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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

West Menlo Park: New daycare with hourly drop-offs gets a boost

County supervisors recently added momentum to plans to proceed with a daycare center in West Menlo Park, one designed for parents with busy and varied schedules.

Tuesday, 5:21 PM | No comments yet
Portola Valley: Interim principal appointed for Corte Madera

John Dean, the Portola Valley School District's director of learning and media, has been named interim principal at Corte Madera School. The appointment was made by the district's governing board at a special meeting July 18.

Tuesday, 11:40 AM | 3 comments
The issue that just won't die: Atherton's Parker Avenue

Some residents of Parker Avenue in Atherton, a dead-end street of 21 homes on 7,800-square-foot lots, just want their street to stay the way it is. But others have been trying for years to get town regulations changed so they can further develop their property.

Tuesday, 11:16 AM | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Fifth person pulls papers in council race

A fifth potential contender has pulled nomination papers for November's Menlo Park City Council race -- Kristin Duriseti, who has served on the Environmental Quality Commission for the past six years.

Tuesday, 10:11 AM | No comments yet
Menlo Park: BBC restaurant plans move ahead

Rob Fischer's plans to renovate the historic BBC in Menlo Park into a three-floor restaurant are moving along; he requested building permits, according to the city's staff.

Tuesday, 9:22 AM | 2 comments

Monday, July 21, 2014

Menlo Park city hall remodel still on hold

Frustrations arose at a recent Menlo Park City Council meeting over plans to renovate city hall. The council and the city's staff agree that renovating city hall -- currently stuffed to the seams with employees -- is the right course of action. The point of disagreement is over how much to spend.

Monday, 10:17 PM | No comments yet
Woodside: Section of Highway 84 closed after crash

A car crash on state Highway 84 in Woodside this morning (July 21)knocked down a power pole and has shut down both sides of the roadway, according to a San Mateo County sheriff's spokeswoman.

Monday, 2:35 PM | No comments yet
Today: Clinton at Facebook in Menlo Park

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will host a live question-and-answer session during her visit to Facebook's Menlo Park headquarters today (July 21).

Monday, 11:50 AM | 2 comments
Tonight: Spraying for West Nile Virus in Ladera, part of Westridge

"Fogging" for a six-hour period to combat the mosquito-borne West Nile Virus is set to begin at 11 p.m. tonight (Monday, July 21) in an area that includes most of Ladera and, in Portola Valley, the Westridge neighborhood east of Westridge Drive on and around Alamos Drive.

Monday, 11:41 AM | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Cline, Combs pull papers for council race

Two people so far have pulled papers to potentially run for the Menlo Park City Council this year: incumbent Rich Cline and Planning Commissioner Andrew Combs.

Monday, 10:04 AM | 7 comments
Police calls: Man says he was 'traveling' without a license, not driving

Crime reports from Woodside and Menlo Park

Monday, 8:41 AM | No comments yet
Water mandates signal 'get tough' approach

The state Water Resources Control Board on July 15 took steps to enable local water agencies to move beyond voluntary compliance with water conservation guidelines for residents of "urban settings."

Monday, 8:41 AM | 2 comments
Almanac publisher commended

Tom Gibboney, center, who retired June 27 as editor and publisher of the Almanac, was commended by the Menlo Park City Council on July 15 for his 21 years of service in that position.

Monday, 12:21 AM | 1 comment

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Sold out ... or nearly so

The bright and airy warehouses at the estate of the late Jacques Littlefield at 499 Old Spanish Trail in Los Trancos Woods will slowly empty of Mr. Littlefield's huge collection of military vehicles now that the auction is over.

Saturday, 2:35 PM | No comments yet

Friday, July 18, 2014

Two incumbents file for re-election to Atherton council

Two incumbents have filed to run for re-election in November to the Atherton City Council. Two other residents active in civic affairs had taken the first steps to becoming candidates by taking out nomination papers as of Friday afternoon, July 18.

Friday, 4:33 PM | No comments yet
Woodside: Deputies use Taser on 'physically combative' Redwood City man

Allegations of illegal narcotics possession and a physical altercation with deputies in the Woodside town center led to the use of a Taser to arrest a Redwood City man.

