a quick ride around Los Gatos track

It was a warm day at Los Gatos High School Saturday for the CCS Top 8 Track and Field Classic. A good day for sprinters. The Menlo-Atherton girls took full advantage.

April 23, 2018 | No comments yet
Prep report: SHP, Gunn and M-A all win nonleague games

Cade Galles drove in a run in the top of the 10th inning to help Menlo-Atherton beat host San Mateo, 2-1, in a nonleague game on Saturday. Sacred Heart Prep and Gunn also recorded nonleague baseball wins.

April 23, 2018 | No comments yet
Atherton: Power grid shut down temporarily in rescue of men trapped in car

Power has been restored to 3,444 utility customers in Atherton and Menlo Park after the grid was shut down Sunday morning so firefighters could rescue two men trapped in a car in Atherton, a PG&E spokeswoman said.

April 22, 2018 | 9 comments
Home sales

Modern Palo Alto Hills home sells for $8.75 million
A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula.

April 21, 2018 | No comments yet
New Moon

Dragon hosts show about legendary rock drummer
For three nights, drummer Keith Moon will live again on stage in Redwood City, when the Dragon Theatre hosts actor/drummer Mick Berry's one-man musical biography "Keith Moon: The Real Me."

April 20, 2018 | No comments yet
Stanford Live announces next season

Stanford Live, the university's major performing-arts organization, has announced the initial lineup for its 2018-19 season.

April 20, 2018 | No comments yet
'taste of science' Peninsula

The annual taste of science Peninsula festival (an offshoot of nationwide and worldwide events that present scientific information by experts in a fun, engaging way for the general public) will be held again April 22-28.

April 20, 2018 | No comments yet
A boy and his horse

'Lean on Pete' makes for a compelling coming-of-age tale
"You can't get attached to the horse." This is sober advice spoken to 15-year-old Charley Thompson (Charlie Plummer) who befriends an aging racehorse while working for a horse trainer one summer in the powerful coming-of-age film "Lean on Pete."

April 20, 2018 | No comments yet
Stumbling — and navigating — through Silicon Valley

Roman à clef novel tells story of a woman's journey in male-dominated industries
Anna Yen has spent decades navigating the ins and outs of Silicon Valley, launching startups and working in top positions at companies including Tesla Motors, Zoosk and MarketWatch. Now she wants to share insider tips with her new novel, "Sophia of Silicon Valley."

April 20, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo Park's Allied Arts Guild gets new cafe

The quaint Allied Arts Guild in Menlo Park has a new dining option.

April 21, 2018 | No comments yet
Early struggles motivate SH Prep grad Daschbach

When Andrew Daschbach was at Sacred Heart Prep, he was as good a three-sport athlete as you're likely to see anywhere. Now he's at Stanford and baseball is the focus of his year-round dedication. Baseball was always his first love. He has no regrets about the path he chose.

April 20, 2018 | No comments yet
Prep report: Menlo, Paly, M-A each win a lacrosse match

Ryan Young scored three goals to help the Menlo boys' lacrosse team to a 19-1 victory over host Serra in a West Catholic Athletic League game Thursday. The Menlo-Atherton girls beat St. Francis

April 20, 2018 | No comments yet
Details emerge about investigation of East Palo Alto preschool director

Ravenswood Child Development Center flagged by state for safety violations
The director of Ravenswood City School District's preschool was formally disciplined for releasing the wrong child to an unauthorized adult, according to documents the district released in response to a Public Records Act request from the Weekly.

April 22, 2018 | 1 comment
Foundation exec resigns after reports of workplace misconduct

Former Silicon Valley Community Foundation employees allege an environment of fear and intimidation
The Silicon Valley Community Foundation's second-in-command has resigned amid allegations she sexually harassed and abused co-workers, the nonprofit organization announced on Thursday afternoon.

April 19, 2018 | 4 comments
Ravenswood school board could discuss principal's transfer

Removal of Belle Haven principal continues to draw protest
As East Palo Alto parents continue to rally against the sudden removal of a popular principal last month, school board members are considering whether to discuss the matter at an upcoming meeting.

April 20, 2018 | 3 comments
Atherton not ready to commit to paid-for $13.6 million park water project

At urging of public, council members questioning project's location and need
While Atherton's City Council hasn't quite reached the point of giving back the $13.6 million Caltrans had offered to build an underground water capture facility, it is considering it.

April 20, 2018 | 5 comments
Guest opinion: Main library project continues to raise concerns

The project to rebuild the Menlo Park main library appears to be proceeding, but the approach erodes public trust, confidence and support.

April 19, 2018 | 2 comments
Saturday: Earth Day in Atherton focuses on advances in nuclear power

Free event features film screening, panel discussion at M-A's PAC
Atherton celebrates Earth Day on Saturday, April 21 with a free screening of David Schumacher's documentary "The New Fire," about advances in nuclear power generation, followed by a panel discussion.

April 20, 2018 | 1 comment
SHP's Burke leaving water polo program for new opportunity

Jon Burke, who guided the Sacred Heart Prep girls water polo program to a record 10 consecutive Central Coast Section Division II titles through 2016, has decided to move on and will not return to the Atherton campus next year.

April 19, 2018 | No comments yet
M-A boys setting the standard in PAL volleyball race

To hear coach Ron Whitmill tell it, the Menlo-Atherton boys volleyball team was lucky to beat host Aragon Wednesday night in a Peninsula Athletic League match. Luck may have had a little something to do with it but the Bears aren't just lucky to be 23-0 on the season.

April 19, 2018 | No comments yet
Prep report: SHP, Paly win in baseball; SHP wins in lacrosse

Sacred Heart Prep scored four runs in the second inning and that was all pitchers Nathan Fleischli and Dominic Cacchione needed in the Gators' 4-3 victory over visiting Carlmont in a Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division contest Wednesday.

April 19, 2018 | No comments yet
Rep. Speier introduces bill to provide free technology to block robocalls

Rep. Jackie Speier, D-San Francisco/San Mateo, introduced legislation Wednesday directing the Federal Communications Commission to require that phone companies provide free technology to block robocalls.

April 19, 2018 | 11 comments
Construction mishap causes evacuations in Atherton

Eight homes evacuated after 1.5-inch gas line severed Wednesday afternoon
Eight homes in Atherton had to be evacuated for about an hour on Wednesday, April 18, after a construction crew on Cowell Lane severed at 1.5-inch gas line.

April 18, 2018 | No comments yet
How one school prepares for the worst

Sacred Heart has 1,200 students from age 3 to 18 on 64-acre campus
Sacred Heart Schools' 64-acre Atherton campus has nearly 1,200 students, from 3-year-old preschoolers to 18-year-old high schoolers, plus at least 250 adults, which makes preparing for an emergency a challenge.

April 19, 2018 | 1 comment
Menlo Park: Check-in raises questions about downtown's future

Is Menlo Park's downtown transforming according to plan?
The question was one up for debate during the Menlo Park's City Council meeting April 17, when it reviewed the city's downtown specific plan for the third time since it was approved in 2012.

April 18, 2018 | 4 comments
Practicing for the unthinkable: Menlo fire and Atherton police hold active shooter drill

The Atherton Police Department and the Menlo Park Fire Protection District recently practiced their response to a scenario no one ever wants to encounter - a shooter on a school campus.

April 19, 2018 | No comments yet
M-A's Noa Ngalu commits to play football at Washington

Heavily-recruited Menlo-Atherton defensive lineman Noa Ngalu has committed to the University of Washington. Ngalu also had offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Utah, Colorado, Colorado State, Washington State, Iowa State, Illinois, Hawaii, Fresno State and San Jose State.

April 18, 2018 | No comments yet
Prep baseball: Big win for M-A; Gunn game suspended

Pete Discher sacrificed the first run into scoring position and then drove in the second run to help host Menlo-Atherton edge visiting Half Moon Bay, 2-1, in a Peninsula Athletic League Ocean Division game Tuesday.

April 18, 2018 | No comments yet
Prep report: Another tennis title for Menlo School

Menlo School is a league champion in boys tennis for the 22nd consecutive season following a 7-0 victory over visiting The King's Academy on Tuesday.

April 18, 2018 | No comments yet
Audible alert/siren system tested in Atherton

Fire district considering installing new system throughout district
Atherton and the Menlo Park Fire Protection District tested a new audible alert system that combines a siren and voice warnings on Wednesday, April 18, between 2 and 2:30 p.m. in the Walsh Road neighborhood.

April 18, 2018 | 1 comment
Tonight: Atherton council to look at water capture project

Also on the agenda are tennis key costs, high-speed rail and false alarm fees
Atherton's City Council has a lot on its agenda tonight, including a proposal to capture and store runoff water underground in Holbrook-Palmer Park, a letter to the state protesting its latest high-speed rail business plan, the cost of tennis court keys, and fines for false alarms.

April 18, 2018 | No comments yet
Former Menlo Park pastor to serve eight years in prison

Menlo Park man in February pleaded no contest to sexual molestation, battery of teens while pastor
A man who has pleaded no contest to sexual battery and sexual molestation of children while acting as pastor of a Menlo Park church was sentenced on April 13 to eight years in state prison.

April 17, 2018 | No comments yet
Questions surround councilwoman's trip to China

Menlo Park City Councilwoman Kirsten Keith's chair at the dais in the local council chambers was empty on March 27 when the City Council was examining details of the largest proposed development in the city of Menlo Park's history. Ms. Keith was in China on that day, and questions have been raised about her role in a ceremonial event there, the purpose of which is murky at best.

April 18, 2018 | 24 comments
Tuesday in Menlo Park: Rail crossings, Downtown plan, voting boundaries

The Menlo Park City Council's got a packed agenda Tuesday.

April 17, 2018 | No comments yet
Tonight: Menlo fire board meets

Citizen emergency preparedness, 2017 compensation report on agenda
A plan to expand the Menlo Park Fire Protection District's citizen emergency preparedness programs, and a discussion on how to encourage more residents to join district committees, are on the agenda for the fire board's meeting tonight, Tuesday, April 17.

April 17, 2018 | No comments yet
A day to recognize athletic and academic success at M-A

Twenty-five senior student-athletes who are committed to continuing their athletic careers in college were recognized Monday at Menlo-Atherton High School. These athletes represented virtually the entire athletic spectrum.

April 17, 2018 | No comments yet
Prep report: M-A shines on the track, Paly in the water

Menlo-Atherton's Ethan Mimeles improved his personal best in the 3,200 meters by 15 seconds Saturday at the Serra Top 7 track and field meet, enough to win the event in 9:56.83, highlighting a successful day for both the M-A boys and girls teams.

April 16, 2018 | No comments yet
Former Menlo Park pastor sentenced to prison for molestation

A former pastor was sentenced to eight years in prison for molesting three victims between September 2011 and May 2015, San Mateo County prosecutors said Monday.

April 16, 2018 | No comments yet
What happened in China?

Menlo Park councilwoman's 'vacation' photo raises many questions
On March 27, the same day that the Menlo Park City Council held a study session on the largest proposed development in the city's history -- Facebook's "Willow Village" -- Councilwoman Kirsten Keith was in China. There, she attended a "signing ceremony" that may have solidified a business deal for former Mountain View council member Mike Kasperzak, CEO of HIM Holdings, and the Chengdu Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone.

April 17, 2018 | 10 comments
Menlo Park: What's happening on the city's development front

Combine Menlo Park's downtown/El Camino Real plan, the city's recent rezoning of major swaths of eastern Menlo Park (which both have limits on the maximum amount of allowed development) and general good times for the economy, and it's understandable that the city's planning and building departments are, anecdotally, working through a deluge of development proposals, with more on the way.

April 18, 2018 | No comments yet
High school officials question 'tighter message control' plan

Sequoia Union High School District officials are pushing back against a draft communications plan proposed recently by a San Francisco public relations firm.

April 23, 2018 | 2 comments
Filoli loses one-time resident, longtime leader and volunteer

Lurline Matson Roth Coonan, who lived for a time on the Filoli estate in Woodside and served for more than 40 years as a volunteer, board member or advisory council member, died Friday, April 13, in the company of her family. She was 97.

April 16, 2018 | 2 comments
Prep baseball: Solid starting pitching in Paly win, SH Prep loss

Palo Alto's Spencer Rojahn and Sacred Heart Prep's Angelo Tonas each pitched superbly Friday and neither of them were around for the decision. Paly went on to win but SH Prep suffered an extra-inning loss.

April 16, 2018 | No comments yet
Prep report: SH Prep regains WBAL lead in girls lacrosse

Allison Carter scored six goals, Emma Briger recorded nine saves and Sacred Heart Prep moved a half-game ahead of Menlo School in the West Bay Athletic League Foothill Division girls' lacrosse standings, beating host Burlingame, 13-2.

April 16, 2018 | No comments yet
Prep report: M-A shines on the track, Paly in the water

Menlo-Atherton's Ethan Mimeles improved his personal best in the 3,200 meters by 15 seconds Saturday at the Serra Top 7 track and field meet, enough to win the event in 9:56.83, highlighting a successful day for both the M-A boys and girls teams.

April 16, 2018 | No comments yet
Tonight: Weigh in on possible parking structure in downtown Menlo Park

The topic of whether to build a downtown parking garage is back on Menlo Park's priorities list. The city will host a community meeting on the matter beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, April 16.

April 16, 2018 | 10 comments
Menlo Park men arrested after attempted kidnapping in Mountain View

Mountain View police arrested two Menlo Park men after an attempted kidnapping in the city's downtown area early Saturday morning.

April 16, 2018 | No comments yet
House fire causes nearly $300,000 in damage

Menlo Park Fire Protection District crews extinguished a one-alarm fire at a single-story home late Friday that caused nearly $300,000 in damage, fire officials said.

April 15, 2018 | 2 comments
Almanac takes home prizes in statewide contest

The Almanac won first- and second-place awards for in-depth coverage, a photo essay and page design at the 2017 California Journalism Awards event held in Sonoma on Saturday.

April 15, 2018 | 1 comment
Home sales

Seale Avenue residence in Palo Alto sells for $5.8 million
A complete list of sold homes on the Midpeninsula.

April 14, 2018 | No comments yet
You aren't 'Here'

Joaquin Phoenix delivers another virtuosic turn in thriller
In the often grisly "You Were Never Really Here," the protagonist's weapon of choice is a ball-peen hammer. In many ways, Lynne Ramsay's adaptation of Jonathan Ames' novel functions like that hammer, a blunt instrument used to righteous ends. The film tends to the lurid and horrifying, the brutal and harrowing, and yet Ramsay's limber direction and another phenomenal leading performance by Joaquin Phoenix lend the material an aching sensitivity and an arrhythmic but persistent heartbeat.

April 13, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Coffee kiosk to 'benefit public' hits snags

The owners of the office building currently under construction at 1020 Alma St. in Menlo Park may be asked to subsidize a publicly-accessible coffee kiosk indefinitely, following a discussion by the city's Planning Commission earlier this month.

April 20, 2018 | 1 comment
Prep report: Big inning lifts Gunn to league victory

A nine-run second inning erased an early deficit and the Gunn baseball team went on to defeat host Fremont, 16-3, in a Santa Clara Valley Athletic League contest Thursday. Samio Uze collected four hits, including a triple, for the Titans.

April 13, 2018 | No comments yet
Caltrain to board bicyclists first in five-week pilot program

Caltrain bicyclists will be allowed first access to bike cars beginning Monday in a five-week pilot program to improve efficiency, Caltrain officials said.

April 13, 2018 | 5 comments
Tana. Akira Tana.

Local jazz legend pays tribute to James Bond with his Secret Agent Band
Drummer, bandleader and Peninsula native Akira Tana gets a chance to play close to home this week when he and his band perform at the Bing Studio cabaret at Stanford University on Saturday, April 14.

April 12, 2018 | No comments yet
Porta Blu opens in Menlo Park hotel

Porta Blu, a restaurant combining Mediterranean and California cuisines, is now open inside the new Hotel Nia in Menlo Park.

April 12, 2018 | 2 comments
Menlo Park: Suspicious substance prompts temporary closure of police department, City Hall

The Menlo Park Police Department and City Hall were closed for a little more than an hour the morning of Thursday, April 12, after someone brought a "suspicious substance" that he or she had received in the mail to the Menlo Park Police Department.

April 12, 2018 | 4 comments
Prep baseball: M-A throws one-hitter in victory over Terra Nova

Palo Alto broke out in a big way Wednesday in its SCVAL De Anza Division showdown at Homestead, scoring six runs in an inning to erase a deficit and go on to win 11-4 in its SCVAL De Anza Division showdown.

April 12, 2018 | No comments yet
Prep report: SHP unbeaten in WCAL boys lacrosse

Tommy Barnds scored six goals and recorded four assists as Sacred Heart Prep took care of business Wednesday, beating visiting Sacred Heart Cathedral 20-3 in a West Catholic Athletic League boys lacrosse match.

April 12, 2018 | No comments yet
Ravenswood district to appoint new principals

Superintendent's recommendations subject to board approval
Ravenswood City School District's superintendent has proposed an internal shuffling of school leadership that will result in new principals at three schools next year.

April 12, 2018 | 7 comments
Facebook's Zuckerberg takes pressure from local congresswoman in Washington hearings

Local Representative Anna Eshoo was among members of Congress who grilled Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg during his testimony in Washington on April 10 and 11, asking questions sought from and provided by her constituents.

April 11, 2018 | 2 comments
Water polo ref, former M-A player ID'd as Caltrain fatality

Man was active within the local fitness, water polo communities
The man who was killed in a Caltrain collision near the California Avenue station in Palo Alto on Saturday at around 10:15 a.m. has been identified as Craig Rockhold, 59, according to his family and other sources.

April 11, 2018 | No comments yet
Bears are learning how to win against better baseball teams

PAL Ocean Division baseball co-leader Menlo-Atherton hasn't had much luck against Bay Division competition this season. That all changed Tuesday when the Bears beat visiting Menlo School, 9-2, in a nonleague game.

April 11, 2018 | No comments yet
2017-18 ALL-LEAGUE BOYS BASKETBALL TEAMS

West Bay Athletic League
MVP: Joe Foley, Menlo
First Team
Ayo Aderoboye, Priory
Eric Debrine, Sacred Heart Prep
Cache Fields, Pinewood
Isaiah Haams-Soy, Eastside College Prep
Riley Woodson, Menlo

April 11, 2018 | No comments yet
Prep report: Solid marks from WBAL track and field meet

Sacred Heart Prep's Max Cluss won two events at the West Bay Athletic League track and field meet at The King's Academy on Tuesday. Kyle Schott, Roger Flores and Daniel Grau also won events for the Gators.

April 11, 2018 | No comments yet
Boy linked to M-A lockdown now with child protective services

Police found him living in a tent in East Palo Alto
An Atherton police sergeant said the teen whose "selfie" with a gun led to the lockdown of Menlo-Atherton High School last week didn't commit a crime, and that the students on campus during the police search, though "pretty stressed," did "an awesome job" in taking the proper steps to protect themselves.

April 10, 2018 | 3 comments
Economic development, housing manager to depart Menlo Park

After heading Menlo Park's economic development office for a little over five years, and the housing office for more than two, Jim Cogan will leave Menlo Park to become assistant city manager for the city of Paso Robles.

April 11, 2018 | 11 comments
Sahmanovic named women's soccer coach at Menlo College

Zlatan Sahmanovic, an assistant coach at Cal State East Bay the past eight years, was named Menlo College's women's soccer head coach on Monday. Sahmanovic played collegiately at Humboldt State University.

April 10, 2018 | No comments yet
Prep report: Menlo wins in boys lacrosse and baseball

Brody LaPorte recorded four goals and the Menlo boys lacrosse team won its fourth straight, beating host Carlsbad, 17-5, Monday in a nonleague affair. The Knights also beat visiting Menlo-Atherton, 4-2, in a baseball game

April 10, 2018 | No comments yet
Man pleads not guilty to threatening staff of Rep. Speier

A 52-year-old man pleaded not guilty Monday to charges that he called and threatened to kill staff of Rep. Jackie Speier, D-San Francisco/San Mateo, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office.

April 12, 2018 | No comments yet
Is Menlo Park's 12-month lease policy working?

Under a year-old Menlo Park law, tenants of certain multifamily housing properties can request a 12-month lease. But landlords can make such an agreement expensive or difficult, which raises questions about the effect of the city's mandatory 12-month lease policy.

April 11, 2018 | 3 comments
One family's battle to stay in Menlo Park

Since Karla S. and Chad Y. began leasing an apartment near the VA health care center in Menlo Park just over two years ago, they have received three significant rent increases and two "termination of tenancy" notices. The parents of four young children are now fighting to remain in their home, and have filed a lawsuit alleging discriminatory action by their landlords.

April 11, 2018 | No comments yet
Tonight: Woodside council, school board to meet jointly

The Woodside Town Council and Woodside Elementary School District's governing board will hold a joint meeting on Tuesday, April 17, to discuss Safe Routes to School, gun buy-backs and gun safety, solar and electric vehicle chargers, and marijuana regulations.

April 17, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo fire board: Planning for future is top priority

Ensuring the Menlo Park Fire Protection District "has the necessary financial, leadership and property resources needed to provide superior services in the future" was chosen by the district's board as its top priority at the April 3 board meeting.

April 10, 2018 | 8 comments
Atherton budget still healthy

Despite the failure to renew a parcel tax that brought $1.8 million a year to Atherton, it appears the town should be able to continue operating with a comfortable budget surplus.

April 10, 2018 | No comments yet
Woodside: Bollards inhibit parking along Olive Hill Lane

Parking a vehicle in the horse trail along Olive Hill Lane in Woodside has become increasingly difficult, and that's by design.

April 15, 2018 | No comments yet
Fish ladder opens on a Woodside creek

Cal Water replaces 19th-century dam that had blocked passage for all fish.
The public cannot visit the fish ladder that had its grand opening on April 5 on Bear Gulch Creek in Woodside, but perhaps it's comforting to know that steelhead born in the upper waters of the creek now have a clear path home to spawn.

April 13, 2018 | No comments yet
Park ranger with a 'very big heart' dies at 53

Robert Kiliona, referred to as The Gentle Ranger by those who knew him, worked for the county Parks Department for 27 years. He lived in Woodside and was 53 when he died on March 16, the county Coroner's Office says.

April 12, 2018 | No comments yet
Bat bites runner in West Menlo Park

The bite 'felt like a pinprick,' Menlo Park woman says.
Around dusk on Tuesday, April 3, a bat with a wingspan of about 5 inches landed on the forearm of a 59-year-old Menlo Park woman and bit her as she was running along Stanford Avenue in West Menlo Park.

April 10, 2018 | 3 comments
Police calls: Worker says his stolen tools are listed for sale on Facebook

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

April 12, 2018 | 1 comment
Alert: Active shooter drill at Menlo School Monday

Atherton police and the Menlo Park Fire Protection District are hosting a series of active shooter trainings at Menlo School on Monday, April 9.

April 9, 2018 | No comments yet
Prep report: Baseball, boys and girls lacrosse

Eric DeBrine doubled twice and drove in a run, John McGrory doubled and drove in two as Sacred Heart Prep beat Seattle Prep, 5-3, as part of Bellarmine's Cunningham Easter Classic on Friday. Menlo School beat host Menlo-Atherton 9-8 Friday night in a WBAL girls lacrosse match.

April 9, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo, Palo Alto run into record books at Arcadia Invite

Menlo School's Charlotte Lee, Lauren Hamilton, Charlotte Tomkinson and Michelle Louie combined to race the second-fastest 1,600 sprint medley race in Central Coast Section history on Friday night, winning the Rated Division Race the Arcadia Invitational in a time of 4:09.51.

April 9, 2018 | No comments yet
'Beauty of Wood Fire, Vol. 3'

The carved, wood-fired ceramic work of Berkeley artist Misako Kambe is on display for the month of April at Portola Art Gallery at the Allied Arts Guild in Menlo Park.

April 6, 2018 | No comments yet
'Wherever There's a Fight'

Throughout April and May, the Menlo Park Library will be hosting an exhibition based on the book “Wherever There's a Fight: How Runaway Slaves, Suffragists, Immigrants, Strikers, and Poets Shaped Civil Liberties in California" by Elaine Elinson and Stan Yogi, along with related special events, talks and performances.

April 6, 2018 | No comments yet
'For the Birds'

To celebrate the arrival of spring, the New Millennium Chamber Orchestra will perform works inspired by birds and birdsong on Sunday.

April 6, 2018 | No comments yet
War and silence

Terror gets shushed in 'A Quiet Place'
There's plenty in the new science-fiction thriller "A Quiet Place" that doesn't hold up to scrutiny and even more that feels conspicuously derivative. But tell that to your pants as you pee them.

April 6, 2018 | No comments yet
Local activists protest Facebook over privacy settings

In an effort to pressure Facebook to promote more secure and user-friendly privacy settings on its platform, a small group of local activists that calls itself "Raging Grannies" held a protest in front of Facebook headquarters at 1 Hacker Way in Menlo Park on Thursday, April 5.

April 6, 2018 | 4 comments
Prep report: M-A track and field resilient at meet

Nick Anderson won two events during Menlo-Atherton's PAL track and field dual meet with host Sequoia on Wednesday, including setting a personal best in winning the 100 meters in 11.35.

April 6, 2018 | No comments yet
Woodside moves back into first-place tie in PAL baseball

Woodside junior pitcher Max Moreno gave up two early runs and then slammed the door, throwing a complete game to lead the Wildcats to a 3-2 victory over visiting Menlo-Atherton on Thursday in a PAL Ocean Division contest.

April 6, 2018 | No comments yet
Public agencies prepare for flooding, debris flows as major storm approaches

Government agencies throughout the Bay Area are doing their part to get ready for heavy rains expected Friday and Saturday, brought to the California coast by a phenomenon known as an "atmospheric river."

April 5, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Police get calls from people seeking help with Facebook

Interim police chief says calls 'not that big a deal'
As Facebook's hometown cops, members of the Menlo Park Police Department often field calls from perturbed Facebook users outside the city.

April 9, 2018 | 4 comments
Bathroom selfie behind M-A lockdown was not from the school campus

Photo had been taken weeks ago in a Redwood City restaurant, police say
It was the selfie of a student holding a gun, a photo taken in what was thought to be a bathroom at Menlo-Atherton High School, that led Atherton police to issue a lockdown order around 11:30 a.m on Wednesday, April 4.

April 5, 2018 | 2 comments
Menlo College pair earns postseason conference honors

Menlo College men's volleyball players Akash Dhothar and Brad Sawin earned postseason recognition by the Cal Pac/GSAC/WHAC (NAIA Unaffiliated Grouping). Dhothar was named Newcomer of the Year and Sawin receives an All-Academic postseason award.

April 5, 2018 | No comments yet
Pitching, defense lead Sacred Heart Prep to baseball victory

Angelo Tonas threw a one-hitter over six innings, with eight strikeouts, and Sacred Heart Prep defeated Monte Vista Christian 3-0 at Bellarmine in the Cunningham Easter Tournament on Wednesday

April 5, 2018 | No comments yet
M-A boys extend PAL tennis winning streak to 71 matches

The Menlo-Atherton boys tennis team survived a lockdown on campus and then withstood everything host Carlmont could throw at it in earning an important, 4-3, Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division match Wednesday.

April 5, 2018 | No comments yet
Court orders May meeting for East Palo Alto water company board elections

Related hearing to evaluate proxy forms scheduled for April 18
A coalition of East Palo Alto residents who are unhappy with the management of the Palo Alto Park Mutual Water Company and unsuccessfully pushed for an election last September have succeeded in obtaining a court order mandating the election.

April 5, 2018 | No comments yet
Nearly half of Belle Haven students boycott school

Most absences protest the removal of principal Todd Gaviglio
More than 44 percent of students enrolled in Belle Haven Elementary School in Menlo Park boycotted classes on Wednesday to protest the sudden removal of their school principal, Todd Gaviglio.

April 4, 2018 | 4 comments
Sea level rise could cost area billions, countywide study finds

By 2100, the sea water that surrounds the San Francisco Peninsula is expected to rise anywhere from 17 to 66 inches, according to projections by the National Research Council. Just what is at risk in San Mateo County should that happen is the subject of a lengthy study by the county's sustainability office.

April 14, 2018 | 12 comments
Menlo-Atherton High School on lockdown

Menlo-Atherton High School in Atherton is reportedly on lockdown, according to a brief statement by M-A Athletic Director Paul Snow in an email to The Almanac.

April 4, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo-Atherton High School lockdown lifted

The Atherton Police Department reported on its website that police lifted the lockdown at Menlo-Atherton High School, which was put in place at about 11:30 a.m., at 1:52 p.m. and that the person they were looking for was "not on campus."

April 4, 2018 | 42 comments
Woodside: Voters to decide on filling vacant council seat

Council decides to keep seat vacant until after November election
The advantages in an election enjoyed by an appointed incumbent will not be a factor in the Woodside election in November to fill the Town Council seat recently held by Peter Mason. The council voted Tuesday to leave the seat empty until voters fill it in November.

April 4, 2018 | 1 comment
Menlo Park woman killed in East Palo Alto crash

Woman was allegedly intoxicated when she sped away, struck a parked car before vehicle rolled over
An allegedly intoxicated woman died when she sped off in a car that crashed into a parked vehicle in East Palo Alto on March 28, according to police.

April 4, 2018 | 1 comment
Today: First look at Atherton 2018-19 fiscal year budget

Town committees also on agenda for Wednesday study session
Atherton's City Council meets this afternoon (April 4) for a study session on the town's 2018-19 fiscal year budget and to discuss how the town uses input from its official committees.

April 4, 2018 | No comments yet
Of local note: Skiing, lacrosse and baseball results

Menlo School freshman Gabriela Kogler placed 24th overall in the Giant Slalom at the U16 National Skiing Championships on Tuesday at the Mission Ridge Ski Resort in Washington.

April 4, 2018 | No comments yet
M-A baseball walks off with fifth straight PAL victory

Menlo-Atherton and Woodside went into Tuesday's PAL Ocean game tied for first place at 4-0. Then the game played out just like a couple of teams tied for first place were going at it, as competitive and tightly-contested as you could ask for.

April 4, 2018 | No comments yet
Forecast: Heavy rain headed to Bay Area

Rain expected to start falling Thursday
"Pineapple Express" showers will hit the Bay Area beginning Thursday, and several locations may see heavy rainfall through Saturday morning.

April 3, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo Park gate project gets funding infusion from city

A project of the Menlo Park Historical Association received a boost recently when the Menlo Park City Council agreed to make a matching contribution of $43,000, and up to $30,000 more in city costs, to build a replica of the ranch gates that first bore the city's name: Menlo Park.

April 6, 2018 | 1 comment
St. Raymond students head to state academic competition

Team places first in regional event for fifth consecutive year
St. Raymond School's academic decathlon team will compete in the California Catholic School's Academic Junior High Decathlon competition in San Diego on April 28 after the Menlo Park school's team won its regional competition for the fifth year in a row.

April 6, 2018 | No comments yet
Portola Valley school board refining facilities master plan

Decision on bond measure scheduled for end of June
Aiming to make a decision by the end of June about details of a bond measure that could be on the November ballot, the Portola Valley School District board is scrambling to refine a facilities master plan detailing possible updates for the district's two campuses.

April 3, 2018 | 2 comments
M-A softball takes advantage of extra opportunities

Menlo-Atherton scored twice in each of the fourth, fifth and sixth inning to beat visiting Castilleja, 6-3, in a nonleague softball game Monday.

April 3, 2018 | No comments yet
Tuesday: Woodside council to discuss process for filling vacant seat

Whether to fill a vacant seat on the Woodside Town Council or leave it empty until the election in November will be a topic for discussion and possible action tonight (Tuesday, April 3).

April 3, 2018 | No comments yet
Wunderlich Park in the spring celebrates green and brown

Spring has come to Wunderlich Park in Woodside in a celebration of the colors green and brown, the park not being home to showy flowers or brightly colored migrating birds. Animals live there, but quietly and mostly out of sight.

April 7, 2018 | No comments yet
Research of best practices driving curriculum ideas for new school

TIDE Academy, the new magnet high school under construction in Menlo Park, will likely have a strong component of social and emotional learning underlying the college- and career-oriented pathways to be built into the curriculum.

April 8, 2018 | No comments yet
Commercially cultivated marijuana gets green light on split vote

In a rare split decision, the Portola Valley Town Council on March 28 voted 3-2 to approve an ordinance, recommended by the Planning Commission, to govern personal and commercial cultivation of marijuana on residential properties in town.

April 9, 2018 | 5 comments
Tuesday: Special fire board meeting on goals and priorities

A special meeting of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District board will be held on Tuesday, April 3, at 5 p.m.

April 3, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: LB Steak is now closed, temporarily

After about six years in business at the corner of University Drive and Santa Cruz Avenue, Menlo Park steakhouse LB Steak has closed temporarily to develop a new concept for the site, a team of restaurant owners, management and staff announced April 2.

April 2, 2018 | 11 comments
Police calls: 450-pound safe stolen from Atherton home

Crime reports for Atherton, Woodside, West Menlo Park and Menlo Park

April 6, 2018 | 3 comments
City seeks input on Belle Haven library through design lab, interactive games

Workshops to be held Thursday through Saturday
An upcoming series of community workshops to give feedback on what should be done to improve the Belle Haven branch library will be held Thursday through Saturday on April 5, 6 and 7.

