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Walk on the wild side Edgewood walks are window to Californiaâ€™s native wildflower past Photos by Kathy Korbholz
Above: Despite its relatively small size as a protected wilderness area, Edgewood offers a surprising amount of biodiversity. Bottom: Silver bush lupine at Edgewood park
By Kathy Korbholz Friends of Edgewood
hroughout the Bay Area, Edgewood Park and Natural Preserve, located near Interstate 280 and Edgewood Road in Redwood City, is famous for its spectacular spring wildflower displays. Edgewood contains an unusual and harmonious concentration of ecological zones. Its most important feature is its 160 acres of serpentine soils. Low in calcium and nitrogen, but high in magnesium and heavy metals, serpentinite is toxic to most plants. Over millennia, however, certain plants and animals have adapted to it. Because most species brought in with European settlement cannot live in serpentine soil, such areas form natural preserves of native plants and the animals that depend on them. Any time of year, Edgewood can show how See page 27
Spot an endangered checkerspot
he Bay checkerspot butterflies are back at Edgewood County Park and Natural Preserve this year. This insect species, included on the federal endangered species list, is found on the Peninsulaâ€ nowhere else but at Edgewood. A scientific restoration program has been underway since 2007 to bring the population back to a self-sustaining level. The severe drought conditions this year threatened to cancel any efforts to bring additional caterpillars to Edgewood from their home south of San Jose, where there is a large and stable population. However, conditions suddenly changed and caterpillars were recently translocated. That means if the weather continues to cooperate, they should pupate into lovely butterflies and take flight. On March 29, chief scientist Dr. Stuart Weiss will lead a lucky few individuals on a walk through the restricted butterfly habitat at Edgewood. This is a special opportunity to see this rare and
Photo by Michelle Le
Bay checkerspot butterfly is on the federal endangered species list.
beautiful insect, and learn about its plight and future from the man who is leading the efforts to save it from local extinction. The three-hour walk starts at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 29, in Redwood City. Space is limited, and you must pre-register to attend. Go to friendsofedgewood.org and click the Events menu to register and learn further details. By Kathy Korbholz, Friends of Edgewood. A
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NOTICE REQUESTING BIDS WEST BAY SANITARY DISTRICT EMERGENCY GENERATOR REPLACEMENT PROJECT Sealed proposals for the EMERGENCY GENERATOR REPLACEMENT PROJECT will be received at the West Bay Sanitary District, 500 Laurel Street, Menlo Park, California 94025 until 3:00 pm on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at which time they will be publicly opened and read. Bids shall be labeled ”West Bay Sanitary District, Proposal for “EMERGENCY GENERATOR REPLACEMENT PROJECT.” The Work will include the furnishing of all labor, materials and equipment, and other appurtenances for replacement of emergency generators at two District pump stations, the Hamilton Henderson Pump Station in Menlo Park and the Village Square Pump Station in Portola Valley. The contract documents may be inspected at the office of the West Bay Sanitary District; San Francisco Builders Exchange, Attn: Deanna Johnson, 850 So. Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, California 94110; Peninsula Builders Exchange, Attn: Andrea Nettles, 735 Industrial Road, Suite 100, San Carlos, California 94070; Santa Clara Builders Exchange, Attn: Kanani Fonseca, 400 Reed Street, Santa Clara, California 95050; Builders Exchange of Alameda, Attn: Richard Owen, 3055 Alvarado Street, San Leandro, California 94577; Construction Bidboard Incorporated, Attn: Plan Room, 11622 El Camino Real, Suite 100, San Diego, CA 92130; and, Contra Costa Builders Exchange, Attn: April Hamilton, 2440 Stanwell Drive, Suite B, Concord, California 94520. Copies of the Contract Documents may be obtained at the office of the West Bay Sanitary District upon payment of a check or money order in the amount of $40.00 for each set. The check or money order must be issued to the West Bay Sanitary District. All payments are nonrefundable. A pre-bid meeting will be held at 11:00 am on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at the West Bay Sanitary District Office in Menlo Park, California. Each bid proposal shall be accompanied by a certified or cashier‘s check or a proposal guaranty bond payable to the order of the West Bay Sanitary District in an amount not less than ten percent (10%) of the amount of the bid as a guaranty that the bidder will execute the contract if it be awarded to him in conformity with the proposal. The successful bidder will be required to furnish a performance bond in an amount not less than one hundred percent (100%) of the contract price and a labor and material bond in an amount equal to one hundred percent (100%) of the contract price. The District (”Owner”) reserves the right to reject any or all bids and to determine which proposal is, in the judgment of the District, the lowest responsible bid of a responsible bidder or group of bidders and which proposal should be accepted in the best interest of the District. The District also reserves the right to waive any informalities in any proposal or bid. Bid proposals received after the time announced for the opening will not be considered. No bidder may withdraw his proposal