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News - February 29, 2012

Briefs: Menlo council addresses budget, high-speed-rail lobbyist

Council members have money on the mind, judging by the agenda for the Tuesday, Feb. 28, council meeting.

Planned highlights of the evening include a preliminary discussion of how to adjust the city's operating budget for fiscal year 2011-12, with a more detailed debate scheduled for the March 13 meeting, and debate over whether to retain the city's high-speed rail lobbyist.

Keeping Capital Advocates on contract through December 2012 would cost Menlo Park another $50,000. Palo Alto and Atherton recently decided to drop the same lobbyist.

Go to to review the agenda. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. in council chambers at the Civic Center at 701 Laurel St.

At Kepler's

Local tennis coach Marcus Cootsona will talk about his new book, "Occam's Racquet: 12 Steps to Smarter Tennis," at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, at Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real in Menlo Park.

Mr. Cootsona has taught tennis for 29 years, and has been a store owner, playwright, screenwriter, and retail consultant. He'll be introduced by Stanford coach Dick Gould.

Admission for the evening requires the purchase of Mr. Cootsona's book or a $10 gift card, admitting two. Members get in free. The talk starts at 7 p.m.


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