Viewpoint - March 31, 2010

Letter: Belle Haven pastor supports Gateway project

Communities throughout the Peninsula are looking to our elected officials for leadership and action to lift us out of this current economic slump. Low-income families and communities of color have been especially hard hit by the slowdown in our economy.

We believe that hope is on the horizon for those of us who live, work and raise families in the Belle Haven neighborhood of Menlo Park. Menlo Park resident and businessman David Bohannon, and his family, have proposed a stimulus package for Menlo Park — the Menlo Gateway project. This project makes sense for our community.

We in Belle Haven support this project and urge the City Council to vote positively and move the project forward when you meet on April 6.

We support Menlo Gateway because it brings jobs to our families and our community. We support it because it will generate revenue for Menlo Park for city services. And we support it because it makes better and more productive use of land already developed back in the 1950s.

Our community understands that Menlo Gateway will not be built for several years. But approval is hope, and hope is what many of our struggling families need.

We also urge the City Council to be cautious of those who would burden this project with unrealistic requirements that are meant solely to stop the project. Menlo Gateway is a benefit to our city and community, that's what we all need to remember.

The November City Council elections are fast approaching. We in the Belle Haven will be watching and listening to the actions and words of the Menlo Park City Council. We hope you hear us now and approve the Menlo Gateway proposal.

Dr. H.L. Bostic, longtime Menlo Park resident, pastor and founder, Mt. Olive Apostolic Original Holy Church of God


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