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News - October 8, 2021

Menlo Park briefs

by By Kate Bradshaw

City Council meetings to continue virtually

It appears that public meetings will continue to be held remotely in Menlo Park for at least a while longer. The Menlo Park City Council voted unanimously Tuesday, Oct. 5, to continue to retain the option for the council and the city's advisory bodies to hold meetings remotely for at least the next 30 days due to health and safety concerns for the public.

Assembly Bill 361, approved by Gov. Gavin Newsom on Sept. 16, authorizes local agencies to hold meetings remotely during a declared state of emergency or when the legislative body has determined that meeting in person "would present imminent risks to the health or safety of attendees."

Based on the prevalence of the delta variant of COVID-19, and the fact that masks are still mandated indoors countywide, the City Council agreed that meetings may continue remotely for the time being. The resolution will have to be reauthorized every 30 days, and the City Council planned to bring the item back at its upcoming meeting Oct. 12 to allow for more public discussion.

'Neighborhood Pizza Guy' brings project to the Willows

Next time you go to Cafe Zoe on a weekend, you may just be able to pick up a pizza.

Matt Burr, who taught himself to bake pizzas as a pandemic passion project in Atherton and began sharing them with neighbors via the social networking site Nextdoor, will begin operating out of Cafe Zoe in Menlo Park's Willows neighborhood on weekend evenings starting Friday, Oct. 1. Cafe Zoe also hosts live music nights on Fridays.

Pizzas will be available by preorder to pick up.

"The last few months have been a lot of planning and business development, but Kathleen and Zoe have been so kind as to offer their assistance and space to help me get off the ground," Burr said in an email.

"I think the Willows deserves more food options," said Kathleen Daly, owner of Cafe Zoe, in an interview.

"If the pandemic taught me one thing, it's that I should have had more options for food here," she said.

There are some limitations — the cafe doesn't have a full kitchen, but they have found a countertop pizza oven that will work for a while as the pizza business grows, Daly said.

Daly added that she was eager to see "the direction that this place takes with some more takeout food options."

Go to to preorder. Cafe Zoe is located at 1929 Menalto Ave. in Menlo Park.

Library hosts film screening exploring Latino representation

The Menlo Park Library is hosting a two-week virtual screening of the documentary "Latinos Beyond Reel" that explores and analyzes the ways that Latinos are portrayed in U.S. news and media. Anyone interested can access more information, as well as the link to the film at Attendees may also participate in a virtual discussion with one of the directors Monday, Oct. 11, from 6 to 7 p.m.

For gardeners: Seed swap Oct. 23

Looking to grow your garden? The Menlo Park Library is set to host an in-person seed swap on Saturday, Oct. 23, from 10:30 a.m. to noon on the library's patio. Attendees do not have to bring their own seeds to participate.

—Kate Bradshaw


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