If it is local and useful, it is on en-us Copyright 2016 Almanac Online <![CDATA[Tuesday: Will Woodside Elementary retain Sellman name for its new auditorium?]]> Whether Woodside Elementary School will continue to use the Sellman name for its new gymnasium/theater building may be decided Tuesday, Feb. 9, when the naming of the new building is on the school board's agenda.]]> <![CDATA[Caltrans says it will consider alternatives to spraying herbicides along highways]]> Opponents of using herbicides to kill weeds say they are "cautiously optimistic" about news from Caltrans that the state agency is considering alternatives to broadcast spraying herbicides in San Mateo County.]]> <![CDATA[Neuroscience pioneer tapped as Stanford's new president]]> Marc Tessier-Lavigne, president of The Rockefeller University in New York City, and a former resident of Atherton and Woodsdie, has been named the university's 11th president.
<![CDATA[Agreeing to disagree]]> In 2005, the Indian court system had a backlog of 32 million cases, Portola Valley attorney Vic Schachter says. He moved to India with his wife Jan Schachter to help people resolve disputes without the costs, delays, formalities and wrenching experiences of litigation.]]> <![CDATA[Tuesday: Services for Charlotte Jelich]]> A graveside service for Charlotte Jelich, wife of Ed Jelich, is set for 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9, at the Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Lafayette, California. Ms. Jelich was 97.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park police on alert for Super Bowl-related problems]]> While Menlo Park is not at the epicenter of Super Bowl activity, it's at least on the crossroads, and local police are stepping up vigilance to watch for everything from traffic problems to human trafficking.]]> <![CDATA[Atherton: 500 guests expected at Super Bowl-related fundraiser Saturday]]> There's a big party coming to Atherton on Saturday night, but the town is working to make sure the "Big Game Give," an annual fundraiser that often brings in as much as $1 million for charities, won't disturb the neighbors. ]]> <![CDATA['Changing the tide' on youth mental health]]> More than 300 local parents, educators, clinicians and community members gathered Tuesday morning to discuss ways to combat what one speaker called the "new norm" for teenagers in the area: alarmingly high rates of anxiety, stress, depression and death by suicide.]]> <![CDATA[Earthquake warning prototype discussed at White House summit]]> A White House summit on earthquake preparedness Tuesday included an extensive discussion of a new early warning system that reached a milestone in its development Monday. ]]> <![CDATA[Community briefs: Calling all tick collectors]]> Collecting ticks for the mosquito district, Menlo Park Rotary Club grants, 'Day of Giving' at Nativity School and more.
<![CDATA[Stanford Blood Center in need of donations to avoid shortage]]> With an estimated two to three million people expected to visit the Bay Area for Super Bowl 50, the Stanford Blood Center is seeking donors to help them stock up on blood. ]]> <![CDATA[AAA offering free tows to those who drink during Super Bowl]]> Bay Area Super Bowl fans who choose to drink Sunday at the Super Bowl and at Super Bowl parties can get a free tow home through AAA's Tipsy Tow program, AAA officials said Wednesday. ]]> <![CDATA[No-fly zone for drones during and after Super Bowl]]> The Federal Aviation Administration is warning fans headed to the Super Bowl in Santa Clara on Sunday to leave their drones at home, but restrictions also apply to people, including Almanac readers, at home.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park staff and City Council set 2016 priorities]]> Menlo Park's City Council and city staff department heads met on Friday, Jan. 29, to hash out the city's "work plan" and set city priorities for the new year. ]]> <![CDATA[Elected officials speak on local threat of sea level rise]]> State Sen. Jerry Hill, Assemblyman Rich Gordon and county supervisors Dave Pine and Don Horsley spoke of the importance of preparing San Mateo County for sea level rise at a public event on Saturday, Jan. 30, at the Genentech headquarters in South San Francisco. ]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park adopts water-conserving landscape ordinance]]> Drinking water shortages across California, diminished water for farming, degraded fish habitats, increased wildfire risk, and potential saltwater contamination of freshwater supplies – all were threats caused by drought conditions that led Gov. Jerry Brown to issue an executive order April 2015 to curb unnecessary water use on landscaping – and fast.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park joins community choice energy program]]> Menlo Park electric energy users may soon have an alternative to PG&E that will supply more energy from renewable sources at rates competitive with PG&E's.]]> <![CDATA[Update: Menlo Park council OKs major funding increase for City Hall renovations]]> (Expanded version of story posted earlier.)
A controversial increase in budget allocations for renovations to City Hall was approved by the Menlo Park City Council on Jan. 26 on a 4-1 vote, with Councilman Ray Mueller opposed.]]>
<![CDATA[Those were the days]]> This private theater at a 50-acre estate on Kings Mountain Road was popular with the locals during the Prohibition era.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park: Feldman's Books, Gentry magazine buildings up for sale, redevelopment]]> Two of Menlo Park's oldest commercial buildings – the current locations of Feldman's Books (1170 El Camino Real) and Gentry magazine offices (1162 El Camino) – are up for sale and advertised for potential redevelopment. ]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park school board places two tax measures on May ballot]]> It's official. Two parcel taxes will go to voters in the Menlo Park City School District in a special May 3 mail-in ballot. Measure A is identical to a current tax set to expire in 2017 and Measure B is tied directly to increases in student enrollment.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park: Grant pays for safer routes to school]]> The city of Menlo Park has received a $498,783 grant from OneBayArea, a transportation fund of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, to pay most of the cost of a project to increase bike and pedestrian safety for Menlo Park and Atherton students.]]> <![CDATA[BNY Mellon to buy Menlo Park investment firm]]> Menlo Park-based Atherton Lane Advisers LLC, an investment management firm, has entered into an agreement to be acquired by BNY Mellon and become part of BNY Mellon Wealth Management.]]> <![CDATA[Police calls: Burglaries, thefts in Menlo Park, Atherton, Portola Valley]]> Police calls include a number of residential burglaries and thefts in Menlo Park, and also reports from Atherton, West Menlo Park and Portola Valley.]]> <![CDATA[Student enrollment at Woodside High not growing as predicted]]> A 2013 study anticipated enrollment growth of 19 percent at Woodside High School by 2020, with the first signs expected in the current school year. But enrollment has leveled out. A second study cites the high cost of living driving families away from Redwood City.]]>