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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Pet of the week

Meet "Old Blue Eye," available for adoption at the Peninsula Humane Society's Center for Compassion in Burlingame.

Wednesday, 3:23 PM | No comments yet
Menlo Park mayor calls for do-over of Stanford proposal

Saying that a recently released traffic analysis concluded that the Stanford Arrillaga complex proposed at 500 El Camino Real would dump more than double the amount of traffic anticipated by the specific plan onto a single residential street, Menlo Park Mayor Ray Mueller called for the university to go back to the drawing board.

Wednesday, 11:28 AM | 8 comments
Surf Air gets some noise from local residents

At least 150 people showed up in Atherton on Tuesday night (Sept. 30) for a public meeting with officials from Surf Air, a small commuter airline that began flying in and out of the San Carlos Airport last June. Many said that the noise from the airline has affected their lives and, sometimes, their businesses.

Wednesday, 11:20 AM | No comments yet
Thursday: El Camino Real workshop in Menlo Park

Menlo Park will host a community workshop for its ongoing study of the El Camino Real corridor at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2.

Wednesday, 10:57 AM | No comments yet
Housing in mixed-use projects can count toward state housing requirement

Menlo Park -- and other California cities and towns -- will now be able to count housing within mixed-use projects toward its state-mandated affordable housing requirements, thanks to Assembly Bill 1690, which Gov. Jerry Brown signed on Tuesday, Sept. 30.

Wednesday, 8:32 AM | 1 comment
Today: Tour Menlo Park by double-decker bus

As part of its general plan update, Menlo Park is offering a free tour of the city by double-decker bus at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1, with an eye toward talking about land use and traffic circulation issues.

Wednesday, 8:02 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Gov. Brown signs law on public access to Martins Beach

A movement to reopen a popular surfing beach in San Mateo County was given a boost Tuesday when Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law requiring the State Lands Commission to negotiate with Martins Beach owner Vinod Khosla to acquire a public access route.

Tuesday, 10:26 PM | No comments yet
Thursday: Assemblyman holds office hours in Menlo Park

Assemblyman Rich Gordon, D-Menlo Park, is holding office hours at Café Zoe on Thursday, Oct. 2.

Tuesday, 6:54 PM | No comments yet
Today: First of seven meetings on proposed Mandarin immersion charter school

With the clock ticking down the time the Menlo Park City School District has to decide whether to authorize a Mandarin immersion charter school, a series of public meetings are planned to discuss the proposal. The first takes place on Wednesday (Oct. 1) morning.

Tuesday, 10:37 AM | No comments yet
New water rates have residents paying less per gallon despite drought

The latest price of having fresh water at home from the California Water Service Company went up and it went down for residents of Atherton, Portola Valley, Woodside and parts of Menlo Park -- all located within Cal Water's Bear Gulch District. The increase was in the service charge; the drop was for water usage.

Tuesday, 10:21 AM | No comments yet
Police calls: Losses of $15,700 in tool thefts in two Atherton burglaries

Thieves cut the padlock on a gate to get into a construction site on Atherton Avenue and then broke into two equipment trailers and a tool storage box.

Tuesday, 8:23 AM | No comments yet

Monday, September 29, 2014

Tonight: Menlo Park council reviews cut-through traffic study for Stanford complex

Just in time for the November elections, a study of potential neighborhood cut-through traffic associated with Stanford University's proposed mixed-use complex at 500 El Camino Real was released by the city of Menlo Park on Monday, Sept. 29.

Monday, 3:18 PM | 21 comments
Today: Making Atherton more walkable and bikeable

Setting priorities for projects laid out in a new Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan and discussion of possible new sign regulations are on the agenda for the Atherton City Council when it meets in a study session on Wednesday, Oct. 1, at 4 p.m.

Monday, 11:16 AM | No comments yet
Report: Silicon Valley income gap continues to widen

Silicon Valley incomes have increased for the second straight year after a three-year downward trend, according to a Sept. 24 report released by Joint Venture Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies, a nonprofit think tank.

