Recent News

Monday, September 18, 2017

Police calls: $37K in handbags reported stolen at Atherton party

Crime reports from Atherton, Woodside and West Menlo Park

Monday, 1:32 PM | 3 comments
Skylonda: Drinking water supplies returning to normal, board member says

The recent heat wave and significant leaks discovered in two residential drinking water lines interrupted drinking water supplies for customers of the Skylonda Mutual Water Company and resulted in the need for some customers to boil their water.

Monday, 11:43 AM | No comments yet

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Menlo Park: Search and rescue team returns from Florida deployment

An 81-person search and rescue team based out of Menlo Park is scheduled to return from Florida Sunday (Sept. 17), according to Chief Harold Schapelhouman of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District, which sponsors the team.

Sunday, 9:09 AM | 1 comment

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Skeggs wildfire near Woodside 100 percent contained

A 50-acre wildfire burning near Woodside in San Mateo County is now 100 percent contained, fire officials reported Friday night.

Saturday, 9:38 AM | 1 comment

Friday, September 15, 2017

Stanford plans to hike payment to education foundation

Stanford officials announced Sept. 15 that the university proposes to increase its contribution to the Menlo Park-Atherton Education Foundation by $500,000 over 15 years to a total of $1.5 million as part of its development agreement for a 430,000-square-foot office, apartment and retail complex along El Camino Real in Menlo Park.

Friday, 5:39 PM | 4 comments
Sunday in Atherton: Valpo Fun Run benefits Peninsula Bridge

The Valpo Fun Run is back for the fourth year in a row, offering an easy 5k (3.16 mile) flat course for walkers, runners and strollers in the Atherton neighborhood surrounding its hosts, Menlo School and Sacred Heart Schools.

Friday, 1:08 PM | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Car fire temporarily blocks Oak Grove Avenue

A vehicle fire that broke out on Oak Grove Avenue near Marcussen Drive around 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 14, causing a PG&E pole to burst into flame, occurred when someone started a parked car, according to witnesses. The would-be driver got out safely and no one was hurt.

Friday, 11:59 AM | No comments yet
Menlo Park talk: How to make 'safe routes to school' happen

Jen Wolosin, founder of Parents for Safe Routes, will give a talk, "Between Home and School: Why Safe Routes Matter and How to Make Them Happen," to start the Parent Education Speaker Series for the Menlo Park City School District.

Friday, 10:08 AM | 12 comments

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Mark Rich plane crash: NTSB releases preliminary report

The National Transportation Safety Board has released a preliminary report on its investigation into a plane crash that killed the pilot, Mark Rich of Menlo Park, and destroyed a home-built plane he was flying from San Carlos to Oregon for the solar eclipse in August.

Thursday, 5:29 PM | No comments yet
Atherton reports water main break on Larch Drive

A contractor struck a water main Thursday afternoon (Sept. 14) on Larch Drive near Greenoaks Drive in Atherton.

Thursday, 4:50 PM | No comments yet
Menlo Park Chamber names Golden Acorn Award winners

The Rotary Club of Menlo Park and Rebuilding Together Peninsula are among the six winners of 2017 Golden Acorn Awards, given by the Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce for community service and professional excellence.

Thursday, 4:38 PM | No comments yet
Portola Valley School District trustee resigns

Jennifer Youstra, who was elected to the Portola Valley School District Board of Trustees in November 2015, resigned from her post on Sept. 8, effective immediately. Her term was to expire in December 2019.

Thursday, 11:01 AM | 6 comments
Recent home sales: Atherton, Menlo Park, Portola Valley, Woodside

Home sales are provided by California REsource, a real estate information company that obtains the information form the county recorder's offices.

Thursday, 8:55 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Menlo Park: Groundbreaking held for 'Station 1300' development

To launch the redevelopment of a 6.4-acre site at 1300 El Camino Real, a groundbreaking ceremony was held Tuesday, Sept. 12.

Wednesday, 11:21 PM | 4 comments
Improving traffic flow in Dumbarton corridor

In light of findings from a $1 million study paid for by Facebook, SamTrans is recommending a phased revamp of the Dumbarton transportation corridor with changes to the highway bridge, a rehabilitation of the old rail bridge that runs parallel to it, and a reconfiguring of arteries that feed the bridge.

Wednesday, 11:15 PM | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Parking permit program on Marcussen Drive approved

The votes are in: 87 percent of voting residents who live on Marcussen Drive in Menlo Park favor a residential parking permit program that bans parking for nonresidents between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., except on holidays and weekends.

