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Change is hard: Filoli enters its second century, but some long for the past
For 29 years Filoli, the historic Woodside estate owned by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, celebrated the holiday... Last comment 21 hours ago | 29 comments

Guest opinion: Caltrain's electrification plans 'a disaster'
I have been an attorney for 50 years here on the Peninsula and have spent 10 of those years working, at no charge, in fighting... Last comment 2 hours ago | 31 comments

Atherton study shows taxpayers pay more than twice what fire services cost
A study of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District commissioned by Atherton shows that the district spends less than half... Last comment on Jan 17, 2018 at 7:15 am | 40 comments

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Photo (0363.JPG). Mona & Bob Armistead and Vista Center Board Member, Joivta Honor attended the 35th Annual Vintage Affaire benefiting Vista Center For Blind & Visually Impaired individuals and their families through evaluation, counseling, education and training, to promote Independence & quality of life. Photo (0364.JPG) Many Atherton people incl. Barbara Peyton and Dave & Lynne & Heppberger enjoyed the wine & chiefs tasting reception before the live auction and gourmet dinner Benefit at a lovely Atherton Estate on Saturday, July 15. The benefit is staffed by local volunteers and the has raised over $8 million in the 34 years. Submitted by bobbi bon on Jul 25, 2017

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Atherton council digest: From fire services to business tax option
Atherton's City Council packed a lot into a four-and-a-half-hour meeting on Jan. 17. Here's a quick look at some of the issues. Tuesday, 8:53 PM

Measure to recall judge qualifies for June ballot
The question of whether to recall Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky for his record in sexual-violence cases will officially go before voters in June. Tuesday, 7:00 PM

In dissent, Eshoo blasts short-term funding bill
Hours after casting her dissenting vote on a bill to fund the federal government until Feb. 8, U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo said short-term measures like the one adopted Monday night represent “negligence and incompetence." Tuesday, 4:07 PM

Tonight: Menlo Park council reviews response to Stanford's expansion plan
Menlo Park may ask Stanford to re-do its analysis of what the environmental impacts will be of its proposed expansion plan covering its development projects between now and 2035. Tuesday, 11:56 AM | 1 comments

Atherton to begin billing residents for false alarms
Atherton residents will continue to be able to connect their burglar alarms directly to the town's police department for monitoring. But to cut down on false alarms the town plans to start fining habitual offenders. Tuesday, 8:16 AM | 4 comments

Time to register kindergartners in local districts
Kindergarten registration for children who will be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1 will soon be underway in local school districts. Tuesday, 8:31 AM

Menlo Park celebrates MLK Day with new name for park
While the nation celebrated the contributions of Martin Luther King Jr. on Jan. 15, Menlo Park celebrated its own national and local hero, Karl E. Clark, who some say stood for many of the same things Dr. King did. Tuesday, 10:37 AM | 1 comments

Menlo Park: Turn restrictions now enforced
The Menlo Park Police Department announced Friday, Jan. 19, that the turn restrictions the city implemented in the Willows neighborhood will be enforced now and violations are subject to citation. Monday, 7:51 PM

Nine named to advisory districting committee
The team tasked with splitting up Menlo Park into voting districts has been chosen. Monday, 11:19 AM | 2 comments

Meeting set for Tuesday on Stanford expansion
Residents will have one of the last opportunities to give oral input on Stanford University's General Use Permit application as the public comment period closes Feb. 2. Sunday, 12:08 PM | 4 comments

Two gunmen rob Woodside bank Saturday morning
Sheriff's Office investigators are looking for two people who robbed the Chase Bank in Woodside Saturday morning, armed with handguns. Monday, 5:51 AM | 13 comments

Guest opinion: Your opinions on Stanford development will help decision-makers
The development decisions made by one community inevitably affect its near neighbors. And so it is with Stanford University, whose current application for 2,275,000 square feet of development approvals plus 3,150 housing units is now pending in Santa Clara County.
Monday, 5:51 AM

