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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Portola Valley: License-plate-reading cameras likely up by start of summer

(Expanded version of story previously posted.)
When summer arrives in Portola Valley, if things go as planned, license plate-reading cameras at the town's borders will be photographing the front and rear of every vehicle entering and leaving town.

Tuesday, 11:16 AM | 3 comments
Police calls: Thefts, burglaries in Menlo Park

Crime reports from Menlo Park.

Tuesday, 11:14 AM | No comments yet
Fire chief: Mistakes were made

The day after the Menlo Park Fire Protection District agreed to go back to the drawing board with plans for expanding its Chilco Street fire station, district Chief Harold Schapelhouman readily admitted mistakes had been made.

Tuesday, 11:07 AM | 4 comments
Tonight: Woodside council considers banning pig scramble from annual rodeo

The Woodside Town Council meets at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 28, to discuss the annual pig scramble, the idea of an ad hoc committee to review the town's ethics code, and the employment contracts with the town manager and town attorney.

Tuesday, 11:05 AM | 9 comments
Menlo Park tonight: library expansion, Stanford negotiations, fire district review

Menlo Park City Council plans to discuss tonight (March 28) proposals to expand the main library, create a subcommittee to negotiate with Stanford on its El Camino Real development project, and join Atherton in a fiscal review of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District.

Tuesday, 10:49 AM | No comments yet

Monday, March 27, 2017

Menlo Park school district administrator wins state award

Ginny Maiwald, the Menlo Park City School District's director of student services, has won the California Special Education Administrator of the Year award from the Association of California School Administrators.

Monday, 10:17 AM | 1 comment
Atherton residents oppose civic center funding ballot measure

Opposition to an Atherton City Council ballot measure that would allow spending more public money on new town offices has appeared in the form of an argument against the measure filed by five Atherton residents.

Monday, 6:03 AM | 5 comments

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Menlo Park: Fire district uses drones to show progress on fire station project

Work on the Menlo Park Fire Protection District's new fire station in downtown Menlo Park is coming along, at least according to footage gathered by the district's drones.

Sunday, 8:12 PM | No comments yet
County may pay $450K to settle lawsuit over drug-treatment center

San Mateo County may pay up to $450,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by the owners of the Stillpath Retreat Center on Skyline Boulevard in the woods above Woodside.

Sunday, 5:15 PM | 1 comment
Menlo Park: Police hire two from San Mateo police academy

The Menlo Park Police Department has hired two new officers, James Walbridge and Alicia Fajardo.

Sunday, 8:50 AM | No comments yet

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Polynesian food truck launches in Belle Haven

After spending 25 years as a biotech engineer, Keke Lepulu, 47, of Menlo Park, says he was weary of being a cog in the Silicon Valley startup cycle: working hard for a startup until it gets acquired, and then finding himself in search of a job again. This time, he said, he decided to pursue something different.

Saturday, 4:52 PM | 2 comments

Friday, March 24, 2017

No new committee on attracting, keeping staff for Menlo Park school district

How to best attract and retain teachers and other school district staff is a subject the Menlo Park City School District board wants to be studied. But on March 21, the board voted not to form a board committee to do just that.

Friday, 11:39 AM | No comments yet
Monday: Planning Commission, public to discuss Stanford's major Menlo Park development

Stanford's revised plans to build 459,000 square feet of mixed-use development in Menlo Park will face a round of civic reckoning Monday, March 27, when the project will be the subject of a public hearing about environmental impacts and a study session by the Planning Commission.

Friday, 11:23 AM | 15 comments
Police calls: Menlo Park woman makes payments, gets nothing in return

Crime reports from Menlo Park and West Menlo Park

Friday, 9:56 AM | No comments yet
Contract awarded for bike, pedestrian rail crossing study

Along the half-mile stretch of Alma Street, from the Palo Alto border to Ravenswood Avenue in Menlo Park, there is no place where drivers can cross the Caltrain tracks to head downtown.

