Almanac

News - February 16, 2011

Menlo Park briefs: Scoping session set on Matteson project

by Sandy Brundage

A scoping session on a proposal to build 26 condominiums at 389 El Camino Real, near College Avenue, in Menlo Park will be held during the Planning Commission meeting on Monday, Feb. 28.

In a scoping session, the public is invited to propose the kinds of impacts that should be examined in an environmental impact report on the project, which includes three below-market-rate homes.

Commissioners expressed concerns in June that the developer, the Matteson Companies, requested 13 waivers on development standards. Residents living near the site also raised questions about overcrowding and parking.

The session starts at 7 p.m. in council chambers at the Civic Center, 701 Laurel St.

New commissioner specializes in policy

Peipei Yu Pollmann, the newest member of the Menlo Park Planning Commission, said she was looking for a way to put her public policy and architectural experience to work for the community when she applied.

With a bachelor's degree in architecture and time spent as a district congressional aide for Rep. Barbara Lee, D-California, Ms. Pollmann has worked on housing and civic issues, and now works for Google as a senior policy specialist. Her family moved to Menlo Park almost two years ago.

SamTrans now accepts Clipper Card

Catching a ride on Bay Area public transit no longer requires swapping between paper and plastic passes. SamTrans now accepts Clipper Cards, fare cards used on BART, Caltrain, AC Transit, Golden Gate Ferry, and Muni.

Spokeswoman Tasha Bartholomew said customers riding the northbound KX bus to San Francisco will need to run their Clipper cards both upon entering the bus and exiting, but all other routes only require one reading.

According to a press release, monthly paper passes will be phased out by the end of the year.

Visit clipper.com or call 1-877-878-8883 for more information.

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