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No vacancies: Menlo council fills two commission seats

Planning and finance audit positions appointed

Finding it easier to fill commission vacancies than deal with the city's trees, the Menlo Park City Council appointed a new planning commissioner and finance audit committee member at its Jan. 25 meeting.

Skipping the opportunity to discuss the applicants' backgrounds, a taciturn council selected Peipei Yu from a list of 15 applicants to take a seat on the city's Planning Commission.

As for the Finance Audit Committee, Honor Huntington will start a second term. The only other applicant for the spot, educator Chuck Bernstein, withdrew after issuing a statement supporting Ms. Huntington's re-appointment.

He described her as smart, competent, and perhaps most important, apolitical in civic work. "Rather, she is factual and analytical, focusing on understanding our problems thoroughly in order to develop effective solutions," he wrote.

Mr. Bernstein said he'll apply again once another position opens.

"Congratulations, Honor," Mayor Rich Cline said at the meeting. "Or, I always make the joke, depending on the day, condolences."

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