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Rosewood hotel complex opens for business

Original post made on Apr 4, 2009

Rosewood Sand Hill hotel spa receptionist Janet Tarr, right, welcomes attendees after the ribbon cutting ceremony today (April 2) for the new hotel complex on Sand Hill Road at Interstate 280. Photo by Michelle Le/The Almanac.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, April 2, 2009, 12:54 PM

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Posted by Hank Lawrence
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Apr 4, 2009 at 7:54 am

Nicholas Jellins, Lee Duboc, and Mickie Winkler get the credit for this one. There is no way the current council would have approved this project. Most of the good projects such as Keplers and Cafe Barrone were approved when the "Prudent Growth" councils were in power. This "No Growth" council would have killed it with study after study until Rosewood Resorts would have just thrown in the towel rather than deal with this anachronistic council.

After all, Kelly Fergusson once said in a filmed City Council meeting "I wish we were more like Woodside". Well, Woodside has no luxury resorts. But is does have a lot of horse manure. Perhaps, that is what Kelly was really talking about. And if that is the case then the Menlo Park City Council is well along the way.

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Posted by Pony rider
a resident of Menlo Park: Felton Gables
on Apr 4, 2009 at 4:46 pm

Stanford wanted to do some development in Palo Alto, and Palo Alto negotiated with Stanford and got quite a few benefits, including a terrific all-turf soccer field that is in use every day of the year.

The council that approved Rosewood essentially gave away the store to Stanford. Oh, the hotel occupancy tax will be nice, but we could and should have obtained more concessions. Whatever you can say about that council, they were lousy negotiators.

By the way, I believe that council was also minding the store when the car dealerships on El Camino closed shop, a huge hit to the city's revenues. Net net, I'd say their legacy has red ink all over it.

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Posted by be fair
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Apr 4, 2009 at 5:11 pm

Hank, please stop spreading false and misleading information. Kelly Fergusson also voted for the Rosewood hotel project - not just your buddies. And Cohen, as I understand it, voted against the overall project because of the very large office complex not because of the hotel, which he supported.
This property was a rare large undeveloped piece of land, and there were zero attempts by the then-council majority to try to obtain playing fields there. What a lost opportunity.

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Posted by Hank Lawrence
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Apr 4, 2009 at 7:50 pm

Be Fair does not know what he/she is talking about. Kelly Fergusson did not vote for the Rosewood Hotel! She abstained. Her husband works for Stanford University and could not vote on the project due to a conflict of interest. Jellins, Duboc, and Winkler voted for the project. Cohen voted against it and Fergusson abstained. See how be fair has spread false and misleading information.

And as far as playing fields are concerned it helps to have a level lot. This lot has a considerable grade, making it inpractical to develop playing fields without considerable expense.

Jellins, Duboc and Winkler wanted playing fields at Bayfront Park. This would have been a boon to Belle Haven. But the Left organized a virulent and misleading campaign to have the project killed. The left talks a pretty good game but when it comes time to deliver all they deliver are studies and empty promises. At least Jellins, Duboc and Winkler delivered big time on this one and there is no way the left can spin this one. [Portion removed; see terms of use]

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Posted by observer
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Apr 5, 2009 at 7:22 am

For the last couple of weeks, we haven't heard from Hank --- I was really hoping he had moved back east again, but I guess no such luck.

There will an election in 18 months or so again. Have Winkler and DuBoc run again. Let's see just how many votes they can garner.

That group gave away the the 8 millon dollar pool on a no bid, zero rent basis to a private contractor. That group tried to give away the Derry project for no public benefit and outrageous massive density. The referendum group made a much better deal.

The only councilman presently with your views Hank is Boyle, who spends most of his time trying to obstruct the will of the majority. The rest of his time he advocates for the 4 track high speed rail project to come and destroy our city.

Hank, your side had better find some better minds to represent your viewpoints -- what you have put forth before are just un-acceptable.

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Posted by Hank Lawrence
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Apr 5, 2009 at 8:16 am

[Portion removed; see terms of use] Why don't you have Gail run for city council. Then Menlo Park can invoke a 10 percent city income tax on everyone making over $100,000/year and give it to those making less than $100,000/Year.