Eshoo: Government shutdown an 'embarrassment'
The federal government went into shutdown mode early Saturday morning after the U.S. Senate failed to get the needed 60 votes for a bill to keep the government running on a short-term basis. Saturday, 10:07 AM | 5 comments

Portola Valley: 'Inappropriate contact' with student under investigation
The San Mateo County Sheriff's Office is investigating allegations by a former student at Corte Madera School in Portola Valley that a now-retired employee had "inappropriate contact" with her 10 years ago, Superintendent Eric Hartwig said on Jan. 19. Monday, 7:15 AM | 2 comments

Three-story building planned for Menlo Avenue moving forward
A proposal to build a three-story mixed-use building at 840 Menlo Ave., adjacent to Draeger's Market and at the corner of Menlo Avenue and Evelyn Street, is expected to get a closer look by the Menlo Park Planning Commission on Jan. 22. Friday, 7:43 AM | 5 comments

Atherton council OKs up to $175K to save five heritage oaks
Atherton's City Council has agreed to spend some of the limited pool of funds it has for a new civic center to try to save five large oak trees from the chainsaw by tweaking the project's design and moving one tree. Friday, 10:40 AM | 4 comments

Facebook found in compliance with Menlo Park agreements
At Facebook's annual check-in with the city, the Planning Commission voted 5-0 in agreement that the company is making a good-faith effort to meet those commitments. Thursday, 9:46 PM | 1 comments

Menlo Park seeks to fund local arts performances
Menlo Park's Community Services Department is collecting grant applications between now and March 1 from local arts organizations looking for financial help to rent out the Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center. Friday, 10:57 AM | 1 comments

Raises, more benefits, for non-firefighter employees approved by Menlo fire board
Fire board President Chuck Bernstein cast the only vote against a new three-year contract for the Menlo fire district's non-firefighter union members that gives 9 percent in raises and more generous benefits. Thursday, 11:05 AM | 7 comments

Menlo Park: If new library is built, what's the best site?
If a new Menlo Park main library is going to be built, it should be on the library's current site. That seemed to be the informal consensus of attendees at a Jan. 17 meeting held to help pick the site of a proposed new main library at the civic center. Thursday, 11:53 AM | 2 comments

Change is hard: Filoli enters its second century, but some long for the past
For 29 years Filoli, the historic Woodside estate owned by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, celebrated the holiday season in the same way. This year, things changed. Wednesday, 4:27 PM | 29 comments

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative awards grants to 41 organizations
The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative has announced the first 41 beneficiaries of its CZI Community Fund that are working to address various community challenges. Of the 41 Bay Area organizations, 29 serve residents of Menlo Park's Belle Haven neighborhood and 23 serve residents of North Fair Oaks. Thursday, 8:21 AM

Menlo Park survey finds new library a hard sell
Menlo Park's biennial "satisfaction survey" results, and results of a poll to gauge city interest in big-ticket projects, are in. Among the findings: People don't seem overly enthusiastic about a possible bond measure to build new libraries and are less satisfied with the quality of life in Menlo Park than they were two years ago. Wednesday, 11:59 AM

Menlo Park: First three picked to help draw city districts
With little fanfare during Tuesday's City Council meeting last night (Jan. 16), interim City Clerk Clay Curtin reached into an envelope and pulled out the names of three people who will be tasked with choosing six more members of Menlo Park's new Districting Advisory Committee. Wednesday, 10:00 AM | 3 comments

Wrapping up 30-year run, Richard Hine says farewell
Longtime Almanac editor Richard Hine is retiring, but he promises that he'll be "keeping an eye on The Almanac" even as he begins a new phase of his life. Wednesday, 9:31 AM | 8 comments

What's behind former Filoli employees' departures?
Documents the Almanac obtained from a Public Records Act request may shine light on why at least a dozen Filoli employees have left their jobs since Kara Newport took over as executive director in September 2016. Tuesday, 3:16 PM | 7 comments

Tens of thousands expected at Bay Area Women's Marches

Menlo Park: Self-made gallerist launches new art, event space

Coffeebar opens in Menlo Park


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