2019

Assemblyman Berman holding wildfire town hall Saturday

State Assemblyman Marc Berman (D-Palo Alto) is sponsoring a June 22 wildfire town hall meeting in Portola Valley that will include a panel made up of representatives from state and local firefighting agencies and PG&E.

June 19, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park set to enact cannabis business ban

Citing a lack of public pushback to the city's nearly two-year moratorium on cannabis businesses in Menlo Park, the City Council moved June 18 to line up an ordinance to ban such businesses from setting up shop in Menlo Park.

June 19, 2019 | 1 comment
Woodside: Murder suspect named in two Skyline slayings

Authorities have identified the suspect arrested early this morning for allegedly killing two men whose bodies were found on Monday and Tuesday nights on Skyline Boulevard as Malik Dosouqi, 26. They have also named the second victim.

June 19, 2019 | 2 comments
Atherton budget remains healthy

The Atherton City Council will consider approving the town's 2019-20 fiscal year budget at its Wednesday (June 19) meeting, and it looks like the town will maintain a comfortable budget surplus.

June 19, 2019 | 3 comments
ALL-LEAGUE BOYS GOLF TEAMS

Menlo-Atherton's Jonathan Dicks was named the Peninsula Athletic League Golfer of the Year. Menlo's Charlie Hsieh and Sacred Heart Prep's Finn O'Kelly shared the honor in the West Bay Athletic League. They're joined by several locals.

June 18, 2019 | No comments yet
Palo Alto hosting District 52 Majors 11-12 all-star tourney

Menlo-Atherton, which reached last year's championship game, opens the District 52 11-12 Majors Little League all-star tournament Saturday with a 9 a.m. game against Hillsborough at Middlefield Park in Palo Alto.

June 18, 2019 | No comments yet
Update: Victim identified as detectives continue investigating apparent homicide

San Mateo County Sheriff's detectives are investigating an apparent homicide after a 32-year-old Pacifica man's body was found on Skyline Boulevard near the El Corte de Madera Creek Preserve at 11:35 p.m. last night (June 17).

June 18, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Council to mull cannabis ban

Menlo Park city staff is recommending that the City Council prohibit cannabis business-related land uses and ban growing marijuana outdoors. The City Council is scheduled to take up the matter at its meeting tonight (June 18).

June 18, 2019 | 7 comments
Menlo Park City Council moves swiftly in the right direction

The Menlo Park City Council on June 11 rejected an idea to enact a moratorium on commercial development, which disappointed many residents. But the debate sparked by the proposal, and the resulting decisions, are cause for optimism.

June 19, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: No-contest plea in stabbing case

A man who repeatedly tried to stab another man in a Menlo Park homeless encampment last August pleaded no contest on June 11 to a felony charge of assault with a deadly weapon.

June 19, 2019 | No comments yet
Better barbecue

A tasty hobby turns into a full time job for John Capelo
Quality barbecue is notoriously hard to find in the Bay Area. John Capelo is working to change that, one slow-smoked piece of meat at a time.

June 17, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Police arrest man suspected of burglary near Nealon Park

Menlo Park police arrested a man last night (June 16) suspected of burglary at a construction site on the 600 block of University Drive near Nealon Park.

June 17, 2019 | No comments yet
Two former SHP Gators help USA beat Chile in Women's World Cup

Carli Lloyd and Julie Ertz each finished off headers into the back of the net off corner kicks and the U.S. women's soccer team downed Chile 3-0 in group play at the Women's World Cup in Paris on Sunday.

June 16, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park woman using oxygen dies in accidental fire

A woman who was smoking in her Menlo Park home while also using oxygen in a medical cylinder to breathe died last night (June 14) when she caught on fire, according to a news bulletin from the Menlo Park Fire Protection District.

June 15, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Attempted murder suspect to undergo mental competency review

Man allegedly struck woman with stolen vehicle in Nealon Park
The man charged with attempted murder after allegedly hitting a pedestrian with a stolen vehicle on June 7 in Menlo Park showed up in court on Friday (June 14) after refusing to appear at two previously scheduled arraignment hearings.

June 14, 2019 | No comments yet
Man accused of 1974 cold-case killing near Stanford campus pleads not guilty

John Arthur Getreu denies first-degree murder charge for the death of Janet Ann Taylor
A 74-year-old man accused of murdering two 21-year-old women whose strangled bodies were found on Stanford University property about a year apart in the 1970s pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in one of the cases on Friday.

June 14, 2019 | No comments yet
Alpine-West Menlo Majors Peak scores late for victory

For three innings, Alpine-West Menlo Park 11-12 Little League champion Peak and Menlo-Atherton champion Shell Sharon Heights were locked in a scoreless duel Thursday at Ford Field in Portola Valley.

June 14, 2019 | No comments yet
Driver arrested for attempted murder at Nealon Park scheduled to enter plea Friday

Maurice Kalhil Vasquez Lopez has refused to come to court twice
A man charged with attempted murder after allegedly striking a pedestrian with a stolen car on June 7 at Nealon Park refused to come to court Wednesday and Thursday, June 12 and 13, and is scheduled to plea Friday.

June 14, 2019 | 3 comments
Home sales: Three homes sell for over $10M in Atherton

A look at this week's highest, lowest transactions
A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula, where Atherton recorded the most-expensive transaction this week with the sale of a $23 million home.

June 16, 2019 | No comments yet
Last vestiges of Woodside's Jackling House still in limbo

Steve Jobs may have hated his George Washington Smith-designed house in Woodside and had it torn down, but many homes designed near the architect's home in Santa Barbara County are now worth millions of dollars.

June 14, 2019 | No comments yet
Girls rock on first Little League all-female team, the Rockies

Gender equality in sports took a happy step forward on the local baseball field this season as the Menlo Atherton Little League put together an all-girls team for the first time ever.

June 15, 2019 | 1 comment
Birds in the spotlight in 'Learning to Fly' exhibit

Atherton photographer Larry Calof is showing works featuring images of owls and other birds at the Portola Art Gallery, located in the Allied Arts Guild in Menlo Park. An artist reception is scheduled for Saturday, June 15.

June 14, 2019 | No comments yet
Woodside Glens development rules further honed

Woodside planning officials received a boatload of feedback at a study session about a proposal that would have allowed most residents of the Glens neighborhood to add on to their homes without triggering an environmental impact report

June 17, 2019 | No comments yet
Video: TheatreWorks Silicon Valley accepts Tony Award

Honor comes as Palo Alto-rooted company approaches milestone season
Theatreworks Silicon Valley Founding Artistic Director Robert Kelley, Executive Director Phil Santora and Board Chair Judy Heyboer were in New York to accept the Regional Theatre Tony Award on June 9.

June 13, 2019 | No comments yet
TheatreWorks' 'Archduke' satirizes the assassination that set off World War I

In Rajiv Joseph's dark comedy, Gavrilo Princip is neither hero nor villain
Rajiv Joseph's dark comedy about Archduke Franz Ferdinand's assassin, 19-year-old Bosnian Serb Gavrilo Princip, draw parallels between century-ago conspirators and modern-day terrorists.

June 13, 2019 | No comments yet
Laughs plentiful in Pear Theatre's 'Present Laughter'

939 Noël Coward farce explores the madcap life of an actor
Laughs are available by the bushelful in the Pear Theatre production of Noël Coward's "Present Laughter," a frantic farce written and set in 1939 and based fairly strongly on Coward's own life.

June 13, 2019 | No comments yet
Palo Alto Music Day returns June 16

University Avenue to host 50 musicians and bands in a variety of genres
Returning for its 11th year, Palo Alto World Music Day will take place on Sunday, June 16, 3-7:30 p.m. at outdoor locations along University Avenue, which will be closed to traffic.

June 13, 2019 | No comments yet
Meh in 'Black'

A tired sci-fi franchise goes 'International'
With Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones retired, the latest attempt to resuscitate the "Men in Black" franchise just seems wearying and tiresome.

June 13, 2019 | No comments yet
'The Cubberley Project' celebrates community voices

New public-art installation on display at Cubberley Community Center
"The Cubberley Project," a temporary audio-visual installation by the Cubberley Artist Studio Program's Martha Sakellariou and writer Jennifer Lee, is currently on display at Cubberley Community Center.

June 13, 2019 | No comments yet
Block party perks up downtown Menlo Park

Downtown Menlo Park was a lively scene Wednesday evening as the city and the Chamber of Commerce hosted the 13th annual community block party. Photographer Magali Gauthier was there to capture the spirit of the evening with pictures.

June 13, 2019 | 2 comments
Give an assist to O'Hara, Press in USA's World Cup victory

Stanford grads Kelley O'Hara and Christen Press got in on the action Tuesday as the United States women's national soccer team walloped Thailand in its first game of the FIFA Women's World Cup on Tuesday in Reims, France.

June 13, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo's Jones named Gatorade California Player of the Year

Recent high school graduate in the running for national award
Menlo School's Sophia Jones was named Gatorade California Girls Soccer Player of the Year it was announced Thursday. She becomes the first Menlo School player to receive the honor and is also a finalist for the Gatorade National honor.

June 13, 2019 | No comments yet
Portola Valley School board approves election for two seats

With two Portola Valley School District board members' terms up in December, the board voted at a June 5 meeting to authorize an election for the seats on the November ballot. Trustee Gulliver La Valle said he won't seek re-election.

June 14, 2019 | No comments yet
$27K in restitution ordered for man who hacked The Almanac

Colby claims he committed the crime at the request of convicted felon and former Menlo Park resident Hiruy Amanuel
The 36-year-old man who hacked and temporarily shut down AlmanacNews.com and other Embarcadero Media websites nearly four years ago was sentenced on June 12 in federal court.

June 12, 2019 | 4 comments
Former Woodland School director files age discrimination suit

A former employee of the private Woodland School in Portola Valley is suing the school for age discrimination.

June 13, 2019 | No comments yet
Atherton Police Department lobby closed until Tuesday

The Atherton Police Department lobby will be closed beginning Thursday (June 13) and reopen next Tuesday.

June 13, 2019 | No comments yet
Ex-Stanford sailing coach who accepted nearly $800K in bribes through college admissions scam sentenced

John Vandemoer allowed fake profiles that portrayed applicants as a 'competitive sailor' to enter university's review process
Stanford University's former head sailing coach John Vandemoer became the first person to be sentenced in the college admissions case Wednesday for knowingly designating two applicants as recruits despite their lack of experience.

June 12, 2019 | 2 comments
Same-day Spare the Air alert issued as poor air quality persists

Lack of strong ocean breeze, fog layer prompts fourth consecutive alert
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued a belated Spare the Air Alert for Wednesday after increased ocean breezes and a fog layer that were forecast to bring improved air quality didn't show up.

June 12, 2019 | No comments yet
M-A program offers free Latin lessons to K-8 students

The Aequora Program aims to improve literacy, English skills
A group of Menlo-Atherton High School students will spend their Saturdays tutoring elementary and middle schoolers in Latin to improve their literacy and English language skills through a newly launched, free program.

June 13, 2019 | 1 comment
Menlo Park council: No moratorium

Council members fear city would become 'poster child' for using local powers to block housing growth
The Menlo Park City Council on Tuesday backed away from a proposal to enact a citywide moratorium on nonresidential development and a Bayside ban on large housing developments.

June 12, 2019 | 14 comments
ALL-LEAGUE COED BADMINTON TEAMS

Menlo-Atherton's mixed doubles team of Alexander Waitz and Athena Xue were named to the all-Peninsula Athletic League Ocean Division badminton team after winning a league title. Check out who else made it.

June 12, 2019 | No comments yet
ALL-LEAGUE BOYS TENNIS TEAMS

Menlo School's Andrei Volgin was named the Most Valuable Player in the West Bay Athletic League. Central Coast Section boys tennis semifinalist Tim Berthier of M-A was named to the all-PAL Bay Division team. Find out who else made it.

June 12, 2019 | No comments yet
Sacred Heart Prep awards diplomas to 121st class

Graduates headed to 78 colleges in California and across the country
On May 23, Sacred Heart Preparatory graduated 149 students at its 121st commencement ceremony.

June 17, 2019 | No comments yet
Civic center, traffic and public safety at top of Atherton's priorities list

Concerns over funding for the civic center, traffic and public safety are of greatest importance to Atherton City Council members over the next two years, they said at a recent goal-setting meeting.

June 13, 2019 | No comments yet
Bay Area under third straight Spare the Air alert Tuesday

Public encouraged to limit outdoor activities due to excessive smog
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued a Spare the Air Alert for Tuesday since high temperatures and light winds are expected to persist in the region.

June 11, 2019 | No comments yet
Wednesday: Menlo Park school district to host meeting on equity

Educational equity for students throughout the Menlo Park City School District will be the topic of a special meeting of the district's school board on Wednesday.

June 12, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Nativity Carnival draws crowds over weekend

Sun, fun and games were on the program for those attending the Nativity Carnival last weekend, June 7-9.

June 11, 2019 | 1 comment
Fire burns rail line on Dumbarton's Fremont side

Flames recently burned the abandoned wooden railroad trestle just south of the Dumbarton Bridge in the East Bay, near Fremont.

June 17, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Santa Cruz Avenue shut down Wednesday for downtown block party

Menlo Park's 13th annual downtown block party will be held on Wednesday, June 12, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Santa Cruz Avenue.

June 11, 2019 | 1 comment
County to expand flood district to create 'resilient shoreline'

Flooding isn't a new problem in San Mateo County. But with climate change-driven sea level rise and development along the Bay, there's new urgency in the county to combat water-related threats to the county.

June 13, 2019 | No comments yet
Atherton: Semitruck driver suffers moderate injuries in crash

A semitruck driver was transported to the hospital with moderate injuries on Monday morning (June 10) following a three-vehicle collision in Atherton, according to Atherton police.

June 10, 2019 | 1 comment
Lawmaker behind SB 50 makes case for zoning reforms to address state housing crisis

Despite delay, state Sen. Scott Wiener says his housing bill will pass
Scott Wiener, whose housing bill has energized housing advocates and galvanized local officials, came to Palo Alto on Friday to push back against local critics and assure a receptive crowd that Senate Bill 50 remains on track to pass.

June 11, 2019 | 5 comments
Menlo Park: Driver of stolen vehicle arrested for attempted murder

Police say he 'intentionally' drove into a Menlo Park pedestrian
Menlo Park police arrested a 34-year-old man for attempted murder on Friday night after he allegedly drove a stolen vehicle into a 33-year-old Menlo Park woman who was filming an altercation between him and a neighbor.

June 8, 2019 | No comments yet
Atherton: Sixteen-year-old arrested for having gun on M-A campus

Arrest took place during the school's graduation ceremony
Police arrested a 16-year-old boy who they suspect brought a gun on the Menlo-Atherton High School campus on June 6 during the Atherton school's graduation ceremony. The suspect is not an M-A student, police said.

June 8, 2019 | 2 comments
Menlo Park: Motorcyclist taken to hospital after collision

A 24-year-old motorcyclist was taken to the hospital in an ambulance after he collided with a car at the corner of Ringwood and Coleman avenues in Menlo Park at 6:54 a.m. on Friday, June 7.

June 7, 2019 | 2 comments
Bay Area to see warm weather and gusty, dry winds this weekend

Hottest days will likely be on Sunday and Monday in the South Bay
A widespread warming trend will envelop the Bay Area starting Saturday, with hot temperatures luring people to beaches and dry, gusty winds increasing fire risks.

June 7, 2019 | No comments yet
Woodside sends off its graduates

About 400 seniors in Woodside High School's Class of 2019 gathered on the school's football field at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 7, to receive their diplomas and take the first step in a new journey of their lives.

June 7, 2019 | No comments yet
M-A's Class of 2019 says farewell

Menlo-Atherton High School's Class of 2019 received their diplomas during a graduation ceremony held on the school's football field on Thursday, June 6, at 4 p.m. There were 564 graduation candidates, according to the school.

June 7, 2019 | 2 comments
Menlo Park, Atherton water main work underway

A water main replacement project began on May 31 in the Lindenwood neighborhood of Atherton and the Menlo Oaks neighborhood of unincorporated Menlo Park.

June 12, 2019 | 1 comment
Menlo Park school board member decides not to resign

Stacey Jones will not resign from the Menlo Park City School District board, following a November announcement that she may need to leave her post this summer because she and her family would likely move away.

June 7, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park sports trainer charged in sexual assault case involving teenage girl

Arraignment proceedings continued to June 14
Tristan Arfi of Redwood City, owner of the Boxing Theory Gym in Menlo Park, is facing arraignment next week on sexual assault charges involving a teenage girl he trained, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office.

June 7, 2019 | 1 comment
'Night Shift: A Jewish Cultural Experience' comes to Town & Country Village after hours

Art installations, interactive workshops, music, food and more will be offered as part of a multidisciplinary festival celebrating the holiday of Shavuot on Saturday, June 8.

June 6, 2019 | No comments yet
Theater companies keep the Redwood City arts scene lively this June

While a decade or so ago the sign in downtown Redwood City proclaiming "Theatre District" may have seemed a stretch, these days, Broadway Street is hopping with patrons of the Century 20 cinema and real live theater.

June 6, 2019 | No comments yet
'Monster' producer

Mountain View's Brian Rogers talks about reviving 'Godzilla'
Working with a 393-foot-tall reptilian monster named Godzilla is serious business, as in hundreds-of-millions-of-dollars serious.

June 6, 2019 | No comments yet
The thrilla that's 'Godzilla'

'King of the Monsters' ups the creature-feature ante
The new American film "Godzilla: King of the Monsters" honors a tradition that has won over millions of Japanese "kaiju" (giant monster movie) fans for the past 60 years.

June 6, 2019 | No comments yet
Atherton resident, Warriors investor Mark Stevens receives one-year ban from NBA games after pushing player

Stevens says 'I need to be better' in apology
Atherton resident and Golden State Warriors minority investor Mark Stevens has been fined $500,000 and barred from attending NBA games for one year after pushing a Toronto Raptors player during Game 3 of the NBA Finals on June 5.

June 6, 2019 | 5 comments
Menlo Park school district conducts survey to help it plan for future

The Menlo Park City School District is conducting its annual community survey.

June 6, 2019 | 1 comment
Police calls: Woman breaks into home, makes herself at home

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

June 8, 2019 | No comments yet
ShakeAlert safeguards Menlo fire district quake response

In an earthquake, seconds can make the difference between being able to take shelter and being caught by surprise.

June 7, 2019 | No comments yet
'Champion' activist and journalist Nita Spangler dies

Nita Reifschneider Spangler, who helped keep Almanac readers informed of San Mateo County matters as a reporter from 1969 to 1977, died on April 18, one day after her 96th birthday.

June 10, 2019 | No comments yet
ALL-LEAGUE BASEBALL TEAMS

Palo Alto's Josh Kasevich, Menlo School's Justin Nam and Woodside's Joseph King were honored as the MVP of their respective leagues. Find out who else made all-league from the area.

June 6, 2019 | No comments yet
ALL-LEAGUE SOFTBALL TEAMS

Palo Alto's Lindsey Kim and Gunn's Tori Mock each won a major award in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League El Camino Division. Woodside and Pinewood also had players honored on their respective all-league teams.

June 6, 2019 | No comments yet
Daschbach taken by Baltimore Orioles during MLB draft

Former Sacred Heart Prep standout Andrew Daschbach was one of three Stanford baseball players drafted in Major League Baseball's First-Year Player Draft during Wednesday's third day. Brandon Wulff and Duke Kinamon were also picked.

June 6, 2019 | No comments yet
Home sales: Mountain View sees 20 transactions

A look at this week's highest, lowest transactions
A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula, where Mountain View recorded the most homes sales with 20 transactions and Los Altos recorded the highest sale at $6M for a 3,232-square-foot home.

June 9, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park council to weigh development moratorium next week

Spurred by a proposal from two council members, the Menlo Park City Council will next week consider adopting a moratorium on new nonresidential development, as well as on large-scale housing development on the city's Bay side.

June 5, 2019 | 41 comments
Woodside teachers to see 2% pay bump

The Woodside Elementary School District board voted on Tuesday, June 4, to give teachers a 2% raise for the 2019-20 school year.

June 6, 2019 | No comments yet
Steve Frank to head Woodside school district

The Woodside Elementary School District's middle school principal Steve Frank will take the top management position in the district beginning July 1.

June 5, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Commuter bus burns, ignites grass fire near Alpine Road

Crews from five fire agencies responded to a bus fire and two grass fires that were ignited by the commuter bus, which caught fire in the southbound lanes of I-280 at Alpine Road at 10:35 a.m. Wednesday morning.

June 5, 2019 | 2 comments
Portola Valley School board to vote on election for two seats

With two Portola Valley School District board members' terms expiring in December, the board will be asked to approve putting the positions on the November ballot. One trustee has announced he won't be seeking re-election.

June 5, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo College announces its 2019 Hall of Fame class

Menlo College Athletics announced its 2019 Hall of Fame Class, which is set to be inducted on Friday, October 18th in conjunction with the weekend's OAKtoberFest Families and Alumni Weekend. Seven former Menlo athletes were chosen.

June 5, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park boxing gym owner arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting teen girl

The owner of a boxing gym in Menlo Park has been arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting a teenage girl he trained, according to a statement from the Menlo Park Police Department.

June 4, 2019 | No comments yet
Environmental review process launches for new Sobrato office building

A proposal to construct a third office building on a 13-acre property owned by the Sobrato Organization at 162-164 Jefferson Drive in Menlo Park is moving into its environmental review phase.

June 4, 2019 | No comments yet
Atherton to discuss town budget

The Atherton City Council will meet on June 5 and review the 2019-20 town budget.

June 4, 2019 | No comments yet
Fiction or the future?

Longtime Atherton resident is both doctor and novelist who spotlights AI and medicine
Atherton resident Dr. Rick Novak is a published novelist and practicing anesthesiologist. His latest, "Doctor Vita" was published in March.

June 6, 2019 | No comments yet
Woodside Priory names new head of school

Patrick Ruff has been named the new head of school of the Woodside Priory, taking over from Tim Molak, who is retiring after 30 years.

June 5, 2019 | No comments yet
Gunn grad takes over girls water polo program at M-A

Menlo-Atherton High Athletic Director Steven Kryger announced the hiring of former Gunn standout Lauren Lesyna as the new head coach of the girls' varsity water polo team in addition to her teaching duties a biology instructor.

June 4, 2019 | No comments yet
Volunteers wanted for nonprofit Discovery Shop

The American Cancer Society Discovery Shop in Menlo Park is seeking volunteers to work in the store.

June 4, 2019 | No comments yet
Woodside commission to review new proposals for the Glens

Some proposed rules to expand options to residents of the Glens neighborhood to improve their homes will be the subject of a meeting of the Woodside Planning Commission on Wednesday, June 5.

June 4, 2019 | 1 comment
Menlo fire district, Coast Guard adopt safety plan for drones and aircraft

A new plan is in place for firefighters' search and rescue drones and U.S. Coast Guard helicopters to share the skies over the San Francisco Bay.

June 3, 2019 | 3 comments
Man involved in hit-and-run that killed a Menlo Park 6-year-old sentenced to prison

Shannon Steven Fox, who was extradited from Guatemala last year, pleads no contest in 2009 crash
Shannon Steven Fox, 33, has pleaded no contest to vehicular manslaughter and admitted to fleeing the scene after a November 2009 hit-and-run that killed six-year-old Menlo Park resident Lisa Xavier and severely injured her mother.

June 3, 2019 | 4 comments
Top 2 most expensive home sales this week? $21M and $11.5M in Atherton

A look at this week's highest, lowest transactions
A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula, where Atherton recorded the top 2 most expensive transactions at $21 million, $11.5 million. Palo Alto recorded the third highest sale at $9 million.

June 2, 2019 | No comments yet
Food trumps hate

Tapestry Suppers aims to combat intolerance, one meal at a time
Feeling unnerved by increasing anti-immigrant rhetoric in the wake of the 2016 presidential election, Danielle Tsi started a local supperclub series to celebrate diversity and unity through food.

June 6, 2019 | 10 comments
Residents, students sound off on Stanford expansion

As county Planning Commission considers approving university's growth plan, graduate students call for more housing, child care services
With Stanford University preparing for its next growth spurt, residents and students crammed into Palo Alto City Hall on Thursday night to request more affordable housing as part of the expansion.

May 31, 2019 | No comments yet
Precautionary power shutdowns loom again this fire season, PG&E warns

Outages could last more than two days
With wildfire season approaching, PG&E is again warning customers, particularly in wooded, high-fire-risk areas like Woodside and Portola Valley, that it may shut off power during heat emergencies to avoid power lines igniting fires.

May 31, 2019 | 3 comments
Los Altos Stage Company tackles mental-illness musical

Strong cast sings of familial tragedy in 'Next to Normal'
"Next to Normal" won three Tony Awards in 2009, and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2010. Los Altos Stage Company has installed it in the Bus Barn Theatre through June 22.

May 30, 2019 | No comments yet
A Palo Altan's quest to recreate Leonardo's horse-head lyre

While Stanford University is marking the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci's death with a series of lectures and exhibitions, Palo Altan Jane Moorman celebrates the visionary artist's innovative spirit in a hands-on way:

May 30, 2019 | No comments yet
What's in Leonardo's library?

Stanford exhibition offers a literary peek into artist and 'renaissance reader' da Vinci's world
"Leonardo's Library: The World of a Renaissance Reader" consists of displays of books (drawn from the university's rare book and map collections) known to have been owned by the artist, as well as examples of other writings.

May 30, 2019 | No comments yet
Inaugural BraveMaker Film Festival comes to Redwood City May 31-June 2

BraveMaker, the Peninsula arts nonprofit that supports filmmaking and storytelling from diverse voices, is holding its first film festival May 31-June 2 in downtown Redwood City.

May 30, 2019 | No comments yet
Genre distinction

'Non-Fiction' explores new media and age-old relationship issues
An editor and an author find themselves in over their heads as they cope with a middle-age crisis, in the amusing new comedy "Non-Fiction."

May 30, 2019 | No comments yet
Who pays for public art?

15 years after Arts Commission dissolves, Menlo Park arts nonprofit is in the works
Efforts are underway to launch a new nonprofit dedicated to public art in Menlo Park, a city that hasn't had an Arts Commission for 15 years.

May 31, 2019 | 5 comments
M-A hires former Bears standout as girls basketball coach

Menlo-Atherton High Athletic Directors Paul Snow and Steven Kryger announced the hiring of Steve Yob as head coach of the varsity girls basketball team. He takes over for Markisha Coleman, who compiled a 120-37 record in five years.

May 30, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo fire district replacing oldest station

The Menlo Park Fire Protection District will eliminate a significant part of its history when it replaces the oldest of its seven stations, Station 4, in the next couple of years.

May 30, 2019 | 1 comment
Child drowns in Atherton pool accident

A 3-year-old girl drowned on Thursday in the backyard swimming pool of an Atherton home during a party, town officials have confirmed.

May 29, 2019 | 5 comments
Local quintet performs music composed by Willow Oaks fourth graders

To the rhythm of tap clap clap, oboist Kyle Bruckmann accompanied a group of fourth graders from Willow Oaks Elementary School at a concert Wednesday (May 29).

May 31, 2019 | No comments yet
County looks to shield foothills from Stanford's growth for the next century

Proposed amendment to university's Community Plan would retain 'academic growth boundary' for 99 years
As Santa Clara County prepares to ramp up its demands for housing on Stanford University's campus, county planners are proposing new measures that would curtail Stanford's ability to build in the foothills.

May 29, 2019 | 2 comments
Holland promoted to head volleyball coach at Menlo School

Tony Holland has been a mainstay around Menlo School and the world of club volleyball so long it seems that his hiring as the head coach of the program is a natural progression. His appointment was announced Tuesday.

May 28, 2019 | No comments yet
Portola Valley to hold housing meeting Saturday

Portola Valley will be holding a community meeting on housing Saturday to cover what's going on with housing development, including affiliated housing, housing on town-owned property, and its new Accessory Dwelling Unit Ordinance.

May 30, 2019 | No comments yet
ALL-LEAGUE BOYS LACROSSE TEAMS

Find out which local high school student-athletes were picked to join this year's all-league lacrosse teams.

May 28, 2019 | No comments yet
A personal best gives Menlo's Tomkinson second place

Menlo School junior Charlotte Tomkinson came very close to winning the girls 800 meters Saturday at the state track and field finals at Buchanan High in Clovis. She came in second place with a personal-best time of 2:09.41.

May 28, 2019 | No comments yet
Team USA heading to France after sweeping send-off series

Christen Press, the former Stanford standout, scored Team USA's final goal before opening the FIFA Women's World Cup in France, as the Americans' earned a 3-0 victory over Mexico at the Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J. on Sunday.

May 28, 2019 | No comments yet
Avalanche topples Legends in 14U spring baseball game

James Gray scored on a wild pitch and Jake Sonsini scored on an error in the fourth inning to lift Xtreme Avalanche 14U to a 5-3 victory over the Menlo Park Legends 14u in a spring baseball contest Monday at Irvington High.

May 28, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park hosts its first youth poetry competition

Number of entries were threefold the number expected, library director says
Four local students came away with prizes for Menlo Park's first annual youth poetry competition, according to the city of Menlo Park and Menlo Park Library Foundation, which co-sponsored the contest.

June 1, 2019 | No comments yet
Girl power: How 12 fourth-grade basketball players banded together for equal rim heights

Tucked away behind a partition in Arrillaga Family Recreation Center in Menlo Park, fourth-grade girls played basketball using hoops with rims that were lower than those of their male classmates.

May 29, 2019 | 1 comment
Woodside School stages 'The Little Mermaid Jr.'

Woodside School students will perform in "The Little Mermaid Jr.," based on Hans Christian Andersen's classic about a mermaid princess who dreams of becoming human, for this year's traditional eighth-grade operetta production.

May 28, 2019 | 1 comment
Fiery Menlo Park collision leads to DUI arrest

A collision at El Camino Real and Oak Grove Avenue caused a vehicle with four people in it to catch fire. The occupants escaped.
An SUV driver who collided with a 1960s Buick Riviera occupied by four young men and women in Menlo Park Sunday has been arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, according to Menlo Park police.

May 26, 2019 | 1 comment
Atherton police: Avoid sinkhole on El Camino Real

Atherton Police have barricaded and put caution tape up around a sinkhole on El Camino Real in the left-hand turn lane used to access eastbound Maple Avenue.

May 26, 2019 | No comments yet
Police looking for man who stabbed East Palo Alto resident

Injured man expected to recover from wound
East Palo Alto police are looking for a man who stabbed a 26-year-old male on the 400 block of East O'Keefe Street early in the morning on May 15. Investigators on Friday released a sketch of the man in the hopes that he'll be located.

May 24, 2019 | No comments yet
Report: San Mateo County among 25 U.S. counties with highest measles outbreak risk

San Mateo County is among the top 25 U.S. counties facing the highest risk of a measles outbreak, according to a May report from The Lancet.

May 28, 2019 | 1 comment
Boarding house proposal on Willow Road faces scrutiny

Planning Commission criticizes the current site maintenance at 555 and 557 Willow Road
A proposal to build a 16-room boarding house on a property at 555 and 557 Willow Road was heavily criticized by the Menlo Park Planning Commission May 20.

May 30, 2019 | 5 comments
Moving forward: New CEO plans for Silicon Valley Community Foundation's 2.0 version

Following a workplace bullying and misconduct scandal that rocked the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, its new president and CEO, Nicole Taylor of Menlo Park, says she's on a mission to bring the foundation into its 2.0 version.

May 29, 2019 | 1 comment
Menlo Park woman who paid $15K in college admissions scam pleads guilty

Marjorie Klapper engaged in scandal to help boost her son's ACT score
Menlo Park resident Marjorie Klapper pleaded guilty Friday in the national college admissions scam, becoming the fourth parent with Midpeninsula ties to make such a move in federal court.

May 24, 2019 | 1 comment
Police calls: Ride-share driver uses a Taser on passenger

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

May 26, 2019 | No comments yet
Home Sales

Lowest-priced sale: $675K for one-bedroom condo in Mountain View
A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula, where Mountain View recorded the lowest home sale at $675,000 for a one-bedroom, 662-square-foot condo built 1971.

May 28, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo suffers tough 7-5 defeat in CCS baseball semifinals

Ian Collins had three hits and drove in a pair of runs, including a game-tying home run but it was Monte Vista Christian who won Thursday's Central Coast Section Division III playoff 7-5 over Menlo to reach the finals.

May 24, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park council pumps brakes on Middle Avenue bike lanes

Council urges more public outreach before removal of street parking
The Menlo Park City Council chastised staff May 21 for not doing enough public outreach before drawing up potential plans for new bike lanes on Middle Avenue that could eliminate street parking for up to 135 cars along the road.

May 25, 2019 | 7 comments
'This is not saying we're anti-charter.' Ravenswood school board backs state charter bills

Charter leaders, parents urge trustees against limiting parent choice
The Ravenswood City school board unanimously approved Thursday night a charter school moratorium that throws their support behind a raft of state legislation that they insist is not anti-charter, but rather pro-local control.

May 24, 2019 | 1 comment
A whole old world

Disney's latest pointless remake? 'Aladdin'
Director Guy Ritchie ("Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels," "Sherlock Holmes") tackles his first musical in Walt Disney Pictures' remake of the animated classic "Aladdin," and it shows.

May 23, 2019 | No comments yet
International Dance Festival@Silicon Valley brings choreographers, classes to Mountain View

In the final months of 2016, Alyssa Mitchel choreographed her broken friendship for the stage.

May 23, 2019 | No comments yet
Dragons and monsters and ghosts, oh my!

'Shoggoths on the Veldt' is a wild and wacky Lovecraftian spoof
If you go see Cameron McNary's "Shoggoths on the Veldt" at the Dragon Theatre, leave your seriousness at the door, sit back and be prepared for maximum silliness.

May 23, 2019 | No comments yet
Boba cafe headed to Menlo Park

Mr. Green Bubble, a Bay Area boba cafe, is opening this summer in downtown Menlo Park.

May 23, 2019 | No comments yet
Stanford Theatre celebrates Jimmy Stewart

Annual film festival showcases 21 films starring the versatile Hollywood actor
The annual festival will showcase 21 of the versatile Hollywood actor's films over the next five weeks.

May 23, 2019 | No comments yet
Wild & Scenic Film Festival comes to Foothill College

POST and Midpeninsula Open Space District to co-host environmental film event
A plethora of short films showcasing the beauty of nature, the importance of environmental conservation, the wonders of science and more will be screened as part of the free Wild & Scenic Film Festival this Sunday.

May 23, 2019 | No comments yet
Katharina Fritsch's eye-catching sculptures come to Cantor's courtyard

An enormous purple egg; a gigantic, yellow human skull; a large white snake; and life-size depictions of St. Catherine and St. Nicholas in deep red and bright green, respectively, are visiting the courtyard of the Cantor Arts Center.

May 23, 2019 | No comments yet
Tuesday: Atherton's annual goals workshop

The Atherton City Council will hold a special meeting on Tuesday (May 28) to outline its goals for the 2019-20 fiscal year.

May 27, 2019 | 1 comment
Feminist world premiere, plus best-of highlights, to mark dance company Smuin's 25th anniversary

Contemporary ballet company Smuin will celebrate the end of its 25th anniversary season with "DANCE SERIES 02," a program pairing a world premiere with some "best-of" highlights from Smuin's history.

May 23, 2019 | No comments yet
Despite Stanford objections, county calls for more housing in campus expansion

New conditions of approval call for nearly quadrupling the housing units as part of Stanford's growth plan
Stanford University would be required to build more than 2,000 housing units and to offer nearly half of them at below market rate to secure permission for its expansion plan under conditions that Santa Clara County released Wednesday.

May 23, 2019 | 5 comments
Trujillo takes over as baseball coach at Menlo-Atherton

Menlo-Atherton High School Athletic Directors Paul Snow and Steven Kryger announced the hiring of David Trujillo as the head coach of the varsity baseball team. He coached the JV team the previous three years.

May 23, 2019 | No comments yet
As statewide tensions continue, East Palo Alto school district eyes charter school moratorium

Ravenswood school board to vote on anti-charter resolution Thursday
The Ravenswood City School District Board of Education could become the latest public agency to lend its voice to the divisive fight against charter school growth in California.

May 23, 2019 | 4 comments
Verdi, Shakespeare and the #MeToo era

West Bay Opera stages the Bard-based comedy -- and Verdi's 'ultimate masterpiece' -- 'Falstaff'
So, why did West Bay Opera General Director José Luis Moscovich choose Giuseppe Verdi's "Falstaff" to close the venerable company's 63rd season?

May 22, 2019 | No comments yet
By pleading guilty in college-admissions scandal, Menlo Park father could face prison time

Peter Sartorio is one of four local parents so far to submit a guilty plea
A Menlo Park father charged with taking part in a nationwide college-admissions scam to get his daughter into a top-ranked university pleaded guilty to one count of mail fraud and honest services mail fraud on Wednesday morning.

May 22, 2019 | 1 comment
First Portola Valley School District superintendent Tony Rose remembered

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 25, for Tony Rose, the founding superintendent of Portola Valley School District, who died March 13 at the age of 99.

May 23, 2019 | No comments yet
Woodside Priory affordable housing gets financing

Woodside Priory School, nestled next to Portola Road in Portola Valley, has received a tax-exempt $13 million loan from the California Municipal Finance Authority to expand faculty housing and renovate its kitchen and dining hall.

May 28, 2019 | No comments yet
Emerald Lake Hills woman is snatch-and-run victim

A pair of thieves stole a purse from a woman seated in her car in the Emerald Lake Hills area of unincorporated San Mateo County Tuesday afternoon (May 21), according to the county Sheriff's Office.

May 22, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Expert says paying for train tunnel would require 'significant' new development

Last week, Palo Alto scrapped its exploration of an underground rail line. Tuesday, Menlo Park's City Council heard from a Stanford professor about the real costs of undergrounding its portion of the Caltrain line.

May 22, 2019 | 9 comments
Renowned architect Frank Gehry helps East Palo Alto students imagine future cities

Fourth graders learn about architecture from man who helped design Walt Disney Concert Hall, Facebook campus
Architect Frank Gehry brought the same concepts he has used with teams to design buildings acclaimed for their innovation, including the Facebook campus facilities in Menlo Park, to an East Palo Alto classroom on May 21.

June 3, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo College's Martinez featured in Sports Illustrated

Menlo College freshman Alleida Martinez is featured in the May 20, 2019 issue of Sports Illustrated "Faces in the Crowd" section. Recognition is given to student-athletes who have achieved a significant individual achievement .

May 21, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park Rotary awards 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 on May 13.

May 21, 2019 | 1 comment
Menlo School students win laurels at state Latin convention

Students in the Menlo School Junior Classical League (JCL) won multiple high honors at a recent state convention of JCL chapters from around the state, including first-place overall award in the medium-size high school division.

May 22, 2019 | No comments yet
New Menlo Park budget dedicates $23.9M in new funds for capital improvements

The city of Menlo Park on Friday (May 17) revealed a new draft budget, laying out a $171.9 spending plan, $23.9 million of which represents new funding allocated for the city's capital improvement plan.

May 21, 2019 | No comments yet
Empowering through science

M-A sophomore starts nonprofit to inspire a love of science in underserved youth
M-A student Rachel Park started Curieus, a nonprofit aimed at fostering interest in STEM among underserved elementary school kids in the Bay Area, this school year.

May 23, 2019 | 1 comment
Memorial service Friday for Laurel School teacher Monique Christian Donecho

A memorial service will be held on Friday, May 24, for Monique Christian Donecho, an art teacher at Laurel School in Menlo Park who passed away on May 15 at the age of 37 after a 15-month battle with breast cancer.

May 21, 2019 | No comments yet
Jobless rate falls among all Bay Area regions

Over nearly the last two years, unemployment has fallen in the seven urban regions of the Bay Area, according to the latest data released Friday (May 17) by the California Employment Development Department.

May 21, 2019 | No comments yet
San Mateo County court partners with Stanford to send text reminders before traffic hearings

San Mateo County Superior Court has partnered with Stanford Law School to deliver text message reminders to people who have upcoming traffic court hearings, according to court officials.

May 22, 2019 | No comments yet
Portola Valley winery seeks tasting room permit

The economics of the wine business and preserving open space are a couple of key considerations facing Neely Wine and the town of Portola Valley in the winery's effort to open a tasting room on its property.

May 24, 2019 | 4 comments
Rob Lindner steps up to top job in Woodside fire district

Rob Lindner, who was among the first paramedics hired by the Woodside Fire Protection District, officially took over as the district's fire chief on April 25.

May 20, 2019 | 1 comment
Thursday: Menlo Park meeting focuses on creek plans

A meeting to discuss proposed changes to the plan to provide flood protection along the San Francisquito Creek, upstream of U.S. 101, will be held on Thursday, May 23, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Laurel School Upper Campus.

May 22, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Library events focus on mental health awareness

The Menlo Park Library has been hosting a series of activities this month focusing on mental health and improving awareness about it in the community.

May 24, 2019 | No comments yet
Community role model: Rita Williams conquered 'barriers to success,' and now helps others who face them

Star journalist Rita Williams of Portola Valley retired from her job at KTVU television in 2013, but after a 35-year career in Bay Area TV she was not about to sit still.

May 20, 2019 | 2 comments
Menlo girls win first-ever CCS track and field title; M-A girls win 4x100 relay, 100 meters

As the season unfolded it became apparent Menlo School had a special group of girls track and field athletes. On Friday they showed just how special they are, bringing home the Central Coast Section team championship from Gilroy High.

May 20, 2019 | No comments yet
SHP grad Choy sets the stage for NCAA semifinal tennis win

Sacred Heart Prep grad Sara Choy, inserted into Stanford's starting singles lineup for Saturday's NCAA National Women's Tennis semifinal, never missed a beat, helping the Cardinal beat North Carolina 5-2 and advance to Sunday's final.

May 20, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo reaches semifinal of CCS Division III baseball playoffs

Julien Hernandez and Bennett Norman combined to pitch a two-hitter and Menlo School beat Thomas More 8-0 in the first round of the Central Coast Section Division III baseball playoffs Saturday at Wilcox High in Santa Clara.

May 20, 2019 | No comments yet
Portola Valley may update its 1964-vintage general plan

Portola Valley is considering an update to its current general plan, which was adopted in 1964. The plan would take a long-term perspective into the future and would be a road map for future development.

May 20, 2019 | 3 comments
Cal Fire plans work along Kings Mountain Road next month

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) is planning to begin its major fire suppression project along Kings Mountain Road in and near San Mateo County's Huddart Park early in June.

May 17, 2019 | 2 comments
Stanford looks forward to a Frost-y summer

Historic outdoor amphitheater, comfortably remodeled and ready to host big-name artists, reopens
Tucked away in the northeast end of the Stanford University campus and sequestered behind construction fencing for the past several years, the 82-year-old Frost Amphitheater is reopening on May 18, with the 2019 Frost Music & Arts Fest

May 17, 2019 | No comments yet
Shakespeare: Endgame

Kenneth Branagh becometh renowned playwright in 'All is True'
Shakespeare nerds -- and here I include myself -- will drink deeply from "All is True," a new work of historical fiction about the great playwright's "retirement" years.

May 17, 2019 | No comments yet
National Merit Scholarship winners announced

Five high school students who attend schools in The Almanac's coverage area have been named winners of National Merit Scholarships of $2,500.

May 18, 2019 | 1 comment
Menlo Park fire board meeting gets contentious

The Menlo Park Fire Protection District board moved forward with a plan for an emergency notification system and agreed to ratify a Joint Powers Authority agreement May 14, but there was disagreement behind both those decisions.

May 17, 2019 | 7 comments
Home sales

Menlo Park reports highest weekly sale at $6.8M
A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula, where Menlo Park recorded the highest home sale at $6.8 million for a 5,196-square-foot home with six bedrooms and six bathrooms on Bay Laurel Drive.

May 19, 2019 | 2 comments
Contentious state housing bill punted to 2020

Senate committee makes SB 50 a 'two-year' bill, pushing vote until next January
Senate Bill 50, a contentious bill that aimed to encourage more housing near transit, suffered a setback Thursday when the state Senate Appropriation Committee chair announced that the bill will not be brought for a hearing until 2020.

May 16, 2019 | 4 comments
Talking trash

Where will our recyclables be sent for processing now that China has changed its rules?
Local garbage-processing centers face new challenges because of a change in China's policy on accepting recycling, which severely restricts the type and purity level of material that can be shipped there for processing.

May 17, 2019 | 1 comment
Arrest in 1970s cold-case murder points to serial killer

Charged last year in Stanford Dish murder, John Arthur Getreu to make first court appearance for death of Janet Ann Taylor this afternoon
Nearly six months after a Hayward man was charged in another murder that had gone unsolved for decades, DNA evidence has led investigators to accuse him of the 1974 killing of a 21-year-old woman near the Stanford University campus.

May 16, 2019 | No comments yet
Arrest in 1970s cold-case murder points to serial killer

Charged last year in Stanford Dish murder, John Arthur Getreu to make first court appearance for death of Janet Ann Taylor this afternoon
Nearly six months after a Hayward man was charged in another murder that had gone unsolved for decades, DNA evidence has led investigators to accuse him of the 1974 killing of a 21-year-old woman near the Stanford University campus.

May 16, 2019 | No comments yet
Arrest in 1970s cold-case murder points to serial killer

Charged last year in Stanford Dish murder, John Arthur Getreu to make first court appearance for death of Janet Ann Taylor this afternoon
Nearly six months after a Hayward man was charged in another murder that had gone unsolved for decades, DNA evidence has led investigators to accuse him of the 1974 killing of a 21-year-old woman near the Stanford University campus.

May 16, 2019 | No comments yet
Arrest in 1970s cold-case murder points to serial killer

Charged last year in Stanford Dish murder, John Arthur Getreu to make first court appearance for death of Janet Ann Taylor this afternoon
Nearly six months after a Hayward man was charged in another murder that had gone unsolved for decades, DNA evidence has led investigators to accuse him of the 1974 killing of a 21-year-old woman near the Stanford University campus.

May 16, 2019 | No comments yet
Arrest in 1970s cold-case murder points to serial killer

Charged last year in Stanford Dish murder, John Arthur Getreu to make first court appearance for death of Janet Ann Taylor this afternoon
Nearly six months after a Hayward man was charged in another murder that had gone unsolved for decades, DNA evidence has led investigators to accuse him of the 1974 killing of a 21-year-old woman near the Stanford University campus.

May 16, 2019 | 2 comments
Spurred by loss, Palo Alto teacher organizes suicide awareness walk in Woodside

Peninsula's first-ever Hike for Hope to take place Sunday, May 19
Jaclyn Petty, a fourth-grade teacher in Palo Alto whose brother died by suicide in 2016, is organizing the Peninsula's first-ever Hike for Hope on May 19 in Woodside to raise money for suicide awareness.

May 16, 2019 | No comments yet
Woodside: SB 50 may enable conversion of single-family homes to multi-family

One of Woodside's long-term goals has been to protect the "rural character" of the community, but a new provision of the proposed state Senate Bill 50 could work to create more housing density than currently exists.

May 16, 2019 | No comments yet
CCS report: Gunn, M-A lose in baseball; tennis gets rained out

Gunn and Menlo-Atherton each lost in the first round of the Central Coast Section Division I baseball playoffs Wednesday. The CCS tennis singles and doubles tournaments in Aptos were rained out and will be rescheduled.

May 16, 2019 | No comments yet
Of local note: Academics, lacrosse tryouts, alumni news

Menlo College junior outfielder Lauren Harrison was named to the Google Cloud Academic All-District Softball team CoSIDA announced Wednesday. She earned the recognition in District 4.

May 15, 2019 | No comments yet
Ravenswood board approves contract for interim superintendent

Gina Sudaria to lead East Palo Alto district until permanent superintendent is hired
Gina Sudaria will stay on as the Ravenswood City School District's interim superintendent through next year or until a new superintendent is hired under a contract the school board approved for her last week.

May 15, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Ravenswood redwoods to face ax after council's final ruling

Property owner commits to planting 76 new trees throughout city
Following a months-long appeal process led by a group of residents seeking to preserve seven redwood trees at the corner of El Camino Real at Ravenswood Avenue, the Menlo Park City Council voted 4-0 to let the trees come down.

May 15, 2019 | 4 comments
Forecast: Unseasonable weather could last all week

Rain, gusty winds, cool temperatures and chance of thunderstorms forecast through Sunday
A stretch of unseasonable weather is back in the Bay Area, starting last night and continuing through the weekend, according to the National Weather Service.

May 15, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo College golfer in contention after first round

Julika Grosspietsch became the first Menlo College golfer to represent the school at the NAIA National Championship when she fired a 5-over 77 on Tuesday's first round at the Lincoln Park Golf Club in Oklahoma City.

May 15, 2019 | No comments yet
Doubles teams from Menlo and M-A to meet in CCS semifinals

Local golf season ends in the Central Coast Section tournament
The three boys doubles tennis teams who played Tuesday in the Central Coast Section individual tournament each won their first round match at Imperial Courts on the Cabrillo College campus in Aptos.

May 15, 2019 | No comments yet
A record-setting baseball night for Stanford's Daschbach

Sacred Heart Prep alum Andrew Daschbach hit four home runs and drove in five runs in helping third-ranked Stanford topple visiting Cal Poly 7-1 in a nonconference baseball game Tuesday night.

May 15, 2019 | No comments yet
Construction on Portola Valley schools to start this summer

District to begin $49.5 million bond measure projects
The Portola Valley School District will launch construction projects this summer funded by Measure Z, a $49.5 million bond to pay for repairs and renovations on its two campuses.

May 14, 2019 | 2 comments
Ester Bugna, historian, library commissioner and lifelong Menlo Park resident, dies at 84

Ester Bugna, a dedicated member of the Menlo Park Historical Association and Library Commission until her last days, died May 6 at the age of 84.

May 16, 2019 | 6 comments
Menlo Park unveils three conceptual plans for Middle Ave bike/ped crossing

Menlo Park transportation engineers and consultants unveiled three conceptual designs for a bike and pedestrian crossing beneath the Caltrain tracks at Middle Avenue on Monday.

May 15, 2019 | 18 comments
Tonight: Final decision expected on Ravenswood redwoods

An appeal months in the making over the proposed felling of seven prominent redwood trees at the corner of El Camino Real and Ravenswood Avenue is scheduled to come to the Menlo Park City Council tonight for a final decision.

May 14, 2019 | 2 comments
Locals on both sides of the field in U.S. win over South Africa

Menlo wrestlers populating U.S. women's teams this summer
While Stanford grads Kelley O'Hara and Christen Press and Sacred Heart Prep products Abby Dahlkemper and Tierna Davidson had their own local fans Sunday, so did South Africa back-up goalie Kaylin Swart, a 2018 grad from Menlo College.

May 14, 2019 | No comments yet
SH Prep sending 25 student-athletes to the collegiate level

Sacred Heart Prep is sending at least 18 student-athletes to play at the collegiate level for the 10th time in 11 years. The current seniors have 25 student-athletes, second most in school history, representing 12 different sports.

May 14, 2019 | 1 comment
Polito to head Las Lomitas district

Woodside Elementary School District Superintendent Beth Polito will head the neighboring Las Lomitas School District beginning July 1.

May 15, 2019 | 1 comment
Local photographer illuminates the many faces of immigration

Menlo Park resident Mark Tuschman has earned accolades for his international photography. Now, he has turned his photographic lens closer to home to explore a topic that resonates with him on a deep personal level: immigration.

May 15, 2019 | No comments yet
Tuesday: Woodside council to consider solar panel study

The Woodside Town Council will discuss a feasibility study on installing solar panels to power town facilities at its meeting tonight (May 14) -- a plan that has generated some controversy.

May 14, 2019 | No comments yet
The Blitz aims to wipe out sudden oak death

The Peninsula version of "The SOD Blitz," which will take place in Portola Valley on May 18, aims to identify evidence of sudden oak death.

May 13, 2019 | No comments yet
Helping neighbors in need

Volunteers fix up Belle Haven homes for National Rebuilding Day
More than 1,500 volunteers spent a Saturday late last month repairing homes and community centers on the Peninsula as part of National Rebuilding Day.

May 13, 2019 | No comments yet
Forecast: Back-to-back storms to hit Bay Area this week

Rain likely starting on Wednesday
A pair of back-to-back storms will move through the Bay Area this week, with the first coming through on Tuesday through Thursday and the second on Friday through the weekend, according to the National Weather Service.

May 14, 2019 | No comments yet
Of local note: M-A grad into Santa Clara Hall of Fame

Menlo-Atherton and Santa Clara University grad Kevin Dunton will be inducted into the Santa Clara Athletic Hall of Fame on May 18. Dunton, who played with Bob Melvin at M-A and the Palo Alto American Legion program, was inducted into M-A's Hall of Fame in 1996.

May 13, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo falls in championship match of CCS tennis

The Knights played well enough to win it all but Bellarmine played a little better Friday, getting a few shots to go its way at important moments, and took home the title trophy with a 4-3 decision over Menlo at the Courtside Bay Club

May 13, 2019 | No comments yet
M-A wins a berth in CCS tourney; SHP loses final game

Jake Albro drove in two runs, Tyler Nelson had three hits and drove in a run and Menlo-Atherton drove itself into a Central Coast Section berth, beating Jefferson 5-0 in Saturday's Peninsula Athletic League divisional playoff.

