Oct 15

Public safety dispatch centers can now receive Text to 911 emergency calls

Posted on October 15, 2018 at 5:19 pm by Peter Ibrahim

All San Mateo County law enforcement and fire agencies’ 911 dispatch centers are equipped to receive and respond to mobile phone SMS Text to 911 messages. All phones or devices must include a text or data plan, be text capable, and have their location services enabled to send a text message to 911. 

Callers who cannot communicate verbally are now able to use the Text to 911 service to request help directly from local public safety agencies. This technology directly benefits members of our deaf, hard of hearing and speech-impaired communities as they will now have a more efficient and effective way to request emergency services in times of need. Additionally, those who find themselves in a situation where it may be too dangerous to dial 911 will have another option to call for help during an emergency. 

Here are some helpful tips when using the Text to 911 service:

• Always provide the exact location of the emergency
• Text messages should be brief and easy to understand
• Do not use abbreviations, emojis or slang
• Remember that the ability to send/receive images and videos is limited and often dependent on the cellular provider
• Texts can only be received in English at this time - this service will be available in additional languages in the near future 

Only call 911 in the event of an emergency and only text to 911 when calling is absolutely not an option. For more information on Text to 911, visit the San Mateo County Communications Manager’s Association website.

“Call if you can -- Text if you can’t” 


Oct 15

Staff attend American Planning Association state conference

Posted on October 15, 2018 at 5:10 pm by Peter Ibrahim

City staff from the Planning Division attended the American Planning Association state conference (APA California) in San Diego during October 7-10. Celebrating APA California’s 70th year, the conference theme was "Shaping our Future: Planning Places for All.”

There were a number of great sessions and mobile workshops on a variety of current topics, including housing, resiliency, placemaking, environmental justice and transportation. Participants heard from fellow practitioners and engaged in dialogue, shared best practices and lessons learned, and explored emerging challenges and ways to address them.

Menlo Park staff was recognized and highlighted for their notable achievements and work:

Planning Technician Chris Turner was awarded the APA California Academic Award of Excellence for his work on the Old Town Urban Design Concept Plan with fellow students from the Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo City and Regional Planning Department.

Acting Principal Planner Kyle Perata presented on Planning and Development of Silicon Valley Tech Campuses as part of a panel discussion with staff from the City of Mountain View, and ICF, an environmental consulting firm, who moderated the session.  


Oct 15

Maintenance work continues next to Bedwell Bayfront Park

Posted on October 15, 2018 at 5:07 pm by Peter Ibrahim

As construction at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge continues, workers have completed a parallel track for trucks that will remove truck traffic from most parts of the San Francisco Bay Trail in Bedwell Bayfront Park. Trucks continue to use the park’s entrance and the first ¼ mile of the Bay Trail that borders the west and south sides of the tidal pond. The construction work by contractors began in July to bring soil through the park to the area, in order to maintain and protect shorebird pond levees.

Ongoing continuing construction impacts to the Park include:

Park entrance: Trucks travel through the park entrance. However, the entrance remains open to public vehicles through the construction activities. The pedestrian/bicycle trail entrance has been shifted to the south. Work areas are separated from public users by fences, signs and/or barriers, and flaggers are present near the park entrance when trucks are active.

Trails: Aside from the ¼-mile Bay Trail segment along the Park’s southwest corner, the rest of the Park’s extensive trail network will not be impacted. Trail sections impacted by trucks will be open for use after 5 p.m. and on weekends and holidays.

To view updated maps and additional information, visit the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge website.