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Tonight: Menlo Park mayor gives 'state of city' talk

 

Menlo Park Mayor Catherine Carlton will give a "state of the city" talk Thursday, Oct. 29, on recent city accomplishments and her reflections as mayor.

The public is invited to the event in the ballroom of the Rosewood Sand Hill Hotel, located at 2825 Sand Hill Road in Menlo Park.

Doors open at 6 p.m. The official program starts at 6:45 p.m. and is expected to end at 8 p.m.

Click here for more information and to RSVP.

Kate Bradshaw

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Posted by Tunbridge Wells
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Oct 28, 2015 at 3:10 pm

Tunbridge Wells is a registered user.

I think the Rosewood is a terrible choice for a "state of the city" address. Traffic on Sand Hill Road in the evenings is a bear, and that location is not walkable or bike-able for the vast majority of residents. What's wrong with hosting it in the rec center at Burgess? Certainly that would be cheaper for the city than the fanciest hotel in town. It's a really tone-deaf decision by Mayor Carlton, ensconced in West Menlo privilege and oblivious to any sense of civic unity. Last year Ray Mueller held the event downtown, that was a much more appropriate choice for this event.

How much is Menlo Park paying the Rosewood to host this event? Is that the best use of city funds?


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Posted by MPer
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Oct 28, 2015 at 3:58 pm

Yes - why is the city paying to have this at Rosewood, when we have a fully functioning civic center center. they could do it in the GYM


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Posted by Sour Grapes
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Oct 28, 2015 at 4:24 pm

It was the fanatical no growth crowd (Kelly, Gail, Andy, and Heyward)who tried to block the development of this marvelous hotel which has contributed heavily with the TOT to the city treasury. It is a good thing that Mickie Winkler, Nicholas Jellins and Lee Duboc were on the CC at the time or the hotel would have never been built. What a wonderful gesture to hold an event at a place that is the largest source of revenue to the City of Menlo Park.


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Posted by Tunbridge Wells
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Oct 28, 2015 at 5:09 pm

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We should have events at the places where the city gets the most revenue? So we should have been holding functions at the old Office Max depot before it left? That's ridiculous. If we are trying to reach out to the residents in Belle Haven, and not just pay lip service to them, the optics of holding the state of the city event at the westernmost reaches of the city is just dumb. The optics are terrible. I have no beef with the Rosewood, but it's not a very democratic place. Small d democrat, to be clear.


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Posted by Sour Grapes
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Oct 28, 2015 at 5:46 pm

To say that the City of Menlo Park pays lip service to Belle Haven means that you are totally void of the facts. The Menlo Park City Council has held many City Council meetings in Belle Haven and there has never been a City Council meeting held in Sharon Heights. Belle Haven has a community pool. Sharon Heights does not. Belle Haven has a community recreation center. Sharon Heights does not. So get off your high horse about favoritism. This City does plenty for Belle Haven and I am glad that we do.

The Optics say you are Myopic.


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Posted by For the record
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Oct 28, 2015 at 6:24 pm

Attention sour grapes. You lack specific info and you blur the years of who was on the council and when. Gail slocom did not run in 1994 for a second term. Kelly voted for the Rosewood Hotel. Hayward Robinson was not on the council at that time. To make you statement seem even more silly, the 1 million sq ft Bohannon office hotel development was supported by slocum, ferguson and Robinson.
Your only correct statement you e made is about Andy Cohen who was a no vote for Rosewood and Bohannon.

Back to the topic: the State of the City address is a pointless exercise and, if held at all, it should be held at the city center. There is an illusion of grandeur for Carlton to hold this event in the ballroom of a hotel that sits at the top of a hill where traffic is terrible. Carlton will be running for council in 2016, this expense and her travel expenses will attract attention from voters who will be asking tough questions of her.


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Posted by Sour Grapes
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Oct 28, 2015 at 7:09 pm

For the record you don't know what you are talking about. Kelly was against the Rosewood but abstained (that means she did not vote on the Rosewood Hotel) because her husband works for Stanford and was forced to recuse herself due to a conflict of interest. But she was against the Rosewood Hotel as was her backer in her 2004 campaign for CC Gail Slocum. Not only was Gail against the Rosewood she and her cohort Jack Morris did their best to derail the Tan building project where Keplers and Cafe Barrone are located. Fortunately for Menlo Park Gail and Jack failed in that endeavor.

You are correct. Heyward was not on the CC at the time because if he were the Rosewood Hotel would have never been built. Heyward Robinson's 2006 campaign for City Council was a decidedly residentialist campaign. Heyward Robinson, Rich Cline, and Vince Bresler ran on a no growth slate backed by Gail Slocum. Since then Rich Cline has been rehabilitated and is now a very good council member.


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Posted by History Lesson
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Oct 28, 2015 at 8:22 pm

Until last year for quite a few years the State of the City was held at the Stanford Park Hotel.

Then when Ray Mueller was Mayor he departed from that practice and held the event on Santa Cruz Ave.
Web Link

Catherine Carlton is just returning to the practice of holding the State of the City as an RSVP event at a hotel. Just a different hotel.






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Posted by from the archives
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Oct 29, 2015 at 8:57 am

According the the Almanac, Menlo Park's first ever "State of the City" was June 12, 2007 in council chambers (Web Link). The Menlo chamber started co-hosting the Golden Acorn Awards with the "State of the City" in 2010 at the Stanford Park Hotel, but that only lasted a couple years (Web Link).


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Posted by Follow the money
a resident of Menlo Park: Felton Gables
on Oct 30, 2015 at 12:45 pm

Developers seem to have no scruples about lying and defaming the record of some of our city's most dedicated volunteers.

Let's reframe the residentialist perspective. It's not about no-growth, but rather, whether growth should be managed by the residents or by profit-hungry developers. Clearly the developers would rather portray the residentialists as Luddites than focus on their own greed.


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Posted by Just stop.
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Oct 30, 2015 at 2:02 pm

Residentialist this. Developer that. Finger pointing. Ridiculous email blasts that the sky is falling. Conspiracy theories. Emergency house parties. It's all a case study for group thinking. Ignore all rational behaviors and just label people into groups. Unless you have some direct evidence that developers are managing "City growth" as opposed to over worked City staff whom are relentlessly abused by those who would throw stones... just stop.

But you won't. Brain scans show that when people train their brains to enter into group think/political party referencing around specific subjects, they will ignore all of the evidence that could counter "the argument" of their group and irrationally exaggerate any reference they cant find that might support their groups "position".

It's a well documented psychological defect of our brain - a remnant from when we needed the strong bonds from group psychology to keep us alive.

Once you accepted the label, "residentialist" you risked falling prey to group think. It became part of your identity.

You probably now believe you are a defender of the City, the last defense against all greedy influences. This theme has become part of your identity. Anyone who disagrees is misinformed or being tricked or paid off.

Just stop.

The vast majority of us who haven't accepted such labels are so tired of it.


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Posted by Follow the money
a resident of Menlo Park: Felton Gables
on Oct 30, 2015 at 8:36 pm

Really, Just Stop? Sounds as though you're guilty of the very behavior you pretend to condemn! Your people are the ones with the labels, not the residents of Menlo Park.


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