Friday, 11:36 AM | 2 comments
Editorial: Get serious about conserving water

Town council members from both Portola Valley and Woodside at recent meetings expressed concern about the significant increase in water usage in the towns. Portola Valley appears to be more serious than its neighbor about addressing the troubling development.

Friday, 9:08 AM | 6 comments
Author, model, and comedic talent Fran Kearton dies

The final curtain has come down on the life of Menlo Park resident Frances Peace Kearton, whose varied career included performing on and writing for TV with Dick Van Dyke.

Friday, 9:07 AM | 2 comments

Thursday, July 17, 2014

HP CEO Meg Whitman named board chair

Hewlett-Packard President and CEO Meg Whitman, an Atherton resident, will add "chairman of the board of directors" to her title, the company announced Thursday.

Thursday, 5:18 PM | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Crepes Cafe closing on July 28

Crepes Cafe in Menlo Park will be closing on July 28, according to a message posted on its doors from owner Janet Scopazzi. The message said the building's new landlords have other plans for the space.

Thursday, 2:14 PM | 14 comments
Atherton council chooses civic center project manager

Atherton's City Council approved a contract with a project manager for the town's new civic center, moving the project a step closer to reality.

Thursday, 10:59 AM | 2 comments
Menlo Park: New El Camino Real mixed-use project

Pinnacle Group, a real estate developer based in Atherton, has submitted an application to build a mixed-use complex at 1283-1295 El Camino Real, according to the city.

Thursday, 8:53 AM | 14 comments
Woodside: Fencing setbacks debated

A passionate three-hour conversation about fence regulations? It happened in Independence Hall in Woodside before the Town Council on July 8, and not a seat was left unfilled.

Thursday, 8:39 AM | No comments yet
Police calls: Woodside construction site burglarized for $18,900 in losses

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

Thursday, 8:38 AM | 1 comment

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Three potential candidates start process in Atherton

Three people have taken the first steps toward running for the Atherton City Council in November.

Wednesday, 10:14 AM | 2 comments
Menlo Park: Specific plan initiative goes to ballot

Voters will have a chance to determine the fate of a grassroots group's proposed changes to Menlo Park's downtown/El Camino Real specific plan in the November election, the council decided on Tuesday night with a 5-0 vote.

Wednesday, 9:37 AM | 50 comments

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Mama Coco restaurant opens in downtown Menlo Park

Mama Coco Cocina Mexicana, a family-owned Mexican restaurant, opened this month at 1081 El Camino Real in downtown Menlo Park, at the site formerly occupied by Mex To Go. The restaurant offers a casual dining experience, blending authentic Mexican cuisine and brightly colored décor.

Tuesday, 9:42 PM | 10 comments
Menlo Park girl, 9, drowns in pool

Lahee Hong, a 9-year-old Menlo Park girl, died Tuesday night as a result of a drowning at an apartment community pool in the 300 block of Sharon Park Drive in Menlo Park, police reported.

Tuesday, 9:08 PM | 7 comments
Woodside water use exceeds Portola Valley's

Woodside's per-capita water use grew significantly in 2013, substantially exceeding water consumption even in Portola Valley, according to data from the California Water Service Company, Woodside's primary supplier of fresh water.

Tuesday, 11:00 AM | 10 comments
Menlo Park: Initiative opponents cite 'unintended consequences'

For those affiliated with Menlo Park Deserves Better, the grassroots coalition formed to fight the specific plan initiative proposed by another grassroots coalition, Save Menlo, the consultant's analysis of the initiative highlighted the ballot measure's unintended consequences.

Tuesday, 8:32 AM | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Initiative proponents note flaws in consultant's analysis

As several people have noted, there's something for everyone in a consultant's analysis of the specific plan initiative proposed by grassroots coalition Save Menlo.

Tuesday, 8:32 AM | 1 comment
Tonight: Menlo Park council reviews specific plan initiative report

There's plenty for Menlo Park residents to evaluate in the analysis of Save Menlo's downtown/El Camino Real specific plan initiative, which was released July 10 in advance of tonight's council meeting.

