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Saturday, October 21, 2017

Facebook, JobTrain partner to train, employ construction workers

Two Menlo Park institutions have banded together for mutual benefit: Facebook needs workers to help build its new office buildings and other facilities. JobTrain, which provides career and vocational training to lower-income people, wants work for its construction worker graduates.

Saturday, 11:02 AM | No comments yet
Major changes at Flood Park could worsen traffic in area

Major changes planned at San Mateo County's Flood Park, located on 24 acres along Bay Road in Menlo Park, could result in more traffic in the neighborhood, according to a recently released draft environmental impact report.

Saturday, 9:52 AM | 4 comments

Friday, October 20, 2017

Five apply for Portola Valley school board appointment

The Portola Valley School District's governing board will appoint a member to fill the two years remaining on Jennifer Youstra's term after her resignation when it meets on Wednesday, Oct. 25.

Friday, 5:53 PM | No comments yet
Big turnout for Menlo Park historical walking tour

About 65 people got a glimpse into the history of Menlo Park during a recent walking tour led by Bo Crane of the Menlo Park Historical Association.

Friday, 9:57 AM | No comments yet
David Young heads county behavioral health and recovery services

David A. Young is the new director of the San Mateo County Health System's division of Behavioral Health and Recovery Services, replacing the recently retired Stephen Kaplan.

Friday, 9:47 AM | No comments yet
Woodside: Struggles over leadership at Village Church

There's turmoil at the Woodside Village Church. Interim Pastor Ama Zenya, presiding since March 2015, is both loved and under fire, and perspective is everything in trying to determine whether she'll be staying or going.

Friday, 9:45 AM | 4 comments
Longtime resident Eleanor Wood dies at 98

Eleanor Jenkins Wood, a longtime resident of Woodside and Portola Valley, died at Stanford Hospital on Sept. 12 at age 98.

Friday, 9:39 AM | No comments yet
Editorial: Yes on Measure F to renew Atherton's parcel tax

Atherton voters are being asked to renew the town's parcel tax next month, a tax that's been in place for nearly 40 years.

Friday, 9:09 AM | 2 comments
Felon arraigned for possessing firearm while filming music video

A convicted felon and alleged gang member pleaded not guilty Wednesday morning to charges of illegally possessing a firearm after filming a rap music video in which he allegedly handled a gun on camera, San Mateo County prosecutors said.

Friday, 9:01 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Atherton: Pro and con views on Measure F, renewing parcel tax

Below are letters to the editor on both sides of the debate over renewing Atherton parcel tax -- Measure F on the Nov. 7 ballot.

Thursday, 3:54 PM | 14 comments
Rumors fly as Atherton parcel tax campaign heats up

An email from Atherton officials sent to both the pro and con campaigns in the current parcel tax election warned that campaign signs should not be placed within 6 feet of paved roadways. That email appears to have sparked accusations against town officials.

Thursday, 3:10 PM | 19 comments
Tonight: Conversation about free trees for Belle Haven residents

Residents of Belle Haven may be eligible to have trees planted in their yards for free. To provide more information to people who are interested in the opportunity, a meeting is being held tonight, Oct. 19, at the Menlo Park Senior Center (110 Terminal Ave.) from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Thursday, 11:33 AM | No comments yet
West Atherton house fire sends resident to hospital

A house fire Wednesday on Belbrook Way in west Atherton spread to nearby vegetation before it was put out 21 minutes after it was reported.

Thursday, 11:20 AM | 6 comments
Atherton's John Freidenrich, leading Stanford supporter, dies at 80

Longtime Atherton resident John Freidenrich, a leading supporter of Stanford University, co-founder of a major law firm, and an early investor in many Silicon Valley companies, died Oct. 11. He was 80.

Thursday, 10:03 AM | 1 comment
Menlo Park council OKs temporary commercial pot ban

Menlo Park City Council unanimously voted Tuesday to give preliminary approval to a 45-day moratorium on using land for commercial cannabis-related purposes and on allowing people to grow cannabis outdoors for personal use. The measure could be extended 22 months.

Thursday, 9:29 AM | 2 comments
Meet the candidates for Portola Valley school board

There are four candidates named on the Nov. 7 ballot for three seats on the Portola Valley School District's board, but incumbent Karen Tate has withdrawn due to health problems. We introduce the remaining three.

Thursday, 8:34 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Deadline today to apply for Portola Valley school board seat

Today is the deadline to apply for appointment to fill a vacancy on the Portola Valley School District's governing board.

Wednesday, 3:18 PM | No comments yet
Fire board very close to choosing new colleague

The board of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District came very close Tuesday night to appointing Robert Jones to fill out Rex Ianson's board term, but he must pass a background check before being officially appointed.

Wednesday, 11:17 AM | 25 comments
Menlo Park roundup: Council approves plan to move ahead with library projects

The Menlo Park City Council approved steps to move forward with an improved "library system" -- both the main library and Belle Haven branch library -- at its Oct. 17 meeting.

