If it is local and useful, it is on en-us Copyright 2018 Almanac Online <![CDATA[Citizen firefighters]]> A small number of men and women residing in San Mateo County live in daily readiness to take on dangerous and often life-saving assignments in the interest of public safety in their community. They're the first responders of the Kings Mountain Volunteer Fire Brigade.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park: Funding to build affordable housing available]]> The city of Menlo Park has released a "notice of funding availability," a call for agencies to apply for funding, for affordable housing projects. The city currently has about $11.5 million in funds available. ]]> <![CDATA[Former Menlo Park residents lose home in Camp Fire]]> A GoFundMe page has been started to help a longtime Menlo Park family who lost their home as a result of the Camp Fire in Butte County.]]> <![CDATA[Friday update: Fluet's lead grows in Woodside council seat race]]> The latest vote count for Ned Fluet continues to advance his lead over his opponent, Frank Rosenblum, in the race for Woodside's District 7 Town Council seat. Fluet now leads with 55 percent of the vote, an increase of one percentage point. ]]> <![CDATA[Friday update: Leads hold in election for fire board seats]]> The three candidates who have held lead positions in the Menlo Park Fire Protection District race since election night continue to do so with the county's latest vote count update on Friday, Nov. 16.]]> <![CDATA[Friday update: Taylor, Combs, Nash likely Menlo Park council race winners]]> The latest round of election results, released 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 16, show that Cecilia Taylor, Drew Combs and Betsy Nash remain the top vote recipients in their races for the Menlo Park City Council seats for districts 1, 2 and 4, respectively. ]]> <![CDATA[Winter Spare the Air alert extended through Tuesday]]> Winter Spare the Air alerts will continue through Tuesday as a result of smoky conditions caused by the Camp Fire in Butte County, according to regional air quality officials.]]> <![CDATA[Update: Schools planning to reopen Monday]]> Following the closure of most schools in San Mateo County on Friday due to poor air quality, local district officials are indicating they plan to keep campuses open Monday (Nov. 19).
<![CDATA[Friday update: PV school bond measure maintains lead]]> Unofficial results updated by the county this afternoon (Nov. 16) show the original margin of support for Measure Z, a $49.5 million bond to pay for repairs, renovations and new buildings on the Portola Valley School District's two campuses, holding steady.]]> <![CDATA[Woodside planning staff recognized for achievements]]> The Woodside Town Council recently recognized three Planning Department employees who passed exams that confer upon them an official capacities for environmental planning, and one who is now a certified planner.]]> <![CDATA[Supervisors OK resolution seeking to expand emergency alert system]]> The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a resolution on Tuesday, Nov. 13, encouraging the county's Office of Emergency Services to expand its current emergency alert notification system to a greater number of residents.]]> <![CDATA[Woodside's historic Fleishhacker estate could set a sales record in California]]> One of Woodside's oldest estates, the 75-acre Fleishhacker property known as Green Gables, is for sale.]]> <![CDATA[PV schools superintendent announces resignation]]> Portola Valley School District Superintendent Eric Hartwig announced that he will be leaving his post at the end of the school year at a board meeting Wednesday night (Nov. 14).]]> <![CDATA[New Facebook bus stop approved]]> The Menlo Park City Council voted 4-0 on Tuesday, Nov. 13, to approve a new bus stop and bus circulation configuration proposed by Facebook at 180 to 200 and 220 Jefferson Drive. ]]> <![CDATA[Former Menlo Park mayor Dee Tolles dies at 79]]> Former Menlo Park mayor Raymond "Dee" Tolles died Monday, Nov. 12, at age 79, leaving behind a legacy of civic involvement as remembered by a number of Menlo Park's leaders over the years. ]]> <![CDATA[Local schools struggle with substitute teacher shortage]]> Midpeninsula schools are having trouble filling substitute teaching positions, making it hard for teachers to take time off when needed.]]> <![CDATA[Supervisor Pine touts county's affordable housing, transit efforts]]> San Mateo County has the lowest unemployment rate, claims the highest per-capita income among counties in the state and touts a budget nearly $3 billion. It also has more than 100,000 people who receive MediCal, and one in three kids in public schools qualifies for free or reduced-price lunch, an indicator of poverty. ]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park: Bike lanes on Oak Grove Avenue to stay]]> A little over a year ago, temporary bike lanes were installed on segments of Oak Grove Avenue, Crane Street and University Drive as part of a pilot project to see if they would improve the safety of those cycling east to west through downtown Menlo Park and draw more cyclists out of cars and off of other car-heavy roads.]]> <![CDATA[The amazing life story of a natural ham]]> Move over Miss Piggy. There's a new superstar hogging the limelight: Pickles the pig, who lives in the loving care of Portola Valley native Maddie Johnson. ]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park Police Department names new commander]]> The Menlo Park Police Department has hired a new police commander, Rich Struckman, who was scheduled to start Tuesday, Nov. 13. He will be expected to oversee the Patrol Division, according to a city announcement.]]> <![CDATA[Woodside: Glens residents resist the 'nonconforming' label]]> For some people, being labeled a nonconformist is a badge of honor. Homeowners in the Glens in Woodside are tired of being labeled as not conforming to the town's spacious open-space requirements meant for much larger properties.]]> <![CDATA[Arson charges for Menlo Park man rescued at Compadres fire]]> Palo Alto police arrested a man Saturday night, Nov. 10, on suspicion of starting two fires that afternoon within 50 minutes of each other along El Camino Real. ]]> <![CDATA[The perils of plastic]]> Plastics: It's hard to imagine modern life without them. But the word describes a modern development that has become both a blessing and a curse.]]> <![CDATA[Portola Valley: Wife says missing man has contacted attorney]]> Portola Valley resident Marc Bajet, who was the subject of a search by the community and the Sheriff's Office last week when he was reported missing, has contacted his attorney and is "hiding out," his wife told The Almanac.]]> <![CDATA[New mail-in ballot system triggers delays in election results for San Mateo County]]> When the first, much anticipated vote counts were released by the San Mateo County Elections Office at 8:05 p.m. Tuesday, the numbers, while telling in some instances, were in many cases so low as to leave key races undetermined. ]]>