Mar 01

Step 1 for disaster preparedness: Sign up for emergency alerts

Posted on March 1, 2021 at 8:31 pm by Clay Curtin

Each city in San Mateo County, including Menlo Park, partners with the San Mateo County Office of Emergency Services to use the San Mateo County Alert System (SMC Alert) for disaster and emergency notifications. Sign up at

The SMC Alert system offers community members the ability to register to receive public alerts about emergency events, instructions during natural disasters or critical events, weather warnings, crime warnings, major road closures, traffic issues and more. Once enrolled, subscribers can tailor the types of warnings they receive, along with specific jurisdictions or cities they are interested in receiving notifications.

City officials encourage all residents and employees working in our county to sign up to receive alerts from this countywide system. If you are already registered, please take the time to revisit and update your contact information, at least twice a year. Consider adding it to your preparedness to-do list just like changing your smoke detector batteries!

Register to receive emergency alerts at and choose “Register Now” or call the Office of Emergency Services at 650-363-4488 for recorded instructions about updating your SMC Alert account.

Mar 01

Draft Environmental Impact Report available for the Menlo Portal Project

Posted on March 1, 2021 at 8:28 pm by Clay Curtin

The proposed Menlo Portal project in the Bayfront Area reached a milestone with the release of its draft environmental impact report Feb. 25, 2021. The draft EIR is available on the city’s environmental documents webpage. A hard copy of the draft EIR is also available for curbside pickup at the Menlo Park Library.

Residents are encouraged to review the draft EIR and participate in the March 22, 2021, Planning Commission meeting, to provide comments on the draft EIR and the proposed project. The comment review period for the draft EIR is happening now through Monday, April 12, 2021. Written comments must be submitted no later than 5 p.m., Monday, April 12.

The project at 115 Independence Drive and 104-110 Constitution Drive includes
  • Redevelopment of three parcels with approximately 335 multifamily residential units
  • Approximately 34,868 square feet of office space
  • Approximately 1,600 square feet  of child care space (proposed as the applicant’s community amenity in exchange for bonus level development)
Written comments must be submitted by email to Contract Principal Planner Payal Bhagat or by letter to Payal Bhagat, Community Development, 701 Laurel St., Menlo Park, CA 94025.

More details on the proposed project are available on the city’s Menlo Portal project page. The proposed project would be developed using the City’s bonus level provisions for increases in density, intensity (square footage), and height, in exchange for community amenities. The following supporting documents are also available on the project page:
Community amenities appraisal and proposal
Evaluation of the community amenities proposal
Fiscal impact analysis of the proposed project

Following the close of the draft EIR public review period on April 12, 2021, the City will prepare a final EIR that will include responses to all substantive comments received on the draft EIR.

Mar 01

March 2 San Francisquito Creek project meeting addresses tree impacts

Posted on March 1, 2021 at 3:02 pm by Clay Curtin

Reducing the risk of flooding for the communities of Palo Alto, East Palo Alto and Menlo Park is one of the primary objectives of the San Francisquito Creek Joint Powers Authority’s (SFCJPA) Reach 2–“Upstream” project. This project includes widening the creek channel in five locations and replacing the Pope-Chaucer bridge. The JPA is planning the project elements that will provide flood protection up to the level of the 1998 flood of record.

Once completed, these improvements will allow all the water that can pass beneath the Middlefield Road Bridge to safely remain in the channel all the way to the Bay. They are also studying how additional efforts further upstream could provide greater protection against a 100-year flood and reduce the financial burden of flood insurance for many property owners downstream.  

The SFCJPA invites you to a virtual community meeting to discuss project impacts to trees and plans for mitigation. To attend, click the link below at the meeting start time. You can also call in and participate by phone. 

Tuesday, March 2, 2021, at 5 p.m. - Community meeting
  • Join online
  • Participate by phone: Dial 669-900-6833 and use Meeting ID 833-4546-5287 and Passcode 507231
Email Senior Project Manager Kevin Murray or call 650-484-0779 if you have any questions about the project.