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Thu, Dec 15, 2016 — Daily News

“It’s going to be a busy year,” Keith said. “We know Transportation Manager Nikki Nagaya is going to be very busy on the transportation front.” .. Keith encouraged the community to email or call council members to give their input on what direction the city should take in 2017 ahead of a goal-setting session set for Jan. 27. 

Daily News
Wed, Dec 14, 2016 — Daily Post

City councils on the Peninsula are selecting their new mayors and vice mayors, including at least five cities that have already named their latest city leaders. Last night, Menlo Park council selected mayor pro tem Kirsten Keith to be its new mayor and Peter Ohtaki to be mayor pro tem.

Daily Post
Wed, Dec 14, 2016 — Almanac

"We have a lot of issues to work on," said Menlo Park Councilwoman Kirsten Keith, who was selected Dec. Ms. Keith is the city's primary representative on the board of the San Francisquito Creek Joint Powers Authority, and on the Grand Boulevard Task Force.

Almanac
Wed, Nov 23, 2016 — Mercury News

The idea of phasing in new offices as housing is built in the bayfront area of Menlo Park was front and center as the City Council weighed the General Plan update Tuesday... "That's how we can demand that housing occur before office," Vice Mayor Kirsten Keith said.

Mercury News
Fri, Nov 11, 2016 — Daily Post

Council also agreed to have the city’s Housing Commission work further on a proposed mediation ordinance that would help tenants and landlords resolve disputes... The mediation ordinance was first proposed by Councilwoman Kirsten Keith as nonbinding arbitration.

Daily Post
Wed, Oct 26, 2016 — Almanac

For months, Councilwoman Kirsten Keith has requested a discussion of three ideas for dealing with displacement: mandatory non-binding arbitration, 12-month leases, and tenant-relocation assistance.

Almanac
Wed, Aug 31, 2016 — Mercury News

Mayor Rich Cline said he would like to see the city explore having one district for all of the city’s students while Mayor Pro Tem Kirsten Keith said she could see a new K-8 district serving Belle Haven, which lies within the Ravenswood City School District’s boundaries.

Mercury News
Fri, Jul 22, 2016 — NBC Bay Area

But Menlo Park Mayor Pro Tem Kirsten Keith... promises to review the environmental impact reports seriously and do what's right for the residents of not only the city where she's lived for 20 years, but for the surrounding areas. She said she is a huge housing rights advocate and will do right by her community...

NBC Bay Area
Thu, Jul 21, 2016 — Daily News

As well as direct payments to the city, a council subcommittee made up of Cline and Mayor Pro Tem Kirsten Keith negotiated for roughly $10.7 million in benefits, including initiatives to address transportation and housing concerns.

Daily News
Fri, Jul 15, 2016 — Almanac

Menlo Park could reap more than $15 million in one-time payments and contributions and hefty annual payments... "I think it's fair and I'm happy with how the negotiations went," said Vice Mayor Kirsten Keith, who with Mayor Rich Cline was part of the subcommittee that negotiated for the development agreement.

Almanac
Wed, Jul 13, 2016 — Daily News

Menlo Park held an emergency meeting Tuesday night to extend the period for making public comments on the city's General Plan update by 15 days... Mayor Pro Tem Kirsten Keith and councilmen Ray Mueller and Peter Ohtaki voted to extend the review period, set to expire July 15, until 5:30 p.m. on Aug. 1.

Daily News
Wed, Jul 6, 2016 — Daily News

Menlo Park last week reopened the Belle Haven Youth Center Playground, whose play structures had not been updated in more than 50 years, according to a staff report. Menlo Park Mayor Pro Tem Kirsten Keith mingles with a group of children during a ribbon-cutting event for the new playground June 29 at the Belle Haven Youth Center.

Daily News
Wed, Jul 6, 2016 — Almanac

According to Menlo Park City Councilwoman Kirsten Keith, the measure would "limit public engagement, design and environmental review over these development projects" while allocating only $400 million statewide to fund affordable housing.

Almanac
Thu, Mar 31, 2016 — Daily Post

Menlo Park Councilwoman Kirsten Keith... is in Tempe, Ariz., attending the WaterNow Alliance Summit, which aims to help public officials understand alternative energy companies and how to provide residents with the best option for each city, according to Nicole Mariano in the City Manager’s office.

Daily Post
Thu, May 5, 2016 — Daily News

Mayor Pro Tem Kirsten Keith, the council's liaison to the Bicycle Commission, abstained from voting but didn't say why. "I am in favor of putting bike lanes on El Camino, and I said that in August," Keith said. "I think we all said that, actually, if you look back at the minutes."

Daily News
Thu, May 5, 2016 — Daily Post

Council voted 4-0 to oppose putting bicycle lanes on El Camino, saying further study and information would be required before that could happen. Kirsten Keith abstained.

Daily Post
Thu, Apr 7, 2016 — Daily News

A plan to explore such an ordinance was introduced by Mayor Pro Tem Kirsten Keith during a council goal-setting meeting in January. It was later tabled to await the fate of two competing state minimum-wage measures that labor groups were pushing for the November election.

Daily News
Sun, Mar 29, 2015 — Almanac

A 92-year-old World War II veteran took the dais at the Menlo Park City Council meeting on March 15 to tell how rising housing costs are forcing him out of the city... In previous council meetings, Councilwoman Kirsten Keith has asked that city staff research such housing policies as mandatory nonbinding arbitration, long-term leases and tenant-relocation assistance.

Almanac
Mon, Mar 21, 2016 — Daily Post

"I want to keep following the process and I am very interested in hearing from people and their thoughts on the process," said Mayor Pro Tem Kirsten Keith late last month... "The Menlo Park voters were repeatedly assured by the City Council incumbents who ran for reelection in November of 2014 that they wanted to protect the Specific Plan," Schmidt and Johnck wrote.

Daily Post
Fri, Mar 11, 2016 — San Mateo Daily Journal

In looking ahead as it seeks to continue conserving, Keith noted some impressive collaborations are underway. The Sharon Heights Golf & Country Club, one of the city's largest water users, has been very supportive of innovating means to save water and is considering using recycled water for irrigation by working with the West Bay Sanitary District, which collects the city's wastewater, Keith said.

San Mateo Daily Journal
Fri, Mar 11, 2016 — Daily Post

"There does need to be an increase in minimum wage," she said. Keith said that if the state doesn't approve a hike the council could revisit the wage issue. "I think we are all in agreement here, and that we should do something," she said. "If the state passes a minimum wage increase then we at the city would have been doing a bunch of work for nothing, so we are going to wait and see."

Daily Post
Thu, Mar 3, 2016 — Daily News

"It's great that Facebook came forward with the million," said Mayor Pro Tem Kirsten Keith, who is on the council's rail subcommittee. "If they hadn't come forward, we probably wouldn't be looking at the study starting until August at the earliest. ... I hope other companies will look at how they can get involved as well."

Daily News
Wed, Feb 24, 2016 — Daily Post

Menlo Park Mayor Pro Tem Kirsten Keith told the Post yesterday that she is looking forward to the 45-day public comment period. "I want to keep following the process and I am very interested in hearing from people and their thoughts on the process," said Keith. She wants to give time to residents as well as other parties that will be involved, such as the transportation commission and the planning commission, to have the opportunity to give guidance before the city, or the City Council, make a decision. "We just have to keep going forward in the process."

Daily Post
Wed, Feb 17, 2016 — Daily News

Mayor Pro Tem Kirsten Keith says Menlo Park should study the possibility of setting a citywide minimum wage ordinance... "I'd like us to have a process about this now," Keith told The Daily News last week. "It's important because we see the cost of living in this area is so high, so many residents are having such a hard time to make ends meet."

