If it is local and useful, it is on en-us Copyright 2019 Almanac Online <![CDATA[Portola Valley: License-plate cameras show some criminal-tracking value]]> A license-plate-reading camera in Portola Valley played a role in an ongoing investigation, a Sheriff's Office captain told the Town Council recently. "We are very, very close to an arrest," she said.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park: Man pleads no contest to 2011 Kelly Park sex assault charge]]> A 27-year-old man accused of sexually assaulting a teen eight years ago in a public bathroom in Menlo Park has pleaded no contest to a felony charge related to the assault.]]> <![CDATA[More home burglaries in Atherton]]> Burglars hit two more Atherton houses in the last week, the latest in a rash of burglaries in town, according to the Atherton Police Department.]]> <![CDATA[Feds cancel high-speed rail grant, may seek refund]]> Officials with the U.S. Department of Transportation announced on Tuesday that they are terminating an agreement worth $929 million for the California high-speed rail project.]]> <![CDATA[Wednesday: Atherton council examines restoring weekday Caltrain service]]> The Atherton City Council will review a Rail Committee recommendation to expand Caltrain service in town and explore how transit-oriented housing measures could affect the town at its Wednesday (Feb. 20) meeting.]]> <![CDATA[Should police protect Facebook's bikes?]]> Local law enforcement officials have been stopping people riding Facebook bikes, questioning them, and in some instances, arresting them and confiscating the bikes if they find that the cyclists stopped don't work for the giant social media company. ]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park council discusses city manager recruitment behind closed doors]]> The Menlo Park City Council was scheduled to meet Tuesday, Feb. 19, to discuss recruitment for a new city manager, during a meeting not open to the public. ]]> <![CDATA[Progress on the Bay Trail]]> Look at the plans for the Bay Trail and it's easy for a cynic to laugh it off as a pipe dream -- 500 continuous miles of trails cutting through 47 cities and nine counties in the Bay Area? ]]> <![CDATA[Popular burger joint is closed until March for remodeling]]> The Alpine Inn is set to reopen in mid-March, according to a post on the inn's website. The new owners, all of whom live in the community, add: "We plan to maintain the casual good cheer and historical integrity of the place."]]> <![CDATA[Community meetings to explore new cross-bay link between San Mateo, Alameda counties]]> A series of community meetings are planned to help guide the development of a proposed new connection linking San Mateo and Alameda counties along the Dumbarton corridor.]]> <![CDATA[Home sales]]> A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula.]]> <![CDATA[Report: Inequality on the rise in Silicon Valley]]> Despite a sizzling economy and an influx of wealth, Silicon Valley remains a bastion of inequality, with more residents now struggling to afford the growing costs of housing, child care and transportation, according to a newly released snapshot of the regional economy.]]> <![CDATA[Three Woodside horses win national honors]]> Three horses owned by Woodside residents have won a total of four Horse of the Year titles, three in vaulting and one in jumping.]]> <![CDATA[Students advance to regional spelling bee]]> Five local students are advancing to the Bay Area Regional Spelling Bee, according to the Scripps National Spelling Bee.]]> <![CDATA[Jail deputy charged with using excessive force against inmates]]> A San Mateo County Sheriff's Office deputy is facing criminal charges for allegedly using excessive force on inmates, including slamming one inmate's head into a closed elevator door, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office.]]> <![CDATA[Bridging two worlds]]> Menlo School senior Santy Mendoza, who will be a first-generation college student at Harvard University this fall, is a current beneficiary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, a policy that gives people who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children temporary legal status and protection from deportation. ]]> <![CDATA[Ravenswood offers KIPP shared middle school space]]> The Ravenswood school board unanimously agreed Thursday to preliminarily offer the growing KIPP Community Valiant Prep shared space at the district's new comprehensive middle school next fall, a proposal opposed by both the charter school and teachers and students at the district school.]]> <![CDATA[Woodside council chooses newcomers for key local government posts]]> Woodside council leaves two veteran local government volunteers without seats in making appointments to the Architectural and Site Review Board and the Planning Commission.]]> <![CDATA[Suspect arrested for Encinal School burglary]]> Atherton Police Department detectives arrested an 18-year-old San Jose man on Thursday (Feb. 14) for allegedly stealing about $14,000 worth of electronics from Encinal School in December, according to a police press release.]]> <![CDATA[Roughly $640K in repairs underway at flooded middle school]]> Crews have begun repairs at La Entrada Middle School after the school flooded three times over a five-week span late last year, causing about $640,000 in damages. The repair work began in late January and should be completed at the end of March, Las Lomitas Elementary School District officials said.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park council splits on law to help displaced renters relocate]]> A proposed law to help renters forced out of their homes for no cause or because they cannot afford major rent increases received mixed responses from the Menlo Park City Council on Feb. 12. ]]> <![CDATA[Three deaths prompt San Mateo County supervisors' meeting on Taser safety]]> Representatives of the company that manufactures Taser stun guns defended the safety of the devices at a Feb. 11 special meeting of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors held to investigate the use of the electronic control weapons in the wake of three deaths last year.]]> <![CDATA[Newsom scales back high-speed rail plans]]> California's decadelong dream of building a high-speed rail system between San Francisco and Los Angeles hit a dead end in Sacramento on Feb. 12, with Gov. Gavin Newsom declaring his plan to significantly scale back the hugely ambitious but deeply flawed project. (An expanded version of an earlier story.) ]]>