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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Menlo Park tonight: Learn how the city budget works

Are you curious about how finances work in the city of Menlo Park?

Wednesday, 11:44 AM | No comments yet
Woodside: Council addresses aircraft noise, considers increase to house sizes

Woodside Town Council members considered how to effectively complain about noise from commercial aircraft flying over the town, and conducted another study session on increasing maximum house size, this time with a proposal in front of them.

Wednesday, 11:41 AM | No comments yet
Tonight: Public meeting on high-speed rail from San Francisco to San Jose

People who have questions or are interested in learning more about the California high-speed rail project can attend a meeting tonight (May 25) from 5 to 8 p.m. at the SFV Lodge, located at 361 Villa St. in Mountain View.

Wednesday, 11:35 AM | No comments yet
'Menlo Summerfest' is Menlo Park's 'new' downtown festival

Menlo Park's summer festival just got a lot more lively – at least in name.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Obituary: Frederic 'Tic' Webster of Menlo Park, civil engineer, 70

Frederic A. "Tic" Webster, noted for his work in rehabilitating California's historic adobe missions, died Oct. 11, 2015 at his home in Menlo Park surrounded by family. He was 70.

Tuesday, 3:32 PM | No comments yet
Longtime Almanac staffer Jane Coladarci dies at 96

Jane Coladarci, who had been a mainstay of the Almanac's advertising department for most of her 30 years at the paper, died "quickly and peacefully" May 7 in Yuba City, California, in the company of her daughter and son, the family said. She was 96.

Tuesday, 3:26 PM | No comments yet
June 7 election: Poll workers needed

An estimated 1,400 poll workers are needed on Election Day, June 7, to manage 342 precincts in San Mateo County.

Tuesday, 3:17 PM | No comments yet
A century of service: Parade celebrates Menlo Park fire district's centennial

"Put the blue stuff on the red stuff." Reduced to such simple terms, the core imperative of firefighting makes it sound almost too easy.

Tuesday, 2:53 PM | No comments yet
Saturday, Sunday: Portola Valley celebrates the horse

Portola Valley's third annual Celebration of the Horse will be spread out over two days on Memorial Day weekend with a group ride Saturday morning, May 28, followed by a Horse Fair on Sunday afternoon, May 29.

Tuesday, 2:34 PM | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Man who backed truck into Mike's Camera sentenced to prison

The man who pleaded no contest to a burglary charge in connection with a dramatic break-in at Mike's Camera on Santa Cruz Avenue in March 2015 was sentenced to 16 months in prison.

Tuesday, 11:25 AM | No comments yet
Tonight: Menlo Park may OK new 'mini-park' cafes spaces downtown

The Menlo Park City Council could vote Tuesday, May 24, to move forward with plans to create street cafe spaces on Santa Cruz Avenue.

Tuesday, 11:23 AM | 9 comments
Tonight: Woodside studies changing allowable house sizes

Woodside's Town Council will hold a third study session Tuesday (May 24) on whether it should increase the maximum allowable size of main residences.

Tuesday, 11:15 AM | No comments yet

Monday, May 23, 2016

Wednesday: Portola Valley may go with 100% renewable sources for electricity

Portola Valley's Town Council will consider a venture that would reset every household's electricity supplier at a baseline of 100 percent of its electricity coming from renewable non-fossil-fuel sources.

Monday, 10:45 PM | 1 comment
Assembly candidate submits murky donor reports

Dinged in the past for failing to report political contributions, Cupertino Mayor Barry Chang could be facing another set of election troubles in an eight-way primary race for the District 24 state Assembly seat.

Monday, 10:39 PM | 1 comment
Political committees pump cash into Assembly campaigns

With the crowded race to succeed Assemblyman Rich Gordon in the 24th District heading into the final stretch, independent political action committees are throwing hundreds of thousands of dollars into the contest in hopes of influencing the outcome. So far, Palo Alto City Councilman Marc Berman has been the chief beneficiary.