April 5, 2018 | No comments yet
Wednesday: California civil liberties authors to speak at Menlo Park library

The co-authors of a new book about civil liberties in California, which is the subject of an exhibition at the Menlo Park main library running from March 31 through May 31, will speak at the main library on Wednesday night.

April 3, 2018 | No comments yet
Personal bests highlight Stanford Invitational's final day

Menlo-Atherton's Nick Anderson and Jessica Eagle each established personal bests in their respective events to highlight participation of local track and field athletes at the Stanford Invitational on Saturday.

April 2, 2018 | No comments yet
Record-setting distance medleys for Menlo, Palo Alto

Menlo School's girls distance medley relay team of sophomore Kyra Pretre, sophomore Charlotte Tomkinson, junior Lauren Hamilton and freshman Marisa Castagna placed fourth in the event at the Stanford Invitational on Friday in a school and West Bay Athletic League record rime of 12:35.20.

April 2, 2018 | No comments yet
Community Notebook: Rep. Eshoo to host Social Security town hall meeting

Congresswoman teaming up with Connecticut representative for event
Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Menlo Park, will host a Social Security town hall meeting with Rep. John Larson, D-Hartford, of Connecticut on Tuesday, April 3, in Redwood City.

April 1, 2018 | 4 comments
Multimillion donation will support Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford

Tad and Dianne Taube commit $20 million to help complete main building, continue construction
Woodside residents and philanthropists Tad and Dianne Taube on Monday committed $20 million to help offset the costs of the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital's new "Main" building and support the continued construction of other parts of the facility.

March 30, 2018 | 1 comment
Stanford Invitational represents opportunity for locals

Palo Alto's Reed Foster has gotten off to a nice start this season, running a personal-best 1:54.09 in the 800 meters last week at Azusa Pacific. He's entered in the 800, which will take place Saturday at this weekend's Stanford Invitational, but the event he's really looking forward to is Friday's distance medley relay.

March 30, 2018 | No comments yet
Prep baseball: Palo Alto wins a slugfest at Boras Classic

Max Jung-Goldberg collected three hits, including a double, and drove in five runs to help the Palo Alto baseball team beat Casa Grande, 14-10, at the Boras Classic in Sacramento on Thursday.

March 30, 2018 | No comments yet
Oaks report: Men's volleyball competitive in loss

Menlo College and UC Merced played a four-set men's volleyball match for the fourth time this year. The Bobcats have won all four. On Thursday, the Oaks went extra in the first two sets, showing their improved play. In the end, UC Merced was a bit better, winning, 26-24, 28-26, 21-25, 25-23.

March 30, 2018 | No comments yet
11-story Hotel Nia opens in Menlo Park

Nearly eight years after voters agreed to allow construction of a hotel at 200 Independence Drive, Menlo Park Mayor Peter Ohtaki took a pair of oversized ceremonial scissors and snipped a ribbon signaling the formal opening of the 11-story, 250-room Hotel Nia.

April 2, 2018 | No comments yet
SFO airplane route changes slightly

Planes may now pass over East Palo Alto -- a quarter-mile east of the MENLO waypoint
Planes flying to San Francisco International Airport from the south started taking a slightly different route on Thursday, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

March 30, 2018 | 12 comments
Complaint against Ravenswood superintendent alleges discrimination

Reassigned principal claims Hernandez-Goff has created 'hostile' workplace
The sudden mid-year removal of a principal credited with turning around a long-struggling elementary school in the Ravenswood City School District has triggered a discrimination complaint against the superintendent.

March 30, 2018 | 15 comments
Don't hate the 'Player'...

Hate the game in Spielberg's whiz-bang action movie
It's not hard to see the appeal that Ernest Cline's best-selling novel "Ready Player One" held for Steven Spielberg and Warner Bros. Pictures. Cline's story proposes a virtual world populated with pop-culture figures from the 1950s to the 2010s. But darn it all: An echo chamber isn't as fun as it sounds, even when it's the only game in town.

March 29, 2018 | No comments yet
Atherton is wealthiest community in nation, Bloomberg says

Menlo Park also lands on list of highest average household incomes
It makes a certain amount of sense - Atherton, the town repeatedly found to have the most expensive real estate in the country, also has the highest average household income in the country, at least according to Bloomberg.

April 2, 2018 | 17 comments
Shine reaches No. 1,000 tennis victories at Menlo School

Can this week get any better for Menlo School's revered boys and girls tennis coach Bill Shine? He reached 500 boys wins while the Knights captured the NIT title over the weekend and reached a combined 1,000 wins Wednesday when Menlo beat visiting Sacred Heart Prep, 6-1, in a West Bay Athletic League match.

March 29, 2018 | No comments yet
Prep report: Big wins for SHP baseball, Menlo lacrosse

Angelo Tonas pitched five strong innings, Jack FitzSimons, Ryan Friere and Mathew Jackson each collected a pair of hits and Sacred Heart Prep beat host Burlingame, 5-2, in a Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division baseball game Wednesday.

March 29, 2018 | No comments yet
Atherton now has public clay tennis court

Holbrook-Palmer Park court available to resident court users at no extra charge
Atherton now has one more claim to fame - a clay tennis court available for public use.

April 5, 2018 | 5 comments
Menlo Park: Council hashes out details of potential 'charter' city ballot measure

The Menlo Park City Council may yet bring before voters a proposal to create fundamental shifts in how the city runs, but it wasn't yet ready March 27 to approve the text of a potential ballot measure that could change Menlo Park from what's called a "general law" city to a "charter" city.

March 29, 2018 | 5 comments
Soldiers from town's adopted Army unit visit Atherton

Encinal School and Menlo Circus Club hosted visits from soldiers
The Encinal School Eagles had a visit from some very different eagles on Friday, March 23, when five members of Atherton's adopted Army unit, known as the "Screaming Eagles," stopped by.

March 31, 2018 | No comments yet
Rick Perry praises SLAC employees during visit to national lab

If you're a scientist at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in Menlo Park, you can change the world, says Rick Perry, former Texas governor and presidential candidate and current head of the DOE.

March 28, 2018 | 1 comment
Residents express opposition to proposed water capture facility

As Atherton waits for preliminary plans for a water capture facility that could be built in Holbrook-Palmer Park to be completed, more than a dozen residents showed up at the March 21 council meeting to express their objections to the facility.

March 28, 2018 | 3 comments
Atherton: Middlefield Road bike plan nears completion

A $1.3 million plan to add bike lanes on Middlefield Road from Jennings Lane to Ravenswood Avenue is moving toward completion in Atherton.

March 29, 2018 | 13 comments
Menlo College golfers finish third at Desert Classic

Led by Christian Ingul, the Menlo College men's golf team recorded its best finish of the season Tuesday, placing third in the 20 team field at the Desert Intercollegiate Classic in Indio. The men played three rounds over two days at The Golf Club at Terra Lago (South Course).

March 28, 2018 | No comments yet
Prep report: SH Prep, M-A win league baseball games

Yianni Gardner tripled to drive in a run in the first inning, Barry Mainz followed with an RBI groundout and Dominic Cacchione took care of the rest in Sacred Heart Prep's 4-1 victory over visiting Burlingame in a Peninsula Athletic League League Bay Division contest Tuesday.

March 28, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Potential candidates for council races submit early paperwork

Council member Rich Cline not running for re-election in November
With November elections still more than seven months away, there's already been interest expressed by some non-incumbants that may result in contested Menlo Park council elections this year.

March 28, 2018 | 22 comments
Menlo Park: complete streets commissioners seek to sunder group

The merging of Menlo Park's Bicycle and Transportation commissions into the Complete Streets Commission has mostly left those involved feeling frustrated and wishing things back to how they were.

April 10, 2018 | No comments yet
Traffic, school, jobs/housing ratio top list of worries about Facebook's proposed 'Willow Village'

Menlo Park Council dives into debate of city's biggest development ever
During a lengthy study session with the Menlo Park City Council on March 27, many preliminary questions were raised about Facebook's proposed 'Willow Village' project, including a number of concerns about the proposed development's potential impacts to schools, traffic and the city's ratio of jobs to housing.

March 28, 2018 | 3 comments
Refinements to facilities master plan on Portola Valley school board agenda

Board would have to approve bond ballot measure by early August
Refinements to the facilities master plan for Portola Valley School District showing what updates are needed for the district's two schools will be presented at a school board meeting on Wednesday starting at 6 p.m. at Corte Madera School.

March 28, 2018 | No comments yet
Restaurateur family celebrates its last supper after 80-year run

Tucked behind the dim lights, white tablecloths and elegant wood panels of the dining room at John Bentley's along El Camino Real is a purple door to the building's colorful past.

March 29, 2018 | 5 comments
Prep report: M-A beats San Mateo in PAL baseball

Mike Panitchipakdi and Shiva Bucklin each drove in two runs and Gunn downed visiting Santa Clara 8-1 in a Santa Clara Valley Athletic League El Camino Division baseball game Monday.

March 27, 2018 | No comments yet
Tuesday: Facebook's 'Willow Village' gets closer look

Menlo Park council meeting moved up to 6 p.m.
What's been called the biggest development ever in Menlo Park will be getting a closer look from the Menlo Park City Council on Tuesday night.

March 27, 2018 | 9 comments
Pulitzer Prize winner Junot Diaz visits Menlo Park

Pulitzer Prize winning author Junot Diaz recently stopped at Kepler's Books in Menlo Park, and at Costano Elementary in East Palo Alto as part of a national book tour to promote his new children's book, "Islandborn."

March 27, 2018 | No comments yet
Woodside students help feed the hungry

Woodside Elementary School students helped pack 10,000 meals to be distributed by Rise Against Hunger, an international hunger relief organization, on March 22.

March 30, 2018 | 2 comments
Atherton council approves civic center plans

Groundbreaking slated for late June
Atherton's City Council on March 21 approved the final construction plans for the civic center and began soliciting bids for construction.

March 27, 2018 | 5 comments
Deputy looking at a steep climb in running for sheriff

Deputy Mark Melville of the county Sheriff's Office is on a road less traveled. In the June 5 election, he's running for an elective office in which challengers are rare: the election for county sheriff.

March 29, 2018 | 102 comments
Help not wanted? Filoli's volunteer corps is dwindling in size and responsibility

Filoli, according to its own records, had 1,442 volunteers in 2014. By last November, only 850 were left. Where have they gone, and why?

March 28, 2018 | 16 comments
Vicky Pardini: 'The glue that kept everything and everyone together'

Vicky Stella Pardini, a longtime Woodside and Redwood City resident, died on March 13 after a major stroke. She was 58 years old.

April 4, 2018 | No comments yet
FTC investigating Facebook for alleged privacy violations against users

The Federal Trade Commission is investigating Facebook Inc. for alleged privacy violations that may have affected millions of users, the agency announced Monday.

March 26, 2018 | 2 comments
Council to consider commercial marijuana rules

Regulations for the small-scale commercial cultivation of marijuana within the borders of the town of Portola Valley are up for consideration by the Town Council at its 7 p.m. meeting on Wednesday, March 28, in the Historic Schoolhouse at 765 Portola Road.

March 26, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Gun violence protesters take to streets at 'March for our Lives' event

Handmade posters aloft, an estimated 150 people took to the streets of Menlo Park around noon on Saturday, March 24, to protest gun violence and as part of the national "March for our Lives" event.

March 26, 2018 | 7 comments
Prep report: Friday's highlights

Menlo School's boys tennis team won its first two matches at the National Invitational Tournament in Newport Beach on Friday, beating Harverford, 8-0, and Iolani, 5-3. Conor Burns and Spencer Lee won at No. 3 and No. 4 singles, respectively, to help lead Sacred Heart Prep past Nueva 5-2 on Friday.

March 26, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo tennis wins title; top marks at Azusa track meet

Siddharth Chari rallied to win his singles match, highlighting Menlo School's 6-3 victory over Harvard-Westlake in the championship match of the National High School All-American Team Tennis Tournament at Palisades Tennis Club in Newport Beach on Saturday.

March 26, 2018 | No comments yet
Home sales

Homes still selling for under $1 million in some parts of Midpeninsula
A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula.

March 25, 2018 | No comments yet
Priory girls fall short in state basketball final

Ila Lane scored 20 points, including a game-tying 3-pointer with 36 seconds remaining to play, and had 17 rebounds but Priory fell short, losing to Rolling Hills Prep, 57-53, in the girls state Division IV basketball championship game at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento on Friday.

March 26, 2018 | No comments yet
Home sales

Homes still selling for under $1 million in some parts of Midpeninsula
A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula.

March 25, 2018 | No comments yet
County gets funding to benefit fish and wildlife

Fish in some Bay Area counties will be getting a shot in the arm, or rather, the fin, from the state's Wildlife Conservation Board in the form of several million dollars in grants, the board announced.

March 25, 2018 | No comments yet
'Stalin' for time

Creator of 'Veep' turns to Russian collusion
Setting a comedy circa Joseph Stalin's murderous regime in the Soviet Union might not seem appropriate to many, but with "The Death of Stalin," director Armando Iannucci isn't afraid to put on a high-wire act

March 23, 2018 | No comments yet
Sunday: Memorial service for Nancy Salmon, bookseller and reader for Kepler's

Bookseller and ardent reader Nancy Salmon spent 17 years at Kepler's independent bookstore, where she would talk books with people interested in reading and buying them. A memorial for Ms. Salmon, who died March 12, is set for 3:30 p.m. Sunday in Menlo Park.

March 23, 2018 | No comments yet
Ravenswood community speaks out against renewing superintendent's contract

Gloria Hernandez-Goff faces growing opposition
Ravenswood City School District Superintendent Gloria Hernandez-Goff's contract is expiring in three months, and opposition is mounting in the community against keeping her in the district.

March 24, 2018 | 3 comments
Facebook users and shareholders file four lawsuits over data harvesting

Facebook Inc. has been hit with four lawsuits in federal court in San Francisco and San Jose thus far this week in the wake of revelations that a political data firm obtained information about 50 million Facebook users.

March 23, 2018 | 2 comments
Saturday: Local marches, activities planned for 'March for our Lives'

More than 600 "March for our Lives" marches and rallies are planned for Saturday, March 24 around the U.S. The main event is in Washington, D.C., but a number of "sibling" march and rally events will be held in the region.

March 23, 2018 | 3 comments
Minor flooding in Atherton after Wednesday night storm

Atherton public works crews said they found only minor nuisance flooding after the storm that hit the Midpeninsula Wednesday night and early Thursday.

March 22, 2018 | No comments yet
Monday: Proposal for 6-story office building to face review

Sobrato Organization project would add third office building to 'Commonwealth' development
A proposed six-story office building, which along with a five-story parking garage is slated to complete a trio of edifices owned by the Sobrato Organization in eastern Menlo Park, will face an early round of public review on Monday, March 26.

March 23, 2018 | 8 comments
Prep report: SHP lacrosse needs overtime to beat Menlo

Freshman Genna Gibbons scored in overtime, one of her team-high three goals, as Sacred Heart Prep edged host Menlo, 7-6, Tuesday to take over sole possession of first place in the West Bay Athletic League.

March 22, 2018 | No comments yet
Prep report: It's about lacrosse, softball, volleyball

Becca Chapman scored three goals and Grace Williams added two along with an assist but the Gunn girls lacrosse team fell to host Los Gatos, 12-9, on Wednesday night in a SCVAL contest. Palo Alto downed visiting Los Altos, 12-4, in another SCVAL contest Wednesday night.

March 22, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Council agrees to committee's district boundaries

Council to stick with five members and host elections first for Belle Haven, Willows and downtown/Allied Arts areas
At least for now, Menlo Park's governing body will stay a five-member council, but each council member will in the future have to come from the district he or she lives in, under new rules the City Council signed off on this week.

March 22, 2018 | 2 comments
Atherton council OKs further study of fire district options

Consultant will provide details on process of leaving district and reallocating property tax revenues
Atherton will continue looking at the details of what would be involved if it were to leave the Menlo Park Fire Protection District and at what legislative options exist to reallocate property taxes among public agencies.

March 22, 2018 | 4 comments
Menlo Park: Cleaning product fumes lead to hazardous materials call

A potential hazmat situation in Menlo Park was deemed safe on Wednesday afternoon (March 21) after Menlo Park Fire Protection District crews
determined a strong odor that caused three workers to become sick was likely from a combination of cleaning products.

March 22, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo fire board wants more info on employee housing proposal

Board members ask for details on market rent for home and benefits to district
Before a district employee's family is allowed to move into a home recently purchased by the Menlo Park Fire Protection District for $3.2 million, members of the district's board say they want a lot more information from Chief Harold Schapelhouman.

March 22, 2018 | 4 comments
High school district wary of Facebook's 'Willow Village'

M-A parents launch petition campaign
"Dear Mr. Zuckerberg," starts a March 2 letter Sequoia Union High School District Superintendent Mary Streshly wrote to the Facebook CEO, in which she raises some concerns she has with the company's proposed "Willow Village."

March 22, 2018 | 24 comments
Menlo Park: Emergency crews at site of possible hazardous materials incident

Emergency officials from Menlo Park are responding to a situation that may involve hazardous materials, San Mateo County emergency officials reported this afternoon.

March 21, 2018 | No comments yet
Severe storm warning predicts heavy rain overnight; towns offer sandbags

Local officials are predicting heavy rain overnight, as much as 3 inches, according to an alert issued at 11 a.m. today by Fire Marshal Denise Enea of the Woodside Fire Protection District.

March 21, 2018 | No comments yet
Silicon Valley filmmakers share insights on what makes region tick

Menlo Park-based documentarian duo Michael Schwarz and Kiki Kapany of Kikim Media have traveled the world, conducting interviews and gathering footage to answer big questions related to food systems, public health, and religious pluralism, to name a few. For their latest project, they decided to do some digging closer to home.

March 21, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo College pins two young women for wrestling program

Menlo College women's wrestling coach Joey Bareng announced two more signees for the upcoming 2018-19 season. Esmeralda Arroyo, who placed seventh in the 111-pound division in February's state championships in Visalia, and Emily Sandoval,l second at this year's state championships at 170 pounds, are set to join the Oaks as freshman next season.

March 21, 2018 | No comments yet
Prep report: SHP lacrosse needs overtime to beat Menlo

Freshman Genna Gibbons scored in overtime, one of her team-high three goals, as Sacred Heart Prep edged host Menlo, 7-6, Tuesday to take over sole possession of first place in the West Bay Athletic League.

March 21, 2018 | No comments yet
Wednesday: Public workshop on FAA study of San Carlos Airport noise

A fourth public information workshop, designed to provide an update on the progress of a Federal Aviation Administration study of noise at the San Carlos Airport, will be held Wednesday evening, March 21, at the Hiller Aviation Museum near the airport.

March 21, 2018 | 15 comments
Menlo's Martinez earns GSAC softball honors as top pitcher

Menlo College freshman Larissa Martinez earned the Golden State Athletic Conference Softball Pitcher of the Week award for her effort in lifting the Oaks into first place, it was announced Monday.

March 20, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo anoints Bowie to lead Knights football program

Menlo School announced the hiring of Josh Bowie as its football coach on Tuesday. Bowie, who has been at Woodside High the past few years as an assistant and head coach, takes over for Mark Newton, who stepped aside to pursue other educational opportunities.

March 20, 2018 | No comments yet
Reflections on the Parkland shooting and on working for change

The first time I heard about a school shooting and really understood it was in 2012, when I read news about Sandy Hook Elementary School.

March 21, 2018 | No comments yet
Wednesday: Weigh in on election district lines

How Menlo Park and its residents will be split into districts in future elections may be decided Wednesday.

March 20, 2018 | No comments yet
Weekend: Menlo Park book sale

The Menlo Park Friends of the Library group will host a book sale at the Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St., on Saturday, March 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sunday, March 25, from noon to 2 p.m.

March 23, 2018 | No comments yet
Woodside and Portola Valley help in gun buy-back program

Fundraising for a gun-buyback program in San Mateo County got a financial boost recently from the towns of Woodside and Portola Valley.

March 21, 2018 | 3 comments
Rain in the Bay Area expected this week

Strong winds are also in the forecast
Most cities in the Bay Area will see up to 1.5 inches of rain this week, according to the National Weather Service.

March 20, 2018 | No comments yet
Finance tech startup Robinhood to take over former Sunset headquarters

After sitting vacant for more than two years, a new tenant has been announced at the site of the former Sunset Publishing headquarters: finance tech startup Robinhood.

March 20, 2018 | 4 comments
Police calls: Losses in three reported fraud incidents total $68,500

Crime reports from Menlo Park and Woodside.

March 26, 2018 | No comments yet
Three contested races for county offices on June ballot

The primary election set for June 5 includes candidates for statewide offices and for seats in Congress, but also San Mateo County sheriff, superintendent of public schools, and supervisor of District 3.

March 21, 2018 | 8 comments
Celebration of life Saturday for Robert Zeien, musician and baseball maven

A Menlo Park resident and the husband of former mayor Kelly Fergusson, Robert Charles Zeien played the bluegrass guitar and wrote about high school baseball games in a local weekly publication.

April 27, 2018 | No comments yet
March 25 memorial service for Robert Anderson, mentor to kids

A remembrance for Robert Louis Anderson, who died Feb. 28 at the age of 86, is set for 3 p.m. Sunday, March 25, in the City Council chambers at 701 Laurel St. in Menlo Park.

March 24, 2018 | No comments yet
Wednesday: Atherton considers more study of fire district options

Civic center final plans, park water facility also on council agenda
Atherton's City Council will decide on Wednesday, March 21, if it should spend $13,500 to find out exactly what separating from the Menlo Park Fire Protection District would entail, as well as what legislative options exist to reallocate property taxes among public agencies.

March 20, 2018 | 20 comments
Tuesday: Menlo fire board to consider housing for employees

Discussion of construction project priorities also on agenda
Following the Menlo Park Fire Protection District's recent purchase of several residences, Fire Chief Harold Schapelhouman will on Tuesday ask the fire board for permission to rent one to a district employee at a steep discount.

March 19, 2018 | 13 comments
Late heroics lead Priory girls to berth in state title game

Priory outlasted visiting Bradshaw Christian of Sacramento, 59-58, for the CIF Northern California Division IV girls basketball championship title. Priory (17-14) gets a shot at a state title next Saturday, taking on Rolling Hills Prep (30-2) in the 10 a.m. contest at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento.

March 19, 2018 | No comments yet
Howe about that: SHP grad wins first NCAA individual title

Sacred Heart Prep grad Ally Howe has been involved with several NCAA titles as a member of various relay teams. Friday, she was all alone on top of the podium after winning her first individual NCAA title, the 100 back.

March 19, 2018 | No comments yet
Prep report: Rain can't spoil track and field efforts

Senior Sam Craig finished third in the 3,000 meter race and helped the Vikings' Distance Medley Relay team win its race to highlight action at the St. Francis Invitational on Saturday. Menlo-Atherton's Jessica Eagle ran the fastest 100 of the day with a 12.44. Menlo's Alexandra Chan won the 100 hurdles in 15.47.

March 19, 2018 | No comments yet
Locally produced documentary on Silicon Valley premieres

"Silicon Valley: The Untold Story," a documentary by Michael Schwarz and Kiki Kapany of Menlo Park, premieres on the Science Channel at 8 p.m. Monday, March 19.

March 17, 2018 | No comments yet
Locally produced documentary on Silicon Valley premieres

"Silicon Valley: The Untold Story," a documentary by Michael Schwarz and Kiki Kapany of Menlo Park, premieres on the Science Channel at 8 p.m. Monday, March 19.

March 17, 2018 | 2 comments
School board member denies wanting to arm teachers

Las Lomitas Elementary School District board member Diane Honda says that reports that she advocated arming teachers during a March 14 school board discussion are not true.

March 19, 2018 | 13 comments
'Tomb' much

Lara Croft gets a reboot in 'Raider'
It's easy to see the producers of "Tomb Raider" deciding what will make this reboot of the two-film 2001-2003 Angeline Jolie franchise click with audiences: big-scale action, a few familiar character actors and a hard sell on the ostensibly sexy, smart, strong heroine, now embodied by Oscar winner Alicia Vikander ("The Danish Girl").

March 16, 2018 | No comments yet
Local foundation brings science to Ravenswood

Middle school labs part of growing science culture in district
Thanks to a volunteer-led effort and funding from the nonprofit Ravenswood Education Foundation, there is a fledgling but thriving science program that's giving K-8 students hands-on experience.

May 12, 2018 | 2 comments
Of local note: Oaks women's soccer coach steps down

Robin Hart announced Thursday that he is stepping down as Menlo College's women's soccer coach after one season. She has accepted the same position at Cal State East Bay in Hayward.

March 16, 2018 | No comments yet
Paly, Pinewood, Priory each have a shot at a NorCal title

Palo Alto has gone 3-0 in the Northern California Division I boys basketball playoffs and earned a spot in Saturday's NorCal final against Las Lomas. Tip-off is scheduled for 4 p.m. at Santa Clara University. The Pinewood and Priory girls are also in NorCal finals.

March 16, 2018 | No comments yet
Prep report: Gunn throws no-hitter in SCVAL opener

Sergio Uze and Nathan Nakamitsu combined to toss a no-hitter at visiting Lynbrook in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League's El Camino Division opener for both teams, an 8-1 Titans victory Thursday.

March 16, 2018 | No comments yet
Agencies seek public preferences for future in online survey

Residents have a chance to help shape the Bay Area's future by taking a survey from two regional agencies on such things as the economy, the environment and growth.

March 16, 2018 | 1 comment
M-A stages the musical 'Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat'

"Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," a musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, is coming to Menlo-Atherton High School's Performing Arts Center stage this and the following weekend

March 15, 2018 | No comments yet
Challenger cites pension liabilities in run against incumbent supervisor

San Mateo County Supervisor Don Horsley, whose district includes Menlo Park, Atherton, Woodside and Portola Valley, is facing an electoral challenge from Dan Stegink, a planning commissioner for the city of Pacifica.

March 16, 2018 | 13 comments
Woodside Community Foundation offers $5,000 'seed funding' grants

Application deadline is March 31
The Woodside Community Foundation is giving money away. The charitable organization has announced a new Woodside Community Grant Project offering $5,000 to three Woodside area residents as "seed funding to grow your vision and cultivate our spirit of giving."

March 22, 2018 | No comments yet
Woodside High revives musical 'On the Town'

Woodside High School is bringing the blockbuster musical "On the Town" back on stage, with an opening performance on March 16.

March 15, 2018 | No comments yet
Local girl receives award for building orphanage in India

Autumn Bright, a seventh-grader at Corte Madera Middle School, was recently honored as California's top middle level youth volunteer in the 2018 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program.

March 25, 2018 | No comments yet
Oaks chop down another top 10 foe in NAIA hoops tourney

Celina Pagan scored 19 of her 22 points in the second half and the 23rd-ranked Menlo College women's basketball team upset No. 10 LSU-Shreveport, 91-79, in the opening round of the NAIA National Tournament in Billings, MT on Wednesday night.

March 15, 2018 | No comments yet
Man who shot assault rifle in Menlo Park backyard gets one year in jail

The Menlo Park man who last month triggered a manhunt after shooting an assault rifle in a Belle Haven backyard was sentenced to a year in county jail on March 14 after he pleaded no contest to the felony of possessing a gun as a convicted felon, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office.

March 16, 2018 | 3 comments
Resident group files suit over water company's refusal to hold election

Their suit alleges shareholders' call to elect a new board was ignored
A call by a group of residents and shareholders for the Palo Alto Park Mutual Water Company, which serves a number of Menlo Park households, to hold an election for all five board members has morphed into a lawsuit after the directors last year refused the request.

March 15, 2018 | No comments yet
School district puts hold on new artificial turf studies

Menlo Park school board will wait for more details about state study, city contribution
A proposal to spend $43,000 to further study the possible health hazards of artificial turf playing fields at Hillview Middle School and Kelly Park in Menlo Park was tabled by the Menlo Park City School District's governing board on March 13.

March 15, 2018 | 2 comments
Taking a stand

Students take to streets to oppose gun violence
In recognition of the 17 high school students who were gunned down in Parkland, Florida, a month ago by a teen with an assault rifle, students at Menlo-Atherton High School began what would be an eventful morning of activism on March 14 by gathering in the school quad to reverently form a circle.

March 14, 2018 | No comments yet
'One child is worth more than all the guns'

Hillview students take part in gun violence protest
Students from Hillview Middle School in Menlo Park took part in a student-planned but school-sanctioned protest march today (March 14) as part of the nationwide student protests sparked by the school shootings in Parkland, Florida.

March 14, 2018 | No comments yet
Local students join nationwide school violence walkouts

In just one of many observances in local schools of the nationwide student protest against gun violence, many students from Woodside Elementary School walked out of their classrooms at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 14, in a student-led but school-sanctioned gathering in the school's outdoor amphitheater.

March 14, 2018 | 3 comments
Good grades for Priory girls in NorCal D-4 semifinal

Ila Lane and Tatiana Reese have been Priory's top players all year and that didn't change Tuesday. Gabby Ruiz, despite suffering a slight ankle injury, merely added to the equation, bringing her 'A+' game Tuesday night.

March 14, 2018 | No comments yet
Prep report: SHP girls, Paly boys unbeaten in lacrosse

Allison Carter recorded four goals and an assist, Emma Briger made seven saves and Sacred Heart Prep beat host Menlo-Atherton, 10-7, in West Bay Athletic League Foothill Division action Tuesday.

March 14, 2018 | No comments yet
Portola Valley: Second residential burglary in two weeks

Sheriff's deputies have reported another residential burglary in Portola Valley, this time of a home in the 4000 block of Alpine Road.

March 14, 2018 | 1 comment
Menlo Park: Council OKs big increases in managers' maximum salaries

Next time a bigger city comes courting for talent, Menlo Park's management staff may have more reason to pass up the offer. At least that was the staff's goal in recommending the major boosts in the city's management salary schedule that were approved on a 2-1 vote by the Menlo Park City Council on Tuesday.

March 14, 2018 | 27 comments
An appreciation for The Almanac

While I retired in January as editor of The Almanac, I didn't want to head into the sunset without expressing my appreciation to everyone who has played a part in creating and sustaining this community resource for 53 years.

March 16, 2018 | 1 comment
Wednesday: Student walkouts may affect local traffic

Atherton police say protests may mean closed roads, detours and delays
The Atherton and Menlo Park police departments are warning that traffic could be affected on Wednesday, March 14, when students from several local schools take part in walk outs to protest gun violence.

March 13, 2018 | 5 comments
Tonight: Menlo Park council could approve major staff raises

The Menlo Park City Council could approve major staff raises for city employees referred to as "unrepresented management" at its meeting Tuesday night.

March 13, 2018 | 8 comments
Menlo's Wallis, Morgan earn GSAC Player of Week honors

Menlo College lead-off hitter Jason Wallis earned the Golden State Athletic Conference Baseball Player of the Week honors and .senior utility player Alaina Morgan was named Golden State Athletic Conference Softball Player of the Week

March 13, 2018 | No comments yet
Planning Commission OKs designs for building next to Draeger's

Draeger family opposes plans to move grocers' loading zone
It looks as if Draeger's in Menlo Park may be getting a new neighbor, and the family of grocers is worried it may have to relocate the area in which wares are moved in and out of the grocery store.

March 13, 2018 | 13 comments
Service Saturday for Woodside's Dick Tagg

Services are 3 p.m. Saturday, March 31, at Woodside Village Church
A memorial service for Alden Richard "Dick" Tagg, who died on Feb. 2, three weeks after his 90th birthday, will be held on Saturday, March 31, at 3 p.m. at the Woodside Village Church, 3154 Woodside Road in Woodside.

March 13, 2018 | 3 comments
It takes a village

How a local nonprofit and policymakers are working to make it easier for homeowners to take the housing crisis into their own hands
For nearly four years, Josh To was, by day, a Google employee, and by night, a residential counselor with his wife, Sara, at Eastside College Preparatory Academy in East Palo Alto.

March 16, 2018 | 12 comments
Piano phenom Taylor Eigsti returns to Priory for anniversary concert

Taylor Eigsti has come a long way since he first began playing the piano as a 4-year-old. Raised in Menlo Park and known by locals as a child prodigy who performed with pros such as Dave Brubeck from an early age, Mr. Eigsti is returning to the Peninsula this month for a performance.

March 15, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo Park hires city clerk

There's quite a game of musical clerks happening on the Peninsula. Judi Herren, deputy city clerk for the town of Atherton, has been hired to be city clerk in Menlo Park, a position that has been vacant since last June, when Pam Aguilar left to take the same job in Redwood City.

March 16, 2018 | No comments yet
Group urges Caltrain to consider high-density housing on its land

Caltrain is developing a new business plan this year, and one group is asking the agency to consider adopting affordable housing development as a priority for its excess land along the rail line.

March 14, 2018 | 18 comments
Man convicted in 2011 fatal drive-by shooting

A 44-year-old transient has been convicted of murdering a man in a drive-by shooting in Menlo Park in 2011, San Mateo County prosecutors said Monday.

March 12, 2018 | No comments yet
Supervisors approve placing measure to raise bridge tolls on ballot

The county Board of Supervisors has authorized placing a measure on the June 5 ballot asking voters in all nine Bay Area counties to approve toll increases on major Bay Area bridges to fund improvements for regional traffic problems.

