Almanac Filing period opens Monday for local elections
Fri, Jul 15, 2016 — Almanac

In Menlo Park, two of the five seats on the City Council will be open. Incumbents Ray Mueller and Catherine Carlton say they will seek re-election. Former candidates, Kristin Duriseti, who has been on the city's Environmental Quality Commission, and Drew Combs, current vice chair of the city's Planning Commission, told the Almanac they don't plan to run.

Daily Post City moves ahead with clean-energy program
Wed, Apr 1, 2015 — Daily Post

Councilwoman Catherine Carlton expressed excitement over the project, saying that this implementation plan will help give "residents the choice to use clean sources of energy. It is rewarding to see the impact positively on the environment." ... saying the goal of the plan, which is "bringing together cities and communities," is to "determine the best mix and the rates have to be on par with PG&E or cities can pull out."

Daily News Mueller and Carlton quick out of the gate to seek re-election
Thu, Mar 17, 2016 — Daily News

Carlton... is seeking her second four-year term on the council... A married mother of two, Carlton has worked on community issues related to affordable housing, education, human trafficking, domestic violence, women's health, parks and recreation, planning, job creation and public safety.

Almanac Menlo Park council members Mueller and Carlton to run for re-election
Tue, Mar 1, 2016 — Almanac

Ms. Carlton said she has not announced her campaign at a formal event because the election is several months off. However, she said, she is in the process of gathering a list of supporters and updating her website.

Daily News City Council sets work priorities for 2016-17
Wed, Feb 10, 2016 — Daily News

Catherine Carlton said expanding the downtown outdoor seating program, studying the feasibility of a parking garage and installing electric vehicle charging stations should have been given higher billing.

Kerala Biz News Silicon Valley Warms Up to 'God's Own Country'
Mon, Jan 18, 2016 — Kerala Biz News

Among those who addressed the gathering were Shri Venkatesan Ashok, India's Consular General in San Francisco, and City Council member Ms Catherine Carlton, who spoke on the 'Kerala Experience' as well as Ms Sumani Dash, Director & Head-US & Canada, Confederation of Indian Industries (CII).

Daily Post Cline becomes mayor
Wed, Dec 2, 2015 — Daily Post

Carlton said that as mayor, you get credit for things that were done as a team. The mayor only gets one vote just like everyone else on council, she said. "We don't always agree," Carlton said. "... But we respect each other."

Daily News Cline named mayor for third time
Tue, Dec 1, 2015 — Daily News

Carlton, who received a proclamation from the city highlighting her work over the past year, said she found it awkward to be credited for such things as the city's recent Beacon Award for climate change efforts and Helen Putnam Award for public safety. She dubbed the city's progress a team effort.

Almanac Menlo Park searches to define, prioritize 'public benefits'
Fri, Nov 27, 2015 — Almanac

Ms. Carlton said that she'd like to see some way to "incentivize the kind of businesses we want," such as restaurants... Creating priorities is a learning process, said Mayor Carlton. "Every time we have a new business come, we're learning. And every time we do a public benefit, we're learning," she said. "We may not come up with the perfect list, but that doesn't mean we can't try."

Daily News City could pick new mayor Tuesday
Thu, Nov 26, 2015 — Daily News

Catherine Carlton's year-long reign as the face of the city will end. A new mayor pro tem, a position currently held by Richard Cline, will also be chosen... last December she listed the General Plan update, a vibrant downtown and "positive and impactful" developments as some of her priorities.

Almanac Galway, Ireland, to become Menlo Park's first 'Sister City'
Mon, Nov 23, 2015 — Almanac

Mayor Catherine Carlton proposed changing the title from "Sister City Committee" to "Friendship and Sister City Committee" to reflect the committee's goals to promote friendship agreements and partnerships with other locales around the world.

Daily News Menlo Park considers... all energy from renewable sources
Fri, Nov 20, 2015 — Daily News

Mayor Catherine Carlton suggested that the city go for the 100 percent option and allow customers to opt down to the 50 percent level, an idea reflected in a letter to the council from Facebook sustainability and outreach manager Lauren Swezey.