after the time announced for the opening, or before award and execution of the contract, unless the award is delayed for a period exceeding forty-five (45) days. Pursuant to the provisions of Public Contract Code Section 22300, and upon the request and at the expense of the Contractor, securities equivalent to the amount withheld by the District to ensure performance under the Contract may be deposited with the District, or with a state or federally chartered bank as escrow agent who shall deliver such securities to the Contractor upon satisfactory completion of the contract. Only those securities listed in Government Code Section 16430 or other securities approved by the District are eligible for deposit. The deposit of securities with an escrow agent or the District shall be made in the form and on such terms and conditions as the District may require to protect the interest of the District in the event of the Contractor‘s default. The Contractor shall be the beneficial owner of any securities that are deposited and shall receive any interest thereon. Pertaining to Sections 1770, 1773, and 1773.1 of the California Labor Code the successful bidder shall pay not less than the prevailing rate of per diem wages as determined by the Director of the California Department of Industrial Relations. Copies of such prevailing rates are on file at the District office of the West Bay Sanitary District and which copies shall be made available to any interested party on request. The successful bidder shall post a copy of such determinations at each job site. In accordance with the provisions of California Public Contract Code Section 3300, the District has determined that the Contractor shall possess a valid Class A or C-10 License at the time this contract is awarded. Failure to possess the specified license(s) shall render the bid as non-responsive and shall act as a bar to award of the contract to any bidder not possessing said license(s) at the time of award.
West Bay Sanitary District Board of Directors San Mateo County, California /s/ Phil Scott District Manager Dated:
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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING WEST BAY SANITARY DISTRICT 500 LAUREL STREET MENLO PARK, CA 94025 NOTICE IS GIVEN that the District Board of West Bay Sanitary District will conduct a public hearing on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at 7:00 p.m. The hearing will be held in the District’s Board Room located at 500 Laurel Street, Menlo Park. The purpose of the Public Hearing is to consider a proposed increase in sewer services charges for fiscal year 2014/2015. Additional information is available through the District’s website (www.westbaysanitary.org) and on the official notice that was mailed to every parcel address that pays District rates. The annual sewer service charge will increase from $820 per single family residence to $893 in fiscal year 2014/2015. Approximately 60 homes in the Portola Valley area (located within the On-Site Wastewater Disposal Zone) who pay higher charges for the maintenance of the STEP or Grinder Sewer Collection Systems they require will increase from $1,042 per single family residence to $1,136 in fiscal year 2014/2015. Non-residential rates will increase proportionately. The increased charges are required to fund needed maintenance to the sewer system and to the Silicon Valley Clean Water regional wastewater treatment plant. Protests against the proposed rate increase must be submitted in writing and signed by the property owner, must identify the owner(s) of the property for which the protest is entered, and must include the property address and assessor’s parcel number (APN). /s/ Phil Scott_________________ Phil Scott, District Manager
TOWN OF PORTOLA VALLEY NOTICE OF A PUBLIC HEARING ON A ZONING ORDINANCE AMENDMENT TO ADD SECTION 18.17, STATE DENSITY BONUS LAW, PURSUANT TO THE REQUIREMENTS OF CALIFORNIA GOVERNMENT CODE SECTION 65915 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Planning Commission of the Town of Portola Valley will hold a Public Hearing on the proposed adoption of a Zoning Ordinance Amendment to implement the requirements of State Density Bonus Law. The proposed Amendment specifies the materials, process and related requirements for an application under State Density Bonus Law. The Public Hearing will be held on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 7:30 p.m., in the Town Council Chambers (Historic Schoolhouse), 765 Portola Rod, Portola Valley, California. It is recommended that the project be found categorically exempt from CEQA. The Planning Commission will consider all evidence, written and oral pertaining to the proposed zoning ordinance addition. Copies of the proposed zoning ordinance and documents are available at Portola Valley Town Hall. Public Hearings provide the general public and interested parties an opportunity to provide testimony on these items. If you challenge a proposed action(s) in court, you may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raised at a Public Hearing(s) described above, or in written correspondence delivered to the Town Council at, or prior to, the Public Hearing(s). Information pertaining to the proposal may be viewed at Town Hall Building and Planning Department, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. All interested persons are invited to appear before the Town Council to be heard at the time and place mentioned above. Dated: March 12, 2014
Karen Kristiansson Deputy Town Planner
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Photo by Kathy Korbholz
Western hound’s tongue at Edgewood Park.