2018

$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 | No comments yet
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 | 5 comments
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 | 2 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 | 6 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
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 | 22 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
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. 14, 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
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 | 1 comment
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
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 | 14 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 | 1 comment
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 | No comments yet
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 | 65 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 | 8 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 | 33 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 | 1 comment
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 | 3 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 | 32 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 | No comments yet
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

The Menlo School football team has always been known for its high-powered offense and that remains the case this season. The defense usually had to take a back seat but those days appear to be in the past.

October 23, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: SRI International computers may have been hacked

Computer systems and the computer network at SRI International in Menlo Park, may have been hacked, perhaps exposing personal information about individuals, including those involved in research projects, a company spokesperson said.

October 24, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Former flower shop owner sentenced to 90 days in jail, five years probation

The former owner of Cindy's Flowers and Gifts, Cynthia Ann Smith, 60, who pleaded no contest to insurance fraud and unemployment insurance fraud in August, was sentenced on Oct. 19 to five years of supervised probation and 90 days in county jail, starting on or after Dec. 16, according to prosecutors.

October 23, 2017 | 1 comment
Cougars remain on the football prowl after taking down M-A

Some questions were answered Friday night at Half Moon Bay High, where the home team Cougars defeated Menlo-Atherton 28-10 in a PAL Bay Division football contest. Half Moon Bay is legit.

October 21, 2017 | No comments yet
Sacred Heart Prep earns PAL football victory over Tigers

Brad Yaffe threw for one touchdown and ran for another as Sacred Heart Prep downed Terra Nova, 16-7, in a PAL Bay Division football contest Friday.

October 21, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo College's Kazam wins wrestling title at tournament

Menlo College junior Iman Kazam went 6-0 in the Open 155 Division to claim a wrestling title at the season-opening Blue Chip Open in Oklahoma City on Saturday.

October 21, 2017 | No comments yet
Five apply for Portola Valley school board appointment

Board to make appointment at Wednesday, Oct. 25 meeting
The Portola Valley School District's governing board will appoint a member to fill the two years remaining on Jennifer Youstra's term after her resignation when it meets on Wednesday, Oct. 25.

October 20, 2017 | 2 comments
Felon arraigned for possessing firearm while filming music video

He was arrested in Menlo Park on outstanding warrants
A convicted felon and alleged gang member pleaded not guilty Wednesday morning to charges of illegally possessing a firearm after filming a rap music video in which he allegedly handled a gun on camera, San Mateo County prosecutors said.

October 20, 2017 | No comments yet
Prep football roundup: M-A, Woodside, Menlo, Sacred Heart Prep

After an unanticipated bye week due to hazardous air quality resulting from the North Bay fires, local football teams are changing gears, preparing for a new opponent after not playing the team they prepared for last week.

October 20, 2017 | No comments yet
Woodside Community Theatre animates 'Annie' with additions

How to make the hit musical "Annie" feel fresh 40 years after it debuted on Broadway?

October 19, 2017 | No comments yet
Atherton: Pro and con views on Measure F, renewing parcel tax

Below are letters to the editor on both sides of the debate over renewing Atherton parcel tax -- Measure F on the Nov. 7 ballot.

October 19, 2017 | 15 comments
Yes on Measure F to renew Atherton's parcel tax

Atherton voters are being asked to renew the town's parcel tax next month, a tax that's been in place for nearly 40 years.

October 20, 2017 | 2 comments
Saturday: Music, shopping and puppies at Cafe Zoe fundraiser

Music, shopping and puppies will come together at a fundraiser for the local Warrior Canine Connection program on Saturday, Oct. 21, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Cafe Zoe in Menlo Park.

October 20, 2017 | No comments yet
SHP, Menlo, Castilleja clinch league water polo titles

The Menlo-Atherton boys water polo team, like many others, is getting ready for the postseason. The Bears ended the Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division season with a thoroughly convincing 22-6 victory over visiting Half Moon Bay on Wednesday.

October 19, 2017 | No comments yet
Tonight: Conversation about free trees for Belle Haven residents

Residents may be eligible to have free trees planted in their yards
Residents of Belle Haven may be eligible to have trees planted in their yards for free. To provide more information to people who are interested in the opportunity, a meeting is being held tonight, Oct. 19, at the Menlo Park Senior Center (110 Terminal Ave.) from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

October 19, 2017 | No comments yet
Rumors fly as Atherton parcel tax campaign heats up

Email about sign regulations prompts accusations against town officials
An email from Atherton officials sent to both the pro and con campaigns in the current parcel tax election warned that campaign signs should not be placed within 6 feet of paved roadways. That email appears to have sparked accusations against town officials.

October 19, 2017 | 19 comments
West Atherton house fire sends resident to hospital

Resident is treated for smoke inhalation
A house fire Wednesday on Belbrook Way in west Atherton spread to nearby vegetation before it was put out 21 minutes after it was reported.

October 19, 2017 | 6 comments
Major changes at Flood Park could worsen traffic in area

Major changes planned at San Mateo County's Flood Park, located on 24 acres along Bay Road in Menlo Park, could result in more traffic in the neighborhood, according to a recently released draft environmental impact report.

October 21, 2017 | 14 comments
Meet the candidates for Portola Valley school board

There are four candidates named on the Nov. 7 ballot for three seats on the Portola Valley School District's board, but incumbent Karen Tate has withdrawn due to health problems. We introduce the remaining three.

October 19, 2017 | No comments yet
Deadline today to apply for Portola Valley school board seat

Today is the deadline to apply for appointment to fill a vacancy on the Portola Valley School District's governing board.

October 18, 2017 | No comments yet
Fire board very close to choosing new colleague

Three vote for Robert Jones, but background check delays appointment
The board of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District came very close Tuesday night to appointing Robert Jones to fill out Rex Ianson's board term, but he must pass a background check before being officially appointed.

October 18, 2017 | 26 comments
Menlo Park Council approves plan to move ahead with library projects

The Menlo Park City Council approved steps to move forward with an improved "library system" " both the main library and Belle Haven branch library " at its Oct. 17 meeting.

October 18, 2017 | 3 comments
Menlo Park council OKs temporary commercial pot ban

45-day moratorium could be extended 22 months
Menlo Park City Council unanimously voted Tuesday to give preliminary approval to a 45-day moratorium on using land for commercial cannabis-related purposes and on allowing people to grow cannabis outdoors for personal use. The measure could be extended 22 months.

October 19, 2017 | 2 comments
Menlo boys rally but lose to Bellarmine in water polo

His team had just got done dropping an 11-9 decision at Bellarmine, but Menlo boys water polo coach Jack Bowen felt caught up in the unusual nature of his team's season.

October 17, 2017 | No comments yet
Atherton's John Freidenrich, leading Stanford supporter, dies at 80

He was a venture capitalist, co-founder of a major law firm, and leading supporter of Stanford University
Longtime Atherton resident John Freidenrich, a leading supporter of Stanford University, co-founder of a major law firm, and an early investor in many Silicon Valley companies, died Oct. 11. He was 80.

October 19, 2017 | 1 comment
Guest opinion: City needs to accept gift, move forward with plans to build two new libraries

Menlo Park has been presented with a tremendous opportunity to create two 21st century libraries: a new main library in the Civic Center and a branch library in the Belle Haven community.

October 17, 2017 | 8 comments
Facebook's new plans win Planning Commission OK

Commission says design of eight-story garage needs more work
The Menlo Park Planning Commission voted 4-1 Oct. 16 with Commissioner Andrew Barnes opposed and commissioners Drew Combs and Susan Goodhue recused (they work for or with Facebook), to recommend the City Council approve changes to a proposed Facebook office building, but to rework the aesthetics of the building's adjoining parking garage.

October 17, 2017 | 3 comments
Tonight: Reporter John Markoff on four decades of covering Silicon Valley

Four decades of covering Silicon Valley, from the Homebrew Computer Club in Menlo Park to the Google's self-driving car, is the topic veteran New York Times science and tech reporter John Markoff will take on tonight (Oct. 17) in Portola Valley.

October 17, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Bonus approved, 5 percent raise considered for city manager

The Menlo Park City Council approved a $6,654 bonus for City Manager Alex McIntyre, 3 percent of his salary, on Oct. 10, and more money may be on the way.

October 17, 2017 | 4 comments
Facebook, JobTrain partner to train, employ construction workers

Two Menlo Park institutions have banded together for mutual benefit: Facebook needs workers to help build its new office buildings and other facilities. JobTrain, which provides career and vocational training to lower-income people, wants work for its construction worker graduates.

October 21, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo, Castilleja clinch share of PAL water polo titles

Niko Bhatia and Jayden Kunwar each recorded five goals and the Menlo School boys' water polo team clinched at least a tie for the Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division title, beating Woodside, 18-2, Monday. Castilleja clinched a title tie on the girls tie.

October 17, 2017 | No comments yet
Thursday: Albert Camarillo headlines college fund lunch in Menlo Park

Stanford University history professor emeritus Albert Camarillo of Menlo Park will headline a lunch supporting the Peninsula College Fund at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, at the Sharon Heights Golf and Country Club at 2900 Sand Hill Road in Menlo Park.

October 20, 2017 | No comments yet
Woodside's Day of the Horse: Photos, contest winners

Woodside's annual celebration of equestrian culture, the Day of the Horse, was held Saturday, Oct. 14, and included a fair, equestrian exhibits, stage coach rides, children's activities and a progressive trail ride.

October 17, 2017 | No comments yet
Woodside: Struggles over leadership at Village Church

There's turmoil at the Woodside Village Church. Interim Pastor Ama Zenya, presiding since March 2015, is both loved and under fire, and perspective is everything in trying to determine whether she'll be staying or going.

October 20, 2017 | 5 comments
Could the North Bay inferno happen here?

An aerial video of the suburban Coffey Park neighborhood in Santa Rosa shows block after block after block of parcels that are now uniformly, and chillingly, the color of ash. Could such a fire happen here?

October 17, 2017 | 9 comments
State of the city? Things are good, Menlo Park mayor says

Menlo Park Mayor Kirsten Keith presented an upbeat take on where things stand in Menlo Park during her "State of the City" address Oct. 12 at the renovated British Bankers Club restaurant downtown.

October 17, 2017 | 1 comment
Menlo Park: Firefighters douse structure fire in Menlo Oaks neighborhood

Firefighters needed about 12 minutes to control a fire that burned a shed, a fence and vegetation early on Sunday morning (Oct. 15) at 360 Menlo Oaks Drive in unincorporated Menlo Park.

October 16, 2017 | 2 comments
Tonight: Menlo Park Planning Commission to review changes in Facebook's development plans

Facebook wants to increase the height of an office building and build an eight-story parking garage
The Menlo Park Planning Commission is scheduled to discuss tonight (Oct. 16) Facebook's revised plans for its development along Bayfront Expressway at the former TE Connectivity site.

October 16, 2017 | No comments yet
Tonight: Can divided fire board agree on new member?

Also on the agenda: How to improve board performance
The board of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District is scheduled to appoint a new director on Tuesday night, to fill the remaining term of Rex Ianson, who resigned effective Aug. 31 because he was moving to Oregon.

October 16, 2017 | 14 comments
Menlo girls reach semis of volleyball tourney before losing

The Menlo School girls' volleyball team won its first five matches at the Hudl Southern California Invitational and finished in third place of the Hudl Division I Bracket after dropping its semifinal match to Canyon Crest Academy, 26-24, 25-15, Saturday at Alliant International University in San Diego.

October 15, 2017 | No comments yet
Prep water polo: Menlo girls 2nd at tourney; SHP boys win twice

Sacred Heart Prep won a pair of nonleague boys water polo contests Saturday at the Olympic Club in San Francisco, beating Harvard-Westlake, 9-4, and Miramonte, 13-9. Menlo School dropped a 14-4 decision to Drake.

October 15, 2017 | No comments yet
Opera review: Don't mess with Norma -- but do go to hear her sing

How can a Druid high priestess possibly be expected to react when her Roman lover leaves her for younger woman? If her name is Norma, she won't keep you guessing: "War! Carnage! Extermination!" Not good news for Il Romano.

October 15, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo Park, Woodside district firefighters battle North County fires

Menlo Park district chief says firefighting capabilities remain adequate to handle local needs
Over 1,000 firefighting units from around California are battling the Northern California fires, now including 84 firefighters and 19 fire engines from San Mateo County after another deployment at 3 a.m. this morning.

October 13, 2017 | No comments yet
PAL football games cancelled

The Peninsula Athletic League has cancelled this weekend's football games due to the unhealthy air as the result of the Northern California fires.

October 12, 2017 | No comments yet
Critics question wisdom of rebuilding Menlo Park's main library

Council postpones action on proposal to hire manager to oversee project
A plan to accept a multi-million-dollar gift from developer John Arrillaga to rebuild the Menlo Park main library has its critics who point out that the city may have to come up with as much as $30 million for something the city doesn't really need.

October 13, 2017 | 23 comments
Saturday: Rep. Eshoo helps Draeger's celebrate 'American Cheese Month'

Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Menlo Park, will be in Draeger's Menlo Park market at 1010 University Drive at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, to read a proclamation recognizing Draeger's celebration of American Cheese Month during October.

October 12, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo Park animal hospital delivers truckloads of pet supplies to fire victims

Hospital raises funds, plans to send team of veterinarians
Menlo Park's Mid Peninsula Animal Hospital is pitching in to help people with pets impacted by the North Bay fires.

October 13, 2017 | No comments yet
Longtime resident Eleanor Wood dies at 98

Eleanor Jenkins Wood, a longtime resident of Woodside and Portola Valley, died at Stanford Hospital on Sept. 12 at age 98.

October 20, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo girls give senior volleyball players a victory

Menlo School hosted the only game in town on Wednesday, beating visiting Notre Dame-Belmont, 25-18, 25-13, 25-19, in a West Bay Athletic League Foothill Division girls volleyball match.

October 12, 2017 | No comments yet
Recent 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.

October 12, 2017 | No comments yet
Photographer Matt Black

The latest installment of the Palo Alto Photography Forum will feature photographer Matt Black in conversation with Mother Jones editor Mark Murrmann on Friday, Oct. 13.

October 11, 2017 | No comments yet
North Bay fire news: Where to drop off donations locally

Seaport Storage at 1703 E Bayshore Rd, Redwood City will take items that have been requested by shelters in the Wine Country, seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

October 11, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo Park council may reconsider West Menlo annexation in January

Residents of West Menlo Park who have petitioned to join Menlo Park will have to wait at least until January to see if their request will become part of the City Council's work plan for 2018.

October 16, 2017 | 5 comments
At least 21 dead, 170K acres burned in 22 major fires statewide

Cal Fire Chief Ken Pimlott: Make no mistake, this is a serious, critical catastrophic event."

October 11, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: New JobTrain CEO named

Menlo Park-based career and vocational training nonprofit JobTrain will have a new leader at its helm, starting Nov. 1.

October 23, 2017 | No comments yet
Friday: Sudden oak death workshop in Portola Valley

A workshop on sudden oak death is set for 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13, at the Community Hall at 765 Portola Road in Portola Valley, with adjunct professor Matteo Garboletto of UC Berkeley's Forest Pathology and Mycology Lab.

October 11, 2017 | No comments yet
Review: Don't mess with Norma -- but do go to hear her sing

How can a Druid high priestess possibly be expected to react when her Roman lover leaves her for younger woman? If her name is Norma, she won't keep you guessing: "War! Carnage! Extermination!" Not good news for Il Romano.

October 14, 2017 | No comments yet
Advisory: 'Unprecedented levels of air pollution' due to fires

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued health advisories due to heavy smoke in the area from North Bay fires.

October 11, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Council splinters on grade separations

The Menlo Park City Council's answer to the nearly $400 million question -- "One grade separation, or three, at Menlo Park's Caltrain crossings?" -- will have to wait.

October 11, 2017 | 76 comments
Gators beat Menlo in water polo match on Senior Night

Alexander Nemeth recorded 11 saves on Senior Night Tuesday night as host Sacred Heart Prep beat Menlo School, 14-8, in a nonleague contest that featured two of the top teams, not just in Northern California but in the state.

October 11, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo School girls beat Pinewood in WBAL tennis match

Freshman Lindsey Ball took over at No. 1 singles to rave reviews as Menlo School swept host Pinewood, 7-0, in a West Bay Athletic League Foothill Division match Tuesday.

October 11, 2017 | No comments yet
Gov. Brown signs off on Caltrain's sales-tax measure

Agency would need approval from San Mateo, San Francisco and Santa Clara counties
The approval of Senate Bill 797 will allow Caltrain to move ahead with a sales-tax increase proposal.

October 11, 2017 | 1 comment
Girls volleyball roundup: Woodside, Menlo win matches

In Peninsula Athletic League girls volleyball play Tuesday, host Woodside downed San Mateo, 25-22, 17-25, 25-15, 25-15.

October 11, 2017 | No comments yet
Air district: Wildfires causing 'unprecedented levels' of air pollution

The North Bay wildfires are causing "unprecedented levels" of air pollution throughout the Bay Area, regional air quality officials said today.

October 10, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo Park's Mademoiselle Colette opens another patisserie

The owner of Menlo Park patisserie Mademoiselle Colette has soft-opened another patisserie; this one is on Lytton Avenue in Palo Alto.

October 12, 2017 | 1 comment
Menlo College women earn weekly honors in two sports

Menlo College freshman Amanda Nebozuk was named Golden State Athletic Conference Women's Soccer Offensive Player of the Week and Oaks sophomore women's volleyball player Jade Rockwood was named the GSAC Setter of the Week it was learned Monday.

October 10, 2017 | No comments yet
Tonight: Menlo Park council could approve major spending for library system

Menlo Park staff are greasing the usual bureaucratic stops to take advantage of local billionaire John Arrillaga's offer to help rebuild the main Menlo Park Library on Alma Street.

October 10, 2017 | 10 comments
David Young heads county behavioral health and recovery services

David A. Young is the new director of the San Mateo County Health System's division of Behavioral Health and Recovery Services, replacing the recently retired Stephen Kaplan.

October 20, 2017 | No comments yet
$36,000 awards available to Jewish teen volunteers

The Helen Diller Family Foundation is taking applications for 15 grants of $36,000 each that will be given to Jewish teens "committed to social action service."

October 11, 2017 | No comments yet
Tonight: Draft master plan for Bedwell Bayfront Park heads to Parks & Rec Commission

The future of Bedwell Bayfront Park might include a boat launch, a ranger and more amenities.

October 10, 2017 | 2 comments
Atherton mulls regulating private gates into town's park

Atherton has found 17 gates lead from private property into Holbrook-Palmer Park. The town has liability and safety concerns that may lead to more regulations or elimination of the gates.

October 10, 2017 | 2 comments
Wednesday in Menlo Park: Joe Simitian gives 13 tips for 'successful advocacy'

Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian will give a talk entitled "13 Tips for Successful Advocacy" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18, in the Menlo Park council chambers at 701 Laurel St. in the Menlo Park Civic Center.

October 11, 2017 | No comments yet
Saturday: Day of the Horse festivities in Woodside

Woodside's annual public celebration of its equestrian heritage -- the Day of the Horse -- takes place Saturday, Oct. 14, and includes a fair, equestrian exhibits and a progressive trail ride through the town and Huddart Park.

October 10, 2017 | 1 comment
Cover story: Woodside's equestrian heritage and why it still matters

What is it about the horse that intrigues us, captivates the eye, fires the imagination?

October 10, 2017 | 1 comment
Oct. 16: 'Holidays on a High Note' fundraiser in Atherton

A sellout of 200 guests is expected for the Holidays on a High Note charity event hosted by the Foothill Auxiliary to the Peninsula Family Service on Monday, Oct. 16, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

October 9, 2017 | No comments yet
County health officials: Get flu shots early

Vaccinations are not fully effective for two weeks, health officials say
With flu season beginning, San Mateo County health officials urge everyone 6 months and older get vaccinated soon.

October 12, 2017 | No comments yet
49er great and Atherton resident Y.A. Tittle dies at 90

Former San Francisco 49er great and Hall of Fame quarterback Y.A. Tittle, a longtime Atherton resident, died Sunday at the age of 90, surrounded by family. He established what it meant to be a professional.

October 9, 2017 | No comments yet
Police calls: Person cited for flying drone with camera over Atherton home

Crime reports from Atherton and Menlo Park.

October 10, 2017 | 2 comments
Portola Valley: Council to forge ahead on affordable housing

Four undeveloped properties owned by the town of Portola Valley might be worth further examination for affordable housing, but none are "obvious candidates," a report said, so the effort to address the Peninsula housing crisis continues.

October 11, 2017 | 5 comments
Menlo Park OKs hikes in pay, benefits for city employees

The Menlo Park City Council has unanimously approved spending more than $1.9 million for pay and benefit increases for 192 city employees and supervisors between now and June 30, 2020.

October 15, 2017 | 2 comments
Local firefighters, equipment head to Napa County

Local strike force includes Menlo Park and Woodside districts
Firefighters from the Woodside and Menlo Park fire districts headed to Napa County to help fight the Tubbs Fire near Calistoga, with a fire engine and four fire fighters from each agency.

October 9, 2017 | No comments yet
Tonight: Health care district addresses legality of election system

The threat of a lawsuit over how candidates are elected to the board of the Sequoia Healthcare District may create a more ethnically diverse board to oversee funding of low-cost health care and school health programs in southern San Mateo County.

October 9, 2017 | 2 comments
Menlo Park: Election reformers recommend ranked-choice voting system

Menlo Park has more options to at-large voting – electing all City Council members citywide – than just moving to district elections, according to two officials from election reform organizations.

October 9, 2017 | No comments yet
Monday and Tuesday: Weather conditions elevate fire danger to extreme, fire marshal says

A red-flag warning has been issued due to extreme fire danger on Monday and Tuesday for residents of Portola Valley, Woodside and nearby unincorporated communities. Residents are being warned to monitor contractors' outdoor work to prevent fire ignitions by gardening and other equipment that can create sparks.

October 9, 2017 | No comments yet
Early voting has started in the Nov. 7 election

San Mateo County began mailing ballots to vote-by-mail voters this week, and has opened voting centers for early voting for the Nov. 7 election.

October 9, 2017 | No comments yet
Tonight: Menlo Park 'State of the City' event at British Bankers Club

Menlo Park Mayor Kirsten Keith will give the city's annual "State of the City" address on Thursday, Oct. 12, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the British Bankers Club at 555 Santa Cruz Ave., next to Cafe Borrone and Kepler's.

October 11, 2017 | No comments yet
Prep water polo: SHP boys conquer the field at UC Irvine

Sacred Heart Prep established itself as one of the top boys water polo teams in the nation by winning the S&R Sport Tournament at UC Irvine, beating host Foothill 13-6 on Saturday in the championship game.

October 9, 2017 | No comments yet
Special teams, big plays mean football victory for M-A

Imagine running only 10 plays from the line of scrimmage in the first half and still scoring 28 points. That's Menlo-Atherton High for you. The Bears in fact had 21 plays from scrimmage, but still claimed a 42-35 win over visiting Sacred Heart Prep in a PAL Bay Division game on Friday night.

October 8, 2017 | No comments yet
Prep report: Menlo, SHP big winners in boys water polo

Menlo School went overtime to beat host St. Francis, 11-10, in a nonleague boys water polo game Friday. Sacred Heart Prep went south to earn a pair of victories on opening day of the S&R Sports tournament at UC Irvine, clobbering Irvine, 16-0, and beating Coronado 14-4.

October 8, 2017 | No comments yet
Prep football: Menlo, Woodside, Priory

Simbeck's aerial attack leads the Knights to PAL Ocean win
Emilio Simbeck threw for 254 yards and four touchdowns to help Menlo School beat host South San Francisco in an Ocean Division football game on Friday. Priory and Pinewood each took home victories in the MTAL 8-man football league.

October 8, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo's Miranda running to his own cross country pace

Menlo School's Robert Miranda had the fastest cross country time of the day Saturday at the Artichoke Invitational in Half Moon Bay and Kyra Pretre, also of Menlo, had the second-fastest girls time.

October 8, 2017 | No comments yet
Portola Valley students gather donations for Houston hurricane victims

Corte Madera School students spent two-and-a-half weeks gathering donations to put together hundreds of personal hygiene kits for Houston students and families affected by Hurricane Harvey.

October 10, 2017 | 3 comments
High school students invited to enter 'Congressional App Challenge'

In a bid to help close the gap over the next decade between job opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math and an expected shortfall of qualified graduates for those jobs, Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Menlo Park, is participating in the third annual Congressional App Challenge for public high school students nationwide.

October 12, 2017 | No comments yet
Big turnout for Menlo Park historical walking tour

About 65 people got a glimpse into the history of Menlo Park during a recent walking tour led by Bo Crane of the Menlo Park Historical Association.

October 20, 2017 | No comments yet
Little Free Libraries bring neighbors together

Who knew circulating free books could turn into such a rewarding social phenomenon in this area?

November 9, 2017 | 1 comment
Tonight: Menlo Park council to pick its top rail-separation option

The Menlo Park City Council could pick a preferred alternative for moving forward with a grade-separation project -- separating roads from tracks at rail crossings in the city -- at its meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 10.

October 7, 2017 | No comments yet
Saturday: Neighborhood cleanup day in Portola Valley

Neighborhood cleanup day for residents of Portola Valley, sponsored by the town and GreenWaste Recovery Inc., takes place Saturday morning, Oct. 7, at Town Center.

October 6, 2017 | No comments yet
Friday night football: Sacred Heart Prep at Menlo-Atherton tonight

Also reports on Menlo School and Woodside High
Menlo-Atherton hosts Sacred Heart Prep at 7:30 p.m. tonight in a neighborhood rivalry game pitting two teams coming from different directions. Also: Menlo plays at South San Francisco and Woodside at The King's Academy.

October 6, 2017 | No comments yet
Tennis: Local teams win league matches

Menlo, Sacred Heart Prep and Castilleja all won West Bay Athletic League matches on Thursday.

October 6, 2017 | No comments yet
Cross country: Menlo girls win WBAL opening meet

Menlo's Robert Miranda sets league record in winning men's WBAL cross country race
The Menlo girls won the West Bay Athletic League opening meet at Crystal Springs-Hallmark Park behind a pair of top 10 efforts from Kyra Pretre (second in 18:36.9) and Charlotte Tomkinson (seventh in 20:17.7).

October 6, 2017 | No comments yet
Fears about Guild Theatre may be unfounded, for now

About 10 emails over the past several days have made their way to the Menlo Park City Council's inbox urging the council to save the Guild Theatre.

October 6, 2017 | 4 comments
Fire board member says board president is 'going after' her

Virginia Chang Kiraly says board member warned her to 'watch out' for Peter Carpenter
Menlo fire board member Virginia Chang Kiraly says a fellow board member warned her recently that board President Peter Carpenter was about to "go after her." He appears to be doing just that.

October 6, 2017 | 21 comments
Ravenswood school district open to new funding plan

Ravenswood City School District Superintendent Gloria Hernandez-Goff announced Oct. 5 that she plans to re-enter conversations about a new way to raise money for the school district.

October 6, 2017 | 11 comments
Menlo Park: 'Ace Hardware Man' Bill Niebling dies at 93

Arthur Winfield "Bill" Niebling, longtime proprietor of Menlo Park's Ace Hardware, cameraman for Betty White and World War II veteran, died on Sept. 24 at age 93.

October 8, 2017 | 1 comment
Incumbent Karen Tate withdraws from Portola Valley school board election

Health problems mean she can't serve if she's elected, board member says
Portola Valley School District board member Karen Tate, the only incumbent running for one of the three open board seats this November, has announced she is withdrawing from the race, saying she was recently diagnosed with health problems.

October 5, 2017 | 3 comments
Menlo Park council acts to move away from at-large elections

In response to a lawsuit threat alleging that Menlo Park's voting system does not give fair council representation to Latino and black voters in the city's Belle Haven neighborhood, Menlo Park's City Council took unanimous action Wednesday night (Oct. 4) to pass a resolution declaring its intent to change election systems.

October 5, 2017 | 2 comments
SHP freshman making big strides in cross country

Sacred Heart Prep's Luci Lambert finished second in the unseeded girls race at the Capital Cross Challenge last Saturday in Sacramento. She'll try to match or better that Thursday when the West Bay Athletic League holds its first competition.

October 5, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo College women turn suspense into volleyball victory

Sofia Salim collected 15 kills on a hitting percentage of .379 and the Menlo College women's volleyball team downed host Pacific Union, 24-26, 25-21, 25-15, 25-20, Wednesday in a nonconference match. Sierra Buscher added 13 kills for the Oaks (15-6), who matched their win total from last year.

October 5, 2017 | No comments yet
Prep report: Sudden death goal ends 6-overtime marathon

St. Francis' Izzy Ditzler scored a sudden-death goal in the sixth overtime to hand visiting Sacred Heart Prep its first West Catholic Athletic League girls' water polo loss in four years, 8-7, on Wednesday night.

October 5, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo Park driver cited for throwing hot coffee on traffic enforcement officer

Alleged assailant could face $2,000 fine, a year in jail
A Menlo Park man faces a possible battery charge after he allegedly threw a cup of hot coffee on a Palo Alto traffic enforcement officer last week.

October 4, 2017 | No comments yet
Body of art

Pace Gallery presents debut exhibition of paintings by Loie Hollowell
Loie Hollowell's exhibition "Point of Entry" consists of eight paintings and several works on paper. The show, on view until Nov. 2, has generated a lot of buzz both because of the artist's working technique and her subject matter.

October 4, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Council approves police expansion

Expects Facebook will foot the bill
The Menlo Park City Council appears to be on board with Facebook footing the bill for a new city police unit -- indirectly.

October 10, 2017 | No comments yet
Gov. Brown signs housing crisis bills into law

Gov. Jerry Brown and other state lawmakers gathered in San Francisco Friday to take aim at alleviating the state's housing crisis.

October 4, 2017 | No comments yet
SHP grad Knox matches career best round for Stanford

The Stanford men's golf team was ranked as high as ninth last season, opened the fall season ranked 14th and was unranked heading into the Nike Golf Collegiate Invitational held at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club, which came to a close Tuesday with the Cardinal finishing second to defending national champion Oklahoma.

October 4, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Dr. Edward M. Katz dies at 83 at Sequoia Hospital

Dr. Eward M. Katz of Menlo Park, a former chief of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Sequoia Hospital, died peacefully Sept. 24 at the hospital as a result of Alzheimer's Disease. He was 83.

October 3, 2017 | No comments yet
Recent home sales: Atherton, Menlo Park, Portola Valley

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

October 4, 2017 | No comments yet
Honors for Menlo College volleyball players

Menlo College volleyball players Moea Kekauoha and Monica Hruby each earned weekly honors from the Golden State Athletic League, it was announced Monday.

October 3, 2017 | No comments yet
Wednesday: Atherton may sign off on $9 million regional flood-control project

Atherton Council to decide on contributing to regional flood management project
Atherton's City Council is scheduled Wednesday to consider a regional agreement to participate in a project estimated to cost as much as $9 million to help control local flooding.

October 3, 2017 | No comments yet
How Stanford's El Camino complex will change Menlo Park

For better or worse, Menlo Park's slice of El Camino Real will never be the same.

October 4, 2017 | 8 comments
PG&E upgrade is three-year project

The construction work continues at the Pacific Gas & Electric Co. substation at the corner of Ashton Avenue and Alameda de las Pulgas in West Menlo Park. The work began in 2015 and is scheduled for completion in the spring of 2018.

October 5, 2017 | 1 comment
Woodside: Town Hall to undergo structural analysis

The town of Woodside will be engaging a structural engineer to analyze Town Hall and Independence Hall for resistance to damage by earthquakes.

October 4, 2017 | 5 comments
Police calls: Woodside Airbnb operator cited for code violation

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

October 3, 2017 | 1 comment
Wednesday in Menlo Park: Public comment sought on flood-control projects

Workshop on San Francisquito Creek projects will be held in Menlo Park on Oct. 4
A workshop is set for 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4, to update the public on proposed flood-control, restoration and recreation projects along San Francisquito Creek.

