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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Menlo Park car-chase incident ends with prison sentence

After pleading no contest to charges of recklessly evading arrest and child endangerment in an April 2015 car chase that ended in Menlo Park, an East Palo Alto man was sentenced to four years in prison, prosecutors said.

Wednesday, 11:59 AM | No comments yet
Third high-level city employee is leaving Menlo Park

Jesse Quirion, Menlo Park's public works director, has announced he is leaving Aug. 20 for a job with Google in Tennessee. He is the third high-level city employee whose departure has been announced within a week.

Wednesday, 11:33 AM | 2 comments
Woodside fire district: What you should avoid during heat wave

The Woodside Fire Protection District issued an alert today urging residents to take extra caution during the heat wave.

Wednesday, 9:04 AM | No comments yet
Eshoo on aircraft noise: FAA knows 'something has changed dramatically'

The Federal Aviation Administration "clearly knows something has changed dramatically" with regard to local aircraft noise issues, said Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Menlo Park, following a recent meeting with FAA representatives.

Wednesday, 8:43 AM | 3 comments
Thursday: Atherton's mayor to moderate water crisis panel

Felicia Marcus, chair of the California Water Control Board, will be part of a panel on the California water crisis on Thursday night in Palo Alto. Atherton Mayor Rick DeGolia will moderate.

Wednesday, 7:48 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Tonight: Woodside may seek public opinion on planning, building services

Are Woodside residents and others who deal with the town's planning and building operations dissatisfied with the services?

Tuesday, 11:53 AM | 1 comment
Police calls: Road rage in Menlo Park

Crime and accident reports from Woodside, Ladera and Menlo Park.

Tuesday, 11:23 AM | 9 comments
Longtime local family business moves back to its roots

In the more than 60 years since John and Mary Lyngso started Lyngso Garden Materials in the early 1950s, Lyngso has sold a lot of stone to Peninsula residents.

Tuesday, 8:38 AM | 2 comments
Season's first Spare the Air Day called for Tuesday

As a heat wave moves into the Bay Area, the summer's first Spare the Air Day has been called for Tuesday.

Tuesday, 8:36 AM | 3 comments

Monday, July 27, 2015

Atherton resident says neighbor cut down tree without permission

Atherton police have sent the results of an investigation into the alleged cutting down of a neighbor's tree without permission to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office for possible prosecution on charges of trespassing and grand theft, police say.

Monday, 11:14 AM | 8 comments

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Public invited to comment on proposed firefighters' contract

The public is invited to comment on a four-year tentative agreement between the Menlo Park Fire Protection District and its firefighters that is posted on the district's website.

Sunday, 9:14 AM | No comments yet

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Menlo Park: Early-morning blaze causes $1M damage to Sharon Heights home

Firefighters are estimating that an early morning blaze caused $1 million in damage to an unoccupied residence in Menlo Park early Saturday morning.

Saturday, 3:53 PM | No comments yet
Gas leak capped in Woodside; no injuries

Portola Road reopened after crews stopped a gas leak Friday afternoon in Woodside that had residents restricted to their homes for safety, according to PG&E and the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.

Saturday, 9:16 AM | No comments yet

Friday, July 24, 2015

Gas leak reported on Portola Road

The Sheriff's Office reported at 2:35 p.m. today that Portola Road is closed between Old La Honda Road and Tadin Lane due to a gas leak.

Friday, 2:56 PM | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Execs exit two top city posts

Menlo Park Assistant City Manager Starla Jerome-Robinson will retire effective July 31 and Finance Director Drew Corbett will leave Aug. 14 to take the same post for the city of San Mateo, it was announced Friday, July 24.

Friday, 12:29 PM | 13 comments
Tonight: DUI checkpoint planned for undisclosed location in Menlo Park

Somewhere in Menlo Park tonight (Friday, July 24), police officers will be stopping vehicles, checking driver's licenses and looking at drivers for signs of intoxication, whether from alcohol or drugs.

