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Ron Snow has lived with his family in the University Park area of unincorporated Menlo Park for four decades and has long been concerned about safety issues along the Alameda/Santa Cruz Avenue corridor between Sand Hill Road and Avy Avenue.

Frustrated by lots of studies but little action, he’s formed a group made up of neighbors, cyclists and others who use the corridor that he calls SAFE – Santa Cruz/Alameda For Everyone. In addition to the corridor, it covers Sharon Road, which runs perpendicular, as well as sidewalks and walkways adjacent to the roads.

“It started at the beginning of the year with people taking photographs of accidents and problem areas,” he explained. “From that effort we’ve identified 17 issues which are laid out with problem statements. Community members can offer specific solutions.”

The group will be front and center at a community meeting that will be held at Oak Knoll School in Menlo Park on August 28 at 7:00 pm specifically to discuss the SCA/Alameda corridor and safety issues. Attending will be residents, cyclists who use the corridor, a representative from Parents for Safe Routes, the California Highway Patrol (which has traffic oversight in that area), county Supervisor Don Horsely, and representatives from the City of Menlo Park.

Ron noted that the gate on Vine Street onto the Oak Knoll School yard will be open for the event, making easy access for University Park residents.

“Gathering the issues together gives us a collective voice,” he said. “We don’t want the county to do another safety analysis. Instead we’re driving for an engineering assessment. We realize there are a lot of considerations, for example, implications for the fire department and parking.”

A number of resources to educate the community are available online. Ron put together two posters: one of the Santa Cruz/Alameda Y Intersection and another an introduction to Santa Cruz/Alameda Safety Issues. There is also information on the University Park website and the County of San Mateo’s website.

Photos by Robb Most (c) 2017

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Three homes in Belle Haven get needed repairs and updating with help of Rebuilding Together and Facebook volunteers

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Rebuilding Together Peninsula and Facebook teamed up today to rehabilitate three homes in the Belle Haven neighborhood of Menlo Park. Two houses on Plumas Avenue and one house on Bieber Avenue got a mix of exterior and interior painting, debris removal, electrical upgrades, accessibility upgrades, landscaping and fence repair, grab bar and handrail installation, bathroom […]

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“Solarthon” block party held in Menlo Park’s Belle Haven neighborhood today

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With support from Facebook, GRID Alternatives, America’s largest nonprofit solar installer, led 125 volunteers, residents, and student trainees from the Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula to provide no-cost rooftop solar arrays to nine low-income families during its annual Bay Area Solarthon block party today in Menlo Park’s Belle Haven neighborhood. These solar power installations represent […]

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Community meeting on Willow neighborhood traffic set for May 17

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On Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 6:00 pm the City will host a discussion regarding the traffic impact in the Willows neighborhood. It will be held at the Laurel School Upper Campus Library, 275 Elliott Drive. City staff will be in attendance to give an update on the construction of the Willow/101 interchange project and upcoming study […]

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Spotted: Rest bench for walkers in Lindenwood

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Emails Atherton resident Peter Carpenter: “The Walkers’ Rest Bench has been installed. Thanks to George [Rodericks] for verifying that the location was acceptable re the Town’s easement and corner setback. “My wife Jane gave me the bench as a Christmas present knowing that I wanted a bench for the walkers in the neighborhood to sit […]

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

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Learn about Stanford’s Middle Plaza project at community meeting on March 16

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In a press release issued today, Stanford University said there will be a community meeting tomorrow (Thursday, March 16) to provide local residents with the latest information on the plans to turn an 8.4-acre stretch of vacant car lots along El Camino Real in Menlo Park into a mix of housing, offices and retail. Known as Middle Plaza, the […]

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Belle Haven Mini-Grant applications due on April 4

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Suspects tied to Willows neighborhood burglaries arrested

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GoFundMe campaign for Willows couple whose house/business burned

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Rebuilding Together Peninsula and Facebook partner on rehabilitating three homes in Menlo Park

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In honor of the 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance, Rebuilding Together Peninsula and Facebook partnered yesterday to rehabilitate three homes in the Belle Haven neighborhood of Menlo Park. Approximately 80 Facebook employees worked alongside Rebuilding Together Peninsula staff and other community members, including Menlo Park City Council member Ray Mueller (pictured below right), to create safe and […]

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