If it is local and useful, it is on en-us Copyright 2015 Almanac Online <![CDATA[Atherton committee still can't agree on civic-center concept]]> Atherton's Civic Center Advisory Committee has asked architects to come back for a fourth time with refinements to the conceptual design for the new complex.]]> <![CDATA[Labor board rulings lead to deal with firefighters]]> A ruling by a state labor-relations board led the Menlo Park Fire Protection District and its firefighters, who have been working without a contract for seven years, to settle their differences and agree to a new contract.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park car-chase incident ends with prison sentence]]> After pleading no contest to charges of recklessly evading arrest and child endangerment in an April 2015 car chase that ended in Menlo Park, an East Palo Alto man was sentenced to four years in prison, prosecutors said.]]> <![CDATA[Third high-level city employee leaving Menlo Park]]> Jesse Quirion, Menlo Park's public works director, has announced he is leaving Aug. 20 for a job with Google in Tennessee. He is the third high-level city employee whose departure has been announced within a week.]]> <![CDATA[Eshoo on aircraft noise: FAA knows 'something has changed dramatically']]> The Federal Aviation Administration "clearly knows something has changed dramatically" with regard to local aircraft noise issues, said Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Menlo Park, following a recent meeting with FAA representatives.]]> <![CDATA[Thursday: Atherton's mayor to moderate water crisis panel]]> Felicia Marcus, chair of the California Water Control Board, will be part of a panel on the California water crisis on Thursday night in Palo Alto. Atherton Mayor Rick DeGolia will moderate.]]> <![CDATA[Police calls: Road rage in Menlo Park]]> Crime and accident reports from Woodside, Ladera and Menlo Park.]]> <![CDATA[Longtime local family business moves back to its roots]]> In the more than 60 years since John and Mary Lyngso started Lyngso Garden Materials in the early 1950s, Lyngso has sold a lot of stone to Peninsula residents.]]> <![CDATA[Atherton resident says neighbor cut down tree without permission]]> Atherton police have sent the results of an investigation into the alleged cutting down of a neighbor's tree without permission to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office for possible prosecution on charges of trespassing and grand theft, police say. ]]> <![CDATA[Public invited to comment on proposed firefighters' contract]]> The public is invited to comment on a four-year tentative agreement between the Menlo Park Fire Protection District and its firefighters that is posted on the district's website.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park: Early-morning blaze causes $1M damage to Sharon Heights home]]> Firefighters are estimating that an early morning blaze caused $1 million in damage to an unoccupied residence in Menlo Park early Saturday morning. ]]> <![CDATA[Gas leak capped in Woodside; no injuries]]> Portola Road reopened after crews stopped a gas leak Friday afternoon in Woodside that had residents restricted to their homes for safety, according to PG&E and the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office. ]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park: Execs exit two top city posts]]> Menlo Park Assistant City Manager Starla Jerome-Robinson will retire effective July 31 and Finance Director Drew Corbett will leave Aug. 14 to take the same post for the city of San Mateo, it was announced Friday, July 24. ]]> <![CDATA[Police: Burglars ransack East Palo Alto church]]> Less than a month before a scheduled 75th anniversary celebration and fundraiser to repair church grounds, burglars have broken into the New Sweet Home Church of God in Christ in East Palo Alto, making off with an estimated tens of thousands of dollars in equipment and damaging the church, the Rev. Albert Macklin said.]]> <![CDATA[Atherton, Menlo Park: PG&E says hundreds of trees near gas pipelines may be removed]]> More than 130 Menlo Park and Atherton property owners should soon receive letters from PG&E saying up to 1,400 trees near PG&E gas transmission pipes on their properties may need to be removed as safety hazards.]]>