Recent News

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Board of Supervisors approves funding for Ravenswood section of Bay Trail

At its Tuesday, Sept. 1, meeting, the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors awarded $1 million in Measure A funds to Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District (Midpen) to close a gap in the San Francisco Bay Trail in East Palo Alto, according to a County of San Mateo Parks Department press release.

Tuesday, 7:23 PM | 1 comment
Wednesday: Downtown meeting focuses on Menlo Park's M-2 zone

A community meeting that will give residents a chance to learn the latest about Menlo Park's ongoing project to update goals, policies, land use and design requirements in the city's M-2 industrial area is set for Wednesday night (Sept. 2) from 7 to 9 p.m. at the downtown "paseo."

Tuesday, 3:13 PM | No comments yet
Wednesday: Atherton examines drainage study, aircraft noise

Updates on storm water running through Atherton and aircraft noise happening above are on the agenda for the Wednesday, Sept. 2, meeting of the City Council.

Tuesday, 11:31 AM | 1 comment
Tonight: Community to hear three design alternatives for Flood Park

Three design options for Flood Park will be presented tonight (Sept. 1) at a community meeting on the future of the park. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. at at the Fair Oaks Community Center, 2600 Middlefield Road in Redwood City.

Tuesday, 8:11 AM | 2 comments

Monday, August 31, 2015

Recent home sales: Atherton, Menlo Park, Portola Valley, Woodside

The top sale this edition happened in Atherton on Park Lane. The property was last sold in 1979 for $555,000. The most recent sale happened on July 22, 2015, and brought in more than $10 million. Learn about this home sale and others in this week's list of recent home sales.

Monday, 7:57 PM | No comments yet
Pentagon to invest $75 million in local tech industry

In a bid to fortify United States security and manufacturing, the Pentagon and a consortium of partners are making a $171 million bet that Silicon Valley can emerge as the global leader in the nascent field of flexible hybrid electronics.

Monday, 7:46 PM | No comments yet
Portola Valley: Questions raised over silencing staff on town manager's exit

Silence surrounds the details of the recent "involuntary resignation" of former town manager Nick Pegueros from Portola Valley Town Hall, but some council members are willing to talk about the clause forbidding staff from talking.

Monday, 7:38 PM | 24 comments
Want to attend Pope's address in D.C.?

It will be standing room only, on grass, to hear Pope Francis speak to Congress on Sept. 24, via JumboTron, but some of Anna Eshoo's constituents will have a place on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.

Monday, 7:36 PM | No comments yet
High school grads intern at homeless services nonprofit

Sophie Scheinman witnessed the challenges facing homeless families during an eight-week summer internship with InnVision Shelter Network, the Menlo Park-based nonprofit that provides shelter and services for homeless people in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties.

Monday, 7:34 PM | No comments yet
Old oak falls

An oak tree that Atherton's town arborist Sally Bentz estimates was close to 200 years old and about 50 inches around, fell on Thursday afternoon, Aug. 27, closing Linden Avenue near Elm Place for more than four hours.

Monday, 4:03 PM | 2 comments
West Nile virus spraying set for Wednesday in Menlo Park

A large portion of Menlo Park will be sprayed Wednesday night and early Thursday morning after the West Nile virus was again detected in adult mosquitoes collected in the city.

Monday, 11:55 AM | 8 comments
Portola Valley's Cameron Jones makes it to semifinals in national science competition

Cameron Jones, the Portola Valley science fair whiz who graduated from Corte Madera School last June has done it again by being named a semi-finalist in a national middle school science fair competition, one of 300 students in the country to do so.

Monday, 11:33 AM | 2 comments
Air district report: Leaf blowers present health risks

Blasting air at up to 185 mph, leaf blowers can whip up hazardous particles and contaminants from the ground at speeds greater than a Category 5 hurricane, sending them long distances. Epidemiological studies have long recognized the harm these particles cause to people's respiratory systems, according to Bay Area Air Quality Management District reports.

Monday, 7:48 AM | 15 comments

Sunday, August 30, 2015

U.S. 101 to be closed Sunday night

All lanes of U.S. 101 in the Millbrae/Burlingame area will be closed for seven hours starting Sunday night (Aug. 30) for an emergency repair project.

Sunday, 8:04 AM | 2 comments

Friday, August 28, 2015

City of Menlo Park loses a fourth top manager

The city of Menlo Park has lost its fourth administrator since mid-July, with the departure of Human Resources Director Gina Donnelly, announced by City Manager Alex McIntyre on Aug. 27.

Friday, 11:53 AM | 2 comments
Menlo Park is next on PG&E tree removal plan

PG&E has begun examining 1,300 trees in Menlo Park that are growing in its gas transmission line easements and might have to be removed. Of those trees, 500 are in public right-of-ways and 800 are on private property, according to PG&E.