Friday, 10:18 AM | 3 comments
Police: Burglars ransack East Palo Alto church

Less than a month before a scheduled 75th anniversary celebration and fundraiser to repair church grounds, burglars have broken into the New Sweet Home Church of God in Christ in East Palo Alto, making off with an estimated tens of thousands of dollars in equipment and damaging the church, the Rev. Albert Macklin said.

Friday, 8:33 AM | 2 comments
Atherton, Menlo Park: PG&E says hundreds of trees near gas pipelines may be removed

More than 130 Menlo Park and Atherton property owners should soon receive letters from PG&E saying up to 1,400 trees near PG&E gas transmission pipes on their properties may need to be removed as safety hazards.

Friday, 8:21 AM | 12 comments

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Menlo Park police arrest woman in embezzlement case

Menlo Park police arrested a 39-year-old San Mateo woman Thursday on suspicion that she embezzled more than $1 million over two years from a Menlo Park company, Creekside Landscaping Inc.

Thursday, 11:03 PM | No comments yet
Menlo festival: If you liked it or not, chamber wants to hear

The management of the Connoisseurs' Marketplace, Menlo Park's recent annual midsummer art and wine festival, would like to hear from the festival's critics as well as from its fans, and particularly from critics with constructive ideas.

Thursday, 5:44 PM | 20 comments
Major renovation planned for Avenidas senior center

The Avenidas senior center in Palo Alto unveiled plans recently for a modern, technologically advanced senior center that would include amenities and programming to accommodate the booming senior population. The proposal calls for a new 11,000-square-foot, three-story wing and a remodel of the existing historic building on Bryant Street.

Thursday, 7:56 AM | 1 comment

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

2015 Readers' Choice: The winners are ...

You'll see many old favorites – and some newcomers – on the list of winners of the 2015 Almanac Readers' Choice awards.

Wednesday, 3:02 PM | 2 comments
Jury returns guilty verdict in Woodside burglary case

A jury has found Arizona resident Bradley Sullivan guilty of burglary and grand theft in the residential burglary of a Woodside home in 2012, according to San Mateo County prosecutors.

Wednesday, 1:46 PM | 1 comment
Updated: Menlo Park water district rate changes approved

Rate increases with drought surcharge added to story.
After making sure they understood the reasons why they had little choice about doing it, the Menlo Park City Council on Tuesday unanimously adopted new rates for the city's municipal water district.

Wednesday, 11:54 AM | 1 comment
M-A teacher wins presidential award for environmental education

Lance Powell, who teaches environmental chemistry and advanced-placement environmental science at Menlo-Atherton High School, has won a Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Education.

Wednesday, 7:02 AM | 4 comments

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Police calls: Firefighters use Jaws of Life in Woodside accident

Crime and accident reports for Woodside, West Menlo Park and Menlo Park

Tuesday, 7:53 PM | No comments yet
Menlo Park resident converts yard to drought-tolerant in two days

Menlo Park resident Ashlee Bentley has redone her front yard on Mills Street, replacing her 1,000-square-foot front lawn with succulents and other drought-tolerant plants. And, she says, she did all the work herself, it took only two days, and it cost just $471.

Tuesday, 7:39 PM | 15 comments
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Tuesday, 7:30 PM | No comments yet
Good golly, Miss Molly

Our Molly isn't quite as colorful as the one from the famous Little Richard song, but she's a looker, no doubt, says Scott Delucchi of the Peninsula Humane Society.

Tuesday, 7:24 PM | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Electrical malfunction causes hotel fire

An electrical malfunction started a fire Monday night at the Stanford Inn on El Camino Real in Menlo Park.

Tuesday, 4:49 PM | No comments yet
Boy rescued from Burgess Pool 'doing well,' city official says

The aftermath has been a positive one so far for a 6-year-old boy rescued Sunday from a swimming pool by a lifeguard at Burgess Park in Menlo Park, according to Derek Schweigart, community services manager for the city.

