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Saturday, January 31, 2015

Carl Djerassi, 'Father of the Pill,' dies at 91

Carl Djerassi, 91, known as the father of the birth control pill and the founder of the Djerassi Resident Artists Program at his Woodside ranch, died Friday, Jan. 30, at his home in San Francisco.

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Hit and run driver knocks out power in parts of Atherton and Menlo Park

A hit and run driver struck a power pole on Bay Road early Saturday morning, knocking out power to as many as 300 people in parts of Atherton and Menlo Park. PG&E estimated power will be back on by 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31.

Saturday, 11:12 AM | 2 comments
Caltrain fatality ID'd as Palo Alto man

The Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner's Office has identified the man struck and killed by Caltrain south of the Mountain View Caltrain station on Jan. 29 as Daniel Snyder, 28, of Palo Alto.

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Social worker accused of child molestation faces additional charges

A former San Mateo County Child Protective Services Agency social worker accused of molesting East Palo Alto girls to which he was assigned is facing 10 additional felonies for allegedly having sexual relations with a third minor, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office.

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Friday, January 30, 2015

County releases report on Mandarin immersion charter school proposal

The San Mateo County Office of Education has released its analysis of the proposed Menlo Mandarin Immersion Charter school, concluding that there are plenty of grounds to deny the school's petition.

Friday, 4:06 PM | 1 comment
Fire district plans to build new station in Woodside

A new and larger fire station on Woodside Road in Woodside is in the preliminary planning stages, according to officials from the Woodside Fire Protection District.

Friday, 9:56 AM | 1 comment
Longtime school board member steps down

Olivia Martinez, who has served on the board of the Sequoia Union High School District since 1999, has announced she is leaving the board March 1 to move to Dallas, Texas.

Friday, 9:32 AM | 2 comments

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Pedestrian killed on Caltrain tracks south of Mountain View

A train struck and killed a pedestrian this afternoon on the Caltrain tracks just south of the Mountain View station, an agency spokeswoman said.

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Isaacson named president of real estate association

Chris Isaacson is the 2015 president of the Silicon Valley Association of Realtors. He grew up in Portola Valley, graduated from Menlo-Atherton High School, and is a Realtor with the Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage office in Woodside.

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CJW Architecture designs new Menlo Park firehouse

CJW Architecture of Portola Valley designed the planned new fire station on Oak Grove Avenue at Hoover Street in downtown Menlo Park for the Menlo Park Fire Protection District.

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Menlo School celebrates centennial

Menlo School in Atherton is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year with a number of activities, including a speakers series and the posting of historical information and photos on its website.

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Menalto Cleaners owner pleads not guilty to 40 felony counts

Edwin Gary Smith, the owner of Menalto Cleaners, pleaded not guilty on Wednesday, Jan. 28, to 40 felony counts stemming from alleged credit card fraud.

Thursday, 9:53 AM | 3 comments
Rev. Jesse Jackson to East Palo Alto: Fight gentrification

East Palo Alto residents must fight to keep their city, said the Rev. Jesse Jackson during events on Monday in the city and at Stanford. Otherwise, residents will be pushed out by gentrification, a process that hasn't changed in communities of color since Jackson, 73, began fighting it in the 1960s, he said.

Thursday, 8:56 AM | 11 comments
Woodside salon focuses on healthful food, habits

SOUL (short for: seasonal, organic, unprocessed, local) Food Salon is so popular it sold out in 12 hours the two times it has happened in Woodside.

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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.

Thursday, 8:00 AM | No comments yet
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.

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Feature story: Bob Sawyer of Woodside discovers his latent talent in forecasting

An experiment organized by the national intelligence community is attempting to demonstrate that reliable forecasts can be made about economic and geopolitical events. And that some people, including Woodside resident and investment adviser Bob Sawyer, are good enough at it to earn the title of super forecaster.

Thursday, 7:44 AM | 1 comment

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Caltrain electrification: Menlo Park, Atherton examine litigation options

Now that the final environmental impact report for Caltrain's plan to electrify its rail service between San Francisco and San Jose has been approved by the agency's board of directors, cities along the Peninsula with concerns about electrification are pondering what steps to take next.