Wednesday, 10:17 AM | 3 comments

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

State of the city? Things are good, Menlo Park mayor says

Menlo Park Mayor Kirsten Keith presented an upbeat take on where things stand in Menlo Park during her "State of the City" address Oct. 12 at the renovated British Bankers Club restaurant downtown.

Tuesday, 10:50 PM | 1 comment
Could the North Bay inferno happen here?

An aerial video of the suburban Coffey Park neighborhood in Santa Rosa shows block after block after block of parcels that are now uniformly, and chillingly, the color of ash. Could such a fire happen here?

Tuesday, 10:43 PM | 8 comments
Woodside's Day of the Horse: Photos, contest winners

Woodside's annual celebration of equestrian culture, the Day of the Horse, was held Saturday, Oct. 14, and included a fair, equestrian exhibits, stage coach rides, children's activities and a progressive trail ride.

Tuesday, 10:29 PM | No comments yet
Guest opinion: City needs to accept gift, move forward with plans to build two new libraries

Menlo Park has been presented with a tremendous opportunity to create two 21st century libraries: a new main library in the Civic Center and a branch library in the Belle Haven community.

Tuesday, 4:21 PM | 8 comments
Facebook's new plans win Planning Commission OK

A debate over the aesthetics of a proposed 8-story parking garage dominated the Menlo Park Planning Commission's discussion of Facebook's revised plans for its development along Bayfront Expressway.

Tuesday, 12:05 PM | 3 comments
Tonight: Reporter John Markoff on four decades of covering Silicon Valley

Four decades of covering Silicon Valley, from the Homebrew Computer Club in Menlo Park to the Google's self-driving car, is the topic veteran New York Times science and tech reporter John Markoff will take on tonight (Oct. 17) in Portola Valley.

Tuesday, 11:22 AM | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Bonus approved, 5 percent raise considered for city manager

The Menlo Park City Council approved a $6,654 bonus for City Manager Alex McIntyre, 3 percent of his salary, on Oct. 10, and more money may be on the way.

Tuesday, 10:54 AM | 4 comments

Monday, October 16, 2017

Menlo Park council may reconsider West Menlo annexation in January

Residents of West Menlo Park who have petitioned to join Menlo Park will have to wait at least until January to see if their request will become part of the City Council's work plan for 2018.

Monday, 3:22 PM | 5 comments
Tonight: Can divided fire board agree on new member?

The board of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District is scheduled to appoint a new director on Tuesday night, to fill the remaining term of Rex Ianson, who resigned effective Aug. 31 because he was moving to Oregon.

Monday, 12:49 PM | 14 comments
Menlo Park: Firefighters douse structure fire in Menlo Oaks neighborhood

Firefighters needed about 12 minutes to control a fire that burned a shed, a fence and vegetation early on Sunday morning (Oct. 15) at 360 Menlo Oaks Drive in unincorporated Menlo Park.

Monday, 11:22 AM | 2 comments
Tonight: Menlo Park Planning Commission to review changes in Facebook's development plans

The Menlo Park Planning Commission is scheduled to discuss tonight (Oct. 16) Facebook's revised plans for its development along Bayfront Expressway at the former TE Connectivity site.

Monday, 11:09 AM | No comments yet

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Menlo Park OKs hikes in pay, benefits for city employees

The Menlo Park City Council has unanimously approved spending more than $1.9 million for pay and benefit increases for 192 city employees and supervisors between now and June 30, 2020.

Sunday, 8:17 PM | 2 comments
Opera review: Don't mess with Norma -- but do go to hear her sing

How can a Druid high priestess possibly be expected to react when her Roman lover leaves her for younger woman? If her name is Norma, she won't keep you guessing: "War! Carnage! Extermination!" Not good news for Il Romano.

Sunday, 8:09 PM | No comments yet

Friday, October 13, 2017

Menlo Park, Woodside district firefighters battle North County fires

Over 1,000 firefighting units from around California are battling the Northern California fires, now including 84 firefighters and 19 fire engines from San Mateo County after another deployment at 3 a.m. this morning.

Friday, 11:57 AM | No comments yet
Critics question wisdom of rebuilding Menlo Park's main library

A plan to accept a multi-million-dollar gift from developer John Arrillaga to rebuild the Menlo Park main library has its critics who point out that the city may have to come up with as much as $30 million for something the city doesn't really need.

Friday, 11:44 AM | 23 comments
Menlo Park animal hospital delivers truckloads of pet supplies to fire victims

Menlo Park's Mid Peninsula Animal Hospital is pitching in to help people with pets impacted by the North Bay fires.

Friday, 10:00 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Menlo Park's Mademoiselle Colette opens another patisserie

The owner of Menlo Park patisserie Mademoiselle Colette has soft-opened another patisserie; this one is on Lytton Avenue in Palo Alto.