Wednesday, 11:14 PM | 1 comment
Woodside council: Colleague's comment didn't violate town's ethics code

The Woodside Town Council agreed Tuesday on a resolution to "disapprove" of an online remark posted by Councilman Chris Shaw in which he was critical of a comment by a town resident. The council did not see the remark as violating the town's ethics code.

Wednesday, 11:59 AM | 2 comments
Ravenswood schools' superintendent blasts Menlo Park mayor

The superintendent of the Ravenswood City School District has sent a strongly worded letter to Menlo Park Mayor Kirsten Keith, telling her in no unclear terms that any attempt to "secede Belle Haven from the Ravenswood City School District" will be "met with resistance at every step."

Wednesday, 11:53 AM | 19 comments
Menlo Park backs temporary ban on pot businesses

Even though two-thirds of Menlo Park voters supported legalizing recreational marijuana in California last year, pot shops, farms or manufacturing or distribution centers likely won't be opening in the city anytime soon, if ever.

Wednesday, 11:32 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

San Mateo County supervisors want to ban 'distracted walking'

"The state rightly banned texting and driving and now it's time to protect pedestrians," Superviosr David J. Canepa said.

Tuesday, 5:39 PM | 6 comments
Portola Valley: Grass fire near Felt Lake contained

Firefighters have contained a grass fire west of Felt Lake near the 3600 block of Alpine Road in Portola Valley.

Tuesday, 3:38 PM | No comments yet
Bay Area hit with 1,200 lightning strikes

Bay Area residents could experience today similar weather conditions to those that rolled through on Monday evening, with chances for additional thunderstorms and lightning, a National Weather Service meteorologist said.

Tuesday, 2:19 PM | No comments yet
Tonight: Menlo Park council could pass temporary ban on pot-related businesses

In response to California's January 2018 rollout of the "Control, Regulate and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act" (Proposition 64) that voters approved last November, the Menlo Park City Council could vote Tuesday, Sept. 12, to prohibit all commercial cannabis cultivation and businesses for 45 days.

Tuesday, 11:36 AM | No comments yet
Menlo Park commission favors Ravenswood Avenue tunnel under tracks

Opposition to the concept of a maximum 10-foot wall across town was the main reason the Menlo Park Planning Commission did not support a proposed option to separate the Caltrain tracks at three Menlo Park roads.

Tuesday, 11:24 AM | 4 comments
Wildfire near Woodside 80 percent contained, Cal Fire says

Firefighters say they expect full containment of the Skeggs fire by 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15.

Tuesday, 9:02 AM | 3 comments

Monday, September 11, 2017

Portola Valley: Water main work underway in Westridge neighborhood

A crew from the California Water Service is working on a water main in the 100 block of Shawnee Pass in the Westridge neighborhood of Portola Valley, according to a 5:04 p.m. emailed announcement from the San Mateo County Alert System.

Monday, 5:41 PM | No comments yet
Remembering 9/11: Menlo students plant 1,000 flags

When Charlotte Acra and Bella Stuart, two 15-year-old sophomores at Menlo School, think of 9/11, they can't recall what they were doing when they learned the news of what had happened.

Monday, 5:12 PM | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Task Force 3 secures new warehouse facility

California Urban Search and Rescue Task Force 3, sponsored by the Menlo Park Fire Protection District, will be getting a new permanent warehouse facility in East Palo Alto.

Monday, 2:07 PM | No comments yet
Tonight: Menlo Park mayor hosts discussion on education

Menlo Park Mayor Kirsten Keith will host a community conversation Monday, Sept. 18, about options the city might have to deal with problems regarding education quality in Menlo Park.

Monday, 1:20 PM | 15 comments
Local first responders in Florida after driving across the country

Peninsula first responders engaged in the Hurricane Irma relief effort are at a U.S. Air Force base near Pensacola, Florida, according to Fire Chief Harold Schapelhouman of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District.

Monday, 12:09 PM | No comments yet
Tuesday: Supes to consider asking state to ban cellphone use in crosswalks

With pedestrian fatalities accounting for 24 percent of traffic-related deaths in California in 2016, county Supervisor David Canepa will ask the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday to urge the state Legislature to ban pedestrian use of cellphones in crosswalks.

Monday, 11:12 AM | 14 comments

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Fiona's Q&A: How Sacred Heart Schools gets ready for students

Fiona Lempres, a third-grader at Sacred Heart Schools Lower School in Atherton, asks Sarah Coogan, Sacred Heart Schools' director of strategic initiatives, what it takes to get ready for students to come back to school.

Saturday, 10:09 AM | No comments yet
Remembrance: Kato Mendelssohn Reis, lifelong pianist and teacher

The music of Kato Mendelssohn Reis's own piano recordings of the music of Chopin, Liszt and Felix Mendelssohn, her great-great-grandfather, played in the background as she breathed her last on Aug. 15. She had been a resident of Atherton and Menlo Park for 60 years.

