AlmanacNews.com http://www2.almanacnews.com If it is local and useful, it is on AlmanacNews.com. en-us <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[Voter Guide 2014]]> Links to Voter Guide stories in the Almanac for the Nov. 4 election.
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<![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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. ]]> <![CDATA[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."]]> <![CDATA[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. ]]> <![CDATA[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. ]]> <![CDATA[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. ]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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. ]]> <![CDATA[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.
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<![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[Police calls: Bobcat construction vehicle stolen from Woodside home]]> Crime and accident reports from Woodside and Menlo Park.]]> <![CDATA[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. ]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[Police calls: Portola Valley home burglary during errand run]]> Crime reports from Portola Valley, Woodside and Menlo Park.]]>