October 2, 2017 | No comments yet
Update: Atherton police looking for hit-and-run driver who injured bicyclist

Vehicle described as a 1999-2002 blue Saturn SL
A 28-year-old male bicyclist from unincorporated Redwood City was injured in a hit-and-run collision in Atherton early this morning, and police are looking for a vehicle described as possibly a blue 1999-2002 Saturn SL, last seen traveling westbound on Atherton Avenue.

October 2, 2017 | 3 comments
Prep report: Menlo boys drop nonleague water polo match

Sam Utrecht scored three goals and Niko Bhatia added two but Menlo School fell to host Campolindo 12-7 in a nonleague boys' water polo match Saturday. Josh Poulos added 12 saves for the Knights (11-3), who travel to St. Francis for another nonleague match at 6 p.m. Friday.

October 2, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo Park Kiwanis Club lines up speakers on veterans services, college admissions

Veterans services, a journalist's life in Russia, navigating college admissions, how to grow a green thumb with advice from Allied Arts head gardener, and the growing support for ballet in Menlo Park are the eclectic topics to be discussed at Menlo Park Kiwanis Club meetings in October.

September 30, 2017 | No comments yet
Injuries, miscues plague Woodside in football loss

It's official: Hillsdale High is one of the elite teams in the Peninsula Athletic League, and certainly the class of the PAL Ocean Division. Woodside? Still snake-bitten, possibly by real snakes.

September 30, 2017 | No comments yet
Football: Aragon's offense dominates Sacred Heart Prep

Aragon completely dominated the line of scrimmage Friday and in the process handed Sacred Heart Prep one of its worst losses in years, 40-7, in a Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division opener.

September 30, 2017 | No comments yet
Firefighters douse 'smoldering deep-seated' fire in West Menlo Park apartment complex

Firefighters extinguished a "smoldering deep-seated" fire Friday after tearing open a wall in a first-floor garage of a three-story, 14-unit apartment complex in West Menlo Park.

September 30, 2017 | No comments yet
Portola Valley schools: Big board changes coming as district ponders major decisions

Board member will be appointed in October; three will be elected in November
As the Portola Valley School District's board ponders several major decisions, including a master plan for upgrading the district's facilities and a possible bond measure, the board will have no more than two veteran members after November.

September 30, 2017 | 17 comments
What to do when first-responders are busy elsewhere

You may need to rely on emergency-response volunteers in a disaster
In the past few weeks we have been reminded of the possibility of natural disasters hitting home. So what if a big disaster strikes? Will the fire district, local law enforcement, or the National Guard be able to immediately come to your rescue?

October 5, 2017 | 1 comment
Menlo Park author pens dystopian tale set in aftermath of China's one-child policy

What happens to a society when its citizens are allowed only a single child? In Menlo Park writer Maggie Shen King's vision of near-future China, the nation's one-child policy results in a dangerous imbalance, with men greatly outnumbering women.

October 20, 2017 | No comments yet
Oct. 16: 'Holidays on High Note' in Atherton

Noted floral designer Ron Morgan will celebrate his 20th anniversary with "Holidays on a High Note," the annual holiday event benefiting the Foothill Auxiliary to Peninsula Family Services.

October 3, 2017 | No comments yet
Oct. 12: Fundraiser benefits juvenile delinquency prevention

The San Mateo County Sheriff's Activities League is planning a benefit for the league's juvenile delinquency prevention program.

September 29, 2017 | No comments yet
Saturday: Menlo Park pancake breakfast benefits burn foundation

The 17th annual pancake breakfast, with volunteers flipping pancakes and serving breakfast to benefit the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation, will be held Saturday, Oct. 7, from 7:30 to 11 a.m. at Station 1 of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District, 300 Middlefield Road in Menlo Park.

September 29, 2017 | No comments yet
FAA considering making Surf Air flight path over Bay official

Residents living near Sunnyvale have organized to fight the route
As the FAA ponders making Surf Air's attempt to respond to local noise complaints by flying over the Bay an official fair weather flight path, residents of Sunnyvale and Cupertino have organized against it, turning out in force at a recent meeting on the route.

September 29, 2017 | 14 comments
Menlo Park golden achievers recognized for service, excellence

Themes of basketball, building and community service were woven through Menlo Park's Golden Acorn Awards ceremony at the Stanford Park Hotel.

October 3, 2017 | No comments yet
M-A grad Melvin signs contract extension with the A's

The Oakland A's agreed to terms with manager Bob Melvin, a Menlo-Atherton graduate, on a one-year contract extension through the 2019 season, the club announced Thursday. His most recent extension was set to expire at the end of the 2018 season.

September 29, 2017 | 1 comment
Sacred Heart Prep on the road for its league football opener

Sacred Heart Prep, Menlo School and Woodside play league openers Friday after having had byes last week. Menlo-Atherton, Palo Alto and Gunn, who played their league openers last week, have byes this week.

September 29, 2017 | No comments yet
Late goal stings Menlo College in GSAC women's soccer match

Hope International scored the game-winning goal with seven seconds remaining in the first overtime period, handing visiting Menlo a 2-1 setback in Golden State Athletic Conference play Thursday.

September 29, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo Park man sentenced to life without parole in 'Sunny Day' murder case

Gang member Jerry Coneal III was convicted of shooting Christopher Baker
On his 23rd birthday, Jerry Coneal III of Menlo Park learned he will spend the rest of his life in prison for the 2012 shooting death of Christopher Baker, 21, in East Palo Alto.

September 28, 2017 | No comments yet
Tuesday: SLAC talk on 'Viewing the Beginning of Time'

A glow that scientists say originated with the birth of the universe is visible in the night sky, and observational cosmologist Zeeshan Ahmed at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in Menlo Park will be talking about it on Tuesday, Oct. 3.

September 28, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo Park may change how council members are elected

City Council to hold special meeting Wednesday, Oct. 4
The Menlo Park City Council may vote at a special meeting Wednesday, Oct. 4, to begin changing the way council members are elected.

September 28, 2017 | 3 comments
Saturday: Facebook plans to hold job fair in Menlo Park

Looking to work at Facebook? The company is holding a job fair from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, at its headquarters (1 Hacker Way) in Menlo Park.

September 28, 2017 | 2 comments
Prep report: Water polo leaders remain atop the standings

Minhee Chung scored five times, Georgia Lewis recorded 12 saves and the Castilleja water polo team maintained its sparkling Peninsula Athletic League (Bay Division) record, beating visiting Woodside, 11-1, on Wednesday.

September 28, 2017 | No comments yet
Saturday: Free flu shots at Woodside fire station

Free flu shots, courtesy of the Woodside Fire Protection District, will be available from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, at a walk-in clinic in the main fire station at 3111 Woodside Road in Woodside.

October 4, 2017 | No comments yet
Woodside council OKs staff changes that cut salary costs

The Woodside Town Council on Tuesday (Sept. 26) unanimously approved a proposal by Town Manager Kevin Bryant to make changes to two Town Hall staff positions that are expected to cut salary expenses by about $70,000 a year.

September 27, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo girls tennis again are as good as Gould in the WBAL

Junior Taylor Gould made a triumphant return and the Menlo School girls' tennis team won their 241st straight league dual match, beating visiting Sacred Heart Prep, 6-1, on Tuesday in West Bay Athletic League (Foothill Division) action.

September 27, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Goodbye, mini park

After hearing from a chorus of critics about the temporary pop-up park or "paseo" installed on Curtis Street in downtown Menlo Park, the City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to shut it down.

September 27, 2017 | 18 comments
Menlo Park council approves office building, annexation of Stanford land

The Menlo Park City Council voted 4-1 on Sept. 26, with Councilman Ray Mueller opposed, to approve a plan that involves the city annexing about 16 acres of unincorporated county land that Stanford University owns and allowing Stanford to build a two-story office building of roughly 40,000 square feet at 2131 Sand Hill Road.

September 27, 2017 | 2 comments
Menlo Park council OKs Stanford's El Camino complex

Vote is 5-0 in favor of 429,000-square-foot development
After nearly five years of Menlo Park scrutiny, Stanford University received preliminary approval from the Menlo Park City Council for its project to build a 429,000-square-foot office, housing and retail development between Big 5 Sporting Goods and the Stanford Park Hotel along El Camino Real on Sept. 26.

September 27, 2017 | 23 comments
Person struck, killed by train in Redwood City

Regular service resumed Tuesday evening on Caltrain after a southbound train struck and killed a person in Redwood City.

September 26, 2017 | No comments yet
Woodside: Old La Honda Road traffic restricted for 3 weeks

The California Water Service company is replacing water storage and pumping facilities at 503 Old La Honda Road. Starting Oct. 2, the work is going to significantly impact through-traffic on the road for three weeks.

September 26, 2017 | 2 comments
Woodside: Deputies arrest two on suspicion of burglary-tool possession

Sheriff's deputies arrested two men after receiving a call about suspicious persons seen in the Woodside Hills neighborhood of Woodside on Friday, Sept. 22.

September 26, 2017 | 1 comment
Menlo Park tonight: Council to review downtown mini park

A controversial mini park, made up of a plastic lawn carpet and some outdoor furniture in downtown Menlo Park, is scheduled to face City Council scrutiny tonight (Sept. 26).

September 26, 2017 | 2 comments
Tonight: Woodside council considers cuts to Town Hall salary expenses

The Woodside Town Council at its meeting tonight (Tuesday, Sept. 26) will consider changes to Town Hall staffing categories that could cut about $70,000 from the town's annual salary expenses.

September 26, 2017 | 1 comment
Menlo Park: Stanford, council negotiators strike deal for schools

Menlo Park council could approve two major Stanford projects tonight
In the eleventh hour, Stanford University and negotiators from the Menlo Park City Council have reached an agreement on what the university should provide to local schools as part of a development agreement for its 429,000-square-foot housing, office and retail development proposed along El Camino Real.

September 26, 2017 | 7 comments
Menlo's Miranda sets course record in cross country race

Menlo School senior Robert Miranda set a course record and the Knights' girls cross country team placed fifth in the small schools division at the Pacific Tiger Invitational on Saturday.

September 26, 2017 | No comments yet
Portola Valley: Gas-powered leaf blowers: not just a noise problem

Portola Valley weighs how to encourage use of electric blowers.
Gasoline-powered leaf blowers are in a family of machines under increasing scrutiny by public agencies seeking to protect the environment. The Portola Valley Town Council held a study session to discuss encouraging use of electric blowers.

September 26, 2017 | 11 comments
Fire board candidates address board infighting, Atherton probe

It was an evening of interviews and infighting, but for Peter Carpenter, president of the board of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District, it was also some kind of wonderful.

September 26, 2017 | 5 comments
Police calls: Thieves break in, steal ATM from Alpine Inn

Crimes and accident reports from Portola Valley, Ladera, West Menlo Park and Menlo Park.

September 26, 2017 | 2 comments
Workers stabilize Los Trancos Creek bank in Ladera

This wall in Los Trancos Creek in Ladera is one of two such walls under construction by the San Mateo County Public Works Department to stabilize the creek bank before the rainy season this winter.

September 28, 2017 | 3 comments
Menlo Park: Facebook opts for 100% green energy

Facebook has switched all of its electric accounts to the 100 percent renewable energy option offered by Peninsula Clean Energy, a public energy provider governed by a San Mateo County joint power authority.

September 28, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Mayor commits to 100 percent renewable energy by 2030

Menlo Park's Mayor Kirsten Keith has signed, and the council approved, a "Mayors for 100% Clean Energy" initiative, which declares a citywide commitment to pursue 100 renewable energy by 2030.

October 6, 2017 | 2 comments
Council picks transportation advisers

The Menlo Park City Council recently chose members of an advisory committee to work on the citywide transportation master plan.

October 5, 2017 | No comments yet
Friday presentation: Producing a Broadway musical in Woodside

For more than 50 years, Woodside Community Theatre has put on Broadway musicals, yet somehow on Friday, Oct. 6, the group is going to condense all that history into an hour-long presentation at Woodside's Independence Hall.

September 29, 2017 | No comments yet
Guest opinion: Menlo Park's equity issue: Poor kids getting poor education

It is time to take the audacious step and bring the Belle Haven Elementary School and the Willow Oaks Elementary School into the Menlo Park City School District.

September 26, 2017 | 1 comment
Menlo Park disaster prep pro witnesses Mexico quake

She was in Mexico City for an earthquake conference
Menlo Park nonprofit executive Janise Rodgers was in Mexico City when the ground began to shake the morning of Sept. 19. She was there for an earthquake conference.

September 26, 2017 | No comments yet
Tonight: Portola Valley considers report on using public land for housing

The Portola Valley Town Council on Wednesday (Sept. 27) will consider a report from an advisory committee of current and former town officials on using town-owned property for housing.

September 27, 2017 | 1 comment
SHP takes third, Castilleja is fifth at water polo tourney

The Sacred Heart Prep girls water polo team finished third at the Amanda McDonald Tournament, beating West Catholic Athletic League rival St. Francis, 6-5, in the third-place contest at Menlo School on Saturday.

September 25, 2017 | No comments yet
Wednesday: FAA meeting on Surf Air route over Bay

Surf Air has used route to avoid Midpeninsula in San Carlos-bound flights
The Federal Aviation Administration will hold a meeting this Wednesday night about an alternative air route that has allowed Surf Air's planes to avoid the Midpeninsula on their way to the San Carlos Airport. The meeting will be in San Jose.

September 25, 2017 | 7 comments
Four-vehicle crash sends one person to Stanford hospital

Firefighters used the "Jaws of Life" when responding to a four-vehicle crash at Bayfront Expressway and University Avenue that sent one person to Stanford Hospital Saturday morning.

September 24, 2017 | No comments yet
Fire damages three apartments, displaces 10 people

Malfunctioning freezer is thought to be the cause
Firefighters say that no one was injured in a fire that displaced 10 and destroyed a second-story apartment and left two others uninhabitable in a three-story, 22-unit complex on Fourth Avenue in North Fair Oaks on Friday, Sept. 22.

September 23, 2017 | No comments yet
M-A defense withstands Panthers attack in PAL victory

Miles Conrad ran for a touchdown and passed for another as Menlo-Atherton withstood a big-time scare from Burlingame, holding on for a 14-10 victory in a Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division football opener on Friday night.

September 23, 2017 | No comments yet
Tuesday: Menlo Park Council could approve two major Stanford projects

The Menlo Park City Council may settle some unfinished business with Stanford University Tuesday night.

September 22, 2017 | 25 comments
Atherton: City manager 'disheartened' by 'Nazi scum' graffiti on Town Hall wall

A defaced exterior wall on Atherton Town Hall is now clean, but the impact of the graffiti lingers for City Manager George Rodericks, whose office is right above the spot the miscreant chose for the message.

September 22, 2017 | 2 comments
M-A offense flexing its offensive muscle; Paly looks for a win

It's the beginning of league play this week for Menlo-Atherton, Palo Alto and Gunn. Menlo School, Sacred Heart Prep and Woodside have byes and begin league play next week.

September 22, 2017 | No comments yet
Prep volleyball: Menlo takes control in the WBAL race

Menlo School beat visiting Sacred Heart Prep, 25-19, 25-16, 25-14, in a West Bay Athletic League Foothill Division contest Thursday to take control of the league race.

September 22, 2017 | No comments yet
Woodside's Tad Taube to fund new center for Stanford's Jewish community

Woodside resident, philanthropist and Stanford University graduate Tad Taube recently pledged $1.3 million toward the construction of a new center for Jewish students and faculty at Stanford.

September 27, 2017 | No comments yet
Emergency-response preparedness classes start Monday

The next Community Emergency Response Training course being offered by the Woodside Fire Protection District and the Citizens Emergency Response Preparedness Program starts on Monday, Sept. 25.

September 21, 2017 | No comments yet
Responding to disaster: how locals are preparing

Seeing the damage and death caused by hurricanes Harvey and Irma and the earthquakes in Mexico raises a question: What's happening with a local effort to equip residents to take care of themselves following a disaster?

September 21, 2017 | No comments yet
'Diamonds & Denim' gala for Mission Hospice

Diamonds & Denim, the annual fall gala of the Mission Hospice Auxiliary, will take place Saturday, Oct. 7, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Foster City.

September 21, 2017 | No comments yet
Sunday: Woodside's Joan Baez to be honored for environmental work

Folksinger and activist Joan Baez of Woodside will be honored Sunday, Sept. 24, during "Nature's Inspiration," an annual celebration and fundraiser hosted by the environmental group, the Committee for Green Foothills.

September 21, 2017 | No comments yet
Sept. 28: Talk by collector on art inspired by religious faith

Self-taught artists inspired by religious faith, such as the Rev. Howard Finster and R.A. Miller, will be the topic of a talk by art collector Steven Pattie on Thursday, Sept. 28, in Menlo Park.

September 21, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Youth mental health nonprofit expands services

SafeSpace, a new Menlo Park-based nonprofit, plans to expand its efforts beyond providing teens with acute mental health care and will begin to offer broader youth mental health advocacy and education in the community.

September 25, 2017 | No comments yet
High school senior organizes teen wellness conference

Sept. 30 event to feature discussions, youth speakers
A Los Altos High School senior is organizing a free teen wellness conference Sept. 30 to bring together teenagers to discuss and learn about topics such as identity and healthy relationships.

September 26, 2017 | No comments yet
Prep roundup: Gators, Knights grab early momentum in boys water polo

Sacred Heart Prep grabbed the inside track in the race to the West Catholic Athletic League boys water title, beating host Bellarmine 7-5 on Wednesday. Menlo School grabbed the inside track in the Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division, beating visiting Menlo-Atherton 10-4.

September 21, 2017 | No comments yet
Coffeebar cafe coming to Chestnut Street in Menlo Park

The owner of a string of cafes in the Tahoe area is expanding to the Midpeninsula with a new outpost in Menlo Park.

September 20, 2017 | 1 comment
Stranger grabs teen's hand, threatens her

A stranger grabbed a 15-year-old girl's hand and threatened her on a street in the unincorporated community of North Fair Oaks last weekend, but she was able to flee without injury, San Mateo County sheriff's officials said Sept. 20.

September 20, 2017 | No comments yet
Update: Animal photographed on school campus is 'likely a raccoon,' scientist says

A scientist with the state Fish and Wildlife Department thinks the animal photographed on the Sacred Heart Schools campus Tuesday night and Wednesday morning was "likely a raccoon."

September 20, 2017 | 5 comments
Recent home sales: Atherton, Menlo Park, Portola Valley, Woodside

Woodside estate sells for $18.8 million
Home sales are provided by California REsource, a real estate information company that obtains the information from the County Recorder's Office.

September 20, 2017 | No comments yet
Parents seek safer ways for kids to bike or walk to school

What can be done to keep kids safe who ride their bikes or walk to school?

September 28, 2017 | 12 comments
Menlo Park: Vacated seat on fire board unfilled after five-hour meeting

Board members Chuck Bernstein and Virginia Chang Kiraly want more time with the seven candidates
The recently vacated seat on the five-member board of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District remains open after a five-hour board meeting on Tuesday (Sept. 19) that included extensive deliberations on appointing someone to fill it.

September 20, 2017 | 9 comments
Prep volleyball: Menlo wins showdown of past state champs

Menlo School climbed to the top of the girls' volleyball hill in the West Bay Athletic League Foothill Division, knocking off defending league champion Notre Dame-Belmont, 25-14, 25-22, 25-18, on Tuesday.

September 20, 2017 | No comments yet
Prep report: M-A, Menlo continue tennis streaks

Sacred Heart Prep also opens WBAL play with a victory
Charlie Smith and Michaela Llewelyn filled the top two spots of the Menlo-Atherton girls tennis singles ladder rather nicely Tuesday to help the Bears beat host Hillsdale, 6-1, in a Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division match.

September 20, 2017 | No comments yet
Oaks report: Freshman golfer has solid tournament in Santa Rosa

Menlo College freshman Fredrik Ingul completed the Sonoma State Invite with a three-round total of 235, tying him for 21st overall Tuesday a the Fountaingrove Golf Club in Santa Rosa.

September 19, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Trash pickup rates may rise

'Zero Waste Plan' OK'd
Menlo Park residents and businesses may face increases in trash pickup rates over the next three years, some as steep as 60 percent.

September 20, 2017 | 14 comments
Menlo Park: Grade-separation issue divides commissions

Presented with two options for how Menlo Park should separate Ravenswood Avenue (and possibly other roads) from the Caltrain tracks, two of Menlo Park's commissions came to different conclusions.

September 20, 2017 | 2 comments
Menlo Park mayor's 'community conversation' on education raises specter of secession

Some want to withdraw Belle Haven from Ravenswood district, others defend it
A discussion on the disparity in funding and educational outcomes among Menlo Park kids drew what appeared to be more than 100 people to a community meeting Sept. 18 convened by Mayor Kirsten Keith at the Menlo Park Senior Center in Belle Haven.

September 19, 2017 | 9 comments
Tonight: Menlo Park district fire board set to fill vacant seat

Seven candidates have applied for the open seat
Seven people have applied for an open seat on the five-member governing board of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District. The board is expected to pick one of those candidates at its meeting tonight (Tuesday, Sept. 19).

September 19, 2017 | No comments yet
Weems stepping down at Menlo to join Warriors D-league team

After more than three years as the director of Menlo School Athletics program and 10 total years at Menlo, Kris Weems is taking a coaching position with the NBA's Golden State Warriors D-League affiliate Santa Cruz.

September 19, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo School golfers remain undefeated on the season

Menlo School remained undefeated in the West Bay Athletic League girls golf race, beating Sacred Heart Prep, 212-322, Monday at Menlo Country Club. In the SCVAL, Palo Alto beat Saratoga, 201-229 and remain unbeaten in league play.

September 19, 2017 | No comments yet
Cover story: How artificial intelligence may help when disaster strikes

Software could lead local first responders to areas most in need after a quake
Artificial intelligence is on the job, through a license agreement, to predict the severity of earthquake damage to buildings in Portola Valley, Woodside and the Woodside Fire Protection District.

September 28, 2017 | No comments yet
Woodside extends moratorium on marijuana sale, cultivation

The council plans to re-examine the issue in a few months when it has more information
If a Woodside market were to carry marijuana muffins, provided they're on a high shelf, Town Councilman Daniel Yost said he'd be OK with that. The council extended a ban on marijuana-related commercial activities and outdoor cultivation.

September 19, 2017 | 6 comments
Firefighters contain wildfire near Woodside

Cal Fire suspects the fire was started by a lighting strike.
The Skeggs fire, reported to be 100 percent contained as of 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15, burned about 50 acres of underbrush and leaf litter in the hills west of Woodside and east of Skyline Boulevard over several days.

September 19, 2017 | No comments yet
Police calls: Breaking and entering, or just entering, via sliding glass door

Crime reports from West Menlo Park and Menlo Park

September 20, 2017 | 4 comments
Skylonda: Drinking water supplies returning to normal, board member says

The recent heat wave and significant leaks discovered in two residential drinking water lines interrupted drinking water supplies for customers of the Skylonda Mutual Water Company and resulted in the need for some customers to boil their water.

September 18, 2017 | No comments yet
Water polo tourneys show SHP, Menlo boys in a good light

The Menlo School and Sacred Heart Prep boys water polo teams took advantage of playing in top tournaments over the weekend and while neither came home a champion, both the Knights and Gators came back with the knowledge they can compete with just about anybody.

September 18, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Search and rescue team returns from Florida deployment

An 81-person search and rescue team based out of Menlo Park is scheduled to return from Florida Sunday (Sept. 17), according to Chief Harold Schapelhouman of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District, which sponsors the team.

September 17, 2017 | 1 comment
Menlo-Atherton's high-octane football team puts on a show

People in the Los Gatos High football press box were dumbfounded. Menlo-Atherton scored 41 points in the first half en route to a 56-41 nonleague victory over the Wildcats. No one could remember Los Gatos giving up that many points in a game, let alone a half.

September 17, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo, SH Prep advance into semis of water polo tournies

Sacred Heart Prep split a pair of boys water polo games in the Elite Eight Tournament at Harvard-Westlake on Friday and can still win the tournament. Menlo School won twice in the St. Francis-Acalanes Tournament and will attempt to defend its title.

September 16, 2017 | No comments yet
Skeggs wildfire near Woodside 100 percent contained

A 50-acre wildfire burning near Woodside in San Mateo County is now 100 percent contained, fire officials reported Friday night.

September 16, 2017 | 1 comment
Menlo Park Tuesday: Asian Art Museum docent gives talk

An Asian Art Museum docent will give a free one-hour history lesson about the Silk Road -- an ancient trade network that stretched from China to Rome -- at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19, at the Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St. in the Civic Center.

September 15, 2017 | No comments yet
Stanford plans to hike payment to education foundation

Payment would be part of development agreement for university's proposed Menlo Park complex
Stanford officials announced Sept. 15 that the university proposes to increase its contribution to the Menlo Park-Atherton Education Foundation by $500,000 over 15 years to a total of $1.5 million as part of its development agreement for a 430,000-square-foot office, apartment and retail complex along El Camino Real in Menlo Park.

September 15, 2017 | 4 comments
Police calls: $37K in handbags reported stolen at Atherton party

Crime reports from Atherton, Woodside and West Menlo Park

September 18, 2017 | 5 comments
Portola Valley hardware store changes hands after 25 years

Mark Parris sells Portola Valley Hardware to two local men.
Darkness had settled in on Oct. 17, 1989, by the time Portola Valley resident Mark Parris pulled up to his hardware store at the corner of Alpine and Portola roads in Portola Valley. The power was out and a crowd had gathered.

September 19, 2017 | No comments yet
Sunday in Atherton: Valpo Fun Run benefits Peninsula Bridge

The Valpo Fun Run is back for the fourth year in a row, offering an easy 5k (3.16 mile) flat course for walkers, runners and strollers in the Atherton neighborhood surrounding its hosts, Menlo School and Sacred Heart Schools.

September 15, 2017 | No comments yet
Saturday: Book sale benefits Friends of Woodside Library

Books donated to the Friends of the Woodside Library for the past year will be for sale on Saturday, Sept. 16, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside.

September 15, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo College completes soccer sweep at Sierra Nevada

The Menlo College women's soccer team has been getting contributions from several different players and Thursday was no different as the Oaks got goals from four different players in a 4-1 nonconference victory over host Sierra Nevada College.

September 15, 2017 | No comments yet
Prep football: Menlo-Atherton returns to the winner's circle

Menlo-Atherton got its first football win while breaking in a new running back last time out in a 30-7 win over Palma. De'Marshaun Payton saw his first action for M-A and carried 13 times for 107 yards.

September 15, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Car fire temporarily blocks Oak Grove Avenue

A vehicle fire that broke out on Oak Grove Avenue near Marcussen Drive around 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 14, causing a PG&E pole to burst into flame, occurred when someone started a parked car, according to witnesses. The would-be driver got out safely and no one was hurt.

September 15, 2017 | No comments yet
Mark Rich plane crash: NTSB releases preliminary report

The National Transportation Safety Board has released a preliminary report on its investigation into a plane crash that killed the pilot, Mark Rich of Menlo Park, and destroyed a home-built plane he was flying from San Carlos to Oregon for the solar eclipse in August.

September 14, 2017 | No comments yet
Atherton reports water main break on Larch Drive

A contractor struck a water main Thursday afternoon (Sept. 14) on Larch Drive near Greenoaks Drive in Atherton.

September 14, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo Park Chamber names Golden Acorn Award winners

Winners include veteran firefighter and a teen who helps underserved kids
The Rotary Club of Menlo Park and Rebuilding Together Peninsula are among the six winners of 2017 Golden Acorn Awards, given by the Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce for community service and professional excellence.

September 14, 2017 | No comments yet
Recent home sales: Atherton, Menlo Park, Portola Valley, Woodside

Home sales are provided by California REsource, a real estate information company that obtains the information form the county recorder's offices.

September 14, 2017 | No comments yet
Iconic musician Buffy Sainte-Marie on art, activism and reasons for hope

Buffy Sainte-Marie, the Canadian-American songwriter and social activist, will perform at Stanford University on Sept. 22.

September 14, 2017 | No comments yet
Sunday: Electric-vehicle test drives

Take a spin in an electric vehicle (EV) this Sunday, Sept. 17, 1-4 p.m. at 3921 E. Bayshore Road, Palo Alto. The free test drives are part of Acterra's celebration of National Drive Electric Week, to encourage adoption of environmentally friendly practices and products.

September 14, 2017 | No comments yet
Sunday: Tuolumne River Film Festival in Atherton

The third-annual Tuolumne River Film Festival, featuring short films from the Wild and Scenic Film Festival, live music, ice cream and more, will be held Sunday in Atherton.

September 14, 2017 | No comments yet
Sacred Heart Prep top seed in prestigious boys water polo tournament

The Sacred Heart Prep boys water polo team didn't have much time to celebrate its 18-9 West Catholic Athletic League victory over visiting Serra on Wednesday night. The Gators are making final preparations for its visit to Harvard-Westlake School for three days.

September 14, 2017 | No comments yet
Friday: Artists reception, show in Atherton

The Atherton Arts Foundation is presenting an artists' reception and show, "Through Artists' Eyes: Land, Sea and Sky," from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15, at the Jennings Pavilion in Holbrook-Palmer Park in Atherton.

September 13, 2017 | No comments yet
Portola Valley School District trustee resigns

Superintendent recommends filling vacant seat by appointment
Jennifer Youstra, who was elected to the Portola Valley School District Board of Trustees in November 2015, resigned from her post on Sept. 8, effective immediately. Her term was to expire in December 2019.

September 14, 2017 | 6 comments
Woodside council: Colleague's comment didn't violate town's ethics code

The Woodside Town Council agreed Tuesday on a resolution to "disapprove" of an online remark posted by Councilman Chris Shaw in which he was critical of a comment by a town resident. The council did not see the remark as violating the town's ethics code.

September 13, 2017 | 2 comments
Ravenswood schools' superintendent blasts Menlo Park mayor

Calls any attempt to secede Menlo Park schools from Ravenswood district a 'power grab'
The superintendent of the Ravenswood City School District has sent a strongly worded letter to Menlo Park Mayor Kirsten Keith, telling her in no unclear terms that any attempt to "secede Belle Haven from the Ravenswood City School District" will be "met with resistance at every step."

September 13, 2017 | 19 comments
Menlo Park backs temporary ban on pot businesses

Moratorium would give city time to decided how it wants to regulate marijuana production and sales
Even though two-thirds of Menlo Park voters supported legalizing recreational marijuana in California last year, pot shops, farms or manufacturing or distribution centers likely won't be opening in the city anytime soon, if ever.

September 13, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo College earns another golf star for its programs

For the ninth consecutive year, Menlo College was recognized as one of only fourteen schools to earn the 100-point Gold Star Champions of Character award from the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. With 249 NAIA member institutions, the nod to the strength of Menlo College and Menlo College Athletics is an extremely high honor.

September 13, 2017 | No comments yet
San Mateo County supervisors want to ban 'distracted walking'

Board adopts resolution urging Legislature to ban cellphones use in crosswalks
"The state rightly banned texting and driving and now it's time to protect pedestrians," Superviosr David J. Canepa said.

September 12, 2017 | 6 comments
Portola Valley: Grass fire near Felt Lake contained

Firefighters have contained a grass fire west of Felt Lake near the 3600 block of Alpine Road in Portola Valley.

September 12, 2017 | No comments yet
Cover story: Facing the unthinkable

The Nye family helped scientists discover a new disease. Now they're on a mission to find a treatment.
Kim and Zach Nye had the storybook Peninsula life. After their first daughter was born, their lives took a turn that would lead them to help discover a new genetic disorder and create a foundation to research a treatment.

September 20, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Parking permit program on Marcussen Drive approved

The votes are in: 87 percent of voting residents who live on Marcussen Drive in Menlo Park favor a residential parking permit program that bans parking for nonresidents between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., except on holidays and weekends.

