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News - July 23, 2014

Menlo Park briefs: Cline, Combs pull papers for council election

Two people have pulled papers to potentially run for the Menlo Park City Council this year: incumbent Rich Cline and Planning Commissioner Andrew Combs.

Mr. Cline would be running for a third term on the council. Fellow incumbents Kirsten Keith and Peter Ohtaki, also up for re-election, have said they intend to run for their second terms.

Mr. Combs joined the Planning Commission in May. Prior to that, he served on the Bicycle Commission. He has covered business and legal matters as a journalist and holds a bachelor's degree in urban studies and a law degree, although he does not currently practice as an attorney.

Union contract

The council voted 5-0 on July 15 to approve a new contract with Service Employees International Union, which represents approximately 134 workers.

The one-year contract includes a 4.5 percent pay raise, four hours less paid time off, and maintains employee contributions toward retirement benefits at the levels set in 2011.

The agreement also retains the use of binding arbitration, and the formation of a labor management committee.

Engineer leaves

In the latest in a steady stream of departures by Menlo Park's staff, senior civil engineer Roger Storz has announced that he has accepted a new position with the city of Campbell, effective mid-July.

According to the city's announcement, Mr. Storz has accepted the position to shorten his commute and have more time to spend with his family.

This will be the fourth vacant senior engineer position within the public works department. Among other recent departures are former Public Works Director Chip Taylor and Environmental Programs Manager Rebecca Fotu.

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