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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Fifth straight Spare the Air alert issued for Friday

A fifth consecutive Spare the Air alert has been issued by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District for Friday because of continued unhealthy levels of ozone expected in the region.

Thursday, 9:24 PM | No comments yet
Helping women reboot their careers and skills

Now that Wendy Petersmeyer of Atherton has reinvented herself as a professional life coach, she is helping others reinvent themselves, especially women like herself who have launched their children and wonder how to restart their own careers.

Thursday, 4:03 PM | No comments yet
West Nile virus found in Atherton

Mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus were found in Atherton on Thursday, prompting the San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control District to schedule fogging to kill mosquitoes in parts of Atherton and Redwood City early Saturday morning.

Thursday, 2:21 PM | No comments yet
Grand jury urges colleges to step up security measures

The San Mateo County Community College District should improve security training and emergency preparedness on its three campuses, including Canada College in Woodside, the county civil grand jury recommended in a report released July 5.

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Construction at Willow and Bayfront almost done

A road project at the intersection of Willow Road and Bayfront Expressway is almost finished.

Thursday, 11:49 AM | No comments yet
Menlo Park Rotary Club names new presidents

Maya Sewald, a real estate broker with Pacific Union, has been named the new president of the Rotary Club of Menlo Park. Tom Gibboney, retired editor and publisher of the Almanac, is the new president of the Rotary Club of Menlo Park Foundation.

Thursday, 11:34 AM | No comments yet
Disappearing oaks: County stops short of moratorium on tree removals

New stricter rules to protect trees in unincorporated San Mateo County are needed, the county's Board of Supervisors agreed on July 26 after residents of Menlo Oaks asked board members to protect their neighborhood's namesake trees.

Thursday, 11:29 AM | 2 comments
West Menlo residents seek annexation by Menlo Park

Study the shape of Menlo Park, and you might wonder why there's a chunk cut out of the city's lower-middle section. Study the streets of Menlo Park, and you might wonder why Santa Cruz Avenue abruptly transitions from the smooth, carefully crowned streets of Sharon Heights into wild, bumpy roads of West Menlo Park.

Thursday, 7:55 AM | 1 comment
Menlo Park: Office gets permit to build employees-only rooftop pool

Instead of a mid-day coffee break, people who work at the Menlo Business Park on O'Brien Drive in eastern Menlo Park may soon be opting for a quick dive at the office cluster's employee-only rooftop pool.

Thursday, 7:44 AM | 3 comments

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

City hopes to preserve Palo Alto Square theater

Two efforts -- one relying on grassroots democracy and the other rooted in the zoning code -- have emerged to try to save the CinéArts theater at 3000 El Camino Real in Palo Alto from closing.

Wednesday, 5:01 PM | No comments yet
Fourth straight 'spare the air' alert issued for Thursday

A Spare the Air alert has been issued for the Bay Area for Thursday because smog is forecast to be at unhealthy levels, regional air quality officials said.

Wednesday, 2:26 PM | No comments yet
Editorial: A more regional vision needed for Facebook expansion

Menlo Park will reap a package of community benefits valued at over $15 million as Facebook expands its campus and adds some 6,500 employees. What will neighboring cities gain, besides traffic gridlock and more burdensome housing woes? It's time to think regionally about massive development projects on the Peninsula.

Wednesday, 11:48 AM | 12 comments
County sales tax measure will be on November ballot

A measure to extend an existing San Mateo County half-cent sales tax by 20 years will be on the Nov. 8 ballot.

Wednesday, 11:43 AM | 12 comments
Atherton crosswalk light debuts Aug. 1

The first of three specialized stoplights planned to protect crosswalks on El Camino Real in Atherton should be ready to operate on Aug. 1, the town says.

Wednesday, 10:15 AM | No comments yet
Open enrollment begins for clean energy program

Residents can now sign up to participate in the October launch of the Peninsula Clean Energy program, a greener alternative to PG&E as a source of electrical power. Participation is open to any Peninsula resident or small- or medium-sized business.

Wednesday, 10:03 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Menlo Park: A new tool for funding 'affordable' housing?

The city of Menlo Park could have a new way to increase funding for housing that's affordable to middle- and lower-income families.