Menlo Park did not give the pool away. It owns the pool. It belongs to the city. The City Council wisely let Tim Sheeper operate the pool at a savings close to $500,000/year according to the City staff.

I agree with John Boyle on most things but the High Speed Rail is not one of them. In this time of State fiscal crisis we can not afford a high speed rail. Fortunately the public will not likely purchase the bonds since California's bond rating is approaching junk bond status.

The State of California could give free airline tickets to all California residents traveling between the Bay area and Los Angeles for the next 100 years and it would still be less expensive than the high speed rail.

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Posted by be fair
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Apr 5, 2009 at 12:37 pm

Hank, My mistake (at least I can admit to one). Fergusson did need to recuse herself but she was supportive of the project, so don't make it sound as if she was opposed to it.
You still have not acknowledged that Cohen supported the hotel, and not the large office complex that doesn't bring in any sales tax revenue.

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Posted by Hank Lawrence
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Apr 5, 2009 at 4:32 pm

Runaway Councilman

The Rosewood Hotel will soon open and inject a much-needed $1.6M recurring revenue into the City coffers and provide 250 new jobs. Nicholas Jellins, Mickie Winkler, and Lee Duboc are responsible for the Rosewood Hotel. We should remember this project came to fruition in spite of Andy Cohen’s attempt to thwart a vote by the Menlo Park City Council.

In June 2006, after years of careful review, this development was scheduled for a final vote of the City Council. Duboc was in Chicago making preparations for her daughter’s wedding. The Council rules state that at least 3 members be physically present in the Council Chambers for the vote. We had 4 members present. But Kelly Ferguson had to abstain because of a conflict of interest. That left the required 3 members.

In a fit of pique Cohen abrogated his responsibility the community by angrily storming out of the meeting. Mayor Jellins approached the City Attorney Bill McClure to attempt to get Cohen to return to the Dais to reestablish the quorum. McClure prevailed upon. Ferguson to cajole. Cohen to return to Chambers. Ms. Ferguson called Cohen at his home and after a considerable delay retrieved the RUNAWAT COUNCILMAN. Later Cohen cast his NO vote. Jellins, Winkler, and Duboc (by telephone) cast their yes votes.

Robinson, Boyle & Fergusson attended the opening ceremonies and Robinson lauded the completion of this excellent project that was the result of the foresight and wisdom of Jellins, Winkler & Duboc.

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Posted by give me a break
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Apr 6, 2009 at 3:27 pm

How was this project the result of the council members' foresight? It came forward and they approved it. They did not create it. They were in the right place at the right time. Please don't go overboard.
I am happy that the hotel was approved and built. I have a harder time with the big office (with no revenue to the city) and lack of safety improvements to the interchange with 280.

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Posted by No Spin Zone
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Apr 6, 2009 at 10:20 pm

Thanks, Give Me A Break, for setting the record straight. This development fell into our laps, almost completely out of the blue - in fact, I believe that our useless "business development director" was in the dark about it until the formal announcement was made.

As such, none of the council members can rightfully take "credit" for it.

And Mr. Lawrence, since you're always wanting to cut city staff, how about starting with that useless biz development person?

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Posted by observer
a resident of Menlo Park: Menlo Oaks
on Apr 8, 2009 at 1:42 pm

I have to agree with No Spin Zone on the business development department (positions). Now there are at least 2 people involved and it is a complete waste of funds. Started under the Jellin's etc. council, it should be shut down as a first priority to getting our budget back into balance.

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Posted by Hank Lawrence
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Apr 8, 2009 at 5:11 pm

Did you ever stop to think why in fell in the laps of Jellins, Winker, & Duboc? It was because the Stanford Land Management company would not have dared to present it before the leftist councils that preceded the Prudent Growth Council. Even then Jellins, Winkler & Duboc had to fight off the leftists who are still caterwauling about the office building. These people have no negotiation skills at all. Their "its my way or the highway" approach really speaks volumes to their lack of business experience.

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Posted by groan
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Apr 8, 2009 at 5:24 pm

Hank's quick and mindless use of words like "leftist" speaks volumes about his lack of commitment to facts and constructive debate.

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