News - November 3, 2010

Briefs: Menlo Park council takes break between busy agendas

by Sandy Brundage

The Menlo Park City Council has canceled its meeting on Tuesday night, Nov. 2, no doubt to devote every last minute to shaping the political future of the city on election day.

The break comes sandwiched between two busy meeting agendas.

At its Oct. 26 meeting, the council voted to:

• Hire Capitol Advocates, a Sacramento-based lobbying firm to represent the city on high-speed rail, for $80,000.

• Formally oppose Proposition 23, a statewide initiative that would stop enforcing greenhouse gas emission laws until unemployment drops to 5.5 percent or lower for an entire year.

• Not make a decision on whether a developer could cut down a heritage redwood tree at 240 University Drive. Instead, the city will pay an architect to attempt to design a home around the tree.

Vice Mayor John Boyle dissented on each vote, with Mayor Rich Cline joining him on the tree issue.

When the council convenes on Tuesday, Nov. 9, it will decide whether to allow Beverages & More to open a store on El Camino Real in the same mall as Staples and Big 5. Judging by the volume of e-mail sent to the City Council on both sides of the issue, it will be a long night of public comments.

Public comments on Burgess pool contracts

Since the Menlo Park community appears interested in the management of the city's swimming pools, the Parks and Recreation Commission is holding a meeting on Thursday, Nov. 4, to hear public comments on the proposals submitted by the two competing vendors, current Burgess pool manager Menlo Swim and Sport, and SOLO Aquatics.

Go to to view proposals on the city's website.

The meeting starts at 6 p.m. in council chambers at the Menlo Park Civic Center at 701 Laurel St.


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