The landscaping plan for Flood Park was approved last year and preserves all of its heritage trees and 92% of the trees on-site overall, according to county reports.
The petition urges the county to look for other areas for the planned sports fields, to put the planned amenities in other locations, and requests health reports of each tree planned for removal and an explanation of why each is slated to be removed. The group is also asking for a replacement tree plan to be made public and that a cost-benefit analysis be done before the project moves forward.
The group plans to host an Earth Day and Arbor Day ceremony and information session at Flood Park on Sunday, April 25, at 3 p.m. in the oak meadow near the group picnic area along Bay Road. People are asked to follow COVID-19 safety procedures. Email [email protected] for more information.
Local blood drives coming next week
Stanford Blood Center is planning local blood drives for next week.
On Monday, April 26, the Woodside Fire Protection District will host a community blood drive with the Stanford Blood Center from noon to 4 p.m. at 3111 Woodside Road in Woodside.
"The need for blood is constant," said Phillip Martin, Stanford Blood Center account manager, in a statement. "Even during a pandemic. Currently, there are more than 200 surgeries per day at our partner hospitals, and blood donations are used to save about 12,000 lives a day. ... All it takes is about an hour of your time, and you can help save the lives of multiple patients with a single donation."
Walk-in availability may be limited, so donors should make an appointment online at bit.ly/wfpd426 or by calling 888-723-7831.
Novo Construction will host a community blood drive with Stanford Blood Center from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 29, at 1460 O'Brien Drive in Menlo Park.
Register at bit.ly/novo429 or call 888-723-7831.
Mehta Plastic Surgery is hosting a blood drive in the Bloodmobile at Atherton Square-Mehta Plastic Surgery, 3351 El Camino Real in Atherton on Friday, April 30, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Donors at the Atherton event will be offered a voucher for a free sandwich at any Bay Area Jersey Mike's Subs location.
Register at tinyurl.com/athertonblooddrive.
Contact [email protected] or call 888-723-7831 with questions.
Donors are required to wear a mask and advised to eat well, stay hydrated and arrive with their donor ID or a valid state-issued photo identification. Donors with all blood types are welcome, but there's always a special need for type O blood. O-negative blood can be used in recipients of any blood type, and is often used for trauma and pediatric patients.
Portola Valley wildflower series talk
Beginning on Monday, April 26, the Portola Valley Nature and Science Committee will host a six-part, monthly Zoom series on wildflowers. Longtime Portola Valley resident Dan Quinn will show pictures of flowers in bloom that month and provide information about each flower, such its uses for food or medicinal purposes, unique characteristics and how they contribute to the ecosystem.
The presentation will start at 7:30 p.m and will be followed by a Q&A period.
The series continues on May 27, June 24, July 29 and Aug. 26. Join the April 26 event at wildflowertalkapril26.
Senior tax exemption
There's a June 1 deadline for senior citizens who live in the Las Lomitas Elementary School District to apply for an exemption during the 2021-22 school year from the $311 parcel tax that was passed in 2007.
This year the district will automatically renew seniors' exemptions from the 2020-21 school year. Only new requests for exemptions are required.
View the application at llesd.org/CBO.
Portola Valley neighborhood cleanup
The town of Portola Valley will host its first neighborhood cleanup day of 2021 on Saturday, April 24, from 8 to 11 a.m.
This event is free for Portola Valley residents — a copy of a GreenWaste garbage bill or the mailer insert is required as proof of residency.
Town officials ask residents not to drop off medications or hazardous materials.
Ann's Coffee Shop launches GoFundMe
Ann's Coffee Shop celebrated its last day of a 75-year run on April 19, as mother-and-son owners Nicki Poulos and George Paplos recruited friends and family to keep their doors open long enough to say goodbye to the community.
Poulos' son and daughter, Paplos and Elaine Poulos, have created a GoFundMe campaign to help their mother pay off her mortgage and support her retirement.
"This year, a combination of (COVID-19) and rent prices has put Ann's, and Nicki herself, in a precarious position," the campaign states. "The building sold prematurely before the lease's expiration due to rent spikes, though Nicki had planned to run it for a few more years to pay off her mortgage."
As of the morning of April 21, it had raised about $3,700 toward a $7,500 goal.
People can view the campaign at is.gd/anns21.
County seeks candidates for districting commission
San Mateo County is seeking applicants for its 2021 Supervisorial Districting Commission, which will develop draft boundaries for the five county districts based on demographic information from the 2020 census.
Districting is done only once a decade and provides an opportunity to shape district boundaries in ways that reflect new population data and demographic changes. The county is seeking candidates that reflect the county's own demographic diversity. To be eligible, one must live in San Mateo County and not be an elected official. Applicants will be prioritized if they are associated with good government, civil rights or city leadership, or are part of active community groups or organizations that have values of diversity, equity and inclusion.
People may access the application in English, Spanish, Chinese and Tagalog, and applications are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, June 4.
Applications will be reviewed by a separate committee made up of local members of the League of Women Voters, and up to 11 residents are expected to be selected for the commission.
"Diversity and inclusion — those are guiding principles here in San Mateo County and those qualities are what we are looking for on this extremely important commission," said David Canepa, president of the Board of Supervisors.
Commission members will be expected to participate in public meetings to study the possible district boundaries with the help of a demographer and county staff. Work is expected to be completed by the end of the year.
Menlo Park residents sought for housing policy project
The city of Menlo Park is embarking on a process to update its housing and safety elements and to create a new environmental justice element — all of which are part of the city's general plan, or guiding document. The city is looking for volunteers to serve on a new Housing Element Community Engagement and Outreach Committee. The committee will help the city conduct outreach and engage with the community on how best to reach various stakeholders throughout the city.
To be eligible, people should live in Menlo Park, be 18 years or older and not currently serving on the City Council or planning or housing commissions. The deadline to apply is 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 12. Access the application at is.gd/ceoc421.
Funds sought to build memorial bench
Cafe Zoe, a coffee shop in the Willows neighborhood of Menlo Park, is working with the nonprofit group Get Human, Inc. to raise funds to build a bench in memory of longtime Willows resident and community volunteer Katherine Strehl to place in Willow Oaks Park. People may donate online at gethumaninc.org or make checks payable to Get Human Inc.
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