May 13, 2019 | No comments yet
Gunn's Freeman throwing his weight around at CCS trials

Gunn's Jared Freeman posted the top qualifying marks in both the shot put and discus Saturday at the Central Coast Section track and field trials at Gilroy High. Menlo School's Charlotte Tomkinson qualified with the second-fastest time

May 13, 2019 | No comments yet
Paly boys, Menlo girls each capture a league lacrosse title

The Palo Alto boys lacrosse team won their final regular-season match last week to move into a three-way tie for the SCVAL lead. On Saturday, the Vikings won the league title outright after beating Los Gatos 12-6 at Mountain View.

May 13, 2019 | No comments yet
A good day for Gunn, SHP swimmers and Gunn badminton

The Gunn girls swimming team ended its season on a good note, placing fifth at the CIF State Championships at Clovis West on Saturday. The Gunn badminton doubles team of Cynthia Wong and Cindy Tung won a CCS title Saturday.

May 13, 2019 | No comments yet
Tonight: Open house to discuss bike/pedestrian rail crossing in Menlo Park

The city of Menlo Park is moving forward with plans to build a grade-separated bike and pedestrian rail crossing at Middle Avenue. It's hosting a meeting tonight (May 13) to get community feedback on early project designs.

May 13, 2019 | 3 comments
Home sales

Atherton home sells for $24 million
A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula, where Atherton recorded the highest home sale at $24 million for a contemporary 13,014-square-foot home with seven bedrooms and 12 bathrooms on Faxon Road.

May 13, 2019 | No comments yet
Library nonprofit turns to rare and vintage vinyl for latest fundraiser

Saturday sale features huge record collection of jazz, rock, classical, among other genres
Henry Yu and Frank McConnell have spent the last two months sorting through boxes and crates filled with vinyl records.

May 10, 2019 | No comments yet
Hippies, Hells Angels and the Grateful Dead

Palo Alto's Pace Gallery showcases Irving Penn's sublime portraits from the heyday of the Haight Ashbury
Some of photographer Irving Penn's best work from the Summer of Love era is on display at Pace Gallery in Palo Alto.

May 10, 2019 | No comments yet
Pear's 'Slices' delights in Mountain View

Theater's annual collection of original one-acts is a success
Pear Theatre has outdone itself, overall, with "Pear Slices 2019," its annual adventure into new one-act plays.

May 10, 2019 | No comments yet
The thriving spirit of food technology

Silicon Valley Eats exhibit comes to the Los Altos History Museum
The Los Altos History Museum last weekend debuted a new exhibit to educate visitors about Silicon Valley's rich food and farming culture, both past and present.

May 10, 2019 | No comments yet
Elementary, my dear Pokémon

The popular franchise gets a live-action spin in
"Pokémon: Detective Pikachu" brings the gigantic global video and card game/anime/comic-book franchise to the big screen in a big way, but it feels more like a sales pitch than a fully realized story.

May 10, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park man heads to trial on attempted murder charge

A Menlo Park resident accused of attempted murder will get a jury trial beginning on June 17 following his May 10 arraignment in Superior Court, according to San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.

May 11, 2019 | No comments yet
Radioactive material found in late SLAC scientist's home identified

Radioactive material that was removed from a shed behind a vacant San Carlos home and partially catalogued on May 3 has been identified, city officials said.

May 12, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo vs. SHP, Paly vs. Los Gatos for girls lacrosse tiles

Menlo School beat Menlo-Atherton 11-10 in the semifinals of the West Bay Athletic League Foothill Division semifinals. Sacred Heart Prep topped Mitty 13-4 just up the street, setting up a rematch of last year's league title contest.

May 10, 2019 | No comments yet
Views from the Trail

Menlo Park photographer's monthlong exhibit showcases local hiking spots
Menlo Park photographer Frances Freyberg Blackburn is exhibiting her work in a show called "Views from the Trail" at Portola Art Gallery in Menlo Park through May, with an artist's reception set for Saturday, May 11.

May 10, 2019 | No comments yet
San Mateo County coalition demands major contributions from Stanford

Committee releases bold list of requirements demanding Stanford address its growth impacts north of Santa Clara County line
Stanford has long been trying to win support from the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors for its big growth plans. Now a coalition of San Mateo County leaders is saying: "What about us?"

May 10, 2019 | 3 comments
Saturday in Portola Valley: Big Barn Bash celebrates 10 years of therapeutic animal programs

The nonprofit Jasper Ridge Farm, which offers animal-based therapy for special-needs and sick children as well as veterans and other adults, is holding its annual fundraiser on May 11.

May 10, 2019 | No comments yet
Free Horse Fair in Portola Valley on May 11

Horse lovers are in luck on Saturday, May 11, when the sixth annual Horse Fair comes to Portola Valley Town Center from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

May 9, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Suspect pleads not guilty to murder charge

Francis Wolke, the man accused of killing Menlo Park resident and former Atherton town arborist Kathy Hughes Anderson in her home on Dec. 12, pleaded not guilty of murder in court today.

May 9, 2019 | No comments yet
'Women/Mujeres' art show this Saturday in downtown Menlo Park

Marcela's Village Gallery at 883 Santa Cruz Ave. in downtown Menlo Park, is hosting an exhibit called "Women/Mujeres," which is curated to celebrate women of all types -- women who have kids and women who don't.

May 9, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Two suspects arrested in Willows neighborhood market burglary

Menlo Park police arrested two men on May 7 who allegedly tried to flee after burglarizing La Hacienda Market at 1933 Menalto Ave. in the Willows neighborhood.

May 9, 2019 | No comments yet
PAL baseball: A tale of two different one-run games

Menlo earned a one-run PAL Bay Division victory though the Knights needed 14 innings and four hours to earn a 3-2 home decision over Burlingame on Wednesday. Sacred Heart Prep scored the game's first nine runs but needed a double play in the bottom of the seventh to secure its 11-10 PAL Bay Division victory over Hillsdale.

May 9, 2019 | No comments yet
Preps: SHP, PA lacrosse; Menlo tennis going for titles

Max Sloat scored six goals and added an assist and the Sacred Heart Prep boys lacrosse team downed visiting Bellarmine 18-10 in the semifinals of the West Catholic Athletic League playoffs. Menlo School will be looking to add another Central Coast Section boys tennis championship trophy to its extensive inventory Friday at Courtside Bay Club in Los Gatos.

May 9, 2019 | No comments yet
Friday: Woodside's Walk for Water

The Woodside Elementary School community will host the 10th annual Walk for Water in Woodside on Friday, May 10. The goal is to raise $15,000 for clean water in Samburu, Kenya, according to a press release.

May 9, 2019 | No comments yet
Portola Valley: Community meetings on Stanford Wedge project begin Thursday

The town of Portola Valley is working with Stanford University to build housing on the Stanford Wedge property, a 75-acre site along Alpine Road between Westridge and Golden Oak drives, and two community meetings to discuss the plan have been scheduled.

May 8, 2019 | No comments yet
Portola Valley keeping pace with affordable housing target

Portola Valley has met its target for total number of affordable housing units under California state rules three years early, but the quest is continuing to develop more.

May 10, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Council takes step toward possible minimum wage ordinance

Menlo Park is surrounded by cities that have adopted minimum wage ordinances, and now, the City Council is considering passing such an ordinance here.

May 9, 2019 | 1 comment
Atherton: Road rage leads to robbery

A road rage incident on Monday (May 6) afternoon led to an assault and robbery in Atherton, according to police.

May 8, 2019 | 5 comments
Menlo Park: 'Willow Village' should have more affordable housing, better jobs-housing balance, locals say

In the second formal study session the City Council has held to discuss Facebook's enormous development proposal in Menlo Park, its "Willow Village," it was clear that residents are going to be asking for more than a grocery store and pharmacy, and specifically, more housing.

May 8, 2019 | 1 comment
Hate crime charge dropped in Menlo Park vandalism case

Prosecutors have dropped two initial counts against a San Diego man after a court hearing for an April 24 incident in Menlo Park in which he is accused of vandalizing cars and making threats, according to San Mateo County Deputy District Attorney Al Serrato.

May 9, 2019 | 2 comments
M-A, Gunn advance to semis of girls lacrosse tourneys

Hannah Shaw took care of the draws and added some scoring while Theresa McGannon made the most of her scoring opportunities to help Menlo-Atherton beat St. Francis 16-3 in the first round of the West Bay Athletic League girls lacrosse playoffs Tuesday. Gunn topped Pioneer 18-6 in a SCVAL playoff.

May 8, 2019 | No comments yet
Late rally gives Woodside a PAL Ocean Division baseball victory

Woodside scored five runs in the top of the sixth inning to rally from behind and beat host Menlo-Atherton 7-5 in a Peninsula Athletic League Ocean Division game Tuesday. Joseph King had three hits, including a triple and double, and drove in three runs for the Wildcats.

May 7, 2019 | No comments yet
Woodside school district names choice for new superintendent

The Woodside Elementary School District has chosen its middle school principal to fill the post of outgoing Superintendent Beth Polito, pending a vote in an open-session meeting.

May 8, 2019 | 2 comments
With new plan, Caltrain prepares for ridership surge

Agency looks to add trains, take a more proactive role in 'grade separation' projects
Facing persistent funding challenges, a growing ridership base and a patchwork of plans from Peninsula cities for redesigning rail crossings, Caltrain is advancing a new business plan to help it navigate the competing pressures.

May 8, 2019 | No comments yet
Locals are ready for CCS badminton, boys volleyball

Palo Alto's fourth-seeded Brandon Wu will open the Central Coast Section boys singles badminton tournament at Independence High in San Jose on Saturday against Branham's Tommy Song.

May 7, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep report: Palo Alto edges Fremont in SCVAL softball

Ella Jones drove in two runs, Fabiana Teofan and Lindsey Kim combined to limit Fremont to a single run and Palo Alto downed the Firebirds 4-1 at home Monday in a Santa Clara Valley Athletic League softball game.

May 7, 2019 | No comments yet
CCS tennis: Menlo, Menlo-Atherton reach the semifinals

Timothy Berthier clinched Menlo-Atherton's 4-3 upset over host Monta Vista in the Central Coast Section boys tennis team tournament on Monday. Menlo's top player Andrei Volgin also won to help Menlo beat Gunn 5-2 and reach the semis.

May 7, 2019 | No comments yet
Home sales

Los Altos records highest sale at $5.5 million
A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula, where Los Altos recorded the highest home sale at $5.5 million.

May 7, 2019 | No comments yet
For stressed-out families, local doctors are prescribing a new fix: public parks

It's no secret that getting outdoors is good for people. Bay Area health officials have been at the heart of a growing movement that encourages families and individuals to enjoy time in nature.

May 11, 2019 | 15 comments
Tonight: Menlo Park council to discuss minimum wage ordinance, Facebook's 'Willow Village'

The Menlo Park City Council has a busy agenda set for its meeting tonight, including a discussion of a possible minimum wage ordinance and a study session on Facebook's large new "Willow Village" development proposal.

May 7, 2019 | 1 comment
When it comes to housing bill, neighboring cities see things differently

In a rare summit, Menlo Park, Palo Alto and East Palo Alto city councils voice hopes, anxieties over Senate Bill 50
With a range of housing bills now sweeping through Sacramento, elected leaders from Menlo Park, Palo Alto and East Palo Alto met in a rare summit Monday night to swap ideas and share concerns about the shifting political landscape and its implications for local zoning.

May 7, 2019 | 10 comments
Roberta Zarea appointed new PV schools superintendent

The Portola Valley School District school board selected Roberta Zarea as its new superintendent at a May 1 meeting.

May 7, 2019 | No comments yet
Ward and Mary Paine: Pioneer preservationists honored with lifetime achievement award

Portola Valley duo Ward and Mary Paine have been key players in preserving tens of thousands of acres of Peninsula hills, baylands and coastside as permanent open space over more than five decades.

May 21, 2019 | 1 comment
Robert Kelley: Theater founder honored with lifetime achievement award

Longtime Menlo Park resident hooked on theater from age 9
When he joined a Palo Alto Children's Theatre production at age 9, Robert Kelley didn't know he would dedicate his life to local theater or ultimately impact generations of local actors and audiences.

May 22, 2019 | No comments yet
Atherton police update residents on burglaries

Officers share annual crime statistics, prevention tips at meeting
Around 60 people attended a follow-up Atherton Police Department meeting about a recent rash of burglaries in town at Holbrook-Palmer Park's Jennings Pavilion on April 30.

May 6, 2019 | 1 comment
Woodside's May Day brings town together

On a normal day, Woodside can appear to be a sleepy place, but when it's time for the annual May Day celebration it is anything but.

May 6, 2019 | 2 comments
Track and field: Freeman wins twice, Menlo girls rule WBAL

Jared Freeman has been an easy double winner in the throws more often than not this season. On Friday he faced his primary competition in the shot put in the form of Los Gatos duo Matt Monti and Max Gurevitz, and pulled out a tight one at the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League track and field championships at Los Gatos High.

May 6, 2019 | No comments yet
Friday preps: Sacred Heart Prep wins WBAL lacrosse title

Sacred Heart Prep responded to an early deficit with six unanswered goals en route to a 12-6 victory over Menlo-Atherton in a West Bay Athletic League girls lacrosse match at Coach Ben Parks Field on Friday.

May 6, 2019 | No comments yet
CCS tennis: M-A, Gunn, Menlo into the quarterfinals

Top-seeded Menlo School and sixth-seeded Menlo-Atherton each took care of league rivals in advancing into Monday's quarterfinal round of the Central Coast Section Team Tennis Tournament.

May 6, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep baseball: Gunn, M-A win, Paly loses on final play

The tying run was thrown out at the plate with two outs in the top of the seventh inning, leaving Palo Alto frustrated over a 5-4 non-league road baseball loss to San Benito on Saturday. Cole Mantovani collected two hits and drove in a run and Gunn topped Mills 5-2.

May 6, 2019 | No comments yet
Gunn girls keep their CCS swim title; SHP boys are second

Gunn didn't win its first girls swimming race Saturday at the Central Coast Section finals until late in the meet when sophomore Melanie Julia won the 100 breaststroke, the final individual race of the day.

May 6, 2019 | No comments yet
Matching PAL track and field titles for Menlo-Atherton

Francisco Sanchez, Cole Mediratta and Jessica Eagle were all double winners and Menlo-Atherton was a double winner as both the boys and girls track and field teams won the Peninsula Athletic League title Saturday in Atherton.

May 6, 2019 | No comments yet
Hearing for man charged with evading police, stealing car in Atherton moved to May 21

A Redwood City man, charged with stealing a car, then driving on the wrong side of the street to evade police on April 21 in Atherton, will have a preliminary court hearing on May 21 instead of the original scheduled date of May 2.

May 6, 2019 | No comments yet
Almanac takes home prizes in statewide news contest

The Almanac won first- and second-place awards for coverage of local government, artistic photo and coverage of youth and education at the 2018 California Journalism Awards event held in Long Beach on Saturday, May 4.

May 5, 2019 | 2 comments
Atherton hires new deputy city manager/city clerk

Anthony Suber will replace Theresa DellaSanta
The town of Atherton has hired Anthony Suber as its city manager and city clerk to take over for Theresa DellaSanta starting May 30, according to a May 3 town press release.

May 3, 2019 | No comments yet
Locals on U.S. women's soccer World Cup and basketball news

Former Stanford star soccer players Tierna Davidson, Kelley O'Hara and Christen Press earned spots on the United States' roster for the World Cup in France that begins in June. Sacred Heart Prep alum Abby Dahlkemper was also named to the team and will be making her World Cup debut. Stanford sophomore Kiana Williams has been selected to attend trials for the U.S. Pan American Games Women's Basketball Team.

May 3, 2019 | No comments yet
Boys lacrosse: PA, M-A and LG fit to be tied in the SCVAL

The Palo Alto boys lacrosse team won its sixth straight, beating Los Gatos 6-5 at home in a Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division contest Thursday.

May 3, 2019 | No comments yet
Defendant in Menlo Park stabbing pleads not guilty

Marvin Lomeli, 21, of Redwood City remains in San Mateo County jail after pleading not guilty at a hearing Thursday, May 2, to felony charges of assault with a deadly weapon and assault with intent to create great bodily injury stemming from a stabbing in Menlo Park on April 30, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office.

May 3, 2019 | No comments yet
Nothing to be blu about

Porta Blu offers upscale hotel dining with a Mediterranean twist
Porta Blu did win me over for the most part: It's a restrained, classy and calm sanctuary with a modern Mediterranean-California sensibility.

May 10, 2019 | 1 comment
'Flower Drum Song' blossoms anew

Palo Alto Players' version of Rodgers and Hammerstein Chinatown musical is kitschy, moving and fun
Palo Alto Players present an updated version of "Flower Drum Song," a musical set in 1950s San Francisco Chinatown.

May 2, 2019 | No comments yet
Campaign-romance reform

Seth Rogen, Charlize Theron come together in love and politics in 'Long Shot'
The funniest bit in "Long Shot" comes in its first five minutes. Fred Flarsky (Seth Rogen), a Jewish journalist working undercover as a neo-Nazi pledge, attempts to ingratiate himself with the group. Surrounded by Nazi-saluting wack jobs, Flarsky finds himself obliged, repeatedly, to offer his own noncommittal heil in return. The gestural gag sets the tone for a silly, superficial romantic comedy.

May 2, 2019 | No comments yet
PAL baseball: Menlo rallies to win, Gators get trapped

Justin Nam collected three hits, including a game-tying home run, and Menlo School rallied to a 4-3 victory over Hillsdale in a Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division baseball contest Tuesday. Ronan Donnelly did not allow an earned run in five innings of relief but Sacred Heart Prep could not overcome an early four-run deficit and lost 6-3 at home to Carlmont.

May 2, 2019 | No comments yet
Preps: Menlo wins WBAL golf title; Paly boys win in VB

Menlo School's Kripa Dharan shot a 1-over 73 to earn medalist honors for the West Bay Athletic League Boys Golf Championships at Coyote Creek Golf Course on Wednesday. He helped lead the Knights to the team title with a score of 388.

May 2, 2019 | No comments yet
Jason's Cafe, a Menlo Park diner, shutters following ADA suits

Jason's Cafe, which had been in operation in Menlo Park for 11 years, closed May 1, according to Jason Kwan, the cafe's owner.

May 2, 2019 | 111 comments
Stanford student allegedly paid $6.5 million for admission

Yusi Zhao's family worked with leader of national scam, William 'Rick' Singer, article says
The family who paid the most to get their child into a selective college as part of a national college admissions scandal was identified on Wednesday by the Los Angeles Times as a Chinese family whose daughter gained admission to Stanford University.

May 2, 2019 | 5 comments
Woodside celebrates May Day on May 4 with a parade of traditions

It's time to get ready for May Day in Woodside, when the town turns out in force to celebrate with a full day of activities.

May 2, 2019 | No comments yet
Women, Figures and Frida Kahlo

Local art events this month include an exhibit of Jack Hooper's works, "Views from the Trail" at Portola Art Gallery and Silicon Valley Open Studios.

May 2, 2019 | No comments yet
Music, music and more music on tap this spring in Woodside

Cellist performs Bach on Friday in Independence Hall
Looking for some local live music? In the next few weeks a range of musical guests will perform at two different venues in Woodside.

May 2, 2019 | No comments yet
Kite Hill wildflowers reappear following restoration project

Craig Dremann and his crew of two helpers are using string trimmers to trim the meadow on Woodside's Kite Hill, allowing wildflowers to reappear.

May 1, 2019 | 1 comment
Kepler's showcases student art about housing crisis

Students from Menlo-Atherton and Palo Alto high schools were recognized at Kepler's on April 29 for their artistic endeavors in depicting aspects of the housing crisis.

May 3, 2019 | No comments yet
Hillsborough couple pleads guilty in college admissions scandal

Couple admits to paying $600,000 for their daughters to attend the University of Southern California
A Hillsborough couple formally entered guilty pleas Wednesday, May 1, for paying a college prep counselor $600,000 to guarantee their two daughters' enrollment into the University of Southern California, according to federal prosecutors.

May 1, 2019 | No comments yet
Facing a rent hike, Peninsula Youth Theatre launches fundraiser

Performing arts theater sets $75,000 goal
Peninsula Youth Theatre, a regional group that works with local kids who want to experience life under the spotlight, is facing a 45% rent increase, so it's launching a fundraising campaign to help it stay in its longtime home in Mountain View.

May 7, 2019 | No comments yet
Defending CCS boys' tennis champion Menlo earns top seed

West Bay Athletic League champion Menlo School (19-2) was awarded the overall No. 1 seed for the Central Coast Section team tennis tournament that opens Wednesday. Menlo is the defending section champion.

May 1, 2019 | No comments yet
M-A golfers look to extend their season as long as possible

Jackson Lee was a little worried when the boys' golf season got underway earlier this spring. After all, Menlo-Atherton lost two important seniors from last year's Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division championship team and its streak of consecutive league titles was at risk. He didn't have to be so concerned.

May 1, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Man arrested for attempted murder

A Redwood City man was arrested for attempted murder after allegedly stabbing another man in the 3700 block of Haven Avenue in Menlo Park at 1:13 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, according to police.

May 1, 2019 | 1 comment
High school district sues charter school organization for $4 million

The Sequoia Union High School District is suing a national charter school organization for the return of a $4 million loan, alleging it has failed to enroll an adequate number of district students in its East Palo Alto charter school, according to an April 22 lawsuit filed in San Mateo County Superior Court.

May 2, 2019 | No comments yet
Facing trip cap slip-ups, Facebook restricted Uber and Lyft access to its campuses

When Facebook began to rack up significant fines with the city of Menlo Park for violating its trip cap, the company stopped letting ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft access certain areas of its campuses.

May 1, 2019 | 6 comments
Menlo School presents 'Bye Bye Birdie'

Menlo School Drama will perform the Tony Award-winning musical "Bye Bye Birdie" for two weekends in May, beginning Friday, May 3.

May 3, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo's Reyes, Belarde named to all-GSAC softball team

Menlo College senior infielder-pitcher Sarah Reyes and junior outfielder Ariana Belarde earned all-Golden State Athletic Conference softball honors it was announced Monday.

April 30, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo College's Maxwell earns spot on all-GSAC baseball team

Menlo College senior infielder Dalton Maxwell earned a spot on the all-Golden State Athletic Conference baseball team it was announced Monday. Maxwell earned his second conference honors in three years.

April 30, 2019 | No comments yet
Local students' research, experiences to inform Facebook-funded housing study

In an emotional presentation, four local high school students recently shared their experiences of the housing crisis with the Menlo Park City Council. These students, whose lives have been intimately impacted by the high cost of local housing, have done research that will inform a housing study of the area expected to be released this summer.

May 3, 2019 | No comments yet
New Pope-Chaucer Bridge proposed

San Francisquito Creek JPA releases draft environmental impact report
About two years in the making, the San Francisquito Creek Joint Powers Authority (JPA) has released a draft environmental impact report exploring a series of options to minimize the threat of flooding caused by San Francisquito Creek upstream of U.S. 101.

April 30, 2019 | 6 comments
March home sales slowest in 11 years

Median price drops for first time since 2012
Bay Area home sales in March were the slowest the region has seen in 11 years, according to new data released Monday, April 29, by real estate research firm CoreLogic.

May 1, 2019 | No comments yet
Woodside, Portola Valley councils bestow raises on town managers

Woodside and Portola Valley rewarded their town managers with raises in late March, with Woodside's Kevin Bryant receiving about a 3% bump to $218,000 annually and Jeremy Dennis of Portola Valley enjoying about a 6% annual increase, to $216,625.

April 30, 2019 | 1 comment
Midnight follies at the Guild

It's Saturday night, and The Bawdy Caste is all dressed up, with someplace to go
At midnight on the first Saturday of every month, fans line up outside the Landmark Guild Theatre in Menlo Park for a late-night showing of the cult film, "The Rocky Horror Picture Show."

May 2, 2019 | No comments yet
Portola Valley School District selects superintendent finalist

School board to vote on appointing Roberta Zarea at May 1 meeting
The Portola Valley School District has selected Roberta Zarea as the finalist for the superintendent position, according to an April 28 press release.

April 29, 2019 | No comments yet
Coroner's Office identifies motorcyclist killed in Highway 84 crash

A motorcyclist killed in a crash on Highway 84 on Sunday, April 28, has been identified as 26-year-old Matthew Wong of Campbell, according to the San Mateo County Coroner's Office.

April 29, 2019 | 11 comments
Preps: Paly loses late, Gunn wins late, SHP lacrosse wins

Josh Kasevich singled in a pair of runs in the fifth inning to give Palo Alto a lead but Carlmont came back to score two runs in the bottom of the seventh to earn a 3-2 non-league baseball decision on Saturday. Gunn, who leads the SCVAL El Camino Division by 1 1/2 games, earned an 8-2 road victory at San Mateo in another non-league contest.

April 28, 2019 | No comments yet
TheatreWorks to receive Tony Award

Local theater company granted American Theatre Wing national honor
TheatreWorks Silicon Valley will receive the Regional Theatre Tony Award for 2019, founder and Artistic Director Robert Kelley announced over the weekend.

April 28, 2019 | No comments yet
SH Prep continues winning streak in WBAL swimming

Junior Sloane Reinstein and freshmen Margot Gibbons and Kaia Li each won two individual events and were on two winning relays to help the Sacred Heart Prep girls swimming team dominate the West Bay Athletic League Championships on Saturday in Atherton.

April 28, 2019 | No comments yet
Motorcyclist killed in crash on Highway 84

A motorcyclist was killed in a crash on Highway 84 Sunday, April 28, according to the California Highway Patrol.

April 28, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Rubio's restaurant has close call

A phone call and a sprinkler system apparently averted the possibility of major damage the morning of April 25 at Rubio's Coastal Grill at 515 El Camino Real in Menlo Park.

April 26, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep tennis: M-A, Menlo duos earn league doubles titles

Menlo-Atherton tennis players Tim Berthier and Jake Andrew have practiced together, played a few games here and there but until Thursday afternoon at Burlingame had never played a competitive match against each other.

April 26, 2019 | No comments yet
Atherton crowd marks start of civic center construction

Nearly 100 people gathered in Atherton on Tuesday, April 23, to celebrate what speakers said had taken at least two decades to accomplish -- the start of construction of a new town civic center.

April 25, 2019 | 2 comments
How Menlo Park's star triathlete wound up on LeBron's new TV show

Since moving to the Bay Area in 2016, life for Max Fennell has very much centered around being a "go-getter." Now, 'go' and 'get' have taken on new meaning for Fennell, who stars as a "defender" on NBA superstar LeBron James' new TV show competition "Million Dollar Mile."

April 30, 2019 | No comments yet
Local teen 'recycles the brainpower' of her peers to help better the world

Menlo School student gives keynote speech at UN youth summit
When Menlo Park's Charlotte Acra was 15, she saw a problem she thought had big implications - the small number of girls and minorities in technical and science fields - and set out to do something about it.

April 28, 2019 | 2 comments
Guest opinion: We need the Green New Deal

Our world will become a much more hazardous place unless we stop climate change. The Green New Deal (GND) is a plan to stimulate the U.S. economy while transitioning the country to 100% renewable, zero-emission energy sources by 2045.

May 4, 2019 | 38 comments
Guest opinion: SB 50 the wrong solution to state's housing problem

State Senate Bill 50 is focused on a serious problem that all of California faces: the need for housing, especially affordable housing. However, SB 50 doesn't currently provide a solution that is good for all of California.

April 30, 2019 | 5 comments
Guest opinion: City moving forward toward a sustainable, healthy future

The Menlo Park City Council unanimously passed a Climate and Sustainability Resolution, setting forth an ambitious, detailed and appropriate framework of policy goals for both city greenhouse gas emissions reduction and natural environment protection.

April 27, 2019 | 3 comments
Portola Valley: George Comstock memorial this Saturday

A celebration of the life of George Comstock, a resident and former mayor of Portola Valley, is set for 10 a.m. Saturday, April 27, at Valley Presbyterian Church, 945 Portola Road in Portola Valley.

April 26, 2019 | No comments yet
Atherton: Community meeting with police department tonight

The Atherton Police Department has scheduled a community meeting for residents about the recent rash of residential burglaries in town on Tuesday, April 30, in the Jennings Pavilion at Holbrook-Palmer Park, 150 Watkins Ave.

April 29, 2019 | No comments yet
Mary Poppins brings her magic to Hillview stage

Hillview Middle School students will revive the Disney classic "Mary Poppins" with their upcoming spring musical, which is being staged from April 25 through 27.

April 25, 2019 | No comments yet
'The Manic Monologues' puts a spotlight on mental illness

Stanford collaboration turns true stories into powerful theater
"The Manic Monologues," a theatrical performance premiering at Stanford May 2-4, showcases the stories of people living with mental illness.

April 25, 2019 | No comments yet
'Go Forth' ponders the mysteries of mourning and mortality around the world

A Q&A with theater artist Kaneza Schaal
Kaneza Schaal's "Go Forth" is a multimedia performance piece inspired by the Egyptian Book of the Dead, the 3,000-year-old funerary text that gives the soul instructions on how to navigate the afterlife.

April 25, 2019 | No comments yet
From Vietnam to small-town USA

Performer Judi Le ponders the question, 'So, What Are You?' in her autobiographical show at the Menlo Park Library
Judi Le fled her native Vietnam as a child and grew up in small-town America. She'll tell her family's heartbreaking, harrowing and humorous stories at the Menlo Park Library on April 30.

April 25, 2019 | No comments yet
Some assembly required

'Avengers: Endgame' an epic valedictory address for Marvel
Count on gasps, applause, laughs and tears if you sit down to "Avengers: Endgame," the 22nd film in the unprecedented cinematic bonanza called the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The movie amounts to the biggest series finale ever.

April 25, 2019 | No comments yet
To all, a good knight

Portola Valley's Armand Neukermans works hard to make the world a better place
Brilliant scientist. Prolific inventor. Entrepreneur and philanthropist. Armand Neukermans of Portola Valley is all of these things plus, as of last year, a knight in his native Belgium.

April 26, 2019 | 3 comments
Woodside school district superintendent announces move to Las Lomitas

Beth Polito is top pick to head school district in west Menlo Park and Atherton
Woodside Elementary School District Superintendent Beth Polito is leaving her post at the end of the school year to head the nearby Las Lomitas School District, pending a school board vote, according to a April 25 Las Lomitas district press release.

April 25, 2019 | 2 comments
Prep baseball: Palo Alto goes offensive on the Falcons

Hyunwoo Roh and two relievers combined on a five-hitter, Josh Kasevich hit a home run and Palo Alto knocked out visiting Saratoga 14-0 in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division on Wednesday. SHP and Menlo dropped tough games in the PAL Bay Division.

April 25, 2019 | No comments yet
Girls lacrosse: Bears keep slim title hopes alive; Gunn wins

Menlo-Atherton has a slim chance at a co-championship in the West Bay Athletic League girls' lacrosse race. While it's unlikely, the Bears' remaining two league matches are both at home, including the regular-season finale against current leader Sacred Heart Prep (11-5, 9-0).

April 25, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep report: Local winners in SB, VB, golf and diving

Tori Mock and Ashley Ng each drove in a pair of runs as the Gunn softball team won its seventh straight, beating host Saratoga 13-3 on Wednesday. Palo Alto and Gunn each won in boys volleyball, SHP tops in golf and Paly diver wins league title.

April 25, 2019 | No comments yet
An all-M-A boys tennis singles final in PAL tournament

The Menlo-Atherton boys tennis team will have six of its current players on the court Thursday for the final day of the Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division individual tournament at Burlingame High.

April 25, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Man charged with vandalizing vehicles, making racial threats

He has pleaded not guilty to the charges and remains in custody
A man who allegedly vandalized cars, shouted racial epithets at multiple people and threatened and resisted police officers on Bohannon Drive in Menlo Park Tuesday afternoon pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges of three felonies and one misdemeanor tied to criminal threats, vandalism and resisting arrest.

April 25, 2019 | 6 comments
Bike safety classes for middle school students start June 8

Wheel Kids Bicycle Club is hosting a series of classes to teach bike safety to middle school students on Saturday, June 8, Saturday, June 22, and Sunday, July 28.

May 30, 2019 | 8 comments
Mary Poppins brings her magic to Hillview stage

Hillview Middle School students will revive the Disney classic "Mary Poppins" with their upcoming spring musical, which is being staged from April 25 through 27.

April 24, 2019 | No comments yet
Study: Atherton traffic at 'saturation level'

Two long-awaited reports on traffic in Atherton were presented to the City Council at its last meeting, but council members asked for a study session to look at the reports in detail and the possible options available to the town.

April 24, 2019 | 9 comments
Menlo Park fire board criticizes JPA, county ambulance agreements

The Menlo Park Fire Protection District board has expressed its objections to an Emergency Medical System Joint Powers Agreement and an ambulance contract with San Mateo County following a brief opportunity to take a look at the deals.

April 24, 2019 | 6 comments
PAL baseball: M-A, Woodside each gain on league leader

Menlo-Atherton second baseman Jake Wang collected three hits, including a double and triple, and drove in four runs, lifting the Bears past El Camino 8-2 in a Peninsula Athletic League Ocean Division contest Tuesday. Woodside beat Mills 3-2.

April 24, 2019 | No comments yet
Preps: WBAL lacrosse race gets interesting; also softball, VB

Devon Sheehan pitched an eight-hitter and helped herself with two hits and two RBIs in Woodside's 4-2 victory over Half Moon Bay on Tuesday in a Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division contest that included a spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean.

April 24, 2019 | No comments yet
Monday preps: Menlo tennis unbeaten in WBAL play again

Menlo School's 7-0 win over Harker on Monday cemented yet another undefeated league regular-season mark for the Knights. Max Moreno collected four hits and drove in a pair of runs as Woodside beat Menlo 13-10 in baseball.

April 23, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: City manager announces three top leadership appointments

Atherton's deputy city manager moves south to Menlo Park City Hall
The city of Menlo Park has made three new appointments to leadership positions, according to an April 23 announcement from City Manager Starla Jerome-Robinson.

April 23, 2019 | No comments yet
Update: Missing Palo Alto woman who berated MAGA hat-wearing man found safe

Authorities: Rebecca Parker Mankey, who didn't return from Lake County on Thursday, has been located
A Palo Alto woman who made national headlines when she verbally assaulted a man wearing a Make America Great Again hat on April 1, has been located after she was reported missing on Friday, April 19.

April 23, 2019 | 6 comments
M-A rally falls short; Paly loses in final at bat

Jake Albro hit a three-run homer and Tyler Nelson drove in two runs but it wasn't quite enough as Menlo-Atherton fell to Hillsdale 6-5 in a non-league baseball game Monday in San Mateo.

April 23, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo-Atherton hires Steve Papin as its football coach

Menlo-Atherton Athletic Director Paul Snow announced Steve Papin, most recently at Independence High in San Jose, as the football coach at Menlo-Atherton High on Monday.

April 23, 2019 | No comments yet
Ravenswood appoints new principals for 2019-20 school year

District could face more leadership shuffles ahead
The Ravenswood City School District Board of Education approved new leaders for two schools on Thursday, while other principals remain in interim district-level roles through the summer.

April 24, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: New appointees on city commissions

The Menlo Park City Council voted to appoint the following people to city commissions on April 16.

April 25, 2019 | No comments yet
New Menlo Park city manager finds renewal at City Hall

Standing in her City Hall office, which overlooks the Burgess Park duck pond and draws in the spring sunshine, Menlo Park's new City Manager Starla Jerome-Robinson describes Menlo Park as being in a state of renewal.

April 24, 2019 | No comments yet
New Belle Haven Library plans move forward

The population of Menlo Park on the Bay side of 101 could triple in the coming years, and the city of Menlo Park has been working to streamline a process to build a new library in Belle Haven as soon as possible.

April 23, 2019 | 1 comment
Residential burglary, car theft reported in Atherton

Atherton police have responded to a residential burglary and a car theft in recent days, according to department press releases.

April 22, 2019 | 3 comments
Chan hurdles to a personal best at Sacramento meet

Menlo sophomore Alexandra Chan followed a solid effort in the afternoon with an even better performance at night Saturday during the Sacramento Meet of Champions at American River College.

April 22, 2019 | No comments yet
Alumni report: Locals in the junior college baseball world

Former Woodside baseball star Jamie Kruger is enjoying a banner year with College of San Mateo while Gunn product Samio Uze is doing the same at De Anza College. A pair of former Palo Alto stars are also with the Dons.

April 22, 2019 | No comments yet
Tonight: Policy discussion about Caltrain, Dumbarton rail

Menlo Park's rail subcommittee to weigh in on policy approach to regional rail projects
A Menlo Park City Council subcommittee made up of members Drew Combs and Ray Mueller will meet tonight (April 22) to iron out the city's formal policy on the proposed Dumbarton transportation project and Caltrain's efforts to craft a new business plan.

April 22, 2019 | 1 comment
Menlo Park: Coroner identifies motorcyclist killed in freeway crash

A motorcyclist who died in a Menlo Park crash on U.S. Highway 101 early Saturday morning has been identified as 34-year-old East Palo Alto resident Fredrick Mahoni, according to the San Mateo County Coroner's Office.

April 22, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Motorcyclist killed in freeway crash

A motorcyclist died in a Menlo Park crash on U.S. Highway 101 early Saturday morning, the California Highway Patrol reported.

April 20, 2019 | No comments yet
Palo Alto woman who berated MAGA hat-wearing man reported missing

Authorities: Rebecca Parker Mankey hasn’t returned home since leaving Lake County on Thursday
Rebecca Parker Mankey of Palo Alto, who made national headlines when she verbally assaulted a man wearing a Make America Great Again hat in a Palo Alto Starbucks on April 1, has been reported missing.

April 20, 2019 | 2 comments
Four Bay Area counties have strongest labor markets in state

Four Bay Area counties have the strongest labor markets in the state, according to data released Friday by the California Employment Development Department. San Mateo County takes the top spot on that list.

April 23, 2019 | No comments yet
Village Stationers to close Menlo Park and Los Altos locations

Closure signifies end of four-generation family business
For 53 years, Village Stationers has helped Peninsula residents find gifts, cards, office supplies and more at its family-run stationery shops. But the owner of the business says Village's two remaining locations, in Menlo Park and Los Altos, will be shuttered before the end of the summer.

April 19, 2019 | 15 comments
Menlo College signs women's golfer, two women wrestlers

Scripps Ranch High senior Franchesca Garcia became the third recruit to sign with the Menlo College women's golf team. Reigning WCWA and NAIA national women's wrestling champion Menlo College received commitments from Alana Vivas and Deirdre Creed, who represent the nation's 49th and 50th states.

April 19, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep baseball: Woodside wins a nail-biter; M-A loses to SI

Joseph King and Anthony Acevedo combined on a four-hitter and the Woodside baseball team downed visiting El Camino 2-1 in a Peninsula Athletic League Ocean Division game Thursday. M-A lost 4-1 to St. Ignatius in a nonleague contest.

April 19, 2019 | No comments yet
Atherton council digest: Sea level rise and waste haulers

After a lengthy discussion, Atherton's City Council voted at its April 17 meeting to pitch in funding to help transform the county's flood control district into a more comprehensive agency that will also address sea level rise.

April 19, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo School's tennis legacy continues to shine brightly

The Menlo School boys' tennis team won Thursday's nonleague match 7-0 over Mitty in Atherton and that was just the opening act as the Knight seniors took center stage following the match. The seniors have been part of four West Bay Athletic League championships, a Central Coast Section title, and a NorCal title.

April 19, 2019 | No comments yet
Ravenswood school district, KIPP charter school reach facilities-rental agreement

KIPP to stay at Brentwood, Los Robles/McNair, will pay district much more
In an eleventh-hour agreement, lawyers for the Ravenswood City School District and KIPP Valiant Community Prep Charter School reached a contract on Thursday night to expand the growing charter school at its current two school sites.

April 19, 2019 | No comments yet
Midpeninsula mayors, tech company transportation leaders convene to talk traffic

In view of a hulking manzanita tree branch hung from the wall at the Unitarian Universalist Church in south Palo Alto, mayors and other elected officials from Redwood City to Sunnyvale met with transportation program leaders from the area's biggest employers on Thursday, April 18.

April 20, 2019 | 4 comments
Is Silicon Valley a threat to humanity?

In his new book, pioneering environmentalist Bill McKibben sounds the alarm on technology's role in our extinction
Journalist and activist Bill McKibben's new book takes stock of how well humankind is coping with the effects of climate change.

April 18, 2019 | No comments yet
Home sales

Portola Valley records highest sale at $9.2M
A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula, where Portola Valley recorded the highest home sale at $9.2 million for a five-bedroom house that last sold in 2014 for $10 million.

April 22, 2019 | No comments yet
Saturday in Menlo Park: Community fair to offer locals disaster prep guidance

What should people do to prepare for an earthquake on the Midpeninsula? What if Menlo Park, Atherton, Woodside or Portola Valley is hit by fire or flooding?

April 26, 2019 | No comments yet
'Teen Spirit' smells familiar but has its charms

Ella Fanning proves she can sing in role as rising pop star
"Teen Spirit" serves mostly as a vehicle for star Elle Fanning, who provides her own vocals in her role as a pop star rising from obscurity.

April 18, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo's Grosspietsch earns trip to national golf tournament

Menlo College freshman Julika Grosspietsch earned medalist honors at the Golden State Athletic Conference women's golf championships, earning a trip to the NAIA national tournament at Lincoln Park Golf Course (West) in Oklahoma City beginning May 14.

April 18, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep Baseball: Menlo wins 8th straight, fifth in league play

The Menlo School baseball team has come a long way since getting swept by rival Sacred Heart Prep, 9-0 and 9-3, to begin Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division play. The Knights haven't lost since.

April 18, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo prevails at home in final WBAL track and field meet

Ayinde Olukotun and Kamran Murray each won a pair of individual events and Menlo School won eight events at the West Bay Athletic League boys track and field meet on Wednesday in Atherton as the Knights hosted its first meet since 2015.

April 18, 2019 | No comments yet
Rhiannon Giddens, Joshua Bell and more to feature in Stanford Live's next season

University performance organization announces 2019-2020 lineup
Stanford Live's 2019-2020 season will "explore the intersection of art and politics."

April 17, 2019 | No comments yet
Man convicted in death of toddler

A jury has convicted a 27-year-old man of involuntary manslaughter and assault on a child resulting in death for his role in the death of his girlfriend's 18-month-old son in 2014, San Mateo County prosecutors said.

April 17, 2019 | 1 comment
'Grapes of Wrath' boasts fine cast but lacks depth

Los Altos Stage Company takes on Steinbeck's Dust Bowl masterpiece
Los Altos Stage Company's current production of "The Grapes of Wrath" is blessed with a mostly excellent cast, fine direction from Jeffrey Lo, a pretty set and even a good little barefoot band in the corner. What it's missing is desperation, starvation, a sense of place and palpable death.

April 17, 2019 | No comments yet
Pacific Art League's exhibition celebrates the 'timeless quality' of black-and-white photography

Juried show, 'Noir,' on view through April 25
We live in an image-driven society and, thanks to cell-phone technology, most of us have the ability to document our every encounter, action and meal. But when one thinks of photography as an art form, the black-and-white print is a dominant image.

April 17, 2019 | No comments yet
Bears take Knights in WBAL girls lacrosse match

Audrey Koran scored five goals, Theresa McGannon added three and Menlo-Atherton beat rival Menlo School 11-10 in a West Bay Athletic League girls lacrosse contest Tuesday at Menlo. Sally Norman added two goals for the Bears (7-5, 5-3), who beat the Knights (8-4, 6-2) for just the second time in 12 years.

April 17, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo frosh Ibrahimovic named to NAIA All-American team

Menlo College freshman Edin Ibrahimovic, who led the Oaks to the championship match of the Golden State Athletic Conference tournament, became the first Menlo men's volleyball player to be named to the NAIA/AVCA All-America team it was announced Tuesday.

April 17, 2019 | No comments yet
Measures to curb Belle Haven's cut-through traffic fast-tracked

In response to previous complaints that Menlo Park was moving too slowly to install critical measures to deter cut-through traffic in Belle Haven, plans to remove street parking and install bulb-outs and other measures to slow traffic throughout the neighborhood are moving forward on an expedited timeline.

April 17, 2019 | No comments yet
Peek inside the fine-dining Selby's, opening in Redwood City this summer

Selby's, the latest restaurant project from the local Bacchus Management Group, will be a fine-dining affair, set to open in Redwood City this summer.

April 17, 2019 | No comments yet
Saturday: Easter egg hunts planned in Menlo Park, Atherton

The city of Menlo Park and the town of Atherton are preparing for Easter activities for kids and families that will take place this Saturday, April 20. Here's what's on the program for both towns.

April 18, 2019 | No comments yet
Bill to mandate safe parking for homeless students raises concerns

Community college students in California, many of whom are vulnerable to food, housing and financial insecurity, may soon have a safe place to park while they sleep in their cars, if a bill authored by a Peninsula state assemblyman, Marc Berman (D-Palo Alto), passes. But local community college district board members have raised a number of questions about the bill.

April 19, 2019 | 5 comments
Palatella, McGlashan plead not guilty in college bribery scam

Gregory and Amy Colburn of Palo Alto ask court to dismiss second indictment
Two Midpeninsula parents in the college-admissions bribery scandal pleaded not guilty to charges in the nationwide $25-million scandal while a Palo Alto couple has asked the federal court to dismiss the same charges against them in the case, according to court documents.

April 16, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep report: baseball, softball, golf all have winning days

Max Coupe collected three hits and drove in three hits as Menlo-Atherton went on a hitting spree Monday, beating Mills 15-1 in a Peninsula Athletic League Ocean Division contest. The M-A boys golf team won the Mustang Invitational at Marin CC with Max Reyes the medalist.

April 16, 2019 | No comments yet
Alpine Road sewer repair project slows traffic

Alpine Road drivers may face delays because of a construction project expected to be ongoing into July.

April 16, 2019 | No comments yet
New PV school trustee hopes to foster community involvement

Kimberley Morris Rosen joined the Portola Valley School District's school board as its latest member at a March 27 meeting.

April 17, 2019 | No comments yet
Atherton groundbreaking marks start of civic center work

On Tuesday, April 23, Atherton officials and community members will gather for a groundbreaking ceremony for a new town civic center with police, administration, and building and planning offices plus a library.

April 21, 2019 | 1 comment
Wednesday: Atherton looks at ways to reduce traffic congestion

While its lack of commercial and multifamily zoning has kept the population of Atherton relatively stable in recent years, town officials have become increasingly concerned about the problems caused by traffic passing through Atherton as the cities surrounding it and the region continue to grow.

April 16, 2019 | 13 comments
Facts about homelessness in the Bay Area

Here are some facts about homelessness in the Bay Area.

April 18, 2019 | No comments yet
Understanding the unsheltered among us

New report says the Bay Area has third-worst homelessness problem in the U.S. What's being done to help?
It's the day before an atmospheric river is supposed to dump over Menlo Park and Steven Hough is on the go.

April 18, 2019 | 8 comments
Street parking could be removed on stretch of Middle Avenue

Members of Menlo Park's Complete Streets Commission voted 6-0 on April 10 to recommend that the City Council permit the removal of more than 100 street parking spaces on both sides of Middle Avenue, between Olive Street and San Mateo Drive.

April 15, 2019 | 24 comments
Friday preps: Nam strikes again for Knights baseball

Justin Nam used his right arm to help Menlo win its seventh straight baseball game on Friday, pitching a five-hitter over six innings as the Knights completed a Peninsula Athletic League sweep of Carlmont with a 5-2 victory Friday in Atherton.

April 15, 2019 | No comments yet
Gunn's Freeman a double winner at meet in Los Gatos

Gunn's Jared Freeman solidified his standing as the top thrower in the Central Coast Section by pulling off a double win, taking the shot put at 52-7 and the discus at 167-8, at the Top 8 meet in Los Gatos on Saturday.

April 15, 2019 | No comments yet
Oaks report: Softball sweeps GSAC doubleheader

A day after Menlo College's softball team was shut out in both games of doubleheader, a different host team showed up Sunday as the Oaks beat No. 9 Hope International in back to back extra inning games, 5-4 and 2-1. With the wins, the Oaks improve to 19-27 and 10-12 in the GSAC, while HIU falls to 36-11 and 16-6 in conference play.

April 15, 2019 | No comments yet
Tuesday: Menlo Park fire board to discuss concerns with JPA agreement

Faced with the complexity of the issue, the Menlo Park Fire Protection District has asked for more time to evaluate a proposal for the first new countywide joint powers authority operating agreement in 10 years.

April 15, 2019 | 3 comments
Murder suspect's plea postponed due to delayed coroner's report

Francis Wolke, the man who allegedly killed Menlo Park resident and former Atherton town arborist Kathy Hughes Anderson in her home on Dec. 12, was scheduled to enter his plea in court today (Friday, April 12) following several postponements.

April 12, 2019 | No comments yet
SH Prep boys have a chance at a WCAL lacrosse title

Sacred Heart Prep won't be playing another West Catholic Athletic League boys lacrosse match for three weeks and that one should be a doozy. Tommy Barnds scored five goals and recorded three assists to help the Gators beat Mitty 15-6 in a league contest Thursday in San Jose,

April 12, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo clinches WBAL title ties in tennis and golf

The Menlo School boys' golf team clinched at least a share of the West Bay Athletic League title after posting a 210-235 victory over The King's Academy and the Menlo boys tennis team topped Sacred Heart 7-0 to earn at least a share of the WBAL title.

April 12, 2019 | No comments yet
Bud Eisberg recognized by town for decades of volunteer service

Longtime Portola Valley resident Bud Eisberg was posthumously honored on March 16 with the town's Volunteer of the Year Award, given for his many years of civic service.

April 11, 2019 | No comments yet
'Woodlands' features art of Portola Valley photographer

The work of Portola Valley photographer Alan McGee is on exhibit at Portola Art Gallery in Menlo Park through April 30.

April 11, 2019 | No comments yet
Helen Alburger, early Ladera resident, dies at age 94

Helen Eileen Alburger, who with her husband was among the earliest residents of the Ladera community, died at her home on Jan. 4 at the age of 94.

April 15, 2019 | 1 comment
Civil rights and wrongs

'Peterloo' resurrects a historical tragedy
Seven-time Oscar nominee Mike Leigh ("Topsy-Turvy") makes no concession to the passive viewer with his new historical film "Peterloo."

April 11, 2019 | No comments yet
Fenn Coffee opens inside Willows Market in Menlo Park

You can now get your morning coffee fix at The Willows Market in Menlo Park, where a new small-batch coffee bar has launched.

April 11, 2019 | No comments yet
Choreography meets climate change at Stanford

'Ocean Trilogy' and 'Rap Guide to Climate Change' to be performed April 13 as part of Art-SCI initiative
Art-SCI, a new Stanford University endeavor (short for "Art as Science Communication Initiative") to support the intersection of arts and sciences, is hosting its first event, a workshop and performance of "Ocean Trilogy" and excerpts from "Rap Guide to Climate Chaos," on April 13.

April 11, 2019 | No comments yet
A pianist in Paris

Hershey Felder's latest celebrates the music of Debussy and the City of Light
In "A Paris Love Story," Hershey Felder switches between speaking as himself and as Debussy, who also posthumously watches over young Felder on his first trip to Paris as a 19-year-old.

April 11, 2019 | No comments yet
Alan Cumming prepares to be vulnerable in Palo Alto

Scottish-American performer brings cabaret show to the JCC
Alan Cumming is bringing his critically-acclaimed one-person cabaret show, "Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs," to the Oshman Family JCC in Palo Alto.

April 11, 2019 | No comments yet
Preps: Gunn's Sloan enjoying a dream softball week

Gunn sophomore Emma Sloan is enjoying the best streak of her high school softball career and it seems to have sparked something with her teammates as the Titans beat Lynbrook 21-7 in a Santa Clara Valley Athletic League El Camino Division game Wednesday in San Jose.

April 11, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep report: Last inning rally keeps Gunn in first place

Eric Epstein doubled home two runs with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning and Gunn beat Fremont 4-3 in a Santa Clara Valley Athletic League El Camino Division baseball game Tuesday in Palo Alto.

April 11, 2019 | No comments yet
Baseball: Menlo is hot, hot, hot; Palo Alto is not, not, not

Menlo School is the hottest baseball team in the Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division and senior Justin Nam made a big deal out of it Wednesday night. Sacred Heart Prep topped Santa Teresa 11-8 in a nonleague slugfest and the Vikings lost to Wilcox.

April 11, 2019 | No comments yet
Fire chief leaving Woodside district with priorities intact

Woodside Fire Protection District Chief Dan Ghiorso has a lot to reflect on after his 28 years in the department, with his retirement coming up on April 27.

April 16, 2019 | 1 comment
Report: Bay Area has nation's third-highest homeless population

Research group calls for more shelters, housing, funding to solve humanitarian crisis on streets
The nation's third largest population of homeless people, roughly 28,000, reside in the Bay Area, and most of them are unsheltered, according to a study released Wednesday by the Bay Area Council Economic Institute.

April 11, 2019 | 5 comments
Measles-carrying Caltrain commuter sparks public health warning

Santa Clara County resident traveled up and down the Peninsula, visited San Francisco
Public health officials are warning the public of possible exposure to measles -- this time involving a Santa Clara County resident who traveled to San Francisco via Caltrain, the San Francisco Department of Public Health said Tuesday.

April 10, 2019 | No comments yet
How would SB 50 impact Menlo Park?

Across California, Senate Bill 50, a proposed law that would require cities to relax height, density and parking restrictions in areas that have lots of jobs and reliable public transit, is sparking waves of controversy, especially in affluent suburban areas that prize low-density, single-family homes.

