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News - April 25, 2012

Menlo Briefs: Going green pays off for business park

Going green earned Menlo Business Park, a 47-acre campus next to the Dumbarton Bridge, a rebate check for $540,000. Presented by Pacific Gas & Electric, the check came as a result of an energy efficiency project to upgrade lighting for the campus and its tenants, which could save up to 2.7 million kilowatt hours annually, according to a press release.

"I am proud of the work these folks have done to green Menlo Business Park," Mayor Kirsten Keith said in a written statement. "Despite the tough economy, these business managers saw their project as a great way to save money and make their campus a better place to work, which is good for all of us."

Council examines affordable housing

The Menlo Park City Council continues serving a full agenda at its weekly meetings. On April 23, officials will study the city's affordable housing program, and then move on to evaluate planned capital improvements and community engagement options, among other items.

Visit tinyurl.com/ck42sbd to review the agenda and associated staff reports.

The study session on below-market-rate housing starts at 5:30 p.m. in council chambers at the Civic Center at 701 Laurel St, followed by the regular meeting at 7 p.m.

Saturday: Rebuilding Together Day

Rebuilding Together Peninsula celebrates 23 years on Saturday, April 28, as volunteers gather to repair and renovate community facilities and homes of low-income members of the community.

This year, teams will tackle 66 projects, including five homes and one community facility — Shelter Network's Haven Family House — in Menlo Park.

See rebuildingpeninsula.org for more information and to sign up.

Tuesday: 'Bathtubs Bathtubs Everywhere'

Cafe Borrone is hosting an art exhibition, "Bathtubs Bathtubs Everywhere," by artists Michael Killen and Harry Cohen. Meet the artists on Tuesday, April 24, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the cafe, located at 1010 El Camino Real.

Concern about the proposed Cargill Saltworks Project inspired the artists, who said they wanted to increase awareness of the potential harm the development could cause.

"When I walked in and saw the art I thought I had just gulped down a double espresso. This art is as alive as graffiti, but you know there is something deep behind it," café owner Roy Borrone said in a press release about the exhibit.

Shelly Masur gets Democratic nod

The crowded race for a seat on the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors has yet to thin out, but one of the eight candidates can now add the endorsement of the San Mateo County Democratic Central Committee to her list.

Shelly Masur got the nod, according to an announcement on April 20. The Redwood City school board member has been the leader in fundraising for the campaign to replace District 4 Supervisor Rose Jacobs Gibson, who terms out this year.

The top two vote-getters in the June 5 primary will face a runoff election in November. The other candidates are Menlo Park council members Andy Cohen and Kirsten Keith; county school board member Guillermo "Memo" Morantes, also of Menlo Park; East Palo Alto council members Carlos Romero and David Woods; Redwood City Planning Commissioner Ernesto "Ernie" Schmidt; and former county clerk-recorder-assessor and chief elections officer Warren Slocum.

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