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Monday, January 15, 2018

Coffeebar opens in Menlo Park

Menlo Park now has a new caffeine option: Coffeebar, which "soft opened" on Wednesday, Jan. 10, at 1149 Chestnut St.

Monday, 9:49 AM | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Self-made gallerist launches new art, event space

Opening an art gallery and event space had been a years-long dream for Menlo Park's Jill Layman. As a single mom with little experience running a business of her own, though, she doubted whether it was possible.

Monday, 9:21 AM | 1 comment

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Police calls: Deputies encounter man with firearm and loaded, large-capacity magazine

Crime reports from Woodside, Menlo Park, Ladera and West Menlo Park

Sunday, 8:08 PM | No comments yet
Spare the air on Monday

A Spare the Air alert has been issued for Monday in the San Francisco Bay Area, officials with the Bay Area Air Quality Management District have announced.

Sunday, 6:21 PM | No comments yet

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Portola Valley promotes safer rodent control

Portola Valley is turning a common pest problem into a plug for environmental preservation.

Saturday, 1:52 PM | 2 comments
Kings Mountain Road lane closure near Huddart Park

A downed tree has temporarily reduced Kings Mountain Road to only one lane this morning (Jan. 13), accommodating traffic in both directions, county emergency officials report. The lane-closure is in the area of Huddart Park.

Saturday, 10:20 AM | No comments yet

Friday, January 12, 2018

Atherton: Council works to resolve civic center-related negative cash flow

A close look has shown Atherton officials that they should have all the money needed to build a new civic center, but also a few months of negative cash flow during several years of construction as the project proceeds.

Friday, 10:57 AM | 1 comment
Monday: Park renamed in honor of WWII hero Karl Clark

The city of Menlo Park will formally rename the 1-acre Marketplace Park in Belle Haven after Karl Clark, a World War II Navy hero and longtime Menlo Park resident, on Monday, Jan. 15.

Friday, 8:14 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Menlo Park: Don Brawner, slow growth advocate, dies at 84

Don Brawner, a longtime advocate for slow growth in Menlo Park, died on Dec. 10 at age 84. A memorial service is set for Jan. 27 at the Menlo Park City Council Chambers.

Thursday, 5:50 PM | 11 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 the property tax revenues it receives from Atherton property owners providing services in the town.

Thursday, 3:42 PM | 37 comments
Signatures filed to place judge recall on ballot

In a milestone for the grassroots effort to unseat Santa Clara County Judge Aaron Persky for his alleged bias in sexual violence cases, the campaign has gathered the number of voter signatures required to place the recall measure on the June ballot.

Thursday, 9:50 AM | 2 comments
Portola Valley doctor adept with scalpel and chisel

For Portola Valley resident and notable plastic surgeon Dr. Burt Brent, the letters BG and AG -- in the manner of BC and AD -- could with good reason be appended to significant dates in his professional life.

Thursday, 8:26 AM | 3 comments

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Experts to talk quake predictions, social media in disasters

The ground's brief 4.4-magnitude jolt on Jan. 4 was a reminder that Bay Area residents are sitting on top of a potential disaster.

Wednesday, 5:41 PM | 2 comments
Ringing in 2018 with a range of new laws

With January comes new state laws. Fees will rise for vehicle registration and real estate transactions. Police officers won't be allowed to ticket pedestrians starting across a street while the "upraised hand" signal is blinking.

Wednesday, 3:20 PM | No comments yet
Update: 29 apply for Menlo Park district advisory committee

The applications may have come in last-minute, but they came in.

Wednesday, 11:56 AM | 2 comments
Atherton has construction ahead, and cash flow problems

Atherton officials project they will have the funds to build a new civic center, but also cash flow problems, as the project proceeds. The City Council will discuss the matter at a study session today, Jan. 10, starting at 4 p.m.

Wednesday, 11:52 AM | 11 comments
Tonight: Portola Valley council considers fate of utility users tax

The Portola Valley Town Council meets tonight to consider the fate of the 4.5 percent utility users tax in a ballot measure in November. Unless the council puts a measure on the ballot, the tax rate reverts to 5.5 percent.

Wednesday, 11:50 AM | 5 comments
U.S. judge temporarily halts termination of DACA program

A federal judge on Tuesday temporarily blocked the Trump administration's cancellation of a program protecting undocumented young people from being deported.

Wednesday, 10:36 AM | No comments yet
Star power

The Michelin stars hold enormous sway in local kitchens -- one chef said he thinks about the rating "constantly" -- while others insist it doesn't drive their decisions.

Wednesday, 8:13 AM | 3 comments

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Menlo Park: The story behind Belle Haven's new bus shelters

How hard can it be to build a couple of bus shelters in Menlo Park?

Tuesday, 10:35 AM | 4 comments
Portola Valley: Affordable housing a priority for new planning commissioner

Active town volunteer and retired high-tech executive Craig Taylor of Portola Valley starts a four-year term on the town's Planning Commission this month. Among his concerns: affordable housing, sustainability, and crime prevention.

Tuesday, 8:56 AM | 9 comments

Monday, January 8, 2018

Multiple painkillers found in the late actor John Heard's body

Actor John Heard, who was found dead in a Palo Alto hotel room last July, had numerous potent painkillers in his system, a coroner's toxicology report found, according to celebrity news website TMZ.

Monday, 9:40 PM | 3 comments
Police calls: Money-by-wire scam, hit-and-run with injury, and more

Crime reports for Atherton, Menlo Oaks, Menlo Park, West Menlo Park, Woodside and Portola Valley.

