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Post image for League of Women Voters public meeting on SAFER Bay on Jan. 28 focuses on tidal flooding

Almost 6,000 parcels and critical infrastructure (e.g. waste water treatment plants and transportation corridors)  in southern San Mateo County and Palo Alto are vulnerable to tidal flooding, given sea level rise. Also, most cities are considering land use changes that would increase the number of people vulnerable to this type of flooding.

No public agency in this area has an approved strategy to provide protection from tidal flooding. Without protection, businesses, residents and anyone dependant on the services located in these areas will be vulnerable to the negative effects of tidal flooding. Also, stream related flood protection systems could be compromised if they do not tie into a tidal protection system.

The San Francisquito Creek Joint Powers Authority (SFCJPA) is developing options for tidal flood protection which could lead to a regional strategy to provide tidal flood protection. In addition to cities investing in this effort, Facebook is also investing. The SFCJPA’s project is called “Strategy to Advance Flood Protection, Ecosystems and Restoration” (SAFER Bay).

The League of Women Voters of South San Mateo County and Palo Alto are holding a public informational meeting on SAFER Bay on January 28th at 7:00 PM at the Menlo Park Arrillaga Family Recreation Center- Oak Room, located at 700 Alma Street. The speaker will be Len Materman, executive Director of the SFCJPA. Everyone is welcome.

The Leagues are sponsoring this information meeting because it is important that local residents and businesses understand the current and future risks of tidal flooding and be knowledgeable of the flood protection options being considered.

Photo of Len Materman at the San Mateo bike/pedestrian bridge over San Francisquito Creek by Scott R. Kline

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Menlo Park Police Department reports service and crime statistics for 2014

Two years ago, the Menlo Park community was facing rising gang crime and shootings in the Belle Haven neighborhood. At that time, the City made a commitment to change. At a community meeting in late 2012, members of the police department, local officials, and residents committed to making the City a safer place for everyone […]

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Eats & Beats fundraiser for GAIA’s work in Malawi set for Feb. 8 at Trinity Church in Menlo Park

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Don your African prints (your own or buy  at the door) to enjoy an evening of fun and inspiration featuring: African food African music & dance featuring Baba Ken and the Nigerian Brothers And a brief new film about GAIA’s work in Malawi The public is welcome at this event which will take place on Sunday, Feb. 8 from […]

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Herb Wong tribute concert at Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center on Jan. 25

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Emails Patricia Boyle, Palo Alto Jazz Alliance board member: “This concert by members of the Woody Herman Orchestra is a special tribute to Herb Wong, an internationally known jazz educator and promoter, who died last spring at his home in Menlo Park. Many of the 16 orchestra members knew Herb personally. “The Palo Alto Jazz […]

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Building of world’s most powerful camera by SLAC in Menlo Park gets green light

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Plans for the construction of the world’s largest digital camera at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in Menlo Park have reached a major milestone. The 3,200-megapixel centerpiece of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST), which will provide unprecedented details of the universe and help address some of its biggest mysteries, has received […]

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MLK Freedom Day set for Jan.17 in Menlo Park

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MLK Freedom Day will be held on Saturday, January 17 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Onetta Harris Community Center, 100 Terminal Ave. in Menlo Park. Youth, young adults, and community builders are invited to join us as we work together on social justice, building Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s “Beloved Community” through […]

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Owner of Menalto Cleaners arrested – charged with 40 felony counts

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The Menlo Park Police Department issued an arrest warrant this morning for the owner of Menalto Cleaners, Edwin Gary Smith, 63. The warrant is for 40 felony counts that include violations of California Penal Code sections: 530.5-identity theft, 484(g)-credit card fraud and 368(e)-elder fiduciary abuse. The bail on this warrant is set at $500,000. This afternoon the suspect […]

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Rotary Club of Menlo Park announces new grant money to local non-profits

The Rotary Club of Menlo Park has announced that $20,000 will be made available to local non-profit groups who identify a compelling public need in Menlo Park or a surrounding community, and project to help solve that problem. The grants will range from $1000 to $10,000, and will be awarded by March 31, 2015.   The […]

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Trinity School students inspire donations to Ebola efforts in Liberia

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Moved by Trinity School’s Grade 4 students’ recent service learning project focused on Ebola awareness and education, a local family has anonymously generated donations to the country of Liberia in the Trinity students’ names. The donation of 20 Ebola worker protection kits and $30,000 worth of medical supplies is through MAP International, a global Christian […]

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Hillview Speaker Series presents “Real Parents, Real Kids, Real Talk” on Jan. 12

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Family coach, author, and motivational speaker, Susan Stone Belton uses humor and real life situations to show you how to build a healthy, loving and rewarding relationship with your children that will last a lifetime. See why spending time with your kids is the most important thing a parent can do, learn new communication techniques […]

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Menlo Park Police Department reminds residents that house numbers should be clearly visible

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The Menlo Park Police Department requests that all residents assist emergency services by clearly displaying house numbers. Seconds count in an emergency, and easily-read house numbers assists the response of emergency services to a call for help. House and business address numbers should be clear enough so that the police, the fire department, paramedics, etc., […]

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