If it is local and useful, it is on en-us Copyright 2017 Almanac Online <![CDATA[Photos from today's 'community action' rally in Redwood City]]> We will be posting here photos from the "Community Action Rally" held today at Courthouse Square in Redwood City.
<![CDATA[Portola Valley: Council fills out membership of affordable housing committee]]> Seven residents of Portola Valley, all volunteers, will be studying the question of whether it's feasible to build small houses on town-owned land that's affordable to people who work in town but cannot afford to live there, including teachers and Town Hall staff.]]> <![CDATA[Feature story: On writing]]> Portola Valley resident and author Mary Waters-Sayer says she sees boredom as an opportunity for interesting thoughts and feelings, and that its absence is undesirable in the long run, particularly for children.]]> <![CDATA[Stanford poll shows more state residents are unaligned with Trump's agenda]]> As Donald Trump prepares for his swearing-in as the nation's 45th president, a new survey by the Hoover Institution at Stanford University shows that most Californians aren't in line with several key proposals that could impact the entire country. ]]> <![CDATA[Lovely weather for ducks!]]> These Woodside ducks have been enjoying this winter's wet weather in the way only ducks can, by rolling in the mud and glorying in the water falling from the sky. ]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park: Third-graders take on computer coding]]> "OK class, write your last line of code," Nhi Vu, an instructor at Code for Fun tells a wiggly pack of third-graders at Belle Haven Elementary School on a recent Thursday afternoon. ]]> <![CDATA[Update: Two arrested after deputies respond to report of prowlers in Portola Valley]]> Deputies from the San Mateo County Sheriff''s Office arrested two men after responding to a report of prowlers in the 100 block of Golden Oak Drive in Portola Valley shortly after noon today (Jan. 19).]]> <![CDATA[Encinal students learn about engineering by having fun]]> They may have thought they were just having fun, but kindergarten through second-grade students at Encinal School in Atherton learned skills that will help them with science and engineering during an Encinal Engineers event on Jan. 11.]]> <![CDATA[Saturday: 'Community Action Rally' in Redwood City to follow Trump inauguration]]> The day after the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump, a "Community Action Rally" will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, at Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway in Redwood City.]]> <![CDATA[Five local youths attain Eagle Scout rank]]> Five boys Jack Hansen, Trevor Kelly, Henry Marks, Nicholas Nolasco and Marshall Williams all of Menlo Park Troop 222, earned their rank of Eagle Scout and were honored at a recent Court of Honor at Menlo Church. The troop is headed by Scoutmaster Jay Hansen. ]]> <![CDATA[Health advisory: Flu season in full swing]]> The Bay Area has been named one of three regions in California with the most influenza activity. ]]> <![CDATA[Through the fog]]> Cyclists and a runner were out in the fog in Portola Valley on Sunday morning, Jan. 15. These scenes were taken from a spot adjacent to the Town Center at 765 Portola Road. ]]> <![CDATA[Greenheart project goes to Menlo Park council on Tuesday]]> A 420,000-square-foot housing, office and retail development proposed at 1300 El Camino Real by the Greenheart Land Co. is scheduled to go before the Menlo Park City Council on Tuesday, Jan. 24, according to City Manager Alex McIntyre.]]> <![CDATA[Update: Woodside OKs larger floor areas for main residences]]> (Expanded version of story previously posted.) The Woodside Town Council has taken action on complaints registered in 2014 by residents of the Woodside Heights neighborhood over limitations on floor area allowed for main residences. ]]> <![CDATA[Rich Gordon takes government relations job at nonprofit]]> Rich Gordon, who served 24 years in elected office locally and recently termed out as representative to the state Assembly, has a new job: as a government relations officer for the nonprofit Caminar for Mental Health.]]> <![CDATA[Man pleads not guilty to burglarizing Menlo Park construction site]]> One of three men arrested in December on suspicion of attempting to steal tools from the Menlo Gateway construction site at 100-190 Independence Drive in Menlo Park pleaded not guilty Jan. 10 to commercial burglary and grand theft charges. ]]> <![CDATA[Firefighters deserve high pay, chief says]]> Firefighters, says Menlo Park Fire Protection District Chief Harold Schapelhouman, deserve to be well paid. ]]> <![CDATA[Cause for alarm? How the Menlo Park Fire Protection District pays its employees]]> The employees of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District had the highest average wages of any California government agency in 2014. That was before a new contract was approved that the district projected would increase the amount it paid in pay and benefits by 41 percent over the life of the contract.]]> <![CDATA[Woodside: One-way traffic likely for months on storm-damaged section of Hwy. 84]]> Erosion from recent storms has weakened part of Highway 84 in the hills above Woodside. A 75-to-100-foot section located a few minutes north of Skylonda and just past Grandview Drive dropped by about 9 inches, according to a foreman directing a clean-up crew on Jan. 14.]]> <![CDATA[Guest opinion: Small gains for cyclists; big losses for everyone else]]> Make a mental note: Dec. 6, 2016, will prove to be a more important date than most Menlo Park residents now realize. That day, three City Council members approved a one-year field trial of the soon-to-be-controversial Oak Grove-Crane-University Bike Project without understanding its true benefits and negative impacts, and with little input and feedback from residents.]]> <![CDATA[Woodside Elementary principal explains her mid-year departure]]> A day after Woodside Elementary School District Superintendent Beth Polito announced Principal Pam Duarte's retirement, Ms. Duarte emailed a letter explaining why she is leaving.]]> <![CDATA[Hartwig to head Portola Valley schools for two more years]]> Eric Hartwig, hired as interim superintendent of the Portola Valley School District when Superintendent Lisa Gonzales abruptly left the district in October 2015, has agreed to stay at the district through June 2019.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park: Police nab 13-year-old boy driving stolen car]]> Menlo Park Police are investigating whether a 13-year-old driver and his three passengers, whom officers detained on Saturday, Jan. 14, for driving a car reported stolen, are connected to a string of recent burglaries in and around Menlo Park.]]>