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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 | No comments yet
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 | No comments yet
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.

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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 | 4 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 | 38 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

Friday, October 17, 2014

Voter Guide: Incumbent faces challenger for open space district seat

A newcomer aiming for his first public office is running against a 14-year-veteran for a seat on the board of the Mid-Peninsula Regional Open Space District as the district begins to spend the proceeds of a $300 million bond.

Friday, 3:30 PM | 5 comments
Reducing lanes on El Camino: Atherton moves toward study

Atherton's City Council has asked firms to propose how they would study the effects of reducing El Camino Real in Atherton from six lanes to four.

Friday, 12:59 PM | 25 comments
Earthquake! Atherton gets ready for a big one

As scientists warn that a major earthquake is almost certain to strike California in the near future, Atherton residents and city officials worked this week to make sure they will be ready by holding two earthquake response drills on Oct. 16.

Friday, 11:47 AM | 1 comment
Portola Valley: Council concurs, hazardous trees and power lines a real threat

Roadside stands of eucalyptus trees, with their tendency to drop limbs and sometimes fall over, can be a very significant danger when power lines are present, firefighting authorities say. Even if the power line is across the road, as they are at least three locations in Portola Valley, the trees are so tall that the power line is still vulnerable.

Friday, 11:18 AM | 1 comment
Police calls: Portola Valley home burglary during errand run

Crime reports from Portola Valley, Woodside and Menlo Park.

Friday, 11:13 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Woodland students help schools in West Africa

McKenna Brown, 14, an eighth-grader at Woodland School in Ladera, recently organized two drives to collect classroom materials for schools in Equatorial Guinea in West Africa.

Thursday, 3:24 PM | 2 comments
Almanac editorial: No on Measure M

When they vote on Measure M this fall, Menlo Park residents will be participating in what may be the most consequential ballot-box decision ever made regarding the future character of their community. One of the most complicated as well.

Thursday, 3:13 PM | 162 comments
Sweep nets 207 traffic citations, 93 in Menlo Park

Twenty-two officers made more than 240 traffic stops locally on Wednesday and issued 207 citations, as part of a "saturation" traffic enforcement event.

Thursday, 1:06 PM | 3 comments
First water from new Bay Tunnel reaches Crystal Springs

The first water to come through the newly completed Bay Tunnel reached the Crystal Springs Reservoir on Wednesday (Oct. 15) and was greeted with fanfare in a ceremony at the Pulgas Water Temple.

Thursday, 9:16 AM | 5 comments
Keith leads Menlo Park council fundraising

Incumbent Kirsten Keith raised $13,943 according to the campaign finance report that covers the period from July 1 through Sept. 30, outpacing the other five candidates running for three open seats on the Menlo Park City Council. The reports were filed by Monday, Oct. 6, with the city clerk's office.

Thursday, 8:46 AM | No comments yet
Menlo Park: More than 200 at hearing on Mandarin school

More than 200 people filled the Multi-Use Room at Encinal School on Tuesday (Oct. 14) for a public hearing on the proposed Menlo Mandarin Immersion Charter School.

Thursday, 8:02 AM | 17 comments

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Caltrain reports pedestrian fatality in Palo Alto

Caltrain confirmed on Wednesday evening at 6 p.m. that a pedestrian fatality had occurred near Charleston Avenue on the Caltrain right of way.

Wednesday, 6:45 PM | No comments yet
Zuckerberg, Chan join fight against Ebola

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and wife Dr. Priscilla Chan announced Tuesday that they have committed $25 million to help address the Ebola epidemic.

Wednesday, 2:36 PM | No comments yet
Voter's Guide: Measure M in Menlo Park

It's not over until it's over, and in Menlo Park, that may be never. The downtown/El Camino Real specific plan, which determines what may be built during the next three decades in the heart of the city, was approved in 2012 after five years of public input. But the finish line isn't in sight.

Wednesday, 9:25 AM | 54 comments
Voter's Guide: The Stanford project

The initial proposal by Stanford University and developer John Arrillaga for El Camino Real shocked the Menlo Park community with the amount of medical office and general office space it included. Revisions have changed the current iteration substantially, but not enough to suit the City Council, which recently indicated that the project requires further refinement to minimize traffic impacts and the amount of office space included.

Wednesday, 9:23 AM | No comments yet
Voter's Guide: The Greenheart project

Greenheart has the backing of Scott Hassan, who helped create Google. He now works as a technology entrepreneur, creating ventures such as Menlo Park's new incubator, Hello Startups.