March 20, 2018 | 1 comment
Pizza may occupy a niche of its own in high school lunches

It is perhaps an open question as to whether the federal government's recipes for pizza will qualify as comfort food for the 9,000 students of the Sequoia Union High School District in upcoming school years.

March 27, 2018 | No comments yet
Police calls: Resident living alone complains of objects being moved

Crime reports from Portola Valley and Menlo Park.

March 19, 2018 | No comments yet
Annual Holbrook-Palmer Park Easter Egg Hunt is March 31

Easter is almost here, and so is Atherton's annual Easter Egg Hunt in Holbrook-Palmer Park on Saturday, March 31, from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

March 27, 2018 | No comments yet
Peter Mason leaves the Town Council after 10 years

Longtime Woodside Town Council member and architect Peter Mason has resigned from his council seat, according to a March 9 letter to Mayor Chris Shaw, a copy of which was provided to The Almanac.

March 12, 2018 | 5 comments
Tuesday: School board to consider further research of artificial turf fields

Studies for Menlo Park school district would cost over $43,000
Parents asked the Menlo Park City School District to look more closely at whether the crumb rubber used in artificial turf fields is dangerous to children's health. Now the school board must decide if it's willing to authorize the district to spend $43,000 to do that.

March 12, 2018 | 9 comments
Portola Valley: Burglar stole $90,000 in cash from home, deputies say

A detail has been made public in the case of a residential burglary on Zapata Way in Portola Valley (first reported in a March 6 email to the community from the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office): the burglar got away with $90,000 in cash, according to a brief entry in a Sheriff's Office crime log.

March 12, 2018 | 9 comments
Prep report: A strong effort for locals at track meet

Phillip Ericsson placed third in the 110 meter hurdles in 16.87 to pace a strong showing from the Palo Alto boys track and field team at the KBell Invitational on Saturday. Paly's Tyler Marik also scored in hurdles, finishing sixth in 17.35.

March 12, 2018 | No comments yet
SHP girls upset top seed; Priory holds on to NorCal win

Sacred Heart Prep didn't let a 500-mile round trip to Redding get in the way of playing good basketball. The eighth-seeded Gators surprised top-seeded Enterprise, 48-39, on Saturday to reach the NorCal Division III regional semifinals.

March 12, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo boys have one more for the road in NorCal hoops

The Menlo School boys basketball team continued its improbable run of road upsets Saturday with a 64-56 win over Central of Fresno. The 13th seeded Knights will play at No. 8 Palo Alto at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the NorCal Division I semifinals.

March 12, 2018 | No comments yet
Kings Mountain Road blocked by fallen tree

Kings Mountain Road is blocked between Manuella Avenue and Woodside Road due to a fallen tree, according to a 4:52 p.m. report from the Office of Emergency Services in San Mateo County.

March 9, 2018 | No comments yet
Update: Atherton residents question plans for water facility in park

Caltrans would pay $13.6 million cost of facilty to reduce flooding and remove pollutants from storm water
Atherton's proposal to put a water capture facility in Holbrook-Palmer Park to help control flooding and remove pollutants from storm water before it reaches the Bay appears to have hit a snag - public opposition.

March 9, 2018 | 16 comments
SamTrans purchases 10 new electric buses

In an effort to cut down on greenhouse gas emissions, the San Mateo County Transit District board of directors voted Thursday to replace 10 diesel buses with new battery electric buses.

March 9, 2018 | 1 comment
Menlo boys are moving on after NorCal basketball upset

After two blowout losses in the Central Coast Section Open Division playoffs, the No. 13 seed Menlo School boys team righted itself in memorable fashion Wednesday, pulling off a stunning 65-61 upset at No. 4 seed Clayton Valley Charter in the NorCal Division I quarterfinals.

March 9, 2018 | No comments yet
Prep report: Gators go the extra inning for baseball win

Parker Isaacson singled to score Yianni Gardner in the top of the eighth inning and Sacred Heart Prep earned a 3-1 victory over host Riordan in a nonleague baseball contest Thursday.

March 9, 2018 | No comments yet
Accordion master Stas Venglevski

Stanislav "Stas" Venglevski, a virtuoso of the Bayan (a type of Russian accordion) and a native of the Republic of Moldova, will perform a concert of original, classical, contemporary and ethnic songs on Sunday.

March 9, 2018 | No comments yet
A culinary education

Redwood City company provides cooking classes and more
At least twice a month, passionate chefs and hungry students gather for cooking classes offered by Explore Culinary Arts at the Atherton Appliance and Kitchens showroom in Redwood City.

March 9, 2018 | No comments yet
A 'Wrinkle' that rankles

Prepare to hear your kids say, 'The book was better'
From a distance, Disney's sci-fi fantasy "A Wrinkle in Time" appears to be a sure thing, but a closer look reveals a downright awkward kiddie blockbuster.

March 9, 2018 | No comments yet
Sinking Bay Area could exacerbate risk of flooding in years to come

Researchers say that sinking land in the Bay Area will increase the risk of flooding predicted for 2100 due to rising sea levels.

March 9, 2018 | 10 comments
Women design bracelets with a message: End Alzheimer's

Three local women have joined forces with a man who founded a nonprofit, 4MOM, to raise money for Alzheimer's research and support

March 11, 2018 | No comments yet
Neighbors question proposed traffic signal at Alameda and Walsh

School district also wants to move entrance to line up with Walsh Road
A proposal to put a traffic signal at Alameda de las Pulgas and Walsh Road in Atherton is being questioned by some neighbors who fear it would make it harder to get in and out of their neighborhood.

March 8, 2018 | 10 comments
The Knights win a joust, advance in NorCal hoops

The Menlo boys' basketball team topped host Clayton Valley Charter, 65-61, in a NorCal Division II opener Wednesday. The 13th-seeded Knights (24-3) head to Fresno to take on 12th-seeded Central on Saturday.

March 8, 2018 | No comments yet
Balanced scoring attack brings victory to SHP girls

Zoe Zaharias scored 15 points, Tatum Angotti added 14 points and the Sacred Heart Prep girls basketball team beat visiting Campolindo, 52-40, in the first round of the NorCal Division II playoffs on Wednesday night.

March 8, 2018 | No comments yet
Girls hoops: Priory advances; M-A, Menlo seasons end

NorCal girls
Kayla Tahaafe, the lone senior on the team, scored 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds to help No. 2 seed Eastside beat visiting Oak Ridge, 50-29, in the first round of the Northern California Division I tournament Wednesday.

March 8, 2018 | No comments yet
Last hurrah at the Oasis: Restaurant managers reminisce on the end of an era

When the clock struck midnight March 7, patrons at Menlo Park's Oasis burger and beer pub said their goodbyes and helped clean up the facility for what may have been the last night of the bar and restaurant considered by many to be a community institution.

March 8, 2018 | 1 comment
Free video game designed to help youth with health challenges

With "Shadow's Edge," Atherton's Sheri Sobrato Brisson found a way to build on the success of an interactive journal she had co-written to help young people with serious health challenges address their own emotional health.

March 9, 2018 | No comments yet
Work starts on temporary Atherton library quarters

Parking, traffic conditions may be affected during month-long work
Work to prepare for a temporary home for Atherton's library services during construction of the new civic center has begun near the corner of Dinkelspiel Station Lane and Maple Avenue.

March 7, 2018 | No comments yet
Prep report: Check it out, spring sports are in full bloom

David Schmaier and Silas Stewart got the Menlo boys lacrosse team going and Samson Axe made sure the Knights finished strong. Axe scored the tying goal with less than five minutes left in regulation and then recorded the game winner in overtime, leading Menlo to a 9-8 victory over host Piedmont in a nonleague contest Tuesday night.

March 7, 2018 | No comments yet
Prep report: Max effort in Paly baseball, Menlo golf

Max Jung-Goldberg hit a go-ahead three-run homer in the top of the fifth inning to help visiting Palo Alto rally past Gunn, 7-4, in a nonleague baseball contest Monday.

March 6, 2018 | No comments yet
NorCal prep basketball playoffs open far and wide Wednesday

Depending on how far you're willing to travel, there are no less than 10 Northern California Regional Divisions I-V basketball games involving local teams from which to choose on Wednesday. The West Bay Athletic Athletic League has seven girls teams and three boys teams playing in the NorCals.

March 6, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo Park woman launches campaign for governor

Less than four months before the primaries, a Menlo Park woman has launched a campaign to be elected as California's next governor.

March 7, 2018 | 15 comments
Former coach sentenced for molestation, assault

A former youth basketball coach was sentenced Friday to 50 years in prison for a child molestation and sexual assault case that began when he was found having sexual contact with a 14-year-old boy, San Mateo County prosecutors said.

March 6, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo Park woman pleads no contest to attempted murder of husband

Nelinda Caballero, a 62-year-old Menlo Park resident, on Feb. 22 pleaded no contest to a felony charge of attempted murder.

March 7, 2018 | 3 comments
Menlo Park: Activists urge Willow Road changes to keep kids safe

Members of Belle Haven Action, a nonprofit focused on addressing problems in Menlo Park's Belle Haven neighborhood, are worried about kids' safety as they commute to and from school across U.S. 101 and along Willow Road.

March 19, 2018 | 6 comments
Police calls: Door shattered, $5,000 watch stolen from Atherton home

Crime reports from Atherton, Woodside and Menlo Park.

March 9, 2018 | No comments yet
Cover story: A legacy of art

Atherton's Judy Sleeth has helped bring art fluency to countless students
Judy Sleeth started Art in Action 35 years ago, when her oldest daughter started kindergarten and the teacher informed her that Atherton's Laurel School had no more art teachers.

March 8, 2018 | 2 comments
Agnes Bierman Babcock, archaeologist and mother, dies at home in Portola Valley

A memorial service for Agnes Bierman Babcock of Portola Valley will be held Friday, March 16, at 11 a.m. at Saint Denis Catholic Church at 2250 Avy Ave. in Menlo Park. Ms. Babcock was an archaeologist, mother and namesake to a complex of caves in Southern California. She died at age 94.

March 15, 2018 | No comments yet
Woodside: New ethics code may be both inspiring and enforceable

The ethics code for the city of Santa Ana attempts to inspire ethical behavior rather than punish falls from grace. A group of Woodside residents, some inspired by Santa Ana's code, is working toward a recommendation on revising the town's ethics code.

March 11, 2018 | No comments yet
Saturday: Berman event focuses on education issues

Education town hall is in Los Altos at 10 a.m.
California state Assemblyman Marc Berman, D-Palo Alto, is hosting a town hall event focusing on kindergarten through high school education in Los Altos on Saturday, March 10.

March 8, 2018 | 1 comment
Wednesday: Portola Valley School District projects return to black in budget

School board scheduled to approve interim budget report for county ed office
The Portola Valley School District has managed to get its budget back in line after district projections had shown a future budgetary shortfall, according to new projections that will come before the school board at its meeting on Wednesday, March 7.

March 6, 2018 | No comments yet
Wednesday: Meeting on Atherton water-capture facility

A public presentation about the water-capture facility Atherton wants to build in Holbrook-Palmer Park is scheduled for Wednesday, March 7, at the Jennings Pavilion in the park, 150 Watkins Ave., at 6:30 p.m.

March 6, 2018 | 8 comments
Tuesday: Meeting on Alameda/Walsh traffic light

A meeting to discuss the possible details of a traffic light that would be installed at Alameda de las Pulgas at Walsh Road is scheduled for Tuesday night, March 6.

March 5, 2018 | 1 comment
Menlo Park: Parents seek city funds to cover future imbalance

Stanford housing development won't generate property taxes to cover bump in school enrollment
When the Menlo Park City Council approved a proposal by Stanford last October to add 215 apartments, 143,000 square feet of office space and about 10,000 square feet of retail space at 500 El Camino Real, one piece of the negotiations went unresolved.

March 5, 2018 | 6 comments
Weekend prep wrap: wrestling, swimming, and a lot more

Palo Alto's Andrew Wang (126) won two of his four bouts at the CIF state boys wrestling meet over the weekend, the best performance among the three local seniors who qualified for the event.

March 5, 2018 | No comments yet
Priory girls preparing for a deep end in the NorCals

Senior Tatiana Reese faces adversity at every turn but there's nowhere she'd rather be than with her Priory teammates getting ready for a deep run in the Northern California girls basketball tournament.

March 5, 2018 | No comments yet
Priory boys win third CCS hoops title in four years

Ayo Aderoboye scored 17 points, Emmanuel Ajanku-Makun grabbed 12 rebounds and blocked four shots and the Priory boys basketball team beat WBAL rival Pinewood, 41-36, to win its third CCS Division V title in four years.

March 5, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Tree top falls, damaging roof and several vehicles

A 130-foot redwood tree in the 100 block of Baywood Avenue in Menlo Park is now shorter by about 30 feet after the top section of the tree fell during the windy storm on Thursday afternoon, March 1.

March 5, 2018 | No comments yet
Major delays on the Peninsula following Caltrain fatality

Person struck near San Francisco
A Caltrain fatally struck someone just south of a train station in San Francisco Monday morning, according to the transit agency. The incident caused major delays for Peninsula commuters.

March 5, 2018 | No comments yet
'Oasis' name, brand may remain

The last day of the Oasis, as it's been known under the ownership of the Tougas family, will be March 7, but according to a Menlo Park City Council member the Tougas family is open to speaking to potential operators "interested in licensing or buying the trademark, brand and menu of the Oasis, and operating the restaurant in (a) way that gives credit to the restaurant and family's history and place in the Menlo Park community."

March 4, 2018 | 3 comments
Menlo Park fire district buys $3.2 million house

Property needed to replace Alameda de las Pulgas fire station, district says
The Menlo Park Fire Protection District announced on March 2 the $3.2 million purchase of a house on Valparaiso Avenue, next door to the district's Alameda de las Pulgas fire station in unincorporated Menlo Park.

March 4, 2018 | 28 comments
Menlo Park: Jellyfish tagger pleads no contest to vandalism

A 21-year-old Menlo Park resident known as "Stand" pleaded no contest Monday, Feb. 26, to a vandalism misdemeanor on the condition that other charges be dismissed due to insufficient evidence.

March 8, 2018 | No comments yet
Ravenswood families to face child care gap

District's budget crisis leaves county negotiating for center's future
Parents of the 140 students enrolled in the Ravenswood school district's Child Development Center (CDC) will be scrambling for care for about six weeks this summer as the preschool transitions to a new provider.

March 2, 2018 | 2 comments
Stanford plans to remove Lagunita Dam

Restoration of San Francisquito Creek habitat for endangered fish could begin this summer
Stanford University officials are looking at tearing down Lagunita Dam and restoring habitat for endangered steelhead in the San Francisquito Creek.

March 2, 2018 | 13 comments
Menlo Park: What residents can expect during the process to electrify Caltrain

Work may begin later this month
Starting as soon as late March, Caltrain is going to begin work to electrify its rail line in Menlo Park, according to Caltrain spokeswoman Tasha Bartholomew.

March 6, 2018 | 7 comments
Saturday in Portola Valley: Community conversation about affordable housing

A conversation about the crisis in affordable housing is happening in Portola Valley on Saturday, March 3, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Community Hall at 765 Portola Road.

March 1, 2018 | 20 comments
Priory proves quick study in CCS boys hoops semifinal

Senior Ayo Aderoboye led all scorers with 21 points, on 8-for-12 shooting, and Lucas Harris had nine points and six rebounds to lead Priory past Eastside Prep, 53-32, in the CCS Division V boys basketball semifinals Wednesday.

March 1, 2018 | No comments yet
Priory girls find an open Lane in CCS D-V hoops victory

Ila Lane scored 32 points and grabbed 17 rebounds to help top-seeded Priory reach its second consecutive Central Coast Section Division V championship game, beating No. 4 St. Francis-Watsonville, 68-55, at Alma Heights Christian in the semifinals.

March 1, 2018 | No comments yet
M-A girls hoops find the third time is the best reward

Menlo-Atherton beat Carlmont for the third time this season and this one came with a big reward: a trip to the Central Coast Section Division I girls basketball championship game.

March 1, 2018 | No comments yet
Cinequest Film & VR Festival returns

Annual fest brings oodles of films and events to Redwood City and San Jose
The sheer number of films screened in the annual Cinequest Film & VR Festival, which takes place at various locations in San Jose as well as in downtown Redwood City through March 11, is overwhelming but read on for a few suggestions.

March 1, 2018 | No comments yet
'The Wiz'

Stanford University's BLACKStage Theater Company will present the musical "The Wiz" on Friday, March 2, and Saturday, March 3.

March 1, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Man suspected of shooting assault rifle-style weapon turns himself in

A man who allegedly shot an assault rifle-style weapon in a Menlo Park backyard Sunday night turned himself in to the police around 2:20 p.m. today (Feb. 28).

February 28, 2018 | No comments yet
Caltrain and Atherton can't reach a deal on electrification poles

Town agreed to pay $200,000 but not to indemnify Caltrain over changes
It appears the 45-foot-tall Caltrain poles that Atherton's Lloyden Park residents have protested will be installed as part of Caltrain's project to electrify its train service.

March 1, 2018 | 12 comments
Menlo Park: 2017 crime data shows increase in rapes, thefts

When asked what could have contributed to an apparent massive spike in the reported crime throughout Menlo Park in December 2017 in the city's year-end crime report, the city's interim police chief Dave Bertini provided a relieving answer: typos.

March 1, 2018 | 3 comments
Home sales

Modernist Woodside home by acclaimed architect Joseph Esherick sells for $14 million
A complete listing of home sales on the Midpeninsula.

March 3, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo Park pastor pleads no contest to sex crimes against teen parishioners

A pastor of a Menlo Park church has pleaded no contest to three felonies: two counts of sexual battery and one count of molesting a child 13 or younger.

February 28, 2018 | No comments yet
Woodside: Council discusses term limits before an all but empty room

The people should be initiating this, mayor and colleagues say
If Woodside voters are ever to decide the question of whether members of the Woodside Town Council should be subject to term limits, the voters will have to get together and propose an initiative.

February 28, 2018 | 3 comments
Strong storm coming Wednesday; wind advisory Thursday

National Weather Service forecasts gusts climbing up to 40 mph
One of the strongest weather systems this winter is coming to the Bay Area starting today (Feb. 28), according to the National Weather Service. Winds could reach up to 40 mph.

February 28, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo's Pagan earns a spot on All-GSAC women's hoops team

Celina Pagan was named to the All-Golden State Athletic Conference team, becoming the first Oak to achieve the honor and the first all-conference player from Menlo since a trio of Oaks earned spots on the All-Cal Pac in 2015.

February 28, 2018 | No comments yet
Prep report: Paly boys soccer lose tough semifinal match

Palo Alto missed reaching its first Central Coast Section boys soccer title match in nine years by less than a minute. The Palo Alto girls were overwhelmed in the Open Division semifinal. Woodside and St. Francis each won and will meet in the girls Division I final Saturday at a time and place to be determined.

February 28, 2018 | No comments yet
Snow dusts local peaks, strong storm coming Wednesday

National Weather service forecasts strongest storm of this winter will arrive mid-week
The National Weather Service reported snow in several mountain areas of the Bay Area today, including dustings on Mount Diablo, Mission Peak, Mount Umunhum, Mount Hamilton and Mount Fremont.

February 27, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Questions fly on Facebook's 'Willow Village' campus

Planning Commission session reveals company plans to expand workforce to size of Menlo Park's total population within 10 years
Facebook's proposal to create a new neighborhood in Menlo Park and add enough office space to cumulatively accommodate a workforce the size of Menlo Park's current total population -- more than 33,000 -- raised some questions from the Planning Commission during a Feb. 26 discussion.

February 27, 2018 | 23 comments
Prep report: Gunn earns golf victory over Sacred Heart

Eric Epstein collected two hits and drove in three runs while four pitchers combined on a three-hitter in helping Gunn beat visiting Prospect in a nonleague game Monday. The Titans golf team also won its season opener.

February 27, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo College's Michelis earns GSAC Player of the Week honors

Woodside High grad Madison Michelis was named the Golden State Athletic Conference Player of the Week on Monday, one week after teammate Destinee Bowie was named to the same honor.

February 27, 2018 | No comments yet
Paly, M-A sending wrestlers to the state meet; M-A girls place

Menlo-Atherton girls finish fourth in state, Akinola reaches championship match
Palo Alto's Andrew Wang and Calvin Grewal and Menlo-Atherton's Niko Ozden are heading to the CIF State boys wrestling championships. Three of the six Menlo-Atherton girls wrestlers returned from the state meet in Visalia over the weekend with medals, each finishing in the top six of their respective divisions.

February 27, 2018 | No comments yet
Tuesday: Woodside council to discuss term limits for council members

Five of the 20 communities in San Mateo County have term limits in place
Should Woodside have term limits for Town Council members?

February 27, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Redevelopment plans for Beltramo's Wines & Spirits approved

The Menlo Park Planning Commission voted 6-0 on Monday, Feb. 26, with Commissioner Susan Goodhue absen,t to approve plans to construct two new buildings to replace the former Beltramo's Wines & Spirits site at 1540 El Camino Real.

February 27, 2018 | 7 comments
Police calls: Burglar ransacks house but appears to take nothing

Crime reports from Woodside, West Menlo Park and Menlo Park

February 27, 2018 | No comments yet
Woodside: Longer dormers, more headroom ahead for some apartments

In a move to improve livability in a limited type of affordable housing in Woodside -- apartments above nonconforming garages -- the Town Council recently showed support for changes to allow more headroom under sloped roofs of such apartments.

March 1, 2018 | No comments yet
Up he goes

Rock climbing is giving Portola Valley's Ross Fulkerson a route to the top
Portola Valley resident and notable rock climber Ross Fulkerson, a 16-year-old junior at Design Tech High School in Redwood Shores, is a rising star in the climbing community and a potential climber for the United States Olympic team in Tokyo in 2020.

March 1, 2018 | No comments yet
Public scrutiny launched for Facebook's 'Willow Village'

The doors are opening for the public to weigh in on Facebook's biggest Menlo Park development yet.

February 26, 2018 | 6 comments
Tuesday, Wednesday: Special Atherton council meetings

Tuesday meeting on Caltrain poles; Wednesday to tour water capture facilities
Atherton's City Council has two special meetings this week: Tuesday on settling a dispute with Caltrain over the height of poles Caltrain plans to install in the town, and Wednesday to tour water capture facilities in Southern California.

February 26, 2018 | 2 comments
CCS girls hoops: There's a whole lotta winning going on

Palo Alto lost to Carlmont, 47-41, in the quarterfinals of the CCS Division I girls basketball playoffs. Menlo-Atherton (D-I), Sacred Heart Prep (D-IV), Priory (D-V) and Castilleja (D-V) all won their games to advance into the semifinal round.

February 26, 2018 | No comments yet
Short-handed Bears drop CCS boys basketball contest

The season came to an end Saturday for the Menlo-Atherton boys basketball team in the form of a 56-48 loss to Los Altos in a Central Coast Section Division I quarterfinal game at Piedmont Hills High.

February 26, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo girls fall to Presentation in CCS hoops

The West Bay Athletic League girls basketball teams playing in the Central Coast Section Open Division more than held their own. Pinewood and Eastside Prep won while Menlo School played hard and fell, by eight points to the No. 3 seed.

February 26, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Assault rifle-type weapon found, suspect still on the loose

Officers searching for suspect who reportedly fired gun in backyard Saturday night
The firearm has been found, but the man who police say shot an assault rifle-type weapon in a Menlo Park backyard on Saturday night (Feb. 24) is still at large.

February 25, 2018 | 3 comments
Five M-A wrestlers ready for the girls state meet this weekend

Menlo-Atherton is sending five girls to the state wrestling meet at the Visalia Convention Center, which begins Friday at 9 a.m. The meet continues Saturday with consolation rounds at 9 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m.

February 23, 2018 | No comments yet
Local teams in CCS girls Open Division to make it interesting

To no one's surprise, Archbishop Mitty is seeded No. 1 and Pinewood No. 2 in the Central Coast Section Open Division girls basketball playoffs. If all goes according to form in the first two rounds, a much-anticipated Mitty-Pinewood matchup will take place March 2 in the championship game.

February 23, 2018 | No comments yet
Paly, Menlo boys try to alter WCAL domination of CCS Open

The Central Coast Section Open Division is unknown territory for the Menlo School boys basketball team, the defending Division IV champions. Defending Division I champion Palo Alto has been in this situation before and the Vikings have plenty of experience.

February 23, 2018 | No comments yet
Fundamentally sound basketball leads to SHP win in CCS

After a mediocre first three quarters, Eric DeBrine's shot returned just in time to propel Sacred Heart over Seaside, 60-52, in the second round of the Central Coast Section Division IV boys basketball playoffs in Atherton. The 6-foot-6 DeBrine finished with a game-high 25 points

February 23, 2018 | No comments yet
Sunday: Local 'craftivist' to host celebrity knitter at Cafe Zoe

Heidi Arjes fuses knitting with science
Scientist Heidi Arjes of Menlo Park used to worry about other scientists learning that she loves to knit. But since designing a hat last year that became an emblem of the Science March, she learned that her passion for science and her love of knitting were not mutually exclusive.

February 23, 2018 | No comments yet
Ravenswood school board approves layoffs, parcel tax renewal

Trustees take steps to balance budget
Ravenswood City School District's Board of Education took two steps toward maintaining fiscal solvency Thursday, approving layoff notices for 64 positions and a renewed parcel tax for the June ballot.

February 23, 2018 | 2 comments
Menlo Park: Police puzzled over motive in downtown auto burglaries

Police are considering a suspect who is either transient or mentally ill in connection with a string of overnight auto burglaries of insignificant items stolen recently from vehicles in downtown Menlo Park.

February 23, 2018 | 3 comments
Menlo Park: committee selects favored election maps

Members support splitting city into five electoral districts
After considering nearly 40 maps and spending hours in intensive meetings held over the past month, Menlo Park's nine-member Advisory Districting Committee voted Feb. 22 in favor of two final maps to recommend to the City Council for approval: one with five districts, the other with six.

February 23, 2018 | 15 comments
Caltrain has a list of demands before it will change pole design for Atherton

In the latest volley in the battle between Atherton and Caltrain over the height of the poles it plans to install as part of its project to electrify its trains, Caltrain has given the town until Feb. 28 to meet a list of demands if it wants shorter poles installed.

February 23, 2018 | 10 comments
Top-seeded Wildcats advance in CCS girls soccer

It hasn't been easy for the Woodside girls soccer team all season. The Wildcats didn't expect it any other way. In a crazy second half, Woodside scored twice in the final 20 minutes to down visiting San Benito, 4-2, on Wednesday night in the first round of the CCS Division II tournament.

February 22, 2018 | No comments yet
Hit-and-run critically injures East Palo Alto man

A 75-year-old man from East Palo Alto was critically injured the night of Feb. 20 after being struck by a vehicle in a hit-and-run near University Avenue and the Dumbarton rail line, according to Menlo Park police.

February 22, 2018 | No comments yet
Atherton to continue looking at how to address cost of fire services

Consultant to examine legislative solutions, details of pulling out of district
Atherton will continue to look at its options for pulling out of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District or reducing the share of property taxes the district receives, its City Council decided Wednesday night, Feb. 21.

February 22, 2018 | 5 comments
Cold snap to continue through this week

Pet owners advised to provide outdoor pets with warm shelter
The cold snap that began last week is predicted to continue through this week, with gusty winds expected late Wednesday through Thursday night, according to the National Weather Service.

February 22, 2018 | No comments yet
Atherton: Car was driven along railroad bed before being struck

The Austin Healey convertible destroyed by a Caltrain locomotive after a collision in Atherton earlier this month was hundreds of feet south of the rail crossing at Fair Oaks Lane when it was struck, officials said. Investigating officials are not identifying the driver.

February 22, 2018 | 10 comments
Menlo fire board has no official comment on fiscal study

Fire board opts to wait to see what Atherton's next move is
The board of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District has decided to remain mum, at least officially, on the report of the fire district's finances commissioned by the town of Atherton.

February 22, 2018 | 5 comments
Locals mourn, decry plans to close the Oasis

The Oasis, perhaps the oldest eating establishment in Menlo Park, will close permanently March 7 after 60 years of business, according to a Feb. 21 announcement on Facebook by the business' owners, the Tougas family.

February 21, 2018 | 55 comments
Menlo Park: Districting committee to finalize recommendations on election districts

The Menlo Park Districting Advisory Committee is expected to hold its final meeting to come up with recommendations for how the city should be split into five or six voting districts on Thursday, Feb. 22.

February 21, 2018 | No comments yet
Home sales

Prices swing from $475,000 to $6.5 million
A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula.

February 24, 2018 | 6 comments
VanDerveer honored with Integrity in Coaching Award

Stanford women's basketball coach Tara VanDerveer was named as the recipient of the Carol Eckman Integrity in Coaching Award, the Women's Basketball Coaches Association announced Tuesday.

February 21, 2018 | No comments yet
Pitching rules as high school baseball spreads its wings

Palo Alto's Niko Lillos threw a three-hitter, Parker Isaacson did not allow an earned run in four solid innings for Sacred Heart Prep, Gunn's Samio Uze pitched four innings of effective relief and Menlo School's Kevin Alarcon pitched four scoreless inning as the high school baseball season opened with a flourish on Tuesday.

February 21, 2018 | No comments yet
$70 million bond measure will be on June ballot in Las Lomitas school district

The Las Lomitas Elementary School District's board unanimously approved putting a $70 million bond measure on the June 5 ballot at its Feb. 14 meeting.

February 20, 2018 | 18 comments
Menlo fire chief gets threats, complaints about PG&E ads

Harold Schapelhouman, the chief of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District, said that when he agreed to appear in advertisements for PG&E this past summer, he never imagined it would lead to threats of physical violence and a spate of nasty phone calls and emails.

February 26, 2018 | 55 comments
Prep report: A Bear wrestling champ and CCS soccer update

Niko Ozden won the Peninsula Athletic League wrestling title at 184 pounds and Menlo-Atherton placed third at the league championships at Mills High on Saturday.

February 20, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo places both hoops teams in the CCS Open Division

The biggest surprise from Sunday's Central Coast Section basketball seeding meeting came when the Menlo School girls were placed in the Open Division.

February 20, 2018 | No comments yet
M-A girls work hard in PAL hoops title loss to SSF

Menlo-Atherton girls basketball coach Markisha Coleman was elated by the play of her team Saturday night, even if the Bears lost, 59-58, to South San Francisco on a last second shot at Cunha Middle School in Half Moon Bay. “We battled and played hard. It was a tough loss. I'm very proud of my girls for the way they fought back,''she said.

February 20, 2018 | No comments yet
Should Atherton look at withdrawing from fire district?

Atherton's City Council wants residents to weigh in on what it should do after receiving a report that shows that the Menlo Park Fire Protection District receives about $7 million more in property tax revenue from Atherton residents than it spends in providing them services.

February 20, 2018 | 14 comments
Menlo Park to consider West Menlo annexation proposal

A proposal by residents of the unincorporated West Menlo Park triangle bounded by Santa Cruz Avenue, Alameda de las Pulgas and Sharon Road to have their area annexed into the city of Menlo Park made it onto the City Council's list of projects it plans to work on this year.

February 21, 2018 | 1 comment
International fly fishing film festival coming to Menlo Park

The Guild Theatre will host the International Fly Fishing Film Festival on Thursday, March 15, from 7 to 9:30 p.m.

March 13, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Cultural exchange opportunity for teens

Kids ages 12 to 15 who live in Menlo Park are invited to apply for one of 10 spots to participate in a cultural exchange trip to Bizen, Japan, a Friendship City of Menlo Park.

February 25, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: City charter measure wins council support

The Menlo Park City Council voted unanimously on Feb. 13 to move forward with a process to put an "enabling" charter measure on the November 2018 ballot.

February 21, 2018 | No comments yet
Tuesday: Fire board to discuss fiscal study of district

Hiring new firefighters, district housing for employees also on agenda
How the Menlo Park Fire Protection District should respond to Atherton's fiscal study of the district will be on the agenda of the district's board when it meets on Tuesday, Feb. 20.

February 20, 2018 | 3 comments
'Fidelio' shines with magnificent music, brilliant singing

In staging Beethoven's "Fidelio," West Bay Opera has put together a cast of magnificent singers in all key roles, a chorus of fine and sturdy voices, and an orchestra of polished musicians, dishing up a famously challenging operatic feast with vigor and elan.

February 19, 2018 | No comments yet
Artificial intelligence helps identify more than 250 species in baylands

Eighty citizens, professional scientists use iNaturalist app to compile list
Eighty citizen and professional scientists gathered at the Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve on Saturday for the baylands' second bioblitz, an observational study of biodiversity in a specific location.

February 19, 2018 | 1 comment
Evidence of mountain lion seen in Portola Valley

Evidence suggesting the presence of a mountain lion was found at a private school in Portola Valley, prompting authorities to issue a cautionary message Friday.

February 18, 2018 | No comments yet
Mayor alleges 'culture of corruption' at Ravenswood school district

School budget crisis sparks friction between East Palo Alto mayor, district
East Palo Alto's mayor blasted Ravenswood school district leadership in two separate letters Friday and Saturday criticizing what he described as the district's "sneak ambush" solicitation of financial support from the City Council and alleging that district leaders have created a "culture of corruption."

