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At the mercy of developers and their allies in City Hall

Facebook just announced bigger plans for their properties on the edge of Belle Haven that include a hotel and more office buildings. Buildings that could reach heights...

Original post made by Martin Lamarque on Jul. 20, 2015
Last comment by malvika, on Jul 11, 2017 at 12:12 am | 22 comments | 6017 Views

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Martín Lamarque, blogging from Belle Haven

This blog is from a Belle Haven resident with a double agenda. One of course, is to present issues relevant to Menlo Park 's distant relatives across the freeway,...

Original post made by Martin Lamarque on Oct. 8, 2013
Last comment by Martin Lamarque, on Jun 6, 2017 at 3:25 am | 4 comments | 2628 Views

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Your child is smarter than your phone

I see it everywhere I go. You see it too. It's so pervasive, that to most people it doesn't seem bizarre. I see it on the East Side, like I see it on the West....

Original post made by Martin Lamarque on Oct. 21, 2013
Last comment by Guest, on Jun 5, 2017 at 9:26 pm | 3 comments | 3264 Views

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Where to find the best deals on Black Friday

My editor was very clear about what I could not write about in my blog. And promoting products and businesses was one of them. But given that we are approaching...

Original post made by Martin Lamarque on Nov. 18, 2013
Last comment by , on Jun 4, 2017 at 2:16 pm | 1 comment | 10648 Views

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Menlo Gateway: Our Council is in the pocket

Today, the Mercury News ran the story about Mr. Bohannon's newfound partnership to build a 250-room hotel at the corner of Frontage and Marsh Roads. The story included...

Original post made by Martin Lamarque on Mar. 9, 2015
Last comment by donations, on Jun 30, 2015 at 10:38 am | 15 comments | 3267 Views

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From Belle Haven to Auschwitz

A couple of days ago, as he was about to board a train for Poland, my son called to tell us that he was well, and that he was going to go visit Auschwitz. ?I...

Original post made by Martin Lamarque on Mar. 7, 2015
Last comment by I didn't know that , on Mar 10, 2015 at 9:30 pm | 13 comments | 2689 Views

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Menlo Gateway Rears its Head

Today, it took me 20 minutes to drive from the VA Hospital to Newbridge Avenue, as I tried to get home after a long day at work. By the time I reached Willow Road...

Original post made by Martin Lamarque on Jan. 12, 2015
Last comment by Peter Carpenter, on Jan 17, 2015 at 2:47 pm | 7 comments | 2503 Views

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Measure M and City Hall-- When in a hole... stop digging!

My good friend, the late Bob Beyers, who inspired some of my early love for written journalism, was known for his willingness to facilitate getting to the bottom...

Original post made by Martin Lamarque on Nov. 13, 2014
Last comment by Digging deeper, on Dec 29, 2014 at 2:01 pm | 26 comments | 3198 Views

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Measure M and City Council--An interesting conflict of interest

I find it highly ironic and disingenuous that those who complain when Union money plays a part in elections, see no problem when big developers use their vast resources...

Original post made by Martin Lamarque on Nov. 2, 2014
Last comment by Peter Carpenter, on Nov 5, 2014 at 10:48 am | 26 comments | 3099 Views

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Measure M-- I am not drinking Greenheart?s expensive potion

Like you, dear reader, I saw it too. The Almanac has come out calling for a NO vote on Measure M. Those who oppose it could not be happier with it, and now...

Original post made by Martin Lamarque on Oct. 19, 2014
Last comment by Mary de Campo, on Nov 3, 2014 at 6:45 pm | 114 comments | 5275 Views

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Election Choices Made Easy- Follow the Money

Confession: I haven't read the text of Measure M. Every time I look around and see the discussions going on in the Almanac, I grow more confused, and develop a...

Original post made by Martin Lamarque on Oct. 6, 2014
Last comment by Martin Lamarque, on Oct 8, 2014 at 7:41 pm | 2 comments | 2229 Views

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Those Constantly Pulling the Race Card

If you have been reading my blogs, you know that I am a great believer in the power that parents have in influencing their children, both for the good, and the bad. What...

Original post made by Martin Lamarque on Sep. 2, 2014
Last comment by mbl, on Sep 19, 2014 at 8:45 pm | 3 comments | 3204 Views

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My experience with an illegal alien

Given the heated discussions brought about by the latest invasion of our country, I didn't want to appear ignorant of the subject. I would like to tell you the...

Original post made by Martin Lamarque on Aug. 6, 2014
Last comment by Martin Lamarque, on Aug 12, 2014 at 6:49 pm | 10 comments | 3698 Views

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Saint Zuck of Palo Alto The possibilities and limitations of the gift

I got very excited when I heard of Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan's pledge of 120 million to help improve education in struggling communities of the Bay Area,...

Original post made by Martin Lamarque on Jul. 2, 2014
Last comment by Martin Lamarque, on Jul 17, 2014 at 9:32 pm | 6 comments | 3105 Views

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The NRA might have found its match

Thanks to our collective cowardice, and the infinite corruption of the Republican Party, six more kids have seen their lives cut short by senseless violence. Brought...

Original post made by Martin Lamarque on May. 28, 2014
Last comment by "responsible" gun owner, on Jun 18, 2014 at 9:33 am | 21 comments | 4310 Views

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Navigating the middle is not easy

I believe that the best way to contribute to a civilized society is by living by one's principles and beliefs, without ignoring the hard facts. But trying to navigate...

Original post made by Martin Lamarque on May. 8, 2014
Last comment by Hmmm, on May 29, 2014 at 10:45 pm | 1 comment | 3073 Views

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Dear City Council: Smile, you are on camera!

The request brought tonight to the City Council to consider the adoption of a resolution, or introduction of an ordinance regarding the use of Automated License...

Original post made by Martin Lamarque on May. 13, 2014
Last comment by Menlo Voter, on May 19, 2014 at 4:55 pm | 4 comments | 3711 Views

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iPads, notebooks, cell phones, etc. Are they damaging your toddler beyond repair?

Like almost everyone else, I sometimes judge people based on stereotypes. On my flight home yesterday, the couple sitting in the seats behind mine looked educated,...

Original post made by Martin Lamarque on Apr. 6, 2014
Last comment by Martin Lamarque, on Apr 11, 2014 at 2:47 pm | 4 comments | 5069 Views

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A Gala Night you will not forget

As someone who didn't go far past the 9th grade, making sure that my kids attend college has been one of my life's key goals. One of the great advantages of this...

Original post made by Martin Lamarque on Mar. 11, 2014
There are no comments yet. 3024 Views

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If you distrust police, here is something useful you can do

After my last blog, where I expressed opinions about our local police, Officer Poirier asked me whether I would be willing to sit down with him to talk about my...

Original post made by Martin Lamarque on Feb. 27, 2014
Last comment by Alan, on Mar 10, 2014 at 6:17 pm | 4 comments | 4467 Views
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