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Plan to expand Belle Haven fire station is back to drawing board
Residents of the Belle Haven neighborhood filled the Menlo Park Fire Protection District's meeting room Tuesday night, protesting... Last comment on Mar 25, 2017 at 3:25 pm | 46 comments

How a Menlo Park man, out on a walk, wound up handcuffed in Atherton
Menlo Park's Dick Winant said he was out to get a better view of the night sky on the Sharon Hills golf course. Soon, though,... Last comment 22 hours ago | 60 comments

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County may pay $450K to settle lawsuit over drug-treatment center
San Mateo County may pay up to $450,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by the owners of the Stillpath Retreat Center on Skyline Boulevard in the woods above Woodside. Sunday, 5:15 PM

Menlo Park: Police hire two from San Mateo police academy
The Menlo Park Police Department has hired two new officers, James Walbridge and Alicia Fajardo. Sunday, 8:50 AM

Polynesian food truck launches in Belle Haven
After spending 25 years as a biotech engineer, Keke Lepulu, 47, of Menlo Park, says he was weary of being a cog in the Silicon Valley startup cycle: working hard for a startup until it gets acquired, and then finding himself in search of a job again. This time, he said, he decided to pursue something different. Saturday, 4:52 PM

Monday: Planning Commission, public to discuss Stanford's major Menlo Park development
Stanford's revised plans to build 459,000 square feet of mixed-use development in Menlo Park will face a round of civic reckoning Monday, March 27, when the project will be the subject of a public hearing about environmental impacts and a study session by the Planning Commission. Friday, 11:23 AM | 11 comments

Police calls: Menlo Park woman makes payments, gets nothing in return
Crime reports from Menlo Park and West Menlo Park Friday, 9:56 AM

Contract awarded for bike, pedestrian rail crossing study
Along the half-mile stretch of Alma Street, from the Palo Alto border to Ravenswood Avenue in Menlo Park, there is no place where drivers can cross the Caltrain tracks to head downtown. Friday, 8:35 AM | 7 comments

No new committee on attracting, keeping staff for Menlo Park school district
How to best attract and retain teachers and other school district staff is a subject the Menlo Park City School District board wants to be studied. But on March 21, the board voted not to form a board committee to do just that. Friday, 11:39 AM

JoAnn Loulan, Portola Valley's powerhouse fundraiser
If you are running for political office in Northern California, chances are you have met JoAnn Loulan, a Portola Valley psychotherapist who has become one of the better-known Democratic fundraisers in the state. It runs in her family. Thursday, 5:06 PM | 3 comments

Portola Valley: Council approves plan to install license plate-reading cameras
License plate-reading cameras for criminal surveillance are coming to entry and exit points of Portola Valley. A unanimous Town Council approved purchase and installation of the cameras on Wednesday, March 22. Thursday, 11:37 AM | 33 comments

Sacramento murder suspects captured in Menlo Park
Following a high-speed car chase that ended in Menlo Park, two people suspected of shooting and killing a 53-year-old woman in a Sacramento motel the previous night were arrested around 5:30 p.m. on Monday, March 20. Thursday, 8:25 AM

Flea Street Cafe, a 'sanctuary restaurant'
While debate persists in online forums and emails to the City Council about whether Menlo Park should become a "sanctuary city," Jesse Cool's Flea Street Cafe has declared itself a "sanctuary restaurant." Thursday, 11:27 AM | 16 comments

Woodside: Tad Taube honored for lifetime achievements
In recognition of philanthropic activities over 40 years, Woodside resident Tad Taube will be honored with a Distinguished Humanitarian Service Award for Lifetime Achievement by the nonprofit San Francisco-based Jewish Family and Children's Services. Thursday, 10:13 AM | 1 comments

Plan to expand Belle Haven fire station is back to drawing board
Residents of the Belle Haven neighborhood filled the Menlo Park Fire Protection District's meeting room Tuesday night, protesting a plan they said would disrupt their community and displace a beloved family. Wednesday, 11:50 AM | 46 comments

How a Menlo Park man, out on a walk, wound up handcuffed in Atherton
Menlo Park's Dick Winant said he was out to get a better view of the night sky on the Sharon Hills golf course. Soon, though, he was lost, and then in handcuffs, being interrogated by four Atherton police officers. Wednesday, 11:21 AM | 60 comments

Menlo Park: Man charged with attempting to kill police officer at hotel
A man working for a vendor performing maintenance at the Stanford Park Hotel has been charged with the attempted murder and assault of a police officer after he rushed at a group of officers with a large kitchen knife outside the hotel at around 2:50 a.m. on Monday, March 20.
Friday, 3:01 PM | 8 comments

Menlo Park library should double in size, consultants say
Menlo Park's main library in the Civic Center should more than double in size to add rooms for studying, tutoring, meetings and perhaps a "maker space," according to the architectural consulting firm Noll & Tam. Tuesday, 6:51 PM | 5 comments

