May 10

Final days to apply for Housing Element outreach committee

Posted on May 10, 2021 at 6:24 pm by Clay Curtin

Over the next 18 months, the City of Menlo Park will be focused on updating its Housing Element and Safety Element of the General Plan, and preparing a new Environmental Justice Element. The City of Menlo Park is seeking residents to serve on the newly created Housing Element Community Engagement and Outreach Committee (CEOC). The CEOC’s overall purpose is to assist the City in ensuring a broad and inclusive community outreach and engagement process during the Housing Element update. The 10-member advisory committee will be integral in helping guide and providing feedback on the types and frequency of activities/events/meetings and the strategies and methods for communicating with the various stakeholders in the community. The committee would not provide policy guidance, though members are welcome to participate in planned events and meetings as individuals.

This is a once in a decade opportunity to get involved in the Housing Element process. CEOC applications are due to the City Clerk by 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 12, 2021. To be eligible, applicants must be residents of Menlo Park, 18 years of age or older, and not currently serving on the City Council, Planning Commission or Housing Commission as each of these bodies will have other opportunities to provide input on the project.

Appointments are expected to be made by the City Council at its Tuesday, May 25, meeting and the committee's first meeting is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, May 27, from 6-8 p.m. Meetings are expected to be conducted monthly through November 2021, and check-in meetings as needed throughout the process.

Throughout the Housing Element update process, the City will be seeking input to learn from the community about what matters to you. Even if you are unable to participate in the CEOC, the City hopes to see you at one of our events and hear from you during this process.

As more information becomes available, information will be posted on the Housing Element webpage. To also receive updates, please subscribe to the Housing Element under "Projects" at menlopark.org/projectupdates.

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May 10

May is Mental Health Month

Posted on May 10, 2021 at 6:20 pm by Clay Curtin

Half of the people with mental health conditions develop symptoms by age 14. The longer someone waits to get help, the longer their recovery process becomes.

It often takes 10 years from the first time someone has mental health concerns until he or she gets a correct diagnosis and proper treatment. Would you wait 10 years to get help if you were experiencing symptoms of cancer or diabetes?

So what can you do? You can:
  • Participate in local and countywide Mental Health Month events
  • Pledge to help stop stigma; each of us has the power to make our community a welcoming, safe place for everyone
  • Learn the early warning signs and symptoms of mental health conditions and do not be afraid to ask for help for yourself or a loved one
  • Post a personal message to San Mateo County Health’s Be The One photo gallery 
Mental health conditions are not only common, they are treatable. There is a wide variety of treatment options for mental illnesses ranging from talk therapy to medication to peer support, and it may take some time for a person to find the right treatment or combination of treatments that works best for them. But when they do, the results can be truly amazing and life changing.

It’s up to all of us to know the signs and take action so that mental health conditions can be caught early and treated, and we can live up to our full potential. We know that intervening effectively during early stages of mental illness can save lives and change the trajectories of people living with mental health conditions. Be aware of your mental health and see your current provider or primary care physician for a screening.

Learn more at the San Mateo County Health Mental Health Month webpage.

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May 10

Draft urban water management and water shortage contingency plan available for review

Posted on May 10, 2021 at 6:18 pm by Clay Curtin

The Urban Water Management Plan and Water Shortage Contingency Plan are a critical part of meeting the long-range water supply needs of Menlo Park Municipal Water customers for both normal and dry year weather conditions.

The Urban Water Management Plan serves as the long-term guide to ensure a reliable water supply for the next 20 years, and the Water Shortage Contingency Plan outlines the actions and demand management measures that may be implemented based on various future drought conditions.

The City contracted with EKI Environment & Water, Inc. to develop both plans, and presented a study session at the April 13, 2021, City Council meeting.

The Draft 2020 Urban Water Management Plan and Water Shortage Contingency Plan is available for public review. The City Council is scheduled to hold a public hearing to adopt both plans May 25, 2021. The City must submit the plans to the California Department of Water Resources by June 30.

For additional information, please visit the Urban Water Management Plan webpage or contact Senior Civil Engineer Pam Lowe.

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