April 12, 2019 | 24 comments
Menlo Park's red light camera program to end

The Menlo Park City Council opted Tuesday to not renew a contract with Redflex, a red light camera company, thereby ending the city's red light camera enforcement program.

April 10, 2019 | 21 comments
Measles-carrying Caltrain commuter sparks public health warning

Santa Clara County resident traveled up and down the Peninsula, visited San Francisco
Public health officials are warning the public of possible exposure to measles -- this time involving a Santa Clara County resident who traveled to San Francisco via Caltrain, the San Francisco Department of Public Health said Tuesday.

April 10, 2019 | 1 comment
Man arrested after reportedly firing gun in home with toddlers inside

A 33-year-old man was arrested Monday after allegedly firing his gun in a home in unincorporated Menlo Park in which two toddlers were in the next room over, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.

April 10, 2019 | 22 comments
Grand jury adds money-laundering charge for four local parents in college admissions scandal

Defendants could face lengthier sentences for alleged bribes that cost tens of thousands of dollars
Federal authorities on Tuesday let the other shoe drop on parents involved in the college admissions scandal, adding fraud and money laundering charges against 16 parents, including four from the Midpeninsula.

April 9, 2019 | 1 comment
Woodside Glens residents get new piece to their puzzle

The Glens is what could be called the "less-fashionable side" of Woodside, as F. Scott Fitzgerald might say. And some residents of the community of 185 homes on the east side of Canada Road say they aren't being treated fairly compared with those in the other areas of the town.

April 12, 2019 | No comments yet
Police calls: Woman arrested for grand theft from employer

Local officers respond to calls: from workplace theft and a construction site fight, to rummaging through trash while naked and assault with an umbrella.

April 11, 2019 | No comments yet
Woodside: Solar panel plan to face council scrutiny

A proposal from a previous Woodside Town Council to install solar panels to power town facilities has raised questions about the viability of the panels as an energy source in light of recent developments in the renewable energy field.

April 9, 2019 | 7 comments
Atherton to hold memorial, tree planting in honor of former town arborist

Kathy Hughes Anderson, Atherton's former town arborist who was stabbed to death in her Menlo Park home in December, will be honored by the town in conjunction with its Arbor Day celebration on Thursday, April 18.

April 16, 2019 | No comments yet
On a roll: Menlo-Atherton's Bike Shed puts emphasis on carless commutes

Alongside a swath of bike racks on the northwest part of Menlo-Atherton High School's campus, a teacher is spearheading an effort to enable more students to commute to school by bicycle.

April 11, 2019 | 2 comments
Students turn goat milk into soap on school farm

Students at one Atherton high school are getting a chance to take a break from sitting in classrooms, and instead take in fresh air and bond with animals while they learn.

April 13, 2019 | No comments yet
Portola Valley schools host third annual Maker Faire

The Portola Valley School District will highlight the work of inventors, tech enthusiasts, hobbyists, crafters, artists and "Do it Yourselfers" at its third annual Maker Faire on Friday, April 12, at Corte Madera School.

April 10, 2019 | No comments yet
Oaks have their moments in doubleheader loss in Phoenix

What started out well for the Menlo College baseball team did not end well as the Oaks dropped a Golden State Athletic Conference doubleheader Monday, 9-6 and 7-4, to Arizona Christian in Phoenix.

April 9, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo rallies for a nonleague baseball victory over Gunn

Kevin King doubled with one out in the bottom of the sixth inning to rally Menlo School past Gunn 5-4 in a nonleague game played in Atherton on Monday. Justin Nam drove in two runs for the Knights.

April 9, 2019 | No comments yet
Burglaries reported at Atherton construction sites

There were two burglaries at construction sites off of Middlefield Road in Atherton on April 8, according to the Atherton Police Department.

April 9, 2019 | 1 comment
Menlo Park: Motorcyclist injured in Highway 101 crash

A motorcyclist involved in a multiple-vehicle collision early Tuesday morning (April 9) on northbound Highway 101 near Willow Road in Menlo Park suffered a compound fracture in one of his legs, according to the California Highway Patrol.

April 9, 2019 | No comments yet
Locals among 14 defendants who plan to plead guilty in college-admissions bribery scam

Parents, a coach face jail time, hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines
Four Midpeninsula residents are among the 14 people who agreed to plead guilty in the national college-admissions bribery scandal, U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts Andrew Lelling announced on Monday.

April 8, 2019 | 1 comment
Home sales

Atherton home sold for $2.8 million more than previous deal
A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula, where Atherton recorded the highest sale at $4.7 million for a newly built five-bedroom house on a 10,654-square-foot lot that last sold for $1.9 million.

April 14, 2019 | No comments yet
Tuesday: Council to reconsider red-light cameras

Following a six-month contract extension, the question of whether Menlo Park should continue its contract with Redflex, a red-light camera company involved in a bribery scandal in Chicago, will be returning to the City Council Tuesday.

April 9, 2019 | 17 comments
Memorial service Saturday for Linda Jo Miller

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 13, for Linda Jo Miller, a Menlo Park resident for nearly 40 years who died on March 29 at the age of 72.

April 12, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo's parks could undergo massive revamp

Survey to collect ideas for parks across the city closes April 19
Want to weigh in on what should be changed at city parks in the coming years? Menlo Park's draft park master plan recommends changes such as a new Belle Haven community center, more dog parks, restrooms, field lighting and more.

April 12, 2019 | No comments yet
Tonight: Complete Streets Commission to consider Middle Avenue bike lanes

New bike lanes would nix street parking. The question is: how many spaces?
The Menlo Park Complete Streets Commission is scheduled to discuss two potential options for adding bike lanes on Middle Avenue, between Olive Street and San Mateo Drive, at its meeting on Wednesday, April 10. Both involve the elimination of street parking.

April 10, 2019 | 1 comment
Oaks report: Men's volleyball reaches championship match

Edin Ibrahimovic recorded 35 kills, including on the game-winning point, as Menlo College stunned ninth-ranked Hope International, 19-25, 25-17, 22-25, 25-22, 19-17, in the semifinals of the Golden State Athletic Conference men's volleyball playoffs at UC Merced on Friday night.

April 8, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep reports: Top relays on the track and in the pool

Menlo's sprint medley relay team of Michelle Louie, Lauren Hamilton, Charlotte Lee and Kyra Pretre placed second in the seeded division, racing 4:06.17, less than a second behind the winning time of 4:05.21, at the Arcadia Invitational on Friday.

April 8, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep report: SHP boys, girls lacrosse continue win streaks

Genna Gibbons scored six goals, Allison Carter added three and Sacred Heart Prep topped Castilleja 16-1 in a West Bay Athletic League Foothill Division contest Saturday at El Camino Park in Palo Alto.

April 8, 2019 | No comments yet
Bills to encourage housing density near transit advance in Senate

Lawmakers seek compromise between competing visions for addressing housing shortage
Two state bills that would allow more housing density in transit corridors cleared their first legislative hurdles this week, though each proposal will likely see significant changes before either becomes law.

April 5, 2019 | 1 comment
Cellphone video captures heated MAGA confrontation that went viral

Stanford professor says political incivility, while fanned by social media, is 'abnormal'
Even as a 28-second cellphone video of an explosive April 1 confrontation in Palo Alto over a Make America Great Again hat surfaced on Thursday, a Stanford University political science professor who has researched political polarization called such behaviors "abnormal."

April 5, 2019 | 9 comments
Boys lacrosse: Sacred Heart Prep, Menlo win WCAL matches

Tommy Barnds and Cody Wiebe each had a big game as Sacred Heart Prep beat Sacred Heart Cathedral 16-3 in a West Catholic Athletic League match in San Francisco on Wednesday. Menlo School beat 14-2 in San Jose.

April 5, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo goes for the team dynamic at Arcadia Invitational

Charlotte Tomkinson has the state's fastest time in the girls 800 and will run that race Saturday at the Arcadia Invitational against other elite runners. Her focus this weekend is on her team, rather than on individual achievement.

April 5, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo College sweeps nonconference DH

The Menlo College softball team ended a four-game losing streak with a nonconference doubleheader sweep of Notre Dame de Namur, 7-3 and 5-4, Thursday in Atherton. Both teams battled but the Oaks came through with the key hits and solid pitching. Menlo improves to 16-24 on the season.

April 5, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep report: Gators rate a '10' in boys lacrosse

Tommy Barnds scored four goals, one of 10 players to reach the scoring column, and the Sacred Heart Prep boys lacrosse team topped visiting Bishop's School (La Jolla) 18-6 in a nonconference match Thursday.

April 5, 2019 | No comments yet
Hershey Felder breaks box-office records with one-man shows

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley announced recently that Hershey Felder's latest show has already established a new all-time box office record for the 49-year-old theater company.

April 4, 2019 | No comments yet
Palo Alto JCC features Israeli-American artist Edo Rosenberg

Sculpture retrospective represents a continuum of creativity
The Palo Alto JCC lends itself to temporary visual art exhibitions, including the current outdoor display of sculpture by local artist Edo Rosenberg.

April 4, 2019 | No comments yet
Going Native Garden Tour showcases 53 Peninsula gardens that require minimal maintenance

Palo Alto's Gamble Garden is participating for the first time in the event's 17-year history
Dozens of landscapes throughout San Mateo and Santa Clara counties will be open to the public next month at an annual weekend-long event to encourage residents to be better stewards of the environment.

April 29, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Facebook sued for alleged housing discrimination

The Department of Housing and Urban Development is suing Menlo Park-based Facebook for housing discrimination.

April 4, 2019 | 3 comments
'Shazam!' is a blast of superheroic fun

Movie joins same cinematic universe as Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman
"Shazam!" brings the first superhero ever to appear in live action to the big screen 78 years later, and the break was worth the wait. The film is a family-friendly, comical comic-book adventure!

April 4, 2019 | No comments yet
Investigation finds Menlo Park horse facility owner housed workers in stables, cheated on wages

Owner ordered to pay $1.3M in back pay and damages
Workers at a prestigious Menlo Park horse training center and a second facility owned by the same person were denied minimum wage and overtime pay for years while the owner housed workers in converted stables without running potable water and took kickbacks on their visa fees, according to an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division.

April 5, 2019 | 18 comments
A growing business

Portola Valley's Brookside Orchids grows, sells and boards the cherished but demanding blooming plants
Just off Alpine Road, where Menlo Park meets Portola Valley at Interstate 280, is one of the Peninsula's hidden treasures, open to the public six days a week.

April 5, 2019 | No comments yet
Snow survey shows twice as much as average in some locations

The latest survey of the Sierra Nevada snowpack on April 2 found what a state water official called "practically a California water supply dream" with twice as much snow as normal in some locations.

April 8, 2019 | 1 comment
Of local note: Wrestling recruits, Players of the Week

The defending national women's wrestling champion Menlo College announced its first two recruiting signings on Wednesday. Mission San Jose senior Nikita Dhaliwal and Newark Memorial senior Sierra van Rossem, four-year rivals in high school from the North Coast Section, each signed with the reigning WCWA and NAIA national champions.

April 4, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep baseball: TKA-SHP game goes dark, M-A loses in tourney

Sacred Heart Prep finds itself down 6-4 with no outs in the bottom of the tenth inning in its Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division game with visiting The King's Acacdemy that was suspended due to darkness.

April 4, 2019 | No comments yet
A year out, census prep efforts abound in San Mateo County

Jobtrain to hold census jobs workshop Saturday
The countdown is on: In just a little under a year, the U.S. census will take place, a once-a-decade effort to count everyone in the U.S. and divvy up government dollars and political representation accordingly.

April 5, 2019 | 1 comment
Rain returning to the Bay Area on Thursday, with greater intensity on Friday

Gusty winds expected ahead of the storm, weather forecasters say
Rain will be light on Thursday but will become more widespread on Friday in the Bay Area, producing locally moderate rainfall, according to the National Weather Service.

April 4, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park man expected to plead guilty on college scam-related charge

A Menlo Park father told a federal court in Boston Wednesday that he plans to plead guilty to an unspecified charge in a college admissions scam case revealed last month.

April 3, 2019 | No comments yet
Proposed bill would allow homeless students to sleep in community college parking lots overnight

Legislation by Marc Berman passes through committee on Tuesday
Homeless community college students will be permitted to park and sleep in their cars overnight at any community college in California if Assembly Bill 302, proposed by local
Assemblyman Marc Berman, passes.

April 3, 2019 | 5 comments
Political polarization sparks confrontation at Starbucks, triggering online fury

On social media, woman tries to 'dox' MAGA-hat-wearing man, becomes target of 'doxing' herself
In the latest example of social-media fueled extremism, a heated confrontation over politics in a Palo Alto Starbucks on Monday has gone viral nationwide, leading to reported death threats and also calls for greater dialogue and empathy.

April 3, 2019 | 37 comments
M-A loses another one-run baseball game at tourney

Kyle Hartmanis drove in three runs and Tyler Nelson had three hits but Menlo-Atherton suffered a 5-4 loss to Palos Verdes at the Elks Tournament in Santa Ana on Tuesday. M-A suffered its second straight one-run loss at the tournament.

April 3, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep report: Gators take a bite of Wilcox; SHP, Casti win in LAX

Senior Jack Loftus recorded 20 kills, senior Garrett Pinkston added 18 kills and the Sacred Heart Prep boys volleyball knocked off previously unbeaten Santa Clara Valley Athletic League El Camino Division leader Wilcox, 25-16, 23-25, 24-26, 25-17, 15-7, in Atherton on Tuesday.

April 3, 2019 | No comments yet
Applications sought for transportation authority advisory committee

People interested in giving input on transportation funding in San Mateo County are being encouraged to apply for seats on an advisory committee for the county's Transportation Authority.

April 17, 2019 | No comments yet
Bay Trail closure scheduled for tonight

Late-night or early-morning walkers and cyclists take note: The segment of the Bay Trail between Willow Road and Chilco Street in Menlo Park will be closed overnight from April 3 to 4.

April 3, 2019 | No comments yet
Portola Valley's fire-danger challenges raise level of urgency among residents

A standing-room-only crowd showed up at a March 27 Portola Valley Town Council study session on wildfire preparation as part of an ongoing effort to get the jump on a potential emergency.

April 3, 2019 | 3 comments
Wednesday: Atherton to hold study session on town budget

Atherton's City Council will meet Wednesday (April 3) afternoon for a study session on the town's 2019-20 fiscal-year budget.

April 2, 2019 | No comments yet
Woodside Girl Scouts huddle and cuddle with Minnie the therapy dog

Giddy Girl Scouts lined up in Woodside Elementary School's library on March 27 to meet the Palo Alto Humane Society's resident therapy dog Minnie, a 6-year-old white poodle.

April 7, 2019 | No comments yet
Bay Area homes sales hit 11-month low in February

Over the course of February in the Bay Area, 4,354 new and existing homes and condominiums were sold, up nearly 13 percent from the previous month, but the year-over-year trajectory is trending downward, according to a report by CoreLogic, a housing research firm.

April 3, 2019 | 1 comment
Portola Valley School District receives credit rating upgrade

The Portola Valley School District has received a double upgrade in its bond credit rating from financial services company Standard & Poor's, according to a March 8 district press release.

April 4, 2019 | No comments yet
Kiwanis Club donates $5,000 to M-A Football Association

The Kiwanis Club of Menlo Park donated $5,000 to the Menlo-Atherton Football Association, according to a Kiwanis press release.

April 6, 2019 | No comments yet
Rescued kitten and siblings thriving

The kitten that was rescued from a drain pipe in Atherton by firefighters on March 15 - and named Ryle after the firefighter credited with saving him - is thriving, along with his three litter mates.

April 2, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo's Ibrahimovic earns fifth GSAC volleyball honor

Menlo College freshman outside hitter Edin Ibrahimovic earned Golden State Athletic Conference Men's Volleyball Attacker of the Week honors for an unprecedented fifth time this season out of the 11 weeks the award has been issued.

April 2, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep report: A day for Knights pitcher Hernandez

Junior Julien Hernandez fired a one-hitter, striking out seven, and Menlo beat host Santa Clara 5-0 at Washington Park on Monday. Rowen Barnes took a one-hitter into the fifth but only retired one batter as four hits, two errors and a walk led to four unearned runs and Menlo-Atherton dropped a 5-4 decision to Northwood.

April 2, 2019 | No comments yet
Councilman who works for Facebook gets answers on political restrictions

Contrary to some earlier concerns raised during Menlo Park City Councilman Drew Combs' council election campaign, a letter from California's Fair Political Practices Commission indicates that Combs may not have to recuse himself from all potentially Facebook-related discussions.

April 2, 2019 | 4 comments
Locals lament plans to raze Feldman's

A proposal to build a pre-fabricated, three-story housing structure with nine apartments at 1162-1170 El Camino Real, the site of Feldman's used bookstore and SafeSpace, a youth mental health clinic, was met with criticism by fans of the bookstore and the Menlo Park Planning Commission at a March 11 study session.

April 2, 2019 | 12 comments
Menlo Park: Housing, offices proposed for Koma Sushi site

A flood of emails has arrived in the City Council inbox expressing opposition to a new housing and medical office project proposed at the corner of El Camino Real and Cambridge Avenue, where the Koma Sushi restaurant, a parking lot and an apartment building are now, near the former Oasis Beer Garden.

April 4, 2019 | 10 comments
Transportation master plan inches forward

Following a lengthy late-stage discussion over what the goals of the Transportation Master Plan should be, the Menlo Park City Council on March 26 unanimously adopted a new goal for the plan: managing traffic congestion.

April 5, 2019 | No comments yet
Internet service restored following widespread outage

More than 3,000 Palo Alto Utilities customers were without electricity and about 30,000 Midpeninsula Comcast subscribers were without internet access, affecting businesses and residences in the area on Monday, April 1.

April 1, 2019 | No comments yet
Suspect arrested after fight over gas pump

A San Jose man is suspected of seriously injuring another man in a fight over a gas pump in North Fair Oaks on Friday night (March 29).

April 1, 2019 | No comments yet
Balanced attack leads SHP girls to WBAL lacrosse victory

Allison Carter and Genna Gibbons each scored twice and seven other individuals added a goal as the Sacred Heart Prep girls lacrosse team flummoxed Saint Francis 11-3 in a West Bay Athletic League contest Friday.

April 1, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep report: Pitching helps SHP and Menlo; hurts the Vikings

Reece Lindquist collected three hits, including a home run, and drove in two runs to support Nathan Fleischli's one-hitter in Sacred Heart Prep's 8-0 victory over host Capuchino in a Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division baseball game Friday.

April 1, 2019 | No comments yet
Sacred Heart Prep swims to solid times in invitational

Sacred Heart Prep finished second to defending state champion Santa Margarita on the girls side and fourth to defending Central Coast Section champion Bellarmine Prep on the boys side of the California Catholic High School Swim Challenge in Atherton on Saturday.

April 1, 2019 | No comments yet
Serving up a second act

Local esthetician-turned-chef shows it's never too late to start a second career
Chantale Doinel, an esthetician who has worked in skin care for 35 years, decided to become a chef at age 62. Her catering business specializes in upscale French cuisine with a European influence.

April 1, 2019 | No comments yet
Portola Valley: Traffic delays expected on Portola Road

Motorists can expect "very minor traffic delays" on the portion of Portola Road between the Town Center and the town limit with Woodside beginning the week of April 1, according to the town of Portola Valley.

March 30, 2019 | No comments yet
Portola Valley school board appoints new trustee

Kimberley Morris Rosen is district parent, attorney
The Portola Valley School District school board chose district parent Kimberley Morris Rosen as the board's new member at a public meeting on Wednesday, March 27. Morris Rosen fills the vacancy left by former trustee Michael Maffia, who resigned from the board in early March.

March 29, 2019 | 2 comments
MP swimmer earns spot at USA Swimming's Diversity Camp

Alto Swim Club's Jackson Picard, a student at Hillview Middle School in Menlo Park, earned his way to USA Swimming's 13th Annual National Diversity Select Camp, to be held May 2-5 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.

March 29, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep track and field: A Stanford Invitational primer

With hundreds of athletes expected to swarm the Stanford Invitational Friday and Saturday, here's a mid-season look at how the top local track and field athletes have performed.

March 29, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep report: Solid pitching helps Gunn, M-A in league baseball

Nathan Nakamitsu threw a five-hitter, Kylen Liu drove in three runs and Gunn beat host Monta Vista 9-1 in a Santa Clara Valley Athletic League El Camino baseball contest on Thursday.

March 29, 2019 | No comments yet
Ravenswood enrollment decline worse than predicted

Consultant says district could have fewer than 1,800 students by 2023
An enrollment consultant is projecting that the Ravenswood City School District will lose 27 percent of its 2,400 students over the next five years, a decline that is far sharper than the district itself has predicted.

March 29, 2019 | 6 comments
'Dumbo' takes flight under Tim Burton

Revamp a 'feast for the senses'
"Dumbo" is a strange beast, indeed. I don't mean the character of an elephant born with ears so big he can flap them and take flight. And I don't mean the 1941 Disney animated feature starring that elephant. No, I mean Disney's new live-action, CGI-heavy reimagining of "Dumbo," which turns out to be part bland kids-and-animals adventure and part Coen Brothers-esque period satire.

March 28, 2019 | 1 comment
Breathing new life into 'Macbeth'

Dragon Theatre offers surprisingly powerful take on well-known tragedy
Led by local-theater power couple Max Tachis and Roneet Aliza Rahamim, who co-produce, co-direct and co-star, this "Macbeth" is powerful, visceral and haunting.

March 28, 2019 | No comments yet
Microgrant competition lets the public pick the art

Event debuts in Palo Alto, combining dinner party with 'elevator pitches' by teams of creatives
A multimedia installation designed to showcase the faces, voices and stories of Cubberley Community Center was declared the winner of Cubberley Stock: a dinner party and micro-grant competition sponsored by the Palo Alto Public Art Program and hosted by artist/chef Lexa Walsh.

March 28, 2019 | No comments yet
Boba tea shop to replace cobblery in Menlo Park

Plans for a new boba tea shop in town moved forward when the Menlo Park Planning Commission gave the proposal its full support on Monday, March 25. It would replace a shuttered cobblery at 993 El Camino Real.

April 1, 2019 | 10 comments
Despite protests, commission upholds removal of redwoods

Seven prominent redwood trees near the intersection of El Camino Real and Ravenswood Avenue in Menlo Park are closer to facing the ax after a city commission voted Wednesday night (March 27) to uphold a decision that permits the property owner to cut them down.

March 28, 2019 | 18 comments
Prep report: Gunn nine wins big; SHP girls atop WBAL lax

Cole Mantovani collected two hits, drove in two runs and scored twice as Gunn turned 12 hits, 11 walks and three hits batsmen into a 20-3 victory over visiting Monta Vista in a Santa Clara Valley Athletic League baseball game Tuesday.

March 28, 2019 | No comments yet
PAL baseball: Gators show patience in win over Cap

Sacred Heart Prep scored four runs on one hit in the fifth inning to rally past visiting Capuchino, 5-1, in a Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division baseball game Wednesday. Parker Isaacson threw a five-hitter for the Gators.

March 28, 2019 | No comments yet
SH Prep boys, Gunn girls win league lacrosse matches

Tommy Barnds scored six goals and had two assists as the Sacred Heart Prep boys lacrosse team remained undefeated with a 15-1 West Catholic Athletic League victory over host St. Francis on Wednesday night.

March 28, 2019 | No comments yet
Who are Menlo Park fire district's highest-paid staff?

District reports 25 employees compensated more than $300K each in 2018
The number of Menlo Park Fire Protection District employees whose compensation surpassed $300,000 continued to increase in 2018, with 25 employees making over that amount, and one - Deputy Chief Don Long - passing the $400,000 mark.

March 28, 2019 | 81 comments
Menlo Park council dedicates $6.7M loan for 140-unit affordable housing project

The Menlo Park City Council on Tuesday, March 26, voted unanimously to make a $6.7 million loan to MidPen Housing, a nonprofit housing developer, to build 140 below-market-rate apartments on the 1300 block of Willow Road and replace the 82 units that are there now.

March 29, 2019 | No comments yet
Home sales

Portola Valley's highest weekly sale hits $5.65 million for hillside home
This week along the Midpeninsula, Portola Valley recorded the highest home sale at $5.65 million for a 4,010-square-foot hillside home while Menlo Park reported the lowest home sale at $580,000, for a 1,240-square-foot condominium.

March 31, 2019 | 1 comment
Two Atherton residents indicted in visa fraud scheme

A federal grand jury has indicted two Atherton residents for an immigration visa fraud scheme, the Department of Justice announced on Tuesday (March 26).

March 27, 2019 | 12 comments
Council takes hard look at eastern Menlo Park plan

Two years in, Menlo Park's plan to convert the city's former light-industrial and warehouse district into a high-density office, housing and biotech hub is hitting some snags.

March 27, 2019 | 9 comments
Woodside considers how to tackle future pension woes

A problem that's been known as the "pension tsunami" across many California cities over the past two decades is now hitting home, albeit in more manageable proportions, in Woodside.

March 27, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo volleyball coach Paglialunga to coach in Italy

Menlo School girls volleyball coach Marco Paglialunga is leaving the school to coach Italy at the World University Games this summer in Naples. Italy.

March 27, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep report: Gunn nine wins big; SHP girls atop WBAL lax

Cole Mantovani collected two hits, drove in two runs and scored twice as Gunn turned 12 hits, 11 walks and three hits batsmen into a 20-3 victory over visiting Monta Vista in a Santa Clara Valley Athletic League baseball game Tuesday.

March 27, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep softball: Panthers power past Bears; Wildcats walk-off

Hannah Johnson and Ellery Mitchell each drove in five runs and the Pinewood softball team downed visiting Menlo-Atherton, 15-7, in a nonleague contest on Tuesday. Sydney Grech singled home the winning run in the bottom of the seventh, giving Woodside a 2-1 win over Capuchino.

March 27, 2019 | No comments yet
A 'Suitable' occupation

Menlo Park man's kid costume biz inspired by local trick-or-treat scene
It all started in October 2014, when Mike Goedde's son, a precocious 2-year-old, insisted he wanted to be a diesel train for Halloween.

March 29, 2019 | 1 comment
Atherton considers license plate readers as burglaries continue

In response to a rash of residential burglaries that have plagued the town since November, Atherton staff will study the impacts of installing license plate readers and security cameras around town to "detect, solve, prevent and deter" crime. But the City Council wants to hear more from residents before making a final decision on purchasing the devices.

March 27, 2019 | 23 comments
Linda Creighton: principal of 'the best place to spend your childhood'

In a single day, Laurel School Principal Linda Creighton transitions from making the eight-minute drive between her school's two campuses to visiting classrooms, to filling out paperwork and answering emails. Her days are the opposite of stagnant.

March 28, 2019 | 1 comment
Tonight: Menlo Park council to consider $6.7M loan for affordable housing project

Transportation, development issues also on the agenda
The Menlo Park City Council tonight will consider a $6.7 million loan for MidPen Housing Corp. and potentially changing the trajectory of the city's transportation master plan.

March 26, 2019 | 5 comments
Wednesday: LinkedIn CEO to speak at Hillview

LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner will sit down with Menlo Park City School District officials on Wednesday, March 27, to discuss the value of teaching students compassion.

March 26, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo College collects a handful of weekly honors from GSAC

Menlo College became the first team to sweep the Golden State Athletic Conference Men's Volleyball Player of the Week honors as the conference announced Monday that Edin Ibrahimovic was named Attacker of the Week, Trey Lake earned Setter of the Week and Akash Dhothar claimed Defender of the Week.

March 26, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo College golfers improve scores on second day of event

The Menlo College men's and women's golf teams improved their scores in the final round of the Desert Intercollegiate Invitational, which concluded Monday. The men climbed into a tie for sixth place and the women shaved 16 strokes off their day one total.

March 26, 2019 | No comments yet
Wednesday: Portola Valley council looks at 'Stanford Wedge' housing option

A study session with Stanford University officials on the topic of adding housing to the university's 89 acres of open space known as the "Stanford Wedge" is on the agenda of the Portola Valley Town Council on Wednesday, March 27.

March 27, 2019 | 6 comments
Tuesday: Woodside council considers pension burdens

How Woodside should prepare to deal with the increasing burden employee pensions are placing on its budget will be discussed by the Town Council when it meets on Tuesday, March 26, at 7:30 p.m.

March 25, 2019 | No comments yet
Wednesday: Six vie for open PV school board seat

The Portola Valley School District school board plans to appoint a new board member at a public meeting on Wednesday (March 27) to fill the slot of trustee Michael Maffia, who resigned from the board in early March.

March 26, 2019 | 11 comments
Prep report: SHP wins, Paly loses first SCVAL game in baseball

Nathan Fleischli threw a three-hitter and Sacred Heart Prep had another big day at the plate in beating host Menlo School 9-0 in a Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division baseball game Friday.

March 25, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep report: Top marks turned in at Serra, De Anza and Azusa

While the Menlo-Atherton girls were winning the Serra Top 7 meet and the M-A boys were placing third, a handful of Gunn athletes were entered in the De Anza/Cupertino Invitational and at Azusa Pacific's Meet of Champions on Saturday with solid results.

March 25, 2019 | No comments yet
Ousted superintendent violated harassment policy in comments about employees with children

Outside law firm probes former Belle Haven principal's discrimination complaint
An external investigation found that Gloria Hernandez-Goff, the ousted superintendent of the Ravenswood City School District, violated the district's harassment policy in making repeated comments about employees' family status and their leave history, according to documents released under the Public Records Act.

March 25, 2019 | 3 comments
George Comstock: Silicon Valley pioneer and Portola Valley civic leader dies

Celebration of life set for April 27
George Comstock, who managed to fit several lifetimes of achievements into his 95 years, died on March 11 at his beloved home in Portola Valley.

March 25, 2019 | 2 comments
Raging to save the redwoods

A group of residents, joined on Saturday by the Raging Grannies, gathered on Saturday and Sunday at El Camino Real and Ravenswood Avenue in Menlo Park to protest the planned felling of seven redwood trees.

March 25, 2019 | 8 comments
Menlo Grill reopens as Menlo Tavern

What was once Menlo Grill has reopened with a new name, chef and menu at the Stanford Park Hotel at 100 El Camino Real in Menlo Park.

March 22, 2019 | No comments yet
In East Palo Alto, a microcosm of the state's heated charter school debate

Rapid rise of public-school alternatives leaves school districts scrambling for funding and students
As California's charter school movement booms and polarizes public education, educators, elected officials and researchers on both sides of the debate, including in the Ravenswood City School District in East Palo Alto, are grappling with how the two systems can co-exist.

March 22, 2019 | No comments yet
Bay Area's largest real-estate firm? It's a New York startup

Compass buys Alain Pinel in latest acquisition
Compass, the venture-funded real-estate startup that launched its first office in the local market just over two years ago, became the Bay Area's largest residential brokerage firm this month after acquiring Peninsula powerhouse Alain Pinel Realtors for an undisclosed amount on March 9.

March 23, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo girls' relay sets another track and field record

Menlo School's girls' 4x400 continues to set records, this time with Michelle Louie, Lauren Hamilton, Kyra Pretre and Charlotte Tomkinson clocking a school- and league-record 4:02.14 at the West Bay Athletic League, Meet No. 2, at Bellarmine College Prep on Wednesday.

March 22, 2019 | No comments yet
NAIA tabs two Menlo women for basketball All-America

The NAIA announced Thursday that Menlo College's Destinee Bowie and Aliyah Brantley were named to the Women's Basketball All-American team. Bowie is on the second team and Brantley earned honorable mention, marking the first Oaks duo in the same season in five years. Menlo's Jolise Limcaco and Laurel Donnenwirth were named in 2014.

March 22, 2019 | No comments yet
A nice day to swim, play with sticks and throw a ball around

Senior Larsen Weigle and junior Ryan Kim each won two individual events and swam on a winning relay to help host Sacred Heart Prep edge Valley Christian, 89-83, in a nonleague swimming meet Thursday.

March 22, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Pioneering pediatric transplant surgeon Oscar Salvatierra dies

Dr. Oscar Salvatierra, renowned for his breakthrough work that profoundly improved kidney transplantation for children, died March 16 in his Menlo Park home at the age of 83.

March 21, 2019 | No comments yet
Stay for the dumplings

Tasty northern Chinese fare shines at tiny Redwood City eatery
A tiny hole-in-the-wall restaurant three doors down from El Camino Real on Broadway Street in Redwood City, i Dumpling serves genuine, homemade northern Chinese dumplings and a small selection of other dishes.

March 21, 2019 | No comments yet
'Cubberley Stock' art event planned for March 24

Attendees to vote on favorite project
Palo Alto's Public Art Program, in partnership with Oakland-based artist/chef Lexa Walsh, will host "Cubberley Stock," a community event supporting local art, on Sunday, March 24, at 6 p.m. at Cubberley Community Center.

March 21, 2019 | No comments yet
Cantor installation explores the multiverse

Josiah McElheny's 'Island Universe' on view through August
Artist Josiah McElheny current installation at the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University is a metal, glass and light representation of theories of the multiverse.

March 21, 2019 | No comments yet
'Sojourn' premiere is less-than-stellar

Outer-space play has strong cast, intriguing premise but needs revisions
The good news about "Sojourn," which just had its world premiere at The Pear Theatre in Mountain View, is that it has a really good, five-person cast.

March 21, 2019 | No comments yet
Say 'hallelujah' to 'Marie and Rosetta'

TheatreWorks brings the music of rock 'n' roll trailblazer Sister Rosetta Tharpe to the stage
Musical icons abound in the pantheon of rock 'n' roll, but like so many brilliant African-American trailblazers in the roots of American music, Sister Rosetta Tharpe has been forgotten by many. Until now.

March 21, 2019 | No comments yet
Go, go to 'Joseph'

Broadway By the Bay's production is a Technicolor dream
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," when done well, is a ridiculously colorful, humorous and melodic spectacular that retells the biblical story of Joseph as a gleeful pop-rock opera. Broadway By the Bay's current production fits the bill to perfection.

March 21, 2019 | No comments yet
Just the two of 'Us'

Jordan Peele delivers doppelganger horror
What will surely be the single-most commonly cited moment of "Us" is when a dumbfounded American dad asks psychopathic home invaders, "What are you people?" and they answer: "We're Americans." It's a punchline and a promise of scary, but satirical, social commentary in Jordan Peele's follow-up to his smash success "Get Out."

March 21, 2019 | No comments yet
Home sales

Atherton's highest weekly sale hits $14.6M
This week along the Midpeninsula, Atherton recorded the highest home sale at $14.6 million, while Menlo Park reported the most homes sold at 11.

March 25, 2019 | No comments yet
Sacred Heart Prep baseball finds its groove, beats Menlo School

The Sacred Heart Prep baseball team finally broke out. The Gators parlay a seven-run inning into a 9-3 victory over Menlo School on Wednesday in a Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division contest.

March 21, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep report: Gunn, Paly meet for city dominance in softball

Ashley Ng tripled and drove in two runs, Michele Scwarzwalder had two hits and drove in a run and ther Gunn softball team beat visiting Lynbrook 11-0 in five innings in a Santa Clara Valley Athletic League El Camino Division contest Wednesday.

March 21, 2019 | No comments yet
Sacred Heart Prep boys stay unbeaten in WCAL lacrosse

Max Sloat Scored five times, Tommy Barnds added four and Sacred Heart Prep beat Bellarmine, 16-6, in a West Catholic Athletic League boys lacrosse match Wednesday.

March 21, 2019 | No comments yet
In it to win: Menlo College's freshman wrestling phenoms fight tough

Menlo College is home to California's only all-women collegiate wrestling team, which won the championship title earlier this month.

March 22, 2019 | No comments yet
Guest opinion: Relieve traffic congestion by reviving a rail line

The time is now to explore how to leverage the potential of a public-private partnership in order to determine if we can accelerate the possibility of launching passenger train service on the Dumbarton Rail Corridor.

March 26, 2019 | 5 comments
Buildings, RV destroyed in two-alarm North Fair Oaks fire

Six people displaced by fire in structures allegedly built without permits
No one was injured in a two-alarm fire in North Fair Oaks on Tuesday morning (March 19) that Menlo Park fire district officials say consumed backyard structures built without permits.

March 21, 2019 | 3 comments
Earthquake drill scheduled Saturday in Woodside

Volunteer CERT members will drill at Mounted Patrol grounds
Passersby who see a lot of emergency activity in Woodside Saturday morning (March 23) will probably just be noticing an earthquake drill taking place at the Mounted Patrol grounds at 521 Kings Mountain Road from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

March 22, 2019 | 1 comment
Embattled Ravenswood superintendent forced to resign

Unanimous vote by Board of Education ends Gloria Hernandez-Goff's controversial tenure as head of East Palo Alto school district
Three weeks after placing the Ravenswood City School District's controversial superintendent on paid administrative leave, the Board of Education quietly -- and unanimously -- accepted her resignation in a special closed-session meeting on Tuesday night.

March 20, 2019 | 2 comments
Menlo fire board OKs study of district's property needs after $30M in spending

After spending nearly $30 million on real estate acquisitions since 2006, the Menlo Park Fire Protection District's board has voted to undertake a space needs study to find out how to best use the properties the district now owns.

March 20, 2019 | 10 comments
What's new in Midpeninsula dining

Local openings, closings and anticipated arrivals
We've got the details on the eateries that have closed, opened and are headed to the Midpeninsula this year.

March 21, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep report: Tennis powers and overtime in girls lacrosse

Menlo School rules boys tennis in the West Bay Athletic League and Menlo-Atherton reigns as kings of the Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division, so it's no surprise both teams won league matches on Tuesday.

March 20, 2019 | No comments yet
Deputy pleads not guilty to excessive force charges

A San Mateo County sheriff's deputy accused of using excessive force on inmates at the Maguire Correctional Facility in Redwood City has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him.

March 20, 2019 | 1 comment
Wednesday: Atherton considers license plate readers to combat crime spree

Also on agenda: How to fund $41 million in improvements to stormwater system
In response to a rash of burglaries in town, the Atherton Police Department will ask the City Council at its meeting on Wednesday, March 20, to direct staff to study installing license-plate readers around town to "detect, solve, prevent and deter" crime, according to a staff report.

March 20, 2019 | 11 comments
SafeSpace offers mental health support line app

Youth seeking mental health support can now download a free app provided by a local nonprofit.

March 21, 2019 | No comments yet
Panel features local experts on changing climate

Reserve free seats by March 26
While the event is free, reservations for the April 2 "Living Locally, Acting Globally: Celebrating Local Climate Leaders" panel discussion by local climate experts are due by March 26.

March 25, 2019 | 14 comments
A birdie leads Menlo School junior to golf title

Menlo School junior Gianna Inguagiato birdied the 21st hole to edge Pleasanton's Charlotte Ryoo in Sunday's championship match of the Juli Inkster Flight of the San Francisco City Golf Championship at Harding Park.

March 19, 2019 | No comments yet
Academy volleyball rewarded with a trip to junior nationals

The Academy Volleyball 17 Gold team, comprised almost entirely of local high school juniors, won the American Division title at the Colorado Crossroads Qualifier in Denver over the weekend to earn a bid into the Junior Nationals this summer.

March 19, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep report: SHP's Finn O'Kelly has golf game under control

Sacred Heart Prep's Finn O'Kelly continues to enjoy a solid golf season and he only seems to be getting better. O'Kelly shot a 3-under 32 at Sunnyvale Muni on Monday and the Gators topped The King's Academy, 189-228, in a West Bay Athletic League match.

March 19, 2019 | No comments yet
Former president of Peru arrested in Menlo Park

A former president of Peru was arrested Sunday, March 17, in unincorporated Menlo Park on suspicion of being drunk in public, San Mateo County sheriff's officials said Monday.

March 19, 2019 | 3 comments
Chicken tests positive for contagious disease

An Alameda County rooster tested positive for a highly contagious disease at a veterinary clinic in Redwood City Thursday, March 14.

March 18, 2019 | No comments yet
Police calls: 500-pound safe that was bolted to closet floor stolen in Woodside

Police seeking owners of five suitcases found on roadside
In this week's police reports: Menlo Park police are looking for the owners of five suitcases found on the side of the road, while in Woodside a 500-pound safe that had been bolted to the floor was stolen.

March 19, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep report: Paly baseball keeps winning; Paly VB a winner

Hyunwoo Roh and Dean Casey combined on a two-hitter and Palo Alto beat visiting Homestead 3-1 in a Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division contest Friday, extending its winning streak to nine.

March 18, 2019 | No comments yet
Big inning leads to Sacred Heart Prep nonleague baseball win

Sacred Heart Prep finally caught a break and ended its five-game losing streak with a 4-2 victory over visiting Aragon in a nonleague baseball game Saturday. Three pitchers combined on a six-hitter for the Gators.

March 18, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep report: SH Prep boys stay unbeaten in lacrosse

Cody Wiebe recorded five saves, helping Sacred Heart Prep beat host Redwood 10-5 in a nonleague boys lacrosse contest Saturday. Senior Ingrid Corrigan and sophomore Genna Gibbons each scored four goals but host Sacred Heart Prep suffered an 11-10 setback to Novato in a nonleague girls' lacrosse contest on Saturday.

March 18, 2019 | No comments yet
Track and field: Stanford, Menlo compete at Hornet Invitational

The javelin has been a Stanford track and field strength for years and that's not going to change this season. Defending NCAA champion Mackenzie Little and NCAA runner-up Jenna Gray duplicated their national placings as the Cardinal opened its outdoor season at the Hornet Invitational on Saturday. Menlo College held its own and put up a number of PRs and school records in their effort in Sacramento.

March 18, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo College women win second national title of the year

Menlo College sent 12 wrestlers to the first ever NAIA Women's Championships in Jamestown, N.D. over the weekend. All 12 returned to Menlo as All-Americans and five came back with an individual national title.

March 18, 2019 | No comments yet
Top marks in track and field at Dublin and St. Francis

Menlo School junior Charlotte Tomkinson raced 2:10.61 in the 800 meters at the Dublin Distance Fiesta on Saturday, the top mark in the state. Gunn senior Jared Freeman was a double winner, setting personal bests in winning the shot put (53-1) and discus (158-4), at the St. Francis Invitational.

March 18, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park firefighters rescue kitten from pipe 14 feet underground

A tiny black kitten that slipped into a drain pipe and ended up 14 feet underground was rescued by persistent Menlo Park Fire Protection District firefighters in Atherton on Friday, March 15.

March 18, 2019 | 6 comments
Safe reported missing in Atherton home burglary

Police investigating whether Mulberry break-in is linked to others
Atherton Police reported Sunday night that someone shattered a rear window of a home on Mulberry Lane and stole a safe from inside the house sometime between Friday, March 15, and Sunday, March 17. It was the eighth home burglary this year, police said.

March 17, 2019 | No comments yet
Bride's side

'The Wedding Guest' plods through a genre exercise
The new so-called thriller "The Wedding Guest" plods along with a minimum of character development and chemistry between its leads.

March 17, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo fire board meets Tuesday to discuss board's job

The Menlo fire district's board meets Tuesday night, March 19, to discuss how the board should best operate and prepare for the future.

March 19, 2019 | 1 comment
Fire breaks out at Family Farm Saturday

No injuries reported at property owned by exclusive San Francisco club
A one-alarm fire at Family Farm, located at 1400 Portola Road in Woodside, was contained Saturday morning with no injuries reported, according to Dan Ghiorso, chief of the Woodside Fire Protection District.

March 16, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Planning Commission supports 140-unit affordable apartment complex

Housing project will offer amenities and services, and replace 'functionally obsolete' units
A proposal to build a large affordable housing complex in Menlo Park cleared another hurdle March 12 when the city's Planning Commission gave the project a thumbs-up.

March 21, 2019 | 5 comments
Woodside's Carroll Ann Hodges: An 'irrepressible force of nature'

Research geologist served three terms on the Town Council
A celebration of the life of former Woodside Town Council member Carroll Ann Hodges, who died at the age of 82 on the evening of March 2 after a long illness, is set for Sunday, March 31.

March 17, 2019 | 1 comment
Sunday: Ceremony for new 'Menlo Gates'

In a tip of the hat to Menlo Park's Irish roots, a St. Patrick's Day ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held to formally recognize the completion of the new "Menlo Gates" that sit near the intersection of Ravenswood Avenue and Alma Street, near the Menlo Park Library.

March 15, 2019 | No comments yet
County calls on Stanford to ramp up faculty housing

Santa Clara County planning staff recommend requiring university to quadruple the number of units as part of its General Use Permit application
Santa Clara County may require Stanford University to nearly quadruple the number of units it has to produce for faculty and staff to secure permission for its ambitious campus-expansion plan.

March 15, 2019 | No comments yet
Preps: M-A, Menlo continue to dominate boys tennis locally

Menlo-Atherton and Menlo School both appear not to have any intention of giving up their respective league's boys' tennis titles. M-A delivered 7-0 knockout of host Burlingame in a Peninsula Athletic League match and the Knights took out host The King's Academy by the same 7-0 score in the West Bay Athletic League.

March 15, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo College ousted from NAIA women's tournament

BILLINGS, Mont. -- Menlo College's women's basketball team never got warmed up, matching the cold outside the Rimrock Auto Arena on opening night of the NAIA National Championships. The Oaks, who reached the Elite Eight last year, lost to Alabama's Talladega 65-49 on Thursday, ending their season at 20-10 overall.

March 15, 2019 | No comments yet
What's next for the Menlo-Atherton football program?

Observers of prep athletics are well aware of the competitive disparities that exist between public and private schools. Private schools have an obvious edge in terms of the pool of available potential athletes. Public schools are limited by attendance boundaries. Private schools have none.

March 15, 2019 | No comments yet
Portola Valley makes it easier to add second living units

New rules allow small accessory housing units in almost all town zones
Fulfilling its goal of encouraging more housing in Portola Valley, the Town Council on March 13 unanimously gave preliminary approval to a new ordinance offering more flexibility to add additional living units on properties.

March 15, 2019 | 7 comments
Pressure over college admissions 'out of control'

Expert: Parents mean well, but misguided 'help' can harm students
A multimillion-dollar college admissions bribery scandal that involved both Palo Alto area parents and hundreds of thousands of dollars was shocking -- but not wholly unexpected, said local parents, high school students and college counselors.

March 14, 2019 | No comments yet
School board OKs new administrator position despite outcry

After a bristly back-and-forth between the Las Lomitas Elementary School District school board and a group of parents and teachers, board members unanimously voted Wednesday night (March 13) to give a district administrator a new title and pay hike.

March 14, 2019 | 35 comments
M-A grad Paulsen dives into the NCAA Championships

Menlo-Atherton grad Mia Paulsen was among the six Stanford divers who qualified for the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships that begin next Wednesday in Austin, Texas.

March 14, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: City could explore further development downtown

Council starts downtown plan review
While the Menlo Park City Council decided to put off making any major decisions about the city's El Camino Real/downtown specific plan until a later meeting, it was clear at the March 12 council meeting that people are interested in participating in the process of reviewing the plan.

March 22, 2019 | 10 comments
Menlo's Bowie named honorable mention NAIA All-American

Menlo College's Destinee Bowie was named an honorable mention NAIA All-American by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association on Wednesday. She is currently averaging 18.6 points and 10.1 rebounds.

March 13, 2019 | No comments yet
Woodside approves 30-foot-tall water tank off Skyline despite neighbors' protest

Cal Water says tank needed for firefighting, drinking water
In a debate described as pitting the needs of the larger community against those of individuals, Woodside's Town Council voted Tuesday night to allow Cal Water to put a new, much larger water storage tank in a neighborhood off Skyline Boulevard, rejecting an appeal by neighbors of an earlier approval.

March 14, 2019 | No comments yet
Another home burglary reported in Atherton

Another home burglary in Atherton was reported earlier this week, the latest in a string of such crimes that started in late 2018, according to an Atherton Police Department press release.

March 13, 2019 | No comments yet
Police calls: Two unlocked vehicles stolen in Menlo Park

Two vehicles, both unlocked and with the keys inside, were recently stolen in Menlo Park.

March 15, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Council takes steps to support anti-homelessness efforts

The Menlo Park City Council held a one-hour discussion on March 12 to listen to community experts respond to three primary questions about homelessness in the city.

March 14, 2019 | No comments yet
William 'Rick' Singer, head of college-admissions scam, had many local connections

Defendant in national scandal pleaded guilty to federal charges
William Singer, the Newport Beach man at the head of an elaborate fraud to get students of wealthy families into top-rated colleges by cheating on college admissions exams and bribing coaches and admissions officers, has a long history of dealing with Silicon Valley clients.

March 13, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep report: M-A girls net lacrosse victory over Gunn

Theresa McGannon and Leiney Paul each scored three goals and Menlo-Atherton downed Gunn 14-3 in a nonleague game Tuesday. Laurel Comiter and Irene Kim scored early to give the Titans a lead.

March 13, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep baseball: Bears shut down Half Moon Bay in PAL opener

Pete Discher and Elliot Zeien combined on a four-hitter and Menlo-Atherton beat host Half Moon Bay 6-0 in the Peninsula Athletic League Ocean Division opener on Tuesday.

March 13, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park council hopes to partner with nonprofit on tenant fund

Given limited staff availability and a lack of expertise, the Menlo Park City Council agreed on Tuesday (March 12) to explore whether the nonprofit Samaritan House would consider administering the city's planned $100,000 fund for renters in the city who are forced to relocate and are facing homelessness.

March 13, 2019 | No comments yet
Feds: Parents paid tens of thousands to game the admissions system

Cheating on college-entrance exams included using a proctor who gave students the answers, using false pretenses to secure more time for students to take tests
The 204-page federal complaint filed by the United States Attorney's Office on March 12 in the case of a nationwide college-admissions scam details the lengths to which wealthy parents of high school students were willing to go to get their children into elite universities.

March 12, 2019 | 4 comments
Proposed administrator pay bump, new position raise teacher concerns

Some Las Lomitas Elementary School District teachers are concerned about a proposal on the school board's March 13 agenda to give a district administrator a new title and a “more than substantial" pay bump.

March 13, 2019 | 34 comments
Remembering Woodside: Dolores Degnan's memories of eight decades in the town she loved

In the weeks before her death, Dolores Degnan shared her memories of nearly eight decades of living in Woodside with reporter Barbara Wood.

March 16, 2019 | No comments yet
'Mamma Mia!' comes to Woodside High

With a live orchestra and a cast of 49 students acting, singing and dancing, Woodside High School is bringing "Mamma Mia!" to the big stage for two weekends in March.

March 15, 2019 | No comments yet
State report: Local roadside clearing a top wildfire prevention priority

Clearing vegetation from the side of Kings Mountain Road in Woodside above Huddart Park is ranked as the second most important project in California to reduce the risk of wildfires in a new state report.

March 14, 2019 | No comments yet
Secondary living units back on Portola Valley agenda Wednesday

A topic that has become contentious in Portola Valley -- new regulations governing secondary living units -- will return to the agenda for a public hearing when the Portola Valley Town Council meets on Wednesday, March 13, starting at 7 p.m. in the historic schoolhouse at 765 Portola Road.

March 12, 2019 | No comments yet
New Woodside school board members are district parents with business backgrounds

There's some new blood on the Woodside Elementary School District Board of Trustees: Peter Bailey and Jenny Hayden, parents of district students, officially joined the board on Jan. 15.

March 18, 2019 | No comments yet
M-A stages 'The Man Who Came to Dinner'

"The Man Who Came to Dinner," a Broadway comedy about a radio personality who recuperates in a small town in Ohio after a fall, will be presented at Menlo-Atherton High School during the weekends of March 15-17 and March 22-24.

March 15, 2019 | No comments yet
A death on the tracks

Months after a young man is killed in a Menlo Park Caltrain incident, questions remain
Nobody saw what happened to 22-year-old Connor McElroy late last year between the time he stepped off the train at the Menlo Park Caltrain Station at about 1:06 a.m. and the time the train left the station, when he was run over and killed by a rear car of the train.

March 15, 2019 | 7 comments
Local parents, Stanford coach indicted in college-admissions scandal

Nationwide FBI investigation uncovers alleged bribes in exchange for false athletic profiles, SAT and ACT scores
Numerous local parents and a Stanford University coach are among the dozens indicted in a nationwide college-admissions investigation that involved alleged bribes totaling $25 million in exchange for help getting students into top universities, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Boston announced Tuesday.

March 12, 2019 | 40 comments
Tuesday: Busy night ahead at the Menlo Park council chambers

Menlo Park Council scheduled to talk about chronic homelessness, review downtown plan, discuss travel policy and consider creating community housing fund
The Menlo Park City Council has a busy night ahead, if it sticks to an ambitious agenda laid out for its March 12 meeting, with plans to cover the topics of homelessness, the city's downtown plan, an updated travel policy, and the potential creation of a fund to support low-income displaced renters.

March 12, 2019 | No comments yet
Caltrain launches Bikes Board First program

Caltrain riders with bikes are now allowed to board first onto designated bike cars.

March 12, 2019 | 6 comments
A doubleheader sweep for Menlo College softball

After a rough go of things over the weekend, the Menlo College softball team returned to action Monday for a Golden State Athletic Conference doubleheader with host William Jessup. Whatever hampered the Oaks bats over the weekend seemed to be cured as the Oaks swept the Warriors 16-2 and 8-6. With the sweep, the Oaks improve to 9-14 and 4-1 in GSAC play.

March 12, 2019 | No comments yet
Home sales

Volume low, Mountain View, Los Altos each have five sales
A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula.

