News - June 16, 2010

July 1 deadline to apply for Menlo Park commissions

Menlo Park residents interested in serving on any of several city commissions have until July 1 to apply.

Seats are available on the housing, library, transportation, environmental quality, and parks and recreation commissions. Commissions are made up of volunteers, and meet once per month. They make recommendations to city staff and the City Council on various policy issues, and sometimes serve as unofficial liaisons between residents and the city.

The City Council selects commission members. While people can apply for multiple commissions, the city asks that people rank the commissions in order of their preference.

Visit to download an application, and to read detailed descriptions of what each commission does. Applications are also available in the city administration building in the Civic Center complex, between Laurel and Alma streets.

For more information, contact City Clerk Margaret Roberts at 330-6620, or


Posted by Cynical de Bergerac, a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jun 19, 2010 at 9:51 am

Why would anyone want to be on a commission when we have such lunatics as the majority membership of the city council. These people hold diplomas from such fine universities as Stanford and Princeton and yet they don't have one soupçon of common sense. These council members, with such fine academic pedigrees, would not even make it as first level managers in any for profit company in Silicon Valley.

They would be fired within a year for lack of analytical skills, inefficiency, indecisiveness, lack of focus, and wasting the company'e hard earned money. The only place they can go is public service or private companies dependent on Government contracts where, unfortunately, there is no accountability to the bottom line.

The city council, with the exception of John Boyle, is totally in the tank for the unions and has long forgotten that it is supposed to be an advocate for the residents and businesses of Menlo Park. This council, repeatedly, has worked against our interests and the very least we can do is not reward this dereliction of duty by retiring Heyward Robinson and Richard Cline this November.

I am fed up and so is most of the residents of Menlo Park. Now get out and vote. Being upset and not voicing your discontentment at the ballot box will only embolden these feckless fools and they will continue to work against you.

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