Daily News
Wed, Feb 17, 2016 — Daily News

The council asked City Manager Alex McIntyre if there's another way to shorten the timeline and was told staff would report back with "a couple of suggestions." When asked by Mayor Pro Tem Kirsten Keith if the topic-specific meetings could be videotaped, McIntyre said that would be a possibility.

Daily News
Thu, Feb 11, 2016 — Almanac

Councilwoman Kirsten Keith said she wanted to see more emphasis on affordable housing and raised the question of a local minimum wage policy... she wasn't ready for the police to report annually - instead of quarterly - its statistics on the use of Tasers and automated license plate readers. She offered a motion to change the reporting period to every six months and the council adopted the motion unanimously.

Almanac
Wed, Feb 10, 2016 — Daily News

And Mayor Pro Tem Kirsten Keith -- after Transportation Commissioner Adina Levin brought up the issue during the public comment period -- said that a study session on a planned Oak Grove Avenue bicycle boulevard and a downtown parking garage should be "decoupled." ... "There's a fear that if we're coupling it with building a garage, it's being put aside," Keith said.

Daily News
Wed, Feb 10, 2016 — Daily News

The San Mateo County Transportation Authority is footing the bulk of the bill -- $56 million... The council approved the letter and also authorized a subcommittee made up of Mayor Rich Cline and Mayor Pro Tem Kirsten Keith to advocate for the additional money.

Daily News
Thu, Jan 28, 2016 — Almanac

Several council members said they were not thrilled at the request for more funding for the project. Councilwoman Catherine Carlton said her patience is "wearing a little thin," while Councilwoman Kirsten Keith said, "I feel like we've discussed this too much."

Almanac
Wed, Jan 14, 2015 — Daily News

The council unanimously approved the project, which includes three below-market-rate units and calls for the removal of five heritage trees... Mayor Pro Tem Kirsten Keith suggested the Carriage Stop could be moved to Flood Park if the city works with the county, which currently is redesigning the park.

Daily News
Tue, Jan 13, 2015 — Almanac

Three members of the council, Ray Mueller, Catherine Carlton and Kirsten Keith, said they had the idea to consider donating the carriage house there to the Menlo Park Historical Association for a museum, though developer Deke Hunter said it did not qualify as a "historical building."

Almanac
Tue, Dec 15, 2015 — Almanac

Following the December "Unity Ride" through Menlo Park that Belle Haven Bikes organized, speakers gave a presentation on the organization's accomplishments... Kirsten Keith, who attended the event, said she hopes to put on a council agenda a proposal for a bike lane trial on a route near Menlo-Atherton High School.

Almanac
Fri, Dec 11, 2015 — Daily News

The City Council has budgeted the parking garage... "We last year said this was going to be one of our priorities," Mayor Pro Tem Kirsten Keith said in an interview. "I don't think it's actually been a budgeted item before." ... Keith added that the Stanford project, which by 2009 had been planned to link with an undercrossing, was put on hold until the city passed the specific plan in 2012, a process that took seven years.

Daily News
Thu, Dec 10, 2015 — Daily News

The city in June erected barriers along Ravenswood Avenue, from the railroad tracks to Noel Drive, to help prevent vehicles from getting stuck on the tracks and to disallow turns onto Alma Street... Mayor Pro Tem Kirsten Keith said the trial would likely go before the City Council for review in late January or February.

Daily News
Tue, Dec 8, 2015 — Almanac

The council followed its tradition of rotating the title of mayor among council members who have served at least one year... Councilwoman Kirsten Keith, who was elected vice mayor for a year by her fellow council members, will serve as mayor in Mr. Cline's absence.

Almanac
Fri, Dec 4, 2015 — Daily News

Keith supports moving forward on the Dumbarton Rail Corridor project, which would link the Peninsula to the East Bay, to help deal with residential gridlock... "It's not a quick fix (but) I'm really happy that Facebook is contributing $1 million to update the study," Keith said about the leg that would run from Menlo Park to the Redwood City Caltrain station... "We also need to push for other modes of transportation," she added.

Daily News
Wed, Dec 2, 2015 — Almanac

Menlo Park City Councilman Rich Cline was selected by his fellow council members Tuesday, Dec. 1, to bear the title of mayor for the next year. Kirsten Keith will serve as vice mayor. The process for selecting them went smoothly. In each case, there was only one nomination, which was promptly seconded and approved by acclamation... Ms. Keith last served as mayor in 2012.

Almanac
Wed, Dec 2, 2015 — Daily Post

City Councilman Rich Cline was selected by his collegues on council last night to become mayor in 2016. Councilwoman Kirsten Keith will be mayor pro tem, meaning she'll likely become mayor in 2017. Both were elected unanimously... Councilman Peter Ohtaki nominated Keith for the mayor pro tem spot, seconded by Carlton, and then voted on by the whole council.

Daily Post
Tue, Dec 1, 2015 — Daily News

Though there was plenty of discussion Tuesday regarding outgoing Mayor Catherine Carlton's year, when it came down to picking a new mayor and mayor pro tem, the council in almost the blink of an eye voted in Mayor Pro Tem Rich Cline as mayor and Councilwoman Kirsten Keith as mayor pro tem. This no-nonsense passing of the gavel was noted as a symptom of a healthy council by one resident speaking during a public comment period.

Daily News
Thu, Nov 12, 2015 — Almanac

Council members Rich Cline and Kirsten Keith voted no on the trial... Ms. Keith said in the Oct. 20 council discussion that she'd like to see additional parking time available for downtown visitors, but believes people should pay for it. She cited "The High Cost of Free Parking," a book by Donald Shoup, that claims that free parking is actually subsidized by everyone.

Almanac
Thu, Nov 12, 2015 — Daily News

The council voted 4-1 to exempt one of the parking lots... which abuts Draeger's Market... The council ultimately voted 3-2 to increase parking limits at seven downtown plazas from two to three hours, and on-street parking from one hour to 90 minutes, with Cline and Councilwoman Kirsten Keith opposed.

Daily News
Wed, Nov 11, 2015 — Almanac

Enthusiasm for the Peninsula Clean Energy program was very clear during a study session the Menlo Park City Council held Tuesday... According to Councilwoman Kirsten Keith, "I think it's the right move and the right time and I'm excited to see this move forward."

Almanac
Thu, Oct 22, 2015 — Daily News

The other approach was brought up by Councilwoman Kirsten Keith, who suggested an adjustment to the parking permit program that would make it easier on employees. "The permits need to be transferable," Keith said when told by staff that permits are assigned to specific vehicles.

Daily News
Wed, Oct 21, 2015 — Almanac

The council, at the initial suggestion of council member Kirsten Keith, also directed staff to look into making parking permits transferable between employees and creating a more affordable parking permit option for service workers and those working at minimum wage.

Almanac
Wed, Oct 21, 2015 — Daily Post

City Council last night voted 4-1 in favor of extending the two-hour time-limit in the parking lots after incessant complaints... Councilwoman Kirsten Keith voted against the parking limit extension, believing visitors should be required to pay in order to park longer. Some members of the community agreed.

Daily Post
Wed, Oct 14, 2015 — Daily News

A commission has fleshed out its plan for a complete bike boulevard through the city... The commission is recommending that the City Council implement the plan. Councilwoman Kirsten Keith, who was at the meeting, said she would make sure the item appears on a future council agenda.

Daily News
Wed, Oct 7, 2015 — Almanac

The 2015 review is the plan's first biennial review, after one review in 2013... The proposal launched a discussion among council members as to whether changing the rules would set a precedent for other exceptions, a concern voiced by council members Rich Cline and Kirsten Keith;

Almanac
Wed, Oct 7, 2015 — Almanac

"I'm a little heartbroken that the area is being renamed," said resident Maya Perkins... "Why is this distinction being made?" she asked... Councilwoman Kirsten Keith agreed. "I think to start calling this the Bayfront is just not the right way to go," she said. "I think it's important to keep Belle Haven as the name for this."

