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Sunday, November 17, 2019

Home sales for the week of Nov. 11

A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula, where Mountain View recorded the highest sale at $32,650,000 for a vacant lot along East Evelyn Avenue. The lot is 2.71 acres, according to real estate site Redfin.

Sunday, 8:21 AM | No comments yet
Students gain skills to make change at Menlo School's 'action summit'

Over a hundred students from 12 different Bay Area schools, including Menlo-Atherton High, Castilleja in Palo Alto, and Eastside Prep in East Palo Alto, gathered at Menlo School on Oct. 23 for the first-ever 1Bay Youth Action Summit.

Sunday, 8:21 AM | No comments yet

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Guest opinion: Showdown at Bear Gulch Road as redwoods face chainsaw

Have you heard of PG&E? In their wisdom, but without much evidence to support it, they have decided that removing power wires from many-hundred-year-old trees to string onto newly placed poles increases fire safety.

Saturday, 7:52 AM | No comments yet

Friday, November 15, 2019

Dozens arrested in large sweep for illegal guns, drugs

Federal and state agents cracked down on illegal guns and drugs in northern California this week, arresting and charging more than two dozen people, according to law-enforcement agencies.

Friday, 6:12 PM | No comments yet
No chemical spill in Thursday's Highway 84 accident

Highway 84 between Fox Hill and Portola roads in Woodside was closed for six hours Thursday (Nov. 14) after a pickup truck went over an embankment with pool cleaning chemicals aboard, according to the Woodside Fire Protection District.

Friday, 3:00 PM | No comments yet
Belle Haven families and community come together to remember historic civil rights walk to school

Thursday, Nov. 14, marked the 59th year since 6-year-old African American student Ruby Bridges helped to desegregate schools in the South. To remember Bridges, Belle Haven students participated in their own special walk to school.

Friday, 11:57 AM | 2 comments
A half-century ago, Menlo Park played key role in birth of internet

Celebrated as the "Anniversary of the Internet," Oct. 29 marked the 50th year since the first transmission on ARPANET, a precursor to today's internet.

Friday, 11:33 AM | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Council supports major fee hike to pay for new transportation infrastructure

The Menlo Park City Council is considering more than tripling fees for new office, retail and restaurant space and more than quadrupling fees for hotel, manufacturing and medical office use to pay for new transportation infrastructure.

Friday, 11:12 AM | No comments yet
Woodside: Highway 84 reopens following pool chemical spill

A pool chemical spill and traffic collision closed state Highway 84 in Woodside for several hours Thursday evening (Nov. 14), authorities said.

Friday, 8:02 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, November 14, 2019

VP Mike Pence tours NASA Ames, talks space exploration and mass shootings

Vice President Mike Pence touted big plans for an American-led lunar landing by 2024 during a Thursday appearance at the NASA Ames Research Center, where he lauded the ingenuity of local engineers and researchers behind the effort.

Thursday, 4:45 PM | No comments yet
Woodside council OKs a portion of new Glens development rules

The Woodside Town Council on Nov. 12 approved a portion of the new guidelines for development in the Glens neighborhood recommended by the Planning Commission, including a plan for increasing maximum home sizes for smaller lots.

Thursday, 11:58 AM | 2 comments
Menlo Park school district raises substitute teacher pay

Substitute teachers in the Menlo Park City School District have received a 6% pay increase this school year. The district is also introducing a bonus for longer-term substitute teachers.

Thursday, 11:07 AM | No comments yet
Menlo Park explores starting youth advisory council

A proposal by two Menlo School students to start a youth advisory council in Menlo Park took a step forward on Nov. 5.

Thursday, 8:36 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Woodside may consider seeking competitive bids for garbage contract

The Woodside Town Council expressed its dissatisfaction with a proposed 10-year solid waste disposal contract with San Jose-based GreenWaste Recovery on Tuesday (Nov. 12) by agreeing to consider seeking competing proposals.

Wednesday, 1:06 PM | 9 comments
To halt evictions and rent hikes, Menlo Park council enacts 2020 state law immediately

In response to concerns that landlords are hiking rent or evicting tenants to get around a new state renter protection law that goes into effect on Jan. 1, the Menlo Park City Council voted on Tuesday to enact the law immediately.

Wednesday, 11:55 AM | No comments yet
Neely Wine's tasting room plans meet further resistance by residents

A plan to permit a tasting room and event center at Neely Wine in the middle of Portola Valley met with further caution from the town's Planning Commission on Nov. 6, while more than a dozen speakers unanimously panned the idea.

Wednesday, 9:53 AM | 14 comments
Jury trial of former sheriff's deputy continued after defense challenges judge assignment

A jury trial of retired San Mateo County Sheriff's Deputy Juan Pablo Lopez was postponed until Nov. 18 when defense attorneys on Tuesday (Nov. 12) exercised a judicial challenge after the case was assigned to Judge Richard DuBois.

