News - November 16, 2011

Briefs: Council weighs new contract for city employees

Judging by the flood of emails protesting the amount of time off in the proposed two-year contract for the 35 city employees represented by the American Federation of State, City, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) union, the Nov. 15 meeting of the Menlo Park City Council could see some spirited public engagement.

The council is expected to vote on the contract Tuesday night. The contract doesn't increase paid time off, but drew fire for how much employees currently get, with a minimum seven weeks. The contract institutes a two-tier pension structure for new hires, freezes pay, a cap on city contributions to health plans, and increased pension contributions by employees.

The regular meeting starts at 7 p.m. in council chambers at the Civic Center at 701 Laurel St. The council will convene an hour earlier for a closed session to discuss selling land on Terminal Avenue to Beechwood School .

Go to to review the staff report on the union contract.

Openings on Caltrain bike committee

Caltrain needs four volunteers for its bicycle advisory committee — a public agency staff member representing the City and County of San Francisco; a public agency staff member representing San Mateo County; a representative of a San Mateo County bike advocacy organization; and a representative of the Santa Clara County general public.

The committee meets every other month at 6:45 p.m. in San Carlos, according to Caltrain. Members are selected by the Staff Coordinating Council of the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, which includes representatives from three local transit agencies.

Go to to download the application, which is due by Monday, Nov. 21. Call 650-508-6223 for more information.


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