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November 30, 2005

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Publication Date: Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Short Takes Short Takes (November 30, 2005)

Menlo police chief decamping to Sacto?

Menlo Park Police Chief Chris Boyd may be headed to Citrus Heights, a Sacramento suburb, according to a local newspaper.

Mr. Boyd, 39, was made Menlo Park's police chief in 2002, and has served a total of 15 years on the force. And if he's leaving, he hadn't yet made his announcement by the Almanac's press time.

Citrus Heights is shifting from "contract-based law services to a city employee-based police department," according to its city Web site. The town's recruitment for its police chief closed September 21 with 47 applications received, according to the Web site. Mr. Boyd is reportedly the town's No. 1 candidate.

Neither Mr. Boyd nor Citrus Heights city officials could be reached for comment.
The Happy Camper award goes to ...

...State Controller Steve Westly's spokesman Garin Casaleggio, who, when asked by a reporter how it was going, promptly replied, "Living the dream."
Santa is coming to town

Is Santa Claus an environmentalist? One possible indicator: He's ditched the single-occupant sleigh in favor of mass transit for a series of visits to Peninsula Caltrain stations this weekend. Santa, Mrs. Claus, the Salvation Army band and the Cisco Systems employee choir are scheduled to chug into Menlo Park at 7:05 p.m. on Saturday, December 3, aboard a festively decorated train.

Santa and his holiday entourage will stay for a 20-minute show before heading down the tracks to entertain kiddies at their next stop. The festivities are free, but everyone is encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to the US Marine Corps' Toys for Tots drive.

A full schedule is available at by clicking on "Trains for tots" on the "News to note" menu.

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