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The Junior League of Palo Alto•Mid Peninsula (JLPA•MP) is hosting Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian to present his popular “13 Tips for Successful Advocacy” talk on October 18, from 7:00-8:30 pm at the City Council Chambers in Menlo Park. The event is free and open to the public. Those interested in attending can RSVP online.

“13 Tips” is a lively, interactive presentation that Simitian has given to leadership groups, nonprofits, and community activists for many years.

“Having served as an elected official at various levels of state and local government, I’ve had a chance to see what works, and what doesn’t,” Simitian said. “My hope is that anyone who wants to be a more effective advocate – particularly in the governmental arena – will find this a useful opportunity. Making change is difficult, but it can be done if you know how to be a successful advocate. My focus is on practical tips that folks can use the minute they walk out the door.”

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Pam Salvatierra’s newest project is helping to launch DemFems Silicon Valley

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From the moment Pam Salvatierra moved to Menlo Park in 1994, she’s been active in her community. Maybe it’s collecting toiletries for the homeless. Or hosting a house party to spotlight the good work of some non-profit. And then there’s politics, specifically the state Democratic Party along with working to get specific candidates elected. So […]

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“City Council elections − How can we make them better?” is topic of a community meeting on Oct. 7

Update: The Menlo Park City Council passed a motion to move away from at-large elections at special council meeting on Wednesday evening. There’s good coverage of what the council did and next steps is in the AlmanacNews. Menlo Park elects City Council members at large, but other cities hold district elections. Learn what options exist for […]

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M-A senior Holly Newman reflects on her time as a Senate Page

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Editor’s note: We visited with Holly Newman, now a M-A senior, before she left for Washington, D.C. last winter to serve as a Senate Page. Home now, we caught up with her to hear about her experience in the nation’s Capital. Holly left Menlo Park last January excited to get a taste of politics. What […]

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Menlo Park City Council member Ray Mueller named to State Tax Credit Allocation Committee

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Menlo Park City Council member Ray Mueller was named by California State Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon to the California Tax Credit Allocation Committee (TCAC). Mueller, a second-term Menlo Park City Council member, will fill the seat representing California cities on the 7-member Committee, which includes the State Controller, the State Treasurer, and the Governor’s Director […]

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Carol Mayer Marshall starts organization to help women get elected or appointed to office

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Ask Menlo Park resident Carol Mayer Marshall who she is and her answer is swift: “I’m a politician and a feminist and an attorney.” She’s also a woman of firsts: The first woman Congressional Relations Director in any government agency, representing poverty program under Don Rumsfeld; the first woman Director, VISTA (Domestic Peace Corps), Nixon appointment with […]

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Conversation and coffee with your assemblyman and mayor on Tuesday, August 15

State Assemblyman Marc Berman and Menlo Park Mayor Kirsten Keith will be at the Woodside Bakery and Cafe in the Sharon Heights Shopping Center (325 Sharon Park Drive) for coffee and conversation from 8:00 to 9:30 am on Tuesday, August 15.. Coffee will be provided at no taxpayer expense. No RSVP is necessary.

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Eshoo kicks off third annual Congressional App Challenge

Congresswoman Anna G. Eshoo announced the launch of the third annual Congressional App Challenge for the 18th Congressional District. Established by Eshoo and Congressman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) in 2013, this competition invites high school students from across the country to compete by creating and exhibiting their software application, or “app,” for mobile, tablet, or computer […]

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State Senator Jerry Hill hosts coffee and conversation on June 17

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Join State Senator Jerry Hill for a cup of coffee and conversation at “Java with Jerry.” Bring your ideas, questions, and concerns about legislative issues affecting the community. Woodside Bakery & Cafe, Saturday, June 17th, 2017, 9:00 am – 10:00 am, 325 Sharon Park Road, Menlo Park. No RSVP or appointment necessary. Coffee will be provided at […]

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Jen Mazzon advocates for sanctuary city status for Menlo Park

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Update: The actions taken by the Menlo Park City Council on April 18 are chronicled in this article in the Almanac. For Jen Mazzon, who’s lived in Menlo Park most of her life, it’s all about local families. That’s the reason she’s created a website featuring a petition to support the city of Menlo Park passing […]

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Mayor and police to host community meeting on April 11 at the Neighborhood Service Center

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Mayor Kirsten Keith and Police Chief Bob Jonsen will host a community meeting on Tuesday, Apr. 11, 2017, at the Neighborhood Service Center, 871 Hamilton Ave in Menlo Park. At the beginning of the year, a community meeting was held in the Willow’s neighborhood in response to concerns of residential burglaries, which generated interest for […]

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