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Menlo Park Playing Nicely

Menlo Park, I explain to outsiders, is a city of contradictions. We are home to SRI, one of the world's great research institutions – served by a rail station that...

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Jan. 29, 2015
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End of Suburbia

A friend's wife is mad at me, he recently confided, over Proposition M. I smiled wanly. What can one say? What one thinks is another matter. Something is happening...

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Jan. 13, 2015
Last comment by M supporter, on Jan 23, 2015 at 12:15 pm | 2 comments | 611 Views

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Rugged in Retail

When it comes to shopping, I am all efficiency. A preemptive strike on Trader Joe's. A raid on Draegers. A daylight sortie on Cook's Seafood. I do not linger over...

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Jan. 20, 2015
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Call of the Sort of Wild

I see it the moment I turn north on 280, the Peninsula's signature ridge of coastal hills, their particular height and slope. Whatever the quality, I note its reappearance...

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Jan. 2, 2015
There are no comments yet. 458 Views

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Holidays' Roadways

Deck the halls...and hit the decks. These last pre-Christmas days have proven perilous for anyone in a wheelchair. Drivers do not see me in crosswalks. But it's...

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Dec. 24, 2014
There are no comments yet. 573 Views

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Water Torture

That's the problem with all this rain, that it can lull us into complacency, the default national mood. Of course, we need to do the opposite. This drought should...

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Dec. 15, 2014
Last comment by Menlo Voter, on Dec 16, 2014 at 2:35 pm | 1 comment | 753 Views

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Über Alles

One can only commend the entrepreneurial verve of companies like Uber and Lyft. These firms have revamped ridesharing. Thinking outside the box, they have spurred...

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Dec. 3, 2014
Last comment by Louise68, on Dec 6, 2014 at 1:52 pm | 7 comments | 727 Views

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Hit the Bus

Consider those really bad traffic days, say, a Friday evening just before Thanksgiving or Christmas...traffic crawling up El Camino in Menlo Park. It's the sort...

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Nov. 16, 2014
Last comment by Tunbridge Wells, on Nov 23, 2014 at 6:08 pm | 5 comments | 813 Views

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Take Back Our Street

The big one, the six-lane state highway that divides Menlo Park unpleasantly and serves the region ineffectively. El Camino Real could indeed be royal – a 21st-century...

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Nov. 11, 2014
Last comment by Cynthia J., on Nov 18, 2014 at 7:13 pm | 2 comments | 847 Views

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After M

It's over. Lawn signs are disappearing. The Farmers' Market is selling produce, not politics. And what are the lessons? For me, it's simple. Stay involved. I...

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Nov. 9, 2014
Last comment by Basic math, on Nov 14, 2014 at 11:04 pm | 7 comments | 1181 Views

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Hope and Speed in Menlo Park

There must be a civic goal that can pull Menlo Park together – particularly after the bruising fight over Proposition M. What could truly inspire our community,...

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Nov. 2, 2014
Last comment by maximusgolden, on Nov 4, 2014 at 1:03 pm | 3 comments | 1018 Views

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Where the Sidewalk Ends

For a town that prides itself in village flavor, Menlo Park seems oddly un-walkable. True, from a wheelchair I appreciate the more accessible and rollable features...

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Oct. 28, 2014
Last comment by Skip Hilton, on Oct 31, 2014 at 1:21 am | 3 comments | 1335 Views

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Drought's Scouts

We need drought pioneers. California's water crisis demands bold thinking – including these promising approaches: PRICING. As several readers have pointed...

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Oct. 13, 2014
Last comment by Louise68, on Oct 18, 2014 at 2:00 pm | 6 comments | 846 Views

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Traffic -- the 3 R's of Cars

This week the City of Menlo Park hosted an evening presentation on transportation issues – at which I learned a lot about human movement. And even more about...

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Oct. 9, 2014
Last comment by Peter Carpenter, on Oct 13, 2014 at 7:05 am | 1 comment | 773 Views

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About Drought Doubt

I must be in a state of denial. For sure I'm in the state of California, where water is a sometimes thing. As a reader pointed out, we are staring catastrophe in...

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Oct. 5, 2014
Last comment by Joseph E. Davis, on Oct 8, 2014 at 7:21 pm | 7 comments | 1067 Views

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Life after Measure M

Really, I'm already tired of it and looking beyond. Also, looking within. The other day, wandering that center of community life, Menlo Park's Sunday farmer's...

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Oct. 1, 2014
Last comment by bruce adornato, on Oct 5, 2014 at 5:20 pm | 4 comments | 1106 Views

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Phone Sex

Okay, it's not exactly sex, partly because it's so frequent. Daily, in fact. But it is definitely sexy, my call from this woman who wants me to consider getting...

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Sep. 26, 2014
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Menlo Park – Close to the Action

Local ballot measures are splendid, but much of Menlo Park's future is decided elsewhere...such as San Francisco, where our transportation growth currently hangs...

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Sep. 24, 2014
There are no comments yet. 750 Views

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A Tale of Two Suburbs

If a deteriorating downtown, tacky buildings and suburban blight only 15 minutes from San Francisco sounds like something of a feat – look at San Bruno. Many...

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Sep. 11, 2014
Last comment by Peter Carpenter, on Sep 23, 2014 at 5:26 pm | 16 comments | 2726 Views

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Caltrain's Good News

Nice returning to Menlo Park after a long trip and finding good news from Caltrain. Sixteen new cars are on the way. Well, not new. Old, actually. And, one infers,...

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Sep. 5, 2014
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