Almanac
Wed, Oct 7, 2015 — Daily Post

"I really feel like this is separating us and creating a new neighborhood," said resident Toni Ali. Members of the council agreed. "I think to call this project Bayfront is not the way to go," said Councilwoman Kirsten Keith. "Menlo Park is one city, and I think it's important to keep (Belle Haven as the name for) this."

Daily Post
Tue, Sep 8, 2015 — Streetsblog SF

The idea of a six-lane configuration didn't win over Council Member Kirsten Keith. "I just don't see that as the vision for Menlo Park," she said. "It just creates three lanes [in each direction] of faster traffic." As Keith noted, other California cities like Long Beach have proven that protected bike lanes enable more people to bike.

Streetsblog SF
Wed, Sep 2, 2015 — Almanac

The idea of a trial was popular with speakers and with the council... A trial could also help the city see exactly what is needed on El Camino. "It's hard sometimes when you're planning for things, to plan for the people who can't do it yet," said Councilwoman Kirsten Keith.

Almanac
Fri, Aug 28, 2015 — Almanac

PG&E says it will replace any removed trees with new trees elsewhere on a property... Council member Kirsten Keith asked if PG&E could give homeowners more than two to one replacements for trees and was assured PG&E would come to whatever agreement homeowners asked for.

Almanac
Thu, Aug 27, 2015 — Daily Post

Menlo Park City Council members are interested in adding a bike lane on El Camino Real on a trial basis, but the city would first have to work out some issues... Councilwoman Kirsten Keith said she would like to see the trial last at least a year to see whether the bike lanes will work. City officials will now work out a timeline...

Daily Post
Wed, Aug 26, 2015 — Daily Post

Menlo Park City Council members said last night they favor adding bike lanes to El Camino Real... No formal decision was made last night, but council members Kirsten Keith, Peter Ohtaki and Mueller expressed different levels of support for a trial.

Daily Post
Wed, Aug 26, 2015 — Daily News

For each tree that's removed to allow better access to a gas line, the utility will pay for a 15-gallon replacement tree as well as a second tree... Councilwoman Kirsten Keith was hoping for as many as four, but didn't receive a response to the request. Her request that the city have final say as to where replacement trees are planted for any uprooted on city property did get the nod from PG&E representative Bill Chang.

Daily News
Mon, Jul 13, 2015 — Daily Post

A plan to run commuter trains across the Bay using the abandoned Dumbarton rail line has stalled, but the city of Menlo Park hasn't given up on using part of the rail corridor for some sort of transportation project. A workshop is being scheduled in September to hear the public's thoughts...

Daily Post
Wed, Jul 8, 2015 — Daily Post

Menlo Park City Councilwoman Kirsten Keith has proposed raising the toll on the Dumbarton Bridge during rush hour... Congestion pricing... has been in effect on the Bay Bridge since 2010... A traffic study conducted in 2011, the year after the congestion pricing was first implemented, found traffic flowed more smoothly in the area than before the toll increase... more commuters left for work earlier... to save money.

Daily Post
Wed, Jun 24, 2015 — Daily News

By funding the Santa Cruz Avenue improvements in the current cycle... the city was able to erase a $1.15 million deficit without borrowing money earmarked for capital improvement projects. Councilwoman Kirsten Keith also recommended that the city apply for a $500,000 Safe Routes for School grant to fund Santa Cruz Avenue improvements, which could lead to additional cost savings.

Daily News
Wed, Jun 24, 2015 — Daily Post

The Menlo Park City Council last night approved a balanced budget a week after rejecting one that would have run the city at a deficit... Although the approved budget for the fiscal year that starts in July was previously criticized... the council... voted unanimously...

Daily Post
Tue, Jun 23, 2015 — Almanac

The council voted unanimously for this plan, which still authorizes the city to add approximately 11 full-time employees, largely to handle incoming projects, including large development plans... "if there is a downturn, you have to let people go," said Councilwoman Kirsten Keith.

Almanac
Sat, Jun 20, 2015 — Daily Post

The new Ceci Wong jewelry boutique officially opened at 611 Santa Cruz Ave. in Menlo Park with a ribbon-cutting ceremony yesterday morning. Pictured are Ceci Wong, fourth from right; Menlo Park City Council members Kirsten Keith, fourth from left, Ray Mueller, second from right, and Peter Ohtaki, third from right; jade jeweler David Lin, fifth from right; and four unnamed attendees.

Daily Post
Fri, Jun 19, 2015 — Daily Post

THE RIBBON-CUTTING CEREMONY for the new Ceci Wong fine jewelry boutique in Menlo Park is this morning, and you're invited! The event starts at 10 a.m. at 611 Santa Cruz Ave. Ceci Wong will attend the event along with jade expert David Lin and Menlo Park City Council members Kirsten Keith and Ray Mueller.

Daily Post
Fri, Jun 19, 2015 — Daily News

Mayor Catherine Carlton stated outright she wouldn't approve a budget that isn't balanced; Councilwoman Kirsten Keith agreed but said the council should have figured out a way to stave off a deficit as far back as January... "I think it's important that we as a group get back together and decide what's important and not important," Keith said. "If these are not our goals, we have time to fix that."

Daily News
Thu, Jun 18, 2015 — Daily Post

Seeking unity... on Tuesday night, she wanted all the council members to support a budget before it was passed. "I think it's important that when you do have a city budget, that it's a 5-0 vote," she said. Keith also said that just by looking through the budget, she saw the potential to eliminate $500,000 worth of expenses.

Daily Post
Wed, Jun 17, 2015 — Almanac

The Menlo Park City Council... sent a proposed deficit budget back... Councilwoman Kirsten Keith said she would not approve the proposed budget. "I think we need to get together and decide what is important and what is not important," she said with regard to a list of projects the council had said it wanted to implement.

Almanac
Wed, Jun 17, 2015 — Daily News

Bill Kirsch, chairman of the Menlo Park Bicycle Commission, on Tuesday asked the City Council to install bike lanes on a trial basis along El Camino Real... Councilwoman Kirsten Keith responded favorably to Kirsch's presentation. "It seems like it would be a really useful idea," Keith said. "Thanks for planting that seed here."

Daily News
Mon, Jun 15, 2015 — Almanac

The city's staff has proposed a $78.1 million budget for fiscal year 2015-16 that would spend $49.3 million from the general fund, but with estimated revenue of $48.1 million... At least three council members -- Rich Cline, Kirsten Keith and Peter Ohtaki -- expressed support for the budget during a public hearing on June 2.

Almanac
Mon, Jun 8, 2015 — Almanac

According to the staff report, that investment entails ramping up staffing... for development-related activity... Councilwoman Kirsten Keith noted that she would like to see the city catch up on the backlog of projects, but raised the specter of layoffs in the future should the economy take another downturn.

Almanac
Fri, Jun 5, 2015 — Daily Post

Councilmember Kirsten Keith said she was also concerned that the economic bubble could burst, but wanted to spend the money and... get a backlog of projects done. Keith, however, asked McIntyre for assurances that he would lay off employees if the economy did enter a downturn after the budget was approved.

Daily Post
Thu, Jun 4, 2015 — Daily Post

But Councilwoman Kirsten Keith said on Tuesday that she wasn't in favor of changing the parking time limits on all of the lots, because some stores... need shorter parking periods in order to increase the turnover of parking spaces so that shoppers can find parking. "It can be very detrimental to businesses like (Draeger's) and Peet's that really do need turnover," Keith told the other council members.

Daily Post
Wed, Jun 3, 2015 — Almanac

Along with council members Kirsten Keith and Peter Ohtaki, (Mayor Carlton) commented on "what's been done right. He's done a good job of hiring people," such as Finance Director Drew Corbett and Police Chief Bob Jonsen. Vice Mayor Rich Cline acknowledged... "A lot of times, it gets overlooked how hard the job is."

