If it is local and useful, it is on en-us <![CDATA[Oak Knoll teacher John Fuller writes a book inspired by his long commute]]> Driving 100 miles each day back and forth from his home in Orinda to his job teaching at Menlo Park's Oak Knoll School gave John Fuller time to think about and the inspiration for his recently published book, "Fly Car."]]> <![CDATA[Fire district gets green light to buy a drone]]> A hand-held aerial drone, probably one with four helicopter blades, will likely take up residence soon in the Menlo Park Fire Protection District to help survey the scene of a fire from above. ]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park to study changing public benefits trigger in specific plan]]> The Menlo Park City Council agreed Tuesday night to Menlo Park Mayor Ray Mueller's request to have the city schedule a time to study the process in which developers in the downtown/El Camino Real specific plan area are allowed extra square footage if they provide public benefits. ]]> <![CDATA[County bans smoking in apartments, condos in unincorporated areas]]> The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to change the definition of "smoking" and "tobacco product" to include electronic smoking devices. The board also voted 4-1 to approve an ordinance prohibiting smoking of all types in and around multi-unit residences, which include owner-occupied condominiums and townhouses, in unincorporated areas of the county. ]]> <![CDATA[Facebook funds upgrades to fire district technology and equipment]]> Thanks to $150,000 from Facebook, the Menlo Park Fire Protection District is upgrading a system that turns red traffic lights to green as emergency vehicles approach, and is adding emergency equipment to some of its stations and vehicles.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park mayor hosts Chinese delegation]]> A Chinese delegation seeking to strengthen economic ties between the United States and China visited Menlo Park on Oct. 17 as part of a two-week trip to several U.S. cities. ]]> <![CDATA[Sneak peek: Bradley's Fine Diner in Menlo Park]]> Renowned chef Bradley Ogden's much-anticipated Bradley's Fine Diner, or BFD, is officially opening in Menlo Park the first week of November.
<![CDATA[Man, 27, convicted of Woodside burglaries, sentenced to 33 years in prison]]> Justin Ralph Mitchell, 27, of Redwood City, who was convicted in June of two Woodside residential burglaries, was sentenced to 33 years in state prison on Friday, Oct. 17.]]> <![CDATA[Police calls: Bobcat construction vehicle stolen from Woodside home]]> Crime and accident reports from Woodside and Menlo Park.]]> <![CDATA[Should Portola Valley allow deputies to deploy license-plate-reading cameras?]]> In June, sheriff's deputies asked Portola Valley for permission to place license plate reading cameras in town and were denied pending a Town Council discussion with law enforcement authorities. That discussion is set for Wednesday evening, Oct. 22. ]]> <![CDATA[Portola Valley: Second units key to 'affordable housing']]> Portola Valley Town Council members had a lively and generally upbeat discussion recently on what is usually a difficult and controversial topic in this town -- affordable housing.]]> <![CDATA[Voter Guide: Incumbent faces challenger for open space district seat]]> A newcomer aiming for his first public office is running against a 14-year-veteran for a seat on the board of the Mid-Peninsula Regional Open Space District as the district begins to spend the proceeds of a $300 million bond.]]> <![CDATA[Reducing lanes on El Camino: Atherton moves toward study]]> Atherton's City Council has asked firms to propose how they would study the effects of reducing El Camino Real in Atherton from six lanes to four.]]> <![CDATA[Earthquake! Atherton gets ready for a big one]]> As scientists warn that a major earthquake is almost certain to strike California in the near future, Atherton residents and city officials worked this week to make sure they will be ready by holding two earthquake response drills on Oct. 16.]]> <![CDATA[Portola Valley: Council concurs, hazardous trees and power lines a real threat]]> Roadside stands of eucalyptus trees, with their tendency to drop limbs and sometimes fall over, can be a very significant danger when power lines are present, firefighting authorities say. Even if the power line is across the road, as they are at least three locations in Portola Valley, the trees are so tall that the power line is still vulnerable.]]> <![CDATA[Police calls: Portola Valley home burglary during errand run]]> Crime reports from Portola Valley, Woodside and Menlo Park.]]> <![CDATA[Woodland students help schools in West Africa]]> McKenna Brown, 14, an eighth-grader at Woodland School in Ladera, recently organized two drives to collect classroom materials for schools in Equatorial Guinea in West Africa. ]]> <![CDATA[Almanac editorial: No on Measure M]]> When they vote on Measure M this fall, Menlo Park residents will be participating in what may be the most consequential ballot-box decision ever made regarding the future character of their community. One of the most complicated as well.]]> <![CDATA[Sweep nets 207 traffic citations, 93 in Menlo Park]]> Twenty-two officers made more than 240 traffic stops locally on Wednesday and issued 207 citations, as part of a "saturation" traffic enforcement event. ]]> <![CDATA[First water from new Bay Tunnel reaches Crystal Springs]]> The first water to come through the newly completed Bay Tunnel reached the Crystal Springs Reservoir on Wednesday (Oct. 15) and was greeted with fanfare in a ceremony at the Pulgas Water Temple.]]> <![CDATA[Keith leads Menlo Park council fundraising]]> Incumbent Kirsten Keith raised $13,943 according to the campaign finance report that covers the period from July 1 through Sept. 30, outpacing the other five candidates running for three open seats on the Menlo Park City Council. The reports were filed by Monday, Oct. 6, with the city clerk's office.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park: More than 200 at hearing on Mandarin school]]> More than 200 people filled the Multi-Use Room at Encinal School on Tuesday (Oct. 14) for a public hearing on the proposed Menlo Mandarin Immersion Charter School.]]> <![CDATA[Voter's Guide: Measure M in Menlo Park]]> It's not over until it's over, and in Menlo Park, that may be never. The downtown/El Camino Real specific plan, which determines what may be built during the next three decades in the heart of the city, was approved in 2012 after five years of public input. But the finish line isn't in sight.]]>