If it is local and useful, it is on en-us Copyright 2019 Almanac Online <![CDATA[Jobless rate falls among all Bay Area regions]]> Over nearly the last two years, unemployment has fallen in the seven urban regions of the Bay Area, according to the latest data released Friday (May 17) by the California Employment Development Department.]]> <![CDATA[Rob Lindner steps up to top job in Woodside fire district]]> Rob Lindner, who was among the first paramedics hired by the Woodside Fire Protection District, officially took over as the district's fire chief on April 25.]]> <![CDATA[Community role model: Rita Williams conquered 'barriers to success,' and now helps others who face them]]> Star journalist Rita Williams of Portola Valley retired from her job at KTVU television in 2013, but after a 35-year career in Bay Area TV she was not about to sit still.]]> <![CDATA[Portola Valley may update its 1964-vintage general plan]]> Portola Valley is considering an update to its current general plan, which was adopted in 1964. The plan would take a long-term perspective into the future and would be a road map for future development.]]> <![CDATA[Home sales]]> A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula, where Menlo Park recorded the highest home sale at $6.8 million for a 5,196-square-foot home with six bedrooms and six bathrooms on Bay Laurel Drive. ]]> <![CDATA[National Merit Scholarship winners announced]]> Five high school students who attend schools in The Almanac's coverage area have been named winners of National Merit Scholarships of $2,500.]]> <![CDATA[Cal Fire plans work along Kings Mountain Road next month]]> The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) is planning to begin its major fire suppression project along Kings Mountain Road in and near San Mateo County's Huddart Park early in June.
<![CDATA[Menlo Park fire board meeting gets contentious]]> The Menlo Park Fire Protection District board moved forward with a plan for an emergency notification system and agreed to ratify a Joint Powers Authority agreement May 14, but there was disagreement behind both those decisions.]]> <![CDATA[Talking trash]]> Local garbage-processing centers face new challenges because of a change in China's policy on accepting recycling, which severely restricts the type and purity level of material that can be shipped there for processing. ]]> <![CDATA[Contentious state housing bill punted to 2020]]> Senate Bill 50, a contentious bill that aimed to encourage more housing near transit, suffered a setback Thursday when the state Senate Appropriation Committee chair announced that the bill will not be brought for a hearing until 2020.]]> <![CDATA[Woodside: SB 50 may enable conversion of single-family homes to multi-family]]> One of Woodside's long-term goals has been to protect the "rural character" of the community, but a new provision of the proposed state Senate Bill 50 could work to create more housing density than currently exists.]]> <![CDATA[Spurred by loss, Palo Alto teacher organizes suicide awareness walk in Woodside]]> Jaclyn Petty, a fourth-grade teacher in Palo Alto whose brother died by suicide in 2016, is organizing the Peninsula's first-ever Hike for Hope on May 19 in Woodside to raise money for suicide awareness.]]> <![CDATA[Ester Bugna, historian, library commissioner and lifelong Menlo Park resident, dies at 84]]> Ester Bugna, a dedicated member of the Menlo Park Historical Association and Library Commission until her last days, died May 6 at the age of 84. ]]> <![CDATA[Ravenswood board approves contract for interim superintendent]]> Gina Sudaria will stay on as the Ravenswood City School District's interim superintendent through next year or until a new superintendent is hired under a contract the school board approved for her last week. ]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park: Ravenswood redwoods to face ax after council's final ruling]]> Following a months-long appeal process led by a group of residents seeking to preserve seven redwood trees at the corner of El Camino Real at Ravenswood Avenue, the Menlo Park City Council voted 4-0 to let the trees come down. ]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park unveils three conceptual plans for Middle Ave bike/ped crossing]]> Menlo Park transportation engineers and consultants unveiled three conceptual designs for a bike and pedestrian crossing beneath the Caltrain tracks at Middle Avenue on Monday. ]]> <![CDATA[Local photographer illuminates the many faces of immigration]]> Menlo Park resident Mark Tuschman has earned accolades for his international photography. Now, he has turned his photographic lens closer to home to explore a topic that resonates with him on a deep personal level: immigration.]]>