Wednesday, 3:59 PM | 1 comment
Man, 61, sentenced to 25 years to life for Atherton, Menlo Park crimes

A 61-year-old man who dropped his cell phone and ID while being chased by police, left his DNA and fingerprints at the crime scene and was seen by a witness when he intruded into an Atherton home, has pleaded no contests to charges related to the 2014 crimes. He was sentenced to 25 years to life.

Wednesday, 10:55 AM | 3 comments
More outdoor dining coming to Menlo Park

A pilot program that tested an expanded outdoor dining area at Left Bank went so well that the Menlo Park City Council unanimously signed off Tuesday night on letting more restaurants -- and potentially other types of businesses -- put their outdoor space to greater use.

Wednesday, 10:49 AM | 38 comments
Police calls: Fire hydrant sheared off by hit-and-run driver in Woodside

Crime and accident reports from Woodside and Menlo Park.

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Menlo Park property transfer tax revenue jumps

Menlo Park saw an increase in revenue garnered from the transfer of real estate during the first six months of this fiscal year, as compared to the same time period for 2013-14.

Wednesday, 9:25 AM | 1 comment

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Tonight: Menlo Park may join lawsuit over Caltrain electrification EIR

As with two neighboring cities, Menlo Park is considering whether to challenge the environmental impact report for Caltrain's plan to convert its diesel-powered commuter trains to ones that run on electricity along the Peninsula corridor.

Tuesday, 9:19 AM | 22 comments
Tonight: Menlo Park police propose changes to body-worn camera policy

After the fatal shooting of a burglary suspect by three Menlo Park officers in November went unrecorded by their body-worn cameras, the police department will present the council tonight with suggested changes to its camera policy.

Tuesday, 9:13 AM | 2 comments
Editorial: $156K raised for Almanac Holiday Fund

Almanac readers reached deeper into their pockets this holiday season to help their less-fortunate neighbors with food, housing assistance, job-skills training and other needs through the Almanac's Holiday Fund.

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Most popular baby names in San Mateo County

Olivia was the most popular name for girls, and Lucas the most popular name for boys born in San Mateo County in 2014, says Mark Church, San Mateo County's assessor-county Clerk-Recorder.

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Tonight: Menlo Park forum on sea-level rise, flood control

Options for flood protection and reducing insurance costs will be discussed during a program on, "SAFER Bay: Sea Level Rise and Flood Control on San Francisquito Creek," at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, in Menlo Park.

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Monday, January 26, 2015

Mia competes in three episodes of 'MasterChef Junior' before elimination

Menlo Park's Mia Wurster, the 11-year-old Oak Knoll School fifth-grader, competed in three episodes of the Fox TV show, "MasterChef Junior," before she was eliminated after last week's show.

Monday, 1:53 PM | 3 comments
Coroner IDs Caltrain fatality

A 64-year-old San Jose resident was struck and killed by a train at the Charleston Road crossing in Palo Alto on Sunday, the Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner's Office has confirmed.

Monday, 11:16 AM | 2 comments
Menlo Park: iPhone heist alleged at Facebook headquarters

Approximately 30 iPhones ended up in a silver Lexus rather than remaining in storage at Facebook headquarters on Friday, Jan. 23, according to Menlo Park police.

Monday, 11:09 AM | 1 comment
Woodside School District sells $13.5 million in bonds

The Woodside Elementary School District has sold the $13.5 million in bonds approved by the voters in June at interest rates low enough to save taxpayers some money.

Monday, 9:54 AM | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Council holds goal-setting session today

The Menlo Park City Council will be debating "must do" vs. "nice to do" during today's goal-setting session, which will determine the priorities to pursue during the next year.

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Obituary: Betty Everson, Menlo Park resident

Betty Christine Wolfe Everson, 83, a longtime resident of Menlo Park, died in Provo, Utah on Jan. 7.

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Obituary: Dr. Norman Coplon, nephrologist and innovator

Dr. Norman Coplon, founder of the nonprofit Satellite Healthcare and an award-winning nephrologist who taught at Stanford University, died at his Portola Valley home on Jan. 11 following a long illness. He was 77.

