If it is local and useful, it is on en-us <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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. ]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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. ]]> <![CDATA[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. ]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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. ]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[Police calls: Fire hydrant sheared off by hit-and-run driver in Woodside]]> Crime and accident reports from Woodside and Menlo Park.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.
<![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[Obituary: Betty Everson, Menlo Park resident]]> Betty Christine Wolfe Everson, 83, a longtime resident of Menlo Park, died in Provo, Utah on Jan. 7.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]>