Join Menlo Together for an eye-opening follow-up to the powerful talk by Richard Rothstein earlier this month on the Color of Law: Hidden History Shaping our Communities Today. We’ll uncover the local hidden history of Menlo Park.

And two upcoming events will help you learn about opportunities to improve transportation, with timely connections to upcoming local decisions on downtown access and parking, Dumbarton Rail, and a regional transportation ballot measure.

A More Coordinated Transit Network: Learning From Other Regions

Monday, October 21 from 6:30 – 8:00 pm – Redwood City Downtown Library: Community Room, 1044 Middlefield Road, Redwood City, CA 94063

How can we make transit easier and faster for all while offering climate and equity benefits? Hear about similar challenges from around the world, specifically Nordic Countries and Germany, and learn what’s possible. Part of TransForm’s Connecting Communities 2019 Speaker Series and co-presented by Seamless Bay Area, SPUR, and Friends of Caltrain. Click here to sign up for this free event.

Panelists include Ian Griffiths, Seamless Bay Area; Elias Arnestrand, Nordic Innovation House; Wiebke Geldmacher, DB Engineering & Consulting; Arielle Fleisher, SPUR

Getting Downtowns Moving with Convenient and Ssustainable Access

Wednesday, November 6 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm – Arrillaga Family Recreation Center: Oak Room, 700 Alma St. Menlo Park, CA 94025

Many downtowns in the Bay Area are facing some version of this challenge: Customers and workers, residents and visitors all need to be able to get downtown and parking can be a barrier. In this session, experts will discuss a variety of strategies to improve access to downtown, reduce congestion, and improve the environment. Click here to sign up for this free event.

Panelists include:Billy Riggs, University of San Francisco; Steve Raney, Palo Alto Transportation Management Association;  Carla Hansen, Parking Manager Walnut Creek (partnerships with ParkSmart/Smarking); Christian Hammack, City of Redwood City; Karen Camacho, Housing Leadership Council of San Mateo County

The Color of Law, Menlo Park Edition: The Hidden History Shaping Our Menlo Park Neighborhoods Today

Sunday, November 17 from 5:00-6:30 pm – Arrillaga Family Recreation Center: Sequoia Room, 700 Alma St. Menlo Park, CA 94025

We’ll take a look at how public policies that segregated America have affected Menlo Park. We will learn, reflect, and discuss how to move toward a more equitable future. Click here to sign up for this free event.

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$25 million gift from Facebook will fund housing for teachers in local school district

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 […]

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Rents up over 10% in Menlo Park’s 94025 ZIP code

Adrian Rosenberg of RENTCafé.com emails: As the peak rental season has come to an end, we wanted to see which neighborhoods charged the priciest rents this summer and which high-end areas saw the most significant rent changes. To do that we looked at almost 7,000 ZIP codes and analyzed rents in 17 million apartments across […]

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Cat’s out of the bag: The Curry family now calls Atherton home

Since  early summer, locals have been “whispering” the news that Golden State Warrior Stephen Curry and his wife, Ayesha, had bought an estate in Atherton. Yesterday, the news went nationwide with reports that the purchase price was $31 million, the most paid for a house in the entire Bay Area. Interested in learning more? Here’s a […]

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Menlo Park tops San Mateo County cities with highest percentage growth in assessed property value

Menlo Park — with a 10.5% increase in assessed property value — edged out Foster City (10.2%) to lead the list of San Mateo County cities. “It’s hard to celebrate tax assessment increases. But the flip side is that they are a reflection of the desirability of our community and the value people find in […]

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Menlo Park City Council to review request for citywide development moratorium

The City of Menlo Park announced Mayor Ray Mueller’s June 5, 2019, receipt of a written agenda request from Mayor Pro Tem Cecilia Taylor and Councilmember Betsy Nash, for the consideration a citywide development moratorium. The moratorium specifically would cover all new non-residential construction (including hotels) and any increased floor area ratio (FAR) for existing […]

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Housing Leadership Council of San Mateo County invites youth to enter contest on area housing crisis

The Housing Leadership Council of San Mateo County invites youth to create a narrative essay or visual art piece based on personal opinion or experience that explores the housing crisis in the San Francisco Bay Area. Writing submissions should be less than 2,500 words. Art submissions should be in .jpg or .png format and include […]

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HEART first-time home buyer workshop set for Thursday, March 7

Find out how you can qualify to buy a home in San Mateo County with only a 5% downpayment and no private mortgage insurance on Thursday, March 7, from 6:00 to 7:00 pm at the Menlo Park City Council Chambers (701 Laurel St.). Learn about: – How the HEART downpayment loan program works – The home […]

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Car dealerships gone – work on multi-use development set to begin

Stanford University is completing building demolition activities at their mixed-use project site located at 300-500 El Camino Real. When built, the 8.4 acre development will include three non-medical office buildings, 215 rental apartments and a large public plaza with a 10,000 sq. ft. cafe/retail facility. Stanford is scheduled to begin grading and utility work this fall […]

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Facebook’s Catalyst Housing Fund gets $1 million investment from San Francisco Foundation

Elliot Schrage, Facebook’s VP Corporate Communications & Public Policy, announced today that The San Francisco Foundation is contributing $1 million to the Catalyst Housing Fund. “Though the [Silicon Valley] region is thriving in many ways, our community clearly needs more affordable places to live,” he said in a press release. “That’s why we’re working alongside […]

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Spotted: Last part of modular house being put in place

We’ve watched as a huge whole was dug on Lemon Street near Oak Avenue, and then a wooden framework put in place. Another big basement we figured. And indeed that may be the case. But there’s no waiting for the house to be built. It descended from above today in four pieces. We caught the […]

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