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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Pet of the week

Looks like this week's featured pet, a lovebird named Jillian, dyed her feathers to celebrate the San Francisco Giants World Series victory, but it's all natural.

Thursday, 6:07 PM | No comments yet
Stanford doctor in voluntary quarantine

A Stanford physician who recently returned from Liberia has voluntarily gone into quarantine, and the university has announced precautions barring faculty, students and medical professionals who have traveled to areas affected by the Ebola virus from campus for 21 days after they return home.

Thursday, 5:58 PM | 1 comment
Saturday conference in Menlo: trafficking of women, girls

A conference on the trafficking of women and girls will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 1, at Trinity Church, 330 Ravenswood Ave. in Menlo Park.

Thursday, 4:06 PM | No comments yet
Menlo Park resident arrested for alleged graffiti vandalism

An 18-year-old Menlo Park resident has been arrested for allegedly spray-painting graffiti on public and private property along U.S. 101 from San Francisco all the way down to Santa Clara counties, according to police.

Thursday, 11:08 AM | 1 comment
Atherton police offer Halloween safety tips, free glow necklaces

The Atherton Police Department will give out free glow necklaces to children and their parents on and before Halloween, starting Oct. 30.

Thursday, 10:18 AM | No comments yet
Menlo Park council approves specific plan changes

Menlo Park now allows less medical office space within the boundaries of the downtown/El Camino Real specific plan, following a unanimous vote by the City Council on Oct. 30.

Thursday, 9:57 AM | 25 comments
Menlo Park police seek three suspects in attempted sexual assault

Three men confronted a woman early today and attempted to pull her clothes off as she carried trash to a dumpster enclosure behind businesses in the 100 block of El Camino Real in Menlo Park, police reported.

Thursday, 9:39 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Government officials attempt to influence aircraft regulations

Palo Alto and other government officials have so far been fighting an uphill battle to decrease airplane noise over their cities. For nearly 20 years, Palo Alto officials have been trying to join the San Francisco International Airport Community Roundtable, a group that represents 19 cities within San Mateo County; San Francisco and San Mateo counties; the San Francisco Airport Commission; and The Association of Governments of San Mateo County Airport Land Use Committee.

Wednesday, 5:30 PM | 1 comment
Residents have growing concerns over small commuter planes

Fledgling airline Surf Air's marketing slogan is "Disruptive Innovation -- A Revolutionary Approach to Air Travel." Some residents in Menlo Park, Redwood City and Atherton say it sums up their experience with the commuter airline's turbo-propeller planes.

Wednesday, 5:24 PM | 8 comments
Residents, city officials gear up to fight increased airplane noise

Angry local residents say the Midpeninsula's skies are turning into an aeronautic superhighway and that federal levels for acceptable noise, which date to the 1970s, are obsolete and need to be updated -- pronto.

Wednesday, 5:19 PM | 3 comments
Police calls: Man doesn't have the goods, so robber walks off

Crime and accident reports from Menlo Park.

Wednesday, 4:49 PM | No comments yet
Yikes!

Will there be a soft scuttling from above as little ones visit this creepy corner at Princeton Road and Cambridge Avenue in Menlo Park on Halloween night?

Wednesday, 4:46 PM | No comments yet
New law establishes veterans' program

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill providing veterans with increased access to home-based assisted living care. Authored by Assemblyman Rich Gordon, D-Menlo Park, the bill creates a three-year medical foster home pilot program, which provides veterans the option to choose to live and receive care in a private home.

Wednesday, 4:43 PM | No comments yet
Human Services director 'horrified' by allegations against social worker

The director of the San Mateo County Human Services Agency said Wednesday she is "horrified" by allegations that one of her employees was arrested on suspicion of having sex with a 16-year-old girl he was supposed to help.

Wednesday, 1:32 PM | 2 comments
Man arrested in stabbing death at Courthouse Square

Police arrested a San Carlos man on suspicion of a fatal stabbing in downtown Redwood City on Tuesday night.

Wednesday, 1:23 PM | No comments yet
Will voters weigh in on future of Sequoia Healthcare District?

One race in the Nov. 4 election has the potential to correct what some see as a miscarriage of the democratic process. But a correction would likely jeopardize grants for local health-care-related activities, including food banks, drug-and-alcohol abuse programs, school nurse programs and K-5 physical fitness programs.

Wednesday, 11:11 AM | 4 comments
Editorial: Money and politics in Menlo Park

The unseemly role of money in politics at the state and national levels has a local counterpart these days. Rather sizable amounts are being spent for and against Menlo Park's Measure M, which aims to reduce the scale of office complexes allowed on El Camino Real.