Saturday, 9:38 AM | No comments yet
Help send children with organ transplants to summer camp

Stanford Blood Center is asking the public to help send 50 pediatric organ transplant recipients to a summer camp hosted by Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford.

Saturday, 9:13 AM | No comments yet
Menlo Park Kiwanis speakers: war refuge, nonprofit champions

A war refugee and champions for burn victims and the elderly are scheduled to speak at the Menlo Park Kiwanis Club luncheon meetings in September.

Saturday, 9:07 AM | No comments yet

Friday, September 8, 2017

Woodside: Did council member's online remark violate the town's ethics code?

Woodside's ethics code and whether Councilman Chris Shaw violated it in an online remark will be the first order of new business for the Woodside Town Council when it meets on Tuesday, Sept. 12.

Friday, 4:29 PM | 17 comments
Saturday: Attend a walking workshop to point out traffic problems in Menlo Park

Menlo Park is seeking public comment on local transportation problems as an early step in developing a citywide transportation master plan.

Friday, 4:24 PM | No comments yet
Should dogs be allowed in San Mateo County parks?

San Mateo County prohibits dogs in its parks, with certain exceptions. For nearly a year, a 10-member committee has been examining that policy and now invites the public to comment on its proposed guidelines.

Friday, 2:48 PM | 19 comments

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Atherton moves ahead with flood, pollution control facility

Atherton is moving forward with a plan to build in Holbrook-Palmer Park an underground storm-water processing facility that will help control pollution and flooding.

Thursday, 8:18 PM | No comments yet
Hurricane Irma relief effort draws Bay Area search-and-rescue task force

Some 80 Bay Area specialists in "heavy rescue" were headed for Florida on Thursday as the Federal Emergency Management Agency gears up for the expected landfall of Hurricane Irma, a rare Category 5 storm with sustained winds of up to 175 mph.

Thursday, 7:38 PM | 2 comments
Menlo Park: How to separate roads from rails

The issue of where and how to separate roads from rails at Caltrain crossings in Menlo Park comes before the city's Planning Commission on Monday night, Sept. 11.

Thursday, 3:36 PM | 7 comments
Write-in candidates can file now for November races

Write-in candidates for Nov. 7 election races, which locally means only the Portola Valley School District's governing board, can file until Oct. 24, San Mateo County election officials have announced.

Thursday, 3:31 PM | No comments yet
Tonight: Grand opening party for new Menlo Park furniture store

ANTHEM Home, a new home furnishings store at 889 Santa Cruz Ave. in downtown Menlo Park, is holding a grand opening party Thursday, Sept. 7, from 5 to 8 p.m.

Thursday, 12:30 PM | 1 comment

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Editorial: Threatened legal action is opportunity for better representation

The city of Menlo Park is the latest local jurisdiction to be threatened with litigation over its at-large election of governing-body members. And while threatened legal action may not create the best environment for making public policy, the City Council should consider this an opportunity.

Wednesday, 6:55 PM | 5 comments
Sheriff's Office: SUV driver 'at fault' in Portola Valley collision with cyclists

The driver of an SUV involved in an Aug. 5 collision with a group of bicyclists near Portola Valley Town Center at 765 Portola Road has been found "at fault" in the accident, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.

Wednesday, 6:39 PM | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Mueller named to state low-income housing committee

Menlo Park Councilman Ray Mueller has been appointed to represent California cities on a state committee that administers federal and state tax-credit programs for low-income housing.

Wednesday, 2:53 PM | No comments yet
Atherton invites residents to join disaster drill Saturday

A drill designed to prepare Atherton residents for a disaster and to improve collaboration between the town, first responders and volunteers in a major emergency will be held in Atherton on Saturday, Sept. 9.

Wednesday, 1:51 PM | No comments yet
Mark Rich remembrance: Engineer, pilot, father, friend

Friends, family and colleagues came from all over the country, and even from France, to celebrate the life of Mark Rich of Menlo Park on Aug. 26 in a way that his wife, Laura Rich, says Mr. Rich would have appreciated.

Wednesday, 11:50 AM | 2 comments
Tonight: Changing how local elections are conducted

Big changes in the way elections are conducted in San Mateo County will be discussed at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6, at the Woodside Road United Methodist Church, 2000 Woodside Road in Redwood City.

Wednesday, 8:55 AM | 9 comments
Police calls: Burglaries in Atherton, Woodside, Menlo Park

These reports are from the Menlo Park and Atherton police departments and the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.

Wednesday, 8:09 AM | No comments yet

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