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There and back again: Menlo Park's Peter Ohtaki visits Ireland

Original post made on Dec 10, 2013

Peter Ohtaki has had a lot of explaining to do lately, but not for the usual reasons, now that the former mayor (still councilman) has returned from a five-day trip to Galway, Ireland. Total cost to Menlo Park taxpayers? Exactly nothing.

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Posted by Kathy Goodell
a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Dec 10, 2013 at 12:38 pm

How refreshing to have a mayor pay his own airfare to Ireland and back, while strengthening ties between our two cities and picking up ideas which could benefit Menlo Park, CA. Thank you, Peter.


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Posted by Jym Clendenin
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Dec 10, 2013 at 3:50 pm

The residents of Galway seem to be really taken with the idea of a friendship relationship their derivative city (in some respects) Menlo Park. While the cities are similar in many respects, there is one difference that really stands out: Galway has a very vibrant downtown area with lots of street life, restaurants, pubs, etc. By contrast Menlo Dark (as some call it) is so low key that it's easy to skip it all together. But Galway changed (beginning 19 years ago), partly due to stimulation by the city fathers, and hopefully Menlo Park can too.


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Posted by refreshing
a resident of another community
on Dec 10, 2013 at 4:45 pm

Kathy, I was convinced this was all a giant boondoggle until I read your comment here. Please come to make a public comment at tonight's council meeting so that we can see you are a real person.