Incumbents keep posts on Planning Commission


Henry Riggs and Jack O'Malley have been re-appointed to the Menlo Park Planning Commission, where they will be joined by Ben Eiref.

Mr. Riggs and Mr. O'Malley, first appointed by the Winkler-Duboc-Jellins council in 2004 and 2006, respectively, were re-appointed to the commission at the council meeting Tuesday, May 4. Mr. Eiref, who sits on the oversight committee for the downtown/El Camino Real planning process, will join them, replacing termed-out commissioner Melody Pagee.

Mr. Riggs and Mr. Eiref won unanimous support of the council on the first vote, while Mr. O'Malley received three of five votes after several run-offs involving other candidates. Councilwoman Kelly Fergusson and Councilman Heyward Robinson supported Kenneth Baker in the final run-off. To be re-appointed, commission members need the support of three of the five council members.

Commissioners are limited to two full, four-year terms. Mr. Riggs has served one full and one partial term, having finished the remainder of Ms. Fergusson's term after she was elected to the council.

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Posted by Applicant
a resident of Menlo Park: Felton Gables
on May 5, 2010 at 8:18 am

Too bad about Riggs' reappointment. He's pompous and condescending to homeowners and their applications.

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Posted by R.Gordon
a resident of another community
on May 7, 2010 at 2:48 pm

The planning commission MUST be investigated by the I.R.S. and investigated for corruption as everyone knows this area reeks with a lot of crime within the halls of buildings of the Populus.

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Posted by a concerned taxpayer
a resident of Menlo Park: Felton Gables
on May 7, 2010 at 4:56 pm

How magnanimous of the City Council to reappoint Riggs despite his involvement with the pension initiative. The previous city councilmen that he supported such as Winkler and Dubuc would never have done that. They only appointed people that they knew supported them.

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Posted by pc watcher
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on May 7, 2010 at 9:44 pm

Word is that the council appreciated the petition effort because it helped them overcome union pressure to maintain the status quo.

Both reappointees are marginal members of the pc, but I suspect the council didn't want to rock the boat in a big election year and decided to stick with the devils they knew.

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