Daily News Draeger's lot exempt from parking trial
Wed, Nov 11, 2015 — Daily News

The City Council on Tuesday approved a six-month trial to extend free parking time limits in downtown... Mayor Catherine Carlton expressed concern that exempting one lot could create confusion but she ultimately supported the plan... The total cost of the trial is $65,000.

Daily News As the sea rises so should the urgency to tackle the problem locally
Fri, Nov 6, 2015 — Daily News

The city of Menlo Park added its voice to the din when Mayor Catherine Carlton sent a letter in late August supporting most of the grand jury's findings, including the need for a countywide oversight agency. "The City agrees that (sea level rise) is a threat countywide and that if nothing is done, major infrastructure will be affected," Carlton wrote.

Almanac Menlo Park mayor paints vibrant future for city
Wed, Nov 4, 2015 — Almanac

Mayor Carlton's talk, titled "Investing in Menlo Park," mentioned a wide range of initiatives and updates from the past year... Mayor Carlton said she will lead a campaign to get Menlo Park kindergarteners from the Ravenswood Elementary School District enrolled in college savings accounts.

Daily Post Meetings set for Stanford project
Tue, Nov 3, 2015 — Daily Post

After her State of the City address last week, Menlo Park Mayor Catherine Carlton told the Post she wouldn't be inclined to support the development of the project if it didn't include the tunnel.

Daily Post Menlo Park mayor gives state of city
Fri, Oct 30, 2015 — Daily Post

Mayor Carlton said she wants Menlo Park to not just focus on the schools in its community, but what students end up doing when they''ve finished. She told the Post she's been in talks with Citibank to implement a "Kindergarten to College" program, similar to one San Francisco currently has.

Almanac Combating bullies in Menlo Park
Thu, Oct 22, 2015 — Almanac

In addition to these bullying prevention steps, Ms. Carlton said, she also recognized the work of local anti-bullying advocate Kris Quintana, who, along with her husband, Rich, have worked for the past seven to eight years to host workshops in schools and through Kuk Sool Won, the martial arts school they co-own, to support kids through their struggles with bullies.

Daily News Council expands free parking time limits downtown
Thu, Oct 22, 2015 — Daily News

Mayor Catherine Carlton and Councilman Peter Ohtaki said the city already conducted a series of extended parking pilots -- such as the relaxed holiday parking limits, which this year run from Nov. 25 to Jan. 4 -- to no ill effect. "Basically, one business owner out of all of downtown that I've spoken to doesn't like the idea," Carlton said. "I hear so many businesses tell me they lose customers because people leave to move their car and don't come back."

Daily Post City OKs extension of parking limits
Wed, Oct 21, 2015 — Daily Post

Mayor Catherine Carlton said visitors to the downtown are already paying to be there. "People are already paying for these parking spaces by spending their money here," she said. "They don’t have to come here. They can go to Stanford Shopping Center or any other number of shopping and dining options in the area."

Daily Post $300 tow fee could fall by year's end
Thu, Oct 8, 2015 — Daily Post

Menlo Park's $300 towing fee — an unusually high amount compared to other mid-Peninsula cities — could most likely be lowered before the end of the year... "I want to get this is front of council as quickly as possible," Mayor Catherine Carlton said.

Almanac Locals react to Stanford's new development plan
Wed, Oct 7, 2015 — Almanac

"Menlo Park needs to activate its vacant lands on El Camino Real, bringing life and activity back into the affected neighborhoods," Mayor Catherine Carlton said. "This project, if done well, will contribute to a coherent community fabric."

Daily Post City looks to fix parking frustration
Fri, Oct 2, 2015 — Daily Post

The parking in most areas is limited to two hours... "I want to extend it to three hours," said Mayor Catherine Carlton. "It's a pretty standard time in comparison with our neighboring cities."

Daily Post City gives pop-up park a trial run
Thu, Sep 17, 2015 — Daily Post

The paseo, or pop-up park, was part of a plan that took about six years to form, according to Mayor Catherine Carlton. Council opted to set it up for a trial period and gauge the downtown community's opinion of the park.

