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ALERT: Menlo Park Small Business Owners And NonProfits Need To Apply For New California Grants Immediately Or Be Left Out!

. On December 4, 2020, Governor Newsom announced a new $500M grant program to help California Small Businesses and nonprofits impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic....

Original post made by Dana Hendrickson on Dec. 30, 2020
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Ways You Can Help Save Menlo Park Restaurants

. This is a message for all readers of The Almanac. Please help Menlo Park restaurant owners and their workers survive the COVID-19 pandemic. They are now under...

Original post made by Dana Hendrickson on Dec. 9, 2020
Last comment by dana hendrickson, on Dec 12, 2020 at 9:25 am | 1 comment | 1238 Views

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Having A "Turkey-Less" Menlo Park Thanksgiving? Or Simply Tired of Leftovers Again? Then Help Our Local Restaurants! All week!

. Now through Sunday, November 29 simply order a delicious take-out lunch or dinner from a local restaurant - or eat in their indoor and outdoor dining areas. . You...

Original post made by Dana Hendrickson on Nov. 23, 2020
Last comment by Jokovich, on Dec 2, 2020 at 5:54 am | 3 comments | 990 Views

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MP City Council Improves Downtown Temporary Outdoor Dining Program (Yea!)

. A lot has changed since the City of Menlo Park (“City”) initially closed off sections of downtown Santa Cruz in June in order to allow restaurants...

Original post made by Dana Hendrickson on Oct. 7, 2020
Last comment by Virginia, on Oct 8, 2020 at 1:36 pm | 2 comments | 1648 Views

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The MP City Council Changes Downtown Street Closures Again and Extends the Trial Into 2021. Is this Enough?

. On September 8, 2020, the Menlo Park City Council approved significant changes to BOTH the city’s temporary closures of lanes on Santa Cruz Avenue and the...

Original post made by Dana Hendrickson on Sep. 15, 2020
Last comment by dana hendrickson, on Sep 22, 2020 at 11:12 am | 12 comments | 2573 Views

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Extend Outdoor Dining Trial. Help More Restaurants. Make Downtown More Appealing.

. September 7, 2020 To: Menlo Park City Council Members From: Dana Hendrickson Subject: Extend Outdoor Dining Trial. Help More Restaurants. Make...

Original post made by Dana Hendrickson on Sep. 7, 2020
Last comment by Dana Hendrickson, on Sep 14, 2020 at 9:59 am | 10 comments | 2935 Views

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Can Street Closures Save Downtown Restaurants AND Retailers?

. ==I This post provides an update on the temporary outdoor dining program that was proposed by the Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce, approved by the City Council...

Original post made by Dana Hendrickson on Jul. 22, 2020
Last comment by Jennifer, on Aug 20, 2020 at 1:12 am | 19 comments | 2996 Views

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Temporary Outdoor Dining Areas - A Critical First Step for Rebuilding Downtown Menlo Park?

. ==I This is the third post in an on-going series about how Covid-19 social distancing measures, city decisions and human behavior impact the vitality of our downtown...

Original post made by Dana Hendrickson on Jul. 1, 2020
Last comment by Dana Hendrickson, on Jul 10, 2020 at 1:36 pm | 27 comments | 3582 Views

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It's Time for the City of Menlo Park to "Get Off the Dime" And Help Downtown Restaurant Owners - Now!

. The owners of Menlo Park “dine-in” restaurants are financially suffering from having had their on-premise dining services shutdown by the County of...

Original post made by Dana Hendrickson on Jun. 8, 2020
Last comment by JCH, on Jun 17, 2020 at 10:50 am | 23 comments | 4392 Views

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"Win-Win" Father's Day Gift Idea: Make Him And A Menlo Park Restaurant Owner Happy!!

. Either take him to dinner this week or give a gift certificate he can use whenever he wants. Menlo Park restaurants have been relying entirely on take-out...