Monday, 11:06 AM | No comments yet

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Vehicle-registration fee to rise $1

The next time they register their vehicles, residents of San Mateo County will be paying an additional dollar in annual fees to fund operations of the county's vehicle-theft task force.

Sunday, 9:24 PM | No comments yet

Friday, September 26, 2014

Maasai warrior hikes Wunderlich Park

Maasai warrior and chief Sabore Ole Oyie is in the United States to solicit aid to drill 400 wells to provide safe drinking water for 9,000 residents of the undeveloped Ewaso Nyiro region of Kenya. He recently hiked in Wunderlich Park in Woodside, along with several local residents, looking for signs of mountain lions.

Friday, 11:45 AM | 1 comment
This weekend: Skate Jam closes part of Valparaiso Avenue in Menlo Park

The Skate Jam returns to Menlo Park this weekend. The annual two-day festival will attract skateboarders zooming along Valparaiso Avenue starting on Saturday, Sept. 27.

Friday, 11:26 AM | No comments yet
Monday: No on M gathering

Menlo Park Deserves Better -- also known as the "No on Measure M" coalition -- is hosting a community gathering on Monday, Sept. 29, to answer questions about the ballot initiative meant to change the downtown/El Camino Real specific plan.

Friday, 10:06 AM | 18 comments

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Pet of the week: Naga needs a home

There are dog people and there are cat people. And, yes, there are also snake people, and the Peninsula Humane Society is hoping one falls for Naga, a beautiful 3-year-old, female ball python.

Thursday, 4:05 PM | 1 comment
Looking back

Civic protest was a presence at the 1957 May Day parade in Woodside. These kids were protesting the proposed construction of Interstate 280 through Woodside, according to Thalia Lubin and Bob Dougherty in their Woodside history book.

Thursday, 3:52 PM | 1 comment
Woodside Elementary School seeks bond oversight committee members

After the passage of a $13.5 million bond measure last June, Woodside Elementary School District is looking for people to serve on an oversight committee that will track and report on how the money is spent.

Thursday, 3:41 PM | No comments yet
Project Read volunteers needed

Fall tutor training for Project Read-Menlo Park, an adult literacy program, begins on Tuesday, Oct. 7, in the downstairs meeting room at the Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St. in Menlo Park.

Thursday, 3:34 PM | No comments yet
STPO your CRA here

A work crew responded quickly on Wednesday (Sept. 24) to a call from a Ladera resident pointing out a problem with recently completed roadwork -- but not before another Laderan took photos of the roadway gaffe.

Thursday, 10:10 AM | 1 comment
Pair arrested for allegedly stealing mail in Menlo Park, Woodside and other cities

A traffic stop on Tuesday morning led to the arrest of two probationers in possession of mail stolen from several Peninsula cities, according to the Palo Alto police department.

Thursday, 9:43 AM | 2 comments
Tonight: Menlo Park council candidate forum

All six candidates for three open seats on the Menlo Park City Council have been invited to a forum at Cafe Zoe on Thursday, Sept. 25.

Thursday, 9:39 AM | No comments yet
Tonight: Learning from the Loma Prieta quake

USGS research geophysicist Brad Aagaard will talk about what scientists have learned about the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake from a 25-year perspective on Sept. 25 in Menlo Park.

Thursday, 8:39 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Menlo Park: Group celebrates completion of El Camino Real tree project

It's easy to take the 350 graceful trees lining El Camino Real in Menlo Park for granted, but the green vistas only came about after 15 years of dedicated work by a group of residents and battles that reached the state Legislature.

Wednesday, 5:51 PM | 9 comments
Marsh Road reopened

Marsh Road in Atherton was reopened in both directions shortly before 4 p.m. after a cement mixer truck with a broken axle blocked much of the roadway for several hours this afternoon.