Almanac Menlo Park to remove right-turn barriers on Ravenswood
Thu, Sep 10, 2015 — Almanac

Mayor Carlton said that as soon as she heard that the number of vehicles stranded on the train tracks had actually increased during the trial, she asked to have it ended. "When I found out it was making things worse, I said pull it," she said.

Daily News Menlo Park: City bans spraying of herbicides in four parks
Fri, Aug 28, 2015 — Daily News

Mayor Catherine Carlton suggested a change to the contract specifying that rat bait traps shouldn't be used during the work "because the poisoned rats are getting into the ecosystem and poisoning birds and bobcats and endangered species."

Daily News City leans toward bike lane experiment on El Camino Real
Thu, Aug 27, 2015 — Daily News

"As a side note about some of the research we do, it's not real research," Mayor Catherine Carlton said, referring to a community survey used in the staff's guiding materials. "We're doing straw polls at best ... there's nothing that stops one person voting multiple times."

Daily Post Council favors El Camino bike lanes
Wed, Aug 26, 2015 — Daily Post

Mayor Catherine Carlton was more reserved in her support, saying the city shouldn't try to do too many trial programs involving traffic, like the one taking place on Ravenswood Avenue.

Daily Post Deficit-free budget OK'd
Wed, Jun 24, 2015 — Daily Post

"I understand where you're going with this. I understand your reasoning behind it," Carlton said at the meeting last week. "My only struggle is that I'm loath to pass an unbalanced budget."

Almanac Menlo Park signs off on new water restrictions
Thu, May 7, 2015 — Almanac

Mayor Catherine Carlton urged the city to start making it easier for residents to use the water they already have. The city "makes it as hard as humanly possible" to use rain barrels to collect water, she said, and doesn't allow gray water systems that could use water draining from showers and washing machines to nourish the yard.

Daily Post City OKs strict new water limits
Wed, May 6, 2015 — Daily Post

Mayor Catherine Carlton suggested that police could enforce the water laws. Those laws include bans on using water to wash sidewalks or in fountains or serving restaurant customers water before asking them. "Why aren't the police enforcing these laws?" she asked.

Daily News City Hall to get a major overhaul after council OKs higher price tag
Fri, Apr 17, 2015 — Daily News

Moreover, maximizing space within the existing structure will require improvements... Mayor Catherine Carlton suggested that to save costs, contractors perhaps should be hired to work during the day instead of at night for overtime pay.

Daily Post City Hall carpet bill: $400,000
Thu, Apr 9, 2015 — Daily Post

Mayor Catherine Carlton said she was also concerned. "I think everyone is kind of uncomfortable with how expensive it is and it's shocking how much carpet costs," she told McIntyre. "The cost of construction continues to climb," she said.

Daily News Facebook assures it isn't planning for 8-story buildings in Belle Haven
Fri, Apr 3, 2015 — Daily News

After hearing public comments, Mayor Catherine Carlton admitted she was frustrated by the "mixed messages" because "just in our speakers we have one person that says, 'Quit knocking on doors,' and one person that says, 'You have to start knocking on doors.'"

Daily News Menlo Park on a mission to provide 'ideal' downtown parking experience
Fri, Mar 27, 2015 — Daily News

For her part, Mayor Catherine Carlton noted that many business owners are wary of setting up shop in downtown Menlo Park because people aren't able to take their time while shopping. Instead, they're forced to rush back to their cars to avoid being slapped with a ticket. "That's the thing -- the chicken and egg," she said. "You need the foot traffic to get the really great, exciting businesses to come to downtown, but they won't come to downtown till you have the foot traffic. ... We have the foot traffic and then we take a stick and chase them away as soon as they finish lunch."

Almanac Menlo Park to look at extending parking time limits downtown
Wed, Mar 25, 2015 — Almanac

Mayor Catherine Carlton, an avid supporter of extending the free parking limits to three hours in the parking plazas, said she has been talking with business owners who would love to open a Menlo Park location, but hesitate because they worry people don't linger downtown long enough to shop.

