Archive of Linda Hubbard Gulker

Linda Hubbard Gulker first moved to Menlo Park a really long time ago (long enough that she started kindergarten at Hillview School and graduated there from 8th grade in the days it was a K-8). Following her four years at Menlo-Atherton High School, she went “SoCal” to attend UCLA and stayed too long in the Southland. She moved back to Menlo Park 20 years ago to find some things had changed – and some things remained the same. When she’s not blogging or taking snapshots for InMenlo, she’s jogging the Dish or other nearby hills.

has written 3430 article(s) for InMenlo.


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Just two days after commenting on InMenlo about a couple of downed Oaks in Menlo Park, Jon Lechich experienced nature’s wrath first hand. He emailed:

“Well, fortunately this Oak did not cause major damage to either homes on Mills St. But it could have taken a life, but that was not in the cards.

“Our house is on the left side of the picture and only the asphalt was disturbed. It’s time the city council take another look at Menlo’s vast amount of trees and try to predict what tree will fall next.”

We asked City Council member Ray Mueller about the trees in town and he directed us to City Arborist Christian Bonner. We asked him if the City has a procedure for checking the health of the many heritage oaks in town, and also if more than the usual number of Oaks fell this past winter. He replied:

“The City has a routine tree maintenance program where all public City trees in the right of way are inspected and pruned on a 5 year maintenance cycle.

“Private property owners are responsible for maintaining Heritage Trees located on their property. It is good practice for private property owners have their trees evaluated and monitored by an ISA Certified Arborist on a routine basis.

“It is not unusual to have a handful of trees fall over during the course of a winter. Typically these are during storm events when wind loading is increased.

“As the duration and frequency of storms increases soils can become saturated, which can make some trees more susceptible to uprooting and root failure. A good resource for specific data regarding tree failure is the UC Tree Failure Report Program.

Photo courtesy of Jon Lechich

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Spotted: Giant inflatable cat on Sand Hill Road

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The giant inflatable cat on Sand Hill Road about half way between Santa Cruz and 280 is impossible to miss. Truth be told me initially thought it was some kind of hopping Easter cat (or at first glance a squirrel) until we noticed two men holding up a sign protesting Precision Tile and Granite, a Brisbane-based company. Their […]

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Atherton is America’s wealthiest town

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According to a Bloomberg analysis of 2015 census data, Atherton is the wealthiest town in the United States with an annual average household income was $444,374. Other Bay Area cities in the top 10 include Hillsborough at #4 ($368.9K), Los Altos Hills at #7 ($333.8K), Piedmont at #15  ($298.5K) and Kentfield at #18 ($278.2K). In the top […]

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Squeezing out more rain in advance of drier weather ahead

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Menlo Park residents once again awoke to sunny skies and wet streets this morning. Emails InMenlo weather watcher Bill Russ: “.05″ in my gauge this morning. Not much but now 32.2″ season-to-date.” What the rain did last week was bring a lot of the spring blossoms to the ground as shown in photo by Robb […]

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Spotted: Twins enjoying the tall grass at Bedwell Bayfront Park

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In our mind, this photo just shouts “spring.” The grass at Bedwell Bayfront Park in Menlo Park is as tall as we remember it, given all the rain we’ve had this winter. Menlo Park residents Carol and Bill Mince took their almost three-year-old twin grandchildren there yesterday. Jaxson is in the front with his brother Finley behind him. […]

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Easter basket building extravaganza at Trinity Church in Menlo Park

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After the 10:00 am service at Trinity Church in Menlo Park this morning, adults and kids gathered to put together 350 Easter baskets that will be delivered to children in local shelters, including Haven House, Redwood Family Shelter and Crossroads Family Shelter, along with Redwood City Friends of Literacy Project READ children’s program. This is the […]

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A bit more rain pushes annual total upward

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Emails InMenlo weather watcher Bill Russ: “It seems funny to give you a rain report when it is sunny outside this Saturday morning. Still, .2″ fell late yesterday afternoon and during the night. My season-to-date total now 32.15″.” Photo of pretty rain-drenched red flower by Robb Most

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Fannie Allen brings her knowledge of art to her work as an interior designer

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We were at Atherton resident Fannie Allen’s home to talk about her work as an interior designer. But we immediately got sidetracked by Delilah, a nude sculpture made entirely from typewriter parts by Bay Area artist Jeremy Mayer. “He’s fascinated by anatomy” Fannie explained. “His studio is filled with anatomy photos and typewriter parts. He won’t […]

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Here comes the rain again, falling down on Menlo Park

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After some pre-dawn showers, the rain started in earnest in Menlo Park today around 9:00 am. Reporting a bit earlier than usual, InMenlo weather watcher Bill Russ emails: “Another.55″ as of 2:00 pm with it still raining. Now at 31.95″ season-to-date.” This latest rain has created a “lake” of sorts on Oak Avenue between Lemon and Oak […]

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Jason Kwan is Menlo Park’s unofficial “Mr. Restaurant”

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You can eat breakfast, lunch and dinner at restaurants Jason Kwan owns in Menlo Park, and you can actually walk from one place to another. That’s what Jason does daily as he looks in at each of his businesses. Three of his restaurants bear his namesake, at least partially — J & J Hawaiian BBQ, […]

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Oak trees go kerplunk around Menlo Park

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Today saw clean up efforts surrounding two large oak trees that tumbled to the ground in Menlo Park, victims of age and the rainy winter. One, located near the Vallambrosa Center on Oak Grove Avenue (pictured top), forced that street to be closed all morning. Shortly before noon, the Menlo Park Police Department announced that […]

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