News - February 9, 2011

Briefs: T-Mobile plans six cell towers in Menlo Park

by Sandy Brundage

The Menlo Park Planning Commission was scheduled to hear T-Mobile's request to mount a cellphone tower at 2400 Sand Hill Road on Feb. 7, a process which will be repeated at least five more times during the upcoming year.

T-Mobile spokesman Rod De La Rosa confirmed that the telecommunications company plans to add six towers to Menlo Park. Other proposed locations include Nealon Park and Seminary Oaks Park.

Some residents criticized way T-Mobile has publicized community outreach meetings held to discuss the towers. Mr. De La Rosa said notices are mailed to addresses within 500 feet of each site two weeks in advance of the meetings.

Council to weigh options for keeping RDA money

Menlo Park doesn't intend to lose $17 million in redevelopment funds to the state without a fight. On Tuesday, Feb. 8, the City Council will consider how to move the money beyond the governor's reach.

According to staff reports, one option includes forming a housing authority that would take control of $16.4 million currently set aside by the city's redevelopment agency to fund affordable housing programs, as well as 2.1 acres of land the city owns on Hamilton Avenue.

The council meeting begins at 7 p.m. at the Civic Center at 701 Laurel St.

Six seats open on three commissions

Applications are due April 1 for a total of six seats on three city commissions.

The Bicycle Commission has three upcoming vacancies; the Library Commission has two; and the Planning Commission has one, as Chairman Vincent Bressler's term expires. Once they are appointed by the City Council, the new commissioners will take their seats starting on May 1.

Go to or go to the city clerk's office at 701 Laurel St. to find applications.

Free yogurt

The Mix will celebrate its first year in Menlo Park on Saturday, Feb. 12, with free yogurt, prizes, tastings, and face painting. The festivities take place from noon to 5 p.m. at 3536 Alameda de las Pulgas.

Allied Arts Guild plays Texas Hold 'Em

Prepare your best poker face: the Allied Arts Guild will hold its third annual Texas Hold 'Em Poker Tournament on Saturday, Feb. 12, to benefit the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital.

The games begin at 5 p.m. at 75 Arbor Road in Menlo Park. Anyone over 21 years old can play. The $75 admission fee includes chips, food, beverages, and one raffle ticket. Additional raffle tickets are $5 each.

Go to or call 322-2405 for more information.


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