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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Portola Valley: Burglar breaks into and ransacks home

A burglar or burglars forced open a kitchen door and ransacked a home on Santa Maria Avenue in Portola Valley on Thursday, Feb. 23, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.

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Friday, February 24, 2017

Menlo Park man sentenced for gun possession with prior conviction

A 29-year-old Menlo Park resident was sentenced Feb. 22 to 60 days in county jail and three years of supervised probation after pleading no contest to the felony crime of possessing a gun within 10 years of being convicted of a violent misdemeanor.

Friday, 5:12 PM | No comments yet
School parcel tax election: Backers raise more than $80K for campaign

Backers of the March 7 parcel tax measure in the Menlo Park City School District had reported raising more than $80,000 by Feb. 14 from a long list of donors. That's almost two and a half times as much as the total raised in last year's unsuccessful parcel tax campaign.

Friday, 11:47 AM | 10 comments
Monday: Portola Valley meets on residential design, home security issues

Portola Valley's Architectural & Site Control Commission is inviting the public to a study session at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27, to consider changes to residential design guidelines on the use of motion-sensitive lights, signs along roads, and landscaping.

Friday, 11:32 AM | No comments yet
Memory-impaired man found in Menlo Park reunited with family

A man who was found wandering in Menlo Park near Santa Cruz Avenue at San Mateo Drive on Feb. 18 who did not know where he lived or where he was going was reunited with family this morning (Feb. 24).

Friday, 10:59 AM | 1 comment
UPDATE: Man with memory loss found in Menlo Park identified

An elderly Punjabi-speaking man who was found wandering around Menlo Park earlier this month has been identified after police issued a bulletin asking for the public's help to learn who he is.

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Old La Honda Road closed due to mud slide

Old La Honda Road between Skyline Boulevard (Highway 35) and La Honda Road (Higway 84) is closed to through traffic due to a mud slide that has compromised the roadway.

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After the rain ... there are rainbows

One nice thing about rain -- it's often followed by rainbows.

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Sunday services for Robert Buelteman, pilot in war and peace

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, at Woodside Village Church to remember the life of Woodside resident Robert Litchfield Buelteman, a wartime and commercial pilot, a road-trip enthusiast, a singer in the church choir, and the father of four.

Thursday, 1:10 PM | No comments yet
DA: No charges against Menlo Park man arrested on suspicion of rape, robbery

No charges will be filed against a Menlo Park man who was arrested Feb. 16 on suspicion of rape and robbery of a woman in Menlo Park in December, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office.

Thursday, 11:59 AM | 4 comments
Obituary: Entrepreneur Elias Zelkha conceived 'ambient intelligence'

Woodside resident Elias Zelkha, a Silicon Valley entrepreneur who coined a term that presaged the internet of things, died Jan. 8 at the age of 66.

Thursday, 9:36 AM | No comments yet
Part the Cloud event raises $750K in Menlo Park

A sellout and mostly female crowd of 330 attended the latest Part the Cloud event at Sharon Heights Golf and Country Club in Menlo Park recently, raising more than $750,000 for Alzheimer's research.

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Menlo Park: New, secure spot to dump unwanted medicine

A secured kiosk has been set up in the main lobby of the Menlo Park Police Department where people can drop off unwanted or expired medications from their households.

Thursday, 9:29 AM | 9 comments
Woodside council votes to take no action on ethics investigation

(Expanded version of previously posted story.) Before an audience of six or seven Woodside residents on Feb. 14, the Town Council put its equivalent of an "Investigation closed" stamp on an ethics complaint launched by former councilman Dave Burow, who was in the audience, against a former member of the Architectural and Site Review Board, Nancy Reyering, who was not.

Thursday, 9:22 AM | No comments yet
Despite surplus, Menlo Park fire district considers revenue-raising measures

On the same night that the governing board of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District heard that it is expected to end the year with a surplus of $6.7 million more than had been projected, the board moved forward two measures designed to bring even more revenue into the district.

Thursday, 8:29 AM | 7 comments

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Report: Healthy job growth leads to housing shortages, traffic woes

The 2017 Silicon Valley Index shows that the area's economy, despite a slight slowdown from 2015, continues to chug along and serve as a magnet for people from all over the world.