Wednesday, 1:29 PM | No comments yet
Editorial: Making streets safe for kids walking to school

A mother's anger and the tempest that ensued over a recent incident involving a Menlo Park police officer's decision to help a young child get home after school has resulted in a welcome dialogue about children's safety on our streets.

Wednesday, 9:55 AM | 22 comments
Tonight: Menlo Park commission meets in Belle Haven

The Parks and Recreation Commission returns from its summer hiatus on Wednesday, Sept. 24, to meet in Belle Haven for a presentation on that community's visioning process, among other topics.

Wednesday, 9:53 AM | No comments yet
Menlo Park: More green bike lanes coming to Willow Road

Willow Road is about to get greener: Menlo Park will be installing additional green bike lanes through Sept. 25 between Middlefield Road and Alma Street.

Wednesday, 9:01 AM | 7 comments

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Portola Valley dances

Square dancing closed out a day of celebration in Portola Valley on Sunday in honor of the town's 50th year of incorporation.

Tuesday, 3:28 PM | No comments yet
Tonight: PG&E to update council on pipelines

Representatives from Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. are set to visit the Portola Valley Town Council on Wednesday, Sept. 24, to update the council on a project to replace underground gas pipelines in the Portola Valley Ranch subdivision.

Tuesday, 3:21 PM | No comments yet
Stanford unveils the Anderson Collection

The much-anticipated Anderson Collection at Stanford Museum, a new museum of Modern and contemporary American art collected over more than 50 years by Harry W. and Mary Margaret Anderson and their daughter, has opened.

Tuesday, 3:13 PM | No comments yet
Tonight: Menlo Park general plan symposium

Menlo Park is hosting a discussion Tuesday night on growth management and economic development as part of its general plan update.

Tuesday, 11:13 AM | No comments yet
Tonight: Woodside council considers new measures for safe routes to school

Three school-related safety measures proposed in a 2013 Safe Routes to School audit are coming before the Woodside Town Council for possible action on Tuesday, Sept. 23.

Tuesday, 11:12 AM | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Stanford 'conflicted' about continuing talks before Measure M is decided

Will they or won't they? Stanford University's abrupt announcement that it would postpone negotiations over its proposed mixed-use complex on El Camino Real sparked some irritation with city of Menlo Park officials.

Tuesday, 9:06 AM | 93 comments
Key Market closing after 20 years at Marsh Manor

Dehoff's Key Market, part of Marsh Manor in Redwood City for about 20 years, is in its last week at that location, according to the owner.

Tuesday, 8:49 AM | 11 comments
Police calls: $1,000 in liquor stolen from Woodside grocery

Someone stole 10 bottles of "high-end liquor" from Roberts Market at the corner of Woodside and Mountain Home roads, according to a Sept. 12 report.

Tuesday, 8:45 AM | No comments yet

Monday, September 22, 2014

Tonight in Atherton: Another chance to discuss airplane noise

Surf Air, the small commuter airline that began flying in and out of the San Carlos Airport in June 2013, has received more funding and ordered 15 new planes, and local residents are meeting again to try to find ways to reduce the airline's noise.

Monday, 10:34 PM | 36 comments
Yale grad comes home to give back to Menlo Park community

For many Menlo Park residents, sending a child to an Ivy League school is not entirely out of the ordinary. In fact, a place in a prestigious university is often expected.

Monday, 10:45 AM | No comments yet

Saturday, September 20, 2014

School helps start 13 libraries in Africa

Since 2006, Palo Alto's Jordan Middle School has worked through the African Library Project to collect enough books and money to build 13 libraries in Ghana, Lesotho, Botswana, Malawi and Swaziland. The project was founded by Chris Bradshaw of Portola Valley.

Saturday, 6:16 PM | No comments yet

Friday, September 19, 2014

Diplomas for those whose education was interrupted by war

The San Mateo County Office of Education recently announced that it will award diplomas to veterans in San Mateo County whose high school education was interrupted due to wartime circumstances.

