Scholarship winners, forums on grade separation and immigration, Los Altos Pet Parade – The Mercury News


• Have a stance on grade crossings on the Caltrain corridor, or just have questions or concerns? The city of Palo Alto is having its first of multiple community meetings Saturday to discuss “long-standing challenges” associated with the city’s four grade crossings in light of the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) making $700 million available for grade crossing improvements in the region. The meeting, titled “City of Palo Alto Rail Program – Context Sensitive Solutions Alternatives Analysis Community Workshop #1,” is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Mitchell Park Community Center, Palo Alto Room, 3700 Middlefield Road. 

• A busy weekend is planned in Los Altos, with the 70th annual Kiwanis Pet Parade on Saturday morning, and the Los Altos Rotary Fine Art in the Park art show on Saturday and Sunday. The Pet Parade steps off at 10 a.m. at First and Main streets and travels down Main Street and up State Street. First, Second, Third and Fourth streets will be closed beginning at 7:30 a.m. to prevent cars from entering the parade route. All streets will be reopened after the parade, at about 11:30 a.m. Fine Art in the Park is set for from 10 a.m. till 5:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday at Lincoln Park, off Foothill Expressway between West Edith Avenue and Burke Road. Parking is to be available at Los Altos High School, with free shuttle service.

• The Palo Alto Business Development Summit will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday  at Palo Alto City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave. The networking event will feature Mayor Greg Scharff and Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Judy Kleinberg and representatives from federal agencies such as the Commerce Department, Small Business Administration, Export-Import Bank and the Patent and Trademark Office, among others. 

• Menlo Park Mayor Kirsten Keith will moderate a panel discussion on immigration from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday inside City Council chambers (701 Laurel St.). The discussion will focus on recent developments related to immigration, including how the federal government is handling detainees in county jail. The panel will include San Mateo County Sheriff Carlos Bolanos, Sheriff’s Office Capt. Paul Kunkel, county Human Services Director Iliana Rodriguez and Menlo Park police Cmdr. Dave Bertini.

• The city of Menlo Park will host a discussion on transportation concerns of residents in the Belle Haven neighborhood  at 6 p.m. Thursday in the ballroom of the Senior Center (110 Terminal Ave.). City staff will give an update on the construction of the Willow/101 interchange, an upcoming traffic study to reduce cut-through traffic and other transportation-related improvements planned for the area. For more information, call 650-330-6770 or email

• The Menlo Park Police Department, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 10, will host a child safety seat installation and inspection event in the Burgess Park parking lot at…

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