March 12, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Cross Bay Transit Partners hosts Q&A about Dumbarton rail project

Representatives from Cross Bay Transit Partners, a partnership formed between Facebook and the infrastructure investment company Plenary Group, answered questions about the future of the Dumbarton rail corridor before a standing-room-only crowd at the Menlo Park Senior Center on March 2.

March 14, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep report: Another Paly pitcher paints a masterpiece

Matthew Caren drove in four runs on five hits and Hyunwoo Roh nearly joined the no-hit club as Palo Alto downed host Cupertino 16-1 in a Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division contest Friday.

March 11, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep report: SHP gets great pitching but not much else

Nathan Fleischli threw a complete game, allowing two runs on seven hits, in a 2-1 loss to visiting Serra in a nonleague contest Saturday.

March 11, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo's young group plays big to win state D-2 hoops title

The Menlo School girls basketball team put on a show on the big stage, leading nearly the entire way in a 70-63 win over Rolling Hills Prep for the state Division II girls basketball championship in Sacramento on Saturday.

March 11, 2019 | No comments yet
Big track and field wins for Gunn, Palo Alto at K-Bell

Charlotte Tomlinson runs a PR at New Balance Indoor Meet
Gunn's Jared Freeman and Maansay Rishi and Palo Alto's Henry Saul each won individual events, highlighting action at the K-Bell Invitational track and field meet on Saturday at Westmont High.

March 11, 2019 | No comments yet
Local gymnasts help Twisters Xcel Platinum set team record

The Twisters Gymnastics Xcel Platinum team, which includes girls from Palo Alto, Menlo Park and Los Altos, set a team record to win the Girl Power Meet in Burlingame on Saturday with a team score of 113.525.

March 11, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep report: Knights make up big deficit in girls lacrosse

Sophomore Alta Knuff scored with 45 seconds remaining to play, lifting the Menlo School girls' lacrosse team to a 13-12 nonleague victory over host Miramonte on Saturday.

March 11, 2019 | No comments yet
Tonight: Woodside neighbors appeal approval of CalWater tanks near Skyline

An appeal of the approval for CalWater to install a new 250,000-gallon steel water tank to replace two leaking 60,000-gallon tanks in the Skywood Acres neighborhood near Skyline Boulevard is on the agenda of the Woodside Town Council when it meets Tuesday night, March 12, at 7:30 p.m. in Independence Hall, 2955 Woodside Road.

March 11, 2019 | No comments yet
Woodside man killed in Lake County crash

David James Killilea, 64, of Woodside was killed in Lake County on Feb. 28 when the pickup truck he was driving overturned into Clear Lake, according to law enforcement officials.

March 8, 2019 | 1 comment
Visiting choir brings MLK's message to Portola Valley

The public is invited to a rare performance when 40 students from historically black Stillman College lift their voices to sing a work based on the words of Martin Luther King Jr. at Valley Presbyterian Church in Portola Valley on Sunday, March 10, at 3 p.m.

March 8, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo in the state title game for the first time since 1991

Expectations weren't particularly high for the Menlo School girls basketball team heading into this season. Six seniors had graduated off last year's team, leaving the Knights with a very young roster. Yet here they are playing for a state championship.

March 8, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo college's Oroczo named CCC Wrestler of the Year

Menlo College junior Anthony Orozco earned Cascade Collegiate Conference Wrestler of the Year honors by a vote of the league coaches it was announced Thursday. The All-American amassed a 37-2 overall record.

March 8, 2019 | No comments yet
Preps: Menlo golfers, Paly baseball each with nice swings

The Menlo School boys' golf team earned its second win in as many days, beating Crystal Springs 181-267 in a West Bay Athletic League match Thursday at Poplar Creek Golf Course. Zander Darby doubled, tripled and drove in three runs as Palo Alto baseball won its fifth straight.

March 8, 2019 | No comments yet
County services resume after strike over working conditions

San Mateo County services resumed Thursday after the conclusion of a two-day union strike that started Tuesday over working conditions and retiree health care.

March 8, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Commission to review plan to redevelop Feldman's Books site

Planning Commission to host March 11 study session on apartment building
A proposal to build a three-story, nine-unit apartment building where Feldman's Books and a youth mental health clinic sit now will head to the Menlo Park Planning Commission for a study session Monday, March 11.

March 8, 2019 | 15 comments
Fundraiser brings in more than $1 million for Alzheimer's research

The recent Part the Cloud Luncheon in Menlo Park raised more than $1 million for the Alzheimer's Association.

March 9, 2019 | No comments yet
Downtown's observer-on-wheels receives an uplifting gift to keep him rolling on

Menlo Park residents and downtown visitors are likely to have observed a man regularly wheeling along Santa Cruz Avenue sidewalks, helmet on his head and a hand on the controls of his electric wheelchair. He certainly will have observed them.

March 10, 2019 | No comments yet
Visiting choir brings MLK's message to Portola Valley

The public is invited to a rare performance when 40 students from historically black Stillman College lift their voices to sing a work based on the words of Martin Luther King Jr. at Valley Presbyterian Church in Portola Valley on Sunday, March 10, at 3 p.m.

March 7, 2019 | No comments yet
'Keeping the jazz legacy going'

Pianist Larry Vuckovich performs in Mountain View
Jazz is a world that's rich with connections and history that's nurtured on the bandstand. Pianist and bandleader Larry Vuckovich knows, loves and is part of this history.

March 7, 2019 | No comments yet
'Bullets' over Foothill

Woody Allen musical is Roaring '20s fun
Based on the 1994 Woody Allen dark comedy, "Bullets Over Broadway The Musical" takes a story about mobsters mixing with the cast of a Broadway show and weaves in classic songs from the Jazz Age, creating an amusing, frisky musical that had the opening-night audience at Foothill College hooting and hollering.

March 7, 2019 | No comments yet
High-flying heroine

Meet Brie Larson's 'Captain Marvel'
The 21st film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe shows that the more things change, the more they stay the same. "Captain Marvel" introduces Marvel Studios' first headlining female hero, but her origin story doesn't diverge far from Marvel's successful "house style" of sci-fi MacGuffins. Watching this obscure hero give rise to another franchise-building, smash-hit movie will leave viewers marveling at Marvel once again.

March 7, 2019 | No comments yet
M-A football coach Ravipati announces he's stepping down

Menlo-Atherton football coach Adhir Ravipati announced Thursday he will be stepping down to focus on the next chapter in his life/career. The search for a new coach begins immediately.

March 7, 2019 | 2 comments
Artist raising funds for Selby Lane School mural project

Bright colors and whimsical imagery will soon fill a 175-foot-long, 10-foot-high “dull concrete wall" at Selby Lane School in Atherton with the help of local artist Florence de Bretagne.

March 8, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park mayor suggests Sequoia Union absorb Ravenswood school district

City Council to study idea for K-12 district at June meeting
The mayor of Menlo Park has floated an idea with major implications for the Ravenswood City School District: that the Sequoia Union High School District could absorb the struggling K-8 district and create a hybrid K-12 system.

March 7, 2019 | 12 comments
PV school board member resigns

Michael Maffia cites 'increasing work demands' as reason for stepping down
Portola Valley School District board trustee Michael Maffia resigned from the board on Wednesday (March 6), effective immediately.

March 7, 2019 | No comments yet
Preps: Menlo golfers, SHP boys lacrosse win openers

The Menlo School boys golf team followed its tournament victory over the weekend with a 206-221 victory over Sacred Heart Prep in a West Bay Athletic League dual meet Wednesday at Palo Alto Hills G&CC.

March 7, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park man who set fire to restaurant, car sentenced

Osvaldo Madrigal was rescued from abandoned building, later identified as arsonist
A man found responsible for torching the former Compadres Mexican Bar & Grill and a car nearly four months ago in Palo Alto was sentenced Tuesday to two years in state prison, according to a Santa Clara County prosecutor.

March 7, 2019 | 2 comments
Stanford removes dam, giving endangered fish room to roam

Section of San Francisquito Creek restored following decades of controversy
Water is now flowing freely along a 480-foot stretch of San Francisquito Creek after Stanford University removed the aged Lagunita Diversion Dam.

March 7, 2019 | 1 comment
Menlo Park: Fire and city officials join forces for better emergency response


In a joint meeting held March 5, the Menlo Park City Council and the Menlo Park Fire Protection District board discussed how the district and city can work together to improve emergency vehicle response times and community responses to large-scale emergencies.

March 7, 2019 | 1 comment
Menlo Park council picks top 2019 priorities

It's become a tradition for the Menlo Park City Council to narrow down its list of top projects into a top five do-or-die list. Here's what those projects are, plus other priority initiatives the council aims to accomplish in 2019.

March 6, 2019 | 2 comments
Fire at Woodside Store museum site damages motorcycles, carport

Woodside firefighters quickly extinguish early morning blaze
Three motorcycles were damaged in an early Wednesday morning fire in the carport of the ranger's residence at San Mateo County's Woodside Store museum on Tripp Road in Woodside, but the fire did not affect the museum, the Woodside Fire Protection District reports.

March 6, 2019 | No comments yet
M-A drops NorCal D-4 championship game

Senior Erica Fischer scored 17 points, senior Oron Estes added 11 but Menlo-Atherton fell to Oakland Tech, 59-46, in the championship game of the CIF NorCal girls basketball finals Tuesday at M-A.

March 6, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo girls are looking forward to repeating hoops history

Avery Lee scored 19 points and Sharon Nejad recorded a double-double and the Menlo girls basketball team is making its own history these days, beating Enterprise, 53-38 Tuesday night in the NorCal Division II Championship game.

March 6, 2019 | No comments yet
M-A senior McDonnell earns prestigious state award

Menlo-Atherton High School student-athlete Lauren McDonnell was chosen as the recipient of the prestigious “2018-2019 Winter California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Spirit of Sport Award." For each of the three sport seasons, the CIF chooses one female and one male from over 1,600 California high schools.

March 5, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo softball, men's volleyball, hoops players honored

Menlo College junior Victoria Cervantes was named Golden State Athletic Conference's Pitcher of the Week after she helped lead the Oaks during their first weekend of conference games. Menlo College libero Pedro Almeida was named the Golden State Athletic Conference's Defender of the Week.

March 5, 2019 | No comments yet
Scholarship boosts plans for DACA recipient's law career

A Menlo Park teenager and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipient who plans to become a lawyer has been named the inaugural recipient of a scholarship created to honor retired Judge LaDoris Cordell.

March 5, 2019 | No comments yet
Sunday: Facebook mobile farmers' market launches new season

Facebook will bring back its community mobile farmers' market this Sunday (March 10).

March 6, 2019 | No comments yet
Local boys water polo players compete at USA Nationals

Fletcher Middle School's Jordan Affeld and JLS' Julien Chow were two of the seven members of the Stanford Water Polo Foundation to play with the Pacific Zone Red team, which earned a bronze medal at the Olympic Development Program National Tournament in Riverside over the weekend.

March 5, 2019 | 1 comment
MPCSD preschool is expanding in next school year

A new preschool in the Menlo Park City School District will expand during the 2019-20 school year, Superintendent Erik Burmeister told the district's school board at a Feb. 12 meeting.

March 11, 2019 | No comments yet
Of local note: Menlo grad Miranda sets personal best

Former Menlo School track and field star Robert Miranda finished fifth in the 3,000 meters in 8:11.19 at the ICAAAA Indoor Championships, hosted by Boston University on Sunday.

March 5, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo wins golf tourney in Fairfax; SHP's O'Kelly is second

The defending West Bay Athletic League champion Menlo School boys golf team opened its season Monday with an impressive victory at the 23-team Wildcat Invitational at Fairfax's Meadow Club.

March 5, 2019 | No comments yet
Laurel School's Creighton recognized out of field of 300 schools' principals

Laurel School Principal Linda Creighton has been honored by the Association of California School Administrators as recipient of the organization's regional Elementary Principal of the Year award.

March 7, 2019 | 1 comment
Construction rolls on for new magnet high school

TIDE Academy in Menlo Park will focus on preparing kids for STEAM careers
Construction is well underway for a new Menlo Park magnet high school scheduled to open at the beginning of next school year. A part of the Sequoia Union High School District, TIDE Academy, is located on a 2-acre site in a light-industrial area east of U.S. 101.

March 5, 2019 | No comments yet
Woodside loses a champion: Carroll Ann Hodges dies

Woodside resident and former Town Council member Carroll Ann Hodges died at her home Saturday evening, March 2, after a long illness. She was 82.

March 5, 2019 | 3 comments
Plans for fire stations show one new and one improved

If plans proceed as envisioned for a new fire station in Woodside and a remodeled fire station in Portola Valley, the improvements will include more bedrooms for firefighters, a safer environment and new and larger garage bays.

March 8, 2019 | No comments yet
Portola Valley council sends housing ordinance back for more analysis

The maximum floor area for new second units in Portola Valley is probably going to be 1,200 square feet, and the homes will probably be allowed separate addresses and utility services. A draft ordinance is in the works to revise policies governing second-unit design.

March 6, 2019 | No comments yet
Facebook may be exceeding trip cap on East Campus

Facebook's adherence to its East Campus trip cap, the maximum number of vehicle trips permitted in and out of its campus, is requiring further review following an annual check-in with the city of Menlo Park.

March 5, 2019 | 1 comment
Planning Commission critiques Greystar housing proposal

Members of the Menlo Park Planning Commission were frank in their skepticism that a large new housing development proposed by development company Greystar would work at the scale proposed without significant modifications during a study session held Feb. 25.

March 5, 2019 | 7 comments
Menlo Park woman debuts device to help nursing moms

Soody Tronson, a Menlo Park resident, has a Silicon Valley overachiever's resume. Over the last few years, she's been combining her skills and credentials in new ways, nursing plans to develop a device to help breastfeeding mothers.

March 6, 2019 | No comments yet
SamTrans hosting annual youth art contest

Deadline for entries is April 5
SamTrans is holding its annual youth art contest that will end with the winning entries displayed as a wrap on a bus for an entire year, according to the transit agency.

March 19, 2019 | No comments yet
Crossing guard pilot program begins in Portola Valley

A pilot program to post crossing guards at two intersections near schools in Portola Valley began today (March 4) and will continue for two or three weeks, according to a statement from Town Hall.

March 4, 2019 | No comments yet
Oaks corner: Orozco earns a national wrestling title

Hollywood could not have scripted a better season for Menlo College junior wrestler Anthony Orozco and his road to the national title at the NAIA National Championships in Iowa on Saturday.

March 4, 2019 | No comments yet
Preps: Local lacrosse teams pick up season-opening wins

Menlo-Atherton, Gunn and Castilleja each opened the girls lacrosse season with victories. Palo Alto won its second straight baseball game at home and the Vikings swept visiting Gunderson in boys volleyball.

March 4, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo girls turn it around for NorCal D-2 hoops victory

The Menlo School girls executed an amazing turnaround Saturday, rallying from a 15-point deficit to beat San Joaquin Memorial 61-54 at Sacred Heart Prep in the NorCal Division II semifinals.

March 4, 2019 | No comments yet
The Fischer Queen leads M-A hoops victory celebration

Erica Fischer had plenty to celebrate Saturday as the Menlo-Atherton girls basketball team stormed back from an 11-point deficit early in the third quarter to prevail over Lowell of San Francisco, 42-39, in the semifinals of the CIF NorCal Girls Basketball playoffs at M-A.

March 4, 2019 | No comments yet
Pinewood shoots into NorCal final; Priory falls just short

Pinewood, the No. 3 seed in the NorCal Open Division girls basketball playoffs, traveled to Concord on Saturday and beat No. 2 seed Carondelet 51-39 to advance to the NorCal Open Division championship game.

March 4, 2019 | No comments yet
Weekend preps: M-A a winner on the track and in the pool

Both the Menlo-Atherton boys and girls track and field teams placed second at the season-opening Rustbuster Invitational in Cupertino. Athletes from M-A, Gunn and Castilleja also won individual titles. The Bears also opened their swimming and diving season with wins in both girls and boys. Menlo took third in the Bay Area Tennis Classic.

March 4, 2019 | No comments yet
County officials brace for possible strike

San Mateo County officials are bracing for up to 915 human services employees to go out on strike Tuesday and Wednesday.

March 4, 2019 | 1 comment
Preps: Boys tennis, swimming on tap for the weekend

Tennis takes over the courts at Menlo School, Sacred Heart Prep and Menlo-Atherton on Friday as the Bay Area Classic is scheduled as a one-day, four-match event Friday, adjusted with the expectation of rain on Saturday.

March 1, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo wins, Eastside loses in girls NorCal D-II hoops

Avery Lee scored 19 points to lead CIF NorCal girls Division II Menlo past Central of Fresno, 67-55, and No. 12 San Joaquin Memorial stunned No. 4 Eastside Prep, 51-42, in games played Thursday.

March 1, 2019 | No comments yet
Priory, M-A reach semifinals of NorCal girls playoffs

Ila Lane and Aniyah Augmon each scored 18 points and the sixth-seeded Priory girls basketball team won at No. 3 South San Francisco 56-27 in a Division III NorCal quarterfinal on Thursday. Menlo-Atherton rallied to beat visiting Foothill, 66-53, in Division IV.

March 1, 2019 | No comments yet
Consultant: Staffing cuts ahead for Ravenswood

Board member suggests calling in fiscal experts to help district with budget woes
Difficult budget decisions are looming for the Ravenswood City School District, where staff is projecting potential layoffs and the school board is turning to a national nonprofit for help scrutinizing its finances.

March 3, 2019 | 1 comment
Tuesday: Response times and emergency preparedness on agenda for joint Menlo Park council, fire board meeting

Alerting residents when mass evacuation is necessary, traffic congestion and its impact on emergency response times, and a proposed new traffic signal are on the agenda for the joint meeting between the Menlo Park City Council and Menlo Park Fire Protection District board on Tuesday, March 5.

March 4, 2019 | 1 comment
Community gives mixed response to sidewalk plans for Sharon Road

An existing plan to install sidewalks on Sharon Road between Alameda de las Pulgas and Altschul Avenue over the next several years faced criticism from some of the street's residents at the Menlo Park City Council's Feb. 27 meeting, several of whom said the proposal caught them by surprise.

March 1, 2019 | 8 comments
Student-services director named Ravenswood's acting superintendent

Board of Education split 3-2 in decision to place controversial superintendent on paid leave
The Ravenswood school board has appointed Gina Sudaria, the district's director of student services and a longtime employee, as acting superintendent while Superintendent Gloria Hernandez-Goff is on paid administrative leave.

March 1, 2019 | 3 comments
Flying off into the sunset

'How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World' caps a franchise
DreamWorks' "How To Train Your Dragon" animation trilogy has always been something special, an out-of-left-field surprise that prioritized artfully telling a good story rather than bowing to the presumptions of what makes a hit animated family picture (talking animals, pop song and dance...). The third and final installment stays true to form, satisfactorily wrapping up the story of characters in whom audiences have become invested.

February 28, 2019 | No comments yet
Former New York Times executive editor visits Kepler's Books for radio interview

Jill Abramson discusses future of news, plagiarism allegations
A large audience turned out at Kepler's Books in Menlo Park on Feb. 27 to listen to Angie Coiro, who runs the radio program "In Deep with Angie Coiro," interview former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson.

March 11, 2019 | No comments yet
Local teens on the big screen

'The Edge of Success' lets Palo Alto students speak for themselves
The documentary "The Edge of Success," screening this month as part of the annual Cinequest Film & Creativity Festival in Redwood City and San Jose, takes an intimate look at the stresses faced by Palo Alto teenagers.

February 28, 2019 | No comments yet
The medium is the medicine

Artist Lonnie Holley to perform at Cantor Arts Center
According to sculptor and musician Lonnie Holley, art is a healing form of storytelling.

February 28, 2019 | No comments yet
Rescue pup makes stage debut

Shelter dog Cardi to appear in Foothill production
There are no small parts, the old saying goes, only small actors. This month, the stars of Foothill Music Theatre's production of "Bullets Over Broadway" may find themselves in danger of being upstaged by an adorable 5-pound performer making her stage debut.

February 28, 2019 | No comments yet
Saturday: Menlo Park meeting on Dumbarton transportation project

SamTrans and a new partnership between Facebook and the Plenary Group, a public infrastructure investor, developer and manager, are exploring "new, environmentally appropriate alternatives for a high-quality, high-capacity public transit system" along the Dumbarton corridor. They're holding a series of public meetings this week.

February 28, 2019 | No comments yet
Bids come in below cost estimate for civic center project

Council expected to award construction contract Wednesday
Three out of four bids for the construction of a long-awaited new civic center in Atherton have come in below the estimated project cost of $48 million, according to a Feb. 27 town email.

March 2, 2019 | 7 comments
Saturday: Ribbon-cutting for restrooms at Jack W. Lyle Park

A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new public restrooms at Jack W. Lyle Park, located at 640 Fremont St. in Menlo Park, will start at 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 2.

March 1, 2019 | 3 comments
Preps: Paly baseball a big hit in tournament victory

Kyle Mostofizadeh drove in a pair of runs to help the Palo Alto baseball team beat Willow Glen, 7-1, in the Mike Hazlett Tournament at Washington Park in Santa Clara on Wednesday.

February 28, 2019 | No comments yet
Ravenswood superintendent placed on paid leave

Board of Education president provides no reason for sudden action against school district's top administrator
Gloria Hernandez-Goff, the superintendent of the Ravenswood City School District in East Palo Alto, was suddenly placed on paid leave on Wednesday, effective immediately.

February 28, 2019 | 13 comments
Friday: Master gardeners to speak on growing vegetables

Two master gardeners -- Woodside residents Kathleen and Lisa Putnam -- are coming to the Woodside Town Center on the evening of Friday, March 1, to discuss gardening on the Midpeninsula.

February 27, 2019 | No comments yet
Guest opinion: A tribute to Mrs. Gertrude Dyer Wilks

February is Black History Month, and a tribute is being made to Mrs. Gertrude Dyer Wilks, a graceful African-American woman from East Palo Alto, who passed last month. She died on Jan. 20, the same date Barack Obama was sworn in as the first African-American president of the United States of America 10 years ago.

February 27, 2019 | 6 comments
Council OKs stripped-down law to aid evicted renters

Menlo Park's ordinance, passed on 3-2 vote, is modeled on Redwood City law
Menlo Park landlords won a compromise they likely won't file suit over following a fierce, hours-long debate at the Menlo Park City Council on Feb. 26 over the details of a proposed ordinance requiring landlords to pay a fee to aid renters in the moving process when they are evicted.

February 27, 2019 | 23 comments
Preps: Soccer season ends for Menlo, SHP; Baseball starting

Sasha Bellack and Juliana Rosen each scored a goal but the Sacred Heart Prep girls soccer team fell to visiting Campolindo, 3-2, in the CIF NorCal Division IV Tournament on Tuesday.

February 27, 2019 | No comments yet
NorCal girls hoops: SHP bows out, Priory, M-A advance

Sacred Heart Prep was not at full-strength for Tuesday's CIF Girls NorCal Division III first-round contest with Marin Catholic of Kentfield. Even if the fifth-seeded Gators had been 100 percent healthy, it still might not have been enough to top the 12th-seeded Wildcats, a 61-47 victor.

February 27, 2019 | No comments yet
NorCal boys hoops: Eastside advances; M-A loses in Clovis

Raymond Reece had a rather typical night on Tuesday, scoring 14 points, grabbing 13 rebounds and registering five assists in Eastside's 57-34 win over Williams in a CIF Division V first-round Playoff Game on Tuesday in East Palo Alto.

February 27, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo girls make basketball history in NorCal victory

The Menlo School girls got back on the right track Tuesday with a 66-56 win over Bradshaw Christian in the first round of the NorCal playoffs. Menlo started the season 20-2 before losing three of its last four going into the NorCal playoffs

February 27, 2019 | No comments yet
Dolores Degnan, 'rummage queen' and Woodside historian, dies at 80

Dolores Degnan, who moved to Woodside soon after her first birthday and lived in and loved the town for the rest of her life, died on Feb. 19 of complications from liver cancer at the age of 80.

February 26, 2019 | 6 comments
Oak Knoll School's unique multi-age classroom program emphasizes individual learning

Doors remain open between classrooms at Oak Knoll School in Menlo Park as kids -- a mix of third-, fourth- and fifth-graders -- watch their student-produced morning news broadcast.

March 2, 2019 | 2 comments
Local leaders, teachers gather for workforce housing town hall

About 70 people gathered at Sequoia High School in Redwood City earlier this month to discuss possible solutions to a crisis that's plaguing educators in San Mateo County: the scarcity of affordable places to live in the communities in which they work.

February 27, 2019 | No comments yet
Atherton forms subcommittee to examine town's rail service levels

The Atherton City Council will leave it to a subcommittee to come up with a recommendation on Caltrain service in town.

February 28, 2019 | 1 comment
Menlo Park: Police make arrest in connection with auto burglaries

Menlo Park police arrested a San Francisco man in connection with several Sunday night auto burglaries in the Suburban Park - Lorelei Manor - Flood Park Triangle neighborhood.

February 26, 2019 | 1 comment
Tonight: Menlo Park Council considers two tenant relocation assistance ordinance options

The Menlo Park City Council is scheduled to consider two options for a tenant relocation assistance policy tonight (Feb. 26).

February 26, 2019 | 4 comments
Atherton: Auto burglaries reported in Lindenwood

Someone broke into four cars in the Lindenwood neighborhood of Atherton early Sunday, Feb. 24, according to the Atherton Police Department.

February 26, 2019 | 2 comments
Prep Report: Paly baseball loses; SHP golf wins

Zander Darby collected two hits, stole two bases and scored a run but Palo Alto fell to host Leigh, 6-2, in a nonleague baseball game Monday.

February 26, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo's Paine, Bowie named GSAC Players of the Week

Menlo College's John Paine and Destinee Bowie each earned Golden State Athletic Conference Player of the Week honors for the final week of the regular basketball season. Paine was awarded for the first time and Bowie was named for the fourth time this season and fifth in her career.

February 26, 2019 | No comments yet
Woodside: Where have all the women gone?

Woodside's citizen government heavily weighted with men
In past decade or two, there were always plenty of women on the Woodside Planning Commission and the Architectural & Site Review Board. But membership has been declining, and rising for men. What's going on? have women given up?

February 28, 2019 | No comments yet
Roadside remnant in Portola Valley has affordable-housing potential

Apartments at Town Center also a possibility, drawings show
The Portola Valley Town Council on Feb. 13 informally examined a set of conceptual drawings, prepared by the firm CJW Architecture, that showed possibilities for multi-family homes along Alpine Road and at Town Center, both town-owned sites.

February 28, 2019 | 2 comments
Wednesday: Affordable housing on the agenda in Portola valley

The Portola Valley Town Council meets Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 7 p.m. in the historic Schoolhouse at 765 Portola Road to consider an ordinance to alter affordable housing regulations for such matters as maximum floor area, zoning and review of plans.

February 27, 2019 | 1 comment
Menlo Park's Black History Month celebration a jubilant event

Poetry reading, group line dancing and a cappella and gospel singing shaped the lively atmosphere of Menlo Park's 19th annual Black History Month Luncheon and Gospel Fest, held Feb. 22 at the Menlo Park Senior Center in the city's Belle Haven neighborhood.

February 27, 2019 | No comments yet
Tuesday: Legal rights training for domestic workers in Menlo Park

Training to launch domestic worker empowerment effort in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties
A legal rights training for domestic workers -- a broad term for people who work as nannies, house cleaners or home care providers, among other roles -- will be held in Menlo Park on Tuesday evening, courtesy of the National Domestic Workers Alliance and Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto (CLSEPA).

February 26, 2019 | No comments yet
Bird man

Woodside photographer stalks perfect avian shots
Marquis Kuhn of Woodside spends as many as 30 hours weekly photographing birds.

February 26, 2019 | No comments yet
Wet weather brings wind advisory, flood watch

Atmospheric river takes aim at Bay Area Monday, Tuesday
A flash flood watch has been issued for the central and southern Bay Area as another atmospheric river is expected to drench the region with rainfall, according to the National Weather Service.

February 25, 2019 | No comments yet
Auto burglars hit Menlo Park in a dozen incidents Sunday night

Auto burglars struck several neighborhoods in Menlo Park on Sunday night (Feb. 24), according to reports from the crime log of the Menlo Park Police Department.

February 25, 2019 | 26 comments
Cyborg revival

'Alita: Battle Angel' a mixed bag of sci-fi spare parts
When was the last time you heard an enthusiastic "Hi-yah!" in a movie not starring Miss Piggy? The martial-arts exclamation is just one indication of how unpretentious the new cyberpunk action film "Alita: Battle Angel" is.

February 25, 2019 | No comments yet
Would-be Menlo Park 'Robin Hood' found guilty of burglary

A 43-year-old Menlo Park resident has been found guilty of two counts of residential burglary and one count of petty theft tied to Brisbane burglaries following four days of jury trial in San Mateo County Superior Court.

February 25, 2019 | No comments yet
Academic honors for Stanford's Smith, Menlo's Testa

Stanford senior forward Alanna Smith is included on the CoSIDA Academic All-District Women's Basketball First Team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America it was announced Thursday. Menlo's Jeremiah Testa was named to the Google Cloud Academic All-District teams

February 25, 2019 | No comments yet
A Sacred Heart-breaking loss for Gators in CCS final

Sacred Heart Prep's Denise Stine nearly had her prayer answered at Santa Clara High. Down by two points with time running out in Saturday's Central Coast Section Division IV girls basketball championship with Seaside, Stine cast off from 35 feet for a potential, buzzer-beating victory. The ball, however, caromed off the rim and the Spartans prevailed 49-47.

February 25, 2019 | No comments yet
A little down but never out, SHP girls win CCS D-IV soccer title

Senior Caitlin Carcione scored twice, including the game winner in the second overtime, and Sacred Heart Prep beat Priory 2-1 in the championship match of the CCS Division IV girls soccer tournament Saturday night at Del Mar High, its first CCS title in four years.

February 25, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo School girls need one goal to win CCS D-I soccer title

Sophomore Stella El-Fishawy scored in the fourth minute, all the offense Menlo School needed in a 1-0 victory over Christopher at Fremont High on Saturday in the Central Coast Section Division I girls soccer final.

February 25, 2019 | No comments yet
Priory girls eye return to NorCal after winning CCS hoops title

Ila Lane and Aniyah Augmon each scored 20 points and the Priory girls basketball team beat Notre Dame Salinas 60-37 at Palo Alto on Saturday to win its second straight CCS Division V title and its third straight CCS crown.

February 25, 2019 | No comments yet
Preps: Akinola a state champion, SHP wins in baseball

Menlo-Atherton senior Folashade Akinola completed her girls wrestling career by winning the 189 division of the CIF Girls State Championship in Bakersfield on Saturday and helping the Bears finish second with 92 points.

February 25, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Pedestrian struck by train at Oak Grove rail crossing

A northbound train struck a man in his 50s on the Caltrain tracks at the Oak Grove Avenue crossing in Menlo Park at about 10:17 a.m. Sunday morning (Feb. 24), according to a Caltrain spokesman.

February 24, 2019 | 1 comment
Speier among lawmakers pushing phone app ban

A Bay Area congresswoman is trying to pressure Google and Apple into removing a restrictive Saudi Arabian phone app that allows men to track women and migrant workers.

February 22, 2019 | 2 comments
Shed fire draws firefighters to Los Trancos Woods

A burning shed adjacent to a guest house at 20 Ciervos Road in Los Trancos Woods brought firefighters in from Woodside, Redwood City, Menlo Park and CalFire last night (Thursday, Feb. 21) to fight the fire.

February 22, 2019 | 3 comments
Gators snap out of slow start to reach D-IV title game

Reserve sophomore guard Jacqueline Chin hit a buzzer-beating 17-foot jumper at the end of the first quarter to give the Gators their first lead of the game, changing the momentum that set them on course to a 45-30 victory over No. 5 Monte Vista Christian of Watsonville.

February 22, 2019 | No comments yet
Priory girls looking for a three-peat in CCS D-5 hoops

Lala Niu scored 14 points, one of four Priory players to reach double figures, leading the Panthers to a 69-48 victory over Castilleja in the Central Coast Section Division V semifinal Thursday at Palo Alto High on Thursday.

February 22, 2019 | No comments yet
M-A wrestler voluntarily dismisses lawsuit against coach, school district

Wrestler’s father was ‘violent, erratic’ in front of student wrestlers, district's court documents claim
A Menlo-Atherton High School student voluntarily dismissed a complaint against the Sequoia Union High School District, district administrators, the M-A athletic director and a wrestling coach for alleged retaliation against her and her father after they complained about "disturbing behavior" by a wrestling coach at the school.

February 22, 2019 | 1 comment
Firefighters 'knock down' Los Trancos Woods structure fire Thursday

Firefighters have "knocked down" a single-story guest house fire at 20 Ciervos Road in Los Trancos Woods, an unincorporated community in the hills south of and above Portola Valley, that had been burning since around 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Fire Chief Dan Ghiorso of the Woodside Fire Protection District said less than an hour later.

February 21, 2019 | No comments yet
It's unofficial: Jerome-Robinson named new Menlo Park city manager

City Council expected to take appointment vote Tuesday, Feb. 26
The Menlo Park City Council wants to appoint Interim City Manager Starla Jerome-Robinson to the position permanently, the city announced late this afternoon (Feb. 21).

February 21, 2019 | 5 comments
Plea deal in attempted kidnapping

Two Menlo Park men plead guilty to assault, weapons and kidnapping charges
Two Menlo Park men pleaded guilty after they reportedly grabbed a woman leaving a downtown Mountain View nightclub last year, brandished guns when people tried to intervene, and fired two rounds out of a vehicle as they drove away.

February 21, 2019 | 2 comments
BraveMaker hosts film, music, discussion

This month's event to focus on the LGBTQ experience
BraveMaker, a local nonprofit arts organization that supports independent filmmakers, is hosting a film screening, discussion and live music event on Friday, Feb. 22.

February 21, 2019 | No comments yet
A portrait of the city

Pace Gallery presents work of muralist JR
"JR, The Chronicles of San Francisco-Sketches" attempts to capture the essence of San Francisco through its residents.

February 21, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: New deputy director hired to lead city's housing efforts

New deputy community development director of housing to start March 4.
Rhonda Coffman has been hired as Menlo Park's new deputy community development director overseeing housing, Interim City Manager Starla Jerome-Robinson announced Wednesday, Feb. 20.

February 21, 2019 | 1 comment
It's the WBAL against the CCS in girls' soccer finals

West Bay Athletic League champion Menlo School became the latest league representative to reach a Central Coast Section girls soccer championship game. The fourth-seeded Knights traveled to Santa Cruz County and celebrated the trip with a 2-0 CCS Division I victory over top-seeded host Soquel on Wednesday night.

February 21, 2019 | No comments yet
Bears have no luck with the Irish in CCS Open hoops

Menlo-Atherton's bid for a Central Coast Section Open Division boys basketball title came up a little short Wednesday in a 62-55 loss to Sacred Heart Cathedral in the CCS semifinals at Independence High.

February 21, 2019 | No comments yet
SHP, M-A boys soccer fall short of title match; Menlo advances

The Sacred Heart Prep boys soccer team wasn't always the most athletic team on the field but the Gators continually won all season because of a dedication to tactical and technical efficiency.

February 20, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep report: SHP girls into soccer finals; baseball opens

Juliana Rosen had a goal and an assists as Sacred Heart Prep reached the championship match of the Central Coast Section girls Division IV tournament with a 3-2 win over visiting Seaside on Tuesday.

February 20, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Man pleads no contest to 2011 Kelly Park sex assault charge

A 27-year-old man accused of sexually assaulting a teen eight years ago in a public bathroom in Menlo Park has pleaded no contest to a felony charge related to the assault.

February 20, 2019 | 1 comment
More home burglaries in Atherton

Burglars hit two more Atherton houses in the last week, the latest in a rash of burglaries in town, according to the Atherton Police Department.

February 20, 2019 | No comments yet
Feds cancel high-speed rail grant, may seek refund

Officials with the U.S. Department of Transportation announced on Tuesday that they are terminating an agreement worth $929 million for the California high-speed rail project.

February 20, 2019 | 8 comments
Bears roar, Paly survives in CCS girls Division I hoops

Annika Shah scored 26 points and Carly Martin had 14 as Paly defeated Los Gatos 54-49 in the Central Coast Section Division I quarterfinals at the Peery Center. The Vikings advance to play another team they've faced before, Menlo-Atherton, on Thursday at 7 p.m. in the semifinals, also at Paly. M-A went on the road and thrashed No. 4 seed North Salinas 64-37.

February 20, 2019 | No comments yet
Top girls hoop seeds Priory, SH Prep advance to semifinals

Shannon Fitzgerald made her coach proud by the way she competed during Priory's 74-33 victory over visiting Summit Shasta in the quarterfinals of the Central Coast Section girls Division V playoffs on Tuesday night.

February 20, 2019 | No comments yet
Home sales

East Palo Alto weekly median at $1.2M
A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula.

February 25, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park council discusses city manager recruitment behind closed doors

The Menlo Park City Council was scheduled to meet Tuesday, Feb. 19, to discuss recruitment for a new city manager, during a meeting not open to the public.

February 19, 2019 | No comments yet
Wednesday: Atherton council examines restoring weekday Caltrain service

The Atherton City Council will review a Rail Committee recommendation to expand Caltrain service in town and explore how transit-oriented housing measures could affect the town at its Wednesday (Feb. 20) meeting.

February 20, 2019 | 2 comments
Facebook to hold open house on revised 'Willow Village' project

Facebook will host a series of public open houses over the coming weeks to allow people to learn more about the revised plans for "Willow Village" the company has submitted.

February 24, 2019 | 1 comment
Middlefield Road office building gets go-ahead

A small office building proposed for the high-traffic area near the intersection of Middlefield and Willow roads in Menlo Park has been cleared to move forward after the City Council denied an appeal of an earlier approval of the project.

February 21, 2019 | 4 comments
Free San Jose Art Museum passes on First Fridays, courtesy Facebook

Facebook recently announced that it has partnered with the San Jose Museum of Art to offer free general admission to all exhibitions and programs the first Friday of each month between 5 and 9 p.m. for a full year.

March 1, 2019 | No comments yet
Rail separation talks move forward

Menlo Park City Councilman Drew Combs and Mayor Ray Mueller recently met in a crowded room at City Hall to discuss the city's next steps for how to separate the city's roads from the Caltrain line, and whether just one crossing, Ravenswood Avenue, should be separated, or others as well.

February 22, 2019 | 4 comments
Monday: Planning Commission to review Greystar apartment proposal

Plans for the Menlo Park Planning Commission to hold a study session and discuss a proposal by the developer Greystar to build 483 new apartments in eastern Menlo Park were rescheduled for discussion at the commission's Monday Feb. 25, meeting.

February 23, 2019 | 6 comments
Caltrain to launch low-fare pilot program

The Caltrain board of directors has signaled support for a regional pilot program led by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission to give low-income transit riders discounted fares.

March 1, 2019 | 1 comment
Tonight: Fire board discusses goals and priorities for 2019

Topics include water-rescue services, drones and smaller first-response teams
The Menlo Park fire district board will discuss goals and priorities for 2019 tonight, touching on rescues in the Bay, drone use in emergency situations, and smaller vehicles staffed by one or two people in emergency responses when traffic is congested.

February 19, 2019 | No comments yet
M-A boys take on another WCAL school in CCS Open Division

As a No. 4 seed Menlo-Atherton was expecting to go up against No. 1 seed Mitty in the Central Coast Section Open Division semifinals. But Mitty never got there. The Monarchs were upset by Sacred Heart Cathedral, the first time a No. 8 seed knocked off the top seed in Open Division boys basketball history.

February 19, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo's Ibrahimovic earns second straight GSAC honor

Freshman outside hitter Edin Ibrahimovic was named the Golden State Athletic Conference Men's Volleyball Attacker of the Week for the second straight week. This marks the third time on the season that Ibrahimovic has won the award in its inaugural season from the conference, and is the fourth time that the Oaks have taken home the award.

February 19, 2019 | No comments yet
M-A girls win CCS wrestling team title; four place first

Menlo-Atherton won its third consecutive Central Coast Section girls wrestling championship Saturday at Independence High. Four wrestlers took home individual titles, including four-time champion Folashade Akinola.

February 18, 2019 | No comments yet
Community meetings to explore new cross-bay link between San Mateo, Alameda counties

Project planners coming to Menlo Park on March 2
A series of community meetings are planned to help guide the development of a proposed new connection linking San Mateo and Alameda counties along the Dumbarton corridor.

February 18, 2019 | No comments yet
Report: Inequality on the rise in Silicon Valley

Index of region highlights spiking housing costs, income gap
Despite a sizzling economy and an influx of wealth, Silicon Valley remains a bastion of inequality, with more residents now struggling to afford the growing costs of housing, child care and transportation, according to a newly released snapshot of the regional economy.

February 17, 2019 | 7 comments
Popular burger joint is closed until March for remodeling

The Alpine Inn is set to reopen in mid-March, according to a post on the inn's website. The new owners, all of whom live in the community, add: "We plan to maintain the casual good cheer and historical integrity of the place."

February 18, 2019 | 3 comments
Portola Valley: License-plate cameras show some criminal-tracking value

A license-plate-reading camera in Portola Valley played a role in an ongoing investigation, a Sheriff's Office captain told the Town Council recently. "We are very, very close to an arrest," she said.

February 20, 2019 | 7 comments
West Bay creates magic with Verdi's 'Foscari'

There are many reasons to recommend seeing West Bay Opera's staging of Verdi's rarely performed "I due Foscari," but the extraordinary talent of the lead singers soars above all else.

February 19, 2019 | No comments yet
Three Woodside horses win national honors

Diva, Sting and Top Top named 2018 Horses of the Year
Three horses owned by Woodside residents have won a total of four Horse of the Year titles, three in vaulting and one in jumping.

February 17, 2019 | No comments yet
Jail deputy charged with using excessive force against inmates

A San Mateo County Sheriff's Office deputy is facing criminal charges for allegedly using excessive force on inmates, including slamming one inmate's head into a closed elevator door, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office.

February 15, 2019 | No comments yet
Should police protect Facebook's bikes?

Baby-blue bike thefts trigger tough questions for Facebook and its neighbors
Local law enforcement officials have been stopping people riding Facebook bikes, questioning them, and in some instances, arresting them and confiscating the bikes if they find that the cyclists stopped don't work for the giant social media company.

February 19, 2019 | 27 comments
M-A girls look to defend its CCS wrestling championship

The girls wrestling program at Menlo-Atherton has come full circle, having grown from a single wrestler to one on the verge of capturing its third consecutive Central Coast Section title.

February 15, 2019 | No comments yet
Oaks report: Menlo women rally for a GSAC hoops win

Destinee Bowie scored 18 points and the 22nd-ranked Menlo women's basketball team downed host No. 9 Vanguard, 70-59, on Thursday in a Golden State Athletic Conference contest, ending a season-worst three-game losing streak.

February 15, 2019 | No comments yet
Paly boys, M-A girls tabbed for Open Division in CCS soccer

Palo Alto, which placed third in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division, earned the No. 5 seed in the Open Division of the Central Coast Section boys soccer tournament. In girls CCS soccer brackets, three-time Peninsula Athletic League champion Menlo-Atherton (7-8-4) was awarded the seventh seed in the Open Division.

February 15, 2019 | No comments yet
Ravenswood offers KIPP shared middle school space

Charter school, district to negotiate facilities proposal
The Ravenswood school board unanimously agreed Thursday to preliminarily offer the growing KIPP Community Valiant Prep shared space at the district's new comprehensive middle school next fall, a proposal opposed by both the charter school and teachers and students at the district school.

February 15, 2019 | No comments yet
Never too wet for a stroll

The wind eased up enough around noontime Thursday, Feb. 14, for Zach Stamper and Patricia Rodriguez to stroll in the rain, with umbrella intact, down Santa Cruz Avenue in Menlo Park. Rain and showers are expected to continue tomorrow and Saturday. Photo by Magali Gauthier

February 14, 2019 | No comments yet
On thin ice

'Arctic' a chilly showcase for Danish actor
Few films have ever kept it simpler -- in terms of plot and character -- than "Arctic," a calling card from Brazilian YouTube sensation and first-time feature filmmaker Joe Penna. Granted, the 19-day shoot in Iceland probably wasn't very simple, but this showcase for Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen features almost no dialogue in its single-minded focus on a trek toward survival.

February 14, 2019 | No comments yet
Stanford presents 'Michael Richards: Winged'

"Michael Richards: Winged" is a somber tribute to a young artist whose life ended too soon but who left behind a powerful and important body of work that is as relevant today as it was in 2001.

February 14, 2019 | No comments yet
West Bay Opera stages rarely performed Verdi work

Local music lovers are in for a treat with the two-weekend staging by West Bay Opera of the rarely performed "I due Foscari" by Giuseppe Verdi, which opens Friday, Feb. 15, in Palo Alto.

February 14, 2019 | No comments yet
Suspect arrested for Encinal School burglary

Atherton Police Department detectives arrested an 18-year-old San Jose man on Thursday (Feb. 14) for allegedly stealing about $14,000 worth of electronics from Encinal School in December, according to a police press release.

February 14, 2019 | No comments yet
Update: Power restored to most Portola Valley residents

A power outage in Portola Valley this morning (Thursday, Feb. 14) is affecting more than half the homes in town, according to an emailed alert from Town Hall.

February 14, 2019 | No comments yet
Woodside council chooses newcomers for key local government posts

Woodside council leaves two veteran local government volunteers without seats in making appointments to the Architectural and Site Review Board and the Planning Commission.

February 14, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo College's Piearcy earns national wrestling honor

Menlo College junior Solin Piearcy earned TheMat.com Athlete of the Week honors after winning her division of the Women's Collegiate Wrestling Association national championships over the weekend in Georgia.

February 14, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep soccer: Regular season closes on a strong note

Junior Liam Johnson scored three goals and Sacred Heart Prep completed an undefeated regular season, beating host Crystal Springs, 9-1, on Wednesday to win the outright West Bay Athletic League boys soccer championship.

February 14, 2019 | No comments yet
M-A boys are No. 4 in CCS Open Division; Pinewood girls 2nd

Menlo-Atherton received the No. 4 seed in the boys basketball Open Division at Wednesday's Central Coast Section seeding meeting. In the girls Open Division bracket, Pinewood (22-2), as expected, received the No. 2 seed.

February 14, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park council splits on law to help displaced renters relocate

A proposed law to help renters forced out of their homes for no cause or because they cannot afford major rent increases received mixed responses from the Menlo Park City Council on Feb. 12.

February 13, 2019 | 15 comments
Prep report: M-A girls get the point to win PAL soccer title

Menlo-Atherton seemed to be threading a fine line all season, losing three of its first five girls soccer matches by three goals or more and compiling a 1-6-1 mark through eight games. The Bears ended the regular season with a razor thin 1-0 victory over Terra Nova, clinching the league title.

February 13, 2019 | No comments yet
Growing confidence gives M-A the edge in PAL hoops final

The Menlo-Atherton boys basketball team beat Carlmont for the third time this season, 67-43, on Tuesday in the championship game of the PAL Tournament at Sequoia. And each win over the Scots has gotten increasingly easier.

February 13, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep hoops: Eastside boys, Pinewood girls best of WBAL

Isaiah Saams-Hoy and Raymond Reece combined for 37 points and Eastside Prep held off a second-half challenge to beat host Sacred Heart Prep, 62-56, Tuesday to win the West Bay Athletic League boys basketball title outright.

February 13, 2019 | No comments yet
Newsom scales back high-speed rail plans

Governor plans to limit system to Central Valley
California's decadelong dream of building a high-speed rail system between San Francisco and Los Angeles hit a dead end in Sacramento on Feb. 12, with Gov. Gavin Newsom declaring his plan to significantly scale back the hugely ambitious but deeply flawed project. (An expanded version of an earlier story.)

February 12, 2019 | 24 comments
Theater companies announce next seasons

TheatreWorks, Palo Alto Players, Pear Theatre release plans for upcoming shows
TheatreWorks Silicon Valley this week announced the schedule for its 2019-20 season, it's 50th and the final season with founder Robert Kelley at the helm of the venerable professional theater company.

February 12, 2019 | No comments yet
Home sales

Palo Alto leads cities with 9 home sales
A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula.

February 18, 2019 | No comments yet
Students advance to regional spelling bee

Five local students are advancing to the Bay Area Regional Spelling Bee, according to the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

February 16, 2019 | No comments yet
Atherton Rail Committee recommends restoring weekday train service

In a split vote, the Atherton Rail Committee recommended that the City Council support resuming weekday train stops in Atherton, despite some members' concerns about a recent state bill that could require new housing to be built along busier transit corridors.

February 13, 2019 | 10 comments
Atherton: Fair Oaks Avenue rail crossing closed overnight Thursday

The Fair Oaks Avenue railroad crossing in Atherton will be closed starting the evening of Thursday, Feb. 14, for construction.

February 14, 2019 | No comments yet
Roughly $640K in repairs underway at flooded middle school

Crews have begun repairs at La Entrada Middle School after the school flooded three times over a five-week span late last year, causing about $640,000 in damages. The repair work began in late January and should be completed at the end of March, Las Lomitas Elementary School District officials said.

February 14, 2019 | 3 comments
Prep soccer: Winning efforts from all the local teams

Sacred Heart Prep clinched at least a share of the West Bay Athletic League boys soccer title, beating host Harker, 3-0, on Monday. Menlo School clinched no worse than second after beating visiting Eastside Prep, 8-2, in combination with the Gators (16-0-2, 10-0-1) victory over the Eagles (13-4, 8-3).

February 12, 2019 | No comments yet
College scene: Stanford tennis and Menlo volleyball

The top-ranked Stanford women's tennis team dropped a 4-3 decision to No. 5 Georgia on Monday morning in the semifinals of the ITA National Team Indoor Championships in Seattle.

February 12, 2019 | No comments yet
PAL hoops tournament: Menlo-Atherton, Carlmont for the title

Get ready for the third act of the Menlo-Atherton vs. Carlmont boys basketball rivalry because it's set to take center stage Tuesday night at Sequoia High in the Peninsula Athletic League tournament finals. The curtain rises at approximately 7:30 p.m..

February 12, 2019 | No comments yet
Three deaths prompt San Mateo County supervisors' meeting on Taser safety

Representatives of the company that manufactures Taser stun guns defended the safety of the devices at a Feb. 11 special meeting of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors held to investigate the use of the electronic control weapons in the wake of three deaths last year.

February 13, 2019 | 2 comments
Heavy rain expected starting Tuesday night

Meteorologist: No signs of long dry spell coming soon
An incoming storm that will start affecting the Bay Area on Tuesday night has intensified in strength and will hit a region that has already seen regular rain for the past few weeks, according to the National Weather Service.

February 12, 2019 | No comments yet
Ravenswood district could ask KIPP to share middle school campus

School board to vote Thursday on preliminary facilities proposal
More specific ideas for how to accommodate KIPP Valiant Community Prep's request for more facilities coalesced at a school board study session on Monday evening, including asking the charter school to share space at the new Ravenswood Middle School campus in East Palo Alto.

February 13, 2019 | 1 comment
Wednesday: Atherton hosts workshop on general plan update

Atherton will host a community workshop to discuss the town's general plan update Wednesday evening, Feb. 13.

February 13, 2019 | No comments yet
Tonight: Menlo fire district board discusses 2019 priorities

The Menlo Park Fire Protection District board will meet tonight (Tuesday, Feb. 12) to discuss district goals and priorities for the 2019 calendar year.

February 12, 2019 | No comments yet
Progress on the Bay Trail

A critical segment between East Palo Alto and Menlo Park will make 80 miles of trail continuous
Look at the plans for the Bay Trail and it's easy for a cynic to laugh it off as a pipe dream -- 500 continuous miles of trails cutting through 47 cities and nine counties in the Bay Area?

February 19, 2019 | 4 comments
Planned county worker strike suspended pending agreement

A strike planned this week by San Mateo County employees has been averted by a tentative agreement between the county and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union.

February 11, 2019 | 1 comment
West Bay Opera stages rarely performed Verdi work

Local music lovers are in for a treat with the two-weekend staging by West Bay Opera of the rarely performed "I due Foscari" by Giuseppe Verdi, which opens Friday, Feb. 15, in Palo Alto.

February 14, 2019 | No comments yet
Bridging two worlds

East Palo Alto teen and DACA recipient admitted early to Harvard
Menlo School senior Santy Mendoza, who will be a first-generation college student at Harvard University this fall, is a current beneficiary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, a policy that gives people who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children temporary legal status and protection from deportation.

February 15, 2019 | 1 comment
Police calls: Four women arrested after Highway 101 chase

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

February 21, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park considers policy to help displaced renters

Following months of discussion by the public and the Menlo Park Housing Commission, the City Council has scheduled a study session about a potential tenant relocation assistance ordinance in Menlo Park for Tuesday, Feb. 12.

February 11, 2019 | 25 comments
Prep report: It's on to the CCS for local wrestlers

Palo Alto produced three Santa Clara Valley Athletic League champions and Gunn had two champs at the SCVAL tournament Saturday at Lynbrook High.

February 11, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo College women wrestlers earn school's first national title

For the first time in school history, Menlo College can claim a national champion. The Oaks' women's wrestling team turned a lot of hard work, personal sacrifice and desire into a WCWA national title, along with three individual champions and nine All-Americans; Palo Alto grad Sara Aguilar among them.

