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Cyclists must ride in the traffic lane on Laurel Street between Oak Grove and Glenwood avenues when parents park in bike lane to pick up their kids at Nativity School. That will change after the current school year.
City to ban street parking on Laurel St. near Nativity By Sandy Brundage Almanac Staff Writer
portion of Laurel Street between Oak Grove and Glenwood avenues will become a â€œno stoppingâ€? zone after the current school year ends. The Menlo Park City Council voted 5-0 to approve the change during its Dec. 10 meeting. The parking issue arose when a resident whose child attended Encinal Elementary School, located not far from Laurel Street, complained to the city that parents from Nativity School parked in the bike lanes. Parents with children attending the private K-8 Nativity School at 1250 Laurel St., as well as school administrators, protested the loss of parking space. City staff argued the removal makes bicycle travel along the street safer, and that the change is in line with Menlo Parkâ€™s â€œcomplete streets policy,â€? which states that the roads must serve all users, not just motorists. On the other side of the debate, Nativity parents said it would make dropping off
and picking up their children more dangerous. The school currently has a drop-off and pickup zone off Oak Grove Avenue that administrators said canâ€™t accommodate the flow of parents for the schoolâ€™s current 275 students, in part because students from Menlo-Atherton High School illegally park in the private schoolâ€™s lots. In the end, though, it turned out to be about working together to find a solution rather than making the strongest argument. Transportation staff collaborated with parents and school administrators to figure out how to reconfigure the facilityâ€™s on-site parking to add up to 14 spaces to compensate for losing street parking. The school will also develop a program to encourage alternate transportation. Some changes will be made to the intersection of Laurel Street and Oak Grove Avenue: pedestrians will have longer to cross the street, and right turns on red will be prohibited while children are present. Thereâ€™s still some fine-tuning
to be done. A school representative speaking at the council meeting asked the city to share the costs with Nativity, which the council encouraged. Transportation Manager Jesse Quirion noted that grant funding may be available to pay for some modifications, such as painting the bike lanes green along certain portions of the street to heighten awareness. Parents and school administrators also said they remain concerned about the future, as Menlo-Atherton High School expands. Erin Glanville, president of Nativityâ€™s parent-teacher group, suggested the city seek funding for enlarging Laurel Street, and pointed out that Menlo Parkâ€™s â€œsafe routes to schoolâ€? policy states that traffic should not be pushed to adjacent neighborhoods and that parents should be provided adequate space for school transport. Whether eliminating the street parking will have unintended consequences, as some fear, remains to be seen; all modifications will be evaluated after the 2014-15 school year starts. A
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Surf Air: Residents air noise, safety concerns By Barbara Wood Special to the Almanac
ast June, Surf Air, a new airline whose passengers pay one monthly price for unlimited flights on 6-passenger planes, began flying in and out of the San Carlos Airport. More than one local resident testified at a community meeting in Atherton on Dec. 9 that they remember exactly when Surf Air began flying — it was the day they thought a plane was about to land on their home. Brian Crowley, who lives on 9th Avenue in the Fair Oaks neighborhood, said he ran outside thinking he was about to witness a plane crash the first time he heard a Surf Air plane fly over. The planes are easily recognizable by their blue and white paint. Mr. Crowley said he was working at home with his doublepaned windows all closed in a neighborhood he had always prized for its “sense of quiet.” “I’m hoping we can find a solution that allows Surf Air and other fliers to retain their use of the airport and retain our sense of quiet,” he said. Laurie Hills, who has lived on Encina Avenue in Menlo Park for more than 30 years, said she also ran outside when she heard
the first plane. “It is so loud it rattles my windows,” she said. “I’m concerned because I understand they’re expanding. … I’m afraid my property values will be impacted.” A solution to the problem that brought more than 75 people to the Pavilion at HolbrookPalmer Park on a Monday night may not be easy, particularly because Surf Air appears to be a success. According to co-founder Cory Cozzens, the company has 371 members and about 350 more waiting for new routes to serve their communities. Before the company began service, nearly 6,000 people across the country said they would be interested in joining, but since the airline does not fly to many of those locations, the company currently has room for a few more members, Mr. Cozzens said. About half the current Surf Air members live in the Bay Area, with 31 residing in San Mateo County, he said. The airline just added an airport in Hawthorne, California, to its routes and says it will add Palm Springs later in the month. Surf Air says it plans to eventually double the number of flights using the San Carlos hub. Mr. Cozzens told the Almanac
Hanretty gets pension despite his conviction
Graphic courtesy Town of Atherton.
