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Menlo Park briefs: State Senate candidates to discuss climate crisis

A coalition of local environmental nonprofits have organized a forum to be held on Wednesday, Jan. 15, at which local voters can get more information on how District 13 state Senate candidates stand on environmental issues.

The nonpartisan forum is scheduled for 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the Menlo-Atherton High School performing arts center at 555 Middlefield Road. Admission is free, though people are encouraged to register.

District 13 covers the Peninsula between South San Francisco and Sunnyvale, including the Coastside. There are seven candidates: Josh Becker, Michael Brownrigg, Sally Lieber, Shelly Masur, Annie Oliva, Alexander Glew and John Webster. All but Webster are expected to attend the forum.

Participating candidates will provide opening statements, then respond to questions from the event's cosponsors: 350 Silicon Valley, Acterra, Citizens' Climate Lobby, and Sustainable San Mateo County. There will also be questions from the audience.

Other supporting organizations are Canopy, Carbon Free Silicon Valley, Climate Reality-Santa Clara County, Cool Block Palo Alto, Cool Planet First Presbyterian Church of Palo Alto, Elders Climate Action-NorCal, Fossil Free Mid-Peninsula, Friends of Caltrain, Friends of Edgewood Natural Preserve, Friends of Huddart & Wunderlich Parks, Peninsula Interfaith Climate Action, Sea Hugger, Sustainable Silicon Valley, Sunrise Movement-Palo Alto Hub, Thrive Alliance of Nonprofits in San Mateo County, and Youth Climate Action Network.

Go to to register online for the event.

Budget workshop

The city will be hosting an informational workshop to provide residents information about how its annual budgeting process works and hear feedback from the community on Thursday, Jan. 9, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

The event is intended to be interactive and allow people to learn more about the city's finances.

If participants have specific questions in advance, they can send them to Administrative Services Director Lenka Diaz at or Finance and Budget Manager Dan Jacobson at

Tennis court keys for sale soon

Starting Jan. 2, the keys required to access city-owned tennis courts will be available for purchase at the Arrillaga Family Gymnasium. They'll also be available at the Onetta Harris Community Center starting Monday, Jan. 6.

During the first half of the year, keys for the full year cost $63 for residents and $127 for residents of unincorporated Menlo Park and non-residents. Starting July 1, the prices are prorated to $42 for residents and $84 for anyone who doesn't live in incorporated Menlo Park.

The locks to the city's tennis courts are currently not in use, so people can use the tennis courts for free until new locks are installed in mid-January, according to city staff.

— By Kate Bradshaw


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