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News - August 1, 2018

Menlo Park Briefs

by Kate Bradshaw

New assistant community services director

Longtime Menlo Park city planner Deanna Chow has been promoted to assistant community development director, effective July 23. Most recently, she worked as principal planner for the city, and was involved with the city's multi-year process to update the general plan and housing element.

City Manager Alex McIntyre said in a written statement, "She is well respected by her colleagues and I am confident that she, and her team, can accomplish great things for the community."

Chow has a bachelor's degree in development studies from UC Berkeley, a master's degree in urban planning from UCLA and more than 18 years of experience in planning, having worked for the city of San Jose before coming to Menlo Park.

She fills the position recently vacated when new Community Services Director Mark Muenzer was promoted to the position. The department has recently expanded to include the city's housing and economic development office, which was previously part of the city manager's office.

Community police academy

The Menlo Park Police Department is offering a community academy for adults who want to learn more about criminal law, forensics and investigations, or wish to get a glimpse into the day-to-day life of police officers and public safety staff. People who are interested in participating in the academy can apply for the eight-week program, which will run Wednesdays 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., between Sept. 5 and Oct. 24. The deadline to apply is Friday, Aug. 10.

Go to to access the application.

Parks master plan

What should be done to improve or maintain Menlo Park's parks over the next 25 years? The Menlo Park City Council is scheduled to have a study session on a master plan in development aiming to answer that question at its next meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 6. According to Todd Zeo, recreation supervisor, the session will start around 6 p.m. and consultants from Gates & Associates will be there to present their preliminary findings and answer questions. The Menlo Park City Council meets at the council chambers at 701 Laurel St. in the Civic Center.

County commission to review Flood Park proposal

After being postponed earlier this summer, a proposed master plan for Flood Park is scheduled for review by the San Mateo County Parks & Recreation Commission at its meeting scheduled for 4 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 2, in the Board of Supervisors' chambers at 455 County Center in Redwood City.

Among the proposed changes in the county's "preferred" project plan is the replacement of the existing baseball field and the addition of a new soccer and lacrosse field, a bicycle pump track, two bocce courts, a basketball court and a demonstration garden.

Preliminary cost estimates indicate the changes will add up to about $14 million. The proposed project has drawn concern from some nearby residents who worry that a new ballfield would increase noise and traffic in the area. According to county staff, the park was last renovated in the 1980s.

Go to for the latest updates.

Victorian days walk

The Menlo Park Historical Association will host a two-mile history walk on Saturday, Aug. 4, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., set to start in front of the MacArthur Park restaurant at 27 University Ave. in Palo Alto. The building was designed by Julia Morgan and first operated as a "hostess house" for women and children here to visit soldiers training for World War I.

Other points of the interest on the walk are the El Palo Alto tree, the Stanford Park subdivision, and the former Oasis pub, which is also a historical building.


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