September 13, 2017 | 1 comment
Menlo Park seeks lobbyist, communications consultant

The city of Menlo Park is searching for two consultants: one to represent the city interests in Washington, D.C., as a lobbyist and another to analyze the city's communications efforts and recommend how to improve them.

September 21, 2017 | 3 comments
Tonight in Menlo Park: SamTrans discusses Dumbarton transportation corridor study

In light of findings from a $1 million study paid for by Facebook, SamTrans is recommending a phased revamp of the Dumbarton transportation corridor with changes to the highway bridge, a rehabilitation of the old rail bridge that runs parallel to it, and a reconfiguring of arteries that feed the bridge.

September 13, 2017 | No comments yet
Bay Area hit with 1,200 lightning strikes

More thunderstorm activity could take place on Tuesday
Bay Area residents could experience today similar weather conditions to those that rolled through on Monday evening, with chances for additional thunderstorms and lightning, a National Weather Service meteorologist said.

September 12, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Groundbreaking held for 'Station 1300' development

To launch the redevelopment of a 6.4-acre site at 1300 El Camino Real, a groundbreaking ceremony was held Tuesday, Sept. 12.

September 13, 2017 | 4 comments
Menlo College report: Volleyball, soccer collects weekly honors

Menlo College Women's Volleyball is off to a 10-3 start and is 1-0 in conference play. Part of that success can be attributed to the great play this week of a trio of players who swept the GSAC Volleyball Player of the Week honors.

September 12, 2017 | No comments yet
Tonight: Menlo Park council could pass temporary ban on pot-related businesses

In response to California's January 2018 rollout of the "Control, Regulate and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act" (Proposition 64) that voters approved last November, the Menlo Park City Council could vote Tuesday, Sept. 12, to prohibit all commercial cannabis cultivation and businesses for 45 days.

September 12, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo Park commission favors Ravenswood Avenue tunnel under tracks

Opposition to the concept of a maximum 10-foot wall across town was the main reason the Menlo Park Planning Commission did not support a proposed option to separate the Caltrain tracks at three Menlo Park roads.

September 12, 2017 | 4 comments
Wildfire near Woodside 80 percent contained, Cal Fire says

Full containment expected by 7 p.m. tonight
Firefighters say they expect full containment of the Skeggs fire by 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15.

September 12, 2017 | 3 comments
Portola Valley: Water main work underway in Westridge neighborhood

A crew from the California Water Service is working on a water main in the 100 block of Shawnee Pass in the Westridge neighborhood of Portola Valley, according to a 5:04 p.m. emailed announcement from the San Mateo County Alert System.

September 11, 2017 | No comments yet
Remembering 9/11: Menlo students plant 1,000 flags

When Charlotte Acra and Bella Stuart, two 15-year-old sophomores at Menlo School, think of 9/11, they can't recall what they were doing when they learned the news of what had happened.

September 11, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Task Force 3 secures new warehouse facility

California Urban Search and Rescue Task Force 3, sponsored by the Menlo Park Fire Protection District, will be getting a new permanent warehouse facility in East Palo Alto.

September 11, 2017 | No comments yet
Local first responders in Florida after driving across the country

Peninsula first responders engaged in the Hurricane Irma relief effort are at a U.S. Air Force base near Pensacola, Florida, according to Fire Chief Harold Schapelhouman of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District.

September 11, 2017 | No comments yet
Tuesday: Supes to consider asking state to ban cellphone use in crosswalks

With pedestrian fatalities accounting for 24 percent of traffic-related deaths in California in 2016, county Supervisor David Canepa will ask the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday to urge the state Legislature to ban pedestrian use of cellphones in crosswalks.

September 11, 2017 | 14 comments
Prep report: Menlo, Castilleja win weekend tournaments

Menlo School didn't have to stray very far in winning tournament championships on Saturday. The boys' water polo team hosted the Scott Roche Tournament, defending its title with a 10-9 victory over San Ramon Valley in a rematch of last year's title game.

September 11, 2017 | No comments yet
Football: Menlo School beats Piedmont 28-7

Aidan Israelski scored twice, Emilio Simbeck threw for another touchdown and Menlo School downed host Piedmont 28-7 in a nonleague game Friday night.

September 9, 2017 | No comments yet
Prep football: Woodside loses in final seconds; M-A gets first victory

Woodside lost in heart-breaking fashion, giving up a touchdown with 35 seconds remaining to play in a 35-29 nonleague football contest as host to Leigh-San Jose on Friday night.

September 9, 2017 | No comments yet
Woodside: Did council member's online remark violate the town's ethics code?

Woodside council plans to consider that question Tuesday
Woodside's ethics code and whether Councilman Chris Shaw violated it in an online remark will be the first order of new business for the Woodside Town Council when it meets on Tuesday, Sept. 12.

September 8, 2017 | 17 comments
Prep report: SHP, Menlo, Woodside win openers

Seven different players scored twice and the Sacred Heart Prep boys water polo team beat visiting St. Ignatius, 20-4, in a West Catholic Athletic League opener Wednesday. Menlo School beat Hillsdale, 21-6, in its Peninsula Athletic League opener.

September 8, 2017 | No comments yet
Palo Alto comes up big in volleyball win over Menlo

Following a loss Wednesday night to St. Ignatius, the Palo Alto volleyball team was fired up and ready to go Thursday against local nonleague rival Menlo School. Paly got momentum going its way early and never eased up, pinning a 25-21, 26-24, 25-16 defeat on the defending Division IV state champions.

September 8, 2017 | No comments yet
Hurricane Irma relief effort draws Bay Area search-and-rescue task force

Some 80 Bay Area specialists in "heavy rescue" were headed for Florida on Thursday as the Federal Emergency Management Agency gears up for the expected landfall of Hurricane Irma, a rare Category 5 storm with sustained winds of up to 175 mph.

September 7, 2017 | 2 comments
Write-in candidates can file now for November races

Write-in candidates for Nov. 7 election races, which locally means only the Portola Valley School District's governing board, can file until Oct. 24, San Mateo County election officials have announced.

September 7, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: How to separate roads from rails

Planning Commission to discuss options Monday
The issue of where and how to separate roads from rails at Caltrain crossings in Menlo Park comes before the city's Planning Commission on Monday night, Sept. 11.

September 7, 2017 | 7 comments
Atherton moves ahead with flood, pollution control facility

Town can pull out of the project if maintenance costs are too high
Atherton is moving forward with a plan to build in Holbrook-Palmer Park an underground storm-water processing facility that will help control pollution and flooding.

September 7, 2017 | No comments yet
Tonight: Grand opening party for new Menlo Park furniture store

ANTHEM Home, a new home furnishings store at 889 Santa Cruz Ave. in downtown Menlo Park, is holding a grand opening party Thursday, Sept. 7, from 5 to 8 p.m.

September 7, 2017 | 1 comment
Castilleja goes on scoring spree to win PAL water polo opener

Sophomore Minhee Chung scored six goals, senior goalie Georgia Lewis recorded nine saves and the Castilleja water polo team scored nine straight goals over the course of the contest to beat host Menlo-Atherton 12-3 Wednesday in a PAL Bay Division opener.

September 7, 2017 | No comments yet
Sheriff's Office: SUV driver 'at fault' in Portola Valley collision with cyclists

The driver of an SUV involved in an Aug. 5 collision with a group of bicyclists near Portola Valley Town Center at 765 Portola Road has been found "at fault" in the accident, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.

September 6, 2017 | No comments yet
New clinic in Menlo Park focuses on reproductive medicine

A 17,200-square-foot fertility clinic with two physicians and 18 employees has opened at 1060 Marsh Road in Menlo Park.

September 28, 2017 | No comments yet
Should dogs be allowed in San Mateo County parks?

Public invited to comment on new guidelines
San Mateo County prohibits dogs in its parks, with certain exceptions. For nearly a year, a 10-member committee has been examining that policy and now invites the public to comment on its proposed guidelines.

September 8, 2017 | 19 comments
Woodside High names Jennifer Buja athlete of the week

Jennifer Buja, a senior at Woodside High School who is captain of the varsity girls volleyball team, has been named athlete of the week, Athletic Director Charles Velschow announced Sept. 6.

September 7, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo Park talk tonight: Making safe routes to school happen

Jen Wolosin, founder of Parents for Safe Routes, will give a talk, "Between Home and School: Why Safe Routes Matter and How to Make Them Happen," to start the Parent Education Speaker Series for the Menlo Park City School District.

September 15, 2017 | 31 comments
Tonight: Menlo Park mayor hosts discussion on education

Menlo Park Mayor Kirsten Keith will host a community conversation Monday, Sept. 18, about options the city might have to deal with problems regarding education quality in Menlo Park.

September 11, 2017 | 16 comments
Menlo Park: Mueller named to state low-income housing committee

Councilman will represent California cities on committee with top state officials
Menlo Park Councilman Ray Mueller has been appointed to represent California cities on a state committee that administers federal and state tax-credit programs for low-income housing.

September 6, 2017 | No comments yet
Fiona's Q&A: How Sacred Heart Schools gets ready for students

Fiona Lempres, a third-grader at Sacred Heart Schools Lower School in Atherton, asks Sarah Coogan, Sacred Heart Schools' director of strategic initiatives, what it takes to get ready for students to come back to school.

September 9, 2017 | No comments yet
Saturday: Furry fundraiser for Menlo Park police, K9s

Bring your dog to the park this weekend and participate in a walk and raffle to benefit the Menlo Park Police Department Foundation and K9 unit.

September 6, 2017 | No comments yet
McDonald has it her way in Menlo College volleyball victory

Junior Maggie McDonald recorded a career-high 25 kills on a .423 hitting percentage and the Menlo College women's volleyball team continued its winning ways, beating visiting Pacific Union 23-25, 25-18, 25-19, 25-17 in a nonconference match Tuesday.

September 6, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo-Atherton girls shrug off slow volleyball start

The Menlo-Atherton girls volleyball team really wasn't all that competitive Tuesday in a 25-15, 25-14, 25-18 loss at Valley Christian. Then again, the Bears aren't too worried about how pretty their record looks this early in the season.

September 6, 2017 | No comments yet
Mark Rich remembrance: Engineer, pilot, father, friend

Laura Rich remembers her husband, killed on his way to view total solar eclipse
Friends, family and colleagues came from all over the country, and even from France, to celebrate the life of Mark Rich of Menlo Park on Aug. 26 in a way that his wife, Laura Rich, says Mr. Rich would have appreciated.

September 6, 2017 | 2 comments
Sunday: Benefit in Woodside to aid Hurricane Harvey relief effort

Local residents can extend a helping hand to Houston residents on Sunday, Sept. 10, from 2 to 6 p.m. in a benefit for the Hurricane Harvey relief effort at the Mountain Terrace restaurant at 17285 Skyline Blvd. in Woodside.

September 6, 2017 | No comments yet
Flowers have power: Linda Salter exhibit in Menlo Park

Linda Salter, who works primarily in oils and pastels, has a collection of oil paintings of flowers on display during September at the Portola Art Gallery in Menlo Park.

September 6, 2017 | No comments yet
Police calls: Burglaries in Atherton, Woodside, Menlo Park

These reports are from the Menlo Park and Atherton police departments and the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.

September 6, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo Park Kiwanis speakers: war refuge, nonprofit champions

A war refugee and champions for burn victims and the elderly are scheduled to speak at the Menlo Park Kiwanis Club luncheon meetings in September.

September 9, 2017 | No comments yet
Woodside entrepreneur aims to broaden news horizons

Social entrepreneur Nick Lum of Woodside is interested in shrinking bubbles, specifically news bubbles -- those insulated worlds we can create for ourselves when we gravitate toward online news sources that align with our political views.

October 3, 2017 | 1 comment
Remembrance: Kato Mendelssohn Reis, lifelong pianist and teacher

The music of Kato Mendelssohn Reis's own piano recordings of the music of Chopin, Liszt and Felix Mendelssohn, her great-great-grandfather, played in the background as she breathed her last on Aug. 15. She had been a resident of Atherton and Menlo Park for 60 years.

September 9, 2017 | No comments yet
Help send children with organ transplants to summer camp

Stanford Blood Center is asking the public to help send 50 pediatric organ transplant recipients to a summer camp hosted by Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford.

September 9, 2017 | No comments yet
Firefighters return from Hurricane Harvey rescue efforts

Some of the Bay Area firefighters who have been helping with water rescue efforts in Texas in response to flooding from Hurricane Harvey are heading home.

September 5, 2017 | 5 comments
No 'Spare the Air' alert today as air quality improves

Air quality on Tuesday (Sept. 5) in the San Francisco Bay Area has been forecast to be "moderate" and no Spare the Air alert has been issued for the region for the first time in five days.

September 5, 2017 | No comments yet
Knights, Gators score early and often to win home openers

Aidan Israelski returned the opening kickoff 75 yards for a touchdown, sparking a huge first quarter for the Menlo School football team en route to a 56-6 nonleague victory over visiting Robert Louis Stevenson on Saturday.

September 5, 2017 | No comments yet
Update: Palo Alto native, 29, killed in train-vehicle crash

A 29-year-old Palo Alto native died early Tuesday morning (Sept. 5) when his Volkswagen was struck by a train traveling through Redwood City.

September 5, 2017 | No comments yet
Locals help Brown volleyball get out to a fast start

The trio of Menlo-Atherton grad Eliza Grover and Menlo grads Elisa Merten and Melissa Cairo have helped the Brown women's volleyball start the season with three consecutive victories at the Holy Cross Invitational over the weekend.

September 5, 2017 | No comments yet
Atherton flood control project moves to park

City Council to vote on new agreement with Caltrans that preserves $13.6 million grant
Atherton's City Council will vote Wednesday, Sept. 6, on a new agreement with Caltrans to accept a $13.6 million grant to put a flood and water pollution control facility in Holbrook-Palmer Park.

September 5, 2017 | No comments yet
Atherton invites residents to join disaster drill Saturday

A drill designed to prepare Atherton residents for a disaster and to improve collaboration between the town, first responders and volunteers in a major emergency will be held in Atherton on Saturday, Sept. 9.

September 6, 2017 | No comments yet
Prep report: Menlo boys drop first water polo contest

Menlo School ran into a buzzsaw Saturday in its season-opening boys water polo contest against Sir Francis Drake, dropping an 11-3 nonleague decision Saturday.

September 2, 2017 | No comments yet
AG warns of sham charities for Hurricane Harvey victims

Donors called to be on alert for 'look-alike' fraudulent fundraising websites
Californians should be careful when donating money to charities purporting to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey, the state's attorney general said Friday.

September 4, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo-Atherton falls to 0-2 after 30-23 loss to Mitty

After a touchback on the opening kickoff Menlo-Atherton lined up for its first play from scrimmage at the 20-yard line. A bad snap from center resulted in quarterback Miles Conrad being tackled in the end zone for a safety, giving Mitty a 2-0 lead.
What a start. And what an indication of what was to come.

September 2, 2017 | No comments yet
Sunday: Excessive smog, 'spare the air' alert

The fourth consecutive Spare the Air Alert has been issued for Sunday because of excessive smog and triple-digit temperatures.

September 2, 2017 | No comments yet
Deputies: Woman punched, kicked by boyfriend; Redwood City man arrested.

Sheriff's deputies were dispatched at around 12:15 a.m. Thursday to the Shell gas station at 3201 El Camino Real at Fifth Avenue between Stockbridge Avenue and Selby Lane, where they spoke with a woman who said she had been assaulted by her boyfriend.

September 2, 2017 | No comments yet
Extreme heat warning: Temperatures may hit 112

Temps expected to cool slightly after Saturday highs, but heat warning is in effect until Monday night
With temperatures forecast to reach 107 in Menlo Park and Atherton, 110 in Woodside and 112 in Portola Valley on Saturday, the National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning through 9 p.m. Monday.

September 2, 2017 | No comments yet
Jury finds Menlo Park man guilty of first-degree murder

A San Mateo County jury on Thursday (Aug. 31) found Jerry Coneal III, a 23-year-old resident of Menlo Park, to be guilty of one count of first-degree murder in connection with the October 2012 shooting death of a rival gang member in East Palo Alto.

September 1, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo Park firefighters helping to evacuate Texas residents

Firefighters from the Menlo Park Fire Protection District were in Wharton, Texas, on Thursday as part of a Bay Area water rescue team that headed to Texas on Sunday, Aug. 27 with a convoy of five vehicles carrying 10 boats in trailers and three drones.

September 1, 2017 | 6 comments
M-A, Paly, Woodside look to rebound at home Friday night

As if opening the season with Bellarmine College Prep was not enough, the Menlo-Atherton football team now takes on a second West Catholic Athletic League opponent in Mitty.

September 1, 2017 | No comments yet
Prep volleyball: Menlo earns big victory over M-A

The defending state Division IV champions Menlo School beat Menlo-Atherton for the first time in four years in girls volleyball, earning a 26-24, 25-12, 25-21 victory over the visiting Bears on Thursday night.

September 1, 2017 | No comments yet
Atherton's Malcolm Dudley retires after 56 years as investment adviser

Former Atherton mayor had been working full-time
Just two weeks shy of his 85th birthday, Atherton's Malcolm Dudley has retired from his full-time job as an investment adviser for Wells Fargo Advisors in Palo Alto.

September 5, 2017 | 1 comment
Bay Area under a smoke advisory

Fires to the north and high temperatures spark alert
Massive fires in Northern California and southern Oregon have sent smoke to the Bay Area, which has prompted a regional government agency to issue an alert Thursday afternoon.

August 31, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo fire district now taking applications for board appointment

New director will fill remaining 15 months of Rex Ianson's term
Menlo Park Fire Protection District residents interested in a 15-month term on the district's fire board have until Sept. 13 to apply to be appointed by the current fire board.

September 1, 2017 | 3 comments
Menlo Park: Tests show elevated bacteria levels at pop-up mini-park downtown

Locals say park experiment has gone foul
A project intended to spice up downtown has instead stunk it up, say people who spend time near the city's pop-up park on Curtis Street and Santa Cruz Avenue.

September 5, 2017 | 47 comments
Tonight: Changing how local elections are conducted

Big changes in the way elections are conducted in San Mateo County will be discussed at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6, at the Woodside Road United Methodist Church, 2000 Woodside Road in Redwood City.

September 6, 2017 | 9 comments
Menlo Park: No permit for gun-toting protester on Sand Hill Road

He had proposed to carry loaded weapon and show videos on Sand Hill Road median
A decision by the city of Menlo Park to deny a special event permit application to a man seeking to run a one-man protest on Sand Hill Road with a semi-automatic rifle was upheld by the City Council with 4-0 vote at a special meeting Aug. 29, held to discuss an appeal of the matter. Councilman Ray Mueller was absent.

August 31, 2017 | 1 comment
West Menlo residents press county to tackle road hazards

County is studying Santa Cruz/Alameda between Sand Hill Road and Avy Avenue
More than 100 people showed up on Monday night to let San Mateo County know about some of the problems they see with the busy Santa Cruz Avenue/Alameda de las Pulgas roadway that bisects their West Menlo Park neighborhood.

August 31, 2017 | No comments yet
Prep report: SHP beats Gunn 4-3 in competitive tennis match

Junior Nooryan Jafri usually anchors Sacred Heart Prep's strong group of doubles players. With senior Sara Choy, a blue chip prospect ranked No. 3 in NorCal U18 singles, out of the lineup, she moves into the fourth singles spot.

August 31, 2017 | No comments yet
Theater review: Star-crossed lovers

'Constellations' explores a multitude of romantic possibilities and parallel worlds
In Nick Payne's "Constellations," receiving its regional premiere with TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, the world (or worlds, rather), contains infinite timelines and multiverses, each with their own alternate realities and myriad possibilities.

August 30, 2017 | No comments yet
Warning: Weekend may be a scorcher

Saturday temps expected to top 100 in Portola Valley and Woodside
The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning for Friday through Monday, with temperatures predicted to reach into the 100s in the local area.

August 30, 2017 | 6 comments
Year's 10th Spare the Air alert for smog issued for Thursday

Air district officials expect unhealthy ozone levels in the South Bay
A Spare the Air alert has been issued in the Bay Area for Thursday because hot temperatures, light wind and vehicle exhaust are expected to combine to create unhealthy smog levels, air quality officials said.

August 30, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Council hashes out details of Sand Hill Road annexation

Decision saved for a future date
Members of the Menlo Park City Council were surprised they were expected to approve, upon their first scheduled discussion of the project, an application by Stanford to build a 40,000-square-foot, two-story office building at 2131 Sand Hill Road.

August 30, 2017 | 5 comments
Thursday: Firefighters fundraising relay may delay El Camino traffic

Traffic crossing El Camino Real may be delayed during the day on Thursday (Aug. 31) as Peninsula firefighters participate in a relay and fundraiser between Mountain View and San Francisco.

August 30, 2017 | No comments yet
Prep report: Gators learn a lot from volleyball loss

As the season progresses for the Sacred Heart Prep girls volleyball team, it's going to realize the importance of Tuesday's 21-25, 25-13, 25-19, 25-20 nonleague loss to visiting Carlmont.

August 30, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo Park pedestrian killed by vehicle in Palo Alto

A 52-year-old Menlo Park man who was struck by a car on El Camino Real near Palo Alto's Ventura neighborhood Sunday night died of his injuries early Tuesday morning, Aug. 29, police said.

August 29, 2017 | 1 comment
Back in school: Las Lomitas School District

Here's what's new at Las Lomitas School District as the new school year starts.

August 30, 2017 | No comments yet
Back in school: Camp Hillview welcomes incoming sixth-graders

Hillview Middle School eighth grader Will Rice writes about his school's special program to welcome sixth-graders to their new school.

August 30, 2017 | 3 comments
Woodside School offers seven new electives for middle schoolers

Woodside Elementary School eighth-grader Layne Kohler writes about the new classes offered at her school this year.

August 30, 2017 | No comments yet
Friday: Author Donia Bijan under spotlight at Woodside program

Menlo Park author Donia Bijan will be the featured guest at the First Friday event at Woodside Town Hall on Sept. 1. Ms. Bijan's novel, "The Last Days of Cafe Leila," was released earlier this year.

August 30, 2017 | No comments yet
Corte Madera kicks off school year celebrating the eclipse

Carmen Bechtel, an eighth-grader at Corte Madera School in Portola Vally, took photos and wrote about the school's first day, which coincided with the solar eclipse.

August 30, 2017 | No comments yet
Back in school: Getting to know Hillview's director of student activities

Three Hillview Middle School eighth-graders interviewed Brian Darmanin, their school's director of student activities.

August 29, 2017 | No comments yet
Saturday: Attend a walking workshop to point out traffic problems in Menlo Park

Residents invited to respond to survey and take 'walking workshops'
Menlo Park is seeking public comment on local transportation problems as an early step in developing a citywide transportation master plan.

September 8, 2017 | No comments yet
Tonight: Menlo Park council could approve new office building, annex Stanford land

The Menlo Park City Council may approve a proposal to annex almost 16 acres of Stanford land, currently under San Mateo County's jurisdiction, and approve a 40,000-square-foot office building proposed to be built at 2131 Sand Hill Road, near the Hewlett Foundation offices and across Sand Hill Road from the Sharon Heights shopping center.

August 29, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Stanford's 'Middle Plaza' clears penultimate hurdle

Major question remains: Will schools be fully compensated for added costs?
Stanford's proposed 429,739 square-foot development on an 8.4-acre site stretching along El Camino Real in Menlo Park from Big 5 Sporting Goods to the Stanford Park Hotel passed a penultimate hurdle Aug. 28.

August 29, 2017 | 22 comments
New president-rector at St. Patrick's Seminary

St. Patrick's Seminary in Menlo Park welcomed its 17th president-rector, the Rev. George E. Schultze, at a Mass ceremony to launch its new academic year on Aug. 21.

September 5, 2017 | 1 comment
Menlo Park: Animal hospital to leave town; mixed-use development planned

Scout's House, an animal rehabilitation center, will also move to the new site
After 54 years in business, the Mid-Peninsula Animal Hospital is making plans to depart Menlo Park for North Fair Oaks, leaving the site to be redeveloped.

August 29, 2017 | 10 comments
Woodside: Occupied home burglarized; valuables stolen

Residents were asleep
San Mateo County sheriff's officials are investigating a burglary that occurred Saturday night or Sunday morning in a Woodside home while the residents were asleep.

August 29, 2017 | No comments yet
Prep report: Menlo holds off Paly in girls water polo match

Gillian Bressie made eight saves and recorded five steals, Annie Bisconti scored four times and the Menlo School girls' water polo team edged visiting Palo Alto, 9-8, in a nonleague girls contest Monday night.

August 29, 2017 | No comments yet
Woodside High has new home for science, tech, engineering, math instruction

Woodside High School has a new STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) building, also known as the J wing, welcoming students to the new school year.

August 29, 2017 | No comments yet
M-A High: Twenty-one new classrooms greet students

For the new school year, students at Menlo-Atherton High School are getting a chance to use the new facilities and have classes in the recently finished G wing, the second building on campus to have two stories, after the I wing.

August 31, 2017 | No comments yet
People: New superintendent has a past to draw on

Mary Streshly's father was a school district superintendent, too.
For Mary Streshly, the new superintendent of the Sequoia Union High School District, being at the top of school district management runs in the family.

September 5, 2017 | No comments yet
Woodside: Kings Mountain Art Fair returns

As autumn approaches, a group of artists and craftspeople prepare to display fine art at the 54th Kings Mountain Art Fair over the Labor Day holiday, this year on Sept. 2, 3 and 4 (Saturday, Sunday and Monday).

August 29, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: DOE extends Stanford's contract to operate SLAC

The SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in Menlo Park is known for its cutting edge research using X-ray lasers. The U.S. Department of Energy recently issued a five-year extension to Stanford's contract to operate SLAC to Sept. 30, 2022.

September 5, 2017 | No comments yet
Police calls: Crime reports in Atherton, Woodside, Menlo Park

These reports are from the Menlo Park and Atherton police departments and the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.

August 29, 2017 | 2 comments
Saturday: Free folk, indie-pop concert in Menlo Park

Get a preview of two new acoustic-pop albums at a free concert starting 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 2, at the Menlo Park City Council Chambers.

August 30, 2017 | No comments yet
Water-rescue teams respond to Texas flooding

Two water rescue teams from the Bay Area have arrived in Texas to help with the federal response to Hurricane Harvey, which made landfall late Friday in the Houston area as a Category 4 storm.

August 28, 2017 | No comments yet
Portola Valley: Residential burglary suspect sentenced to jail

Jesus Giovanni Franco, 19, of Redwood City, was sentenced to one year in the San Mateo County jail after pleading no contest on Friday (Aug. 25) to one count of residential burglary in connection with a January incident on Golden Oak Drive in Portola Valley.

August 28, 2017 | 2 comments
Menlo Park Planning Commission set to review Stanford's 'Middle Plaza' project

The Menlo Park Planning Commission could give its recommendation on Monday, Aug. 28, to approve a large package of agreements and permits that Stanford needs in order to move forward with its plans to redevelop 8.4 acres along El Camino Real in Menlo Park.

August 28, 2017 | No comments yet
SH Prep girls win four volleyball matches at Spikefest I

Senior outside hitter Cate Desler averaged 10.8 kills and 2.4 aces per set for the Sacred Heart Prep girls' volleyball team, which won four of five matches at the Milpitas Spikefest I on Saturday at both Milpitas and Independence high schools to win the bronze division title.

August 28, 2017 | No comments yet
Marijuana eradication on open space preserve; four arrested

A multi-agency law enforcement effort eradicated illegally grown marijuana plants with an estimated street value of about $23 million over the last two months.

August 27, 2017 | 6 comments
Priory opens football season with a lopsided victory

Keyshawn Ashford scored five touchdowns, Jaeden Barker added a pair of scores and the Priory 8-man football team opened its season with a 72-0 victory over visiting Cornerstone Christian on Friday.

August 26, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo-Atherton runs out of time in football loss to Bellarmine

Menlo-Atherton fell behind for the first time with 1:33 left in its season-opening football game with Bellarmine. Despite a valiant effort, the Bears fell just short in Friday night's 21-16 loss to the visiting Bells.

August 26, 2017 | No comments yet
Woodside starts strong but can't finish in football opener

Joseph King rushed for 101 yards and passed for another 98 but Woodside could not hold an early lead and fell to visiting Capuchino 26-13 in the football season-opener for both teams Friday.

August 26, 2017 | No comments yet
Prep football: Gunn rally a good sign but not enough to win

Hudson Alexander doesn't like to lose football games but he sees the bright side of the equation as well. Alexander threw for 306 yards and four touchdowns, including a 29-yard strike to freshman Liam Teare that gave host Gunn a fourth-quarter lead. It didn't last.

August 27, 2017 | No comments yet
New superintendent debuts with three new programs

Preschool, bilingual teacher-credentialing program and beta-testing AltSchool all get board support
Erik Burmeister, the Menlo Park City School District's new superintendent, has started his tenure by getting permission to move forward with three innovative programs.

August 25, 2017 | 3 comments
Movie review: Tilting at windmills

Third 'Trip' with Brydon & Coogan still worth taking
The recipe remains the same in "The Trip to Spain," the third in a series initiated by 2020's "The Trip" and continued in 2014's "The Trip to Italy." Take comic actors Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, knead them into "Steve Coogan" and "Rob Brydon," bake them into a foodie travelogue, and season to director Michael Winterbottom's taste with comic banter and personal woes. If the dish has lost its pizazz, it remains comfort food for comedy connoisseurs.

August 25, 2017 | No comments yet
Stanford to pay up to $5 million for bike/ped Caltrain crossing at Middle Avenue

Planning Commission reviews project Aug. 28; Council discusses agreement next day
As part of preliminary terms of a development agreement between Stanford and the city of Menlo Park, Stanford officials have said the university will pay for half of the cost -- up to a maximum of $5 million -- to build a tunnel or overpass to allow safe crossing of the Caltrain tracks at Middle Avenue in Menlo Park.

August 25, 2017 | 29 comments
If it's Friday the 25th, it must be prep football season

Here it is, still August and prep football season is upon us. All the local 11-man football teams get underway Friday, playing season openers in August so that the extended state playoffs don't run all the way up until Christmas.

August 25, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Office, housing plans submitted for former Beltramo's site

Transitioning from a high-end wine and spirits shop to a treadmill outfitter is only the tip of the iceberg of changes ahead for the former Beltramo's location, if a redevelopment proposal recently submitted for the site is approved.

August 25, 2017 | 6 comments
Advisory: Bohannon Drive closed for police, fire training

People who are headed along or near Marsh Road at the Dumbarton rail tracks today (Aug. 24), take note: Bohannon Drive will be closed, and there will be a law enforcement and fire department training from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

August 24, 2017 | No comments yet
Portola Valley signs to warn visitors of watch groups

Portola Valley will be posting signs at the three entrances to the town to alert motorists, including those with criminal intentions, that neighborhood watch groups are on the job.

August 24, 2017 | 11 comments
Menlo Park: Three-story downtown building proposal clears another hurdle

A proposal to replace the building that runs from 706 to 716 Santa Cruz Avenue in Menlo Park with a three-story structure with underground parking, ground-floor retail, second-floor offices and third-floor condominiums, cleared another hurdle Wednesday

August 24, 2017 | 22 comments
Food & Drink: Menlo Park's Flea St. Cafe opens 'Oysterette'

Longtime Menlo Park restaurant Flea St. Cafe recently transformed a small outdoor deck into an "Oysterette."

August 23, 2017 | No comments yet
Girls tennis, volleyball open the curtain on prep sports

A pair of girls volleyball matches and a girls tennis match Thursday officially kicks down the door of the 2107-18 school athletic season and there plenty of story lines to go around.

August 23, 2017 | No comments yet
Monday meeting on West Menlo Park traffic hazards

Concerns about traffic dangers along Alameda de las Pulgas and Santa Cruz Avenue in West Menlo Park will be addressed at a public meeting from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, Aug. 28, in the large gym at Oak Knoll Elementary School, 1895 Oak Knoll Lane in Menlo Park.

