Civic Center Project

The Town Council and the Civic Center Advisory Committee (CCAC) continue to push forward on the new civic center project.

WRNS Studios, t
he civic center architect, is presently in the Conceptual Design Phase of the project. This phase involves a confirmation of the key elements of the existing Master Plan, development of the program spaces for each project area (Library, Administration, Finance, Building, Public Works, Planning, Police, and Public Spaces), and overall layout of the site and site development. 

The CCAC is committed to making sure residents are included in the process.

Public Outreach meetings are scheduled to introduce the Civic Center’s conceptual design to Atherton residents. Those designs are listed below. 

Concept 1 
Concept 2 
Site Analysis
Landscape Ideas

The schedule began this week with 2 large community outreach meetings at the Park, followed by 4 neighborhood outreach meetings over the next few weeks. Please feel free to attend any or all of the neighborhood meetings. The agenda will be similar for all. The scheduled meetings are:

  • Sunday, June 14, 2015 - 4 pm to 6 pm - 99 Alejandra Avenue
  • Monday, June 15, 2015 - 6 pm to 8 pm - 40 Irving Avenue
  • Tuesday, June 16, 2015 - 6 pm to 8 pm - 84 Clay Drive
  • Tuesday, June 23, 2015 - 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm - Atherton Library
These meetings culminate in a Special CCAC meeting on June 23, 2015 from 7:30 pm to 9 pm to wrap up and summarize the feedback. The CCAC will meet in the Council Chambers. 

After gathering resident input, WRNS Studio, will refine the conceptual plan and present the preferred alternative to the City Council at a concluding meeting for City Council direction. For more information about the project including project documents, milestones, and meetings visit the Civic Center Project Page.

water drop

Reduce your Use

In order to achieve state mandated water use reductions, beginning June 1, 2015, residents will be given water budgets based upon their water use each month in 2013 minus the state-mandated reduction. If a customer uses less than his or her water budget, the unused water will be carried forward, similar to rollover minutes on a cell phone plan.

Water used in excess of the monthly budget will be subject to a drought surcharge. 

To help with compliance, the customer’s monthly bill will show his or her water budget for the following month. 

Recently, Cal Water mailed details of the company's drought restrictions and conservation rebate information to residents of Atherton. The mailing included announcement of a change in the days of the week which it will allow outdoor irrigation in Atherton (depending on your address it is limited to two days a week between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m.)

Those details are provided below.

  • Addresses that end in odd numbers may water on Sundays and Wednesdays
  • Addresses ending in even numbers and those with no street address may water on Tuesdays and Saturdays

Those who use only drip irrigation and micro-sprayers or hand water will be able to water at any time on any day of the week.

Do you have ideas for how the Town can improve its conservation efforts? Contact us and let us know. Cal Water has also announced a toll-free Drought Call Center at 844-726-8579 to answer questions about appeals, to report water waste or for other drought-related issues. 

Please visit the Towns Water Conservation webpage for more details.

summer concerts

Summer Concerts at Menlo College

Five bands ranging from pop to rock to improvisational Latin jazz to a cappella will be featured at Menlo College for a free summer group of concerts hosted at the beautiful campus located at 1000 El Camino Real, Atherton, CA 94027.
The NASDAQ Private Summer Concert Series at Menlo College will include a mixture of live music, food, and fun. Each concert will also include a celebrity MC, food trucks, fun giveaways, free parking and more.
“We hope to welcome everyone in the Silicon Valley community and the immediate Atherton and Menlo Park areas for great music and great food in a welcoming environment on our campus,” said Richard A. Moran, president of Menlo College.
The concerts kick off with 90s rock and pop cover band Murphy's Lawyers on Friday, June 26th from 5-8 p.m. Thanks to Menlo College’s location in the heart of the Silicon Valley, the summer series has attracted musicians from the Bay Area’s biggest tech companies like Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Dropbox, and Twitter.
The series ends in style on Friday, August 21, when a cappella group Googlepella from Google, The Vocal Network from Facebook, and the Songbirds from Twitter, among others, will perform. The full lineup includes:
June 26 – Murphy’s Lawyers
July 10 – Undercover
July 24 – Dresden Westerly
August 7 – El Desayuno
August 21 – Googlepella, The Vocal Network & Songbirds
To see more about the groups and dates, please visit:  For more information about Menlo’s summer concert series, please contact


Thank You!

There is still time to apply for a committee/commission vacancy. To review the openings and apply online click here.

Thank you for being a part of Atherton Online.

Have a nice weekend,

Theresa DellaSanta
Assistant to the City Manager/City Clerk

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