One new face joined the return of a familiar one when the Menlo Park Planning Commission last met. The City Council has reappointed Ben Eiref to a second four-year term, and selected Andrew Combs to replace Henry Riggs, whose term had ended.
Mr. Eiref was then chosen as chair of the Planning Commission during its May 5 meeting. John Onken will serve as vice chair.
The newest commissioner, Mr. Combs, holds a law degree from Harvard University and works as a communications consultant and freelance writer, according to his application. He has served as a bicycle commissioner, tutored for the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula, and volunteered as an elections officer.
He wrote that his desire to serve on the Planning Commission "stems not from a desire to accomplish a specific task. My interests are driven by a desire to engage and contribute to the conversation about how Menlo Park can best develop and thrive in the years and decades ahead."