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February 11, 2015 -- The Almanac

Of the five submitted reports, Kirsten Keith led the field, raising $21,222 over the course of her 2014 campaign, including $2,303 in nonmonetary contributions. Just $2,096 of that came in during the final period... She spent $18,676 in total, mainly during the latter days of her campaign and primarily on costs related to literature.



November 12, 2014 -- The Almanac

Healing the rifts in the community is a common refrain following a divisive election that saw the three council incumbents — Peter Ohtaki, Kirsten Keith and Rich Cline — re-elected... As of Nov. 10, the election count was Mr. Ohtaki, 3,698; Ms. Keith, 3,212; and Mr. Cline, 3,037.



Menlo Park Voters Welcome Growth Downtown With Measure M Defeat
November 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.



Voters Back Downtown Growth in San Bruno and Menlo Park
November 7, 2014 -- Streetsblog SF / Andrew Boone 

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. 



M dies in landslide
November 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.



November 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...



November 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.



November 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.



October 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."



October 29, 2014 -- The 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.



October 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. 



October 29, 2014 -- The 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.



October 29, 2014 -- The 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. 


October 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.



Keith far ahead in election cash haul: Incumbent gets over $20,000
October 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...



October 15, 2014 -- The 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.



October 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..."



Candidates rake in the cash: Keith tops in Menlo
October 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...



October 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.



Candidates avoid unions
October 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.



Initiative to Stop Downtown Menlo Park Growth Lands on Ballot
July 18, 2014 -- Streetsblog SF / Andrew Boone 

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.”



Growth plan will go to voters
July 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.



Growth initiative for downtown Menlo Park goes to voters
July 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. 



Cline pulls papers for another run
July 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.



May 28, 2014 -- The 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.



Creek flood walls still on the table
June 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."



March 25, 2014 -- The 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.".
 


Tom Kelley talks about the notion of creative confidence and how he got it
March 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. 



January 30, 2014 -- The 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.'"



Stanford agrees to drop medical offices from Menlo Park development plans 
August 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.



Stanford's revised plan for El Camino Real... offers more housing, fewer offices 
April 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.



Public Interest Achievement Award 
April 5, 2013 -- 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.



Menlo Park City Council may give Stanford-Arrillaga project an early airing 
March 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."



November 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.



Arrillaga mixed-use plan for El Camino Real in Menlo Park draws heat 
November 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."



Arrillaga to participate in Menlo Park development
October 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.”



Facebook set to expand headquarters in Menlo Park
June 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.



Facebook HQ expansion clears hurdle
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.



Steve Hilton's social network
May 19, 2012 -The 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.



Facebook windfall to be shared with Menlo Park city
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.



Menlo Park Mayor on the New Face in Town
April 26, 2012 -- The 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.”