Tuesday: Should food truck event move to Menlo Park Civic Center?


When the Menlo Park City Council meets Oct. 11, it will discuss whether the city should lease space in the Civic Center to Off the Grid for weekly food truck nights.

Other topics on the agenda: herbicide-free parks and a raise for the city attorney.

Off the Grid

The City Council is scheduled to discuss a proposed lease agreement with Off the Grid, a weekly food truck market, which would enable it to move from the Caltrain parking lot to the Civic Center (specifically the parking lot between the Menlo Park Library and the Arrillaga Family Gymnasium.)

The Planning Commission recommended the council approve the lease agreement last month.

Since then, the council has received several emails opposing the move. Most of the emails expressed concern about the loss of parking the event would cause on Wednesday evenings. See the staff report.

Other items

The council may discuss the following items, or approve them all at once. They are on the agenda's "consent calendar," which means they can be approved in bulk without discussion.

• Whether the city should allow $42,550 to be spent to continue the city's herbicide-free parks pilot program with Ecological Concerns Incorporated. The city budgeted $100,000 for the 2016-17 fiscal year. The total pilot program costs $128,550, and was split between two fiscal year budgets; $86,000 has been spent so far. In the pilot program, four of the city's parks have been maintained using no herbicides: Bedwell Bayfront, Fremont, Willow Oaks and Stanford Hills parks. The pilot is set to run go for 12 months, and when it is near completion, city staff say they will report back with an updated cost estimate. No maintenance or safety issues have been reported from the pilot program, according to the staff report.

• Whether to give City Attorney Bill McClure a raise to $10,000 per month. He currently receives $9,000 per month. Other attorney fees could be adjusted, too. See the staff report.

The meeting will start at 7 p.m. in the Menlo Park City Council Chambers at 701 Laurel St. in Menlo Park's Civic Center. Read the agenda or watch the meeting online.

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Posted by Randy Clunge
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Oct 12, 2016 at 10:19 am

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Moving it to the Civic Center / Burgess Gym parking lot is a HORRIBLE idea. Do they not realize that people use the gym for basketball, volleyball etc at night? Does anyone on the Menlo Park Council live in Menlo Park??? or pay attention to how things are seem to operate in the city?

Move the Food Trucks to the vacant car dealerships along El Camino - better yet, someone please negotiate or do SOMETHING with Stanford to get that land to be used. Certainly there is some sort of eminent domain style law that would enable MP to take that land or force usage. It's a blight on an otherwise BEAUTIFUL city.

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Posted by Wondering
a resident of Menlo Park: Menlo Oaks
on Oct 12, 2016 at 1:31 pm

Is there a follow-up story on what happened last night?

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