February 10, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep hoops: M-A boys, Palo Alto girls clinch league titles

No one scored more than nine points in Menlo-Atherton's 72-27 victory over visiting Woodside on Friday night. Everybody saw action on Senior Night as the Bears (21-3, 12-0) finished an undefeated Peninsula Athletic League South Division season.

February 10, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep soccer: Menlo girls win WBAL title with a tie vs. SHP

Sophie Jones and Carolina Espinosa each scored a goal and recorded an assist as the Menlo School girls' soccer clinched the West Bay Athletic League Foothill Division championship, tying Sacred Heart Prep, 2-2, at home Friday.

February 10, 2019 | No comments yet
Supervisor to propose gun safety law on Tuesday

San Mateo County Supervisor David J. Canepa plans to introduce an ordinance at Tuesday's Board of Supervisors meeting that would require the safe storage of firearms in residences.

February 11, 2019 | 28 comments
More snow expected by Sunday on Bay Area peaks

Another very cold storm system is expected to bring snow to Bay Area peaks by Sunday morning, along with a chilly dip in temperatures Sunday
night, forecasters said.

February 9, 2019 | No comments yet
Burglars steal cash, thousands of dollars in merchandise from Country Corner deli

Burglars stole cash and thousands of dollars in merchandise in a predawn break-in at the Country Corner deli and convenience store in West Menlo Park late last month. The owners watched the incident as it unfolded at home through a video surveillance feed.

February 12, 2019 | No comments yet
PG&E proposes more potential shut-offs to prevent wildfires

PG&E Co.'s plans to reduce wildfires could include intermittent power shut-offs for many more of its customers, the company announced Wednesday (Feb. 6).

February 10, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo School songwriter earns national honor

Leo Jergovic, 15, named a National YoungArts Foundation Merit winner
Leo Jergovic's songwriting journey may have begun just one year ago, but his foundation as a musician has been years in the making.

February 8, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Mountain Mike's Pizza takes over former Applewood space

The space that was for decades home to Applewood Pizza in Menlo Park will soon serve pizza again.

February 8, 2019 | 3 comments
Portola Valley: Alpine Inn has new owners

Popular burger joint is closed until March 1 for remodeling
The Alpine Inn, the Portola Valley beer garden and burger haven also known as Rossotti's, has new owners: Deke and Lori Hunter of the Hunter 1988 Revocable Trust.

February 8, 2019 | 28 comments
Menlo College women ready to stake their claim at WCWAs

Menlo College senior Iman Kazem went from being an unwanted high school teammate to becoming a senior team captain of the nation's top-ranked women's wrestling program and her story is just beginning.

February 8, 2019 | No comments yet
League championships open wrestling postseason

The wrestling postseason officially gets underway Friday with the Peninsula Athletic League and Santa Clara Clara Valley Athletic League each hosting championships. Palo Alto and Gunn wrestlers compete at Lynbrook in San Jose while Menlo-Atherton wrestles at Oceana High in Pacifica.

February 8, 2019 | No comments yet
Several local teams have a chance at a league title

Alex Moretti scored twice to help the Sacred Heart Prep boys' soccer team inch closer to the West Bay Athletic League title, beating The King's Academy 5-0 on Senior Day.

February 8, 2019 | No comments yet
Update: Marsh Road reopens after water main break

Westbound Marsh Road at Fair Oaks Avenue in Atherton has reopened after a water main break this morning (Feb. 8).

February 8, 2019 | No comments yet
Facebook submits revised plans for Willow Village

Facebook submitted updated plans this morning (Feb. 8) for Willow Village, a proposal by the company to build 1.75 million square feet of office space, 1,500 housing units, up to 200,000 square feet of retail space, and a hotel with 200 to 250 rooms on a 60-acre parcel currently occupied by about 1 million square feet of office and warehouse buildings.

February 8, 2019 | 11 comments
An American dream

'American Night: The Ballad of Juan Jose' is an immigrant's surreal journey through U.S. history
"American Night: The Ballad of Juan Jose" will very likely make you laugh, may make you sometimes groan and will definitely make you think. It's a wild, wacky, worthwhile trip through an American dreamland.

February 7, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo School brings a nontraditional play to life with music and puppets

Menlo School is staging the West Coast premiere of "The Old Man and The Old Moon," a creatively staged play featuring shadow puppets and magical moments filled with song, this weekend.

February 7, 2019 | No comments yet
Of bands and bonds

Stanford Live hosts the bittersweet song cycle 'Ghost Rings'
For playwright/director Tina Satter, a successful collaboration involves a generosity of spirit, an appreciation for the absurd and surreal, a shared sense of dark humor and a certain amount of intangible chemistry.

February 7, 2019 | No comments yet
Another brick in the wall

'Lego Movie 2' borders on same wacky fun of the original
If you have a kid who loved "The Lego Movie," it's certain they'll like "The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part." And not just because kids like most any movie you put in front of them. Care has gone into making this sequel a worthy direct follow-up to the 2014 film that kicked off Lego as a film franchise.

February 7, 2019 | No comments yet
Rain expected starting Friday

Snow levels could drop again Sunday night
After frigid overnight temperatures Thursday night into Friday morning, storms are expected to soak the Friday afternoon commute and linger well into next week, according to the National Weather Service.

February 7, 2019 | No comments yet
Heimuli to join Ngalu and play football at Washington

Ten other M-A student-athletes also sign letters at ceremony
Daniel Heimuli and Noa Ngaly were a defensive tandem that contributed greatly to the Menlo-Atherton football team winning a state championship. Now they will continue to work together as teammates in college at the University of Washington.

February 7, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep soccer: Gunn girls, M-A boys remain in the title chase

The Gunn girls soccer team beat host Milpitas, 2-0, and remained a game behind Santa Clara Valley Athletic League El Camino Division leader Los Altos with two matches to play.

February 7, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep basketball: M-A girls, boys are both on a roll

Junior Linnea Lindblom scored 19 points and Menlo-Atherton defeated visiting Burlingame 46-33 in a Peninsula Athletic League South Division game Wednesday to stay in the race for a possible berth in the PAL tournament.

February 7, 2019 | No comments yet
Fungus among us

Woodside mushroom hunter travels near and far for the love of fungi
What's the definition of a fun guy? A man with a thousand photos of fungi on his smartphone. The joke aptly describes Dr. George Caughey, the mushroom expert who led The Almanac on a recent two-hour foray from his Woodside home into Huddart County Park.

February 9, 2019 | No comments yet
Atherton resident William Wade Awbrey dies at 87

William Wade Awbrey, who lived in Atherton for 42 years, died Jan. 20 at the age of 87.

February 7, 2019 | 3 comments
Greystar proposes 483-unit housing complex in eastern Menlo Park

Development company Greystar is proposing to build a new 483-unit housing complex that includes apartments and for-sale townhomes at 141 Jefferson Drive and 180-186 Constitution Drive.

February 7, 2019 | 17 comments
Menlo Park: Teen shot Tuesday night in Willows neighborhood

A 17-year-old boy was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after he was shot in the leg in the Willows neighborhood of Menlo Park Tuesday night (Feb. 5), according to a police press release.

February 6, 2019 | 1 comment
Prep report: Kehillah Jewish finds way to beat Design Tech

Guy Manor and David Kelmar combined to score 10 of Kehillah Jewish's 14 third-quarter points to help the Rams break open a close game en route to a 48-33 victory over visiting Design Tech in a PSAL North Division contest at OFJCC Gym in Palo Alto on Monday.

February 6, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep report: Menlo girls clinch title tie in WBAL soccer

The Menlo School girls' soccer team has a chance to earn its first outright West Bay Athletic League title in five years when it hosts rival Sacred Heart Prep at 2:45 p.m. Friday. The Knights beat Priory, 1-0, on Tuesday.

February 6, 2019 | No comments yet
WBAL boys soccer: Three teams stake a claim to the title

The West Bay Athletic League boys soccer race won't be decided any time soon and there's only two or three matches left to play. The top three teams all won Tuesday and even though Harker is the third place team in the equation behind Sacred Heart and Menlo, the Eagles are going to have a say in the championship race.

February 6, 2019 | No comments yet
Of local note: Pinewood teammates nearing a milestone

Karla Astrom scored a career-high 38 points on 12 of 18 shooting, including 8 of 12 from 3-point range, and the nationally-ranked Pinewood girls basketball team topped visiting Priory 74-40 in a West Bay Athletic League contest Tuesday.

February 6, 2019 | No comments yet
Man who helped catch homicide suspect arrested for trespassing at victim's home

Daniel Baggett, 47, the former tenant of Menlo Park homicide victim and former Atherton town arborist Kathy Hughes Anderson, was arrested Jan. 27 after entering her house on the 900 block of Valparaiso Avenue and taking a potted plant, according to San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.

February 6, 2019 | 5 comments
Will Ravenswood push back against charter school expansion?

Parents, residents urge board against displacing district school
At a packed community meeting Tuesday night, Belle Haven parents, staff and residents urged the Ravenswood school board against uprooting any district school in order to provide space for an expanding charter school, and some trustees indicated a desire to "fight" the charter school's request.

February 6, 2019 | No comments yet
Home sales

Menlo Park leads week with highest home price
A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula.

February 6, 2019 | No comments yet
Town hall on teacher housing set for Feb. 13

As local school districts grapple with how to help teachers struggling to afford to live in the communities in which they teach, housing advocates, educators and others will sit down for a discussion on solving the issue.

February 12, 2019 | 2 comments
M-A to show documentary on effects of screen addiction

'Child, Disrupted' screening is Feb. 7
It's not uncommon to see a child's eyes glued to an iPad or cellphone. Montessori teacher Krista Riihimaki noticed her students - at increasingly younger ages - spending large amounts of time tied to digital devices.

February 6, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo's Valdez earns CCC Wresler of the Week honors

Wrapping up his final week of home action, senior standout Bruce Valdez gained the bonus of being named the Cascade Collegiate Conference Wrestler of the Week award. This marks the third time during the season that a Menlo wrestler has earned the award, and it marks the second time in the career of Valdez that he has picked up the honor, with his first time coming in 2018.

February 5, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park council hashes out 2019 goals

Following roughly six hours of discussion on Saturday, Feb. 2, the Menlo Park City Council agreed to hold off until later in the month to pick its top priorities for 2019.

February 5, 2019 | 2 comments
Submissions sought for Women's Art Show

In recognition of Women's History Month in March, San Mateo County's Arts Commission and Commission on the Status of Women are teaming up to organize the 15th annual Women's Art Show.

February 7, 2019 | No comments yet
Chain restaurant may replace Applewood Pizza

In the aftermath of Applewood Pizza's closure at the end of December, rumors are swirling that a new pizza parlor is planning to occupy the downtown Menlo Park building at the corner of Ravenswood Avenue and Menlo Avenue.

February 5, 2019 | 30 comments
Las Lomitas superintendent announces retirement

Las Lomitas Elementary School District Superintendent Lisa Cesario will retire at the end of this school year.

February 5, 2019 | 3 comments
Atherton police: At least $2M in jewelry, other items stolen this year

Residents pack Jennings Pavilion for community meeting on burglaries
About 200 Atherton residents filled Holbrook-Palmer Park's Jennings Pavilion on Thursday, Jan. 31, for a police meeting on a recent rash of burglaries in town.

February 5, 2019 | 3 comments
Weather service expects low snow levels through Tuesday afternoon

The National Weather Service is predicting snow in some of the Bay Area's higher elevations.

February 4, 2019 | No comments yet
Man with gun, meth arrested at Woodside Park and Ride

Deputies from the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office arrested a 29-year-old transient from San Jose on Sunday night at the Woodside Park & Ride after discovering warrants out for his arrest and finding him in possession of a gun and methamphetamine.

February 4, 2019 | 1 comment
The Super Bowl MVP way back when

One fall evening in 2003 I went out at the last minute to cover a Woodside football game against Capuchino. I was the sports editor of the San Mateo County Times, we covered every football game the 18 SMC teams played and the stringer assigned to the game was a no-show.

February 4, 2019 | No comments yet
Defense turns it up a few notches in M-A boys hoops win

Menlo-Atherton's defense was the dominant dynamic Friday in Belmont in a 53-36 victory over Carlmont. It was M-A's 15th win in a row and provides a two-game lead over Carlmont in the Peninsula Athletic League South Division standings with two games left.

February 3, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep soccer: Menlo girls on verge of clinching WBAL title

Sophomore Julia Deffner gave Menlo an early lead and the Knights just kept adding to their advantage in a 4-0 victory over visiting The King's Academy in a West Bay Athletic League girls soccer game Friday.

February 3, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep soccer: SHP, Menlo boys play to a scoreless draw

Sacred Heart Prep and host Menlo School played to a scoreless tie in a West Bay Athletic League boys' soccer game Saturday, tightening the race just a tad with four games remaining for each.

February 3, 2019 | No comments yet
Gators' journey reaps reward with season sweep of Menlo

The Sacred Heart Prep boys basketball team has come a long way since the start of the season.
After a 2-6 start to the season the Gators have climbed out of that hole, elevating their record up and over the .500 mark Saturday with a 60-55 home victory over Menlo School.

February 3, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep basketball: Pinewood girls, boys are both winners

Hannah Jump scored 21 points and had eight rebounds and the nationally-ranked Pinewood girls basketball team kept it place atop the West Bay Athletic League, overwhelming visiting Notre Dame San Jose 90-25 Saturday.

February 3, 2019 | No comments yet
County workers' union plans two-day strike

Approximately 1,700 members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union working for San Mateo County are planning a two-day strike Feb. 13 and 14 in protest of health care cuts and what they say are unfair wages.

February 5, 2019 | 6 comments
Atherton police arrest man for gun violations

Police said man was sitting in 'suspicious vehicle' early Saturday morning
Atherton police arrested a man early Saturday morning who they said was sitting in a "suspicious vehicle" with a loaded firearm.

February 2, 2019 | No comments yet
Art from above

PA Art Center looks up to 'The Sheltering Sky'
The Palo Alto Art Center is pondering the cosmos with its current exhibition, "The Sheltering Sky," which incorporates the work of 18 sky-gazing artists in a variety of media.

February 1, 2019 | No comments yet
OK 'Cupid'

Pear play ponders internet dating at the end of the world
In local playwright Jeffrey Lo's "Spending the End of the World on OK Cupid," on stage now at the Pear Theatre, a 10-person cast of left-behind characters turn to the dating website OkCupid.com in a last-ditch attempt to form some new human connections before it's too late.

February 1, 2019 | No comments yet
M-A Music Boosters hosts annual Big Band Dance fundraiser Feb. 2

The Menlo-Atherton High School Music Boosters (MAMBO) will bring the spirit of Mardis Gras to the school community on Saturday, Feb. 2, to raise money for M-A's music program.

February 1, 2019 | No comments yet
Another fine mess for 'Stan & Ollie'

Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly revive a classic comedy team
"Stan & Ollie" focuses on the classic comedy duo's tour of the United Kingdom and Ireland in the early 1950s during a time when their fame is in decline. Jeff Pope's script wisely begins by introducing beanpole Laurel (Coogan) and portly Hardy (Reilly) in their prime, on the set of 1937's "Way Out West."

February 1, 2019 | No comments yet
Ravenswood to hold public meetings on charter school expansion request

First meeting to be held Saturday morning, Feb. 2, at Cesar Chavez Academy
The Ravenswood City School District is hosting a series of community meetings through next week to inform the public about a request from KIPP Valiant Community Prep for a long-term location, which would likely displace an existing district school.

February 1, 2019 | 2 comments
San Mateo County conducts biennial homeless count

More than 300 volunteers across San Mateo County woke up well before dawn on Thursday, Jan. 31, to take part in the county's biennial one-day homeless count.

February 3, 2019 | No comments yet
Caregivers grapple with idea of lying to dementia patients

Locals with first-hand experience offer insight into weighty issue
Should you lie to a person with dementia? It's become a common question in the world of caregiving, where lies might be less upsetting than the truth for those with dementia.

February 3, 2019 | No comments yet
Bay Area under high wind warning, flash flood watch

National Weather Service advisories issued through Saturday morning
High winds and flash floods are expected to hit the Bay Area on Friday and Saturday as a powerful storm front moves onshore, according to the National Weather Service.

February 1, 2019 | No comments yet
Atherton: Home burglarized as police finish community meeting on recent crime

Thieves struck again Thursday night in Atherton as a community meeting on a recent rash of burglaries in town concluded.

February 1, 2019 | 39 comments
First place in PAL South on the line for M-A, Carlmont

The Peninsula Athletic League South Division regular-season boys basketball title will be on the line Friday when Menlo-Atherton plays at Carlmont. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:45 p.m. M-A (18-3, 9-0) got the best of the Scots the first time the two teams played, 65-62, on Jan. 11. Carlmont (18-3, 8-1) hasn't lost since.

February 1, 2019 | No comments yet
WBAL basketball: Eastside, TKA boys tied for league lead

Isaiah Saams-Hoy scored 22 points, Raymond Reece added 21 and the Eastside Prep boys basketball team downed host Menlo School, 55-49, in a West Bay Athletic League game Thursday night. The Panthers (12-6, 9-1) kept pace with The King's Academy at the top of the standings with four league games remaining.

February 1, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo-Atherton girls rally to tie Aragon in PAL soccer

Elise Kratzer and Judy Demirkol each scored in the final 15 minutes Thursday to rally the Menlo-Atherton girls soccer team from a two-goal deficit and earn a 2-2 tie with fellow Peninsula Athletic League co-leader Aragon.

February 1, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep report: SHP girls fight off Panthers in league play

Zoe Zaharias scored 14 points, Denise Stine had 11 and Sacred Heart Prep outlasted visiting Priory, 53-47, in a West Bay Athletic League girls basketball contest Thursday. Zoe Zaharias scored 14 points, Denise Stine had 11 and Sacred Heart Prep outlasted visiting Priory, 53-47.

February 1, 2019 | No comments yet
Avenidas Lifetime of Achievement honorees unveiled

May garden party will honor notable seniors, fund support programs
The people honored with this year's Avenidas Lifetimes of Achievement Award have engaged in meaningful and creative efforts to create change in their local communities and beyond.

February 1, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep report: Bears defend their lair against Mustangs

Mariah Dunlap scored 14 points, hitting four 3-pointers, and Menlo-Atherton rallied from a fourth-quarter deficit to beat visiting Capuchino, 50-38, in a Peninsula Athletic League South Division girls basketball game on Wednesday.

January 31, 2019 | No comments yet
Chan Zuckerberg Initiative announces 2019 local grantees

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative has announced the recipients of its local grant program for 2019. Nearly 40 local organizations that help to meet the basic needs of people in Belle Haven, East Palo Alto, North Fair Oaks and Redwood City will receive grants of $25,000 to $100,000, according to a press statement released Tuesday.

February 4, 2019 | No comments yet
Questions swirl in aftermath of PG&E's bankruptcy filing

The utility faces around $30 billion in liability from California's destructive fires in 2017 and 2018. How will locals be impacted?
Pacific Gas & Electric filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Tuesday, throwing the future of the large investor-owned utility, into the hands of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, state legislators and the California Public Utilities Commission.

February 1, 2019 | 8 comments
Menlo Park: Council approves hefty raises for police officers, corporals

Union members to earn 12 percent in raises between now and August 2021
Members of the Menlo Park Police Officers' Association will earn 12 percent in raises over the next three years under a contract the Menlo Park City Council approved Tuesday, Jan. 29.

January 31, 2019 | 2 comments
Multiple burglaries, car stolen in Atherton in less than a day

In fewer than 24 hours earlier this week someone stole a car and bicycles and broke into two homes in Atherton.

January 30, 2019 | 15 comments
Guest opinion: Consider Option B for Menlo Park's grade separation project

Before the train leaves the station on the Menlo Park rail grade separation decision, the City Council will open up its options beyond the previously chosen alternatives. Option B is worth considering.

January 30, 2019 | 40 comments
A dozen lead changes in fourth before Menlo girls prevail

The Menlo School girls basketball team found a winning combination down the stretch in its key West Bay Athletic League battle Tuesday with Eastside Prep: When the Knights set up in their halfcourt offense sophomore point guard Avery Lee looked for freshman post player Sharon Nejad. It worked. Menlo outlasted Eastside 71-65 in a compelling, competitive contest.

January 30, 2019 | No comments yet
WBAL basketball: The Knights (TKA and Menlo) are winners

Sacred Heart Prep boys' basketball coach Tony Martinelli realizes his team's chances at a West Bay Athletic League title shrunk a few percentage points after losing to co-leader The King's Academy, 60-49, Tuesday night.

January 30, 2019 | No comments yet
Home sales

A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula.

February 13, 2019 | No comments yet
Seeing better

Menlo Park painter Mitchell Johnson opens a two-week exhibition Jan. 30 in downtown Menlo Park
Menlo Park painter Mitchell Johnson, who insists that close viewing of art can help you expand your outlook on everyday life, opens a two-week exhibition in downtown Menlo Park on Jan. 30.

January 30, 2019 | 1 comment
Stress, costs and rankings: Experts discuss changes in the college admissions process

Nearly 500 people filled the Menlo-Atherton High School Performing Arts Center earlier this month to hear experts talk about how the college admissions process has changed over the last two decades.

January 30, 2019 | No comments yet
Woodside Preschool director is author, counselor in spare time

Tom Limbert's books focus on parenting and sports
Tom Limbert knows how to keep busy. He's not only the director of Woodside Preschool, but is also the Woodside Elementary School District's parent education coordinator and social-emotional learning lead, a parenting consultant, and a published author.

February 2, 2019 | 2 comments
Oaks corner: Sidner wins CCC weekly honor in wrestling

Menlo College's Terrill Sidner earned Cascade Collegiate Conference Men's Wrestler of the Week honors on Monday. It's the second time an Oak has won the award and it's the first for Sidner.

January 29, 2019 | No comments yet
Off to a good start

Menlo Park school district's preschool marks end of first semester
After a single semester in operation, Menlo Park City School District's new preschool is already "a home away from home" for children to "experience wonder and engage their curious minds," according to the program's director.

January 31, 2019 | 22 comments
Search for new Portola Valley superintendent begins

With Superintendent Eric Hartwig leaving the Portola Valley School District at the end of June, the school board on Jan. 16 approved a $19,500 contract with the consulting firm Hazard, Young, Attea, & Associates to manage the search for his successor.

January 29, 2019 | 1 comment
M-A Music Boosters hosts annual Big Band Dance fundraiser Feb. 2

The Menlo-Atherton High School Music Boosters (MAMBO) will bring the spirit of Mardis Gras to the school community on Saturday, Feb. 2, to raise money for M-A's music program.

February 1, 2019 | No comments yet
Atherton police to hold community meeting following rash of burglaries

A spate of home and auto burglaries in Atherton has spurred officials to organize a community meeting, set for Thursday, Jan. 31, about the recent uptick in the crimes. Mayor Bill Widmer said that some Atherton residents had requested a formal meeting to address their concerns.

January 29, 2019 | 4 comments
No contest plea in Menlo Park jogger assault

The young man who approached and allegedly tried to force himself on a Menlo Park jogger last September pleaded no contest on Jan. 24 to a charge of felony assault with intent to commit a sexual offense, on the condition that he be sentenced to two years of state prison.

January 29, 2019 | 1 comment
Jym Marks jazz band performs Saturday at Menlo Park Library

The harmonies of progressive jazz are coming to the Menlo Park Library at 800 Alma St. on Saturday, Feb. 2. The Jym Marks Quintet will entertain in the main room of the library from 11 a.m. to noon.

February 1, 2019 | No comments yet
Sam Halsted, a member of the first Portola Valley Town Council, dies

Friends and family of Sam Halsted, who died Jan. 16 in Stanford hospital at the age of 90, are invited to a memorial celebration from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2, at the Portola Valley Town Center at 765 Portola Road.

January 30, 2019 | 1 comment
Police calls: Resident lured into questionable mortgage payment

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

January 29, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park council reschedules goal-setting meeting to Feb. 2

Saturday session set from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Menlo Park City Council's goal-setting meeting has been rescheduled to Saturday, Feb. 2, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

January 30, 2019 | No comments yet
Tonight: Library Commission to talk about Belle Haven Library

The Menlo Park Library Commission is scheduled to hold a study session tonight (Monday, Jan. 28) to discuss the Belle Haven Library space needs assessment.

January 28, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Council to review annual financial report Tuesday

"Excellent" was the word used by city staff to describe the state of Menlo Park's financial health in a report released in advance of the council's meeting Tuesday, Jan. 29.

January 29, 2019 | 1 comment
Girls hoops: Pinewood drops a tough one; Priory prevails

Foul trouble and cold shooting plagued Pinewood on Saturday in a 54-45 girls' basketball nonleague loss at Salesian. Priory fared better, collecting a 56-45 victory over Piedmont as part of the Lamorinda Classic.

January 28, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep wrestling: M-A girls, Paly, Gunn boys compete at tourneys

The two-time Central Coast Section champion Menlo-Atherton girls wrestling team had three individual champions and finished second at the Lady Baler Bash over the weekend. The Paly boys also had a champion and a fifth-place finish at Mission San Jose and the Gunn boys produced some good results at the Mid Cals.

January 28, 2019 | No comments yet
New leader takes the reins at equine therapy nonprofit

Nancy Contro became the new executive director of the National Center for Equine Facilitated Therapy in Woodside on Jan. 7.

January 28, 2019 | No comments yet
Spare the Air burn ban in place for Monday

Violators will face fines starting at $100
A Winter Spare the Air Alert is in place for Monday when burning wood, manufactured fire logs or any other solid fuel, indoors or outdoors, is banned for 24 hours, Bay Area air quality officials said.

January 27, 2019 | 1 comment
Prep report: M-A bears down in PAL basketball victory

Nick Tripaldi scored 15 points and the Menlo-Atherton boys basketball team stayed atop the Peninsula Athletic League South Division standings with a 58-43 victory over Sequoia on Friday night in Redwood City.

January 27, 2019 | No comments yet
St. Lawrence String Quartet performs in Woodside Jan. 27

The four professional Stanford resident musicians who teach and play as the St. Lawrence String Quartet will perform the music of Haydn and Brahms at the Village Hub in Woodside on Sunday, Jan. 27, at 3 p.m.

January 25, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park fire district expands its property portfolio

House purchased in advance of fire station expansion onto property
The Menlo Park Fire Protection District has purchased another house, this time in the Belle Haven neighborhood of Menlo Park, according to Fire Chief Harold Schapelhouman.

January 25, 2019 | 8 comments
Guest opinion: Let's step up affordable housing funding

As the people who make up the middle class and backbone of our communities continue to be priced out of the housing market, we can do more with voter-approved funding to lessen the pain.

January 26, 2019 | 8 comments
New council on right track with rail separation decision

There is no ideal solution to the challenge of separating the Caltrain tracks from the east-west roadways in Menlo Park, but the commitment to explore the safest and most efficient of viable options was reflected in the City Council's recent choice of a preferred project.

January 25, 2019 | 8 comments
Oaks report: Men's wrestling makes an academic impact

Menlo's men's wrestling team has landed eight on the annual U.S. Bank CCC Academic All-Conference team. In order to be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must possess at least a 3.20 grade point average and have attended their institution for two full semesters.

January 25, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep report: Knights on a crusade in 6-0 soccer victory

Carolina Espinosa scored twice to help the Menlo School girls soccer team top visiting Mercy Burlingame 6-0 in a West Bay Athletic League contest on Thursday. Sacred Heart Prep beat the TKA Knights.

January 25, 2019 | No comments yet
New coalition plans to invest $540 million for Bay Area affordable housing

A coalition of businesses, philanthropies, housing advocates and community and faith leaders announced Thursday an ambitious plan to invest $540 million over the next 18 years to preserve and build affordable housing and advocate for policies to protect and construct it in the Bay Area.

January 25, 2019 | 3 comments
Liberte, egalite, sororite

'The Revolutionists' takes on feminism and French history at the Dragon Theatre
Imagining the interactions of various historical characters who likely never met in "real life" often proves a fruitful ground for fiction and drama. Such is the case in Lauren Gunderson's dark comedy "The Revolutionists," which offers a feminist perspective on the French Revolution by giving voice to four women who lived (and/or died) through it.

January 24, 2019 | No comments yet
A mock-Tudor treat

Palo Alto Players' 'Shakespeare in Love' shines on stage
One of the most charming, albeit cheesy, entries in the category of "Fakespearian" stories that put the Bard himself front and center, "Shakespeare in Love" (Palo Alto Players' current production) is a delightful adaptation of the Oscar-winning film of the same name.

January 24, 2019 | No comments yet
'Frost/Nixon' is a must-see

History comes alive in TheatreWorks production about disgraced ex-president
"Frost/Nixon," as staged by TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, is a brilliant, astounding, not-to-be-missed 110 minutes of theater.

January 24, 2019 | No comments yet
All's fair in love and 'Cold War'

Oscar-nominated drama beguiling but chilly
As Hollywood awaits the annual presentation of the Academy Awards, two lushly photographed black-and-white foreign-language films have steadily found themselves in competition: Alfonso Cuaron's "Roma" and Pawel Pawlikowski's "Cold War," which picked up three Oscar nominations this week for Best Foreign Language Film, Best Cinematography and a surprise nod for Best Director. And now, as "Cold War" rolls out in theaters across the country, those wondering how the Polish would do "La La Land" have their chance to see for themselves.

January 24, 2019 | No comments yet
Free bus, train rides offered to furloughed workers

Furloughed federal workers can now take the bus and train for free, the San Mateo County Transit District announced Wednesday evening (Jan. 23).

January 25, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep report: WBAL girls soccer race getting tighter

Juliana Rosen scored with less than 15 minutes to play and the Sacred Heart Prep girls soccer team rallied to tie visiting Menlo School, 1-1, in a West Bay Athletic League match Tuesday.

January 24, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep soccer: M-A leads the PAL and SHP leads the WBAL

Menlo-Atherton senior Kalani Napoleon may have been the most surprised player on the field Wednesday night when his shot from 35 yards out somehow managed to slip past the Sequoia goalkeeper and into the net for the game-winning goal in the Bears' 2-1 Peninsula Athletic League victory.

January 24, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep basketball: Shah nets career-high in Paly's victory

Sophomore guard Annika Shah scored a career-best 41 points Wednesday night and the Palo Alto girls basketball team needed every one of them to beat Saratoga 51-47 in a SCVAL De Anza Division contest.

January 24, 2019 | No comments yet
Atherton council, Menlo fire board members to explore future ties

Atherton challenges amount of taxes its residents pay for amount of fire services received
Talks are ahead to find a compromise over a disparity that has Atherton property owners paying the Menlo Park Fire Protection District millions more in property tax revenues than their town keeps for itself to fund its operations.

January 24, 2019 | 15 comments
New Facebook exec Nick Clegg buys $9M Atherton home

A former UK deputy prime minister, Clegg previously criticized the company
Former U.K. deputy prime minister Nick Clegg is now vice president of global affairs and communications at Facebook, and recently purchased a home in Atherton for $9 million.

January 24, 2019 | 8 comments
Spelling bee winner heads to regional competition

Seventh-grader Nina Barman won the La Entrada Middle School annual spelling bee earlier this month, according to a press release from the Menlo Park school.

January 25, 2019 | No comments yet
Speedster who fled Menlo Park police pleads no contest

East Palo Alto teen caused four-car crash and possessed gun, DA's office says
A 19-year-old man from East Palo Alto pleaded no contest Tuesday to two felonies, evading police and carrying a loaded, unregistered gun in a vehicle, on the condition of a nine-month sentence in county jail and no state prison time.

January 23, 2019 | 2 comments
Speier and Eshoo speak out against shutdown

'Federal employees have become bargaining chips,' says Speier
As the federal shutdown moves past the one-month mark, the toll on federal workers continues to increase and, according to The Almanac's local congressional representatives in Washington, there's no end in sight.

January 23, 2019 | 18 comments
Prep report: WBAL girls soccer race getting tighter

Juliana Rosen scored with less than 15 minutes to play and the Sacred Heart Prep girls soccer team rallied to tie visiting Menlo School, 1-1, in a West Bay Athletic League match Tuesday.

January 23, 2019 | No comments yet
Home sales

Median Palo Alto home sales dip below $2M
A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula.

January 27, 2019 | No comments yet
When nightmare becomes reality

Former Columbine principal shares insights on school safety
Tissue boxes lined the aisles of the Hillview Middle School gym bleachers on Jan. 14 in anticipation of guest speaker Frank DeAngelis, who was principal of Columbine High School in Colorado in 1999 when it became the site of the deadliest school shooting in the nation up to that time.

January 23, 2019 | No comments yet
M-A freshmen connect through Challenge Day

Event has 'powerful impact' on students
For more than a decade, freshmen, facilitators and parent volunteers have gathered annually for six hours in a room at Menlo-Atherton High School for what has become a rite of passage for M-A ninth-graders.

January 24, 2019 | No comments yet
Police calls: Teen robs elderly woman in Safeway parking lot

Crime reports from Menlo Park, Woodside and Portola Valley.

January 25, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep report: Not a great day for the local teams

A fourth-quarter rally sparked by 3-pointers from Annika Shah and Lauren Daniel wasn't enough to overcome a double-figure deficit and the Palo Alto High girls basketball team dropped a 45-34 nonleague decision to visiting Presentation on Monday night before a sparse crowd on MLK Day.

January 22, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo police receive traffic safety grant

The Menlo Park Police Department has received a $70,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety for a year-long program.

January 24, 2019 | No comments yet
Designing for discovery

Margery Morse graduated from her dad's workshop to a workspace of her own at SLAC
Margery Morse graduated from her dad's workshop to a workspace of her own at SLAC in Menlo Park, where she works with engineers and other members of a deep bench of manufacturing expertise to make machines for scientists exploring the behavior of subatomic particles.

January 27, 2019 | No comments yet
Valparaiso Avenue homicide: Wolke plea to wait until February

The man suspected of killing Kathy Hughes Anderson, a 62-year-old Menlo Park woman, in her Valparaiso Avenue home on Dec. 12, did not enter his plea in court Friday as scheduled.

January 21, 2019 | 1 comment
Man pleads not guilty to fatal 2011 shooting of Menlo Park woman

A 27-year-old man formerly of East Palo Alto pleaded not guilty Jan. 17 to murder charges related to the fatal shooting of Cate Fisher, a 19-year-old from Menlo Park, in 2011.

January 21, 2019 | No comments yet
Boys basketball: Palo Alto survives alarm; Menlo, SHP win

Jamir Shepard provided a spark off the bench, scoring 12 points, Marvin Zou added 11 and Palo Alto defeated visiting Los Altos, 52-38, in a Santa Clara Valley Athletic League boys basketball game Friday night.

January 21, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep soccer: SHP boys, Gunn and Menlo girls all in first place

Liam Johnson converted a penalty kick and assisted on another goal to help the Sacred Heart Prep boys soccer team knock off The King's Academy, 3-0, in Sunnyvale on Friday. The SHP girls played to a 1-1 tie with Mercy Burlingame.

January 21, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep report: Locals participate in special basketball games

In the MLK event at Bishop O'Dowd, the host Dragons squeezed past Priory, 60-57. UC Santa Barbara-bound Ila Lane recorded 26 points and 17 rebounds for Priory (9-7, 3-2), which throws out the welcome mat for Menlo School on Tuesday for a 6:30 p.m. West Bay Athletic League contest.

January 21, 2019 | No comments yet
M-A's Akinola wins wrestling title, Bears finish seventh

Menlo-Atherton senior Fola Akinola went 3-0, including two pins, to win her division of the Lady Jaguar Girls Wrestling Tournament in Vallejo on Saturday. The Bears finished seventh out of 41 schools.

January 21, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo women earn six wrestling titles at tournament

The Menlo College wrestling team tuned up for its appearance next month at the WCWA National Championships in Marietta, Georgia by winning six individual titles at Saturday's Oregon Classic Women's Collegiate Open on Saturday

January 21, 2019 | No comments yet
Woodside: Home burglar nabbed after a revealing social media rant

An East Palo Alto woman faces felony burglary and robbery charges after walking into an apparent stranger's house in Woodside on Sunday afternoon
and live-streaming a rant on social media before stripping to her underwear and walking into the backyard of the home, San Mateo County Sheriff's investigators said.

January 20, 2019 | 4 comments
A fresh angle

Hillview Middle School students keep cameras rolling, awards coming in
The Hillview Middle School video broadcast studio is home to a 23-student advanced video broadcast class offered to seventh- and eighth-graders at the Menlo Park school.

January 22, 2019 | No comments yet
Woodside: Vehicle burglary, mail-theft suspect arrested

A 22-year-old Sacramento resident was arrested Saturday on suspicion of stealing items from unlocked vehicles in Woodside and mail theft, the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office said.

January 20, 2019 | 1 comment
How a beloved family recipe inspired Ladera Foods

The roots for one of the area's most popular granola brands and a growing local business can be traced back to when Brian Tetrud, the CEO of Ladera Foods, was a kid growing up in the community of Ladera.

January 23, 2019 | No comments yet
Bay Area storms boost rainfall almost to normal levels

The National Weather Service on Friday (Jan. 18) reported the Bay Area has reached 85 to 95 percent of normal rainfall for this point in the season.

January 18, 2019 | 1 comment
Developer proposes innovator sculpture walk

Picture this: Life-size sculptures of 13 historic innovators, such as Ada Lovelace, Alan Turing and Marie Curie, set around the landscaped perimeter of a new life sciences building.

January 22, 2019 | 11 comments
First place in WBAL is on the line for Menlo, Pinewood

In recent years Eastside Prep has been Pinewood's primary competition in West Bay Athletic League girls basketball. This season, after a 40-34 win over Eastside on Jan. 5, Menlo School has placed itself alongside Pinewood at the top of the WBAL Foothill Division standings. And on Friday the Knights (15-1, 4-0) travel to Pinewood (14-1, 4-0) for a 6 p.m. game with undisputed possession of first place on the line.

January 18, 2019 | No comments yet
Several locals to be inducted into Peninsula Hall of Fame

Former Menlo School and Stanford basketball standout Eric Reveno, former Menlo-Atherton swimming great Tod Spieker and former Woodside track and field athlete Nicole Carroll will be among the six individuals who will be inducted into the Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame on the evening of April 25 at the San Mateo County History Museum.

January 18, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: No injuries reported after crash on Caltrain tracks

An SUV crashed Friday morning at the Caltrain crossing at Ravenswood Avenue in Menlo Park, blocking the northbound rail line for about 45 minutes and triggering restricted southbound speeds, according to Dan Lieberman, Caltrain spokesperson.

January 18, 2019 | 3 comments
Tradition healing workshop at Los Altos History Museum

Elisa Marina Alvarado will lead a workshop on indigenous Mexican and Mexican American traditional medicine at the Los Altos History Museum (51 So. San Antonio Road) on Sunday, Jan. 26.

January 17, 2019 | No comments yet
African American Composer Initiative celebrates 10th anniversary

'Where Freedom Rings' concert to be held Jan. 26-27
The African American Composer Initiative will celebrate its 10th anniversary this year and present its annual concert, a benefit for Eastside College Preparatory School, on Jan. 26-27.

January 17, 2019 | No comments yet
Entering the Dragon

Theater company's new leaders foresee challenges and opportunities
This year, with founder Meredith Hagedorn having stepped down at the end of 2018, Dragon productions Theatre Company will be led by the husband-and-wife team of Bora "Max" Koknar and Alika Spencer-Koknar.

January 17, 2019 | No comments yet
Comin' for ya!

Cha Wa brings its eclectic blend of New Orleans street music to Stanford
Born into the Mardi Gras Indian culture in uptown New Orleans, Cha Wa's lead singer, J'Wan Boudreaux, has lived and breathed street music, pageantry and parades ever since his mother dressed him in his first hand-beaded and feathered parade suit when he was just 2.

January 17, 2019 | No comments yet
Brushstroke of genius

'At Eternity's Gate' unlocks the mind of Van Gogh
Few artists have held a greater fascination for dramatists than Vincent Van Gogh. He's been played on film by Kirk Douglas, John Hurt, Tim Roth and Martin Scorsese, and he's palled around with the Doctor on "Doctor Who."
At this late date, there would seem to be little new to dramatize -- or stylize -- about a man so often scrutinized on screen. But Julien Schnabel's "At Eternity's Gate" finds a filmmaker (and, not incidentally, a painter) in kinship with his subject.

January 17, 2019 | No comments yet
Guest opinion: Rethinking Stanford's development plan

In mid-December, Santa Clara County released the final iteration of the environmental impact report (EIR) assessing the impacts of Stanford's development through 2035, which will be facilitated through a new General Use Permit (GUP). In examining the final EIR, it's imperative to recognize its limitations.

January 21, 2019 | 1 comment
Caltrain running Celebration Train for MLK Day

Caltrain will offer a NorCalMLK Celebration Train to the Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration events in San Francisco on Monday, Jan. 21.

January 18, 2019 | No comments yet
Teen arrested for sexual battery at Woodside High School

A 17-year-old boy was arrested after allegedly grabbing a girl's buttocks while riding a bicycle at Woodside High School on Monday evening (Jan. 14), San Mateo County sheriff's officials said Thursday.

January 17, 2019 | 8 comments
Menlo Park: Council considers pairing main and Belle Haven library projects

The Menlo Park City Council voted 3-1 on Jan. 15 to move forward with a strategy and timeline to build a new Belle Haven branch library and rebuild or renovate the main library, as well as combine elements of the two projects to streamline efficiency.

January 18, 2019 | 7 comments
Local food pantries prepare for more clients if government shutdown continues

Thousands could be affected by food-program closures
Bay Area families that depend on federal programs for their basic food needs could find themselves without a lifeline by the end of February, according to local food pantries concerned about a sudden influx of new clients.

January 18, 2019 | No comments yet
Draeger's Market to undergo 'extensive remodel'

Draeger's Market, a long-standing gourmet food market in downtown Menlo Park, will undergo an "extensive remodel" to expand many departments' offerings and improve energy efficiency, according to co-owner Richard Draeger.

January 18, 2019 | 4 comments
Prep basketball: M-A teams beat San Mateo

Eastside Prep handed several West Bay Athletic League boys' basketball teams a 'Get-of-jail' card in the form of a 53-52 home victory over previously unbeaten The King's Academy on Tuesday night.

January 17, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo School student-athletes moving on to play in college

Menlo School announced its latest round of 23 student-athletes who have made early official decisions to study and compete in their respective sports. More Menlo students are set to play intercollegiate sports, and will announce their commitments later in the school year.

January 17, 2019 | No comments yet
On the pitch: League leaders continue their winning ways

The Menlo-Atherton boys soccer team delivered a clutch performance Wednesday, beating visiting Burlingame, 2-0, to kick the Panthers out of a share of first place in the Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division. Sacred Heart Prep stayed unbeaten in the West Bay Athletic League.

January 17, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo College men net volleyball victory over Bobcats

Sophomore Collin Jordan recorded 14 kills on .667 hitting and the Menlo College men's volleyball team earned its first victory of the season, beating visiting UC Merced, 25-15, 25-21, 25-21, in a nonconference match Wednesday.

January 17, 2019 | No comments yet
Bears, Knights go streaking in big basketball victories

Menlo-Atherton turned a tight game into a rout Wednesday, beating visiting Mills, 71-38, in a Peninsula Athletic League South Division boys basketball contest. The Menlo girls did the same in a win over Notre Dame Belmont.

January 17, 2019 | No comments yet
Former Almanac staff writer wins education reporting award

Barbara Wood receives inaugural Gold Quill Award
The California School Boards Association has named former Almanac reporter Barbara Wood a recipient of its inaugural Golden Quill Award for fair, insightful and accurate education reporting.

January 17, 2019 | 7 comments
Taylor Eigsti holds a local 'Reunion'

Pianist to perform with mentors, Peninsula Symphony
The new year is a time for reflecting back and looking forward, and both were a theme for Menlo Park-raised Taylor Eigsti as he returned to the Peninsula to finish moving things out of his childhood home.

January 16, 2019 | 1 comment
Kindergarten registration begins in local districts Jan. 23

Kindergarten registration for children who will be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1 will soon be underway in local school districts.

January 19, 2019 | No comments yet
New Menlo Park council reverses decision on Caltrain separations

New majority pushes for three separations; is skeptical of trench or tunnel possibility
The wheels of Menlo Park's grade separation project lurched forward Tuesday night in a markedly different direction from where plans were headed under the city's previous City Council.

January 16, 2019 | 36 comments
Atherton to re-examine Caltrain stops in town

Introduction of new legislation delays decision on weekday train stops
Atherton Rail Committee members are backtracking on their recommendation to add service to the Atherton Caltrain station in light of the recent introduction of a state bill that could require new housing to be built along busier transit corridors.

January 16, 2019 | 9 comments
Pair of M-A wrestlers nationally ranked in prep girls rankings

Menlo-Atherton senior Lauren McDonnell has joined fellow senior teammate Folashade Akinola as a nationally-ranked wrestler on USA Wrestling and FloWrestling's second National Girls High School rankings, with input from the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.

January 16, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep soccer: League races are beginning to take shape

Castilleja continues to keep things interesting in the Skyline Division of the West Bay Athletic League, beating Eastside Prep 3-0 on Tuesday. In the Foothill Division, Menlo, Priory and SH Prep are still in it despite varying degrees of success.

January 16, 2019 | No comments yet
'Freedom Rings' – along with the music – at benefit concert

Music of African American composers spotlighted in Jan. 26, 27 performances
The African American Composer Initiative, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, presents its annual concert, a benefit for Eastside College Preparatory School in East Palo Alto, on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 26 and 27.

January 19, 2019 | No comments yet
Major storm bears down on Bay Area, flooding possible

Flash flood warning in effect starting Wednesday morning
Flash floods and high winds are expected in the Bay Area starting Wednesday morning as a major storm bears down on the region, according to the National Weather Service, which has issued warnings.

January 15, 2019 | No comments yet
Reclaiming the Bay

Work underway on 300 acres bordering Menlo Park
A multi-agency effort is in progress to restore thousands of shoreline acres from Menlo Park to Mountain View to their natural state after more than a century of degradation from industrial salt production.

January 22, 2019 | 2 comments
Suspect sought after sexual battery at Woodside High School

San Mateo County sheriff's deputies are seeking a suspect who grabbed a girl's buttocks at Woodside High School on Monday evening.

January 15, 2019 | No comments yet
College admissions program Jan. 16

Parents and students hoping to get the inside scoop on college admissions -- from both the admissions department perspective and the college adviser perspective -- might want to head to Menlo-Atherton High School on Wednesday, Jan. 16.

January 15, 2019 | No comments yet
Tonight: Woodside council to set work plan for 2019

In-neighborhood conversations about revising property development standards for the Glens and other neighborhoods with parcels that don't conform to town standards is a high priority in for Woodside's Planning Department in 2019. The Town Council reviews these priorities and others in a work plan for Town Hall when it meets tonight (Tuesday, Jan. 15).

January 15, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo's Bowie wins GSAC Player of Week honor a third time

If you've heard it once, you've heard it three times. Menlo College's Destinee Bowie was named the Golden State Athletic Conference Women's Basketball Player of the Week, winning the honor for the third time in five weeks, a first for a Menlo athlete.

January 15, 2019 | No comments yet
Tonight: Menlo Park reviews grade separations, library improvements

To launch a new year and a majority-new City Council, Menlo Park's council meeting scheduled tonight (Jan. 15) will waste no time diving into one of the city's biggest questions right now: how to separate the Caltrain tracks from the places they intersect with roads in the city.

January 15, 2019 | 5 comments
New mayor's goals: Better communication, public safety and livability

For 2019, Woodside's mayor is looking forward to restoring a community newsletter, improving communication between Town Hall and the community, considering a ban on new wood shake roofs, and continuing efforts to advance pedestrian safety.

January 17, 2019 | No comments yet
Mayor says affordable housing and safety are among priorities

Ahead for 2019, Portola Valley Mayor Ann Wengert cited the importance of moving forward on affordable housing, keeping after the FAA on aircraft noise, wildfire safety, and revisiting the advisory committees in light of the town's changing demographics.

January 15, 2019 | 1 comment
Police calls: Girlfriend robbed, broker threatened

Crime reports from Menlo Park, Atherton and Woodside.

January 16, 2019 | 1 comment
Rotary Club accepting grant applications for nonprofit education programs

Deadline to apply is Feb. 6
The Rotary Club of Menlo Park Foundation is now accepting 2019 grant applications from nonprofits.

January 17, 2019 | 1 comment
Piano teacher arrested for sex crimes involving a relative

Police searching for other potential victims
Nicholas Robinson has been arrested for alleged sexual abuse of an underage relative. He is also a piano teacher who gives lessons from his home, leading police to call on the public for tips of any other victims.

January 14, 2019 | No comments yet
Home sales

Los Altos Hills has highest median sale in this reporting period
A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula.

January 21, 2019 | No comments yet
Bears stage a comeback to earn PAL boys basketball win

Nick Tripaldi was dead center with his shot in the late going Friday night during Menlo-Atherton's battle with Carlmont. And that was a good thing for the Bears, who came back from an 11-point deficit for a 65-62 victory in a Peninsula Athletic League South Division showdown at M-A.

January 14, 2019 | No comments yet
Gators need overtime to beat Menlo in WBAL basketball

Brendan Carney scored 12 points and came up with key rebounds to lead Sacred Heart Prep past defending West Bay Athletic League champion Menlo, 50-48, in overtime Friday night.

January 14, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo boys basketball coach Larsen out until Feb. 1

Keith Larsen is taking a break from coaching the Menlo School boys basketball team in preparation for undergoing replacement surgery on his right hip on Jan. 24. Larsen said he expects to be back on the sideline with the team by Feb. 1.

January 14, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep report: M-A boys hoops, wrestlers claim victory

James Beckwith scored 12 points to help visiting Menlo-Atherton win its seventh straight with a 52-31 nonleague victory over Menlo School on Saturday. Joshua Meyers earned the championship of the 126-pound weight class at the Jim Root Memorial Tournament at Prospect High.

January 14, 2019 | No comments yet
Priory girls looking to make waves on the soccer field

Priory opened its West Bay Athletic League girls soccer season Friday with a signature victory and earned Panthers' coach Henry Arrendondo bragging rights in the family for the time being.

January 14, 2019 | No comments yet
Shareholder sues Google parent company over sexual harassment scandal

A shareholder sued the board of Google Inc.'s parent company, Alphabet Inc., in San Mateo County Superior Court Thursday for allegedly tolerating and covering up sexual harassment by senior executives and giving some of them millions of dollars in exit pay.

January 13, 2019 | No comments yet
Community celebrates Bears' victory with Saturday festivities

Victory was theirs -- and then they partied. In fact, the community partied with them on Saturday to celebrate the Menlo-Atherton High School football team's first-ever state championship win.

January 13, 2019 | 1 comment
Elderly woman out $700 in email scam

Menlo Park police are investigating a case of fraud reported Tuesday, Jan. 8, in which the method used was email and the victim was an 80-year-old woman who lives on Hermosa Way.

January 20, 2019 | No comments yet
NASA employees brace for prolonged shutdown

Debts pile up as furloughed workers face first payday without a check
The full brunt of the government shutdown is hitting home this week as federal employees face their first payday lapse. NASA Ames union officials are sounding alarms that a prolonged shutdown could push talented researchers to seek new employment in the private sector.

January 11, 2019 | 26 comments
Monday: Public hearing on potential environmental impacts of 92-foot-tall building in Menlo Park

Planning Commission to discuss proposed Tarlton building at 1350 Adams Court
A 260,000-square-foot, five-story research and development building proposed by Tarlton Properties at 1350 Adams Court in Menlo Park will be the topic of discussion as staff and consultants launch the environmental impact review process for the project with the Menlo Park Planning Commission on Monday, Jan. 14.

January 14, 2019 | 4 comments
Davidson is No. 1 overall pick of NWSL College draft

Stanford junior defender and Sacred Heart Prep grad Tierna Davidson was the No. 1 overall pick of the National Women's Soccer League College Draft on Thursday. Stanford's Jordan DiBiasi was the No. 3 overall pick and Tegan McGrady was selected with the seventh overall pick.

January 11, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep report: Menlo girls rally for WBAL soccer victory

Senior Catie Cassani scored twice, including the game winner, and Menlo School opened West Bay Athletic League play Thursday with a comeback victory, 4-3, over visiting Notre Dame Belmont.

January 11, 2019 | No comments yet
Applewood Pizza closes in Menlo Park

The original Applewood Pizza has closed after decades of business at 1001 El Camino Real in Menlo Park.

January 11, 2019 | 27 comments
Gas-powered leaf blowers banned in Portola Valley

Town Council action includes a two-year delay to phase in new regulations.
A ban on the use of gasoline-powered leaf blowers in Portola Valley will take effect in two years after the Town Council unanimously approved an ordinance amendment on Wednesday that also bans the use of electricity-powered blowers on soil surfaces in town.

January 11, 2019 | 21 comments
Palo Alto artist contemplates mortality

Ken Joye will exhibit carved skull collection this month
Local sculptor Ken Joye will be holding a pop-up exhibition over the weekends of Jan. 12-13 and 19-20.

January 10, 2019 | No comments yet
Byxbee Park hosts bioblitz

The public is invited to take part in a citizen science "bioblitz" event at Byxbee Park in the Palo Alto Baylands on Sunday, Jan. 13.

January 10, 2019 | No comments yet
A balancing act

Silicon Valley Food Rescue delivers excess meals to those in need
To address high rates of poverty and waste in Santa Clara County, Joint Venture Silicon Valley has launched a food truck to collect leftover food from universities and companies to distribute to those in need.