The green lines show the current FAA-mandated approach (lower line) to the San Carlos Airport that must be used in conditions that won’t allow visual flight approaches. The upper line is a proposed flight approach that the FAA has said it will consider.
that 12 flights a day would be the most the airline would fly to and from San Carlos. “I really do think that’s about the max based on the demand and also taking into consideration the concerns the neighbors have expressed,” he said. “We’ll certainly continue to grow,” he said. “The most (flights) we ever really talked about seriously
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im Hanretty, the former Woodside and Portola Valley school official who was recently released on probation from state prison for stealing or misappropriating money from both districts, has been receiving more than $41,000 a year in pension pay-outs since retiring in February Tim Hanretty 2012, about five months before he pleaded “no contest” to six felony charges related to the misdeeds. According to a California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) spokesperson, Mr. Hanretty “is receiving a
monthly pension of $3,456.” He received the pension even while in prison. Mr. Hanretty has also begun the process of appealing a court order to repay $2.67 million to the Woodside Elementary School District and has asked for a court-appointed attorney to represent him in that process. A state law was passed in September 2012 that would have denied Mr. Hanretty at least part of his pension if he had been convicted after January of this year, when the law went into effect. However, by pleading “no contest” to charges of embezzlement and misappropriation of public funds in July 2012, he was able to secure the higher pension, which he will receive
the Hayward Airport. We’ll be using several airports.” The airline, officials from the San Carlos Airport and county and local government representatives have been working to find a solution to the noise problem for several months. Surf Air has received permisSee SURF AIR, page 11
MP council OK’s salary hike for city staff By Sandy Brundage Almanac Staff Writer
By Barbara Wood
about bringing into San Carlos was 20,” he added. “That would, however, kind of stress the infrastructure of the airport pretty heavily.” The airline is also looking at other Bay Area airports for expansion, he said. “We’re equally interested in taking flights out to the East Bay. Maybe the Oakland Airport or
t was a long winter’s night as the Menlo Park City Council met on Dec. 10, deciding much and debating more, and in some cases the outcome was a bit of a surprise. The proposed contract with the approximately 34 city managers and supervisors represented by the American Federation of State, Municipal and City Employees earned a lengthy discussion. The contract includes a 4.5 percent salary increase and additional health benefits along with other modifications, such as the loss of four floating holiday days. Human Resources Director Gina Donnelly told the council that a survey showed that salary ranges for Menlo Park staff rank near the bottom of
other Peninsula cities. Recruiting efforts have sometimes come up dry, she said, with a recent open position having to go through more than one cycle of searching for a new employee, which ends up costing the city even more money. Being at the bottom of the
The contract includes a 4.5 percent salary increase and additional health benefits. pay scale “is certainly a factor” in losing people, Ms. Donnelly commented. The council, which negotiated the contract in a series of closed sessions during the past year, ended up voting 4-1 to adopt it. While saying he “wholeheartedly agreed” that staff
needed raises, Mayor Ray Mueller voted against the proposed contract. He later told the Almanac that the total 7.1 percent compensation increase was larger than he’s comfortable with, and he “would have preferred to see the increase staggered over the life of the contract. I also would have preferred more of the increases put into (non-pension related) compensation.” Councilwoman Kirsten Keith noted that they tried to identify non-pension related increases, which led to the bump in health benefits, but that having “salaries so far below other cities” also needed to be addressed, after much debate in closed session. In response to public criticism that Menlo Park has too See SALARY, page 11
See HANRETTY, page 11
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Woodside gives green light to ‘safe routes to school’ By Dave Boyce Almanac Staff Writer
■ Narrow by 1 foot the width of the traffic lanes on the approaches to the school so as to allow a walkway and bike path on the north side of the road. ■ Resurface parts of the path on the south side of Woodside Road that pass the school. This step is potentially controversial. While the new surface must comply with Americans with Disabilities Act standards, horse traffic is common. The Trails Committee expressed concern that horses be taken into consideration in choosing a new surface. On a unanimous vote, the council directed staff to refer the Safe Routes audit to the Circulation Committee and return with a timeline and list of tasks needed to “move forward expeditiously.” Council members also directed that the audit’s other 12 recommendations for improving safety be folded into an ongoing community effort to consider the Town Center’s evolution over the next 20 years, the socalled Town Center Area Plan.
