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Saturday, June 16, 2018

Home sales

A complete listing of home sales on the Midpeninsula.

Saturday, 9:00 PM | No comments yet
Ex-Theranos executives indicted by federal grand jury

The former CEO and COO embattled blood-testing company Theranos have been indicted by a federal grand jury for an alleged multimillion-dollar scheme to defraud investors, doctors and patients of the Palo Alto-based company.

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Friday, June 15, 2018

Magee now leads in county schools superintendent race

Nancy Magee has pulled ahead of Gary Waddell for the first time since the initial Election Day results were posted, according to election results released on Friday afternoon, June 15, but the county elections office says more than 46,000 ballots still need to be counted.

Friday, 9:58 PM | No comments yet
Magee now leads in county schools superintendent race

Nancy Magee has pulled ahead of Gary Waddell for the first time since the initial Election Day results were posted, according to election results released on Friday afternoon, June 15, but the county elections office says more than 46,000 ballots still need to be counted.

Friday, 9:50 PM | No comments yet
Woodside: Council favors ethics code that addresses complaints informally

On June 12, after hearing from representatives of a committee formed to consider alternatives to the inflexible language and punitive tone in the current ethics code, the Woodside Town Council leaned toward a new code that would remind officials of a sense of "higher purpose."

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Weigh in on how to spend potential county sales tax

Leaders in San Mateo County are considering putting a half-cent sales tax on the November ballot to raise money for local transportation projects.

Friday, 11:46 AM | 3 comments
Open space district steps back from proposal for red barn site

It looks like they won't be -- to paraphrase Joni Mitchell -- paving paradise to put up a parking lot, at least not next to the iconic red barn off Highway 84 between Skyline Boulevard and La Honda.

Friday, 11:16 AM | 1 comment

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Menlo Park ironing out how to get electric vehicle charging stations across city

Driving around Menlo Park, it seems as though Teslas and other electric vehicles are a dime a dozen. And the numbers bear this out: the International Council of Clean Transportation reports that 15 percent of all new vehicles registered in Menlo Park in 2016 were electric, placing Menlo Park fourth among California cities that year. But as the share of individuals and households with green vehicles rises in the city, the city has to figure out how to make sure there are enough charging stations to go around, on both public and private lots.

Thursday, 5:17 PM | 3 comments
Woodside: Commuters and weekend through traffic are making roads less safe, parents tell council

Traffic rerouting services for commuters threaten pedestrian safety in Woodside, particularly on roads used by children to get to and from school, residents say. The problems continue on weekends with through traffic, they told the Town Council.

Thursday, 11:59 AM | 22 comments
Update: Race for county schools superintendent coming down to the wire

With 105,091 votes counted in the contest for the San Mateo County Office of Education superintendent post, only 75 votes separate candidates Gary Waddell and Nancy Magee.

Thursday, 11:51 AM | No comments yet
Saturday: Services for former Atherton finance director John Johns

A memorial Mass for former town of Atherton finance director John Paul Johns, who died on June 2 at the age of 58, will be held on Saturday, June 16, at 11 a.m. at the Church of the Nativity, 210 Oak Grove Ave. in Menlo Park.

Thursday, 10:51 AM | 4 comments
Caltrain expands Bikes Board First pilot program

Starting this week, Caltrain is expanding a pilot program that allows bicyclists to board "bike cars" on trains before other passengers in an effort to make the transit agency's service more efficient.

Thursday, 9:17 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Menlo fire district warns of 'catastrophic consequences' from mobility issues

The Menlo Park Fire Protection District has sent letters to the municipalities it covers asking for joint meetings to address "mobility" problems in the district that the letters warn "will have catastrophic consequences for those needing emergency services."

Wednesday, 3:13 PM | 18 comments
New volunteer group blooms after closure of Random Acts of Flowers

In the wake of the closure of Random Acts of Flowers, a new group called Blossom Buddies has sprouted up with a similar purpose: to deliver flowers locally to the ailing and elderly.

Wednesday, 11:55 AM | No comments yet
Woodside: Residents express concern about 'plans' for new fire station

Residents in the vicinity of Haciendas Drive in Woodside turned out on Tuesday evening (June 12) to complain to the Town Council about tentative plans for a fire station on the northeast corner of Haciendas and Woodside Road.

Wednesday, 11:53 AM | 1 comment
Off they go

For students about to graduate from high school, visions of the future tend not to include horizons. No mileposts have gone by marking sadder and wiser perspectives after a career they've grown tired of or any number of surprises, achievements and disappointments.

Wednesday, 10:22 AM | No comments yet
Flood Park plan pits sports field supporters against neighbors

Plans to add a new sports field at the 21-acre Flood Park in Menlo Park have pitted the park's immediate neighbors against some youth sports supporters over the how the park should be used in the years to come.