January 10, 2019 | No comments yet
Listening skills

Bernie Krause champions the voice of the natural world
"The hills are alive," the old song goes, "with the sound of music." For soundscape ecologist, musician and author Bernie Krause, discovering, preserving and sharing the music of the earth is the work of a lifetime.

January 10, 2019 | No comments yet
Redwood City opens 'Art Kiosk'

Installations will be on display at Courthouse Square throughout 2019
A long-empty kiosk on downtown Redwood City's Courthouse Square is now a new venue for art.

January 10, 2019 | No comments yet
'Street' cred

Oscar-winner Barry Jenkins creates indelible piece of cinema with 'Beale'
There's a reason why the conspicuously picky James Baldwin estate trusted writer-director Barry Jenkins to adapt Baldwin's 1974 novel "If Beale Street Could Talk." It wasn't that Jenkins won an Oscar for co-writing Best Picture "Moonlight" -- that hadn't happened yet. The Baldwin estate looked at Jenkins' work to date and, most importantly, his screenplay for "Beale Street," which richly cultivates a novelistic tone and preserves Baldwin's voice in narration and dialogue.

January 10, 2019 | No comments yet
Update: Menlo Park council's goal-setting meeting rescheduled for Feb. 8

A goal-setting meeting scheduled for Jan. 11, at which the Menlo Park City Council was scheduled to talk through priorities for its 2019 work plan, was canceled and rescheduled to Friday, Feb. 8.

January 10, 2019 | 7 comments
Charity soccer tournament set for Jan. 19

Soccer players of all ages and levels are invited to play in a charity tournament on Saturday, Jan. 19, at Sacred Heart Schools in Atherton. The proceeds from the event will support a nonprofit that uses the sport to educate youth in developing countries to lead healthier and more productive lives.

January 15, 2019 | 1 comment
Menlo Park Library launches free movie streaming program

Agreement with Kanopy permits users to stream or download 10 free titles a month
Locals no longer need a subscription to stream a selection of quality movies and TV shows -- they just need a library card.

January 24, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo, SHP on collision course in WBAL boys soccer

Liam Johnson converted a penalty kick and added three assists as the Sacred Heart Prep boys soccer team team opened West Bay Athletic League with a 6-0 victory over visiting Priory on Wednesday.

January 10, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep report: M-A beats Hillsdale ahead of big games this weekend

Elif Turgut and Carly Martin, both members of the sophomore class at Palo Alto High, each scored 15 points to lead the Vikings past host Cupertino, 56-44, in a Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division contest on Wednesday night.

January 10, 2019 | No comments yet
Gills return with Broadway tunes for benefit concert

Father and daughter Steve and Anne Gill will be back on stage to present "The 1950s: When Broadway Ruled" for the 17th annual benefit concert for The LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 12 and 13, at Menlo School.

January 10, 2019 | No comments yet
Public outcry prompts further scrutiny for prominent redwoods

Environmental Quality Commission to hear appeal of trees slated for removal at 1000 El Camino Real; $500 appeal fee waived
About 30 local residents showed up at Menlo Park City Hall for a public forum on Tuesday, expressing strong opposition to the planned felling of seven redwood trees at 1000 El Camino Real.

January 9, 2019 | 11 comments
Priory girls find open Lane down the stretch in WBAL win

It was all Ila Lane down the stretch Tuesday as Priory pulled out a 49-45 victory over Sacred Heart Prep in a tightly contested West Bay Athletic League game.

January 9, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep report: SHP boys thrive on defense to top Pinewood

Brendan Carney scored eight of his game-high 20 points during a decisive third quarter as the Sacred Heart Prep boys basketball team shook off the doldrums of a gloomy first half shooting performance to beat host Pinewood 70-34 in a West Bay Athletic League contest on Tuesday night.

January 9, 2019 | No comments yet
Recently digitized city photographs illuminate a Menlo Park of yesteryear

"It started, honestly, as office clean up," said Thomas Rogers, principal planner at the city of Menlo Park. He was speaking of the discovery of boxes containing hundreds of old photographs of Menlo Park over the years, many dating as far back as the 1960s, some of which have been digitalized and are now accessible to the public.

January 8, 2019 | 1 comment
Thygesen, Lambert step down from school board dais after years of service

Joan Lambert and Terry Thygesen, who have more than two decades of experience as school board members between them, stepped down from their posts on the Menlo Park City School District board on Dec. 7. They recently sat down with The Almanac to discuss their time on the board and the district's future.

January 9, 2019 | 2 comments
Former Columbine principal to speak at Hillview on Monday

Frank DeAngelis was principal of Columbine High School 1999 when it became the site of the deadliest school shooting in the United States up to that time. He'll visit Hillview Middle School on Monday, Jan. 14, for a conversation about violence in schools.

January 10, 2019 | No comments yet
Cat rescued in Menlo Park up for adoption

Millie survived ingesting rat poison
The Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA is seeking an owner for a cat that improbably survived ingesting rat poison and was rescued at a workplace in Menlo Park in October.

January 8, 2019 | 2 comments
Atherton to discuss future of Caltrain service in town

Atherton is starting off the new year with a discussion on Caltrain's electrification project plans for the near future. Among questions town officials and residents will be considering is one posed by Mayor Bill Widmer: "Has Atherton outgrown the need for a rail stop?"

January 8, 2019 | 15 comments
Menlo, Orozco each earn wrestling accolades from CCC

Menlo College men's wrestlers were named Under Armour Team of the Week and the Cascade Collegiate Conference also named Anthony Orozco Wrestler of the Week on Monday. He was named Outstanding Heavyweight Wrestler of the Menlo Invitational.

January 8, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep wrestling: Top tourney efforts from Paly, Gunn, M-A

Palo Alto's Charlie Williams and Gunn's Timothy Waymouth each won an individual title at the Cupertino Bianchini Tournament on Saturday and both teams finished among the top 11. Vikings' Dara Heydarpour also reached the championship match in his division. At the Napa Valley Classic girls wrestling tournament, Lauren McDonnell and Abby Ericson each reached the championship match.

January 8, 2019 | No comments yet
Tonight: Planning Commission studies Woodside Glens building regulations

The Woodside Planning Commission meets at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9, to discuss progress on suggested changes to development standards meant to accommodate smaller parcels in the Glens neighborhood.

January 9, 2019 | No comments yet
M-A Bears' victory to bring community out on Saturday

A parade is set for Saturday, Jan. 12, in recognition of the Menlo-Atherton High School football team's first state championship win.

January 10, 2019 | No comments yet
Home repair program launches in Belle Haven neighborhood

Habitat for Humanity, known widely as a home construction nonprofit, runs a less-known program that provides critical home repairs to people in need. Starting this month, homeowners in Belle Haven are eligible to participate in the program.

January 8, 2019 | No comments yet
Home sales

Volume slow at end of 2018
A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula.

January 12, 2019 | 2 comments
Portola Valley civic volunteer, pilot Bud Eisberg dies at 74

Arthur Charles "Bud" Eisberg, a resident of Portola Valley and a town volunteer in civic affairs was also a pilot, a sailor and a fan of winter sports. He died on Dec. 27 while in hospice care, his wife Lynn Eisberg said. He was 74.

January 9, 2019 | 3 comments
Tonight: Council to consider a ban on gasoline-powered leaf-blowers

The Portola Valley Town Council, when it meets Wednesday, Jan. 9, will consider banning gasoline-powered leaf blowers, along with the harmful practice of using electric blowers on soil surfaces.

January 9, 2019 | 7 comments
New year brings with it plenty of new laws

One bill opens up public records about misconduct and officer-involved shootings
A slew of new laws that went into effect on Jan. 1 -- from bills addressing gender issues to new rules banning gun ownership by those convicted of domestic violence -- reflect the progressive politics California has come to be known for.

January 8, 2019 | No comments yet
Search-and-rescue mission under a watchful bird's eye

A camera-equipped drone captured this image of a gull, sunlight on the Bay, and the Menlo Park Fire Protection District's air boat searching for a missing person in August 2018 near the marshes at the eastern end of the Dumbarton Bridge.

January 12, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park fire district to expand services

Agency holding ceremonies Monday in East Palo Alto, Belle Haven
The Menlo Park Fire Protection District will hold two dedication ceremonies Monday, coinciding with the expansion of services in East Palo Alto and Menlo Park's Belle Haven residential area.

January 7, 2019 | 15 comments
Five Menlo women wrestlers win titles at Menlo Open

Alleida Martinez's day just got better as it went along. The Menlo College freshman won the 109 division of the Menlo Open women's wrestling tournament Friday and then learned she was named Open Mat's Women's College Wrestler of the Month. Martinez was one of five champions for NAIA No. 1 ranked Menlo, which took the team title with 152 points.

January 6, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep report: basketball, soccer and girls wrestling

Avery Lee scored eight of her game-high 19 points in the fourth quarter, helping Menlo School rally from behind to beat host Eastside Prep, 40-34, in a West Bay Athletic League girls basketball contest Saturday.

January 6, 2019 | No comments yet
M-A sinks late shot to edge Paly in boys basketball

James Beckwith's baseline jumper under heavy defensive pressure from Matthew Marzano went in with 21 seconds left and provided the winning points Saturday in Menlo-Atherton's 50-49 victory over Palo Alto.

January 6, 2019 | No comments yet
Rain, high winds to continue into next week

Urban areas could see up to an inch of rain
An onslaught of rain and high winds hit the Bay Area Saturday morning and the bad weather will continue all weekend and into next week, according to the National Weather Service.

January 5, 2019 | No comments yet
Tuesday: Public forum set on plan to fell El Camino redwoods

For residents who are concerned about the future of seven redwood trees sentenced to be cut down near the corner of El Camino Real and Ravenswood Avenue, the city of Menlo Park has scheduled a public forum on the matter.

January 6, 2019 | 8 comments
Team USA chefs visit Menlo Park before competing in Bocuse d'Or

Rosewood hotel to host ticketed reception
The team set to represent the U.S. at the Bocuse d'Or, a prestigious international cooking competition, will be visiting Menlo Park for a ticketed reception at the Rosewood Sand Hill hotel on Jan. 8.

January 4, 2019 | No comments yet
Analysis of Stanford's growth leaves unanswered questions

Cities called for more information about Stanford traffic programs, contributions to local schools
The final report from Santa Clara County on the likely impacts of Stanford University's proposed expansion is unlikely to satisfy local leaders, who for months have been calling for stronger action from Stanford to compensate for the consequences of its growth.

January 4, 2019 | No comments yet
SHP, Menlo boys open WBAL basketball season with wins

Jai Deshpande scored a career-high 26 points and Sacred Heart Prep opened West Bay Athletic League boys basketball play with a 67-57 victory over visiting Harker on Thursday. TKA downed host Pinewood, 72-51, and two-time defending league champion Menlo School beat visiting Priory, 50-35, in other league openers.

January 4, 2019 | No comments yet
Pinewood, Eastside Prep girls both win WBAL openers

Hannah Jump scored 17 points, Annika Decker added 16 and the Pinewood girls' basketball team opened West Bay Athletic League play with a 58-40 victory over visiting Sacred Heart Prep on Thursday. Eastside Prep went overtime to beat Priory in another opener.

January 4, 2019 | No comments yet
Satisfying sushi

Octopus offers ample, creative sushi rolls in Menlo Park
At Octopus Japanese Restaurant in Menlo Park, the sushi rolls are more traditional, assembled with care and very generous in size.

January 3, 2019 | No comments yet
Unlikely heroes ruled the movies in 2018

How underdogs dominated theater screens
At the end of every year after the last films hit the big screen, most movie critics, including me, get asked, "So what did you think of this year?" My response for 2018?

January 3, 2019 | No comments yet
Statewide snowpack at 67 percent of average for this time of year

Storms have come to California early this winter, but a survey of the Sierra snowpack on Thursday (Jan. 3) shows it is only at 67 percent of average statewide for this time of year, according to the state's Department of Water Resources.

January 3, 2019 | No comments yet
Picnickers injured by fallen tree branch sue Menlo College

A San Bruno family has filed a lawsuit against Menlo College seeking more than $2.5 million in damages after a woman and her then 2-year-old daughter were injured when a large tree branch collapsed on them during a picnic in August 2017. Another woman who was injured in the incident has filed a separate lawsuit against the Atherton college.

January 3, 2019 | 7 comments
Team USA chefs visit Menlo Park before competing in Bocuse d'Or

The team set to represent the U.S. at the Bocuse d'Or, a prestigious international cooking competition, will be visiting Menlo Park for a ticketed reception at the Rosewood Sand Hill hotel on Jan. 8.

January 4, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo's Bowie earns another GSAC Player of the Week honor

Menlo College senior Destinee Bowie asserted her will in the 14th-ranked Oaks' 83-72 victory over No. 12 Our Lady of the Lake on Sunday, making her an easy choice for Golden State Athletic Conference's Women's Basketball Player of the Week on Monday.

January 1, 2019 | No comments yet
Town seeks new bids for civic center project

Atherton has launched a new bidding process for its civic center project.

January 3, 2019 | No comments yet
New members bring business experience to Las Lomitas board

Two new members have taken their seats on the Las Lomitas Elementary School District governing board: Parents Dana Nunn and Jon Venverloh began four-year terms on the five-person school board on Dec. 12.

January 3, 2019 | 2 comments
Locals protest planned felling of seven redwoods

Period to appeal Planning Commission decision extended to Jan. 9
The clock is ticking for seven redwoods situated near one of Menlo Park's busiest intersections, El Camino Real and Ravenswood Avenue.

January 1, 2019 | 25 comments
'Little Free Library' boxes coming to more Menlo Park neighborhoods

The Menlo Park Library is launching a new pilot program to partner with local homeowners to boost residents' access to books.

January 5, 2019 | 1 comment
Menlo Park: City recruiting for volunteer commissioners

The city of Menlo Park is recruiting applicants for its Complete Streets, Environmental Quality and Planning commissions and its Sister City Committee. These commissions provide policy recommendations to the City Council.

January 6, 2019 | No comments yet
Horse DNA-testing service sets up shop in Menlo Park

"The only thing better than science is science with horses," Christa Lafayette, CEO of Etalon Diagnostics, said with a smile on a recent Wednesday afternoon at her pop-up lab situated at the former site of Yogurt Stop along El Camino Real in Menlo Park.

January 13, 2019 | 1 comment
Police calls: Safeway employee helps 86-year-old man sidestep fraud

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

January 2, 2019 | No comments yet
Disaster plan for large animals? Right now it's up to you

With a lack of resources and the burden placed on first-responding emergency workers to find and rescue people in the wake of a disaster, horses and other large animals may not get the help they need to survive. But there is something that can be done to improve their odds for survival.

January 4, 2019 | No comments yet
Ann Wengert returns to mayor's chair for 2019

Portola Valley Councilwoman Ann Wengert is the mayor for 2019, as she was in 2009 and 2014. Councilman Jeff Aalfs, the mayor in 2015, is the town's new vice mayor.

January 1, 2019 | No comments yet
Three households recognized for welcoming native plants, critters

While Portola Valley is not Eden for the plants that dwell there -- they do have pathogens to contend with -- the yards of the winners of the 2018 Backyard Habitat awards are surely among the friendlier confines on the Peninsula.

January 7, 2019 | 1 comment
Friday: Market Street before and after the great quake

A recently discovered nine-minute film of Market Street in San Francisco in the aftermath of the 1906 earthquake will be screened in a free event, open to the public, in Woodside on Friday, Jan. 4. A discussion follows with a film historian and a specialist in Market Street preservation.

January 2, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park hosts 'January is for the Birds' activity series

Events include screening of 'The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill' and a talk with the duo behind the documentary
The Menlo Park Library is dedicating a series of 13 events throughout the month of January to bird-themed activities for adults and children. The first event is a screening of "The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill" tonight (Jan. 2).

January 2, 2019 | No comments yet
Year in review: A rough-and-tumble 2018 for the Menlo fire district

The year 2018 was a challenging one for the Menlo Park Fire Protection District, with criticism from a county grand jury, from the Atherton town government, and from a number of residents who were unhappy about a contract for firefighters.

January 2, 2019 | 26 comments
Year in review: A look at issues, events in Portola Valley

The year 2018 has been eventful for Portola Valley, with enactment of new laws on marijuana cultivation, new rules for outdoor lighting, the introduction of a new smartphone app for communicating with Town Hall, and the opening of a new home for an old school.

January 2, 2019 | No comments yet

2018

Sunday: Atherton memorial service for Kathy Hughes Anderson

The town of Atherton will hold a memorial service for former town arborist Kathy Hughes Anderson, who was found stabbed to death in her Menlo Park home on Dec. 12, on Sunday afternoon, Jan. 13.

December 31, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo girls earn another basketball tournament trophy

Maeia Makoni felt right at home. The Menlo School junior did a little bit of everything in helping the Knights beat Lynbrook, 73-36, in the championship game of the Eastside Division of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic at Eastside Prep on Saturday.

December 31, 2018 | No comments yet
Prep wrestling: M-A girls finish third at Corona tournament

Five Menlo-Atherton girls wrestlers finished third or better and the Bears finished third overall at the Queen of the Hill Tournament in Corona on Saturday.

December 31, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo women stage a comeback in second half of hoops game

Destinee Bowie and the combination of six different guards helped the NAIA 14th-ranked Menlo College women's basketball team navigate its way out of a double-digit deficit, forging an 83-72 victory over visiting No. 12 Our Lady of the Lake in Sunday's Peninsula Classic.

December 31, 2018 | No comments yet
Police locate missing man

At-risk senior last seen in San Jose on Friday afternoon
The California Highway Patrol is asking for the public's assistance in locating an 85-year-old man who has been reported missing.

December 29, 2018 | No comments yet
Affordable housing a crucial piece of Measure K spending

A half-cent sales tax passed in 2012 and again in 2016 boosted San Mateo County revenues by $413 million as of the end of the 2017-18 fiscal year. Some $251.2 million has been spent, including $68.7 million on affordable housing.

December 31, 2018 | No comments yet
Halftime break revitalizes Menlo girls in hoops victory

Avery Lee suffered through a frustrating first half. Her shot wasn't falling and she picked up her third foul with 1:54 left in the second quarter. Menlo School was clinging to a 24-23 lead at the break.

December 28, 2018 | No comments yet
Free tows for the tipsy available on New Year's Eve

Motorists can get a safe and free ride home on New Year's Eve from AAA rather than driving while drunk, AAA officials said Thursday.

December 28, 2018 | No comments yet
Top local theater in 2018

We salute some of our favorite Midpeninsula productions
As 2018 draws to a close it's time once again to take a look back and give an extra shout-out to 12 (it was too hard to pick just 10!) of the best shows we saw on the Midpeninsula theater scene this year.

December 27, 2018 | No comments yet
Girls basketball: It's tournament time in the cities

The three-tiered "Coaches vs. Cancer" girls basketball tournament at Eastside Prep in East Palo Alto and Menlo School in Atherton highlight local hoops action this week.

December 27, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo boys win Orange Holiday Hoops opener

Cole Kastner scored 17 points and the Menlo boys' basketball team beat Hawaii Baptist Academy, 65-43, in the first round of the 16-team Orange Holiday Classic at Orange High on Wednesday.

December 27, 2018 | No comments yet
Year in review: Bond measures pass, enrollment dips, new preschool opens in local districts

It was a busy year for local schools, with voters approving two new parcel taxes -- worth nearly $120 million combined -- the opening of a new preschool, and new board members taking their seats.

December 29, 2018 | No comments yet
Year in review: Atherton looks to the skies and its civic center grounds in 2018

Atherton had to go back to the drawing table after bids for construction of a new civic center complex came in 40 percent higher than expected earlier this year. Noisy Surf Air flights overhead and testy relations with the fire district that serves the town were other issues of note during 2018.

December 30, 2018 | 3 comments
2018 in review: Summing up a year of change in Menlo Park

The year 2018 has been one of change in Menlo Park, characterized by growing skepticism as the city has been forced to reckon with the negative impacts of rapid growth citywide.

December 28, 2018 | 2 comments
Menlo Park firm developing device to stop postpartum bleeding

At a nondescript office nestled on Edison Way in North Fair Oaks, a small company is hard at work developing a medical device that could transform the way physicians treat postpartum hemorrhage, the world's leading cause of maternal death.

December 27, 2018 | 2 comments
Prep report: Menlo wins in boys soccer and girls basketball

The Menlo School boys' soccer team rebounded from its first loss of the season, beating Branson, 4-0, on the second day of the University Showcase on Saturday at Beach Chalet.

December 25, 2018 | No comments yet
Top boys, girls wrestling tournaments to finish the year

The wrestling season picks up again with a pair of two-day tournaments this weekend. The Palo Alto boys are entered in the Pat Lovell Holiday Coast Classic at the PAC Center at Aptos High while the Menlo-Atherton girls are entered in the Queen of the Hill Tournament at The Rinks Corona Inline in Corona.

December 25, 2018 | No comments yet
Atherton: Child uninjured after tree crashes onto house

Pine tree branch pierces bedroom ceiling
Three residents of an Atherton home got a frightening Christmas Day wake-up call when a large pine tree fell onto their house shortly before 2 a.m.

December 25, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo Fire officials share holiday safety tips

Holidays bring unique fire dangers; public should not hesitate to call 911
The Menlo Park Fire Protection District is reminding the public to take precautions during the holidays to safeguard one's self, family and property from danger.

December 25, 2018 | No comments yet
Ignition-lock mandatory for repeat DUI offenders starting Jan. 1

Program established through bill by state Sen. Jerry Hill
Starting Jan. 1, repeat DUI offenders statewide will be required to install an ignition lock preventing them from driving if they aren't sober.

December 25, 2018 | No comments yet
How will federal shutdown affect NASA Ames and USGS?

Close to 1,200 employees put on unpaid leave; national parks affected
The NASA Ames Research Center was preparing this week to furlough nearly all its employees and close down most operations with the federal government shutdown that began Dec. 22.

December 22, 2018 | No comments yet
Portola Valley: Crosswalks in the cross hairs

"Basically everything is driven by the notion that we're all supposed to stay alive, and there's no amount of convenience that can override that," said Portola Valley resident Kiran Kamboj during a recent discussion of pedestrian safety in town.

December 24, 2018 | 10 comments
An unblinking eye to accompany deputies on patrol starting in June

Encounters with Sheriff's Office deputies on patrol after June should result in video records of the experience stored in the internet cloud. The Board of Supervisors approved the purchase of 537 body cameras for the deputies and 80 for the cars.

December 26, 2018 | 3 comments
Cheney day blues

'Vice' dissects George W's shadowy V.P.
At one of many turning points in the historical drama "Vice," Lynne Cheney protests to her husband, Dick, not to pursue a job offer."The Vice President is a nothing job," she says. "Hmm," he replies.

December 21, 2018 | 3 comments
Year in review: Respect for ethics, renters, pedestrians and neighbors in Woodside

Woodside: The year 2018 in review
The Woodside Town Council was busy in 2018, acting on ethics code reform, apartment dormers and safe routes to school, among many matters. The council has new members, Town Hall lost a maintenance man, and firefighting officials are re-evaluating plans for a new station.

December 31, 2018 | 1 comment
Menlo Park school board member may resign her post

Stacey Jones’ family looking to move out of state
Stacey Jones has announced that she may resign from the Menlo Park City School District board next summer because she and her family are likely to move from the state. The school board has begun discussing how to fill her position should her resignation become official.

December 27, 2018 | No comments yet
City names new assistant public works directors

Menlo Park's interim city manager, Starla Jerome Robinson, has named Nikki Nagaya, Chris Lamm and Brian Henry as the city's three new assistant public works directors, effective Jan. 7.

December 27, 2018 | No comments yet
'It's a Suite Nutcracker'

The ensemble of Menlowe Ballet presented a sensory-sensitive, abridged Nutcracker show, "It's a Suite Nutcracker," for families to accommodate individuals with special needs on Dec. 16.

December 21, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Overnight parking enforcement lifted for holidays

Menlo Park residents hosting guests for the holidays now have one less source of stress. Now through Jan. 2, people who park on the street overnight won't get ticketed by Menlo Park police.

December 21, 2018 | 1 comment
M-A state football title brings school community together

Menlo-Atherton High School had a great week. Former M-A student and lead singer of the rock band Fleetwood Mac, Stevie Nicks, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Bears football team won their first-ever state championship on Saturday night.

December 21, 2018 | 1 comment
Prep football season ends with M-A winning state title

Menlo-Atherton football coach turned from celebrating a state championship to making sure his players were ready for their finals before the Christmas recess in the space of about 48 hours. He is as proud of his team scholastically as he is for their athletic success.

December 21, 2018 | No comments yet
Priory girls continue hoops improvement, M-A boys win

The defending Northern California champion Priory girls basketball team is slowly rounding into shape and coach Buck Matthews thinks the Panthers can hit their stride in mid-January, just in time for a West Bay Athletic League home game against Pinewood, currently ranked 19th in the nation by MaxPreps regardless of division.

December 21, 2018 | No comments yet
Brantley reaches a milestone in Menlo's hoops victory

Aliyah Brantley carved out a piece of history for herself, Destinee Bowie stepped up big and the 14th-ranked Menlo College women's basketball team figured that one good upset was worth another, recording a 51-46 victory over No. 8 Carroll on Thursday at the Frontier Classic in Chandler, Ariz.

December 21, 2018 | No comments yet
Stanford sues Santa Clara County over housing law

University claims it's been unfairly targeted by 'inclusionary housing' ordinance
Stanford University on Wednesday filed two lawsuits against Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, charging county officials of unfairly and illegally targeting the university with a recently adopted law that aims to promote more affordable housing on campus.

December 21, 2018 | 5 comments
Atherton police treat kids in need to a holiday shopping spree

It was an experience they could only have dreamed about: Eight local kids were taken on a holiday shopping spree at Target in Redwood City on Dec. 19 to buy gifts for family members, a treat for themselves, and a necessity like a coat or pajamas, thanks to the Atherton Police Department and its nonprofit supporting groups.

December 23, 2018 | 2 comments
teamLab explores the 'Now of Eternity'

Pace Gallery presents encore exhibition by Japanese art collective
Pace's current exhibition returns to a favorite theme of the gallery: the intersection of art and technology.

December 20, 2018 | No comments yet
Happy camper

Chef-driven Camper brightens the Menlo Park dining scene
Menlo Park's Camper is another welcome, chef-driven, high-quality addition to the local restaurant scene.

December 20, 2018 | No comments yet
Jesse Cool brings in new partner at Flea St. Cafe in Menlo Park

Four years ago, Michael Biesemeyer stood outside Flea St. Cafe in Menlo Park and told a server, "Some day, I'm going to own this place." And now, owner Jesse Cool has brought in Biesemeyer, a former captain-server, as managing partner and co-owner of the longtime farm-to-table restaurant at 3607 Alameda de las Pulgas.

December 20, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo Park homicide suspect appears in court

Case involving Menlo Park woman's stabbing death postponed until Jan. 18
Francis Wolke, the 26-year-old Ohio man suspected in the killing of Kathleen Anne Hughes Anderson of Menlo Park, appeared in San Mateo County Superior Court on Thursday, Dec. 20, to be assigned an attorney.

December 20, 2018 | No comments yet
Multi-city flood control project hits major landmark

Under dark clouds and an eventual downpour, public officials on Dec. 14 unveiled the completed first phase of a San Francisquito Creek project that aims to protect 1,000 homes from a 100-year flood event during an extreme high tide.

December 22, 2018 | No comments yet
Holiday Fund: Boys & Girls Clubs help low-income kids achieve college dreams

Serving students from kindergarten through college graduation, BGCP provides year-round expanded learning opportunities to 2,500 low-income youth at 13 locations in Menlo Park, East Palo Alto and Redwood City. It is one of 10 nonprofits that benefit from The Almanac's 2018 Holiday Fund.

December 26, 2018 | No comments yet
Holiday Fund: Program's beneficiary eager to give back

When Patrisha brought a donation of a Christmas turkey to the Ecumenical Hunger Program in December, it was a continuation of a story that goes back to the early days of the organization. The nonprofit is one of 10 that benefit from The Almanac's 2018 Holiday Fund.

December 28, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo women top Providence at Frontier basketball Classic

Aliyah Brantley had 14 points and 11 rebounds to help the 14th-ranked Menlo College women's basketball team beat No. 13 Providence, 71-68, on opening day of the Frontier Classic at Chandler-Gilbert CC on Wednesday.

December 20, 2018 | No comments yet
Stanford, school districts partner to study English learners

Collaborative develops long-term research projects to benefit districts
The Stanford University Graduate School of Education has launched a long-term research partnership with nine local school districts to study the experiences and outcomes for students whose first language is not English.

December 20, 2018 | No comments yet
With record demand, food bank's funding falls short

Second Harvest says donations dropped $1.1M from last year
It's turning into an annual problem -- despite the booming local economy, Bay Area food banks are again dealing with too many hungry mouths to feed and not enough money to help them all.

December 20, 2018 | 1 comment
Three deaths prompt county hearing on Taser use

Dozens attend supervisors' meeting to demand release of video related to man's death
In the wake of three deaths involving Taser stun gun use by law enforcement officers in San Mateo County this year, the county Board of Supervisors voted at its meeting on Tuesday to hold a public forum on the weapons.

December 19, 2018 | 19 comments
Police calls: Burglaries in Atherton and Menlo Park

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

December 19, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: New mayor's priorities include affordable housing, Caltrain track separation plan

As Menlo Park's mayor for the coming year, Ray Mueller will play a role in shaping what gets put on the City Council's agenda and, by extension, what policymaking gets done over the next 12 months. The Almanac spoke with him to discuss his priorities for 2019.

December 20, 2018 | 54 comments
Menlo women's golf signs South San Francisco student

The Menlo College women's golf team continues to add depth to its roster with the addition of Catherine Batang as the latest signing for Director of Golf Mike Givens. This comes at a time when the program is off to a record start to the 2018-19 season and is only expected to continue rising.

December 18, 2018 | No comments yet
Home sales

Custom-built Atherton home sells for $12.5M
A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula.

December 25, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo Park 12U boys soccer team place second in Foster City

Of local note
The Menlo Park Red Bulls 12U boys soccer team finished second overall at the recently concluded Section 2 tournament in Foster City, which brought together eight first-place teams.

December 18, 2018 | No comments yet
Wednesday: Atherton to vote on rebidding new civic center project

Atherton will soon decide if it will launch a new bidding process for the project to construct its long-awaited civic center project in early January.

December 18, 2018 | No comments yet
Fund for women coaches created in VanDerveer's honor

Inspired by Stanford's Hall of Fame coach, the Women's Sports Foundation has created the Tara VanDerveer Fund for the Advancement of Women in Coaching.

December 18, 2018 | No comments yet
Fire marshal advises on preventing wildfire destruction

Fire Marshal Denise Enea advised the Woodside Town Council on steps to take to prevent and curb wildfires, and in the unfortunate presence of one, to prevent destruction of one's home.

December 19, 2018 | 2 comments
Dreams come true

Stephanie Herman danced her dream into being, and now continues her artistic pursuits
Former principal ballerina Stephanie Herman recalls a brilliant career, the peaks and valleys of which she portrays in a documentary film using spoken word, music and dance. A dinner-theater event for the film is set for Jan. 30 in Redwood City.

December 23, 2018 | No comments yet
Village Hub in Woodside hosts a shopping party this Friday

Attention last-minute shoppers: The Village Hub has you covered with unique gifts at its third annual holiday party and gift fair on Friday, Dec. 21, at Woodside Village Church, 3154 Woodside Road in Woodside.

December 17, 2018 | No comments yet
M-A boys make the best of their basketball situation

The short-handed Menlo-Atherton boys basketball team beat previously undefeated Leland, 58-52, in the first round of the DJ Frandsen Memorial Tournament at Bellarmine on Friday.

December 16, 2018 | No comments yet
SHP girls rally for win, Pinewood in tourney title tilt

Caroline Barclay, who scored a team-best 13 points, kept things simple and the sophomore guard helped turn the tide even as the Sacred Heart Prep girls basketball team lost another of its leaders to injury.

December 16, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo has three champs at women's wrestling tourney

With eight wrestlers finishing third or higher, including former Palo Alto great Sara Aguilar, the top-ranked Menlo College women's wrestling team won the West Coast Tournament of Champions title in Rocklin over the weekend.

December 16, 2018 | No comments yet
M-A seniors leave lasting impression on the football field

Menlo-Atherton High defeated Lincoln of San Diego 21-7 for the CIF 3-AA state football championship Saturday at Sequoia High for the first state football championship in school history. What a way to go out for the Menlo-Atherton seniors.

December 16, 2018 | No comments yet
Stabbing victim's death sends shock waves through community

'There was a very bottomless amount of love in her,' friend says
Those who knew Kathy Hughes Anderson are reeling in shock following the news that the former Atherton town arborist and 62-year-old Menlo Park resident was found stabbed to death in her Valparaiso Avenue home on Wednesday, Dec. 12.

December 16, 2018 | 1 comment
M-A student wins Congressional App Challenge

Anna Quinlan, a senior at Menlo-Atherton High School, won the 2018 18th Congressional District's App Challenge for an insulin pump app she created, Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Menlo Park, announced on Dec. 3.

December 14, 2018 | No comments yet
Woodside School honors award-winning student

Georgia Hutchinson was a star at a recent national science and engineering competition
The Woodside Elementary School District celebrated eighth-grader Georgia Hutchinson and her award-winning scientific achievement at an assembly last week.

December 16, 2018 | No comments yet
Rain, wind forecast throughout Bay Area this weekend

The National Weather Service is forecasting rain and wind that will impact the Bay Area and Central Coast today through Monday, with a strong storm arriving on Sunday.

December 14, 2018 | No comments yet
Authorities identify homicide victim as former town arborist

Victim was well-respected former Atherton staff member
The San Mateo County Coroner's Office has identified the woman who was found fatally stabbed in her home in the 900 block of Valparaiso Avenue in Menlo Park on Dec. 12 as Kathleen Anne Hughes Anderson, 62, the former arborist for the town of Atherton. There are still many unanswered questions about the killing and the circumstances leading to the arrest of a suspect on Wednesday, Dec. 12, soon after Hughes Anderson's body was discovered.

December 14, 2018 | 15 comments
Menlo College women topple Emmanuel in wrestling

The top-ranked NAIA Menlo women's wrestling team (ranked 6th in the WCWA) took a big step forward Wednesday with its 34-11 dual-meet victory over visiting NCAA Division II Emmanuel College. The Lions came in ranked fourth in the WCWA.

December 14, 2018 | No comments yet
Prep report: A pair of soccer hat tricks highlight action

The Menlo School boys' soccer team opened West Bay Athletic League play with a convincing 7-0 victory over host Crystal Springs, 7-0, Thursday. In girls soccer, Amaya Gray scored three goals and host Priory beat San Mateo, 4-1, in a nonleague match.

December 14, 2018 | No comments yet
'Rise Up, My Love'

Peninsula Women's Chorus holds winter concert
Peninsula Women's Chorus will present its winter concert, "Rise Up, My Love," on Saturday, Dec. 15.

December 13, 2018 | No comments yet
After 'ever after'

Los Altos Stage Company goes 'Into the Woods'
Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's "Into the Woods" has become a beloved theater staple since its debut in the 1980s and it's understandable why.

December 13, 2018 | No comments yet
Concerts in the spirit of Christmas

Jazz vocalists Dianne Reeves and Gregory Porter perform at Stanford
The Stanford campus is a hot spot for jazz vocalists this week, when Dianne Reeves and Gregory Porter will each offer programs of Christmas music and more on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 14 and 15, at Bing Concert Hall and Memorial Auditorium, respectively.

December 13, 2018 | No comments yet
Get schooled for the holidays

Local chefs let you ring in the season with festive cooking classes
This holiday season, look to local chefs and cooking schools for interactive, fun classes to prepare for festive meals and baking.

December 13, 2018 | No comments yet
Hugs and drugs

Julia Roberts mothers a teen addict in 'Ben is Back'
The "twilight zone" of living with a family member in the grip of addiction serves as the existential setting of "Ben is Back." Sure, the literal setting is a rather quaint suburban New York town, made deceptively more charming by its choir-graced church and Christmas-goosed families. But the film's titular return of a teenager to his blended family on Christmas Eve spells 24 hours of secrets and lies.

December 13, 2018 | No comments yet
Holiday Fund: Offering a helping hand to English learners

Project Read-Menlo Park was founded in 1985, and since 2012 alone has supported nearly 750 learners from 56 different countries. It is one of 10 nonprofits that benefit from The Almanac's 2018 Holiday Fund.

December 15, 2018 | No comments yet
Holiday Fund: Workshops focus on sexual health, personal boundaries

In the wake of ongoing sexual misconduct headlines during the past year, a Redwood City-based sexual health education organization has unveiled a new workshop series to open up dialogue about sexuality and personal boundaries. Health Connected is one of 10 nonprofits that benefit from The Almanac's 2018 Holiday Fund.

December 17, 2018 | No comments yet
Guest opinion: Who is Menlo Park? The answer is in our values

Like many cities in the Bay Area, Menlo Park faces some daunting challenges, from income disparities to traffic congestion. But we can address basic needs and quality of life without sacrificing the core of our community.

December 14, 2018 | 16 comments
BioCellection, co-founder win Pritzker Environmental prize

Entrepreneur Miranda Wang and BioCellection, the Menlo Park-based company she co-founded, have been named the winners of the Pritzker Emerging Environmental Genius Award for 2018.

December 14, 2018 | 2 comments
Summer program at Phillips Brooks School gets OK

A summer academic program at Phillips Brooks School in Sharon Heights received clearance from the Menlo Park Planning Commission on Dec. 10 to launch for future summers following an initial pilot program this year.

December 14, 2018 | No comments yet
Four teachers, four stories

The many area teachers who are struggling to remain in their classrooms while keeping a roof over their heads despite the severe shortage of affordable housing find various strategies to stay in the game - some only temporary.

December 20, 2018 | 6 comments
Why are rents so high?

Bay Area rents have skyrocketed for a variety of reasons.
Professor Enrico Moretti of UC Berkeley offers insights on the Bay Area jobs-housing imbalance.

December 20, 2018 | No comments yet
Housing insecurity

Local teachers struggle to get by with high rents and home prices
It has been financially difficult for local teachers to live in the area since housing prices exploded in recent years. Teachers are coping with high housing costs with long commutes, picking up extra jobs and enduring difficult living situations.

December 20, 2018 | 1 comment
ALL-CENTRAL COAST SECTION GIRLS WATER POLO

All-Central Coast Section Girls Water Polo
Player of the Year: Nina Flynn Leland 12
FIRST TEAM:
Nina Flynn Leland 12
Jenna Flynn Leland 9; Shea Salvino Soquel 12; Zoe King Leland 12; Eleanor Facey SHP 10; Nellie McAdams (GK) SHP 12; Claire Pisani Castilleja 12; Minhee Chung Castilleja 11.

December 13, 2018 | No comments yet
M-A football seniors have a chance to finish careers on top

It's a rare circumstance for a senior to have the opportunity to win a state championship the last time he suits up in a high school football game. Such is the case for the 28 seniors on Menlo-Atherton's 70-man roster as the Bears prepare to play Lincoln of San Diego on Saturday for the CIF 3-AA state championship. Kickoff is slated for 6 p.m. at Sequoia High.

December 13, 2018 | No comments yet
Prep report: Paly girls, SHP soccer, Menlo boys all win

Annika Shah scored 20 points to help the Palo Alto girls basketball team beat Menlo-Atherton 52-33 in a nonleague contest on Wednesday. Cole Kastner had 24 points and 15 rebounds in Menlo School's 55-47 victory over host Homestead in a boys basketball contest.

December 13, 2018 | No comments yet
Holbrook-Palmer Park playing fields closed until mid-January

The playing fields at Holbrook-Palmer Park are closed for annual field maintenance.

December 14, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Man arrested in connection with fatal stabbing

Woman was found dead in her Valparaiso Avenue home Wednesday
Menlo Park police arrested a 26-year-old man suspected of fatally stabbing a woman in her home in the 900 block of Valparaiso Avenue on Wednesday night (Dec. 12), according to a police department press release.

December 12, 2018 | 10 comments
Menlo Park: New council members take dais

Ray Mueller is the new mayor; Cecilia Taylor named vice mayor
At a rare standing-room-only meeting in the Menlo Park City Council Chambers on Tuesday, Dec. 11, the powers of the council office were transferred warmly from one set of council members to the next.

December 12, 2018 | 3 comments
Today: Caltrain to hold public meeting on electrification in Atherton

Caltrain will host a meeting on Monday, Dec. 17, in Atherton to discuss the construction project that will electrify the rail line.

December 15, 2018 | 2 comments
Menlo girls basketball, girls soccer both improve to 6-1

Alexa Thomases scored twice and the Menlo School girls soccer team beat visiting Castilleja, 3-0, in a nonleague match Tuesday. Natalie Chen scored 20 points to help Castilleja down visiting KIPP San Jose Collegiate, 48-22, in a girls basketball game.

December 12, 2018 | No comments yet
Woodside council names Yost as new mayor

The Woodside Town Council chose council members Daniel Yost and Ned Fluet to serve as the new mayor and mayor pro tempore, respectively, at a meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 11.

December 13, 2018 | No comments yet
Bill Widmer is Atherton’s new mayor

Rick DeGolia appointed vice mayor
Bill Widmer will serve his second term as Atherton's mayor in 2019, while Rick DeGolia has been appointed vice mayor. Fellow council members elected them to their new roles on Dec. 6.

December 13, 2018 | No comments yet
ALL-LEAGUE BOYS WATER POLO TEAMS

ALL-LEAGUE BOYS WATER POLO TEAMS
West Catholic Athletic League
First team
Larsen Weigle Sacred Heart Prep Senior Driver
Andrew Churukian Sacred Heart Prep Senior 2 Meter
Walker Seymour Sacred Heart Prep Senior Driver
Griffen Price Sacred Heart Prep Freshman Goalie

December 11, 2018 | No comments yet
Bomb threat at Instagram headquarters prompts evacuation

A building owned by Facebook, located at 200 Jefferson Drive in Menlo Park, has been deemed safe after it was evacuated due to an anonymous bomb threat Tuesday evening, according to Menlo Park police.

December 11, 2018 | 2 comments
Menlo Park man rescued from fires pleads guilty to arson

Blazes burned Jeep, former Compadres Mexican Bar & Grill in Palo Alto
A Menlo Park man rescued from one of two fires he started in Palo Alto last month pleaded guilty to all charges on Tuesday, according to the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office.

December 11, 2018 | 2 comments
Elementary school hit in latest string of Atherton burglaries

Someone stole $14,000 worth of electronics from Encinal Elementary School in Atherton during the first weekend of December, one of the latest in a series of burglaries police are now calling a crime wave.

December 12, 2018 | No comments yet
Tuesday: Woodside council discusses wildfire prevention

New council members set to take dais
The Woodside Town Council will discuss wildfire prevention tonight (Dec. 11) in light of the devastating wildfires in Northern California in the past two years.

December 11, 2018 | 6 comments
ALL-LEAGUE FOOTBALL TEAMS

ALL-LEAGUE FOOTBALL TEAMS
Santa Clara Valley Athletic League
(Palo Alto only)
Offensive MVP: Jackson Chryst
Lineman of the Year: Kevin Giffen
Most Outstanding Junior: Jamir Shepard
First team
Aiden Chang, RB
Paul Thie, WR

December 11, 2018 | No comments yet
SHP grad Burr-Kirven named first team AP All-American

Sacred Heart Prep grad Ben Burr-Kirven, who plays for Washington, earned a spot on the Associated Press All-America football first team while Huskies defensive backs Taylor Rapp and Byron Murphy each made AP's second team.

December 11, 2018 | No comments yet
Prep report: Priory sophomore on fire in basketball

Sophomore guard Zach Zafran continued his impressive start to the boys basketball season, scoring a season-high 26 points to help host Priory down Summit Prep, 68-47, in a nonleague contest Monday.

December 11, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo Park council race: Why did incumbents lose?

Four years ago, Menlo Park City Council members Peter Ohtaki and Kirsten Keith received the most votes citywide compared with their competitors. Last month, under an entirely new district-based voting system, they lost their respective district races by wide margins to two people who volunteer on city commissions, Betsy Nash and Drew Combs.

December 11, 2018 | 9 comments
Menlo Park: City seeks feedback on Ravenswood, Caltrain track separation plan

The city of Menlo Park is seeking feedback on a draft report that has been released addressing the complex question of what to do about the places where the Caltrain line intersects with city roads and the work that has been done so far to evaluate the city's options.

December 18, 2018 | 58 comments
Police calls: Forgery, flimflammery and finagling

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

December 13, 2018 | No comments yet
Tonight: New Menlo Park council members to take dais

Mayor and vice mayor to be selected
Newly elected Menlo Park City Council members Cecilia Taylor, Drew Combs and Betsy Nash will take the dais tonight (Dec. 11) as part of the council's annual reorganization meeting. The council will also decide who will serve as the mayor and vice mayor until December 2019.

December 11, 2018 | No comments yet
Sprinklers halt kitchen fire at Menlo Park's Nativity School

A fire that started Sunday afternoon (Dec. 9) in a kitchen at the John and Susan Sobrato Pavilion at the Nativity School in Menlo Park was quickly extinguished by a built-in sprinkler system, according to the Menlo Park Fire Protection District.

December 10, 2018 | No comments yet
Pinewood, Menlo, Priory girls win big hoops games

Senior Klara Astrom may not have shot well from the field but she was a perfect 10 from the foul line. She also grabbed 19 rebounds and the Pinewood girls basketball team beat host Bishop O'Dowd, 56-53, in a nonleague game Saturday.

December 10, 2018 | No comments yet
Stuart Hall goes deep to beat Menlo in hoops tournament

Menlo School ran into a hot-shooting Stuart Hall team Friday night and fell 66-53 in the championship game of the Burlingame Lions Club Tournament. Palo Alto beat El Camino in the third-place game.

December 10, 2018 | No comments yet
Prep report: Buzzer beaters in hoops; early score in soccer

Avery Lee hit a shot at the buzzer to lift the Menlo School girls basketball team past James Logan, 66-64, in the semifinals of the Alameda Tournament on Friday night. The Menlo boys soccer team recorded a 4-1 victory over visiting Aragon in a nonleague game Friday.

December 10, 2018 | No comments yet
M-A wins NorCal Regional football title on muddy field

Troy Franklin took a toss from freshman quarterback Matt MacLeod and raced 70 yards for the go-ahead touchdown in Menlo-Atherton's 27-20 victory over Eureka in the CIF NorCal Regional Division 3-AA championship at McKinleyville High on Friday night.

December 10, 2018 | No comments yet
M-A girls win wrestling titles; Paly freshman wins a boys title

Palo Alto placed fourth at The Bay Area 56 boys wrestling tournament in Castro Valley as freshman Cade Creighton won an individual title at 153 pounds. Evelyn Calhoon and Abby Ericson each won individual titles and Menlo-Atherton placed third in Saturday's Roger Briones girls wrestling Invitational.

December 10, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Toys, volunteers needed for holiday drive

The annual Willows neighborhood toy drive to benefit children and families in the Ravenswood City School District is underway, and organizers are sounding the call for donations and volunteers.

December 9, 2018 | No comments yet
Longtime aging expert, now 88, heeds his own advice

Dr. Walter Bortz of Portola Valley talks about what it's like to be a senior
At 88 years old, aging expert and retired Stanford University professor Walter Bortz is personally experiencing some of the health trials he's spent a career studying and writing about.

December 9, 2018 | 1 comment
Home sales

Old Adobe Road home sells for $19.5M
A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula.

December 18, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo-Atherton keeping its focus on NorCal football game

After the events of the last few days Menlo-Atherton football coach Adhir Ravipati is all in on keeping his team's focus on the game ahead, the Northern California 3-AA bowl game against Eureka at McKinleyville High School on Friday at 7 p.m.

December 7, 2018 | No comments yet
Prep report: SH Prep improves to 3-0 in boys soccer

Alexi Stavropoulos scored a goal and assisted on two others as the Sacred Heart boys' soccer team won its third straight to open the season, beating visiting Mountain View, 5-1, in a nonleague contest Thursday.

December 7, 2018 | No comments yet
County officials certify results for local elections

San Mateo County election officials released the certified results for the Nov. 6 election on Thursday, Dec. 6. And given the preliminary counts that have trickled in since election night, there were no surprises except perhaps for the approval of the countywide sales tax Measure W.

December 7, 2018 | 6 comments
Final election results: Pulido, Sobomehin, Fitch win seats on Ravenswood school board

Incumbent, two newcomers earn top three spots in midterm election
Incumbent Ana Pulido and newcomers Tamara Sobomehin and Stephanie Fitch have officially been elected to the Ravenswood City School District Board of Education, according to certified election results released on Thursday.

December 7, 2018 | 2 comments
Raising the curtain on 'The Nutcracker'

Putting on a production of "The Nutcracker" is no small feat, despite the bevy of local performances on offer during the holiday season. Mountain View's Western Ballet allowed Voice and Almanac photographer Magali Gauthier behind the scenes to document the controlled chaos.

December 6, 2018 | No comments yet
Forging ahead, falling behind

Melissa McCarthy plays a felonious forger in 'Forgive'
By the very definition of the word, most of us are "average," neither achieving the heights of greatness, fame and riches, nor falling into homelessness or a "crime-that-doesn't- pay" lifestyle. Averageness can be quantified: average height, average weight, average earnings -- but "ordinariness" is a state of mind.

December 6, 2018 | No comments yet
Who wants to live forever?

TheatreWorks takes on the immortal story of 'Tuck Everlasting'
TheatreWorks Silicon Valley is currently presenting the 2016 Broadway musical version of the magical, melancholy tale, which seems likely to be a crowd pleaser for audience members of all ages.

December 6, 2018 | No comments yet
Stanford Live earns Hewlett grant

Grant will be used to create contemporary rendition of 'Treemonisha'
Stanford Live and Weyni Mengesha have been awarded a $150,000 grant from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation to commission and produce a contemporary reimagining of Scott Joplin's 1911 opera "Treemonisha," the foundation announced this week.

December 6, 2018 | No comments yet
A Woodside treasure

History of Fleishhacker family estate goes back more than a century
The Fleishhacker estate in Woodside, recently revealed to be on the market for an unnamed price that local real estate agents speculate could surpass $150 million, has been a summer retreat for members of the Fleishhacker family for more than a century.

December 8, 2018 | 2 comments
Local author cooks up easy entertaining

Friends, family join Skylonda couple in their forest cabin to celebrate Hanukkah
Skylonda resident Erin Gleeson's three "The Forest Feast" vegetarian cookbooks are known around the world -- more than 250,000 copies have been published in 10 different languages.

December 9, 2018 | 1 comment
Love 'em or hate 'em, they're roosting in a yard near you

Wild turkeys are becoming more of a presence on the Peninsula
Thirty-three. That's how many wild turkeys crossed the road in front of a visitor driving through Portola Valley Ranch in Portola Valley the other day.

December 15, 2018 | No comments yet
WHOA! responding to animals in need

The toll of losses from the Camp Fire continues to climb. Along with the devastation to the human population, thousands of animals have been impacted. WHOA!, the Woodside area equestrian organization, responded to the situation with a call for donations to assist in feeding and caring for the animals.

December 7, 2018 | No comments yet
Holiday Fund: Helping homeless youth build brighter futures

StarVista, which provides counseling, crisis prevention, youth housing, and outreach programs for San Mateo County residents, is one of 10 nonprofits that benefit from The Almanac's 2018 Holiday Fund.

December 12, 2018 | No comments yet
Holiday Fund: Upward Scholars offers 'life-changing' educational help

Upward Scholars provides financial and academic support to low-income adults so they can continue their education in community college, get better jobs, and serve as role models and advocates for their children. The nonprofit is one of 10 that benefit from The Almanac's 2018 Holiday Fund.

December 7, 2018 | 6 comments
Unspecified threat found in M-A bathroom

Menlo-Atherton High School officials notified parents of M-A students in a Dec. 5 email that the school had contacted Atherton police after someone found an unspecified threat written in a bathroom stall. The email didn't say when the threat was discovered.

December 6, 2018 | No comments yet
'Tis the season indeed

You know ‘tis the season of giving when 300-plus people drive up the hill to Alice's Restaurant in Woodside in rainy conditions to attend a Paradise Camp Fire Relief Fundraiser.

December 6, 2018 | No comments yet
Of local note: All-Region honors for soccer, volleyball

Stanford men's soccer forward Amir Bashti, defender Tanner Beason and goalkeeper Andrew Thomas were named to the United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division I Men's All-Far West Region first team and midfielder Logan Panchot earned a spot on the third team as announced Wednesday. It's the first all-region selection for each. All-America teams will be announced later this week.

December 6, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo Park soccer team advances to AYSO Section 2 tournament

The Menlo Park U12 Red Bull boys soccer team advanced to this weekend's AYSO Section 2 tournament in Foster City by winning the Area tournament over the weekend in Menlo Park.

December 6, 2018 | 1 comment
M-A boys take over hoops contest in the second half

Sacred Heart Prep was playing its fourth game of the season Wednesday while Menlo-Atherton was playing its season opener. You might think the Gators, who were playing at home, might have an advantage. Especially considering the Bears were without as many as five players expected to play key roles who are still with the school's football team as it prepares for the state playoffs.

December 6, 2018 | No comments yet
Prep report: Menlo School wins nonleague soccer game

Julian Steinbrenner scored 24 points and Evan Dray added 23 but Gunn dropped a closely-contested 73-66 boys basketball decision to Santa Teresa in the opening round of the Los Gatos Wildcat Shootout tournament on Wednesday.

