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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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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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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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The Members raise nearly $2,500 at benefit concert at Freewheel Brewing

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The Members played at Freewheel Brewing a couple of weekends back to raise money for the Boys and Girls Club. Band member Richard Johnson provided an update on the evening’s take: “Apparently 110 tickets were collected so we rounded up the band donation to $2,328, that being $388 per band members – all lucky numbers!” […]

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Ellen Mouchawar, committed volunteer librarian at San Francisco 49ers Academy, is hoping people will donate books this holiday season

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Atherton resident Ellen Mouchawar remembers well the first time she looked at what was described as the “library” at the San Francisco 49ers Academy, a public school for 6th to 8th graders in East Palo Alto supported by a private, nonprofit agency. “It was a storage shed filled with junk,” she recalls, sitting in what […]

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Local non-profit, Kasumisou Foundation, qualifies for matching funds on Giving Tuesday today

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Menlo Park-based non-profit , Kasumisou Foundation, founded by residents Mark and Barbara Rosasco in 1998, qualifies for Microsoft’s YouthSpark Matching Funds Day on Giving Tuesday, which is happening today, Dec. 2. Small charities like Kasumisou Foundation have a unique opportunity to use GlobalGiving’s funding platform to raise funds and receive a 100% matching grant on small […]

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Sheri Sobrato sets her sights on meeting the emotional needs of seriously ill young people

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After many years living abroad and on the East Coast, Sheri Sobrato has, as she says, “come home to my roots,” living in the home once owned by her grandparents. It was here almost three decades ago that she was treated at UCSF for a brain tumor, and the long-time philanthropist’s current focus of attention — helping seriously ill young […]

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Menlo College community participates in Be The Match Registry® today and tomorrow

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Menlo College students were sticking cotton swabs in their cheeks this morning, all part of a Be The Match® campaign organized by Kezia Molinsky, the college’s Head Competitive Cheer and Stunt Coach, to raise awareness about the need for marrow donors. “A friend of mine’s daughter’s life was saved thanks to a marrow transplant,” explained Kezia when […]

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Margaret and Jamis MacNiven honored for their many years of service to Woodside community

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An abundance of laughter and silliness filled the  Woodside High School Performing Arts Center last night. It was a fitting way to salute two people who’ve provided their community with a steady dose of both over the years, as well as many charitable good deeds Margaret and Jamis MacNiven (pictured with their family), owners of Buck’s of Woodside, […]

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MPAEF hosts 5th annual Gift Boutique, opening tonight with more shopping Friday

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The Menlo Park-Atherton Education Foundation (MPAEF) Gift Boutique — a local holiday tradition — celebrates its fifth anniversary tonight and tomorrow at the Allied Arts Guild. Open to the entire community, the Boutique showcases over 20  local, unique vendors; 20% of the proceeds benefit Menlo Park schools. Searching for a fun, community-oriented way to raise funds for MPAEF and […]

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