Almanac
Wed, Jun 3, 2015 — Daily Post

Councilwoman Kirsten Keith said that she (called Steve Wagstaffe after he issued his statements and made sure that he had everything that he needed... went through and did her due diligence also on the issues and) felt that there was nothing done that was incorrect. "Alex, you've done a good job here. You've made some really great hires and I'm thankful for that," she said.

Daily Post
Sun, May 24, 2015 — San Francisco Business Times

Just how popular has Bike to Work Day become? Despite the threat of rain, single riders, packs of riders and convoys led by politicians brought out tens of thousands of riders, said the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition. "Great #biketoworkday with Tarlton Properties in @CityofMenloPark", Kirsten Keith.

San Francisco Business Times
Tue, May 19, 2015 — Almanac

The draft capital improvement project list... postpones construction of emergency wells... The delay in constructing emergency wells for the city did not sit well with Councilwoman Kirsten Keith at the last council meeting. She noted that the first well was approved two-and-a-half years ago, "and we seem to just be stalled."

Almanac
Mon, May 18, 2015 — Daily Post

A bill authored by Assemblyman Kevin Mullin, D-San Mateo, and signed into law last August by Gov. Jerry Brown allows San Mateo County to experiment with all-mail elections. The goals are to increase participation and cut costs... In the early days of a campaign, people who vote tend to favor the incumbents... in last fall's Menlo Park City Council race... the winners were Peter Ohtaki, Rich Cline and Kirsten Keith.

Daily Post
Fri, May 15, 2015 — Daily News

Horace Nash said he saw a lighted sign on Santa Cruz Avenue... Councilwoman Kirsten Keith replied to Nash's note, saying, "more citywide communication is always needed" and encouraging him to attend a meeting at Hillview Middle School where project details would be supplied.

Daily News
Fri, May 15, 2015 — San Jose Mercury News

Bike to Work Day 2015 encouraged commuters to ride their bikes to work. Many local social media users were brimming with sights and tweets from the bikes on the streets. See how Silicon Valley celebrated their morning commute on two wheels. Great #biketoworkday with Tarlton Properties in @CityofMenloPark", Kirsten Keith.

San Jose Mercury News
Fri, May 8, 2015 — Daily News

After (a woman died when her car was struck), the council's Rail Subcommittee gathered feedback from concerned residents. Vice Mayor Rich Cline and Councilwoman Kirsten Keith sit on the committee... The council showed some interest in exploring a partial elevation, such as the one at Holly Street in San Carlos...

Daily News
Thu, May 7, 2015 — Almanac

City Council voted 3-0 to approve new restrictions... Council member Kirsten Keith described enforcement as the "elephant in the room." According to Mr. Quirion, the city was receiving five to six reports a day prior May 5, and he expects that number to rise with the implementation of the new restrictions.

Almanac
Wed, Apr 22, 2015 — Almanac

Adina Levin pointed out that different neighborhoods have different priorities, so the city's benefit wish list should be tailored to individual areas... Mayor Catherine Carlton, along with fellow council member Kirsten Keith, agreed that school improvements are a high priority.

Almanac
Wed, Apr 15, 2015 — Almanac

Last July, the council approved one design option on a 4-1 vote, with Councilwoman Kirsten Keith dissenting, but asked for more data to support the cost... Ms. Keith said she now thought the price tag was not astronomical and that the city's need to hire more staff meant that the remodel needed to move forward.

Almanac
Thu, Apr 9, 2015 — Daily Post

Kirsten Keith said that she still wanted McIntyre to investigate whether the city could get a better deal on carpet. But McIntyre said that the architect has already analyzed other option... He promised that the council would see the plans again before the project specifics were approved.

Daily Post
Wed, Apr 8, 2015 — Progressive Railroading

"Caltrain and Facebook's thorough response to this issue is another example of these organizations' commitment to being engaging and responsive community partners," said Menlo Park City Council member Kirsten Keith. "We thank them for listening to the concerns of Park Belle Haven residents and taking corrective action."

Progressive Railroading
Wed, Apr 8, 2015 — Almanac

After looking at how much other communities have budgeted for similar projects, Ms. Keith said she now thought the price tag was not astronomical and that the city's need to hire more staff meant that the remodel needed to move forward. She also asked to look at more cost-effective flooring...

Almanac
Tue, Apr 7, 2015 — Silicon Valley Business Journal

Keith, the council member, said mitigating traffic and responding to gentrification concerns would be critical. She said Facebook has been a "good corporate citizen" since moving to the city a couple of years ago, working with local youth and providing grants to neighborhood nonprofits. "I'm excited about it," she said of the expansion. "I think it's great."

Silicon Valley Business Journal
Fri, Mar 27, 2015 — Daily News

Greenheart plans to widen sidewalks and improve landscaping along a part of El Camino Real, which will make the area more pedestrian friendly, Keith added. "We are trying to create vibrancy downtown," she noted. "[With] office space, we have a day-time population of office workers who can go to restaurants, shop, run errands and take care of their needs in Menlo Park. And then we're creating a night-time population by having housing and more people who live downtown."

Daily News
Wed, Mar 25, 2015 — Almanac

The episode is an example of how easy it is for wires to get crossed when city outsourcing of services... Councilwoman Kirsten Keith copied her response asking for more information to the city's staff, getting the ball rolling for Public Works Director Jesse Quirion to check into it.

Almanac
Thu, Mar 19, 2015 — Almanac

Ms. Keith said she thought that partnering with Caltrain would shorten the timeframe, given the agency's engineering expertise... "You can say this is already a 10-year process," Ms. Keith noted. Menlo Park first started looking at grade separations in 2002. Now, the city has a $750,000 grant from the San Mateo County Transportation Authority to study the Ravenswood crossing...

Almanac
Thu, Mar 19, 2015 — Daily Post

A study is expected to look at so-called grade-separation options... A council policy bans the city from raising the train tracks, which would have to be changed so all grade-separation options can be examined and discussed, Keith said. It is expected to take 18 months to complete the study, which Keith called "excessive."

Daily Post
Wed, Mar 18, 2015 — Almanac

The proposed 2-foot buffer zone for the bike lane should be added wherever feasible but not at the expense of heritage trees, (Mayor Catherine Carlton) said. Councilmen Peter Ohtaki and Richard Cline agreed, but councilwoman Kirsten Keith disagreed, though she ultimately relented.

Almanac
Wed, Mar 11, 2015 — Almanac

"I'm also very excited to see this come forward," Councilwoman Kirsten Keith said. "I know it has been a long time. I'm looking forward to the bicycle facilities. That's great to see because more and more people are asking for this. People want to see more pedestrian and bike options. I also think it's great to have the large ballroom and conference space because we don't have that and people have to go elsewhere."

Almanac
Wed, Mar 4, 2015 — Almanac

Like council members Rich Cline and Kirsten Keith, (Mayor Cat Carlton) was reluctant to spend a lot of time and money to get a program going, only to find that there may not be any such private operators in Menlo Park. They also suggested this may be a problem to tackle at the state level...

Almanac
Tue, Mar 3, 2015 — Almanac

Councilwoman Kirsten Keith, who serves on the rail subcommittee with colleague Rich Cline, told the group the issue of elevation would be brought to the council. "I think it would be a disservice to the residents of Menlo Park not to consider all options," she said.

Almanac
Tue, Mar 3, 2015 — InMenlo

Kirsten Keith recently held a community meeting entitled "Coffee with Kirsten" at the Willow's coffee shop, Cafe Zo. Approximately 18 people attended to discuss whatever was on their mind. There was no pre-set agenda; instead members of the public brought their ideas, questions and concerns about Menlo Park.