December 6, 2018 | No comments yet
M-A, Eastside Prep girls hoops are a work in progress

Defense played a key role in Eastside Prep's 38-35 victory over host Menlo-Atherton in a nonleague girls basketball game Wednesday night between schools with winning traditions. At the same time, neither side could feel good about the offense.

December 6, 2018 | No comments yet
Landmark Theaters bought by Cohen Media Group

Local Landmark theaters include Guild in Menlo Park
Landmark Theaters, which includes the Guild in Menlo Park and the Aquarius Theatre in downtown Palo Alto, has been bought by the Cohen Media Group, the company announced this week.

December 6, 2018 | 2 comments
High school district forms committee to address student performance, absenteeism

Superintendent says there is need for “immediate reform”
The Sequoia Union High School District will form a committee to look at improving its school climate and students' academic performance, Superintendent Mary Streshly announced Tuesday (Dec. 4).

December 7, 2018 | No comments yet
Upcoming meetings in Menlo Park

It's business as usual between now and the holidays when it comes to Menlo Park's public meeting schedule. Here are a few upcoming gatherings to look out for.

December 6, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Four burglaries reported on Tuesday

Laptop computers were the target in two commercial burglaries on Adams Drive in Menlo Park last night. And there were two burglaries reported on Sharon Park Drive: one attempted entry of an apartment and one incident in which a smashed car window was the only apparent damage.

December 5, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo Park council gives $275,000 to local nonprofits

Nonprofits that serve people in Menlo Park earned a combined $275,000 on Tuesday, Dec. 4, when the Menlo Park City Council voted unanimously to approve a spending plan for its community funding program.

December 6, 2018 | No comments yet
All-CCS water polo, college honors, coaches corner

Sacred Heart Prep senior Larsen Weigle, who is headed to Stanford in the fall, was named the Central Coast Section Player of the Year by a panel of water polo coaches it was announced Tuesday.

December 5, 2018 | No comments yet
Prep report: Lots of local success in soccer, basketball

James Jeon and Isaiah Schoenberger were among the goal scorers as Palo Alto stayed unbeaten on the young boys soccer season, beating visiting Menlo-Atherton, 3-0, in a nonleague contest Tuesday.

December 5, 2018 | No comments yet
Cyclist injured in hit-and-run at Alpine Road and I-280

A Palo Alto man riding his bicycle on Alpine Road on Nov. 18 was sent to the hospital with head injuries when someone driving a Porsche SUV struck the bicycle from behind and fled the scene.

December 4, 2018 | 28 comments
Sheriff's Office warns of scam involving SMC Alert system

The San Mateo County Sheriff's Office is warning residents about a scam involving text messages claiming to be associated with the county's SMC Alert emergency notification system.

December 5, 2018 | 1 comment
Tonight: Dinner at Alice's Restaurant to benefit Camp Fire victims

If you're looking for a way to help victims of the Camp Fire in Butte County, Alice's Restaurant in Woodside is putting on a family-style pasta dinner tonight (Tuesday, Dec. 4), with 100 percent of proceeds going to victims.

December 4, 2018 | No comments yet
Fiscal responsibility, high academic standards are key priorities for new board members

There will be some new faces looking out from the dais at Menlo Park City School District board meetings starting Dec. 11, the day district parents Sherwin Chen and Scott Saywell begin their terms on the school board.

December 10, 2018 | 6 comments
Menlo Park district registering preschool students

Registration is underway for enrollment in Menlo Park City School District's new preschool next school year.

December 5, 2018 | No comments yet
Thursday: Public meeting in Portola Valley on pedestrian safety

Residents of Portola Valley who have concerns and complaints about pedestrian safety in town may want to attend a public meeting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 6, to hear from a traffic consultant who has studied and assessed the issue.

December 6, 2018 | No comments yet
Tuesday: Menlo Park council to discuss rail line report, community funding decisions

At the Menlo Park City Council meeting tonight (Dec. 4), there's only one item of regular business scheduled: deciding whether to put $275,000 into the council's discretionary community funding program.

December 4, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo College dominates Bluechip Open wrestling

Menlo College women's wrestling team recorded eight individual champions and 12 overall finalists, including Palo Alto grad Sara Aguilar, at the Bluechip Open in Oklahoma City on Saturday.

December 4, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo's Bowie named GSAC Women's Basketball Player of Week

Menlo College's Destinee Bowie earned Golden State Athletic Conference Player of the Week honors, the ninth such recognition for the Oaks. Bowie wins her second weekly honor.

December 4, 2018 | No comments yet
Recycled-water irrigation coming to Menlo golf course

The West Bay Sanitary District has begun construction of a 500,000-gallons-per-day wastewater recycling facility on the grounds of the Sharon Heights Golf Course in western Menlo Park.

December 6, 2018 | 2 comments
Wireless companies can make offers that cannot be refused

Portola Valley Town Hall is taking steps to prepare for the day when wireless companies, with expectations of quick approval, apply to install antennas for the next generation of wireless technology.

December 12, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Planning Commission OKs Middlefield office building

The Menlo Park Planning Commission voted 4-1 Monday, Dec. 3, to approve a use permit for a proposed office building at 40 Middlefield Road in Menlo Park.

December 4, 2018 | 16 comments
Camper opens for lunch in Menlo Park

Menlo Park's buzzy new Camper restaurant is now open for lunch, with new sandwiches, soups, salads and entrees.

December 3, 2018 | No comments yet
More rain headed to Bay Area

Periods of rain are forecast through Thursday in the Bay Area before dry conditions return by Friday, according to the National Weather Service.

December 3, 2018 | No comments yet
Facebook's international drama has its day in county court

A years-old lawsuit in San Mateo County has made international headlines in recent days after a the founder of a company that is now suing Facebook handed a committee of British lawmakers an unknown number of highly confidential Facebook documents that, under court order, were strictly limited for access by his attorneys.

December 4, 2018 | 4 comments
Today: PV school board begins process for Measure Z rollout

The Portola Valley School District will meet Wednesday evening (Dec. 5) to begin implementing a bond measure that focuses on fixes to its aging and leaky buildings.

December 5, 2018 | No comments yet
Bears packing their football gear for Eureka

The news that Central Coast Section Open Division I champion Menlo-Atherton will have to travel all the way to Eureka for its NorCal regional 3AA bowl game -- while Wilcox, the team M-A beat, is getting a home game -- outraged many followers of the program as well as other observers of California prep football.

December 3, 2018 | No comments yet
SHP, Menlo, SF win Firebird Classic girls soccer openers

Julianna Rosen scored in the final two minutes, with an assist from Ingrid Corrigan, to lift the Sacred Heart Prep girls soccer team past Salinas, 1-0, in a Firebird Classic contest Saturday in Sunnyvale.

December 3, 2018 | No comments yet
Prep wrestling: Several local champions and medal winners

Andrew Wang and Adar Schwarzbach each won an individual championship and seven other Palo Alto boys' wrestlers placed among the top five at the Half Moon Bay tournament on Saturday.

December 3, 2018 | No comments yet
Plenty of SHP offensive action when the Price is right

In a football game chock full of offensive surprises and defensive wizardry, the only thing that slowed Sacred Heart Prep was time itself. Both teams were knocked down and both got right back at it. Aptos won the CCS Open Division III championship with its 35-34 victory on the scoreboard but SHP won too by leaving everything it had on the field at Westmont High Saturday.

December 2, 2018 | No comments yet
A game beyond belief turns M-A into heroic CCS champions

The Menlo-Atherton football team more than made up for a lackluster start with an incredible finish, scoring 19 points in a 5-minute span of the fourth quarter to pull out a 33-28 victory over Wilcox in the Central Coast Section Open Division I championship game Friday at Independence High.

December 2, 2018 | No comments yet
40 years after surviving Jonestown, Rep. Jackie Speier talks about trauma, politics

She was shot five times and left for dead in the jungles of Guyana. She lost her first husband in a fatal car accident. But Jackie Speier, undaunted, hasn't let personal tragedy or professional challenges stop her from rising through the ranks of elective office to congresswoman.

December 6, 2018 | No comments yet
Holiday Fund: Maria’s story: Not letting diabetes win

Ravenswood Family Health Center staff work hand-in-hand with patients, providing them the tools they need to become empowered individuals and to take control of their health. The center is one of 10 nonprofits that benefit from The Almanac's 2018 Holiday Fund.

December 4, 2018 | No comments yet
Holiday Fund: More than just a garden ornament

The St. Francis Center began as a food and clothing program, but evolved, over 32 years, into a multiservice, nonprofit serving families in the Bay Area. The organization is one of 10 nonprofits that benefit from The Almanac's 2018 Holiday Fund.

December 2, 2018 | No comments yet
Guest opinion: Help fight proposed rule that would harm immigrant families

The residents of Menlo Park must take action to protect our immigrant families by opposing one of the latest moves in the Trump administration's attack on immigrants and refugees.

December 1, 2018 | 17 comments
SHP grad Burr-Kirven named Lott IMPACT Trophy finalist

Sacred Heart Prep grad Ben Burr-Kirven, a senior linebacker for Washington, was named one of four finalists for the Lott IMPACT Trophy on Thursday, a day after being named the Pac-12 Football Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

November 30, 2018 | No comments yet
College basketball: Menlo plays a pair of close contests

The Menlo College men's basketball team outscored visiting No. 9 Hope International 5-1 over the final two minutes but could not quite close the gap in a 79-77 loss to the Royals in the Golden State Athletic Conference opener for both teams Thursday night.

November 30, 2018 | No comments yet
Prep report: Menlo freshman makes grand debut

Sharon Nejad made an impressive high school debut, scoring 21 points and grabbing 10 rebounds as the Menlo School girls' basketball team topped Urban, 75-53, to open the Marin Catholic Tournament on Thursday.

November 30, 2018 | No comments yet
Along for the ride

'Green Book' follows black pianist and his white driver through the Deep South
Who woulda thunk that Peter Farrelly -- half of the "Farrelly Brothers" team behind movies like "Dumb and Dumber" and "There's Something About Mary"-- would make a film that finds itself in the Oscar conversation? But he has.

November 29, 2018 | No comments yet
Pear's 'Conversation With Edith Head'

Susan Claassen keeps style icon's legacy alive
With eight Oscars on her shelf and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, costume designer Edith Head (1897-1981) dressed such legends as Mae West, Clara Bow, Bette Davis, Elizabeth Taylor and Grace Kelly during a six-decade career.

November 29, 2018 | No comments yet
Orchestra of seniors

The Mountain View-Los Altos Adult School Orchestra, comprised of local musicians age 50 and up, presents its free holiday concert Wednesday, Dec. 5.

November 29, 2018 | No comments yet
Middle school floods for second time in five weeks

A water main break at La Entrada Middle School in Menlo Park on Thursday, Nov. 29, flooded the campus for the second time in five weeks, leading officials to cancel classes.

November 29, 2018 | 3 comments
Update: Deputies arrest suspect in Woodside burglary

San Mateo County Sheriff's Office deputies have arrested a man suspected in a residential burglary in Woodside on Wednesday, Nov. 28, according to a social media post from the Sheriff's Office Thursday afternoon.

November 29, 2018 | 2 comments
M-A defense faces a tough task in stopping Wilcox's offense

The Menlo-Atherton defense has been playing at a high level of late. Last week the Bears only allowed seven points to a Palo Alto team averaging 37 points per game in a 17-7 victory. This week M-A faces a unique challenge in No. 1 seed Wilcox (12-0) in the Central Coast Section Open Division I championship game Friday at 7 p.m. at Independence High.

November 29, 2018 | No comments yet
Sacred Heart Prep hoping to keep the Mariners at bay

The Sacred Heart Prep-Aptos Central Coast Section Open Division III championship game is shaping up as a classic offense vs. defense matchup. Aptos is the top scoring team in the CCS at 46.3 points per game. Sacred Heart Prep is allowing just 12.5 points per game.

November 29, 2018 | No comments yet
Prep report: Priory boys open hoops season with a victory

Zach Zafran scored 20 points to help Priory open its boys' basketball season with a 55-21 victory over O'Connell on Wednesday. Dave Ajanaku-Makun and Matthew Covington each added 11 points for the Panthers.

November 29, 2018 | No comments yet
22-year-old killed by train in Menlo Park

Incident was not publicly reported by Caltrain
A 22-year-old man from Redwood City was struck and killed by a train in Menlo Park around 1 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 24.

November 29, 2018 | 3 comments
Saturday: Breakfast with Santa coming up in Menlo Park

A pancake breakfast, holiday activities and visits with a certain jolly old elf will be part of the festivities at the city-hosted "Breakfast with Santa" event on Saturday, Dec. 1.

November 30, 2018 | No comments yet
Virginia Nalley Woodson dies at 86

Virginia Nalley Woodson, a longtime staff member at Menlo Presbyterian Church, died Nov. 13 at age 86 at Stanford Hospital, surrounded by close family.

November 29, 2018 | No comments yet
Rain and strong winds forecast for today

Wet weather, strong winds and big surf are expected across the Bay Area through Thursday, according to the National Weather Service.

November 28, 2018 | No comments yet
Model railroad association hosts annual train show this weekend

The West Bay Model Railroad Association at 1090 Merrill St. in Menlo Park is hosting a free holiday open house of its two-tiered model train layout on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 1 to 5 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 2, from 1 to 8 p.m.

November 29, 2018 | 2 comments
Ikie Kurose of former Nak's Oriental Market dies at 78

Ikie Kurose, a longtime fixture of the community at the former Nak's Oriental Market in Menlo Park, died Saturday, Nov. 24, at age 78.

November 29, 2018 | 6 comments
Saturday: Menlo Park wine walk and education fundraiser

The Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association will partner with businesses in downtown Menlo Park on Saturday, Dec. 1, to host wine tastings at different downtown shops. All ticket proceeds will go to the Menlo Park Atherton Education Foundation.

November 29, 2018 | No comments yet
Prep report: Gunn, Menlo end girls soccer losing streaks

The Gunn girls' soccer team have had a winning record in each of the previous five seasons yet the Titans hadn't beaten Palo Alto in nearly seven years. They ended that drought in Tuesday's season-opener for both teams with a 2-0 nonleague victory on the Vikings' home field.

November 28, 2018 | No comments yet
Atherton tops most expensive real estate list

For the second year in a row, Atherton topped the list for most expensive residential real estate in the country, according to real estate website PropertyShark.

November 30, 2018 | 37 comments
Search-and-rescue team returns from Camp Fire

Task Force 3 searched through almost 2,000 structures
After a weeklong search for the victims of the Camp Fire, California Urban Search and Rescue Task Force 3 has been demobilized and returned to the Bay Area on Sunday.

November 27, 2018 | 1 comment
Measure W poised for last-minute win

With very few ballots remaining to be counted, San Mateo County's Measure W appears poised for a last-minute win, according to the latest election results.

November 27, 2018 | 15 comments
A peek at Atherton Library’s past

As the Atherton Library is demolished to make room for a new $22.8 million library, The Almanac took a look back at the library's history.

December 3, 2018 | No comments yet
How Peninsula Clean Energy is bringing renewable energy to San Mateo County

An assortment of elected officials from across San Mateo County recently took part in the groundbreaking of the "Wright Solar Project," a solar farm that is going to be a 1,200-acre, 200-megawatt collection of solar panels that will meet the energy needs for about 15 percent of the county.

November 30, 2018 | 2 comments
San Mateo County plans 100-plus affordable apartments, child care center

San Mateo County has begun a process to contract with a developer to build at least 100 affordable housing units, a child care center and some community-serving commercial space at "Middlefield Junction," at 2700 Middlefield Road in North Fair Oaks, between Atherton and Redwood City.

November 28, 2018 | 7 comments
Menlo Park: Library launches auto-renewal pilot program

Constantly racking up overdue fines from the Menlo Park Library?

December 17, 2018 | 1 comment
Menlo Park police collecting coats for people in need

The Menlo Park Police Explorers program is hosting a coat drive to collect coats and jackets of all shapes and size between now and Jan. 6.

December 17, 2018 | No comments yet
Eshoo to hold 'tele-town hall' meeting

Congresswoman to address community's questions, concerns
Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, will hold a tele-town hall on Tuesday evening when residents are invited to ask questions and voice concerns.

November 26, 2018 | 6 comments
Litterbug laments? Pothole predicaments?

There's an app for that in Portola Valley
Government employees in Portola Valley keep regular hours, but trees have no such scruples when they drop limbs, nor does asphalt when it creates a pothole. Now residents can alert Town Hall to such problems around the clock through a smartphone app.

November 28, 2018 | No comments yet
Holiday fair this Saturday in Portola Valley

Portola Valley's holiday fair celebrates its 10th year on Saturday, Dec. 1, with sales of fine art, ornaments, textiles, clothing and items of wood, leather and ceramic.

November 30, 2018 | No comments yet
Fire district to station employee inside Facebook

The board of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District recently voted 3-2 to station an employee inside Facebook's offices to help prepare emergency response plans for the company and help in employee training, drills and team building.

November 27, 2018 | 9 comments
Police calls: Man wangles $100,000 from woman online

Crime reports from Menlo Park, Portola Valley and Atherton

December 3, 2018 | No comments yet
String of home burglaries reported in Atherton

Atherton police said Monday (Nov. 26) that they are investigating four recent residential burglaries.

November 26, 2018 | No comments yet
Deputies rescue Cupertino man from overturned vehicle

A 70-year-old man was found alive in an overturned vehicle down a 30-foot embankment along Highway 84 on Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 22) after being reported missing the night before.

November 26, 2018 | 2 comments
Winners decided in Woodside council, fire board elections

With fewer than 10,000 votes left to count, results released Sunday, Nov. 25, by the San Mateo County Elections Office indicate winners for the Woodside Town Council's District 7 seat and for three seats on the board of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District.

November 26, 2018 | No comments yet
Oaks women ranked second in NAIA Wrestling Coaches Poll

Menlo College's women's wrestling team is ranked second in the inaugural NAIA Coaches Poll, the highest ranking for any sport at Menlo. The Oaks also have nine wrestlers ranked among the top three in individual rankings.

November 26, 2018 | No comments yet
Turnaround season has SHP on brink of CCS championship

Sacred Heart Prep is headed to the Central Coast Section Open Division III championship game after beating visiting Sacred Heart Cathedral, 19-7, in the semifinals Saturday afternoon.

November 26, 2018 | No comments yet
Bears hold off Vikings to reach CCS football title game

The much-anticipated local showdown with Palo Alto turned into another showcase for Menlo-Atherton's defense. A Palo Alto team averaging 37 points per game was held to one touchdown in a 17-7 Menlo-Atherton victory in front of an overflow crowd at Menlo-Atherton.

November 26, 2018 | No comments yet
Paly, Casti runners finish among top 10 in state meet

Palo Alto senior Henry Saul completed his high school cross country career with a ninth-place finish in Division I of the CIF State Cross Country Championships, held in Woodward Park in Fresno on Saturday. Castilleja junior Tevah Gevelber placed fifth in Division V girls and the Gators were sixth in the team standings.

November 26, 2018 | No comments yet
M-A girls pin down four champions at Bear Bash

The two-time defending Central Coast Section girls wrestling champion Menlo-Atherton opened its season in grand style as 14 wrestlers contributed 24 pins, four champions and eight others who placed among the top seven at its own Bear Bash Tournament on Saturday.

November 26, 2018 | No comments yet
Taylor, Combs and Nash elected to Menlo Park City Council

After nearly three weeks of watching election results come in slowly, enough ballots have now been counted to declare winners in the Menlo Park City Council election.

November 26, 2018 | 4 comments
More storms to hit Bay Area this week

A series of storms will impact Northern California and the Bay Area for the second straight week with heavy rain and winds expected, according to the National Weather Service.

November 26, 2018 | No comments yet
Voters approve PVSD bond measure

The latest vote count shows that Measure Z, a $49.5 million bond to pay for repairs, renovations and new buildings on the Portola Valley School District's two campuses, has passed, even though the county has yet to conclude its count.

November 26, 2018 | 2 comments
Celebration of Frances Pierce's life Dec. 1 in Portola Valley

A celebration of the life of Portola Valley resident Frances Stephani Pierce, whose body was found in the sea off Half Moon Bay earlier this month, is set for Dec. 1 at Valley Presbyterian Church.

November 25, 2018 | 1 comment
Waymo to begin driverless testing on local roadways soon

Consumer watchdogs warn regulation falls short
Waymo is expected to soon begin testing driverless vehicles in Palo Alto and neighboring cities in north Santa Clara County, but consumer advocates are warning that the technology and its regulations still lack adequate safeguards.

November 23, 2018 | 3 comments
Residential burglary reported in Atherton

Suspect(s) smashed glass door, possibly scared away by home alarm
An unknown person or persons broke into a home on Alta Vista Drive in Atherton on Wednesday evening by smashing a glass door, according to a police bulletin.

November 22, 2018 | No comments yet
Woodside councilmen-elect who ran unopposed talk about priorities

The seven-member Woodside Town Council will have four new members when the council reconvenes on Tuesday, Dec. 11. As is tradition, the town clerk will swear in the new members, including Brian Dombkowski (District 2) and Dick Brown (District 6).

November 25, 2018 | 3 comments
San Francisco's Andytown Coffee launches holiday cafe at Filoli

Every weekend through Christmas, San Francisco's Andytown Coffee Roasters will be serving its popular drip coffee, espresso drinks, hot cocoa and fresh pastries at Woodside estate Filoli.

November 21, 2018 | No comments yet
Friends who click

'Ralph Breaks the Internet' by liking too much
"Life's complicated." Those words of wisdom sum up the best parts of "Ralph Breaks the Internet," a satisfying sequel to 2012's animated Disney feature "Wreck-It Ralph."

November 21, 2018 | No comments yet
Winter wonders

Holiday events that will get you in the spirit
Below are some holiday offerings, listed in roughly chronological order. For more event listings, or to submit your own, check out the Midpeninsula event calendar.

November 21, 2018 | No comments yet
It's 'Nutcracker' season!

Tchaikovsky's seasonal ballet classic "The Nutcracker" is once again well represented by dance companies and schools around the Midpeninsula.

November 21, 2018 | No comments yet
Peak entertainment

Dragon ends season on a high note with 'K2'
"K2," the last show in Dragon's current season, offers the perspective of two mountain climbers in a very perilous situation.

November 21, 2018 | No comments yet
M-A, Palo Alto ready to renew an old football rivalry

It may only be the semifinals, but Saturday's Palo Alto at Menlo-Atherton football game is the one everyone locally has been waiting for. The Central Coast Section Open Division I game is scheduled for a 1 p.m. kickoff. No. 3 seed Palo Alto is 10-1 after a 35-21 win over Los Gatos. No. 2 seed M-A is 9-2 after a 45-28 win over Milpitas.

November 21, 2018 | No comments yet
AAA offering free Turkey Day 'tipsy tow' service

AAA is offering its Tipsy Tow service in Northern California on Wednesday night (Nov. 21) to ensure that people get home safe from festivities on the eve of Thanksgiving and to keep intoxicated drivers off the road.

November 21, 2018 | No comments yet
'She Loves Me' brings music, romance to PV stage

The Broadway musical "She Loves Me" is the latest offering of the Portola Valley Theatre Conservatory, which opens the show on Friday, Nov. 30.

November 24, 2018 | No comments yet
Holiday Fund: Helping homeless families in our community

Since 1987, LifeMoves' mission has been to provide interim housing and supportive services for homeless families and individuals. The organization is one of 10 nonprofits that benefit from The Almanac's 2018 Holiday Fund.

November 26, 2018 | No comments yet
Sacred Heart Prep girls open hoops season with a big victory

Junior Charlotte Levison scored 24 points to help Sacred Heart Prep get its girls basketball season off to a good start with an 80-23 victory over visiting Burlingame on Tuesday night in a nonleague game.

November 21, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo Park shops to participate in 'Small Business Saturday'

As part of what's becoming entrenched as the tradition of shopping following Thanksgiving -- along with Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Giving Tuesday -- "Small Business Saturday" encourages seasonal shoppers to choose to spend at small local businesses.

November 23, 2018 | 2 comments
M-A wrestler files retaliation lawsuit against school district

Coach, district retaliated for complaints about 'racist,' 'sexist' comments and unsafe behavior by coach, lawsuit claims
A Menlo-Atherton High School student is suing the Sequoia Union High School District, district administrators, the M-A athletic director and a wrestling coach for alleged retaliation against her and her father after they complained about "disturbing behavior" by a wrestling coach at the school.

November 21, 2018 | 1 comment
Tuesday update for Menlo Park City Council elections

The latest round of election results, released 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 20, show that Cecilia Taylor, Drew Combs and Betsy Nash remain the top vote recipients in their races for the Menlo Park City Council seats for districts 1, 2 and 4, respectively.

November 20, 2018 | No comments yet
Thursday: Coffeebar to host Menlo Park painter's art show

Krista Skehan shares what draws her to the easel
"I was the kid that just kept doing art," Menlo Park painter Krista Skehan recently told The Almanac. But making the transition from being a kid who loved art to a grown-up creative professional and artist hasn't been a straightforward journey, she said.

November 29, 2018 | No comments yet
Atherton police host toy drive for Selby Lane School

The Atherton Police Department is collecting new, unwrapped toys for families at Selby Lane School in Atherton.

November 23, 2018 | No comments yet
Body found in ocean identified as Portola Valley woman

Officials at the San Mateo County Coroner's Office confirmed today (Nov. 20) that the body found floating in the ocean off Miramontes Point in Half Moon Bay on Sunday morning, Nov. 18, was that of Frances Gallaher Pierce, 75, of Portola Valley.

November 20, 2018 | 2 comments
Winter Spare the Air alert issued for Wednesday

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued a Winter Spare the Air alert for Wednesday because the air quality is expected to remain unhealthy in parts of the East Bay even though shifting winds and rain are expected to improve conditions elsewhere in the region.

November 20, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo Park to distribute 1,000 'N95' masks donated by Facebook

Facebook has donated 1,000 "N95" masks to the city of Menlo Park, which has set up distribution centers at six locations throughout Menlo Park.

November 20, 2018 | No comments yet
Monday update: Fluet is likely winner in Woodside council race

The latest vote count in the race for a seat on the Woodside Town Council shows Ned Fluet increasing his lead over his opponent Frank Rosenblum. Fluet now has 56 percent of the vote, up a percentage point, and is the likely winner of the District 7 council seat.

November 20, 2018 | No comments yet
Monday update: Menlo Park council election results

The latest round of election results, released 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 19, show that Cecilia Taylor, Drew Combs and Betsy Nash remain the top vote recipients in their races for the Menlo Park City Council seats for districts 1, 2 and 4, respectively. More ballots remain to be counted.

November 20, 2018 | 1 comment
M-A hosting season-opening girls wrestling tourney

The two-time defending Central Coast Section champion Menlo-Atherton girls wrestling team opens its season in a big way this weekend, hosting the Bear Bash Girls High School Wrestling Tournament on Saturday, scheduled to run between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

November 20, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo College wrestlers claim a pair of titles at CSUB

The Menlo College men's wrestling team passed a big test at the annual Roadrunner Open, hosted by Cal State Bakersfield on Sunday. After a grueling day of competition, Menlo finished with four placers and two individual champions, while taking down a slew of Division I wrestlers.

November 20, 2018 | No comments yet
East Palo Alto man found guilty of shooting at police officers in Menlo Park

An East Palo Alto man was convicted Thursday, Nov. 15, of two counts of attempted murder of a police officer and other charges for shooting at three officers in Menlo Park in 2015.

November 19, 2018 | No comments yet
Police calls: Strangers denied shelter steal wallet

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

November 23, 2018 | No comments yet
A Red Cross volunteer reflects on the many reasons to be grateful

On Thursday I'll miss Thanksgiving with dozens of friends and family. But when I think about why I'm missing those things, I really don't mind at all.

November 21, 2018 | 1 comment
Menlo Park council studies options to address rising pension costs

Menlo Park has an estimated $54.5 million in unfunded pension liability for city employees, including public safety staff, and must pay $5.1 million this fiscal year in pension costs, which are expected to rise in the years to come.

November 20, 2018 | 11 comments
Monday update: PV school bond measure still leads

The latest election results reported today (Nov. 19) show that the Portola Valley School District's bond measure, Measure Z, which requires 55 percent of the vote for approval, has 62.09 percent of the vote, a small increase from Friday's count.

November 19, 2018 | No comments yet
For those who hunger

A good and nutritious meal is there for the eating at St. Anthony's Padua Dining Room
The financially insecure in San Mateo County may also be food insecure. These hungry people can find a hot and satisfying lunch served six days a week, for free, at the Padua dining room at St. Anthony's Church in North Fair Oaks. The dining room is one of 10 nonprofits that benefit from The Almanac's 2018 Holiday Fund.

November 22, 2018 | No comments yet
Atherton: Family holiday tea party is Dec. 2

Tickets on sale through Thursday
Holbrook-Palmer Park's annual Family Holiday Tea, which includes a cabaret puppet show, holiday card making and hot chocolate, is scheduled for this Sunday, Dec. 2, in the park's Jennings Pavilion.

November 27, 2018 | No comments yet
Search-and-rescue team deployed to Camp Fire

Task Force 3 sent to Butte County for 'search and recovery mission'
Urban search-and-rescue specialists, including first responders from the Menlo Park and Woodside Fire protection districts, have been sent to Butte County to help find people who have gone missing in the Camp Fire.

November 19, 2018 | No comments yet
M-A's Akinola among nation's top 20 girls wrestlers

Menlo-Atherton senior Folashade Akinola was ranked 18th nationally in a preseason poll sponsored by USA wrestling and FloWrestlng among 180 pound girls wrestling in a release issued through the National Wrestling Hall of Fame on Thursday.

November 19, 2018 | No comments yet
SH Prep not deterred by site change in football win over SI

John Willard and Raymond Price III hooked up on a 22-yard scoring toss, Ronan Donnelly kicked a 32-yard field goal and the defense took care of the rest as Sacred Heart Prep beat St. Ignatius, 13-7, in the first round of the Central Coast Section Open Division III football playoffs at Gilroy High on Saturday.

November 19, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo-Atherton passes on Trojans and runs away with win

Menlo-Atherton displayed plenty of rough edges its coach would like to see smoothed out by next weekend's semifinal game against Palo Alto. But the Bears kept putting points on the scoreboard to the tune of a 45-28 victory in the Central Coast Section Open Division I playoffs at Salinas High on Saturday.

November 19, 2018 | No comments yet
Two section team champs, two individual winners at CCS XC

Menlo School and Castilleja each won Central Coast Section girls cross country titles and the Palo Alto boys also earned a spot in the state meet as Henry Saul won the D-1 individual title. Castilleja's Tevah Gevelber took home the first-place medal in girls Division V. Several other individuals also qualified for the state meet.

November 19, 2018 | No comments yet
Conditions in Midpeninsula hills ripe for wildfire

Cal Fire says the agency is poised to respond
Palo Alto and the Bay Area are at great risk for a large fire similar to the Camp Fire in Butte County, a California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman said.

November 19, 2018 | 3 comments
First major storm of season expected this week

Confidence has increased that a storm front set to arrive late Tuesday or early Wednesday will bring much-needed relief to parched Northern California and improve poor air quality in the Bay Area caused by the Camp Fire in Butte County, according to the National Weather Service.

November 19, 2018 | No comments yet
Bay Area air quality expected to worsen Sunday

District spokeswoman: Offshore winds to push smoke back over region
Smoke from the Camp Fire in Butte County, which has cast a pall over the entire Bay Area for more than a week, isn't expected to dissipate significantly until at least Wednesday, according to the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.

November 17, 2018 | No comments yet
Former Menlo Park residents lose home in Camp Fire

Fundraising campaign underway to help Shelsta family
A GoFundMe page has been started to help a longtime Menlo Park family who lost their home as a result of the Camp Fire in Butte County.

November 16, 2018 | 3 comments
A chat with Anna Eshoo: A 'great role model' for girls

Sacred Heart School student Fiona Lempres of Atherton was excited to learn that Congresswoman Anna Eshoo was coming to her school last month. She and the congresswoman sat down for a while to talk, and Fiona shares their conversation with Almanac readers here.

November 24, 2018 | No comments yet
Friday update: Leads hold in election for fire board seats

The three candidates who have held lead positions in the Menlo Park Fire Protection District race since election night continue to do so with the county's latest vote count update on Friday, Nov. 16.

November 16, 2018 | No comments yet
Friday update: Fluet's lead grows in Woodside council seat race

The latest vote count for Ned Fluet continues to advance his lead over his opponent, Frank Rosenblum, in the race for Woodside's District 7 Town Council seat. Fluet now leads with 55 percent of the vote, an increase of one percentage point.

November 16, 2018 | No comments yet
Friday update: Taylor, Combs, Nash likely Menlo Park council race winners

Roughly 37 percent of the county's ballots remain to be counted
The latest round of election results, released 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 16, show that Cecilia Taylor, Drew Combs and Betsy Nash remain the top vote recipients in their races for the Menlo Park City Council seats for districts 1, 2 and 4, respectively.

November 16, 2018 | 2 comments
Winter Spare the Air alert extended through Tuesday

Winter Spare the Air alerts will continue through Tuesday as a result of smoky conditions caused by the Camp Fire in Butte County, according to regional air quality officials.

November 16, 2018 | No comments yet
Friday update: PV school bond measure maintains lead

Unofficial results updated by the county this afternoon (Nov. 16) show the original margin of support for Measure Z, a $49.5 million bond to pay for repairs, renovations and new buildings on the Portola Valley School District's two campuses, holding steady.

November 16, 2018 | No comments yet
Update: Schools planning to reopen Monday

Unhealthy air quality prompted officials to close schools Friday
Following the closure of most schools in San Mateo County on Friday due to poor air quality, local district officials are indicating they plan to keep campuses open Monday (Nov. 19).

November 16, 2018 | 5 comments
High school water polo gets shelved for the season

Due to unsettled air quality throughout Northern California, the NorCal Water Polo tournament has been canceled. The decision affects teams from Sacred Heart Prep (boys and girls), Menlo School (boys and girls) and Palo Alto (boys).

November 16, 2018 | No comments yet
Big Game rescheduled, other Stanford events also affected

Due to poor air quality in the Bay Area from the devastating wildfires in Butte County, the 121st Big Game between Cal and Stanford has been rescheduled for Saturday, Dec. 1, at California Memorial Stadium. The game will kick off at noon and be televised on Pac-12 Network.

November 16, 2018 | No comments yet
Woodside's historic Fleishhacker estate could set a sales record in California

One of Woodside's oldest estates, the 75-acre Fleishhacker property known as Green Gables, is for sale.

November 15, 2018 | 3 comments
Rock like an Egyptian

Broadway by the Bay presents 'Aida'
"This is the story of a love that flourished in a time of hate," sings a character in the opening number of "Elton John and Tim Rice's Aida."

November 15, 2018 | No comments yet
A sharp comedy for dark times

'Girls Kill Nazis' debuts at the Pear
Playwright James Kopp suggesting that Nazis might take control of the United States seems like an all-too-timely warning. Thankfully, the play is packed with laughs.

November 15, 2018 | No comments yet
Just add children

Dramedy 'Instant Family' undercuts heart with idiocy
Let me first try to be nice to "Instant Family," a comedy-drama about foster care and adoption. The film's premise, "inspired by" co-writer/director Sean Anders' own family life as a husband and father, isn't a bad one for an innocuous family comedy with laughs and heart, a withering-to-wacky satire of misbegotten parenting, or a thoughtful, psychologically insightful look at the social work and family dynamics around adoption. But the tonal whiplash you'll get from the pileup crash of all three may have you wishing he picked a lane.

November 15, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo School presents 'Noises Off' this weekend

Menlo School's latest theater production, "Noises Off," is being staged Friday through Sunday, Nov. 16 through 18, at the school.

November 15, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo School presents 'Noises Off' this weekend

Menlo School's latest theater production, "Noises Off," is being staged Friday through Sunday, Nov. 16 through 18, at the school.

November 15, 2018 | No comments yet
CCS football, cross country moved to the Salinas Valley

The Central Coast Section football playoff games scheduled for Friday and Saturday have been moved from home sites to the southern reaches of the CCS, where the unhealthy air from the Butte County fires, which has blanketed the Bay Area, has not reached.

November 15, 2018 | No comments yet
Smoke from Camp Fire forces school closures

Spare the Air alert extended through Tuesday
Spare the Air alerts will continue through Tuesday as a result of smoky conditions caused by the Camp Fire in Butte County. The poor air quality prompted officials at schools around the Bay Area to cancel classes Thursday and Friday.

November 15, 2018 | No comments yet
District approves measure to mitigate development impacts

The Sequoia Union High School District Board of Trustees unanimously approved a resolution on the need to mitigate the impact of new developments on its schools at its meeting Wednesday, Nov. 14.

November 21, 2018 | No comments yet
PV schools superintendent announces resignation

Portola Valley School District Superintendent Eric Hartwig announced that he will be leaving his post at the end of the school year at a board meeting Wednesday night (Nov. 14).

November 15, 2018 | 3 comments
Boys CCS Open Division Championship canceled

The Central Coast Section Boys Water Polo Open Division championship game scheduled for Thursday morning has been canceled due to poor air quality.

November 15, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo golfers turn in quality performances in Arizona

The Menlo College men's golf team completed its fall season on a good note Tuesday, carving out a fourth-place finish at the Chandler for the Firestorm Invitational in Arizona. Originally scheduled for three rounds but shortened to two, the Oaks shaved several strokes off their day one performance.

November 15, 2018 | No comments yet
Former Menlo Park mayor Dee Tolles dies at 79

Former Menlo Park mayor Raymond "Dee" Tolles died Monday, Nov. 12, at age 79, leaving behind a legacy of civic involvement as remembered by a number of Menlo Park's leaders over the years.

November 15, 2018 | 10 comments
New Facebook bus stop approved

The Menlo Park City Council voted 4-0 on Tuesday, Nov. 13, to approve a new bus stop and bus circulation configuration proposed by Facebook at 180 to 200 and 220 Jefferson Drive.

November 15, 2018 | 2 comments
Menlo Park: Bike lanes on Oak Grove Avenue to stay

A little over a year ago, temporary bike lanes were installed on segments of Oak Grove Avenue, Crane Street and University Drive as part of a pilot project to see if they would improve the safety of those cycling east to west through downtown Menlo Park and draw more cyclists out of cars and off of other car-heavy roads.

November 14, 2018 | 5 comments
Menlo girls water polo program has risen to the top

Meg Reinstra and Meri Klingelhofer each scored three goals, two of the five players who recorded a hat trick for Menlo School in its 20-10 victory over Saratoga in the championship game of the Central Coast Section Division II girls water polo tournament Monday at Independence High.

November 14, 2018 | No comments yet
Oaks sweep men's, women's basketball doubleheader

Senior Destinee Bowie scored 17 of her game-high 27 points in the first half and the Menlo College women's basketball team remained unbeaten on the season, beating visiting Pacific Union, 88-62, in a nonconference contest Tuesday.

November 14, 2018 | No comments yet
Tuesday update: Fire board candidates hold leads in latest vote count

More votes have been counted, but the margins of lead have not changed in the race for three seats on the governing board of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District.

November 13, 2018 | No comments yet
Tuesday update: Fluet increases lead in Woodside's District 7 council race

The latest tally from the county Elections Office, released this afternoon (Nov. 13) shows Ned Fluet slightly improving his lead over his opponent, Frank Rosenblum, in the race for Woodside's District 7 Town Council seat.

November 13, 2018 | No comments yet
Tonight: District considers resolution to ‘mitigate impact' of development on M-A

Sequoia Union High School District officials have not been shy in voicing their concern that student enrollment could increase at Menlo-Atherton High School if a proposed Facebook development that includes 1,500 units of housing comes to Menlo Park.

November 14, 2018 | 2 comments
Supervisors OK resolution seeking to expand emergency alert system

The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a resolution on Tuesday, Nov. 13, encouraging the county's Office of Emergency Services to expand its current emergency alert notification system to a greater number of residents.

November 16, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo's girls water polo program has risen to the top

Meg Reinstra and Meri Klingelhofer each scored three goals, two of the five players who recorded a hat trick for Menlo School in its 20-10 victory over Saratoga in the championship game of the Central Coast Section Division II girls water polo tournament Monday at Independence High.

November 13, 2018 | No comments yet
Tonight: Portola Valley council reviews new antenna regulations

Also on the agenda: Are sidewalk vendors coming to Portola Valley?
Cities and towns have long tussled with wireless telecommunications providers over use permits, the placement of cellphone antennas, and how intrusive they can be. New rules from the federal government appear to have made it easier for wireless companies to deploy their antennas.

November 13, 2018 | No comments yet
Citizen firefighters

Residents of Kings Mountain look to their own for first responders
A small number of men and women residing in San Mateo County live in daily readiness to take on dangerous and often life-saving assignments in the interest of public safety in their community. They're the first responders of the Kings Mountain Volunteer Fire Brigade.

November 18, 2018 | 1 comment
Menlo Park: Pensions discussions on council agenda

The Menlo Park City Council is scheduled to discuss what it should do about its pension obligations at its meeting scheduled for tonight, Tuesday, Nov. 13.

November 13, 2018 | 3 comments
Menlo Park: Funding to build affordable housing available

The city of Menlo Park has released a "notice of funding availability," a call for agencies to apply for funding, for affordable housing projects. The city currently has about $11.5 million in funds available.

November 17, 2018 | 4 comments
Tonight: PV school board reviews first steps for Measure Z projects

With a $49.5 million bond to pay for repairs, renovations and new buildings on the Portola Valley School District's two campuses, inching toward approval as votes are counted in the Nov. 6 election, district officials have begun the process of hiring staff to manage the project.

November 14, 2018 | No comments yet
CCS football playoff games get rescheduled again due to poor air quality

The Palo Alto, Menlo-Atherton and Sacred Heart Prep Central Coast Section Open Division football games have been postponed and rescheduled for this weekend due to unhealthy air quality caused by the Camp Fire in Butte County.

November 12, 2018 | No comments yet
Winter Spare the Air alert extended through Friday

Poor air quality forces postponement of M-A, SHP football playoff games
As heavy smoke from the Camp Fire in Butte County continues to choke Bay Area skies, a Winter Spare the Air alert has been extended through Friday, Nov. 16.

November 12, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo Park Police Department names new commander

The Menlo Park Police Department has hired a new police commander, Rich Struckman, who was scheduled to start Tuesday, Nov. 13. He will be expected to oversee the Patrol Division, according to a city announcement.

November 12, 2018 | 3 comments
CCS Cross country, water polo, tennis date, time changes

The Central Coast Section cross country meet will be conducted Saturday, Nov. 17 with the same race and time schedule, meet director Bill Daskarolis announced. In boys Open Division water polo, Sacred Heart Prep hosts Bellarmine at 5 p.m. Monday.

November 12, 2018 | No comments yet
Arson charges for Menlo Park man rescued at Compadres fire

Police allege man also started second fire 50 minutes earlier
Palo Alto police arrested a man Saturday night, Nov. 10, on suspicion of starting two fires that afternoon within 50 minutes of each other along El Camino Real.

November 11, 2018 | 2 comments
Unhealthy air quality and fire risk trigger weekend closures of outdoor spaces

Weekend-long closure of The Dish, Huddart and Wunderlich parks, and Sunday closure of Windy Hill are scheduled
Due to poor air quality expected throughout much of the Bay Area and fire danger in some areas, several outdoor open spaces in the region will be closed Nov. 10 and 11.

November 10, 2018 | No comments yet
Red flag warning issued for this weekend

The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning for the weekend that covers the western hills portion of the Woodside Fire Protection District.

November 9, 2018 | No comments yet
CCS football, cross country postponed due to air quality

The first round of the Central Coast Section football playoffs scheduled for Friday night have been postponed due to health concerns surrounding air quality resulting from the devastating fires in Butte County.

November 9, 2018 | No comments yet
Butte County fire impacts local schools

Outdoor activities canceled due to unhealthy air quality
A Menlo-Atherton High School football playoff game and other local school activities were postponed or canceled Friday due to poor air quality from the wildfire burning in Butte County.

November 9, 2018 | No comments yet
'Alter' boy

Gloomy drama 'Boy Erased' depicts so-called 'gay conversion therapy'
"Boy Erased" -- based on a true story of an American gay teen suffering through "gay conversion therapy" -- has plenty of important pieces in place, but never quite coalesces into the deeply moving and insightful film its pedigree seems to promise.

November 9, 2018 | No comments yet
Winter Spare the Air alert extended through Monday due to wildfire smoke

Red flag warning also in effect this weekend
In an unusual move, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued a Winter Spare the Air alert from today (Friday, Nov. 9) all the way through Monday because of heavy smoke and particulates drifting into the Bay Area from the Camp Fire, which continues to rage in Butte County.

November 9, 2018 | No comments yet
Little House starts documentary film series

Screening of Dorothy Fadiman films set for Nov. 14
Little House in Menlo Park is starting two documentary film series that will be held the first and third Wednesday of each month.

November 9, 2018 | No comments yet
Portola Valley: Residents protest appointment of acting attorney general

Protesters concerned about potential shutdown of Mueller investigation
About 20 people protested President Donald Trump's recent appointment of Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general in Portola Valley on Thursday evening (Nov. 8).

November 9, 2018 | 3 comments
Expect competitive team, individual races at CCS XC

This year's Central Coast Section cross country finals Saturday at Crystal Springs should be highly competitive. The Palo Alto boys team appears to be coming on strong late in the season, turning in the fastest time among all Santa Clara Valley Athletic League teams at the El Camino Division finals last week with a team time of 1:20:53. The Vikings will have to be as fast or faster to qualify for the state meet, because the CCS Division I field is loaded with top teams.

November 9, 2018 | No comments yet
Local girls lacrosse a champion; PA Pickleball earn medals

Menlo Park resident Lauren Hall was named tournament MVP as she helped Team NorCal, based in Palo Alto, go undefeated in wining the Bonanza Girls' Lacrosse 14U Division title in Morgan Hill recently.

November 9, 2018 | No comments yet
CCS tennis: Double the fun for Paly, Menlo loses 4-3

The third doubles team of Anuva Banwasi and Agnes Mar meshed to the tune of a 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 victory that clinched No. 8 seed Palo Alto's stunning 4-3 victory over host No. 1 seed Monta Vista in Cupertino on Thursday in the quarterfinals of the CCS team tournament.

November 9, 2018 | No comments yet
College report: Mixed results at Stanford, Menlo College

Kathryn Plummer recorded 21 kills and Meghan McClure recorded a double-double to help the second-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team beat visiting No. 17 Oregon, 26-24, 25-22, 22-25, 25-11, Thursday to clinch at least a share of the Pac-12 Conference title with five matches remaining.

November 9, 2018 | No comments yet
Portola Valley: Wife says missing man has contacted attorney

Portola Valley resident Marc Bajet, who was the subject of a search by the community and the Sheriff's Office last week when he was reported missing, has contacted his attorney and is "hiding out," his wife told The Almanac.

November 9, 2018 | No comments yet
Today: Old La Honda Road closed to through traffic

Officials are asking anyone who does not live along Old La Honda Road to use another route for travel between Portola Road and Skyline Boulevard today (Nov. 9) due to emergency tree work that has closed the roadway.

November 9, 2018 | No comments yet
Update: Local firefighters sent to Butte County wildfire

Local firefighters have been sent to fight the Butte County wildfire, which started on Thursday, Nov. 8.

November 9, 2018 | No comments yet
Winter Spare the Air alert issued due to Camp Fire

The Bay Area Quality Management District has issued a Winter Spare the Air alert for today (Nov. 9) due to heavy smoke blowing into the Bay Area from a fire in Butte County.

November 9, 2018 | No comments yet
Hey, hey, PA Play(ers)

'All the Way' dramatizes Johnson's early days in office
"All the Way" takes a close look at Lyndon Johnson's first year in office, starting with the assassination of JFK and the Civil Rights Act.

November 8, 2018 | No comments yet
Finding Juana

Los Altos History Museum celebrates notable local Juana Briones
The moment visitors step into the Los Altos History Museum, they're greeted by a wooden awning, painted white and covered in vines. The message is clear: They're entering the home of Juana Briones.

November 8, 2018 | No comments yet
Historical Association hosts celebration of Armistice Day centennial on Sunday

This Sunday, Nov. 11, will mark 100 years since the end of World War I, and 80 years of Fremont Park's existence in Menlo Park. To celebrate the centennial event, the Menlo Park Historical Association will host a celebration starting at 10:30 a.m. that day at Fremont Park.

November 9, 2018 | 6 comments
One World: The new way of business

Helping companies to develop and increase their social impact is the mission of "One World," a Palo Alto-based company founded in 2015 by Scott Saslow.

November 10, 2018 | No comments yet
The perils of plastic

Menlo Park's BioCellection is doing something about the serious environmental threat of plastic pollution
Plastics: It's hard to imagine modern life without them. But the word describes a modern development that has become both a blessing and a curse.

November 10, 2018 | No comments yet
The amazing life story of a natural ham

Local woman writes a book for kids about her real-life adventure with Pickles and Tickles
Move over Miss Piggy. There's a new superstar hogging the limelight: Pickles the pig, who lives in the loving care of Portola Valley native Maddie Johnson.

November 12, 2018 | 2 comments
Long, slow lines frustrate San Mateo County voters

New voting system and huge voter turnout were contributing factors, officials say
A cumbersome voting process and technical glitches resulting in long lines frustrated voters in East Palo Alto Tuesday and caused at least one City Council member to question why problems repeatedly plague San Mateo County elections.

November 8, 2018 | No comments yet
New leader picked to head SVCF

Nicole Taylor selected to lead embattled nonprofit
The Silicon Valley Community Foundation announced Thursday it has chosen a new top executive following a monthslong search.

November 8, 2018 | No comments yet
Air quality advisory issued due to wildfire in Butte County

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued an air quality advisory for Thursday and Friday because of a large wildfire in Butte County that is expected to send smoke into the region.

November 8, 2018 | No comments yet
Portola Valley: Farmers' market begins winter hours today

With the end of daylight saving time, winter hours -- 2 to 5 p.m. -- have begun for the Portola Valley farmers' market, starting with the market on Thursday, Nov. 8.

November 8, 2018 | No comments yet
New mail-in ballot system triggers delays in election results for San Mateo County

Woodside, Menlo Park council race winners still uncertain
When the first, much anticipated vote counts were released by the San Mateo County Elections Office at 8:05 p.m. Tuesday, the numbers, while telling in some instances, were in many cases so low as to leave key races undetermined.

November 8, 2018 | 49 comments
Tonight: Residents to protest appointment of acting attorney general

Protesters want Whitaker to avoid involvement in the Russia probe
In response to President Donald Trump's firing of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the appointment of Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general, protests have been scheduled around the country and abroad, including at 6 p.m. tonight (Thursday, Nov. 8) at the Town Center in Portola Valley.

November 8, 2018 | 9 comments
Familiar foes for Paly, M-A in CCS football openers

SH Prep and St. Ignatius run similar offenses
Palo Alto opens the Central Coast Section Open Division I football playoffs Friday at 7 p.m. at Hod Ray Field against Los Gatos, the same team the Vikings played and beat 35-10 just two weeks ago on Oct. 26.

November 8, 2018 | No comments yet
Prep report: SHP, Palo Alto reach water polo title games

Larsen Weigle scored five goals and the Sacred Heart Prep boys water polo team beat visiting Valley Christian, 14-2, in the semifinals of the Central Coast Section Open Division tournament Wednesday to advance to its second straight Open Division championship match on Saturday at Independence High in San Jose. Game time is 10:25 a.m.

November 8, 2018 | No comments yet
'Hairspray' brings music, verve to the Menlo-Atherton stage

Students at Menlo-Atherton High School are staging a production of the Tony award-winning musical "Hairspray" the weekends of Nov. 9 and Nov. 16.

November 8, 2018 | No comments yet
'The Ghost Train' comes to Hillview

Hillview Middle School's drama program will put on a production of the comedy thriller "The Ghost Train" Nov. 15 through 17.

November 15, 2018 | No comments yet
Tuesday: Menlo Park City School District board discussing philosophy for paying teachers

Other school staff want to be included in philosophy
As the Menlo Park City School District comes up with a philosophy for how to pay its teachers, there is concern that introducing teacher evaluations into a document about teacher pay could make instructors anxious, while other district employees feel left out of the conversation.

November 12, 2018 | No comments yet
CCS tennis: Menlo, Palo Alto reach the quarterfinals

The third-seeded Menlo School girls tennis team beat visiting Homestead, 6-1, and No. 8 Palo Alto downed visiting Carlmont, 7-0, on Tuesday to reach the quarterfinals of the Central Coast Section tournament.

November 7, 2018 | No comments yet
CCS water polo: Menlo girls return to CCS title game

The Menlo School girls water polo returned to the championship match of the Central Coast Section Division II tournament with an 8-4 victory over Aptos at Homestead High on Tuesday.

November 7, 2018 | No comments yet
County transportation tax measure on the edge

By the narrowest of margins, preliminary results from the San Mateo County elections office show that voters may reject Measure W, the half-cent sales tax that would collect some $80 million in revenues annually for transportation projects in the county. But with the vote count far from complete, the outcome is anything but certain.

November 7, 2018 | No comments yet
Holman leads by wide margin in race for open space district seat

Councilwoman to succeed Nonette Hanko
Palo Alto Councilwoman Karen Holman prevailed Tuesday in an unusually expensive and competitive race for a seat on the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District board against her longtime political adversary, Councilman Greg Scharff, early Election Day results indicat.