Tuesday, 10:33 AM | 4 comments
Atherton reduces size of planned civic center

The size of Atherton's new civic center has been cut by 1,600 square feet, shaving at least $2 million from the budget for the complex, the City Counci learned on July 20.

Tuesday, 10:01 AM | 8 comments
Police calls: Lion seen jumping over home's front gate in Woodside

Crime reports for Woodside, Portola Valley, Ladera, Atherton and Menlo Park

Tuesday, 9:59 AM | No comments yet
Update on local elections

Here is the latest news about candidates for local elections.

Tuesday, 8:53 AM | No comments yet
Tenth Spare the Air alert of summer issued for Tuesday

The 10th Spare the Air alert of the summer season has been declared for Tuesday in the Bay Area because of unhealthy ozone accumulation, regional air quality officials said.

Tuesday, 8:48 AM | No comments yet
Caltrain swaps out old cars for larger ones to avoid overcrowding

Starting today, Caltrain will be replacing some of its trains with larger trains capable of accommodating more passengers, in an effort to avoid overcrowding.

Tuesday, 8:46 AM | No comments yet
Almanac readers name their favorite restaurants, shops and services

The list of winners in the categories of restaurants, food & drink, retails, services and fun stuff is revealed.

Tuesday, 8:39 AM | No comments yet

Monday, July 25, 2016

Spare the Air alert issued for Monday

A Spare the Air alert has been issued for the Bay Area today, officials with the Bay Area Air Quality Management District said.

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Atherton police looking for mail thieves

Four people were seen taking mail from mailboxes in the Lindenwood and North Fair Oaks neighborhoods on Sunday morning, Atherton police say.

Monday, 10:04 AM | 9 comments
Tuesday: Supervisors vote on putting sales tax extension on ballot

The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors votes Tuesday on whether to put a measure to extend an existing half-cent general sales tax for 20 more years on the November ballot.

Monday, 10:00 AM | 4 comments

Friday, July 22, 2016

Portola Valley: Mosquitoes test negative for West Nile virus

Test results were negative for the presence of mosquitoes carrying the West Nile virus in the vicinity of the intersection of Alpine and Los Trancos roads in Portola Valley, according to Town Hall.

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Menlo Oaks residents ask San Mateo County to protect their oaks

On Tuesday, the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors will discuss a request by residents of Menlo Oaks for emergency rules to protect their neighborhood's namesake oak trees, which they say have been disappearing at an alarming rate.

Friday, 11:52 AM | 2 comments
Atherton resident convicted of violating Food, Drug and Cosmetics Act

Atherton resident Bill Facteau, former CEO of Menlo Park medical device company Acclarent, has been convicted in federal court of 10 misdemeanor charges of violating the Food, Drug and Cosmetics Act, but was acquitted of 14 more serious felony charges.

Friday, 11:35 AM | 2 comments
Atherton won't put business license tax changes on November ballot

Changes in Atherton's 31-year-old business license tax will not be on the November ballot, City Council members decided this week, but they still want to consider a revised tax for the 2018 general election.

Friday, 10:58 AM | No comments yet
Traffic alert: Major water main replacement project in Menlo Park

The California Water Service company will soon begin a several-months-long project to replace 3,875 feet of water main on Santa Cruz Avenue in Menlo Park, from Hillview Middle School to Fremont Park.

Friday, 10:32 AM | 6 comments

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Remembering Woodside's Bob O'Neil: A long and happy life

Woodsider Maggie Mah remembers her friend and neighbor Bob "Boots" O'Neil, who died in March at the age of 92, after spending as much of his life as possible in the vicinity of horses.

Thursday, 11:29 AM | No comments yet
Saturday is last day for Beltramo's in Menlo Park

On Saturday, July 23, the doors to Beltramo's Wines & Spirits, a Menlo Park institution owned and operated by the Beltramo family for 134 years, will close for good.

Thursday, 10:41 AM | 1 comment
Profile: Woodside, a work in progress, and Ron Romines likes it

Former mayor Ron Romines said he saw himself as on the side of trying to promote and protect what he saw as community values "and sort of maintaining the rural environment that everybody loves to talk about in Woodside."

Thursday, 7:57 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Remembering the Atherton of his youth

Jonathan Berg remembers growing up in the Atherton of the 1950s and 60s.

