AlmanacNews.com http://almanacnews.com If it is local and useful, it is on AlmanacNews.com. en-us Copyright 2016 AlmanacNews.com Almanac Online http://AlmanacNews.com/art/top_logo.png http://almanacnews.com/news/rss.php <![CDATA[Service Tuesday for Evelyn Stoops, 70-year resident of Woodside]]> Evelyn Stoops, a Woodside resident for more than 70 years who worked in real estate for more than 50 years, died June 20 at age 98 in Sequoia Hospital in Redwood City.
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<![CDATA[Atherton thefts: Unlocked pickup, bicycle and money from unlocked vehicle]]> Atherton police say that an unlocked white Toyota Tacoma pickup truck with a white camper shell was stolen from a Lloyden Drive driveway sometime between 2 and 4:15 p.m. Friday afternoon, June 24. The keys were in the vehicle.]]> <![CDATA[Scott Delucchi departs for Monterey SPCA post]]> Scott Delucchi, a former Menlo Park resident, has left his post as vice president of community relations for the Peninsula Humane Society to become chief executive officer of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals for Monterey County.]]> <![CDATA[Firefighters extinguish second homeless camp blaze since March]]> Firefighters on Friday morning (June 24) paid another emergency visit to the site of a grass fire at an undeveloped area in Menlo Park at the intersection of Willow Road, Bayfront Expressway and University Avenue. The area, known as the Kavanaugh Tract, is used as a campground by the homeless.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park's assessed property value up 12.5 percent]]> The assessed value of property in Menlo Park grew by 12.5 percent in 2105, a faster rate than that of any other city in San Mateo County, county assessor Mark Church announced on June 23. The assessed property value rose 8.2 percent in Atherton, 6.9 percent in Woodside and 4.5 percent in Portola Valley.
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<![CDATA[Menlo Park: Home burglary suspect nabbed]]> An attempt by Menlo Park police to talk to the driver of a vehicle whose occupants appeared to be scoping out homes to burglarize in the area of O'Connor Street led to a car and foot chase and the arrest of one of at least two burglary suspects on Thursday.
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<![CDATA[Facebook expansion could exacerbate housing issues, report says]]> Facebook's expansion – a project that would add two office buildings and a hotel, totaling more than a million square feet – is unlikely to have a direct impact on the housing crisis in East Palo Alto and Belle Haven, but it could yield an indirect impact, a new report says. ]]> <![CDATA[FAA approves Surf Air route to take planes over Bay]]> Commuter airline Surf Air has received permission from the Federal Aviation Administration to start flying a new approach to the San Carlos Airport, sending its planes over the Bay from Moffett Field past the Dumbarton Bridge whenever conditions allow, starting on Tuesday, July 5.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park council raises staff salaries at cost of $430K]]> The Menlo Park City Council passed a $113 million budget Tuesday and agreed to a higher pay for city employees that will cost about $430,000 the first year. ]]> <![CDATA[DA proposes mandatory prison sentence for sexual-assault crimes]]> In the wake of widespread outrage over the three months former Stanford University student-athlete Brock Turner will spend in jail after sexually assaulting an unconscious and intoxicated woman on campus last year, Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen announced Wednesday proposed legislation that would eliminate the possibility of probation and make years in prison mandatory for anyone convicted of the same crime.]]> <![CDATA[Sacred Heart Schools hosts 118th commencement]]> Sacred Heart Preparatory graduated 144 students recently at the 118th commencement ceremony at Sacred Heart Schools in Atherton.
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<![CDATA[Woodside: Ex-councilman sees himself as watchdog of architectural board]]> Woodside resident Dave Burow left the Town Council in December but he stays active in town affairs, showing up occasionally at council meetings and regularly at meetings of the Architectural and Site Review Board.]]> <![CDATA[San Mateo County launches app for dads]]> San Mateo County has launched an app called "SMC Dads" designed to give dads information about local parenting resources.]]> <![CDATA[County holds vigil for Orlando shooting victims]]> "Ellos solo querian bailar," said Jorge Bautista, a minister at the Congregational Church of San Mateo, speaking at a June 17 vigil held at the county center in Redwood City to mourn the 49 people who died in a shooting at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando. Translated, Mr. Bautista's statement says, "They only wanted to dance."]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park: Residents skeptical Facebook expansion will have 'less than significant' housing impact]]> Residents question a draft environmental impact report that says adding about 6,550 employees and no housing will have a "less than significant" impact on the city's population and housing situation. ]]> <![CDATA[How locals voted in presidential primary]]> In the 62 precincts in the Almanac area, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton won 72 percent of the Democratic vote in the June 7 presidential primary, according to data provided by the San Mateo County Elections Office. ]]> <![CDATA[Police calls in Menlo Park, Woodside, West Menlo Park]]> A Menlo Park woman sent $10,000 in cash via Fed Ex to someone claiming to be her granddaughter and saying she needed the money to get out of jail. A conversation with her actual granddaughter a couple of weeks later proved the incident was a scam. ]]> <![CDATA[Atherton, Caltrain squabble over train horns]]> Atherton's quiet zone, where trains aren't to blow their horns near the Fair Oaks Lane crossing except in an emergency, went into effect on June 13. But Caltrain says a loophole allows sounding the horns through the adjacent station.]]> <![CDATA[Lawyer explains when school district can exclude public]]> After promising to involve the public in future planning, the Menlo Park City School District invited a lawyer to a board meeting June 13 to explain why the public can legally be excluded from some of those discussions.]]> <![CDATA[Jenna Carson: a force in helping at-risk students succeed]]> It's uncommon to encounter an advocate for narrowing one's choices, but fewer options can sometimes be what's called for, according to Menlo-Atherton High School's Jenna Carson.]]> <![CDATA[Police arrest pair in connection with Atherton, Menlo Park mail theft]]> Palo Alto police arrested a man and a woman Tuesday, June 7, for allegedly stealing mail from several residential mailboxes in Atherton and Menlo Park. ]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park: Teacher arrested after physical altercations with students]]> George Karr, 42, a physical education teacher at Willow Oaks School in Menlo Park, was arrested June 10 after a physical altercation with two children, ages 10 and 11, during a baseball game, Menlo Park police reported. ]]> <![CDATA[PG&E to covert 229 Atherton street lights to LEDs]]> Pacific Gas & Electric will spend two or three weeks converting 229 utility-owned street lights in Atherton to LEDs this summer, allowing the town to save on its utility bills.]]> <![CDATA[Beekeeping presentation keeps Woodside's Town Hall buzzing]]> Woodside's historic Town Hall was buzzing on Sunday, June 12, as the town's Open Space Committee sponsored a presentation on beekeeping.]]> <![CDATA[Foundation raises $900,000 for Woodside High School]]> Woodside High School will be participating in the Silicon Valley Urban Debate League in the 2016-17 school year, one of many new opportunities made possible by donors to the Woodside High School Foundation.]]> <![CDATA[Scholarship fund honors longtime college adviser Alice Kleeman]]> In a first for Menlo-Atherton High School's Senior Awards Night, held this year on May 31, scholarships were handed out in the name of Alice Kleeman, a college adviser for M-A students for 20 years before retiring in June 2015.]]>