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Thursday, March 5, 2015

Atherton police issue 87 traffic citations Wednesday

Police issued 87 traffic-related citations in Atherton on Wednesday, March 4, during a day of extra patrols with a focus on pedestrian safety.

Thursday, 11:59 AM | 6 comments
Menlo Gateway unveils plan for 250-room hotel in Menlo Park

The view from the Bayshore Freeway in Menlo Park may be about to change: Developer David Bohannon, hotel partner in hand at long last, plans to see Menlo Gateway up and running by 2018.

Thursday, 10:43 AM | 8 comments
Friday deadline to apply for SamTrans advisory committee

Friday, March 6, is the deadline to apply for the SamTrans Citizens Advisory Committee.

Thursday, 9:54 AM | No comments yet
Beechwood School's new facilities stand ready

Renovations of four classrooms and the administration building were recently finished at Beechwood School, located at 50 Terminal Ave. in Menlo Park, completing the second phase of the school's planned upgrades.

Thursday, 9:47 AM | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Facebook funds high-tech cameras for firefighters

The Menlo Park Fire Protection District has used money from Facebook to order high-tech cameras used for finding people trapped inside burning buildings.

Thursday, 9:44 AM | No comments yet
Update: Eastbound Marsh Road in Atherton to close Saturday

Atherton now plans to close eastbound Marsh Road from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 7, to repair a fence damaged when a catering truck crashed Wednesday night into the canal that runs along eastbound Marsh Road.

Thursday, 7:37 AM | 4 comments

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Thursday service for Nancy Glass of La Honda

A memorial service is set for Thursday, March 5, for Nancy Elizabeth Glass of La Honda. Ms. Glass died Feb. 24 at the age of 87.

Wednesday, 11:40 AM | No comments yet
German-American school finds new home

The German-American International School has filed for a use permit to relocate from 275 Elliott Drive to 475 Pope Street, site of the vacant Menlo Oaks School.

Wednesday, 11:33 AM | 2 comments
Residents: Traffic challenges abundant along Alpine Road

In the tale of the three communities along the Alpine Road corridor between Menlo Park and Portola Valley, there are certain spots along the road where it can be the worst of times every single day, according to residents who have to deal with the traffic.

Wednesday, 11:17 AM | 1 comment
Police calls: Donor seeks refund, threatens Priory school employee

Crime reports from Portola Valley, Woodside, Atherton and Menlo Park.

Wednesday, 7:07 AM | No comments yet
Atherton: Extra patrols focus on pedestrian hazards

Extra police patrols will be in Atherton on Wednesday, March 4, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Their focus: driving behavior that endangers pedestrians, and pedestrian behavior that interferes with drivers' right-of way.

Wednesday, 6:56 AM | 8 comments

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Thursday deadline to apply for high school district board seat

The deadline is 4:40 p.m. Thursday, March 5, to apply for the position of interim member on the board of the Sequoia Union High School District.

Tuesday, 1:26 PM | No comments yet
Cellphone intercepts: Hill bill would require public comment

State Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo County, has introduced a bill that would require local governments to take public comment before implementing cellphone intercept technology.

Tuesday, 11:26 AM | No comments yet
Caltrans delays spraying of herbicides on roadsides until March 10

The roadside spraying of herbicides along Highway 84 west of Skyline Boulevard has been postponed until March 10 while Caltrans meets with the Regional Water Control Board.

Tuesday, 10:57 AM | 1 comment
Menlo Park: Community examines rail-crossing hazards

After a 35-year-old woman died when a bullet train struck her car at the Ravenswood Avenue crossing in Menlo Park, the community is searching for ways to prevent more tragedy.

Tuesday, 10:29 AM | 29 comments

Monday, March 2, 2015

Filoli statement: More than 1,000 volunteers sign new agreement

More than 1,000 Filoli volunteers have signed a new volunteer agreement, Executive Director Cynthia D'Agosta announced in a prepared statement Monday afternoon.

Monday, 3:25 PM | 57 comments
Rescuing 41 starving horses

Woodside resident and equestrian Gladys Martines, a longtime friend of horses, is seeking donations locally to help defray the costs of the recent rescue of 41 starving horses from a Northern California pasture.

Monday, 9:35 AM | No comments yet
Tonight: Menlo Park meeting on fatal crash, railroad crossings

Worried about safety while crossing the train tracks in Menlo Park? A community meeting will be held tonight (March 2) to discuss the fatal crash on Feb. 23 and ways to improve the railroad crossings.

Monday, 9:29 AM | 12 comments

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Woodside High names student of the week

Woodside High junior Suzie Ortiz has been named student of the week for her achievement in her Spanish III class. She loves the class, and being able to speak in Spanish at school and work, and with her grandfather, who is Puerto Rican.