InMenlo
Mon, Mar 2, 2015 — KTVU

In the wake of a fatal crash on the Caltrain tracks in Menlo Park last week, residents and city leaders on Monday night were pushing to make the rail crossing safer. "Once you have grade separation then clearly it's safer, there's just no two ways about it," said Keith. "It is safer and that's why the other communities have been doing it up and down the peninsula."

KTVU
Thu, Feb 26, 2015 — Daily Post

Menlo Park City Councilman Ray Mueller said that he wants to require permits for private businesses that record license plate data within the city limits, but... Mayor Catherine Carlton... and Councilwoman Kirsten Keith said they believe that the state might be better equipped to regulate private license plate data collectors.

Daily Post
Wed, Feb 25, 2015 — Daily Post

Menlo Park City Council members last night said they liked the proposal for a new, four-story, 63-room boutique hotel on El Camino Real... Councilwoman Kirsten Keith said she liked the idea of giving the project a loan, the same way the city gave its City Manager Alex McIntyre a loan on his home.

Daily Post
Wed, Feb 4, 2015 — Almanac

There must also be clear definitions and criteria included in a protocol that allows discretionary action or else, as Councilwoman Kirsten Keith said in an email to the Almanac, "the policy is meaningless." Ms. Keith summed it up concisely: "Confidential informant" must be defined, "otherwise the discretion is too great." And, if there are other discretionary reasons to turn off the camera, she added, those reasons "must be clearly stated."

Almanac
Tue, Feb 3, 2015 — Almanac

Ms. Keith later told the Almanac the policy must be clear... She also expressed her appreciation for the police department as early adopters of new technology, and acknowledged "their excellent police work and dedication to serving the residents of Menlo Park. They do a great job protecting our residents and crime is down."

Almanac
Fri, Jan 30, 2015 — Daily News

Menlo Park City Council members quibbled with the police department's policies involving body-worn cameras Tuesday night, but they didn't impose any changes -- at least for now... For her part, Councilwoman Kirsten Keith wrestled with granting privacy to confidential informants, or "snitches."

Daily News
Thu, Jan 29, 2015 — Daily Post

Keith said she wanted to reconsider the policy again at a future meeting. For now, though, police must turn on their cameras anytime they're on duty and dealing with someone who isn't a confidential informant or another police officer... -- Call for in dependent police auditor -- Keith said she thought Menlo Park should consider hiring an independent police auditor.

Daily Post
Thu, Jan 8, 2015 — Daily Post

Keith took the photo with Brown and posted it on Twitter and Facebook with the caption, "Today, (Brown) explained that (California high-speed rail) will reduce greenhouse gas emissions while creating thousands of jobs."... Menlo Park supports the project... she sent an email with... a pdf showing the city's adopted policy...

Daily Post
Wed, Dec 24, 2014 — Almanac

During the meeting, Councilwoman Kirsten Keith cast the sole dissenting vote... Ms. Keith said. "I really wanted to see the same terms that the Police Sergeants Association had for the Police Officers Association. The point was to have people who are in the community, retired (county) judges that you actually see when you're around and who are accountable to community, as arbitrators."

Almanac
Mon, Nov 24, 2014 — Daily Post

The way our system is set up... it's important that candidates launch campaigns early. A case in point is in the Menlo Park City Council race. The three incumbents, Peter Ohtaki, Kirsten Keith and Rich Cline, easily won in a six-candidate field... Among people who mail ballots in, the winners were Ohtaki, Keith and Cline.

Daily Post
Thu, Nov 8, 2012 — KQED News

"What we can learn from the vote yesterday is that people want to move forward with making Menlo Park a better place to be, and Measure M is not the answer to that... We have already been negotiating public benefits with the developers," said Keith, a former Menlo Park mayor.

KQED News
Fri, Nov 7, 2014 — Streetsblog SF

In addition to rejecting the growth-limiting measure, voters in Menlo Park re-elected the city council's three incumbents, Peter Ohtaki, Kirsten Keith, and Richard Cline. All five members of the city council encouraged residents to vote against Measure M when it landed on the November 4 ballot.

Streetsblog SF
Wed, Nov 5, 2014 — Daily Post

Measure M... was resoundingly defeated in yesterday's election by nearly a two-to-one ratio, and the three City Council incumbents who opposed M coasted to re-election. The measure's foes celebrated.. at a Sharon Heights party last night attended by incumbents Peter Ohtaki and Kirsten Keith.

Daily Post
Wed, Nov 5, 2014 — Peninsula Press

Voters in Menlo Park decidedly rejected a controversial initiative that would have cut in half the amount of future office space allowed in the city's downtown and El Camino Real areas... Kirsten Keith, a city council member who won re-election yesterday to a second four-year term, opposed Measure M...

Peninsula Press
Tue, Nov 4, 2014 — Daily News

Menlo Park residents on Tuesday night re-elected the three City Council incumbents who... asked voters to also keep in mind a laundry list of other accomplishments, including construction of a police substation and improvements to the Belle Haven neighborhood, convincing Facebook to move its headquarters to Menlo Park, and reducing employee pension liability.

Daily News
Tue, Nov 4, 2014 — Silicon Valley Business Journal

As of early Wednesday morning, Menlo Park voters were pushing Measure M... to defeat. In the council race, the three incumbents -- all of whom oppose Measure M -- are leading the three pro-Measure M challengers. Peter Ohtaki was on top with 21.2 percent, followed by Kirsten Keith with 18.4 percent and Rich Cline with 17.5 percent.

Silicon Valley Business Journal
Fri, Oct 31, 2014 — Daily News

"I'm letting them know there's so much more that we've done on this council," said Keith, who served as mayor in 2012. "Maintaining a balanced budget, opening a new police substation, crime is down ... things are working really well in Menlo Park." She also is proud that the current council, while not always agreeing on every issue, works with common purpose. "I've been here since 1996 and there's always been some factions on the council," said Keith, an attorney. "We all really respect each other and focus on the job and get it done."

Daily News
Wed, Oct 29, 2014 — Almanac

In endorsing the incumbents in their bid for another term, we... can point to a number of achievements during their tenure so far that justify returning them to office for another four years... Ms. Keith, along with current Vice Mayor Cat Carlton, successfully negotiated with Stanford to remove medical office space from its proposed development on El Camino Real and pay for a substantial portion of the cost for a bicycle pedestrian tunnel; she continues to work with Stanford to improve the project.

Almanac
Wed, Oct 29, 2014 — Daily News

Keith has earned another term because she has been the councilwoman she said she would be when campaigning four years ago. She kept the city budget on a conservative course during tight times and negotiated hundreds of thousands of dollars' worth of benefits from Facebook when it moved to Menlo Park.

Daily News
Wed, Oct 29, 2014 — Almanac

"When the committee learned the (Kirsten) Keith preferred not to have fliers handed out by the committee, they immediately stopped," Bob Burke, principal with Greenheart Land Co., said in an email. Although she has accepted donations from other developers, we think Ms. Keith made the right decision here.

Almanac
Wed, Oct 29, 2014 — Almanac

Ms. Keith, who is running for a second term, remains the top fundraiser of the six candidates, bringing in $4028 from Oct. 1 through Oct. 20. Her campaign has seen $20,274 in total contributions this year, including $2303 in nonmilitary donations.

Almanac
Fri, Oct 24, 2014 — Daily News

In her bid for a second term on the Menlo Park City Council, Kirsten Keith continues to lead four other candidates in raising campaign money, according to finance disclosure forms. Keith picked up an additional $5,028 during the Oct. 1-18 reporting period for a campaign total of $21,274.

Daily News
Keith far ahead in election cash haul: Incumbent gets over $20,000
Fri, Oct 24, 2014 — Daily Post

Incumbent Kirsten Keith's campaign has raised more than $20,000, making her tops in Menlo Park City Council race when it comes to gathering donations. She collected more than $4,000 in October alone and has received more than $2,300 in non-monetary contributions...