August 27, 2017 | 4 comments
Menlo Park: Second look for secondary units?

A number of Menlo Park's planning commissioners think the City Council should reopen for discussion the topic of how large a homeowner's property must be to allow a secondary unit to be built.

August 25, 2017 | 4 comments
Atherton: McCormick Lane reopens after gas leak

Gas main leak near Holbrook-Palmer Park repaired
The Atherton Police Department said at about 3:20 p.m. Wednesday that a gas main leak on McCormick Avenue, near Holbrook-Palmer Park, had been repaired and the road reopened.

August 23, 2017 | No comments yet
A writer's journey: from local schools to the best-seller lists

Janelle Brown grew up in Atherton and has recently written her third novel
Janelle Brown says that she decided to become an author way back when her first-grade teacher at Laurel School in Atherton told her that's what she could be some day.

August 25, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Council puts brakes on library rebuild

After a scramble over the last month to look into how the city should move forward with a multi-million-dollar offer by developer and philanthropist John Arrillaga to help rebuild the Menlo Park main library, the City Council agreed Tuesday to take a breather before making any more big decisions on the library proposal.

August 23, 2017 | 7 comments
Tonight: Portola Valley may adopt neighborhood watch signs

An image of a glaring owl on a brown background comes before the Portola Valley Town Council tonight (Wednesday, Aug. 23) as a candidate for a neighborhood watch sign that, unlike off-the-shelf signs, could more accurately reflect the town's rural character.

August 23, 2017 | No comments yet
Pot growing would've been misdemeanor without stream diversion

A man accused of illegally growing nearly 7,000 marijuana plants on public land in San Mateo County's Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve, near Los Altos Hills, has pleaded not guilty in San Mateo County Superior Court.

August 23, 2017 | No comments yet
Daily Journal: Woodside Wildcats football preview

The 2016 season was a tale of two halves for the Woodside Wildcats.

August 23, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: City considering paying international travel costs for officials

The Menlo Park City Council may consider funding international travel for delegations of city officials to visit the the city's "sister" or "friendship" cities.

September 5, 2017 | 6 comments
Tonight: Menlo Park may annex Stanford land

40,000-square-foot office building may also be approved
A Stanford proposal that the city of Menlo Park annex almost 16 acres of Stanford land and build a two-story, 40,000 square-foot new office building along Sand Hill Road could be approved by the City Council tonight (Aug. 22).

August 22, 2017 | No comments yet
Lots of construction ahead for Las Lomitas district schools

Projects underway at both district schools, Las Lomitas and La Entrada
In the Las Lomitas Elementary School District, the always complex task of construction projects on existing school campuses is even more complicated as the district tries to simultaneously complete major projects at both of its schools.

August 23, 2017 | No comments yet
Updated: Arguments filed for and against Atherton parcel tax measure

Arguments for and against the renewal of Atherton's parcel tax, which will be on the Nov. 7 ballot, have been filed. Rebuttals to the arguments were filed Aug. 28.

August 22, 2017 | 33 comments
Memorial service for Peter Halsted of Portola Valley

A memorial service for Peter Halsted of Portola Valley is set for 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 23, at Our Lady of the Wayside Catholic Church at 930 Portola Road in Portola Valley. A reception follows at the Town Center nearby.

August 22, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo Park police calls: Extortion, robbery, thefts

Crime reports from Menlo Park.

August 23, 2017 | 11 comments
Tech company red-tagged for public health code violations

Septic tank at Pony Tracks Ranch has been overflowing for three months, county official says.
A bright orange/red placard emblazoned with the words "UNSAFE" and "DO NOT ENTER OR OCCUPY" has been greeting visitors to the property known as Pony Tracks Ranch at 495 Old Spanish Trail since Aug. 11 in the unincorporated hills above Portola Valley.

August 22, 2017 | 2 comments
Mark Rich of Menlo Park dies in plane crash

Pilot of home-built plane was on his way to view total eclipse in Oregon
Menlo Park resident Mark Rich, 58, the husband of former longtime Menlo Park City School District board member Laura Rich, was killed in a small-plane crash on Saturday, Aug. 19, friends of the family have confirmed.

August 21, 2017 | 2 comments
Pedalers abound at Tour de Menlo

More than 300 cyclists rode on streets in an area stretching from Belmont to Cupertino on Saturday, Aug. 19, as part of the Tour de Menlo community bike ride.

August 22, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Young and old gather at library to witness eclipse

Hundreds of sun-protected gazes rose in front of the Menlo Park Library to stare at the sun as the moon aligned to cross it this morning.

August 21, 2017 | No comments yet
Atherton collision's aftermath: Road closed, no power, no water and flooding

Drowsy driver hits fence, utility pole; PG&E workers rupture water line
Saturday was not a good day for some Atherton and Menlo Park residents: A collision on El Camino Real resulted in a power outage, the closure of El Camino, and for some, flooding followed by no water for hours.

August 20, 2017 | 6 comments
Menlo Park firefighter injured battling house fire

A firefighter with the Menlo Park Fire Protection District was injured late Friday night working to extinguish a fire in a home in the unincorporated West Selby neighborhood, fire officials said. He was treated and released from the hospital the next day.

August 20, 2017 | 15 comments
Menlo Park: Donor's library offer may shuffle city plans; council to discuss plan Tuesday

To accommodate donor John Arrillaga's proposed library rebuild, staff may delay other priority projects
An offer by local philanthropist and billionaire developer John Arrillaga to help rebuild Menlo Park's main library would upend current staff and council priorities and could strain the city financially as it attempts to come up with at least $20 million as quickly as possible, according to city staff.

August 18, 2017 | 11 comments
Physician and 63-year Atherton resident dies at 98

Dr. Elliot Charles Polinger, a longtime resident of Atherton, died at his home in Atherton on June 11. He was 98.

August 18, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Spate of commercial burglaries, attempts, in downtown

Burglars hit, or tried to hit, five businesses in downtown Menlo Park on Tuesday, Aug. 15, and stole cash, checks, a sweater and some frozen food, according to the Menlo Park Police Department.

August 18, 2017 | 9 comments
Movie review: Soderbergh's latest heist comedy goes South

The caper comedy "Logan Lucky" isn't about very much. Nominally, it's about love of family and bogus notions of curses or luck, but primarily it's an escapist lark that just wants to tickle audiences for a couple of hours. And on that level, "Logan Lucky" works like gangbusters.

August 18, 2017 | No comments yet
Saturday: Road work planned at Middlefield and Oak Grove

Drivers are being warned to avoid the intersection of Middlefield Road and Oak Grove Avenue on Saturday (Aug. 19) as Atherton makes improvements in the intersection.

August 18, 2017 | No comments yet
Oaks split a pair of volleyball matches in Rocklin tourney

The Menlo College women's volleyball team, in splitting a pair of matches at the William Jessup Invitational on Thursday, exhibited two qualities that have led to success in the past.

August 17, 2017 | No comments yet
Application period for Menlo Park fire board opens Sept. 1

Departing board member says he's 'already moved' to Oregon
District residents interested in a seat on the Menlo Park Fire Protection District board may start applying on Friday, Sept. 1. The board wants to make the appointment at its Sept. 17 meeting.

August 18, 2017 | No comments yet
Midpeninsula events, safety tips for the upcoming solar eclipse

Certified eclipse glasses, handheld viewers are best bets to view natural phenomenon
NASA experts are stressing the importance of safety in preparation for the solar eclipse on Monday, when many on the Midpeninsula plan to hold viewing events for the phenomenon.

August 17, 2017 | 1 comment
Menlo Park: Move to district elections or face lawsuit, law firm says

The city of Menlo Park on Aug. 21 received a letter indicating the city should prepare to face legal action unless it voluntarily switches from at-large to district City Council elections, confirmed City Manager Alex McIntyre.

August 17, 2017 | 38 comments
Sheldon a double winner in her Menlo College coaching debut

Sacred Heart Prep grad Denise Sheldon made her debut as coach at Menlo College and the Oaks made it a special day by winning two matches at the William Jessup Invitational in Rocklin, beating Bethel-Indiana, 25-17, 25-16, 25-21, and then taking care of St. Katherine, 25-11, 25-15, 25-22 on Wednesday.

August 17, 2017 | 1 comment
Today in Portola Valley: Free concert with live Motown sounds

Will Russ Jr. and the "Force of Will" band will play "groovy 1970s Motown" at a concert on the performance lawn at Portola Valley Town Center on Thursday, Aug. 17, for the third and last free summer concert this year.

August 16, 2017 | No comments yet
For rent by the Menlo Park Fire Protection District: $4.6 million Atherton home

Board member speculates home will rent for $8,000 to $10,000 a month
Board members have nixed fire Chief Harold Schapelhouman's suggestion that the Menlo Park Fire Protection District allow weary district employees to use the $4.6 million Atherton home purchased in June by the district as a crash pad.

August 17, 2017 | 25 comments
Meeting will discuss Dumbarton's future

$1 million Dumbarton Corridor study findings were released yesterday
After more than a year and a $1 million contribution by Facebook, SamTrans has released a study on the Dumbarton Transportation Corridor, laying out recommendations to ease traffic and improve transit across the Bay's southernmost bridge.

August 16, 2017 | 1 comment
Kirsten Keith, Marc Berman host Q&A at Woodside Bakery

Housing, transportation top list of concerns
During an open question-and-answer session held at the Woodside Bakery in Menlo Park on Aug. 15, Menlo Park Mayor Kirsten Keith and local Assemblyman Marc Berman, representing District 24, discussed local problems with constituents while sipping coffee and nibbling pastries.

August 18, 2017 | 3 comments
Urgent call for blood donations

The Stanford Blood Center has issued a call for donors to help meet the needs of local hospitals as the supply of blood required for urgent patient care reaches critically low levels.

August 16, 2017 | No comments yet
Deputy DA agrees to 18 months' probation to settle ethics case

State bar issues public reproval to prosecutor Melissa McKowan's bar association record
Melissa McKowan, a deputy district attorney for San Mateo County, has been issued a "public reproval" by the state bar in settling a case involving a 2013 email she sent to the father of a child molestation victim.

August 16, 2017 | 11 comments
Chef in the house

Andrea Potischman dishes on her new blog, Simmer + Sauce
In a blogosphere saturated with mommy and cooking blogs, a blog launched several months ago by Menlo Park resident Andrea Potischman, called Simmer + Sauce, might at first look like just more beautiful foodie fodder for your Pinterest. But that's only because you haven't tried her coconut cake.

August 21, 2017 | 4 comments
Menlo Park: Councilman's home remodel moves forward after stop-order

Regulation violation had halted the project overseen by planning commissioner
A Menlo Park City Council member was given the greenlight earlier this week to resume his home remodeling project after the project had been slapped with a stop-work order for a violation of the city's building regulations.

August 16, 2017 | 7 comments
Police calls: Burglar breaks three SUV windows to nab wallet, sunglasses

Crime reports for Atherton, North Fair Oaks, Ladera, Woodside and Menlo Oaks.

August 15, 2017 | No comments yet
Portola Valley School District: Filing deadline extended to Wednesday

Two incumbents have not filed for three open seats
The filing deadline for three open seats on the Portola Valley School District's board has been extended to Wednesday, Aug. 16, because two of three incumbents did not file.

August 14, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Name released for new downtown restaurant

The name for a new restaurant in downtown Menlo Park, set to occupy the site of the former Bradley's Fine Diner, has been released: Starfish Menlo Park.

August 15, 2017 | 1 comment
Woodside fire board's two incumbents running for two open seats

The two incumbents on the three-member governing board of the Woodside Fire Protection District " Matt Miller and Randy Holthaus " are the only candidates who registered before the Aug. 11 filing deadline to run for the two open fire board seats in November.

August 14, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo Park women leave FINA Masters Worlds on a high note

Megan Ancker scored five goals, Katy Basile and Mary Ann Ellsworth each added three goals and the Menlo Park 55+ women's water polo team ended its stay in the FINA Masters World Championships with a 16-2 victory over Peninsula WP 60+ on Saturday in Budapest.

August 14, 2017 | No comments yet
High-school students act as mentors in new summer learning partnership

The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula has adopted a partnership strategy to stem the summer learning loss that accounts for half of the achievement gap for students from lower-income families.

August 23, 2017 | No comments yet
Atherton: How school summer camp helps underserved youth, and their families

Every summer when school lets out at Selby Lane Elementary School in Atherton, the after-school academic support program turns into a full summer camp, providing daily academic enrichment, physical exercise, and healthy meals to underserved youth living in Redwood City.

August 13, 2017 | No comments yet
Woodside tonight: Wildland search-and-rescue drill

Wildland search-and-rescue and wildfire evacuation drills in the vicinity of Huddart Park and the Phleger Estate in Woodside, west of Canada Road and north of Kings Mountain Road, starts at midnight Friday, Aug. 11.

August 11, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Robbery and assault suspect injured after leap from bridge

A 36-year-old man, attempting to escape Menlo Park police, sustained incapacitating injuries this morning (Aug. 11) after he leapt from a pedestrian bridge at a point about 30 feet above Van Buren Road near U.S. 101.

August 11, 2017 | 7 comments
Saturday and Sunday: Relay for Life in Menlo Park

Relay for Life Menlo Park, an overnight community fundraising walk for the American Cancer Society, will be held Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 12-13, at Burgess Park in the Menlo Park Civic Center, 701 Laurel St.

August 11, 2017 | No comments yet
Deputy says he'll challenge sheriff in 2018 election

The announcement is not yet official, but Deputy Sheriff Mark D. Melville says he is running for the top job in the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office in the June 2018 election.

August 11, 2017 | 29 comments
Menlo Park man sentenced to 12 years in drive-by shooting case

Edwin Elias Barrientos-Soto, 19, of Menlo Park was sentenced to 12 years in prison after pleading no contest to assault with a firearm and witness dissuasion in connection with a drive-by shooting in May 2016.

August 11, 2017 | No comments yet
Today: Menlo Park block party showcases electric transport

Electric vehicles, hybrid vehicles, electric bikes and electric scooters, and the chance to test drive them, will be a highlight of the 11th annual downtown block party in Menlo Park from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 16.

August 15, 2017 | No comments yet
County takes another step toward transportation sales tax

Vote on sales tax wouldn't come until November 2018
Acknowledging that traffic woes impact nearly everyone in San Mateo County, the Board of Supervisors is moving ahead with a process that could result in a November 2018 ballot measure asking voters to approve another half-cent sales tax for transportation projects.

August 10, 2017 | 4 comments
Atherton: Oh, no! No town email

Town must temporarily revert to old-fashioned phones
A minor emergency stuck Atherton Thursday morning -- the town's email system stopped working, leaving communication relegated to the old-fashioned phone lines.

August 10, 2017 | No comments yet
USA junior water polo team advances into quarterfinals

Incoming Stanford freshman Tyler Abramson scored twice, Menlo School grad Nick Bisconti added a goal and the USA men's junior national water polo team beat Iran, 15-3, to finish group play 3-1 at the FINA Junior World Championships in Belgrade, Serbia on Wednesday.

August 10, 2017 | No comments yet
Tuesday in Menlo Park: Coffee with mayor and assemblyman

The public is invited to have coffee and conversation with State Assemblyman Marc Berman and Menlo Park Mayor Kirsten Keith on Tuesday morning, Aug. 15, in Menlo Park.

August 10, 2017 | No comments yet
Civics 101 gives inside look at county government

San Mateo County is taking applications for its free nine-week citizens' academy, which provide a look at the inner workings of county government.

August 10, 2017 | No comments yet
Filing deadline Friday for Woodside district fire board

The candidate filing deadline for the governing board of the Woodside Fire Protection District is 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11.

August 10, 2017 | No comments yet
How will Menlo Park come up with $20 million to rebuild library?

Finance and Audit Committee members have suggestions, but say more information is needed
Now that Menlo Park has accepted John Arrillaga's offer to pay for all but the first $20 million cost of a new main library, how will the city come up with its share of the money?

August 10, 2017 | 24 comments
San Francisco chef to open Menlo Park restaurant

Greg Kuzia-Carmel, who has cooked in the kitchens of notable restaurants from Per Se in New York to Cotogna, Quince and Outerlands in San Francisco, is opening a restaurant in Menlo Park.

August 9, 2017 | 1 comment
Landing fees approved for San Carlos and Half Moon Bay airports

Fees will increase Surf Air's operating costs
Landing fees that will offset some of the San Carlos Airport's additional operating costs incurred since Surf Air started using the airport for scheduled commercial flights in 2013 have been approved by the county.

August 9, 2017 | 11 comments
Sullivan, Davidson make it twice as nice for watch list

Stanford senior midfielder Andi Sullivan and Sacred Heart Prep grad Tierna Davidson were named to the watch list for the Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy, the highest honor in collegiate soccer.

August 9, 2017 | No comments yet
Fire board approves raises, but questions pay totals

Board member questions how much paid leave employees receive
The board of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District gave a 3 percent base raise to most of its non-union employees in July, even as board members said they have no idea how much in total compensation those employees would receive.

August 8, 2017 | 14 comments
Nominations sought for Menlo Park Golden Acorn Awards

Nominations for the Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce's 41st Golden Acorn Awards are being accepted until Aug. 18.

August 8, 2017 | No comments yet
Time to sign up for Tour de Menlo community bike ride

Cyclists will have an opportunity to participate in one of the area's favorite bike rides, the Tour de Menlo, on Saturday Aug. 19.

August 8, 2017 | 7 comments
Menlo Park Thursday: Community meeting on future of Bedwell Bayfront Park

A community meeting where the public can comment on alternative plans for the park will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10, at the Menlo Park Senior Center, 110 Terminal Ave.

August 8, 2017 | No comments yet
Fire training captain works 40 hours, but gets paid for 56

Menlo Park Fire Protection District board approves special agreement for position
The board of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District has approved an agreement to allow a firefighter to work 40 hours a week, but be paid for working 56 hours plus overtime for any hours worked past 40.

August 8, 2017 | 25 comments
Police calls: Burglaries, robberies, thefts in Menlo Park

This information is from the Menlo Park Police Department.

August 8, 2017 | 7 comments
Finding a niche

Ian Wright's technology is poised to disrupt a corner of the trucking industry
Alameda startup Wrightspeed, founded by Ian Wright of Woodside, is pioneering the design and manufacture of "range-extended" electric power trains for garbage trucks, buses and delivery trucks, vehicles that do a lot of starting and stopping, and/or go up and down a lot of hills.

August 15, 2017 | No comments yet
Portola Valley: Three bicyclists injured in collision with SUV

One cyclist suffers serious injuries in Saturday accident
Three bicyclists were injured, at least one of them seriously, when they collided with an SUV Saturday morning on Portola Road near the northern entrance to the Portola Valley Town Center.

August 7, 2017 | 3 comments
SHP grad Holterman earns silver at Junior Rowing Worlds

Sacred Heart Prep grad and incoming Stanford freshman Trey Holterman was part of a group of Americans who placed second in the Junior Eights at the World Rowing Junior Championships on Galve Lake in Trakai, Lithuania on Sunday.

August 7, 2017 | No comments yet
Fallen branch injures three at Menlo College picnic

Large group was under the branch just before collapse, according to Menlo Park Fire Protection District
A large tree branch collapsed on a group of people during a company picnic at Menlo College in Atherton on Saturday afternoon, injuring three and sending two to the hospital for treatment, according to the Menlo Park Fire Protection District.

August 7, 2017 | 2 comments
Tuesday: Supervisors to consider landing fees at county-owned airports

Fees would increase operating costs for Surf Air
Using the San Carlos Airport will become more expensive for Surf Air and other commercial and charter operators if the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors adopts proposed landing and overnight parking fees when it meets on Tuesday, Aug. 8.

August 7, 2017 | 17 comments
Five-year-old boy saved after near-drowning incident at Burgess Pool in Menlo Park

A 5-year-old boy nearly drowned on Thursday morning (Aug. 3) in about 3 feet of water at Burgess Pool in Menlo Park, according to a statement from the Menlo Park Fire Protection District.

August 4, 2017 | 7 comments
Menlo Park: Owner of Cindy's Flowers and Gifts pleads no contest to two felonies

A 60-year-old Menlo Park woman who ran Cindy's Flowers and Gifts has pleaded no contest to two felonies: insurance fraud and unemployment insurance fraud, under the condition that she not serve time in state prison. She is expected to be sentenced to 90 days in county jail.

August 4, 2017 | 4 comments
Menlo Park: Concept plans released for Bedwell Bayfront Park

Feedback sought via online survey and community meeting Aug. 10
A 2-acre dog park, a non-motorized boat launch, a playground, an amphitheater, outdoor fitness facilities, and wheelchair-accessible trails are among ideas for changes being considered for Bedwell Bayfront Park in Menlo Park.

August 5, 2017 | 27 comments
Atherton's Bellis reaches quarterfinals at Bank of West

Atherton resident CiCi Bellis feels right at home at Stanford and not because she grew up a few minutes north of the University. The courts seem to adjust to her game rather than the other way arouNd.

August 4, 2017 | No comments yet
Saturday: Neighborhood cleanup day in Portola Valley

Neighborhood cleanup day for residents of Portola Valley, sponsored by the town and GreenWaste Recovery Inc., takes place Saturday morning, Aug. 5, from 8 to 11 a.m. at the Town Center at 765 Portola Road.

August 3, 2017 | No comments yet
Major Caltrain fare increases approved

Prepare to spend a lot more to ride Caltrain. Starting Oct. 1, adult fare will increase 25 cents per zone, and monthly train and parking passes will rise substantially.

August 8, 2017 | 7 comments
Woodside meadow restoration aims to bring back native plants from the past

When Leslie Ballinger moved to Woodside 19 years ago, about a third of the family's three-acre property on Winding Way was "very wild ... gorgeous in February and March, and then dead in April with an infestation of purple thistle" that had to be mowed each spring.

October 6, 2017 | 1 comment
Improving traffic flow: Early results of Dumbarton corridor study

More details coming before Aug. 15
For those locked in traffic as they cross the Bay over the Dumbarton Bridge every day, the time it will take to improve traffic flow by making major changes to the vehicle bridge and the nearby abandoned rail bridge may seem like an eternity.

August 10, 2017 | 2 comments
Friday-Sunday: Woodside plein air artists exhibit works at Town Hall

Woodside's Independence Hall is turning into an art gallery from Friday through Sunday, Aug. 4-6, when nine local artists showcase their work.

August 3, 2017 | No comments yet
Drivers warned to avoid Oak Grove at Middlefield in Atherton

Paving machine breakdown makes driving treacherous
Atherton officials warned motorists on Thursday afternoon, Aug. 3, to avoid Oak Grove Avenue east of Middlefield Road after a breakdown in a contractor's paving machine left repaving near the intersection unfinished.

August 3, 2017 | No comments yet
Woodside resident seeks help finding lost dog

Adopted dog was severely abused, is terrified of humans
Karen Merwin of Woodside is seeking help from local residents to find her lost dog, a cockapoo named Suki that was last seen July 19 running down Todo El Mundo in Woodside toward the PG&E substation.

August 3, 2017 | 2 comments
Monday at Kepler's: Authors Janelle Brown, Jan Ellison

Atherton native and best-selling author Janelle Brown will read from her new book, "Watch Me Disappear," at Kepler's Books in Menlo Park on Monday, Aug. 7, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. She will be joined by Portola Valley best-selling author Jan Ellison.

August 3, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo fire board will appoint new director

Appointee will be able to run as incumbent in 2018
The governing board of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District plans to fill the seat to be vacated by longtime board member Rex Ianson by appointment.

August 4, 2017 | 1 comment
Facebook aims to expand affordable housing efforts

The goal is to increase funding to $75 million
Facebook has named two organizations to manage the financing of affordable housing efforts in Menlo Park and East Palo Alto and to expand the funds available to $75 million from the current $18.5 million.

August 10, 2017 | No comments yet
Atherton's Bellis a hit at Bank of the West Classic

Atherton resident CiCi Bellis calls it her home tournament and with the support she gets, its certainly becoming obvious she's become a darling of the local crowd. Bellis didn't disappoint Tuesday, beating France's Alize Cornet, 6-3, 6-2, in a first-round match at the Bank of the West Classic.

August 2, 2017 | 2 comments
Monday: Local authors read at Kepler's

Event with authors Janelle Brown and Jan Ellison starts at 7:30 p.m.
Best-selling authors Janelle Brown, a native of Atherton, and Jan Ellison from Portola Valley will be at Kepler's Books in Menlo Park on Monday, Aug. 7, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.

August 3, 2017 | No comments yet
Reminder to parents: Students must be vaccinated

San Mateo County Health officials are reminding parents that state law requires students be up-to-date on required vaccines or they won't be permitted to attend school or child care, unless they have a valid exemption.

August 7, 2017 | 2 comments
Portola Valley School District: Filing deadline extended to Wednesday

Two incumbents have not filed for three open seats
The filing deadline for three open seats on the Portola Valley School District's board has been extended to Wednesday, Aug. 16 because two of three incumbents did not file.

August 2, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Coffee and conversation with mayor, assemblyman on Tuesday

Locals are invited to drop by the Woodside Bakery & Cafe in the Sharon Heights Shopping Center in Menlo Park on Tuesday, Aug. 15, for free coffee and conversation with Menlo Park Mayor Kirsten Keith and state Assemblyman Marc Berman.

August 11, 2017 | 1 comment
Atherton is moving efforts for flood control to park

Grant of $13.6 million for facility can be transferred to park site, town says
Atherton won't install an underground drainage facility at Las Lomitas School, but may put the facility, meant for filtering runoff heading to the Bay and controlling flooding, under the town's Holbrook-Palmer Park.

August 2, 2017 | No comments yet
Woodside: Grass fire burns about 1/3 acre; gardener used hose to fight it

A fire that burned about a third of an acre of grass at 115 Farm Road in Woodside on Tuesday afternoon may have been started when a grass-mower blade struck a rock or piece of metal, creating a spark, firefighters said.

August 2, 2017 | No comments yet
Food & Drink: Diners give first impressions of new Woodside restaurant

It was only its second night in business, so few were willing to jump to any conclusions after having had dinner July 25 at the new Village Bakery & Cafe in Woodside. However some of the diners exiting the new restaurant on Woodside Road were willing to give their initial impressions.

August 1, 2017 | No comments yet
People: Aided by internet and social media, this couple has made traveling a career

Christine Williams, who grew up in Atherton, and Jules Hatfield, from Melbourne, Australia, met in Peru in 2012 and discovered a mutual love for travel, and soon for each other. Now they travel together.

August 3, 2017 | 1 comment
USA National Girls Junior Olympics Roundup

The Stanford girls' water polo club team had eight of its nine teams finish among the top 15 in their divisions of the USA National Junior Olympics in Orange County, which finished Sunday.

August 1, 2017 | No comments yet
Woodside: Diners give first impressions of new restaurant

It was only its second night in business, so few were willing to jump to any conclusions after having had dinner July 25 at the new Village Bakery & Cafe in Woodside. However some of the diners exiting the new restaurant on Woodside Road were willing to give their initial impressions.

August 1, 2017 | 6 comments
Another sales tax hike proposed, and voters seem to like it

It's almost been five years since San Mateo County voters approved Measure A, a 10-year county-wide half-cent sales tax that generates about $80 million annually for the county's general fund. How about another half-cent sales tax increase in 2018 to to address potholes, traffic congestion, mass transit and other transportation matters?

August 1, 2017 | 18 comments
Memorial Friday for Nancy Tracy of Woodside

Nancy Kaia Tracy, a host to her Old La Honda Road neighbors in Woodside, an artist and an enthusiastic backpacker, has died. A memorial is set for 2 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 4, in Huddart Park at 1100 Kings Mountain Road in Woodside.

August 2, 2017 | No comments yet
SamTrans to release study on relieving traffic congestion in Dumbarton corridor

After almost 18 months of work, the San Mateo County Transit District will soon release first-draft results of a study, funded by Facebook, on options for relieving traffic congestion in the Dumbarton transportation corridor.

August 1, 2017 | 6 comments
Police calls: Women rob gas station mini-mart in Menlo Park

Crime reports from Menlo Park and Woodside.

August 1, 2017 | No comments yet
Old Port Lobster Shack opens pop-up at Stanford Shopping Center

Old Port Lobster Shack, which has served New England-style lobster rolls and other seafood fare in Ladera, Redwood City and San Jose for more a decade, opened a temporary pop-up at Stanford Shopping Center in Palo Alto earlier this month.

July 31, 2017 | 2 comments
Park police offer $10K for information on shooting

The U.S. Park Police, in the 11th month of investigating the fatal shooting of 20-year-old Calvin Riley, is offering a $10,000 reward for "information that leads to an arrest and conviction" of the person responsible.

July 31, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo Park gang member sentenced to 35 years after murder plea

Miguel Angel Rivera Jr. of Menlo Park was sentenced to 35 years to life in state prison on Friday, July 28, after having pleaded no contest to murder charges in connection with the October 2012 shooting death of a rival gang member.

July 31, 2017 | 2 comments
Tuesday morning: Atherton council to decide fate of $13.6 million grant

The parcel tax ballot argument and city manager's contract are also on agenda
An offer of $13.6 million to help Atherton improve its drainage while cleaning up the water that goes into the Bay has become a little more complicated.

July 31, 2017 | 3 comments
FAA report looks to change noisy SFO-arrivals path

Federal agency evaluates the feasibility of 104 recommendations submitted in October
A new flight path that would reduce noise over the Peninsula is being developed by the Federal Aviation Administration, according to a recently released report.

July 31, 2017 | 16 comments
New trail to give public greater access to open space preserve

Tuesday groundbreaking ceremony for trail in La Honda Open Space Preserve
Officials plan to break ground on Tuesday, Aug. 1, on a $1.2 million six-mile-long trail with "panoramic coastal views" in the La Honda Creek Open Space Preserve in La Honda.

July 28, 2017 | 3 comments
Wednesday: Portola Valley Town Hall closed all day

Town Hall in Portola Valley will be closed all day Wednesday, Aug. 2, for staff development, including emergency preparedness training.

August 1, 2017 | No comments yet
East Palo Alto's homicides this year: zero

City has reached a milestone not seen in years
For the first time in decades East Palo Alto has had no homicides this year, police Chief Albert Pardini said this week.

July 28, 2017 | 2 comments
Menlo Park: Willows neighborhood burglar sentenced to prison

East Palo Alto resident Carlos Saavedra Yepez, 23, is headed to state prison to begin sentences of 11 years and three years, to be served concurrently, in connection with a burglary in the Willows neighborhood of Menlo Park and an assault in the county jail, prosecutors say.

July 28, 2017 | 1 comment
Menlo Park: Nominations open for Golden Acorn Awards

Nominations for the Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce's 41st Golden Acorn Awards are being accepted until Aug. 18.

July 28, 2017 | No comments yet
Peninsula Flyers to send athletes to USATF Junior Olympics

Two members of the Peninsula Flyers will compete in the preliminaries of the 1,500 meters Thursday at the USATF Junior Olympics in Lawrence, Kansas. Axel DeVernou will run in the boys 1,500 and Sophia Gallow will take part in the girls 1,500.

July 26, 2017 | No comments yet
Monday: Bilingual musician rocks Atherton library

A musician with the unusual name of 123 Andres (Uno, Dos, Tres Andres) will give a 50-minute, high-energy, interactive (and free) performance at the Atherton Library at 4 p.m. Monday, July 31.

July 26, 2017 | No comments yet
Tuesday: Where to go on National Night Out

Ice cream, potlucks, and in some lucky cases, bounce houses, await locals across Menlo Park and Atherton on Tuesday, Aug. 1, in recognition of National Night Out, a nationwide initiative to bolster relationships between police and neighborhoods.

July 31, 2017 | 1 comment
Woodside: Big turnout to sample and sip at Village Bakery open house

A bulging line of would-be customers extended out the door at an open house Saturday for the new Village Bakery & Cafe in Woodside.