Original post made by Dana Hendrickson on Jun. 6, 2020
Last comment by Sue Kayton, on Jun 6, 2020 at 4:47 pm | 1 comment | 1605 Views

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The Silver Linings Of Social Distancing In Menlo Park

. Social distancing measures have severely limited the activities of most Menlo Park residents, business owners and workers, and influenced many of their thoughts...

Original post made by Dana Hendrickson on May. 27, 2020
Last comment by Beth, on May 29, 2020 at 7:21 pm | 2 comments | 2659 Views

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Can Menlo Park Save Its Downtown? Reinvent It? – Part 1

What lies ahead? That’s the big question now on everyone’s mind, including those who live, shop and work in Menlo Park. Last week in the afternoon,...

Original post made by Dana Hendrickson on May. 11, 2020
Last comment by Dana Hendrickson, on May 27, 2020 at 1:55 pm | 28 comments | 5036 Views

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Hallelujah! "Real Facts" Still Matter To The Menlo Park City Council

This week I watched the Menlo Park City Council approve the study of a promising approach to eliminating the ground-level rail crossings at Ravenswood, Oak Grove...

Original post made by Dana Hendrickson on Jan. 16, 2020
Last comment by The Kid, on Jan 22, 2020 at 8:25 pm | 2 comments | 3371 Views

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Expect Years of Unprecedented Traffic Congestion and More Empty Storefronts

This title is not clickbait. It is a reasonable projection of what will occur in Menlo Park over the next decade. Often the solution to a problem actually makes...

Original post made by Dana Hendrickson on Nov. 11, 2019
Last comment by dana Hendrickson, on Nov 21, 2019 at 2:45 pm | 17 comments | 3550 Views

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Menlo Park Can Learn A Lot About Community-Driven Grade Separation Planning from Palo Alto (Part 1)

Neighboring cities Menlo Park and Palo Alto use strikingly different planning processes for new major civic projects like parking structures and grade separations,...

Original post made by Dana Hendrickson on Oct. 14, 2019
Last comment by PAer, on Oct 15, 2019 at 8:55 am | 3 comments | 2741 Views

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Let's Improve Biking In Downtown Menlo Park - Now

Bike lanes are the gold standard for building bike networks. They dedicate a space to biking and separate bicyclists from motorists using buffers, and often, physical...

Original post made by Dana Hendrickson on Aug. 8, 2019
Last comment by Grant Wilson, on Oct 1, 2019 at 11:17 pm | 18 comments | 3096 Views

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Good News: The New Menlo Park Rail Subcommittee Hits A Home Run

The significance of what happened last night during a Menlo Park City Council Rail Subcommittee meeting cannot be overstated. This was the most productive and civil...

Original post made by Dana Hendrickson on Jul. 17, 2019
Last comment by Morris Brown, on Jul 27, 2019 at 8:51 am | 13 comments | 4207 Views

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More Bad News: Downtown Parking Will Get Much Worse

==I This is the second post in a series that evaluates how Menlo Park plans new civic projects. Hopefully, constructive discussions will eventually lead to important...

Original post made by Dana Hendrickson on Jul. 8, 2019
Last comment by dana hendrickson, on Jul 16, 2019 at 8:51 am | 13 comments | 3467 Views

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Planning For Civic Projects In Menlo Park Needs A Major Reboot. (Part 1)

==I This is the first in a series of occasional posts that will examine how Menlo Park plans new civic projects. My focus is primarily on the commercial and residential...

Original post made by Dana Hendrickson on Jun. 19, 2019
Last comment by Dana Hendrickson, on Jun 19, 2019 at 4:34 pm | 1 comment | 1798 Views

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Should Street Parking Be Removed On Middle For Bicyclists? (Part 1)

This is the first of two posts that deal with this topic. This one presents some facts, assumptions and trade-offs associated with a potential city project. I am...

Original post made by Dana Hendrickson on Apr. 26, 2019
Last comment by Dana Hendrickson, on May 29, 2019 at 3:42 pm | 9 comments | 1849 Views
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