What are candidates' potential conflicts of interest on council?
Tue, Oct 2, 2018 — Almanac

As Facebook continues to be a powerful political force in the city of Menlo Park, concerns have been raised by the public thatat least two contenders for the three City Council seats up for election this year could have conflicts of interest that woulddisqualify them from participating in Facebook-related council decisions.

Both cite new housing as top achievement — Two incumbents tout accomplishments
Tue, Sep 18, 2018 — Daily Post

Keith also cited some of the “little things” she’s been a part of as a councilwoman that have improved residents’ lives — such as the council voting last Tuesday to close Clover Lane to vehicular traffic and add speed bumps on Blackburn Avenue, Marmona and McKendry drives. Residents had petitioned the city for the bumps in hopes they would cut down on people speeding through their neighborhood.

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It’s truly change versus status quo this campaign season
Fri, Aug 31, 2018 — Climate

In Menlo Park, where they are voting by district for the first time, incumbents Kirsten Keith and Peter Ohtaki, are both facing serious challenges and you can expect the main debate to be over the changes brought about by the dominating presence of Facebook in that town.

Menlo Park switches to district elections but fails to attract any Latino candidates
Fri, Aug 17, 2018 — Daily Post

Now Menlo Park has five council districts. Previously, with at-large elections, every resident had a say in electing all five council members. Now, they will only get to pick one person. The voting rights of every resident have been reduced by 80% due to this switch.

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List of council candidates set
Thu, Aug 16, 2018 — Almanac

Contested elections are ahead for all three seats open on the Menlo Park City Council... In Menlo Park, all three seats are for four-year terms... District 2, which includes the Willows, Flood Triangle and Suburban Park neighborhoods: Drew Combs and current council member Kirsten Keith.

More than 100 candidates will run this fall in local races
Sat, Aug 11, 2018 — Daily Post

Three seats will be up for election in Menlo Park, but they will not be open to everyone in the city, since the council has switched to district elections... In District 2, which covers the Willows, Suburban Park and Flood Triangle, Councilwoman Kirsten Keith will be facing Planning Commissioner Drew Combs.

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District 4 may have four contenders for council seat
Fri, Aug 3, 2018 — Almanac

Complete Streets Commissioner Betsy Nash and Housing Commissioner Rachel Horst both pulled papers Aug. 2 to run for council. Council member Peter Ohtaki and Finance and Audit Committee member Ron Shepherd have also pulled papers to run.

Office projects top city limit
Fri, Aug 3, 2018 — Daily Post

“It wouldn’t be wise to engage in a major project or initiative like this right on the eve of someone who represents residents specifically from this area joining the council,” Combs said. Combs is running for city council as well, but to represent the Willows and Flood Triangle neighborhoods. However, Combs is recused from discussions regarding the east side’s zoning plan because he works for Facebook.

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Menlo Park councilwoman Kirsten Keith dominates early campaign fundraising
Thu, Aug 2, 2018 — Almanac

Kirsten Keith... raised $19,267 as of June 30. Of that, $18,430 was in the form of cash contributions and $837 came from non-monetary campaign contributions... Keith reported campaign contributions from many local elected officials, current and former city commissioners, and local business owners and leaders.

Candidates’ donors revealed
Wed, Aug 1, 2018 — Daily Post

Keith has raised $19,267 so far. Her contributors include the Sobrato Organization ($950), developer John Tarlton ($950), the California Apartments Association ($500), Palo Alto Mayor Liz Kniss ($250), San Mateo County Supervisors David Canepa ($250) and Don Horsley ($200), Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian ($100), San Mateo County Harbor Commissioner Sabrina Brennan ($100), former Menlo Park City Manager Glen Rojas ($100), and MidPen Housing Vice President Jan Lindenthal ($100).

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Menlo Park council race heats up
Mon, Jul 30, 2018 — Almanac

In the run up to the Nov. 6 election, in the Menlo Park City Council races, Planning Commissioner Drew Combs — who recently moved to the Flood Park neighborhood — has pulled papers for District 2, joining incumbent Kirsten Keith as a possible candidate for the seat.

Combs to take on Keith for council
Fri, Jul 27, 2018 — Daily Post

Combs, 41, is a manager in the user experience unit of Facebook, and cannot vote on the company’s huge development on Willow Road, or anything else relating to the company. However, Combs says that being a member of the council is “a lot more than voting on matters related to Facebook.”

