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Community briefs: Fire safety funds earmarked for Wunderlich Park, search begins for new city manager, parent education series underway

To reduce fire risk in a part of Wunderlich Park where high voltage lines power the nearby SLAC linear accelerator, the Woodside Fire Protection District, Stanford, Woodside and San Mateo County are funding a project to remove tree debris from around the power lines. Photo by Michelle Le.

County supervisors OK fire safety funds for Wunderlich Park

The Woodside Fire Protection District and a number of other local agencies, including Stanford University and the town of Woodside, have teamed up on a project to remove dangerous debris from areas of Wunderlich Park near power lines for the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC).

On Tuesday, Sept. 14, the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to approve a $20,000 grant to support the fire safety project using funds from Measure K, a countywide half-cent sales tax.

The power lines are considered high voltage, according to Supervisor Don Horsley. "If something goes wrong with those high voltage lines, the fuel underneath it could be a significant problem," he said Tuesday.

The Woodside Fire Protection District is expected to use the funds to contract with a forestry service to clear tree trunk debris from the park along the southern and eastern boundaries.

Other funders of the $34,000 project include the town of Woodside and SLAC, Horsley said.

Search begins for new city manager in Menlo Park

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Menlo Park City Manager Starla Jerome-Robinson plans to retire, so the city has hired the search firm The Hawkins Company to look for a replacement.

There are two community meetings set up for people to weigh in on the desired qualities and qualifications the new city manager should have as the city's chief executive.

The online forums will be held via Zoom on Saturday, Sept. 25, from 11 a.m. to noon (meeting ID 894 8506 7918) and Thursday, Sept. 30, from 6 to 7 p.m. (meeting ID 851 0104 9292).

Email Yonnine Hawkins Garr, vice president of The Hawkins Company, for additional information at [email protected]

A community survey on the topic in English and Spanish is set to be posted here, from Sept. 16-30. Responses will be anonymous.

Environmental review starts for new housing development

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A development proposal at 123 Independence Drive on Menlo Park's Bay side is moving toward approval with the launch of its environmental impact review process.

The developer proposes to redevelop five parcels with a total of 432 new housing units, including 316 apartments and 116 for-sale townhomes. Of those, 15%, or 66, will be set for rent or purchase below the market rate for lower-income households.

A "Notice of Preparation" document has been released, announcing the start of the environmental review process and beginning a countdown during which people may suggest topics that should be studied. They may provide comments verbally at the Menlo Park Planning Commission's upcoming meeting on Monday, Sept. 27, or in writing by emailing Contract Principal Planner Payal Baghat at [email protected]

Comments should be submitted no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 11.

PV Live Revive is Oct. 9

PV Live Revive — an all-day event combining Zotts to Tots, the town picnic and a concert — will take place on Saturday, Oct. 9, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Portola Valley's Town Center, 765 Portola Road. All of these events were canceled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so the town is combining them into one event.

Hosted jointly by the Parks and Rec Committee and the Cultural Arts Committee, the event will include a fun run and bike race as well as a town picnic with live music from Ginger + Bandits, a local band featuring Portola Valley residents Ginger Pistilli and Paul Skrabo, and The Humidors, a Bay Area funk band.

The Boy Scouts will be serving hamburgers and hot dogs, and there will be multiple food trucks. Food and beverages, including alcoholic drinks, will be served all day and during the concert.

For more information and to register for the race, go here.

Menlo Park school district kicks off parent education series

The Menlo Park City School District began its 2021-22 school year parent education speaker series this week with a talk about giving up screens one day a week to allow for more time, creativity and connection.

Terri E. Givens will be the next speaker in the series on Tuesday, Oct. 12, at Hillview Middle School. She will talk about her new book "Radical Empathing: Finding a Path to Bridging Racial Divides."

Other upcoming talks include: teaching children self-regulation; how to elevate historically diminished voices; and how food giants exploit addictions.

Check out upcoming events here.

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Community briefs: Fire safety funds earmarked for Wunderlich Park, search begins for new city manager, parent education series underway

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The Woodside Fire Protection District and a number of other local agencies, including Stanford University and the town of Woodside, have teamed up on a project to remove dangerous debris from areas of Wunderlich Park near power lines for the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC).

On Tuesday, Sept. 14, the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to approve a $20,000 grant to support the fire safety project using funds from Measure K, a countywide half-cent sales tax.

The power lines are considered high voltage, according to Supervisor Don Horsley. "If something goes wrong with those high voltage lines, the fuel underneath it could be a significant problem," he said Tuesday.

The Woodside Fire Protection District is expected to use the funds to contract with a forestry service to clear tree trunk debris from the park along the southern and eastern boundaries.

Other funders of the $34,000 project include the town of Woodside and SLAC, Horsley said.

Menlo Park City Manager Starla Jerome-Robinson plans to retire, so the city has hired the search firm The Hawkins Company to look for a replacement.

There are two community meetings set up for people to weigh in on the desired qualities and qualifications the new city manager should have as the city's chief executive.

The online forums will be held via Zoom on Saturday, Sept. 25, from 11 a.m. to noon (meeting ID 894 8506 7918) and Thursday, Sept. 30, from 6 to 7 p.m. (meeting ID 851 0104 9292).

Email Yonnine Hawkins Garr, vice president of The Hawkins Company, for additional information at [email protected]

A community survey on the topic in English and Spanish is set to be posted here, from Sept. 16-30. Responses will be anonymous.

A development proposal at 123 Independence Drive on Menlo Park's Bay side is moving toward approval with the launch of its environmental impact review process.

The developer proposes to redevelop five parcels with a total of 432 new housing units, including 316 apartments and 116 for-sale townhomes. Of those, 15%, or 66, will be set for rent or purchase below the market rate for lower-income households.

A "Notice of Preparation" document has been released, announcing the start of the environmental review process and beginning a countdown during which people may suggest topics that should be studied. They may provide comments verbally at the Menlo Park Planning Commission's upcoming meeting on Monday, Sept. 27, or in writing by emailing Contract Principal Planner Payal Baghat at [email protected]

Comments should be submitted no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 11.

PV Live Revive — an all-day event combining Zotts to Tots, the town picnic and a concert — will take place on Saturday, Oct. 9, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Portola Valley's Town Center, 765 Portola Road. All of these events were canceled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so the town is combining them into one event.

Hosted jointly by the Parks and Rec Committee and the Cultural Arts Committee, the event will include a fun run and bike race as well as a town picnic with live music from Ginger + Bandits, a local band featuring Portola Valley residents Ginger Pistilli and Paul Skrabo, and The Humidors, a Bay Area funk band.

The Boy Scouts will be serving hamburgers and hot dogs, and there will be multiple food trucks. Food and beverages, including alcoholic drinks, will be served all day and during the concert.

For more information and to register for the race, go here.

The Menlo Park City School District began its 2021-22 school year parent education speaker series this week with a talk about giving up screens one day a week to allow for more time, creativity and connection.

Terri E. Givens will be the next speaker in the series on Tuesday, Oct. 12, at Hillview Middle School. She will talk about her new book "Radical Empathing: Finding a Path to Bridging Racial Divides."

Other upcoming talks include: teaching children self-regulation; how to elevate historically diminished voices; and how food giants exploit addictions.

Check out upcoming events here.

— Angela Swartz and Kate Bradshaw

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