February 18, 2018 | 12 comments
Girls hoops: M-A seeks fourth straight PAL tourney title

The Menlo-Atherton girls basketball team came out strong Friday and never let up, beating Sequoia 52-36 in the semifinals of the Peninsula Athletic League tournament in Half Moon Bay. The Bears play South San Francisco for the tournament (and public school county) championship.

February 17, 2018 | No comments yet
SLAC at 55

A look at what's new at this big-league laboratory
It's been five years since the 50th anniversary of Menlo Park's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory on Sand Hill Road. So what's new?

February 23, 2018 | No comments yet
Filing period opens for June election

The filing period for the June 5 primary election in San Mateo County opened Feb. 12. Among the elective offices included in this primary are races for county sheriff, the county superintendent of schools and supervisor for District 3.

February 21, 2018 | No comments yet
Wakanda Rising

An African hero continues his rise in 'Black Panther'
Ten years ago, Marvel Studios launched its cinematic universe with "Iron Man" and struck gold with Robert Downey, Jr.'s bratty bad-boy take on the high-flying superhero. Other quippy fratboy-with-a-heart-of-gold types would follow, including Star-Lord, Ant-Man and Thor. But the latest Marvel superhero to take center stage adheres to the Captain America model: the titular hero of "Black Panther" -- picking up where his auspicious debut in "Captain America: Civil War" left off -- continues to be an earnest moral paragon challenged by political and personal entanglements.

February 16, 2018 | No comments yet
Legislation to track police guns introduced by state Sen. Hill

Legislation requiring police to track and regularly inventory firearms was introduced in the California Legislature Thursday by local Sen. Jerry Hill.

February 16, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Locals question library siting process

After mediators launched Menlo Park's third meeting on Thursday, Feb. 15, to pick a site for a proposed new main library by insisting attendees abide by a series of discursive ground rules, several attendees stood and asked city staff politely but assertively to make sure their comments were accurately recorded and their feedback taken into account.

February 16, 2018 | 25 comments
Prep report: M-A boys lose, M-A girls win in PAL hoops

Sam Treanor hit both ends of a one-and-one with 15 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, giving Half Moon Bay the lead for good on its way to a 59-56 win over Menlo-Atherton in the first round of the PAL boys basketball playoffs at Cunha Middle School.

February 16, 2018 | No comments yet
Sacred Heart Prep grad gets a return trip to Team USA soccer

Sacred Heart Prep grad and Stanford sophomore Tierna Davidson earned another call-up to the United States national women's soccer team, coach Jill Ellis announced Wednesday.

February 16, 2018 | No comments yet
County seeks rescue plan for preschool services

Ravenswood district has no funds to continue operating Child Development Center
The fate of the Ravenswood City School District's state-funded preschool program hangs in the balance as the district negotiates with the county and state to assume operations of the Child Development Center in East Palo Alto.

February 16, 2018 | No comments yet
Home sales

Mountain View outpacing rest of Midpeninsula sales
A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula.

February 28, 2018 | No comments yet
Palo Alto Philharmonic to perform winter concert

The Palo Alto Philharmonic's winter concert will feature Claude Debussy's "Petite Suite," the group's own conductor-in-residence Lee Actor's "Saxophone Concerto" and Bela Bartok's "Concerto for Orchestra," and will be one of three final performances led by current Music Director Thomas Shoebotham, who plans on leaving the longtime local music group later this year.

February 16, 2018 | No comments yet
State Sen. Hill proposes medical cannabis in schools on opt-in basis

State Sen. Jerry Hill has introduced legislation that would let local school districts pursue policies to allow K-12 students with special needs or severe disabilities to use medical cannabis products on campus.

February 15, 2018 | 2 comments
Prep soccer: Paly girls can't hold off the Spartans

Mountain View pushed back and clinched the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League's De Anza Division girls soccer title Wednesday, beating host Palo Alto 5-1.

February 15, 2018 | No comments yet
Thursday: Information session on new Menlo Park district preschool program

An information night for families interested in the Menlo Park City School District's new preschool program is Thursday, Feb. 15 from 6 to 7:30 p.m., with Spanish translation available.

February 15, 2018 | No comments yet
Sunday: Traffic signal in Atherton to be out all day

The traffic signal at Middlefield Road and Oak Grove Avenue in Atherton will out of service for the day on Sunday, Feb. 18, as crews replace a power pole at the intersection. Nearby residents may also be without power, police say.

February 15, 2018 | No comments yet
Thursday: County seeks feedback on regional transportation priorities

County gathering input for possible half-cent sales tax on November ballot
San Mateo County is considering asking voters to approve a half-cent sales tax for transportation in the November election and is looking for feedback from residents about what its top priorities should be.

February 15, 2018 | 4 comments
Menlo Park: Two teens arrested on suspicion of burglary in the Willows

Two 14-year-old boys were arrested Tuesday, Feb. 13, after a neighbor observed that one of the teens appeared to be acting as lookout while the other knocked on the front door of a home near Woodland Avenue and Oak Court in Menlo Park's Willows neighborhood.

February 14, 2018 | 3 comments
Menlo Park, Waze partner for traffic data

Menlo Park has partnered with Waze on its "Concerned Citizens Program" to share and receive data about traffic citywide.

February 26, 2018 | No comments yet
Which way forward?

Many questions unresolved as city pursues proposal to rebuild the main library
Like residents in most Peninsula cities, people who live in Menlo Park don't want to have anything of a lesser quality than their neighbors.

February 15, 2018 | 4 comments
A meeting of the minds

Dragon Theatre kicks off 2018 season with 'Insignificance'
As presented by Dragon Productions Theatre Company and directed by Laura Jane Bailey, "Insignificance" is an intriguing, playful thought experiment on celebrity, sex, power and science.

February 14, 2018 | No comments yet
Guild venue proposal moves forward

Council supports proposal to add density and no parking
A proposal by a local nonprofit to transform the Guild Theatre in Menlo Park into a live music and community event venue has garnered unanimous support from the City Council, which discussed the project Feb. 13.

February 14, 2018 | 21 comments
Girls hoops: Eastside turns it around in second half

Kayla Tahaafe scored 22 points and helped the Eastside Prep girls basketball team rally past host Menlo School, 67-55, in a West Bay Athletic League contest Tuesday night.

February 14, 2018 | No comments yet
Boys hoops: Menlo zeroing in on undefeated WBAL season

The Menlo boys basketball team overcame a slow start on Senior Night to beat visiting The King's Academy 67-41 in a West Bay Athletic League contest Tuesday, its 16th consecutive victory.

February 14, 2018 | No comments yet
M-A girls can celebrate a second straight league title

Elise Kratzer, who started the season on the junior varsity, scored twice to help Menlo-Atherton beat host Carlmont 3-0 Tuesday and clinch its second straight Peninsula Athletic Bay Division title.

February 14, 2018 | No comments yet
Metallic balloons could cause power outages on Valentine's Day

PG&E officials warn that unsecured metallic balloons can fly into power lines and cause dangerous outages, putting a damper on upcoming Valentine's Day celebrations.

February 13, 2018 | 1 comment
Prep report: Soccer titles to be determined this week

There's still plenty to be decided in soccer's final week of the regular season. Palo Alto, Menlo-Atherton and Menlo School can all win league titles. The Central Coast Section seeding meeting will be held Saturday.

February 13, 2018 | No comments yet
Trio of Oaks entered in women's golf tournament

The three-member Menlo College women's golf team opened its season Monday at the Mikuni Sushi Shootout, hosted by Holy Names University at the Catta Vedera Country Club in Lincoln.

February 13, 2018 | No comments yet
Atherton couple have been Valentines since 1942

Patricia and William Robertson recently celebrated their 75th anniversary
Atherton's Patricia and William Robertson met each other in 1942 and were married in 1943, two weeks before he joined the Army. The couple recently celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary.

February 14, 2018 | 1 comment
Las Lomitas board to vote on $70 million bond measure

The board of the Las Lomitas Elementary School District will decide whether to ask voters to approve a $70 million bond measure when it meets on Wednesday, Feb. 14.

February 13, 2018 | 2 comments
Tonight: Menlo Park council to discuss becoming a charter city, the Guild

After postponing a discussion scheduled for last week, the Menlo Park City Council is scheduled to consider putting an "enabling" charter measure on the November 2018 ballot at its Feb. 13 meeting.

February 13, 2018 | No comments yet
Baylands trails open again

Portion of Bay Trail reopens to bike commuters
Sections of the Bay Trail closed due to construction were set to reopen Monday, according to the San Francisquito Creek Joint Powers Authority. Another trail, the Faber-Laumeister, which was torn up during native planting to provide habitat for endangered species, will be smoothed out as well.

February 16, 2018 | 4 comments
Woodside's ethics code analysis, debate set for Thursday

Woodside's ethics code is in transition. The second of three workshops to discuss it is set for Thursday, Feb. 15, at Woodside Elementary School.

February 14, 2018 | 2 comments
Menlo Park: Lorraine Godfrey lived a full and active life

A memorial service is set for Lorraine Godfrey, a longtime resident of Menlo Park, at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, at the Community Hall at 765 Portola Road in Portola Valley.

February 23, 2018 | No comments yet
Police calls: Former neighbor a suspect in threatening phone calls case

Crime reports from Woodside and Menlo Park.

February 14, 2018 | No comments yet
Woodside man identified following fatal collision

An 89-year-old Woodside man has been identified by the Santa Clara County medical examiner's office as the pedestrian who was killed after being struck by a vehicle Thursday evening in Belmont.

February 12, 2018 | 2 comments
Remembering Billy Ray White

Menlo Park's first and only Belle Haven council member left legacy of community involvement
Billy Ray White, remembered as an influential leader in Menlo Park, an eloquent orator and the city's first African American mayor, died Jan. 26 at age 81.

February 12, 2018 | 1 comment
Philanthropist, builder Sanford Diller of Woodside dies at 89

Woodside resident and philanthropist Sanford Diller was a patron of the arts and a major benefactor to health care initiatives. And he built things -- apartments, playgrounds, and a real estate company that became a development and investment company and a West Coast institution. Mr. Diller died Feb. 2 at his home. He was 89 years old.

February 12, 2018 | No comments yet
Seniors help set pool records in final home swimming meet

Senior Ally Howe, a graduate of Sacred Heart Prep, finished her regular-season swimming career with a flourish. She set a pool record in the 200-yard back and helped set a pool record in the 200 medley relay.

February 12, 2018 | No comments yet
Soccer tie serves Menlo School boys better in the WBAL

Soccer's version of the Valpo Bowl between Sacred Heart Prep and host Menlo School ended in a scoreless draw, better for the Knights than the Gators with two matches remaining to play.

February 12, 2018 | No comments yet
Championships settled in two boys basketball leagues

Spencer Rojahn scored 21 points and Palo Alto clinched the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League title Friday, beating visiting Los Gatos, 72-61, before a packed house at Peery Family Center.

February 12, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo places four among top-5 at WCWA wrestling nationals

Menlo College junior Evonne Evien placed fourth at the WCWA National wrestling championships Saturday at Oklahoma City. He was unseeded at 155 pounds and wrestled her way to the third-place match. Precious Bell, Solin Piearcy and Angela Peralta each placed fifth for the Oaks.

February 12, 2018 | No comments yet
Home sales

Menlo Park home on Siskiyou Place sells for $6.85 million
A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula.

February 11, 2018 | No comments yet
Atherton: Train strikes stalled car Saturday night

Vehicle unoccupied, no injuries reported
An unoccupied vehicle caught fire when it was struck by a train Saturday night in Atherton, according to Menlo Park Fire Protection District officials.

February 11, 2018 | 18 comments
Beethoven's 'Fidelio' opens Friday on West Bay Opera stage

Modern setting places story in U.S. prison
Beethoven's "Fidelio" was set in an 18th century Spanish political prison, but there are lessons about injustice, political persecution and individual freedom that are relevant today. That's why West Bay Opera's production of the opera is set in a modern-day for-profit American prison, says its conductor.

February 14, 2018 | No comments yet
Amid criticism, Ravenswood school board approves budget cuts

Community criticizes board's lack of action
At a tense, chaotic and at-times hostile meeting on Thursday night, the Ravenswood City School District Board of Education approved more than $5 million in budget cuts to remain fiscally solvent in the coming year.

February 9, 2018 | 15 comments
Menlo Park: Assistant city manager to depart for Sunnyvale

Longtime Menlo Park staff official and current Assistant City Manager Chip Taylor has announced that he plans to depart Menlo Park on Feb. 23 to begin work as Sunnyvale's public works director starting March 19.

February 9, 2018 | 6 comments
Local basketball races are in the stretch drive

The Palo Alto girls basketball team can clinch its second straight Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division title and third in four years when Los Gatos (9-11, 4-5) visits Friday at 6:15 p.m.

February 9, 2018 | No comments yet
'Sunny Day' defendant pleads 'no contest' to murder

Marvin Jake Ware to face 60 years to life for the murder of Lamont Coleman, shooting of two others
Just prior to facing a San Mateo County jury, a defendant in the notorious "Sunny Day" gang murders has pleaded no contest to murder and other charges.

February 9, 2018 | No comments yet
School board scrambles to get informed ahead of bond election deadline

Portola Valley board discusses facilities master plan at study session
The Portola Valley School District's board, with four new members, is playing catch-up to inform itself about the district's facilities master plan as a bond election deadline looms.

February 9, 2018 | 7 comments
Silicon Valley in 2018: More success, more pressure

Housing costs, disproportionate wealth still make life hard for many residents
The Bay Area's fevered success is still rising, but its achievements continue to exacerbate the region's housing and transportation pressures, a new Joint Venture Silicon Valley report, the 2018 Silicon Valley Index, found.

February 8, 2018 | No comments yet
M-A senior footballers share national signing day

Menlo-Atherton seniors Kilifi Leaatoa, Dimtri Sakalia, Ryan Buck and Spencer Corona were honored during a lunch time ceremony for national signing day Wednesday. The Bears figure to have a couple more sign soon.

February 8, 2018 | No comments yet
Bears rally to topple Sequoia in PAL boys basketball

After the Sequoia girls rallied to hand Menlo-Atherton its first league loss of the season the Menlo-Atherton boys returned the favor against first-place and previously unbeaten Sequoia, using a 12-0 run in the second half to grab the lead and held on for a 57-49 victory.

February 8, 2018 | No comments yet
Prep report: M-A girls see long winning streak end

The Menlo-Atherton girls basketball team's 42-game Peninsula Athletic League South Division regular-season winning streak came to an end Wednesday as Sequoia rallied from a 10-point deficit to post a 43-40 victory.

February 8, 2018 | No comments yet
School district looking at its financial future

Menlo Park City School District asks for public input as it plans for the long run
As the Menlo Park City School District nears the one-year anniversary of voter approval of a parcel tax that helped balance the district's budget, the school board is pondering the district's long-term financial future, including whether it might one day need another parcel tax.

February 8, 2018 | 20 comments
Harry 'Hunk' Anderson, art collector and donor, dies at 95

Local art collector and philanthropist Harry "Hunk" Anderson, who with his wife Mary Margaret and daughter Mary Patricia donated more than 100 works of 20th century American art to establish the Anderson Collection at Stanford, died Feb. 7 in his home. He was 95.

February 8, 2018 | No comments yet
Starting off right

Menlo Park City School District set to open long-planned preschool
The Menlo Park City School District has for decades wanted its own preschool to help ensure that all children will start kindergarten on an equal footing. In late August that vision should become reality.

February 8, 2018 | No comments yet
Former coach pleads no contest to child molestation charges

A Menlo Park man who was a baseball coach in local schools pleaded no contest Tuesday to child molestation and sexual assault charges stemming from an investigation that began after he was found engaged in sexual activity with a 14-year-old boy, San Mateo County prosecutors said.

February 7, 2018 | No comments yet
Re-mastering the darkroom

Slow photography pioneer unveils world's largest ambrotype
Photographer Ian Ruhter is pretty stoked to be showing his work in Silicon Valley.

February 9, 2018 | No comments yet
Tonight: Proposal to ban marijuana dispensaries in Portola Valley

The Portola Valley Planning Commission meets at 7 p.m. tonight (Feb. 7) in the Historic Schoolhouse at 765 Portola Road to propose an ordinance that would ban marijuana dispensaries at the Nathhorst Triangle, the only place in town that could have accommodated one.

February 7, 2018 | 1 comment
Menlo Park looks into forming nonprofit to cut solo driving

In an effort to reduce traffic and greenhouse gas emissions and prevent the worsening of those conditions even as more density is added, the city of Menlo Park is trying to reduce the rate at which people drive cars solo in town.

February 7, 2018 | 10 comments
Menlo School presents 'Twelfth Night'

Performances this Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night," the 400-year-old gender-bending comedy, will be staged Friday, Feb. 9, through Sunday, Feb. 11, at Menlo School in Atherton.

February 8, 2018 | No comments yet
Prep report: M-A girls record key PAL soccer victory

Menlo-Atherton senior forward Diana Morales and junior Yara Gomez Zavala each scored a goal to lead Menlo-Atherton to a 2-0 Peninsula Athletic League girls soccer victory over visiting Burlingame Tuesday.

February 7, 2018 | No comments yet
M-A's Heimuli continues to pile up college football offers

Menlo-Atherton linebacker Daniel Heimuli continues to draw interest from college recruiters. He picked up three more offers this week, from USC, LSU and Illinois.

February 7, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo Park launches year with new set of priorities

An expanded version of an earlier story At Menlo Park's standing-room-only goal-setting meeting last week, the City Council's decision on its top five do-or-die list of priorities signaled a shift in its attention to the city's downtown and traffic problems.

February 6, 2018 | 2 comments
Menlo Park: Council to consider bringing 'charter' option to voters in November

Tonight, the Menlo Park City Council is scheduled to discuss the possibility of putting an "enabling" charter measure on the November 2018 ballot.

February 6, 2018 | 2 comments
Las Lomitas school district considers another bond measure

As the Las Lomitas Elementary School District works to complete major construction projects on both of its campuses, funded by proceeds from a $60 million bond approved in 2013, the school board is considering another bond measure for the June ballot.

February 7, 2018 | 4 comments
Gillette's power display not enough for Oaks baseball

Joe Gillette homered among his three hits and drove in a pair of runs but Menlo College dropped a 10-4 nonconference baseball decision to visiting Bethesda on Monday.

February 6, 2018 | No comments yet
Ravenswood eyes staffing cuts to address budget shortfall

Board for East Palo Alto, east Menlo school district to discuss proposals Thursday
Some Ravenswood City School District administrators, principals and classified staff could see their jobs cut under a proposed plan the school board will consider Thursday to shrink an ongoing budget deficit.

February 6, 2018 | No comments yet
Portola Valley: 24-hour surveillance begins with license-plate readers

Two of the three avenues into and out of Portola Valley are now under round-the-clock surveillance by cameras that capture images of the license plates of every passing vehicle.

February 6, 2018 | 13 comments
Police calls: Man shatters windshield in Menlo Park road rage incident

Crime reports from Menlo Park, Atherton and Ladera.

February 9, 2018 | 1 comment
Portola Valley school board to discuss details of bond measure

Study session starts at 3 p.m. at Corte Madera
Details of a bond measure -- including its size and what projects it might pay for -- that the Portola Valley School District could put on the November ballot will be discussed by the district's board in a study session on Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 6.

February 6, 2018 | No comments yet
Chan Zuckerberg Initiative gives $1.5M to Ravenswood school district

Donation to support teacher and staff training, coaching
The organization for the philanthropic efforts of pediatrician Priscilla Chan and her husband, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, will donate $1.5 million to fund professional development in the Ravenswood City School District.

February 5, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Planning Commission reviews BMR housing rules

To implement some new state housing laws and get more affordable housing built, Menlo Park may make some policy changes slated for review tonight (Monday, Feb. 5) by the Planning Commission.

February 5, 2018 | 1 comment
Menlo boys, girls each win in hoops; SHP scores in soccer

Joe Foley scored 28 points, ran the offense effectively and helped the Menlo School boys basketball team beat visiting University-San Francisco, 68-57, in a nonleague game Saturday. The Menlo girls also won.

February 5, 2018 | No comments yet
M-A girls are sending six to the state wrestling meet

Fola Akinola, Abby Ericson, Lauren McDonnell and Anna Smith all won individual titles and Menlo-Atherton took home its second straight Central Coast Section girls wrestling title Saturday at Overfelt High in San Jose.

February 5, 2018 | No comments yet
Perjury counts against former deputy sheriff dismissed

DA's evidence against one-time sheriff candidate was lacking, judge concludes
A San Mateo County Superior Court judge has again dismissed some of the criminal charges by the District Attorney's Office against Juan Pablo Lopez, a former Sheriff's Office deputy and a 2014 write-in candidate for sheriff.

February 5, 2018 | 15 comments
A flood next time?

On the 20th anniversary of the 1998 flood, changes to end San Francisquito Creek's threat are making progress
A sunny day of summer-like weather on Friday seemed worlds away from the historic rain event of 1998 that inundated parts of Palo Alto, Menlo Park and East Palo Alto. But on the 20th anniversary of the Feb. 2-3 floods, residents in all three cities said they still vividly recall the devastation, and they fear a flood of that magnitude could strike again.

February 3, 2018 | 4 comments
Rustic chic

Two-in-one Village Bakery is a self-assured addition to the Woodside scene
The Village Bakery makes exceptional bread, pastries, cookies and other baked goods. Corporate efficiencies have a downside, though.

February 2, 2018 | No comments yet
Two dozen Woodside Elementary students qualify for county STEM Fair

Most schools have changed their annual science fairs into STEM fairs, adding technology, engineering and math to science. Two dozen Woodside Elementary School middle schoolers qualified for the county fair in their January competition.

February 6, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo Park school district wants to hear from public

Board wants to hear public's priorities for long-term financial planning
A special meeting to hear public comment on the Menlo Park City School District's long-term financial planning will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 6, at the district's headquarters in Atherton.

February 4, 2018 | 1 comment
Rustic chic

Two-in-one Village Bakery is a self-assured addition to the Woodside scene
The Village Bakery makes exceptional bread, pastries, cookies and other baked goods. Corporate efficiencies have a downside, though.

February 2, 2018 | 9 comments
Palo Alto, Menlo-Atherton win wrestling dual meets

Palo Alto defeated Fremont, 42-37, in a Santa Clara Valley Athletic League wrestling match on Thursday. Menlo-Atherton downed Burlingame, 32-27, in a Peninsula Athletic League match.

February 2, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo-Atherton girls ready to repeat as wrestling champs

The Menlo-Atherton girls wrestling program has the feel of a budding dynasty. With four wrestlers seeded No. 1 in their respective divisions, the Bears are favored to repeat as Central Coast Section champions.

February 2, 2018 | No comments yet
Even the younger players are veterans for Menlo School

Cole Kastner scored 18 points and the Menlo School boys' basketball team won its 12th straight, beating rival Sacred Heart Prep 55-40 in a West Bay Athletic League contest between the top two teams.

February 2, 2018 | No comments yet
SH Prep snaps back in fourth quarter to beat the Knights

Zoe Zaharias and Grace Florendo led Sacred Heart Prep in scoring but it was was more of a mindset that helped the Gators overcome their fourth-quarter blahs and hold onto a lead, beating rival Menlo 39-34 on its own court Thursday in a West Bay Athletic League game.

February 2, 2018 | No comments yet
Peninsula dog owners rush to get pets vaccinated

Veterinary hospitals, dog-care facilities hit by spread of virus
Two forms of canine influenza have rapidly spread up the San Francisco Peninsula in the last few weeks, prompting dog owners to pack veterinary offices for vaccinations.

February 2, 2018 | No comments yet
Wildflower watercolors on display in Portola Valley

Wildflowers are blooming at Woodside Priory in Portola Valley right now, decorating the walls of the performing arts center's entryway. They are creations of the late Herb Dengler, a Portola Valley town founder.

February 2, 2018 | No comments yet
Home sales

$4 million sale in Menlo Park tops local sales list
A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula.

February 6, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo Park plans for parking lots of the future

The number of Menlo Park residents driving electric vehicles is substantial and on the rise. So what should the city do to make sure those cars have somewhere to charge up during the day?

February 2, 2018 | 4 comments
Woodside: Taubes dedicate $14.5 million to study youth addiction, concussions

Woodside philanthropists Tad and Dianne Taube have dedicated $14.5 million to study two major problem areas for young people: addictions and concussions.

February 1, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Random Acts of Flowers wilts under costly rent

After about two years of operations in Menlo Park, Random Acts of Flowers, a nonprofit that uses volunteers to recycle, rearrange and distribute flower bouquets to the sick and elderly, has announced plans to shutter at the end of March.

February 1, 2018 | 6 comments
Brock Turner survivor withdraws from plaque proposal

Student advocacy group circulating petition calling on Stanford to issue public apology to victim
The words of the young woman who was sexually assaulted by former Stanford University student Brock Turner made waves around the world, inspiring legislation and activism, but will not be featured on a plaque on campus.

January 31, 2018 | 1 comment
Man dies in auto accident in Pescadero

A La Honda man was found dead in a field along Pescadero Creek Road in Pescadero on Tuesday morning, Jan. 30, his body resting about 30 feet away from an overturned Mercedes, according to a report from the California Highway Patrol.

January 31, 2018 | No comments yet
Stanford Theatre open again after overdue renovations

Palo Alto institution with old-Hollywood feel maintains 'vintage look'
Stanford Theatre reopened last weekend after a three-month closure due to renovations, but moviegoers shouldn't expect anything to look different, according to general manager Cynthia Mortensen-Colombetti.

January 31, 2018 | No comments yet
Stanford Theatre open again after overdue renovations

Palo Alto institution with old-Hollywood feel maintains 'vintage look'
Stanford Theatre reopened last weekend after a three-month closure due to renovations, but moviegoers shouldn't expect anything to look different, according to general manager Cynthia Mortensen-Colombetti.

January 31, 2018 | No comments yet
M-A, SHP, Menlo girls all win soccer matches

Diana Morales and Peyton Karp each scored in the first half and Breanna Sandoval made it stand up as Menlo-Atherton stopped visiting Woodside, 2-0, in a Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division match on Tuesday.

January 31, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo boy's winning basketball streak continues to 11

Menlo School extended its win streak to 11 with a 66-55 victory over host Eastside Prep in West Bay Athletic League boys basketball play Tuesday. Senior Joe Foley scored 28 points on .733 shooting for the Knights.

January 31, 2018 | No comments yet
Priorities shift in Menlo Park: Library out, parking structure, Guild in

Progressing through a series of votes during a goal-setting meeting yesterday (Jan. 29), the Menlo Park City Council slowly winnowed its goals for 2018 to a list of five do-or-die priorities.

January 30, 2018 | 15 comments
Ways to get involved: OptionB.org and LeanIn.org

Nonprofits were inspired by Sheryl Sandberg's books
Sheryl Sandberg has formed two nonprofits that share the names of her books, LeanIn.org and OptionB.org. They aim to empower women, and teach resilience and ways to find meaning in adversity.

January 30, 2018 | No comments yet
Remembering Mr. Clements

Reflections on the rich life of a beloved Menlo-Atherton drama, English teacher
There was the time before, and then there was the time after that day. Lee Clements would thereafter refer to it only as "the day they broke my head."

February 1, 2018 | 14 comments
Prep report: Menlo boys nail down WBAL soccer victory

Billy Hamilton recorded a hat trick and the Menlo School boys' soccer team raced past host Priory, 9-0, Monday in West Bay Athletic League play.

January 30, 2018 | No comments yet
Sheryl Sandberg on girls, parenting and 'me too'

"I would be remiss if I didn't talk a little bit about girls," Sheryl Sandberg told her audience in Menlo Park on Jan. 17. "It turns out the world is still being run by men. It's really not going well."

January 30, 2018 | 2 comments
Menlo School names Koberlein its director of athletics

The Stanford grad will assume duties in late May
Bellarmine Prep and Stanford grad Earl Koberlein was named Menlo School's director of athletics the school announced Monday. Koberlein has a long, distinguished history with the local athletic scene and has years of experience as an athletic administrator at most every level.

January 29, 2018 | No comments yet
Facebook executive shares hard won lessons learned from loss

Sheryl Sandberg on how to help others
Speaking in Menlo Park in January, Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg shared some of the things she learned after unexpectedly losing her husband, including how to best help others who are in pain.

January 30, 2018 | No comments yet
Sheryl Sandberg shares

Facebook executive speaks from her heart to her hometown community
Sheryl Sandberg spoke at Hillview Middle School on Jan. 17, sharing some of the hard-won knowledge she gained after the unexpected death of her 47-year-old husband, Dave Goldberg, in 2015.

January 30, 2018 | No comments yet
Atherton is back atop the most expensive real estate lists

It must have been a statistical anomaly -- after just one year of not being home to the country's most expensive residential real estate, Atherton is back on top of Forbes' annual list, and also leading a different list of pricey properties on the PropertyShark website.

January 31, 2018 | No comments yet
Tour highlights flaws in Portola Valley school facilities

As the board of the Portola Valley School District ponders putting a bond measure on the ballot in November, district leaders led community members on a tour of the district's two campuses, pointing out where they'd like to make improvements.

January 30, 2018 | 15 comments
Woodside council scrutinizes new state laws on 'efficiency' housing units

Is it reasonable to expect a tenant to avoid the ceiling in moving around her apartment?
For many in the Bay Area, an apartment above a garage, cramped though it may be, could feel heaven sent. The state has relaxed rules to encourage their construction, but the Woodside Town Council has questions as to what is and what is not livable.

January 29, 2018 | 2 comments
Police calls: Suspected would-be burglar caught after allegedly ringing doorbell

Crime reports from Portola Valley, Woodside and Menlo Park.

January 30, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Council to set 2018 priorities today

The projects the city will prioritize in 2018 will be hashed out this afternoon by the Menlo Park City Council at its annual goal-setting session.

January 29, 2018 | 1 comment
Belle Haven neighborhood library advisory committee formed

The City Council has appointed three members of the public and two council members to be on the city's Belle Haven Neighborhood Library Advisory Committee.

January 29, 2018 | 2 comments
SH Prep keeping WBAL boys hoops race interesting

Yianni Gardner went deep and it turned out just fine for the surging Sacred Heart Heart Prep boys basketball team. Once thought decaying, the Gators have turned into one of the sweetest teams in the West Bay Athletic League and Friday's 74-59 victory over The Kings Academy was another example.

January 27, 2018 | No comments yet
It takes a long shot to push Priory past Eastside in WBAL

After a fourth quarter and overtime period spent mostly with ferocious battles in the paint, the end came suddenly and smoothly from about 20 feet from the hoop. Senior guard Adrian LaValle buried a 3-pointer at the buzzer in overtime, giving Woodside Priory a 65-62 victory over tenacious Eastside College Prep on Friday night in Portola Valley.

January 27, 2018 | No comments yet
Prep beat: Priory, M-A, Eastside girls all win in hoops

Ila Lane recorded a double-double for host Priory in a 40-32 win over Sacred Heart Prep in West Bay Athletic League play Friday night. Kayla Tahaafe scored 15 points to help Eastside Prep beat visiting Menlo, 65-44. Linnea Lindblom scored 13 points to help M-A top Woodside in a PAL game.

January 27, 2018 | No comments yet
Bears roar past Woodside in PAL South boys basketball

Menlo-Atherton went into Friday's home game on an uncharacteristic three-game losing streak, with those three losses coming by a combined total of 10 points. Woodside was the unlucky recipient of all of Menlo-Atherton's pent-up frustration and aggression. The Bears raced out to a big lead and never let up, doubling up the Wildcats with an 82-41 final score.

January 27, 2018 | No comments yet
Ravenswood faces financial crisis

Board of Education knew about fiscal woes for more than a year
After discussing pressures that would lead to a budget shortfall for more than a year, the Ravenswood school district now finds itself where it was 13 months ago, only with a greater sense of urgency to make the cuts necessary to balance the district's budget.

January 26, 2018 | 8 comments
New nonprofit hopes to transform Guild into state-of-the-art event venue

Group has agreement with owner to buy the building if plan comes to fruition
Pay a visit to Menlo Park's Guild Theatre and it's easy to see why people are worried about its future. The paint is chipped, the marquee letters are faded and showtime crowds are rare.

January 26, 2018 | 69 comments
Hate is not a small-town value

Palo Alto Players do justice to 'The Laramie Project'
Are we born to hate and fear those different from us or is it learned? And if it is learned, can it be unlearned? How does a close-knit community react when a hate crime is committed in their midst, and how is that community changed? These are some of the questions asked in Palo Alto Players' production of "The Laramie Project."

January 26, 2018 | No comments yet
Nevertheless, she persisted

Frances McDormand brings the heat to 'Ebbing, Missouri'
With Golden Globe wins for "Best Motion Picture -- Drama," "Best Screenplay," "Best Actress -- Drama" and "Best Supporting Actor -- Drama," and seven Oscar nominations, Martin McDonagh's "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" is among the most-talked about front-runners this Oscar season.

January 26, 2018 | No comments yet
Prep report: Girls wrestling primed for CCS tourney

Liam Dunn and Ben Chang recorded pins and the Menlo-Atherton wrestling team beat visiting Sequoia, 48-27, in a Peninsula Athletic League match Thursday.

January 26, 2018 | No comments yet
Oaks report: Women get defensive, men's hoops rally

Celina Pagan scored 23 points, Aliyah Brantley grabbed 14 rebounds and No. 15 Menlo College topped host San Diego Christian 68-51 in a Golden State Athletic Conference women's basketball contest at Grossmont College on Thursday night.

