Viewpoint - June 9, 2010

Letter: Approve Gateway project and generate jobs

As both a Menlo Park resident and executive officer for the San Mateo County Building and Construction Trades Council, I am writing to urge the City Council to vote "yes" on the Menlo Gateway Project, which comes before them for a final vote in mid-June.

This project has gone through four years of negotiations and revisions with Menlo Park city officials, and now it is time to vote. The city has done a very good job in extracting many essential community benefits from this project.

This project will generate jobs for construction workers and employment in the hotel and offices once the project is built. There will be a new source of tax revenue from this project that does not rely on the residents of Menlo Park. The city's own analysis shows a very positive net revenue flowing to Menlo Park from the project. The city has negotiated ground-breaking policies to reduce greenhouse gases and reduce car trips. Yet, there are those who continue to suggest requirements that will make it impossible to build. I urge the council to reject these ill-conceived and unnecessary ideas.

We have empty car showrooms on El Camino. Small businesses are struggling to stay afloat. Unemployment for construction workers on the Peninsula is close to 30 percent. We as a community have a chance to give us all some economic hope by supporting the Menlo Gateway Project, and on behalf of 14,000 San Mateo County union construction workers, I urge the Menlo Park City Council to approve this great project.

Bill Nack

Stanford Avenue, Menlo Park


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