Sep 13

City seeks community input on city manager recruitment

Posted on September 13, 2021 at 7:16 pm by Clay Curtin

People who live, work or use services in Menlo Park are invited to provide feedback on what qualities they think the next city manager should possess. The city manager is appointed by the city council and serves as the chief executive of the city.

With the upcoming retirement of current City Manager, Starla Jerome-Robinson, the City Council has retained The Hawkins Company to conduct an executive search. As part of the process, the city and The Hawkins Company are asking for community input via this brief, five questions survey about the desired qualifications and attributes for the next city manager. Responses will help the search firm to identify, recruit and evaluate candidates. This survey will be available in English and Spanish on the city website beginning September 16 and remain open until September 30, 2021. All responses are anonymous.

In addition to the survey, the public is also invited to participate in one of the following community forums listed below. The purpose of the forums is to provide the public with more information about the search process and to learn more about what community members are looking for in the next city manager. All forums are virtual and will take place on the following days:


Sep 13

Input needed for San Mateo County redistricting process

Posted on September 13, 2021 at 6:20 pm by Clay Curtin

Every 10 years, local governments use new data from the Census to redraw their district lines to reflect how local populations have changed. State law requires cities and counties to engage communities in the redistricting process by holding public hearings and doing public outreach. San Mateo County is asking for your help to plan and draw new County districts.

The finalized maps will help create and define the five San Mateo County district borders and these new districts will impact how you elect your Supervisors for the next 10 years.

The primary goal when developing election districts is to draw lines that respect neighborhoods, history and geographical elements.

Get involved:

The County wants to hear: 

  • Your story
  • Define your neighborhood or community of interest
  • Explain why redistricting is relevant to your community
  • Get the tools you need to draw a map of one district or of all five districts
  • Share your opinions of the draft maps
  • Talk to your neighbors and local organizations


Sep 13

Notice of Preparation for the environmental impact report released for 123 Independence Drive

Posted on September 13, 2021 at 6:08 pm by Clay Curtin

The proposed 123 Independence Drive project in the Bayfront Area reached a milestone with the release of its Notice of Preparation (NOP) on Friday, September 10, 2021. The NOP is also available on the city’s environmental documents webpage.

Residents are encouraged to review the NOP and participate in the September 27, 2021, Planning Commission meeting, to provide comments on the NOP and the scope and content of the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) and the proposed project. The comment review period for the NOP is happening now through Monday, October 11, 2021. Written comments must be submitted no later than 5 p.m., Monday, October 11, 2021.

The project at 123 Independence Drive includes redevelopment of five parcels with approximately 432 residential units consisting of approximately 316 apartment units and approximately 116 for-sale townhomes. Approximately 15 percent or 66 units are proposed to be inclusionary units consistent with the City’s Below Market Rate (BMR) Housing Program. 

Written comments must be submitted by email to Contract Principal Planner Payal Bhagat or by letter to Payal Bhagat, Community Development, 701 Laurel St., Menlo Park, CA 94025.

More details on the proposed project are available on the 123 Independence Drive project page. The proposed project would be developed using the City’s bonus level provisions for increases in density, intensity (square footage), and height, in exchange for community amenities.

Following the close of the NOP public review period on October 11, 2021, the City will prepare a Draft EIR that will consider all the comments received during the EIR scoping meeting and written comments submitted during the NOP public review period.