News - June 2, 2010

News briefs: Becker, Gordon neck-and-neck in fundraising

Candidates Rich Gordon and Josh Becker have kept pace with each other in fundraising over the past two months as they compete for the Democratic nomination in the state's 21st Assembly District, while candidate Yoriko Kishimoto has fallen behind.

Mr. Becker and Mr. Gordon each raised about $192,000 between March 18 and May 22, according to the most recent campaign finance report. Ms. Kishimoto raised about $11,600 in the same period.

Over the course of the campaign, Mr. Becker has raised $521,900; Mr. Gordon, $420,300; and Ms. Kishimoto, $116,700, according to finance reports. Ms. Kishimoto has also loaned her campaign $85,000.

Mr. Gordon was left with the most cash on hand heading into the June 8 election, with $145,200 as of May 22. Mr. Becker had $72,300 remaining, after spending $329,900 during the two-month reporting period. Ms. Kishimoto had $54,800 remaining.

Ms. Kishimoto and Mr. Gordon have accepted limits on campaign spending, while Mr. Becker has not, according to the California secretary of state's website.

Wednesday: Meeting on downtown parking

Consultants and the city of Menlo Park plan to present a recommendation on possible changes to the downtown parking system at a meeting Wednesday, June 2. The presentation will begin at 7 p.m. in the social hall of the Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, behind the ACE Hardware store on Santa Cruz Avenue.

The meeting is the final one in a series of three, as the city weighs instituting some paid parking, and changing the time limits in downtown parking plazas, among other things. The City Council approved the $90,000 study, and will have the final say on what gets implemented.

For more information, call transportation engineer Rene Baile at 330-6670.

Thursday: Willows traffic meeting

Willows residents may be interested in attending a meeting Thursday, June 3, on a traffic study of the neighborhood sponsored by the city. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. in the ballroom of the Burgess Recreation Center, in the Civic Center complex between Laurel and Alma streets.

This is the second of three community meetings. City staff expects to make a recommendation to the City Council on possible measures to change traffic patterns in the neighborhood.

A similar study in the early 1990s resulted in the implementation and subsequent removal of a variety of traffic furniture, with the city drawing up plans to block off some streets leading into East Palo Alto, at the request of a group of residents.


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