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News - August 22, 2018

Contested election ahead for Menlo fire board

by Dave Boyce

Four candidates are vying for three open seats on the board of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District, which includes the communities of Atherton, Menlo Park, East Palo Alto and nearby unincorporated areas.

Incumbent Chuck Bernstein and appointed incumbent Robert Jones are running, as are challengers Sean Ballard and Jim McLaughlin.

In the West Bay Sanitary District, with three seats open on the governing board, three candidates are running uncontested: Edward Moritz and Roy Thiele-Sardina are incumbents, and George Otte is an appointed incumbent. The sanitary district processes wastewater for Menlo Park, Atherton, Portola Valley, parts of East Palo Alto and Woodside and nearby unincorporated areas.

Incumbent Gerald Shefren and challenger Harland Harrison are running for the board of the Sequoia Healthcare District to represent Area E, which includes Portola Valley and Woodside. The health care district distributes property tax revenues to health organizations and nonprofits in southern San Mateo County.

Incumbent Larry Hassett is running uncontested for re-election to the board of the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District. The district conserves open space in southern San Mateo County from the Bay to the coast, following the ridgeline south to include northwestern Santa Clara County, and includes a small portion of Santa Cruz County.

Three appointed incumbents — Calin B. Thomas, Bob Felderman and Brian Davis Wall — are running uncontested for three seats on the board of the Ladera Recreation District.


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