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News - April 17, 2013

Menlo briefs: Phillips Brooks seeks to expand

by Sandy Brundage

Phillips Brooks School, a private preschool through fifth-grade facility, is asking the city of Menlo Park to allow an increase in enrollment from 276 to 320 students, according to Head of School Scott Erickson.

The school would also increase staff from 50 to 58 employees. The city is currently reviewing the application, Mr. Erickson said, and the Planning Commission will need to approve the request; the date for the item to appear on the agenda has not yet been set.

Mr. Erickson told the Almanac that the school, located at 2245 Avy Ave., has no plans to expand its physical structures — just the size of the student body and staff.

Hearings set on Louise

Street ssue

The Menlo Park City Council has signaled its intent to proceed with considering an "abandonment process" to grant a wedge of city space on Louise Street to adjacent homeowners at a neighborhood group's request. The group plans to implement an agreement to preserve the green space in perpetuity with easements for pedestrian access.

Developer Sam Sinnott, who along with investment partner Mircea Voskerician, had wanted to build a driveway exiting on Louise Street from a property — 1825 Santa Cruz Ave. — that they had purchased for redevelopment. The proposed exit would have partially paved over some land and greenery in the public right-of-way. The council revoked the driveway permit in the face of opposition from neighbors, but the applicants have not given up.

"We haven't been able to finish our legal research yet. However, we hope to finish it soon and present it to the council. We don't believe they were thoroughly or accurately informed about our legal rights prior to the hearing," Mr. Sinnott said.

Public hearings on the abandonment request will be held during the May 6 Planning Commission meeting and the July 16 City Council meeting, according to a staff report.

Library photo contest

Submit a photo worthy of first place and take home a Kindle. The Menlo Park library is looking for shots that show why you love the library, in honor of National Library Week (April 14-20).

According to the announcement, anyone with a Peninsula Library card may submit one photo, due by Saturday, April 20.

Go to for more information.

How class inspired

Mark Zuckerberg

This year, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and colleague Naomi Gleit taught a 10-week class on entrepreneurship for 18 seventh- and eighth-grade students at the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula, according to club director Peter Fortenbaugh. He said students developed their own businesses and visited Facebook to sell their products.

The students weren't the only ones who came away with new ideas. Mr. Zuckerberg, in an opinion piece published in the Washington Post on April 10, said the experience encouraged him to pursue immigration reform.

"One day I asked my students what they thought about going to college," he wrote in the op-ed piece. "One of my top aspiring entrepreneurs told me he wasn't sure that he'd be able to go to college because he's undocumented. His family is from Mexico, and they moved here when he was a baby.

"Many students in my community are in the same situation; they moved to the United States so early in their lives that they have no memories of living anywhere else. These students are smart and hardworking, and they should be part of our future."

Mr. Zuckerberg then announced the formation of "," an organization led by Silicon Valley entrepreneurs to focus on immigration issues and advocate a bipartisan policy agenda "to build the knowledge economy the United States needs to ensure more jobs, innovation and investment."


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