January 26, 2018 | No comments yet
New fire board president says district should look to 'the next 100 years'

Entering his fifth year on the Menlo Park Fire Protection District's board, Chuck Bernstein -- who many times has been on the losing end of 4-1 board votes -- was sworn in as board president on Jan. 16. He suggested that the board spend the year looking forward to its next century.

January 25, 2018 | 15 comments
Menlo Park: New committee begins work to draw districts

Members of Menlo Park's new Districting Advisory Committee took the oath of office Jan. 22 and laid the ground rules for their upcoming work over the next month.

January 26, 2018 | 2 comments
Feeling good

Carla Germano of Woodside creates a remarkable community through her yoga classes, which she has been teaching for 44 years.

January 26, 2018 | No comments yet
M-A girls grow accustomed to first place in PAL hoops

The Menlo-Atherton girls may have lost three starters off last season's 29-3 team. But the Bears are in their accustomed position, undefeated and in first place in the Peninsula Athletic League South Division after a 43-31 win at home Wednesday over Aragon.

January 25, 2018 | No comments yet
San Mateo County floats sales tax hike for transportation projects

San Mateo County is considering asking voters to approve a half-cent sales tax to help fund transportation improvements, a measure that might reach the ballot by November.

January 25, 2018 | 26 comments
Next winter storm is on the way

Steady rain forecast for Wednesday
As the latest winter storm fades, the Bay will see more rain Wednesday and Thursday, National Weather Service officials said.

January 24, 2018 | No comments yet
Supervisors deny Menlo Park's appeal of Stanford project

Despite Menlo Park's protestations that a proposal by Stanford to build a new office building will worsen traffic in its territory, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors unanimously denied the city's appeal of the proposal, clearing the path for the project to move forward.

January 24, 2018 | 5 comments
Prep report: Menlo, Castilleja win WBAL soccer matches

Senior Julia Wang recorded a goal and an assist and Talia Grossman recorded her second straight shutout as the Menlo girls' soccer team defeated visiting Sacred Heart Prep 2-0 in West Bay Athletic League play Tuesday.

January 24, 2018 | No comments yet
Foley has Menlo boys pointed in the right direction

Menlo School point guard Joe Foley keeps the Menlo boys basketball offense running at a high level and under control. It was certainly the case Tuesday when the Knights beat Priory 64-43 in the West Bay Athletic League

January 24, 2018 | No comments yet
Pinewood slips in WBAL hoops race; SHP continues winning

Pinewood saw its four-game win streak end in a 70-55 loss to visiting Kings Academy in a West Bay Athletic League boys basketball matchup on Tuesday night. Sacred Heart Prep beat Harker, 52-39, to keep the pressure on league leader Menlo.

January 24, 2018 | No comments yet
Measure to recall judge qualifies for June ballot

Registrar of Voters certifies recall campaign signatures
The question of whether to recall Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky for his record in sexual-violence cases will officially go before voters in June.

January 23, 2018 | 1 comment
Atherton council digest: From fire services to business tax option

Atherton's City Council packed a lot into a four-and-a-half-hour meeting on Jan. 17. Here's a quick look at some of the issues.

January 23, 2018 | No comments yet
In dissent, Eshoo blasts short-term funding bill

Congresswoman calls continuing resolution 'abdication of leadership'
Hours after casting her dissenting vote on a bill to fund the federal government until Feb. 8, U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo said short-term measures like the one adopted Monday night represent “negligence and incompetence."

January 23, 2018 | 1 comment
Tonight: Menlo Park council reviews response to Stanford's expansion plan

Menlo Park may ask Stanford to re-do its analysis of what the environmental impacts will be of its proposed expansion plan covering its development projects between now and 2035.

January 23, 2018 | 1 comment
Menlo Park celebrates MLK Day with new name for park

While the nation celebrated the contributions of Martin Luther King Jr. on Jan. 15, Menlo Park celebrated its own national and local hero, Karl E. Clark, who some say stood for many of the same things Dr. King did.

January 23, 2018 | 1 comment
Menlo Park: Charter talks tabled

The introspective process of drafting a city charter will for now take a back-burner to more pressing city priorities, judging by comments from the City Council offered at its Jan. 16 meeting.

January 24, 2018 | No comments yet
El Camino in North Fair Oaks may be transformed by new zoning

Rezoning aims to promote economic development
The mile-long stretch of El Camino Real in North Fair Oaks, right on the border with Atherton, may never be the same.

January 24, 2018 | 3 comments
Time to register kindergartners in local districts

Woodside and Menlo Park districts also offer fee-based preschools
Kindergarten registration for children who will be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1 will soon be underway in local school districts.

January 23, 2018 | No comments yet
Atherton to begin billing residents for false alarms

Atherton residents will continue to be able to connect their burglar alarms directly to the town's police department for monitoring. But to cut down on false alarms the town plans to start fining habitual offenders.

January 23, 2018 | 8 comments
Nine named to advisory districting committee

Committee to hold first meeting tonight
The team tasked with splitting up Menlo Park into voting districts has been chosen.

January 22, 2018 | 2 comments
Bumps in the road ahead in west Menlo Park

Four new speed bumps and a set of neighborhood "gateways" are planned for installation on North Lemon Avenue in Menlo Park, between Santa Cruz Avenue and Valparaiso Avenue in western Menlo Park, following the approval of the project by the City Council on Jan. 16.

January 25, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Turn restrictions now enforced

The Menlo Park Police Department announced Friday, Jan. 19, that the turn restrictions the city implemented in the Willows neighborhood will be enforced now and violations are subject to citation.

January 22, 2018 | No comments yet
Two gunmen rob Woodside bank Saturday morning

Sheriff's Office investigators are looking for two people who robbed the Chase Bank in Woodside Saturday morning, armed with handguns.

January 20, 2018 | 13 comments
Eshoo: Government shutdown an 'embarrassment'

As partisan barbs fly, Congress hopes to resolve stalemate this weekend
The federal government went into shutdown mode early Saturday morning after the U.S. Senate failed to get the needed 60 votes for a bill to keep the government running on a short-term basis.

January 20, 2018 | 5 comments
Tens of thousands expected at Bay Area Women's Marches

Stanford event to start at noon at White Memorial Plaza
Tens of thousands of people are expected to turn out Saturday in cities across the Bay Area -- and at Stanford University -- for a series of Women's Marches as part of a grassroots political movement to get more women into political office.

January 20, 2018 | No comments yet
Guest opinion: Your opinions on Stanford development will help decision-makers

The development decisions made by one community inevitably affect its near neighbors. And so it is with Stanford University, whose current application for 2,275,000 square feet of development approvals plus 3,150 housing units is now pending in Santa Clara County.

January 20, 2018 | 3 comments
Portola Valley: 'Inappropriate contact' with student under investigation

The San Mateo County Sheriff's Office is investigating allegations by a former student at Corte Madera School in Portola Valley that a now-retired employee had "inappropriate contact" with her 10 years ago, Superintendent Eric Hartwig said on Jan. 19.

January 19, 2018 | 2 comments
Weekend concerts celebrate music by African American composers

The musicians and guest artists of the African American Composer Initiative are set to deliver another rousing set of concerts next weekend celebrating the music of such legendary composers as Billy Strayhorn and Thelonius Monk as well as contemporary composers, performing works ranging from spirituals and jazz to original modern compositions and genre-blending arrangements.

January 24, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Remaining committee members to be picked today

Committee will help draw district boundaries for upcoming elections
Step two of the process to pick an impartial group of nine to divide the city into five or six electoral districts is scheduled to happen today, Jan. 19, starting at 1:30 p.m. at Menlo Park's City Hall.

January 19, 2018 | No comments yet
Meeting set for Tuesday on Stanford expansion

Public comment period winding down for university's large-scale expansion plan
Residents will have one of the last opportunities to give oral input on Stanford University's General Use Permit application as the public comment period closes Feb. 2.

January 21, 2018 | 4 comments
New therapy holds promise for food-allergy sufferers

Nurse opens clinic to handle demand for food allergy desensitization
This month marked a major milestone for 8-year-old Amelia, who flew across the country to eat a handful of nuts that, just months ago, would have sent her into life-threatening anaphylactic shock.

January 28, 2018 | 2 comments
At TheatreWorks: Felder's 'Great Tchaikovsky'

TheatreWorks and Hershey Felder score another music-bio hit
Piano virtuoso, actor and playwright Hershey Felder takes on Tchaikovsky in his latest show at TheatreWorks.

January 19, 2018 | No comments yet
Home sales: Atherton home sells for $23 million

A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula.

January 29, 2018 | 3 comments
Fashion and passion

Daniel Day-Lewis dives deep into depressed designer in 'Phantom Thread'
Writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson's "Phantom Thread" luxuriates in the world of fashion even as it plumbs the ever-darker depths of a mysteriously obsessive relationship.

January 19, 2018 | No comments yet
Local report: Pinewood girls win 11th straight in hoops

Klara Astrom scored 14 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and the Pinewood girls basketball team won its 11th straight, beating host Priory, 60-28, in a West Bay Athletic League game Thursday night. Hannah Jump added 17 points and seven rebounds.

January 19, 2018 | No comments yet
SamTrans may partner with Facebook on Dumbarton rail

SamTrans may enter an exclusive negotiation process with Facebook to try to accelerate the development of the Dumbarton corridor project, Menlo Park City Manager Alex McIntyre informed the Menlo Park City Council at its meeting Jan. 16.

January 25, 2018 | 4 comments
Atherton council OKs up to $175K to save five heritage oaks

Town will try to transplant one civic center tree, redesign around four others
Atherton's City Council has agreed to spend some of the limited pool of funds it has for a new civic center to try to save five large oak trees from the chainsaw by tweaking the project's design and moving one tree.

January 19, 2018 | 4 comments
Menlo Park: If new library is built, what's the best site?

If a new Menlo Park main library is going to be built, it should be on the library's current site. That seemed to be the informal consensus of attendees at a Jan. 17 meeting held to help pick the site of a proposed new main library at the civic center.

January 18, 2018 | 2 comments
Tillerson talk focuses on Syria, chemical weapons

Diplomacy seen as a crucial part of resolving existing conflicts in Syria and North Korea
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson conveyed strong resolve regarding the Trump administration's commitment to rebuilding war-battered Syria and removig nuclear weapons from North Korea during a speech Wednesday at Stanford University.

January 18, 2018 | No comments yet
Tonight: Caltrain community meeting for Atherton's electrification project

Construction times and details will be discussed
A community meeting on how Caltrain's electrification project will affect Atherton will be held tonight (Jan. 18) in the town's Holbrook-Palmer Park.

January 18, 2018 | No comments yet
Chan Zuckerberg Initiative awards grants to 41 organizations

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative has announced the first 41 beneficiaries of its CZI Community Fund that are working to address various community challenges. Of the 41 Bay Area organizations, 29 serve residents of Menlo Park's Belle Haven neighborhood and 23 serve residents of North Fair Oaks.

January 18, 2018 | No comments yet
Raises, more benefits, for non-firefighter employees approved by Menlo fire board

New perks include new paid holiday, more paid time off for longtime employees, education reimbursements
Fire board President Chuck Bernstein cast the only vote against a new three-year contract for the Menlo fire district's non-firefighter union members that gives 9 percent in raises and more generous benefits.

January 18, 2018 | 7 comments
Menlo Park survey finds new library a hard sell

Overall satisfaction with quality of life down citywide
Menlo Park's biennial "satisfaction survey" results, and results of a poll to gauge city interest in big-ticket projects, are in. Among the findings: People don't seem overly enthusiastic about a possible bond measure to build new libraries and are less satisfied with the quality of life in Menlo Park than they were two years ago.

January 17, 2018 | No comments yet
Priory, M-A girls are atop league soccer standings

Priory, in its first year in the Foothill Division of the West Bay Athletic League, downed visiting The King's Academy, 4-1, on Tuesday to take over sole possession of first place in the league.

January 17, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: First three picked to help draw city districts

With little fanfare during Tuesday's City Council meeting last night (Jan. 16), interim City Clerk Clay Curtin reached into an envelope and pulled out the names of three people who will be tasked with choosing six more members of Menlo Park's new Districting Advisory Committee.

January 17, 2018 | 3 comments
Priory girls are heating up in WBAL basketball race

Tatiana Reese scored 24 points and grabbed 11 rebounds and the Priory girls basketball team beat host Menlo, 60-50, in a West Bay Athletic League contest Tuesday.

January 17, 2018 | No comments yet
Prep report: Gators snap up an important hoops win

Sacred Heart Prep picked up an important West Bay Athletic League boys basketball victory Tuesday, beating host Priory, 61-50, to stay within striking distance of first-placed Menlo, which beat Crystal Springs, 66-21, in another contest.

January 17, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo Park seeks to fund local arts performances

Menlo Park's Community Services Department is collecting grant applications between now and March 1 from local arts organizations looking for financial help to rent out the Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center.

January 19, 2018 | 1 comment
Wrapping up 30-year run, Richard Hine says farewell

Longtime Almanac editor Richard Hine is retiring, but he promises that he'll be "keeping an eye on The Almanac" even as he begins a new phase of his life.

January 17, 2018 | 9 comments
Change is hard: Filoli enters its second century, but some long for the past

For 29 years Filoli, the historic Woodside estate owned by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, celebrated the holiday season in the same way. This year, things changed.

January 17, 2018 | 34 comments
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to speak at Stanford

Wednesday morning event to be livestreamed
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is scheduled to discuss the future of Syria during an event at Stanford University on Wednesday morning.

January 16, 2018 | 2 comments
Tonight: Menlo Park council may bring 'charter' option to voters

Charter could open doors for alternative voting system
To kick off 2018, the Menlo Park City Council is going to be digging deeper than just setting new goals -- though that's scheduled, too, for the council's Jan. 29 meeting. At its first meeting of the calendar year, tonight (Jan. 16), the council will discuss the possibility of rewriting the city's founding document to gain more flexibility for its voting system.

January 16, 2018 | 2 comments
Facebook found in compliance with Menlo Park agreements

At Facebook's annual check-in with the city, the Planning Commission voted 5-0 in agreement that the company is making a good-faith effort to meet those commitments.

January 18, 2018 | 2 comments
Prep basketball: Priory girls win in final seconds

Dominique Robson hit a 3-pointer in the final two seconds, lifting Priory past Fairmont Prep (Anaheim) 49-48 at the St. Mary's-Stockton MLK Showcase on Saturday.

January 16, 2018 | No comments yet
Prep report: Menlo girls win hoops game in dramatic fashion

Coco Layton converted a three-point play in the final seconds to lift Menlo School past Oakland Tech, 61-59, as part of the Terra Nova MLK Showcase at City College of San Francisco on Monday.

January 16, 2018 | No comments yet
Tonight: Menlo fire district employee contract offers raises, more benefits

New perks include new paid holiday, more paid time off for longtime employees
The Menlo Park Fire Protection District, which according to the state has the highest average wages of any state or local government agency, is considering offering non-firefighter union members 9 percent in raises over three years plus more generous benefits.

January 16, 2018 | 19 comments
Full text of statements in reaction to Almanac story by Filoli officials

Reactions to 'What's behind former Filoli employees' departures?' story

January 16, 2018 | 2 comments
What's behind former Filoli employees' departures?

Almanac Public Records Act request yields insights on employee fear and turmoil
Documents the Almanac obtained from a Public Records Act request may shine light on why at least a dozen Filoli employees have left their jobs since Kara Newport took over as executive director in September 2016.

January 16, 2018 | 7 comments
Atherton to consider poles, trees, alarms, tax on Wednesday

Fiscal review and a whole lot more on the City Council agenda
In addition to the fire services fiscal review, on the Atherton City Council's agenda Wednesday there are: Caltrain poles, civic center trees, false alarms, a business tax and safety improvements for the El Camino Real/Selby Lane intersection.

January 16, 2018 | 12 comments
Wednesday: Site, uses of new Menlo Park library up for discussion

Questions of where to locate a planned new Menlo Park main library and what other uses should be accommodated there are among those that will get a public airing this week.

January 16, 2018 | 14 comments
Coffeebar opens in Menlo Park

Menlo Park now has a new caffeine option: Coffeebar, which "soft opened" on Wednesday, Jan. 10, at 1149 Chestnut St.

January 15, 2018 | No comments yet
Spare the air on Monday

A Spare the Air alert has been issued for Monday in the San Francisco Bay Area, officials with the Bay Area Air Quality Management District have announced.

January 14, 2018 | No comments yet
Prep soccer: Big day for Palo Alto girls, SH Prep boys

Emily Tomz scored three goals and recorded an assist to help the Palo Alto girls' soccer team beat visiting Santa Clara, 6-0, in a Santa Clara Valley Athletic League match Friday. Liam Johnson scored a goal and added a pair of assists to help Sacred Heart Prep boys soccer beat visiting Eastside Prep, 3-0.

January 14, 2018 | No comments yet
Boys basketball: SH Prep, Paly, M-A come up victorious

Jai Deshpande and Brendan Carney each scored 13 points and the Sacred Heart Prep boys basketball team won for the third time in five games, beating host Crystal Springs Uplands, 85-36, to remain a game behind West Bay Athletic League leader Menlo.

January 14, 2018 | No comments yet
Kings Mountain Road lane closure near Huddart Park

Motorists are asked to use alternative routes
A downed tree has temporarily reduced Kings Mountain Road to only one lane this morning (Jan. 13), accommodating traffic in both directions, county emergency officials report. The lane-closure is in the area of Huddart Park.

January 13, 2018 | No comments yet
Ex 'Post' facto

Spielberg, Streep, and Hanks revisit Pentagon Papers
Before WikiLeaks, before Fake News and before Mainstream Media became proper nouns, newspapers doggedly pursued the truth. A film that revists courageous journalists' roles in exposing the Pentagon Papers scandal opens at a time a U.S. president regularly belittles the free press.

January 12, 2018 | No comments yet
Coffeebar opens in Menlo Park

Menlo Park now has a new caffeine option: Coffeebar, which "soft opened" on Wednesday, Jan. 10, at 1149 Chestnut St.

January 12, 2018 | 3 comments
Victories for M-A, Palo Alto in league wrestling matches

Nico Ozden got more of a workout helping to roll up the wrestling mat after Menlo-Atherton's 39-30 victory over visiting Oceana on Thursday night than he did actually wrestling. Palo Alto, both girls and boys, also won Thursday.

January 12, 2018 | No comments yet
Locals among star-studded field of Hall of Fame inductees

Palo Alto grad and current Brooklyn Nets point guard Jeremy Lin is one of nine athletes who will be officially inducted into the Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame on March 29 at the Westin Hotel in Millbrae. Menlo School girls and boys tennis coach Bill Shine and Sacred Heart Prep grad and Olympic gold medalist KK Clark are also among this prestigious group of athletes with local ties.

January 11, 2018 | No comments yet
Atherton: Council works to resolve civic center-related negative cash flow

Town projects four months when it might need more cash during civic center construction
A close look has shown Atherton officials that they should have all the money needed to build a new civic center, but also a few months of negative cash flow during several years of construction as the project proceeds.

January 12, 2018 | 1 comment
Three-story building planned for Menlo Avenue moving forward

Draeger's Market will need new loading zone
A proposal to build a three-story mixed-use building at 840 Menlo Ave., adjacent to Draeger's Market and at the corner of Menlo Avenue and Evelyn Street, is expected to get a closer look by the Menlo Park Planning Commission on Jan. 22.

January 19, 2018 | 10 comments
Atherton study shows taxpayers pay more than twice what fire services cost

Menlo fire gets $7 million annual subsidy from Atherton taxpayers, study says
A study of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District commissioned by Atherton shows that the district spends less than half the property tax revenues it receives from Atherton property owners providing services in the town.

January 11, 2018 | 41 comments
Menlo Park: Don Brawner, slow growth advocate, dies at 84

Don Brawner, a longtime advocate for slow growth in Menlo Park, died on Dec. 10 at age 84. A memorial service is set for Jan. 27 at the Menlo Park City Council Chambers.

January 11, 2018 | 11 comments
Signatures filed to place judge recall on ballot

Nearly 100,000 petition signatures filed on Thursday
In a milestone for the grassroots effort to unseat Santa Clara County Judge Aaron Persky for his alleged bias in sexual violence cases, the campaign has gathered the number of voter signatures required to place the recall measure on the June ballot.

January 11, 2018 | 2 comments
Prep report: M-A basketball teams take early lead

Menlo-Atherton pressed its advantage early and often in a PAL South Division boys basketball contest Wednesday night, turning a 23-point second-quarter lead into a 57-32 victory over host Hillsdale. The M-A girls also recorded a big victory over the Knights.

January 11, 2018 | No comments yet
Experts to talk quake predictions, social media in disasters

Recognition event to host speakers on the latest developments
The ground's brief 4.4-magnitude jolt on Jan. 4 was a reminder that Bay Area residents are sitting on top of a potential disaster.

January 10, 2018 | 2 comments
Portola Valley promotes safer rodent control

Portola Valley is turning a common pest problem into a plug for environmental preservation.

January 13, 2018 | 2 comments
Ringing in 2018 with a range of new laws

Laws address walk-sign violations, affordable housing, discounted rides home for drinkers
With January comes new state laws. Fees will rise for vehicle registration and real estate transactions. Police officers won't be allowed to ticket pedestrians starting across a street while the "upraised hand" signal is blinking.

January 10, 2018 | No comments yet
Update: 29 apply for Menlo Park district advisory committee

The applications may have come in last-minute, but they came in.

January 10, 2018 | 3 comments
Tonight: Portola Valley council considers fate of utility users tax

The Portola Valley Town Council meets tonight to consider the fate of the 4.5 percent-rate portion of a two-tiered utility users tax in a ballot measure in June. Unless the council puts a measure on the ballot, that portion of the tax reverts to a 5.5 percent rate.

January 10, 2018 | 5 comments
Atherton has construction ahead, and cash flow problems

Wednesday study session will examine the problem and possible solutions
Atherton officials project they will have the funds to build a new civic center, but also cash flow problems, as the project proceeds. The City Council will discuss the matter at a study session today, Jan. 10, starting at 4 p.m.

January 10, 2018 | 11 comments
U.S. judge temporarily halts termination of DACA program

Ruling in response to multiple suits, including one jointly filed by county and labor union
A federal judge on Tuesday temporarily blocked the Trump administration's cancellation of a program protecting undocumented young people from being deported.

January 10, 2018 | No comments yet
Pinewood girls take it inside for WBAL hoops victory

Bri Claros scored 24 points, Klara Astrom added 21 and the Pinewood girls basketball team opened West Bay Athletic League play with a 74-41 victory over host Eastside College Prep on Tuesday night. Menlo School edged Sacred Heart Prep, 51-49, and Notre Dame-Belmont upset Priory, 51-36, in other WBAL openers.

January 10, 2018 | No comments yet
Prep report: Menlo stays unbeaten in WBAL basketball

Thomas Brown scored a season-high 23 points, Joe Foley added 14 and the Menlo School boys basketball team defeated host Sacred Heart, 62-42, in a West Bay Athletic League game on Tuesday night.

January 10, 2018 | No comments yet
Multiple painkillers found in the late actor John Heard's body

Coroner found his cause of death was not related to the medications
Actor John Heard, who was found dead in a Palo Alto hotel room last July, had numerous potent painkillers in his system, a coroner's toxicology report found, according to celebrity news website TMZ.

January 8, 2018 | 3 comments
Menlo Park: Self-made gallerist launches new art, event space

Opening an art gallery and event space had been a years-long dream for Menlo Park's Jill Layman. As a single mom with little experience running a business of her own, though, she doubted whether it was possible.

January 15, 2018 | 2 comments
Menlo Park: The story behind Belle Haven's new bus shelters

How hard can it be to build a couple of bus shelters in Menlo Park?

January 9, 2018 | 4 comments
Monday: Park renamed in honor of WWII hero Karl Clark

The city of Menlo Park will formally rename the 1-acre Marketplace Park in Belle Haven after Karl Clark, a World War II Navy hero and longtime Menlo Park resident, on Monday, Jan. 15.

January 12, 2018 | 1 comment
Portola Valley: Affordable housing a priority for new planning commissioner

Active town volunteer and retired high-tech executive Craig Taylor of Portola Valley starts a four-year term on the town's Planning Commission this month. Among his concerns: affordable housing, sustainability, and crime prevention.

January 9, 2018 | 9 comments
Police calls: Deputies encounter man with firearm and loaded, large-capacity magazine

Crime reports from Woodside, Menlo Park, Ladera and West Menlo Park

January 14, 2018 | 1 comment
Portola Valley doctor adept with scalpel and chisel

A sculptor and a surgeon, Burt Brent recalls the impact of reconstructing the ear of J. Paul Getty's grandson
For Portola Valley resident and notable plastic surgeon Dr. Burt Brent, the letters BG and AG -- in the manner of BC and AD -- could with good reason be appended to significant dates in his professional life.

January 11, 2018 | 4 comments
Police calls: Money-by-wire scam, hit-and-run with injury, and more

Crime reports for Atherton, Menlo Oaks, Menlo Park, West Menlo Park, Woodside and Portola Valley.

January 8, 2018 | No comments yet
Atherton mulls regulating private gates into park

Fifteen homes on Felton Gables Drive in Menlo Park have an unusual asset on their property: a back gate leading directly into Atherton's Holbrook-Palmer Park.

January 8, 2018 | 2 comments
Menlo Park: Application deadline was Monday to help draw district boundaries

The city of Menlo Park is on a tight deadline to draw voting district boundaries for the 2018 election cycle, and is having trouble recruiting enough volunteers to work on an advisory committee intended to promote impartiality and cut the risk of gerrymandering.

January 8, 2018 | 3 comments
Local filmmakers to launch documentary series on Silicon Valley

Menlo Park documentarian duo Kiki Kapany and Michael Schwarz of Kikim Media are releasing a three-part documentary all about Silicon Valley this month.

January 8, 2018 | 1 comment
Menlo fire board approves $2.5 million in additional spending

Halfway through the 2017-18 budget year, the Menlo Park Fire Protection District board granted Chief Harold Schapelhouman the authority to spend $2.5 million that hadn't been budgeted on improvement projects.

January 8, 2018 | No comments yet
Paly, M-A boys win home games; SHP loses on the road

Max Dorward scored 19 points, including a 5-for-5 effort from the foul line, and the Palo Alto boys basketball team earned its seventh consecutive victory, beating Miramonte 70-52 on Saturday in a nonleague game.

January 7, 2018 | No comments yet
Girls hoops: Paly rebuilding; Menlo, SHP on collision course

The Palo Alto girls basketball team is in a rebuilding mode this season but that doesn't mean putting the present on hold. The Vikings, who lost at home to South San Francisco 64-52 Saturday night, appear to be building for the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division and beyond.

January 7, 2018 | No comments yet
Prep report: Eastside girls hoops tame the Bears

Kayla Tahaafe and Zion Gabriel each scored 18 points to help host Eastside College Prep edge Menlo-Atherton 54-53 in a nonleague girls basketball game Friday between two of the top teams in the Central Coast Section.

January 6, 2018 | No comments yet
Restaurant review: Modern melting pot at Black Pepper

The menu at the new Black Pepper in Menlo Park is exotic and enticing, with variations of South Asian staples like satay, roti, curry and sambal.

January 5, 2018 | 4 comments
The year in film

Female heroes rise to power on the big screen
It's never easy winnowing down hundreds of movies to the supposed "Ten Best," especially when comparing apples to oranges (and cherries and peaches and pomegranates). "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" doesn't need another boost, but these movies might to get your attention. Here's hoping you seek out these enlightening, illuminating, entertaining, soulful 10, and more.

January 5, 2018 | No comments yet
Developer Harold Hohbach of Atherton dies at 96

Known for mixed-use projects and unusual art, Hohbach helped changed the look of the California Avenue Business District
Harold Hohbach, a patent attorney and developer whose mixed-use projects and whimsical art helped transform the area around Palo Alto's California Avenue, died on Dec. 28 at his home in Atherton. He was 96.

January 5, 2018 | No comments yet
Prep report: Late rally lifts Priory past Eastside in WBAL

Palo Alto girls beat Saratoga in SCVAL soccer opener
Priory opened West Bay Athletic League play with a dramatic 50-47 victory over host Eastside Prep on Wednesday. Sacred Heart Prep and Menlo School each won their openers with a little more comfort. The Gators beat host King's Academy 72-53 and Menlo topped Pinewood 66-38.

January 4, 2018 | No comments yet
Guest opinion: Make Menlo Park great again with Trump-linked lobbyist?

Hiring a lobbying firm closely associated with President Trump does not sit right with much of the Menlo Park community, yet city staff has recommended that the City Council do just that. Do we want to align ourselves with the Trump administration?

January 4, 2018 | 35 comments
Friday: Memorial service for former Menlo Park fire chief Bob Whitney

A service to remember former Menlo Park fire chief Bob Whitney is set for 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 5, at Alta Mesa Memorial Park at 695 Arastradero Road in Palo Alto.

January 4, 2018 | No comments yet
Blood donors urgently needed

Critical need is for O-negative donors, Stanford Blood Center says
Stanford Blood Center officials say the center is in urgent need of blood donations, especially from O-negative donors, to meet the needs of local hospitals.

January 4, 2018 | 3 comments
East Bay quake felt on the Peninsula

An earthquake that struck the East Bay and jolted many Peninsula residents awake early this morning had a magnitude of 4.4, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

January 4, 2018 | 3 comments
2017 on stage

The year's best local-theater productions
From one-person premieres to lavish productions and classic musicals to cutting-edge comedies and dramas, the Midpeninsula theater scene had something for everyone in 2017. Below are a few of our favorite shows of the year.

January 3, 2018 | No comments yet
Dragon Theatre founder to resign

2018 season will be Artistic Director Meredith Hagedorn's last
Dragon Productions Theatre Company Artistic Director Meredith Hagedorn will leave the Redwood City company after the 2018 season, she announced in a Jan. 3 press statement.

January 3, 2018 | No comments yet
A whole new 'World'

Goodbye Kevin Spacey, hello Christopher Plummer in kidnap yarn
It's been said to never let the truth get in the way of a good story. "Inspired by true events," Ridley Scott's "All the Money in the World" tells the true-crime tale of the kidnapping of John Paul Getty's grandson in its broadest strokes and with a sprinkling of accurate details, but at least as much in it is invented or misrepresented.

January 3, 2018 | No comments yet
Air district: wood burning discouraged, but not banned today

Air quality worse than expected despite rain
Bay Area Air Quality Management District officials are discouraging the burning of wood Wednesday but have not called a Winter Spare the Air alert that would ban and penalize it.

January 3, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo School opens WBAL boys soccer season with a victory

Will Crandall and three others scored as the Menlo School boys soccer team opened West Bay Athletic League play with a 4-1 victory over visiting Eastside College Prep on Tuesday.

January 3, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Night construction, highway closures at Willow/101 project

Overnight highway closures and noisy nights for people who live near the Willow Road/U.S. 101 interchange signaled key demolition work taking place on the Caltrans project to rebuild the interchange during the first week of January.

January 3, 2018 | 4 comments
Menlo Park: Three arrested on robbery charges Saturday at Safeway

Menlo Park police called to the Safeway supermarket at 525 El Camino Real at about 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 30, arrested two Oakland women and a Richmond man on suspicion of robbery and conspiracy.

January 3, 2018 | 3 comments
SHP's Desler named girls VB first team All-American

Sacred Heart Prep senior Cate Desler earned a spot on the MaxPreps Medium High School Volleyball All-American first team after leading the Gators to the state Division II championship match.

January 2, 2018 | No comments yet
On-and-off rain expected Wednesday to Friday in Bay Area

Thunderstorms are also in the forecast
On-and-off rain is expected Wednesday through Friday in the Bay Area, with the heaviest amounts expected Wednesday afternoon and evening, National Weather Service officials said.

January 2, 2018 | No comments yet
Facebook starts local hiring program

Company seeks to boost visibility of job applicants from Belle Haven, North Fair Oaks and East Palo Alto
Locals in lower-income areas near Facebook headquarters may soon have a leg up over out-of-towners when it comes to applying for jobs at the company.

January 2, 2018 | No comments yet
2017 All-League Football Teams

2017 All-League Football Teams
Santa Clara Valley Athletic League
De Anza Division
Aiden Chang, Palo Alto
Bryant Jefferson, Palo Alto
Cullen Tellez, Palo Alto
2017 All-League Football Teams
Peninsula Athletic League
Bay Division
Co-Defensive Players of the Year: Daniel Heimuli, Menlo-Atherton and Cameron Grant, Aragon

January 2, 2018 | No comments yet
Another Spare the Air alert called for Tuesday

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued a Spare the Air alert for Tuesday, the 18th such alert of the winter season.

January 1, 2018 | No comments yet
Modern melting pot

Review: Malaysian flavors shine at sleek Black Pepper
The menu at the new Black Pepper in Menlo Park is exotic and enticing, with variations of South Asian staples like satay, roti, curry and sambal.

January 1, 2018 | No comments yet
Atherton council still working to save civic center trees

There are 85 heritage trees on the site where Atherton plans to build its new civic center, and although the Planning Commission gave the town a permit to cut down 18 of them, the City Council has proved reluctant to allow their removal.

