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Park Theater Foible

Original post made by Member, Menlo Park: Downtown, on Aug 26, 2007

News floating around this weekend is that MP City Manager Rojas is instructed to work with Howard Crittendon of the Park Theater, the City Attorney, and Mr. Duncan purchaser of the Park Theater to prepare a draft agreement for presentation to the council. It was left open whether the agreement was a gift or a loan.

The council never approved doing this. Who authorized these steps?

Comments (15)

Posted by Intrigued
a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Aug 26, 2007 at 9:38 pm

Obviously the council as a body didn't "authorize" these steps, because it would have had to be done in a public meeting. If what Member says is true, it certainly has a whiff of impropriety. If Rojas was "instructed" to do what is claimed, who did the instructing? Or is this just a rumor started by someone who loves to get people riled up?

Posted by Not a rumor
a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Aug 26, 2007 at 11:18 pm

Corroborated by several insiders. I think we know who is behind this.

Posted by Wants to know
a resident of Menlo Park: Felton Gables
on Aug 27, 2007 at 7:26 am

And the person behind this is ... ?

Posted by want my half-million too
a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Aug 27, 2007 at 1:32 pm

Could it be anyone other than our lovely mayor? Our city manager isn't going to take orders from just anyone, and I don't think the city attorney cares enough to make this his cause celebre.

Posted by Richard Hine
editor of The Almanac
on Aug 27, 2007 at 5:23 pm

Richard Hine is a registered user.

Here is a related story: "Andy Duncan says dance studio is back on the table" Web Link

Posted by Joanna
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Aug 27, 2007 at 8:54 pm

This is a bunch of (expletive)!

What can an ordinary person like myself, without any connections, do about this? This makes me disgusted. There seems to be no accountability.

Posted by too tight tights and tutus
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Aug 27, 2007 at 9:04 pm

Da Mayor forgot that summer re-runs are over, like her political career! Is she serious?? Just drive around town and look at the neglected infrastructure, pot holed streets, understaffed and overworked 911 dispatchers, lagging police morale. Sure, let's justify the maximum UTT Kelly, then give away half a million to the next dreamer. Get real! Let Crittenden drop the price $500K (he wouldn't do it if he thought his "new" office/retail plan would pencil out, and it won't or he wouldn't have give Duncan an extension), or let Kelly write the check from her personal account for the $500K delta (if it's real) , or pass the hat among "angel" investors, but don't waste taxpayers money and valuable staff time on your hair brained schemes. Kelly, time to pass the gavel to Cohen before you write your last chapter in Menlo civic affairs. About time you paid attention to the real issues facing the city.

Posted by it's just menloland, so let's have a block party!
a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Aug 27, 2007 at 9:38 pm

Me thinks she stayed under too long in the "dunk" tank. 'course, it's what we have come to expect of a Slocum recruit. Boyle and the boys can hardly suppress their laughter, just itchin' for next November.

Posted by AntiAutocracy
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Aug 28, 2007 at 7:23 am

What I find most amazing about this smelly little situation is that Kelly didn't learn from seeing her three imperial colleagues go down in flames last November (OK, Jellins didn't run, but he knew better.) Unfortunately, she won't only take herself down, she's ensuring that the big-growth-is-beautiful folks will retake the council from the smarth-growthers.

Also, is anyone else questioning her methods? Isn't she orchestrating a scenario that her own council colleagues have shown zero support for? Sounds like the behind-the-scenes "management" of city staff that the Winkler-Duboc-Jellins team was so justifiably criticized for.

Posted by Martin Engel
a resident of Menlo Park: Park Forest
on Aug 28, 2007 at 9:25 am

Can you think of a single developer project over the last several years that has not been shoved down Menlo Park’s throat? Can you think of a single developer project that has not provoked resident anger and action, Council confrontation, and conflicting letters to the editor? By now, many of us believe that Menlo Park's government is practicing the world’s oldest profession. No, I mean real estate. The Park Theatre also qualifies as one of those projects.

Posted by realist
a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Aug 28, 2007 at 10:56 am

Yo, Martin, I am not seeing much support for this boondoggle. Just a few "but the building is so beautiful!" posts from people who are either buddies of Crittenden/Duncan or intemperate idealists who wouldn't cough up a penny for the cause themselves. (Note that there were similar rallying cries about "saving the building" after the University Ave Walgreen's was destroyed by fire last month.)

Crittenden has been bugging the city for a handout for his POS building for years. Now he has gotten Duncan to shill for him, but let's get real. Not enough l'Eau Du Temps in the world to perfume this pig.

Posted by Member
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Aug 28, 2007 at 1:54 pm

John Boyle's laughter may be nervous laughter. He took a $1000 campaign contribution from Crittendon of the Park Theater last year. I hope he has the fortitude to say no in the face of that. Otherwise his credibility is flushed along with $500K.

Anyway, look for Kelly to run in a county supervisor primary in the spring against Rose Jacobs Gibson if she has any tangible aspirations.

Posted by schlemiel no mas Rojas
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Aug 28, 2007 at 10:20 pm

If Boyle gives the grand back to the P(o)rk Theatre owner, then that leaves just $499K to go. His Vc buds can fund the rest(?). Anything to keep Kelly F. for Supervisor signs from "gracing" the Park marquee for all the gridlocked ECR drivers to see if Duncan gets away with this.

Posted by Member
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Aug 29, 2007 at 9:52 am

According to the city's website John Boyle took $2000 from Crittendon. (As did Winkler and Duboc).

Posted by analyst
a resident of Menlo Park: Felton Gables
on Aug 29, 2007 at 12:48 pm

Yet, during that bizarre Monday council meeting at which this matter was discussed, Boyle seemed to be the council member most opposed to the loan. Somehow I don't think he's the one we've got to worry about.

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