Jan 20

101 Express Lanes Phase 2 construction starting soon

Posted on January 20, 2020 at 10:33 am by Clay Curtin

Construction from Whipple Avenue to Interstate 380 (I-380) to add a lane on U.S. 101 will begin in early February 2020 and last through summer of 2022. Plan ahead for delays and nightly lane closures.

Starting in February 2020, Caltrans will implement freeway lane closures Sunday-Thursday nights. In order to maximize construction efficiency, Caltrans will require lane closures Sunday through Thursday night at 9 p.m. instead of 10 p.m., which was the start time for the construction on the project south of Whipple Avenue. By allowing for more time each night, Caltrans estimates the project will be done six months earlier and at a savings of $40 million over a 10 p.m. start time. 

To reduce congestion during extended work hours and nighttime closures, Caltrans will implement a Smart Work Zone system, which uses electronic message signs to alert motorists of changing traffic conditions. The Smart Traffic System uses loops detectors embedded in the pavement to monitor traffic volumes and speeds downstream of the message signs set up in the construction zone. Traffic information will be posted on this side of the road message signs, informing motorists about upcoming slowdowns, incidents or other issues well before they are visible, providing drivers extra time to react to changing conditions. More information will be available as construction nears.

For questions during construction, contact the Caltrans Public Information Officer Alejandro Lopez at 510-286-4948 or 101express@dot.ca.gov.

To sign up for weekly or quarterly updates, email with the subject line 'Weekly' or 'Quarterly' to 101express@dot.ca.gov. Visit http://101express.com for more information.

Jan 20

City seeking experienced law firm to provide city attorney services

Posted on January 20, 2020 at 9:17 am by Clay Curtin

The City Council is looking for an experienced full-service law firm to provide city attorney services. The city attorney reports to, and serves at the pleasure of the City Council. The chosen law firm will designate an attorney to serve as city attorney. The firm’s designee will act as legal representative of the City and advisor to the City Council, Mayor, City Manager, City staff and various commissions and committees.

This position requires an experienced executive-level attorney who can provide expert assistance and solid legal advice as well as provide routine legal services for the organization. The city attorney will analyze issues and advise the City Council of the legal aspects of policy decisions and action matters, and perform other work as required.

Interested and qualified parties should review the City’s posted request for qualifications and submit a proposal according to the format detailed in the posted announcement along with all other requested supplemental materials. 

Please contact Human Resources Manager Theresa DellaSanta with questions.

Jan 20

Now accepting entries for "My Community" youth poster exhibition

Posted on January 20, 2020 at 9:15 am by Clay Curtin

The Menlo Park Youth Poster Exhibition celebrates youth creative expression and inclusive community spirit. Original works of poster art on the theme, “My Community" may be entered for consideration in one of the following school grade categories:
  • Grades 2-3
  • Grades 4-6
  • Grades 7-8
  • Grades 9-12

Students are encouraged to attend several free artist workshops to learn new techniques and get help to create your poster!

Deadline for entries is February 12, 2020. Limit one entry per youth/child. Entrants must live or attend school in Menlo Park. Entry forms are available at the Main Library at 800 Alma St. and the Belle Haven Branch Library at 413 Ivy Dr.

Cash prizes will be awarded in each school grade category. Award winners and honorable mentions also will receive a set of high-quality prints of their posters. 

All accepted posters will be exhibited at the Belle Haven Branch Library starting with an artist reception and unveiling on February 28, 2020. Additionally, local youth artists who submitted posters will be honored in a special awards ceremony at the Tuesday, March 10, City Council meeting.

The exhibition co-sponsored by the City of Menlo Park, Menlo Park Library Foundation and Facebook Analog Research Lab.

Menlo Park Youth Poster Exhibition graphic art depicting many hands painting drawing cutting