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Menlo Park Updates

Aug 17

The City is Reducing Energy Consumption during the Eclipse and You Can Help Too!

Posted on August 17, 2017 at 1:57 pm by Meghan Revolinsky

By: Rebecca Lucky

Along with the excitement building around the solar eclipse Aug. 21, you may not realize that this celestial event is also going to impact energy production from solar panels during a peak time of day. Much of the energy provided to Menlo Park residents and business comes from solar panels. The eclipse would cause a temporary shift in using more fossil fuels to meet energy demands. 

To reduce fossil fuel use during this time, the City is joining a statewide effort to power down during the eclipse. 

On Aug. 21, between 9 a.m. and noon, city facilities, such as the library and recreational facilities:
  • Will have some lights turned off
  • You may see staff using battery operated laptops instead of being plugged in
  • Air conditioning may be delayed or thermostats turned up
  • Cold lunches will be served at the senior center and child care facilities. 

You can also help too by:
  • Fully charging your electric car the night before
  • Unplugging unused appliances
  • Turning off unnecessary lights
  • Turning up thermostats by 2-5 degrees
  • Not charging electronics during this time. 

Businesses and residents can visit to learn more about energy conservation and take the “Do Your Thing for the Sun” pledge. Learn more about Sustainability Division programs.

The City is Reducing Energy Consumption during the Eclipse and You Can Help Too
Aug 17

Dumbarton Corridor Recommendations Released

Posted on August 17, 2017 at 1:46 pm by Meghan Revolinsky

By: Nikki Nagaya

This week, SamTrans released draft recommendations that would address traffic congestion and create new mobility alternatives along the Dumbarton Corridor between Alameda County and San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. The recommendations are available in the draft report on the SamTrans website and were presented during community meetings Aug. 15 in Union City and Aug. 16 in East Palo Alto. SamTrans will also be hosting other opportunities for input, including a presentation to the Menlo Park City Council Aug. 22, 2017. Other community input meetings are occurring throughout August and September; comments are being accepted through the end of September. More information is available on the SamTrans website The study evaluated a wide range of transportation alternatives, and recommends operations and infrastructure improvements that would be phased in over time on the highway bridge, its approaches and the Dumbarton Rail Bridge. The study was a collaborative project that enlisted the San Mateo County Transportation Authority, Alameda County Transportation Commission, AC Transit and Facebook as partners, as well as the cities in the corridor. The SamTrans board of directors will receive a final report including public feedback from the hearings for their consideration in October.

Dumbarton Corridor Recommendations Released
Aug 17

Major Construction Push before School Resumes!

Posted on August 17, 2017 at 1:43 pm by Meghan Revolinsky

By: Nikki Nagaya

City staff and contractors have been busy this year, working hard to maximize the summer school recess period to complete construction projects before school starting this fall! Major construction efforts for the Santa Cruz Avenue Sidewalks, Oak Grove-University-Crane Bicycle Improvements, Willow/US 101 Interchange utility work and citywide street resurfacing program were completed or are nearing completion in August 2017, before most schools resuming later this month. Each of these projects represents years of planning, design and construction. The City appreciates the patience of affected residents and commuters this summer! In particular, the Santa Cruz Avenue Sidewalks project was completed approximately one month ahead of schedule, thanks to the incredible efforts by the City’s Capital Improvement Program section to finish this work early!

Major Construction Push before School Resumes