Wednesday, 9:21 AM | No comments yet
Voter's Guide: Downtown/El Camino real specific plan timeline

The process of developing the downtown/El Camino Real specific plan began in 2007, and continues today. Creating the initial plan cost Menlo Park approximately: $1.7 million.

Wednesday, 9:18 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Pet of the week

Looking for your white knight? Meet Moby, an adorable, snow-white terrier with a black button nose available for adoption at the Peninsula Humane Society's Center for Compassion in Burlingame.

Tuesday, 6:49 PM | No comments yet
Woodside teen who died in I-280 incident is identified

The California Highway Patrol has reported the death at about 12:45 p.m. Tuesday (Oct. 14) of a 17-year-old Woodside girl who, witnesses said, jumped from the Sand Hill Road overpass at Interstate 280 and was struck by a vehicle driving north on the freeway.

Tuesday, 5:34 PM | 4 comments
Menlo Park: PG&E responds to 1-inch gasline rupture

A plumbing contractor damaged a one-inch natural gasline at a single-story home in Menlo Park this morning, a PG&E spokesman said.

Tuesday, 3:38 PM | No comments yet
Today: Motorcycle officers to blanket Menlo Park, again

It's been 28 days. Time for another daylong blanketing of Menlo Park, and East Palo Alto this time, by motorcycle patrol officers from around the county on the lookout for speeders and distracted drivers.

Tuesday, 2:01 PM | 16 comments
Saturday: Drought Action Day in Portola Valley

Living in a time of water scarcity will be the theme of Drought Action Day, a free event open to the public on Saturday, Oct. 18, at the Town Center in Portola Valley.

Tuesday, 11:16 AM | No comments yet
Construction firms heavy donors to bond measure for community colleges

It's a season of giving for construction interests from around the Bay Area. Contributions from architectural firms, builders and organized labor made up much of the $167,600 total to a campaign committee backing Measure H.

Tuesday, 10:35 AM | 2 comments
Friday: Chinese delegates visit Menlo Park

Thirteen executive officers and nine vice mayors from China will visit Menlo Park on Friday, Oct. 17, city officials announced.

Tuesday, 9:00 AM | 8 comments

Monday, October 13, 2014

Wednesday: Atherton may study El Camino lane reduction

Atherton's City Council plans to decide Wednesday (Oct. 15) whether to authorize a study of the effects of reducing El Camino Real from six to four lanes on the 1.6 mile segment running through the town.

Monday, 9:41 PM | 20 comments
Atherton candidates' forum highlights town issues

A recent forum for the four candidates for three open seats on the Atherton City Council provided a snapshot of the issues that are important to the town's residents as well as the candidates.

Monday, 9:40 PM | No comments yet
Thursday: Atherton holds earthquake response drill

There should be a lot of action in Atherton on Thursday, Oct. 16 as the town holds an earthquake response drill involving local schools, neighborhood groups,the Menlo Park Fire Protection District and other organizations.

Monday, 9:38 PM | 1 comment
Ratings firms give community college district top marks

The San Mateo County Community College District has received top marks from two rating services: Standard & Poor's gave the district an AAA rating, and Moody's assigned it Aaa.

Monday, 9:35 PM | No comments yet
Sheldon Breiner honored by Explorers Club

The name of Sheldon Breiner, a geophysicist and Portola Valley resident, is now on a list that includes astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Kathryn D. Sullivan, deep-sea explorers Robert Ballard and David Gallo, mountaineers Sir Edmund Hillary and Barbara Washburn, and naturalists Dian Fossey and Sir David Attenborough.

Monday, 10:58 AM | No comments yet
Tonight: Hearing on Mandarin immersion charter school

The public will have a chance to comment on the Mandarin immersion charter school that has been proposed in the Menlo Park City School District at a public hearing at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 14, in Encinal school's multi-use building.

Monday, 10:48 AM | 1 comment
Fogarty to receive technology medal from the White House

Thomas J. Fogarty of Portola Valley, a noted medical-device inventor, surgeon and vintner, will meet with President Barack Obama at the White House later this year to receive a medal in recognition of his distinguished technological achievements.

Monday, 10:21 AM | 1 comment

Sneak peek: Bradley's Fine Diner in Menlo Park
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Marriage Underachievers
By Chandrama Anderson | 0 comments | 1,640 views

A Surprise!
By Cheryl Bac | 0 comments | 1,532 views

Best High Dives to Watch the Game
By Laura Stec | 4 comments | 1,201 views

Measure M-- I am not drinking Greenheartís expensive potion
By Martin Lamarque | 32 comments | 994 views