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Friday, April 17, 2015

Atherton park burglary suspect arrested after police chase

Following a police chase, a man was arrested in Newark on Thursday in connection with a series of recent auto burglaries at Atherton's Holbrook-Palmer Park, where vehicle windows were broken and items taken from cars.

Friday, 11:01 AM | 5 comments
Atherton adopts 'talking points' on use of library tax dollars

Atherton's City Council has approved a set of "talking points" members said will be a starting point in negotiations with the county library system over the future use of library tax funds.

Friday, 9:18 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Simone Rick-Kennel will head M-A in new school year

Simone Rick-Kennel, until recently an administrative vice-principal at Menlo-Atherton High School, will take over as principal when the 2015-16 school year begins on July 1.

Thursday, 8:04 PM | No comments yet
Atherton police have park-burglary suspect in custody

Atherton police say they have a suspect in custody in connection with an auto burglary at Holbrook-Palmer Park, where a vehicle window was broken and a purse stolen on April 15.

Thursday, 5:09 PM | No comments yet
Guest opinion: Water woes - Let's focus on the rest of the iceberg

The Almanac's April 7 editorial, "Increase the pressure on water wasters," only touches the tip of the iceberg.

Thursday, 3:04 PM | 3 comments
Caltrain's bike bump form now available online

People with bicycles who are bumped off Caltrain due to overcrowding issues can now make reports online.

Thursday, 2:38 PM | No comments yet
Atherton OKs pedestrian-controlled stoplight on El Camino

Atherton has given the go-ahead for work on a pedestrian-controlled stoplight on El Camino Real at Almendral Avenue, where a pedestrian was fatally injured last July.

Thursday, 11:12 AM | 3 comments
Trial date set for lawsuit by driver who struck horse on I-280

A jury trial is set for April 27 on a lawsuit brought by a Menlo Park physician seriously injured in December 2012 when her car struck an injured horse lying in an I-280 traffic lane in the early morning darkness. The remaining defendant is San Mateo County. Webb Ranch and Stanford University have settled.

Thursday, 9:20 AM | No comments yet
Woodside volunteer 'Nancy' Gonzalez dies at 84

Mary Catherine "Nancy" Gonzalez, a Woodside resident instrumental in organizing town cleanup days, died March 27 in Burlingame after a short illness. She was 84.

Thursday, 7:58 AM | No comments yet
Tonight: Energy efficiency workshop in Menlo Park

A free workshop on Thursday, April 16, will teach homeowners how to take advantage of up to $6,500 in rebates to make their properties more energy efficient.

Thursday, 7:42 AM | No comments yet
Residents learn how to survive after an earthquake

Scientists say a big earthquake is inevitable in the Bay Area. Atherton residents learned how to prepare for an emergency at a "Get Ready Atherton" event and the lessons they learned can help all communities.

Thursday, 7:29 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

School board opposes transfer of homes to Menlo Park district

Despite a last-minute tearful plea from one of the residents asking to move their homes from the Ravenswood to Menlo Park school district, the Menlo Park governing board unanimously approved a resolution against the change on April 14.

Wednesday, 7:53 PM | 6 comments
Atherton: Daytime auto burglar strikes again in park

Once again, an auto burglar has struck during the day in Atherton's Holbrook-Palmer Park.

Wednesday, 5:48 PM | 5 comments
Woodside council nixes moratorium on 'super basements'

The Woodside Town Council chose not to adopt a moratorium Tuesday on super-sized basements while the town updates basement regulations that date to the 1980s.

Wednesday, 11:55 AM | 2 comments
Menlo Park: Burmeister tagged for assistant superintendent

Hillview Middle School principal Erik Burmeister will become the Menlo Park City School District's assistant superintendent next fall, if a proposal made by district Superintendent Maurice Ghysels on April 14 gets final school board approval.

Wednesday, 10:53 AM | 13 comments
Tonight in Portola Valley: How climate change affects birds

Every morning, songbirds greet the sun with a dawn chorus. Might this timeless phenomenon be changing as greenhouse gases accumulate in the atmosphere and affect the climate? Can anything be done?

Wednesday, 9:53 AM | No comments yet
Why Atherton might leave county library system

A set of talking points that will be before the Atherton Council for adoption at its
Wednesday, April 15, meeting make it clear that unless concessions are made, the town could leave the county library system.

