Mar 022016

The 2016 Annual Meeting and Potluck of the Barron Park Association will be held on Sunday, March 6, 2016 from 2PM to 4PM in the Multi-Purpose Room of the Barron Park Elementary School. All residents of Barron Park are welcome to attend. Feel free to bring cookies and snacks to share, the BPA will bring coffee and tea, and we’ll make a potluck out of it! (If you bring a dish to share, please label the ingredients to help people with allergies.)
There will be free babysitting available in an adjacent room, if there is demand. If you are interested, please let us know how many children you will be dropping off by sending an email to
The featured topic of this year’s meeting will be a panel discussion on Sustainability and Climate Change in Palo Alto. Following the discussion there will an added Q&A session on Neighborhood Safety.

Palo Alto’s Sustainability and Climate Action Plan

Gil Friend, M.S., Chief Sustainability Officer, City of Palo Alto

Gil will talk about the city’s emerging Sustainability and Climate Action Plan, and how Palo Alto can continue to lead the state—and the country—on climate strategies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs), and improve quality of life, prosperity and resilience.

Gil FriendGil is a pioneer in the field of sustainability, and has extensive experience leading and developing strategic sustainability practices for cities and companies across the globe. Friend is founder and CEO of Natural Logic, Inc., a leading strategy firm helping companies build value at the intersection of business and sustainability. For the past 22 years, Friend has developed sustainability strategies and roadmaps for companies in the technology, food, energy, retail, apparel and other sectors. He developed green product rating systems for two large retail companies, led integrated eco-audits for more than 100 diverse manufacturing companies, and developed and delivered sustainability training for leadership teams associated with large public sector organizations.

Adapting to San Francisco Bay’s Shoreline to Sea Level Rise

Matt Brennan, PhD, PE, Environmental Science Associates

After a brief primer on sea level rise causes, projections, and Bay-area vulnerabilities, Matt will discuss adaption measures that integrate traditional flood protection with natural measures such as managed retreat and ‘horizontal’ levees. He’ll also outline the goals and objectives of the Strategy to Advance Flood protection, Ecosystems and Recreation along the Bay (SAFER Bay) Project, which is developing shoreline protection for Palo Alto, East Palo Alto, and Menlo Park.

Matt Brennan PhD PEMatt Brennan, PhD, PE, is an engineering hydrologist who focuses on understanding and managing estuaries and coasts for habitat, flood control, and water quality. Matt assists natural resource managers and public agencies resolve current issues and improve resiliency in the face of ongoing sea level rise.


Matt’s projects include:

  • assessing coastal flood hazard and integrating habitat restoration into Palo Alto’s, East Palo Alto’s, and Menlo Park’s Bay shoreline flood protection
  • adaptively managing the mouth of the Russian River for steelhead habitat
  • developing sea level rise design guidance for Redwood City’s Inner Harbor
  • assessing sea level rise vulnerability and adaptation strategies for the City of Mountain View

Adaptive Response to Rising Tides – Palo Alto Flood Basin

Chuck Anderson, PE, Schaaf & Wheeler

The majority of Palo Alto’s stormwater flows through the Palo Alto Flood Basin on its way to the Bay. Chuck will summarize a recent study he conducted for the Santa Clara Valley Water District which assessed storm surge and sea level rise impacts on the Flood Basin. The study considers and recommends adaptive responses to the growing vulnerabilities of the Flood Basin to sea level rise.

Charles Anderson PECharles D. Anderson, PE has more than 30 years of experience in the areas of groundwater and surface water hydrology, flood control and drainage, water supply and distribution, and wastewater collection and pumping. He is involved in all the phases of project management and implementation from project feasibility through to design development, construction document preparation, and construction support. On behalf of public and private clients he has completed numerous FEMA flood insurance studies and letters of map change. Mr. Anderson is familiar with the Adobe Creek, Barron Creek, Matadero Creek and San Francisqito Creek watersheds and has designed two major storm water pump stations for the City of Palo Alto.

Special Q&A Session – Neighborhood Safety

Dennis Burns, Chief of Police, City of Palo Alto

10254_fullBurns, a 33-year veteran of the Palo Alto Police Department, started his career in the Palo Alto in 1982. He has worked all patrol shifts and served as a Field Training Officer, a detective, a detective supervisor and a crime-prevention officer. He was promoted assistant police chief in 2007 and became interim police chief in 2008 and was appointed chief in 2009. Burns holds a bachelor’s degree in Administration of Justice from San Jose State and a master’s degree in Public Administration from University of San Francisco


 Posted by at 9:32 PM
May 152015
Pouring the deck

Pouring the deck

The improvements in our pool are progressing on schedule. Today Gonzalez Masonry poured the concrete for the new pool deck. On Monday May 18th Corby-Gould will begin the fiberglass resurfacing of the pool itself.

The last one to take a dip in the old pool before it was completely drained was a visiting duck.

One last dip

One last dip


 Posted by at 11:09 AM
Mar 052015

The Barron Park Association is happy to announce a new type of event for Barron Park residents: the BPA Meet and Learn. The basic idea of BPA Meet and Learns is to harness the expertise of residents and friends of Barron Park for informal seminars in small groups. This could be a dietician giving a lecture about nutrition, a baker teaching a cooking class, or a financial planner providing advice on estate planning. BPA Meet and Learns will initially happen on a roughly monthly schedule and be generally limited to 15-30 people, depending on the event and the venue. They will generally be free, except for the cost of materials, if any. Given limited resources, we are aiming to make this event as low-overhead and easy to manage as possible. We will use the BPA-News email list and Nextdoor for announcements and EventBrite for sign-up.

Catherine HendricksBP resident Catherine Hendricks has agreed to organize the first set of BPA Meet and Learns, ensuring a trial of this new type of event with high-quality speakers. Longer-term, we hope to identify BP residents who would be interested to talk or teach on their favorite topic. Do you have great gardening tips for urban farmers? Travel advice for the adventure seeker? Whatever it is, there likely are some BP residents who would love to meet and learn about it.

 Posted by at 11:36 PM
Sep 102013

In the event of a major emergency, such as an earthquake, we are likely to be on our own for a few days. The City of Palo Alto and the Barron Park Association have established an excellent program for citizen participation as Emergency Service Volunteers (ESV). Barron Square participates in this program and our clubhouse is the communications hub for the Barron Park neighborhood.

The program is based on “Block Preparedness Coordinators”, or in our case, “Building Captains”, who volunteer to acquaint themselves with the neighbors in their building, provide them with information and help them prepare themselves and their families for a future emergency. In the event of a disaster, these volunteers are the eyes and ears of the system, checking on their neighbors and reporting problems to the Neighborhood Coordinators.

You can volunteer as much or as little time as you are able. There are quarterly informational meetings and free classes by the City of Palo Alto on emergency preparedness including radio communications, identifying damage and hazards, locating and turning off utilities, etc.

We currently need Building Captains for buildings 2,4,5,10 and 11. The unit sign outside your building has your building number on it and it is a good thing to know if you should ever need to call 9-1-1 and give them directions for an emergency. Additional volunteers for radio communications and backup.

If you want more information, please contact Joel Davidson at (650) 856-7627  (email: or Maurice Green at (650) 493-5914 (email: No obligation required for asking!

 Posted by at 3:17 PM