January 2, 2018 | 1 comment
Filoli reaches employee lawsuit settlement

Management of historic estate accused of age discrimination, other violations
Filoli has reached a confidential settlement to a lawsuit alleging age discrimination brought by four employees who were fired or forced out within six months of the September 2016 arrival of Kara Newport as executive director.

January 3, 2018 | 33 comments
Menlo Park's first recycled water system to keep golf course green

A project by West Bay Sanitary District to build the first recycled water system in Menlo Park could enable the district to pump between 400,000 and 500,000 gallons a day of recycled water to one of the city's top water users: the Sharon Heights Golf & Country Club.

January 4, 2018 | 5 comments
Atherton 'park whisperer' Steve Tyler has retired

Public works superintendent is leaving town after 17 years
Steve Tyler, who for 17 years with the town of Atherton has been officially the public works superintendent, but unofficially the town's park whisperer, storm drain master and town historian, among other roles, has retired.

January 5, 2018 | 1 comment
Year in review: A year of wins and losses for Atherton

Atherton moved ahead with its plans for a new civic center in 2017, receiving voter approval for public financing for the project; but lost an election to renew the parcel tax that has brought it $1.86 million a year since 1978.

January 1, 2018 | No comments yet
New book explores origins of street names in Menlo Park

In January 2017, Jim Lewis, the incoming president of the Menlo Park Historical Association, said he wanted to uncover the origins of street names in the city.

January 1, 2018 | 5 comments
High school district hires spokesperson

The Sequoia Union High School District has hired Ana Maria Pulido, an elected member of the Ravenswood City School District board, for a public relations position that reports to the Sequoia district superintendent.

January 4, 2018 | 1 comment
Star power

Local chefs dish about the pressures and rewards of earning a Michelin star
The Michelin stars hold enormous sway in local kitchens -- one chef said he thinks about the rating "constantly" -- while others insist it doesn't drive their decisions.

January 10, 2018 | 3 comments
New shuttle service takes you to county parks

In an attempt to encourage more people to enjoy the great outdoors and leave their cars behind, San Mateo County Parks Department is running a new shuttle from Menlo Park and East Palo Alto to Wunderlich and Edgewood county parks.

January 3, 2018 | 1 comment
New trail opens in La Honda Creek Open Space Preserve

A new six-mile trail is open through the southwest portion of the La Honda Creek Open Space Preserve, a 6,100-acre sanctuary on the western slope of the Santa Cruz Mountains that includes grasslands, forests and some cattle ranching.

January 27, 2018 | 4 comments
Portola Valley closes trails to equestrians for winter

With the approach of the rainy season, the town of Portola Valley closed 11 trails to equestrians for the winter.

January 5, 2018 | No comments yet

2017

Spare the air on New Year's Day

Bay Area residents are being asked to start the new year by sparing the air, as the Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued a Spare the Air alert for New Year's Day.

December 31, 2017 | No comments yet
Bears hold off late charge from Knights to win hoops title

Greer Hoyem scored 23 points and the Menlo-Atherton girls' basketball team held off a late rally to beat Menlo School 64-57 in the championship game of the Competitive Division I of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic at Eastside College Prep on Saturday.

December 31, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Man arrested in connection with robbery, assault at party

An East Palo Alto man is in jail after being arrested by officers of the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office on suspicion of robbery, assault with a firearm, brandishing a weapon and criminal threats at a Dec. 24 party in unincorporated Menlo Park.

December 30, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: City already reaching downtown development limits

It took five years for Menlo Park to come up with the plan to rezone downtown -- about as long as it has taken a stream of development proposals to nearly eat up the bulk of the growth allowed under that plan, according to city staff.

December 29, 2017 | 15 comments
Prep report: Big tournament wins for Menlo, Paly, Priory

Marvin Zou and Bryant Jefferson each scored 13 points and the Palo Alto boys basketball team downed host Lahainaluna 74-48 on the second day of the Lahainaluna Invitational in Maui on Thursday night.

December 29, 2017 | No comments yet
Good day for the locals at Coaches vs. Cancer Classic

Eastside College Prep, Sacred Heart Prep, Menlo School and Menlo-Atherton each won opening round games at the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic on Thursday. Eastside topped Page (Arizona), 64-41, the Gators beat University, 52-36, the Knights ran away from KIPP King, 92-38, and the Bears tamed Capuchino, 66-37.

December 29, 2017 | No comments yet
Urbane and unfussy

The Striped Pig delivers on civility, polished cuisine
Both the front and back-of-the-house stand out at The Striped Pig, which opened in downtown Redwood City in 2015.

December 28, 2017 | No comments yet
Trio of local teams win boys hoops tournament openers

Lehigh-bound Joe Foley scored 26 points, had seven assists and recorded five steals to help the Menlo School boys basketball team open the Orange Holiday Classic with a 64-45 win over Paramount at Hope International in Fullerton on Wednesday.

December 28, 2017 | No comments yet
Woodside: Fire destroys home on Skyline Boulevard

Fire destroyed an unoccupied two-story home at 17507 Skyline Blvd. in unincorporated Woodside early on the morning of Saturday, Dec. 23, and charred several redwood trees surrounding the house, firefighters said.

December 27, 2017 | 2 comments
Cary Wiest is Atherton's new mayor

Vice Mayor is Bill Widmer
Veteran council member Cary Wiest will serve his second term as Atherton's mayor for the coming year, with Bill Widmer serving as vice mayor. Both were chosen for their new roles by their fellow council members on Dec. 20.

December 28, 2017 | 19 comments
Bats find shelter with patron saint of animals

Colony settled behind mural of St. Francis, patron saint of animals
A Menlo Park resident discovered some unexpected neighbors after a crew hired to power wash her home on Dec. 26 found a colony of Mexican free-tailed bats nesting behind an outdoor mural.

December 27, 2017 | 2 comments
Woodside's top topics: larger homes, traffic jams, free speech

Depending on your point of view, the year 2017 in Woodside was arguably good in terms of property rights and arguably bad in terms of traffic congestion, but it was also inarguably contentious.

December 28, 2017 | 3 comments
Menlo women host Peninsula Classic basketball event

The Menlo College women's basketball team hosts Midland College on Friday at 6 p.m. as part of the Peninsula Classic, its first game since knocking off NAIA No. 3-ranked Campbellsville at the Hoop N Surf Christmas Classic in Honolulu.

December 27, 2017 | No comments yet
Year in review: Development, traffic top Menlo Park agenda

For people in Menlo Park, the past 12 months have likely involved, in one way or another, watching new buildings take shape, inching through traffic on El Camino Real or Willow Road, and either worrying about rent or basking in escalating property values.

December 28, 2017 | 2 comments
Star power

Local chefs dish about the pressures and rewards of earning a Michelin star
The Michelin stars hold enormous sway in local kitchens -- one chef said he thinks about the rating "constantly" -- while others insist it doesn't drive their decisions.

December 27, 2017 | No comments yet
The love that dares speak its 'Name'

Romance takes root in lovely Northern Italy
The orchard surrounding an American family's sun-dappled Northern Italian 17-century villa bears peaches, cherries, apricots and pomegranates. And that's just the non-forbidden fruit in the sensual coming-of-age romance "Call Me By Your Name."

December 27, 2017 | No comments yet
Year in review - schools: tax measures, declining enrollment

Menlo Park City, Las Lomitas Elementary, Woodside Elementary and Portola Valley school districts
There was much going on in local elementary school districts in 2017: parcel taxes passed, school board members resigned and new members were appointed, and at year's end it was announced that all the local districts have declining enrollment.

December 26, 2017 | 5 comments
Year in review: Fire district fights fires and controversies

The Menlo Park Fire Protection District has had a busy year, and not just in responding to fires and medical calls in the district or to disasters and emergencies elsewhere.

December 29, 2017 | 12 comments
Panthers get the better of Tigers in girls hoops event

Ila Lane recorded her third consecutive double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds and the Priory girls basketball team beat host Notre Dame-Belmont, 47-35, to earn the consolation championship of the Steve Geramoni Tournament in Belmont on Saturday.

December 25, 2017 | 1 comment
Spare the Air alert for next three days

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued Winter Spare the Air alerts for the final three days of 2017 because of a forecast for unhealthy air quality in the region.

December 25, 2017 | 7 comments
Menlo Park: Squirrel thought to be culprit in house fire

A retired Menlo Park assistant fire chief on a walk with his dog before daylight this morning (Dec. 24) sounded the alarm after spotting smoke coming from a house on San Mateo Drive. Firefighters responding to the 911 call quickly put out the fire, which officials believe was caused by a squirrel.

December 24, 2017 | 6 comments
Governor appoints Menlo Park resident to Sixth District Court of Appeal

California Governor Jerry Brown announced last week that he has appointed Judge Mary J. Greenwood, a Menlo Park resident, as an associate justice of the Sixth District Court of Appeal.

December 25, 2017 | No comments yet
Spare the Air alerts in effect through Christmas Eve

Burning of solid fuel banned throughout the region
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued Spare the Air alerts through Christmas Eve.

December 23, 2017 | 1 comment
Project to build Menlo Park gates replica moving ahead

Following the deaths of not one, but two project chairmen in the past year, an initiative by the Menlo Park Historical Association to build a replica of the gates that gave Menlo Park its name has had some setbacks. But the project is moving forward, according to its new chairman, Jym Clendenin.

December 27, 2017 | 7 comments
Menlo Park: Murderer denied parole for the seventh time

Stanley Bockman, convicted of a Menlo Park murder in 1985, was denied parole at a Dec. 20 parole hearing at a state prison in San Diego.

December 22, 2017 | 1 comment
Prep report: M-A sweeps a basketball doubleheader from SHP

Menlo-Atherton won both ends of a boys-girls nonleague basketball doubleheader with Sacred Heart Prep Thursday at M-A, winning the boys game 56-40 and the girls game 50-42.

December 22, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Dave Bertini named interim police chief

When Menlo Park Police Chief Bob Jonsen departs to head Palo Alto's police department on Jan. 5, Menlo Park will have in place an interim chief with a familiar face: Commander Dave Bertini.

December 21, 2017 | 1 comment
Obituary: Eric Reed, local boy who did well for himself and others

Eric Laurence Reed grew up in Portola Valley, graduated from local schools and came to public service somewhat late in his now foreshortened life. Mr. Reed, a former councilman and mayor of Belmont, died Dec. 8 in Belmont. He was 50.

December 22, 2017 | 2 comments
Menlo Park teen's alleged stalker to be evaluated for competency to stand trial

A Menlo Park man who has pleaded not guilty to charges of stalking a teen girl will be evaluated by a doctor to determine his competency to stand trial, Criminal Presiding Judge Donald Ayoob ordered on Dec. 20.

December 21, 2017 | 1 comment
Atherton battling Caltrain over electrification poles

It was clear at a Dec. 20 meeting of the Atherton City Council that Atherton and a number of its residents don't want Caltrain, as part of its electrification project, to install 45-foot-tall poles near the tracks that run through some town neighborhoods.

December 21, 2017 | 30 comments
Menlo School student-athletes who signed early

Menlo fall college commits (Photo by Pam McKenney/Menlo Athletics): Top row, from left, Niko Bhatia (Brown water polo), Siddharth Chari (Dartmouth tennis), Joe Foley (Lehigh basketball), Miller Geschke (MIT water polo), Kristin Sellers (Brown volleyball), Ashley Dreyer (Yale volleyball), Abby Wolfenden (Haverford lacrosse). Front row, from left: Jayden Kunwar (Johns Hopkins water polo), Max Ting (Princeton golf), Robert Miranda (Yale cross country and track), Sophie Siminoff (Princeton golf), JH Tevis (Cal football).

December 21, 2017 | No comments yet
Big-rig crash leaks oil into U.S. Highway 101

Northbound U.S. Highway 101 lanes blocked for about four hours
All lanes are open on northbound U.S. Highway 101 just south of Embarcadero Road in Palo Alto following a big-rig crash early Thursday morning, according to California Highway Patrol officials.

December 21, 2017 | No comments yet
Home sales: Atherton, Menlo Park, Portola Valley, Woodside

Home sales data is provided by California REsource, a real estate information company that obtains the information from county recorders' offices.

December 27, 2017 | No comments yet
Man sentenced to 14 years in state prison for Atherton, Menlo Park home burglaries

Hayward resident and Federal Express contract driver Kevin Eugene Baker was sentenced Tuesday to 14 years and eight months in state prison for home burglaries in Atherton and Menlo Park.

December 20, 2017 | 5 comments
Bicycling children hit by cars in two separate incidents

One Palo Alto juvenile was stuck under a car, according to police scanner
Four children riding their bicycles were struck by cars in two separate collisions roughly a mile away from each other in Palo Alto this morning, police said.

December 20, 2017 | 23 comments
Making the arts more accessible

Local organizations offer autism-friendly, 'shush-proof' performances
There's no shortage of performing-arts events on the Midpeninsula, but for members of the neurodiverse community, who can feel overwhelmed by intense stimuli and unwelcome in some traditional arts environments, the area's high-quality concerts, plays and ballets aren't always fully accessible. Local groups are trying to change that by offering autism- and sensory-friendly, judgment-free performances in a variety of genres.

December 20, 2017 | No comments yet
South Bay Holiday Gospel Concert

The Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir will present its annual concert featuring gospel arrangements of holiday music on Friday, Dec. 22.

December 20, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo Park fire district board approves $2.5 million in additional spending

District buys acre of land for $6.6 million for new fire station
The board of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District voted on Tuesday night to give its chief authority to spend $2 million that hadn't been budgeted on improvements he says are needed to cope with additional traffic and development on the Bay side of U.S. 101.

December 20, 2017 | 15 comments
Discarded cigarettes and cigars may have caused fire at Menlo Park church

Menlo Park firefighters are pointing to discarded cigarettes and cigars as the possible cause of a small vegetation fire on Tuesday morning near a municipal bus stop just outside the Church of Christ Scientist at 201 Ravenswood Ave. in Menlo Park.

December 19, 2017 | No comments yet
Woodside school board agrees, again, to comply with open meeting law

The Woodside Elementary School District's board has, for the second time in less than six months, had to change the way it does business in order to comply with the state's open meeting law, the Brown Act.

December 20, 2017 | 3 comments
Almanac's Holiday Fund: New data shows one in four residents at risk for hunger

Gifts to the Almanac's Holiday Fund benefit Second Harvest Food Bank and nine other community organizations.

December 22, 2017 | No comments yet
Living with uncertainty

As national deadline looms to legislate a solution, three undocumented young people tell their stories
Imagine growing up in the shadows in Silicon Valley. Your parents work long hours and are terrified of the police, but you go to school and daydream with your classmates about the future: getting a driver's license, going to college, and eventually landing the dream job.

December 27, 2017 | 1 comment
Holiday closures in local towns

Town halls in Atherton, Woodside and Portola Valley will be closed for the week between the Christmas and New Year's holidays, with fewer days off in Menlo Park.

December 22, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo Park district fire chief seeks nearly $3M in new spending to respond to development boom

Spending necessary due to 'unparalleled transformation' of area east of U.S. 101, chief says
Citing challenges caused by increased traffic and development, the chief of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District has asked the fire board to approve nearly $3 million of additional spending in the district's 2017-18 fiscal year budget.

December 19, 2017 | 17 comments
Late free throws lift Menlo College to hoops victory

Charles Neal made three free throws with three seconds remaining to play to lift Menlo College's men's basketball team past Benedictine, 81-80, on the second day of the Cactus Classic in Gilbert, Ariz. on Monday.

December 18, 2017 | No comments yet
How much should Atherton spend to protect trees?

Civic center and Caltrain electrification will cause loss or pruning of trees
Trees will take up most of the Atherton City Council's discussion Wednesday, Dec. 20, during a short meeting starting at 6 p.m. in Holbrook-Palmer Park's Main House. The council will discuss trees threatened by civic center construction and the tradeoff between trees and the height of Caltrain's electrification poles.

December 18, 2017 | 6 comments
Portola Valley: Improving communication is priority

The duty of the online monitoring of PV Forum and engaging Portola Valley Town Hall with the public has occasionally been handled by Town Hall staff. Now it's the province of Ali Taghavi, a new staff member who is responsible for communicating with the public, including through social media.

December 29, 2017 | 1 comment
Police calls: Dog bites dog at Bedwell Bayfront Park

Crime reports from Menlo Park.

December 21, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo Park commission hits pause button on three-story Santa Cruz Avenue project

The Menlo Park Planning Commission wants to conduct further review of plans to knock down the building that is home to Juban Yakiniku, Union Bank and a computer repair store in downtown Menlo Park and replace it with a three-story building offering office, retail and housing.

December 19, 2017 | 4 comments
Menlo Park: Pressure grows for downtown parking garage

Pro-garage petition gets 360 signatures
A group of Menlo Park's downtown business owners is rallying community support for a downtown parking garage.

December 19, 2017 | 23 comments
New turn restrictions take effect in Willows

City officials are warning drivers near Willow Road in Menlo Park to brace for a temporary worsening of traffic as several turn-restriction signs were installed Monday to help address cut-through traffic in the Willows neighborhood.

December 18, 2017 | 8 comments
Bidding wars: Midpeninsula homes sell for $1M over asking prices

Low pricing spurs bidding, which leads to a feeding frenzy of multiple offers
Realtors say low inventory combined with sales strategies from the dot-com boom are playing a role in bidding wars.

December 18, 2017 | 3 comments
2017 All-Northern California Cross Country teams

All-Northern California Cross Country
Runner of the Year: Liam Anderson (Redwood)
Senior of the Year: Meika Beaudoin-Rousseau (Bellarmine)
Freshman of the Year: Kamran Murray (Menlo School)

December 17, 2017 | No comments yet
Sewer blockage closes La Entrada Middle School in Menlo Park

School was closed a half day Thursday and on Friday during repairs
Students at La Entrada Middle School in Menlo Park got an unexpected pre-holiday break on Thursday and Friday, when the fourth- to eighth-grade school had to close because of a sewage backup that left the school without running water or bathroom facilities.

December 17, 2017 | No comments yet
Cal Fire declares high fire danger this weekend for three counties

Firefighters in San Mateo, San Francisco and Santa Cruz counties are preparing for a windy weekend with warmer temperatures and low humidity, a combination that adds up to high danger of fire.

December 15, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo Park man, 42, pleads not guilty to stalking teen girl

A 42-year-old Menlo Park man pleaded not guilty Thursday to stalking and attempting to communicate with a minor for the purposes of seduction, according to San Mateo County prosecutors.

December 18, 2017 | No comments yet
Prep beat: Gunn girls top SHP in soccer; M-A, Priory win in hoops

Natalie Hill scored twice, Lily Jose added a goal and the Gunn girls soccer team beat host Sacred Heart Prep, 3-2, in a nonleague contest Wednesday. In girls basketball, Menlo-Atherton and Priory each won at home.

December 14, 2017 | No comments yet
Last chance to order: Women turn tamales into housing

Saturday is the last day to help Woodside's Jenn Holden and her Angel Food Fund nonprofit provide an opportunity for a group of women Angel Food has already helped to "pay it forward."

December 14, 2017 | No comments yet
Portola Valley council elects John Richards as mayor

In a unanimous vote on Wednesday, members of the Portola Valley Town Council elected John Richards as mayor for 2018.

December 14, 2017 | No comments yet
Woodside Councilman Chris Shaw elected mayor for 2018

In a unanimous vote on Tuesday (Dec. 12), members of the Woodside Town Council elected their colleague Chris Shaw as mayor for 2018.

December 14, 2017 | No comments yet
Fire officials share insight on recent fires, local prevention

Suggestions: Stronger building codes, easier tree removal and more fire-safe building info
The conditions that led to the recent North Bay fires -- hot weather, low humidity, strong winds and lots of fuel -- could occur here, Menlo Park Fire Protection District officials warn.

December 14, 2017 | 1 comment
Of local note: Menlo, SHP grads are water polo All-Americans

Menlo School grad John Wilson and Sacred Heart Prep product Finn Banks were each named second team All-Americans on Tuesday, two of four men's water polo players from John Hopkins to earn a spot on the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches All-America teams.

December 14, 2017 | No comments yet
Home sales: Atherton, Menlo Park, Portola Valley, Woodside

Average sale in East Palo Alto is over $800K
A complete list of sold homes on the Midpeninsula, including an Atherton home purchased for $6.5 million.

December 21, 2017 | No comments yet
Two women found dead of gunshot wounds

Police say it may be a murder-suicide
Two women were found dead Wednesday morning at a residence in East Palo Alto in what police are investigating as a possible murder-suicide.

December 13, 2017 | No comments yet
Holiday Fund: Combating illiteracy in our community

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

December 26, 2017 | No comments yet
Holiday Fund: At St. Anthony's, hundreds enjoy festive day

Gifts to the Almanac's Holiday Fund benefit St. Anthony's Padua Dining Room and nine other community organizations.

December 27, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo Park brothers are chess champs

Shawnak and Sahil Shivakumar both place in national grade level chess championships
Shawnak and Sahil Shivakumar, Menlo Park brothers and Laurel School students, both placed recently in the national grade-level chess championships: Shawnak was second for fourth-graders and Sahil was eighth for kindergartners.

December 17, 2017 | 1 comment
Menlo Park: Councilman Peter Ohtaki named next mayor

Councilman Ray Mueller named vice mayor
"A couple of key things" will likely define Menlo Park's City Council agendas in the coming year, according to Councilman Peter Ohtaki, who will hold the title of mayor in 2018.

December 13, 2017 | 1 comment
Newton is stepping down as Menlo School football coach

Mark Newton is resigning after 14 years as football coach at Menlo School. A former quarterback at Menlo, Newton has guided the Knights to four Central Coast Section championship game appearances as well as a Peninsula Athletic League Ocean Division outright title this past season.

December 13, 2017 | 1 comment
Spare the Air alerts issued for Wednesday, Thursday

Public banned from burning solid fuels to avoid contributing to unhealthy air quality
Bay Area air quality officials have issued Winter Spare the Air Alerts banning the burning of solid fuels on both Wednesday and Thursday.

December 13, 2017 | 4 comments
Feature: Former Woodside Elementary student returns, with a river

Gregory Gavin turns preoccupation with creeks into a career
Gregory Gavin says his lifelong preoccupation with creeks started more than five decades ago when he was a young Woodside Elementary School student.

December 13, 2017 | 1 comment
Filoli changes its holiday offerings

Filoli, the historic Woodside estate, has changed its holiday program.

December 11, 2017 | No comments yet
Portola Valley: Marijuana sales in town worry residents

The idea of a retail marijuana dispensary in a central commercial area in Portola Valley has residents painting grim scenarios, including of Peninsula cannabis tourism and back-door deals with seedy characters.

December 11, 2017 | 13 comments
Portola Valley prepares for license-plate-reading cameras

The poles are in the ground in Portola Valley and waiting for their intended purpose: as mounts for license-plate-reading cameras that will create a daily visual record of every vehicle that passes through town.

December 13, 2017 | No comments yet
Police calls: Crime reports from Woodside, Ladera, Menlo Oaks, Atherton

These reports are from the Atherton Police Department and the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.

December 11, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo College men give Lumberjacks the ax in 79-78 hoops win

Freshman Charles Neal made one of two free throws with three seconds remaining to lift the Menlo College men's basketball team past host Humboldt State, 79-78, in a nonconference contest Sunday.

December 11, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: MidPen Housing seeks public comment on affordable housing plans

MidPen is redeveloping properties on Willow, Pierce roads
MidPen Housing, a local nonprofit affordable housing developer, is seeking to redevelop the properties it owns in eastern Menlo Park at 1283 Willow Road and 334 Pierce Road.

December 14, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Hearing tonight for three-story development on Santa Cruz Avenue

The Menlo Park Planning Commission will hold a hearing to discuss the future of the current site of Juban Yakiniku, Union Bank and a computer repair store -- next to Ace Hardware in downtown Menlo Park -- at its meeting Monday night, Dec. 11.

December 11, 2017 | 10 comments
Fourth girl says coach touched her inappropriately

Prosecutors have added a fourth child, this one 5 years old, to the list of girls who claim to have been touched inappropriately by an Emerald Hills man and former after-school coach at a San Carlos elementary school.

December 11, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Should new library include housing?

Questions remain over new library's location and features
Where to put a new main library and whether it should include housing were two questions discussed but not resolved at a public meeting held Monday, Dec. 4, at the Menlo Park Library.

December 11, 2017 | 8 comments
Fourth winter Spare the Air alert for today

District officials expect high-pressure ridge over the area to impact air quality
Wood-burning activities are banned today in the Bay Area, which is under another Spare the Air alert today, Bay Area Air Quality Management District officials said.

December 11, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: City's 'satisfaction survey' raises red flags for some

Menlo Park's biennial survey by Godbe Research, circulated randomly among residents in early December to gauge their satisfaction with city services, raised concerns for some respondents that the way several questions were phrased may result in wrong conclusions.

December 11, 2017 | 10 comments
Prep report: Priory's Gray pretty fast on the soccer field

Priory's Anysha Gray runs a pretty good race on the track. She may be even better running around the soccer field. Gray scored all five goals in Priory's 5-2 victory over Alvarez on Saturday at Fremont High as part of the Firebird Classic.

December 11, 2017 | No comments yet
Atherton's Jim Plunkett inducted into state's Hall of Fame

Jim Plunkett, a Heisman Trophy-winning Stanford University quarterback who went on to lead the Oakland Raiders to 1980 and 1983 Super Bowl victories, was inducted into the California Hall of Fame on Dec. 5 by Gov. Jerry Brown.

December 13, 2017 | No comments yet
Christmas tree sales benefit Nativity School

A Christmas tree lot, with proceeds from the sale of trees benefiting educational and extracurricular programs at Nativity School in Menlo Park, is open most days until Saturday, Dec. 16, at the corner of Oak Grove Avenue and Laurel Street.

December 11, 2017 | No comments yet
Prep report: Menlo boys, Castilleja win in soccer

Aaron Morgan scored a goal in the first minute of play and the Menlo School boys' soccer team made it stand for a 1-0 victory over visiting University-San Francisco on Friday.

December 10, 2017 | No comments yet
Holiday Fund: Transforming lives, one family at a time

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

December 27, 2017 | No comments yet
Holiday Fund: Upward Scholars helps adults move up in careers and in life

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

December 20, 2017 | No comments yet
SamTrans adopts study on easing Dumbarton Corridor traffic congestion

Directors at SamTrans adopted on Dec. 6 the final version of a study on how to ease severe congestion on the Dumbarton Corridor.

December 8, 2017 | 1 comment
Menlo Park: Police name a suspect in Nov. 22 shooting in marshland area

Police have named Dagoberto Franco-Penaloza, 24, as the suspect in a Nov. 22 shooting of a Menlo Park man in the marshland area near Menlo Park's border with East Palo Alto.

December 8, 2017 | No comments yet
Atherton has little interest in elevating train tracks

Felton Gables residents urged town not to help Menlo Park elevate tracks at Encinal Avenue
Atherton's City Council, responding to a request for input from Menlo Park, offered no hope that it supports elevating train tracks to separate them from the two track-crossing roadways in the town. The council also expressed no interest in enabling such changes at Encinal Avenue in Menlo Park.

December 7, 2017 | 31 comments
Brooke Day is new Portola Valley School board member

Parent and active school volunteer will fill out remaing two years of term
Brooke Day, a parent and active volunteer in the Portola Valley School District, has been appointed to fill out the remaining two years of a term on the district's governing board.

December 7, 2017 | No comments yet
Prep report: Paly, Menlo to meet for tournament title

Menlo and Palo Alto will meet in the Burlingame Lions Club Tournament championship game on Friday at 8 p.m. as both team won in the semifinals. Menlo topped Aragon, 69-44, and the Vikings bested Los Altos, 57-37 on Wednesday.

December 7, 2017 | No comments yet
Home sales: Atherton, Menlo Park, Portola Valley, Woodside

Woodside estate sells for $13 million

December 13, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo College's McCloskey, Swart named all-Southwest Region

Menlo College's Kaylin Swart and Rachel McCloskey were each named to the NSCAA All-Southwest region team for the second straight year it was announced Wednesday. Swart was named to the first team and McCloskey was selected to the second team.

December 7, 2017 | No comments yet
2017 All-Central Coast Section Girls Water Polo

2017 All-Central Coast Section Girls Water Polo
Player of the Year: Nina Flynn, Leland
Top Goalkeeper: Zoe Banks, Gunn
First team
Nina Flynn, Leland
Isabella Mandema, St. Francis
Shea Salvino, Soquel
Zoe Banks, Gunn

December 7, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo Park settles development-related lawsuit with East Palo Alto

After nearly a year of closed-session council talks and negotiations, the cities of East Palo Alto and Menlo Park have agreed to the terms of a lawsuit settlement.

December 7, 2017 | 2 comments
Menlo Park sends firefighters and equipment south

The Menlo Park Fire Protection District has sent nine people, in two fire engines and a command vehicle, to help fight the Creek Fire in Los Angeles County, according to fire Chief Harold Schapelhouman.

December 6, 2017 | No comments yet
City of Menlo Park gives $266,000 to nonprofits

Donations are about a third greater than a year ago
Menlo Park will give more than a quarter of a million dollars to local nonprofit organizations under the city's community funding program.

December 13, 2017 | 4 comments
Tonight: School board reviews report on enrollment declines

Housing costs may be pushing young families away, demographer says
A report on declining enrollment in local school districts will be reviewed by the board of the Menlo Park City School District on Tuesday, Dec. 12. The meeting starts at 5:45 p.m.

December 7, 2017 | 22 comments
Supes OK limited commercial cultivation of marijuana

It will soon be OK to grow marijuana for commercial purposes in unincorporated San Mateo County if it's grown in a greenhouse, according to an ordinance given preliminary approval Dec. 5 by the Board of Supervisors.

December 9, 2017 | 2 comments
Prep report: Paly, Menlo boys open hoops tourney with a win

William Schlemmer scored 17 points, one of three to reach double figures, and the Palo Also boys varsity basketball team opened its season with a 62-45 victory over Half Moon Bay in the opening round of the Burlingame Lions Club Tournament at Burlingame High on Tuesday.

December 6, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo Park council OKs 'traffic calming' measures in Willows

Discussion reveals tensions with Palo Alto, fear of new interchange's long-term impact
A little less than a month since Caltrans installed new traffic signals at the Willow Road/U.S. 101 interchange -- and in rapid response to the debilitating congestion in the city's Willow neighborhood that has resulted -- the Menlo Park City Council approved Tuesday a number of actions to address the problem.

December 6, 2017 | 27 comments
2017 All-Central Coast Section Boys Water Polo

2017 All-Central Coast Section Boys Water Polo
Player of the Year: Andrew Churukian, Sacred Heart Prep
First team
Sam Untrecht, Menlo School
Gabe Discipulo, Bellarmine
Nathan Puentes, St. Francis
Alex Tsotadze, Sacred Heart Prep

December 5, 2017 | No comments yet
Winant calls Atherton police probe of his mistreatment claims 'a travesty'

Only one allegation from handcuffed man was sustained; but no allegations were dismissed as 'unfounded'
Richard "Dick" Winant, a Stanford University researcher who claimed Atherton police mistreated him after he got lost on the Sharon Hills golf course at night and ended up in an Atherton backyard, says the department's report on his citizen's complaint is "a travesty."

December 7, 2017 | 18 comments
Portola Valley tonight: Public invited to study session on marijuana cultivation, sale

The Portola Valley Planning Commission on Wednesday, Dec. 6, will hold the first of several study sessions, open to the public, to consider local regulations on the sale and outdoor cultivation of marijuana.

December 5, 2017 | 1 comment
Prep report: Tournament hoops titles for Menlo, Pinewood

Ally Stuart nailed four 3-pointers to help the Menlo School girls basketball team squeeze past St. Ignatius, 67-65, in the championship game of the Marin Catholic tournament Saturday. Pinewood won the LJCD Sweet 16 Invitational, beating host La Jolla Country Day, 51-39, in the title match.

December 4, 2017 | No comments yet
Tonight: Atherton to study loss of parcel tax revenue

How the loss of $1.86 million in annual parcel tax revenue will affect the capital improvement and police department programs the Atherton tax paid for will be the focus of a Wednesday, Dec. 6, City Council study session.

December 5, 2017 | 6 comments
Tonight: Meeting on lessons learned from North Bay fires

Atherton council and Menlo fire board to hold annual joint meeting
Lessons learned from the North Bay fires will be discussed at the annual joint meeting of the Board of Directors of Menlo Park Fire Protection District and the Atherton City Council on Tuesday, Dec. 12.

December 4, 2017 | No comments yet
Dec. 13: Santa visits fire stations

Continuing a holiday tradition of more than 30 years, Santa will be appear at all three of the Woodside Fire Protection District's open houses on Wednesday, Dec. 13, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

December 7, 2017 | No comments yet
Senior housing proposed at site of John Bentley's restaurant

Sunrise Senior Living Corp. has proposed to build a 90-unit residential care facility at 2915 El Camino Real, where the John Bentley's restaurant is located. Mr. Bentley said he plans to close the restaurant in the spring.

December 4, 2017 | No comments yet
John Bentley closing out career in restaurant business

After decades in the restaurant business and 22 years of running his eponymous restaurant on the Midpeninsula, John Bentley will hang up his chef coat for the last time come this spring.

