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Menlo Park Updates

Jan 17

Jan. 18 flood protection project meeting set

Posted on January 17, 2017 at 2:57 pm by Clay Curtin

The San Francisquito Creek Joint Powers Authority will be holding a joint scoping meeting with the Army Corps of Engineers on Jan. 18, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. at the Laurel School Upper Campus located at 275 Elliott Drive. The organizers seek public input on flood protection options for the section of San Francisquito Creek between Highway 101 and El Camino Real in Menlo Park, East Palo Alto and Palo Alto. The project is being designed to protect communities from a flood event similar to the one that occurred in 1998.

The San Francisquito Creek Joint Powers Authority will develop a draft environmental impact report on the following five alternatives:
  • Alternative 1: No action
  • Alternative 2: Modify Pope-Chaucer Bridge and widen creek channel bottlenecks
  • Alternative 3: Construct one or more upstream detention basins
  • Alternative 4: Construct an underground bypass culvert
  • Alternative 5: Construct floodwalls along the channel

The project’s Notice of Preparation for the environmental impact report is available for review. Public comments are due by 5 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, and may be submitted to:
Kevin Murray, Senior Project Manager
San Francisquito Creek Joint Powers Authority
615-B Menlo Avenue, Menlo Park, CA 94025

San Francisquito Creek
Jan 15

Onetta Harris Community Center room renovation project now complete

Posted on January 15, 2017 at 12:09 am by Clay Curtin

Construction on the Onetta Harris Community Center’s classroom project recently completed. The project began in December and included the conversion of two smaller rooms into one bigger room. The new flexibility created by this larger space allows for larger fitness classes and can accommodate meetings of up to 30 people. The timing is perfect for the start of the winter session that began Monday, Jan. 9, 2017. The room is also available for rentals. For more information about facility rentals or other programs, please contact the Onetta Harris Community Center at 650-330-2250.

OHCC New Classroom
Jan 15

City’s eighth employee leadership academy begins Jan. 26

Posted on January 15, 2017 at 12:08 am by Clay Curtin

The City of Menlo Park will start its eighth employee leadership academy in late January. Sixteen employees will attend, representing every city department and many different levels of the organization. This eighth cohort includes parking enforcement officers, permit technicians, librarians, engineers, planners and recreation coordinators. Nearly 100 employees have participated over the years. More than 95 percent agree that it “greatly” enhanced their leadership skills and connections to others in the organization. Over 25 percent of participants have used their experience to advance through promotional opportunities. The theme of the academy is “leaders at all levels” and it is not designed as a supervisory training program. City staff, including past participants, facilitates the academy, which includes units on mental models, situational leadership, conflict management, groupthink, leading change and innovation. Participants are required to create a final project that will make some kind of improvement in their department or the organization as a whole. The six-session academy meets every other Friday and ends with a graduation event April 7.

Leadership Academy