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Roster grows by seven in local races
Thu, Jul 19, 2018 — Almanac

In Menlo Park, Cecilia Taylor picked up papers to run for a City Council seat representing District 1, the Belle Haven neighborhood... candidates previously reported by The Almanac as having picked up nomination papers include the following... For the Menlo Park City Council: George Yang and Kirsten Keith

Here are all the candidates so far — cities, schools and special districts
Thu, Jul 19, 2018 — Daily Post

Three seats will be up for election in Menlo Park, but they will not be open to everyone in the city, since the council has switched to district elections. Districts 1, 2, and 4 are up for grabs this year. Councilwoman Kirsten Keith, who lives in the Willows in District 2, has pulled papers.

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Local residents signing up to run in November election
Tue, Jul 17, 2018 — Almanac

In Menlo Park, newcomer George Yang in District 1 and current council member Kirsten Keith in District 2 have taken out candidacy papers but not returned them. In Menlo Park, because this will be the first year for district elections there are considered to be no incumbents and the filing period will end on Aug. 10...

Who is running for City Council? A city by city breakdown
Sun, Jul 15, 2018 — Daily Post

Monday (July 16) marks the opening of the candidate filing period for the Nov. 6 election... The candidate filing period ends on Aug. 10... Councilwoman Kirsten Keith, who lives in the Willows in District 2, is running for reelection. No one has filed against her yet...

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Candidate filing period opens Monday for fall elections
Fri, Jul 13, 2018 — Almanac

The candidate filing period for the Nov. 6 general election in San Mateo County opens Monday, July 16, and closes at 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10... Seats are open on the city or town councils... Menlo Park: Three seats, currently occupied by Richard A. Cline, Kirsten Keith and Peter I. Ohtaki.

Early now late in declaring candidacy for local office
Thu, Jul 12, 2018 — Climate

Before the opening of filing, many of the council races are without challengers… But there are some races lining up. The rumor is someone will challenge incumbent Kirsten Keith in the newly drawn Menlo Park council districts. George Yang confirmed to the Country Almanac that he is running in Menlo Park’s District 1...

Yang announces run for Belle Haven's City Council seat
Wed, Jul 11, 2018 — Almanac

George Yang, 42, and a 10-year resident of Menlo Park, has announced his candidacy for Menlo Park's City Council. He livesin the Belle Haven neighborhood and plans to run for the District 1 seat.Yang works as a system architect at Garm8 Inc., aSanta Clara software company that works on garment manufacturing.

Planning Commissioner Drew Combs considering council run
Mon, Jun 20, 2018 — Almanac

Combs said he has a "great deal of respect" for Keith, but added "I do think there is value in new blood." ... As an employee of Facebook, Combs has recused himself from all Planning Commission matters that deal directly with the company. He's also recused himself from matters relating to projects on properties that abut Facebook property.

Drew Combs, Menlo Park planning commissioner, considers challenging Kirsten Keith
Mon, Jun 18, 2018 — Daily Post

Drew Combs... is considering running again this fall. If he decides to run, he would go up against two-term incumbent Kirsten Keith, who has said she will be seeking a third four-year term in November... this year, the city is divided into five districts, and he and Keith would compete in the district that includes the Willows neighborhood.

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Belle Haven group launches petition to transfer school from Ravenswood district
Thu, May 17, 2018 — Almanac

Last September then-Menlo Park Mayor Kirsten Keith convened a public forum to discuss educational equality in Menlo Park. At the time, Suzanne Carrig, a Santa Clara County education official, gave a presentation about how to change district boundaries.

Santa Clara loses lawsuit over at-large council elections that’s similar to Menlo Park dispute
Thu, May 17, 2018 — Daily Post

Malibu attorney Kevin Shenkman threatened Menlo Park with a lawsuit last year if it didn’t switch from at-large to district elections... Menlo Park responded to Shenkman’s threat by switching to council districts starting this fall. Going forward, each voter will only get to select one council member, not all five.

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Taylor announces council candidacy
Wed, May 9, 2018 — Almanac

Recently, Suburban Park resident Sarah Staley Shenk informed The Almanac that, after considering a November council run for the seat for District 2, she has decided not to run... She said she wants to focus on work, family and continuing to serve on the the city's Parks & Recreation Commission.