Saturday, 1:02 PM | No comments yet
Hillview principal named interim superintendent

Erik Burmeister, principal of Hillview Middle School in Menlo Park, has been appointed temporary superintendent of the Menlo Park City School District during the "short term medical leave" of Superintendent Maurice Ghysels, the school board president, Maria Hilton, announced Monday.

Saturday, 12:33 PM | No comments yet

Friday, February 27, 2015

Residents upset with Caltrans' plans to spray herbicides on roadsides March 3, 10

Local residents say they are unhappy to hear Caltrans plans to spray herbicides along county roadways in March, despite a county ban on such spraying. They also say Caltrans earlier sprayed along Skyline Boulevard without informing residents.

Friday, 9:43 AM | 8 comments
Young entrepreneurs from India to train in Menlo Park

Menlo Park will launch an economic exchange program this spring, with 100 young entrepreneurs and students from India coming to the city during the next year to train at BootUp Ventures, according to Mayor Catherine Carlton.

Friday, 8:13 AM | No comments yet
Recent home sales: Atherton, Menlo Park, Woodside

Home sales are provided by California REsource, a real estate information company that obtains the information from the County Recorder's Office.

Friday, 7:46 AM | No comments yet
Menlo Park workshop examines options for El Camino Real

Should El Camino Real be a two-lane or three-lane route through Menlo Park? Should bike lanes be added to the roadway? These were among the questions facing local residents at a community workshop on the future of El Camino Real.

Friday, 7:38 AM | 3 comments
Menlo Park: Lab leases business park space

Personalis Inc., a genomics-based clinical diagnostic laboratory, has signed a 66-month lease for approximately 31,000 square feet at Menlo Business Park, located off O'Brien Drive near University Avenue.

Friday, 7:30 AM | No comments yet
Yellow fever mosquitoes found in Menlo Park

Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, which can transmit several diseases, including yellow fever, were found in Menlo Park on Jan. 27, according to the San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control District.

Friday, 7:28 AM | 1 comment
Saturday: Conference on youth health and addiction

The community is invited to learn about adolescent mental health and addiction, and where to find help, at the "Parenting Teens through the Challenges of Life" conference on Saturday, Feb. 28, at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, 950 Santa Cruz Ave. in Menlo Park.

Friday, 7:27 AM | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Ex-councilman fined by state

Former Menlo Park councilman Andy Cohen has been fined $1,000 for failing to maintain campaign finance records for his unsuccessful bid for a seat on the county Board of Supervisors in 2012.

Friday, 7:26 AM | No comments yet
Police calls in Menlo Park: Burglaries, thefts and a stolen GTO

Crime reports from Menlo Park: A resident of Creek Drive came home to a burglary in progress. The suspected burglar fled.

Friday, 7:25 AM | No comments yet
Feature story: Saving Arthur the owl -- twice

Lee Ann Gilbert is very, very certain that she, with a lot of help from the Peninsula Humane Society's Wildlife Care Center has saved the life of Arthur, a Western screech owl. Saved it, in fact, twice.

Friday, 7:15 AM | 2 comments

Thursday, February 26, 2015

JobTrain adds coding classes

Starting in April, a new class will teach JobTrain clients the basics of computer programming. Students will earn college credit through Canada College for participating, JobTrain has announced.

Thursday, 8:12 PM | 3 comments
Woodside woman spots mountain lion on her porch

A Woodside resident said a mountain lion lingered for about 15 minutes on her porch this morning. When deputies arrived, it left.

Thursday, 12:50 PM | 8 comments
Menlo Park will consider financial aid for downtown hotel project

A proposed 63-room, four-story luxury hotel with rooms at $350 a night downtown could deliver Menlo Park up to $8.5 million in transient occupancy tax revenue over 10 years. But the developer is also suggesting that $1 million of that go to investors instead – an option the council was not averse to discussing further, provided the city recoups the money down the road.

Thursday, 11:56 AM | 11 comments
Those were the days

College dances looked a lot different in the 1940s, and this photo of a Menlo College spring formal offers a glimpse of that era's traditional college ball.

Thursday, 9:54 AM | 1 comment
Kidnapper of Woodside High student may be paroled

After serving a little more than 25 years of a life sentence in state prison, parole may be ahead for Octavio Godinez Valdiosera Sr., who was convicted in 1990 of the kidnapping for ransom of a 16-year-old student at Woodside High School.

Thursday, 8:43 AM | 15 comments

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Burglary suspect nabbed in Menlo Park

Menlo Park police arrested a man in connection to a string of commercial burglaries in Mountain View and other local cities, police said in a press release Tuesday.

Wednesday, 2:33 PM | No comments yet
Correction in identification of driver killed by train in Menlo Park

The Santa Clara County coroner's office has corrected the identification of the woman who was killed when a train struck the SUV she was driving at the Ravenswood Avenue crossing in Menlo Park on Monday, Feb. 23.

