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 variously West Menlo Park or "University Heights".)

Poison Help (California Poison Control System): (800) 222-1222.
Animal Control (Peninsula Humane Society): (650) 340-8200.

Utilities urgent matters:

Street Sweeping:

As of Dec. 2015, street sweeping occurs 1st Thursdays & 3rd Thursdays.

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, consisting of the Chief Justice of California, the California AG, and a senior presiding justice of the California Courts of Appeals. The nominee takes office immediately, but must stand for retention during the next gubernatorial election, where the voters decide whether to retain the justice for the remainder of the current 12-year judicial term. Sitting justices must again undergo a statewide retention election for each subsequent full 12-year term. If the voters say 'no', the seat becomes vacant and may be filled by the Governor. Nonpartisan, 12-year terms.)

California State Courts of Appeal
(Six appellate districts, each with at least one division (19 divisions, total; only the local 1st 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 and 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 10, 2016:

Superior Court Judges with next election June 5, 2018:

Superior Court Judges with next election June 2, 2020:

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: Cañada College, College of San Mateo, and Skyline College.
(six trustees, one picked annually by students and five quadrennially by voters; staggered four-year terms for the latter; elections switched from odd-numbered to even-numbered years starting late 2016, and members already in office had their terms extended a year):

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:

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.

The ex-George Wallace American Independent Party, the Libertarian Party, and the Eldridge Cleaver / Benjamin Spock / Leonard Peltier / Roseanne Barr Peace and Freedom Party are also (in addition to those below) qualified in California, but appear to have no committees for San Mateo County.

Democratic Party 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 (Chairperson), Sandra Everette, Mark Roest, Joel Sarch.

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

Republican Party 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, Elective

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, in even-numbered years starting Nov. 6, 2018):

Meets: third Tuesdays, 7 p.m., Station 1, 300 Middlefield Rd. near USGS and the former Sunset Publishing 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, elections in even numbered years starting 2017):

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
Independent special district funded by a parcel property tax starting 1972, divided into seven geographic wards. Acquires open space land; protects, restores, and enhances natural resources; plans for and manages land for low-intensity recreational use by the public. 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.

Special Districts, Appointive

Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) is an advisory-only regional planning agency to coordinate land use, housing, environmental quality, and economic development for the nine Bay Area counties and 101 Bay Area cities, which along with interested non-profit organisations, are voluntary members.

Metropolitan Transportation Commission coordinates and regulates transportation services in the nine Bay Area counties. It has 21 members on its Board of Commissioners. Two commissioners arrive from each of the five most populous counties, one appointed by the county's Board of Supervisors, the other appointed by the mayors of the cities within that county. One each is appointed by the mayors of Oakland and San Jose. Four are appointed by the remaining four counties, by their Boards of Supervisors in consutation with each county's city. Two are appointed by the two regional agencies ABAG and Bay Conservation and Development Commission. Three (non-voting) commisioners are appointed by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), US Department of Transportation, and California Department of Transportation. Each serves a four-year term.

Bay Area Air Quality Management District is empowered by the Legislature to regulate non-mobile sources of air pollution in our county. Its Board of Directors consists of elected officials from each of the nine Bay Area counties. Each serves a four-year term.

San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission is a state agency empowered to regulate use of San Francisco Bay, its shoreline, and Suisun Marsh, to protect and enhance the Bay for this and future generations. Commisioners are appointed by a variety of Federal, state, regional, and county government entities. Each serves a four-year term.

San Francisquito Creek Joint Powers Authority is a regional government agency to manage flood protection, ecosystem habitats, and recreation in the watershed and floodplain of San Francisquito Creek. It was formed in 1998 after record flood by the cities of Palo Alto, Menlo Park, and East Palo Alto, the County of San Mateo, and the Santa Clara Valley Water District, and funded by annual member agency contributions.

The Board chooses its own membership from elected officials of its five member agencies. Board members serve two-year terms. The Authority employs an executive director and three professional staff, who are substantially assisted by consultants and by staff of its founding agencies. SFCJPA's Board meets monthly in Palo Alto's, Menlo Park's, or East Palo Alto's city council chambers.

San Mateo County Flood Control District is a county-wide county-governed special district created by state legislation, funded by parcel taxes in flood-affected areas.

Menlo Park Highway Lighting District is a county-governed special district created Oct. 3, 1910 and funded by parcel taxes, to provide street lighting in unincorporated North Fair Oaks, Menlo Oaks, and West Menlo.

San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control District is an independent special district to control mosquitoes and other disease-transmitting animals in most of Bay-side San Mateo County. It is governed by a 21-member board of trustees, one from each city and one representative for the county at large, elected to two or four-year term. Trustees meet 2nd Wednesdays except in Aug. and Dec., 6pm at the District Office, 1351 Rollins Road, Burlingame. Its Board of Trustees is appointed by the constituent city councils, plus one at-large member representing the county (21 trustees, 2-4 years).

Atherton Channel Drainage District is a city-governed special district run by the Town of Atherton, charged since 1958 with managing stormwater collection in a drainage basin bounded by Atherton Ave., West Menlo, parts of unincorporated Stanford lands, etc.

University Heights Drainage Maintenance District is a county-governed special district charged since August 13, 1968 with maintaining drainage facilities in unincorporated University Heights.

San Mateo County Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCo), is an independent commission with state-delegated legal authority, starting 1963, to regulate the formation, dissolution, consolidations, boundaries, and other organisational changes of cities and special districts. The Commission also determines city and district spheres of influence and performs periodic studies of existing government agencies. There are seven commissioners. Two are County Supervisors appointed by the County Board of Supervisors. Two are city council members, appointed by the Council of Mayors. Two are members of independent special districts (appointed by the presiding officers of independent special districts); a public member (appointed by the county, city, and special district members); and four alternate members (county, city, special district, and public). LAFCo is funded by applications fees and by the County, cities, and independent special districts. LAFCo's regular meetings are 3rd Wednesdays of odd-numbered months, 2:30pm at the County Board of Supervisors' Chambers, 400 County Center, Redwood City.

Updated: Wed May 24 17:27:30 PDT 2017