If it is local and useful, it is on en-us <![CDATA[Tonight: Menlo Park commission may reopen El Camino redesign discussion]]> At the request of commission member John Kadvany, the Menlo Park Planning Commission may decide tonight (April 20) to reopen a discussion of the options for redesigning El Camino Real.]]> <![CDATA[Recent home sales in Atherton, Menlo Park]]> Home sales are provided by California REsource, a real estate information company that obtains the information from the County Recorder's Office.]]> <![CDATA[Tuesday: Atherton talk on water-wise gardening]]> Atherton will celebrate Earth Day on Tuesday, April 21, with special events, including a talk on "Water Wise Gardening," starting at 7 p.m. in the Jennings Pavilion at Holbrook-Palmer Park, 150 Watkins Ave.]]> <![CDATA[Take some time to smell the roses]]> It's that time of year when roses go crazy in local gardens. Here are a few from the garden of one of our reporters.]]> <![CDATA[Open space district official asks Caltrans to cut back herbicide spraying]]> A Midpeninsula Regional Open Space official has sent a letter to the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) asking the state agency to consider maintaining at least some of its San Mateo County roadsides without broadcast spraying herbicides.]]> <![CDATA[Guest opinion: Huge income 'gender gap' — a conspiracy or just socioeconomics?]]> The existence of a gender gap in pay is a longstanding, well-known fact. The news this year is the size and relation to advanced degrees. ]]> <![CDATA[Atherton park burglary suspect arrested after police chase]]> Following a police chase, a man was arrested in Newark on Thursday in connection with a series of recent auto burglaries at Atherton's Holbrook-Palmer Park, where vehicle windows were broken and items taken from cars.]]> <![CDATA[Atherton adopts 'talking points' on use of library tax dollars]]> Atherton's City Council has approved a set of "talking points" members said will be a starting point in negotiations with the county library system over the future use of library tax funds.]]> <![CDATA[Simone Rick-Kennel will head M-A in new school year]]> Simone Rick-Kennel, until recently an administrative vice-principal at Menlo-Atherton High School, will take over as principal when the 2015-16 school year begins on July 1.]]> <![CDATA[Guest opinion: Water woes - Let's focus on the rest of the iceberg]]> The Almanac's April 7 editorial, "Increase the pressure on water wasters," only touches the tip of the iceberg. ]]> <![CDATA[Caltrain's bike bump form now available online]]> People with bicycles who are bumped off Caltrain due to overcrowding issues can now make reports online.]]> <![CDATA[Atherton OKs pedestrian-controlled stoplight on El Camino]]> Atherton has given the go-ahead for work on a pedestrian-controlled stoplight on El Camino Real at Almendral Avenue, where a pedestrian was fatally injured last July.]]> <![CDATA[Trial date set for lawsuit by driver who struck horse on I-280]]> A jury trial is set for April 27 on a lawsuit brought by a Menlo Park physician seriously injured in December 2012 when her car struck an injured horse lying in an I-280 traffic lane in the early morning darkness. The remaining defendant is San Mateo County. Webb Ranch and Stanford University have settled. ]]> <![CDATA[Woodside volunteer 'Nancy' Gonzalez dies at 84]]> Mary Catherine "Nancy" Gonzalez, a Woodside resident instrumental in organizing town cleanup days, died March 27 in Burlingame after a short illness. She was 84.]]> <![CDATA[Residents learn how to survive after an earthquake]]> Scientists say a big earthquake is inevitable in the Bay Area. Atherton residents learned how to prepare for an emergency at a "Get Ready Atherton" event and the lessons they learned can help all communities.]]> <![CDATA[School board opposes transfer of homes to Menlo Park district]]> Despite a last-minute tearful plea from one of the residents asking to move their homes from the Ravenswood to Menlo Park school district, the Menlo Park governing board unanimously approved a resolution against the change on April 14. ]]> <![CDATA[Atherton: Daytime auto burglar strikes again in park]]> Once again, an auto burglar has struck during the day in Atherton's Holbrook-Palmer Park. ]]> <![CDATA[Woodside council nixes moratorium on 'super basements']]> The Woodside Town Council chose not to adopt a moratorium Tuesday on super-sized basements while the town updates basement regulations that date to the 1980s.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park: Burmeister tagged for assistant superintendent]]> Hillview Middle School principal Erik Burmeister will become the Menlo Park City School District's assistant superintendent next fall, if a proposal made by district Superintendent Maurice Ghysels on April 14 gets final school board approval.]]> <![CDATA[Big building projects at Woodside School, Library]]> If all goes as planned, two major construction projects will be underway in Woodside this summer, on either side of Woodside Road from each other - at Woodside Elementary School and the Woodside Library.]]> <![CDATA[Police calls: Sleeping driver takes out 44 feet of fence]]> Crime and accident reports from Portola Valley, West Menlo Park and Menlo Park.]]> <![CDATA[Surf Air adds 31 flights a week at San Carlos Airport]]> Surf Air, the commuter airline that has been barraged with demands to reduce the noise its aircraft make over the Midpeninsula, announced plans on Monday to expand its service at the San Carlos Airport.]]>