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Presbyterian Church Hosts Grand Boulevard Discussion

Performance, safety, and aesthetics of El Camino Real on the docket.

is hosting a public "Walk The Talk" forum in the church's social hall from 6-8:30 p.m. this Thursday. 

The Silicon Valley Community Foundation funded the event, which is designed to encourage interested parties to ask questions of city leaders and experts. 

It is co-sponsored by San Mateo County Transit District, the City of Menlo Park, the League of Women Voters, Sustainable San Mateo County and many other organizations on the Peninsula. 

Jean Fraser, chief of the San Mateo County Health System, is scheduled to speak first about the Grand Boulevard Initiative's guiding principles, as well as what it means to have a healthy community. 

Nelson\Nygaard Consultant Jessica ter Schure will deliver a presentation called, "Green Transportation and Connectivity," starting at 7 p.m.

Afterward they will take questions from the audience and have a panel discussion.

You can RSVP by clicking here.  

Sandy B January 23, 2012 at 07:57 PM
Why is this being held at a church? What happened to separation of church an state
randy albin January 23, 2012 at 08:57 PM
as i should know, menlo park presbyterian is quite a church. i guess that this event is an outreach to the community
Sandy B January 23, 2012 at 09:08 PM
I hear they do a lot of good stuff in town. Seems like this would be more appropriate to have at city hall though. What do you mean they'll be doing outreach? Like trying to get people to go to church there?
randy albin January 23, 2012 at 10:02 PM
menlo park presbyterian has a huge number of members for a protestant church. who decided to hold this meeting at this particular church is anyone's guess
Claudia Cruz (Editor) January 24, 2012 at 01:20 AM
Sometimes churches have a lot more space (in their halls) for public events that could attract a large audience. Re: outreach, I think churches try to make themselves accessible to communities, without a religious agenda, by offering their space for events. Seems like that's the case here.
Alicia C. January 24, 2012 at 01:28 AM
Ditto what Claudia said.
Thomas Rogers January 24, 2012 at 02:29 AM
A couple of points: - This event will be at the MP Presbyterian Church social hall at 700B Santa Cruz Ave, behind Ace Hardware (not the main church at 950 Santa Cruz Ave, shown in the photo). The social hall doesn't have any religious iconography, if that's a concern of anyone. - In this case, the Church is just the venue. The program is sponsored by the Grand Boulevard Initiative, with the Greenbelt Alliance as the lead. The Church allows occasional use of this hall to organizations, as a general community benefit (the City has held events there, as have groups like the MP Chamber of Commerce and Hometown Peninsula). Thanks, Thomas Rogers Associate Planner, City of Menlo Park
Vanessa Castañeda (Editor) January 24, 2012 at 04:53 AM
You're definitely onto something, Claudia. Good call on the photo, Thomas. I thought the pic of the main building would be more iconic, so i put the precise location in the caption. Are you going on Thurs?
Thomas Rogers January 24, 2012 at 06:08 PM
Yep, will be there! Mostly observing/supporting, since it's a GBI event (not an El Camino Real/Downtown Specific Plan thing). Should be interesting, regardless.
Vanessa Castañeda (Editor) January 24, 2012 at 11:23 PM
wait, is the ECR/DSP your only project now?
Thomas Rogers January 25, 2012 at 09:04 PM
The Specific Plan is definitely my main project, but I've still got plenty of other ones! You should come on a regular PC night- even "small" projects can touch on a lot of interesting topics. This particular event isn't totally under our City of Menlo Park Planning umbrella because it's more regional/nonprofit-led. Greenbelt Alliance is putting together a good program, regardless!
randy albin January 25, 2012 at 09:59 PM
this is a good location for a community meeting. bravo for the progress and input generated by these get-togethers
Vanessa Castañeda (Editor) January 25, 2012 at 11:27 PM
@Randy I second that emotion. @Thomas I have no doubt. (: I just checked out the agenda for the next PC mtg, and I see what you mean. Re: the I Bar Inc. project. What exactly are "personal services?"
randy albin January 26, 2012 at 09:56 PM
i grew up around menlo park and on the peninsula. locals say that it used to be much friendlier than it is now. menlo park presbyterian church is an asset to the community. let's all relocate to menlo park and participate in these meetings
Vanessa Castañeda (Editor) January 26, 2012 at 09:59 PM
@randy So far, everyone I've met around here is really nice. Where are you now?

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