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News - February 13, 2013

Menlo briefs: New blood-donor center opens in Menlo Park

by Sandy Brundage

Serving on the Menlo Park City Council demands a lot in terms of time, energy, and in Mayor Peter Ohtaki's case, blood. After cutting the ribbon, he celebrated the grand opening of Stanford's new blood-donation center by giving blood on Jan. 31.

The center, located at 445 Burgess Drive in Menlo Park, replaces the one Stanford used to operate on Welch Road in Palo Alto.

Representatives said the blood center currently has a need for all blood types, but there is a particular need for Rh-negative blood. Donors should be in good health with no cold or flu symptoms. They must eat well prior to donation, drink fluids and present photo identification at the center. The process takes about an hour.

Go to bloodcenter.stanford.edu for more information.

Council to examine

housing plan

As Menlo Park races toward its deadline to update its housing plan to comply with state law, city staff plans to dedicate the March 12 council meeting to the topic.

The meeting will review the environmental assessment, financial impact analysis, and community feedback regarding the 14 potential sites that may be re-zoned to allow for high-density and affordable housing. The city has until May to adopt the update as part of a lawsuit settlement.

Originally the city planned to hold a housing element update study session on March 5, but opted to consolidate that with the March 12 council meeting instead to allow more time for public comment.

Go to tinyurl.com/MP-heu to review the proposed update.

Bike, transportation panels

hold joint meeting

Changes are coming to Menlo Park's neighborhood traffic management program. Adopted in 2004, the program aims to provide safe routes throughout the city for drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians.

The bicycle and transportation commissions will hold a joint meeting to review the revisions at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, in the council chambers at the Civic Center, 701 Laurel St.

Public workshops will be Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. in the Oak Room at Arrillaga Recreation Center (700 Alma St.) and sometime in March. Staff plans to present the revisions to the Transportation Commission in April, and then to the City Council in May.

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