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Willow-Gate, and Safe Routes to School

I. Willow-Gate Atherton VC Gary Lauder seems upset, and with good reason. He’s upset at the Willows B & B (Boondoggle & Bottleneck)...

Original post made by Stuart Soffer on Jan. 10, 2018
Last comment by Darius H, on Jan 17, 2018 at 10:42 pm | 6 comments | 571 Views

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Santa Cruz Avenue Success Story

Last week I stepped into Bistro Vida on Santa Cruz, where owner Ali El Safy and I continued our usual jesting and banter. I’ve known Ali at least 20 years....

Original post made by Stuart Soffer on Dec. 14, 2017
Last comment by Judy , on Dec 18, 2017 at 12:34 am | 6 comments | 969 Views

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Can council meetings be more efficient and/or more fair?

A. Bifurcate Public Hearings from Voting Actions Long-running meetings that may last until after midnight are a disservice to the public, leaving those...

Original post made by Stuart Soffer on Nov. 27, 2017
Last comment by pdj , on Nov 30, 2017 at 4:47 pm | 7 comments | 694 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 Stuart Soffer, on Nov 16, 2017 at 1:37 pm | 3 comments | 7497 Views

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Why a library scrap and rebuild?

Update Monday August 14. There is an additional active discussion on NextDoor regarding my original post, with valuable public comments, especially from...

Original post made by Stuart Soffer on Aug. 11, 2017
Last comment by City of Arrillaga, on Oct 18, 2017 at 4:24 pm | 10 comments | 2670 Views

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A New York City Moment

Two weeks ago Susan and I left on an early flight for NYC and arrived late afternoon at JFK Airport. We were headed for a mix of work and social...

Original post made by Stuart Soffer on Aug. 31, 2017
Last comment by Brielle, on Sep 7, 2017 at 2:15 pm | 1 comment | 1783 Views

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A New York City Moment

https://www.embarcaderopublishing.com/blogs_admin/photos.inc.php?blog_id=15&topic_id=5488# Two weeks ago Susan and I left on an early flight...

Original post made by Stuart Soffer on Aug. 31, 2017
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A New York City Moment

Two weeks ago Susan and I left on an early flight for NYC on early in the morning and arrived late afternoon at JFK Airport. We were headed for...

Original post made by Stuart Soffer on Aug. 31, 2017
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On Voter Databases and Election Systems

Among the uses for local voter registration databases are sifting through the entries to identify likely voters for campaign mailers. There’s discussion regarding...

Original post made by Stuart Soffer on Jul. 25, 2017
Last comment by Stu, on Jul 26, 2017 at 10:39 am | 3 comments | 1445 Views

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Is Amazon's Acquisition of Whole Foods a Good Idea?

But first, let’s revisit my post last April regarding Council Member Ray ("Sunlight") Mueller’s request for more transparency of city staff...

Original post made by Stuart Soffer on Jun. 18, 2017
Last comment by Alan, on Jun 21, 2017 at 11:20 am | 3 comments | 2478 Views

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Councilmember Mueller Asks for More Sunshine

The fresh alpine air must be clearing his head while skiing. Ray Mueller just sent a request to the city manager and mayor asking to place on an upcoming agenda...

Original post made by Stuart Soffer on Apr. 11, 2017
Last comment by Ray Mueller, on Jun 18, 2017 at 8:16 pm | 5 comments | 1926 Views

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City Finance: The Consequences of Losing Institutional Knowledge

Since last week’s post I’ve delved more into the 2016 City Financial Report (CAFR) and additional materials on the City’s website. There are indications...

Original post made by Stuart Soffer on Mar. 9, 2017
Last comment by $10 million surplus, on Jun 9, 2017 at 5:53 pm | 15 comments | 3075 Views

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For Whom Belle Haven Tolls

The Belle Haven School, part of the Ravenswood City School District, should be absorbed into the Menlo Park City School District (MPCSD). Whether it's absorbed entirely...

Original post made by Stuart Soffer on Oct. 8, 2013
Last comment by Carolyn Clarke, on Jun 6, 2017 at 2:28 am | 9 comments | 15685 Views

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We need some volunteers.

I’m looking for volunteers. You, and…uhh.. you. There’s a request circulating on Nextdoor Linfield Oaks from Wojciech Koszek asking: ==I “I work in...

Original post made by Stuart Soffer on May. 23, 2017
Last comment by Jack Hickey, on May 24, 2017 at 10:15 am | 1 comment | 1335 Views

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The City Council Should Oppose AB1250

I agree with former councilmember Lee DuBoc, who distributed an email outlining the risks of this behind the scenes, but impactful, folly. Our Menlo Park City...

Original post made by Stuart Soffer on May. 2, 2017
Last comment by Stats, on May 3, 2017 at 1:30 am | 1 comment | 1973 Views

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Councilmember Mueller Asks for More Sunshine

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Original post made by Stuart Soffer on Apr. 11, 2017
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The MP Financial Report for 2016: (Are we now a company town?)

Ahhh! It’s that time of year - slightly delayed. Menlo Park’s annual accounting of all financial things (limited to those things required to be disclosed)...

Original post made by Stuart Soffer on Mar. 2, 2017
Last comment by concerned tax payer, on Mar 7, 2017 at 8:40 am | 15 comments | 2993 Views

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Caroline Lucas for MP School Board; Vicki Veenker for Assembly, Ray Mueller and Cecilia Taylor for MP Council

Vicki Veenker for Assembly, Caroline Lucas for MP School Board; Ray and Cecilia Taylor for MP Council State Assembly – Vicki Veenker: I’m...

Original post made by Stuart Soffer on Oct. 28, 2016
Last comment by thoughtful, on Nov 14, 2016 at 1:22 pm | 5 comments | 24543 Views

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Mueller and Taylor for Menlo Park Council

Monday evening I attended the League of Women Voters Candidates Forum, where incumbents Ray Mueller and Catherine Carlton, and challenger Cecilia Taylor responded...

Original post made by Stuart Soffer on Oct. 14, 2016
Last comment by wayback, on Oct 19, 2016 at 4:38 pm | 18 comments | 3635 Views

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The Evolution of Film, at the Museum of American Heritage.

One of the unique and somewhat hidden neighbors in our local area is The Museum of American Heritage (moah.org). Part museum, part archive,...

Original post made by Stuart Soffer on Sep. 16, 2016
Last comment by Alan, on Sep 19, 2016 at 12:12 pm | 1 comment | 2424 Views
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Burger chain Shake Shack to open in Palo Alto
By Elena Kadvany | 16 comments | 4,681 views

The Cost of Service
By Aldis Petriceks | 1 comment | 1,116 views

Couples: When Wrong Admit It; When Right; Shut Up
By Chandrama Anderson | 0 comments | 575 views

One-on-one time
By Cheryl Bac | 0 comments | 478 views