Friday, 11:10 AM | 2 comments
Menlo Park school district expands language programs

The Menlo Park City School District is working hard this year to achieve a goal it adopted in 2008: to offer world language programs to all district students.

Friday, 10:03 AM | 7 comments
Back to school: Woodside preschool changes more than its building

While as many as 60 construction workers swarmed over Woodside Elementary School's campus each day last week, it was a little hard to believe the school would be ready to welcome more than 400 students by its Aug. 25 opening day of school.

Friday, 10:01 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Woodside High prepares for 19 percent enrollment growth

The 2015-16 school year will be well along at Woodside High School by the time construction crews break ground for a new two-story, 10-classroom building between the gym and the softball fields.

Thursday, 11:57 PM | 5 comments
Linden Avenue in Atherton reopened

Linden Avenue in Atherton has now been reopened at Elm Place in the Lindenwood neighborhood of Atherton after being closed by a fallen tree, town officials announced at a little after 9 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 27.

Thursday, 5:33 PM | 1 comment
Cardinal Levada, a Menlo Park resident, charged with DUI in Hawaii

A resident of St. Patrick's Seminary & University in Menlo Park, Cardinal William Joseph Levada, has been charged with drunken driving after being stopped on Aug. 20 by a police officer on a street in Kailua-Kona in Hawaii.

Thursday, 11:51 AM | 8 comments
Atherton gives Menlo School go-ahead on expansion plans

After neighbors objected to an earlier version of its expansion plans, Menlo School on Wednesday gained unanimous approval of the Atherton Planning Commission for revised plans, including a height variance.

Thursday, 11:38 AM | No comments yet
Back to School: Las Lomitas prepares for growth

The Las Lomitas School District, home to La Entrada (grades 4-8) and Las Lomitas (kindergarten to grade 3), has been busy over the summer planning for the expansion of its two school campuses.

Thursday, 9:15 AM | No comments yet
Back to school: Portola Valley students get new 'Maker Spaces'

It may be hard to convince the students at Ormondale and Corte Madera schools in Portola Valley that what they will be doing in the two new "Maker Spaces" at their schools is actually work.

Thursday, 9:10 AM | No comments yet
New principal, construction at M-A High

As fall classes resume at Menlo-Atherton High School, a new principal is at the helm: Simone Rick-Kennel. And ground has been broken for a new G wing in the form of a two-story classroom building.

Thursday, 7:59 AM | 21 comments
Police calls: Attempted arson suspected at Woodside Elementary School

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

Thursday, 7:43 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Fire district board approves four-year contract with firefighters

The long running dispute between firefighters and the management of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District is officially over, but the discussion by members of the governing board is not.

Wednesday, 11:46 AM | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Pilot program to make city parks herbicide-free OK'd by council

The Menlo Park City Council unanimously adopted revisions to the city's Integrated Pest Management (IPM) policy last night, including implementing a pilot program at four city parks to eliminate all herbicide use.

Wednesday, 11:16 AM | 2 comments
Tonight: Atherton weighs Menlo School expansion plans

Whether the town should give Menlo School a height variance for a third-floor addition at the rear of the school's most historic building will be considered by the Atherton Planning Commission when it meets Wednesday night.

Wednesday, 9:07 AM | 2 comments
First day of school photos at Las Lomitas School

Classes began this week and last at most of our local schools. Almanac photographer Michelle Le visited Las Lomitas Elementary, a kindergarten through third-grade school in Atherton, on Aug. 20 and captured these opening day scenes.

Wednesday, 8:42 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Former Portola Valley town manager has interim job with Menlo Park

Nick Pegueros, whose "involuntary resignation" as the Portola Valley Town Manager was announced Aug. 12, has been named the interim administrative services director in Menlo Park, City Manager Alex McIntyre announced on Aug. 25.

Tuesday, 10:59 PM | 26 comments
Eastbound Marsh Road to be closed today until 3 p.m. for fence repair

The eastbound lane of Marsh Road in Atherton will be closed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 26 to repair the fence between the road and the drainage channel. The fence was damaged when a car crashed through it on Tuesday.

Tuesday, 4:55 PM | 3 comments
Fire on roof of Woodside Bakery extinguished by alert nearby employees

Quick action on the part of employees at the Woodside Tennis Shop and the office of Dave Tanner's home design and remodeling business put out a small roof fire at the Woodside Bakery shortly after 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 25.

Tuesday, 2:01 PM | 3 comments
Can Menlo Park afford to make city parks herbicide-free?

In response to community concerns about the use of the herbicide Roundup Pro Max in city parks, the Menlo Park City Council will consider tonight (Aug. 25) a pilot program to create herbicide-free areas at four of those parks.

