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Feelin’ the Bern … (or, A bad year for Party Establishments )

Four months ago had someone asked me whether I was 'Feeling the Burn' I would have assumed they referred to the results of eating at the Wednesday night taco trucks....

Original post made by Stuart Soffer on Feb. 10, 2016
Last comment by Laura, on Feb 15, 2016 at 6:10 pm | 4 comments | 3931 Views

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A Guild-y Look at the Park Theater

With news of potential reuse of the Guild Theater I recall the histrionics, proposals and attempts for reuse of the Park Theater. Noble attempts all, but there...

Original post made by Stuart Soffer on Jan. 13, 2016
Last comment by John Kadvany, on Jan 15, 2016 at 9:08 am | 1 comment | 3791 Views

DEEP MENLO

A Guildy Look at the Park Theater

With news of potential reuse of the Guild Theater I recall the histrionics, proposals and attempts for reuse of the Park Theater. Noble attempts all, but it was...

Original post made by Stuart Soffer on Jan. 13, 2016
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Remembering Andy Cohen

I first met Andy Cohen when he appeared alongside Kelly Fergusson at a neighbor’s get-together introducing the two candidates. In spite of his lack of palpable...

Original post made by Stuart Soffer on Dec. 30, 2015
Last comment by Menlomaniac, on Jan 4, 2016 at 9:36 pm | 6 comments | 4922 Views

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HSR or BART? The Survey Results

My previous post discussed the possibility of extending BART down the Peninsula and, how I thought that would have a more dramatic, positive impact on Peninsula...

Original post made by Stuart Soffer on Oct. 27, 2015
There are no comments yet. 5136 Views

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Survey: HSR or BART?

My last post morphed into a discussion of transit options such as BART vs High Speed Rail. In view of all the office development in Menlo Park, in particular...

Original post made by Stuart Soffer on Oct. 16, 2015
Last comment by Alan, on Oct 21, 2015 at 10:45 am | 8 comments | 4831 Views

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Removing El Camino lanes from parking or vehicle movement >> HSR v BART

As the council considers the biennial review of the Downtown Specific Plan, and the General Plan update, it's good to keep the present traffic state in mind. Remove...

Original post made by Stuart Soffer on Oct. 6, 2015
Last comment by Triona, on Oct 14, 2015 at 8:44 pm | 12 comments | 4101 Views

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Then Came Larry Lessig.

Larry who? If you follow the ideas from TED conferences, ideas via TEDx, you may want to follow along the major ideas on democracy from Harvard Law professor...

Original post made by Stuart Soffer on Sep. 30, 2015
There are no comments yet. 4233 Views

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How to Hire a City Manager

But first, I'm glad to see the right-turn obstructions on Alma and Ravenswood consigned to history. (It takes a village to get the right changes, I suppose.) --- My...

Original post made by Stuart Soffer on Sep. 11, 2015
Last comment by Mike Keenly, on Sep 19, 2015 at 8:36 pm | 13 comments | 4691 Views

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A Traffic Picture Worth a Thousand Words.

The recent mitigations at Alma and Ravenswood ostensibly for safety reasons, one month of a 6 month trial, has predictable consequences in other key locations. ...

Original post made by Stuart Soffer on Aug. 25, 2015
Last comment by Cmon, on Aug 30, 2015 at 4:49 am | 14 comments | 4589 Views

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It doesn?t pencil out - justify the budget and hiring.

When I was on the planning commission, the Planning Department included at least two contract planners ? for years ? who ably served the city. They also understood...

Original post made by Stuart Soffer on Jun. 15, 2015
Last comment by bigger picture?, on Jun 23, 2015 at 8:17 am | 22 comments | 5787 Views

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Public Benefits and Discretionary Zoning

The city council is considering describing and quantifying Public Benefits ? a quid pro quo negotiated between a project applicant and the city in return for granting...

Original post made by Stuart Soffer on May. 3, 2015
Last comment by Peter Carpenter, on May 9, 2015 at 2:21 pm | 6 comments | 4701 Views

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The MP School District Board Should Approve the O?Connor Boundary Change.

A boundary on O?Connor Street straddles two school districts: one side is in the Ravenswood District; the other side of the street enjoys the tonier Menlo Park District. Tomorrow...

Original post made by Stuart Soffer on Apr. 13, 2015
Last comment by peninsula resident, on Apr 15, 2015 at 8:08 am | 3 comments | 11500 Views

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Finally a Hotel for 1400 El Camino Real ? But ? There's a Catch

Pollock Financial proposes building a boutique hotel on a now vacant lot on El Camino. Pollock Financial has a strong history in Menlo Park of providing good projects,...

Original post made by Stuart Soffer on Feb. 21, 2015
Last comment by a better deal, on Feb 24, 2015 at 8:45 am | 6 comments | 6458 Views

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Are you considering a remodel?

I shrug my head as I see a remodel in the neighborhood drag on and on. Something is wrong. We completed a partial remodel two years ago consisting of removing a...

Original post made by Stuart Soffer on Dec. 20, 2014
Last comment by Stu Soffer, on Dec 29, 2014 at 1:06 pm | 4 comments | 4771 Views

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Split the Ticket for Menlo Park

But first, for a couple of months I've been noticing (and using) the new green bicycle demarcations in Menlo Park and Palo Alto. These are a vast improvement of...

Original post made by Stuart Soffer on Oct. 6, 2014
Last comment by remarkable, on Dec 23, 2014 at 6:36 pm | 13 comments | 5421 Views

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?I live near Sunset?

That is how I inform people where we live. Sunset Magazine is truly an iconic identifier for Menlo Park. The Sunset Magazine campus is well known, even internationally....

Original post made by Stuart Soffer on Nov. 21, 2014
Last comment by Richard Hine, on Nov 23, 2014 at 10:32 am | 5 comments | 4430 Views

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Finally. election eve.

Last week while in NYC I received a call from a council member asking me how I felt the local campaigns were going? asking about Measure M in particular. I responded...

Original post made by Stuart Soffer on Nov. 4, 2014
Last comment by Peter Carpenter, on Nov 5, 2014 at 11:11 am | 3 comments | 4412 Views

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A Perspective on Surf Air Approaches to San Carlos

Surf Air, an aviation startup with a novel model for providing convenient service for commuters between the peninsula and Los Angeles, has been taking flack for...

Original post made by Stuart Soffer on Dec. 7, 2013
Last comment by Jim, on Sep 30, 2014 at 11:46 pm | 22 comments | 14015 Views

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Council election, and then some.

It's been a while since I've posted. One reason was that I was seriously considering running for City Council. And obviously at this point I decided I had other...

Original post made by Stuart Soffer on Aug. 28, 2014
Last comment by that's not right, on Sep 4, 2014 at 10:57 am | 8 comments | 4418 Views
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