Monday, 10:24 AM | No comments yet
Atherton mulls regulating private gates into park

Fifteen homes on Felton Gables Drive in Menlo Park have an unusual asset on their property: a back gate leading directly into Atherton's Holbrook-Palmer Park.

Monday, 10:01 AM | 2 comments
Menlo Park: Application deadline was Monday to help draw district boundaries

The city of Menlo Park is on a tight deadline to draw voting district boundaries for the 2018 election cycle, and is having trouble recruiting enough volunteers to work on an advisory committee intended to promote impartiality and cut the risk of gerrymandering.

Monday, 9:57 AM | 3 comments
Local filmmakers to launch documentary series on Silicon Valley

Menlo Park documentarian duo Kiki Kapany and Michael Schwarz of Kikim Media are releasing a three-part documentary all about Silicon Valley this month.

Monday, 9:25 AM | 1 comment
Menlo fire board approves $2.5 million in additional spending

Halfway through the 2017-18 budget year, the Menlo Park Fire Protection District board granted Chief Harold Schapelhouman the authority to spend $2.5 million that hadn't been budgeted on improvement projects.

Monday, 8:03 AM | No comments yet

Friday, January 5, 2018

Portola Valley closes trails to equestrians for winter

With the approach of the rainy season, the town of Portola Valley closed 11 trails to equestrians for the winter.

Friday, 5:19 PM | No comments yet
Restaurant review: Modern melting pot at Black Pepper

The menu at the new Black Pepper in Menlo Park is exotic and enticing, with variations of South Asian staples like satay, roti, curry and sambal.

Friday, 10:34 AM | 4 comments
Atherton 'park whisperer' Steve Tyler has retired

Steve Tyler, who for 17 years with the town of Atherton has been officially the public works superintendent, but unofficially the town's park whisperer, storm drain master and town historian, among other roles, has retired.

Friday, 10:24 AM | 1 comment
Developer Harold Hohbach of Atherton dies at 96

Harold Hohbach, a patent attorney and developer whose mixed-use projects and whimsical art helped transform the area around Palo Alto's California Avenue, died on Dec. 28 at his home in Atherton. He was 96.

Friday, 7:59 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Menlo Park's first recycled water system to keep golf course green

A project by West Bay Sanitary District to build the first recycled water system in Menlo Park could enable the district to pump between 400,000 and 500,000 gallons a day of recycled water to one of the city's top water users: the Sharon Heights Golf & Country Club.

Thursday, 5:21 PM | 5 comments
Friday: Memorial service for former Menlo Park fire chief Bob Whitney

A service to remember former Menlo Park fire chief Bob Whitney is set for 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 5, at Alta Mesa Memorial Park at 695 Arastradero Road in Palo Alto.

Thursday, 4:00 PM | No comments yet
Guest opinion: Make Menlo Park great again with Trump-linked lobbyist?

Hiring a lobbying firm closely associated with President Trump does not sit right with much of the Menlo Park community, yet city staff has recommended that the City Council do just that. Do we want to align ourselves with the Trump administration?

Thursday, 11:27 AM | 35 comments
Blood donors urgently needed

Stanford Blood Center officials say the center is in urgent need of blood donations, especially from O-negative donors, to meet the needs of local hospitals.

Thursday, 10:55 AM | 3 comments
East Bay quake felt on the Peninsula

An earthquake that struck the East Bay and jolted many Peninsula residents awake early this morning had a magnitude of 4.4, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Thursday, 9:25 AM | 3 comments
High school district hires spokesperson

The Sequoia Union High School District has hired Ana Maria Pulido, an elected member of the Ravenswood City School District board, for a public relations position that reports to the Sequoia district superintendent.

Thursday, 9:02 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

New shuttle service takes you to county parks

In an attempt to encourage more people to enjoy the great outdoors and leave their cars behind, San Mateo County Parks Department is running a new shuttle from Menlo Park and East Palo Alto to Wunderlich and Edgewood county parks.

Wednesday, 5:25 PM | 1 comment
Air district: wood burning discouraged, but not banned today

Bay Area Air Quality Management District officials are discouraging the burning of wood Wednesday but have not called a Winter Spare the Air alert that would ban and penalize it.

Wednesday, 12:03 PM | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Night construction, highway closures at Willow/101 project

Overnight highway closures and noisy nights for people who live near the Willow Road/U.S. 101 interchange signaled key demolition work taking place on the Caltrans project to rebuild the interchange during the first week of January.

Wednesday, 11:50 AM | 4 comments
Menlo Park: Three arrested on robbery charges Saturday at Safeway

Menlo Park police called to the Safeway supermarket at 525 El Camino Real at about 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 30, arrested two Oakland women and a Richmond man on suspicion of robbery and conspiracy.

Wednesday, 11:14 AM | 3 comments
Filoli reaches employee lawsuit settlement

Filoli has reached a confidential settlement to a lawsuit alleging age discrimination brought by four employees who were fired or forced out within six months of the September 2016 arrival of Kara Newport as executive director.

Wednesday, 7:47 AM | 23 comments

Coffeebar opens in Menlo Park
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Spring College Fairs
By John Raftrey and Lori McCormick | 0 comments | 737 views

Couples: So You Married Mom or Dad . . .
By Chandrama Anderson | 0 comments | 736 views

Willow-Gate, and Safe Routes to School
By Stuart Soffer | 5 comments | 440 views