Newcomer unseats Planning Commission's vice chair
Thu, Apr 26, 2018 — Almanac

Councilwoman Kirsten Keith had expressed reservations about reappointing Combs. "My concern is that in the next few years, with the Facebook Village proposal going forward ... I'm interested in making sure we get as much input as we can. (This) conflict concerns me."

Keith opponent opts not to run
Tue, Apr 24, 2018 — Daily Post

Suburban Park resident Sarah Staley Shenk... said she just doesn’t have the capacity... One other person who has said he will not be challenging Keith is Menlo Park Fire Protection Board President Chuck Bernstein... he told the Post yesterday... he still has work to do on the fire board.

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District election could change the face of city council
Thu, Apr 5, 2018 — Daily News

Incumbents Rich Cline, Kirsten Keith and Peter Ohtaki, whose terms are up in November, all live in districts 2 and 4. Cline, who along with Mayor Ohtaki lives in District 4, is not seeking re-election, but Ohtaki said Wednesday he plans to run when the filing period opens July 18.

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Parks and Rec panelist considers run — Keith may have to fight for seat
Tue, Apr 3, 2018 — Daily Post

It appears Menlo Park City Councilwoman Kirsten Keith may have a challenger in this November’s City Council race... Two issues the council is trying to manage right now — traffic and housing — greatly impact District 2 and its neighbor to the east, District 1, which encompasses the Belle Haven.

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Potential candidates for council races submit early paperwork
Wed, Mar 28, 2018 — Almanac

So far, three people have filed preliminary forms showing "intention" to run in November, Mr. Curtin told The Almanac on March 23: council incumbent Kirsten Keith, and newcomers George Yang and Sarah Staley Shenk.

Council members will have their own turf — City divided into five districts
Thu, Mar 22, 2018 — Daily Post

Menlo Park City Council last night approved a map that divides the city into five districts from which council members will be elected in the future, a move intended to stop a threatened lawsuit. Councilwoman Kirsten Keith lives in District 2.

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Council agrees to committee's district boundaries
Thu, Mar 22, 2018 — Almanac

"We want to make sure we stay on our timeline," said Councilwoman Kirsten Keith, noting that lines will have to be redrawn following the completion of the 2020 census anyway.

Cline won’t seek 4th council term
Mon, Mar 19, 2018 — Daily Post

The seats of three incumbents are up for grabs in November’s council election. The Post reported Friday that the other two incumbents, Kirsten Keith and Peter Ohtaki, said they both plan to run for re-election.

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4 seek council seats
Fri, Mar 16, 2018 — Daily Post

As for the two incumbents who are planning to run for re-election — Willows resident Kirsten Keith and West Menlo resident Peter Ohtaki — both of their neighborhoods are up for election in November.

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9 proposed maps to be reviewed in meeting tomorrow — 4 council members in same district?
Thu, Feb 1, 2018 — Daily Post

In a six-district map, Mueller, Cline and Ohtaki are in one district, while Carlton is in her own. Councilwoman Kirsten Keith lives in the Willows neighborhood on the east side of El Camino.

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City may ask residents to approve an open-ended city charter to speed up election changes
Wed, Jan 31, 2018 — Daily Post

The Menlo Park City Council may soon vote on a new fast-track plan that could dramatically change the way its members are elected.

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Part of revamp plan shelved for now — City revises strategy for elections
Fri, Jan 26, 2018 — Daily Post

If there are no majority winners at that point, the process is repeated until a candidate wins. Council members Rich Cline and Kirsten Keith said they did not expect to discuss a charter because residents would not have sufficient time to learn about the charter and then vote on it in November.

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New committee begins work to draw districts
Fri, Jan 26, 2018 — Almanac

Members of Menlo Park's new Districting Advisory Committee took the oath of office Jan. 22 and laid the ground rules for theirupcoming work over the next month.

Menlo Park begins carving out new election process
Fri, Jan 26, 2018 — Daily News

The map must be submitted to the county Registrar of Voters in May to qualify for the November ballot, when the terms for Mayor Peter Ohtaki and council members Rich Cline and Kirsten Keith expire.

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City revises plan for elections
Fri, Jan 26, 2018 — Daily Post

Council members Rich Cline and Kirsten Keith said they did not expect to discuss a charter because residents would not have sufficient time to learn about the charter and then vote on it in November.