n the annual Walk to School day at Woodside Elementary School, about 85 percent of the students (a little more than 310 students) walk or ride bikes to school. This annual exercise has included a “walking bus,” in which students line up as if they were riding a bus and walk to school in formation. There is safety in numbers. On most days, perhaps reflecting the widely held perception that the current routes to school are unsafe — particularly along Woodside Road — the percentage of children going to school on their own falls to about 8 percent, according to a recent Safe Routes To School audit. The other 92 percent get rides from their parents, and usually one student per vehicle, the audit says. The safety concerns are at least a decade old, said parent and community volunteer Millo Fenzi as he addressed the Town Council at its Dec. 10 meeting. The council, having heard another rounds of pleas from the community to fix this problem, directed staff to move A dissenting voice When this project came up for ahead on the Woodside Road Safety Improvement Project, extended discussion in March first proposed in September 2012, Councilman Tom Shanahan argued against accepting 2012. Action would have begun in outside funding. “We see it as a ‘free’ crosswalk pro2012, but the road vided by grants from is a state highway some combination and the involveCouncil directs of county, state and ment of the Calistaff to act on federal government fornia Departprograms,” he said at ment of Transsafety-audit the time. Woodside portation tends findings. families pay a little, to slow things but so do families dow n, newly in “East Palo Alto, elected Mayor Dave Burow said. The $215,600 Detroit and other places. ... project, funded with state and Spending without having to tax county money, would address is a fun but very dangerous busifive of the safety audit’s 18 rec- ness.” At the Dec. 10 meeting, Mr. ommendations: ■ Prohibit parking on the Shanahan spoke again. “I don’t south side of Woodside Road “in think any concern, even child proximity to the school’s four safety, can be an absolute,” he driveways and the crosswalks.” said. Child safety is one of many ■ Install crosswalk warning priorities before the council, and signs equipped with very bright a focus on the Woodside Road warning lights ahead of the two project should not elevate it to crosswalks across Woodside “some kind of a super priority,” Road. he said. He asked staff about ■ Mark the crosswalks with crossing guards, including when high-visibility materials. they were on duty and whether
Photo by Michelle Le/The Almanac
A crossing guard stops traffic so children and adults can cross Woodside Road after school was dismissed at Woodside Elementary School on Dec. 13.
they themselves pressed buttons to activate warning lights. Mr. Shanahan did not respond to a request for an interview. Public comment
The children in the audience spoke first. Christopher Fenzi asked for the trail behind Bucks restaurant to be flatter and more negotiable in places. Georgia Hutchinson read from her letter “on behalf of the Woodside population.” The town’s paucity of crosswalks “is a big problem because as great as the paths are, there are no crosswalks to the other side of the street,” she said. “That makes my walk to school, and many other peoples’ walk to school, dangerous. You should be heartbroken because people in my neighborhood stop walking to my school because of safety issues.” School board member Marc Tarpenning called the current warning lights “invisible” and in an apparent reference to Mr. Shanahan, noted that the crosswalks are used more than twice a day. One crosswalk is used continuously by students between the end of the school day and sunset, by adults and equestrians, and by weekend
Caltrain working nights in Atherton As part of its program to upgrade signal and train-control systems, Caltrain will be working on its right-of-way in Atherton from Jan. 2 through Jan. 16. The work hours are 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Tuesdays
through Saturdays. During this time Caltrain will be identifying utility cables, digging a small trench, boring close to the tracks within the Caltrain right-of-way, and installing fiber optic cable.