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Menlo Park reports 10% drop in collisions

The police department's deployment of two fulltime traffic officers in 2014 contributed to a 10 percent drop in collisions, according to Menlo Park city staff.

Monday, 8:01 AM | 1 comment

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Can you do this trick with one ear?

Didn't think so. Kato can! He's a 3-year-old, 72-pound Siberian Husky mix available for adoption at the Peninsula Humane Society's Center for Compassion in Burlingame.

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Caltrain reports fatality at Charleston Road in Palo Alto

A train struck and killed an adult male at the Charleston Road crossing in Palo Alto on Sunday afternoon, Caltrain has confirmed.

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Menlo Park man pleads no contest to house burglaries

A 19-year-old Menlo Park man pleaded no contest on Thursday, Jan. 22, to two counts of felony house burglary.

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Tuesday: Atherton interviews architect finalists

Atherton will soon choose between two finalists bidding to design the town's new civic center, and is scheduled to sign an agreement with the architects, as well as with the group that is raising funds to pay for much of the project, in February.

Friday, 10:56 AM | 1 comment
Refinance could save high school district taxpayers more than $6 million

Taxpayers could save more than $6 million if interest rates remain low until the Sequoia Union High School District can carry through with a bond refinancing approved by the district's board.

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Saturday, Sunday: Debate tournament for third-graders at Oak Knoll School

Third graders who have been studying speech and debate at Encinal and Oak Knoll schools will take part in a debate tournament this weekend, Jan. 24 and 25, at Oak Knoll.

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Ford opens new research center in Palo Alto

Seeking to hit the gas pedal on new technologies such as self-driving cars and immerse itself in Silicon Valley's big-data culture, Ford Motor Company on Thursday opened its new Research and Innovation Center in Palo Alto.

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Kindergarten registration time for local schools

Four local elementary school districts -- Woodside, Portola Valley, Las Lomitas and Menlo Park City -- have announced kindergarten registration procedures.

Thursday, 2:26 PM | No comments yet
Saturday: Creekside Learning Lab holds open house

The Creekside Learning Lab in Portola Valley will hold an open house Saturday, Jan. 24, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the school, 884 B-1 Portola Road in Portola Valley.

Thursday, 2:25 PM | No comments yet
Saturday: Menlo Park conference to explore mental health stigma

Two well-known mental health advocates and individuals with mental illness will speak at a free conference in Menlo Park on Saturday, Jan. 24, with the goal of reducing mental health stigma.

Thursday, 1:16 PM | No comments yet
Atherton considers lawsuit over rail electrification report

Atherton's City Council has asked for a closed-session meeting with the town's attorney to discuss suing Caltrain over the environmental report on its electrification project, recently approved by the Caltrain board.

Thursday, 11:40 AM | 29 comments
Menlo Park prepares to take on downtown parking garage issue

Most people make their resolutions around Jan. 1. For cities, the process is a bit more involved, and Menlo Park is no exception. The City Council is expected to decide sometime this spring what capital improvement projects and goals to prioritize for the next five years, months before the new fiscal year starts in July.

Thursday, 9:31 AM | 29 comments
Man fatally shot in East Palo Alto

Police in East Palo Alto are investigating a Wednesday night shooting death.

Thursday, 8:27 AM | No comments yet
Menlo Park, Woodside recent home sales - Jan. 21

Home sales 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.

Thursday, 8:19 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Thursday: Code-enforcement officer holds forum in Belle Haven

The officer in charge of code enforcement will be on hand to answer questions and share ideas during a community forum on Thursday, Jan. 22, at the Belle Haven police substation.

Wednesday, 4:06 PM | No comments yet
Woodside: County Mounted Patrol adds nine members

Nine men have been sworn in as new members of the Mounted Patrol of San Mateo County at the organization's Woodside headquarters and grounds at 521 Kings Mountain Road.

Wednesday, 2:57 PM | No comments yet
VIDEO: Bay Area Freedom Train makes its final ride

Thousands of people came out to San Jose's Diridon Station on Monday, Jan. 19, to ride the final Freedom Train up to San Francisco.