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Menlo Park council moves ahead with district-election plan
Wed, Nov 8, 2017 — Almanac

Facing such threatened litigation is like having "a gun to your head," Menlo Park Mayor Kirsten Keith said.

State of the city? Things are good, Menlo Park mayor says
Tue, Oct 17, 2017 — Almanac

Menlo Park Mayor Kirsten Keith presented an upbeat take on where things stand in Menlo Park during her "State of the City" address Oct.

City takes first step toward district elections
Thu, Oct 5, 2017 — Daily Post

Catherine Carlton lives farther west in Sharon Heights while Kirsten Keith’s home is the Willows neighborhood near Highway 101.

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Transit improvements: Menlo Park backs neighborhood's concerns
Wed, Sep 27, 2017 — Daily News

At the City Council meeting the next day, Mayor Kirsten Keith amended a comment letter the city is sending to the transit agency to reflect residents' concerns.

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Belle Haven wants its own school district
Wed, Sep 20, 2017 — Daily Post

Monday night’s meeting, which drew 75 people, was called by Menlo Park Mayor Kirsten Keith to discuss improving education in the Belle Haven.

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Forum will focus on Belle Haven How can schools improve?
Sat, Sep 16, 2017 — Daily Post

Menlo Park Mayor Kirsten Keith and school officials will talk about how to improve the quality of Belle Haven students’ education during a public forum Monday.

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Menlo Park mayor joins national response to Trump climate-change action
Wed, Jun 7, 2017 — Almanac

from the Paris climate-change agreement, Menlo Park Mayor Kirsten Keith announced the next day that she had joined mayors of more than 175 U.S.

Palo Alto, San Jose pledge to uphold Paris climate accord
Sat, Jun 3, 2017 — Daily News

Menlo Park Mayor Kirsten Keith, in a statement released Friday, said the city will continue to pursue environmental goals initiated in a climate action plan launched in 2009.

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Menlo Park Mayor Kirsten Keith commits to honor and uphold Paris Agreement goals
Sat, Jun 3, 2017 — InMenlo

“As Mayor of the City of Menlo Park, I will work with other leaders around the country, and locally, through the Mayors National Climate Action Agenda to honor and uphold our commitments to the goals of the Paris Agreement,” Mayor Kirsten Keith stated.

'Safe city' policy has too many exceptions, Menlo Park mayor says
Thu, Jun 1, 2017 — Daily News

But Mayor Kirsten Keith said the ordinance contains so many holes it won’t function as advertised.

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New east-west bike route trial moves forward
Thu, Apr 20, 2017 — Almanac

While the number of those arguing for and against the pilot was split about evenly during the meeting, Mayor Kirsten Keith said she received before the meeting about 10 emails against the project and 66 in favor.

Menlo Park Police, Mayor Team Up to Host More Community Meetings
Thu, Mar 2, 2017 — Menlo-Atherton Patch

MENLO PARK, CA – Mayor Kirsten Keith and Police Chief Bob Jonsen will host two more community meetings.

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Housing, transportation 'front and center' in 2017
Thu, Jan 5, 2017 — Daily News

Mayor Kirsten Keith, who took the reins from Rich Cline during the City Council’s last meeting of 2016, said housing should also be “front and center” this year, beginning with a discussion of affordable housing at the council’s first meeting of the year on Tuesday .

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New plan aims to chip away at traffic congestion
Thu, Dec 22, 2016 — Daily News

Mayor Kirsten Keith, who serves as liaison to the Bicycle Commission, said she would support the creation of a “complete streets commission,” an idea she proposed two years ago but which did not get enough traction from the council.

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Kirsten Keith named new Menlo Park mayor
Thu, Dec 15, 2016 — Daily News

Because that distinction goes to Kirsten Keith, who last served as mayor in 2012, she was nominated with no discussion.

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New mayors named
Wed, Dec 14, 2016 — Daily Post

Last night, Menlo Park council selected mayor pro tem Kirsten Keith to be its new mayor and Peter Ohtaki to be mayor pro tem.

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Kirsten Keith named Menlo Park's mayor
Wed, Dec 14, 2016 — Almanac

Councilwoman Kirsten Keith was selected Tuesday by the Menlo Park City Council for her second turn as the city's mayor.