Caltrain warns that there may be “minor installation noise” during construction as well as some night lighting. V i s it c a lt r a i n .c om / CBOSSPTC or call 650-5086499 for more information.
users of campus facilities. Safety improvements are “for the whole town even if it’s called safe routes to school,” Mr. Tarpenning said. “It is really safe routes to downtown.” The improvements, said Woodside Road resident Bob Page, are meant “to help us feel safe in walking around and they’re not just to help kids walk safely to school. In general, the pedestrians are very poorly represented in any discussion before the Town Council.” One parent said he was offended by Mr. Shanahan’s comments. “There’s nothing more
important to local government than that we don’t have to have a memorial sign (after a fatal accident),” he said. “The kids, all of us who are out there, we are the future of Woodside.” Calling the crossing of Whiskey Hill and Mountain Home roads “a disaster,” Mr. Fenzi said he would “entreat, beg, plead” for the council to move forward quickly. “You have a great opportunity to do something of real value to the community.” At this point, his voice broke. “Sorry, I get wound up,” he said. “I’ve been doing this for 10 years.” A
R EAL E STATE Q&A by Monica Corman
Spare the Air Dear Monica: Nearly every day there are announcements about it being a “Spare the Air” day. As a homeowner, what does this mean I should or shouldn’t do? Ellen C. Dear Ellen: The dry, stagnant, winter air that we have had in the Bay Area these past weeks has triggered several “Spare the Air” days. For 24 hours residents are banned from burning wood or other particulate matter, and this includes using EPA certified wood stoves and fireplace inserts. Gas fireplaces with concrete logs are okay to burn. Residents are also encouraged to drive less or not at all, and not to exert themselves outdoors if the air is particularly bad. Compliance with Spare the Air directives used to be voluntary but this did not achieve clean air standards. Thus the ban on wood burning is now mandatory
and there are fines for non-compliance. This is now the season when the danger of indoor fire is greatest. Make sure your furnace is in good condition with clean filters. If you have a Christmas tree, keep it well-watered and be sure Christmas lights are in good condition and so they won’t cause a fire hazard. Be sure you have smoke alarms and carbon monoxide monitors. A smoke alarm is required in each bedroom and in the area just outside of the bedrooms. Smoke alarms are required on each level. And beginning July 1, 2014, all smoke alarms that are solely battery powered shall have a non-replaceable, non-removable battery that can power the alarm for at least 10 years. Carbon monoxide alarms are required on each level and in the area outside the bedrooms.
For answers to any questions you may have on real estate, you may e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 462-1111, Alain Pinel Realtors. I also offer a free market analysis of your property. www.MonicaCorman.com December 18, 2013 N TheAlmanacOnline.com N The Almanac N 7
Peninsula Christmas Services Simply Christmas Get back to basics and Celebrate the true meaning of Christmas in a service of Scripture and Song! Tuesday, December 24th at 6:00 pm First Baptist Church • 1100 Middle Ave Menlo Park
(650) 323 8544 • www.firstbaptist.com
Christmas Eve at Bethany 5:00 p.m. Family Christmas Children tell the story of Jesus, as shepherds, angels, wisemen, and the holy family.
Join us between services and enjoy wonderful food and Christmas cheer! 7:00 p.m. Christmas with Horns Sing your favorite carols and hear a message of hope and joy during this joy-ﬁlled service of music!
10:00 p.m. Candlelight Christmas A quiet and contemplative time to listen, sing, and reﬂect on the birth of Jesus Christ.
Valley Presbyterian Church in the Redwoods 945 Portola Road, Portola Valley, CA 650-851-8282 www.valleypreschurch.org
Christmas Eve Worship 5:00 pm
Family Candlelight Service
Candlelight Service Lessons & Carols
BETHANY LUTHERAN CHURCH 1095 CLOUD AVENUE MENLO PARK at the corner of Avy & Cloud
Christmas blessings from St. Bede’s Episcopal Church Let us celebrate together! Christmas Eve — Tuesday, 12/24 4PM Children’s Christmas Pageant & Eucharist 8PM Festival Eucharist with Choir
Christmas Day — Wednesday, 12/25 9AM Holy Eucharist with Carols
First Sunday after Christmas — 12/29 9AM Christmas Lessons & Carols and Eucharist Please join us after each service for coffee and cookies, with a special treat for children following the pageant.