Tuesday, 11:25 AM | 14 comments
Atherton moves toward town-wide, high-speed optical fiber system

Mike Farmwald says his plans to install a state-of-the-art optical fiber cable stystem in Atherton would provide the town with the "very best in the world" Internet access.

Tuesday, 11:08 AM | No comments yet
Assembly race: Berman, Kasperzak off to fast starts

The primary election is still nearly a year away but the two leading contenders to succeed Assemblyman Rich Gordon in Sacramento have hit the ground running, with each raising more than $100,000 and picking up a list of endorsements from regional dignitaries.

Tuesday, 10:58 AM | 1 comment

Monday, July 20, 2015

Microwave sparks fire in home near Atherton

A structure fire caused by a microwave in a home just outside of Atherton caused an estimated $50,000 in damage Saturday, Menlo Park Fire Protection District officials said today.

Monday, 1:45 PM | No comments yet
Tonight: Hearing on 30% Menlo Park water rate hike

Menlo Park wants to change the way it charges for water, and the change would result in a nearly 30 percent increase for the average residential user but a decrease for almost all commercial users.

Monday, 12:00 PM | 5 comments
Water use in June down dramatically for local communities

Water customers in Woodside, Portola Valley and Atherton cut water use by 47 percent and more in June when measured against consumption in June 2013, according to numbers released by the towns.

Monday, 11:32 AM | 2 comments

Sunday, July 19, 2015

We Sushi food truck to open restaurant in Menlo Park

We Sushi, which claims to be the Bay Area's first sushi food truck, is opening a brick-and-mortar Japanese restaurant on Santa Cruz Avenue in downtown Menlo Park this fall.

Sunday, 8:26 AM | No comments yet

Friday, July 17, 2015

Recent home sales: Woodside home bought for $12K sells for $1.8 million

After being purchased for $12,000 in 1968, a Woodside home sells for more than $1.8 million. A lot can happen in 47 years. Learn about this home sale and others in this week's list of recent home sales.

Friday, 2:16 PM | 1 comment
Portola Valley: Woodland School graduates 21

A total of 21 eighth-graders graduated June 12 from Woodland School in Portola Valley.

Friday, 1:02 PM | No comments yet
Ruth Anne Bortz, long-distance runner and Portola Valley resident, dies

Ruth Anne Bortz of Portola Valley, a long-distance runner of marathons and back-country races, died July 14 at her home. She was 84.

Friday, 11:31 AM | 3 comments
Woodside: Major remodel to close town library for several months

The Woodside Library will close Saturday, Aug. 1, for six to nine months for a major remodel.

Friday, 10:03 AM | 1 comment
North Fair Oaks fire displaces two

A fire in a North Fair Oaks shoe repair shop Thursday afternoon (July 16) damaged two buildings and displaced two residents, according to Menlo Park Fire Protection District Chief Harold Schapelhouman.

Friday, 9:16 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Cafe Zoe in Redwood City closes

Although Cafe Zoe, a hub of community in the Willows neighborhood of Menlo Park, continues to keep its doors wide open, owner Kathleen Daly has closed its sister cafe in Redwood City after less than a year in operation.

Thursday, 2:37 PM | 2 comments
Atherton OKs changes to basement ordinance

The Atherton City Council last night (July 15) approved changes to its ordinance regulating basements.

Thursday, 11:55 AM | No comments yet
Cal Water: Towns cut June water use by 40% and more

Woodside, Portola Valley and Atherton water customers cut their use by 40 percent and more in June compared with June 2013, according to numbers released by the towns. Cal Water also revised significantly the numbers originally reported for May.

Thursday, 11:51 AM | No comments yet
Aircraft noise: Rep. Eshoo asks constituents to voice concerns

Acting on numerous complaints by her constituents regarding an increase in aircraft noise, Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Menlo Park, is asking residents to participate in a survey she plans to take to the Federal Aviation Administration for possible changes to flight altitudes.

Thursday, 11:41 AM | 38 comments

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