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News - January 23, 2013

Plastic bags, streets policy before Menlo Park council

The Facebook development agreement is one item among many for the Menlo Park City Council to consider on Tuesday, Jan. 22.

The single-use plastic bag ban returns to the agenda, giving the council one last opportunity to customize the countywide ordinance before voting on whether to approve it. As requested, city staff has added a provision stating that the council gets to vote on any future changes San Mateo County makes to the ban before the revisions can take effect in Menlo Park.

The council will also vote on whether to approve a new "complete streets" policy for Menlo Park. The policy is a requirement for obtaining funding from the One Bay Area grant program; the city has spent several months revising the policy to give Menlo Park local control over its implementation. For example, the revised policy allows city officials to avoid adding sidewalks to the Allied Arts neighborhood.

But all of that discussion comes after a 5:30 p.m. study session on understanding the financial impact of pensions.

Go to to review the agenda and associated staff reports. The Jan. 22 meeting will be held in the council chambers at the Civic Center at 701 Laurel St.