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Woodside: Mountain Home Road to close for two days during daylight hours

Crews will be working on Mountain Home Road in Woodside from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday and Friday (Feb. 23 and 24) to remove a large tree that fell on to the equestrian path built alongside a two-lane bridge across Bear Gulch Creek.

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Wednesday: Free elder abuse awareness training

A training session on how to recognize and prevent abuse of elderly people and dependent adults will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22.

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External phone lines down in Menlo Park City School District

Outside phone lines to the Menlo Park City School District were not functioning on Wednesday morning, the district announced.

Wednesday, 10:36 AM | No comments yet
Applications invited for Belle Haven mini-grants

Applications are now being accepted for the Belle Haven mini-grant program.

Wednesday, 8:46 AM | No comments yet
Forecast: Rainstorm dissipating, cooler weather ahead

The Bay Area is about to get a break from the heavy rains that battered the region Monday and caused major flooding in some areas, according to the National Weather Service.

Wednesday, 8:42 AM | No comments yet
Editorial: Woodside council ducks ethics issue, despite code's mandate

The town of Woodside says it spent nearly $27,500 on an ethics-related investigation of one of its longtime volunteers, an expenditure that Woodside residents might hope would result in something beneficial. What they got instead are troublesome unanswered questions, not the least of which is whether the investigation was warranted or merely a witch hunt.

Wednesday, 8:23 AM | 3 comments
Woodside: La Honda Road reopens

La Honda Road (Highway 84) in Woodside reopened in both directions around noon today (Wednesday, Feb. 22) after crews cleared mudslides and fallen trees. The road had been closed between Skyline Boulevard (Highway 35) and Portola Road.

Wednesday, 8:03 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Tonight: Menlo Park fire district explores innovations in drone use

The Menlo Park Fire Protection District's governing board will consider tonight (Feb. 20) a proposal to collaborate with a Menlo Park drone company, Matternet Inc.

Tuesday, 11:18 AM | No comments yet
Police encounters: 'Am I free to leave?'

What are your rights when you are stopped by a police officer?

Tuesday, 10:51 AM | 8 comments
Menlo Park: People of color speak up about personal impact of police stops

In Menlo Park's Willows neighborhood, a spate of home burglaries since September has put residents on edge, leading to an undercover police presence, an increase in calls to the police to investigate "suspicious" characters, and a number of recent arrests.

Tuesday, 10:50 AM | 23 comments
Obituary: Henry Montgomery, turn-around specialist

Henry C. Montgomery, an accounting executive, business turn-around specialist and former resident of Portola Valley, died Dec. 22, surrounded by family and friends in Angeles City, Pampanga, Philippines. He was 80 years old.

Tuesday, 8:04 AM | No comments yet

Monday, February 20, 2017

Woodside: Mountain Home Road closed due to fallen tree, wires

Due to a fallen tree and wires in the roadway, Mountain Home Road in Woodside is expected to be closed between Manzanita Way and Woodside Road until around 4 p.m. Monday.

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Saturday, February 18, 2017

East Palo Alto seeks to strengthen immigrant protections

In the wake of a recent federal immigration arrests and deportations, East Palo Alto officials are reviewing programs to help the city's large immigrant population.

Saturday, 10:03 AM | 2 comments
Federal funding halted for Caltrain electrification

The $1.96 billion Caltrain electrification project came to screeching halt on Friday, Feb. 17, after it was announced that Federal Transit Administration officials were holding back grant funding needed within days for construction to begin.

Saturday, 9:46 AM | 53 comments

Friday, February 17, 2017

Menlo Park: Drilling begins on emergency water well

Drilling around the clock began Wednesday, Feb. 15, on the Menlo Park Municipal Water District's first emergency well, according to Pam Lowe, senior civil engineer for the city of Menlo Park.

Friday, 5:33 PM | 4 comments
School district starts process to lay off 30 teachers

The Menlo Park City School District's governing board has approved starting the process for laying off the equivalent of 30 teachers if the March 7 parcel tax measure fails.