July 26, 2017 | No comments yet
SHP's DeBrine helps AAU hoops team win a title in Vegas

Sacred Heart Prep senior Eric DeBrine liked Las Vegas so much last weekend that he plans on returning this weekend.

July 25, 2017 | No comments yet
Man accused of attempting to kill three doctors

Terminal cancer patient allegedly brought two guns to kill three physicians, one from Menlo Park
A Visalia man, accused of plotting to kill three doctors (including a resident of Menlo Park) for treatments he claims harmed him, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to three counts of premeditated attempted murder.

July 25, 2017 | 3 comments
Tonight: Woodside may raise contributions for employee health care premiums

The Woodside Town Council will consider tonight (July 25) resolutions raising the town's contribution to employee health care premiums and considering a plan for a residents-only gate into and out of the Skywood Acres neighborhood.

July 25, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: City re-hires former staffer as sustainability manager

City increases pay for the position by 25 percent
Rebecca Lucky (formerly Rebecca Fotu), who worked as the city of Menlo Park's environmental programs manager until July 2014, will return to the city in the same role but with a new title: sustainability manager.

July 28, 2017 | 1 comment
Public workshop: FAA study of San Carlos Airport noise

A second 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 at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 2.

July 27, 2017 | 11 comments
Atherton: Caltrain will soon cut trees to install electric wires

Caltrain plans to remove 18 trees, prune 214, in Atherton
Atherton residents whose properties border the train tracks will soon be hearing from Caltrain as the utility begins to prune and remove trees to make way for the wires that will power its electric trains.

July 26, 2017 | 10 comments
Kyosho Sushi opens in Menlo Park

Menlo Park has a new Japanese food option: Kyosho Sushi, which has opened at 605 Santa Cruz Ave.

July 25, 2017 | No comments yet
Fire board director lashes out over 'exclusion' from meeting

Chang-Kiraly also objects to Carpenter's public-records requests to Atherton
Menlo Park Fire Protection District board member Virginia Chang-Kiraly says she believes she was intentionally excluded from a recent district meeting she had requested with Atherton and San Mateo County officials, even though she is the district's appointed liaison to both entities.

July 25, 2017 | No comments yet
Peter Carpenter asks Atherton for years of public records

Meanwhile, he asks if the fire district can limit its response to such public-records requests
Menlo Fire board President Peter Carpenter has asked Atherton for years of emails, agendas and other information via public records requests, yet last week complained such requests to the fire district waste staff time and effort.

July 25, 2017 | No comments yet
Governor signs CalFresh referral bill by Berman

New law improves connections between CalFresh applicants and emergency food providers
Assembly Bill 323, authored by Assemblyman Marc Berman, was signed by Gov. Jerry Brown last Monday, allowing counties to connect CalFresh applicants to emergency food providers through a referral from a 2-1-1 phone service.

July 25, 2017 | No comments yet
Police calls: Burglaries, thefts in Menlo Park

This information is from the Menlo Park Police Department. Under the law, people charged with offenses are considered innocent unless convicted.

July 25, 2017 | No comments yet
Volunteers sought to help solve Menlo Park's transportation problems

Menlo Park is seeking volunteers for a committee to help develop a transportation master plan, intended to improve travel in the city, whether by motor vehicle, bike, public transit or on foot.

August 8, 2017 | No comments yet
Mobile pizza ovens move to Menlo Park, Atherton

Zume, a robot-powered pizza business based in Mountain View, is expanding its delivery service into Menlo Park, Atherton and East Palo Alto.

July 26, 2017 | 10 comments
Menlo Park: City could help pay for Uber, Lyft rides

The city of Menlo Park is looking at the idea of subsidizing Uber and Lyft rides for local residents as a way to reduce parking congestion downtown.

July 24, 2017 | 32 comments
Menlo Park: Big new house OK'd despite neighbors' objections

A controversial plan to demolish a one-story single family home and build a 4,900-square-foot, two-story, Spanish-style house at 445 Oak Court in the Willows neighborhood of Menlo Park was approved July 18.

July 26, 2017 | 18 comments
Elected leaders celebrate start of Caltrain electrification project

First electric trains expected to begin running in late 2020 or early 2021
Gov. Jerry Brown and other elected leaders were at the Millbrae Caltrain station Friday to celebrate the beginning of a project to electrify a large portion of Caltrain service within the next four years.

July 23, 2017 | 9 comments
M-A's Tonsfeldt makes the right choice in athletics

Kaitlyn Tonsfeldt had been rowing for several months when she had to make an important athletic decision. Would she continue her volleyball career or commit to rowing?

July 23, 2017 | No comments yet
Valley Presbyterian finds pastor after year-long search

The Rev. Jenny Warner has been selected to assume the role of lead pastor of the Valley Presbyterian Church after a search process of more than a year.

July 23, 2017 | No comments yet
Portola Valley: Faulty electric bike charger caused garage fire, firefighters say

A malfunctioning battery charger for electric bicycles was the cause of a structure fire on Saturday afternoon, July 22, in a garage at 395 Golden Hills Drive in Portola Valley, according to firefighters from the Woodside Fire Protection District.

July 22, 2017 | 1 comment
Woodside: Rollover accident at Sand Hill and Whiskey Hill roads

A collision involving two vehicles, one of which rolled over, drew medics from the Woodside Fire Protection District to the intersection of Sand Hill and Whiskey Hill roads Friday morning, July 21.

July 21, 2017 | 4 comments
Facebook launches weekly produce truck in Menlo Park, East Palo Alto

Facebook is sponsoring a produce truck that will travel to locations in East Palo Alto and Belle Haven, and sell subsidized produce, starting Sunday, July 23, between 10 a.m. and 2:45 p.m.

July 21, 2017 | No comments yet
Saturday: Open house at Village Bakery & Cafe in Woodside

The Village Bakery & Cafe, the new bakery, restaurant and bar set to open for dinner on Monday, July 24, announced an open house for the Woodside community on Saturday, July 22, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 3052 Woodside Road.

July 20, 2017 | No comments yet
Saturday: Summer of Love family fest at Menlo Park Library

A family festival celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 22, at Menlo Park's main library, located at 800 Alma St. in the Civic Center.

July 20, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo Park council expands Housing Commission

The Menlo Park Housing Commission, which advises the City Council on housing-related issues, has been expanded to seven members with the appointment of two new commissioners.

July 20, 2017 | 3 comments
Walking your way through history

Free historic walking tours are planned throughout county
In celebration of the San Mateo County History Museum's "Victorian Days at the Old Courthouse," free walking tours, of one to two hours, will be held at various locations, including Woodside and Menlo Park, this summer.

July 20, 2017 | No comments yet
Atherton puts parcel tax renewal on November ballot

Two-thirds of voters must approve the tax for it to pass
Atherton's City Council voted unanimously Wednesday to put a three-year renewal of the town's parcel tax, which costs the average homeowner $750 a year, on the Nov. 7 ballot.

July 20, 2017 | 2 comments
Menlo Park pastor pleads not guilty to charges of sexually assaulting minors

A Menlo Park pastor pleaded not guilty Tuesday to multiple sex assault charges involving teenage girls.

July 20, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo Park council authorizes up to $6.7 million for affordable housing project

A proposal by the nonprofit housing developer MidPen Housing to redevelop the 1300 block of Willow Road into a 141-unit affordable housing complex got a funding jumpstart July 18.

July 20, 2017 | 1 comment
Peninsula Bridge students build apps as part of computer science boot camp

The nonprofit Peninsula Bridge, which runs a number of programs to help local students from lower-income families succeed in high school and college, is partnering with Amazon Web Services this summer to conduct a two-week computer science boot camp for its students.

July 19, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo Park council accepts Arrillaga offer to help rebuild main library in Civic Center

Belle Haven branch library not forgotten
Plans to rebuild the main Menlo Park library may become reality more quickly than anyone thought.

July 20, 2017 | 7 comments
Menlo Park: Steel worker injured at Facebook construction site

Man taken to Stanford Hospital for significant pain
A steel worker was injured Tuesday morning after falling at the construction site of a new Facebook building in Menlo Park, fire officials said.

July 19, 2017 | No comments yet
Thursday: 1960s rock at free Portola Valley concert

The band "The Back Pages" will play 1960s-era rock-and-roll and Beatles' tunes at a concert on the performance lawn at Portola Valley Town Center on Thursday night, July 20.

July 18, 2017 | No comments yet
Thursday: 1960s rock at free Portola Valley concert

The band "The Back Pages" will play 1960s-era rock-and-roll and Beatles' tunes at a concert on the performance lawn at Portola Valley Town Center on Thursday night, July 20.

July 18, 2017 | No comments yet
Saturday: Summer of Love family fest at Menlo Park Library

A family festival celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 22, at Menlo Park's main library, located at 800 Alma St. in the Civic Center.

July 20, 2017 | No comments yet
Permit approved for new taqueria in Menlo Park

The Menlo Park Planning Commission has unanimously approved a use permit for a new Salvadoran and Mexican taqueria in downtown Menlo Park.

July 18, 2017 | 9 comments
Saturday: Open house at new Woodside bakery, restaurant

The Village Bakery & Cafe, the new bakery, restaurant and bar set to open for dinner on Monday, July 24, announced an open house for the Woodside community on Saturday, July 22, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 3052 Woodside Road.

July 20, 2017 | 1 comment
Feature: Menlo Park Farmers' Market vendors share their stories

The farmers' market in downtown Menlo Park reflects another side of Menlo Park. Starting at 9 a.m. each Sunday, community life changes at the parking lot on Chestnut Street, between Santa Cruz and Menlo avenues.

August 8, 2017 | No comments yet
Parole denied in 1987 murder case in Menlo Park

One of two men convicted of murder in a 1987 residential burglary of a Belle Haven apartment in Menlo Park has been denied parole, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office.

July 18, 2017 | 2 comments
County sues fossil fuel industry for causing climate change

County and others sue 37 oil, gas and coal companies
San Mateo County has filed a lawsuit against 37 oil, gas and coal companies, claiming they are responsible for global warming and the damage it is causing, including the sea level rise threatening the county.

July 18, 2017 | 26 comments
Menlo Park: Commission can't assemble quorum to consider eight-story biotech building

The commission was unable to assemble a quorum to consider the matter because three of the seven commissioners must recuse themselves due to professional ties to the proposal area, and one commissioner was absent.

July 18, 2017 | 2 comments
Winners of 2017 Almanac Readers' Choice Awards named

Each year Almanac readers get to vote for their favorite restaurants, shops, services and places to have fun.

July 18, 2017 | No comments yet
Girls' basketball: Paye's Undisputed TNT settle for second in AAU Nationals

Paye's Undisputed TNT lost to The Murfreesboro Force, 59-49, in the championship game of the Eight-grade Division II AAU National Championships in girls' basketball on Monday in Orlando, Fla.

July 17, 2017 | 1 comment
Menlo Park Tuesday: D-Day veteran to talk of wartime memories

Roy Billings, a former sergeant in the U.S. Army who participated in the Allied forces' invasion of Normandy, France, in June 1944, will recollect his wartime memories at noon on Tuesday, July 18, at the Allied Arts Guild in Menlo Park.

July 17, 2017 | No comments yet
How much better can Menlo-Atherton's football team get?

After the best season in program history, what's next? Where do you go following a historic breakthrough? The Menlo-Atherton football team won Peninsula Athletic League, Central Coast Section and Northern California championships last season. The future looks even brighter.

July 16, 2017 | No comments yet
Award-winning Stanford math professor dies

Maryan Mirzakhani was first woman to win Fields Medal
Stanford mathematics professor Maryam Mirzakhani, the first woman to win the Fields Medal, mathematics' leading award, has died of cancer at the age of 40, according to Stanford News Service.

July 16, 2017 | No comments yet
Three rescued after boat capsizes near Dumbarton Bridge

Coast Guard helicopter, rescue swimmer save two adults and child in bay
Two men and a child were rescued Saturday evening from the San Francisco Bay after their boat capsized near the Dumbarton Bridge, according to Menlo Park Fire Protection District officials.

July 16, 2017 | 3 comments
Portola Valley: Wendi Haskell, a force in children's sports

Wendi Hammond Haskell, a teacher, champion of children's athletic programs and community volunteer, died quietly on June 10 at her home in Portola Valley in the company of her family. She was 75.

July 16, 2017 | No comments yet
Woodside: Long-awaited Village Bakery & Cafe opens Monday

A new spot for dinner and drinks in Woodside, The Village Bakery & Cafe, is set to open its doors Monday, July 24. A full bar takes up one wall of the cafe/restaurant with a large collection of spirits, including 80 to 90 different whiskeys, co-owner Tim Stannard said.

July 17, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo Park police calls: Pedestrian tells police he was a victim of hit-and-run

Crime reports from Menlo Park

July 16, 2017 | No comments yet
Atherton issues annual report for town

Atherton has released its first annual report highlighting accomplishments during the 2016-17 fiscal year which ended June 30.

July 23, 2017 | 2 comments
Menlo Park: Fire district's new fire truck lights up the night

The Menlo Park Fire Protection District has released a video promoting its new million-dollar "quint" fire engine/aerial truck that it purchased to be able to reach upper floors of tall buildings in eastern Menlo Park.

July 27, 2017 | 2 comments
County asks federal transportation department to investigate Surf Air

Filing claims Surf Air is using deception to avoid regulation
The gloves appear to be off in San Mateo County's fight against Surf Air, just as the airline prepares for a major expansion.

July 17, 2017 | 17 comments
Wednesday: Atherton parcel-tax renewal on council agenda

Meeting starts at 5:30 p.m.
As the Aug. 11 deadline for putting a measure on the Nov. 7 ballot nears, Atherton's City Council will discuss on July 19 details of a measure that would continue the town's parcel tax beyond its mid-2018 expiration date.

July 17, 2017 | No comments yet
Biotech company plans 8-story building in Menlo Park

A 120-foot-high, eight-story building with three levels of structured parking, four floors of offices, a top-floor restaurant, a first-floor cafe and a rooftop garden has been proposed at 1075 O'Brien Drive and 20 Kelly Court to replace a single-story warehouse there.

July 14, 2017 | 9 comments
John Arrillaga offers $25 million to rebuild Menlo Park's main library in Civic Center

John Arrillaga has offered $25 million to the city of Menlo Park to rebuild its main library, according to a staff report released Thursday, July 13.

July 14, 2017 | 28 comments
Artscene: Music@Menlo celebrates 'The Glorious Violin'

Festival features chamber concerts, master classes and more
Every summer for the past 15 years, a selection of the most skilled violinists, violists, cellists and pianists from around the world converge for the Music@Menlo festival: a three-week celebration of chamber music. This year, the festival is saluting a specific instrument: "The Glorious Violin."

July 13, 2017 | No comments yet
Man arrested on suspicion of indecent exposure at park

A 34-year-old Watsonville man was arrested on suspicion of indecent exposure Tuesday at Portola Redwoods State Park near La Honda in unincorporated San Mateo County, sheriff's deputies said today.

July 13, 2017 | 1 comment
Menlo Park: Cafe Zoe party supports Willow Oaks School

Cafe Zoë has teamed up with the nonprofit organization Get Human to bring a live folk band and 18 artists together in an effort to raise money for the Willow Oaks Elementary School arts program.

July 13, 2017 | No comments yet
New Salvadoran and Mexican taqueria planned for Menlo Park

An application to transform the former Applewood-2-Go site, a takeout pizza joint in Menlo Park, into a new taqueria that would serve Salvadoran and Mexican food will be reviewed by the Planning Commission on Monday, July 17.

July 13, 2017 | 7 comments
Menlo College joins Cascade Conference for wrestling

Menlo College joined the Cascade Collegiate Conference as an associate member in wrestling. The conference added the sport to begin with the new school year in the fall.

July 12, 2017 | No comments yet
Artscene: Local artist, global impact

Drue Kataoka on helping humanity, hacking the senses and the VR revolution
It's hard to imagine a better ambassador for the local art scene than Drue Kataoka. An alumna of Sacred Heart Preparatory in Atherton and Stanford University, she utilizes cutting-edge media, speaks passionately about the integral relationship between arts and sciences, and has a strong social-justice conscience, with the high-profile track record to back it all up.

July 12, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Summerfest street festival set for Saturday, Sunday

The Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce will host the annual Menlo Summerfest street festival Saturday and Sunday, July 15-16, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day on Santa Cruz Avenue in downtown Menlo Park.

July 12, 2017 | No comments yet
Candidate filing period opens for November elections

Local elections: Portola Valley school board and Woodside fire board
After many local governing bodies changed their election dates to comply with a new state law that saying elections should be held in odd years, this November's election will have only two local races.

July 16, 2017 | No comments yet
Artscene: Portola Valley's Drue Kataoka on the VR revolution

It's hard to imagine a better ambassador for the local art scene than Drue Kataoka. An alumna of Sacred Heart Preparatory in Atherton and Stanford University, she utilizes cutting-edge media, speaks passionately about the integral relationship between arts and sciences, and has a strong social-justice conscience, with the high-profile track record to back it all up.

July 12, 2017 | No comments yet
Hometown names bridge after longtime Atherton resident Joe Cotton

Joe Cotton flew in Army Air Corp in WWII and then became test pilot
A bridge in Rushville, Indiana, has been named after native son and longtime Atherton resident Joe Cotton, who died last year at the age of 94.

July 13, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo-Atherton Little League was host of all-star tournament

This year the Menlo-Atherton Little League hosted the 2017 District 52 All-Stars Tournament for the 11-12 age group.

July 13, 2017 | 1 comment
Little League award-winners named

Sportsmanship awards for the spring season were given to 40 Menlo-Atherton Little League players and seven coaches at the league's Player Appreciation Day, held at Burgess Park in Menlo Park on June 3.

July 12, 2017 | 3 comments
Menlo Park: 1960s downtown office building sells for $15.5 million

An office building in downtown Menlo Park has been sold for $15.5 million by Oak Grove Associates LLC to Robert Wheatley Properties.

July 13, 2017 | 9 comments
ID theft suspect arrested on explosives possession

A man under investigation for identity theft in Menlo Park was arrested in Stockton July 6 after law enforcement agents said they found in a search of his home there a stockpile of ammunition, items used to make improvised destructive devices, and a controlled substances laboratory.

July 13, 2017 | 2 comments
Monday: Bilingual musician will rock Atherton library

A musician with the unusual name of 123 Andres (Uno, Dos, Tres Andres) will give a 50-minute, high-energy, interactive (and free) performance at the Atherton Library at 4 p.m. Monday, July 31.

July 26, 2017 | No comments yet
La Entrada classroom building under construction

Construction is underway at La Entrada Middle School in Menlo Park on a two-story, 21-classroom building.

July 11, 2017 | No comments yet
Robotics helps bring local student a $40,000 college scholarship

Eden Grown-Haeberli, a resident of unincorporated Atherton, has been awarded the Bart Kamen Memorial scholarship, a four-year scholarship of $10,000 a year.

July 26, 2017 | No comments yet
Kittens rescued from boom lift available for adoption

Three kittens, rescued in Redwood City after being trapped inside a boom lift (used on construction sites) are up for adoption.

July 13, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Summerfest street festival set for Saturday, Sunday

The Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce will host the annual Menlo Summerfest street festival Saturday and Sunday, July 15-16, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day on Santa Cruz Avenue in downtown Menlo Park.

July 11, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo Park mayor, others react to Facebook expansion plan

Facebook's plans for a 3.45 million square foot housing, office and retail development along Willow Road in eastern Menlo Park should come as no surprise, Menlo Park Mayor Kirsten Keith says.

July 11, 2017 | 27 comments
Facebook's Willow Campus designer: Creating part of a new city

Lead designer of the Facebook project, Shohei Shigematsu of OMA New York, said in an interview with the Almanac that the biggest challenge of the Willow Campus project so far has been to "create a sense of place."

July 14, 2017 | 7 comments
Menlo Park man faces 35-year prison sentence in gang-related murder

Sentence would be added to another 14-year sentence for a total of 49 years in prison
A 26-year-old Menlo Park man, indicted as part of Operation Sunny Day, faces a 35-year prison sentence in connection with a 2012 gang-motivated murder in East Palo Alto, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office.

July 11, 2017 | No comments yet
Food & Drink: Menlo Park bread maker rising

Tian Mayimin's days revolve around bread. During the workday, she bakes naturally leavened bread in her kitchen in Menlo Park's Willows neighborhood. In the evening, she drives around Menlo Park and Palo Alto delivering freshly baked loaves and rolls ordered through her Little Sky Bakery website.

July 11, 2017 | No comments yet
Police calls: Thieves steal $2,000 in cologne; driver cited over heat threat to puppy

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

July 10, 2017 | 4 comments
Feature story: Lauren Goodkind plays, teaches and writes about chess

Lauren Goodkind's last name may reflect noble human qualities, but when it comes to playing chess, she says she can leave those attributes -- certainly the "kind" one -- at the door.

July 12, 2017 | 2 comments
Our Neighborhoods: Downtown Menlo Park

Downtown Menlo Park is an "idyllic" place to live, with a mix of apartments and single-family homes that is "really easy to get to."

July 10, 2017 | No comments yet
Tonight: Menlo Park talk for kids on total eclipse of sun

Andrew Fraknoi, chair of the Foothill College astronomy department and co-author of a kids' book about eclipses called "When the Sun Goes Dark," will give a free talk at the main Menlo Park library (800 Alma St.) on Thursday, July 13, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

July 10, 2017 | No comments yet
Local divers headed for USA championships at Ohio State

Gunn grad Marisa Agarwal won the 16-18-year-old platform diving event Sunday to end the U.S. Zone E championships in Beaverton, Ore. with a pair of top five finishes. She was fourth in the 16-18 3-meter.

July 9, 2017 | No comments yet
Facebook unveils plans for giant new development in Menlo Park

Company plans to build 3.45 million square feet of housing, office and retail space
Facebook, which hit two billion users June 27, has announced plans for a major new office, residential and retail development near its headquarters at Willow Road and Bayfront Expressway in Menlo Park.

July 7, 2017 | 58 comments
Portola Valley Soccer Club wins over-45 championship

For the second consecutive year, the Portola Valley Soccer Club has won the California International Soccer League championship in the over-45 age group.

July 6, 2017 | No comments yet
Problem solvers: Woodland School places third in state

Woodland School's Future Problem Solvers team of fifth- and sixth-graders -- made up of Ella Aspinall, Zachary Sayyah, Ryan Su and Nikhil Chand -- placed third in the state in a recent global issues problem-solving competition.

July 6, 2017 | No comments yet
Atherton: School garden effort awarded

Woodside-Atherton Garden Club members volunteer every week to cultivate local school gardens and were so impressed with one employee at Selby Lane Elementary School in Atherton, they surprised him with special recognition: a national award and a check for $1,000.

July 9, 2017 | No comments yet
Portola Valley: Public invited for coffee with mayor, assemblyman

The public is invited to bring questions and concerns to a coffee and a chat with Portola Valley Mayor Craig Hughes and Assemblyman Marc Berman on Friday morning, July 14, at Roberts Market in Portola Valley.

July 11, 2017 | 2 comments
M-A alumni perform on bluegrass show

The "Menlo-Atherton Bears Alumni Bluegrass Band" made up of banjoist Ryan Breen, guitarist Henry Warde, double bassist Kyle McCabe and mandolinist Andy O'Brien will perform Saturday, July 15, at Club Fox in Redwood City.

July 6, 2017 | No comments yet
Food & Drink: Menlo Park bread maker rising

Tian Mayimin's days revolve around bread. During the workday, she bakes naturally leavened bread in her kitchen in Menlo Park's Willows neighborhood. In the evening, she drives around Menlo Park and Palo Alto delivering freshly baked loaves and rolls ordered through her Little Sky Bakery website.

July 11, 2017 | No comments yet
Carpenter creates political action committee to survey residents on fire services

Two months before the consultants Atherton has hired to do a fiscal review of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District release their report, fire board President Peter Carpenter has taken a preemptive strike against what the report could conclude.

July 6, 2017 | 31 comments
Menlo Park: Man allegedly tried to cut, burn, bite Trader Joe's employee

A transient man faces three misdemeanor charges connected to brandishing a knife and spitting on police officers on Monday, July 3, at Trader Joe's in Menlo Park, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office.

July 6, 2017 | 3 comments
County creates 'safe exchange zone' for online transactions

If you've ever been afraid of being hustled, or worse, when selling your stuff to a complete stranger via an online service like Craigslist, the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office has an option for you.

July 10, 2017 | 4 comments
Riley leaves as Menlo School baseball coach for personal reasons

Sean Riley will not return as Menlo School's baseball coach next season, though Knights athletic director Kris Weems left the door open for him. Riley led Menlo to the Central Coast Section Division II title in the spring.

July 6, 2017 | No comments yet
Restaurant review: British Bankers Club has visual appeal but food is astray

The recently reopened British Bankers Club in Menlo Park has all the elements of a destination restaurant, except for the food itself.

July 6, 2017 | No comments yet
Atherton: Dog walker sees fire, alerts residents, calls 911

Atherton fire quickly extinguished
A quick thinking dog walker who saw flames near a home on Heather Drive in Atherton at about 10:30 p.m. on July Fourth called 911 after alerting the residents, and the fire was quickly extinguished.

July 5, 2017 | 2 comments
60-year Menlo Park resident Valerie Marie Knapp dies at 82

Valerie Marie Knapp, who lived in Menlo Park for 60 years, died May 30 at her daughter's home in Hawaii, surrounded by her family, at age 82.

July 11, 2017 | No comments yet
Woodside: Pig scramble protesters are in it for the long haul

A protest of the annual pig scramble at the July Fourth Junior Rodeo in Woodside drew reactions that seemed contradictory to protesters' concerns: that encouraging children to chase small pigs in an enclosed arena is a lesson in bullying for the children and terrifying for the pigs.

July 5, 2017 | 28 comments
Scenes from Woodside Junior Rodeo

Here are photos from the Woodside Junior Rodeo, held at the Mounted Patrol Grounds in Woodside on July Fourth.

July 5, 2017 | 4 comments
Loss in championship game can't dampen M-A high spirits

Menlo-Atherton's all-star season came to a halt on Tuesday with a 4-1 loss to Hillsborough in the championship game of the District 52 Little League 10-11-Year-Old Tournament, but making it as far as they did was an accomplishment in itself.

July 4, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo-Atherton keeps all-star season alive with a walk-off

Mikey McGrath retired the final six hitters he faced, striking out the side in the seventh, to keep the game squared and give Ryan Kelly the chance to unload a booming, walk-off home run in Menlo-Atherton's 7-6 victory over Pacifica American Monday at Marina Field in Belmont in the final elimnination game of the District 52 10-11 all-star tournament.

July 4, 2017 | No comments yet
Atherton's Bonnie Uytengsu gives $10M for children's hospital surgery center

When the new Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford opens late this year, the doors to its new high tech surgery center will have the name "Bonnie Uytengsu and Family" on the door.

July 6, 2017 | 1 comment
Atherton teen is delegate to diabetes research event

Carter Mosher, a 17-year-old from Atherton, will be a delegate to an organization that supports research on Type 1 diabetes this summer.

July 23, 2017 | No comments yet
Fire district plans to spend $54 million in 2017-18 fiscal year

District plans to end year with $65 million in reserves
The Menlo Park Fire Protection District board has approved a budget showing $50.6 million in revenues and $54.6 million in spending for the 2017-18 fiscal year.

July 5, 2017 | No comments yet
San Mateo County supervisors: We still support Paris climate accord

Although the United States is withdrawing from the international treaty on greenhouse gases known as the Paris climate accord, San Mateo County's Board of Supervisors has reaffirmed its commitment to the accord's goals.

July 6, 2017 | 14 comments
SHP water polo, Menlo VB players added to USA teams

Sacred Heart Prep's Andrew Churukian was one of three Stanford water polo club members named to the men's competition roster for the UANA Youth Pan American Championships in Lima, Peru that begins Saturday.

July 2, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Major flooding avoided following vehicle crash into fire hydrant

Flooding of multiple first-floor apartments in Menlo Park was avoided Saturday evening when firefighters were able to shut off the water from a fire hydrant sheared off by a vehicle, fire officials said.

July 2, 2017 | 1 comment
Ex-assemblyman Gordon to head California Forestry Association

Rich Gordon, a former member of the state Assembly and the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, has dropped plans to run for another elective office, a seat on a state tax board. He said he has accepted an offer to be president and chief executive of the California Forestry Association.

July 3, 2017 | 3 comments
Woodside steps up capital spending

Woodside's five-year capital improvement program, begun in 2016, reaches its height in the next 12 months.

July 5, 2017 | No comments yet
Daniel Norman Chappelear, marine engineer, dies at 82

A celebration of life of Daniel Norman Chappelear, a Naval architect and marine engineer who lived for 40 years in Emerald Hills, is planned for this summer. He died May 4 at age 82.

July 6, 2017 | No comments yet
Anne Flegel, former teacher, community volunteer, dies at 74

Anne Hartwig Flegel, a former first-grade teacher at St. Joseph's School in Atherton, an active member of Peninsula Volunteers, and a longtime Atherton resident, died June 26 at age 74.

July 2, 2017 | 3 comments
Portola Valley Town Center needs attention, budget shows

The Portola Valley Town Center is nearly 10 years old and the years are taking their toll, according to the town's budget for the coming 12 months. Systems that were state-of-the-art in 2008 are aging, including HVAC systems that need mechanical repairs.

June 30, 2017 | No comments yet
New ladder truck serves bayside of Menlo fire district

$1 million multipurpose vehicle will be stationed on Chilco Street
The Menlo Park Fire Protection District now has ladder trucks on both sides of Highway 101, with the addition of a new $1 million multipurpose firefighting vehicle, a quintuple combination pumper at the Chilco Street station.

June 30, 2017 | 15 comments
Kepler's Literary Foundation announced

In the age of e-books and Amazon, how can a community bookstore thrive?

June 30, 2017 | 1 comment
Local realtors rank nationally in real estate sales

No. 2 agent in U.S. sells $800 million in Los Altos area
Six teams of local Realtors as well as 17 individual agents ranked among the top 250 sellers nationwide this year, according to Real Trends, a private communications company that publishes "The Thousand" list each year.

June 29, 2017 | No comments yet
Windrider Film Forum returns to Atherton

Once again, the Windrider Film Forum/Bay Area is bringing award-winning independent films, their makers and some of their subjects to the Center for Performing Arts at Menlo-Atherton High School.

June 29, 2017 | 1 comment
Lots of local ways to celebrate Fourth of July

As our country's birthday approaches, many families choose to travel, celebrating the Fourth of July away from home. For those staying nearby, there are many easy and local ways to celebrate. All events below are on July Fourth.

June 29, 2017 | 1 comment
Like brother, like sister: there's power in those arms

There's a delicate balance of power in the Liu household when it comes to sports. And even though Kylie Liu is the little sister to a talented big brother, she can't let him get too far ahead.

June 29, 2017 | No comments yet
Little League all-star tournaments: where they stand

The District 52 Little League Majors 11-12-year-old all-star tournament has reached its Elite Eight. That's how many teams remain alive entering play on Wednesday.

June 29, 2017 | No comments yet
Woodside budget includes $1 million for capital improvements

Repair and maintenance of Woodside's roads, bridges and other components of the town's public infrastructure are a key focus of the budget for the coming 12 months.

June 28, 2017 | No comments yet
UPDATED - County approves spending $1 million to search for airport noise solutions

Current work plan does not include curfew for San Carlos Airport users
San Mateo County supervisors have authorized spending more than $1 million in response to the wave of complaints made about noisy aircraft at the San Carlos Airport since Surf Air arrived in 2013.

June 29, 2017 | 40 comments
Camp Fremont exhibit at Menlo Park Library

The Menlo Park Historical Association has assembled an exhibit at the Menlo Park Library commemorating the 100th anniversary of Camp Fremont, a World War I training camp in Menlo Park.