Monday, 10:19 PM | 2 comments
Tonight: Planning Commission to discuss general plan update

During the Menlo Park Planning Commission's meeting tonight at 7 p.m., the commission will hold a study session to talk about plans for new zoning ordinances that would shape the building standards and requirements applied to future office, life sciences and residential-mixed use buildings in Menlo Park's M-2 area.

Monday, 11:05 AM | No comments yet

Friday, May 20, 2016

Menlo Park: Firefighters rescue 12 stuck in Facebook elevator

Firefighters rescued 12 people from an elevator at a Facebook campus building in Menlo Park on Friday afternoon.

Friday, 6:57 PM | No comments yet
Election: Ravenswood school district seeks voter approval for $26 million bond measure

Ravenswood City School District is asking voters to approve Measure H, which would provide funding for repairs and upgrades at the district's eight school sites.

Friday, 2:32 PM | No comments yet
Man, 25, in fatal Skyline Boulevard crash identified

A 25-year-old man who died when his SUV crashed into a tree on Skyline Boulevard south of Portola Valley in San Mateo County early Thursday morning, May 19, has been identified as James Henry Power, according to the San Mateo Coroner's Office.

Friday, 1:32 PM | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Why today is a special day for retired fire captain Tom Carter

When retired Fire Captain Tom Carter rides on the Menlo Park fire district's 1899 horse-drawn Hose Wagon No. 1 on Saturday, May 21, at 10 a.m. up Santa Cruz Avenue in downtown Menlo Park, it will not only be special because it's the fire district's 100th anniversary celebration and parade. It will also be the first time since 1938 that he has ridden on the historic hose wagon.

Friday, 11:50 AM | 1 comment
Saturday: Memorial for Margaret Fruth, formerly of Menlo Park

A memorial will be held Saturday, May 21, in Palo Alto for Margaret Fruth, a former resident of Menlo Park who was active in local civic affairs.

Friday, 10:21 AM | No comments yet
Celebration of life for John Sidensol, 70

A celebration of the life of Portola Valley resident John Sidensol is set for Sunday, May 22. Mr. Sidensol, 70, died May 7 as a result of a solo-vehicle accident at the corner of Alpine and Portola roads.

Friday, 9:59 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Menlo Park: Closing sales begin for Beltramo's Wines & Spirits

Beltramo's, the family-run wines and spirits shop that plans to close after 134 years in Menlo Park, has begun its "everything must go" closing sales.

Thursday, 4:31 PM | No comments yet
Election: See videos of Assembly candidate interviews

Candidates looking to replace outgoing state Assemblyman Rich Gordon in the June 7 primary election were interviewed recently by Bill Johnson, president of Embarcadero Media, parent company of the Almanac, plus staff from the Almanac and its sister papers, the Palo Alto Weekly and the Mountain View Voice.

Thursday, 3:17 PM | No comments yet
Election: Measure AA would raise $500M to restore marshes

Advocates for wetlands along the shores of the nine Bay Area counties are asking voters to approve Measure AA, a $12 annual parcel tax on the ballot in the June 7 primary election.

Thursday, 3:00 PM | 15 comments
Menlo Park: Another decade, another grade-separation study

For years, the question of "grade separations" – separating a roadway from the rail line it crosses by using a bridge or tunnel – has periodically risen in Menlo Park, spurring a study on the feasibility of such a project.

Thursday, 2:49 PM | 8 comments
Atherton council OKs preliminary design for civic center

(Due to a technical glitch, a link to this story in Thursday's Express did not work.) A unanimous Atherton City Council on Wednesday (May 18) approved a 198-page schematic design for a new civic center and authorized the city manager to enter into a contract with schematic-design creator WRNS Studio.

Thursday, 12:22 PM | No comments yet
Atherton council OKs preliminary design for civic center

A unanimous Atherton City Council on Wednesday (May 18) approved a 198-page schematic design for a new civic center and authorized the city manager to enter into a contract with schematic-design creator WRNS Studio.

