Menlo council cancels two meetings

Menlo Park's gadflies will need to save their public comments until April 17, as the City Council has canceled its next two meetings.

If you just can't stand the lack of political action, the Environmental Quality Commission will meet on Wednesday, April 4.

Agenda topics include how to implement the council's desired community greenhouse gas reduction target, and an update on the proposal to build a well to draw from a public aquifer to irrigate a private country club's golf course and a few city properties.

The commission meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. in an unusual location: the Arrillaga Family Gymnasium at 600 Alma St.


Like this comment
Posted by Pesky
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Apr 4, 2012 at 9:10 am

What snark! So citizens who take part in local government issues, and pay attention to what goes on in the city council are derided as "gadfly" pests? Is there a corresponding term for Almanac reporters who regularly attend those same meetings and repeatedly criticize or sensationalize not just the city council, but also now the citizens themselves? No, "professional" is not the term I'm looking for..

Like this comment
Posted by WhoRUpeople
a resident of another community
on Apr 4, 2012 at 9:49 am

Pesky - well said

Like this comment
Posted by Boo Hoo
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Apr 6, 2012 at 8:39 am

This is hilarious- the gadflies' feelings are hurt when you call them gadflies! Meanwhile, if you their own comments are all about name-calling:

* You don't think every city employee has to be laid off right now? You're a UNION STOOGE!
* Want to see a new building built someday maybe? You're in the EVIL DEVELOPER'S POCKET!
* You're concerned about climate change? You're part of a UNITED NATIONS CONSPIRACY!

"Gadflies" seems nice, by comparison.

Like this comment
Posted by wants sunshine
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Apr 6, 2012 at 9:40 am

So, the council cancels these meetings and plans to take off a full month during the summer. Yet it expects the volunteer planning commission to hold public comment, review, and make recommendations about both the Facebook project and the El Camino plan within the span of just a few weeks in early May in the middle of which they have to review the entire Facebook project and EIR, term sheet etc.. No clues as to whether other commissions will be included in the review process for these enormous proposals that will have great long-term impacts on the community.
Ostensibly the schedule is recommended to enhance public input by avoiding summer time public meetings about important topics. Yet,the Facebook project is to be decided the day after Memorial Day!

Perhaps the reason for this condensed schedule is to limit public involvement and comment rather than encourage it?
All of this is to be discussed in a just-announced special council meeting next Monday at 4:30 PM, as an innocuous consent calendar item labeled "Approve proposed revisions to City Council meeting schedule". See April 9th meeting agenda at

Like this comment
Posted by June 5
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Apr 7, 2012 at 9:29 am

Keith set the EIR approval of both projects on June 5. June 5 is also supervisor election day. The day Keith set for first meeting on Facebook EIR approval is one week before election day on May 31.

Read the tea leaves.

Don't miss out on the discussion!
Sign up to be notified of new comments on this topic.


Post a comment

Posting an item on Town Square is simple and requires no registration. Just complete this form and hit "submit" and your topic will appear online. Please be respectful and truthful in your postings so Town Square will continue to be a thoughtful gathering place for sharing community information and opinion. All postings are subject to our TERMS OF USE, and may be deleted if deemed inappropriate by our staff.

We prefer that you use your real name, but you may use any "member" name you wish.

Name: *

Select your neighborhood or school community: * Not sure?

Comment: *

Verification code: *
Enter the verification code exactly as shown, using capital and lowercase letters, in the multi-colored box.

*Required Fields

Help! I’m Covered in Bugs
By Laura Stec | 2 comments | 1,569 views

Calave wine bar opens in Palo Alto
By Elena Kadvany | 4 comments | 1,318 views

Constitution Guarantees Nationwide Right to Same-Sex Marriage
By Chandrama Anderson | 25 comments | 1,277 views