Mar 18

Changes to police services

Posted on March 18, 2020 at 8:18 pm by Clay Curtin

The City of Menlo Park has received several questions about COVID-19 and our police response to calls for service. Please be assured that we remain committed to keeping the Menlo Park community safe.

In an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19, there will be some temporary changes in service. When you call the police for non-emergency calls, our officers may ask to meet you outside versus inside or call you and take a police report over the phone. In certain instances, you may be encouraged to complete a report online. This change for non-emergency calls for service will be limited in duration to the shelter-in-place order.

Please call 9-1-1 for life-threatening emergencies (life or death) only. Dispatchers and officers will respond like normal and you can expect officers to be utilizing their personal equipment like gloves, glasses and masks. We need to stay healthy, as a first responder and essential services provider, and we want to keep you as safe as we can. 

Remember that public safety is our top priority and we want to ensure we are doing our part to minimize the spread of COVID-19.

For more information on COVID-19, visit for local Menlo Park updates, and for updates from the San Mateo County Health.

To file a crime report online, visit

Mar 04

Apply to serve on an advisory commission or committee

Posted on March 4, 2020 at 12:03 pm by Clay Curtin

Menlo Park welcomes and encourages residents' active participation through serving on a City Council-appointed commission or committees. These advisory commissions and committees examine issues of community interest and make recommendations to the City Council on policy matters. Each commission/committee reviews specific subjects and carries out assignments as directed by the City Council or as prescribed by law.

New opportunities to serve include:
  • Complete Streets Commission – 3
  • Environmental Quality Commission – 2
  • Finance and Audit Committee – 2
  • Housing Commission – 1
  • Library Commission – 3
  • Parks and Recreation Commission – 2
  • Planning Commission – 2
  • San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control – 1
  • Sister City Committee – 1

For an application and more information, visit the advisory commissions and committees webpage.
Eligibility requirement include that applicants be Menlo Park residents, over 18 years of age and committed to attending scheduled meetings.

Applications are due to the City Clerk’s Office by 5 p.m., April 3, 2020. For questions, please contact the City Clerk's Office.

CommissionCommittee Recruitment

Mar 02

Free compost giveaway temporarily suspended due to construction

Posted on March 2, 2020 at 5:50 pm by Clay Curtin

Due to the impacts from ongoing and planned construction projects at Bedwell Bayfront Park, which will interfere with the safe distribution of compost, the City is suspending deliveries for its free compost program for 2020 until an alternative location is identified.

In the meantime, residents may pick up free compost year-round from the Shoreway Environmental Center located at 333 Shoreway Road in San Carlos. Please bring proof of residency and no appointment is needed. 

As part of the South Bay Salt Pond Restoration project, the Ravenswood Ponds Levee Maintenance and Habitat Enhancement project is currently underway and will enhance the habitat environment at the Refuge’s Ravenswood Ponds, on lands south of Bedwell Bayfront Park.

The Bayfront Canal and Atherton Channel Flood Management and Restoration project is anticipated to begin construction late this year or early 2021 and involves installing underground pipes connecting Bayfront Canal to the Ravenswood Ponds to reduce potential flooding impacts. 

You can sign up to get regular email updates on the construction work, and can learn more information from the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge website.