Woodside: Man with car in ditch pleads no contest to felony DUI
Redwood City resident Duncan Crawford Burr entered a no-contest plea to one count of felony drunken driving last week in connection with a July 2016 incident near Godetia Drive and Jefferson Avenue in Woodside. Tuesday, 7:05 PM | 1 comments

Fallen tree on Oak Grove Avenue causes temporary road closure
A large tree has fallen at Oak Grove Avenue and Marcussen Drive in Menlo Park, causing downed power lines and temporary closure of the road. Wednesday, 10:42 AM

Menlo Park donors sponsor high school kids to see 'Hamilton'
Today, 2,200 Bay Area high school students and teachers will gain free bragging rights to an exclusive experience many locals seem willing to pay a small fortune or, say, sacrifice a firstborn child, to attain: seats to the San Francisco production of the "Hamilton" musical. Wednesday, 9:29 AM | 4 comments

Portola Valley: Town may install license-plate-reading cameras
The sense of privacy that Portola Valley residents and visitors have when driving into or out of town may be in the balance Wednesday (March 22) when the Town Council meets to consider a staff recommendation to install license-plate-reading cameras to assist with criminal investigations. Tuesday, 10:18 AM | 4 comments

Menlo Park: City manager gets second bonus in six months
A $4,400 cash bonus for Menlo Park City Manager Alex McIntyre was approved by the City Council last week following a closed session to review his performance over the past six months. Tuesday, 10:22 AM | 5 comments

School board examines cost-reduction options
Although voters overwhelmingly approved a parcel tax for the Menlo Park City School District on March 7, the budget woes of the district are far from over. Tuesday, 9:59 AM | 2 comments

Santa Cruz Avene sidewalk finally under construction
The long-awaited Santa Cruz Avenue sidewalk construction project in Menlo Park is finally underway. Sidewalks are being built on the north side of Santa Cruz Avenue between Olive Street and Johnson Street, and on the south side between Olive Street and Arbor Road. Tuesday, 7:57 AM

Menlo Park: Volunteers sought to fill 10 commission seats
The city of Menlo Park is looking for volunteers to fill various commission openings. Tuesday, 11:49 AM

Six years in prison for E. Gary Smith of Menalto Cleaners
After being postponed five times, the sentencing hearing for former Menalto Cleaners owner Edwin Gary Smith was finally held on Friday, March 17. Mr. Smith, 64, was sentenced to six years in state prison. Monday, 9:50 AM | 9 comments

Portola Valley: Suspect in January residential burglary pleads no contest
One of the two Redwood City men charged in an attempted residential burglary in Portola Valley in January have entered a no-contest plea to one count of burglary in exchange for a sentence of no more than two years in state prison. Monday, 11:42 AM | 3 comments

War hero Carl Clark dies at 100
An expanded version of an earlier story. Funeral services are set for March 31 for Carl Clark of Menlo Park, who for 66 years was denied official recognition as a World War II hero because of the color of his skin and was finally awarded a medal in 2012. Mr. Clark died on March 16 at age 100.
Thursday, 5:15 PM | 5 comments

Parole hearing waived for woman convicted of 1997 Menlo Park murder
Stephanie Rochelle Jackson, who in 1998 was convicted of murdering her boyfriend in Menlo Park, will be in prison for at least five more years, after she waived a parole hearing last week. Monday, 8:15 AM

Atherton not happy being left out of fire station study
Atherton's City Council has unanimously approved a strongly worded letter to the fire district, berating it for not including the town in a study of fire station locations. Monday, 10:30 AM | 16 comments

Woodside: Retaining wall going in along La Honda Road at Friars Lane
Crews under contract with the state Department of Transportation are busy installing a retaining wall to shore up an eroded bank along La Honda Road near the intersection with Friars Lane. Thursday, 12:22 PM

Menlo Park Fire Protection District shifts its elections to even-numbered years
As governing boards of many California public agencies have already done, the board of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District has shifted board elections to even-numbered years, when voter turnout tends to be higher. Sunday, 8:13 PM

Feature: Menlo Park's Jeff Fisher has argued 31 times before U.S. Supreme Court
Before the Supreme Court's current Chief Justice John Roberts was a judge, he argued cases before the Supreme Court. According to Menlo Park resident Jeffrey L. Fisher, Justice Roberts once told a colleague that the night before every argument, he would ask himself: "Why do I do this to myself?" Thursday, 2:48 PM

Woodside: Easing regulations on building second housing units
The Woodside Town Council on March 14 introduced an ordinance intended to make it easier for residents to build second units, but included a provision that these dwellings cannot be rented for fewer than 30 days. Friday, 11:12 AM

Parents warned of kids' 'choking game' dangers
A student at Hillview Middle School in Menlo Park recently suffered a broken jaw while playing "the choking game" at lunchtime on the school's playing field. Thursday, 3:40 PM

Malaysian restaurant opens in Menlo Park

Menlo Park council backs suits challenging Trump's 'sanctuary city' executive order

Portola Valley expands environmental committee

Woodside pig scramble: Opposing views

Editorial: Pig chase is cruel, and sends wrong message to kids

Hundreds turn out for tech rally against federal policies

Man convicted of second degree murder in fatal street fight


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