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When Atherton approved, many years ago, the subdivision of the Flood Estate into the individual properties that now constitute Lindenwood a serious error was made. That subdivision approval did not include any emergency egress or access on either the North side or the East side of Lindenwood. 

In the intervening years the fuel load, the number of homes (many with wood shake roofs) and the total Lindenwood population have all increased dramatically.

During that same time climate change has significantly increased the number of days each year when high fire danger occurs in this area. The number of very large wind driven fires in 2017-18 in Northern California is unprecedented as is the number of lives, homes, and acres lost. We now are having these devastating fires even in November. We ignore the lessons of Coffey Park and Paradise at our peril.

The seven egress/access streets on the South and West sides are inadequate to accommodate timely egress of the Lindenwood population while also permitting access for first responders. In the event of a wind-driven fire, the current configuration of Lindenwood access and egress points is grossly inadequate. 

Should such a fire originate at M-A or on Middlefield or Ravenswood many of the Lindenwood residents would be trapped with no way out. 

I believe that the Town has a moral and legal obligation to:

1 – Notify the Lindenwood community of this existing significant hazard,

2 – Immediately develop and distribute a Fire Evacuation Plan (as we concerned citizens did in 2008 for Walsh Road – see photo above) for the current egress/access configuration of Lindenwood,

3 – Authorize, fund and undertake an urgent study to find ways to create multiple emergency egress and access points on Marsh Road and Bay Road,

4  – Install those emergency egress/access points before the 2019 fire season.

InMenlo talked with long-time Lindenwood resident Peter Carpenter about earthquake preparedness in 2017. Boards that he is currently serving on include the Fire Board and Veterans and Family Advisor Board, among others.

Top photo shows gate at Linden Ave. and Middlefield Rd.

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It’s party time, thanks to The Members, on Halloween in Stanford Oaks neighborhood

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The wine and beer flowed freely amidst the sounds of classic rock as The Members held their 12th annual performance at the corner of Lemon and Oak Dell in the Stanford Oaks neighborhood. As always, a great way to cap off Halloween in Menlo Park! Photos by Linda Hubbard (c) 2018

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Menlo Oaks neighborhood shows it knows how to have fun on Halloween

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Emails Menlo Oaks resident Judy Horst: “Lots of music and trick or treaters! We had several haunted houses, pit stops and wine bars. This thing is getting bigger every year!” A band called Band Sanitizer, comprised of seven high school students, five from M-A, and two from D-tech, provided the soundtrack. Judy supplied InMenlo with […]

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Spotted: Preparation for Halloween “Fortnite Dance Battle” in Ladera

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Emails Ladera resident and InMenlo contributing photographer Laura Hamilton: “The Watten family of Ladera has always made Halloween a big production. “This year Drake Watten (Dad) convinced his kids to have a ‘Fortnite Dance Battle.’ Fortnite is a popular video game that incorporates character dancing. “[Their house on W. Florestra has been outfitted] with a […]

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Ron Snow plans University Park Halloween event – for the last time, he says

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The University Park neighborhood of Menlo Park held its annual Halloween event yesterday (Oct 28). As always, it was organized by Ron Snow (pictured right). “This has been a long standing tradition in the neighborhood and is a fun and casual social event appreciated by everyone — part of what makes our neighborhood so engaged […]

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Menlo Oaks first neighborhood-wide yard sale a big success

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More than 20 driveways and yards in the Menlo Oaks neighborhood were filled with items for sale and for free in the community’s first annual yard sale. Sponsored by Menlo Oaks District Association (MODA), the yard sale spanned 10 streets, including Menlo Oaks Drive, Berkeley Avenue, Colby Avenue, Peninsula Way, Arlington Way, Madison Way and […]

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Menlo Oaks neighborhood-wide yard sale set for Saturday, Sept. 15

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Menlo Oaks is holding a neighborhood-wide yard sale on Saturday, September 15  from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Driveways and yards for 20-30 homes in Menlo Oaks will be filled with items for sale — and for free — in the neighborhoods’s first annual yard sale. Sponsored by Menlo Oaks District Association (MODA), the yard […]

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Spotted: Bench held up by shadows in Sharon Heights

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InMenlo contributing photographer Irene Searles was on a walk in the Sharon Heights neighborhood of Menlo Park when she came upon this bench with shadows holding it up!

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Black History Month Luncheon & Gospel Fest set for Feb. 23 at Menlo Park Senior Center

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The Menlo Park Senior Center, at 110 Terminal Avenue, will host its 18th Annual Black History Month Luncheon and Gospel Fest on Friday, February 23, 2018 from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm. Enjoy heart-warming Gospel music, dance by Soul Line Dancers, poetry readings, and a delicious home cooked meal. There is a $10 entry fee […]

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Visiting the Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula at Belle Haven School in Menlo Park

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To close the opportunity gap for students in the Belle Haven neighborhood of Menlo Park, the Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula (BGCP) expanded learning time programs in close partnership with Belle Haven School and Ravenswood City School District, sharing facilities, curricula, data, and staff training to deliver academic and social interventions. The BGCP program […]

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Turn restrictions coming to Willows neighborhood in Menlo Park on Monday

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On Monday, Dec. 18, 2017, the following turn restrictions will be installed within the Willows neighborhood (purple section on map): No right turns from Chester, Durham & O’Keefe to Willow Road, 3:00 to 7:00 pm weekdays (except SamTrans and school buses) No left turns from Woodland to Baywood, 3:00 to 7:00 pm weekdays These restrictions […]

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