Skipping the fanfare of an elegant venue and elaborate snacks and drinks, Menlo Park's annual "State of the City" address will be an understated event this year, at the request of Mayor Ray Mueller.
He's scheduled to give a speech reflecting on the "state of the city" and his year as mayor at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, in the City Council Chambers at 701 Laurel St. in Menlo Park, after which the council will hold a regular meeting. Stream it here and access the agenda here.
While there are expected to be some lower-budget snacks and refreshments for attendees, Mueller has asked that the funds the city usually spends on this event be dedicated to starting a youth advisory committee in the city, according to a city announcement.
According to Assistant City Manager Nick Pegueros, the city typically budgets $15,000 for the annual event.
Over the last four years, State of the City events have been held at the Park James Hotel, the British Bankers Club, Facebook headquarters and the Rosewood Sand Hill Hotel.