June 27, 2017 | No comments yet
Our Neighborhoods: Suburban Park/Lorelei Manor/Flood Triangle in Menlo Park

'A very friendly and social place'
Family friendly is how Jessica Clark, a marriage and family therapist, describes her Suburban Park neighborhood where she's lived for seven years. That quality is what sold her on the neighborhood. When she and her family wanted to move from San Jose to Menlo Park, they drove around the neighborhood and even from the car, she knew it would be a great place to raise a family.

June 28, 2017 | No comments yet
Djerassi compound celebrates arts, science collaboration

The once-a-year opportunity for the public to visit the Djerassi Program's Artists' Barn and private grounds, including open studios, dance and music performances, and literary readings, takes place Sunday, July 16, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

June 27, 2017 | No comments yet
Windrider Film Forum returns to Atherton

Once again, the Windrider Film Forum/Bay Area is bringing award-winning independent films, their makers and some of their subjects to the Center for Performing Arts at Menlo-Atherton High School.

June 27, 2017 | No comments yet
Lots of local ways to celebrate Fourth of July

As our country's birthday approaches, many families choose to travel, celebrating the Fourth of July away from home. For those staying nearby, there are many easy and local ways to celebrate. All events below are on July Fourth.

June 27, 2017 | No comments yet
Farmers' Market celebrates 25th year

In recognition of the 25th anniversary of the Menlo Park Farmers' Market, the Menlo Park Lions Club will host a celebration at 9 a.m. Sunday, July 9, at the weekly market in downtown Menlo Park.

July 6, 2017 | 2 comments
County budget reflects remarkably strong economic conditions

With San Mateo County income at record highs, unemployment the lowest in the state, and property assessments expected to increase 7.9 percent for the fiscal year ending this week, San Mateo County is experiencing an economic boom.

June 28, 2017 | No comments yet
Woodside tonight: Town budget, community survey on council agenda

The Woodside Town Council is expected to approve tonight the town's budget for the fiscal year starting July 1. The budget includes a number of capital improvement projects.

June 27, 2017 | No comments yet
Feature: All-girls robotics team embraces engineering with flair

They wear purple capes. They decorate their gear with stick-on jewels, and carry a tote bag decorated with their team logo. They also program a robot to operate autonomously and with remote controls.

July 3, 2017 | No comments yet
Fire district veteran looks forward to fly fishing

Rex Ianson resigns from fire board, ending 48 years with the district.
Wrapping up 48 years with the Menlo Park Fire Protection District, including 36 years as a firefighter, Rex Ianson is stepping down from the district governing board effective Aug. 31.

July 5, 2017 | 5 comments
Portola Valley: Large tortoise returns home

A large tortoise that paid a surprise visit Monday morning to a Portola Valley home on Wyndham Drive was claimed last night by its owner and is back home, according to Buffy Martin Tarbox of the Peninsula Humane Society.

June 27, 2017 | 5 comments
Woodside: Old La Honda Road blocked in both directions

Old La Honda Road in Woodside is blocked in both directions at the 600 block due to a vehicle collision, according to a bulletin issued at about 6:30 p.m. from the San Mateo County Alert System.

June 26, 2017 | No comments yet
Woodside High foundation raises $1 million for students

Woodside High School students during the past school year were beneficiaries of a pile of private money.

June 28, 2017 | 2 comments
Molly Alexander, owner of Alpine Inn in Portola Valley, dies at 93

Amelia "Molly" Alexander, for years the proprietress of the Alpine Inn in Portola Valley, was until a few years ago a familiar face to regular customers as they placed orders for burgers, fries and other gastronomic gratifications common to popular roadhouses.

June 27, 2017 | 9 comments
Renowned attorney to defend ex-deputy, candidate for sheriff against criminal charges

Famed San Francisco criminal defense attorney J. Tony Serra may attempt to demonstrate that the arrests and prosecution of former deputy Juan Lopez are retribution by the county for his June 2014 run for election as sheriff against his boss, then-sheriff Greg Munks.

June 27, 2017 | 14 comments
July 16: Djerassi compound celebrates arts, science collaboration

The once-a-year opportunity for the public to visit the Djerassi Program's Artists' Barn and private grounds, including open studios, dance and music performances, and literary readings, takes place Sunday, July 16, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

June 28, 2017 | No comments yet
Police calls: Burglaries, thefts in Atherton, Menlo Park

Crime reports from the Atherton and Menlo Park police departments.

June 27, 2017 | 2 comments
Several teams face long road to district little league finals

So now Palo Alto American begins the arduous tournament-within-a-tournament, the infamous elimination bracket (ominous music here). But that's OK -- it has a new, unexpected power source.

June 26, 2017 | No comments yet
Husband and wife who died in Highway 1 crash are identified

A husband and wife from San Mateo who died in a crash on state Highway 1 north of Pescadero last week have been identified by the San Mateo County coroner's office as 83-year-old Dennis Vernak and 79-year-old Helena Vernak.

June 26, 2017 | No comments yet
Man sentenced for burglary at Menlo Park construction site

A 26-year-old man from San Jose pleaded no contest to a felony commercial burglary in Menlo Park on June 23, and was sentenced to 90 days in the county jail.

June 28, 2017 | No comments yet
Alpine, Palo Alto all-stars win Little League tourney openers

Palo Alto American beat Menlo-Atherton, 7-1, in the opening round of the District 52 Little League Majors (11-12) All-Star Tournament on Saturday. Palo Alto National and Alpine West Menlo also won their openers.

June 25, 2017 | No comments yet
Restaurant review: British Bankers Club has visual appeal but food is astray

The recently reopened British Bankers Club in Menlo Park has all the elements of a destination restaurant, except for the food itself.

July 6, 2017 | 4 comments
Of local note: McNealy named first team All-American

Recent Stanford grad Maverick McNealy earned first team recognition on the Ping Division I All-Americans, released Thursday by the Golf Coaches Association of America.

June 24, 2017 | No comments yet
Startups push to preserve net neutrality

Small companies fear proposed FCC change would be crippling
Tech startups are girding for a big political fight over the data vital to their businesses. Smaller web companies say they could be crippled by slower bandwidth while premium data service is reserved for the tech giants.

June 24, 2017 | No comments yet
Feature: How Woodside couple transformed cattle ranch with 'holistic grazing'

Where's the beef? For one company owned by a Woodside couple the answer is in a word: local.

June 25, 2017 | 3 comments
Menlo Park: City could name park after WWII hero Carl Clark

Two residents of Menlo Park have asked the city to consider renaming Belle Haven's Market Place Park after Karl Clark, a longtime neighborhood resident and decorated World War II veteran who died in March.

June 23, 2017 | 15 comments
Update: County may spend $1M to deal with aircraft noise

Atherton calls for curfew and limits on scheduled flights
San Mateo County's Board of Supervisors will meet Tuesday morning, June 27, to consider spending close to $1 million over three years on actions related to the San Carlos Airport and the noise complaints it has been receiving since Surf Air began using the airport in June 2013.

June 23, 2017 | 36 comments
Fifth summer Spare the Air day issued for Friday

Second alert this week due to hot conditions that are creating unhealthy air quality
A Spare the Air smog alert has been issued for Friday in the Bay Area, the second day in a row that regional air district officials have warned of unhealthy air quality expected.

June 22, 2017 | No comments yet
Atherton: Changes in civic center design could reduce costs 10 percent

Council approves options in case bids come in high
Atherton's City Council has asked project architects to design options that could reduce the cost of the town's new civic center if bids on the project exceed current cost estimates.

June 23, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Fire district offers to pay $175K of cost for special stoplights

District offers up to pay half of project, but city must design and approve it first
While the governing board of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District on June 20 agreed to pay half the cost of two pedestrian-activated stoplights near its Menlo Park fire station on Middlefield Road, major hurdles remain before the new lights will stop any traffic.

June 22, 2017 | 15 comments
Legislation introduced to allow Caltrain sales tax

Senate Bill 979 seeks to place measure on ballot to support agency's capital, operating costs
State legislation introduced Wednesday would allow Caltrain to seek voter approval for a new sales tax to help cover capital and operating costs.

June 22, 2017 | 22 comments
Tuesday in Menlo Park: 'Peanuts' and science event

The Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center will bring a free traveling science festival to the Menlo Park Library from 1:30 to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, June 27.

June 25, 2017 | No comments yet
Developer proposes Menlo Park's largest affordable housing project

A proposal by a nonprofit housing developer to build what could be the largest affordable housing project in Menlo Park history was met with general approval by the City Council during a June 20 study session.

June 21, 2017 | 8 comments
Tonight: Atherton council to discuss budget, civic center costs

Also on the agenda -- committee appointments and San Carlos Airport letter
Atherton's City Council meets tonight, June 21, to discuss adopting a 2017-18 fiscal year budget, reducing the cost of the new civic center, writing a letter about the San Carlos Airport's operations.

June 21, 2017 | 18 comments
New Japanese restaurant to replace Akasaka in Menlo Park

Longtime Menlo Park sushi restaurant Akasaka has been sold to new owners, who plan to open another traditional Japanese restaurant in its place next week.

June 21, 2017 | No comments yet
Local co-hosts pilot for new travel show airing Saturday

Christine Williams co-hosts 'Shoestring Getaways' on Travel Channel
Christine Williams, who grew up in Atherton and graduated from Menlo-Atherton High School in 2005, co-hosts a new travel show about budget traveling, 'Shoestring Getaways,' at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 24, on the Travel Channel.

June 23, 2017 | No comments yet
Local grad co-hosts pilot for Travel Channel show Saturday

Christine Williams co-hosts 'Shoestring Getaways' on Travel Channel
Christine Williams, who grew up in Atherton and graduated from Menlo-Atherton High School in 2005, co-hosts a new travel show about budget traveling, 'Shoestring Getaways,' at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 24, on the Travel Channel.

June 20, 2017 | 5 comments
Maurice Ghysels performs live music at Cafe Zoë in Menlo Park

Maurice Ghysels, who is just ending his tenure as superintendent of the Menlo Park City School District, performed live music with musicians Les Bloch and Greg Kennedy at Cafe Zoë in Menlo Park on Saturday, June 17.

June 20, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo Park City School District still has budget woes

Despite spending cuts and adoption of a parcel tax, the district is not out of the woods
The Menlo Park City School District's governing board has adopted a budget that shows the district will have to dip into its reserves starting this year, despite spending cuts and the approval of an additional parcel tax.

June 20, 2017 | 44 comments
Woodside postpones review of ethics code on advice of legal counsel

Town manager says review has been postponed 'at the recommendation of legal counsel.'
A pause is in effect on an initiative, begun in March, to form a committee of Woodside residents to review and make recommendations about changing the town government's ethics code. The matter is "on hold," Mayor Tom Livermore said recently.

June 20, 2017 | 1 comment
Saturday: 'Wines of Woodside' event raises funds for Village Church

The Woodside Village Church has rotting beams and a deteriorating bench on the patio. It needs a new sacristy window and maybe a new roof. Wines of Woodside on Saturday, June 24, is a fundraiser for the church, including a silent auction and tastings.

June 20, 2017 | No comments yet
Police calls: Burglaries, thefts in Menlo Park, Portola Valley, West Menlo Park

This information is from the Menlo Park Police Department and the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.

June 20, 2017 | No comments yet
Woodside: Pig-scramble protesters have place to demonstrate without trespass

People wanting to protest the July Fourth Junior Rodeo pig scramble in Woodside now have a place to demonstrate without fear of arrest: in the public right of way at the entrance to the Mounted Patrol grounds.

June 20, 2017 | 4 comments
Menlo Park: Seats open on housing commission, Sister City Committee

Applications are due by Monday, July 10
Menlo Park residents who want to get involved in city housing policy or cultural exchange efforts may want to apply to serve on the city's Housing Commission or Sister City Committee. There are two seats open on each body.

June 22, 2017 | No comments yet
Tonight: Stanford proposal for Menlo Park office building reviewed

A proposal by Stanford University to build a two-story, 40,000-square-foot office building at 2131 Sand Hill Road and annex almost 16 acres to the city of Menlo Park of a property it owns along Sand Hill Road will be the subject of a public hearing with the Menlo Park Planning Commission on Monday, June 19.

June 19, 2017 | 2 comments
Update: Services today for Woodside girl

Nine-year-old Zamora Moon Martinez-Lusinchi died early Sunday morning
Services for 9-year-old Zamora Moon Martinez-Lusinchi, will be on Wednesday, June 21, in Pescadero, with a wake following at about 3:30 p.m. at the Kings Mountain Fire Station.

June 19, 2017 | 4 comments
Menlo Park: 'Sunshine' calendar question in limbo

A proposal made in April by Menlo Park City Councilman Ray Mueller to require each council member, planning commissioner and the city manager to make his or her calendar accessible to the public each week has stalled for lack of a hearing.

June 19, 2017 | 21 comments
Local coaches, administrators honored at state banquet

Sacred Heart Prep's Jon Burke is the state Coach of the Year
If the 60th Annual California Coaches Association State Coach of the Year and Hall of Fame Awards banquet held in Sacramento on Saturday night is any kind of indicator, the Central Coast Section had a banner year.

June 19, 2017 | No comments yet
Protesters at San Carlos Airport complain of Surf Air noise

Customers of Surf Air arriving or departing from the San Carlos Airport Saturday morning, June 17, were greeted by a crowd of protesters waving picket signs and shouting, "No more Surf Air," and other slogans.

June 18, 2017 | 50 comments
Atherton: Gas line broken by construction workers

Work was done without permits police say
A contractor doing work without permits on Southgate Street in Atherton cut into a gas main late Friday afternoon, leading police to close parts of Almendral Avenue and Southgate Street for several hours.

June 16, 2017 | No comments yet
Two terms is it for Anne Campbell, county superintendent of schools

Deputy Superintendent Gary Waddell announces his candidacy for the top job
Anne Campbell, now in her second term as superintendent of public schools in San Mateo County, will not be seeking re-election in November 2018. Her deputy, Gary Waddell, declared his candidacy.

June 16, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Affordable housing complex for seniors holds grand opening

A grand opening was held June 15 to celebrate the completion of 90 new apartments for seniors at a development called Sequoia Belle Haven, located at 1221 Willow Road in Menlo Park.

June 16, 2017 | 2 comments
Woodside: A new site for pig-scramble protest?

Protesters warned trespass charges may be filed if they are on Mounted Patrol grounds
Woodside Town Hall is working with the Sheriff's Office to arrange a public-space gathering spot near the Mounted Patrol of San Mateo County grounds to allow protestors of the July Fourth Junior Rodeo's pig scramble to demonstrate after they were warned they could be charged with trespassing if they do so on the private Mounted Patrol grounds.

June 16, 2017 | 17 comments
Our Neighborhoods: Linfield Oaks in Menlo Park

June 16, 2017 | No comments yet
Goodbye, Plantation: West Menlo deli and cafe shutters

Plantation Deli Cafe, a West Menlo Park deli and cafe, closed Thursday, June 8, according to a note displayed on the inside of the restaurant.

June 15, 2017 | 4 comments
Saturday: New gig for departing Menlo Park superintendent

Les, Maurice and Greg band performs at Cafe Zoe Saturday night
Departing Menlo Park City School District Superintendent Maurice Ghysels has a new, and different, gig on Saturday, June 17, playing pop and classic rock 'n' roll at Cafe Zoe with musicians Les Bloch and Greg Kennedy.

June 15, 2017 | No comments yet
Atherton civic center advisory measure backers raised $6,314

Totals are from forms filed two weeks before the election
Backers of the advisory measure regarding funding of Atherton's new civic center had spent a little under $6,000 two weeks before the election, filings show. Opponents of the measure said they spent no money.

June 15, 2017 | No comments yet
Our Neighborhoods: Park Forest in Menlo Park

If you want to meet your neighbors, walk your dog
If you want to meet your neighbors in Park Forest, a development of about 75 multi-story townhomes off El Camino Real in Menlo Park, walk your dog, says Peri Caylor.

June 15, 2017 | No comments yet
Diversity, gender and all that jazz

Stanford Jazz Festival, Workshop strive for equal access and high-caliber artists
This year's Stanford Jazz Festival (SJF) is bookended by shows at Bing Concert Hall by the dynamic pianist Hiromi (June 24) and the charismatic vocalist Lisa Fischer (Aug. 5). There are also plenty of concerts by women-led groups in between (see sidebar), which is a reflection of the faculty at the related Stanford Jazz Workshop (SJW).

June 15, 2017 | No comments yet
Many prefer three grade separations in Menlo Park

The option could cost up to $390 million and take nearly 5 years
Of roughly 50 locals polled at a Menlo Park community meeting June 7, most appear to prefer a project to separate Caltrain tracks from city roads in three locations, instead of only one.

June 15, 2017 | 21 comments
TheatreWorks review: Roll over, Beethoven

Hershey Felder takes on the maestro
The great composer Ludwig van Beethoven is a larger-than-life figure in musical history and popular culture. He's the archetypal tortured genius, the stuff compelling music bios are made of.

June 14, 2017 | No comments yet
World Music Day

Palo Alto's ninth-annual celebration of World Music Day will take place Sunday. Around 50 musicians and/or musical groups will perform free, acoustic sets.

June 14, 2017 | No comments yet
Saturday: Surf Air opponents plan airport protest

March is 9 a.m to noon
Opponents of Surf Air's noisy turboprop commuter planes plan a protest on Saturday, June 17, at the San Carlos Airport.

June 15, 2017 | 10 comments
New gig for departing Menlo Park superintendent

Les, Maurice and Greg band performs at Cafe Zoe Saturday night
Departing Menlo Park City School District Superintendent Maurice Ghysels has a new, and different, gig on Saturday, June 17, playing pop and classic rock 'n' roll at Cafe Zoe with musicians Les Bloch and Greg Kennedy.

June 15, 2017 | 1 comment
After 43 years, Hobee's Restaurant sold to new owners

Longtime employees to take over local restaurant, with some changes planned
The family that has owned Peninsula breakfast institution Hobee's Restaurant for 43 years sold the business to two longtime employees, the company announced Tuesday.

June 14, 2017 | 2 comments
Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to help house local teachers

Fund will support Silicon Valley educators to buy homes near their workplace
The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative announced the investment of $5 million to create a home down payment support fund through a startup for educators who work in three Peninsula school districts.

June 14, 2017 | 1 comment
Woodside grad finds fame, if not yet fortune, in Hollywood

Lucas Yancey appears on 'The Bachelorette' and all over the internet
What does it take to be 'discovered' by Hollywood? For Lucas Yancey, 31, it seems to have been his plastic-faced imitation of Jim Carrey in 'Ace Ventura: Pet Detective,' an impression he's been doing since fourth grade at Woodside Elementary.

June 15, 2017 | 3 comments
Thursday: USGS lecture on climate change

The effects of climate change is the topic of a free U.S. Geological Service lecture at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 22, in Rambo Auditorium/Building 3 on the USGS campus, 345 Middlefield Road in Menlo Park.

June 20, 2017 | No comments yet
Saturday: Emergency-response drill set for downtown Menlo Park

An emergency drill to help residents learn about disaster response will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 24, in Fremont Park, at the corner of Santa Cruz Avenue and University Drive in downtown Menlo Park.

June 23, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: 110-foot redwood is spared the ax, for now

A contentious debate is pitting tree experts against each other over the fate of a 110-foot-tall redwood tree in a Willows neighborhood backyard.

June 14, 2017 | 15 comments
Menlo Park: Kirtee Kapoor, 46, was a prominent attorney

Following the June 5 death of Kirtee Kapoor, a 46-year-old Menlo Park lawyer and father, many who knew him have expressed sorrow over the loss of a man they say was respected for his intellect and kindness.

June 13, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo Park restaurateur offers local housing to workers

A Menlo Park restaurant owner is trying a new tactic to help address the Silicon Valley restaurant worker shortage, due largely to the high cost of housing.

June 14, 2017 | 8 comments
Saturday: Coffee in Menlo Park with state Sen. Jerry Hill

The public is invited to grab a coffee and have a talk with California Sen. Jerry Hill on Saturday, June 17, at the Woodside Bakery & Cafe in the Sharon Heights Shopping Center, 325 Sharon Road in Menlo Park.

June 15, 2017 | No comments yet
2017 All-League Boys Tennis Teams

All-West Bay Athletic League
MVP:
Siddharth Chari, Menlo
First team
Brandon Aprill, Menlo
James Bell, The King's Academy
Max Cluss, Sacred Heart Prep
Neel Gupta, Nueva
John Kim, Menlo
Kevin Lin, Crystal Springs Uplands
Beto Macedo, Sacred Heart Prep

June 12, 2017 | No comments yet
Friday: Opera singers perform Verdi at Italian dinner event in Woodside

There will be way more than wine, women and song at “Verdi in the Village" in Woodside the night of Friday, June 16.

June 12, 2017 | 2 comments
Menlo Park's Tim Sheeper beats ultra triathlon across Hawaiian islands

Swim 2.4 miles. Cycle 112 miles. Then run a marathon. Now quintuple that over five days on five Hawaiian islands, and you have an idea of what the Epic 5 Challenge is.

June 16, 2017 | 3 comments
Who takes a 'gap year' after high school?

Gap years are most popular in white families of middle to high incomes, according to a 2014-15 survey of Canada and the United States by the Institute for Survey Research at Temple University.

June 14, 2017 | No comments yet
Two who opted for a 'gap year' after high school

Hiking the Appalachian Trail; immersing oneself in another culture
Many graduating seniors are going to college right out of high school, but some are opting to wait. That group of mavericks includes Peter Hilton of Menlo-Atherton High School this year, and included Nathaniel Verbeck of Woodside High last year.

June 14, 2017 | 3 comments
M-A High grads: Good luck and good hunting

Nearly 500 students received diplomas at the graduation ceremonies for the Menlo-Atherton High School's Class of 2017, held at the school's football field on June 8.

June 12, 2017 | No comments yet
Woodside High School grads: Wishing them well

Nearly 400 seniors in Woodside High School's Class of 2017 gathered on the school's football field Friday morning, June 9, to say goodbye to their high school days and celebrate their graduation.

June 12, 2017 | No comments yet
Karen Peterson, a rock of the Woodside community

When Woodside resident and super-volunteer Karen Seiko Peterson attends her Woodside High School Class of 1964 reunion in the fall, there may be dancing, she said. Or there may not be.

June 15, 2017 | No comments yet
New plaza, classroom building on M-A campus

There's a new plaza on the campus of Menlo-Atherton High School, the area enclosed by the two arms of the new G Wing building. The two-story, 27,000 square-foot building includes 21 classrooms intended for English, math and social studies.

June 15, 2017 | No comments yet
Police calls: Burglaries, thefts in Menlo Park

This information is from the Menlo Park Police Department. Under the law, people charged with offenses are considered innocent unless convicted.

June 12, 2017 | No comments yet
Uninvited 'guest' makes herself at home in Atherton

Police looking for suspected burglar who left her shoes, and more, behind
The Atherton Police Department is looking for a woman with no shoes who is suspected of breaking a large window to enter a home on Bellbrook Lane in Atherton, where an employee of the family who lives there found her asleep on a couch.

June 12, 2017 | No comments yet
West Menlo Park: Country Corner deli owner Bob Wehab dies

A recitation of the rosary is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 13, in San Francisco for Bishara (Bob) Dahood Wehab, the longtime owner of the Country Corner deli and grocery store in West Menlo Park, with funeral services the next day. Mr. Wehab died Friday, June 9.

June 12, 2017 | 12 comments
Levee changes, ecosystem restoration project imminent along Bayfront

While Menlo Park continues to work on formulating plans for the future of Bedwell Bayfront Park, changes in the near future -- as soon as June -- are expected to start as the result of ongoing efforts to bolster flood protection and restore salt evaporation ponds to their former state as tidal marshes along the Bay.

June 10, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: What's ahead for Bedwell Bayfront Park?

Open house set for Saturday, June 17
Menlo Park has begun a process to develop a 25-year "master plan" for the city's largest park, the 160-acre Bedwell Bayfront Park off Marsh Road.

June 10, 2017 | 27 comments
Atherton continues fight against Caltrain electrification funds

Even as Caltrain starts work on its nearly $2 billion project to electrify its trains on the Peninsula, Atherton and others continue a legal fight that could take $741 million in funding from the project.

June 10, 2017 | 13 comments
Transportation commission seeks citizen advisers

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission is seeking applicants for its policy advisory council, made up of 27 people from the nine counties of the San Francisco Bay Area.

June 9, 2017 | No comments yet
Fire district: No immediate plans for new Atherton property

Chief says new fire station is at least 20 years away
After the Menlo Park Fire Protection district closed escrow on a $4.6 million residential property next to its Almendral Avenue fire station in Atherton, the district's chief said that it will be two decades -- and possibly three -- before the district will build a new fire station using the property.

June 9, 2017 | No comments yet
Saturday panel discussion: 'Fascinating Court History'

"Our Fascinating Court History: Personalities and Cases," a panel discussion about the judges, district attorneys and interesting cases that have left their mark on San Mateo County, will be held in the San Mateo County History Museum's restored Courtroom A at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 10.

June 8, 2017 | No comments yet
Feature: Menlo Park company breeds, boards and trains dogs

Among the company's customers: the Atherton Police Department
When Qancy gets home from work, she takes off her uniform, just like her handler Atherton police officer Krystal Pronske.

June 8, 2017 | 1 comment
This weekend: Catch rides, listen to music or watch the Dubs at Nativity Carnival

Fourteen carnival rides, four live music shows and a televised screening of the Warriors vs. Cavaliers NBA game suggest there just might be something for everyone at this weekend's Nativity Carnival, to be held on the grounds of Nativity School at 1250 Laurel St. in Menlo Park.

June 8, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo Park city clerk to take same job in Redwood City

For the better part of the past decade, Pam Aguilar has been the behind-the-scenes workhorse keeping Menlo Park goings-on running smoothly. On June 12, Ms. Aguilar was appointed to the same job in Redwood City by its council.

June 9, 2017 | No comments yet
Portola Valley: Resurfacing of parts of Portola Road to begin June 12

Traffic on Portola Road in Portola Valley will be subject to delays during weekday working hours starting Monday, June 12, and ending Monday, July 31, as crews resurface a total of a little less than two miles of asphalt.

June 9, 2017 | No comments yet
Does Woodside's use permit allow pig scramble at July Fourth rodeo?

Planning Commission decides not to address that question
The Woodside Planning Commission on Wednesday, on a 3-1-1 vote, declined to take up the question of whether the pig scramble -- kids chasing and tackling pigs at the July Fourth rodeo -- was or was not a permitted activity under the use permit granted to the Mounted Patrol of San Mateo County.

June 9, 2017 | 23 comments
Pastor suspected of sex assaults detained by ICE

After spending a little more than a day at the San Mateo County jail, the pastor of a Menlo Park church arrested on suspicion of sexual assault of children as young as 13 was picked up Thursday by agents from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office confirmed.

June 8, 2017 | No comments yet
Home sales: Atherton, Menlo Park, Portola Valley

Home sales information is provided by California REsource, a real estate information company that obtains the information from the county recorders' offices.

June 8, 2017 | No comments yet
Traffic alert: Graduation ceremonies in Atherton, Woodside

Graduation ceremonies at Menlo-Atherton and Woodside high schools could generate heavy traffic on Thursday afternoon, June 8, and Friday morning, June 9, respectively.

June 8, 2017 | No comments yet
Backers, opponents of Atherton measure react to election returns

Supporters of a ballot measure allowing more public funding to build an Atherton civic center were celebrating Tuesday night after 61.1 percent of voters approved the measure.

June 7, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: $117 million budget approved

Menlo Park's City Council voted unanimously June 20 to approve a nearly $117 million spending plan for the 2017-18 fiscal year.

June 7, 2017 | No comments yet
Tonight: Menlo Park meeting on grade separations

The third and last in a series of community meetings on a city study to separate Caltrain tracks from roadways in Menlo Park will be held in the Sequoia Room of the Arrillaga Family Recreation Center at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 7.

June 7, 2017 | No comments yet
Atherton voters OK public funding of new civic center

Atherton voters have approved an advisory measure asking whether the town should spend more public money to build a new civic center.

June 6, 2017 | 43 comments
Student Youth Advisory Board helps set SafeSpace direction

Students from local schools form a Youth Advisory Board for SafeSpace, letting fellow students know about the program and offering their guidance in everything from a logo to what programs to offer.

June 6, 2017 | No comments yet
Personal stories tell why SafeSpace is needed

SafeSpace's founders say it will take much of its direction from its Youth Advisory Board of local high school and college students. Two of them told their stories to the Almanac.

June 6, 2017 | 2 comments
Tonight in Portola Valley: Rockabilly band kicks off summer concert series

The band Jinx Jones will bring its live rockabilly music from the 1950s to the performance lawn at Portola Valley Town Center on Thursday, June 15, for the first of three free Thursday summer concerts.

June 6, 2017 | 2 comments
Menlo Park mayor joins national response to Trump climate-change action

After President Donald Trump on June 1 withdrew the U.S. from the Paris climate-change agreement, Menlo Park Mayor Kirsten Keith announced the next day that she had joined mayors of more than 175 U.S. cities in a petition affirming mayoral support for strong local sustainability measures.

June 7, 2017 | 7 comments
Menlo Park weighs plans for Facebook building

The Menlo Park Planning Commission generally supported Facebook's modified plans for its 450,000-square-foot Building 22 at 301-309 Constitution Drive during a study session held May 22, but expressed reservations about the proposed eight-story adjoining garage and the project's overall height.

June 8, 2017 | 3 comments
Youth mental health clinic now open in Menlo Park

SafeSpace is on El Camino Real near McDonald's
Months ahead of schedule, SafeSpace, a mental health program for youth, has opened in Menlo Park.

June 6, 2017 | 7 comments
Revealing budget: Facebook increases Menlo Park workforce 54% in one year

City's pension costs expected to double in next decade
Menlo Park's draft budget, which lays out the city's financial plan for the coming fiscal year, is out, and it's got some surprising details.

June 6, 2017 | No comments yet
San Carlos Airport noise solutions prove elusive

Residents and county employees are frustrated by noisy aircraft
More than a year after San Mateo County started a study meant to figure out how to address the noise complaints pouring in about San Carlos Airport -- mostly with regard to Surf Air -- a solution remains elusive.

June 6, 2017 | 34 comments
Coroner identifies Menlo Park man who died after being hit by train in Atherton on Monday

The San Mateo County Coroner's office has identified Kirtee Kapoor, 46, of Menlo Park as the man who died after being struck by a train near the Watkins Avenue train crossing in Atherton on Monday morning.

June 6, 2017 | No comments yet
Police calls: Fraud reports in Portola Valley, Menlo Park

Crime reports from Portola Valley and Menlo Oaks.

June 6, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo Park summer concert series starts Wednesday

Ready the picnic baskets and dancing moves, because Menlo Park's weekly downtown concert series, featuring performances ranging from rock and roll to Cajun music, will begin Wednesday, June 14.

June 6, 2017 | No comments yet
Atherton: Man killed by train at Watkins Avenue crossing

A man was struck and killed by a southbound train at the Watkins Avenue Caltrain crossing in Atherton at approximately 10 a.m. Monday, June 5, according to Caltrain spokesperson Tasha Bartholomew.

June 5, 2017 | 19 comments
East Palo Alto Tennis and Tutoring to leave Stanford campus

University opts against renewing contract with longtime nonprofit
After providing tennis lessons, tutoring and support to disadvantaged youth for more than 20 years on the Stanford University campus, East Palo Alto Tennis and Tutoring will have to find a new home in 2019.

June 4, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo Park fire district buying Atherton property next to station

Escrow to close Thursday on property that had been listed for $4.3 million
The Menlo Park Fire Protection District has purchased a residential property next door to its fire station on Almendral Avenue (Station 3) in Atherton, Chief Harold Schapelhouman said June 4.

June 4, 2017 | 17 comments
Zweig joins Woodside Elementary school board

Jennifer Zweig, a parent and recently the co-chair of the Woodside Elementary School District's successful parcel tax campaign, has been appointed to fill an open position on the school board.