November 6, 2018 | No comments yet
Pulido, Fitch, Nunez ahead in Ravenswood school board race

Nine candidates vying for three open seats
Incumbent Ana Maria Pulido and newcomers Stephanie Fitch and Laura Nunez have taken the early lead in the race for three open seats on the Ravenswood City School District Board of Education.

November 6, 2018 | No comments yet
Update: Jones, McLaughlin, Bernstein maintain strong lead in fire board race

Unofficial vote counts updated by the county at 4:30 p.m. today (Nov. 8) show that incumbents Robert Jones and Chuck Bernstein along with Jim McLaughlin are maintaining a strong lead in the contest for three open seats on the Menlo Park Fire Protection District governing board.

November 6, 2018 | No comments yet
Tuesday update: Taylor, Combs, Nash maintain big leads in Menlo council race

The latest results from the San Mateo County Elections Office, released on Tuesday, Nov. 13, show Menlo Park City Council candidates Cecilia Taylor, Drew Combs and Betsy Nash maintaining their significant leads in the race for council districts 1, 2 and 4, respectively. The first tally was released shortly after 8 p.m. on Election Night and has not changed substantially in subsequent counts.

November 6, 2018 | 41 comments
Update: Fluet increases his lead in Woodside council race

Unopposed candidates Dombkowski, Scott and Brown win council seats
Ned Fluet has improved his lead over his opponent, Frank Rosenblum, in the race for Woodside's District 7 Town Council seat. The unofficial count from the county Elections Office posted at 4:30 p.m. today (Thursday, Nov. 8) gives Fluet 54 percent of the vote.

November 6, 2018 | No comments yet
Dumbarton rail project to get full environmental, fiscal analysis

In a sharp acceleration of a project that has for decades lurched through planning processes that haven't gone anywhere, a proposal to reinstate passenger rail transit along the Dumbarton corridor is moving forward in earnest, due mainly to a new partnership formed by SamTrans, Facebook and the Plenary Group.

November 6, 2018 | 5 comments
Prep roundup: Two golfers to state, 3 VB teams to NorCals

Bouncing back from 5-under a third of the way in, Castilleja's Niav Layton shot a 1-under the rest of the way to finish 11th overall with a round of 76. More importantly, Layton played her way into a spot at the state tournament at Victoria Club in Riverside on Nov. 14. Paly's Bridget O'Keefe also qualified for the state tourney.

November 6, 2018 | No comments yet
SHP, Gunn advance in CCS girls team tennis, M-A falls

Half of the Menlo-Atherton's girls tennis team will move on in Central Coast Section tournament play. The other half can feel good about another successful season. The Bears (15-7) fell victim to another wave of SCVAL fever, of which there has yet to be found a cure. Homestead edged host M-A, 4-3, in a first-round match Monday.

November 6, 2018 | No comments yet
Department of Justice monitoring polls in San Mateo County

San Mateo County is among 35 jurisdictions in 19 states that have personnel from the U.S. Department of Justice monitoring the polls on Election Day.

November 6, 2018 | 6 comments
Portola Valley: Former restaurateur avoids bail revocation

A judge granted more time to the attorney representing Russell Howard Deutsch, a former Portola Valley restaurateur, but denied Deutsch the three months of rehabilitation time he asked for before standing trial on tax evasion, theft and fraud charges.

November 7, 2018 | No comments yet
Portola Valley: Weeding is coming to Spring Down Open Space

If weeds in the Spring Down Open Space Preserve had ears and could pick up conversations, they would be whispering worriedly -- if they could whisper -- about how to survive the dreaded practice referred to as weeding.

November 8, 2018 | No comments yet
Woodside: Glens residents resist the 'nonconforming' label

For some people, being labeled a nonconformist is a badge of honor. Homeowners in the Glens in Woodside are tired of being labeled as not conforming to the town's spacious open-space requirements meant for much larger properties.

November 12, 2018 | 3 comments
Zoo demands custody of Koko's partner, Ndume

The future is in question for Ndume, the 37-year-old male western lowland gorilla who lives at a preserve operated by The Gorilla Foundation off Skyline Boulevard in Woodside.

November 7, 2018 | 4 comments
Woodside planning staff recognized for achievements

The Woodside Town Council recently recognized three Planning Department employees who passed exams that confer upon them an official capacities for environmental planning, and one who is now a certified planner.

November 16, 2018 | No comments yet
Portola Valley author Autumn Stanley dies

Autumn Joy Stanley, a scholar, author and Portola Valley resident for 60 years, wrote many books, including at least three about notable women and more than two dozen for children. Stanley died on Sept. 20 after a long illness.

November 5, 2018 | 1 comment
Superior Court announces restoration of clerk's office hours

San Mateo County Superior Court has restored its previously shortened counter and phone hours for serving the public.

November 23, 2018 | No comments yet
Teacher pleads not guilty to engaging in sex acts with minor

A local teacher charged with engaging in sex acts with a minor pleaded not guilty to all charges during a court appearance on Monday, Nov. 5.

November 5, 2018 | No comments yet
Tonight: Menlo Park City School District board to discuss ‘compensation philosophy’

District studying approaches for teacher and staff retention
About 34 percent of teachers and staff who left the Menlo Park City School District at the end of the 2017-18 school year did so because of long commutes and high cost of living. In an effort to counteract this trend, the district is developing a “compensation philosophy," which the school board will discuss tonight (Nov. 6).

November 6, 2018 | No comments yet
Five local teams prepare for CCS girls tennis tournament

Menlo-Atherton and Sacred Heart Prep will each host a first-round Central Coast Section girls' tennis match on Monday while Gunn goes on the road. Third-seeded Menlo School and eighth-seeded Palo Alto will host second-round matches on Tuesday, also at 2 p.m.

November 5, 2018 | No comments yet
Boys water polo: Menlo, SHP, Paly advance in CCS play

Menlo School and Sacred Heart Prep each took the first step toward a possible rematch in the championship game of the Central Coast Section Open Division. The third-seeded Knights edged St. Francis, 12-11, while the top-seeded Gators took care of Soquel, 17-7, on Saturday.

November 5, 2018 | No comments yet
Ballot drop-off locations, voting centers open through Election Day

San Mateo County residents can drop off their ballots or vote in person - even if they haven't registered for Tuesday's election yet - in the Atherton area today (Nov. 5) and Tuesday.

November 5, 2018 | No comments yet
Girls water polo: SH Prep, Menlo reach CCS semifinals

Sacred Heart Prep, earning a No. 3 seed in the Central Coast Section Open Division girls water polo playoffs, is not going to sneak up on anyone. A perennial section power, the Gators built a comfortable lead before holding off No. 6 Los Gatos 8-6 in Saturday's quarterfinals at Los Altos High.

November 5, 2018 | No comments yet
CCS football playoffs: M-A, Paly, SHP all host first round

Menlo-Atherton, Palo Alto and Sacred Heart Prep all received their seedings and learned the identity of their opening-round opponents in the Central Coast Section football playoffs Sunday morning at the CCS seeding meeting.

November 5, 2018 | No comments yet
Prep cross country: SH Prep, Menlo win WBAL titles

Sacred Heart Prep took home the West Bay Athletic League boys team cross country title and Gators' Max Cluss won the individual title while Menlo captured the girls title over the weekend at Crystal Springs cross country course in the Belmont hills.

November 5, 2018 | No comments yet
Tuesday update: Portola Valley school bond measure still leads

Unofficial results updated by the county this afternoon (Nov. 13) show the original margin of support for Measure Z, a $49.5 million bond to pay for repairs, renovations and new buildings on the Portola Valley School District's two campuses, holding steady.

November 6, 2018 | 13 comments
Search continues for missing Portola Valley man

The search continues for Portola Valley resident Marc Bajet, who's been missing since the evening of Wednesday, Oct. 31.

November 4, 2018 | 1 comment
Tonight: Talk by artist Mitchell Johnson on how artists see

Artist Mitchell Johnson of Menlo Park will give a talk in Woodside tonight (Friday, Nov. 2) on how artists see, with a focus on colors and the evolution of modernism and its inspiration for Cezanne and Matisse.

November 2, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo Grill closes for revamp

After about eight years of operating at the Stanford Park Hotel in Menlo Park, Menlo Grill has closed temporarily for a refresh.

November 2, 2018 | No comments yet
'Blackstar' at Bing

Bowie's final album gets an orchestral tribute
In the worlds of both cellist Maya Beiser and rockstar David Bowie, an instrumentalist revisiting of the final, modern-jazz-influenced album of a chameleonic music icon with a contemporary classical ensemble is special but not too unusual.

November 2, 2018 | No comments yet
Suburban safari

See a family in its natural habitat in 'Wildlife'
Richard Ford's 1990 novel "Wildlife" -- now a film directed and co-written by Paul Dano -- observes a family acting out of instinct as it weathers an existential crisis. Neither action nor introspection seems to help much, but the pull of nature persists.

November 2, 2018 | No comments yet
SHP girls tennis team punches ticket into CCS tournament

Sacred Heart Prep beat visiting Notre Dame San Jose, 7-0, in a West Bay Athletic League girls' tennis playoff match Thursday to clinch the league's second automatic berth into the Central Coast Section team tournament.

November 2, 2018 | No comments yet
Home sales

New home by Butler Armsden architects sells in Atherton for $14.5M
A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula.

November 4, 2018 | No comments yet
Hundreds walk out of Google's Mountain View HQ

Protesting employees call for sexual harassers to be held accountable
More than 500 Google employees in Mountain View walked out of the company's headquarters this morning, joined by thousands across the globe in a protest to hold sexual harassers accountable in the workplace.

November 1, 2018 | No comments yet
Woodside: Hall of Fame San Francisco Giant Willie McCovey dies

Woodside resident and San Francisco Giants first baseman Willie McCovey, a Hall of Famer whose name graces a cove in San Francisco Bay, a bronze statue alongside the Bay, and a ball field in Woodside, died Wednesday (Oct. 31).

November 1, 2018 | 1 comment
NASA retires Kepler, the 'little spacecraft that could'

Ames' longshot mission credited for discovering thousands of planets in 9-year mission
After nine years of scanning the stars and discovering thousands of new planets, the Kepler space observatory has run out of fuel and this week was officially shut down by NASA.

November 1, 2018 | 1 comment
A vocal leader

Longtime local music director Gregory Wait to retire
With its concert on Saturday, Nov. 3, at First Congregational Church in Palo Alto, the 60-voice Schola Cantorum Silicon Valley will begin its 30th and final season with Gregory Wait as director. Wait will then launch his 34th and final season as director of Congregational Oratorio Society eight days later at the same locale.

November 1, 2018 | No comments yet
Top two seeds ready for PAL championship final in singles

Top-seeded Allison Browne, a junior at Menlo-Atherton and currently ranked 84th in California by Babolot Recruiting, maintained her unbeaten record in Peninsula Athletic League play by winning twice Wednesday to reach Thursday's final of the PAL girls' tennis singles tournament at Burlingame.

November 1, 2018 | No comments yet
Candidates wage expensive contest for open-space district seat

Councilman loans $120,000 to his contest against colleague
The race between two Palo Alto City Council members for the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District has become the most expensive such contest in recent memory, with Greg Scharff injecting a $120,000 loan into his campaign and Councilwoman Karen Holman bringing in more than $20,000 in contributions from supporters.

October 31, 2018 | No comments yet
Safety changes made to temporary Willow Road/U.S. 101 interchange

A number of Menlo Park drivers say they have felt, over the last several weeks, that they've had to take their lives into their hands whenever they try to merge onto northbound U.S. 101 from eastbound Willow Road. To address concerns, Caltrans has now widened the merging area by about 5 feet.

November 2, 2018 | 20 comments
On the right track

Menlo Park teen is a racing phenom
Longtime Almanac readers may have a feeling of deja vu reading about 13-year-old car racing phenom Jesse Love of Menlo Park -- his dad, Jess Love, made headlines for his racing career in this very newspaper some 30 years ago.

November 3, 2018 | 1 comment
Local schools struggle with substitute teacher shortage

Problem follows trend in San Mateo County schools
Midpeninsula schools are having trouble filling substitute teaching positions, making it hard for teachers to take time off when needed.

November 15, 2018 | No comments yet
Atherton Library demolition begins

Demolition of the Atherton Library began Tuesday, Nov. 20, to make way for a $22.8 million rebuild of the library.

November 20, 2018 | No comments yet
Judge rules in support of search warrant in Lopez case

A San Mateo County judge has determined that there was probable cause to issue a warrant to search the home of retired Sheriff's Office deputy Juan Pablo Lopez following Lopez's unsuccessful write-in bid in 2014 to be elected sheriff, and that the officers who executed the warrant did so in good faith.

October 31, 2018 | 5 comments
Menlo-Atherton holds grand opening for new STEAM wing

Menlo-Atherton High School celebrated its new Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) wing on Oct. 30.

October 31, 2018 | 1 comment
Paly runners conquer the hills; SHP's Lynch wins on court

Lindsay Lynch of SHP earns bid into the Central Coast Section tournament
Palo Alto senior Henry Saul put on quite a performance at the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League El Camino Division cross country championships Tuesday on the 2.95-mile "historic" Crystal Springs Cross Country Course in the Belmont hills. And in girls tennis, SHP's Lindsay Lynch earned a bid into the Central Coast Section tournament.

October 31, 2018 | No comments yet
Hegmann leads Menlo contingent on all-GSAC soccer

Menlo College men's soccer team placed three of its players on the all-Golden State Athletic Conference team it was announced Tuesday. senior striker Eric Hegmann was named for the second straight season while Noa Kerr and Angelo Willi made it for the first time in their Menlo careers.

October 30, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo College lands two on all-conference women's soccer

Menlo College's Kori-Ann Koverman, a freshman, and Alexis Von Schottenstein, a senior, were named to the all-Golden State Athletic Conference women's soccer team, the conference announced Tuesday.

October 30, 2018 | No comments yet
More than 1,000 turn out for vigil against hate

Gatherers of all faiths show solidarity after the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre
About 1,000 people of different faiths gathered in solidarity at a Los Altos Hills synagogue on Sunday in response to the murderous Oct. 27 rampage at a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, synagogue.

October 30, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo's Jones continues most excellent soccer adventure

Menlo School senior Sophia Jones wasn't sure what her soccer coach meant when, in September of 2015, she was told a United States scout was in attendance to watch her play during a U-15 tournament. These days she's preparing for the U-17 Women's World Cup in Uruguay.

October 30, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo College adds fifth women's basketball recruit

Timberline High senior Kaylie Abriani became the fifth member of Menlo College's women's basketball latest recruiting class as announced by Oaks coach Shannon Spataro on Monday. She joins Piedmont High senior Jasmyne Huggins, Tulare High's Kiara Brown, Cosumnes Oaks High's Jordyn Rosette and Snohomish (WA) High's Courtney Perry.

October 30, 2018 | No comments yet
WBAL girls tennis tournament features Gators, Knights in SF

Sacred Heart Prep's top two tennis players, Lyndsey Lynch and Isa Robinson, could be headed on a collision course in the West Bay Athletic League individual singles and doubles tournament.

October 30, 2018 | No comments yet
Facebook plans new bus stop to meet growing transit needs

Facebook is proposing to build a new bus stop to better accommodate the significant number of buses and trams it uses to get its employees to and from work and around its campuses.

October 31, 2018 | 2 comments
Atherton: Watkins Avenue rail crossing closed part of weekend

The Watkins Avenue railroad crossing in Atherton will be closed starting the evening of Saturday, Nov. 3, for construction.

November 1, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo Park council approves interim city manager contract

The Menlo Park City Council on Monday approved a contract with Starla Jerome-Robinson to serve as interim city manager.

October 30, 2018 | 3 comments
La Entrada Middle School floods after water main break

A water main break near La Entrada Middle School in Menlo Park on Thursday, Oct. 25, flooded classrooms, including a new building, prompting officials to close the school for two days.

October 30, 2018 | 5 comments
Menlo Park man sentenced to 12 years in prison for pharmacy robberies

A Menlo Park man who pleaded no contest in June to charges of robbery, attempted robbery and robbery with a firearm was sentenced to 12 years in state prison on Oct. 26.

October 30, 2018 | No comments yet
Woodside student wins national science award

Woodside middle schooler Georgia Hutchinson took home top honors and a $25,000 prize at a national science and engineering competition on Oct. 23.

October 30, 2018 | No comments yet
Portola Art Gallery marks a dozen years at Allied Arts Guild

The Portola Art Gallery is celebrating a dozen years of art at the Allied Arts Guild in Menlo Park with an exhibition.

November 2, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo-Atherton grinds out victory over Half Moon Bay

Despite resting four starters, including starting quarterback Jack Alexander, the Bears had enough in the tank to thwart visiting Half Moon Bay 24-7 on a brisk Friday evening at Coach Parks Field.

October 28, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo's Axe never stopped swinging in PAL football loss

Samson Axe rushed for 214 yards and scored two touchdowns in Menlo's 56-13 loss at Aragon in a Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division matchup Friday night that determined a Central Coast Section playoff berth.

October 28, 2018 | No comments yet
Gators win PAL Bay Division football game from host Tigers

Raymond Price III threw for one touchdown and ran for two others and Sacred Heart Prep topped host Terra Nova 40-28 in a Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division contest Friday.

October 28, 2018 | No comments yet
Priory prevails in rivalry football game with Pinewood

Matt George scored three touchdowns and Priory beat host Pinewood 50-24 in a Pacific Coast 8-man football contest on Friday.

October 28, 2018 | No comments yet
Prep water polo: Menlo, Castilleja, SHP rule the waves

Sam Untrecht continued his recent scoring spree, finding the back of the net eight times Saturday and the Menlo School boys water polo team captured its fourth consecutive Peninsula Athletic League title and 22nd over the past 24 years, beating host Menlo-Atherton, 18-7, in the championship match of the league tournament.

October 28, 2018 | No comments yet
Belle Haven structure fire quickly extinguished

A fire at a single-story home on Chilco Street in Menlo Park Saturday afternoon was extinguished in about 15 minutes, according to a press release issued by the Menlo Park Fire Protection District on Saturday evening.

October 27, 2018 | 1 comment
'Just a girl with a pen'

Atherton's Sophia Nesamoney, 17, was presented the "Girls for the Last Girl" award by the anti-sex trafficking group Apne Aap and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime on the U.N.'s International Day of the Girl Child on Oct. 11 in a ceremony at the United Nations headquarters in New York City.

October 27, 2018 | No comments yet
Giving voice

Young writer chronicles travails of life for girls and women in India
Sophia Nesamoney says she learned when she was very young about "the power of a voice."

October 27, 2018 | No comments yet
Surf Air returns to San Carlos Airport

Surf Air is back at the San Carlos Airport.

October 29, 2018 | 32 comments
Teacher charged with engaging in sex acts with minor

A teacher from Redwood City has been arrested on suspicion of engaging in sex acts with a minor, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office.

October 26, 2018 | No comments yet
Prep report: Palo Alto wins SCVAL girls golf tournament

Palo Alto's Madison Pineda shot a 2-under 70, placing second overall, and the Vikings' girls' golf team won the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League tournament Wednesday at Santa Teresa Golf Club to qualify for the Central Coast Section tournament on Tuesday at the Laguna Seca Golf Ranch in Monterey County.

October 26, 2018 | No comments yet
Prep water polo: SHP, Menlo, Castilleja in league title tilts

Sam Untrecht scored five goals and Menlo School swamped Mills, 15-1, in a battle of Peninsula Athletic League boys water polo division leaders Thursday at Woodside in the semifinal round of the PAL tournament.

October 26, 2018 | No comments yet
Prep tennis: Menlo carries its winning streak into next year

Menlo School's on-going state record regular-season league winning streak is safe for another season. The Knights beat visiting Notre Dame Belmont, 7-0, on Thursday in the West Bay Athletic League Foothill Division finale to complete a 10-0 run through the league, extending the streak to 258 games.

October 26, 2018 | No comments yet
Prep volleyball: CCS tournament gets underway on Saturday

There were no surprises when the Central Coast Section girls volleyball seeding committee released this year's brackets Thursday night. Palo Alto (23-4), Menlo-Atherton (23-4) and Menlo School (22-10) were assigned to the Open Division, recognized as one of the top eight teams in the section.

October 26, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Council candidates have raised more than $75,000 for November election

As one of two incumbents running for a third term on the Menlo Park City Council, Mayor Peter Ohtaki has raised the most among council candidates over the last month or so leading up to the Nov. 6 election, according to the latest round of public campaign finance forms.

October 26, 2018 | 16 comments
Woodside: Council approves plan for Jackling house artifacts

The Woodside Town Council discussed disposing of artifacts from the 1920s-era Jackling house on Oct. 23 and agreed to a plan to offer them in a sequence, with the town first in line, followed by a homeowner, a university museum and the public.

October 29, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Interim city manager candidate named

Council has also picked firm to lead search for permanent city manager
With the departure of Menlo Park City Manager Alex McIntyre imminent, the city announced Oct. 25 that a candidate for interim city manager has been selected: Starla Jerome-Robinson, a former assistant city manager who lives in Menlo Park.

October 26, 2018 | 4 comments
Complaint filed against Samsung for alleged religious discrimination against Muslim man

The Council on American-Islamic Relations has filed a complaint against Samsung on behalf of a Muslim man who alleges religious discrimination during a job interview at the company's Menlo Park office in 2017, CAIR said Thursday.

October 25, 2018 | 1 comment
Supervisor Pine touts county's affordable housing, transit efforts

San Mateo County has the lowest unemployment rate, claims the highest per-capita income among counties in the state and touts a budget nearly $3 billion. It also has more than 100,000 people who receive MediCal, and one in three kids in public schools qualifies for free or reduced-price lunch, an indicator of poverty.

November 14, 2018 | No comments yet
Mandy Patinkin prepares to light up Palo Alto

Beloved singer/actor will perform at JCC
To fans, Mandy Patinkin's not just a talent but a mensch -- a man of integrity and honor -- and that glows from him, like light from an incandescent bulb. It makes for a very warm presence for his audiences.

October 25, 2018 | No comments yet
Sublime design

Stanford's Ge Wang publishes 'supremely nerdy' aesthetic manifesto
Ge Wang has always been a maker. As a child, he experimented with making clay bricks at his grandparents' home in Bejing, China. As a student and later a professor, he's made music, innovative instruments, apps and programming languages. Now, he's made a book: "Artful Design: Technology in Search of the Sublime."

October 25, 2018 | No comments yet
Worth a Look

Where to have a ghoul-ol time through Halloween
The Halloween spirit is alive and well on the Midpeninsula, where haunted history tours, live music and community celebrations will make for a spooktacular time.

October 25, 2018 | No comments yet
From first steps to 12 steps

Steve Carell fathers an addict in 'Beautiful Boy'
Amazon Studios' "Beautiful Boy"-- starring Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet as father and drug-addicted son -- makes a good case for itself as the addiction movie America needs right now.

October 25, 2018 | No comments yet
Olive harvest underway at Sacred Heart Schools

Students at Sacred Heart Schools in Atherton are getting a unique lesson in agriculture this fall by taking part in the process of making olive oil.

November 5, 2018 | No comments yet
Holman, Scharff vie for Ward 5 seat on open space district

Candidates look to replace Hanko in district that includes portion of Menlo Park
Their Palo Alto City Council tenures may be coming to an end, but Karen Holman and Greg Scharff are preparing to square off in another competitive election this year, as each is looking to fill a seat on the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District board of directors.

October 25, 2018 | 1 comment
Improved bike lanes the result of long but diligent effort

Sand Hill Road bicyclists now have a safer route crossing the freeway
There are new bike lanes across the overpasses where Sand Hill Road crosses Interstate 280. Cyclists have San Mateo County Supervisor Don Horsley and Joe Lo Coco of the county's Department of Public Works to thank for the work.

November 2, 2018 | 10 comments
Guest opinion: Restore power of municipalities to pass robust rent control

Voters should restore the ability of municipalities to implement robust rent control by voting yes on Proposition 10 this November.

October 31, 2018 | 13 comments
County enables 911 text messages

You can now text 911 messages to San Mateo County Law Enforcement and fire agencies' emergency dispatch centers.

November 2, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Red-light camera contract extended to allow in-depth evaluation

Red-light cameras in Menlo Park, and the vendor that supplies and operates them, Redflex, will be getting a closer look in the months to come.

October 30, 2018 | 36 comments
Sequoia teachers receive 3.5 percent raise

The Sequoia Union High School District Board of Trustees approved a 3.5 pay increase and a new contract for members of the district's teachers union at its meeting Wednesday.

October 26, 2018 | 1 comment
Prep football: Vikings are ready to resume SCVAL play

After a week off to reflect and heal up the Palo Alto football team has a key matchup at home on Friday in a 7:30 p.m. start against Los Gatos. The perennially strong Wildcats are 6-3 overall, 3-2 in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division. Palo Alto (7-1, 3-1) is a half-game ahead of them in second place behind Wilcox.

October 24, 2018 | No comments yet
Who is Woodside council candidate Sean Scott?

District 4 candidate makes himself inaccessible to The Almanac
The Woodside Town Council has four open seats and five candidates running for them. With the election around the corner, The Almanac has spoken with four candidates, but Sean P. Scott, running unopposed to represent District 4, has not responded to interview requests.

October 24, 2018 | 2 comments
Menlo Park: Council makes long-awaited decision on Draeger's loading zone

Mixed-use building project at neighboring lot approved
The owners of Draeger's specialty grocery store, the owners of the neighboring vacant lot at 840 Menlo Ave., and the Menlo Park City Council finally reached an agreement Tuesday, Oct. 24, over where and when the grocer's delivery vehicles will be permitted to park when the neighboring lot gets developed.

October 24, 2018 | 3 comments
Firm names more priests accused of sex assault

Report includes photos, work history of the clergy members
A Minnesota-based law firm on Tuesday morning released the names of 33 men connected with the Diocese of San Jose who have been accused of sexual abuse, building on a list of 15 names the diocese released last week.

October 25, 2018 | 1 comment
Menlo Park: Detectives investigating assault with a deadly weapon

Menlo Park police detectives are looking into a claim by a 17-year-old boy that a girl he planned to meet at Oak Knoll School on Sunday, Oct. 21, set him up for an assault by three other teenage boys.

October 24, 2018 | No comments yet
Prep report: PAL, SCVAL splash into water polo tournament

Menlo School opened defense of its Peninsula Athletic League boys water polo tournament championship with a 21-7 victory over visiting Hillsdale on Tuesday. Top-seeded Castilleja beat Carlmont 9-3 at Woodside on Tuesday in the first round of the girls tourney.

October 24, 2018 | No comments yet
Train strikes car stuck in traffic at Ravenswood Avenue rail crossing

Driver sustains minor injuries in Tuesday night accident
A woman sustained minor injuries after the car she was driving was struck by a train at the Ravenswood Avenue rail crossing in Menlo Park Tuesday night, according to the Menlo Park Fire Protection District.

October 24, 2018 | 43 comments
Atherton readies for civic center rebid, library demolition

As Atherton readies to go out for new bids on its civic center project in early 2019, it's also preparing its buildings, doing everything from clearing out the library to labeling old items for auction.

October 25, 2018 | No comments yet
Sequoia district continues push for mental health awareness

Anxiety, compounded by academic pressure, led one Sequoia High School student to self-harming actions, landing her in the hospital twice.

October 24, 2018 | No comments yet
Traffic alert: Stalled big rig on San Mateo Bridge causes delays

Traffic is heavier than usual on Willow Road and Marsh Road because a stalled big rig truck on the San Mateo Bridge has redirected traffic, according to an alert issued at about 4:15 p.m. today (Oct. 23) by Menlo Park police.

October 23, 2018 | No comments yet
Police calls: Espresso beans used in battery case

Crime reports for Menlo Park, Atherton and Woodside.

October 25, 2018 | No comments yet
Tonight: Menlo Park council to consider building approval for Draeger's neighbor

City staff recommend council deny owners' appeal
The Menlo Park City Council is scheduled to review an appeal of a new building proposed at 840 Menlo Ave. tonight (Oct. 23) and could resolve a yearslong debate over where Draeger's should be permitted to load and unload its wares.

October 23, 2018 | 8 comments
Atherton Library to get a spooky farewell

M-A students transforming space into haunted house
The Atherton Library will get one last hurrah as a haunted house before its demolition in November.

October 25, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo School's Jones named to U.S. U-17 World Cup roster

Menlo School senior Sophie Jones and Stanford commits Maya Doms and Astrid Wheeler are three of the 21 players named Monday to the United States Under-17 women's national soccer team by coach Mark Carr that will travel to the FIFA Under-17 Women's World Cup to be held in Uruguay beginning Nov. 13.

October 23, 2018 | No comments yet
Prep report: Several fall sports are entering the postseason

The high school postseason gets a jumpstart this week with water polo playoffs in the Peninsula Athletic League, Santa Clara Valley Athletic League and West Catholic Athletic League on tap along with girls' golf tournaments in the West Bay Athletic League, PAL and Santa Clara Valley Athletic League.

October 23, 2018 | No comments yet
College Fund founder to receive Kiwanis Angel Award

Charles Schmuck's nonprofit aids first-generation college students
Menlo Park resident Charles Schmuck, whose nonprofit Peninsula College Fund has helped nearly 100 local young adults become the first in their families to not just enroll in but also graduate from a four-year college, will be honored with an Angel Award on Thursday from the Kiwanis Club of Palo Alto.

October 22, 2018 | No comments yet
Complex election ballots are here for the long run

Spare a thought this election season for the staff of the county Registration & Elections Division. Changes in the law over the last several years are converging on the November election, impacting voters as well as officials preparing the ballots.

October 23, 2018 | 1 comment
Informing candidates and getting out the vote

JoAnn Loulan charges on to swing midterm elections for Democrats
Democratic Party activist JoAnn Loulan and 14 other Portola Valley women helped seat 13 Democrats in Republican-held seats in Virginia in 2017. Today, they're trying to do the same in Florida, Minnesota and Michigan.

October 28, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Council OKs staff disability plan, raises and big bonus bumps

Due to supplemental changes in Menlo Park's agreements with its labor unions and unrepresented management, the city's union employees will, starting in January, be able to participate in a statewide short-term disability program, and will receive two pay increases between now and when the new contract expires in July 2021.

October 23, 2018 | 3 comments
Wednesday: Sequoia school board to vote on new contract with teachers union

Two-year contract includes 3.5 percent raise for members
Teachers in the Sequoia Union High School District will get a 3.5 percent raise if a contract that union members ratified last week is approved by the school board at its meeting Wednesday night.

October 23, 2018 | No comments yet
Tuesday: Woodside council considers fate of Jackling house artifacts

Home was last owned by Apple co-founder Steve Jobs
The Woodside Town Council on Tuesday will consider what to do with a collection of antique home furnishings from the 1920s -- relics valued at nearly $30,300 from a house once owned by the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.

October 23, 2018 | No comments yet
Man sentenced to life in prison for 2011 fatal shooting in Menlo Park

A 45-year-old transient has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for a fatal drive-by shooting in Menlo Park in 2011, San Mateo County prosecutors said Monday.

October 22, 2018 | 1 comment
Man reported missing from Menlo Park located

A 38-year-old man who was reported missing from Menlo Park on Friday, Oct. 19, was found safe in San Mateo County Oct. 21, according to Menlo Park Police Department spokesperson Nicole Acker.

October 22, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo School drops league football game to Terra Nova

Kevin Chen and Jack Pimlott combined for 258 receiving yards, Justin Sellers threw for three touchdowns but Menlo dropped a 67-33 football decision to visiting Terra Nova in a physical Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division game on Friday.

October 22, 2018 | No comments yet
Prep water polo: A productive weekend for local teams

Will Riley scored four goals, Isaac Rotenberg added three and Sacred Heart Prep edged Bellarmine, 12-11, in third-place game of the Memorial Cup Tournament in San Jose on Saturday. The SHP girls placed fifth in the Nor Cal Invitational.

October 22, 2018 | No comments yet
M-A defense makes a big difference in PAL football win

Menlo-Atherton started the season 2-2 but have been a juggernaut since Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division play began. The latest victim was previously undefeated Sacred Heart Prep. M-A dominated from start to finish Saturday in a 30-0 victory on a sunny afternoon on the SHP campus.

October 22, 2018 | No comments yet
Local man reported missing

A 38-year-old man who is reported to be unable to care for himself has been reported missing from Menlo Park, according to a statement from the Menlo Park Police Department.

October 19, 2018 | No comments yet
Atherton looking to fill committee vacancies

Atherton is accepting applications for membership on the town's Park & Recreation and Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory committees.

October 20, 2018 | No comments yet
BootUp Ventures' neighbors may see relief from noise

City orders Menlo Park business to end event activities
A Menlo Park business that nearby Palo Alto residents say has been a nuisance for three years must immediately cease holding events at its offices, Menlo Park officials said in a letter to the company.

October 19, 2018 | 6 comments
Home sales

Park Lane property sells for $20M in Atherton
A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula.

November 1, 2018 | No comments yet
Diocese releases list of priests accused of sexual misconduct with children

A number of priests on list had assignments in the Midpeninsula
The Catholic Diocese of San Jose released yesterday a list of 15 priests, most of whom have died or been banned from the ministry, who it says were "credibly accused" of sexually abusing children. At least one spent time in Menlo Park, and a number of others spent time on diocese assignments throughout the Midpeninsula.

October 19, 2018 | 3 comments
Prep report: Post season in view for Menlo, M-A and Paly

Senior Grace King recorded 10 of her 30 kills in the fifth set as she helped Menlo School clinch the outright title of the West Bay Athletic League with a 25-22, 21-25, 25-13, 20-25, 15-8 victory over visiting Notre Dame Belmont on Thursday night.

October 19, 2018 | No comments yet
Air quality advisory extended through today

Smoke from wildfires in southern Oregon has persisted in the Bay Area, prompting the extension of an air quality advisory in the region through Friday.

October 19, 2018 | No comments yet
Always a day away

International documentary film fest looks toward 'Tomorrow?'
With a full slate of documentary films rolling out between now and Oct. 28, the 21st UNAFF continues the festival's mission to celebrate the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by showcasing global documentary films demonstrating diversity, compassion and justice.

October 18, 2018 | No comments yet
Pear offers winning 'Hedda Gabler'

Review: Kruse Craig soars as inscrutable Ibsen anti-heroine
From the moment she maligns dear Aunt Juliana's feathered bonnet, draped carelessly on a corner of the sofa, it's clear that Hedda Gabler is no sweetheart.

October 18, 2018 | No comments yet
Prep football: M-A, SHP in a big-time Saturday matinee

After beating Menlo School last week the Menlo-Atherton football team will attempt to take a final step toward winning a town championship Saturday when the Bears play at Sacred Heart Prep in a 2 p.m. start.

October 18, 2018 | No comments yet
Atherton awards contract to demolish library

Council also approves studying proposed water storage facility, new e-ticketing system for police
Atherton awarded a contract to demolish the town library at a City Council meeting on Wednesday evening (Oct. 17), as the town moves forward with plans to rebuild its civic center.

October 19, 2018 | No comments yet
A roundup of election stories

The Almanac has published a number of stories about local races over the past few weeks. We've gathered our efforts here for your convenience.

October 18, 2018 | 4 comments
Menlo Park: Council works through plan to pick new city manager

How should Menlo Park's next city manager be chosen? And who will take on the duties of the post in the meantime?

October 18, 2018 | 10 comments
New study reports Bay Area roads are worst in nation

Roads in the Bay Area were the worst in the nation and accounted for high costs to drivers in 2016, according to a report released by a national nonprofit on Wednesday.

October 18, 2018 | 16 comments
Of Local note: Water polo players ready for a homecoming

Sacred Heart Prep grad Alex Tsotadze and the 10th-ranked Harvard men's water polo team return to the west coast for the second time this season to compete at the Julian Fraser Memorial Tournament, hosted by Santa Clara and San Jose State. Harvard (15-5) is set to open tournament play against Santa Clara on Friday at 2:20 p.m.

October 17, 2018 | No comments yet
Great horned owl rescued in Woodside

Bird was found tangled in kite line
Animal rescue workers assisted by local fire district and Sheriff's Office staff freed a great horned owl found tangled in kite string in Woodside this week.

October 17, 2018 | No comments yet
A modernized masterpiece

West Bay Opera sets 'La bohème' in contemporary SF
There are moments throughout West Bay Opera's inspired interpretation of Giacomo Puccini's "La bohème" when audience members can be forgiven for forgetting that they're watching a work that premiered more than 112 years ago.

October 18, 2018 | No comments yet
Mystery solved: Turtles and fish of Sharon Park pond are A-OK

Ever wonder what happens to the turtles and fish that live in the picturesque, aquamarine pond at Sharon Park when it gets cleaned out? Thanks to an Almanac reader who asked us, we explored the matter and now know.

October 18, 2018 | 3 comments
Update: Shelter-in-place order lifted at Menlo-Atherton High School

A shelter-in-place order put in effect at Menlo-Atherton High School this morning has been lifted, according to the Atherton Police Department.

October 17, 2018 | No comments yet
Countywide transportation sales tax promises congestion relief, generates glut of questions

Can voters countywide be convinced to support yet another sales tax? Supporters of Measure W, a proposed 30-year, countywide half-cent sales tax for transportation that requires a two-thirds majority to pass, hope the answer to that questions is "yes," but many other questions are being raised.

October 19, 2018 | 12 comments
Sheriff's Office personnel now have overdose-prevention drug

All San Mateo County Sheriff's Office personnel have been equipped with the overdose prevention drug naloxone as of this week, sheriff's officials said.

October 17, 2018 | 3 comments
Prep report: Volleyball league leaders are victorious

Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division girls volleyball leader Menlo-Atherton barely escaped with a five-set victory on Tuesday, converting the trickery into treats in a 21-25, 25-11, 25-19, 24-26, 15-3 victory over HMB to remain a game ahead of Aragon with two matches left on the regular-season schedule.

October 17, 2018 | No comments yet
M-A grad Melvin earns AL Manager of the Year honors

Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin, a graduate of Menlo-Atherton High, was named the Sporting News American League Manager of the Year. It is his second Sporting News Manager of the Year Award after being named the National League winner with Arizona in 2007.

October 16, 2018 | No comments yet
ProPublica reports racial disparities in schools nationwide, locally

White students were more than four times as likely to be enrolled in at least one Advanced Placement (AP) class as black students, and black students were over 15 times as likely to be suspended as white students in the Sequoia Union High School District during the 2015-16 school year, according to data on school districts collected by the nonprofit news organization ProPublica.

October 17, 2018 | 3 comments
By invitation only

How some local wineries celebrate the harvest
Want to get involved in the local wine scene? Then join the club.

October 18, 2018 | No comments yet
Tonight: Fire district to discuss new training facility

At $1,000 per square foot, the new facility would cost $11 million
A new practice facility to simulate emergencies for firefighters of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District is a topic of discussion at the district's governing board meeting tonight, Tuesday, Oct. 16.

October 16, 2018 | 2 comments
Prep report: SHP girls tennis roll over Hillsdale

Sacred Heart Prep's No. 2 doubles team of Natalie Dias and Sarah McGrath won their match, 6-0, 6-2, to highlight the Gators' 7-0 nonleague girls tennis victory over host Hillsdale on Monday.

October 16, 2018 | No comments yet
Police calls: Man robbed of watch at gunpoint

Crime reports from Menlo Park, Atherton and Portola Valley.

October 17, 2018 | 1 comment
Disabled truck causes partial closure of Santa Cruz Avenue

A large disabled truck stuck at the intersection of Santa Cruz Avenue and Sand Hill Road in Menlo Park left northbound Santa Cruz Avenue to eastbound Sand Hill Road closed for hours on Monday, beginning at about 2:45 p.m., according to a statement from the Menlo Park Police Department. The department announced the reopening of the roadway shortly before midnight.

October 15, 2018 | No comments yet
Update: Four shot, two dead at East Palo Alto party

Two young men identified as fatal shooting victims
A party to celebrate Halloween and a young woman's birthday turned tragic early Sunday morning when a shooter killed two people and injured two others after an argument erupted, East Palo Alto police said.

October 15, 2018 | No comments yet
Home sales

Rebuilt Atherton home sells for more than 10 times its 2008 sale price
A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula.

October 21, 2018 | No comments yet
Woodside: New ethics code is aspirational, informal

Woodside's new ethics code, adopted Oct. 9 by a unanimous Town Council, is informal in addressing complaints and has a tone intended to help officials aspire to ethical behavior.

October 15, 2018 | No comments yet
Wednesday: Atherton may award contract to demolish library

Council to also consider proposed water storage facility, new e-ticketing system for police
As Atherton moves forward with its plans to rebuild its civic center, the City Council will vote on awarding a contract to demolish the library at a City Council meeting Oct. 17.

October 16, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo Park City School District hosts 'Sup & Sandwich' event

Menlo Park City School District Superintendent Erik Burmeister will host a lunch with community members on Friday, Oct. 19, at the Menlo Park Civic Center.

October 16, 2018 | No comments yet
Four shot, two dead at East Palo Alto Halloween party

Two people are hospitalized with life-threatening injuries
Two people have died and two others have life-threatening injuries after an argument at a Halloween party quickly escalated into a shooting early Sunday morning, East Palo Alto police said.

October 14, 2018 | No comments yet
Prep cross country: Menlo, M-A, Woodside produce top finishes

The Menlo School boys and girls cross country teams each placed among the top five teams in their divisions in the Rough Rider Invitational at Woodward Park in Fresno, the CIF state championship course.

October 14, 2018 | No comments yet
Prep report: SHP girls win a water polo doubleheader

Isabella Bachler scored six goals, Nellie McAdams recorded 12 saves in her three quarters of action and the Sacred Heart Prep girls water polo team downed Clovis, 17-11, as part of a nonleague doubleheader at Clovis West on Saturday.

October 14, 2018 | No comments yet
SH Prep reaches championship game of water polo tourney

Sacred Heart Prep had never made it to the championship game of its own North vs. South boys water tournament until Saturday. And as long as the Gators were there, they went ahead and won the title, beating nemesis Harvard-Westlake 7-6 in the title match.

October 14, 2018 | No comments yet
Oaks report: Women win in GSAC volleyball and soccer

Lilly Chisler scored a goal and added an assist as the Menlo College women's soccer team recovered from a pair of shutout losses to beat host Arizona Christian, 4-0, in a Golden State Athletic Conference contest Saturday.

October 14, 2018 | No comments yet
Editorial endorsement: Newcomers deserve seats on the Menlo Park City Council

The Almanac endorses Cecilia Taylor, Drew Combs and Betsy Nash for election to the three open seats on the Menlo Park City Council.

October 14, 2018 | 4 comments
Meet the Ravenswood school board candidates

Contenders share their platforms in video interviews
Come Nov. 6, voters will be presented with two distinct narratives from six newcomers and three incumbents running for three open seats on the Ravenswood City School District Board of Education.

October 13, 2018 | 2 comments
State of the City: Mayor cites Menlo Park's achievements, challenges

Ohtaki urges city to strategically fund big infrastructure projects with projected surpluses
The short version: The state of the city of Menlo Park is strong. Mayor Peter Ohtaki almost left it at that, but chose to continue with a more traditional "State of the City" speech by talking about some of the successes achieved and challenges faced by the city over the past year during his term as mayor.

October 16, 2018 | 2 comments
Piedmont senior latest Menlo College women's hoops recruit

Piedmont High senior Jasmyne Huggins became the fourth member of Menlo College's women's basketball latest recruiting class as announced by Oaks coach Shannon Spataro on Thursday. She joins Tulare High's Kiara Brown, Cosumnes Oaks High's Jordyn Rosette and Snohomish (WA) High's Courtney Perry.

October 12, 2018 | No comments yet
Prep football: Bragging rights in Atherton up for grabs

It's the battle of the Menlos Friday when Menlo School plays at Menlo-Atherton in a 7:30 p.m. start. The two schools sharing the Menlo appellation in their name haven't played since 2014.

October 12, 2018 | No comments yet
Prep report: Bears grab first in PAL Bay Division volleyball

The Menlo-Atherton girls volleyball team found its groove midway through the first set and that led to a convincing 25-22, 25-22, 25-12 victory over visiting Aragon in a Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division showdown for first place Thursday night.

October 12, 2018 | No comments yet
Records show Surf Air owes county $328,371 in taxes

The commuter airline Surf Air has hardly been in the good graces of a vocal contingent of area residents bothered by its noisy planes flying overhead since it started using the San Carlos Airport in 2013. But the San Mateo County tax collector isn't likely to be looking favorably on the company either, given that, according to public records, the airline owes the county hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxes.

October 11, 2018 | 21 comments
Atherton Library moving to temporary location this weekend

Town demolishing library to prepare for $22.8 million rebuild
The Atherton Library will close for a little over a week as the town prepares to demolish its current home at 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane and build a new library, according to a press release.

October 11, 2018 | No comments yet
'Man' up

Oscar-winning director races Neil Armstrong into space
"First Man" shows the behind-the-scenes life (and anxieties) of astronaut Neil Armstrong during the space-race years -- opening with a white-knuckle, "you-are-there" sequence of palpable intensity as Armstrong flies 140,000 feet above the Mojave Desert.

October 11, 2018 | No comments yet
Prep water polo: Castilleja, SH Prep clinch league titles

Castilleja, on Senior Day, downed visiting Menlo School, 15-10, in a showdown of undefeated Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division teams. The Gators clinched their fifth straight PAL title.

October 11, 2018 | No comments yet
Prep report: Knights crowned Atherton's best in girls tennis

Menlo School can claim the Atherton girls' tennis city title after dispatching visiting Menlo-Atherton, 6-1, in a nonleague match Wednesday. The Knights (12-5) beat Sacred Heart Prep in a league match on Tuesday.

October 11, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Anonymous ethics complaint filed against City Council candidate

The California Fair Political Practices Commission has received an anonymous complaint against Menlo Park City Council candidate Cecilia Taylor, FPPC spokesperson Jay Wierenga confirmed Oct. 10.

October 11, 2018 | 6 comments
Menlo Park's Josh Becker announces 2020 state Senate run

As voters start to receive their ballots for the November election, one Menlo Park man is looking two years ahead to a state Senate bid.

October 12, 2018 | No comments yet
Yearslong saga over Draeger's loading zone takes another turn

Commission rejects compromise between grocer and developer
It's a problem that's been brewing between the Draeger family and the owners of the property neighboring the family's specialty grocery store in Menlo Park for at least 17 years. On Oct. 10, the city's Complete Streets Commission came closer to resolving the conflict over the market's loading zone, but not in the way either party had favored.

October 12, 2018 | 2 comments
Traffic alert: Dumbarton Bridge collision snarls traffic on Willow and Marsh roads

A collision on the Dumbarton Bridge has caused a massive traffic jam in Menlo Park, according to an alert from police this afternoon (Oct. 10).

October 10, 2018 | 1 comment
Menlo-Atherton Hall of Fame ceremony set for Oct. 13

Menlo-Atherton High recently introduced its latest Hall of Fame class amid a celebration of athletic achievements and memories.

October 12, 2018 | No comments yet
A moving musical memoir

TheatreWorks does 'Fun Home' justice
"Fun Home" is a very personal and specific story of one woman and her memories of her dysfunctional family. However, it's one that resonates with anyone who's ever had a complicated relationship or who's struggled with finding and embracing their identity. That is to say, everyone.

October 10, 2018 | No comments yet
Andy Warhol: The fame game

Cantor Arts Center presents rarely seen collection of contact sheets
Andy Warhol would have been 90 years old on Aug. 6 of this year. Had he lived, there is little doubt that he would be right at home with our image-obsessed society.

October 10, 2018 | No comments yet
The Rontgen Trio

Bay Area concert pianist Mark Anderson, Dutch violinist Antoine von Dongen and cellist Eric Gaenslen together form The Rontgen Trio, which will perform Piano Trio No. 1 in B major, Op. 8 by Johannes Brahms and the Piano Trio No. 6 in C-minor, Op. 50 by Julius Rontgen on Saturday, Oct. 13.

October 10, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Belle Haven Library plans move forward

If all goes according to best-case-scenario plans, the city of Menlo Park could have a new library in Belle Haven completed as soon as 2024.

October 10, 2018 | 4 comments
Tulare senior commits to Menlo College women's hoops

Tulare High senior Kiara Brown became the latest to commit to the Menlo College women's basketball program as announced by Oaks coach Shannon Spataro on Tuesday. Brown becomes the third player, joining Cosumnes Oaks High senior Jordyn Rosette and Snohomish (WA) senior Courtney Perry, in Menlo's latest recruiting class.

October 10, 2018 | No comments yet
Prep report: Menlo adds another girls tennis victory

Menlo School's girls' tennis won its 253rd consecutive regular season match Tuesday, beating host Sacred Heart Prep, 6-1, in a West Bay Athletic League match that likely means the Knights (11-5, 5-0) will finish yet another league season undefeated.

October 10, 2018 | No comments yet
Sheriff's Office looking for info about 'suspicious' Menlo Park incident

Stranger approached teen walking to school and offered a ride in exchange for money
The San Mateo County Sheriff's Office is looking for information about an incident it deems suspicious that occurred Oct. 3.

October 9, 2018 | 3 comments
Menlo Park: Hotel developer, neighbors must compromise, commissioners say

After spending years redesigning plans for a proposed Hampton Inn hotel at 1704 El Camino Real in Menlo Park in response to a chorus of unhappy residents, developer Sagar Patel says that construction costs have escalated so much that the plans had to be redesigned again.

October 10, 2018 | 3 comments
Menlo Park: Council to discuss city manager replacement plan tonight

The Menlo Park City Council is working to decision how to fill the city manager's position now that City Manager Alex McIntyre has announced plans to leave for Ventura. He hasn't announced a final day yet, but it's expected to be at the end of October, according to Administrative Services Director Lenka Diaz.

October 9, 2018 | 5 comments
Tonight: Woodside council considers new ethics code

The proposed ethics code that would guide the behavior of volunteer public servants in Woodside's local government returns to the Town Council tonight (Tuesday, Oct. 9) for a decision on whether to adopt it.

October 9, 2018 | 5 comments
Oaks report: Volleyball honor, basketball promotion

Capping off a phenomenal week for Menlo College women's volleyball, Lucyanna Herrera has been named the Golden State Athletic Conference's Defender of the Week. It's the third time an Oaks' volleyball player has been honored this season.

October 9, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo School glides past TKA in WBAL girls' golf match

The Menlo girls' golf team recovered quite nicely from last week's setback to West Bay Athletic League leader Harker with a overpowering 199-297 victory over The King's Academy at Sunnyvale Muni on Monday.

October 9, 2018 | No comments yet
Wednesday: Learn about new plans for Nealon Park playground

Family-friendly event planned Oct. 10
The city of Menlo Park is seeking public input on a new "nature-themed" playground planned at Nealon Park.

October 10, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo Park is state's 11th-safest city, report says

According to an analysis done by Safewise, a home security company, the city of Menlo Park ranks 11th out of California cities for safety, based on 2016 FBI crime report statistics and population data.

October 11, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo Park library director retires

But Susan Holmer notes: 'You can't stop being a librarian.'
Menlo Park Library Services Director Susan Holmer retired Oct. 5 after 16 years on the job. When she started in 2002, the library still had phonograph records in circulation, and Wi-Fi wasn't a part of the picture, she said.

October 16, 2018 | 5 comments
Woodside: Day of the Horse celebration Saturday

Woodside celebrates its equestrian heritage -- this year on Saturday, Oct. 13 -- as it has in years past: with a fair, stagecoach rides, a trail ride, exhibits, prizes and a blessing of the horses.

October 11, 2018 | No comments yet
Proponents reel from withdrawal of Arrillaga offer to help build new library

An offer by local philanthropist and billionaire developer John Arrillaga to help the city of Menlo Park build a new main library has been rescinded, according to an Oct. 1 statement from the city.

October 9, 2018 | 6 comments
Woodside: Residents, officials want details on neighbor's construction

For now, officials in Woodside Town Hall are short on answers when asked about what's happening at 2350 Alameda de las Pulgas, a residential property located a block south of Woodside High School that is owned by Markos Kounalakis.

October 12, 2018 | 2 comments
Early voting begins for November election

All San Mateo County voters will receive their ballots in the mail in the coming days and can choose to vote either by mail or in person at one of the county's voting centers, some of which open today.

October 9, 2018 | No comments yet
One contested election highlights Woodside council race

Ned Fluet and Frank Rosenblum are the only two candidates for the Woodside Town Council who are vying for votes in the November election. The other three candidates are unopposed and will be appointed.

October 12, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo Park City Council: Three seats, eight candidates

For Menlo Park's inaugural district elections, there are eight candidates vying for three City Council seats. Meet the candidates.

October 11, 2018 | 5 comments
Police calls: Fraud cases claim losses of nearly $7,000

Crime reports from Atherton, Portola Valley and Menlo Park.

October 11, 2018 | 1 comment
Local students beat statewide test scores

Results countywide improve over last year
San Mateo County students improved their standardized test scores during the 2017-18 school year and outperformed students throughout the state, but scores dipped for students in the Sequoia Union High School District, according to California Department of Education data released last week.

October 10, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Neighbors raise concerns about proposed hotel

Planning Commission to discuss proposed three-story Hampton Inn tonight
A proposal to demolish the 28-room Red Cottage Inn & Suites at 1704 El Camino Real and replace it with a 68-room Hampton Inn is scheduled for review by the Menlo Park Planning Commission tonight (Monday, Oct. 8).

October 8, 2018 | 35 comments