AlmanacNews.com http://almanacnews.com If it is local and useful, it is on AlmanacNews.com. en-us <![CDATA[Sheriff's Office warning: beware of unsolicited phone calls]]> The county Sheriff's Office is warning residents to be wary of unsolicited phone calls that make demands for payment and include a threat of consequences -- such as arrest or prosecution -- if payment is not made.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park: Council approves union contract]]> The Menlo Park City Council voted 5-0 on July 15 to approve a new contract with Service Employees International Union, which represents approximately 134 workers.]]> <![CDATA[Hangin' with the goats]]> These goats may have sensed a friend in Bobby Targ at the Hayfields open space area at the northern edge of Portola Valley.]]> <![CDATA[Two show interest in running for school boards]]> Voters may fill three seats on each of two local school district boards, but a week into the month-long filing period for those offices, the county Elections Office hasn't exactly had to raise the flood gates.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park: Senior engineer leaves]]> In the latest in a steady stream of departures by Menlo Park's staff, senior civil engineer Roger Storz has announced that he has accepted a new position with the city of Campbell.]]> <![CDATA[West Menlo Park: New daycare with hourly drop-offs gets a boost]]> County supervisors recently added momentum to plans to proceed with a daycare center in West Menlo Park, one designed for parents with busy and varied schedules.]]> <![CDATA[Portola Valley: Interim principal appointed for Corte Madera]]> John Dean, the Portola Valley School District's director of learning and media, has been named interim principal at Corte Madera School. The appointment was made by the district's governing board at a special meeting July 18.]]> <![CDATA[The issue that just won't die: Atherton's Parker Avenue]]> Some residents of Parker Avenue in Atherton, a dead-end street of 21 homes on 7,800-square-foot lots, just want their street to stay the way it is. But others have been trying for years to get town regulations changed so they can further develop their property.
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<![CDATA[Menlo Park: Fifth person pulls papers in council race]]> A fifth potential contender has pulled nomination papers for November's Menlo Park City Council race -- Kristin Duriseti, who has served on the Environmental Quality Commission for the past six years.
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<![CDATA[Menlo Park: BBC restaurant plans move ahead]]> Rob Fischer's plans to renovate the historic BBC in Menlo Park into a three-floor restaurant are moving along; he requested building permits, according to the city's staff.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park city hall remodel still on hold]]> Frustrations arose at a recent Menlo Park City Council meeting over plans to renovate city hall. The council and the city's staff agree that renovating city hall -- currently stuffed to the seams with employees -- is the right course of action. The point of disagreement is over how much to spend.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park: Cline, Combs pull papers for council race]]> Two people so far have pulled papers to potentially run for the Menlo Park City Council this year: incumbent Rich Cline and Planning Commissioner Andrew Combs.]]> <![CDATA[Police calls: Man says he was 'traveling' without a license, not driving]]> Crime reports from Woodside and Menlo Park]]> <![CDATA[Water mandates signal 'get tough' approach]]> The state Water Resources Control Board on July 15 took steps to enable local water agencies to move beyond voluntary compliance with water conservation guidelines for residents of "urban settings."]]> <![CDATA[Almanac publisher commended]]> Tom Gibboney, center, who retired June 27 as editor and publisher of the Almanac, was commended by the Menlo Park City Council on July 15 for his 21 years of service in that position. ]]> <![CDATA[Sold out ... or nearly so]]> The bright and airy warehouses at the estate of the late Jacques Littlefield at 499 Old Spanish Trail in Los Trancos Woods will slowly empty of Mr. Littlefield's huge collection of military vehicles now that the auction is over.]]> <![CDATA[Two incumbents file for re-election to Atherton council]]> Two incumbents have filed to run for re-election in November to the Atherton City Council. Two other residents active in civic affairs had taken the first steps to becoming candidates by taking out nomination papers as of Friday afternoon, July 18.]]> <![CDATA[Woodside: Deputies use Taser on 'physically combative' Redwood City man]]> Allegations of illegal narcotics possession and a physical altercation with deputies in the Woodside town center led to the use of a Taser to arrest a Redwood City man.]]> <![CDATA[Editorial: Get serious about conserving water]]> Town council members from both Portola Valley and Woodside at recent meetings expressed concern about the significant increase in water usage in the towns. Portola Valley appears to be more serious than its neighbor about addressing the troubling development.]]> <![CDATA[Author, model, and comedic talent Fran Kearton dies]]> The final curtain has come down on the life of Menlo Park resident Frances Peace Kearton, whose varied career included performing on and writing for TV with Dick Van Dyke.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park: Crepes Cafe closing on July 28]]> Crepes Cafe in Menlo Park will be closing on July 28, according to a message posted on its doors from owner Janet Scopazzi. The message said the building's new landlords have other plans for the space. ]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park: New El Camino Real mixed-use project]]> Pinnacle Group, a real estate developer based in Atherton, has submitted an application to build a mixed-use complex at 1283-1295 El Camino Real, according to the city.]]> <![CDATA[Police calls: Woodside construction site burglarized for $18,900 in losses]]> Crime and accident reports from Woodside, Portola Valley and Menlo Park.]]>