AlmanacNews.com http://www2.almanacnews.com If it is local and useful, it is on AlmanacNews.com. en-us <![CDATA[Saturday: Carbon theme of Portola Valley, Woodside Earth Fair]]> With a theme of "Carbon: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" for the 2015 Portola Valley and Woodside Earth Fair on Saturday, it should be no surprise that cars that run on fuels not derived from fossilized carbon will be on display.]]> <![CDATA[Homeless census: Far fewer people living on county streets]]> A homeless census in San Mateo County shows around 690 people are living on the streets, in vehicles or in encampments, lower by 47 percent from the 1,299 people counted in 2013.]]> <![CDATA[Atherton couple's $50 million donation is part of pledge to give away half their wealth]]> Mark and Mary Stevens, the Atherton couple who have given $50 million to USC's Neuroimaging and Informatics Institute, are among 129 billionaires worldwide who have signed the Giving Pledge started by Warren Buffett and Bill Gates, promising to give away at least half their wealth.]]> <![CDATA[Paly student tells of school stress: 'Students are gasping for air']]> My stress began in elementary school, where students were segregated into separate class meetings as "early" and "late" readers, recalls Carolyn Walworth a junior at Palo Alto High School.]]> <![CDATA[Editorial: Kudos to watchdog and city, but herbicide spraying issue is unresolved]]> Janet Davis of the Stanford Weekend Acres neighborhood, known by many as a watchdog of public works and traffic-related services provided by the county and the city of Menlo Park in the Alpine Road area, deserves a round of applause for her relentlessness in helping to track down the truth of the March 17 herbicide spraying right next to San Francisquito Creek.
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<![CDATA[Menlo Park district superintendent is back after medical leave]]> Menlo Park City School District Superintendent Maurice Ghysels is back on the job, he announced in a communication to the school community on March 25. He had been on a medical leave since late February after injuring his neck.]]> <![CDATA[Recent home sales: Atherton, Menlo Park, Portola Valley]]> Home sales are provided by California REsource, a real estate information company that obtains the information from the County Recorder's Office. ]]> <![CDATA[Former district attorney Keith Sorenson dies at 93]]> Keith C. Sorenson, the district attorney in San Mateo County from 1953 to 1982, has died. Mr. Sorenson hired retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor after she graduated from Stanford University law school.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park to look at extending parking time limits downtown]]> Menlo Park will be looking at four changes to downtown parking, including letting people park in the downtown plazas for up to three hours for free and funding parking garages.]]> <![CDATA[Police calls: Woodside residents call deputies after unknown man runs into woods]]> Crime and accident reports from Woodside, North Fair Oaks, Portola Valley and Menlo Park]]> <![CDATA[Thursday: Atherton prepares for emergency]]> It's emergency preparedness made easy -- Atherton has planned a "Get Ready Atherton" event for Thursday, March 26, in Holbrook-Palmer Park to give residents "one-stop shopping" for information, supplies and answers to their questions about emergency preparedness.]]> <![CDATA[Thursday: Sen. Jerry Hill holds open house]]> State Senator Jerry Hill, D- San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, and Assemblyman Kevin Mullin, D-South San Francisco, will hold an open house from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, March 26, at their district offices, 1528 South El Camino Real in San Mateo. ]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park: Man accused of camera store break-in pleads not guilty]]> A man in jail over a break-in at Mike's Camera shop has pleaded not guilty to charges that include burglary, vandalism and possession of stolen property, according to a prosecutor's report.]]> <![CDATA[Four robbed at auto shop in North Fair Oaks]]> Two suspects robbed four people at an auto mechanic shop in unincorporated North Fair Oaks over the weekend, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.]]> <![CDATA[Lawsuit against Menlo Park fire district over crash is dismissed]]> A lawsuit brought against the Menlo Park Fire Protection District over a collision between a car and an emergency vehicle has been dismissed, but it has led to changes in how emergency vehicles drive to a scene.]]> <![CDATA[One person killed, two injured in head-on crash on Highway 1]]> One person was killed and two were injured in a collision that blocked state Highway 1 near Ano Nuevo State Park in San Mateo County on Monday evening. ]]> <![CDATA[El Camino Real study session rescheduled]]> The Menlo Park Planning Commission has continued a study session on how to improve El Camino Real, with a three-lane corridor or separate bike lanes among the options to consider, to April 6.]]> <![CDATA[Flor Aquino Ortiz named Woodside High student of the week]]> Flor Aquino Ortiz has been named Woodside High School's student of the week for achievements in advanced placement environmental science and community service.]]> <![CDATA[Update: Three arrested on burglary charges after Menlo Park pursuit]]> Three men were taken into custody Friday (March 20) following a pursuit sparked by a resident who reported seeing a suspicious vehicle cruising along Bay Laurel Drive in Menlo Park shortly after 10 a.m., police reported.]]> <![CDATA[Atherton police on lookout for suspect in vehicle burglaries]]> Atherton police are looking for a man they suspect has committed a series vehicle burglaries in town recently.]]> <![CDATA[Deputy warns Woodside drivers to be more careful near school]]> An email sent March 19 to parents at Woodside Elementary School by San Mateo County Sheriff's Deputy Ron DeRespini warns that drivers are breaking traffic laws near the school and putting children and adults at risk.
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<![CDATA[Atherton chooses architecture firm to start civic center work]]> Atherton is a step closer to making a new civic center complex a reality with Wednesday night's approval of a contact with WRNS Studios to start work on plans for new town facilities.]]> <![CDATA[Local teens share stories in 'Youth of the Year' speech contest]]> Silicon Valley luminaries heard stories of parental neglect, local poverty and domestic violence Thursday night as teenage participants in the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula competed in a speaking contest.]]>