Wednesday, 5:13 PM | 1 comment
Obituary: Noyon Berg, 98, worked to establish Holbrook-Palmer Park

Noyon Estelle Blanchard Berg, who had lived in Atherton for 39 years and Menlo Park for 27 years, died on June 12 at the age of 98.

Wednesday, 5:12 PM | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Council approves terms of development agreement for Facebook expansion project

Facebook is one step closer to expanding its offices again. The Menlo Park City Council on July 19 approved the terms of a development agreement to allow Facebook to build two new, 75-foot-tall office buildings and a hotel on its Menlo Park campus.

Wednesday, 11:45 AM | 7 comments

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Menlo Park Housing Commission calls for more affordable housing

As Menlo Park updates its general plan, the city's Housing Commission intends to push the City Council to get built as many "below market rate" housing units as possible.

Tuesday, 6:48 PM | 3 comments
San Mateo County residents warned of phone scam

San Mateo County sheriff's officials are warning residents to beware of a recent phone scam involving a caller fraudulently posing as a law enforcement official in order to demand payment from residents for failing to appear for jury duty.

Tuesday, 2:58 PM | 3 comments
Menlo Park tonight: Education inequality, housing fees, Facebook money and more

The Menlo Park City Council is scheduled to discuss some of Menlo Park's biggest issues during its Tuesday, July 19, meeting, which starts at 7 p.m. in the council chambers at the Civic Center.

Tuesday, 11:53 AM | 2 comments
Portola Valley: West Nile virus found in dead bird

Authorities from San Mateo County's mosquito control agency have discovered West Nile virus in the carcass of a dead bird found in Portola Valley, according to a statement released Monday, July 18, by the town.

Tuesday, 11:15 AM | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Beltramo's, Menlo Park Hardware burglarized

Burglars struck at two Menlo Park businesses over past several days: Beltramo's Wine & Spirits on Thursday (July 14) and Menlo Park Hardware on Monday (July 18), police say. The loss in the wine theft was estimated at $65,000.

Tuesday, 11:03 AM | 2 comments
Eshoo announces Congressional App Challenge

The "Congressional App Challenge" for the 18th Congressional District has launched again, and U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo is inviting local high school students to compete by creating and exhibiting an app for mobile, tablet or computer devices around science, technology, engineering and math education.

Tuesday, 8:28 AM | No comments yet

Monday, July 18, 2016

Police calls: Burglar takes $17,500 in coins, jewelry and computers

Crime reports from Menlo Park, Woodside and Portola Valley

Monday, 11:03 PM | No comments yet
Wednesday: Atherton weighs putting business tax hike on ballot

Atherton's City Council is scheduled to decide this week if it wants to put a ballot measure substantially increasing the town's business license tax on the November ballot.

Monday, 11:01 PM | 11 comments
Editorial: Supervisors' bad decision to rush appointment of sheriff

"The public was completely removed from this process," Supervisor Dave Pine says, referring to the rushed and unexpected appointment of Carlos Bolanos to the office of San Mateo County sheriff.

Monday, 2:51 PM | 47 comments
Menlo Park: Boom in population and jobs raises concerns

Menlo Park's population could grow by 50 percent and its employee count by 70 percent between now and 2040 if the city adopts proposed zoning changes and developers take advantage of the maximum amount of growth allowed.

Monday, 11:37 AM | 1 comment
Eshoo sees swift appointment of new sheriff as an affront

An expanded version of an earlier story. The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors had a 30-day window to choose a successor to former sheriff Greg Munks, who resigned Saturday, July 16. A board majority chose not to use that window and instead made an appointment before the window opened, a move anticipated and criticized from a branch of government not usually involved in county affairs.

Monday, 9:43 AM | 16 comments
Menlo Chamber restarts Golden Acorn Awards; nominations due Friday

After a four-year hiatus from hosting the Golden Acorn Awards, the Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce will again sponsor them this year. Menlo Park individuals and groups will be recognized in four categories: community service, public service, innovation and technology and business excellence.

Monday, 9:31 AM | 1 comment
Menlo Park author has a lot to juggle

Menlo Park's Nick Taylor is a champion multitasker, the type who in the past would have been called a Renaissance man.

Monday, 9:13 AM | 1 comment

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