Daily Post Sidewalk, better bike lane OK'd for Santa Cruz Avenue
Wed, Mar 11, 2015 — Daily Post

"When I was asked to put this on the agenda, I was warned that it was going to start a horrible storm," Mayor Catherine Carlton told the rest of the council, before saying that the discussion had gone better than expected. But residents who came to voice their opinions during the four-hour-long meeting still clashed about how to use the space between the street and their front yards. Many residents have planted trees and shrubs there.

Almanac Santa Cruz Avenue sidewalk plan approved
Wed, Mar 11, 2015 — Almanac

The council would like design plans to assume compatibility with future undergrounding projects. "We don't want to waste money by installing the sidewalk, then having it torn up by PG&E," said Mayor Carlton.

Daily News Menlo Gateway project gets council's enthusiastic blessing
Wed, Mar 11, 2015 — Daily News

"The end result of the changes is that the project will be about 9,000 square feet less than what was approved and the changes are expected to result in slightly less traffic than was approved," Mayor Catherine Carlton said. "[But] every month we don't build this, I'm told we're losing $300,000 in revenue for our schools and city."

San Mateo County Times Luxury 11-story hotel planned for Menlo Park's Belle Have neighborhood
Sat, Mar 7, 2015 — San Mateo County Times

Menlo Park Mayor Catherine Carlton agreed, further noting that the city's schools can benefit greatly by the additional tax. "It's always fabulous to support our schools," she said. "I'm delighted that the project is finally going to get built and [David] seems to be doing so in a way that is sensitive to the community's needs."

Daily Post Long-delayed plans for hotel finally take shape
Fri, Mar 6, 2015 — Daily Post

Menlo Park Mayor Catherine Carlton told the Post yesterday that she was excited about the design she had seen... Carlton said that even with the modern design, which she wouldn't want in downtown Menlo Park, she believed the hotel will fit into the area, which already has other modern structures such as the new Facebook headquarters.

Daily Post Plan for sidewalks threatens trees
Thu, Mar 5, 2015 — Daily Post

Mayor Catherine Carlton also supports the idea that would preserve the area’s vegetation. "First and foremost, we want to make sure that people are safe ... and after that make sure we're respectful of heritage trees and keep the character of Santa Cruz (Avenue)," she told the Post.

Almanac Should city register private license plate readers?
Wed, Mar 4, 2015 — Almanac

Mayor Catherine Carlton said she was "a little blown away" by the idea of private companies deploying the license plate readers, but not quite enough to leap onboard the idea of a registration program.

Daily Post A plea for safer rail crossings
Tue, Mar 3, 2015 — Daily Post

"(There are) no words to express how horrible it is what has happened," said Mayor Catherine Carlton. She said the city needs to look at all the streets to determine how the city can be made safer.

Almanac Boutique hotel proposed for El Camino Real
Wed, Feb 25, 2015 — Almanac

Mayor Catherine Carlton also sounded intrigued. "I'm delighted to hear of plans for another boutique hotel on El Camino Real. Both increased property tax for the site and increased transient occupancy tax is a good thing for the financial stability of the city," she said.

Daily News Police use of body-worn cameras questioned by Menlo Park council members
Fri, Jan 30, 2015 — Daily News

Jonsen replied that many citizens -- not just confidential informants -- are uncomfortable being recorded... Mayor Catherine Carlton agreed, noting that it would seem like "an infringement upon [her] liberty" if she couldn't talk to an officer without feeling as if "Big Brother is watching."

Daily News Menlo Park opens the door to more outdoor dining in downtown area
Thu, Jan 29, 2015 — Daily News

Mayor Catherine Carlton offered her support for more outdoor programs in downtown Menlo Park. "I think it does make our downtown more alive to have people out and talking to each other as they walk by," she said. "It looks good, it feels good. And I think we can ... thoughtfully move forward to this end."

Almanac Menlo Park prepares to take on downtown parking garage issue
Thu, Jan 22, 2015 — Almanac

Mayor Catherine Carlton told the Almanac recently that she's excited to start talking about possibly building an underground garage topped by a park at surface level, an idea that some residents... are also eager to explore.

