Almanac

News - October 19, 2011

Briefs: Facebook, labor on agenda

by Sandy Brundage

With labor negotiations, lawsuits, and Facebook on its agenda, the Menlo Park City Council reconvenes on Tuesday, Oct. 18.

The evening is scheduled to start with a closed session at 5:30 p.m. to discuss negotiations with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees labor union.

Following that, in open session, the council's agenda includes:

Setting aside $50,000 from general fund reserves to hire a law firm to defend Measure L, the pension reform initiative, against a lawsuit.

Appointing two council members to serve on a subcommittee to guide a development agreement for Facebook's new Menlo Park campus.

"Taming natural disasters" by way of approving an updated local hazard mitigation plan.

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

All about housing

The talk will be all about housing in San Mateo County when public officials and others meet Friday, Oct. 21, at a housing conference at the Oracle Conference Center, 350 Oracle Parkway in Redwood City. The conference runs from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Workshops include "Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Air District Regulation and Smart Growth," "Reaching Out to Housing Constituencies," and "The Grand Boulevard: Meeting the Needs of Our Seniors."

The event is sponsored by the Housing Leadership Council of San Mateo County. Registration is $60 for non-Housing Council members and $45 for members. Breakfast and lunch are included.

Go to www.hlcsmc.org to find out more.

Parks and Rec meeting canceled

The Wednesday, Oct. 19, meeting of the Parks and Recreation Commission has been postponed until Oct. 26. The rescheduled meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. at the Arrillaga Family Recreation Center at 700 Alma St. in Menlo Park.

Women's Hall of Fame

San Mateo County is seeking nominations for its 28th annual Women's Hall of Fame. The deadline is Nov. 1.

There are three categories: Women's Hall of Fame for women at least 19 years old who have had a significant impact on their communities; Young Women of Excellence for high school juniors or seniors; and a new category this year, Making a Difference for Women in the Workplace, for a business or organization.

Go to smcgov.org/csw for nomination forms and contact Honora Miller at 363-4463 for more information.

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