News - January 19, 2011

Briefs: Menlo Park gas leak due to house demolition

Failure to have PG&E turn off electricity and gas to a home about to be demolished resulted in a gas leak that dissipated into to the atmosphere with no fire, PG&E reported Jan. 12.

Initial reports that there was a gas-main leak and possible fire drew firefighters from the Menlo Park Fire Protection District to 1315 Middle Ave., near Hermosa Way, shortly before 3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 11.

But the leak was from a small gas pipe in the house that was broken during the demolition work, according to Joe Molica of PG&E.

PG&E crews arrived at the scene about 3:40 p.m. and had the gas turned off within 8 minutes, as well as the electricity, Mr. Molica said.

South Bay salt pond restoration meeting

Anyone interested in restoring salt ponds to wetlands habitat in the Ravenswood area, near the Dumbarton Bridge, is invited to attend a working group meeting on Thursday, Feb. 10, in Menlo Park.

Visit to see the agenda. Discussion topics include Phase 2 restoration and public access projects, and construction updates.

The meeting will be held at the Menlo Park Library at 800 Alma St. from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

SamTrans survey

Answer 20 questions online for SamTrans, and get entered into a drawing for a monthly pass. The survey seeks to determine the best way to deliver information to the 45,000 people who use SamTrans each day, and to find out why they ride the countywide bus system.

Go to to access the survey, which will be available until Jan. 28, according to SamTrans spokeswoman Tasha Bartholomew.

Menlo College blood drive

The Red Cross Club is sponsoring a blood drive at Menlo College on Wednesday, Feb. 2, from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Visit or e-mail Hanna Malak at to sign up. Free food and raffle tickets will be provided for those who donate or volunteer.

The club hopes to collect at least 75 units of blood, enough to beat last year's record, according to Mr. Malak.

The campus is at 1000 El Camino Real in Atherton.

Five Caltrain stations getting new signs

Travelers may have a harder time getting lost while navigating the Peninsula's transit network once Caltrain installs new signs at its San Francisco, Palo Alto, Mountain View, San Jose Diridon stations and the Millbrae Intermodal Transit Center.

The new signs will consolidate information for all the transit systems serving that station, including all maps, schedules, and fare information. The installations should be finished by March, according to Caltrain spokeswoman Christine Dunn.


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