Wednesday, 8:25 AM | 3 comments

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Friday deadline for county transportation plan feedback

The San Mateo County Transportation Authority, which administers the two half-cent sales taxes that pay for transportation infrastructure projects countywide, has released a new five-year strategic plan for 2020 through 2024.

Tuesday, 5:37 PM | No comments yet
Portola Valley council to hold Planning Commission interviews, consider wildfire recommendations

The Portola Valley Town Council will interview candidates for the Planning Commission, receive a report for the town's Ad Hoc Wildfire Preparedness Committee, and consider a new garbage collection contract tonight (Nov. 13).

Tuesday, 3:26 PM | No comments yet
Restoration and wildfire prevention work closes Wunderlich County Park trails

Three major trails in Wunderlich County Park in Woodside are closed until Nov. 29 to allow the San Mateo County Parks Department and PG&E to do a trail reconstruction project, according to a parks department release.

Tuesday, 11:58 AM | No comments yet
Guest opinion: Proposed garbage collection contract raises cart-size questions

A former town mayor has concerns about two aspects of a proposed garbage collection contract that the Portola Valley Town Council may approve on Nov. 13.

Tuesday, 9:58 AM | 1 comment
All Five preschool begins fundraising campaign for expansion

To fulfill its mission of educating children during their first five years of life, the nonprofit All Five preschool in Menlo Park is kicking off a campaign this month to raise $800,000 to expand its services.

Tuesday, 8:42 AM | 1 comment

Monday, November 11, 2019

Menlo Park man files lawsuit against creek authority

A lawsuit was filed Oct. 24 against the San Francisquito Creek Joint Powers Authority and its board, claiming that the board skipped a step when it approved a new flood control project in Menlo Park and Palo Alto in September.

Monday, 3:38 PM | 6 comments
Today: Attorney for indicted sheriff's deputy seeking to dismiss evidence

Tony Serra, defense attorney for retired San Mateo County sheriff's deputy Juan Pablo Lopez, plans to introduce five motions to dismiss evidence against Lopez allegedly obtained through cellphone records and searches of his homes.

Monday, 10:58 AM | No comments yet
Woodside council rejects challenge by equestrian bridge opponents

The Woodside Town Council has reversed a ruling by the Planning Commission that denied a conditional use permit for a bridge that will enable equestrians to bypass a washed-out section of a trail.

Monday, 8:09 AM | 1 comment

Sunday, November 10, 2019

For Veterans Day, a lesson about service and gratitude

Bob Williams of Menlo Park clearly recalls "a special boyhood thrill" that inspired him into adulthood and to this day: meeting and shaking hands with a U.S. military veteran. A veteran, mind you, of the American Civil War.

Sunday, 6:09 PM | 1 comment
Home sales for the week of Nov. 4

A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula, where Palo Alto recorded the highest sale at $12,000,000 for a five-bedroom, East Coast-inspired home in the Crescent Park neighborhood.

Sunday, 7:55 AM | No comments yet

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Spare the Air alerts called for Saturday and Sunday; wood burning banned

A high-pressure system trapping smoke over the Bay Area spurred the air district to issue the winter season's first Spare the Air alerts for
Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday, 2:51 PM | No comments yet
Big garbage, recycling rate hikes in store for Woodside, Portola Valley

Woodside and Portola Valley have negotiated a new recycling and garbage collection agreement with San Jose-based GreenWaste Recovery that calls for a more than 30 percent average base rate increase.

Saturday, 7:56 AM | 4 comments

Friday, November 8, 2019

Canopy in Action: Planting trees in Belle Haven

On a recent Saturday morning, nearly 100 people gathered at Belle Haven School, including Menlo Park's mayor and vice mayor and Facebook representatives, to plant 12 new trees along Chilco Street.

Friday, 4:31 PM | No comments yet
How a local nonprofit is fighting climate change, teaching stewardship and building community

Two years ago, Menlo Park resident Kirsten Mouradian was taking the recommended environmentally conscious actions: riding her bike around town, reduce-reuse-recycling and using solar power. But she was growing more worried.

Friday, 4:31 PM | 2 comments
Menlo Park council to consider enacting state renter protection law early

Some renters in Menlo Park are being evicted before the end of the year, after which a new state law protecting renters takes effect. The Menlo Park council could make the state law effective immediately on Nov. 12.

Friday, 11:58 AM | No comments yet
Police used city funds to taxi homeless woman to SF

In August of last year, a homeless woman who lives in Menlo Park was sent out of town on a one-way taxi to Ocean Beach in San Francisco on the city's dime, confirmed the Menlo Park Police Department.

Friday, 11:20 AM | 15 comments
Inside Stanford's bid to expand -- and how it came undone

The largest project in Santa Clara County's history got the axe just before noon on Nov. 1, a casualty of fundamental disagreements between county and Stanford University leaders and accusations of "lack of good faith."

