February 2018

On Wednesday, Feb. 28, suspect José Gutierrez came into the Menlo Park Police Department to turn himself in regarding the shooting incident that occurred on Saturday, Feb. 24 on the 1100 block of Sevier in Menlo Park. Gutierrez was booked into San Mateo County jail without incident for charges of 246.3(a) PC – discharge of a firearm with gross negligence and 496(A) PC – receiving stolen property.

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Exploring the somewhat altered universe called The Buck’s Collection

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If you ever eaten at Buck’s in Woodside, you’ve probably wondered: “What’s with all this stuff? Is it real — or fake?” The answer to the first question is rather straightforward. The stuff that covers the wall, stands on the floor, and hangs from the ceiling are items hand-selected by Jamis MacNiven, who owns the […]

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Mid-Peninsula cities and Facebook are receiving 100% renewable electricity

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Menlo Park, Atherton, Portola Valley and Woodside are among the 14 cities in San Mateo County that are receiving 100% renewable electricity that is Green-e certified. Also included are the County itself and Facebook, according to a press release issued by Peninsula Clean Energy. As of 2018, Peninsula Clean Energy’s (PCE’s) ECO100 option is now […]

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Laurel School 5th graders explore issue of ocean pollution

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Earlier this month, Laurel School’s fifth grade students engaged in a project-based learning (PBL) unit that integrated reading and writing with science and engineering, all around the issue of ocean pollution. They wrote advocacy letters and researched ocean plastics and the garbage gyres — a system of circulating ocean currents — and used design thinking […]

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By the calendar it’s winter, but Windy Hill Open Space is in spring bloom

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InMenlo contributing photographer Betsy Sergeant Snow hiked up Windy Hill Open Space Preserve last week, the first outing for her at one of the Peninsula’s favorite open spaces. She emails: “We did the whole loop, and those white blooms are cherry blossoms in the parking lot :). “I loved the view of the ocean from […]

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Yep, that was rain you heard last night in Menlo Park

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The skies turned blue yesterday afternoon after the morning rain, but the clouds rolled back in around 10:00 pm producing another downpour. Emails InMenlo weather watcher Bill Russ: “On a whim, I checked my gauge this morning. Lo and behold an additional .1” fell last evening or during the night. My total is 8.05”,  in […]

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Changemaker: Menlo Park superintendent of schools Eric Burmeister

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Most in my local community already knows this dynamic community leader: Erik Burmeister is the Menlo Park City School District‘s young and progressive Superintendent. His vision for our schools is creative and thoughtful. I had the pleasure of meeting Erik a few years ago when he was still a middle school principal, and I have been […]

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Fast moving rain storm hits Menlo Park Monday morning

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Late sleepers would have missed this morning’s rainstorm which hit its peak around the morning school and work commute. Emails InMenlo weather watcher Bill Russ: “Well, that storm sure blew through. Unless things get active this afternoon my figure is .35” for this morning’s rainfall. That is 7.95” season-to-date. Comparisons are no fun: 29.2” this […]

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Advisory Districting Committee submits final recommendations, favors five voting districts

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The Advisory Districting Committee presented its results to the Menlo Park City Council: A recommendation for dividing the City into five voting districts A recommendation for dividing the City into six voting districts (with an at-large elected mayor) A recommendation for election sequencing for each map, taking into account the City’s practice of staggering elections […]

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Beltramo family, property owners of the Oasis, seek new operators for the restaurant

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We’ve been asked to spread the word about Dan and Margaret Beltramo’s interest in maintaining the site as a restaurant rather than redevelop the property. According to a city official who met with them, they are emotionally attached to the restaurant, recognize its importance to the community, and have expressed they sincerely wish it would […]

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Arrest warrant issued for suspect in shooting incident in Menlo Park

The Menlo Park Police have issued a warrant for the arrest of José Gutierrez (DOB 1/12/82), a suspect in relation to a shooting incident late Saturday night. He is considered armed and dangerous and is associated with a silver Honda Accord with a license plate of 5ZCK527. Menlo Park Police Detectives have located the AR-style rifle in the […]

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