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News - August 8, 2012

Briefs: Menlo specific plan spurs Crittenden development

by Sandy Brundage

The home of one of the Menlo Park's landmarks may become something new, according to property owner Howard Crittenden. He told the Almanac on Aug. 4 that the Park Theatre, long defunct at 1275 El Camino Real, may give way now that the city has passed the downtown/El Camino Real specific plan.

He declined to elaborate on what it may become, saying that it depends on the completion of architectural studies. Another developer, Sunil Suri, had expressed interest in renovating the theater or converting it to office space, according to an email sent to the council, but declined to check with Mr. Crittenden first.

1 truck + 2 bikes = 3 arrests

Just as many Menlo Park residents prepared to leave work Aug. 2, police officers found themselves busy responding to a report of a suspicious truck.

Officers were called to the 700 block of Roble Avenue around 4:21 p.m., and then discovered the truck a few blocks away on Yale Avenue.

According to the police report, the truck contained two bikes, burglary tools, drugs, stolen property, and three people.

The trio of suspects became a duo for a few short moments as one tried to run away on foot. Police gave chase and detained all three in time to hear the owners of the bikes report that a short while ago, the bicycles had been sitting in their carport.

Paul Gunning, 40, and companions Eric Espino, 26, and Maria Soreque, 32, all of San Jose, were arrested on charges including possession of burglary tools, stolen property and conspiracy to commit crime. Police continue to investigate.

Anyone with information may contact Menlo Park police at 330-6300.

$3.2 million granted for Caltrain upgrade

Caltrain's goal of "faster, quieter, more frequent service" using electric trains instead of diesel got another step closer to reality when the federal government awarded the agency $3.2 million in August to upgrade its signals.

The new signal systems are a component of the $1.5 billion Caltrain modernization initiative, and includes a federally mandated safety feature that automatically stops a train when another train is detected up ahead on the tracks. The federal grant may also be used for safety improvements at vehicle crossings according to a press release.

Need for blood spikes during the summer

Demand for blood has spiked recently at hospitals served by the Stanford Blood Center, including Stanford Hospital and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, according to Harpreet Sandhu, administrator of the Stanford Blood Center.

Demand often rises in the summer, due to car accidents and other factors, while supplies decline because people are off on vacations. Students, who give 20 percent of donations, often give at mobile on-campus blood drives held only during the school year.

The center urges people to fill the gap by making an appointment to give blood.

Vist or call 888-723-7831 for more information or to make an appointment.