Daily Post
Wed, Oct 15, 2014 — Almanac

In endorsing the incumbents in their bid for another term, we... can point to a number of achievements during their tenure so far that justify returning them to office for another four years... Ms. Keith, along with current Vice Mayor Cat Carlton, successfully negotiated with Stanford to remove medical office space from its proposed development on El Camino Real and pay for a substantial portion of the cost for a bicycle pedestrian tunnel; she continues to work with Stanford to improve the project.

Almanac
Fri, Oct 10, 2014 — Daily News

Measure M stole the limelight at a rollicking debate Thursday night... Kirsten Keith, who is seeking re-election and opposes the initiative, defended the developer's involvement, saying, "If somebody wants to drop my flier, they can drop my flier. I've not received any money from them..."

Daily News
Tue, Oct 7, 2014 — Daily Post

In the race for Menlo Park City Council, incumbent Kirsten Keith far outpaces her opponents when it comes to raking in campaign donations... Keith has raised nearly $14,000 in cash and another $2,300 in non-monetary contributions. Keith has only spent $3,335 so far still has more than $10,000 in cash to spend...

Daily Post
Tue, Oct 7, 2014 — Daily News

In the six-way contest for three seats on the Menlo Park City Council, incumbent Kirsten Keith is leading the pack in the fundraising race... Keith has received $14,000 in cash plus $2,000 in non-monetary contributions. She has spent $3,335 so far... Most donations came in $50 to $250 sums.

Daily News
Sat, Oct 4, 2014 — Daily Post

Kirsten Keith, who opposes Measure M... said though that she doesn't always agree with union brass. She voted against binding arbitration and in 2010 supported Measure L, a ballot initiative that created a two-tier retirement system for city employees and requires employees to wait until age 60 to retire, rather than 55.

Daily Post
Fri, Sep 12, 2014 — Daily News

Councilwoman Kirsten Keith agreed, and asked staff to be more creative overall. "I'm really not in favor of seeing a glossy brochure go out," she said, suggesting that staff instead conserve paper by mailing out "just a small postcard with information to a website and calling it a day."

Daily News
Wed, Aug 20, 2014 — Daily News

The Menlo Park City Council has directed staff to lay the groundwork for renaming a portion of Hamilton Avenue in honor of the late Dr. Hattie Bostic... "I think it's a great idea," Councilwoman Kirsten Keith said. "She was a community leader for so long and I think it would be an honor that is well worth it."

Daily News
Thu, Aug 14, 2014 — Palo Alto Weekly

Dozens of speakers... urge regional water board to approve long-planned project around San Francisquito Creek. Menlo Park Councilwoman Kirsten Keith said the cities have already lost one construction season because of the permitting delay and called the project a "very serious matter for us."

Palo Alto Weekly
Tue, Jul 29, 2014 — Daily News

Councilwoman Kirsten Keith disagreed. "I'm not happy with the fact there was never an alternative presented to show us something that was not as much as asking for $500,000 to remodel the offices," she said. "I'm not convinced." Keith's criticism was aimed in part at the recommendation to hire contractors to work at night...

Daily News
Mon, Jul 21, 2014 — Almanac

The council balked at the now total cost of $1.2 million and asked for more data to support that figure -- data which the July 15 discussion indicated the council members didn't get. "I'm not happy with the fact that there was never a lower-cost alternative presented after we kicked it back and said this is too much," said Councilwoman Kirsten Keith.

Almanac
Fri, Jul 18, 2014 — Streetsblog SF

All five city council members expressed serious concerns with the voter initiative... "We deserve better on El Camino Real," said council member Kirsten Keith. "The areas where we need to have housing and offices is where we've already got public transportation."

Streetsblog SF
Wed, Jul 16, 2014 — Daily Post

Councilwoman Kirsten Keith defended the plan the initiative hopes to amend. "I feel like this has been vetted for a long time... I really feel that we did, what we looked at over the years, was pretty reasonable." Keith said, referring to all the public input that went into creating a plan for downtown development.

Daily Post
Wed, Jul 16, 2014 — Daily News

The Menlo Park City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to place an initiative on the November ballot that would alter the El Camino Real/Downtown Specific Plan by reducing allowable office space and requiring voter approval of any changes to development guidelines.

Daily News
Tue, Jul 15, 2014 — Daily Post

Cline is the only person to have pulled papers so far. However, Councilwoman Kirsten Keith indicated that she is running for re-election. Yesterday was the first day candidates could collect the necessary paperwork. Cline is currently on his second term on council. Menlo Park does not have term limits.

Daily Post
Wed, May 28, 2014 — Almanac

In Menlo Park the terms of Rich Cline, Peter Ohtaki and Kirsten Keith are expiring. Mr. Ohtaki and Ms. Keith, both completing their first terms, have indicated they will run for re-election. Mr. Cline, who would be running for his third term, has said he is undecided.

Almanac
Sat, Jun 7, 2014 — Daily Post

"Flood walls don't work along that beautiful creek," said Brielle Johnck, who lives in Menlo Park's Willows neighborhood, which borders the creek... Councilwoman Kirsten Keith, who represents Menlo Park on the authority's board, has said in the past that flood walls are a "non-starter."

Daily Post
Wed, May 28, 2014 — Almanac

"It's great to see some things from the specific plan finally coming to fruition," Councilwoman Kirsten Keith said, echoing comments by other council members. She thanked Left Bank and LB Steak for complying with the permits. Ms. Keith described watching a blind woman attempt to get around a downtown restaurant that did not have a permit, yet had outdoor seating.

Almanac
Wed, May 21, 2014 — Almanac

Councilwoman Kirsten Keith noted that she supported 100 percent cost recovery for staff time spent reviewing plans and issuing permits for granny units, but asked if less time might be spent overseeing a 500-square-foot unit as opposed to a 5,000-square-foot house, thereby justifying a lower administrative fee.

Almanac
Thu, May 15, 2014 — Daily Post

Councilwoman Keith said she was trying to protect the residents of Menlo Park, which seemed to anger Jonsen. "Councilwoman," Jonsen said to Keith, "you say you want to protect the residents, that's what the Attorney General is here to do..."

Daily Post
Wed, May 14, 2014 — Almanac

"I understand what you're saying," Ms. Keith told the police chief. But look at the penal code, she said, which has penalties for all sorts of crimes. "It doesn't mean that we think everyone is going to commit a crime. Given how new the license plate reader technology is, the long-term ramifications are not really clear yet."

Almanac
Wed, May 14, 2014 — Daily News

The three council members who voted for the ordinance -- Ray Mueller, Kirsten Keith and Rich Cline -- cited a desire to protect the privacy of residents and keep the data from being misused. Among other provisions, the law limits the retention of license plate data, which includes the time and location of a vehicle's whereabouts, to six months unless otherwise required for an active criminal case or by court order.

Daily News
Wed, Apr 30, 2014 — Daily Post

He also said that signs indicating which parking spaces are in which time zones are unclear. Councilwoman Kirsten Keith agreed. "Parking is always a touchy subject and it does open a can of worms," she said. "If the rules are not clearly stated, then that becomes a problem."

Daily Post
Wed, Apr 30, 2014 — Almanac

Council asks to examine cost recovery policy... Kirsten Keith and Rich Cline moved to approve the changes... fee increases passed with a 5-0 vote, with the changes scheduled to take effect July 1, when the next fiscal year starts. The staff estimated that community services revenue will go up by $171,300 as a result.

Almanac
Thu, Apr 17, 2014 — Daily Post

The $91 million wouldn't be enough to fund the train project, but Menlo Park Councilwoman Kirsten Keith told the Post that losing the funds would be a serious blow. The money raised by RM2, a voter-approved measure that raised the toll on seven state-owned Bay Area bridges by $1.