Wednesday, 8:51 AM | 12 comments
Atherton moving to put stoplight at El Camino & Almendral

Atherton's City Council is quickly moving toward installing a pedestrian-controlled stoplight on El Camino Real at Almendral Avenue, the site where a 32-year-old Atherton resident, Shahriar Rahimzadeh, was fatally injured in July 2014.

Wednesday, 7:45 AM | 1 comment

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Big building projects at Woodside School, Library

If all goes as planned, two major construction projects will be underway in Woodside this summer, on either side of Woodside Road from each other - at Woodside Elementary School and the Woodside Library.

Tuesday, 10:50 AM | 3 comments
Police calls: Sleeping driver takes out 44 feet of fence

Crime and accident reports from Portola Valley, West Menlo Park and Menlo Park.

Tuesday, 10:00 AM | No comments yet
Surf Air adds 31 flights a week at San Carlos Airport

Surf Air, the commuter airline that has been barraged with demands to reduce the noise its aircraft make over the Midpeninsula, announced plans on Monday to expand its service at the San Carlos Airport.

Tuesday, 9:11 AM | 42 comments
Tonight: How should Menlo Park define public benefit?

The April 14 Menlo Park City Council meeting kicks off tonight in Belle Haven with a study session on public benefit.

Tuesday, 8:13 AM | No comments yet

Monday, April 13, 2015

Recent home sales: Atherton, Menlo Park, Woodside

Home sales are provided by California REsource, a real estate information company that obtains the information from the County Recorder's Office.

Monday, 6:37 PM | No comments yet
Play ball!

Sure, it's baseball season, but this is also what Coco is thinking. He's a 5-year-old, male Yorkshire Terrier available for adoption at the Peninsula Humane Society's Center for Compassion in Burlingame.

Monday, 6:17 PM | No comments yet
Looking back

This circa-1965 photo shows Woodside resident Delia Fleishhacker Ehrlich riding English-style on Country Gal, a prizewinning American three-gaited saddle horse, according to a description in the Woodside history book by Thalia Lubin and Bob Dougherty.

Monday, 6:09 PM | No comments yet
Tuesday: Woodside may block construction of 'super basements'

Construction of super-sized basements in Woodside in recent years has been disrupting land formations, drainage and ground water patterns, according to the town manager.

Monday, 11:41 AM | 8 comments
Tuesday: Menlo Park school district board to vote on O'Connor boundary change

The Menlo Park City School District's governing board will consider a resolution opposing the request from O'Connor Street residents to transfer into the district from the Ravenswood City School District when the board meets Tuesday, April 14.

Monday, 11:36 AM | 6 comments
Menlo Park: One cart, 17 bottles of booze and three arrests

Despite the number of times such capers go awry, three people allegedly loaded a shopping cart at Safeway with bottles of alcohol and walked out without stopping by the checkout stand first, according to the Menlo Park police, who then arrested the trio for burglary on Saturday, April 11.

Monday, 9:17 AM | 9 comments
Woodside student leads effort to remake school library

A new reading library was recently created at Summit Prep Charter High School in Redwood City by Woodside resident Erin Miller and many volunteers.

Monday, 12:25 AM | 1 comment

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Spring Home & Garden Design

This edition of Home & Garden Design features an updating of a 1960 Atherton home; a revamp of an Eichler incorporating a previously roofed-in atrium; a Tudor with trade-offs; and a small home that stays true to its roots.

Saturday, 12:01 PM | 1 comment
Panel: No easy fixes for teen depression, suicide

In the wake of recent suicides on the Caltrain tracks, teen depression and school-related stress are under new scrutiny, as parents and students alike are taking a hard look at what can be done to turn things around.

Saturday, 11:59 AM | No comments yet
Man, 34, killed in East Palo Alto shooting Saturday morning

An East Palo Alto resident died after being shot early Saturday morning, police said. East Palo Alto police arrived at the 300 block of Wisteria Drive after a Shot Spotter gunfire activation and found a 34-year-old East Palo Alto man lying in the street.

Saturday, 11:51 AM | No comments yet

Friday, April 10, 2015

Menlo Park commission recommends bike lanes, no third lane on El Camino Real

Given a choice of three options or leaving El Camino Real alone, the Menlo Park Planning Commission gave a unanimous thumbs up to one design that would create buffered bike lanes along the city's main corridor – as long as trees at its intersection with Ravenswood Avenue are left alone.

