Household information for 1105 Altschul Avenue

Emergency Contacts

Fire / paramedic emergencies:

Menlo Park Fire Protection District: 911 (non-cellular) or (650) 688-8400.

Police emergencies:

Explanation: We are not inside the Menlo Park city limits, but many of our neighbours are. (1105 Altschul Avenue is on a strip of unincorporated county land called "University Heights".)

Poison Help (California Poison Control Center): (800) 523-2222.
Animal Control (Peninsula Humane Society): (650) 340-8200.

Utilities urgent matters:

Local News Outlets' Online Presences

Elected-office political districts

(a/o redistricting resulting from 2010 census)
We are in San Mateo County voting precinct #3402. Unless otherwise noted, elected officials take office the Monday following New Year's Day after their elections.

Federal Legislative

Federal Executive

State Legislative

State Executive

State Judicial

California Supreme Court
(The Chief Justice and six Associate Justices are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Commission on Judicial Appointments, then confirmed by the public at the next general election, and then again if they run again. My understanding is that they take their oaths of office the same day they're appointed by the Governor. Nonpartisan, 12-year terms.)

California State Court of Appeal
(Six appellate districts, each with at least one division (19 divisions, total; only the local district's divisions are shown below). Each division has one Presiding Justice and two or more Associate Justices, appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Commission on Judicial Appointments, then confirmed by the public at the next general election, and then by the public again if they run again. Nonpartisan, 12-year terms, except that, if part of the term was served before the position became vacant, the justice serves the uncompleted part, either 4 or 8 year.)

We vote only for the five divisions of District 1, which comprises all of Alameda, Contra Costa, Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Solano, and Sonoma counties.)

District 1, Division 1:

District 1, Division 2:

District 1, Division 3:

District 1, Division 4:

District 1, Division 5:

State Boards and Commissions

State Board of Equalization
Charged with administering all state-wide tax programs, including corporation and income taxes as an appellate body.
(Voters select within & for their districts, only; four-year terms.)

Meets: Dates and locations as scheduled, about once or twice a month.

County Officials

San Mateo County Board of Supervisors:
The Board is the county's highest executive and legislative body, which itself is a citizen-chartered corporate body established under state law. Executive power, however, is delegated to the county manager the Board appoints
(five members, elected county-wide but resident in their respective districts, staggered terms, limit = 3 four-year terms):

Meets: Tuesdays, 9:00 a.m., Board's Chamber. 400 County Center (between Middlefield Rd. and Hamilton St.), Hall of Justice, Redwood City.

Other San Mateo County Elected Executives (nonpartisan, limit = 3 four-year terms)

San Mateo County Judicial District
(Nonpartisan, six-year terms. Candidates very often take office without election, i.e., their scheduled elections get cancelled, because their candidacies were unopposed.)

Superior Court Judges with next election June 3, 2014:

Superior Court Judges with next election June 7, 2016:

Superior Court Judges with next election June 5, 2018:

The court's Web site is difficult to reconcile with data from elections, and is spottily maintained. See also county records.

San Mateo County Board of Education:
(Seven members, staggered four-year terms, elected county-wide but each responsible for an "area" of the district where he/she's resident. The county's Superintendent of Schools is the Board's presiding officer.)

Meets: 7 p.m. on first and third Wednesdays, San Mateo County Office of Education, 101 Twin Dolphin Dr., Redwood City (Ralston Ave. / Marine World Parkway exit from US-101, Redwood Shores side).

San Mateo County Community College District
Operates three 2-year community (formerly "junior") colleges: Caņada College, College of San Mateo, and Skyline College.
(six trustees, one picked annually by students and five quadrenially by voters; staggered four-year terms for the latter):

Meets: 2nd and 4th Wednesdays, 6:00 pm, San Mateo County Community College District HQ, 3401 CSM Dr. off CA-92, San Mateo.

San Mateo County Harbor District:
Board of Commissioners (five commissioners, staggered four-year terms):

Meets: first Wednesday 7:00 p.m. at Coastside County Water District, 766 Main St. nr. Correas St., Half Moon Bay.
Meets: third Wednesday 7:00 p.m. at Municipal Services Building, 33 Arroyo Dr. @ Alta Loma Dr., South San Francisco.

Explanation: Operates two facilities:

San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control District
Board of Trustees, appointed by the constituent city councils, plus one at-large member representing the county (21 trustees, 2-4 years).

