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News - September 22, 2010

Menlo briefs: Store opens, office construction starts

Some chain stores are finding a warm welcome in Menlo Park. PETCO plans to open one of its smaller "Unleashed" neighborhood stores at 515 El Camino Real on Oct. 25.

The approximately 5,000-square-foot store will offer organic pet food and other specialty items. Spokesperson Brooke Simon said the Unleashed stores typically hire eight to nine people.

There will also be room for new businesses on the other side of town. Construction has started on a two-story, 9,000-square-foot office building at 100 Middlefield Road, to replace the Chevron station that closed down three years ago. Realtor Boyd Smith said the building should open in February.

Council members start endorsing candidates

Current Menlo Park City Council members, up for re-election or not, are starting to choose their favorites among the six candidates for three seats on the council.

Running for office are incumbents Rich Cline and Heyward Robinson, educator Chuck Bernstein, Menlo Park Fire Protection District board president Peter Ohtaki, Planning Commissioner Kirsten Keith, and wildcard entrant Russell Peterson.

Mr. Cline and Mr. Robinson appear to be supporting each other, based on the joint campaign kickoff party they hosted on Sept. 12.

There are three seats open on the council. Mr. Cline endorsed Ms. Keith for the remaining spot.

Councilman Andy Cohen, on the other hand, would like to clean house. He's campaigning against both incumbents, which, he admitted, might make his life more difficult next year if they win anyway.

He would like to see candidates Peter Ohtaki, Chuck Bernstein, and Ms. Keith join him on the dais.

Talk at MP Library: Democracy in Russia

"Russia's Road to Democracy" is the topic for a talk by author Harold E. Rogers Jr. to be given at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 2, at the Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St. in Menlo Park. Mr. Rogers will discuss whether Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev can transform Russia into a progressive nation.

The program is supported by the Friends of the Menlo Park Library. Free van service is available for Menlo Park seniors and those with disabilities. To schedule a pick-up, call 330-2512.

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