Video from Facebook press conference


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By Sandy Brundage

Almanac Staff Writer

Packed council chambers greeted Facebook executives David Ebersman, chief financial officer, and John Tenanes, director of real estate, as they unveiled the company's plan Tuesday, Feb. 8, to relocate to Menlo Park by this summer.

Facebook now holds a 15-year lease on the former Sun campus, and bought two additional parcels of land on Constitution Drive. Mr. Tenanes said the company has the option to buy the campus after five years.

At least four members of the Menlo Park City Council, with the possible exception of Andy Cohen, attended the Feb. 8 press conference, along with some familiar faces from around town: the city's business development manager, Dave Johnson; former council member John Boyle; Chamber of Commerce president Fran Dehn; and gadfly Morris Brown, among others.

Mayor Rich Cline welcomed Facebook, and predicted community debate -- and drama -- over the future direction of the Belle Haven-Willows area, where Facebook will make a new home on the former Sun campus. "And it's going to be loud," he said.

"We like a little drama, too," responded Mr. Tenanes. The city will host a design charette – or, in Facebook vocabulary, a Hackathon -- on Saturday, March 5, from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Facebook's new campus to give residents a chance to voice their suggestions for neighborhood development.

Also in response to community questions, Mr. Tenanes said Facebook will set up a dedicated page on its website to advertise Menlo Park jobs.

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Posted by question
a resident of another community
on Feb 9, 2011 at 12:44 pm

Is that the Kathy Ferguson we have been reading about, all these months?

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Posted by ann
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Feb 9, 2011 at 12:58 pm

There goes the neighborhood!

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Posted by Just saying
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Feb 9, 2011 at 2:32 pm

Rich Cline needs to take a public speaking class or join Toastmasters.

Glen Rojas needs to learn not to stand in the back of the picture looking creepy.

Terrific that FB is coming to Menlo Park -- just check out the Palo Alto forum and see how miserable they are to lose the company. And I am sure they will hire lots of young MP residents too (anyone over the age of 25 need not apply).

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Posted by morris brown
a resident of Menlo Park: Park Forest
on Feb 9, 2011 at 3:07 pm

Ms. Brundage seems to be intent on disparaging not only Coucilman Cohen but has now added me personally when she adds this comment to the article above.

"and gadfly Morris Brown, among others."

The only why I found out about this was a friend of my wife's just called her alerting her to this comment.

from the dictionaries:


a person who stimulates or annoys especially by persistent criticism

One who irritates, torments, or worries another

I object to the comment; lately the Almanac seems intent on making such comments of its residents.

morris brown

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Posted by Menlo Voter
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Feb 9, 2011 at 3:25 pm


you cannot deny that you "irritates, torments, or worries another" with some people. Especially those that are pro HSR. Wear the moniker of gadfly with pride.

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Posted by interesting
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Feb 9, 2011 at 7:28 pm

This is ridiculous. Listen to the negative whiners. I was at the event and Cline was great. So was FB and the rest of staff throughout the day.

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Posted by ann
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Feb 9, 2011 at 7:35 pm

FB reminds me of a rash that is spreading.

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Posted by 9Lives
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Feb 9, 2011 at 8:04 pm

Morris, you're not operating with a self-awareness surplus, are you? You object to being called a gadfly, but ad hominem attacks have been you and your buddies' bread and butter for years. Whenever someone disagrees with you, it's never because it's an honest difference of opinion based on different value systems- it's because they're a DEVELOPER or an EVIL CONSULTANT or a NON-RESIDENT or INCOMPETENT STAFF or some combination thereof. If you can't take it, stop dishing it out. Jeez.

Regarding Andy, what about saying he wasn't there is so disparaging to you? On the other hand, it's encouraging you called him "Councilman Cohen" instead of your usual gratuitous "Judge Cohen". I keep waiting for you to throw out a "Lieutenant Cohen"!

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