Thursday, 11:55 AM | No comments yet
Menlo Park resident among service academy appointees

Rep. Anna Eshoo will host a reception on Friday, May 20, in Mountain View to honor this year's U.S. Service Academy appointees from the 18th Congressional District, including Gunnar Jongebloed of Menlo Park, who was appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy.

Thursday, 11:22 AM | 1 comment
Menlo Park: Applewood 2-Go outlet closed

Applewood 2-Go, the to-go counter location of Applewood Pizza at 989 El Camino Real in Menlo Park, has closed.

Thursday, 8:48 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Saturday: Fire district centennial parade in downtown Menlo Park

Firefighting vehicles from 1862 to today will be on display Saturday, May 21, as the Menlo Park Fire Protection District celebrates its centennial with a parade along Santa Cruz Avenue in downtown Menlo Park.

Wednesday, 11:02 PM | 1 comment
Menlo mom offers free fitness coaching for at-risk kids

In January 2011, Ashley Hunter Riley, a Menlo Park resident and mother of four children, read a magazine article about families in the Bay Area that can't afford organized sports for their kids. She decided to do something about it.

Wednesday, 4:31 PM | No comments yet
FAA: Most commercial aircraft over Woodside, Portola Valley adhere to noise-reduction rules

FAA report has no comfort for residents of Woodside, Portola Valley and Ladera with complaints about the noise overhead of commercial aircraft headed to San Francisco International Airport.

Wednesday, 11:57 AM | 4 comments
Menlo Park says it will release more police data to public

Menlo Park is planning to release to the public 2015 data on police department demographics, calls for police service and traffic collisions as part of a national program called the Police Data Initiative.

Wednesday, 8:00 AM | No comments yet
Eric, Wendy Schmidt to move family ventures to new Menlo Park building

Eric and Wendy Schmidt of Atherton plan to build a three-story, 25,000 square-foot office building in Menlo Park to serve as headquarters for their family office and philanthropic operations.

Wednesday, 7:51 AM | 13 comments

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

New chief for Cal Fire's unit serving San Mateo County

A new chief has been appointed to Cal Fire's unit that serves San Mateo and Santa Cruz counties.

Tuesday, 6:36 PM | No comments yet
Guest opinion: Greenheart project complies with the rules; let's get on with it

As I read the guest opinion in the May 4 Almanac criticizing the proposed Greenheart project on El Camino Real, I felt like perhaps I was stuck in a Menlo Park version of the classic movie, "Groundhog Day." Didn't we already have this debate, many times over?

Tuesday, 4:04 PM | 1 comment
Tonight in Portola Valley: Documentary on a roundup to save wild mustangs

A documentary about four Texans who ride and guide a string of wild mustangs living on U.S. government land on a trip from Mexico to Canada "through the wildest terrain of the American West" shows tonight at Portola Valley Town Center.

Tuesday, 10:17 AM | No comments yet
Tonight: Eat at these local restaurants to support Meals on Wheels

Restaurants across the Peninsula will on Tuesday, May 17, donate 10 percent of their eatery proceeds to Meals on Wheels, a Menlo Park-based program that delivers daily hot, nutritious meals to home-bound seniors and adults with disabilities in San Mateo County.

Tuesday, 10:15 AM | 1 comment

Monday, May 16, 2016

Alpine Road traffic brings misery to local residents

Alpine Road was once a two-lane curving byway. It's still two lanes and curving, but basically an expressway, with 25,000 vehicles speeding by on weekdays, making life miserable for Weekend Acres residents who want to enter or leave their neighborhood.

Monday, 11:09 PM | 7 comments
Police calls: Atherton, Portola Valley, Menlo Park

Crime reports from Atherton, Portola Valley and Menlo Park.