Thursday, 5:41 PM | 1 comment
Recent home sales: Atherton, Menlo Park, Portola Valley, Woodside

Home sales data is provided by California REsource, a real estate information company that obtains the information from county recorders' offices.

Thursday, 5:33 PM | No comments yet
High school students invited to enter 'Congressional App Challenge'

In a bid to help close the gap over the next decade between job opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math and an expected shortfall of qualified graduates for those jobs, Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Menlo Park, is participating in the third annual Congressional App Challenge for public high school students nationwide.

Thursday, 11:57 AM | No comments yet
County health officials: Get flu shots early

With flu season beginning, San Mateo County health officials urge everyone 6 months and older get vaccinated soon.

Thursday, 9:18 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

$36,000 awards available to Jewish teen volunteers

The Helen Diller Family Foundation is taking applications for 15 grants of $36,000 each that will be given to Jewish teens "committed to social action service."

Wednesday, 11:25 PM | No comments yet
Portola Valley: Council to forge ahead on affordable housing

Four undeveloped properties owned by the town of Portola Valley might be worth further examination for affordable housing, but none are "obvious candidates," a report said, so the effort to address the Peninsula housing crisis continues.

Wednesday, 10:33 PM | 5 comments
Friday: Sudden oak death workshop in Portola Valley

A workshop on sudden oak death is set for 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13, at the Community Hall at 765 Portola Road in Portola Valley, with adjunct professor Matteo Garboletto of UC Berkeley's Forest Pathology and Mycology Lab.

Wednesday, 10:30 PM | No comments yet
North Bay fire news: Where to drop off donations locally

Seaport Storage at 1703 E Bayshore Rd, Redwood City will take items that have been requested by shelters in the Wine Country, seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Wednesday, 7:24 PM | No comments yet
At least 21 dead, 170K acres burned in 22 major fires statewide

Cal Fire Chief Ken Pimlott: Make no mistake, this is a serious, critical catastrophic event."

Wednesday, 3:41 PM | No comments yet
Wednesday in Menlo Park: Joe Simitian gives 13 tips for 'successful advocacy'

Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian will give a talk entitled "13 Tips for Successful Advocacy" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18, in the Menlo Park council chambers at 701 Laurel St. in the Menlo Park Civic Center.

Wednesday, 2:25 PM | No comments yet
Tonight: Menlo Park 'State of the City' event at British Bankers Club

Menlo Park Mayor Kirsten Keith will give the city's annual "State of the City" address on Thursday, Oct. 12, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the British Bankers Club at 555 Santa Cruz Ave., next to Cafe Borrone and Kepler's.

Wednesday, 2:04 PM | No comments yet
Advisory: 'Unprecedented levels of air pollution' due to fires

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued health advisories due to heavy smoke in the area from North Bay fires.

Wednesday, 12:58 PM | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Council splinters on grade separations

The Menlo Park City Council's answer to the nearly $400 million question -- "One grade separation, or three, at Menlo Park's Caltrain crossings?" -- will have to wait.

Wednesday, 11:20 AM | 76 comments
Gov. Brown signs off on Caltrain's sales-tax measure

The approval of Senate Bill 797 will allow Caltrain to move ahead with a sales-tax increase proposal.

Wednesday, 8:47 AM | 1 comment

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Police calls: Person cited for flying drone with camera over Atherton home

Crime reports from Atherton and Menlo Park.

Tuesday, 3:55 PM | 2 comments
Cover story: Woodside's equestrian heritage and why it still matters

What is it about the horse that intrigues us, captivates the eye, fires the imagination?

Tuesday, 2:57 PM | 1 comment
Air district: Wildfires causing 'unprecedented levels' of air pollution

The North Bay wildfires are causing "unprecedented levels" of air pollution throughout the Bay Area, regional air quality officials said today.

Tuesday, 2:27 PM | No comments yet
Tonight: Draft master plan for Bedwell Bayfront Park heads to Parks & Rec Commission

The future of Bedwell Bayfront Park might include a boat launch, a ranger and more amenities.

Tuesday, 2:17 PM | 2 comments
Tonight: Menlo Park council could approve major spending for library system

Menlo Park staff are greasing the usual bureaucratic stops to take advantage of local billionaire John Arrillaga's offer to help rebuild the main Menlo Park Library on Alma Street.

Tuesday, 11:52 AM | 10 comments
Menlo Park: Council approves police expansion

The Menlo Park City Council appears to be on board with Facebook footing the bill for a new city police unit -- indirectly.

Tuesday, 10:29 AM | No comments yet
Portola Valley students gather donations for Houston hurricane victims

Corte Madera School students spent two-and-a-half weeks gathering donations to put together hundreds of personal hygiene kits for Houston students and families affected by Hurricane Harvey.

Tuesday, 10:25 AM | 3 comments
Atherton mulls regulating private gates into town's park

Atherton has found 17 gates lead from private property into Holbrook-Palmer Park. The town has liability and safety concerns that may lead to more regulations or elimination of the gates.

Tuesday, 10:19 AM | 2 comments

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