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News - August 27, 2014

Menlo briefs: Avenue may be named after Hattie Bostic

Although not a formal action, the Menlo Park City Council indicated its support on Aug. 19 for renaming a portion of Hamilton Avenue after the late Hattie Bostic.

Belle Haven residents and members of the Mt. Olive Apostolic Original Holy Church of God, which was founded by Ms. Bostic, spoke about the inspiration she had given the community through her sermons as well as the crime prevention, affordable housing and youth programs she created.

The city's staff agreed to research the process for renaming the street and will bring it back to the council for approval.

Payday lenders, keep out

A unanimous 5-0 vote by the Menlo Park City Council on Aug. 19 declared payday and auto title loan businesses to be public nuisances that weren't welcome in the city. None exist in Menlo Park, and the council wants to keep it that way.

Two years ago, council members instituted a moratorium on such businesses, out of concern that the sky-high interest rates charged on the loans exploited lower-income residents desperate for financial aid. The Aug. 19 vote made the ban permanent.

Initiative analysis

will be analyzed

Lisa Wise Consulting, the contractor hired by the city to analyze the downtown/El Camino Real specific plan initiative, now known as ballot Measure M, will be paid an additional $15,000 to assess criticisms of the analysis made by those who support the initiative.

The Menlo Park City Council unanimously approved the expenditure on Aug. 19 in the face of conflicting comments by initiative supporters, who earlier this month demanded that the city fix what they saw as deficiencies in the analysis, but who, during the Aug. 19 council meeting, questioned whether the city should spend more money to evaluate their concerns.

The total amount appropriated for the endeavor is now $165,000.

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