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Fitch Ratings affirmed earlier this month the AAA rating for the City of Menlo Park’s general obligation bonds and provided a stable ratings outlook. The outcome of the Fitch review, which focused on the City’s 2009 “Measure T” recreation bonds, was the optimal result of a ratings review.

The affirmation of the rating focused on a number of key drivers, some of which were based on the local and regional economy and some of which were focused on financial decisions made by the City that have enhanced its financial positions.

Specifically, Fitch cited the following reasons for the affirmation of the AAA rating and the stable outlook:

  • The presence of a strong technology industry with increasing employment levels and a growing tax base;
  • Unemployment rates well below the state and national averages;
  • Strong city financial operations, including extremely healthy unrestricted General Fund reserves;
  • Exceptional revenue flexibility for a California city;
  • Prudent financial management to minimize borrowing and reduce long-term liabilities, including fully funding the retiree medical liability and paying off the side fund for public safety employees; and
  • Manageable long-term obligations due to an low direct debt burden.

Fitch Ratings is a leading provider of credit ratings, commentary and research. Reviews of the City’s debt by the major ratings agencies occur on a regular basis, and the independent nature of the review provides a good confirmation from an outside source about the City’s overall fiscal health.

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Easter egg hunts on Saturday, April 4, in Menlo Park and Atherton

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Saturday, April 4, 2015 – 10:00 am to Noon:  The Bunny visits Burgess Park with toys and candy filled eggs for girls and boys ages 8 and under. The festivities start with bounce houses, crafts, and pictures with the Bunny. Activities are co-sponsored by the Menlo Park Firefighters Association and the Menlo Park Fire District. […]

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M-A Foundation online auction, supporting expanded educational programs, goes live on Monday, March 30

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The Menlo-Atherton High School Foundation is hosting an online auction to raise funds to support vital programs at M-A. The Foundation’s goal is to provide a better educational experience for every M–A student by funding smaller class sizes, expanded course offerings, professional development for teachers, college and career prep, and other essential programs and services. […]

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Little Kids Rock is hosting family-friendly fundraiser at Facebook

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Little Kids Rock is hosting a family-friendly fundraiser at Facebook HQ in Menlo Park on Saturday May 16 from 1:00 t0 5:00. Limited tickets are available . Red Hot Chili Peppers’ drummer Chad Smith will join local Little Kids Rock students for inspiring musical performances, in addition to local bands Coverflow, Scope Creep and Next Play, as well […]

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Casino bus catches fire on southbound 101 in Menlo Park, snarling traffic

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A Graton Resort casino bus caught fire on Southbound Highway 101 in Menlo Park yesterday evening (3/26). Menlo Park and Redwood City fire fighters arrived on the scene at 6.17 pm to find the casino bus fully involved in fire. The bus was unoccupied except for the driver who escaped unscathed. Additional fire engines from the Menlo […]

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Bay Area business authors speak at Menlo College on April 1

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Six influential business authors from the Bay Area will speak at Menlo College at an author’s roundtable on Wednesday, April 1 starting at 7:00 pm. Free and open to the public, the discussion will be moderated by Dr. Richard Moran, President of Menlo College and the author of several books on CEOs, workplace issues and modern […]

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Three nights of movies at M-A Performing Arts Center, March 30-April 1

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Experience three nights of movies at the Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center. March 30th – UP (2009) March 31st – Wreck-It Ralph (2012) April 1st – Mary Poppins (1964) Doors open nightly at 5:30 pm, movies start promptly at 6:00 pm. $3.00 General Admission. Dressing in character is encouraged. Purchase tickets in advance at online. This […]

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USGS evening lecture on March 26 examines environmental consequences of gold mining

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USGS Research Geologist Andrea Foster and Chapman University professor Christopher Kim will be giving a talk entitled The Environmental Legacy of California’s Gold Rush on Thursday, March 26 at 7:00 pm. The free public lecture will take place at USGS, Building 3, Rambo Auditorium, 345 Middlefield Rd., Menlo Park.

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Menlo Mavens get fit and build camaraderie playing water polo

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Rain or shine, twice a week, women ages 19-61 dive into Burgess Pool to play water polo. The Menlo Mavens is a Masters women’s water polo team that includes players with a wide range of experience and ability levels, from first-time athletes to veteran players. Practices are fun, diverse, inclusive, and supportive. In addition to skill-building […]

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Atherton stages disaster preparedness community event on March 26

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On Thursday, March 26 at the Pavilion in Holbrook-Palmer Park (150 Watkins Ave.), the town of Atherton is hosting a disaster preparedness community event. At 5:30 pm the California Highway Patrol (CHP) will kick it off by landing a helicopter in the grassy area on the left field of the baseball park. Continuing at 6:00 at […]

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Upcoming events in March and April for teens at Menlo Park Library

Teen Spring Book Club (Saturday, March 28 from 3:00-4:30 pm) Menlo Park Library’s Book Club program for ages 12-18 is set to meet during the spring. Meeting dates are on Saturdays, March 28th and May 2nd from 3:00-4:30 PM. The March 28th meeting will be to vote and decide on what book we will read. […]

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