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Menlo Park Updates

Jul 09

The City of Menlo Park is hiring!

Posted on July 9, 2018 at 4:45 pm by Peter Ibrahim

Start your next career at the City of Menlo Park. The City offers competitive salaries and excellent benefits package, including progressive paid vacation, medical/dental/vision coverage, transit and commuter benefits, CalPERS retirement and flexible/alternative work schedules. 

Check out a few of our featured recruitments:

Associate Civil Engineer  
Menlo Park is seeking a well-rounded engineering professional with exceptional technical as well as project management skills. The Ideal candidate will be an impressive problem solver with the proven ability to be adaptable and innovative. Any combination of training and experience that would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities will be considered qualifying. Ideal candidates will offer at least four (4) years of professional engineering design, plan review, and project administration experience and a bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline. Possession of a Registered Professional Civil Engineer license issued by the State of California is required.

Senior Civil Engineer  
The individual selected will be an excellent communicator with the demonstrated ability to establish relationships across divisions and departments, as well as project management skills. The ideal candidate will be comfortable sharing ideas and implementing new technology and tools that enhance the performance and efficiency of a department.

Any combination of training and experience that would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities will be considered qualifying. Ideal candidates will possess at least five (5) years of professional engineering design, plan review, and project administration experience, including two (2) years of service in a supervisory or lead capacity, and a bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline. Possession of a Registered Professional Civil Engineer license issued by the State of California is required.

You’d join a committed team dedicated to enhancing the quality of life, creating a vibrant and healthy community, preserving public trust and developing leaders inside the organization and within the community.

For more information and additional opportunities, please check our jobs page at menlopark.org/jobs. You can also sign up for job notifications at menlopark.org/notifyme

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Jul 09

New crossing system installed near La Entrada Middle School

Posted on July 9, 2018 at 4:30 pm by Peter Ibrahim

The existing in-pavement lighted crosswalk system at the midblock crosswalk on Santa Cruz Avenue between Sherman Avenue and Sharon Road was recently replaced with Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons (RRFB). This new crossing system is operational ahead of the 2018–19 school year opening of La Entrada Middle School. This midblock crosswalk on Santa Cruz Avenue between Sherman Avenue and Sharon Road is primarily used by La Entrada Middle School students either walking or bicycling to and from school. 

The existing in-pavement lighted crosswalk system was installed by the City in 1997; and was at the end of its useful life and can no longer be repaired. Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons are user activated amber light emitting diode (LED) lights located under standard crosswalk warning signs to alert motorists of crossing pedestrians at uncontrolled crossings (unsignalized intersections and midblock crosswalks). Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons are very effective in enhancing pedestrian safety with recent studies showing a high vehicle yielding rate with the flashing beacons.

This upgrade is part of the City’s efforts to upgrade outdated lighted crosswalk systems around the community. For more information For more information, please visit the menlopark.org/transportation or contact the Transportation Division.

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Jul 09

Menlo Park student delegates travel to friendship city Bizen, Japan

Posted on July 9, 2018 at 4:10 pm by Peter Ibrahim

Sunday morning, a group of 10 students and 5 adults embarked on a short but event filled trip to Menlo Park’s Japanese friendship city, Bizen, located in Okayama Prefecture west of Osaka.

The 10 students were chosen to participate following an essay contest organized by Menlo Park’s Sister City Committee this past spring. The delegates come from Hillview Middle School, La Entrada Middle School, Menlo School, Ravenswood Middle School and Menlo-Atherton High School.

As part of Menlo Park’s Sister City Program, the city has maintained a friendship relationship with Bizen since 2015 and conducts annual alternating student exchanges between the two cities. A delegation from Bizen visited Menlo Park in 2015 and 2017 hosted by local families and Menlo Park students traveled to Bizen in 2016 and this week for a cultural exchange aimed at enhancing the economic opportunities, understanding and friendship between the two cities.

For many, this is the trip of a lifetime and change to experience authentic Japanese cuisine and culture firsthand while staying with host families, visiting local schools and learning about the different governmental systems. The group plans to visit the Bizen City Hall, Chamber of Commerce, several museums, a soy sauce factory, the famous Imbe Pottery Village for a hands-on Bizen-yaki pottery making experience, as well as the Shizutani School site, Japan’s first public school, dating back to the 17th century.

Menlo Park students in Shanghai on the way to Bizen