Somewhere between 50 and 100 people showed up near the Alpine Inn in Portola Valley yesterday to protest President Donald Trump’s appearance at a fundraising event at Scott McNealy‘s home. Among the crowd, the Raging Grannies and people hoisting a Trump balloon.

Photo by Rachel Podlishevsky, Pro Bono Photo

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Mark Fiore talks about the art of politics on Feb. 25

Febuary marks the Peninsula Libraries Comic Arts Fest. Libraries throughout San Mateo County will be offering a variety of special events including artist appearances, art classes, and film screenings. On Monday, Feb. 25, from 7:00 to 8:00 pm at the Menlo Park main library (800 Alma St.), Pulitzer Prize-winning political cartoonist Mark Fiore will talk […]

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Karen McCann turns political with new book, Women of the American Resistance

We met author Karen McCann in 2012 soon after her book, Dancing in the Fountain: How to Live Abroad was published. Given her emphasis on travel writing, we were surprised when the Menlo-Atherton High School alumni reached out to us about her latest project, Women of the American Resistance, which includes both a book and […]

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Supervisor Joe Simitian speaks about “Listening to Trump’s America: Bridging the Divide”

Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian says that “here in the Bay Area we live in a bubble, in a bubble, in a bubble.” How, he wondered, could the same country that had voted twice for Barack Obama end up going 46% for Donald Trump? To get some answers, he traveled to three counties that […]

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Pam Salvatierra’s newest project is helping to launch DemFems Silicon Valley

From the moment Pam Salvatierra moved to Menlo Park in 1994, she’s been active in her community. Maybe it’s collecting toiletries for the homeless. Or hosting a house party to spotlight the good work of some non-profit. And then there’s politics, specifically the state Democratic Party along with working to get specific candidates elected. So […]

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M-A senior Holly Newman reflects on her time as a Senate Page

Editor’s note: We visited with Holly Newman, now a M-A senior, before she left for Washington, D.C. last winter to serve as a Senate Page. Home now, we caught up with her to hear about her experience in the nation’s Capital. Holly left Menlo Park last January excited to get a taste of politics. What […]

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Carol Mayer Marshall starts organization to help women get elected or appointed to office

Ask Menlo Park resident Carol Mayer Marshall who she is and her answer is swift: “I’m a politician and a feminist and an attorney.” She’s also a woman of firsts: The first woman Congressional Relations Director in any government agency, representing poverty program under Don Rumsfeld; the first woman Director, VISTA (Domestic Peace Corps), Nixon appointment with […]

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Spotted: Local youth on church mission trip visiting Anna Eshoo

Nine youth from Trinity Church in Menlo Park have been in Washington, DC, this past week on a mission trip that focused on homelessness. This morning they met with Congresswoman Anna Eshoo at her office on Capital Hill. The wrote on Facebook: “We appreciated your ear for our questions and concerns as well as providing us with […]

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Spotted: Sean Spicer hiding in the bushes in Menlo Park

One Menlo Park homeowner on Altschul near Avy is having some fun with the Sean Spicer hiding-in-the-bushes story. To refresh: After President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, the president’s press secretary hid in the bushes and only emerged to talk to journalists in the near dark. The Washington Post later clarified that Spicer was “huddled […]

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Menlo College Provost Terri Givens brings her knowledge of immigration policy to the classroom – and to Kepler’s

Dr. Terri Givens, Provost of Menlo College, is back where her undergraduate education began. She attended Stanford where she ran track for two years, studied international security and arms control under Condoleeza Rice, and graduated in 1987 with a degree in international relations. “To be living back here is a dream for me,” said the […]

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Inauguration Day protests come to Menlo Park with people lining El Camino Real

In a “sidewalk protest” that was spearheaded by the Unitarian Universalists of San Mateo (UUSM), a couple hundred people lined El Camino in Menlo Park from noon to 1:00 pm today with most clustered in front of the Menlo Center. Those who arrived on time were blessed with sunshine between rain and thunderstorms. Those who stayed […]

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