Friday, 10:35 AM | 1 comment
Sudden Oak Death Blitz results to be revealed at Woodside meeting

Woodside will be hosting a meeting Nov. 8 to share the results of the annual Sudden Oak Death Blitz held last spring.

Friday, 8:38 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Victim's green pants to be key piece of evidence in serial-killer case

A pair of torn, green corduroy pants will likely be the most fought-over piece of evidence in the trial against accused serial murderer John Arthur Getreu, based on preliminary-hearing arguments in San Mateo County Superior Court.

Thursday, 3:47 PM | 1 comment
Portola Valley geophysicist, explorer Sheldon Breiner dies

An expanded version of a story published earlier this week. Sheldon Breiner, known for his adventurous spirit and quests for sunken ships and lost cities, who was dubbed by some the "Indiana Jones of Portola Valley," has died.

Thursday, 2:04 PM | No comments yet
Atherton police host toy drive for Adelante Selby Lane Spanish Immersion School

The Atherton Police Activities League and Police Officers' Association are collecting toys for Adelante Selby Lane Spanish Immersion School, formerly Selby Lane School, in Atherton for the holidays.

Thursday, 11:44 AM | No comments yet
Ravenswood community weighs pace, transition of closing two elementary schools

Parents and others who have attended public meetings on consolidating schools in the Ravenswood City School District appear split over whether to close two schools next fall or to close one next year and the other after that.

Thursday, 10:59 AM | 2 comments
State attorney general sues Facebook over privacy violations probe

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra went to court in San Francisco Wednesday in a bid to force Facebook Inc. to provide more information for an investigation of possible violations of user privacy.

Thursday, 8:37 AM | 3 comments

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Accused child molester Randolph Haldeman gets extension for preliminary hearing

A preliminary hearing for Randolph Haldeman, the Menlo Park man accused of molesting children at his home and at a community swimming pool, has been moved to Dec. 18 to give his attorney more time to investigate the case.

Wednesday, 5:04 PM | 3 comments
Atherton: Uber drivers, other contract workers protest outside of Uber investor's home

About 30 gig economy employees, mostly Uber drivers, on Nov. 6 protested outside the Atherton home of Bill Gurley, a venture capitalist and investor in the ride-hailing company.

Wednesday, 3:17 PM | 10 comments
Menlo Park council, county support ban of vape device sales

Hours after the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors acted unanimously to ban the sale of e-cigarettes in unincorporated county areas, the Menlo Park City Council voted unanimously Tuesday, Nov. 5, to support a similar ban.

Wednesday, 11:57 AM | 7 comments
Portola Valley Planning Commission to review winery tasting room application

The application from Portola Valley's Neely Wine to modify an existing conditional use permit to allow for a tasting room will be reviewed by the Planning Commission Wednesday (Nov. 6) evening.

Wednesday, 10:16 AM | No comments yet
Atherton City Council to examine reducing lanes on El Camino

The Atherton City Council will review a recommendation today to remove a lane from each side of El Camino Real in town to better accommodate pedestrians and bicyclists, and reduce car accidents.

Wednesday, 9:02 AM | 5 comments

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Stolen rainbow flags become part of lesson on activism at Trinity School

Students at Trinity School are learning about activism through a lesson about rainbow flags stolen from the church in front of the school.

Tuesday, 3:38 PM | 1 comment
Smoke from Ranch Fire drifts into Bay Area

An air quality advisory due to smoke from the Ranch Fire in Tehama County has been extended through Wednesday.

Tuesday, 2:21 PM | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Expert panel to discuss ways to boost downtown access

On Wednesday evening, a panel of experts is scheduled to convene in Menlo Park to discuss some of the ways that Bay Area communities can improve access to their downtowns and reduce traffic congestion.

Tuesday, 11:49 AM | No comments yet
Man charged with murder of former town arborist gets date for jury trial

Francis Wolke, 27, the man charged with killing former Atherton town arborist Kathy Hughes Anderson in her Menlo Park home last year, has received an April 28 date for a pre-trial conference and a June 22 date for a jury trial.

Tuesday, 8:48 AM | No comments yet

Monday, November 4, 2019

Menlo Park buys property fire district wants for station

Following a private discussion about potential liabilities, the Menlo Park City Council unanimously authorized the spending of $3.6 million to acquire a vacant property formerly home to a gas station at its Oct. 29 meeting.

Monday, 5:18 PM | 2 comments
Portola Valley geophysicist, explorer Sheldon Breiner dies at 82

Sheldon Breiner, the Portola Valley resident and open space advocate who used magnetism to find sunken ships and lost cities, died on Oct. 9 at the age of 82 after a long illness, according to his wife Mimi Breiner.

Monday, 11:58 AM | 8 comments
Atherton committee to weigh off-leash dog park at Nov. 6 meeting

An Atherton committee decided to continue to explore the concept of building an off-leash dog park in Holbrook-Palmer Park at its meeting last month, despite reservations from tennis players.

Monday, 8:11 AM | 2 comments

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