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The City of Menlo Park was among the municipal governments that participated in international #CityHallSelfie Day on August 15.

Spearheaded by Oregon-based nonprofit Engaging Local Government Leaders (ELGL), the online campaign serves in assisting municipalities in engendering greater community support, trust and conversations around innovation and policy.

The #CityHallSelfie phenomenon began in 2014 when various municipal employees around the globe started snapping pictures of themselves in front of city and county buildings. What started as a fun way to show love for local government and their city halls became what is today an annual attempt to break the world record for most city hall selfies taken in one day.

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Menlo Park City Council approves balanced budget for fiscal year 2018-19

The Menlo Park City Council has approved a $143 million budget for the fiscal year starting July 1, marking the end of an annual process of assessing the city’s financial health, community priorities, infrastructure investments and day-to-day operations. At last week’s City Council meeting, city staff presented proposed additions to the draft budget that were […]

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4th annual Congressional App Challenge is underway

Earlier this week, Congresswoman Anna G. Eshoo (CA-18) announced  the launch of the fourth annual Congressional App Challenge for the 18th Congressional District. Established by Congresswoman Eshoo and Congressman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), this competition is a nationwide event that invites high school students from across the country to compete by creating and exhibiting their software […]

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Congresswoman Eshoo hosts community town hall meeting on Social Security on April 3

Congresswoman Anna G. Eshoo (D-CA) and Congressman John B. Larson (CT-01) will host a Community Town Hall Meeting on Social Security on Tuesday, April 3rd at 1:30 pm. The Representatives will present their plans to strengthen Social Security, including their legislation, the Social Security 2100 Act, which increases Social Security benefits, gives senior citizens a […]

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Secretary of Energy Rick Perry visits SLAC in Menlo Park, tours site of X-ray laser upgrade

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Secretary of Energy Rick Perry visited the U.S. Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in Menlo Park on Wednesday, where he toured the site of a superconducting upgrade to the accelerator that powers the lab’s X-ray laser and met with employees in a town hall meeting. “We enjoyed the opportunity to share with the […]

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FairVote & Nirvana – all in one afternoon at Cafe Zoë on March 10

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Cafe Zoë and FairVote California are hosting an event on Saturday, March 10 at 2:30 pm to give the community a chance to learn more about Ranked Choice Voting, featuring FairVote Board Chair Krist Novoselic and Executive Director Rob Richie. FairVote California (FVCA) is a project of FairVote, which advocates for electoral reforms that give voters greater […]

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Advisory Districting Committee submits final recommendations, favors five voting districts

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The Advisory Districting Committee presented its results to the Menlo Park City Council: A recommendation for dividing the City into five voting districts A recommendation for dividing the City into six voting districts (with an at-large elected mayor) A recommendation for election sequencing for each map, taking into account the City’s practice of staggering elections […]

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Menlo Park is inviting citizens to apply for new Advisory Districting Committee

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Menlo Park is recruiting to fill up to nine seats on the City’s newly created Advisory Districting Committee. This Committee will be responsible for reviewing and recommending City Council district boundaries for the 2018 election. Eligibility requirements are this: Application due by 5:00 pm, Monday, Jan. 8, 2018 Registered voter Menlo Park resident and resided […]

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5 things you need to know about the change to district elections in Menlo Park

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The City of Menlo Park is changing the way City Council members are elected, from at large elections to “by district” elections. Here are some important things to know about this change. It’s happening Once notified of a legal challenge (received the letter in August 2017), the City Council adopted a Resolution of Intention to […]

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Challenge to Menlo Park residents – Draw a good map!

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Menlo Park resident Jen Wolosin posted this on her local Nextdoor and sent it to InMenlo, suggesting it might be appropriate for a larger audience. We agree! ______________________ Do you like maps? Numbers? Puzzles? Democracy? The City of Menlo Park is empowering residents to draw and submit their own district maps for the upcoming November […]

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Special City Council meeting on at-large and by-district elections set for Nov. 29

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The City Council will hold a Public Hearing to review and consider options regarding at-large and by-district elections on Wednesday, November 29 at 7:00 pm in the City Council Chambers (701 Laurel St.). These hearings are very important to our community as they will determine how we elect City Council going forward. Here is some background […]

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