Almanac Group seeks to 're-vitalize' downtown Menlo Park
Wed, Jan 14, 2015 — Almanac

Mayor Catherine Carlton said she's excited to get input from the community, perhaps via an advisory board... "Regardless, I want to make sure that we are listening to people. It benefits everyone to have good, open, honest conversation."

Almanac Menlo Park council approves new police contract
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Professional arbitrators instead of retired judges to be used for disciplinary appeals... Mayor Catherine Carlton told the Almanac the week prior to the vote that the new option came about after the POA refused to agree to using retired judges.

Daily Post THE UPDATE: Menlo Mayor
Wed, Dec 3, 2014 — Daily Post

City Councilwoman Catherine Carlton was selected by her colleagues on council last night to become mayor of Menlo Park for 2015. Rich Cline will be mayor pro tem, meaning he'll likely become mayor in 2016. Both were elected by acclamation with no opposition.

Almanac Menlo Park has a new mayor: Catherine Carlton
Wed, Dec 3, 2014 — Almanac

The council followed its traditional policy on Tuesday, Dec. 2, in selecting Ms. Carlton... The evening also saw the swearing in of the three re-elected council members: Rich Cline, Kirsten Keith and Peter Ohtaki. All thanked their families for their support and said they looked forward to another four years on the dais.

Daily News Carlton named Menlo Park's new mayor
Tue, Dec 2, 2014 — Daily News

Catherine Carlton was chosen Tuesday by her City Council colleagues to be the new mayor of Menlo Park. Members also voted to name Rich Cline the new vice mayor. He joined fellow incumbents Peter Ohtaki and Kirsten Keith in taking the oath of office.

Almanac Stanford mixed-use project to undergo analysis
Thu, Oct 2, 2014 — Almanac

Vice Mayor Catherine Carlton agreed about refining the project further before the EIR and looking at traffic mitigation; she suggested considering how opening up a third lane on El Camino Real would affect the traffic impacts.

Almanac Menlo Park: Monte Rosa stop signs OK'd
Wed, Sep 17, 2014 — Almanac

Vice Mayor Catherine Carlton said that while four members of the homeowners' association were initially opposed, most supported the signs after some discussion as to the frequency of speeding cars on Monte Rosa Drive... She said she thought the brief, three-week delay of the council's vote "succeeded in making people feel heard."

Almanac Granny unit regulations approved
Mon, May 5, 2014 — Almanac

Vice Mayor Catherine Carlton commented that "part of the city is begging us to do this and then another part of the city is asking us not to ... for parking reasons. How do we resolve that?" She looked to the police chief for comment.

Almanac Is Menlo Park 'too aggressive' with parking enforcement?
Fri, May 2, 2014 — Almanac

Ticketing frequency is higher than in several other Peninsula cities... Vice Mayor Catherine Carlton agreed, saying she's gotten emails from business owners upset about the horrible experience shoppers have downtown.

Daily Post Council names new leaders
Wed, Dec 4, 2013 — Daily Post

Councilwoman Catherine Carlton was appointed vice mayor, meaning she will most likely become mayor in 2015. The roles rotate among the council members and priority is usually given to those who have not held the position in the past.

City of Menlo Park Menlo Park City Council names new leaders
Tue, Dec 3, 2013 — City of Menlo Park

The City Council names Ray Mueller Mayor and Catherine Carlton Mayor Pro Tem. at this evening's meeting.

Almanac Adina Levin moves to transportation post
Wed, Apr 24, 2013 — Almanac

Adina Levin, formerly of the Environmental Quality Commission, swapped that position for a seat on the Transportation Commission, with the council's unanimous support. "I wish there were more Adinas," Councilwoman Catherine Carlton said.

Almanac Neighbors, developers battle over driveway permit
Wed, Mar 20, 2013 — Almanac

The council voted 3-1, with Catherine Carlton dissenting and Ray Mueller recused, on March 5 to revoke Sam Sinnott's permit to build a driveway on Louise Street. Now the developer and his business partner, Mircea Voskerician, want a rehearing.