Friday, 10:39 AM | 52 comments
Police calls: Closet alarm may have scared off Felton Drive burglar

Crime and accident reports from Menlo Park.

Friday, 9:22 AM | 1 comment
Second Harvest, tech execs launch 'Stand Up for Kids' campaign

Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo counties and a group of high-level tech executives launched this month a "Stand Up for Kids" campaign with the goal of helping to feed the one in three children in Silicon Valley who struggles with hunger.

Friday, 8:16 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, April 9, 2015

STEM, career tech could be focus at new Menlo Park high school

Academic paths through high school typically lead students toward college, with career technical education as an option. What if the paths were mixed up a bit?

Thursday, 3:46 PM | 1 comment
Priory senior receives volunteer service award

Menlo Park resident James Phelps, a senior at Woodside Priory School in Portola Valley, has been awarded the President's Volunteer Service Award for his work as a volunteer with the International Institute of the Bay Area, a Redwood City nonprofit that helps immigrants and refugees, and where he teaches an adult citizenship class.

Thursday, 3:04 PM | 1 comment
Saturday in Menlo Park: Household waste drop-off

Menlo Park residents may make appointments to drop off household hazardous waste materials on Saturday, April 11, between 8:30 a.m. and noon.

Thursday, 3:02 PM | No comments yet
Portola Valley takes pass on license-plate-reading cameras

There will be no cameras recording the license-plate numbers of all vehicles passing through Portola Valley anytime soon, though other crime-fighting measures may be ahead.

Thursday, 11:58 AM | 2 comments
Local water district may see mandatory cut of 35%

It's not yet official, but it's looking like a mandatory 35 percent reduction in water use is ahead for the California Water Service Company's Bear Gulch district, which includes Atherton, Woodside, Portola Valley and parts of Menlo Park and Redwood City.

Thursday, 11:50 AM | 20 comments
Tax scams target Woodside, Atherton residents

Residents in Atherton and Woodside have been targets of recent tax scams – one involving attempts by the scam artist to collect a resident's tax refund and the other where impostors claim they are from the IRS and demand payment of back taxes.

Thursday, 10:54 AM | 1 comment
Locals help Ronald McDonald House expand

A dedicated group of local donors, board members and volunteers is pitching in to help double the size of Ronald McDonald House at Stanford, where families of patients at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital stay.

Thursday, 9:22 AM | No comments yet
Saturday: Portola Valley class on maintaining landscaping during drought

A free three-hour class on how to save water and still have a beautiful garden is set for Saturday, April 11, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Community Hall at 765 Portola Road in Portola Valley.

Thursday, 9:12 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Saturday: Earth Day at Shoreway recycling center

RethinkWaste, aka South Bayside Waste Management Authority, is among the hosts of an Earth Day event at the Shoreway Environment Center, 333 Shoreway Road in San Carlos.

Wednesday, 5:25 PM | No comments yet
Menlo Park council budgets $1.3M for city hall remodel

The city also plans to add eight full-time positions and convert seven temporary positions to permanent ones.

Wednesday, 11:42 AM | 3 comments
Facebook's new Gehry campus changes more than its name

It's no longer "the Gehry building" – Facebook's newest Menlo Park office has been dubbed "MPK20" as employees started moving in last week. This is building number 20 in Menlo Park (MPK).

Wednesday, 11:08 AM | No comments yet
Scientists: State drought likely to worsen

The likelihood of California experiencing more warm, dry years leading to severe drought is increasing, according to research by Stanford University scientists.

Wednesday, 10:55 AM | 5 comments
Tonight: Portola Valley council discusses license-plate reading cameras

A busy night is ahead for the Portola Valley Town Council when it meets at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 8, at the Historic Schoolhouse. The agenda includes license-plate reading cameras and the governor's water conservation orders.

Wednesday, 10:51 AM | No comments yet
Kepler's aims to start national conversation

Starting on Wednesday, April 8, well-known radio journalist Angie Coiro will host "In Deep," a two-hour talk show recorded live at Kepler's in Menlo Park. The first hour will be dedicated to current issues and the second spent on arts and culture.

