News - November 24, 2010

Menlo briefs: Downtown holiday parking hours extended

Downtown shoppers may find it easier to linger in Menlo Park, despite a recent $3 hike in the cost of parking tickets. Starting Monday, Dec. 6, the police department will extend the time limit from two to three hours in all of the city's parking plazas except for the lot behind Draeger's, which will remain at two hours.

Street parking, however, will still have a one-hour time limit unless otherwise posted. The holiday parking hours will end on Monday, Jan. 3, 2011. For more information, call 330-6308.

Menlo council meeting cancelled

There will be no meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 23, for the Menlo Park City Council. The council will convene again the following week, which will also be the final meeting in office for Vice Mayor John Boyle and Councilman Heyward Robinson. What weighty items of city business will occupy their last hours on the dais remains to be seen.

Goodbye, WAMP

Hello, The Paper? Keen observers noticed the Weekly WAMP boxes scattered around town are now sporting new decals, and a new name: The Paper. Neither WAMP publisher Sloane Citron nor his editorial staff responded to questions about whether new ownership was in place and what that meant for the publication's future.

On Aug. 16 The WAMP launched as a daily covering Woodside, Atherton, Menlo Park, and Portola Valley, only to turn weekly after the first week due to quality concerns, Mr. Citron said at the time. Publication became sporadic and then ceased around the November elections.

City responds to downtown plan concerns

In response to concerns raised about the potential release of the draft environmental impact report for the El Camino Real/downtown specific plan and financial impact analysis, the city of Menlo Park is taking steps to ensure the reports don't get lost in the holiday shuffle.

Earlier this month, the Planning Commission recommended waiting until after the New Year to start the meeting process, which will give the commission as well as the City Council a chance to formally discuss the plan, along with allowing the public to comment.

Associate city planner Thomas Rogers said the reports may still be released in December to let community review start as soon as possible, but that depending on the specific date of release, the standard 45-day review period could be extended by the project's council subcommittee.


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