June 3, 2017 | No comments yet
Woodside: Old La Honda Road to close to through traffic for months

The California Water Service company will be installing two water tanks in the vicinity of Orchard Hill Road in Woodside. Old La Honda Road will be closed to weekday through traffic between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. starting Monday, June 5, and ending in July or August.

June 2, 2017 | 3 comments
Saturday: Portola Valley town picnic

At Portola Valley Town Center on Saturday, a magician will be strolling the grounds during the town's annual picnic for residents, which begins at 10:30 a.m. at 765 Portola Road.

June 2, 2017 | No comments yet
Saturday: Playoffs for Alpine/West Menlo Little League in Portola Valley

The champions of the AAA and Majors divisions of the Alpine/West Menlo Little League for 2017 could be decided on Saturday, June 3, at Ford Field in Portola Valley.

June 2, 2017 | No comments yet
Elon Musk no longer a presidential adviser, to Doug Derwin's relief

With electric-vehicle and recoverable-rocket entrepreneur Elon Musk withdrawing from President Donald Trump's business advisory panels after the president pulled the United States out of the 2016 Paris climate change agreement, the "Elon: Dump Trump" campaign is over, says Doug Derwin.

June 1, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo pastor arrested on sex assault charges

A pastor of a Menlo Park church has been arrested and charged with six felony counts of sexual assault against juvenile and adult victims, Menlo Park police reported Thursday.

June 1, 2017 | No comments yet
Man sentenced to five years for cocaine sale materials, Kmart jewelry theft

An East Palo Alto man, who, in January pleaded no contest to grand theft and having narcotics for sale with a previous drug sales conviction, was sentenced on May 19 to five years of jail time.

June 1, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo Park man arrested in police sting operation involving marijuana sales

A Menlo Park man was arrested May 23 after undercover police officers conducted a sting operation involving marijuana sales in the 600 block of Santa Cruz Avenue in Menlo Park.

June 1, 2017 | 2 comments
Menlo Park district announces administrator changes

Hillview Middle School associate principal Mary Martin is returning to the San Jose school district that she left to come to Menlo Park two years ago, Assistant Superintendent Erik Burmeister has announced.

June 1, 2017 | No comments yet
Fifth-grader qualifies for international competition

After winning second place in a statewide competition, Nikhil Chand, a fifth-grader at Woodland School in Portola Valley, has qualified to compete at the Future Problem Solvers International competition in scenario writing.

June 6, 2017 | 2 comments
Thursday: 133 students to graduate from Menlo School

The 133 members of Menlo School's class of 2017 will receive diplomas Thursday, June 8, in an outdoor ceremony starting at 9:30 a.m. and that includes welcoming remarks from Director of Upper School John Schafer.

June 7, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo Park wild chase: Accused Facebook bus robber found not competent to stand trial

A man accused of stealing an iPad from a Facebook bus in Menlo Park and leading police on a wild car chase across the Dumbarton Bridge was found not competent to stand trial.

June 1, 2017 | 1 comment
Students learn about energy, environment, chocolate

What can you learn about coal mining from a chocolate chip cookie? Does dark chocolate or milk chocolate have a bigger environmental impact? What do brownies have to do with crude oil?

June 1, 2017 | 2 comments
Atherton's Police Activities League awards scholarships

Atherton's Police Activities League (PAL) has awarded $5,000 scholarships to Lauren Chan of Menlo School and Luis Diaz-Vazquez and Natasha Auer of Menlo-Atherton High School.

June 1, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo Park Kiwanis Club awards $55,000 in scholarships

Eight Menlo-Atherton High School seniors received scholarships at the Kiwanis Club's recent scholarship luncheon.

June 1, 2017 | No comments yet
POST hosts 40th anniversary bike ride along the coast

In recognition of its 40th anniversary, the Peninsula Open Space Trust is naming its upcoming 40-mile bike ride "40 for 40."

June 1, 2017 | No comments yet
Art: 'Painting the Beauty of Filoli'

"Filoli Daffodils" (9x12", pastel, March 2017) is one of the featured artworks in Jan Prisco's June exhibit, "Painting the Beauty of Filoli," at the Portola Art Gallery, located at Allied Arts Guild, 75 Arbor Road in Menlo Park.

June 1, 2017 | No comments yet
Tuesday: SLAC talk on using X-rays to create nanoscale holograms

Taisia Gorkhover of the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in Menlo Park will give a talk on Tuesday, June 6, on her use of SLAC's X-ray laser to create holograms of nanoscale objects, including viruses and atomic clusters.

June 1, 2017 | No comments yet
2017 All-League Boys Lacrosse teams

Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division
Co-MVPS: Cooper Waymire, Menlo-Atherton and David Peterson, Sacred Heart Prep.
First team
Attack: Jack Crockett, Sacred Heart Prep; David Schmaier, Menlo; Jack Wolf, Menlo-Atherton; Teddy Vought, Sacred Heart Prep.

May 31, 2017 | No comments yet
Study: Displaced residents face many other obstacles

Low-income renters who are displaced from their homes tend to experience many adverse impacts in other areas of their lives, a recent study that focused on San Mateo County residents shows.

June 22, 2017 | 14 comments
Friday: Woodside school board to appoint new board member

Special public meeting starts at 1 p.m.
A new member of the governing board of the Woodside Elementary School District is scheduled to be appointed by the board at a special public meeting on Friday, June 2, with candidate interviews starting at 1 p.m.

May 31, 2017 | No comments yet
Obituary: Lyman Faulkner, decorated combat veteran and Atherton resident

A celebration of the life of Lyman "Skip" S. Faulkner Jr., a decorated combat veteran and longtime Atherton resident, is set for 10 a.m. Saturday, June 3, at the Valley Presbyterian Church at 945 Portola Road in Portola Valley.

May 31, 2017 | No comments yet
All-Peninsula Athletic League Boys Volleyball teams

Peninsula Athletic League
First Team
Schuyler Knapp, Menlo-Atherton
Aaron Letvin, Menlo-Atherton

May 31, 2017 | No comments yet
Sacred Heart Prep graduates largest class ever

Students will attend 71 post-secondary institutions
Sacred Heart Preparatory had its 119th commencement ceremony on Friday, May 26, with 156 graduates, the largest class to ever graduate from the school.

June 1, 2017 | No comments yet
Region-wide transportation commission seeks policy advisors

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission is seeking applicants for its policy advisory council, made up of 27 people from the nine counties of the San Francisco Bay Area.

May 31, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Lorelei Manor hailed as Nextdoor's first neighborhood

Lorelei Manor, a Menlo Park neighborhood that claims it has the longest-running homeowners association in California, can now take pride in another neighborhood title: America's first Nextdoor neighborhood.

June 16, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo College gets set for first men's volleyball team

Menlo College men's volleyball coach Atlee Frechette announced the inaugural recruiting class consisting of 15 players for the 2017-18 season.

May 30, 2017 | No comments yet
Tonight: Menlo Park holds workshop on $116 million budget

Menlo Park City Manager Alex McIntyre will host a budget workshop Wednesday, May 31, to discuss the city's proposed $116 million spending plan for the fiscal year starting July 1.

May 30, 2017 | 4 comments
Dam Troubles

The complex nature of environmental preservation in a human-dominated world is a challenge Stanford and the Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve are currently experiencing firsthand.

May 31, 2017 | 12 comments
A brief history of Jasper Ridge

Looking at the wild meadows that characterize much of the terrain of Jasper Ridge, it's hard to imagine that it hasn't always been that way.

May 31, 2017 | No comments yet
Cover story: Silicon Valley's hidden lands

Exploring Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve
Heading west on Sand Hill Road, past Silicon Valley's venture capital row, past Interstate 280, before you come to Woodside, there's a left turn with a nondescript gate near the entrance.

May 31, 2017 | No comments yet
New library group will talk about movies showing at Guild Theatre

The Menlo Park Library is starting a discussion group to talk about the latest movie playing at the Guild Theatre in Menlo Park.

May 31, 2017 | No comments yet
Surpassing expectations lead to pleasant surprises at CCS meet

Menlo School's Robert Miranda and Palo Alto's Michel-Ange Siaba each won a Central Coast Section title Friday night during the track and field championships at Gilroy High, highlighting a brilliant night of success for local athletes.

May 30, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo College continues search for baseball coach

Menlo College continues its search for a baseball coach to replace Jake McKinley, who stepped down last week to accept the same position at William Jessup University.

May 30, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo steals a run, wins second straight CCS baseball title

The Menlo School baseball team felt pretty good about its chances. It was one game, winner take all and the Knights had their bonafide ace, Griff McGarry, rested up and ready to go.

May 28, 2017 | No comments yet
Check Almanac website tonight for Atherton election results

June 6 deadline to vote in Atherton election
The deadline to vote in an advisory election about how to fund a new Atherton civic center is Tuesday, June 6. The Almanac will post results soon after they are announced by the county, scheduled for 8:05 p.m.

May 31, 2017 | 3 comments
Review: West Bay Opera's 'Salome' a daring success

West Bay Opera is ending its 61st season with guns blazing -- both literally and figuratively -- aiming, with great success, for a production of Richard Strauss' "Salome" that meets high artistic standards while commenting on grave problems and perils in today's world.

May 28, 2017 | 1 comment
Police calls: Crime reports from West Menlo Park, Portola Valley and Menlo Park

This information is from the Menlo Park Police Department and the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.

May 30, 2017 | No comments yet
Woodside slows speed limit on Manzanita

A lower speed limit is coming to Manzanita Way, a two-lane byway that connects Sand Hill Road to Mountain Home Road in Woodside. The road is currently posted at 25 mph, but the town is reducing that limit to 20 mph, given the road's curves, narrow aspect and dense foliage.

May 31, 2017 | 1 comment
High school district cements new election system

Come November 2018, there will be big changes in the way voters elect board members in the Sequoia Union High School District. The changes, made under threat of a lawsuit, are designed to bring more diversity to the board.

May 30, 2017 | 1 comment
Tad Taube named history maker

Woodside resident Tad Taube has been named the 2017 San Mateo County History Maker by the county historical association.

May 31, 2017 | No comments yet
Obituary: William Weseloh, longtime Menlo Park resident, real estate professional

William (Bill) E. Weseloh, a longtime Menlo Park resident, had warm feelings for the trombone, Dixieland jazz and Chevrolets. He spent years on the city's chamber of commerce and its historical society. He was 84 when he died May 1.

May 30, 2017 | No comments yet
Youth Commission seeks members; application deadline June 2

San Mateo County is seeking applicants for the Youth Commission, which advises the Board of Supervisors on issues significant to young people. Applicants must be between 13 and 20 years old and can serve up to four one-year terms.

May 30, 2017 | No comments yet
Portola Valley OKs larger floor areas for second units

Ordinance complies with new state laws
Floor space for second units and cottages -- or accessory dwelling units, as the state refers to them -- will be allowed to grow by as much as 33 percent in Portola Valley by mid year.

May 31, 2017 | No comments yet
SH Prep honors student-athletes who will play in college

Trey Holterman nearly became a world champion before he began his senior year at Sacred Heart Prep. Gators senior Maddy Johnston played alongside American Olympians last December on a team that finished fifth in the world. Both were honored recently, with 14 other SHP student-athletes who plan to continue their athletic endeavors at colleges scattered throughout the United States.

May 26, 2017 | No comments yet
More carpool and express lanes on 101?

Public meetings to discuss ways to reduce congestion on U.S. 101
How to manage congestion on U.S 101 in San Mateo County and northern Santa Clara County is the focus of two public meetings in San Mateo and Redwood City on May 31 and June 5.

May 26, 2017 | 12 comments
Tonight in Portola Valley: Caring for trees after long drought, then heavy rain

Recent years have been rough on Peninsula trees. Even the end of the drought this winter had consequences. Heavy rain, new growth and saturated soil represent a threat to heritage oaks and other trees.

May 25, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo Park Rotary Club awards $125K in scholarships

More than 100 students from four local high schools received scholarships and academic achievement awards during the Rotary Club of Menlo Park's scholastic achievement awards ceremony at the Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center on May 22.

May 25, 2017 | 2 comments
Man indicted for cyberattack on Almanac website appears in court

Ross Colby is accused of multiple charges in July 2015 hack
A San Francisco man accused of a cyberattack on AlmanacNews.com and other websites owned by Embarcadero Media appeared in federal court in San Jose on May 24.

May 24, 2017 | 3 comments
Menlo Park approves 'Safe City' ordinance

Ordinance would codify police practices on responding to ICE detention requests
For what was at least the third time, a group of adults and kids sat in on the Menlo Park Council meeting, many of them supporters of two ordinances and a resolution laying out policies on how people who have immigrated illegally to the U.S. should be treated in Menlo Park.

May 25, 2017 | 15 comments
FedEx driver arrested in connection with Atherton, Menlo Park burglaries

Police say driver is a convicted felon
A Hayward man and convicted felon working on contract as a FedEx driver was arrested by Menlo Park police May 23 in connection with three home burglaries during daylight hours -- two in Atherton and one in Menlo Park.

May 24, 2017 | 10 comments
Our neighborhoods: Stanford Weekend Acres

Neighborhood hidden off Alpine Road has lots of tradition
Bay Area residents often venture out to Lake Tahoe or the Santa Cruz Mountains to get a little fresh air and some peace and quiet. But one Menlo Park neighborhood has all that and proximity to everything else the Peninsula has to offer.

May 23, 2017 | No comments yet
Stanford's McNealy earns Ben Hogan Award as top golfer

Stanford senior men's golfer Maverick McNealy was named the winner of the Ben Hogan Award, as announced Monday by Colonial Country Club, Friends of Golf and the Golf Coaches Association of America.

May 23, 2017 | No comments yet
Western Allied's Angela Simon named VP of national contractors' association

Angela Simon, president of the Menlo Park-based Western Allied Mechanical, a heating and air conditioning contractor, has been named the first female vice president of the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors' National Association.

May 26, 2017 | No comments yet
Saturday: Wine walk in downtown Menlo Park

In its first summertime iteration, a wine walk will be held in downtown Menlo Park from 2 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, June 3.

May 24, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Many prefer tunnel under tracks at Middle Avenue

At a recent community meeting held to discuss a bike and pedestrian crossing of the railroad tracks at Middle Avenue in Menlo Park, many people expressed preference for an undercrossing (a tunnel) rather than an overcrossing (a bridge).

May 24, 2017 | 12 comments
Plea deal on charges after high-speed chase from Menlo Park to Belmont

A 19-year-old East Palo Alto man has pleaded no contest to two felonies -- assault with a metal object and evading the police -- following a high-speed chase from Menlo Park to Belmont, when he allegedly drove at speeds exceeding 100 mph and struck two police cars, according to San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.

May 24, 2017 | 5 comments
Tonight: Menlo Park meeting on Willow Oaks Park upgrades

Options to renovate the dog park and add new bathrooms at Willow Oaks Park, located at 490 Willow Road in Menlo Park, will be discussed by the Parks & Recreation Commission on Wednesday, May 24.

May 23, 2017 | 1 comment
Thursday: Belle Haven meeting on traffic woes

A community meeting to talk about traffic problems in Belle Haven is scheduled for Thursday, May 25.

May 24, 2017 | No comments yet
Tonight: Immigration policy panel discussion in Menlo Park

A free, open-to-the-public panel discussion about recent changes in immigration policy will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 24, in Menlo Park.

May 24, 2017 | 5 comments
Qualified by life

Educator says her deaf children, and their 'superpowers,' inspired her career
Ginny Maiwald, the Menlo Park City School District's director of student services, is qualified not just by her education and her work experience -- but by her life as a single mother who raised two deaf children to be thriving young adults.

May 26, 2017 | 2 comments
Woodside sues residents, alleges substantial construction was done without permits

Town accuses residents of improperly using homes for short-term Airbnb rentals.
In two suits filed against residents, the town of Woodside alleges substantial construction was done without permits and that homes were improperly used for Airbnb short-term rentals.

May 24, 2017 | No comments yet
Tonight: Menlo Park may adopt 'Safe City' ordinance

The Menlo Park City Council will discuss again tonight (May 23) which policies it should adopt regarding how city staff members, including police, interact with undocumented immigrants.

May 23, 2017 | 28 comments
Woodside: Village Bakery & Cafe plans July opening

If things go as expected, a new restaurant " The Village Bakery & Cafe " will open in Woodside at 3052 Woodside Road in the third week of July.

May 23, 2017 | 3 comments
Police calls: Crime reports from Atherton, Portola Valley, Woodside, Menlo Park

These reports are from the Menlo Park and Atherton police departments and the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.

May 23, 2017 | No comments yet
A Q&A with Atherton's new police chief, Steven McCulley

Fiona Lempres, age 8, interviews Steven McCulley
Our correspondent, Fiona Lempres, a second-grader at Sacred Heart Schools Lower and Middle Schools in Atherton, interviewed Atherton's new police chief, Steven McCulley, on May 21, asking him about everything from the weather to sports team loyalties.

May 30, 2017 | No comments yet
West Bay Opera stages a 'Salome' for our times

It's a story set in biblical times, familiar to people the world over. But its ancient backdrop doesn't make the story that unfolds in the opera "Salome," as staged by West Bay Opera beginning this weekend, any less relevant to today's world.

May 23, 2017 | No comments yet
Feds approve $647M grant to electrify Caltrain

After a federal withholding of funding, rail service to receive grant for major project
Caltrain's electrification project can move forward as the Federal Transit Administration plans to sign a $647 million grant agreement to fund the long-awaited work, the agency said Monday.

May 22, 2017 | 18 comments
Tonight: Event for Menlo Park Rotary Club scholarships, awards

Tonight, the Rotary Club of Menlo Park is expected to award $125,000 in college scholarships to students at Menlo-Atherton High School, Eastside College Preparatory, Menlo School and Sacred Heart Preparatory.

May 22, 2017 | No comments yet
Spare the Air Alert Monday in the Bay Area

Air district officials expect to see smog in the Santa Clara Valley
A Spare the Air alert for smog in the San Francisco Bay Area has been issued for Monday, officials with the Bay Area Air Quality Management District said Sunday.

May 21, 2017 | 1 comment
M-A girls dive into state swim finals with the lead

Thanks to Mia Paulsen's meet record 529.55 in the 1-meter diving event, the Menlo-Atherton girls swimming and diving team will start Saturday's state meet in first place.

May 21, 2017 | No comments yet
Knights charge into baseball semis with win over HMB

Menlo School went into the CCS Division II playoffs as the No. 11 seed. But after a 2-1 win Saturday over Half Moon Bay at Sacred Heart Prep, they are two wins away from repeating as CCS champs and winning the seventh CCS baseball title in school history.

May 21, 2017 | No comments yet
Prep report: Menlo tennis drops NorCal title match to SI

Gunn's mixed doubles team wins NorCal badminton title
It would have been nice to end the season with a victory but Menlo School won't be complaining about its tennis season, which ended with a 4-3 setback to St. Ignatius in the finals of the USTA/CIF NorCal championship Saturday at Broadstone Racquet Club.

May 21, 2017 | No comments yet
Almanac wins six awards in statewide news contest

The Almanac staff won six statewide awards in the California Newspaper Publishers Association contest, it was announced Saturday.

May 21, 2017 | 2 comments
Risk of heat-related illnesses rise as temps expected to jump

Outdoor workers encouraged to stay hydrated, take breaks
The possibility of heat-related illnesses prompted the National Weather Service to issue a weather advisory for Saturday and Sunday in parts of the San Francisco and Monterey bay areas.

May 19, 2017 | No comments yet
Woodside School stages 'Shrek the Musical Jr.'

There will be four performances from May 31 through June 3
Inclusion is one of the themes of the family-friendly "Shrek the Musical Jr.," the comedy chosen for this year's traditional eighth-grade operetta at Woodside School.

May 19, 2017 | No comments yet
Facebook proposes changes to expansion plan

Facebook wants permission from Menlo Park to make changes to its expansion project at 301-309 Constitution Drive, which the City Council approved last November.

May 19, 2017 | 9 comments
Officials break ground for tech high school in Menlo Park

A ceremonial groundbreaking took place Wednesday for a new tech-oriented public high school in Menlo Park.

May 18, 2017 | 4 comments
Woodside school board rescinds action Almanac cited as Brown Act violation

Board also revises minutes for May 1 meeting
The governing board of the Woodside Elementary School District has rescinded actions taken at a May 1 meeting that the Almanac had challenged as violations of the state's open meeting law known as the Brown Act.

May 18, 2017 | 2 comments
Menlo Park school superintendent to join Ravenswood district

District brings in Maurice Ghysels as opening of new comprehensive middle school nears
Maurice Ghysels, the superintendent of the Menlo Park City School District, will take on a new role as chief innovations officer in the Ravenswood City School District.

May 18, 2017 | 3 comments
Theater: A celebration of 'Sisterhood'

Dragon offers warm-hearted, southern-fried show
The feel-good dramedy "The Charitable Sisterhood of the Second Trinity Victory Church" (yes, it's a mouthful) is the latest in Dragon Productions Theater Company's "Women Take Center Stage" themed series, boasting an all-female cast, female director and a celebration of the bond between women.

May 18, 2017 | No comments yet
Redwood City turns 150

Redwood City is celebrating its 150th birthday this month and the town is marking the historic occasion in a number of ways, including throwing itself a party on Saturday.

May 17, 2017 | No comments yet
Portola Valley celebrates the horse May 20-21

Portola Valley's fourth annual "Celebration of the Horse" will span Saturday and Sunday, May 20-21, at Portola Valley Town Center, 765 Portola Road.

May 17, 2017 | No comments yet
Law firm to investigate how district handled sexual-assault reports

Paly student was convicted of an assault on an M-A student
The Palo Alto Unified Board of Education, facing pressure from parents and media reports of repeated sexual assaults by a Paly student, decided Tuesday to hire a law firm to investigate district administrators.

May 17, 2017 | No comments yet
Community Foundation ramps up support for immigrants

Proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis
The Silicon Valley Community Foundation is ramping up grants to nonprofit organizations devoted to advising and ensuring the safety of local immigrants.

June 25, 2017 | 7 comments
More enforcement of Bay Area commuter benefits program on its way

Employers with 50 or more workers are required to provide travel benefits
Enforcement of the Bay Area's commuter benefits program is being stepped up and unregistered employers may be fined and face violations, officials with the Bay Area Air Quality Management District said Tuesday.

May 17, 2017 | No comments yet
Affordable housing: County plans to spend $44 million over two years

The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors agreed Tuesday to spend more than a quarter of the $160 million from the Measure A half-cent sales tax revenues over two fiscal years to increase the supply of affordable housing for seniors, formerly homeless veterans and working families.

May 17, 2017 | 7 comments
One-day count shows decline in number of homeless people

A one-day count by 350 volunteers showed the number of homeless people observed in San Mateo County this year was 1,253, a drop of 16 percent from a count in 2015, the county's Human Services Agency reported May 11.

May 18, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Project launched to rebuild Willow/101 interchange

Work has officially begun on a project to rebuild the Willow Road and U.S. 101 interchange, following a groundbreaking event held Tuesday, May 16.

May 17, 2017 | 9 comments
Menlo's Ting shoots his way into NorCal golf tournament

Menlo School's Max Ting finished in a sixth-place tie at the Central Coast Section boys golf tournament Tuesday at Laguna Seca Golf Ranch in Monterey and qualified for the NorCals.

May 17, 2017 | No comments yet
CCS boys tennis singles, doubles tournaments open

Menlo School's Bo Leschly and M-A's Tim Berthier were two of several players who withdrew from the Central Coast Section singles tennis tournament, which got underway Tuesday at the Imperial Courts on the campus of Cabrillo College in Aptos.

May 17, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo, Paly grads help USC reach women's lacrosse QF

Menlo School grad Michaela Michael scored twice and grabbed seven draw controls, Palo Alto grad Nina Kelty had two ground balls and a caused turnover and the USC women's lacrosse team upset third-seeded Florida 15-12 in the second round of the NCAA tournament on Sunday.

May 16, 2017 | No comments yet
Today: Groundbreaking on Willow Road/U.S. 101 interchange project

A groundbreaking for the Willow Road/U.S. 101 interchange project will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 16, at the intersection of Willow Road and Pierce Road in eastern Menlo Park.

May 16, 2017 | 3 comments
Menlo School players perform 'How to Succeed in Business'

Play runs May 19-21 and May 27, 28
Menlo School Drama will perform "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" on May 19-21 and May 27 and 28 outdoors in the middle school quad.

May 18, 2017 | No comments yet
Volunteers sought for school district committees

Menlo Park City School District needs members for two board commitees
Applications are due by Friday, May 26, for openings on two Menlo Park City School District committees: finance and audit, and technology.

May 17, 2017 | No comments yet
Wednesday: Atherton reconsiders business license tax

Something Atherton's City Council has considered several times in the past -- making changes to the town's business license tax -- will be on the agenda again when the council meets Wednesday, May 17.

May 16, 2017 | No comments yet
Atherton's new police chief likes 'customer service' focus

Atherton's new police chief, Steven McCulley,says he was drawn out of retirement by Atherton's job description, which focused on customer service.

May 25, 2017 | 3 comments
Menlo Park: Neighbors oppose affordable housing plan

A proposal by nonprofit developer MidPen Housing to rebuild and expand an affordable apartment complex, yielding a maximum of 150 affordable housing units in the 1300 block of Willow Road in Belle Haven, met with resolute opposition from residents of the Menlo Park neighborhood.

May 16, 2017 | 12 comments
Today: Blood drive in Menlo Park

The Menlo Park Fire Protection District and the city of Menlo Park are sponsoring a blood drive on Thursday, May 18.

May 16, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: New GOP chair focuses on local elected offices

In a county where Democratic registered voters exceed Republican by three to one, former Menlo Park Councilman John Boyle has taken on a challenge: getting Republicans elected to local offices.

May 18, 2017 | 9 comments
Portola Valley: Windmill School moves ahead on new campus

Windmill School, a play-based preschool, recently received a building permit to move ahead with construction of a new campus for its preschool and Family Education Center on a 1.69-acre site at 900 Portola Road, adjacent to Our lady of the Wayside Church in Portola Valley.

May 16, 2017 | 1 comment
Menlo Park police calls: Safeway employee punched while attempting to stop robbery

Crime reports for Menlo Park.

May 16, 2017 | No comments yet
Volunteer says Woodside's ethics probe violated her constitutional rights

A former volunteer in Woodside has filed a claim against the town and its current and previous mayors, alleging that her constitutional rights were violated by the way the town handled allegations that she had violated the town's ethics code.

May 17, 2017 | 1 comment
In Trump's wake: Locals take leadership role in campaigns to elect Democrats

The Republican party controls 33 state legislatures, dominance that did not happen overnight or by accident, but the election of Donald Trump may have been the last straw for Democratic and politically progressive voters, including some in Portola Valley and Woodside.

May 18, 2017 | 28 comments
Wednesday in Atherton: Measure A backers' event will provide info on civic center

Event is in Holbrook-Palmer Park event garden 5-6:30 p.m.
Members of the "Yes on Measure A" committee, who favor the ballot measure that would allow the town to spend more public money on a new civic center, have scheduled an event to share information about the civic center plans on Wednesday, May 17, from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

May 16, 2017 | No comments yet
Woodside Elementary School District spends $584,000 to dismiss teacher

Public Records Act request shows how much the district spent dismissing teacher
Woodside Elementary School District spent more than $584,000 in taxpayer funds to dismiss a teacher after an administrative law panel unanimously dismissed all charges against him

May 16, 2017 | 10 comments
Driver and motorcyclist identified in DUI-related collision on I-280

The woman arrested on charges of drunken driving after a Sunday morning (May 14) collision with a motorcyclist on northbound Interstate 280 near the Woodside interchange was Harjot Atwal, 27, of San Ramon, according to the California Highway Patrol.

May 15, 2017 | 3 comments
Business, community leader Duncan Matteson dies at 82

Duncan Matteson, a longtime Menlo Park resident and a leader in business, philanthropy and community service, died peacefully at home in Palo Alto May 12 after a prolonged struggle with heart disease. He was 82.

May 15, 2017 | 2 comments
Wednesday: Menlo Park meeting on Willow Road traffic woes

A community meeting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 17, at Laurel School Upper Campus (275 Elliott Drive) for residents to get an update from Menlo Park city staff about construction on the Willow Road/U.S. 101 interchange project and talk about how to reduce cut-through traffic.

May 16, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Pedestrian hit by car at Marsh Road/U.S. 101

A man from East Palo Alto was struck by a car and suffered major injuries while crossing Marsh Road westbound at the northbound U.S. 101 intersection around 5 a.m. on Monday morning, May 15.

May 15, 2017 | No comments yet
Tuesday: Woodside Elementary board to reconsider board vacancy

District's meeting minutes don't match Almanac recording of May 1 meeting
The governing board of the Woodside Elementary School District on Tuesday will reconsider actions it took at a special May 1 meeting -- actions challenged as violations of the state's open meeting law, the Brown Act.

May 15, 2017 | No comments yet
Prep report: A 'Goode' way to end the baseball season

Senior Tim Goode made sure his first start of the season, in Saturday's regular-season finale, was a memorable one. It would have been nice to find a few hits but Terra Nova had a lot to say about keeping the Woodside bats silent.

May 14, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo-Atherton sweeps boys, girls titles at PAL track and field

Menlo-Atherton took home both the girls and boys Peninsula Athletic League track and field titles Saturday. The Bears scored 102 points in the boys competition and 141 in the girls competition.

May 14, 2017 | No comments yet
What a long, great trip it's been for Menlo tennis seniors

Despite losing in the Central Coast Section team tennis championship for the second straight year, a 6-1 setback to St. Ignatius at Bay Club Courtside in Los Gatos on Friday, the three Menlo School seniors who took part in the contest would not have changed a thing about their time at the school.

May 13, 2017 | No comments yet
Thursday: Airport noise study focus of county meeting

Ordinance setting curfew on noisy planes at San Carlos Airport will be presented
Results of San Mateo County's year-long study of ways to reduce the noise from aircraft using the San Carlos Airport will be presented at a community meeting on Thursday, May 18.

May 17, 2017 | No comments yet
Facebook expected to lease eight-story Menlo Gateway office building

In addition to nearly a million square feet of office space the city of Menlo Park has authorized Facebook to build, the company has indicated it plans to lease the new eight-story office building under construction by the Bohannon Companies at 100 Independence Drive in eastern Menlo Park.

May 12, 2017 | 20 comments
Menlo Park: Woman charged with stabbing husband faces competency review

A 61-year-old Menlo Park woman arrested on charges of attempting to murder her husband on May 8 will be evaluated for competency to stand trial, according to prosecutors.

May 12, 2017 | 1 comment
One-day count shows decline in number of homeless people

But more are living in vehicles or RVs, the count found
A one-day count by 350 volunteers showed the number of homeless people observed in San Mateo County this year was 1,253, a drop of 16 percent from a count in 2015, the county's Human Services Agency reported on May 11.

May 12, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Cyclists wheel in on Bike to Work Day

Bay Area's "Bike to Work Day" on May 11 was marked with "energizer" stations across San Mateo and Santa Clara counties set up to provide snacks, totes and coffee to cyclists, and a ride by local elected and appointed officials between Menlo Park and Redwood City.

May 11, 2017 | No comments yet
Jon Burke named girls water polo coach of year

Sacred Heart Prep coach also nominated for state honor
Sacred Heart Prep coach Jon Burke has been named the 2016-17 Northern California Girls Water Polo Coach of the Year by the California Coaches Association (CCA). He is nominated to be California state coach of the year.

May 11, 2017 | No comments yet
Saturday: Menlo Park Historical Association leads tour of cemetery

For the fourth year, the Menlo Park Historical Association is sponsoring a tour of Menlo Park's only cemetery, Holy Cross, which dates back to the early 1860s. The tour will be held from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 13.

May 11, 2017 | No comments yet
Saturday: Time to register for AYSO in Menlo Park, Atherton

Signups for AYSO fall 2017 soccer in Menlo Park and Atherton are on Saturday, May 20, at the Hillview Middle School Library.

