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Menlo Park city staff cuts costs with SF park retreat

2016 trip nearly halves the cost of a previous retreat

Twenty-one members of the city of Menlo Park's management staff attended a retreat June 23 at San Francisco's Mission Creek Park Pavilion, located near the 4th and King St. Caltrain station.

There, they discussed how to be more efficient at tackling the City Council's 72-item work plan for the year, according to Assistant City Manager Chip Taylor.

In all, the retreat cost about $6,400, which included the cost for a facilitator, San Jose State communications professor Shawn Spano, who has worked with city staff previously, Mr. Taylor said.

The expenditure was less than what the city had budgeted, he said. In 2013, the city spent $11,412 on a two-day staff retreat to Half Moon Bay, according to an Almanac blog.

Staff members took advantage of their Caltrain passes to get to the retreat site. All city staff now have unlimited Caltrain passes since the city paid about $35,000 to join the Caltrain GO pass program in March.

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