Almanac

News - May 29, 2013

Briefs: Facebook may foot bill for Belle Haven substation

by Sandy Brundage

Menlo Park appears closer than ever to completing its nearly decade-long quest to open a functioning police substation in the Belle Haven neighborhood.

A site has been selected, in a strip mall at Hamilton Avenue and Willow Road, and now it looks like Facebook plans to step in to help pay the bill.

The substation would cost the city an estimated $100,000 per year, according to the police department, and would be staffed at least part-time and include regular hours along with officers rotating through while on patrol.

City Manager Alex McIntyre told the council last week that he was meeting with Facebook executives on Friday, May 24, to finalize the deal, although Councilman Ray Mueller questioned whether the city should allow the social media company to pay for what he described as the city's responsibility to Belle Haven residents.

Facebook representatives declined to comment as the agreement had not yet been finalized.

HIP Housing to host

actress Rita Moreno

Actress Rita Moreno will be featured at HIP Housing's annual luncheon on Friday, May 31.

"We moved from tenement to tenement in those early years," Ms. Moreno said in a press release. "Becoming self sufficient is so difficult without a place to land, a place to call home. Safe, affordable housing is such an important part of the equation. Mami and I were never looking for a hand out — but like most a hand up would have been greatly welcomed. I am inspired by the life-changing work of HIP Housing and other like-minded affordable housing programs. My heart is stirred, my hope rekindled and my own resolve to make a difference is strengthened."

Other speakers include comedian Dan St. Paul and state Senator Jerry Hill. The event is open to the public.

Register in advance at hiphousing.org; tickets cost $90.

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