Briefs: Where should city build new sidewalks?

Menlo Watch: Roundup of Menlo Park city news:

As a first step to make it easier, and safer, to walk in Menlo Park, city staff is hosting a meeting on Thursday, Dec. 13, to ask the public where the city should build new sidewalks.

The meeting marks the beginning of the formation of the city's sidewalk master plan -- a project approved unanimously by the City Council in May.

The meeting is scheduled to run from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the council chambers at the Civic Center, between Laurel and Alma streets.

Architect picked for gym

Field Paoli Architects, the San Francisco-based architecture firm that designed the Draeger's store in San Mateo, and renovated the Stanford Shopping Center and the San Francisco Zoo, has been tapped to design Menlo Park's new Burgess Gym.

City staff is recommending the council approve a contract for $155,000 for the firm to design the new gym in the Civic Center.

The council will consider the item at its meeting which starts at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, in the council chambers at the Civic Center.

Field Paoli has also designed several civic buildings, including a community center in Mill Valley, and public libraries in Belmont, Saratoga and Millbrae.

Downtown speaker

Menlo Park will continue its downtown speaker series on Wednesday, Dec. 12, when real estate consultant Denise Conley will give a presentation on the economics of mixed-use development.

Ms. Conely, who owns her own Oakland-based consulting firm, is scheduled to speak from 6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. in the council chambers at the Civic Center, between Laurel and Alma streets. The public is invited.


Posted by Joanna, a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Dec 11, 2007 at 6:20 pm

There are hedges / bushes in front of The Duck Club restaurant hotel along El Camino Real that encroach sidewalk space.

I think all plants that grow beyond property lines should be cut back. Almost every block has a problem resident who doesn't care.

$155,000 for some drawings? Wow... that's just more than half of what our city manager makes a year!! Is there any oversight?? Who in City Hall is throwing cash in the air???

Almost makes you want to evade taxes. Almost.

Posted by overloaded, a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Dec 13, 2007 at 1:10 pm

Why on earth is an important meeting like this scheduled during the holiday season? I would love to go, but already had 2 conflicts. This is not open government nor an orientation toward community involvement. I can just see the list of meetings that supposedly involved the public but in fact were virtually inaccessible due to poor timing.

I would likewise fault all of the El Camino visioning meetings, too. These have been scheduled at 6-7:30 pm during dinner prep/eating time when few family-oriented people or commuters can attend for the full meeting. Maybe it's convenient for staff and local developers, property and business owners, but not to most mere residents Or was that the intent?

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