If it is local and useful, it is on en-us Copyright 2016 Almanac Online <![CDATA[Air quality district issues another Spare the Air alert for Tuesday]]> The Bay Area's intense heat wave prompted regional air quality officials today to issue another Spare the Air smog alert for Tuesday.]]> <![CDATA[Woodside: Homemade fireworks thought to be behind Sunday night explosion]]> Homemade fireworks are being reported as the cause of an explosion heard around 9:15 p.m. in Woodside on Sunday, Sept. 25, according to a message from Town Manager Kevin Bryant.]]> <![CDATA[Tuesday: Woodside council to consider steps to increase voter turnout]]> Woodside has a history of low voter turnouts for Town Council elections, a situation that runs afoul of a 2015 state law intended to increase voter participation. The council will consider changing local elections dates to line up with higher-turnout statewide elections.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park City School District gives a raise and bonuses to all employees]]> In addition to awarding a 2.5 percent raise to all its employees, the Menlo Park City School District has given all its workers a bonus worth 2.5 percent of their salary to make up for the lack of a raise during the last school year.]]> <![CDATA[Candidate drops out of Menlo Park school board race]]> Scott Hinshaw has announced he is withdrawing from the contest for a seat on the Menlo Park City School District's governing board for personal reasons.
<![CDATA[District considering appointing Erik Burmeister as new superintendent]]> The Menlo Park City School District announced on Friday, Sept. 23, that the school board is considering making current assistant superintendent Erik Burmeister the district's new superintendent.]]> <![CDATA[Robotics pioneer Victor Scheinman of Woodside is dead at 73]]> Victor David Scheinman, a pioneer in industrial robotics and a longtime Woodside resident, died Tuesday, Sept. 20, of complications of heart disease. He was 73.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park's Chan Zuckerberg Initiative announces $3 billion funding commitment for research]]> The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, currently headquartered on Santa Cruz Avenue in Menlo Park, announced to the world this week that it will invest $3 billion over the next decade in scientific research to "cure, prevent or manage all diseases by the end of the century." ]]> <![CDATA[Widespread heat expected in Bay Area Sunday]]> After below-normal temperatures midweek, weak offshore winds and clear skies will bring a warming trend starting today and highs on Sunday as much as 30 degrees above normal, according to the National Weather Service.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park: City manager gets raise, bonus]]> Menlo Park City Manager Alex McIntyre has won a $4,300 pay raise to $221,800 a year, plus a year's extension to his contract, which will now run until March 7, 2018, and a bonus of $15,000. ]]> <![CDATA[Cal Water gives a 'state of the drought' update]]> Water budgets and surcharges for going beyond them may be gone for now, Dawn Smithson of California Water Service (Cal Water) told the Atherton City Council on Wednesday, but the drought is still with us, and could lead to more severe restrictions in the new year.]]> <![CDATA[Golden Acorn Awards recognize local leaders]]> With pauses every few minutes to observe the muffled screeching of a Caltrain passing nearby, Menlo Park's 40th annual Golden Acorn Awards ceremony proceeded otherwise without interruption on Tuesday night (Sept. 20) at the Stanford Park Hotel. ]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park City School District ponders how cuts could affect looming deficit]]> After first recapping a bleak financial outlook predicting a $5.3 million operating deficit within five years, the Menlo Park City School District's board on Sept. 20 looked at the effects of 10 percent across-the-board spending cuts.]]> <![CDATA[Bay Area home prices up slightly in August compared with last year]]> The median cost for a Bay Area home rose slightly in August compared with the same period last year partly due to low interest rates and job growth, according to research firm CoreLogic.]]> <![CDATA[Police calls: Laser pointed at aircraft in Woodside/Portola Valley area]]> Crime reports for Portola Valley, Woodside, Ladera, Menlo Park, West Menlo Park and Atherton.]]>