Friday, 10:13 AM | 17 comments
Atherton approves plans for $37 million civic center

Atherton is on schedule to start construction of a new civic center by the end of the year, but first it will ask voters to allow using more public money to pay the $37.3 million estimated cost of the complex.

Friday, 10:06 AM | 3 comments
Update: DA says no charges will be filed in this case

Update: The San Mateo County District Attorney's Office has decided that no charges will be filed in this case.

Friday, 4:45 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Kids in Menlo Park and East Palo Alto team up to cheer peers at hospital

It took only a half hour for a group of about 200 adults and kids from Menlo Park and East Palo Alto to assemble 500 care kits for patients at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital on Feb. 12, event organizer Jen Smith said.

Thursday, 1:43 PM | No comments yet
Stanford plans new office building on Sand Hill Road

Stanford University is proposing to construct a two-story, 39,510-square-foot office building at 2131 Sand Hill Road in Menlo Park, across from the Sharon Heights Shopping Center.

Thursday, 1:20 PM | 3 comments
Saturday: Menlo Park Library hosts multi-faith discussion

A free panel discussion with representatives of several major world religions will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at the Menlo Park council chambers, 701 Laurel St. in the Civic Center.

Thursday, 1:19 PM | No comments yet
County: 'You shouldn't have to risk your life to be housed'

A law that county officials say will "send a clear message to those who have chosen to take advantage of tenants" by renting them unsafe or illegal living spaces has been approved by the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors.

Thursday, 1:05 PM | 9 comments
Woodside Elementary will keep two principals

With a parcel tax on the ballot and the resignation of one of its two principals, the one-school Woodside Elementary School has taken a look at its administrative staffing levels and decided it needs both principals.

Thursday, 12:14 PM | No comments yet
Man sues Menlo Park, alleges racial profiling in arrest

A man who was arrested by Menlo Park police in August 2015 and held for 48 hours in the San Mateo County jail has filed a lawsuit against the city in federal court alleging wrongful arrest based on mistaken identity related to racial profiling.

Thursday, 11:53 AM | 2 comments
Weeklong series of rain storms for the Bay Area

Rain is forecast for the next six or seven days in the San Francisco and Monterey bay areas, bringing with it the chance of flooding and mudslides, National Weather Service officials said Wednesday.

Thursday, 10:59 AM | 3 comments
Obituary: Florence Detlor, longtime Menlo Park resident, dies at 105

Florence Audrey Detlor, a 62-year resident of Menlo Park, died Jan. 4, just a month shy of her 106th birthday.

Thursday, 8:09 AM | No comments yet
Nonprofit to offer intensive outpatient program for teens

A donation from an anonymous Palo Alto resident has enabled Children's Health Council to address a "critical gap in teen mental health services" by opening what the nonprofit says will be the city's first intensive outpatient program for teenagers with moderate to severe mental-health issues.

Thursday, 8:05 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Woodside: Flood estate sold; buyer pays $50 million

The 92-acre Flood estate, located on secluded Greer Road and along Huddart Park in Woodside, has been sold for $50 million, Brad Miller of the Woodside office of Alain Pinel Realtors has confirmed.

Wednesday, 5:50 PM | No comments yet
Tonight: Community meeting on school parcel tax, financing

Voters with questions about the Menlo Park City School District's parcel tax ballot measure may get answers at a community meeting on Thursday, Feb. 16.

Wednesday, 3:39 PM | 5 comments
Tonight: Atherton civic center, ballot measure on council agenda

Atherton's City Council is scheduled to get a look at the final design of its new civic center, and how much it is expected to cost, when it meets on Wednesday, Feb. 15.

Wednesday, 3:27 PM | No comments yet
Armed man robs Woodside branch of Chase Bank

Sheriff's deputies are on the lookout for a man who robbed a Woodside branch of Chase Bank while brandishing a handgun and left with an undisclosed amount of cash at about 3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14, deputies said.

Wednesday, 1:31 PM | 4 comments
Supervisors declare emergency due to storm damage

The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors declared a new local emergency Tuesday, Feb. 13, due to ongoing storm-related damage.