Wednesday, 9:56 AM | 17 comments
Tonight: Portola Valley council considers priorities, housing among them

The Portola Valley Town Council is set to discuss and establish its priorities for the fiscal year that begins on July 1. The council meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 13, in the Historic Schoolhouse at 765 Portola Road.

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Conlon headed to November ballot for state treasurer

Atherton's Greg Conlon appears to be one of the winners in the June 5 primary election, coming in second in the race for state treasurer and winning a place on the November ballot against San Francisco Democrat Fiona Ma.

Tuesday, 11:39 AM | 1 comment
Residents to prompt Woodside council on safe routes to school

A group of Woodside residents has plans to give a presentation to the Town Council on June 12 to show concern for children's safety when walking and biking to school. Also on the agenda: a budget, a cannabis ordinance and a new ethics code.

Tuesday, 11:36 AM | No comments yet
Questions raised over council members' expense-paid travel

Two Menlo Park City Council members, Kirsten Keith and Catherine Carlton, have reported receiving contributions from US Asia Innovation Gateway, a Palo Alto-based trade organization that may not be legally authorized to pay for local elected officials' travel.

Tuesday, 10:17 AM | 23 comments
Menlo Park summer concert series begins June 13

Menlo Park's annual summer concert series is set to launch Wednesday, June 13, with a performance by the Sun Kings, a Beatles tribute band, at Fremont Park.

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Monday, June 11, 2018

Neighbors protest open space district's plans for red barn site

Residents of the La Honda area and communities nearby are unhappy with the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District's plans to build a visitor center near the iconic red barn. A public meeting on the project is Tuesday night, June 12, in La Honda.

Monday, 2:15 PM | 10 comments
Vandal punctures tires in La Entrada School parking lot

Someone has been forcing metal screws into the tires of vehicles belonging to the staff of La Entrada School over the last few months, according to Menlo Park police and the school principal.

Monday, 7:17 AM | 1 comment

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Painterly reflections

Woodside artist Jim Caldwell talks about his creative process and how water, in all its forms, shaped his one-man show at Art Ventures Gallery in Menlo Park. He will give a presentation at the gallery on Thursday, June 14.

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Saturday, June 9, 2018

Back to the drawing board for Atherton?

Only two of the five contractors Atherton had prequalified to bid on the project to build the town's new civic center complex submitted bids, and when those bids were opened on Tuesday, June 5, the news wasn't good.

Saturday, 9:04 AM | 12 comments

Friday, June 8, 2018

Sacred Heart Preparatory grads bound for college

All 148 of the students who graduated from Atherton's Sacred Heart Preparatory in its 120th commencement ceremony on May 25 are headed to college.

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A grand goodbye

The Class of 2018 at Woodside High School assembled, for the final time, at 10 a.m. on the football field on Friday, June 8, to graduate and consign their high school experiences to the place of memories.

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Police calls: Scam tricks would-be renters with condo not actually for rent

Crime reports from Menlo Park, Portola Valley and Menlo Oaks.

Friday, 11:47 AM | No comments yet
Senior moments

Sunshine joined family and friends on Thursday to send off about 470 Menlo-Atherton High School seniors, who crossed a threshold into a new phase of their lives during a festive ceremony.

Friday, 8:18 AM | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Give input on park facilities

The city of Menlo Park is developing a master plan for its parks and recreation facilities and is hosting a community meeting Saturday, June 9, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Menlo Park Senior Center, 110 Terminal Ave., for people to weigh in on what they'd like to see added or done to improve park facilities over the next 20 years.

Friday, 7:51 AM | 1 comment

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Woodside school seventh-grader designs award-winning, cost-efficient solar device

Woodsider Georgia Hutchinson has come up with a way to make producing solar energy more efficient and less costly -- and she's only in seventh grade.

Thursday, 6:11 PM | 1 comment
Victim injured in North Fair Oaks shooting

One person was shot Wednesday night in North Fair Oaks, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.

Thursday, 2:21 PM | No comments yet
Heavy traffic expected today from M-A graduation

Atherton police are warning residents to expect "extremely heavy" traffic in the area of Menlo-Atherton High school today (June 7) because the school will be holding its graduation ceremony.

Thursday, 1:16 PM | No comments yet
SamTrans announces partnership with Facebook, Plenary Group to explore Dumbarton corridor project

SamTrans announced Wednesday, June 6, that its Board of Directors will be working with Facebook and Plenary Group, an infrastructure developer, to look into how to advance projects on the Dumbarton Transportation Corridor -- an endeavor that could reopen the Dumbarton rail bridge for passenger service.