Wednesday, 10:43 AM | 2 comments
Tonight: Discussion of modifications to Menlo Park rail crossing

A discussion of near-term modifications to the Ravenswood Avenue railroad crossing is among the items on the agenda for the Wednesday, April 8, meeting of the Menlo Park Transportation Commission.

Wednesday, 8:48 AM | 3 comments

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Editorial: Increase the pressure on water wasters

Many individual area residents and our local water agencies have made tremendous efforts to save water in the face of the drought that's parching the state. But more effort will be required as we enter our fourth year of dry weather with no relief in sight anytime soon.

Tuesday, 1:53 PM | 6 comments
Governor's water-reduction mandate could hit hard locally

Gov. Jerry Brown's new order to reduce water consumption by 25 percent could have an unusually high impact on local households. Atherton, Woodside and Portola Valley's per capita water use greatly exceeds the Bay Area average.

Tuesday, 11:02 AM | 48 comments
School boards expected to oppose Menlo Park residents' attempt to change school districts

Residents of the 31 homes on O'Connor Street in Menlo Park who are attempting to transfer from the Ravenswood City School District to the Menlo Park City School District are facing opposition from both districts.

Tuesday, 9:32 AM | 32 comments
Menlo Park: Caltrain to remove ballast rock piles by October

When public agencies embark upon projects, delays are -- unfortunately -- expected. Caltrain, however, has turned that expectation on its head by deciding that rather than needing two years to move piles of ballast rock off Chilco Street in Menlo Park, it can now accomplish that task within six months.

Tuesday, 9:17 AM | 8 comments
Tonight: Fees, city hall remodel and staffing go to Menlo Park council

The theme of the April 7 Menlo Park City Council meeting appears to be money. Votes are expected on fee changes for some services, and on a work plan that includes a $1.3 million renovation of city hall, raises and new staff positions.

Tuesday, 8:42 AM | 4 comments

Monday, April 6, 2015

Menlo fire district renews SLAC contract

When Stanford University's National Accelerator Laboratory calls, the Menlo Park Fire Protection District will still come running.

Monday, 10:51 AM | 4 comments
Atherton not willing to give up library tax revenue without a fight

Atherton's City Council members made it clear at an April 1 study session that they have some major concerns about a county library system proposal that would end the practice of allowing all library tax revenue raised in a town or city to stay in that community

Monday, 10:23 AM | 3 comments
Menlo Park: Facebook forges ahead with plans to build two office buildings on third campus

Fresh off the opening of the Gehry building in Menlo Park, also known as the "west campus" and "MPK20" and "that cool building at 1 Facebook Way," the social media company has now submitted a proposal for the 59 acres it bought from TE Connectivity in 2014. The plan includes 985,719 square feet of office space in two new buildings.

Monday, 9:37 AM | 8 comments
Tonight: Menlo Park Planning Commission studies El Camino Real

The Menlo Park Planning Commission will hold a study session tonight (April 6) to consider how to improve El Camino Real. Three alternatives, as well as the option to leave the road as is, will be discussed.

Monday, 9:10 AM | 9 comments
Deputies suspect mountain lion killed goat at La Honda ranch

San Mateo County sheriff's deputies suspect a goat at a La Honda ranch was killed by a mountain lion Sunday morning, according to the county's Office of Emergency Services.

Monday, 7:50 AM | No comments yet
Guest Opinion: What we can do to reduce risk for our teens

The pediatricians of Palo Alto Medical Foundation are deeply saddened by the local recent events. The loss of a young person's life is always a tragedy but especially so when preventable. As a medical group and a community we must ask ourselves what we can do differently.

Monday, 7:38 AM | No comments yet
Feature story: Greening up the dinner table

Like most people, Menlo Park resident Julie Shanson knows that eating healthy is no great mystery.

Monday, 7:30 AM | 1 comment

Spring food and drink goings on
By Elena Kadvany | 0 comments | 2,306 views

Couple’s Strife: 3 Tools for a Happier Relationship
By Chandrama Anderson | 0 comments | 1,136 views

The Sad Family Photo
By Cheryl Bac | 0 comments | 945 views

Out of Menlo
By Paul Bendix | 3 comments | 912 views

The MP School District Board Should Approve the O’Connor Boundary Change.
By Stuart Soffer | 3 comments | 702 views