Wednesday, 10:52 AM | 4 comments
Tonight: Specific plan changes go before Menlo Park council

A cap on medical office space, along with two minor changes proposed for the downtown/El Camino Real specific plan, goes before the Menlo Park council tonight (Oct. 29).

Wednesday, 8:01 AM | 36 comments
Menlo Park: Keith raises $20,274 for council campaign

As befits a small city election, Menlo Park council candidate campaigns are weighed in thousands of dollars, rather than hundreds of thousands. This holds true for the latest batch of campaign finance reports.

Wednesday, 7:53 AM | No comments yet
Almanac endorsement: Menlo Park City Council race

With six candidates running for three seats, we believe that the incumbents are the best choices in the Menlo Park City Council race.

Wednesday, 7:51 AM | 1 comment
Not much spending in open space race

The two candidates for the MidPeninsula Regional Open Space District board's Ward 6 have each spent very little on their race; although challenger Brandon Lewke says he was told by Republican Party officials to not report their phone bank donations in his behalf until after the election.

Wednesday, 7:46 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Woodside: New crosswalk may improve safety for children

The Woodside Town Council may approve tonight a new crosswalk at the intersection of Mountain Home Road and Cedar Lane, part of an ongoing effort to create safe routes to school. The council meeting starts at 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, 11:53 AM | No comments yet
College bond measure: Big donors boost 'Yes on H' coffers

The campaign for Measure H, a bond measure in the Nov. 4 election that would pay for more modernizing of the county's three community college campuses, received $116,500 in campaign contributions in October, including $95,000 from three donors.

Tuesday, 11:15 AM | No comments yet
School board examines law governing charter schools

An attorney led a study session Monday night for the board of the Menlo Park City School District about the details of charter school law that will govern its Nov. 12 decision on a proposed Mandarin immersion charter school in the district.

Tuesday, 10:52 AM | 1 comment
Menlo Park: Measure M fundraising, spending pick up

The latest batch of campaign finance reports show big spending on both sides of the Measure M debate.

Tuesday, 10:32 AM | 30 comments

Monday, October 27, 2014

Rose Hau still top Atherton council fundraiser

Rose Hau remains the top fundraiser of the four candidates running for three Atherton City Council seats, according to campaign finance statements for the period Oct. 1 through Oct. 18.

Monday, 9:29 AM | No comments yet
Tonight: Public forum on West Nile virus

The San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control District will hold a public informational session at 7 p.m. tonight (Oct. 27) in San Mateo to address concerns about the West Nile virus and the measures used to keep it under control.

Monday, 8:44 AM | No comments yet
Tonight: Atherton candidates forum at Menlo College

A forum featuring the four Atherton City Council candidates will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 29 at Menlo College, which now has nearly 6 percent of Atherton's registered voters and also wants to rebuild the athletic facilities it shares with Menlo School.

Monday, 7:54 AM | No comments yet

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Tonight: Study session on Mandarin immersion charter

With only a few weeks before it must vote on authorizing a Mandarin immersion charter school in the district, the board of the Menlo Park City School District is scheduled to hold a study session on the laws and process that will guide their decision.

Sunday, 12:46 PM | 6 comments

Friday, October 24, 2014

College bond measure faces a new kind of opponent

When there is opposition to school construction bond measures, it usually comes from voters opposed to the concept of taxation. This time, they have company.

Friday, 5:59 PM | 4 comments
New laws aim to level playing field for LGBT community members

Two bills by Assemblyman Rich Gordon to improve healthcare and economic opportunities for the LGBT community have been signed into law. The bills were among 17 Mr. Gordon authored in 2014 that passed in both houses of the state Legislature.

Friday, 9:17 AM | No comments yet
Voter info available to candidates, journalists

It may come as a surprise to voters that much of the information they provide when they register to vote (including name, party affiliation and address) can be legally obtained by candidates and ballot measure committees, as well as scholars and journalists. They also can find out whether or not you voted.

Friday, 8:29 AM | 10 comments
Five indicted in bid-rigging scheme at foreclosure auctions

Five real estate investors accused of rigging bids at foreclosure auctions in San Francisco and San Mateo counties have been indicted in federal court in San Francisco, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Friday, 8:29 AM | 8 comments
Voter Guide 2014

Links to Voter Guide stories in the Almanac for the Nov. 4 election.