Friday, 7:20 PM | No comments yet
Atherton will hire two employees to replace contractors

Reversing some changes made in 2011 when Atherton outsourced the jobs of many of its public employees to contractors, the City Council voted to hire two full-time employees to replace contractors.

Friday, 10:55 AM | No comments yet
Cafe Zoe opens second location

Cafe Zoe, which opened in 2008 in the Willows neighborhood of Menlo Park, has opened a second location at 2074 Broadway in downtown Redwood City.

Friday, 9:07 AM | No comments yet
Mark Zuckerberg makes surprise visit to Sequoia High

Sequoia High School students and staff were treated to a surprise visit by Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg at a special assembly at the school in Redwood City on Wednesday, Sept. 18.

Friday, 7:58 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Sunday: Atherton music festival benefits Lyme foundation

A free music festival to raise awareness of Lyme disease in the Bay Area will be held Sunday, Sept. 28, from 1 to 6 p.m. at the Menlo Polo Club field in Atherton, adjacent to the Menlo Circus Club at 190 Park Ave.

Thursday, 6:54 PM | No comments yet
Saturday: Volunteers clean up Pilarcitos Creek

The Coastside Land Trust is hosting its 30th annual "California Coastal Cleanup Day" on Saturday, Sept. 20, from 9 a.m. to noon at Pilarcitos Creek in Half Moon Bay.

Thursday, 5:52 PM | No comments yet
27 local students are National Merit semifinalists

Twenty-seven juniors from three local high schools -- Menlo School, Menlo-Atherton High School and Sacred Heart Preparatory -- are among 16,000 semifinalists competing for National Merit scholarships to be awarded in the spring of 2015.

Thursday, 5:15 PM | 2 comments
Couple plead no contest to burglaries

A San Jose couple, accused of several 2013 Peninsula burglaries, including the theft of a Porsche in Portola Valley, has changed their "not guilty" plea to "no contest" with respect to 11 counts of residential burglary and one count of an attempted residential burglary, San Mateo County prosecutors said.

Thursday, 3:39 PM | 2 comments
Woodside School plans major construction project

In order to save money, officials at Woodside Elementary School have decided to build three major projects at once -- a new multi-purpose room, a new design lab and two new preschool classrooms -- starting in June 2015.

Thursday, 3:17 PM | No comments yet
Saturday: Trees for Menlo celebrates 15 years of work

Trees for Menlo, a nonprofit organized by a group of Menlo Park residents to beautify El Camino Real with trees, will celebrate completion of the work on Saturday, Sept. 20.

Thursday, 2:56 PM | No comments yet
Officers issue 252 more traffic tickets in Atherton, Menlo Park

Officers on motorcycles from agencies around San Mateo County spent Wednesday (Sept. 17) patrolling parts of Menlo Park and Atherton and issued 252 citations, most for speeding and cellphone violations.

Thursday, 10:44 AM | 12 comments
Menlo Park: Tree protest ends peacefully; tree is cut down

A man chained himself to an Italian stone pine tree in Fremont Park early Tuesday morning, but the protest came to a peaceful conclusion once city officials explained why the tree had to be cut down for safety reasons, according to Menlo Park staff.

Thursday, 8:10 AM | 2 comments
Stop-work order lifted for Woodside mansion

The mansion remodeling project at 360 Mountain Home Road in Woodside is on again. The town had posted a stop-work order on July 3 after staff discovered construction activity not within the scope of project permits.

Thursday, 12:13 AM | No comments yet
Legal battle erupts over Panzer tank from Littlefield collection

A Seattle company led by Microsoft Corp. co-founder and billionaire Paul Allen has filed a lawsuit in in a dispute over ownership of a German World War II-era tank. A Panzer IV, built in 1944, was offered in a July 2014 auction of some of the military vehicles owned by the late Jacques Littlefield of Los Trancos Woods.

Thursday, 12:10 AM | 5 comments

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