Tonight: City Council interviews Planning Commission candidates


Candidates for three seats on Menlo Park's Planning Commission will be interviewed by City Council members Wednesday (April 21) in the city administration building, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The council is expected to appoint three commission members to the seven-person board at its May 4 meeting.

The commission considers use permits and variances, and makes recommendations to the City Council on major development projects. Other than the council, it is the city's only state-licensed, decision-making body.

Melody Pagee has reached the two-term limit. John O'Malley and Henry Riggs, appointed by the previous council majority, are re-applying. The other applicants are Shawn Blackburn, Ben Eiref, Kenneth Baker, Christian Molick, Lawrence Lee, and Charlie Bourne.

Mr. Bourne sits on the city's Transportation Commission. He also sits on the steering committee for the El Camino Real/downtown project with Mr. Eiref.

Mr Blackburn owns Vizions Artwear & Salon in downtown Menlo Park. Mr. Baker is a poet who works on the information security staff at Lucille Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford.

The meeting is open the public. It will be held in the council conference room on the first floor of the administration building, located in the Civic Center complex between Laurel and Alma streets.

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