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News - February 20, 2013

Briefs: Gordon forms housing review committee

About a dozen representatives from cities within Assemblyman Rich Gordon's district will join him on a new committee to review the state's housing element process. He represents Menlo Park, Atherton, Woodside and Portola Valley, among other cities.

"The purpose is to clarify the issues and concerns. I've heard folks say, 'It just doesn't work.' Another issue is how (the state's) Department of Finance makes its initial projections of housing needs; I've also heard concerns about the amount of time it takes for planning and review," Mr. Gordon, D-Menlo Park, said.

He's asked cities to identify who they think should sit on the committee, and expects a mix of council members, city staff, and others.

The first meeting will likely take place in March. "I'm looking forward to an opportunity to hear from people what the issues are and to ascertain whether we can make this process work better," he said.

Menlo Park is hurrying to finish identifying 14 additional sites for high-density housing to get back in compliance with state law. The city has until May to adopt an updated housing element as part of a lawsuit settlement.

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

Man assaults cyclist, 72

A 72-year-old man walking his bike along the 500 block of El Camino Real was hit and then chased by a shouting black man on Feb. 11, he told Menlo Park police.

The encounter left the victim shaken, but uninjured. Police had no further information about the incident.

Police investigate

alleged theft

A former employee at an interior design company allegedly wrote fake checks to non-existent vendors, according to Menlo Park police, and presumably kept the money for herself.

No arrests have been made yet as investigators continue to look into the theft, reported by a business in the 1100 block of Crane Street on Feb. 13.

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