Monday, 10:59 PM | No comments yet
Portola Valley: Hot food, prepared on site, coming to farmers market

One booth planned for the Portola Valley farmers market would have visiting chefs do an impromptu shop-and-cook at the market, "cooking right in front of the shoppers," market manager Maggie Foard said.

Monday, 10:53 PM | 1 comment
Editorial: Vicki Veenker for District 24 Assembly seat

There are three standouts in the field of eight candidates for the state Assembly. We think Vicki Veenker would bring a fresh and important perspective to Sacramento.

Monday, 10:52 PM | 11 comments
Menlo Park: Cuckoo's Nest liquor license application on hold

A request for a liquor license by a private club, called the Cuckoo's Nest, in Menlo Park has generated no insignificant quantity of emailed ire from people who live near the club's location at 68 Willow Road.

Monday, 11:55 AM | 6 comments

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Recent home sales: Woodside, Atherton top cities with $14 million sales

Home sales are provided by California REsource, a real estate information company that obtains home sale data from local county recorders' offices.

Sunday, 11:06 PM | No comments yet
Former psychiatrist convicted of child molestation dies in prison hospice

Former San Mateo psychiatrist and convicted child molester William Ayres died last month in a hospice at California Medical Facility, a state prison medical center in Vacaville, according to the Solano County coroner's office.

Sunday, 11:11 AM | No comments yet

Friday, May 13, 2016

Tonight: Menlo Park Rotary Club scholarship event starts at 7 p.m.

Jeff Miller, minority owner of the Golden State Warriors, will speak at the Rotary Club of Menlo Park's annual scholastic achievements award ceremony on Monday, May 16.

Friday, 12:34 PM | 1 comment
Menlo Park reduces fees for retrieving towed vehicles

The city of Menlo Park has reduced the fee it charges to retrieve a towed vehicle from an impound lot to $125 and discontinued a $100 extra fee for those retrieving cars before the customary 30-day holding period.

Friday, 11:40 AM | 1 comment
Obituary: Joseph F. Cotton, 94, Atherton resident, test pilot, WWII military pilot

Joe Cotton, who survived a military crash landing on the German-occupied island of Corfu during World War II, then had a long career as a test pilot, died at his home in Atherton on May 5 surrounded by his family. He was 94.

Friday, 11:36 AM | 2 comments
Saturday: Art installation, panel and rally on human trafficking

Human Trafficking Awareness Day will be observed Saturday, May 14, at the San Mateo County History Museum and Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway in Redwood City.

Friday, 11:17 AM | No comments yet
Thursday: Workshop on clean energy program

A workshop will be held Thursday evening, May 19, in Menlo Park for people to learn more about Peninsula Clean Energy, a program that gives San Mateo County residents the ability to buy more electric energy from renewable sources than is available from PG&E – and at competitive prices.

Friday, 8:06 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Menlo Park tonight: Kids get training on safe interactions with police officers

A workshop in Menlo Park on Friday will teach youth and parents about their rights and how to stay safe when interacting with law enforcement officers.

Thursday, 6:34 PM | 3 comments
Gov. Jerry Brown orders long-term water-use reductions

Anticipating that California's massive drought over the last four years could just be the beginning of longer and more frequent droughts to come, Gov. Jerry Brown issued an executive order Monday mandating long-term water conservation throughout the state.

Thursday, 2:24 PM | No comments yet
Update: Nan Chapman, first woman to serve on Atherton City Council, dies at 80

Atherton's first woman council member and mayor, Nanette "Nan" Figel Chapman, has died at the age of 80 at her home in Woodside from complications of lung cancer.

Thursday, 11:00 AM | 4 comments
Sunday: Woodside to hold another soapbox derby

The third annual Woodside Soapbox Derby, sponsored by the Woodside Recreation Committee, begins at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 15, at the top of the sloped parking lot next to Independence Hall at 2955 Woodside Road in Woodside.

Thursday, 10:08 AM | 2 comments

Terún to open second Cal Ave restaurant
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Say Yes or No?
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Caesar Pleaser
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Fire department event at the library
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