If it is local and useful, it is on en-us Copyright 2016 Almanac Online <![CDATA[West Menlo residents seek annexation by Menlo Park]]> Study the shape of Menlo Park, and you might wonder why there's a chunk cut out of the city's lower-middle section. Study the streets of Menlo Park, and you might wonder why Santa Cruz Avenue abruptly transitions from the smooth, carefully crowned streets of Sharon Heights into wild, bumpy roads of West Menlo Park.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park: Office gets permit to build employees-only rooftop pool]]> Instead of a mid-day coffee break, people who work at the Menlo Business Park on O'Brien Drive in eastern Menlo Park may soon be opting for a quick dive at the office cluster's employee-only rooftop pool. ]]> <![CDATA[City hopes to preserve Palo Alto Square theater]]> Two efforts -- one relying on grassroots democracy and the other rooted in the zoning code -- have emerged to try to save the CinéArts theater at 3000 El Camino Real in Palo Alto from closing.]]> <![CDATA[Fourth straight 'spare the air' alert issued for Thursday]]> A Spare the Air alert has been issued for the Bay Area for Thursday because smog is forecast to be at unhealthy levels, regional air quality officials said. ]]> <![CDATA[Editorial: A more regional vision needed for Facebook expansion]]> Menlo Park will reap a package of community benefits valued at over $15 million as Facebook expands its campus and adds some 6,500 employees. What will neighboring cities gain, besides traffic gridlock and more burdensome housing woes? It's time to think regionally about massive development projects on the Peninsula.]]> <![CDATA[County sales tax measure will be on November ballot]]> A measure to extend an existing San Mateo County half-cent sales tax by 20 years will be on the Nov. 8 ballot. ]]> <![CDATA[Atherton crosswalk light debuts Aug. 1]]> The first of three specialized stoplights planned to protect crosswalks on El Camino Real in Atherton should be ready to operate on Aug. 1, the town says.]]> <![CDATA[Open enrollment begins for clean energy program]]> Residents can now sign up to participate in the October launch of the Peninsula Clean Energy program, a greener alternative to PG&E as a source of electrical power. Participation is open to any Peninsula resident or small- or medium-sized business.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park: A new tool for funding 'affordable' housing?]]> The city of Menlo Park could have a new way to increase funding for housing that's affordable to middle- and lower-income families.
<![CDATA[Atherton reduces size of planned civic center]]> The size of Atherton's new civic center has been cut by 1,600 square feet, shaving at least $2 million from the budget for the complex, the City Counci learned on July 20.]]> <![CDATA[Police calls: Lion seen jumping over home's front gate in Woodside]]> Crime reports for Woodside, Portola Valley, Ladera, Atherton and Menlo Park]]> <![CDATA[Update on local elections]]> Here is the latest news about candidates for local elections. ]]> <![CDATA[Caltrain swaps out old cars for larger ones to avoid overcrowding]]> Starting today, Caltrain will be replacing some of its trains with larger trains capable of accommodating more passengers, in an effort to avoid overcrowding.]]> <![CDATA[Almanac readers name their favorite restaurants, shops and services]]> The list of winners in the categories of restaurants, food & drink, retails, services and fun stuff is revealed. ]]> <![CDATA[Atherton police looking for mail thieves]]> Four people were seen taking mail from mailboxes in the Lindenwood and North Fair Oaks neighborhoods on Sunday morning, Atherton police say. ]]> <![CDATA[Portola Valley: Mosquitoes test negative for West Nile virus]]> Test results were negative for the presence of mosquitoes carrying the West Nile virus in the vicinity of the intersection of Alpine and Los Trancos roads in Portola Valley, according to Town Hall.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Oaks residents ask San Mateo County to protect their oaks]]> On Tuesday, the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors will discuss a request by residents of Menlo Oaks for emergency rules to protect their neighborhood's namesake oak trees, which they say have been disappearing at an alarming rate.]]> <![CDATA[Atherton resident convicted of violating Food, Drug and Cosmetics Act]]> Atherton resident Bill Facteau, former CEO of Menlo Park medical device company Acclarent, has been convicted in federal court of 10 misdemeanor charges of violating the Food, Drug and Cosmetics Act, but was acquitted of 14 more serious felony charges.]]> <![CDATA[Atherton won't put business license tax changes on November ballot]]> Changes in Atherton's 31-year-old business license tax will not be on the November ballot, City Council members decided this week, but they still want to consider a revised tax for the 2018 general election.]]> <![CDATA[Traffic alert: Major water main replacement project in Menlo Park]]> The California Water Service company will soon begin a several-months-long project to replace 3,875 feet of water main on Santa Cruz Avenue in Menlo Park, from Hillview Middle School to Fremont Park. ]]>