Tonight: Cannabis ban, Willow Village EIR contract, new El Camino building and more on Menlo Park council agenda


The Menlo Park City Council has a busy evening in store for its meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 20.

The meeting will start early at 4 p.m. with a closed session to talk through property negotiations at 700-800 El Camino Real and 1283 Willow Road.

Next, starting at 6:30 p.m., the council will hold a study session on federal securities laws for elected officials before moving through its public comment period and consent calendar.

A public hearing is also scheduled on the three-story commercial and residential building proposed to replace the Stanford Inn at 115 El Camino Real.

After that, the council will consider adopting a ban on commercial cannabis land use and on growing cannabis outdoors for personal use. It could also approve the contracts needed for Facebook to move forward with its environmental impact review for its proposed Willow Village project, consider removing parking and installing bike lanes on segments of Chrysler and Jefferson drives, and finalize the process for when the council should be notified after the Planning Commission acts on "large or impactful" development projects.

Access the meeting agenda here or watch the meeting online here.

Meetings are held in the council chambers at 701 Laurel St. in the Menlo Park Civic Center.


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Posted by whatever
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Aug 20, 2019 at 6:09 pm

So what's happening with 700-800 ECR? A little more info would be appreciated Kate.

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Posted by Ol Homeboy
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Aug 20, 2019 at 6:33 pm

The council has no business deciding what residents can grow or not grow in their own yards. What’s next, no tomatoes? San Mateo County already clearly outlines how many cannabis plants can be grown for personal use within the county confines.
Stay in your lane, council persons. Start solving the real town issues you were elected to address.

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Posted by whatever
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Aug 20, 2019 at 6:45 pm

Actually the youngsters in town would prefer no broccoli.

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Posted by Brian
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Aug 21, 2019 at 1:45 pm

"What’s next, no tomatoes?"

Tomato plants don't have a strong odor that would make being in a neighboring yard difficult. Let's face it Pot plants smell like a skunk sprayed and as a neighbor I certainly would not want that smell in my backyard. You can still grow indoors.

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Posted by Sativa Dominant
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Aug 26, 2019 at 2:48 pm

6 plants, harvesting within 2-3 weeks. Replanting in March. I drive 40 in a 35 zone as well. I bet Menlo Park will survive despite my horrific crimes.

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Posted by Suuuure
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Aug 28, 2019 at 5:12 am

I wonder if we'll ever see anyone actually get a citation(only) for this.
Seriously, I've been growing a few plants each year for the past 15 years. No issues. Like the poster above, fall is harvest for this batch, then a short break and new seedlings go in late winter.

I think this is like one of those "No alcohol in parks" laws. The cops aren't going to bust anyone sipping wine from a cup, but they can use the law to take care of any problematic people going too far with it. If you simply and quietly go about growing your own without complaint, you'll be fine.

Even though the more "Senior" towns sometimes fear social changes, you can rest peacefully knowing it's already been going on for many years and nothing horrible has happened...not sure anyone has been busted for growing in Menlo in recent years, despite the fact that people have been growing it in their yards.

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