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Nov 23

Small businesses may be eligible for $250 electricity bill credit

Posted to Menlo Park COVID-19 Updates by Clay Curtin

Many small businesses throughout San Mateo County have been struggling financially due to the COVID-19 pandemic. To support local economic recovery, Peninsula Clean Energy is offering a $250 electricity bill credit for up to 6,000 qualifying small business customers. Peninsula Clean Energy has dedicated $1.5 million to help San Mateo County small businesses.

Qualifying businesses will receive a letter and an email to the addresses listed on their electricity account with steps on how to apply for the credit. The letter should include a unique ID to access the application. Please complete the online application by November 30, 2020.

  • Be on an A1, B1, A6 or B6 electricity rate plan, which is noted on your electricity bill
  • Businesses must have no more than two accounts in their name
If you haven’t received your letter and believe you meet the qualifications, please email Peninsula Clean Energy.

Nov 09

Celebrate America Recycles Day on Nov. 15

Posted to Menlo Park Sustainability News by Clay Curtin

Each of us can do our part to make sure that we continue to recycle, gain knowledge and educate one another on the benefits of recycling. That's what America Recycles Day - observed November 15 - is all about. America Recycles Day is dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the United States.

America Recycles Day educates and encourages individuals on how to be more mindful of what they consume, where and how to properly recycle, and to pledge to recycle more and recycle right in their everyday lives. 

Each year focuses on different themes and this year’s is focusing on the individual actions we can all take to collectively address the challenges facing our nation’s recycling system. 

Everyone can help by
  • Recycling at home, work, school and on the go
  • Buying products made with recycled content
  • Educating and encouraging friends, family and neighbors
Recycling benefits
  • Reduces the amount of waste sent to landfills and incinerators
  • Conserves natural resources such as timber, water and minerals
  • Increases economic security by tapping a domestic source of materials
  • Prevents pollution by reducing the need to collect new raw materials
  • Saves energy
  • Supports American manufacturing and conserves valuable resources
  • Helps create new well-paying jobs in the recycling and manufacturing industries
Use this America Recycles Day to jumpstart your new recycling goals for the upcoming year.

For further information, please visit the Environmental Protection Agency America Recycles Day website.

Nov 16

City Council considers adoption of the Transportation Master Plan

Posted to Menlo Park Transportation News by Clay Curtin

The City Council will consider the draft Transportation Master Plan (TMP) during its special meeting at 5 p.m., Tuesday, November 17, 2020. The draft plan focuses on the City Council’s four goals: 1) safety, 2) sustainability, 3) mobility choice and 4) congestion management.

To create the plan, we evaluated the current transportation system, how to improve it and what would best advance local priorities. We looked at current conditions and issues with different travel modes. Key stakeholders, community organizations and residents provided feedback.

The plan highlights traffic on key roadways, collision hot spots and the need for travel options beyond automobiles.

The City Council appointed an Oversight and Outreach Committee of 11 members of City boards, commissions, other local organizations and residents to review over 190 projects for potential inclusion in the TMP.

The plan includes 53 Tier 1 projects chosen to have the greatest effect to achieve the goals and significantly benefit the community. The plan ranks projects based on specific criteria, outlines implementation strategies for local improvements and identifies local contributions toward regional improvements.

Join us

City Council
Tuesday, November 17, 2020
5 p.m. - ID # 267-130-171

View the City Council agenda and Transportation Master Plan staff report.

For more information or to sign up for project updates, visit the Transportation Master Plan webpage.