Daily Post
Fri, Mar 28, 2014 — Almanac

Menlo Park Councilwoman Kirsten Keith, who chairs the creek authority's board, said the board agreed to file the petition because the 30-day deadline to challenge the board's denial will soon expire. But the cities are requesting that the challenge be held in abeyance "so we can continue working with the California and regional water boards to have our certification approved," Ms.Keith said.

Almanac
Tue, Mar 25, 2014 — Almanac

Councilwoman Kirsten Keith simply thanked "the hundreds of Menlo Park residents who participated in a thorough, transparent, public, open, deliberate process for over five years to arrive at the specific plan." Their time and energy help the city grow in a "positive, planned, thoughtful direction.".

Almanac
Fri, Mar 14, 2014 — InMenlo

I took a photo and wrote a letter to the Mayor... Kirsten Keith... just pointing out that the new bench would block kids on their way to school. By the next morning, I already had a reply, saying "This does look like something is wrong, that the bench was installed in the wrong place," and that she'd get Chip in Public Works to look into it. Not long after, a crane came and moved the bench. To this day, I smile every time I ride by.

InMenlo
Sat, Mar 8, 2014 — Daily Post

The $91 million wouldn't be enough to fund the train project, but Menlo Park Councilwoman Kirsten Keith said that losing the funds would be a serious blow to the project. "If we had this ($91 million debt) forgiven that makes this even more difficult," she said... the Dumbarton Rail Policy Committee, of which she is a member, is already considering ways to improve and increase bus service over the Dumbarton.

Daily Post
Thu, Jan 30, 2014 — Almanac

Councilwoman Kirsten Keith asked if business functions could be housed within a temporary building to allow the renovations to proceed during normal hours. She also asked whether directing people to use computers at the library, located a short walk away from the administration building, was a more cost-effective solution than installing new kiosks at city hall.

Almanac
Wed, Feb 12, 2014 — Daily News

"Mr. Harding has outstanding contributions, not only to Menlo Park but to the county and I really appreciate that," Council Member Kirsten Keith said before voting. "I'm excited to see if we can work through this with Palo Alto." Keith and Council Member Peter Ohtaki said if Palo Alto doesn't go along, Menlo Park perhaps could put a commemorative plaque on or near the bridge to honor Harding.

Daily News
Thu, Jan 30, 2014 — Almanac

Menlo Park resident Brielle Johnck took the microphone at the meeting to ask water district staff about the first community meeting, held Jan. 15, at which she said Menlo Park City Councilwoman Kirsten Keith said, "Floodwalls are a nonstarter." "We all just sat there and said, 'Well, this is the best piece of news we've gotten.'"

Almanac
Fri, Dec 6, 2013 — Streetsblog SF

San Mateo County, eye-catching green and buffered bike lanes, the first for a freeway crossing in California, were finally installed there in mid-October... Menlo Park City Council Member Kirsten Keith enjoys the new green and buffered bike lane at Alpine Road and Highway 280.

Streetsblog SF
Wed, Sep 25, 2013 — Daily News

Keith said she would prefer to see the license plate readers on fixed stations in Belle Haven, as requested by residents there. Jonsen replied that residents in other parts of the city, including Sharon Heights, also have been clamoring for the readers. Plus, he added, the equipment could be used to help catch burglars.

Daily News
Thu, Aug 29, 2013 — Daily Post

The Council voted 4-1 in favor of the new agreement with Councilwoman Kirsten Keith clearly opposed to keeping the controversial arbitration process... Keith said the process is flawed and that she wants the city to ditch binding arbitration... "I really think binding arbitration is broken and it needs to be removed," Keith said.

Daily Post
Tue, Aug 6, 2013 — Daily News

Initially, 40 percent of the office space would have been occupied by medical facilities... Doing away with medical offices altogether is a big win for the city and its residents, Keith said in a phone interview. "It will bring the vehicle trips down significantly," she said.

Daily News
Fri, Jun 28, 2013 — San Francisco Examiner

In a recent report to the City Council, Councilwoman Kirsten Keith, who sits on the subcommittee that is evaluating the project, indicated that it had begun to meet with community members and planning officials in order to conduct a detailed traffic analysis of the area affected by the development. Keith also said the subcommittee intends to meet with more representatives from the neighborhood and a bicycle advocacy group.

San Francisco Examiner
Mon, Jun 10, 2013 — San Francisco Examiner

What's clear is that Facebook is active within the community, and participates in many aspects of its development -- likely learning about the substation plans from involvement with city affairs, Councilwoman Kirsten Keith said... "Facebook came forward with this completely on their own," Keith said. "It was a surprise to me. Their contribution just keeps growing."

San Francisco Examiner
Mon, May 20, 2013 — Stanford Daily

Keith said one of the subcommittee's primary responsibilities will be communicating with the many parties who have a stake in the issue. "What I'm interested in doing is working with Stanford and our neighborhood groups to come up with something that will be a benefit for our community and for Stanford," Keith said.

Stanford Daily
Thu, Apr 11, 2013 — Daily News

Traffic impacts "are a major concern," Keith wrote in an email Wednesday... But the overall office space has been reduced 13 percent, from 229,500 to 199,500 square feet. And of that, space for medical offices -- which tend to generate more vehicle trips -- has been reduced from 96,000 to 25,000 square feet.

Daily News
Fri, Apr 5, 2013 — San Mateo Daily Journal

The Golden Gate University School of Law Public Interest Law Foundation selected GGU law alumna and Menlo Park Councilwoman Kirsten Keith as its second recipient of the Drucilla Stender Ramey Public Interest Achievement Award. The award... honors individuals in the GGU community whose outstanding work has advanced justice and social change in the lives of vulnerable populations.

San Mateo Daily Journal
MP Officials Vote For More Control Over City Water System
Thu, Apr 4, 2013 — Menlo-Atherton Patch

Before the Menlo Park City Council unanimously voted to ratify the new amendment, Councilwoman Kirsten Keith said "Now, San Mateo County actually has a vote on the water that is in the Hetch Hetchy. It was great to see that our neighbors to the north in San Francisco...approved an amendment giving us a vote on our water."

Menlo-Atherton Patch
Fri, Mar 29, 2013 — Daily News

"I think people want to have a forum to talk about their concerns and frankly I want to hear their concerns," Keith said. "I think there's always room for improvement on what can be done by Stanford." ... Keith said she is optimistic that Stanford will "keep refining" the project until it "fits better with Menlo Park."

Daily News
Thu, Mar 28, 2013 — Daily News

The campus will include a park-like entrance off Willow Road, open to the public. A tunnel... will connect Facebook's two campuses. Before voting, council members expressed their enthusiasm for the project. "I feel very lucky that we'll have a Frank Gehry building here," Council Member Kirsten Keith said.

Daily News
Sat, Mar 23, 2013 — Daily News

Council Member Kirsten Keith said although she has not been inside the tunnel, she agrees that keeping the graffiti "fits with their scene." ... Among the artists whose graffiti made it onto Facebook's walls is David Choe, who famously accepted the company's stock for his efforts before it went public.

Daily News
Wed, Mar 13, 2013 — Daily Post

Council members Kirsten Keith and Ray Mueller urged Murphy to also plan for stores to make grocery shopping and other errands easier for the future residents... The city plans other creative zoning laws to fill in the gap, including allowing... granting immunity to illegal second units, known as granny units.

Daily Post
Wed, Feb 13, 2013 — Daily News

Council Member Kirsten Keith said while she respects the planning commission's decisions, the neighborhood opposition convinced her to grant the appeal. "I have to say, I'm not comfortable with this one," she said. The lot is an unusual "T" shape with a long driveway, according to a planning department memo.

Daily News
Thu, Nov 29, 2012 — Silicon Valley Business Journal

The project, which would replace car dealerships between Cambridge and Middle Avenues, meets Menlo Park's "specific plan baseline requirements" for the area, but Menlo Park's Mayor Kirsten Keith told the Palo Alto Daily News that she would like to see more housing in the development.

