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Thank you Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce

Original post made by Political Observer, Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park, on Aug 11, 2008

Who knows what in the world they were thinking, but assuming the candidate doesn't withdraw, it seems like the local Chamber of Commerce has done Menlo Park a favor whether the Chamber realizes it or not.

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Posted by Joanna
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Aug 12, 2008 at 10:11 am

Is Rick Ciardella pro-Menlo Park or anti-Menlo Park?

What is his position on bringing in new businesses like BevMo to liven up Menlo Park? Does he want to "protect" some businesses by rejecting new ideas or not?

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Posted by Blanca Rojas
a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Aug 14, 2008 at 10:45 am

Yeah, I'm going to go out on a limb and say that anyone one who's running for council is going to profess to being "Pro-Menlo Park," whatever that means.

If you're anti-Menlo Park, what does that mean? You're pro-Palo Alto? You want to annex the city to Atherton? You want to see the quality of life nosedive?

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Posted by Bill
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Sep 23, 2008 at 1:10 pm

I met Rick the other day, and was quite impressed. He has been the Chamber of Commerce Chair, and is a landscape architect. He really has some great ideas for open space, and creating a very vibrant downtown retail atmosphere. He sounded like he'd be willing to listen to any idea of how to create this type of town. He did say that he was not interested in the "big box" type merchants like WalMart, K-Mart etc., but we should listen to smaller, more boutique type merchants like BevMo, or WholeFoods. So again, sounds like he is willing to listen, but it has to be good for the city, and the city has to reap the benefits of the tax dollar derived from a new merchant, and we can't have too many of one merchant. Again, nice guy, very bright, I'll vote for him.