If it is local and useful, it is on en-us <![CDATA[Drought: Cal Water lists restrictions on water use]]> The California Water Service Company has a list of restrictions on water use during the drought, but doesn't have a final plan for how those restrictions will be enforced.]]> <![CDATA[Woodside down to one farmers' market]]> The Sunday afternoon farmers market at the elementary school in Woodside is now the town's sole farmers' market. In June, market manager Maggie Foard ended the Wednesday afternoon market for the Skyline community at Four Corners, the intersection of Skyline Boulevard and Highway 84.]]> <![CDATA[Neighbors protest water waste at Corte Madera School]]> Portola Valley residents who live near Corte Madera School have become increasingly upset this summer as water continues to run down nearby streets from the school grounds, but school officials say they are doing their best to solve the problem.]]> <![CDATA[Clerk sentenced in fake back-injury case]]> A hidden video was the undoing of a San Mateo County medical-records file clerk who had been drawing workers compensation benefits after convincing doctors she had suffered a work-related back injury.]]> <![CDATA[Woodside School safety gets boost with upgraded crosswalks, path]]> The safety of students getting to and from Woodside Elementary School has taken a big step forward.]]> <![CDATA[Bills to curb antibiotic use head to governor's desk]]> The California Legislature recently sent to the governor two bills sponsored by Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, that will prohibit the use of antibiotics as growth enhancers in farm animals and promote more responsible use of antibiotics in humans. ]]> <![CDATA[Man suspected of burglarizing Sharon Heights home arrested]]> After a brief chase, deputies with San Mateo County Sheriff's Office captured and arrested a 34-year-old Belmont man Wednesday in connection with a number of burglaries, including in Menlo Park and Atherton.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park council approves Sobrato office complex]]> While the Menlo Park City Council didn't take action on every item on the agenda for its Aug. 19 meeting, there were still plenty of actions taken, including a unanimous approval of a new office complex in the M-2 industrial zone.]]> <![CDATA[Atherton: New bright green bike lanes on Middlefield near Marsh]]> Bright green paint and new pavement markings reminding motorists to share the road with cyclists can now be seen on both sides of Middlefield Road near Marsh Road in Atherton. It's part of a test designed to see if the changes will improve safety. ]]> <![CDATA[It's back to class for local students]]> Students in the Almanac area go back to school either this week or next. ]]> <![CDATA[Editorial: Bills would help curb growing crisis over antibiotics]]> Good news hails from Sacramento in the form of two bills successfully sponsored by Sen. Jerry Hill. Both are important first steps in reining in the overuse of antibiotics in an effort to control the growing health crisis that results from that excess. ]]> <![CDATA[Back to School: Menlo Park district makes plans for new campus]]> As children in the Menlo Park City School District headed back to classes on Aug. 20, the district is moving ahead with the planning for a new campus for Laurel School at the old O'Conner School site. ]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park: Monte Rosa stop sign approval temporarily stopped]]> At Vice Mayor Catherine Carlton's request, the Menlo Park council last night tabled the question of whether to install stop signs in all directions at the intersection of Monte Rosa Drive and Eastridge Avenue.]]> <![CDATA[Avenidas names new president and CEO]]> Amy Andonian, a nonprofit executive with experience in services to seniors and caregivers, will become the new president and CEO of Avenidas, the senior services organization based in downtown Palo Alto.]]> <![CDATA[Four charged with perjury in 'Operation Sunny Day' cases]]> Four people who testified in cases relating to the San Mateo County District Attorney Office's "Operation Sunny Day" case, under which 16 alleged members of three East Palo Alto gangs were arrested for a string of violent crimes, were arraigned this week on perjury charges, according to the district attorney's office.]]> <![CDATA[Police calls: Charm bracelet and gold bangles taken in $45,000 burglary]]> Crime reports from Atherton, Woodside, West Menlo Park, Ladera and Menlo Park.]]> <![CDATA['Grandmother' gives 'grandson' scammer a piece of her mind]]> A would-be confidence man tried the grandson-impersonation scheme on Menlo Park travel consultant Carolyn Bakar with an early morning telephone call on Aug. 14, but got nowhere. He did get an earful, though.]]> <![CDATA[Pet of the week]]> Make it an "Orange Friday" this week -- adopt Vincent, a 2-year-old, male looker with a soft coat and golden eyes, from the Peninsula Humane Society's Center for Compassion in Burlingame.]]