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News - September 18, 2013

Briefs: SamTrans seeks a few good citizens

If you've got opinions and suggestions for SamTrans, the transportation agency has openings on its 15-member citizens advisory committee.

The board provides input on the needs of transit users and advises the agency's board of directors. It meets on the last Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the San Mateo County Transit District headquarters, located at 1250 San Carlos Ave. in San Carlos.

Go to tinyurl.com/oly3zps to download an application or call 508-6279.

Sept. 26: Rail safety film festival

September equals railroad safety month, according to Caltrain. The transportation agency will host a thematically relevant film festival on Thursday, Sept. 26.

In cooperation with Fresh Takes, a local group of teen filmmakers, Caltrain said it developed a series of video vignettes about safe behavior near train tracks. The vignettes will be shown during the free film festival, which starts at 3 p.m. at Cinemark 20, located at 825 Middlefield Road in Redwood City.

Caltrain staff said the film festival is being held in memory of 16-year old Donae Johnican, who died in March while attempting to cross the tracks in San Jose while wearing headphones.

Funding for the film festival came from an $18,875 grant awarded by rail safety education organizer Operation Lifesaver and matched by Caltrain for a total of $25,250; the agency is using the money to launch a campaign to increase safety awareness.

Sept. 19: Councilman to hold office hours

Menlo Park Councilman Ray Mueller will hold a second round of "office hours" on Thursday, Sept. 19, at the Oasis Beer Garden, located at 241 El Camino Real.

He said he'll be available to discuss any topic, including the downtown/El Camino Real specific plan, with the exception of the Stanford-Arrillaga project from which he's recused until February.

Office hours start at 8 p.m. on Thursday.

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