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Layoffs. Reduced police enforcement. A shuttered community center. Bracing for lean times, here's what Menlo Park is cutting.

Original post made on Jun 1, 2020

Faced with enormous anticipated budget shortfalls in the upcoming fiscal year, the Menlo Park City Council authorized budget cuts totaling about $11.7 million to city operations Thursday night.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, May 29, 2020, 4:44 PM

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Posted by wildcat72
a resident of another community
on Jun 1, 2020 at 1:49 pm

How does the MP gymnastics program cost $1.5 mil annually?


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Posted by MP Res
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jun 1, 2020 at 3:15 pm

Wildcat72:
It doesn’t, this does not take revenue from the program into account! Gymnastics is a profitable program with 100% recovery in normal times.


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Posted by Bill
a resident of Menlo Park: Felton Gables
on Jun 2, 2020 at 7:06 pm

Cutting parking enforcement the city will become a pile of car on top of each other. The city will become a little east San Jose where people can even park their cars in front people's drive way and their is law do to no parking enforcement officers.


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Posted by Mayra
a resident of Menlo Park: Stanford Hills
on Jun 2, 2020 at 7:10 pm

You are right Bill. No enforcement things MP will become a ghetto city. Or as EPA.


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Posted by MP Res
a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Jun 2, 2020 at 9:40 pm

Actually parking enforcement would still be conducted but one would have to call it in instead of an officer monitoring it proactively. Let me put it this way: is proactive parking enforcement more important than a community center? Or Say, community events Or renovating playgrounds? Council thinks so...


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Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Menlo Park: Park Forest
on Jun 3, 2020 at 7:41 am

The Council needs to make structural adjustments to the entire city government - not quarter by quarter stripping away of social services. And they should start by giving the outsourcing of the police department to the Sheriff - which will save millions EVERY year and will IMPROVE the level of police services - serious consideration with lots of public input.

I for one will never vote for or support any current council member who does not demand a serious discussion on police outsourcing.


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Posted by Roy Thiele-Sardiña
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jun 4, 2020 at 5:04 pm

@Peter,

I'm with you. the overhead cost of operating a Police Department is crazy. San Carlos did exactly what you describe and has better coverage without requiring mutual aid if they fall short. it about time our politicians look at the ENTIRE budget and become fiscally responsible rather than politically correct.

The continued operation of a daycare center costing the city hundreds of thousands of dollars for the benefit of 62 families is simply irresponsible. in this environment every decision must be weighed as to how will the $1 benefit the residents of Menlo Park the MOST.

Roy Thiele-Sardina


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