> <![CDATA[Three of five candidates want to change healthcare district]]> Five candidates are running for three open seats on the governing board of the Sequoia Healthcare District in the Nov. 4 election, including three who advocate allowing voters to decide whether the district should exist.]]> <![CDATA[No charges against deputy who shot woman armed with knife]]> San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said Monday he would not file charges against a sheriff's deputy who shot and killed an 18-year-old woman wielding a kitchen knife near Half Moon Bay in June. ]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park: Tom Wing & Sons closing at end of September]]> After seven years in Menlo Park and more than 40 years in business, Tom Wing & Sons is closing its Menlo Park store and the family is retiring, says George Tom, president of the company that specializes in providing fine quality jade and other gemstones.]]> <![CDATA[Contractor pleads no contest to theft, sentenced to jail]]> A Palo Alto contractor who had been accused of defrauding an Atherton homeowner pleaded no contest to one misdemeanor charge of grand theft and was sentenced to 60 days in county jail under a plea agreement accepted by San Mateo County Superior Court Judge Mark Forcum on Friday, Aug. 15. ]]> <![CDATA[Burglars rob cash register at Fosters Freeze in Menlo Park]]> Burglars on Saturday broke into Fosters Freeze, a Menlo Park landmark at 580 Oak Grove Ave., and stole $115 in coins from the cash register. ]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park: Initiative ballot arguments released]]> The arguments that have been filling the air at city meetings for months are now officially on the Nov. 4 ballot. Those for and against "Measure M," an initiative to change Menlo Park's downtown/El Camino Real specific plan, have submitted the primary arguments in support of their positions.]]> <![CDATA[East Palo Alto shooting leaves one dead, four injured]]> An unidentified shooter opened fire on a vehicle driving in East Palo Alto Sunday night, leaving one person dead and four injured, according to East Palo Alto police. ]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park: Man pleads not guilty to assaulting officer with truck]]> A 65-year-old Menlo Park man pleaded not guilty Aug. 7 to assaulting a code enforcement officer with a deadly weapon -- in this case, his 1966 Chevy.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park seeks riders for van service]]> Calling more riders -- the city of Menlo Park's free van service is looking for more patrons.]]> <![CDATA[Obituary: Jack Byrne, grocer, carpenter]]> John (Jack) Hayden Byrne, a resident of Portola Valley and once the co-owner of a family grocery store in San Francisco, died peacefully on Aug. 1. He was 92.]]> <![CDATA[32-year-old accident victim had lived in Atherton for 22 years]]> Shahriar Rahimzadeh, the 32-year-old Atherton resident who died after being struck by a car on El Camino Real on July 23, had lived in Atherton for most of his life, and attend Menlo Park school and Menlo-Atherton High School.]]> <![CDATA[East Palo Alto youth program aims to build qualities for success]]> Curiosity, persistence, resilience. After decades of teaching and mentoring at-risk youth, Anna Waring knows that kids armed with those qualities have a better shot at succeeding against the odds.]]> <![CDATA[Vote-by-mail election trial coming to San Mateo County]]> Voters in San Mateo County will soon be part of a trial that could help the state decide if it wants to adopt a system of primarily voting by mail, with a greatly reduced number of physical polling places. ]]> <![CDATA[Atherton volunteers rebuild plane-crash victim's home]]> Four years after a Tesla employee's plane plummeted into an East Palo Alto neighborhood, destroying Lisa Jones' home and child care center, residents of Atherton and dozens of community volunteers have stepped forward to rebuild Jones' home — and life.]]> <![CDATA[Trio allegedly robs, attacks man on bicycle in East Palo Alto]]> Three East Palo Alto males, two adults and one juvenile, were arrested Thursday after they allegedly attacked and robbed an elderly man riding his bicycle near University Avenue and Sacramento Street in East Palo Alto.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park man sentenced to 17 years for assault and resisting arrest]]> A 21-year-old Menlo Park man has been sentenced to 17 years in prison for multiple felony convictions related to a shooting and resisting arrest.]]> <![CDATA[Fix it, keep it]]> In the mantra of the green movement -- Reduce, Reuse, Recycle -- recycling gets all the attention. It's simple to do, it can create virtuous feelings and it's become big business. What about reuse?]]> <![CDATA[Sunday: Info sessions on Mandarin immersion charter school]]> An additional information session on the proposed Menlo Mandarin Immersion School has been added to the original two-hour meeting on Sunday, Aug. 24.]]>