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Menlo Park Updates

May 13

Public comments sought for San Francisquito Creek project draft environmental impact report

Posted on May 13, 2019 at 3:55 pm by Peter Ibrahim

The San Francisquito Creek Joint Powers Authority (SFCJPA) seeks public comment on the proposed San Francisquito Creek Flood Protection, Ecosystem Restoration and Recreation Project Upstream of Highway 101 draft environmental impact report (DEIR).

This is the next project for the SFCJPA and its partners – the cities of Menlo Park, East Palo Alto, Palo Alto and the Santa Clara Valley Water District and San Mateo County Flood Control District. 

The San Francisquito Creek Joint Powers Authority (SFCJPA) released the document for public review and comment April 22, 2019. Like the proposed project and the challenges it seeks to address, the DEIR document is large and complex. Readers are encouraged to start their review with the first two chapters, which provide overall context of the SFCJPA’s broad plan of connected projects, as well as substantial details regarding the program now proposed.

In addition, the San Francisquito Creek Joint Powers Authority is hosting three public hearings to share more about the project and receive comments:
  • Menlo Park meeting
    Thursday, May 23, 2019, 7–8:30 p.m.
    Laurel School Upper Campus Atrium
    275 Elliott Drive
  • East Palo Alto meeting
    Wednesday, May 29, 2019, 7–8:30 p.m.
    East Palo Alto City Hall Community Room
    2415 University Ave.
  • Palo Alto meeting
    Wednesday, June 5, 2019, 7–8:30 p.m.
    Palo Alto Art Center Auditorium
    1313 Newell Road
The DEIR is also available at libraries in East Palo Alto, Menlo Park and Palo Alto. In addition to the public hearings, the public can also submit written comments by June 19, 2019, via email to the SFCJPA or to the following mailing address: 

615 B Menlo Ave.
Menlo Park, CA 94025 

For more information, visit the SFCJPA’s San Francisquito Creek Flood Protection, Ecosystem Restoration and Recreation Project Upstream of Highway 101 project page.

May 13

City receives second consecutive Distinguished Budget Presentation Award

Posted on May 13, 2019 at 3:54 pm by Peter Ibrahim

The Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) announced that the City of Menlo Park has won its second straight award, covering the 2018-19 fiscal year. The Distinguished Budget Presentation Award is based on guidelines for effective budget presentation and includes criteria for how well the budget serves as a policy document, as a financial plan, as an operations guide, and as a communications device. Budget documents must be rated "proficient" in 14 mandatory categories to receive the award.

As expressed by the GFOA in its press release, "[t]he award represents a significant achievement by the [City]. It reflects a commitment of the [City Council] and staff to meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting." Of the 20 municipal government agencies in San Mateo County, only seven received the award for the same period.

The budget represents a concerted effort by the City Council, the community and staff to identify priorities, determine resource availability and make decisions about where to expend those resources.

For more information, please visit the Finance Division web page.

Menlo Park Distinguished-Budget-Presentation-Award
May 13

Menlo Park planners attend national planning conference in San Francisco

Posted on May 13, 2019 at 3:53 pm by Peter Ibrahim

Several Menlo Park planners joined colleagues from around the world at the American Planning Association’s National Planning Conference in San Francisco. The April 13-16 event provided a rare opportunity for several staff members to attend since the conference was held in the Bay Area. Menlo Park planners were able to collaborate and learn from a record 6,400 conference attendees, representing every state and 30 different countries.

The conference was a blend of mobile workshops and in-person seminars that covered a diverse range of planning and community development topics. Staff attended sessions on different strategies to address affordable housing, transit-oriented development, homelessness prevention and support services, short-term vacation rental enforcement, home sharing options, streetscape innovations and strategies to retain independent retailers in local commercial districts.

Staff also attended employee-related sessions that focused on the retention and attraction of staff to local municipalities and how to address the ongoing 'silver tsunami' of retirements that are presently affecting public sector organizations. The conference is always a great opportunity to reconnect with fellow planners and Menlo Park staff returned to the office with renewed energy for the planning initiatives taking place in our community.

American Planning Association Annual Conference Menlo Park attendees