Daily News Latest vote tally still shows end of city council road...
Sat, Nov 17, 2012 — Daily News

In Menlo Park, challenger Catherine Carlton appears to have knocked out incumbent Kelly Fergusson for one of two seats on the five-member council... Carlton, vice chairwoman of the city's Parks and Recreation Commission, also said Friday she is "feeling pretty comfortable" about her apparent victory. "I'm very much looking forward to getting on the council," Carlton said.

Almanac Mueller, Carlton likely elected to council
Wed, Nov 14, 2012 — Almanac

"It's very exciting to me to talk to someone about ideas and have that person get so excited that they start donating their time to help out, knocking on doors and walking." Ms. Carlton said she also appreciated what she learned about the city, which presented an orientation for candidates that introduced the role of each department, an experience she'd like to bring to all residents of Menlo Park.

Daily Post Mueller, Carlton win in Menlo Park
Wed, Nov 7, 2012 — Daily Post

Carlton has been involved in the Sharon Heights Homeowners Association, as the group's vice president, and joined the board of the Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Carlton wants to simplify the city's building and permitting processes, as well as protect service levels while balancing the city's checkbook.

Daily News Mueller and Carlton heading for victory
Tue, Nov 6, 2012 — Daily News

If election results hold up... newcomers Ray Mueller and Catherine Carlton are in as members of the Menlo Park City Council... Carlton, vice chairwoman of the city Parks and Recreation Commission, also had strong endorsements and was the top fundraiser in the race, collecting $21,453 as of Oct. 20.

Daily News Scramble for money in final election push
Thu, Nov 1, 2012 — Daily News

Catherine Carlton is the top fundraiser, according to campaign finance documents that were due Oct. 25. The city Parks and Recreation Commission vice chairwoman has collected $21,453 this year, including a $5,000 loan she made to her campaign.

Daily News We recommend Carolyn Clarke and Catherine Carlton for council
Wed, Oct 31, 2012 — Daily News

Although residents would be well served by Mueller, we give the nod to Carlton because of her business acumen... which should prove valuable on a city council that wants to foster a positive business climate and a responsible city budget.

Daily Post Carlton ahead in Menlo cash battle
Fri, Oct 26, 2012 — Daily Post

Parks and Recreation Commissioner Catherine Carlton has raised more money than any of her four rivals in the race for a seat on the Menlo Park City Council, collecting over $20,000 since launching her campaign.

Opinion: Frank Tucker Letter: Carlton, Mueller best for Menlo council
Wed, Oct 24, 2012 — Opinion: Frank Tucker

I would like to see the second open council seat filled by Catherine Carlton. She has an impressive set of experience in business, volunteer work and public service, including service as vice chair of the Parks and Recreation Commission.

Daily Post Carlton, Clarke for Menlo council
Fri, Oct 19, 2012 — Daily Post

Two seats are up for grabs and five candidates are in the race. The Post is enthusiastically recommending Catherine Carlton... Catherine Carlton has experience in both business and government... our conclusion is that she would be a valuable addition to council.

Daily Post 5 seek 2 seats on Menlo council
Thu, Oct 18, 2012 — Daily Post

Carlton has raised the most money out of all five candidates so far, with a total of $10,930 plus another $5,000 she dug out of her own pocket to use in the race. Carlton previously lived in Hong Kong for over 10 years to launch an IT company. She now lives in Menlo Park with her husband and two children.

Almanac Menlo Park election: The faces of change
Wed, Oct 17, 2012 — Almanac

Rounding out Ms. Carlton's list of top issues for the city: the blight of El Camino Real, fiscal responsibility, and creating a better reputation as a city that "wants business to come; Menlo Park has a reputation as 'difficult.'"

Daily News Five council candidates want a hand in steering Menlo Park's future
Tue, Oct 16, 2012 — Daily News

Carlton has raised $15,930 so far this year for her campaign, more than all other candidates, according to finance disclosure forms filed Oct. 5; she loaned her campaign $5,000.