If Mayor Robinson truly wants to heal, then why does he — in the same breath — criticize the school superintendent, Ken Ranella?
The issue of the Oak Knoll School remodeling project is the most recent example of what has plagued our community over the past 15 years. Anytime there is an attempt to redevelop aging property in Menlo Park — whether it be a house, a building, or a school, the voices against these improvements have been supported by either the current council in power or individuals who will run a petition drive against a council decision that supported the project.
Our current council is very clearly supportive of no redevelopment, as became quite apparent when Mayor Robinson, and council member Richard Cline ran election campaigns supporting Morris Brown's petition drive against the Derry Project — a gorgeous multi-use project set back from El Camino and Oak Grove. Former Mayor Fergusson actually reversed her position and joined Robinson and Cline in opposing the Derry Project in support of the Robinson/Cline campaign.
In the face of 70 percent of the voters approving a school bond to improve our public schools, our current council continued to give credence to residents from 12 households encouraging them to bring their petition against the Oak Knoll project as far as it could go. Ken Ranella's e-mail to the parents of the school district was not only justifiable, it was an alert to the voters that their vote for school improvements might be circumvented by the City Council and these 12 households.
It truly is a time to heal our community. We should embrace the much-needed redevelopment of our schools, our decrepit commercial buildings, and be encouraged to upgrade our homes without being handed more and more regulations and fees. If Mayor Robinson and the other council members wish to heal, then they should be making decisions on the dais that will effect these changes.
Hermosa Way, Menlo Park