Thursday, 11:47 AM | 5 comments
Financial outlook is improving for Menlo Park City School District

With an expanding economy bringing in extra property tax and one-time state revenues, plus a slowdown in projected enrollment growth, the Menlo Park City School District is cancelling planned spending cuts for the coming fiscal year.

Thursday, 11:10 AM | 2 comments
94-unit apartment building proposed on Independence Drive

A 94-unit, eight-story apartment building at 111 Independence Drive in eastern Menlo Park, near the Marsh Road-U.S. 101, interchange, has been proposed by SP Menlo LLC.

Thursday, 11:03 AM | 3 comments
Hacker guilty on all counts in attack on Almanac Online

A federal jury on Wednesday, June 6, convicted former San Francisco resident Ross M. Colby of two felonies and three misdemeanors relating to computer hacking that preceded the Sept. 17, 2015, take-down of Almanac Online and four other websites of parent company Embarcadero Media.

Thursday, 8:33 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Portola Valley voters renew utility users tax

With 84.2 percent voting in favor, Portola Valley voters renewed a 4.5 percent utility users tax until June 30, 2023, according to unofficial results from the San Mateo County Elections Office.

Wednesday, 4:13 PM | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Neighbors' opposition to proposed house earns concessions

To quell neighbors' outrage about a new proposed house they say is too tall and perhaps not sufficiently aesthetic, the Menlo Park City Council voted unanimously on June 5 to require the person proposing the two-story, 2,717-square-foot home at 752 Gilbert Ave. to make some changes.

Wednesday, 11:34 AM | 7 comments
Today: Third study session on Atherton budget

With construction of the town's new civic center scheduled to begin soon, Atherton plans to spend more on capital improvement projects in the 2018-19 fiscal year than it will running the rest of the town.

Wednesday, 9:20 AM | No comments yet
Bridge-toll hike poised to pass

Wednesday morning election results show Bay Area voters on the cusp of approving a regional measure that would raise tolls at seven state bridges by $3 to fund $4.5 billion in transportation improvements.

Wednesday, 9:09 AM | 4 comments

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Sheriff Carlos Bolanos retains his post

Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos will retain his position at the top of the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office, a position he's held since July 2016 when he was appointed by a divided Board of Supervisors. But opponent Mark Melville's showing in the contest against a sitting sheriff was uncommonly strong.

Tuesday, 10:26 PM | 37 comments
Horsley wins a third term as county supervisor

Voters have swept incumbent Don Horsley to victory for a third four-year term on the five-member Board of Supervisors of San Mateo County.

Tuesday, 9:56 PM | No comments yet
Sheriff's race: Bolanos winning, but opponent's numbers impressive

Early election night results show appointed incumbent Sheriff Carlos Bolanos easily winning his bid to retain his seat, but challenger Mark Melville has garnered a stunning 41 percent of votes in the preliminary tally.

Tuesday, 9:00 PM | 29 comments
$70 million bond measure passes in Las Lomitas school district

Results posted by the county elections office at the end of election night showed that voters in the Las Lomitas Elementary School District had approved a $70 million bond measure by a wide margin.

Tuesday, 8:38 PM | 9 comments
Update: Waddell still slightly ahead in schools superintendent race

The race for the San Mateo County Office of Education's superintendent of schools is still a squeaker, with Gary Waddell ahead of Nancy Magee with the Thursday, June 7, vote totals released, but his percentage of votes is shrinking.

Tuesday, 8:23 PM | No comments yet
Menlo Park: City prepares to invest in water system

Menlo Park will need to invest heavily, and soon, in the city's municipal water system infrastructure, according to the findings of a report and master plan developed by city staff and consultants.

Tuesday, 11:28 AM | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Council to hear appeal on controversial two-story home in Vintage Oaks

A fraught conflict between property owners wanting to build a two-story home in Vintage Oaks and their single-story homeowner neighbors could be resolved tonight (June 5).

Tuesday, 11:20 AM | 7 comments
Menlo Park: City reveals $141.6 million spending plan

Two new hotels in town and ever-rising property tax revenues promise a rosy fiscal year starting in July, according to the city of Menlo Park's financial team. The council is scheduled to host its first discussion of the budget Tuesday, June 5, at its meeting scheduled for 7 p.m.

Tuesday, 10:00 AM | 7 comments
Woodside: Fire station may move east along Woodside Road

For decades, firefighters returning to the main fire station in Woodside have had to stop on the highway in front of the station, put their engines into reverse and back into the stalls. That limitation may be going away.

Tuesday, 8:49 AM | No comments yet

Fine-dining Korean restaurant to open in Palo Alto
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