Menlo Park

Five candidates (shown below) are competing for two seats on the Menlo Park City Council in the November 6, 2012 election. The top-two vote receivers will serve a four-term on the City Council, beginning December 2012.

Menlo Park City Council Candidates

The following ten questions were sent to each of the candidates on September 7, 2012. Their responses will be posted on this webpage as they are received.


1. Should Menlo Park encourage more housing development? Why or why not? If so, what type of housing and where should new housing be constructed?

2. How can traffic congestion in Menlo Park be addressed in the upcoming revision of the city’s General Plan?

3. What are the best ways to address current and future vehicle parking needs downtown?

4. Do you prefer expanding El Camino Real from 4 to 6 vehicle lanes in downtown Menlo Park, or retaining 4 vehicle lanes while adding sidewalk curb extensions and bike lanes?

5. How can Menlo Park make its Safe Routes to School programs more effective? What would you do to increase the number of children walking or bicycling to school?

6. What specific improvements would be the most effective to enable more residents to walk and bicycle for more trips?

7. What should be the city’s goals for future zoning updates in the M2 industrial area? Do you support mixed-use (commercial and residential) development in this area?

8. Do you support Caltrain electrification? Why or why not? What results from the project would you like to see for Menlo Park?

9. Do you support the Dumbarton Rail project? Why or why not?

10. How often do you use public transit, bicycling, or walking for transportation? If you have school-age children, do they take transit, bicycling, or walking to school? Why or why not?

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