St. Bede’s Episcopal Church 2650 Sand Hill Rd (at Monte Rosa), Menlo Park 650-854-6555 stbedesmenlopark.org
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Peninsula Christmas Services
The Episcopal Parish of Portola Valley & Woodside
CHRISTMAS EVE: Childrenâ€™s Pageant Eucharist at 3 p.m. Candlelit Eucharist with Choir at 5:30 p.m. CHRISTMAS DAY: Holy Eucharist with Carols at 10 a.m. 815 Portola Road, Portola Valley; tel. (650) 851-0224; <www.ccpvw.org>
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CHRISTMAS EVE AT FIRST PRES Choir Singing Carols & Anthems 4:30pm, Sanctuary
Service of Lessons & Carols 5:00pm, Sanctuary
541 Melville Ave., Palo Alto, CA 94301 650-838-0508 The Most Reverend Robert S. Morse, Vicar The Reverend Matthew Weber, Assistant
CHRISTMAS EVE CHORAL EUCHARIST WITH SERMON DECEMBER 24 AT 8 P.M. TRADITIONAL ANGLICAN WORSHIP 1928 BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER
Festive Reception & Holiday Treats 6:00pm, Fellowship Hall
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Holiday Services at Stanford Memorial Church Sunday, December 22, 2013 10:00 am University Public Worship 4:30 pm Catholic Mass Tuesday, December 24, 2013 4:00 pm Christmas Eve Family service (Doors open at 3:15 pm) Please bring new, unwrapped toys which will be given to needy children. The 4:00 pm service will be broadcast live on KZSU 90.1 FM and http://kzsulive.stanford.edu. 8:00 pm Christmas Eve Festival Communion service (Doors open at 7:15 pm) Please note: Please arrive early for Christmas Eve services. Attendees must arrive together with their group. Saving seats will not be allowed.
Wednesday, December 25, 2013 12:00 am Catholic Christmas Eve Midnight Mass 12:00 pm Catholic Christmas Day Mass More info: http://religiouslife.stanford.edu/holiday-services
Memorial Church, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford, CA 94305, (650)723-1762
Celebrate Christmas With Us! Wherever you are in your journey, whether church is familiar or not, we welcome you to join us for one of our Christmas services. Whether you prefer a simpler childrenâ€™s service or a more traditional one with the Church Choir, infused with a sense of the sacred that fills Christmas Eve night, we invite you.
Christmas Eve (All services will be about an hour) 4:00 pm 6:00 pm 9:30 pm 10:00 pm
Childrenâ€™s Communion Service with Pageant Christmas Communion Service with the Festival Choir Carol Sing Christmas Communion Service with the Festival Choir
CHRISTMAS WORSHIP SERVICES Family Worship Service & Reception Sunday, December 15, 9:30 a.m Christmas Eve Candlelight Service & Reception Tuesday, December 24, 10 p.m
Woodside Village Church 3154 Woodside Road, Woodside, CA
Christmas Day 10:00 am
Christmas Day Communion with Hymns
Trinity Church In Menlo Park, An Episcopal Community 330 Ravenswood Avenue, Menlo Park (Between El Camino and Middlefield) 650-326-2083 www.trinitymenlopark.org
Inspirations is a resource for ongoing religious services and special events. To inquire about or to reserve space in Inspirations, please contact Blanca Yoc at 223-6596 or email email@example.com
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Herman Christensen, planning commissioner
Portola Valley Schools Foundation insured to cover losses, official says
Herman Christensen, an Atherton resident since1965 and chair of the townâ€™s Planning Commission, died on Dec. 9. He was 83. Mr. Christensenâ€™s death was unexpected, according to his family: He had been working out at the gym earlier that day, but collapsed after returning home. Mr. Christensen earned his undergraduate degree in art and architecHerman ture from DartChristensen mouth College, and a masterâ€™s degree in political science from Stanford. Between those periods of study, he joined the U.S. Marines, serving as a lieutenant. With his brother, Raymond, Mr. Christensen took over their fatherâ€™s home-building company, Herman Christensen and Sons, and expanded it into a general building contractor and real estate development business. He was â€œpassionate about education,â€? his family said, and he
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