Possible illegal use of public funds to Keplers Menlo Park, posted by old timer, a resident of the Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park neighborhood, on Dec 22, 2012 at 11:10 am
According to an article in the PA Daily news, the City Council has just approved awarding $4500 in grants to some organizations and businesses to subsidize their use of the Performing Arts Center.
Taking the $1000 grant to Keplers as an example, there is surely something amiss when the City takes public funds to subsidize a private business,such as Keplers. Surely this must be illegal. Who on council or staff is driving such an initiative?
It has been obvious for some years, that MP's $2.6 million contribution to help fund the Performing Arts Center was a huge mistake. Now this council is trying to put "lipstick on this pig".
Posted by Sandy Brundage, Almanac Staff Writer, a resident of the Menlo Park: Downtown neighborhood, on Dec 26, 2012 at 8:22 am
The grants have not yet been awarded - that was the Parks and Rec Commission's responsibility, and they did not have a quorum at their last meeting. Kepler's has been split into a for-profit bookstore and a nonprofit lecture and events arm; they applied for a grant for the nonprofit side. See this week's Almanac for more details.