Council to honor community activist Elizabeth Lasensky


Menlo Park Mayor Rich Cline will read a proclamation honoring community activist Elizabeth Lasensky at the City Council meeting Tuesday, Jan. 26.

Among other things, the proclamation recognizes Ms. Lasensky's involvement in the campaign to preserve Bedwell Bayfront Park, her advocacy of the city's need for rental housing, her involvement with an environmental group, her service on the Housing Commission, and her frequent letters to the editor.

Ms. Lasensky recently moved to San Carlos, forced out of Menlo Park by a big rent increase. The idea to honor her came out of conversations between Mr. Cline and Councilman Heyward Robinson.

"We felt that, she's been on the Housing Commission, she's been a great volunteer, so the honorable thing to do would be to recognize her as she moves on to another city, and to encourage more volunteers to step up and try to fill her shoes," Mr. Cline said in an interview. "I hope it's not controversial. There's some subjectivity to this, and you've got to be sensitive about that."

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Posted by Margaret Fruth
a resident of Menlo Park: Suburban Park/Lorelei Manor/Flood Park Triangle
on Jan 22, 2010 at 11:52 pm

Elizabeth Lasensky has been a real asset to Menlo Park. We will surely miss her!

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Posted by Sybille Katz
a resident of Menlo Park: Fair Oaks
on Jan 26, 2010 at 12:55 pm

Elizabeth rocks!

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Posted by Objective Observer
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jan 26, 2010 at 5:44 pm

Elizabeth is a nice person, but really wasn't around very long and didn't contribute near as much as many volunteers. She was however, a political supporter of the current council majority.

Honoring volunteers is well and good, but it shouldn't be a one sided political payback.

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