Tonight (Aug. 23) the Menlo Park Planning Commission reconvenes to consider whether to approve a use permit for Beverages & More (BevMo) at the former site of the Chili's restaurant on El Camino Real.
Local alcohol retailers such as Beltramos sent out anonymous mailers urging residents to oppose the permit, claiming that a large chain store would threaten homegrown businesses and damage the city's character
However, not everyone who lives in Menlo Park shares that sentiment. Residents bombarded the Planning Commission with e-mails asking them to approve the store, suggesting that the empty space may as well be put to use generating sales tax revenue.
If the commission denies the use permit, BevMo could appeal the decision to the City Council.
But in the meantime, the City Council meets Tuesday (Aug. 24) after a summer recess has three items of note on its agenda.
The council will consider asking contractors to bid on a contract to operate the Burgess pool center. The current contract, held by Team Sheeper, expires May 2011.
In addition, the City Council will review Menlo Park's response to the San Mateo County grand jury report that criticized the city's red-light cameras on several points, including how far warning signs were posted from the intersections with cameras.
Last but not least, the Environmental Quality Commission may finally fill its vacancies. Council members will appoint two applicants from a pool of three candidates, namely, Jean Baronas, Kathy Schrenk, and Roger Thompson. The new commissioners will serve until April 2014.