Monday: Menlo Park 'community conversation' on housing crisis


Want to vent, or just have a discussion, about the local housing crisis? Menlo Park Mayor Kirsten Keith will host a "community conversation" about the regional housing shortage on Monday, Nov. 13, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Sequoia room of the Arrillaga Family Recreation Center.

The discussion will be part of a series of talks labeled "On the Table," during which groups or individuals from around the area host informal conversations about the regional housing crisis; participants join the conversation over food. The initiative, run by the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, is intended, according to its website, to "bring together residents of Silicon Valley to discuss how we can work together to find solutions to the housing challenges facing our region."

"Median home values are very high and it is becoming harder and harder for first-time homebuyers to purchase a home," the foundation says. "Rental prices continue to soar and employers are challenged to retain employees, fewer of whom can afford to live within commuting distance of their jobs."

Visit this map to access the list of other events scheduled in the area. Most will be held Nov. 15.

RSVP for the event by email to Meghan Revolinsky, Menlo Park analyst with the housing and economic development department at


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9 people like this
Posted by Hmmm
a resident of another community
on Nov 12, 2017 at 11:47 am

Too little, too late. Menlo is partially responsible for the crisis.

5 people like this
Posted by Advocate
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Nov 12, 2017 at 12:01 pm

Agree with hmmm.

This meeting feels pretty hypocrtical.

9 people like this
Posted by hypocrisy
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Nov 12, 2017 at 4:12 pm

This meeting is total hypocrisy. Keith and the Council made the regional problem worse by approving massive amounts of new offices and a fraction of the needed housing. The jobs:housing imbalance in Menlo Park is shameful due to land use decisions made by these people.

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Posted by What happened?
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Nov 14, 2017 at 1:02 pm

So what was the outcome of the community meeting?

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Posted by Joan
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Nov 17, 2017 at 4:36 pm

Many seniors would build second units behind their homes but the excessive regulation
imposed by MP makes it far too expensive for most seniors living on fixed incomes. I would like to see a grant program for residents willing to help with the housing crisis.

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