May 11, 2017 | 1 comment
TheatreWorks founder to retire after 50 years

Robert Kelley will step down after 2019/2020 season
TheatreWorks Silicon Valley founder and Artistic Director Robert Kelley of Menlo Park will retire at the end of the company's 2019/2020 season (its 50th), he announced in a press release this week.

May 12, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo is ready for its CCS boys tennis title rematch with SI

This is exactly where the Menlo School boys tennis team envisioned it would be after losing in last year's Central Coast Section championship match and having its seven-year CCS title streak snapped.

May 11, 2017 | No comments yet
Theater: A smorgasbord of 'Slices'

Pear Theatre event showcases original works
"Pear Slices" presents a number of very short plays in one evening. They vary in topic and style, ranging from pure comedy to somber drama to supernatural story, but all share members of the same seven-actor cast.

May 10, 2017 | No comments yet
Midcentury modern and the mass market

Cantor exhibition examines tension between artists and the corporate world
What do blenders, coffee makers, telephones, typewriters -- even the bathroom sink -- have in common? They are all products that were, at some point, created by designers and manufactured for mass consumption. Cantor Arts Center's new exhibition illustrates the struggle between the aesthetic values of the artist and the profit-motivated agenda of the corporate world.

May 10, 2017 | No comments yet
Man found guilty of first-degree murder in 2015 East Palo Alto shooting

Stockton resident killed 31-year-old Jamal Magee in East Palo Alto
A Stockton man was found guilty of first-degree murder Wednesday morning by a San Mateo County Superior Court jury in connection with the 2015 killing of a 31-year-old man in East Palo Alto, according to prosecutors.

May 10, 2017 | No comments yet
Atherton election: Pro and con views on civic center measure

In a special, mail-only advisory election June 6, Atherton voters are asked whether the town of Atherton should supplement private donations with the town's available non-dedicated general funds to build a new civic center.

May 10, 2017 | 27 comments
Medical marijuana: High tea parties in Menlo Park, Woodside

A pot of tea can actually be a tea of pot if you get an invitation to share a cup at certain high tea parties in the area.

May 11, 2017 | 3 comments
Recent home sales: Atherton, Menlo Park, Portola Valley

Home sales information is provided by California REsource, a real estate information company that obtains the information from county recorder's offices.

May 10, 2017 | No comments yet
Our Neighborhoods: Linfield Oaks in Menlo Park

Back in 1982, Lynne and Tony Reynolds and their daughter were looking for a larger space in Menlo Park, ideally with a "nice-sized yard and a pool."

May 10, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Tuesday deadline for teachers to apply for subsidized apartments

Teachers interested in living at the new apartment complex at 777 Hamilton Ave. in eastern Menlo Park at a subsidized rate can apply for one of 22 designated apartments by the deadline of Tuesday, May 16.

May 10, 2017 | 21 comments
Two arrested for possessing cocaine base for sale

Two men were arrested after cocaine base, numerous guns and "a large amount" of money were found in an East Palo Alto home on May 5.

May 9, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo Park resident finishes second on 'Jeopardy!'

Graham Toben, a Menlo Park resident who was born and raised in Portola Valley, finished second in Monday night's "Jeopardy!" TV show, keeping him in the running for one of four wild card spots in the Jeopardy Teachers Tournament.

May 9, 2017 | No comments yet
Update: Atherton meeting Thursday on civic center construction impacts

A meeting about the impacts of construction of Atherton's new civic center will be held in Atherton on Thursday, May 11. A second meeting for town residents has been postponed until June.

May 10, 2017 | No comments yet
​Atherton voters face decision on financing new civic center

Ballot question: Can town use more public funds to build new civic center?
Atherton's registered voters should start receiving ballots in the mail this week containing one question: Should Atherton be allowed to use more public funds to build a new town center?

May 9, 2017 | 3 comments
Police calls: Crime reports from Atherton and Menlo Park

Crime reports from Atherton and Menlo Park.

May 9, 2017 | No comments yet
Bike lane may improve safety for Woodside High students

The Woodside Town Council has approved a bike lane on Alameda de las Pulgas over the last fifth of a mile leading up to Woodside Road from Redwood City, potentially increasing safety for cyclists and students headed to Woodside High School.

May 9, 2017 | 1 comment
Local hero: Woman honored for helping create Kenyan school for girls

Margo McAuliffe, a Menlo Park resident and former trigonometry teacher at Menlo-Atherton High School, is being honored as one of six "local heroes" by the Midpen Media Center for her work establishing a school for girls in Kenya.

May 14, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Woman jailed on charges of attempted murder

A Menlo Park woman accused of stabbing her spouse with a kitchen knife was booked into county jail on charges of attempted murder Monday after police responded to a medical call in the 200 block of Terminal Avenue around 5:30 a.m.

May 9, 2017 | No comments yet
Prep report: Menlo reaches semifinals of CCS tennis

Menlo School's No. 2 doubles team of David Quezada and Marco Volpi recovered from a first set loss to win a hotly-contested tie-breaker over Tim Berthier and Jeffrey Jorgensen and help the Knights earn a 6-1 victory over visiting Menlo-Atherton on Monday in a quarterfinal match of the Central Coast Section boys' tennis tournament.

May 9, 2017 | No comments yet
Woodside: Wildland fire drill today affects several roads

Firefighters will conduct a wildland fire drill today (May 9) that will affect several roads in Woodside.

May 9, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo Park celebrates Kite Day in Bedwell Bayfront Park

Colorful kites of varying shapes took to the air along the Bay at Bedwell Bayfront Park in Menlo Park on May 6 at the city's Kite Day event.

May 8, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo Park resident to compete on 'Jeopardy!'

A fan since childhood, Graham Toben has tried five times to get on the show
For as long as he can remember, watching "Jeopardy!" has been a habit for Graham Toben, a Menlo Park resident who was born and raised in Portola Valley.

May 8, 2017 | No comments yet
Woodside celebrates 95th May Day

"This is about as Norman Rockwell as it gets," observed Randy Schwabacher of Woodside when he stopped filming his granddaughter Sydney Schwabacher perform in the traditional May pole dance at the 95th anniversary Woodside May Day celebration on Saturday.

May 8, 2017 | 4 comments
Judge orders former Menlo Park dry cleaner to repay $361,927

E. Gary Smith, the owner of the now-closed Menalto Cleaners in Menlo Park, was ordered by a San Mateo County judge on Friday, May 5, to pay $361,927 in restitution to customers whose credit card numbers he used to make unauthorized charges, according to county prosecutors.

May 8, 2017 | 2 comments
Menlo hosts M-A in CCS boys team tennis quarterfinals

When it came time for match point, Sid Chari wasted very little time getting it done. Four swings of his tennis racket and he clinched Menlo School's second-round 6-1 victory over visiting Mitty in the Central Coast Section boys tennis tournament on Friday.

May 7, 2017 | No comments yet
Prep report: Winning swimming performances for several locals

Castilleja's Natalie Tuck set a meet record in the 100 breast and also won the 200 free by over eight seconds but Sacred Heart Prep won all three relays in winning its eighth consecutive West Bay Athletic League girls swimming championship on Saturday in its home pool. SHP totaled 432 points to Castilleja's 403. Menlo School placed third wit 229.

May 7, 2017 | No comments yet
Atherton may spend $13.6 million on capital improvements

Atherton's City Council on May 3 took a first look at a proposed $13.6 million budget for spending on capital improvement projects in the 2017-18 fiscal year.

May 8, 2017 | 1 comment
Atherton moves ahead with project to capture runoff water

Council members caution they could back out if maintenance costs are too high
Atherton's City Council voted unanimously on May 3 to move ahead with a $13.6 million grant-funded project to capture runoff water on its way to the Bay to prevent flooding and remove pollutants.

May 10, 2017 | No comments yet
Three residents displaced in apartment building fire

Three people have been displaced after a two-alarm fire destroyed their apartments in unincorporated San Mateo County near the Atherton border on May 3, according to the Menlo Park Fire Protection District.

May 7, 2017 | No comments yet
Ravenswood district to open new middle school

District cites own failure to prepare students for high school
The Ravenswood City School District is opening a new middle school in East Palo Alto this fall with the hopes of reversing a trend that one in three districts students are fully prepared for high school.

May 6, 2017 | 1 comment
Ravenswood teachers, superintendent face breakdown in trust

Superintendent calls union's 'no confidence' vote a 'stunt'
Festering teacher concerns in the Ravenswood City School District came to a head last week when the teachers union announced it had taken a vote of "no confidence" in the superintendent.

May 6, 2017 | 2 comments
Atherton's Judy Sleeth receives Lifetime of Achievement Award

Making art come alive for students
As a teacher, a docent and the founder of the nonprofit Art in Action, Judy Sleeth has inspired a love of art in thousands of students, for which she has received the Avenidas Lifetime of Achievement Award.

May 22, 2017 | 4 comments
Atherton: Explosion awakens residents to Holbrook Lane fire

An explosion in a backyard shed at 36 Holbrook Lane in Atherton is being credited for waking up nearby residents at about 3:50 a.m. Wednesday, May 3, to a fire that had begun in the shed and was spreading to a fence by the time firefighters arrived at 3:53 a.m.

May 5, 2017 | 10 comments
Woodside: Renovated riding arena debuts

Local equestrians now have a new option in Woodside, a freshly renovated riding arena that is available to the public by membership.

May 10, 2017 | No comments yet
At Viewpoint Gallery

"Porto Bodega Afternoon" is one the landscape paintings by Menlo Oaks resident Diana Jaye on exhibit through May 27 at the Viewpoints Gallery, 315 State St. in Los Altos.

May 5, 2017 | No comments yet
Portola Valley Arts Guild holds authors event

The Arts Guild of Portola Valley's inaugural event on April 26 proved to be a moving experience when one woman left the room in tears after listening to five Bay Area authors tell their stories about loss, love and longing.

May 10, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: New building proposed to replace Stanford Inn

A proposal to demolish the Stanford Inn at 115 El Camino Real in Menlo Park and replace it with a 10,274 square-foot, three-story commercial and residential development will be reviewed by the Menlo Park Planning Commission during a study session on Monday, May 8.

May 5, 2017 | 7 comments
Menlo Park commits to making all parks herbicide-free

It took a lot of work, manually pulling more than 56 cubic yards of weeds, or about five dump-truck loads, and covering swaths of parkland with wood chips. But after a one-year trial that ended in March, maintenance contractors in Menlo Park say that beating back unwanted weed growth at four city parks without herbicides can be done.

May 7, 2017 | 12 comments
Boys injured in East Palo Alto hit-and-run expected to survive

Teens hit by car described as a newer model Ford Ranger
Two teen boys injured in an East Palo Alto hit-and-run collision Wednesday afternoon remain at a hospital as of Thursday morning for injuries not considered life-threatening, police said.

May 4, 2017 | 1 comment
Flood protection: Menlo Park budgets $6.2 million to upgrade pump station

Given concerns about sea level rise and flooding in a major storm, the city is budgeting $6.2 million to improve Menlo Park's only pump station.

May 7, 2017 | No comments yet
Deputy DA again facing state bar sanctions over alleged dishonesty

Melissa McKowan, a San Mateo County deputy district attorney and the subject of a March 2013 sanction by the state bar over dishonesty in connection with the prosecution of psychiatrist and convicted child molester Dr. William Ayres, is again facing sanctions by the state bar over a charge of dishonesty.

May 22, 2017 | 7 comments
Budget deal gives Caltrain upgrades $100M

In some good news from the Beltway, a new congressional budget deal has earmarked $100 million to help pay for electrifying the Peninsula's Caltrain corridor. If approved by federal officials, the money would be a lifesaver for the long-sought $1.96 billion upgrade to the much-used transit line.

May 4, 2017 | No comments yet
Woodside Elementary District to reconsider school board vacancy

Embarcadero Media claims district violated open meetings law by not agendizing meeting topic
The Woodside Elementary School District has agreed to reconsider actions taken at a May 1 special meeting after receiving a
letter from Embarcadero Media, the Almanac's parent company, alleging the actions violated the Brown Act, the state's open meeting law.

May 4, 2017 | 2 comments
SH Prep, Menlo, Castilleja earn CCS scholastic honors

Sacred Heart Prep earned six Spring Season Scholastic Championship team awards out of 13 sports, the Central Coast Section announced Wednesday. Menlo and Castilleja each earned four.

May 3, 2017 | No comments yet
Prep report: Local teams suffer tough baseball losses

In the SCVAL El Camino Division, David Clarke drove in two runs and Shiva Bucklin and Josh Radin each had two hits but the Gunn baseball team fell, 6-3, on Wednesday. Sacred Heart Prep dropped a roller coaster of a game that saw five lead changes.

May 3, 2017 | No comments yet
Two teen boys injured by vehicle in hit-and-run

Two teen boys, both 15, were struck Wednesday by a vehicle in East Palo Alto that appears to have failed to stop for a stop sign and then drove off, according to Chief Harold Schapelhouman of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District.

May 3, 2017 | 1 comment
Teens arrested in Menlo Park home on suspicion of burglary

Two teenage boys were confronted Wednesday by police inside a home on the 1000 block of Ringwood Avenue in Menlo Park and arrested on suspicion of attempting to steal money and jewelry, police said.

May 3, 2017 | 1 comment
Woodside artists' stage joint exhibit

'Near and Far' features Thomas Johnson and Kit Colman
Woodside artists Thomas Johnson and Kit Colman will show their works in a joint show titled "Near & Far" during May at the Peninsula Gallery in San Mateo.

May 5, 2017 | No comments yet
Officers killed in the line of duty honored at county museum

The local law enforcement community gathered May 3 at the San Mateo County History Museum to honor 27 officers killed in the line of duty in the county since 1888, when jailer George Tallman succumbed after being beaten by four escaping inmates.

May 3, 2017 | 2 comments
Menlo Park: Union-backed bill to cut contractor work draws ire

Residents, urged by former councilwoman, ask council to take public stance
A California Assembly bill, backed by government unions, that would set limits on how cities contract for services has drawn vehement opposition, and some support, from Menlo Park residents who emailed the City Council in recent days.

May 3, 2017 | 8 comments
Saturday: May Day celebrated in Woodside

Wednesday is deadline to register to be in parade online
Woodside's 95th annual May Day celebration on Saturday, May 6, will have a pancake breakfast, fun run, parade, May Pole dance, Citizen of the Year award ceremony, carnival and barbecue all on the agenda.

May 3, 2017 | No comments yet
Season's first Spare the Air alert today

Bay Area Air Quality Management District expects unhealthy amounts of smog
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued the first Spare the Air Alert of the summer season for Wednesday because of a forecast for unhealthy amounts of smog.

May 3, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo Park council supports Facebook-funded police unit

Though they haven't yet taken a vote, members of the Menlo Park City Council spoke favorably Tuesday about a proposal by Facebook to provide $11.2 million to fund the creation of a new police unit to cover a large area of Menlo Park east of U.S. 101.

May 3, 2017 | 13 comments
Prep report: Menlo is top seed for CCS tennis; M-A is No. 8

Pinewood baseball slays the Dragons in baseball
Menlo School received the No. 1 overall seed and Menlo-Atherton earned the No. 8 seed for the Central Coast Section boys tennis team tournament, it was announced Monday. The tournament begins Wednesday.

May 2, 2017 | No comments yet
Saturday: Scavenger hunt fundraiser returns

The Junior League event will explore sites in Redwood City, San Carlos
Adult teams of four, dressed in goofy costumes, may be observed around town on Saturday, May 6.

May 4, 2017 | No comments yet
Atherton offered $13.6 million for pollution, flood control

City Council meets Wednesday at 4 p.m. to discuss contract
Atherton has been offered up to $13.6 million in funding to divert and treat storm water and runoff, removing pollutants and trash that would otherwise flow into the Bay, and help prevent flooding.

May 2, 2017 | 1 comment
Portola Valley man accused of exposing himself to children

Los Altos police said Monday that a Portola Valley man was arrested last week on suspicion of exposing himself to two children and annoying five more.

May 2, 2017 | No comments yet
Prep report: Knights are lights out at Sacramento track and field event

Several top performers from the Menlo School track and field team took part Saturday in the Sacramento Meet of Champions and gained valuable experience for the big meets -- the league and Central Coast Section finals -- coming up in the next few weeks.

May 1, 2017 | No comments yet
Family, friends reveal untold stories after deadly fire

East Palo Alto's deadliest blaze killed nine family members in an unsolved arson 20 years ago
Saturday marked the 20th anniversary of one of the deadliest residential structure fires in the United States, and certainly the most devastating in East Palo Alto, according to Menlo Park Fire Chief Harold Schapelhouman.

May 1, 2017 | 5 comments
Obituary: Gene Carmen Giannotti lived in Menlo Park 64 years

Gene Carmen Giannotti, who lived in Menlo Park for 64 years, died April 15 at age 85.

May 7, 2017 | No comments yet
Saturday: Fire district fun run, Facebook 'Chili, Cars' festival

The Menlo Park Fire Protection District's 5K fun run, which benefits the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation, and Facebook "Chili, Cars & Everyday Stars" festival will both be held on Saturday, May 13.

May 10, 2017 | No comments yet
Saturday: Menlo Park Kite Day at Bedwell Bayfront Park

The city of Menlo Park's annual Kite Day will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 6, at Bedwell Bayfront Park at 1600 Marsh Road in Menlo Park.

May 3, 2017 | No comments yet
Today is Bike to Work Day

On Thursday, May 11, the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition and Commute.org are sponsoring the 23rd annual "Bike to Work" day.

May 10, 2017 | No comments yet
Should Menlo Park expand herbicide-free park maintenance?

Menlo Park has been experimenting with herbicide-free maintenance methods at four of the city parks for the past year. On May 2, the City Council may decide whether to continue that effort, and possibly expand it.

May 2, 2017 | 2 comments
Portola Valley: Town debates how to warn criminals away

Is there a low-key, discreet but effective way to inform would-be burglars and thieves that they're being watched? The Portola Valley Town Council is giving every indication that it is taking this question quite seriously.

May 2, 2017 | 3 comments
M-A High team heads to Virginia for rocketry competition

It is rocket science for Giles Beebe, Finn Bjerknes and Zach Furman, all Menlo-Atherton High School juniors competing for scholarships and prizes for launching a raw egg at least 775 feet into the air and bringing it safely back to Earth.

May 3, 2017 | No comments yet
Portola Valley: A day of hands-on combat against hunger

Valley Presbyterian Church in Portola Valley is hosting a day of work -- before, during and after services -- on Sunday, May 7, to package dehydrated meals for the hungry, part of the worldwide program Rise Against Hunger.

May 4, 2017 | No comments yet
Derwin spends big to persuade Elon Musk to 'Dump Trump'

Elon Musk, chief executive of Tesla and Space X and chairman of Solar City, has not done enough to arrest climate change, according to former Portola Valley resident Doug Derwin, who says he will spend up to $2 million to persuade Mr. Musk to distance himself from Donald Trump.

May 3, 2017 | 3 comments
Police calls: Man punched for not having a cigarette

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

May 2, 2017 | No comments yet
Woodside: Protesters shout down socially conservative rabbi at Canada College event

In an echo of the confrontations going on between the political left and right over free speech at the University of California at Berkeley, protesters at Canada Community College in Woodside on April 25 shouted down a conservative speaker.

May 3, 2017 | 20 comments
Menlo College's Aberouette second in GSAC heptathlon

Dorian Aberouette placed second in the heptathlon at the Golden State Athletic Conference Track and Field Championships on Friday at Westmont College, and the men's and women's teams both had a number of standout performances.

April 30, 2017 | No comments yet
Governor signs $52.4 billion gas tax into law

Money expected to fund public transportation improvements, road repairs
Gov. Jerry Brown Friday signed into law a $52.4 billion, 10-year gas tax and new annual vehicle fee intended to pay for fixing the state's roads and making other transportation improvements.

April 30, 2017 | 10 comments
Fire chief offers alternative to expanding Belle Haven station

Menlo Park Fire Protection District Chief Harold Schapelhouman has suggested an alternative to tearing down and rebuilding the Belle Haven fire station.

April 30, 2017 | No comments yet
Atherton: Irving Avenue blocked due to fallen tree

The Atherton Police Department issued an advisory at 8:35 a.m. Sunday that a large tree had fallen on Irving Avenue in Lindenwood.

April 30, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Building permits approved by city

Below is a roundup of residential, commercial and public development projects that have been granted building permits by the city of Menlo Park in 2017.

May 7, 2017 | No comments yet
Man arrested after allegedly spitting in teacher's face at Menlo Park school

Incident triggers school lockdown; man was yelling profanities on the campus
A shirtless 29-year-old man acting erratically was arrested Friday after he entered a classroom at a Menlo Park school, spat in a teacher's face, and then attempted to assault a police officer, who used a Taser to restrain him, police said.

April 28, 2017 | No comments yet
Today: Online fundraiser for Project Read-Menlo Park

Project Read-Menlo Park, which provides free adult literacy instruction to struggling readers and English learners by pairing them with volunteers, will host a 24-hour online fundraiser on Tuesday, May 9.

May 8, 2017 | No comments yet
The gift of inspiration helps Menlo's first-year coach

Winning isn't everything but its good for the soul, especially when it's derived from hard work and the willingness to set aside personal goals for the good of the team. That's what the Menlo baseball team has given their first-year coach Sean Riley as it maintains a two-game lead in the PAL Ocean Division.

April 28, 2017 | No comments yet
May: Hawaii photography exhibit at Menlo Park gallery

A photography exhibition of Hawaiian landscapes, seascapes, flowers and wildlife will be on display during the month of May at the Portola Art Gallery at 75 Arbor Road (Allied Arts Guild) in Menlo Park.

May 5, 2017 | No comments yet
May 8: Deadline to apply for Anton Menlo below-market-rate units

Applications to live in one of the 37 below-market-rate apartments in the Anton Menlo apartment complex in Menlo Park are being accepted.

April 28, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Free international film screenings

The Menlo Park Library at 800 Alma St. in the Civic Center is hosting free screenings of international films at 6:30 p.m. on May 9 and May 23.

April 30, 2017 | No comments yet
Saturday: Historic gatehouse tours in Menlo Park

Tours of the historic Barron-Latham-Hopkins gatehouse in Menlo Park will be conducted Saturday, May 13, hosted by the Junior League of Palo Alto-Mid Peninsula.

May 10, 2017 | No comments yet
Woodside Community Theatre: Auditions for 'Annie'

Woodside Community Theatre is searching for a young talented actress who can sing, dance and steal hearts as the lead of "Annie," the musical the amateur group will be staging this fall. Other parts need to be filled, as well.

April 27, 2017 | No comments yet
Sunday: Big Bear Run benefits M-A athletes

The 11th annual 5-kilometer Big Bear Run, open to runners and walkers of all ages, is set for 9 a.m. Sunday, May 7, starting at Menlo-Atherton High School, 555 Middlefield Road in Atherton.

April 27, 2017 | No comments yet
Local impact of sea-level rise: Comment sought on report

Public comment is sought on a 291-page draft report on San Mateo County's vulnerability to rising sea levels. Sea Change San Mateo County will hold a community meeting on the report at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 29, in Half Moon Bay.

April 27, 2017 | No comments yet
How 'right to die' law is working locally

"I barely knew him," said Nancy Meyer of Portola Valley, who was there when her client took prescribed drugs to exit life peacefully, just as he wished.

April 30, 2017 | 3 comments
Saturday: Folk music concert in Ladera

An evening of folk music and storytelling is coming to the Ladera Community Church in Ladera on Saturday night, April 29.

April 27, 2017 | No comments yet
This weekend: Menlowe Ballet in bloom

This spring Menlowe Ballet is showcasing its own blossoming talent with "Floraison," a program devoted to works created and performed by the professional ballet company and students at the Menlo Park Academy of Dance.

April 27, 2017 | No comments yet
Woodside Elementary board meets to discuss vacancy

Board needs to fill 18-month term after Warren Roth resignation
Woodside Elementary School District's governing board will hold a special meeting on Monday, May 1, to discuss the process for replacing board member Wendy Warren Roth, who resigned on April 6.

April 28, 2017 | No comments yet
Friday: 'Super Sports Day' comes to Redwood City

More than 500 students in kindergarten through 12th grade from special education programs across San Mateo County are expected to compete in track and field events during "Super Sports Day" on Friday, May 5, at the Sequoia High School track, 1201 Brewster Ave. in Redwood City.

May 4, 2017 | 2 comments
Affordable housing: County wrestles with spending choices

As the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors looks at spending more on affordable housing, it has run into complications on how this will reduce spending on other priorities.

April 28, 2017 | 14 comments
Saturday: Comic Con returns to Menlo Park Library

Storm troopers, comics, film screenings and live music are on tap for the Menlo Park main library's second free Comic Con event, set for Saturday, May 13, from 3 to 7 p.m.

May 10, 2017 | No comments yet
Sacred Heart Prep rules the water in dual meet victory over Knights

Sacred Heart Prep sophomore Kyle Ballack won a pair of individual events and led off two winning relays. The Gators parlayed that into an impressive 110-57 decision over visiting Menlo in the final West Bay Athletic League boys swimming meet of the regular season Wednesday.

April 27, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Two iron workers injured at site of new Facebook building

Two iron workers at the construction site of a new Facebook building in Menlo Park were injured Wednesday after part of the building collapsed, causing them to fall, fire officials said.

April 27, 2017 | 1 comment
Menlo Park fire district earns 'very good' fire rating

The Menlo Park Fire Protection District has earned a Class 2 fire rating, which is considered very good and affects the cost of homeowner and business insurance, Chief Harold Schapelhouman said.

April 26, 2017 | No comments yet
Thursday: Menlo Park meeting on bike-pedestrian rail crossing

The city of Menlo Park will host a community meeting on Thursday, May 4, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. to discuss a proposed pedestrian and bike crossing of the Caltrain tracks at Middle Avenue in Menlo Park.

May 3, 2017 | 11 comments
Abortion rights, child marriage topics at feminist fundraiser in Menlo Park

During an awards luncheon in Menlo Park, held to celebrate the accomplishments of women's rights advocates and to raise funds for the Feminist Majority Foundation, words were not minced describing what is at risk for women under the current presidential administration.

May 5, 2017 | 9 comments
Menlowe Ballet in bloom

Local dance company nurtures homegrown talent in spring showcase
This spring, Menlowe Ballet is showcasing its own blossoming talent with "Floraison," a program devoted to works created and performed by the professional ballet company and students at the Menlo Park Academy of Dance.

April 26, 2017 | No comments yet
Tonight in Portola Valley: Five authors and their stories

The Arts Guild of Portola Valley holds its first event tonight (April 26) when five authors tell their stories from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Portola Valley Town Center at 765 Portola Road.

April 26, 2017 | 2 comments
Two nonprofits merging; both help students from lower-income families

College access nonprofits seek to reduce per-student costs, broaden programs
Peninsula Bridge, a Palo Alto-based nonprofit, announced April 26 that the organization will merge with Building Futures Now, an East Palo Alto-based nonprofit to provide broader programs to help students from lower-income families.

April 26, 2017 | No comments yet
Have aspirations to become a news reporter?

The Almanac is looking for summer interns with an interest in learning news reporting skills for online and print.

April 26, 2017 | No comments yet
Woodside: Ex-employees sue Filoli estate, allege age discrimination

Four women recently employed at the Filoli estate in Woodside have sued their former employer, alleging age discrimination among other unlawful and unfair employment and business practices.

April 26, 2017 | 23 comments
Prep report: Menlo girls edge toward title in lacrosse

Castilleja upset Mitty 17-11 in a West Bay Athletic League girls lacrosse match and Menlo School topped Menlo-Atherton 7-1 in a battle for first place.

April 26, 2017 | No comments yet
Elementary schools host big science, engineering events

Science and engineering are taking center stage at local elementary schools this week, with a STEAM night Wednesday, April 26, at Oak Knoll School in Menlo Park, a Maker Faire Friday, April 28, at Corte Madera School in Portola Valley, and a Science Night at Encinal School in Atherton, also on Friday.

April 26, 2017 | 1 comment
Tonight: STEAM night at Oak Knoll School in Menlo Park

Oak Knoll School will hold a STEAM night on Wednesday, April 26, with hands-on science, technology, engineering, art and math projects for the whole family.

April 26, 2017 | No comments yet
Youth mental health clinic opens in Menlo Park

More than four months ahead of schedule, SafeSpace, a youth mental health center, has opened in Menlo Park.

April 27, 2017 | 2 comments
Transportation commission posts vital data online

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission has expanded its Vital Signs website to including Bay Area data on such vital topics as housing affordability, poverty rates and life expectancy.

April 25, 2017 | No comments yet
SF, Peninsula officials urge feds to OK Caltrain funds

Electrification project in limbo after state Republicans objected
San Francisco and Peninsula elected officials on Monday called on the Trump administration to approve federal funding for a Caltrain electrification project that is expected to add capacity to the busy transit corridor.

April 25, 2017 | 4 comments
U.S. judge blocks Trump's executive order on 'sanctuary cities'

Judge issues preliminary injunction
A federal judge in San Francisco on Tuesday (April 25) blocked an executive order by President Donald Trump that threatened to deny federal funding to so-called "sanctuary" cities and counties.

April 25, 2017 | 8 comments
Menlo Park bookseller seeks to give kids glimpses and reflections of different cultures

Most anyone who's been a kid or spent time around kids recently knows that there are a few staples when it comes to bedtime stories. Now, a Menlo Park-based online bookseller, KitaabWorld, is working to give families a chance to more easily access those classics (and other books) with a South Asian twist.

April 28, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Chelsea Clinton draws large crowd at Kepler's

Chelsea Clinton, former First Daughter and the closest person to date to earning the title from both parents, came to Kepler's Books in Menlo Park on April 18 to promote her own work and to sign copies of her book, "It's Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going!"

April 25, 2017 | 3 comments
Menlo Park: Carmichael reappointed to state committee

Suzan Carmichael of Menlo Park has been reappointed by Gov. Jerry Brown to the California Developmental and Reproductive Toxicant Identification Committee.

May 7, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Pause on pay hike for sustainability manager

A proposed 25 percent pay raise for a vacant city position -- sustainability manager -- was temporarily rejected April 4 by the Menlo Park City Council.

April 27, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo Park police get mindfulness training in Oregon

About 25 Menlo Park police staff have returned from a 16- to 20-hour "resilience and mindfulness" training in Bend, Oregon, held April 7 to 9.

April 30, 2017 | 6 comments
Menlo Park: Kepler's joins Facebook's Small Business Council

Kepler's Books announced it has been selected to join Facebook's 2017 U.S. Small Business Council.

April 25, 2017 | No comments yet
M-A's Klein helps Team Israel find its way in baseball

David Klein, the first-year head coach at Menlo-Atherton High School, has been part of the endeavor of bringing baseball to Israel for a number of years. Most recently he served as operations coordinator and assistant coach for the 2016 WBC team.

April 25, 2017 | No comments yet
Peterson just grand for Menlo School baseball team

Senior Nolan Peterson hit a grand slam, doubled and drove in five runs to lead Menlo School to a 15-4 non-league baseball win over Gunn at home Saturday.

April 25, 2017 | No comments yet
Atherton: Worker rescued after fall at home construction site

A worker on a home construction site, who was injured after falling 15 to 18 feet into a basement area at the site, was rescued by firefighters from the Menlo Park Fire Protection District shortly after noon on April 21.

April 25, 2017 | 7 comments
Data on housing affordability, life expectancy now on 'Vital Signs' website

Statistical data about critical Bay Area concerns such as housing affordability, poverty rates and life expectancy is now available on the Vital Signs website of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission.

May 11, 2017 | No comments yet
Tonight: Woodside council could authorize bike lane project on the Alameda

A green-painted bike lane is coming to a section of southbound Alameda de las Pulgas that has been vexing for some cyclists: the fifth of a mile between Fernside Street and Woodside Road alongside the eastern border of the Menlo Country Club.

April 25, 2017 | No comments yet