December 4, 2017 | 10 comments
Atherton residents protest height of planned Caltrain poles

Topic on rail committee agenda Dec. 5
As Caltrain begins construction to electrify its train service, Atherton residents are protesting plans to install nearly 46-foot-tall cantilevered poles near their homes for the electrical wires.

December 5, 2017 | 33 comments
Video: Mountain lion visits Ladera home

Ladera resident Mike Stern posted a video on YouTube of a mountain lion visiting his home on Pecora Way in Ladera early Sunday.

December 4, 2017 | 1 comment
Menlo Park police calls: attempted robbery, auto burglaries, thefts

Police arrested a 35-year-old man on suspicion of attempted robbery, attempted carjacking and assault with a deadly weapon.

December 7, 2017 | No comments yet
Police: Man brandishes firearm while stuck in Willows traffic

Menlo Park police arrested a Danville man at about 5:40 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29, in the Willows neighborhood on charges of brandishing a weapon and carrying a concealed firearm in a vehicle.

December 4, 2017 | 6 comments
Stanford neighbors get more time to comment on university's growth plan

People now have until Feb. 2, 2018, to comment on environmental documents on Stanford's proposed 17-year growth plan, but the Menlo Park City Council has already agreed on what the city's stance should be.

December 4, 2017 | No comments yet
Portola Valley School board to appoint board member tonight

When the three trustees recently elected to the governing board of the Portola Valley School District meet for the first time on Wednesday, Dec. 6, their first item of business will be to appoint a new board member.

December 4, 2017 | No comments yet
Sacred Heart Prep brings home volleyball runner-up trophy

Sacred Heart Prep took on every challenge, winning most but losing some, without complaint and with no excuses. The Gators lost in in the CIF state championship Division II girls volleyball game Saturday, 25-18, 28-26, 25-22, to Sierra Canyon at Santiago Canyon College in Orange.

December 4, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo's football season ends with loss in title game

The Menlo School football team fell short Friday night in its quest to win the first Central Coast Section championship in program history, losing to Gilroy 38-21 in the Division V final at Westmont High.

December 2, 2017 | No comments yet
Jean Lane, philanthropist and environmentalist, dies at 87

Jean Lane, a philanthropist, environmentalist, gardener and notable Portola Valley resident, died at her home on Nov. 18 after a brief illness. She was 87.

December 4, 2017 | 1 comment
After-school aide re-arrested on suspicion of lewd acts

A continuing investigation by San Mateo County Sheriff's Office detectives into the activities of Emerald Hills resident and former after-school aide Hoang Tran has turned up another 6-year-old girl who, according to deputies, was a third victim.

December 8, 2017 | No comments yet
Ernst Meissner, advocate for civic improvements

Menlo Park resident Ernst Meissner, who died Nov. 25 at the age of 86, could rightfully lay claim to having added 1,000 points of light to the city. The strings of white LED lights wrapped around the street trees along Santa Cruz Avenue were his idea.

December 4, 2017 | No comments yet
Prep report: SH Prep boys hoops coach gains 200th win

Eric DeBrine scored 24 points and the Sacred Heart Prep boys basketball team beat El Camino in a consolation game of the Crusader Classic at Riordan on Friday night. It was coach Tony Martinelli's 200th career victory.

December 2, 2017 | 1 comment
Model-railroad open house this weekend in Menlo Park

An old-time pickle plant, a set of grain elevators used to store flour, a railroad overpass with a police cruiser resting precipitously against a broken guard rail -- these are just some of the new dioramas for 2017 at the West Bay Model Railroad Association in Menlo Park.

December 1, 2017 | No comments yet
Judge dismisses cellphone smuggling case against former deputy sheriff

Prosecutors erred in making the case to the grand jury, judge concludes
A San Mateo County Superior Court judge today (Dec. 1) dismissed two counts of conspiracy brought by the county against Juan Pablo Lopez, a former Sheriff's Office deputy and a write-in candidate for sheriff in 2014.

December 1, 2017 | 26 comments
Sunset magazine sold to Los Angeles private equity investor

Sunset magazine, once located on Willow Road in Menlo Park and co-published by the late Bill Lane of Portola Valley and his brother, the late Mel Lane of Atherton, has been sold to Regent L.P., a Los Angeles-based private equity firm, Time Inc. has announced.

December 1, 2017 | 2 comments
Menlo Park: Willows residents plead with city for traffic relief

Council to consider action to ease acute congestion Dec. 5
Desperation is mounting in the Willows. Over Thanksgiving weekend, a group of about 30 Willows residents gathered to draft a petition to the City Council, and collected about 350 signatures (as of Nov. 29) in favor of immediate action to curb unprecedented levels of cut-through traffic and congestion that has debilitated passage through segments of the neighborhood.

December 1, 2017 | 47 comments
Stanford expansion comment period extended

Planning Director accedes to requests from Palo Alto, Menlo Park
Responding to requests from Palo Alto and Menlo Park, Santa Clara County planners have agreed to give the public 60 more days to comment on the environmental analysis of Stanford University's 2018 General Use Permit application.

December 1, 2017 | No comments yet
Former Cindy's Flowers and Gifts owner ordered to pay $131K in restitution

Cynthia Ann Smith, 60, the former owner of Cindy's Flowers and Gifts in Menlo Park, has been ordered to pay more than $131,000 in restitution to various people and agencies, following an August no contest plea to felony charges of insurance fraud and unemployment insurance fraud.

December 1, 2017 | 2 comments
Menlo School looks to make football history vs. Gilroy

On the surface Menlo School looks like a decided underdog going into Friday's Central Coast Section Division V football championship game against Gilroy at 7 p.m. at Westmont High.

December 1, 2017 | No comments yet
M-A grad DiSanto looking forward to volleyball homecoming

When the University of Michigan women's volleyball team learned its destination for the first round of the NCAA tournament, it was celebration time for one of its players. Jacqueline DiSanto, a freshman from Menlo-Atherton High School, was going home.

December 1, 2017 | No comments yet
Prep report: Pinewood, Priory, Menlo girls all hoops winners

The three best Division V girls basketball teams in the state, or at least the Central Coast section, were in tournament action Thursday. Priory held off Menlo-Atherton, 53-48, in the Cardinal Newman tournament, Pinewood beat Lakewood of Colorado, 50-30, in the La Jolla Country Day Sweet Sixteen and defending state D5 champion Eastside College Prep lost to Division I power Heritage, 62-54, also in Santa Rosa. Division IV Menlo School topped Fortuna, 62-36, in the Marin Catholic tournament.

December 1, 2017 | No comments yet
Bail restored for Menlo Park man charged with possessing child pornography

Bail has been restored for Matthew Emilio Coda, the Menlo Park man recently arrested on charges of possession of child pornography, according to San Mateo County prosecutors.

November 30, 2017 | 2 comments
Hot chocolate with Mayor Mike

Atherton mayor reads to Sacred Heart students
Atherton Mayor Mike Lempres read holiday stories to students at Sacred Heart Schools in Atherton as part of the school's annual book fair.

November 30, 2017 | 2 comments
Menlo Park: Council to appeal Stanford medical office approval

Menlo Park is taking a hard stance against Stanford's growth near its territory, as evidenced by the council's vote Nov. 29 to appeal the approval of a medical faculty office building slated for 453 Quarry Road in Santa Clara County.

November 30, 2017 | 5 comments
Facing time crunch, Menlo Park grapples with tough choices on changing election system

After hours of deliberation, the Menlo Park City Council voted 4-0, with Ray Mueller absent, on Nov. 29 to take further steps to change the city's election process from an at-large system (in which all voters can vote to fill all five council seats) to a by-district system (in which voters residing in a district can vote only to fill the one council seat in that district).

November 30, 2017 | 4 comments
Saturday: Wine walk in downtown Menlo Park

Afternoon event benefits Menlo Park Atherton Education Foundation
The fourth annual Taste of the Mountains Wine Walk benefit for the Menlo Park Atherton Education Foundation is on Saturday, Dec. 2., in downtown Menlo Park.

November 30, 2017 | No comments yet
Prep report: Paly girls win second straight soccer match

Emily Tomz scored twice and the Palo Alto girls soccer team downed host Menlo-Atherton, 3-0, on Wednesday in a rematch of last year's Central Coast Section Open Division quarterfinals.

November 30, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo College takes care of the Pioneers in men's basketball

Menlo College hit its first four shots and never looked back in an 86-54 victory over visiting Pacific Union on Wednesday in a nonconference men's basketball contest.

November 30, 2017 | No comments yet
Services Saturday for Mary 'Alex' Coleman, longtime Menlo Park resident

A celebration of of the life of Mary Alexander "Alex" Wells Coleman, an active Menlo Park volunteer and longtime resident, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at St. Bede's Episcopal Church.

December 1, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo Park, Palo Alto seek more time to vet Stanford's proposed expansion

Cities request 60 more days; Stanford calls proposal 'unwarranted'
As the comment period on Stanford's proposed expansion winds down, two cities are calling on Santa Clara County to extend its deadline to evaluate potential impacts.

November 30, 2017 | No comments yet
Home sales: Menlo Park, Portola Valley, Woodside

Los Altos country club home sells for $7.2 million
Home sales are provided by California REsource, a real estate information company that obtains the information from county recorders' offices.

November 30, 2017 | 1 comment
Holiday roundup: Music, tree lighting, model railroad

From the a cappella singing of the Merlot Notes to the tree-lighting event in downtown Menlo Park and the seasonal celebration at Folger Stable in Woodside, the holiday calendar is full in Almanac country.

November 29, 2017 | No comments yet
Private meeting held between Facebook officials and East Palo Alto advocates

A private town hall meeting was held at the East Palo Alto Senior Center on Monday, Nov. 28, between Facebook executives and members of the East Palo Alto-based advocacy group known as the Real Community Coalition.

November 29, 2017 | No comments yet
Kiwanis Christmas tree lot receives last shipment of trees

Club continues its tradition of more than 40 years
Sales of Christmas trees at the Menlo Park Kiwanis Club lot are "better than ever" this year, says club member Judy Horst, and the last shipment of trees has arrived.

November 30, 2017 | 1 comment
Affordable housing development proposed along El Camino near Atherton

Within the next couple of years, drivers traversing the North Fair Oaks section of El Camino Real, just north of Atherton, may say goodbye to the Enterprise Rent-A-Car shop and hello to a new affordable housing development.

November 30, 2017 | 3 comments
After-school aide arrested on suspicion of lewd acts with a child

Sheriff's Office detectives have arrested an Emerald Hills man on suspicion of lewd acts with a child under the age of 14, the Sheriff's Office reported. He had been working as an aide in an after-school program at a San Carlos elementary school.

November 29, 2017 | No comments yet
Massive oak falls and narrowly misses Atherton fire station

Tree was on district's newly purchased property
A heritage oak tree with a base of more than 11 feet in diameter fell Monday night, narrowly missing the Atherton fire station on Almendral Avenue, Menlo Park Fire Protection District officials say.

November 29, 2017 | 1 comment
Atherton police collecting toys

Holiday gifts will go to Selby Lane School
The Atherton Police Department is collecting new, unwrapped toys for families at Selby Lane School through Monday, Dec. 18.

December 1, 2017 | No comments yet
Home sales: Atherton, Menlo Park, Woodside

12-acre modern estate sells for $18 million in Los Altos Hills
A mid-century modern home designed by famed Bay Area architect John Funk sells in Los Altos Hills

November 29, 2017 | No comments yet
2017 All-League Boys Water Polo Teams

Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division
MVP: Sam Untrecht, Menlo School
MVG: Noah Smith, Menlo-Atherton
West Catholic Athletic League
First team
Andrew Churukian, Sacred Heart Prep
Alex Tsotadze, Sacred Heart Prep

November 28, 2017 | No comments yet
Local ballet companies offer their own holiday traditions

Once again this holiday season, two local companies are taking a break from presenting the traditional ballet, "The Nutcracker," and offering up their own versions of festive family fare.

November 28, 2017 | 1 comment
Menlo Park man arrested on child pornography charges

His wife told detectives of her suspicions, deputies said
Deputies arrested Menlo Park resident Matthew Coda at San Francisco International Airport on Monday evening, Nov. 27, on charges of possession of child pornography, according to a statement from the county Sheriff's Office.

November 28, 2017 | No comments yet
County provides funds for Menlo Park affordable housing

The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors has committed major funding to two affordable housing developments in the city of Menlo Park. Both are owned by local nonprofit housing developer MidPen Housing.

November 29, 2017 | 1 comment
Menlo Park meeting tonight on affordable housing site

MidPen Housing, a nonprofit affordable housing builder, is looking into redeveloping the property it owns at 1283 Willow Road in Menlo Park as a workforce-housing site.

November 29, 2017 | No comments yet
Hiring events set for 11-story Hotel Nia in Menlo Park

Hotel Nia, an 11-story, 250-room hotel at Independence and Chrysler drives, east of U.S. 101, in Menlo Park, is expected to open in early 2018, and management is working on hiring staff.

November 28, 2017 | 1 comment
Wednesday: Another Menlo Park meeting on Stanford 's expansion plan

If you haven't already weighed in on a study of the expected environmental impacts of Stanford's developments over the next 18 years, there will be another chance to do so in Menlo Park.

November 28, 2017 | No comments yet
Miranda runs third, Castilleja finishes Top 10 at state

Castilleja finished 10th in the CIF state cross country Division V race at Woodward Park in Fresno on Saturday, the highest finish among the three local teams who qualified for the meet. Menlo School was 18th in Division IV girls and Eastside College Prep placed 14th in Division V boys.

November 27, 2017 | No comments yet
2017 All-League Girls Tennis Teams

2017 All-League Girls Tennis Teams
West Bay Athletic League Foothill Division
Most Valuable Athlete: Taylor Gould, Menlo School
Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division
First team
Lanie Van Linge, Menlo-Atherton
Julia Marks, Menlo-Atherton
Sophia Longo, Menlo-Atherton

November 27, 2017 | No comments yet
Listening to Trump's America

Joe Simitian on conversations with voters who chose Barack Obama, then Donald Trump
Joe Simitian went on a spring listening tour in North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Michigan, in counties where majorities had voted for Barack Obama, but chose Donald Trump in November 2016. Mr. Simitian wanted to know why.

November 29, 2017 | 9 comments
Sydney Self, engineering professor at Stanford University, dies at 89

Sidney A. Self, a professor in Stanford University's engineering department and a Ladera resident who enjoyed building homes with his wife Beryl, died on Nov. 5. He was 89.

November 29, 2017 | No comments yet
Silicon Valley and its impacts were Markoff's beats

Former Times reporter regales Portola Valley crowd
Silicon Valley is going to face real competition in several key technical areas in years to come -- a key take-away from a lively talk in Portola Valley by former New York Times science and technology writer John Markoff.

December 10, 2017 | No comments yet
Cuckoo's Nest Club dispute: Default judgment awarded

The Cuckoo's Nest Club, a private social club in Menlo Park until it closed in 2016, and Bootstrap Ventures, which provides office space for startups, won a default judgment of $3.7 million in Superior Court against a company that helped manage and operate the club.

November 30, 2017 | No comments yet
Police calls: Reports of assault, robbery, fraud in Menlo Park

These reports are from the Menlo Park Police Department.

November 28, 2017 | No comments yet
Holiday Fund: Supporting families, individuals with housing, basic needs

Gifts to the Almanac's Holiday Fund benefit the Fair Oaks Community Center and nine other community-service organizations.

December 17, 2017 | No comments yet
Driver convicted of manslaughter for crash that killed Woodside man

A 48-year-old man was convicted Nov. 22 of felony vehicular manslaughter and hit-and-run charges for a crash near La Honda last year that killed a Woodside man.

November 27, 2017 | No comments yet
Late touchdown lifts Menlo into CCS Division V title game

Jake Shiff's 3-yard run put the second-seeded Menlo School football team ahead for the first time in Saturday's Central Coast Section V semifinal contest with visiting Scotts Valley. It was superb timing.

November 27, 2017 | No comments yet
Sacred Heart Prep girls reach state volleyball final

The Sacred Heart Prep girls volleyball team gave up some of their Thanksgiving celebration on Thursday, and as a result they got to savor something even better than turkey.

November 27, 2017 | No comments yet
Wednesday: Menlo Park starts process to change system for electing council members

Menlo Park is transitioning to district elections and needs to figure out a fast, fair way to determine how those districts should be shaped.

November 27, 2017 | 2 comments
Bears miss late chance for victory in CCS football loss

Menlo-Atherton held host Milpitas to 113 total offensive yards but it wasn't enough as the Trojans took advantage of a couple of turnovers to beat M-A, 33-20, in the semifinals of the Central Coast Section Open Division I football playoffs Friday night.

November 25, 2017 | No comments yet
M-A, Menlo School prepare for CCS football semifinals

Almost a year to the date, Menlo-Atherton beat Milpitas to win the Central Coast Section Open Division I football championship. This time around, the teams are meeting in the semifinals at Milpitas on Friday night. Menlo hosts Scotts Valley at 1 p.m. Saturday in Division V action.

November 23, 2017 | No comments yet
Comfort and joy: Holiday happenings on the Midpeninsula

'Tis the season to be jolly, as the old song says. But perhaps you're in a more contemplative mood? Whether you're feeling merry and bright, quiet and reverent or more "Bah! Humbug!" than "deck the halls," there's something for everyone happening on the Midpeninsula this holiday season.

November 23, 2017 | No comments yet
Soccer season arrives: Gunn, M-A open with losses

The Menlo-Atherton boys soccer team opened its season with a 2-1 loss to visiting Andrew Hill on Tuesday. The Bears ended the Falcons season in last year's Central Coast Section's Division I playoffs by the same score.

November 23, 2017 | No comments yet
FCC unveils plan to gut net neutrality

In a huge deal for local tech companies, the Federal Communications Commission indicated this week it would move forward with plans to scrap net neutrality rules.

November 24, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Man with gunshot wounds expected to survive

The man whom police found on the evening of Nov. 22 with gunshots wounds to his abdomen and lying in a wildland area near Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park is expected to survive his wounds, police say.

November 22, 2017 | No comments yet
Japanese restaurant opens in downtown Menlo Park

Menlo Park has a new Japanese restaurant, the third to open in the city in the last six months.

November 22, 2017 | No comments yet
Almanac's Holiday Fund: A new start for a family in crisis

Gifts to the Almanac's Holiday Fund benefit StarVista and nine other community organizations. StarVist provides mental health and support services to families and individuals in crisis.

November 23, 2017 | No comments yet
Holiday Fund: Patients' experiences are vital part of well-being

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

December 13, 2017 | No comments yet
Holiday Fund: Boys & Girls Clubs boost efforts for students

The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula has grown to serve 2,500 K-12 students at three clubhouses and nine school campuses in eastern Menlo Park, Redwood City, and East Palo Alto.

December 13, 2017 | No comments yet
Almanac's Holiday Fund: LifeMoves helps kids most in need

During this holiday season, as we continue to witness the presence of homelessness in Silicon Valley, it's more important than ever to remember the plight of the homeless children.

November 27, 2017 | No comments yet
Rescuing Kenyan girls: Woodside woman produces documentary

For documentary filmmaker Samantha Andre, who was raised in Woodside, the fight to end female genital mutilation and child marriage has become a passion project.

November 22, 2017 | No comments yet
No mascot? No worries in SHP girls volleyball victory

Sacred Heart Prep senior Cate Desler recorded 33 kills to help the Gators beat host Notre Dame-Belmont, 20-25, 25-20, 25-23, 25-18, in the CIF state NorCal regional semifinal on Tuesday.

November 22, 2017 | No comments yet
'Michelin-caliber' restaurant to open near Atherton

The restaurant group behind local establishments The Village Pub and Mayfield Bakery & Cafe plans to open a Michelin-caliber restaurant along El Camino Real near the northern border of Atherton.

November 21, 2017 | 1 comment
Menlo Park seeks public comment on new library

The city of Menlo Park is holding several community meetings to get public comment on where a new main library should be built and whether other uses for the building -- such as housing and a new council chambers -- should be considered.

November 22, 2017 | 6 comments
Dec. 1: Tree-lighting ceremony in Menlo Park

Menlo Park's annual holiday tree lighting ceremony accompanied by live entertainment, free cocoa and an appearance by Santa is scheduled to start 5:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, at Fremont Park in downtown Menlo Park.

November 22, 2017 | No comments yet
Police calls: Storage locker burglarized; $23,700 in estimated losses

Crime reports from Menlo Park, Woodside, Portola Valley and Menlo Oaks.

November 22, 2017 | No comments yet
Atherton tax election: Each side raises around $6,000

Both the pro and con campaign committees in the recent parcel tax election raised similar amounts of money, but the opponents left much of their money unspent, according to campaign finance reports.

November 21, 2017 | 1 comment
Physics award for Woodside's Blair Ratcliff

Blair Ratcliff of Woodside has been honored by the American Physical Society for work he did at Menlo Park's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.

November 24, 2017 | No comments yet
Tuesday: Atherton coffee with Marc Berman and Mike Lempres

Nov. 30 coffee features Berman and Kevin Mullin in Redwood City
California state Assemblyman Marc Berman and Atherton Mayor Mike Lempres will meet with constituents over coffee on Tuesday, Nov. 28, in the Atherton council chambers at 94 Ashfield Road.

November 27, 2017 | No comments yet
Children's Holiday Tea in Atherton

Reservations due by Sunday, Nov. 26
The annual Children's Holiday Tea in Atherton's Holbrook-Palmer Park is Sunday, Dec. 3, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., with reservations due by Sunday, Nov. 26.

November 22, 2017 | No comments yet
Update: Mail truck fire disrupts Menlo Park postal service

The unofficial motto of the U.S. Postal Service notwithstanding, heat did stay a mail courier's rounds in the Suburban Park neighborhood of Menlo Park shortly after noon on Friday, Nov. 17, but the problem was not a sweltering day.

November 21, 2017 | No comments yet
Update: Woodside agrees to hold ethics-code workshop

A workshop could begin in January to revisit the ethics code that, since 1994, has governed the behavior of Woodside's Town Hall employees and the town's elected and appointed officials, according to Mayor Tom Livermore.

November 21, 2017 | No comments yet
Update: How woman was rescued; vehicle draped with live wire

A traffic accident on La Honda Road about 1 mile west of Skyline Boulevard on Nov. 16 left a motorist inside a wrecked vehicle that was draped with at least one live electrical wire -- and staying safe thanks in part to bystanders' advice.

November 21, 2017 | 2 comments
How firefighters detected and fought local wildfire

On the evening of Sept. 11, with lightning strikes in the Bay Area's forecast, an airplane carrying an observer from the California Department of Forestry and Fire took off from a Ukiah airport and headed down the coast to look for smoke.

November 24, 2017 | No comments yet
Lessons from North Bay fires

During wildfire season, when the temperature is high and the humidity low, firefighters are advising residents of Woodside, Portola Valley and nearby unincorporated communities to keep their smart phones near their beds at night.

November 24, 2017 | 6 comments
Seven years after fatal collision, new stoplights operating on El Camino

More than seven years after Atherton began asking Caltrans to do something to make crossing El Camino Real safer in the town, two new pedestrian-activated stoplights are in operation.

November 22, 2017 | 5 comments
Menlo Park: Cannabis business moratorium extended

If anyone was considering opening a marijuana retail shop or farm in Menlo Park, it's time to put those plans on hold.

November 27, 2017 | 4 comments
Menlo Park: Trash pickup rates to rise

Trash pickup rates in Menlo Park will rise over the next three years, some by as steeply as 63 percent.

November 20, 2017 | No comments yet
Grady scores on both sides of the ball in Knights win

Dillon Grady wasn't sure he would even earn a starting spot for the Menlo School football team. Turned out he became a starter at a number of positions. Saturday, he scored a touchdown on offense and on defense to help the Knights beat Jefferson 35-8 in the Central Coast Section Division V playoffs.

November 20, 2017 | 1 comment
Postal vehicle catches fire in Menlo Park

A U.S. Postal Service vehicle caught fire in Menlo Park Friday.

November 18, 2017 | No comments yet
Bears claw their way back to win in CCS football playoff

Palo Alto plays solid football in its playoff loss to Salinas
Miles Conrad threw four touchdown passes, De'Marshaun Payton ran for another and Menlo-Atherton beat host San Benito, 37-21, Friday to qualify for the semifinals of the Central Coast Section Open Division I football playoffs.

November 18, 2017 | No comments yet
Guest opinion: Polarized voting in Menlo Park has not been proven

The City Council, facing a potential lawsuit represented by attorney Kevin Shenkman, is scrambling to create a plan for city voting districts, with Belle Haven the focal neighborhood. But neither the council nor the person threatening to sue currently knows if there is racially polarized voting.

November 20, 2017 | 1 comment
Former White House chief floral designer shares her experiences and tips

Laura Dowling worked as the White House chief floral designer for six years during the Obama administration.

December 14, 2017 | No comments yet
La Honda Road blocked due to collision, downed wires, Thursday evening

Overhead wires downed after a vehicle collision at about 5:30 p.m. on Thursday (Nov. 16) blocked La Honda Road (state Highway 84) west of Skyline Boulevard for a time, drawing first responders and repair crews to the scene.

November 17, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo Park talk: Joe Simitian on 'Listening to Trump's America'

Supervisor Joe Simitian will speak Thursday, Dec. 7, in Menlo Park about his recent listening tour of three economically depressed counties in North Carolina, Michigan and Pennsylvania, where he talked with people who had voted for Barack Obama in previous elections and then voted for Donald Trump in 2016.

November 28, 2017 | No comments yet
Boys & Girls Clubs fundraiser packs Menlo Circus Club

The Menlo Park-based Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula hosted a "Women's Leadership Breakfast" fundraiser at the Menlo Circus Club in Atherton on Nov. 14.

November 23, 2017 | No comments yet
Atherton council promises to try to save civic center trees

Up to 13 healthy heritage trees might go as part of project
As many as 13 healthy heritage trees could be cut down to make way for the construction of a new civic center in Atherton, the City Council learned last week.

November 20, 2017 | 7 comments
M-A, Paly start postseason football journeys on the road

Palo Alto and Menlo-Atherton have Central Coast Section Open Division I playoff openers Friday night on the road. Menlo School is at home in a Division V game Saturday afternoon. Sacred Heart Prep just missed out on being included in the field.

November 17, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Bedwell Bayfront Park plan approved

Hobbyists face permanent glider ban
Under a 25-year master plan for Bedwell Bayfront Park, unanimously approved Nov. 14 by the Menlo Park City Council, the city plans to invest in a park ranger, more accessible trails, park infrastructure, and educational spaces and programs.

November 17, 2017 | 1 comment
Sunday: Menlo Park talk on San Mateo County's boozy history

Ever wonder what the Peninsula was like during Prohibition?

November 16, 2017 | 2 comments
Consultants say Menlo Park school's playing field is safe; parents disagree

Menlo Park school board asks for more information before deciding on Hillview field's safety
After parents questioned aspects of a consultant's report on the safety of the artificial turf field at Hillview Middle School, the Menlo Park City School District's board has asked for more information before deciding what to do next.

November 17, 2017 | 16 comments
Once again, Portola Valley school board will appoint a new member

Deadline to apply for two-year term is Nov. 30
It may seem like deja vu, but Portola Valley's school board voted on Wednesday night (Nov. 15) to make an appointment to fill a vacancy on the five-member board.

November 16, 2017 | No comments yet
SHP girls are putting the volleyball pieces together

Cate Desler had 15 kills, pacing a team effort that helped Sacred Heart Prep beat visiting Del Oro 25-16, 25-15, 25-21, in a NorCal Division II regional girls volleyball match Wednesday night.

November 15, 2017 | No comments yet
RV evictions in East Palo Alto protested

Tow notices on Weeks Street issued due to storm drain filled with sewage from dwellers
About 50 protesters blocked a tow truck Wednesday morning that came to haul away RVs in East Palo Alto, where sewage from the vehicles has clogged a storm drain and, city staff said, created a public health hazard.

November 15, 2017 | No comments yet
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.

November 24, 2017 | No comments yet
Park to be renamed after war hero Karl Clark

Karl Clark, a Menlo Park resident and World War II hero who died in March at age 100, is at last getting the prompt recognition he was denied when he was alive.

November 15, 2017 | 1 comment
Update: Menlo Park council reverses approval of Stanford project

Claiming inaccuracies and omissions in Stanford's traffic projections for its current and future developments, the Menlo Park City Council voted unanimously Nov. 14 for two actions meant to halt approval of two Stanford developments until the city receives better traffic data.

November 16, 2017 | 5 comments
Woodside agrees to settle ethics code case

Town resident and volunteer to receive $35,000 for legal costs
The Woodside Town Council on Tuesday (Nov. 14) voted unanimously, with one council member absent and two recused, to approve a settlement with resident and town volunteer Nancy Reyering in a town ethics code case.

November 15, 2017 | 5 comments
Willows traffic: 'No Thru Traffic' signs up

The signs can't be legally enforced, police commander says
In response to what one local has termed "carmageddon," the Menlo Park City Council authorized "No Thru Traffic" signs to be installed throughout the city's Willows neighborhood on Nov. 15. The jury's still out on whether the signs are helping.

November 15, 2017 | 45 comments
SHP boys win NorCal water polo opener, SHP girls lose

Sacred Heart Prep scored the first seven goals and never trailed in its 12-4 victory over visiting Jesuit in the first round of the NorCal Boys Water Polo Championships on Tuesday night.

November 15, 2017 | No comments yet
Doctor shares secret for teen mental health: sleep

Dr. Jacob Towery told parents attending his recent talk at Hillview Middle School how they can do one thing to improve their teens mental health -- assure they get more sleep.

November 15, 2017 | 2 comments
Rain storm forecast to hit Peninsula late Wednesday

Rain is expected to return to the San Francisco Bay Area Wednesday morning, National Weather Service officials said Monday.

November 14, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: El Camino lane closed due to oil spill

The second lane northbound on El Camino Real between Glenwood and Oak Grove avenues in Menlo Park is closed due to an oil spill, according to an advisory from the Menlo Park Police Department at 3:18 p.m. today (Nov. 14).

November 14, 2017 | No comments yet
Tonight: More discussions on housing crisis

A regional discussion focused on housing challenges in Silicon Valley will take place in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties on Wednesday, Nov. 15.

November 14, 2017 | No comments yet
Tuesday: Menlo Park grapples with Willows traffic emergency

The Menlo Park City Council is scheduled to discuss at its meeting Tuesday (Nov. 14) what to do about the drastically worsened traffic that's resulted from the installation last week of new signals at the Willow Road/U.S. 101 interchange.

November 14, 2017 | 2 comments
Local home sales: Woodside, Menlo Park

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

November 15, 2017 | No comments yet
Prep report: Taking a few swings at CCS, NorCal titles

Over the past few years, seniors Sara Choy and Melina Stavropoulos have helped the Sacred Heart Prep girls tennis team become competitive in the West Bay Athletic League, home to Menlo School and its on-going state record 248-match league winning streak.

November 14, 2017 | No comments yet
Wednesday: Portola Valley school board to decide how to fill vacancy

Just-elected board member must resign appointed seat
How to fill a vacancy on the Portola Valley School District's governing board will be on the agenda when the board meets on Wednesday, Nov. 15.

November 14, 2017 | 1 comment
Wildfire fears: Woodside fire district calls meetings

With lessons from the North Bay fires and the recent Skeggs Fire above Woodside, Woodside Fire Protection District officials will hold three 90-minute community meetings on three consecutive evenings Nov. 14-16.

November 14, 2017 | 3 comments
Portola Valley: How local women made an impact in Virginia elections

Fifteen Portola Valley women asked not what Virginia could do for them, but what they could do for Virginia -- though they did get something for their efforts: a discovery that the politics of Donald Trump and his fellow Republicans are vulnerable to get-out-the-vote campaigns.

November 16, 2017 | 10 comments
Menlo Park's tone-deaf lobbyist proposal sidelined

New revelations that the FBI was investigating a top partner of Mercury Public Affairs helped derail Menlo Park's plan to hire the lobbyist firm, thanks to a public outcry. But why was the city considering doing business with this firm in the first place?

November 17, 2017 | 5 comments
Portola Valley: Los Trancos Road closed between Alpine and Valley Oak

Los Trancos Road, the primary route to and from the communities of Los Trancos Woods and Vista Verde in the hills above Portola Valley, is closed between Alpine Road and Valley Oak Street due to a traffic accident that brought down power lines.

November 13, 2017 | 1 comment
Menlo Park losing Police Chief Bob Jonsen to Palo Alto

Menlo Park Police Chief Bob Jonsen will leave Menlo Park early next year to head the police department of the city's larger neighbor, Palo Alto.

November 13, 2017 | 1 comment
Police calls in Atherton, Woodside, Ladera

These reports are from the Atherton Police Department and the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.

November 14, 2017 | No comments yet
Atherton: No apparent injuries in El Camino collision of semi and BMW

Power pole sheared off but PG&E crews quickly removed it from roadway
A collision involving a semi-tractor trailer and a silver BMW sedan briefly closed several lanes on El Camino Real on Monday afternoon, Nov. 13.

November 13, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Shift in City Hall staff

To better grapple with city staff vacancies and an imminent retirement, some changes have been made in Menlo Park's Community Services department.

November 20, 2017 | No comments yet
Stanford's expansion plans: Menlo Park meeting tonight

Stanford University's growth plans over the next 17 years is the subject of a community meeting to be held in Menlo Park on Wednesday, Nov. 15. The purpose is to get public comment on the draft of an environmental impact report about Stanford's plans.