Tuesday, 11:13 AM | 3 comments
Cyclist injured in Alpine Road collision

A 65-year-old Portola Valley woman on a bicycle traveling east on Alpine Road was injured in a collision with a westbound car turning left at Indian Crossing at about 6:40 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 19.

Tuesday, 10:41 AM | 15 comments

Monday, August 24, 2015

Bobcat visits a Portola Valley home

It was about 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 23, when Ron Johnson of the Alpine Hills neighborhood, in his hand a single-lens reflex camera with zoom lens, caught an image of this bobcat alongside his house.

Monday, 6:35 PM | 2 comments
Tonight: New contract with Menlo Park Firefighters up for vote

A contract with firefighters from the Menlo Park Fire Protection District is up for approval before the district governing board on Tuesday, Aug. 25. The firefighters have been working without a contract for seven years.

Monday, 11:43 AM | No comments yet
Understanding the world through science

Humans like to think about the past as a simpler time, and when viewed through the lens of scientific progress, that kind of thinking has an element of truth to it.

Monday, 8:26 AM | 1 comment
Tonight: Packed agenda for Menlo Park City Council

The Menlo Park City Council's Aug. 25 agenda is scheduled to include: the El Camino Corridor report, the city's pesticide policy, a response to a grand jury report on sea level rise, and a PG&E presentation on plans to remove trees in gas transmission line easements.

Monday, 7:58 AM | 5 comments
Tuesday: Kiwanis talk on plan for Stanford plaza in Menlo Park

Lucy Wicks, associate director of community relations at Stanford University, will give a talk on Tuesday, Aug. 25, on "The Planned Stanford Plaza at 500 El Camino Real" in Menlo Park.

Monday, 7:08 AM | No comments yet

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Recent home sales: Atherton, Menlo Park, Portola Valley, Woodside

Home sales data are provided by California REsource, a real estate information company that obtains the information from the county Recorder's Office. Information is recorded from deeds after the close of escrow and published within four to eight weeks.

Sunday, 9:51 AM | No comments yet

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Doctor charged with sexually assaulting patient pleads not guilty

A Redwood City doctor accused of sexually assaulting a female patient during an acupuncture session in June pleaded not guilty Aug. 21 in San Mateo County Superior Court.

Saturday, 7:52 AM | No comments yet
San Mateo County has lowest unemployment rate in state

San Mateo County has the lowest unemployment rate in the state, at 3.7 percent, according to July employment data released Aug. 21 by the California Employment Development Department.

Saturday, 7:28 AM | 2 comments

Friday, August 21, 2015

San Mateo County corrections officer accused of selling drugs in jail

Jason Jurow, a corrections officer in the San Mateo County jail, faces a preliminary hearing in a Redwood City courtroom on Sept. 14 to answer to drug-related charges brought by county prosecutors.

Friday, 11:31 AM | No comments yet
Highway 84 closed in Woodside

Live power lines are down in the 1400 block of La Honda Road (state Highway 84) in Woodside, and eastbound and westbound lanes are closed, San Mateo County authorities reported at 11 a.m. today.

Friday, 11:09 AM | 3 comments
Correction in statistics on average water use in July

The Almanac misinterpreted water use data from Cal Water in our reporting an earlier version of this story. The average usage number is per water meter per month in units (1 unit = about 748 gallons or 100 cubic feet of water) – not daily per capita use in gallons.

Friday, 11:07 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Feature story: Burgers and brews among friends at the Dutch Goose

Scott Davis pored over a newspaper while nursing a golden ale as a bright afternoon sun peeked into the patio of one of the Midpeninsula's most iconic watering holes.

Thursday, 1:35 PM | 21 comments
Fashion: Woodside inspires local designer's new collection of handbags

Normally the fashion industry thrives on constantly changing styles to keep it alive, so it comes as somewhat of a surprise to hear local leather goods designer and retailer Lisa Rissetto say, "I'm fine with them (customers) buying one and making it last."

Thursday, 10:41 AM | No comments yet
Psychologist writes of dealing with Alzheimer's in family

Constance Vincent's late father suffered from dementia, and now her 95-year-old mother is in the late stages of Alzheimer's disease. At 74, Ms. Vincent, a Menlo Park psychologist, fears she could one day lose her memory, too.

Thursday, 10:29 AM | No comments yet
Longtime Almanac staffer Jane Knoerle is moving, but not retiring

Longtime Almanac staffer Jane Knoerle is leaving Menlo Park, where she's lived in Sharon Heights since 1961, but she not retiring from the Almanac. She promises to keep writing from her new home in Southern California.

Thursday, 7:28 AM | 1 comment

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