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Then Came Larry Lessig.

Larry who? If you follow the ideas from TED conferences, ideas via TEDx, you may want to follow along the major ideas on democracy from Harvard Law professor...

Original post made by Stuart Soffer on Sep. 30, 2015
There are no comments yet. 381 Views


How to Hire a City Manager

But first, I'm glad to see the right-turn obstructions on Alma and Ravenswood consigned to history. (It takes a village to get the right changes, I suppose.) --- My...

Original post made by Stuart Soffer on Sep. 11, 2015
Last comment by Mike Keenly, on Sep 19, 2015 at 8:36 pm | 13 comments | 1035 Views


A Traffic Picture Worth a Thousand Words.

The recent mitigations at Alma and Ravenswood ostensibly for safety reasons, one month of a 6 month trial, has predictable consequences in other key locations. ...

Original post made by Stuart Soffer on Aug. 25, 2015
Last comment by Cmon, on Aug 30, 2015 at 4:49 am | 14 comments | 1043 Views


Debating Earthquake Insurance

Whenever we receive a renewal statement for earthquake coverage it's a cause for wrestling whether or not to renew ? damned if I do and damned if I don't. I've...

Original post made by Stuart Soffer on Jan. 5, 2015
Last comment by Dave Thompson, on Jul 2, 2015 at 1:47 pm | 22 comments | 2191 Views


It doesn?t pencil out - justify the budget and hiring.

When I was on the planning commission, the Planning Department included at least two contract planners ? for years ? who ably served the city. They also understood...

Original post made by Stuart Soffer on Jun. 15, 2015
Last comment by bigger picture?, on Jun 23, 2015 at 8:17 am | 22 comments | 1987 Views


Public Benefits and Discretionary Zoning

The city council is considering describing and quantifying Public Benefits ? a quid pro quo negotiated between a project applicant and the city in return for granting...

Original post made by Stuart Soffer on May. 3, 2015
Last comment by Peter Carpenter, on May 9, 2015 at 2:21 pm | 6 comments | 1314 Views


The MP School District Board Should Approve the O?Connor Boundary Change.

A boundary on O?Connor Street straddles two school districts: one side is in the Ravenswood District; the other side of the street enjoys the tonier Menlo Park District. Tomorrow...

Original post made by Stuart Soffer on Apr. 13, 2015
Last comment by peninsula resident, on Apr 15, 2015 at 8:08 am | 3 comments | 5348 Views


Finally a Hotel for 1400 El Camino Real ? But ? There's a Catch

Pollock Financial proposes building a boutique hotel on a now vacant lot on El Camino. Pollock Financial has a strong history in Menlo Park of providing good projects,...

Original post made by Stuart Soffer on Feb. 21, 2015
Last comment by a better deal, on Feb 24, 2015 at 8:45 am | 6 comments | 2761 Views


Are you considering a remodel?

I shrug my head as I see a remodel in the neighborhood drag on and on. Something is wrong. We completed a partial remodel two years ago consisting of removing a...

Original post made by Stuart Soffer on Dec. 20, 2014
Last comment by Stu Soffer, on Dec 29, 2014 at 1:06 pm | 4 comments | 1746 Views


Split the Ticket for Menlo Park

But first, for a couple of months I've been noticing (and using) the new green bicycle demarcations in Menlo Park and Palo Alto. These are a vast improvement of...

Original post made by Stuart Soffer on Oct. 6, 2014
Last comment by remarkable, on Dec 23, 2014 at 6:36 pm | 13 comments | 2136 Views


?I live near Sunset?

That is how I inform people where we live. Sunset Magazine is truly an iconic identifier for Menlo Park. The Sunset Magazine campus is well known, even internationally....

Original post made by Stuart Soffer on Nov. 21, 2014
Last comment by Richard Hine, on Nov 23, 2014 at 10:32 am | 5 comments | 1472 Views


Finally. election eve.

Last week while in NYC I received a call from a council member asking me how I felt the local campaigns were going? asking about Measure M in particular. I responded...

Original post made by Stuart Soffer on Nov. 4, 2014
Last comment by Peter Carpenter, on Nov 5, 2014 at 11:11 am | 3 comments | 1400 Views


A Perspective on Surf Air Approaches to San Carlos

Surf Air, an aviation startup with a novel model for providing convenient service for commuters between the peninsula and Los Angeles, has been taking flack for...

Original post made by Stuart Soffer on Dec. 7, 2013
Last comment by Jim, on Sep 30, 2014 at 11:46 pm | 22 comments | 9167 Views


Council election, and then some.

It's been a while since I've posted. One reason was that I was seriously considering running for City Council. And obviously at this point I decided I had other...

Original post made by Stuart Soffer on Aug. 28, 2014
Last comment by that's not right, on Sep 4, 2014 at 10:57 am | 8 comments | 1517 Views


Separate Entrances for BMR and Market Rate Apartments?

So here's a tough one emanating from that grand transit-oriented, high-density housing platform called Manhattan Island. Extell Development proposes construction...

Original post made by Stuart Soffer on Jul. 21, 2014
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The Taboo Topic of Ageism in Silicon Valley

A few years ago I searched for a technical expert for a case involving set top box circuitry and functionality and located someone here in the Valley. Meeting at...

Original post made by Stuart Soffer on Jun. 25, 2014
Last comment by you can make it, on Jul 15, 2014 at 7:04 pm | 19 comments | 12344 Views


Think housing is expensive here? NYC struggles with affordable housing.

This morning's New York Times has a good article ("Affordable Housing...

Original post made by Stuart Soffer on Jun. 8, 2014
There are no comments yet. 1748 Views


The November Menlo Park Council Election: The Incumbents Need to Speak Up

With the June Election headed to history in a couple of weeks, attention will quickly turn to the November Election. Three seats on the Menlo Park Council will...

Original post made by Stuart Soffer on May. 26, 2014
Last comment by Roy Thiele-Sardiņa, on Jun 4, 2014 at 11:01 am | 25 comments | 3097 Views


Approaches to Predicting the Future

Downtown Palo Alto hosts the Institute for the Future. Menlo Park hosts Madame Katherine, Palm Reader. Other than wondering...

Original post made by Stuart Soffer on Jun. 3, 2014
There are no comments yet. 1187 Views


Riding with the Menlo Park Police Community Academy

A few weeks ago I placed an MPPD Police officer into handcuffs - after I twisted his arms into a painful hold. This was part of behind-the-scenes workshops provided...

Original post made by Stuart Soffer on May. 15, 2014
Last comment by Charlie Bourne, on Jun 2, 2014 at 11:47 am | 3 comments | 3611 Views
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Su Hong Menlo Park changes hands after 38 years
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"Woman on Fire" a new Book for Sexual Empowerment
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Fee Waivers
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Then Came Larry Lessig.
By Stuart Soffer | 0 comments | 381 views