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News - September 21, 2011

Menlo Briefs: Last council meeting on draft downtown plan

Prepare to settle in for a long night at Menlo Park City Hall on Tuesday, Sept. 20, as the council holds its last discussion of the draft downtown/El Camino Real specific plan, focusing on the El Camino Real portion of the specific plan, the heavily criticized fiscal impact analysis, and public benefits associated with development within the plan's zone.

Thankfully, that's the only topic of regular business on the agenda. The meeting starts with a closed session at 6 p.m. to discuss a potential lawsuit over the congressional redistricting plan,with the regular session following at 7 p.m. in the council chambers at the Civic Center at 701 Laurel St.

Youth Gun Violence forum

San Mateo County Supervisor Rose Jacobs Gibson, who represents Menlo Park, is hosting a public forum on teens, guns, and local violence on Thursday, Sept. 29.

Staff will present the results of community surveys, discuss costs associated with gun-related violence, and share testimonies from families personally affected by shootings.

Email SMCdistrict4@smcgov.org or call 363-4570 to attend; seating is limited. The forum starts at 9 a.m. at 1300 South El Camino Real, Suite 114, in San Mateo.

Fence restoration

As the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission continues to install a new pipeline to carry water from the Hetch Hetchy, portions of the project in North Fair Oaks and Menlo Park are nearing completion.

Property owners who had fences taken down to make way for the pipeline in North Fair Oaks can now ask for their fences to be replaced, provided all the paperwork's in order. Contact baydivision@sfwater.org to check whether your property qualifies.

In Menlo Park, restoration work continues at Mid-Peninsula High School and along Ivy Drive, while the commission's contractor prepares to tunnel under U.S. Highway 101 next week.

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