Wednesday, 1:09 PM | No comments yet
First in series of rain storms starts Wednesday night

Rain is forecast for the next six or seven days in the San Francisco and Monterey bay areas, bringing with it the chance of flooding and mudslides, National Weather Service officials said Wednesday.

Wednesday, 1:00 PM | No comments yet
Woodside council votes to take no action on ethics investigation

The Woodside Town Council voted 4-0, with three members absent, on Wednesday to take no action on an extended investigation into ethics violations alleged by former Woodside councilman Dave Burow against Nancy Reyering, a former member of Woodside's Architectural and Site Review Board.

Wednesday, 11:59 AM | 2 comments
Menlo Park: Carriage house demolished at former Roger Reynolds Nursery site

To clear the way for a new 24-condo complex at 133 Encinal Ave. in Menlo Park, the Victorian-style carriage house that was once home to an Edy's Ice Cream parlor and a gift shop for the Roger Reynolds Nursery has been razed.

Wednesday, 11:12 AM | 6 comments
Menlo Park: Body builder on probation for drug-trafficking

A body builder who was arrested for selling $250,000 worth of steroids and prescription medications through his Menlo Park bodybuilding business is now serving three years of probation, according to court records.

Wednesday, 1:03 AM | No comments yet
'Meteor' sighted over Bay Area sky was a missile test launch

A bright light traveling across the dark sky Tuesday morning was one of two missile tests conducted by the U.S. Navy over the Pacific Ocean, a Navy official said.

Wednesday, 12:25 AM | No comments yet
Police calls: Menlo Park, Woodside, Portola Valley, Atherton

This information is based on reports from the Menlo Park and Atherton police departments and the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.

Wednesday, 12:02 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Storm aftermath: Traffic resumes on La Honda Road in Woodside

After about three days of storm-related traffic restrictions that allowed only local residents on La Honda Road east of Skyline Boulevard, crews cleared a Feb. 7 mud and rock slide near Grandview Drive and one-way through traffic resumed at about 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10, the project foreman said.

Tuesday, 11:25 AM | No comments yet
New scholarships for community college students

New and continuing students in any of San Mateo County's three community colleges now have an opportunity for a $6,000 annual scholarship for up to two years.

Tuesday, 10:36 AM | No comments yet

Monday, February 13, 2017

Wednesday: School board to vote on 30 layoff notices

A list of 30 layoff notices that could be issued if the parcel tax measure proposed by the Menlo Park City School District does not pass March 7 will be up for approval by the district's governing board when it meets Wednesday night, Feb. 15.

Monday, 6:01 PM | 6 comments
Editorial: Woodside council needs to follow the ethics code, conclude investigation process

After the town of Woodside spent nearly $27,500 on an ethics-related investigation of one of its longtime volunteers, the Town Council at its meeting Tuesday (Feb. 14) may drop the matter cold without issuing a ruling on whether the volunteer actually violated the town's ethics code. The town's mayor is recommending that the matter be closed and "no further action be taken on this complaint" -- which is ironic, given that closing the case now may itself be a violation of the ethics code.

Monday, 5:55 PM | 2 comments
Meetings on Woodside Elementary parcel tax

Two community meetings to provide information on the Woodside Elementary School District's proposed parcel tax are scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, and 9:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 17, at the school's Wildcat Room, 3195 Woodside Road.

Monday, 4:54 PM | No comments yet
Traffic flow a main priority for Menlo Park in 2017

If the Menlo Park City Council's updated work plan is anything to go by, 2017 will be the year of transportation.

Monday, 4:50 PM | 3 comments
Menlo Park: E. Gary Smith sentencing postponed again

For the fifth time, the sentencing of Edwin Gary Smith, former owner of Menalto Cleaners in the Willows area of Menlo Park, has been postponed.

Monday, 10:53 AM | 3 comments
Tuesday: Woodside council faces decision on ethics code investigation

If the Woodside Town Council on Tuesday follows the mayor's recommendation and takes "no further action" on a long and costly ethics investigation, that may in itself be a violation of the town's ethics code, which requires the council to "determine whether a violation of the Code has occurred."

Monday, 10:34 AM | 3 comments

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