November 14, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: City hires consultant to audit public communications

The city of Menlo Park plans to pay a consultant up to $50,000 to audit how the city communicates with the public, and advise city staff on communication methods.

November 22, 2017 | 16 comments
Report: Tax loss has 'significant impact' on capital projects

Atherton city manager's report is part of Wednesday council meeting
Losing the funding Atherton received from its annual parcel tax will have a "significant impact" on the town's ability to complete capital projects over the next three to four years, City Manager George Rodericks says in a report prepared for the Nov. 15 City Council meeting.

November 13, 2017 | 7 comments
SHP boys meet their water polo goal; Gunn just misses

Really it was almost a foregone conclusion, but Sacred Heart Prep made what everybody was expecting come true with an 8-5 win over Menlo School in the inaugural Central Coast Section Open Division boys water polo championship match Saturday at Independence High.

November 12, 2017 | No comments yet
Plenty to cheer at CCS cross country championships

The Menlo School and Castilleja girls cross country teams and the Eastside College Prep boys team all qualified for the state meet after everything was done and said. Menlo's Robert Miranda won the boys Division IV title and Castilleja's Tevah Gevelber won the girls Division V title.

November 12, 2017 | No comments yet
Veterans find new lens on life

Symbolic words translate into thoughtful images
Three participants of the Veterans Photo Recovery Program, run through the Veterans Administration's Homeless Veteran Rehabilitation Program in Menlo Park, have learned to overcome the trauma of war and renewed their sense of purpose.

November 11, 2017 | No comments yet
Knights lose game and possibly another running back

That audible thud you heard on Thursday night was Menlo School falling from from its perch as a Peninsula Athletic League Ocean Division unbeaten -- and how it landed was not pretty.

November 11, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: New traffic signal snarls Willows neighborhood in gridlock

For Ana Uribe-Ruiz, a resident of Menlo Park's Willows neighborhood, the last few days have been colored with a hellish sense of entrapment.

November 10, 2017 | 70 comments
Menlo Park: Firefighters join families, friends at funeral for three young men

Overflow crowd at Nativity Church spills into tents set up for the occasion
About 1,000 people, including most if not all off-duty Menlo Park firefighters, gathered Thursday afternoon (Nov. 9) in Nativity Church in Menlo Park to say goodbye to three young friends -- two of whom were considering firefighting careers -- who died in a car accident nine days earlier.

November 10, 2017 | No comments yet
School board to review safety of Hillview's artificial turf field

Board considering replacing field's crumb rubber infill
A study of the safety of the artificial turf playing field at Hillview Middle School, commissioned by the Menlo Park City School District and Menlo Park, will be reviewed by the school board when it meets on Tuesday, Nov. 14.

November 10, 2017 | 1 comment
Monday: Menlo Park 'community conversation' on housing crisis

Want to vent, or just have a discussion, about the local housing crisis? Menlo Park Mayor Kirsten Keith will host a "community conversation" about the regional housing shortage on Monday, Nov. 13, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Sequoia room of the Arrillaga Family Recreation Center.

November 10, 2017 | 5 comments
Knights lose game and possibly another running back

That audible thud you heard on Thursday night was Menlo School falling from from its perch as a Peninsula Athletic League Ocean Division unbeaten -- and how it landed was not pretty.

November 10, 2017 | No comments yet
CCS football playoff spots are up for grabs this week

The Peninsula Athletic League's Bay Division has without any doubt been the best public-school football league in the Central Coast Section this year.

November 9, 2017 | No comments yet
Championship Saturday to keep local teams busy

The best boys water polo team in the Central Coast Section has an address on Valapariso Ave. That was guaranteed when Menlo School and Sacred Heart Prep each won its respective CCS Open Division semifinal games Wednesday at St. Francis.

November 9, 2017 | No comments yet
Home sales: Nearly $7 million sale for 107-year-old Menlo Park home

Home sales are provided by California REsource, a real estate information company that obtains the information from the county recorder's offices.

November 15, 2017 | No comments yet
Gators and Knights reach CCS girls water polo title matches

Sacred Heart Prep beat Soquel, 7-6, on Tuesday in the semifinals of the Central Coast Section Girls water polo Open Division tournament. The Gators advance into their 12th consecutive CCS final and will play defending Division I champion Leland (25-3) in Saturday's championship match at Independence High in San Jose at a time to be determined.

November 8, 2017 | No comments yet
UPDATE - Atherton: What's next after parcel tax defeat?

Police, road and drainage projects may be delayed, cut or postponed
After voters failed on Nov. 7 to renew a parcel tax that brought $1.86 million a year to Atherton for its police, roads and drainage projects, town officials are considering how to go forward.

November 8, 2017 | 28 comments
Woodside's Arjay Miller, former dean of Stanford business school, dies at 101

He left the presidency of Ford Motor Co. to lead Stanford's Graduate School of Business
Arjay Miller, a former dean of Stanford's Graduate School of Business and president of Ford Motor Co., died Nov. 3 at his home in Woodside. He was 101.

November 8, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo Park council to reconsider Stanford project

It turns out the standard double-vote process the Menlo Park City Council uses to approve projects isn't ironclad.

November 9, 2017 | 3 comments
Menlo Park: Facebook's new plans win council's OK

Facebook's redrawn plans for its next office building along Bayfront Expressway and Constitution Drive - including a 7-story garage - have been approved by the Menlo Park City Council.

November 8, 2017 | 6 comments
Firefighters will attend funeral services for young men killed in car crash

Two of the three men who died were prospective firefighters
The fire chief for the Menlo Park Fire Protection District says that all district firefighters -- those on-duty and those off-duty -- will attend a Thursday afternoon funeral in Menlo Park for two prospective firefighters and their friend who died in a car crash.

November 8, 2017 | 1 comment
Menlo Park mayor postpones discussion of controversial lobbying firm

Matter not rescheduled yet
Whether Menlo Park will hire a lobbyist to represent the city in Washington, D.C., and whether the City Council will approve recommendations to hire a lobbying firm that's sparked a widespread local outcry, remains to be seen.

November 8, 2017 | 7 comments
Woodside Wildebeests alums dominate WBAL cross country

The King's Academy Anna Mokkapati has a lot in common with Menlo School's Kyra Pretre and Sacred Heart Prep's Luci Lambert. All three are elite cross country runners in the West Bay Athletic League, finishing 1-2-3 in the league championships.

November 7, 2017 | No comments yet
Gusty winds, rain forecast for Wednesday night

Peninsula expected to see up to a one-third inch of rain fall in urban areas
Widespread rain and gusty winds will move into the San Francisco Bay Area Wednesday before ending Thursday, National Weather Service officials said Monday.

November 7, 2017 | No comments yet
Klugman, Bechtel, Maffia elected to Portola Valley school board

Board will need to appoint one more member
Jeff Klugman, Karyn Bechtel and Mike Maffia were elected Tuesday to fill three open seats on the Portola Valley School District's governing board.

November 7, 2017 | No comments yet
Atherton's parcel tax defeated

Measure far short of needed two-thirds approval
Election night results show Atherton's parcel tax, Measure F, is far short of the needed two-thirds approval.

November 7, 2017 | 8 comments
Menlo Park's Jym Marks completes another transbay trek

Jym Marks, jazz musician, poet and owner of Menlo Park's Markstyle Barber Shop, trekked from his Fremont home to his business at 828 Willow Road in Menlo Park on Nov. 4 to commemorate his 83rd birthday.

November 22, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo Drama opens 'Heathers'

Pop rock musical is a dark comedy set in a 1989 high school
A pop rock musical set in 1989 about high school angst, "Heathers The Musical: High School Edition," opens at Menlo School on Thursday, Nov. 16, and runs through Sunday, Nov. 19.

November 8, 2017 | No comments yet
SHP moves on in CCS tennis; Castilleja drops 4-3 decision

The Sacred Heart Prep girls tennis team didn't have too much trouble getting past visiting Mitty, 7-0, in the first round of the Central Coast Section team tournament Monday. It might be a little different Tuesday, when sixth-seeded Menlo-Atherton (16-6) comes for a visit at 2 p.m.

November 7, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Community fund grants available

The city of Menlo Park has launched its annual call for community grant applications, which will be due Nov. 17.

November 13, 2017 | No comments yet
How a curious kid from Atherton started and grew a global environmental news site

Rhett Butler says he was inspired to become a champion of the natural environment by a childhood full of family travel to out-of-the-way destinations such as Borneo, Madagascar and Ecuador.

November 8, 2017 | 2 comments
Atherton water capture facility will require scrutiny

As Atherton starts designing a $13.6 million grant-funded project to capture runoff water on its way to the Bay to prevent flooding and remove pollutants, questions about problems the system and its construction could pose are surfacing.

November 10, 2017 | No comments yet
Sunday: Logging's past brought to life in Woodside

Fallers, buckers, peelers, bull whackers, skid row kids and greasers they all played a part in the colorful history of Woodside's early logging days.

November 8, 2017 | 1 comment
SLAC talk Wednesday: Black holes, neutron stars, gravitational waves

Physics and humanities Professor Roger Blandford, will be giving a lecture at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory on Wednesday evening, Nov. 15, on black holes, neutron stars and gravitational waves.

November 14, 2017 | No comments yet
'Beautiful Horses'

Menlo Park photographer Merrie Asimow is exhibiting "Beautiful Horses" and "Unique Places" at Gallery 9 at 143 Main St. in Los Altos during November.

November 9, 2017 | No comments yet
'Annie' raises $10K for children's fund

Woodside Community Theatre took the can-do spirit of the heroine of its latest production, "Annie," to heart, and accomplished two firsts: raising more than $10,000 for needy children, and selling the most tickets since 1959 when the amateur company was founded.

November 9, 2017 | No comments yet
Friday: Little House celebrates veterans with luncheon

In a tribute to veterans, the nonprofit Peninsula Volunteers is sponsoring a lunch on Friday, Nov. 10, at the Little House Activity Center at 800 Middle Ave. in Menlo Park.

November 8, 2017 | No comments yet
Woodside: Owner of mailbox service says she received notice to vacate

The owner of the Woodside Mail Office, which offers some 300 private mailboxes in the Woodside town center, has notified customers that negotiations with her landlord for a lease extension have come to a halt. The property owner disagrees.

November 7, 2017 | No comments yet
Police calls: Envelope containing $7,000 stolen from backpack at Bayfront Park

Crime reports from Menlo Park and Atherton.

November 7, 2017 | No comments yet
Woodside: Filoli changes its holiday offerings

Events start Nov. 18 and run through Dec. 23
Filoli, the historic estate in Woodside, has changed its holiday program, which will now run Nov. 18 to Dec. 23, Tuesday through Sunday, with evening programs on Fridays and Saturdays.

November 8, 2017 | 2 comments
Menlo, M-A girls win league XC titles; ECP, M-A boys are second

The Menlo School girls cross country team set a West Bay Athletic League time record and won the title at the league championships Friday at Crystal Springs.

November 6, 2017 | No comments yet
Services planned for three young friends who died in car crash

A viewing and vigil will take place at Nativity Church on Oak Grove Avenue in Menlo Park on the evening of Wednesday, Nov. 8, for the Menlo-Atherton High School community to pay respects to the three young men who died last week in a car crash along Skyline Boulevard.

November 6, 2017 | No comments yet
Gators end gut-wrenching football game on winning note

Garrett Gavello caught a two-point conversion try in the final minute to help Sacred Heart Prep rally past Menlo School 25-24 Friday night at Foothill College in the annual Valpo Bowl football game.

November 4, 2017 | No comments yet
Hillview students raise $7,287 for fire victims

Hillview Middle School's service team, a club made up of students dedicated to community service, raised $7,287 for the victims of the North Bay fires with an event at the school on Oct. 24 featuring Menlo Park police officer Mary Ferguson and Muhi Khwaja from the American Red Cross.

November 9, 2017 | 2 comments
Menlo Park: Public outcry over city's plans to hire lobbying firm

The Menlo Park City Council is facing lots of objections to a proposal by city staff to hire a Washington, D.C.-based firm, Mercury Public Affairs, to lobby on behalf of the city in Washington, and maybe in Sacramento, too.

November 3, 2017 | 25 comments
Young car-crash victims were part of local fire district 'family'

Two of the three young men who died in a car crash on Skyline Boulevard this week had more in common than their schooling at Menlo-Atherton High: Two were Fire Explorers with the Menlo Park Fire Protection District and one was the son of a district employee.

November 3, 2017 | 5 comments
Today: Tax, school board elections in Atherton, Portola Valley

Tuesday, Nov. 7, is Election Day. A parcel tax measure is on the ballot in Atherton and there's a school board election in the Portola Valley School District.

November 6, 2017 | 9 comments
County would bar outdoor cannabis growing in unincorporated areas

San Mateo County officials are holding a public meeting on Thursday, Nov. 9, in Half Moon Bay to discuss a draft ordinance governing the indoor and outdoor cultivation of recreational marijuana on unincorporated county land.

November 7, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo Park church embarks on journey to better understand Islam

A Christian church exploring Islam? That's the goal of Trinity Church in Menlo Park as the congregation starts a year-long exploration called "Embracing Our Muslim Neighbors."

November 2, 2017 | No comments yet
Saturday: Rosener open house

Peninsula Volunteers' Rosener House will hold an Adult Day Services open house from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, at 500 Arbor Road in, Menlo Park.

November 2, 2017 | No comments yet
Kiwanis speakers on Equifax, emergency preparedness

Speakers at the Menlo Park Kiwanis Club's weekly luncheon meeting will deal with timely topics, such as the Equifax security breach and emergency preparedness, during November.

November 2, 2017 | No comments yet
Monday: Baubles, Bangles, Bags

The ninth annual "Baubles, Bangles and Bags" will be held Monday, Nov. 6, at the Menlo Circus Club in Atherton.

November 2, 2017 | No comments yet
Saturday: TheatreWorks benefit in Menlo Park

"Theatreworks Around the World" is the theme of the fundraiser that marks nearly 50 years of TheatreWorks Silicon Valley as one of the largest theater companies in the Bay Area.

November 2, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo College signs French point guard for women's hoops

Salome Cordinier has an Instagram picture of herself jumping for joy with the Golden Gate Bridge in the background. Perhaps that's how Menlo College women's basketball coach Shannon Spataro felt when announcing Cordinier's signing to attend the school next fall.

November 2, 2017 | No comments yet
Switching roles for Halloween - educators become construction workers

Las Lomitas staff dresses as construction workers; construction workers dress as school staff
Educators and other staff at Las Lomitas Elementary School in Atherton and the Blach Construction workers who have been working on their campus switched outfits for Halloween this year.

November 1, 2017 | No comments yet
Three youths found dead in crashed car near Woodside

Three young men -- an 18-year-old from Menlo Park and an 18- and 19-year-old from Redwood City -- were found dead Tuesday morning in a car that had crashed into a tree and came to rest on its wheels some 50 feet down an embankment along Skyline Boulevard near Woodside, the California Highway Patrol reported today.

November 1, 2017 | No comments yet
Three young men who died in car crash were M-A alumni, superintendent says

The three young men who died in a car crash on Skyline Boulevard near Woodside some time on Oct. 31 or Nov. 1 were alumni of Menlo-Atherton High School, according to the head of the Sequoia Union High School District.

November 1, 2017 | 5 comments
Menlo Park: Councilwoman asks council to reconsider approval of Stanford project

Menlo Park City Councilwoman Catherine Carlton is asking that the council reconsider its recent decision to approve a Stanford development on Sand Hill Road.

November 2, 2017 | 16 comments
Menlo Park: Designs revealed for new buildings proposed near train station

Several buildings along Merrill Street and Santa Cruz Avenue, near the Menlo Park train station, would be torn down and replaced with three multi-story, mixed-use buildings, according to plans submitted to the city of Menlo Park.

November 1, 2017 | 12 comments
Menlo Park: Man accused of pharmacy robberies pleads not guilty

The Menlo Park man accused of two armed robberies and an attempted robbery of pharmacies last week in Menlo Park appeared in court Tuesday and pleaded not guilty to all charges, prosecutors said.

November 1, 2017 | 1 comment
Obituary: Lucille Lanza Hagstrum of Atherton, art-lover, metalsmith and mom

Lucille Lanza Hagstrum, a longtime resident of Atherton, art-lover and Stanford Museum volunteer, died on Oct. 10 at the age of 89.

November 3, 2017 | No comments yet
SHP's doubles team courting CCS girls tennis tournament

It was a stroke of genius, an inspired decision. Whoever decided to team Sacred Heart Prep seniors Sara Choy and Melina Stavropoulos in doubles once Choy returned from ankle surgery, well, give that person a medal. Together they won the WBAL doubles title Tuesday.

November 1, 2017 | No comments yet
Commission opposes air gliders, kayak launch, dog park at Bayfront Park

Adding an off-leash dog park, a kayak launch and an area for people to fly aerial glider airplanes to Bedwell Bayfront Park in Menlo Park is opposed by most members of city's Parks & Recreation Commission.

November 2, 2017 | 6 comments
Menlo Park Library launches month-long storytelling festival

Yarners in the oral tradition, including tellers of Native American, Latin-American and Japanese folktales will present their stories for audiences at Menlo Park's libraries throughout the month of November.

November 2, 2017 | No comments yet
Creek authority works through options to bolster flood capacity

In 1998, a major storm flooded San Francisquito Creek and caused untold damage to the surrounding area, especially downstream. Almost 20 years later, that flood is still the high-water mark against which local jurisdictions are working to protect themselves.

November 2, 2017 | 1 comment
Wednesday: Atherton police hold community meeting

Atherton's Police Department is holding a community meeting from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8, in the Jennings Pavilion at Holbrook-Palmer Park, 150 Watkins Ave., to discuss such topics as how to prevent package theft.

November 7, 2017 | No comments yet
Study: Hillview School turf fields unlikely to increase cancer risk

Exposure to the crumb rubber at Menlo Park's artificial turf fields at Hillview Middle School and Kelly Park is unlikely to increase children's risk of cancer, according to findings of a study.

November 1, 2017 | 4 comments
Thursday: Public invited for coffee with Assemblyman Marc Berman in Woodside

The public is invited to bring questions and concerns to a coffee and a chat with state Assemblyman Marc Berman at 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2, at Buck's of Woodside restaurant.

November 1, 2017 | 1 comment
Menlo Park council moves ahead with district-election plan

The Menlo Park City Council is faced with what amounts to little choice when it comes to changing its system for electing council members.

October 31, 2017 | 2 comments
Why we're changing our policy on reporting arrests

The Almanac and its sister newspapers at Embarcadero Media are changing our policy for naming suspects who have been arrested. Here's why.

November 3, 2017 | 8 comments
M-A's canned food drive is underway

Menlo-Atherton High School students are once again collaborating with local grocery stores in a drive to collect canned food to go in holiday boxes for several hundred families in need.

November 1, 2017 | No comments yet
Portola Valley joins 'sanctuary city' lawsuits

Portola Valley is joining as a "friend of the court" two lawsuits that challenge the constitutionality of an executive order by President Donald Trump threatening to withhold federal funds from "sanctuary jurisdictions."

October 31, 2017 | 14 comments
After all these years: St. Raymond class reunites

Some didn't have to leave Menlo Park, but many traveled hundreds and in some cases, thousands, of miles. But they all came to celebrate and reminisce.

December 11, 2017 | No comments yet
Update: Portola Valley rejects ban on outdoor cultivation, sale of marijuana

The Town Council of Portola Valley is known for trying to get out in front on progressive matters, including green construction and protection of undocumented immigrants. Outdoor cultivation and sale of marijuana is the latest example.

November 1, 2017 | 2 comments
Wednesday: Caltrain holds local meeting on electrification

Caltrain will hold a community meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1, to discuss how its electrification project will affect Redwood City and the North Fair Oaks neighborhood.

October 31, 2017 | No comments yet
Nov. 8: Talk on teen anxiety, depression

"Anxiety & Depression in Teenagers" is the topic of the next talk in the parent education speaker series of the Menlo Park City School District.

November 6, 2017 | 1 comment
M-A scholarship established to honor memory of athlete

A scholarship is being established in the memory of Menlo-Atherton student-athlete Aisea “Bojack" Mataele, who passed away in December, 2016, during his first year of high school.

October 30, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo Park commission: Name park after World War II hero Karl Clark

A proposal to rename Market Place Park in Belle Haven after Karl Clark, a longtime Belle Haven resident and World War II hero who died in March at age 100, received unanimous support from the city's Parks & Recreation Commission on Oct. 25.

November 7, 2017 | 1 comment
Menlo Park: New traffic signals at Willow Road/U.S. 101 interchange delayed

The installation of temporary traffic signals at the Willow Road and U.S. 101 interchange has been delayed, due to equipment malfunction.

November 1, 2017 | 10 comments
Update: Wednesday: Atherton moves ahead with water facility in park

Council meets starting at 4:30 p.m.
Atherton's City Council is scheduled to consider a contract with a consultant to begin designing a water capture facility for Holbrook-Palmer Park when the council meets on Wednesday, Nov. 1, starting at 4 p.m. in the town's council chambers at 94 Ashfield Road.

October 31, 2017 | 1 comment
Menlo Park: Suspect arrested after 2nd robbery of CVS pharmacy in three days

In a second robbery of prescription drugs in less than a week at the CVS pharmacy at 700 El Camino Real, on Saturday a man with a gun in his waistband demanded Alprazolam pills and fled on foot before being arrested, Menlo Park police say.

October 30, 2017 | 2 comments
Water polo titles for Castilleja, SHP and Menlo School

The Sacred Heart Prep boys and girls water polo teams successfully defended their West Catholic Athletic tournament titles, Menlo School and Castilleja did the same in the Peninsula Athletic League and Gunn's boys and girls each lost tight games in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League tournament championship games.

October 30, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo fire district celebrates 100 years with 'Night of Lights'

Bringing back a tradition started in the 1930s, but dormant for the past 16 years, the Menlo Park Fire Protection District on Friday night culminated a year-long celebration of its 100th year.

October 29, 2017 | 2 comments
Man to stand trial for robbery spree that includes Menlo Park

An Oakland man who is accused of taking part in a robbery spree, including in Menlo Park, will stand trial, a San Mateo County Superior Court judge determined Thursday.

October 31, 2017 | No comments yet
Simbeck breathes life into Menlo football title hopes

Emilio Simbeck threw for a career-high 263 yards and four touchdowns to lead Menlo to a surprisingly one-sided 33-10 victory over host Hillsdale on Friday night and into sole possession of first place in the Peninsula Athletic League Ocean Division.

October 28, 2017 | No comments yet
Gators foiled by turnovers, penalties in football loss

Sacred Heart Prep lost to visiting Burlingame, 28-17, in a Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division game Friday night.

October 28, 2017 | No comments yet
Reports of two mountain lion sightings Friday night

The San Mateo County Sheriff's Office said it received two reports of mountain lion sightings Friday night, one in Kings Mountain and the other in La Honda.

October 28, 2017 | No comments yet
Tonight: Should county ban outdoor marijuana cultivation?

The public will get a chance tonight (Oct. 30) to learn about and comment on a proposal to ban outdoor cultivation of marijuana -- for personal or commercial use -- in unincorporated areas of San Mateo County.

October 30, 2017 | 1 comment
Portola Valley schools: Survey shows small majority favors $40M bond measure

A small majority of Portola Valley School District residents recently surveyed favor a $40 million bond measure to pay for some of the projects in a facilities master plan the district is developing.

October 30, 2017 | 8 comments
Monday: Comment sought on changing Menlo Park council elections

Menlo Park faces the threat of a lawsuit challenging the way it elects City Council members. To avoid a lawsuit that the city's attorney thinks could be successful, the city is examining optional election systems.

October 27, 2017 | No comments yet
Tonight: 'Night of Lights' Menlo fire celebration

District celebrates end of 100th anniversary with free events
The Menlo Park Fire Protection District will cap off a year of celebrating its 100th anniversary tonight (Oct. 27) by bringing back an old tradition -- the "Night of Lights" community celebration that dates back to the 1930s.

October 27, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Santa Clara County commission delays discussion of Stanford development

The Santa Clara County Planning Commission decided not to vote on a Stanford development without giving Menlo Park a chance to weigh in.

October 27, 2017 | No comments yet
Former Menlo College wrestling coach earns Hall of Fame

Lee Allen, former Menlo College women's wrestling coach, is being inducted, posthumously, to the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, adding to his long list of achievements. Allen died in 2012 at the age of 77.

October 27, 2017 | No comments yet
Prep football roundup: Menlo, Sacred Heart Prep, M-A, Woodside

First place will be at stake when Menlo School plays at Hillsdale in a PAL Ocean Division showdown Friday at 7:30 p.m. Menlo (5-2 overall) and Hillsdale (7-0) are both 3-0 in PAL Ocean play.

October 26, 2017 | No comments yet
UPDATE: Woodside Elementary School lockdown lifted

Deputies investigating reported sighting of gunman near the school
Woodside Elementary School went into lockdown mode for a little over an hour and half on Thursday afternoon while sheriff's deputies searched, without results, for a man with a gun reportedly seen by an 11-year-old near Bear Gulch Creek behind the school.

October 26, 2017 | 2 comments
Man with gun robs CVS pharmacy in Menlo Park

The CVS pharmacy at 700 El Camino Real in Menlo Park was held up Thursday by a man who demanded two bottles of a prescription drug from the pharmacy while displaying a handgun.

October 26, 2017 | 3 comments
Tennis: SHP's Choy returns to lineup; Menlo clinches another title

Sidelined for nearly three months with an ankle injury, Sara Choy made her long-awaited return to the tennis courts on Wednesday. Not too surprisingly, there was a victory as a result.

October 26, 2017 | No comments yet
Recent home sales: Atherton, Menlo Park, Portola Valley, Woodside

Home sales information is provided by California REsource, a real estate information company that obtains the information from county recorder's offices.

November 8, 2017 | 1 comment
Portola Valley rejects moratorium on outdoor cultivation, retail sale of marijuana

The Portola Valley Town Council on Wednesday chose not to adopt an urgency ordinance that would have set a 45-day moratorium on outdoor cultivation of marijuana for personal or commercial use, and the retail sale of it in town.

October 26, 2017 | 4 comments
Chan Zuckerberg Initiative creates local grant program

Initiative to award grants up to $100,000 to help Belle Haven, East Palo Alto, North Fair Oaks and Redwood City
The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, the organization for the philanthropic efforts of pediatrician Priscilla Chan and her husband, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, has launched a new community fund that will provide grants up to $100,000 to nonprofit organizations, schools and municipalities in the vicinity of Facebook's Menlo Park headquarters.

October 26, 2017 | No comments yet
Portola Valley's school board election has just become more complicated

Appointee Jeff Klugman will have to resign seat he just filled if elected
Members of the Portola Valley School District board appointed Jeff Klugman to fill a board vacancy on Wednesday night, Oct. 26, while acknowledging that they will have to start the appointment process over again in three weeks.

October 26, 2017 | 2 comments
It's official -- Robert Jones is new fire board member

After background check clearance, board unanimously approves appointment
It took three meetings, but the Menlo Park Fire Protection District's board finally filled a vacant board position on Wednesday, Oct. 26, by making the appointment of Robert Jones official.

October 26, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Former arborist sues city for wrongful termination

He said he was fired in retaliation for complaining of unsafe working conditions
An arborist who worked for the city of Menlo Park between November 2015 and February 2017 filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against the city on Oct. 10, alleging he was fired in retaliation for complaining of unsafe working conditions.

October 27, 2017 | 2 comments
Women use strong-arm tactics to steal allergy medications

Three Walgreens stores report losing medications worth thousands of dollars
A group of women who allegedly stole thousands of dollars of allergy medications Sunday night from three Walgreens stores -- in Menlo Park, Palo Alto, and Mountain View -- are being sought by police.

October 25, 2017 | 3 comments
Menlo Park: Student, 13, arrested for alleged possession of gun

A 13-year-old student at Willow Oaks Elementary School in Menlo Park was arrested a little before 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 13, after police found him off-campus in possession of an unloaded, concealed gun.

October 25, 2017 | 2 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 form the county recorder's offices.

November 7, 2017 | No comments yet
Tonight: Menlo Park to consider newspaper box regulations

The city of Menlo Park has received complaints that newspaper boxes on the streets are unsightly, ill-maintained, and out of control, with private companies putting up boxes wherever they choose.

October 25, 2017 | 9 comments
Prep report: Locals advance in league water polo tournies

There were no surprises in that the Menlo School and Menlo-Atherton boys water polo teams won in the quarterfinals of the Peninsula Athletic League tournament at Menlo on Tuesday. Woodside, though, was quite a surprise.

October 25, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Public comment sought on Stanford expansion plan

Stanford is developing its growth plan for the next 17 years, and people have until Dec. 4 to weigh in on the potential environmental impacts.

November 6, 2017 | No comments yet
Runaway python taken off bus in Menlo Park

'Rumplesnakeskin' is available for adoption
A snake that was removed from a bus in Menlo Park last month is up for adoption.

October 24, 2017 | No comments yet
Tonight: Portola Valley may temporarily ban outdoor marijuana cultivation

Portola Valley may adopt tonight (Oct. 25) a temporarily ban on the outdoor cultivation of marijuana for personal or commercial use.

October 25, 2017 | 2 comments
Carolyn Clarke, longtime Belle Haven resident, dies at 62

Carolyn Clarke, a 20-year Belle Haven resident who ran for City Council in 2012, died Oct. 7.

October 26, 2017 | 3 comments
Menlo College's Hegmann earns second GSAC weekly soccer honor

Menlo College's Eric Hegmann earned Golden State Athletic Conference Men's Soccer Offensive Player of the Week honors it was announced Tuesday.

October 24, 2017 | No comments yet
Prep report: Castilleja golfers drive past Menlo, Harker

Castilleja needed every golfer to do exactly what she did Monday to give the Gators a pair of victories on the final day of the West Bay Athletic League regular season and the league title.

October 24, 2017 | No comments yet
Horses fleeing North Bay fires find refuge in Woodside

Among the evacuees from the North Bay fires were many just visiting in the Wine Country, including the 12-horse Grande Liberte equine performing troupe, their trainer and owner, Sylvia Zerbini, and her family.

October 25, 2017 | 3 comments
Menlo Park roundup: Council OKs Stanford's Sand Hill Road project

The Menlo Park City Council voted 3-2 Oct. 17, with Mayor Keith and Councilman Mueller opposed, to give final approval to Stanford's proposed development at 2131 Sand Hill Road and annex about 16 acres of Stanford land, including the site of the Hewlett Foundation offices and the former Buck Estate, now the residence of Stanford's provost.

October 26, 2017 | No comments yet
Home sales

Los Altos tops week with $8.5 million sale
A complete list of homes for sale on the Midpeninsula.

October 24, 2017 | No comments yet
Tonight: Comment sought on Menlo Park school district's financial future

Meeting starts at 6 p.m. in the district offices
Residents of the Menlo Park City School District will have a chance to share their ideas on the district's long term financial future at a special meeting on Oct. 24 in the district offices.

October 24, 2017 | 2 comments
Lightning strike displaces Woodside couple

Two red-letter dates mark Marie and Bob Holmes' calendar: Sept. 11, the day lightning struck and exploded a redwood tree, sending large spear-like splinters through their roof and laundry room, making their Woodside house uninhabitable; and Nov. 13, when Alice's Restaurant in Skylonda is hosting a fundraiser to cover the repairs the couple can't afford.

October 24, 2017 | 1 comment
Saturday: Authors luncheon benefits Abilities United

Donia Bijan of Menlo Park will be one of four featured authors at the 26th Authors Luncheon on Saturday, Nov. 4, at the Crowne Plaza Cabana Hotel in Palo Alto.

October 26, 2017 | No comments yet
Woodside: Have a night out and support fire victims

One hundred percent of proceeds from dinners at The Village Pub, The Village Bakery in Woodside and the Mayfield Cafe & Bakery in Palo Alto on Wednesday, Oct. 25, will go to the North Bay Fire Relief Fund, the restaurants' owner and operator says.

October 23, 2017 | No comments yet
Scarce parking in Woodside: Are EV stations viable?

Finding a place to park your car in Woodside town center can be a trying experience. Finding a place to park your electric car and recharge it? The Town Council will be inviting public discussion on installing and setting up charging stations.

October 25, 2017 | No comments yet
Woodside fire district acquires satellite phones

In a community disaster such as a wildfire or major earthquake, first responders in and around Woodside and Portola Valley may need to connect with each other at a time when their regular communications networks are overloaded. They have satellite phones.

October 29, 2017 | 4 comments
Police calls: Menlo Park resident defrauded in internet scam

Crime reports from Portola Valley, West Menlo Park, Ladera and Menlo Park.

October 23, 2017 | No comments yet
Video: Locals share fire-relief stories

Hear stories of aid to victims of the North Bay fires from Palo Alto Animal Services Officer Ken Cunningham, Almanac staff writer and American Red Cross volunteer Barbara Wood and Margaret Winters of Atherton.

October 23, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo Park seeks delay in hearing for new Stanford development

Proposed medical faculty office could aggravate Menlo Park traffic problems
Menlo Park is seeking a delay to the Santa Clara County Planning Commission's hearing on a 155,000-square-foot Stanford building that's closer to the city than originally planned.

October 24, 2017 | 8 comments
Menlo School defense never rested in PAL football win