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Menlo Park city officials back to business

BevMo, Burgess pool on meeting agendas

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.

Council reconvenes

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.

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Posted by dharma
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Aug 23, 2010 at 2:43 pm

Why is it only the running of the pool that is being put out to bid? Considering what the pool has saved us being privately run, are we nuts that we aren't doing the same with at least one other service?


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Posted by Steve
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Aug 24, 2010 at 8:51 am

so, what has it saved us by being privateky run??? What other city services are you talking about. Sure would be nice to get specifics rather than generl shots in the dark and see what is hit!!


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Posted by POGO
a resident of Woodside: other
on Aug 24, 2010 at 8:58 am

I'm not advocating any of these but you could consider maintenance services, landscape services, plan checking (for the building department) and police services - to name just four.


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Posted by Henry
a resident of another community
on Aug 24, 2010 at 2:34 pm

Regarding red light cameras, one of the things the MP council needs to consider is giving refunds to people who got tickets at Bayfront/Willow.

Why?

The yellow was too short, and on July 2 Caltrans lengthened it by 1/2 sec. The official stats for July show that tickets issued were down to 58 in July, compared to 189 in May and 185 in June. Looking at these figures another way, prior to the lengthening, three times as many people got tickets as should have. (To find the stats, go to highwayrobbery dot net.)


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