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Menlo Park Updates

Aug 11

Menlo Park to transition from Blackboard Connect to SMC Alert Emergency Alert System

Posted on August 11, 2017 at 5:59 pm by Meghan Revolinsky

By: Nicole Acker

The City of Menlo Park is transitioning its Emergency Alert System (EAS-which includes Reverse 911 notifications) from Blackboard Connect to San Mateo County Alert System (SMC Alert.) This transition will place Menlo Park in line with other community and special districts in San Mateo County under one EAS. The transition will be finalized Sept. 17, 2017. For more information, click the news release

If members were not registered with Blackboard Connect, and wish to receive emergency public notifications through SMC Alert, visit and click on “Register Now” or call the Office of Emergency Services at (650) 363-4488 for recorded instructions about signing up for a SMC Alert account. 

The City of Menlo Park will continue to use social media platforms to send out nonemergency, community and some advisory (traffic, arrests, major incidents, etc.) information on Nixle, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Picket Fence, Nextdoor and news releases. SMC Alert will be used for emergencies.

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Aug 11

New Restaurant Coming to Menlo Park

Posted on August 11, 2017 at 5:56 pm by Meghan Revolinsky

By: Thomas Rogers

A new restaurant, Starfish Menlo Park, has applied for a building permit to renovate and occupy the existing commercial building at 1165 Merrill Street. The site is directly adjacent to the Menlo Park Caltrain station, and is located across the street from the Station 1300 development, which is intending to start primary construction soon. The structure is currently vacant, but was recently occupied by the restaurants Bradley’s Fine Diner and Bradley’s Funky Franks.

Starfish is proposing to comprehensively update and modernize the tenant space, with most of the revisions occurring on the interior. A few modest changes to the building exterior have been approved by staff and cleared by the Planning Commission, which will now allow the building permit application to be reviewed in full. Previous approvals for outdoor seating on the building’s covered porch and for alcohol sales and consumption would remain effective for the new restaurant, subject to compliance with ABC (Alcoholic Beverage Control) regulations. Although the name of the restaurant may give a clue to the type of food, that information has not yet been provided.

New Restaurant Coming to Menlo Park
Aug 11

Visit the Transportation Master Plan Online Open House

Posted on August 11, 2017 at 5:54 pm by Meghan Revolinsky

By: Kristiann Choy

The City is kicking off efforts to develop its first Transportation Master Plan. One of the first efforts is rolling out the Online Open House. Visit the Online Open House to learn more about the project and to provide input about how the City should prioritize transportation improvements. The online open house and survey will be open until Sept. 6, 2017. There are other opportunities to learn more about the project and provide input in the coming months. City staff and the consultant team will be at the Downtown Block Party Aug. 16, 2017 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. and at the Kelly Park Concert Series Aug. 22, 2017 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. 

The Transportation Master Plan will identify projects to enhance the transportation network, incorporate community input to meet the communities’ goals and values and prioritize projects based on need for implementation. When completed, the Plan will provide a detailed vision, set goals and performance metrics and outline an implementation strategy for local improvements as well as for local contributions toward regional improvements. For more information about the Transportation Master Plan, visit the City’s project webpage.

Visit the Transportation Master Plan Online Open House