If it is local and useful, it is on en-us Copyright 2018 Almanac Online <![CDATA[Former Woodside School Board president Bettina Pike excelled at 'building bridges']]> Tyrone Pike says the best way to honor his wife Bettina Pike, who died on Sept. 5 at the age of 52, is for those who knew and loved her to "pay it forward" by trying to "be more like Bettina" in their lives.]]> <![CDATA[Windy, dry conditions increase fire danger over the weekend]]> Continuing dry weather, brittle grasslands, warm fall temperatures, low humidity and high winds have prompted a call for extreme fire safety in the Bay Area this weekend.]]> <![CDATA[Laurene Powell Jobs buys 30 acres in East Palo Alto]]> One of the largest parcels of vacant land in East Palo Alto is now under the ownership of a limited liability company associated with Laurene Powell Jobs, according to San Mateo County records.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park, Atherton: Nearly 200 traffic citations given on extra enforcement day]]> During a period of heightened traffic enforcement on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 23 traffic officers from across San Mateo County made more than 200 traffic stops and issued 199 citations in Menlo Park and Atherton, according to a press release from the San Mateo County Police Chiefs and Sheriff Association. ]]> <![CDATA[Good news for Atherton on funding for new library]]> In what Atherton Councilman Rick DeGolia called "a huge win for us," the county library system's governing board has agreed to advance the town about $10 million in property tax revenues to help pay the costs of building a new library. ]]> <![CDATA[Sunday: Committee for Green Foothills to host annual fundraiser in Woodside]]> Come Sunday, two champions of the outdoors will receive recognition from the Palo Alto-based Committee for Green Foothills: Steve Abbors, retired general manager of the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District, and Rue Mapp, founder and CEO of Outdoor Afro. ]]> <![CDATA[Guest opinion: Stanford, not community, should pay for housing impacts it creates]]> The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors will consider on Sept. 25 two ordinances that would require Stanford to more fairly address the housing demand that it creates with its planned campus developments. The rules under review constitute good policy.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park: Man pleads not guilty to attempted rape charges]]> A 19-year-old man from East Palo Alto has pleaded not guilty to charges by the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office that he attempted to rape a Menlo Park woman who was out jogging Monday afternoon. ]]> <![CDATA[Jane Goodall visits Ladera's Woodland School]]> Jane Goodall, the world-famous primatologist and anthropologist, visited Woodland School in Ladera last week, spending time with Woodland first-graders who have been involved in her Roots & Shoots youth service program.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park: Minimum wage ordinance on hold]]> In spite of the urging by some to act sooner, Menlo Park's City Council has put on hold until next year plans to consider a citywide minimum wage ordinance. ]]> <![CDATA[Man arraigned in fatal 2011 shooting of Menlo Park woman]]> A 27-year-old man has been extradited to San Mateo County to face murder charges for a fatal 2011 shooting of a Menlo Park woman in East Palo Alto, the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office said on Tuesday. The murder victim, Catherine (Cate) Fisher, 19, was a Menlo Park gymnastics center instructor.]]> <![CDATA[Enrollment continues to dip in area schools]]> Enrollment slightly declined this school year for local elementary school districts, continuing a recent area trend. The drop, local experts say, is due to the migration of young families from the area to find more affordable housing.]]> <![CDATA[Street Smarts: How do we slow down traffic on neighborhood streets?]]> Street Smarts, written this week by Jen Wolosin, discusses the importance of slowing down traffic on neighborhood streets and the challenges associated with doing so. ]]> <![CDATA[Woodside: No parking on Marva Oaks Drive until factions find compromise]]> Residents of Marva Oaks Drive in Woodside and local equestrians could not reach a compromise over how to address parking and horse traffic along the road, so the Woodside Town Council has stepped in.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park: Staff vacancy crisis slows city activity]]> In a deadpan refrain belying deeper urgency, Menlo Park staff reported to the City Council at its last meeting that because of severe staff shortages, "Resources may not be available for progress on important line items." ]]> <![CDATA[Victim in Woodside hills accident was a Renaissance man]]> North Fair Oaks resident Stephen Morse, who was killed on Sept. 9 while riding his Vespa motor scooter in Woodside, was a man of many interests and talents, with strong local roots.]]>