Silicon Valley Business Journal
Wed, Nov 28, 2012 — Daily News

Although the proposal complies with the specific plan's guidelines, Mayor Kirsten Keith said Tuesday she wants to see the project revised to include more housing. "I've let them know that," Keith said. "We'd like to see higher-density housing in areas within walking distance to Caltrain."

Daily News
Wed, Nov 7, 2012 — Almanac

"Parking is the huge issue here, I think," noted Mayor Keith... She suggested partnering with Zip Car, Caltrain and the new owners of nearby 1300 El Camino Real instead to mitigate the amount of parking needed -- an approach that found support with other council members, including Rich Cline, as well as the applicant.

Almanac
Thu, Nov 1, 2012 — Streetsblog SF

Menlo Park Mayor Kirsten Keith, who sits on the C/CAG board, expressed similar support. "I think that could be helpful. I do. I don't know if it has to be a full-time person, or somebody on a contract basis to get some sort of unity on certain issues," Keith said.

Streetsblog SF
Wed, Oct 31, 2012 — Almanac

The council cautioned that Stanford University has plans for Rural Lane. "Even if we drop it from the list, Stanford still has the right to build housing on its property," said Mayor Kirsten Keith. The university sent a letter to the city indicating it wants to put faculty housing there.

Almanac
Tue, Oct 30, 2012 — Streetsblog SF

Kirsten Keith, the Menlo Park mayor who sits on the C/CAG Board, said there was a consensus that the replacement should be someone local. "It's not a national search because we felt that we wanted somebody from the nine Bay Area counties that knows this area," she said.

Streetsblog SF
Thu, Oct 4, 2012 — Stanford Daily

Though city sources confirmed the philanthropist's interest in the future of the lots, further details have not been revealed. "It is my understanding that this project will continue to be refined," Menlo Park Mayor Kirsten Keith told Palo Alto Online. "It would be premature for me to comment on it at this time."

Stanford Daily
Tue, Jun 19, 2012 — InMenlo

The celebration was sponsored by the Menlo Park Historical Association with the cooperation of Caltrain, the Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce, the City of Menlo Park and others. Photo of Master of Ceremonies, Jim Lewis, Menlo Park Mayor Kirsten Keith and Menlo Park Historical Association President Dick Angus.

InMenlo
Fri, Oct 19, 2012 — Almanac

Menlo Park Mayor Kirsten Keith gives the State of the City speech on Oct. 16. "We've had a really great year," she said. After thanking Menlo Park's staff and volunteers, Ms. Keith briefly previewed upcoming developments on El Camino Real and noted issues associated with growth -- traffic, parking, housing.

Almanac
Fri, Jun 1, 2012 — Marketplace Mid-Day Update

On Tuesday, the Menlo Park city council voted unanimously to approve the expansion in exchange for $8.5 million dollars from the company. For our mid-day extra, Mayor of Menlo Park, Kirsten Keith joined us to talk about the proposal, Facebook's IPO, and her own Facebook account.

Marketplace Mid-Day Update
Wed, May 30, 2012 — USA Today Tech

"Welcome to Menlo Park and we're happy to have you here," Mayor Kirsten Keith told company representatives. Facebook's plans have raised concerns about traffic among some residents who live in the company's shadow. Facebook has said it will encourage employees to carpool, take public transit or walk or bike to work.

USA Today Tech
Tue, May 29, 2012 — Los Angeles Times

Keith said the environmental impact report the City Council is expected to vote on also includes the other campus. "The bottom line is that we have a development agreement with Facebook that we're excited about," Keith said. "We're excited to have Facebook as our neighbors. I am pleased with what we have come up with."

Los Angeles Times
City Council Honors Town Historian
Wed, May 23, 2012 — Menlo-Atherton Patch

"He's lived here ever since and perhaps knows more about Menlo Park than any other citizen," said Mayor Kirsten Keith during a ceremony Tuesday night to honor him for his service to the town. He's the go-to guy for challenging questions about Menlo Park history, said Keith.

Menlo-Atherton Patch
Sat, May 19, 2012 — San Francisco Examiner

Facebook will soon pay a lump sum of $1.1 million, a move Mayor Kirsten Keith hopes will be followed by another $500,000... "Whenever you hear Facebook, you'll hear Menlo Park. That's just priceless," Keith told Reuters in an interview. "Other companies will want to be around that." Keith says a future "ecosystem" of high-tech firms could establish itself in Menlo Park...

San Francisco Examiner
Sat, May 19, 2012 — Independent

"Everyone is so full of energy here. It's where all the brightest minds come, attracted to new ideas. I just feel blessed to be part of it," says Kirsten Keith, mayor of booming Menlo Park, a stone's throw from Facebook HQ. Per capita the region has more billionaires, and more residents in possession of a PHD, than anywhere else on Earth.

Independent
Fri, May 18, 2012 — Bloomberg Businessweek

"Any time when you have new money, as we've seen with other companies here in Silicon Valley, it helps the economy," Keith said in an interview. "And hopefully, we have great people who are becoming millionaires that want to give back to the community."

Bloomberg Businessweek
Fri, May 18, 2012 — Reuters

"Whenever you hear Facebook, you'll hear Menlo Park. That's just priceless," Keith told Reuters in an interview. "Other companies will want to be around that." Keith says a future "ecosystem" of high-tech firms could establish itself in Menlo Park to develop products and services complementing the social network, providing more revenue to the city.

Reuters
Fri, May 18, 2012 — BBC News

"It brings a lot of great benefits to Menlo Park," said the city's mayor Kirsten Keith... There are more jobs and an expansion of the headquarters planned. "It's about having an amazing company in your community that attracts more amazing companies because people want to be near Facebook - this place has the buzz and the vibe," Ms Keith adds.

BBC News
Fri, May 11, 2012 — Almanac

Menlo Park is ready to cut the ribbon on its newest community facility. The Arrillaga Family Gymnastics Center will hold a grand opening Friday, May 11. After listening to remarks by Mayor Kirsten Keith and City Manager Alex McIntyre, visitors can tour the center, watch demonstrations and join in free family activities.

Almanac
Thu, Apr 26, 2012 — Wall Street Journal

Facebook Inc's initial public offering will be a boon for its new hometown, Menlo Park. Few people know that better than Mayor Kirsten Keith... as part of the Facebook Development Agreement that Ms. Keith and city staff negotiated, the company will make payments to Menlo Park and give the city other items of value."

Wall Street Journal
Wed, Mar 7, 2012 — InMenlo

The participants diligently shoveled dirt around the tree's perimeter, joined at one point by Menlo Park Mayor Kirsten Keith. Donated by the Menlo Park Live Oaks Lions Club, the tree, a red maple, is situated near the Menlo Park Library. Given that Menlo Park is designated as a "Tree City," the almost annual local celebration makes sense.

InMenlo
Thu, Mar 1, 2012 — San Jose Mercury News

"There has to be some acknowledgement that these companies don't generate sales taxes," said Menlo Park mayor Kirsten Keith. "That's where you can look at 'in lieu' fees. That's a responsible and reasonable request, and I think Facebook knows that."

San Jose Mercury News
Fri, Feb 17, 2012 — Stanford Daily

According to an email from Menlo Park Mayor Kirsten Keith, the city also hopes to request from Facebook a fee in-lieu of revenue from sales tax, the establishment of a community foundation and trip cap priorities. "The discussion is all open and transparent," Keith continued.

Stanford Daily
Wed, Jan 25, 2012 — Almanac

All five of Hattie Bostic's sons were there... The proclamation, presented by Mayor Kirsten Keith, took a whole page to document just some of the impacts of Dr. Bostic's life on the community. "I think she was inspirational for Menlo Park," Mayor Keith said after the meeting. "I feel so genuinely sad for our loss."

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