Community Memories: Tour de Menlo, Allied Arts Sidewalk Sale, Neighborhood Cleanup & More | New



This week in community memories: a neighborhood clean-up in the Portola Valley, a settlement reached, how to influence a new development and upcoming events to mark on your calendars.

The Portola Valley is having a summer clean-up day on Saturday, August 7 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. in downtown, 765 Portola Road. With few exceptions, the program accepts furniture, appliances, construction debris, green waste and electronic equipment that no longer works.

Exceptions include liquids, tires, oil or gas heaters, fuel cans and engine parts, hazardous waste, green waste which includes poison oak or poison ivy and large amounts of rock, asphalt or concrete.

The event is free, but participants will need to bring a copy of their household garbage bill or postal insert as proof of residence.

The city notes that the lines were much shorter after 10 a.m. in previous events.

– Angela Swartz

The town of Menlo Park struck a deal with Los Lomitas school district insurance company Lexington Insurance Company after its main pipe burst in October and November 2018 and caused damage to Middle School La Entrada.

The October 2018 water main rupture caused a water leak in 17 classrooms, including nine of the 21 classrooms in the school’s new two-story building, and caused two days of closure of schools. The November 2018 hiatus spilled over to four classrooms and also triggered the early school closure and resumption of classes the next day with port-a-pots and bottled water provided to students. And while the main line belonged to the Menlo Park Municipal Water District, Cal Water, which manages the nearby Bear Gulch Aquatic District, stepped in to help the municipal water agency with repairs.

The settlement covers two claims at La Entrada College resulting from a rupture of a city-owned underground water pipe, according to city attorney Nira Doherty. The settlement amount is $ 1.05 million, but of that amount the city will only pay a portion of that, the so-called self-insured retention, or an amount specified in its liability insurance policy, according to Doherty.

This amount will be paid through the city’s municipal water fund rather than the city’s general fund, Doherty added.

“The settlement that came from the city went directly to our insurance provider who covered the cost to the district associated with the water line breaks. I think the payment did not cover the cost of the damage.” , said Beth Polito, superintendent of Las Lomitas. Primary school district, in a statement.

“We are truly disappointed that these water line breaks have occurred and happy that this matter can be resolved with all parties concerned,” Menlo Park Mayor Drew Combs said in a statement.

A proposed redevelopment of 1125 O’Brien Drive in Menlo Park by demolishing offices and industrial buildings and replacing them with a research and development building and a five-story commercial building begins the environmental review process. This means that the public can step in and suggest which possible environmental impacts should be investigated in the next environmental impact assessment. The new building would have approximately 132,000 square feet of research and development space and approximately 2,500 square feet of commercial space, with surface parking, and is expected to provide community amenities in exchange for higher density construction. to what the city would otherwise allow. The Planning Commission is expected to weigh in on what should be considered in the environmental review at its next meeting on August 9.

Individuals can provide comments at this meeting or should share their comments in writing no later than 5:30 p.m. on Monday, August 30, via email to Contract Planner David Hogan at [email protected] or by letter to Community Development, 701 Laurel St., Menlo Park, CA 94025.

The Allied Arts Guild is having a sidewalk sale on Sunday, August 15 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 75 Arbor Road in Menlo Park, featuring crystal, silver, porcelain, vintage costume jewelry, l Asian framed art and collectibles and more. All proceeds support Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. The guild craft shops will also be open.

The event is cash only and masks are mandatory. Social distancing will be enforced. Go to for more information.

The Menlo Tour, a bike ride around the peninsula for cyclists of all skill levels and fundraiser to support community grants and scholarships through the Rotary Club of Menlo Park, is scheduled to return in person this year on Saturday, September 18. .

The route will offer three routes of varying lengths, at 35, 43 and 63 miles, and support throughout the route.

This year’s race will begin at a new location, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints parking lot at 1105 Valparaiso Ave. at Menlo Park.

Routes are well signposted and all cyclists will head to Stevens Canyon Road and a stop at Madrone Park. The runners will then return to the starting point. The traditional lunch after the ride will not be held this year to reduce the risk of the spread of COVID-19.

Funds raised from the event will go to the Rotary Club’s Menlo Park Scholarship and Academic Awards program to provide need-based college scholarships to local high school graduates; grants to local community philanthropic organizations; and The Almanac’s Holiday Fund, which supports 10 local nonprofits, including Second Harvest Food Bank, LifeMoves, and Saint Anthony’s Padua Dining Room.

Go to to register.

Micro grants of $ 5,000 to $ 25,000 are available for small businesses and qualifying nonprofits that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic through the California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program.

Qualifying Small Businesses generate $ 2.5 million or less in annual gross revenue or are a small non-profit organization that has been in business since June 1, 2019 and has been affected by the pandemic through business disruptions. activity or closures, among other conditions. New applicants and waitlisted applicants from some previous cycles should be aware that the application window runs from Thursday, September 9 to Thursday, September 30, according to an announcement from the town of Menlo Park.

– Kate Bradshaw

Woodside resident Carol Fischer received the Woodside Backyard Habitat Award last month from the city’s environment committee: open space, conservation and sustainability.

The judges noted that a significant portion of his property is maintained in a natural state, dominated by native vegetation and free from invasive non-native plants. Unused areas of the property have been allowed to return to the wild, allowing native plants to spread and thrive, and it contains plants that feed bees, butterflies and birds. Raccoons and coyotes frequent Fischer Gardens. She also sees local chickens and an occasional opossum, the judges noted.

– Angela Swartz


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