Friday, 7:57 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Supes OK going forward with Middlefield Road redesign plan

San Mateo County is ready to design improvements that will slim down the section of Middlefield Road between Redwood City and Atherton to three lanes while adding bike lanes, wider sidewalks and other other amenities.

Thursday, 10:15 AM | No comments yet
Local 2015 Michelin stars: Baume, Madera, Chez TJ, Village Pub

The Michelin guide released its latest San Francisco Bay Area stars list Tuesday, yet again granting distinction to Baume in Palo Alto, Madera in Menlo Park, Chez TJ in Mountain View and The Village Pub in Woodside.

Thursday, 12:00 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Oak Knoll teacher John Fuller writes a book inspired by his long commute

Driving 100 miles each day back and forth from his home in Orinda to his job teaching at Menlo Park's Oak Knoll School gave John Fuller time to think about and the inspiration for his recently published book, "Fly Car."

Wednesday, 4:07 PM | 3 comments
Fire district gets green light to buy a drone

A hand-held aerial drone, probably one with four helicopter blades, will likely take up residence soon in the Menlo Park Fire Protection District to help survey the scene of a fire from above.

Wednesday, 3:58 PM | 6 comments
Menlo Park to study changing public benefits trigger in specific plan

The Menlo Park City Council agreed Tuesday night to Menlo Park Mayor Ray Mueller's request to have the city schedule a time to study the process in which developers in the downtown/El Camino Real specific plan area are allowed extra square footage if they provide public benefits.

Wednesday, 11:47 AM | 42 comments
County bans smoking in apartments, condos in unincorporated areas

The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to change the definition of "smoking" and "tobacco product" to include electronic smoking devices. The board also voted 4-1 to approve an ordinance prohibiting smoking of all types in and around multi-unit residences, which include owner-occupied condominiums and townhouses, in unincorporated areas of the county.

Wednesday, 9:24 AM | 12 comments

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Facebook funds upgrades to fire district technology and equipment

Thanks to $150,000 from Facebook, the Menlo Park Fire Protection District is upgrading a system that turns red traffic lights to green as emergency vehicles approach, and is adding emergency equipment to some of its stations and vehicles.

Tuesday, 7:55 PM | No comments yet
Menlo Park mayor hosts Chinese delegation

A Chinese delegation seeking to strengthen economic ties between the United States and China visited Menlo Park on Oct. 17 as part of a two-week trip to several U.S. cities.

Tuesday, 2:57 PM | No comments yet
Sneak peek: Bradley's Fine Diner in Menlo Park

Renowned chef Bradley Ogden's much-anticipated Bradley's Fine Diner, or BFD, is officially opening in Menlo Park the first week of November.

Tuesday, 12:00 PM | 1 comment
Man, 27, convicted of Woodside burglaries, sentenced to 33 years in prison

Justin Ralph Mitchell, 27, of Redwood City, who was convicted in June of two Woodside residential burglaries, was sentenced to 33 years in state prison on Friday, Oct. 17.

Tuesday, 10:49 AM | 60 comments
Police calls: Bobcat construction vehicle stolen from Woodside home

Crime and accident reports from Woodside and Menlo Park.

Tuesday, 10:43 AM | No comments yet
Should Portola Valley allow deputies to deploy license-plate-reading cameras?

In June, sheriff's deputies asked Portola Valley for permission to place license plate reading cameras in town and were denied pending a Town Council discussion with law enforcement authorities. That discussion is set for Wednesday evening, Oct. 22.

Tuesday, 10:41 AM | 25 comments

Monday, October 20, 2014

Tonight: Menlo mayor asks council to study public benefit thresholds of specific plan

Mayor Ray Mueller plans to ask the rest of the Menlo Park council on Tuesday (Oct. 21) to schedule a study session on the public benefit thresholds of the downtown/El Camino Real specific plan.

Monday, 8:49 AM | 17 comments
Portola Valley: Second units key to 'affordable housing'

Portola Valley Town Council members had a lively and generally upbeat discussion recently on what is usually a difficult and controversial topic in this town -- affordable housing.

Monday, 8:40 AM | 4 comments

Flirtation
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King of the Slides
By Cheryl Bac | 4 comments | 1,211 views

Standardized Test Prep: When to Start and Whom to Hire?
By John Raftrey and Lori McCormick | 0 comments | 993 views

Finger Food and a Blood Lite?
By Laura Stec | 0 comments | 810 views

Where the Sidewalk Ends
By Paul Bendix | 3 comments | 415 views