Almanac

News - August 3, 2011

Briefs: Hetch Hetchy pipeline work in Menlo Park

by Sandy Brundage

As part of its $4.6 billion Hetch Hetchy seismic upgrade project, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission starts work on a section of pipeline passing under Bay Road in Menlo Park this week.

The construction, on a strip of land stretching from Marsh Road to Flood Park, may disrupt traffic on week days between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Meetings cancelled

Tuesday nights in Menlo Park will be quieter than usual for the next three weeks. The City Council won't meet again until Aug. 23. Expected to appear on the agenda that night: Walgreen's appeal of the Planning Commission 4-3 vote just saying "no" to the drugstore's request to sell beer and wine at its Santa Cruz Avenue store.

The Aug. 23 meeting will start at 7 p.m. in council chambers at the Civic Center at 701 Laurel St.

Hazardous waste disposal

Drop off paint, batteries, pesticides, and other hazardous waste for free on Saturday, Aug. 13, in Menlo Park. Menlo Park residents may bring household hazardous waste.

Go to smhealth.org/hhw or call 363-4718 to make an appointment and get the address of the drop-off site. City residents can also call 1-800-449-7589 to request pick-up at their home.

Thursday: Downtown specific plan

Three down, at least one more to go. The Menlo Park Planning Commission meets Thursday, Aug. 4, to continue and perhaps finish its review of the proposed downtown/El Camino Real specific plan. The goal? To send a list of recommended revisions to the proposal to the City Council, which will determine the final shape and vision for the plan.

The fiscal impact analysis (FIA) that was supposed to accompany review of the specific plan may finally be available by Aug. 4, adding an extra dimension for the commission to contemplate. The FIA's release was delayed to give the consultant time to analyze the plan's impact on school and fire protection districts.

Staff will present an overview of the plan at 6 p.m. The commissioners will then begin their review at 7 p.m. The meeting will be held in the council chambers at the Civic Center at 701 Laurel St.

Go to tinyurl.com/plan-163 for more information on the plan.

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