Tuesday, 8:31 AM | 17 comments

Monday, July 14, 2014

Seminars on running for office

Prospective candidates can learn about the election process at free seminars sponsored by the San Mateo County elections office.

Monday, 6:12 PM | No comments yet
Wednesday: Atherton may name project manager for Town Center

Finalizing a contract with mack5, the company chosen to manage the building of a new Atherton Town Center, will be on the agenda when the Atherton City Council meets on Wednesday, July 16.

Monday, 5:43 PM | 4 comments
Atherton: 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh to speak at fundraiser

Jim Harbaugh, the San Francisco 49ers head coach, will speak Tuesday, July 15, at an Atherton fundraiser for the charitable organization, California Against Slavery (CAS) Research and Education, which works to combat human trafficking in California.

Monday, 1:08 PM | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Teens robbed at gunpoint in Willows

A man armed with a semi-automatic pistol confronted two teenagers on Sunday night, demanding they hand over their wallets and cellphones, according to Menlo Park police.

Monday, 11:29 AM | 8 comments
In transition programs, local teens prepare for rigors of high school

This month the Menlo-Atherton High School campus is host to at least three initiatives aimed at easing the transition to high school for at-risk students, most of them from East Palo Alto's Ravenswood City School District.

Monday, 9:30 AM | No comments yet
Atherton resident donates 65 percent of Save Menlo funding

One Atherton resident donated 65 percent of the funding during the first half of this year for grassroots coalition Save Menlo, the group backing an initiative to change Menlo Park's downtown/El Camino Real specific plan, according to its most recent finance report.

Monday, 8:01 AM | 33 comments
Menlo Park: Downtown fitness fest

Another event is joining Menlo Park's roster of downtown festivities: The city is partnering with SBM Fitness in August to showcase ways to have fun exercising.

Monday, 7:34 AM | 3 comments

Sunday, July 13, 2014

In transition programs, local teens prepare for rigors of high school

This month the Menlo-Atherton High School campus is host to at least three initiatives aimed at easing the transition to high school for at-risk students, most of them from East Palo Alto's Ravenswood City School District.

Sunday, 10:33 PM | No comments yet
News of recent college graduates

These local residents recently graduated from college.

Sunday, 10:24 PM | No comments yet

Friday, July 11, 2014

Menlo Park: Analysis of specific plan initiative released

There is plenty for Menlo Park residents to evaluate in the analysis of Save Menlo's downtown/El Camino Real specific plan initiative that was released on July 10.

Friday, 9:00 AM | 48 comments
Candidate filing period now open

Yearning to get involved in local politics? The candidate filing period for the Nov. 4 election opens Monday, July 14. Seats on the Menlo Park and Atherton city councils as well as several school boards are up for election.

Friday, 8:42 AM | No comments yet
Man killed by train in Atherton

A Walnut Creek man, 33, was struck and killed by a train at Watkins Avenue in Atherton around 9:30 p.m. Thursday.

Friday, 12:16 AM | 16 comments

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Menlo Park: Man allegedly backs truck into police officer

A Menlo Park police officer investigating a code violation complaint wound up being treated at the hospital after being struck by a pickup truck on Wednesday. The driver was arrested.

Thursday, 8:55 AM | 10 comments
Local vets laud, decry VA system

At a local meeting, an auditorium full of veterans, their children and spouses spoke candidly to representatives Anna Eshoo and Jackie Speier and Palo Alto VA Director Lisa Freeman about their experiences with the VA Palo Alto Health Care System, which includes the Menlo Park campus.

Thursday, 8:14 AM | No comments yet

Services, Dining and Shopping Downtown in Palo Alto
By Steve Levy | 16 comments | 2,240 views

Handmade truffle shop now open in downtown Palo Alto
By Elena Kadvany | 3 comments | 1,980 views

What is the new couple's paradigm these days?
By Chandrama Anderson | 0 comments | 1,181 views

A Street Fair by Any Other Name
By Paul Bendix | 3 comments | 576 views

Separate Entrances for BMR and Market Rate Apartments?
By Stuart Soffer | 0 comments | 320 views