If it is local and useful, it is on en-us <![CDATA[Tonight: Woodside studies basement rules]]> The Woodside Town Council meets tonight (Tuesday, May 26) for a second study session on the topic of basements and whether their location, design and construction should be regulated to be more aligned with the town's 2012 general plan.]]> <![CDATA[How should Menlo Park define public benefit?]]> In the city's ongoing effort to wrangle the meaning of "public benefit" into measurable, comparable terms, the Menlo Park Planning Commission and the planning staff, as well as two developers with projects coming to the table, took a few hours recently to consider what the right questions to ask would be.]]> <![CDATA[Wednesday: Should Portola Valley's excess library revenues stay within the town?]]> The use of excess property tax revenues to fund maintenance and services at the town's public library will be a topic of discussion at the Portola Valley Town Council meeting set for 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 27, in the Historic Schoolhouse at 765 Portola Road.]]> <![CDATA[Tonight: Menlo Park budget presentation]]> A presentation on Menlo Park's proposed budget for next year will be held tonight (May 26). According to the city's staff, the theme is, "It's time to invest."]]> <![CDATA[Spreading the Menlo Spark]]> The nine founding members of Menlo Spark -- a small group with a big goal -- are setting out on a mission to guide Menlo Park to "climate neutrality." By when? By 2025.]]> <![CDATA[Junior league helps girls in tech with $100,000 grant]]> A $100,000 grant is on the way to The Tech Museum of Innovation, courtesy of the Junior League of Palo Alto-Mid Peninsula, to help promote opportunities for girls in science, technology, engineering and math education.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park mayor and son celebrate Bike to Work Day]]> George Carlton-Ridenour and his mother, Menlo Park mayor Catherine Carlton, participated in the regional Bike to Work Day on May 14.]]> <![CDATA[Three M-A students awarded National Merit scholarships]]> Three Menlo-Atherton High School students -- Christopher W. Jarrett, Ryan J. Cole and Alexander Anand Iyer -- now share a distinction enjoyed by economists Paul Krugman and Ben Bernanke, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice.]]> <![CDATA[District holds groundbreaking for new Upper Laurel School]]> On Thursday, May 21, the Menlo Park City School District held a ceremonial groundbreaking for its new third- to sixth-grade Upper Laurel School.]]> <![CDATA[Atherton supports water restrictions, but leaves enforcement to Cal Water]]> The Atherton City Council on May 20 approved a resolution "endorsing and supporting" the California Water Service Company's (Cal Water) drought regulations, but leaving the enforcement of the water rules up to Cal Water.]]> <![CDATA[Windmill School buys former nursery site]]> After more than 55 years of renting in Portola Valley, Windmill School, a nonprofit preschool, has become a property owner. The school has completed its purchase of 900 Portola Road, the 1.68-acre former site of Al's Nursery.]]> <![CDATA[Crowd questions Cal Water on drought restrictions]]> A crowd of nearly 250 people showed up at a Tuesday night meeting to ask officials from Cal Water about the new drought restrictions that will be imposed on all Bear Gulch District customers beginning June 1.]]> <![CDATA[Surf Air continues plans to expand local flights]]> Local residents and officials who had been trying to meet with Surf Air CEO Jeff Potter since the company announced a major expansion in its flights in and out of the San Carlos Airport finally got that meeting last week, but the news was not good.]]> <![CDATA[Murder conviction in DUI case that killed Menlo Park couple]]> A woman who was driving drunk when her car struck and killed a Menlo Park couple in 2013 was convicted of murder on Wednesday, according to San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.]]> <![CDATA[Residents evacuate neighborhood for annual wildland fire drill]]> Had there been a real wildfire along Old La Honda Road in Woodside on Saturday morning, May 16, firefighters might have seen scared residents hurrying along with boxes of possessions. Many more people would have been evacuating, and in an atmosphere tinged by panic and chaos.]]> <![CDATA[Los Trancos water district dissolves, but services continue]]> For residents of Los Trancos Woods and Vista Verde, community efforts toward wildfire safety, effective storm drainage and well maintained public spaces will continue as normal, but it will be a new normal.]]> <![CDATA[Police calls: $3,500 bike stolen from Menlo Park garage]]> A stereo was taken from an unlocked car and sunglasses from a locked car, while an expensive bike vanished from a garage -- locked status unknown -- in Menlo Park recently.]]> <![CDATA[Bill eliminating personal belief vaccination exemption clears state senate]]> A bill that would eliminate the personal belief exemption allowing parents to opt out of vaccinating their children has passed the California Senate and is now being considered by the state Assembly.]]> <![CDATA[Coroner releases name of man killed by train in Atherton]]> The San Mateo County Coroner's Office has released the name of the man who was struck and killed by a train at the Atherton station on Sunday afternoon.]]> <![CDATA[German-American International School parades to new school site]]> On May 15, students, staff and parents from the German-American International School paraded from their current school site to the former Menlo Oaks School site at 475 Pope St., where they will be moving this summer.]]> <![CDATA[Local schools win Kent Awards for innovation]]> Las Lomitas, Oak Knoll and Ormondale schools, plus the Portola Valley School District, were among the 16 honorees receiving J. Russell Kent awards for innovative programs from the San Mateo County School Boards Association. ]]> <![CDATA[State may fine Greenheart committee for campaign finance filing violation]]> Local developer Greenheart may pay $2,500 for failing to report its non-monetary donation of a telephone survey to the "No on Measure M" committee, according to the state's Fair Political Practices Commission. The committee was funded exclusively by Greenheart to oppose a measure on the November 2014 ballot that would have restricted development on El Camino Real in Menlo Park.]]> <![CDATA[Oak Knoll School honors retiring principal David Ackerman]]> Retiring Oak Knoll School Principal David Ackerman will be honored at the school's annual Spring Fair on Friday, May 15, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on the school's upper playground.]]>