Wednesday, 11:46 AM | 72 comments
More traffic control coming to Alpine Road/I-280

To encourage drivers to pay attention to stop signs at the intersection of Alpine Road and Interstate 280, the state is installing additional traffic control mechanisms. Some are already there.

Wednesday, 11:29 AM | 1 comment
Menlo Park kickstarts redesign of Ravenswood train crossing

Thirteen years ago, Menlo Park decided to look at separating the railroad track crossings at Ravenswood, Encinal, Glenwood and Oak Grove avenues from the street, so that cars and pedestrians would no longer have to travel directly over the tracks.

Wednesday, 10:37 AM | 40 comments
Editorial: What's behind the Filoli fiasco?

Administrators of the historic Filoli estate have a lot to answer for with their strangely inept handling of introducing a first-ever volunteer agreement -- an ill-advised, five-item document that has sparked a rebellion among the people who donate their time and energy to keeping the venerable institution open.

Wednesday, 7:17 AM | 8 comments

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Train injures woman in Palo Alto

A woman struck by a northbound train at the Palo Alto Caltrain station on University Avenue this morning is still alive and has been taken to Stanford Hospital for treatment, according to Caltrain officials.

Tuesday, 3:01 PM | No comments yet
Defense attorney accuses DA of retaliation in prosecution of deputy sheriff

San Mateo County Deputy Sheriff Juan Lopez was back in Superior Court in Redwood City on Feb. 13, but not about allegations that he helped smuggle a cellphone into the county jail.

Tuesday, 11:28 AM | 14 comments
Tonight: Menlo Park council studies boutique hotel

The Menlo Park council will hold a study session tonight (Feb. 24) on a proposal to build a hotel at 1400 El Camino Real. Councilman Peter Ohtaki said the developer is a longtime friend, but one without financial ties to the elected official.

Tuesday, 5:39 AM | 10 comments

Monday, February 23, 2015

Woman dies after train strikes SUV in Menlo Park

A woman in her 30s died Monday night from injuries sustained when her silver Acura SUV was struck by a southbound train at around 4:45 p.m. at the Ravenwood Avenue crossing in Menlo Park.

Monday, 8:49 PM | 57 comments
New program aims to fight truancy, lift graduation rates

Armed with a recently awarded $885,000 federal grant, San Mateo County is launching a targeted effort to combat truancy and boost graduation rates for East Palo Alto and Belle Haven youth.

Monday, 6:47 PM | No comments yet
Update: Woman killed after train strikes car in Menlo Park

A female driver was killed when her car was struck by a train at the Ravenswood Avenue crossing in Menlo Park at abut 4:45 p.m. today, Caltrain and fire officials said.

Monday, 4:59 PM | 51 comments
Update: School evacuation lifted, no threat found

Redwood City police are reporting that the emergency incident at Summit Preparatory Charter High School is over, that students are back in class and the roads that had been closed are open again.

Monday, 11:34 AM | 4 comments
Tuesday: County seeks community comment on Alpine Road and I-280

The county public works department is hosting a community meeting on Tuesday (Feb. 24) in Portola Valley to discuss two local traffic corridors: Alpine Road and the stretch of Interstate 280 between Page Mill and Sand Hill roads.

Monday, 10:55 AM | No comments yet
Tonight: Menlo Park Planning Commission looks at Sunset event permit, affordable housing

Sunset Magazine is asking for one last hurrah -- the Menlo Park Planning Commission tonight (Feb. 23) will review the publication's request for a permit to hold its final Sunset Celebration Weekend June 6-7 on its campus, which was sold in December.

Monday, 9:40 AM | 1 comment

Sunday, February 22, 2015

President of Filoli volunteers explains origins of controversial agreement

Heidi Brown, president of Filoli's volunteer group, Friends of Filoli, said the volunteer agreement that has caused so much recent turmoil came into being "because Filoli is really in the process of trying to upgrade all its standards and policies and become a 21st-century business."

Sunday, 3:59 PM | 46 comments

Friday, February 20, 2015

Today: Junior League celebrates 50th anniversary with blood drive

In celebration of its 50th anniversary, the Junior League of Palo Alto-Mid Peninsula is partnering with the American Red Cross to host a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20.

Friday, 6:37 AM | No comments yet
Feature story: Wheels of freedom?

Belle Haven Bikes at the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula is in its first year of teaching -- for free -- all aspects of bicycle repair for clubhouse members, says master bike mechanic and instructor Dan Hensley.

Friday, 6:31 AM | 2 comments

Ming’s to hold farewell auction
By Elena Kadvany | 14 comments | 3,837 views

A proposal for Monday Night's Office Cap Discussion
By Steve Levy | 18 comments | 2,700 views

Gifts (that are not bought)
By Chandrama Anderson | 1 comment | 1,795 views

Juniors: Time to Start the College Process!
By John Raftrey and Lori McCormick | 1 comment | 1,235 views

Sometimes You Just Need a Little Push
By Cheryl Bac | 0 comments | 1,211 views