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.

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Facebook is contributing $25 million to build new housing for teachers and other public service workers as part of a partnership established with Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian and several local school districts in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties, the company announced today. The 90- to 120-unit community will be built on 1.5 acres of Santa Clara County-owned land at 231 Grant Avenue in Palo Alto.

“I want to thank Supervisor Simitian and Facebook for their outstanding collaboration on this project, which is so vitally important during this affordable housing crisis, to the ongoing health of our teachers and their families, and our local school districts,” said Menlo Park Mayor Ray Mueller. “I have spoken with Supervisor Simitian about this project and he has shared that all four school districts serving Menlo Park will benefit: the Ravenswood School District, the Menlo Park City School District, the Las Lomitas School District, and the Sequoia Union High School District. The City of Menlo Park is incredibly grateful.”

The new development is within walking distance of Caltrain and will house families currently living in the 22-apartment Menlo Park pilot program created by Facebook in 2017 at 777 Hamilton Ave. near the company’s global headquarters (pictured top), in addition to dozens of new families accommodated by the project.

“This is an exceptional gift by Facebook. It helps our teachers. It helps our schools. And it helps our communities. From the beginning, Facebook ‘got it’ — the importance of affordable teacher housing in the communities where teachers teach,” said Simitian.

School employees, particularly those in the early and middle parts of their careers, are part of what is sometimes referred to as the “missing middle” — they don’t qualify for traditional affordable housing, but they can’t afford market-rate housing prices that are geared towards significantly higher-incomes.

Due to the high cost of living, local school districts continuously face challenges hiring teachers, as well as teacher retention issues. It is often too expensive for teachers to live in or near the districts where they teach; and teachers sometimes leave their school districts midway through their careers in order to move to lower-cost areas.

Simitian noted that, “No one wins when local teachers have to commute from miles and miles away. It’s hard to attract and retain the best teachers available. Time in the car is time not spent with students or preparing lesson plans. And our teachers become more and more remote from the communities where they teach.

“This was already a challenge years ago when I was on the Palo Alto School Board, and it’s only gotten worse with every passing year. I don’t think we have to accept this as inevitable. With a little creativity and collaboration, we can make progress.”

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Spotted: Monster tree in Menlo Park

We came upon this cleverly decorated Halloween tree on Stanford Dr. Very creative! Photo by Linda Hubbard (c) 2019

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Hallie Mrizek from Peet’s Menlo Park wins the 2019 Barista Competition

Telling a beautiful coffee love story featuring Single Origin Costa Rica as the main character, Hallie Mrizek from Peet’s Menlo Park on Santa Cruz Avenue won the 2019 Barista Competition. Her presentation was a combination of calm coolness and meticulous technical skills. She impressed the crowd by serving a chilled espresso beverage with honey lavender, […]

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7th annual Michele Swim held this past weekend in memory of Michele Daschbach Fast

This past Sunday nearly $6000 was raised for the Seal Beach Animal Care Center at the 7th Michele Swim. The annual swim is organized by Rooney Daschbach in memory of his sister, Michele Daschbach Fast who died on October 12, 2011, in a shooting at a Seal Beach hair salon. The Swim was held at […]

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Spotted: Skeletons driving a hot rod

A group of skeletons has commandeered a hot rod on Encina Ave. in Menlo Park. It appears the action has stirred up a flock of ghosts. Photo by Robb Most (c) 2019

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Learn about the history of blues in America on Oct. 16

Learn about the history of American blues music through live performance, stories, and historical facts at the Menlo Park Library on Wednesday, Oct. 16, from 7:00 to 8:00 pm. “The History of Blues in America” is a one-hour program led by music historian and guitarist Joey Leone, along with two guest musicians, covering the history, […]

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World-famous human tower group from Catalonia on view at Holbrook Palmer Park

Last Saturday (Oct. 12), a world famous human tower group from Catalonia put on quite a show at Holbrook Palmer Park in Atherton. “It is a festive event for the Catalan community in the Bay Area where we celebrate the old cultural activity typical of our land,” emailed Jordi Argente in advance of the event. “We […]

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Learn about mountain lions in the Bay Area on Oct. 15

Meet wildlife ecologists Zara McDonald and Kevin Leempoel and learn the results of a decade of camera-trapping mountain lions and other wildlife in two studies conducted in the Bay Area. One study is the Bay Area Puma Project, a large-scale study across diverse habitats. The other is a more localized study within Jasper Ridge Biological […]

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Spotted: Out of control witches

We’ve always enjoyed spotting witches who somehow misjudged their air space and found themselves flying into trees. And then there are the ones who are going so fast that they plow through the ground with the stocking legs the only evidence of their flight path. Photos by Robb Most (c) 2019

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Megan Keely appears at fundraising event for Raices on Oct. 19

Portola Valley native Megan Keely and family will kick off the book launch of It Rained Warm Bread: Moishe Moskowitz’s Story of Hope by Gloria Moskowitz-Sweet and Hope Anita Smith with a performance of songs from her new album Bloom. Gloria will do readings from her new book, which is illustrated by Lea Lyon. Tickets are […]

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Spotted: Ghoulish front yard on Ringwood Avenue

This ghoulish front yard at 1050 Ringwood Avenue is best visited at night when the lighting and fog machine are in full effect Photo by Robb Most (c) 2019

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