County Political Parties

Although not public bodies but rather private political associations, any political party that achieves 1% registration statewide, and then subsequently never falls below 1/15% of state registered voters, gets taxpayer-subsidised elections of its candidates ("primary" elections), plus of its governing council members for each county, at the June general elections.

George Wallace's American Independent Party (aka Constitution Party), Libertarian Party, the Eldridge Cleaver / Benjamin Spock / Leonard Peltier Peace and Freedom Party, and the slowly dissolving John Hagelin / Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Natural Law Party are also (in addition to those below) qualified in California, but appear to have no committees for San Mateo County.

The Ross Perot / Pat Buchanan / Ralph Nader Reform Party is no longer listed as qualified, at all. (Why can't we have a Monster Raving Loony Party?)

Democratic Central Committee, San Mateo County:
(two-year terms, elected by county-wide Democratic Party voters for each supervisorial district in even-numbered years; Democratic Party state and Federal legislators are also ex-officio members)

Meets: third Thursdays, 7:30 p.m., California Teachers Association headquarters, 1705 Murchison Drive @ S. Magnolia Ave., Burlingame.

Green Party County Council, San Mateo County:

(four members, two-year terms, elected by county-wide Green Party voters)

Gloria Purcell (Secretary, County Liaison), Sandra Everette (Chairperson), Jim Purcell, Cindy Asrir (Media Liaison), Mark Roest, Mike Carter.

Meets: third Sundays, 9:30am-12:30pm, Green Party of San Mateo County Office, 212A Miller Ave. near Cypress Ave., South San Francisco.

Republican Central Committee, San Mateo County:
(two-year terms, elected by county-wide Republican Party voters for each supervisorial district)

Meets: 2nd Thursdays, San Mateo American Legion Hall, 130 South Blvd., San Mateo.

Special Districts

Menlo Park Fire Protection District:
This district covers 30 square miles of southern San Mateo County. Fire Station 4 is at the corner of Alameda de las Pulgas and Valparaiso Ave.
(five elected Board members, staggered four-year terms):

Meets: third Tuesdays, 7 p.m., Station 1, 300 Middlefield Rd. near USGS and Sunset Magazine offices, Menlo Park.

Sequoia Union High School District:
This district covers about the southern third of San Mateo County, and operates six high schools.
(five board members elected by voters to staggered four-year terms, plus one trustee picked annually by students):

Meets: Approximately fortnightly on dates as scheduled, 5:30 p.m., Birch Conference Room, Sanford Building, 480 James Ave. @ Elwood St., Redwood City.

Las Lomitas Elementary School District
Small district operating two schools serving western Menlo Park and Atherton: Las Lomitas (grades K-3) and La Entrada (grades 4-8).
(five elected Governing Board members, staggered four-year terms)

Meets: Usually 3rd Wednesdays (with exceptions), 7:30 p.m., La Entrada School library, 2200 Sharon Rd. @ Altschul Ave., Menlo Park.

Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District
Funded by a parcel property tax starting 1972, divided into seven geographic wards. Covers 550 square miles of northwestern Santa Clara County, southern San Mateo County, and a small piece of Santa Cruz County.
(seven elected Board members, staggered four-year terms):

Meets: 2nd and 4th Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m., District Administrative Office, 330 Distel Cir. nr. corner of W. El Camino Real and S. Rengstorff Ave., Los Altos.

Sequoia Healthcare District:
Covers roughly the southern third of San Mateo County.
(five elected Board members, staggered four-year terms)

Meets: first Wednesday in odd-numbered months (with exceptions), 4:30 p.m., Sequoia Room, Sequoia Hospital, 170 Alameda de las Pulgas between Whipple Ave. and Edgewood Rd., Redwood City.

Explanation: The Sequoia Healthcare District is a purposeless political body still eating taxpayer (parcel tax) funds after the 1996 substantive sale of Sequoia Hospital to a non-profit corporation (Sequoia Health Services) managed by Catholic Healthcare West. Board members pledged to dissolve the District (so far, just Jack Hickey) keep getting outvoted. More at:,1413,87%257E11305%257E2500520,00.html

West Bay Sanitary District:
Serves the southernmost cities and unincorporated areas of San Mateo County.
(five elected Board members, staggered four-year terms)

Meets: second and fourth Mondays, 7:00 p.m., district headquarters, 500 Laurel St. @ Burgess Dr., Menlo Park.

Updated: Thu Jan 17 19:37:03 PST 2013