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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 Don't split the ticket, on Oct 12, 2014 at 12:10 am | 12 comments | 1156 Views

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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 | 7272 Views

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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 | 822 Views

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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
There are no comments yet. 860 Views

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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 | 5008 Views

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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. 1089 Views

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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-Sardiña, on Jun 4, 2014 at 11:01 am | 25 comments | 2284 Views

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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. 597 Views

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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 | 2729 Views

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Purge the Subscriptions Day

I just got off the phone with AT&T regarding my father's phone account. A very pleasant and knowledgeable person was on the other end of the line, who could also...

Original post made by Stuart Soffer on Apr. 28, 2014
There are no comments yet. 1182 Views

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Menlo Saves: Predictability is a Two-Way Street

I write this paragraph from 77th and Broadway. Looking out the window I see a great urban example: 3 traffic lanes in each direction, green median,...

Original post made by Stuart Soffer on Apr. 7, 2014
Last comment by Peter Carpenter, on Apr 10, 2014 at 1:49 pm | 14 comments | 41486 Views

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Menlo Saves: Optimizing Outcomes

(Or, Wrestling with Menlo Park's Specific Plan for El Camino in a Nutshell) The downtown plan is a case study in conflicting optimizations. We don't need to...

Original post made by Stuart Soffer on Mar. 19, 2014
Last comment by Peter Carpenter, on Mar 25, 2014 at 1:45 pm | 11 comments | 23859 Views

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Menlo Saves: A Retrospective on Ballot Measures in Menlo Park and Palo Alto

My first draft of this entry began last November, but morphed over time into multiple topics. For clarity I'll focus on history. Last November Palo Alto voters...

Original post made by Stuart Soffer on Feb. 26, 2014
There are no comments yet. 1579 Views

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Reporting Live from MP Train Station Food Trucks: I predict that the sun will rise tomorrow.

As a follow-on to my prior post: Borrone's Market bar opens and

Original post made by Stuart Soffer on Feb. 19, 2014
Last comment by fact, on Feb 23, 2014 at 11:29 pm |
7 comments | 2207 Views

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Reporting Live From Borrone’s MarketBar

Today(Thursday) is opening day for the long-awaited Borrone's MarketBar – located between the Menlo Park train station and the foundational Café Borrone Mother...

Original post made by Stuart Soffer on Feb. 13, 2014
There are no comments yet. 2593 Views

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Denmark Stumbles

I've long had an affinity for Denmark, even taking 3 years of Danish in college and visiting 3 times. And Palo Alto hosts a local diplomatic outpost – the...

Original post made by Stuart Soffer on Feb. 11, 2014
Last comment by Alan, on Feb 11, 2014 at 1:46 pm | 1 comment | 788 Views

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What’s Next for Nest?

Earlier this week Google announced that it would purchase Nest for $3.2 Billion. I am a fan of both companies, both innovators for which the Valley is known. But...

Original post made by Stuart Soffer on Jan. 17, 2014
Last comment by Stu Soffer, on Jan 21, 2014 at 12:33 pm | 5 comments | 2809 Views

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Bring Me the Head of Nutty the Squirrel

Well, not literally. I'm just adapting a title from Scott Adams' Dilbert: Bring Me the Head of Willy the Mailboy. The Dilbert comic series follows the foibles...

Original post made by Stuart Soffer on Jan. 17, 2014
There are no comments yet. 551 Views

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Food Trucks at the Menlo Park Train Station

I understand the incipient squealing from established restaurants that the food trucks poach customers. When the downtown Farmers' Market was first proposed the...

Original post made by Stuart Soffer on Jan. 2, 2014
Last comment by linda hill, on Jan 12, 2014 at 11:26 pm | 11 comments | 13937 Views

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Is there a Menlo Park Finance Audit Committee?

Amongst the commissions and committees in Menlo Park noted on its web site is the Finance/Audit Committee (FAC). This relatively new committee was instituted by...

Original post made by Stuart Soffer on Dec. 3, 2013
Last comment by Curious, on Dec 5, 2013 at 10:25 pm | 2 comments | 4368 Views
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