Wednesday, 1:13 PM | No comments yet
Jury trial set for man with 15 prior felony convictions

A man with 15 prior felony convictions and identified as a suspect in the 2014 intrusion into an Atherton home and the burglary of a Menlo Park home is set to have a jury trial in San Mateo County Superior Court on Feb. 2.

Wednesday, 1:00 PM | 3 comments
Menlo Park fire district, city to meet over development issues

The governing board of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District on Tuesday night stepped back from a proposal that the district oppose new development in the city's M-2 industrial zone until the city can guarantee funds for additional fire services.

Wednesday, 11:54 AM | 18 comments
North Fair Oaks: Two arrested in connection with burglary

Two Redwood City residents were arrested Tuesday (Jan. 20) in connection with a series of crimes in North Fair Oaks, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.

Wednesday, 11:39 AM | 1 comment
Feature story: Menlo Park fire district's growing pains

The approval to build a new downtown station comes at a time when the fire district, like the city of Menlo Park, is figuring out how to adjust to a boom in development and the accompanying growing pains.

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Menlo Park: Sobrato breaks ground on corporate office park

The Sobrato Organization has broken ground on two four-story office/research and development buildings totaling approximately 259,000 square feet at 151 Commonwealth Drive in Menlo Park's M-2 area.

Tuesday, 5:41 PM | No comments yet
Atherton unhappy about Caltrain electrification project

Caltrain's governing board has approved the environmental report needed to go ahead with electrification of the rail service it runs between San Francisco and San Jose, and Atherton isn't happy about it.

Tuesday, 5:06 PM | 21 comments
Trinity School students inspire Ebola donation

Moved by a Trinity School students project on Ebola awareness, a local family has anonymously donated 20 Ebola worker protection kits and $30,000 worth of medical supplies through MAP International.

Tuesday, 2:43 PM | No comments yet
Substance found on Peninsula birds after hundreds in East Bay affected

An unidentified substance that has led to the deaths of at least 25 birds in the East Bay has also impacted birds on the Peninsula.

Tuesday, 2:03 PM | No comments yet
Police calls: Woodside and Menlo Park crime reports

In Woodside,someone deactivated an alarm system and evaded a guard dog to steal jewelry from a home on La Questa Way on Jan. 8.

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County offers commemorative picnic tables, with donation

Commemorative picnic tables and benches are now available through San Mateo County.

Tuesday, 10:47 AM | No comments yet
Tonight: New books, plus food and drink, at the Atherton Library

The Atherton Library staff has figured out how to make a good thing - an hour spent perusing a selection of staff's favorite new books - even better: It's pairing the Tuesday, Jan. 20, event with food and drinks, including a wine tasting by Beltramo's Wine & Spirits of Menlo Park.

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Bay Area Freedom Train, honoring Martin Luther King Jr., makes its final ride

Monday's 54-mile round trip of the Bay Area's Freedom Train from San Jose to San Francisco to honor the civil rights legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was its last after three decades, and all 1,400 seats were sold out.

Tuesday, 10:42 AM | 2 comments
Stanford students arrested after protest shuts down San Mateo bridge

Dozens of protestors, including Stanford students, were arrested Monday night after they shut down traffic for more than an hour on the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Tuesday, 10:26 AM | 24 comments

Monday, January 19, 2015

Jury awards $4M to family of Menlo School grad killed by truck

The family of a 24-year-old woman who was fatally struck by a truck while riding her bicycle in San Francisco's South of Market neighborhood in 2013 was awarded $4 million by a San Francisco Superior Court jury.

Monday, 5:50 PM | 1 comment
Freedom Train honoring Martin Luther King Jr. makes its final run

Today's 54-mile round trip of the Bay Area's Freedom Train from San Jose to San Francisco to honor the civil rights legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. may be its last after three decades, but all 1,400 seats were sold out.

Monday, 2:05 PM | No comments yet
Rash of suspicious incidents in Atherton

Atherton police say residents should take precautions in the wake of a series of recent suspicious incidents that appear to be attempted burglaries.

Monday, 11:06 AM | 8 comments
Woodside Library gets ready for the 21st century

Woodside's Library, first opened late in 1968, is scheduled to undergo some updating with a remodel project that the town hopes to start in June.

Monday, 9:57 AM | No comments yet

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