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Menlo Park Updates

Nov 05

Upcoming study session on pension liabilities

Posted on November 5, 2018 at 5:26 pm by Peter Ibrahim

On July 17, 2018, the San Mateo County Civil Grand Jury (Civil Grand Jury) filed the report “Soaring City Pension Costs – Time for Hard Choices” with Honorable V. Raymond Swope, Judge of the Superior Court of the State of California. The report provides background, analysis, and recommendations on the recent and future increases in pension costs for member agencies of the California Public Employee Retirement System. 

The City’s independent actuary is scheduled to provide an update on the City’s employee unfunded pension liabilities at the City Council meeting November 13, 2018, at 6 p.m. The actuary will update their 2016 report as well as respond to recommendations presented by the 2017-18 San Mateo Civil Grand Jury report on city pension liabilities in San Mateo County. 

The City’s efforts to manage pension liabilities are detailed in its response to the civil grand jury as presented at the City Council meeting September 11, 2018. 

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Nov 05

Tennis courts resurfaced at Nealon Park

Posted on November 5, 2018 at 5:25 pm by Peter Ibrahim

The City completed a resurfacing repair project on all five tennis courts at Nealon Park. Valuable feedback from our tennis community resulted in new court paint to blue and green. The new court colors will enhance visibility of the ball for players. The repair work is a temporary fix until full reconstruction of the tennis courts begins this spring. 

This resurfacing project is part of a face-lift that the all the courts in the City will receive over the next five years. During this time, all courts will be reconstructed to improve play and functionality. 

The City offers the option to purchase a tennis court key for annual or single-day use. Reservations can also be made for a specific time of day. 

For more information on all of our tennis court facilities visit

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Nov 05

Park James Hotel hosts grand opening celebration

Posted on November 5, 2018 at 5:12 pm by Peter Ibrahim

On Thursday, November 1, the Park James Hotel officially opened its doors as Menlo Park's newest hospitality destination. The 61-room hotel is located at 1400 El Camino Real, at the corner of Glenwood Avenue, within the El Camino Real/Downtown Specific Plan area. Pollock Realty Corporation redeveloped the property, which was the site of a former Shell gas station.

At the celebration, guests enjoyed food from the kitchen of Oak and Violet, the new restaurant that is part of the hotel, and socialized in the central courtyard. The operator of the hotel reports that initial reservations have been strong, and that they are excited to be part of the Menlo Park business community.

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