Friday, 8:35 AM | 7 comments

Thursday, March 23, 2017

JoAnn Loulan, Portola Valley's powerhouse fundraiser

If you are running for political office in Northern California, chances are you have met JoAnn Loulan, a Portola Valley psychotherapist who has become one of the better-known Democratic fundraisers in the state. It runs in her family.

Thursday, 5:06 PM | 3 comments
Portola Valley: Council approves plan to install license plate-reading cameras

License plate-reading cameras for criminal surveillance are coming to entry and exit points of Portola Valley. A unanimous Town Council approved purchase and installation of the cameras on Wednesday, March 22.

Thursday, 11:37 AM | 33 comments
Flea Street Cafe, a 'sanctuary restaurant'

While debate persists in online forums and emails to the City Council about whether Menlo Park should become a "sanctuary city," Jesse Cool's Flea Street Cafe has declared itself a "sanctuary restaurant."

Thursday, 11:27 AM | 17 comments
Woodside: Tad Taube honored for lifetime achievements

In recognition of philanthropic activities over 40 years, Woodside resident Tad Taube will be honored with a Distinguished Humanitarian Service Award for Lifetime Achievement by the nonprofit San Francisco-based Jewish Family and Children's Services.

Thursday, 10:13 AM | 1 comment
Sacramento murder suspects captured in Menlo Park

Following a high-speed car chase that ended in Menlo Park, two people suspected of shooting and killing a 53-year-old woman in a Sacramento motel the previous night were arrested around 5:30 p.m. on Monday, March 20.

Thursday, 8:25 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Community outcry torpedoes Belle Haven fire station plan

Residents of the Belle Haven neighborhood filled the Menlo Park Fire Protection District's meeting room Tuesday night, protesting a plan they said would disrupt their community and displace a beloved family.

Wednesday, 11:50 AM | 49 comments
How a Menlo Park man, out on a walk, wound up handcuffed in Atherton

Menlo Park's Dick Winant said he was out to get a better view of the night sky on the Sharon Hills golf course. Soon, though, he was lost, and then in handcuffs, being interrogated by four Atherton police officers.

Wednesday, 11:21 AM | 77 comments
Menlo Park: Man charged with attempting to kill police officer at hotel

A man working for a vendor performing maintenance at the Stanford Park Hotel has been charged with the attempted murder and assault of a police officer after he rushed at a group of officers with a large kitchen knife outside the hotel at around 2:50 a.m. on Monday, March 20.

Wednesday, 11:11 AM | 8 comments
Fallen tree on Oak Grove Avenue causes temporary road closure

A large tree has fallen at Oak Grove Avenue and Marcussen Drive in Menlo Park, causing downed power lines and temporary closure of the road.

Wednesday, 10:42 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Woodside: Man with car in ditch pleads no contest to felony DUI

Redwood City resident Duncan Crawford Burr entered a no-contest plea to one count of felony drunken driving last week in connection with a July 2016 incident near Godetia Drive and Jefferson Avenue in Woodside.

Tuesday, 7:05 PM | 1 comment
Menlo Park library should double in size, consultants say

Menlo Park's main library in the Civic Center should more than double in size to add rooms for studying, tutoring, meetings and perhaps a "maker space," according to the architectural consulting firm Noll & Tam.

Tuesday, 6:51 PM | 5 comments
Menlo Park: Volunteers sought to fill 10 commission seats

The city of Menlo Park is looking for volunteers to fill various commission openings.

Tuesday, 11:49 AM | No comments yet
Menlo Park: City manager gets second bonus in six months

A $4,400 cash bonus for Menlo Park City Manager Alex McIntyre was approved by the City Council last week following a closed session to review his performance over the past six months.

Tuesday, 10:22 AM | 5 comments
Portola Valley: Town may install license-plate-reading cameras

The sense of privacy that Portola Valley residents and visitors have when driving into or out of town may be in the balance Wednesday (March 22) when the Town Council meets to consider a staff recommendation to install license-plate-reading cameras to assist with criminal investigations.

