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By Stuart Soffer

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About this blog: Growing up in Brooklyn, NY I lived in high-density housing and experienced transit-oriented services first hand. During high school and college summers I worked in Manhattan drafting tenant floor plans for high-rise office buildi...  (More)

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It doesn’t pencil out - justify the budget and hiring.
Jun 15, 2015 4:26 pm
Comments: 22 | Views: 1,156

When I was on the planning commission, the Planning Department included at least two contract planners – for years – who ably served the city. They also understood... More
Public Benefits and Discretionary Zoning
May 3, 2015 4:55 pm
Comments: 6 | Views: 987

The city council is considering describing and quantifying Public Benefits – a quid pro quo negotiated between a project applicant and the city in return for granting... More
The MP School District Board Should Approve the O’Connor Boundary Change.
Apr 13, 2015 2:06 pm
Comments: 3 | Views: 4,236

A boundary on O'Connor Street straddles two school districts: one side is in the Ravenswood District; the other side of the street enjoys the tonier Menlo Park District.

Tomorrow... More
Finally a Hotel for 1400 El Camino Real – But – There's a Catch
Feb 21, 2015 2:45 pm
Comments: 6 | Views: 2,161

Pollock Financial proposes building a boutique hotel on a now vacant lot on El Camino. Pollock Financial has a strong history in Menlo Park of providing good projects,... More
Debating Earthquake Insurance
Jan 5, 2015 11:54 am
Comments: 22 | Views: 1,896

Whenever we receive a renewal statement for earthquake coverage it's a cause for wrestling whether or not to renew – damned if I do and damned if I don't. I've... More
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