A non-partisan forum featuring candidates for the California District 13 State Senate race will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 15, at Menlo-Atherton High School Performing Arts Center (555 Middlefield Ave). It will include six of the District’s registered candidates: Josh Becker, Michael Brownrigg, Alex Glew, Sally Lieber, Shelly Masur, and Annie Oliva. They are running for the seat currently held by Sen. Jerry Hill, who is terming out.

The forum’s focus is on the climate crisis and key environmental issues facing our region. The candidates will have the opportunity to present their views on the best strategies to protect and restore the environmental health and integrity of our community — and their vision for a stable climate future.

Event schedule:
– Doors open at 6:30 pm.
– Event begins at 7:00 pm.
– Candidates will provide opening statements and respond to questions formulated by the cosponsoring organizations: 350 Silicon Valley, Acterra, Citizens’ Climate Lobby, Midpen Media Center and Sustainable San Mateo County.
– Candidates will then respond to questions selected from the audience.
– Time allotted for informal conversations with the candidates at 9:30 pm.

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Make appointment for free household hazardous waste collection event in Menlo Park on Jan. 11

Menlo Park residents are invited to make appointments to drop off their household hazardous waste materials at a special local HHW collection event January 11, between 8:30 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. (appointments required). Acceptable items include: acids/bases, aerosol cans, automotive supplies (car batteries, motor oil, antifreeze, break fluids, etc.), cleaning products, fertilizers, pesticides, flammable liquids, […]

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Holiday tree recycling available through Jan. 31 for Menlo Park resident

Menlo Park residents can place trees in the street for pickup as part of the City of Menlo Park’s franchise agreement with Recology San Mateo County. Crews will collect holiday trees placed curbside next to your green compost cart on your regular collection day through January 31, 2020. Please remember to keep trees out of […]

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Tonight marks the Winter Solstice

Winter Solstice is on Saturday, December 21, 2019 at 8:19 pm in Menlo Park. In terms of daylight, this day is 5 hours, 10 minutes shorter than on the Summer Solstice. In most locations north of Equator, the shortest day of the year is around this date. Photo of Fitzgerald Marine Preserve by InMenlo co-founder […]

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Test drive an induction cooktop – free – with new loaner program

The Menlo Park City Council approved a groundbreaking local energy ordinance September 24, 2019, that requires all new buildings to be electric (with some exceptions) effective January 1, 2020. The Reach Codes sparked discussions among Peninsula residents and encouraged many to learn more about induction cooktops. Now, Acterra, a nonprofit based in Palo Alto, has […]

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Coyotes continue to roam the streets of Menlo Park

I’ve long seen coyotes on the Dish, especially at dawn, and my husband sees them frequently on the Stanford golf course. But in my 25 years living in Menlo Park near Oak Knoll School, I’ve never seen as many as has been the case in recent months. A neighbor spotted one sitting on our front […]

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M-A junior Claire Beebe attends Maine Coast Semester at Chewonki

While her M-A classmates head towards finals and then winter break, M-A  junior Claire Beebe (pictured center) is enjoying a Maine Coast Semester at Chewonki. Emails Claire: “Maine Coast Semester at Chewonki describes its program as ‘life-changing learning in nature.’ After doing a lot of research, I loved the idea of learning in the outdoors and […]

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How to help keep Menlo Park streets clean during fall leaf season

Along with the environmental and social benefits of the City of Menlo Park’s expansive tree canopy comes the winter task of removing all the fallen leaves. Every residential and commercial street in the City is swept on a regular schedule. The peak of leaf removal season is from November through February, when all of the […]

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USGS free public lecture looks at sea level rise and coastal erosion on Nov. 21

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Six tips for a more sustainable holiday season courtesy of Menlo Spark

Between Thanksgiving and the new year, Americans throw away 25% more trash. The season, fraught with over-indulgence and consumerism, can be made made more sustainable — and potentially less stressful. Here are seven tips to have a more eco-friendly holiday season. -Reuse odds and ends for more environmentally friendly wrapping paper There are many ways to […]

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Special buggy story time at Menlo Park Library on Nov. 9

Learn about the astounding number of bugs in our world, as Beetlelady Stephanie Dole engages preschoolers with free play; story, song, and movement time, buggy art—and live bugs! The event takes place of the Menlo Park Library on  Friday, Nov. 9 from 10:30 to 11:30 am

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