Tuesday, 10:18 AM | 4 comments
School board examines cost-reduction options

Although voters overwhelmingly approved a parcel tax for the Menlo Park City School District on March 7, the budget woes of the district are far from over.

Tuesday, 9:59 AM | 2 comments
Santa Cruz Avenue sidewalk finally under construction

The long-awaited Santa Cruz Avenue sidewalk construction project in Menlo Park is finally underway. Sidewalks are being built on the north side of Santa Cruz Avenue between Olive Street and Johnson Street, and on the south side between Olive Street and Arbor Road.

Tuesday, 7:57 AM | No comments yet

Monday, March 20, 2017

Portola Valley: Suspect in January residential burglary pleads no contest

One of the two Redwood City men charged in an attempted residential burglary in Portola Valley in January have entered a no-contest plea to one count of burglary in exchange for a sentence of no more than two years in state prison.

Monday, 11:42 AM | 3 comments
Atherton not happy being left out of fire station study

Atherton's City Council has unanimously approved a strongly worded letter to the fire district, berating it for not including the town in a study of fire station locations.

Monday, 10:30 AM | 16 comments
Six years in prison for E. Gary Smith of Menalto Cleaners

After being postponed five times, the sentencing hearing for former Menalto Cleaners owner Edwin Gary Smith was finally held on Friday, March 17. Mr. Smith, 64, was sentenced to six years in state prison.

Monday, 9:50 AM | 10 comments
Parole hearing waived for woman convicted of 1997 Menlo Park murder

Stephanie Rochelle Jackson, who in 1998 was convicted of murdering her boyfriend in Menlo Park, will be in prison for at least five more years, after she waived a parole hearing last week.

Monday, 8:15 AM | No comments yet

Friday, March 17, 2017

Woodside: Easing regulations on building second housing units

The Woodside Town Council on March 14 introduced an ordinance intended to make it easier for residents to build second units, but included a provision that these dwellings cannot be rented for fewer than 30 days.

Friday, 11:12 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, March 16, 2017

War hero Carl Clark dies at 100

An expanded version of an earlier story. Funeral services are set for March 31 for Carl Clark of Menlo Park, who for 66 years was denied official recognition as a World War II hero because of the color of his skin and was finally awarded a medal in 2012. Mr. Clark died on March 16 at age 100.

Thursday, 5:15 PM | 5 comments
Menlo Park fire district shifts elections to even-numbered years

As governing boards of many California public agencies have already done, the board of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District has shifted board elections to even-numbered years, when voter turnout tends to be higher.

Thursday, 3:48 PM | No comments yet
Today is deadline to register to vote in Woodside Elementary parcel tax election

Monday, March 20, is the deadline to register to vote in the April 4, 2017, Woodside Elementary School District parcel tax election.

Thursday, 3:43 PM | No comments yet
Parents warned of kids' 'choking game' dangers

A student at Hillview Middle School in Menlo Park recently suffered a broken jaw while playing "the choking game" at lunchtime on the school's playing field.

Thursday, 3:40 PM | No comments yet
Feature: Menlo Park's Jeff Fisher has argued 31 times before U.S. Supreme Court

Before the Supreme Court's current Chief Justice John Roberts was a judge, he argued cases before the Supreme Court. According to Menlo Park resident Jeffrey L. Fisher, Justice Roberts once told a colleague that the night before every argument, he would ask himself: "Why do I do this to myself?"

Thursday, 2:48 PM | 2 comments
Woodside: Retaining wall going in along La Honda Road at Friars Lane

Crews under contract with the state Department of Transportation are busy installing a retaining wall to shore up an eroded bank along La Honda Road near the intersection with Friars Lane.

Thursday, 12:22 PM | No comments yet
Tonight: Stanford holds open house on its Menlo Park development plans

Stanford University is inviting the public to a drop-in open house from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight (March 16) to learn about its latest plans to build a 459,000-square-foot mixed-use development along El Camino Real in Menlo Park.

Thursday, 8:53 AM | No comments yet

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