Viewpoint - June 23, 2010

Letter: A referendum on Downtown Visioning project?

Although my home is in Portola Valley, its ZIP code is considered to be Menlo Park.

More important, my wife and I do most of our regular shopping in downtown Menlo Park. We also spend around $3,000 annually at the farmers' market.

I wish to add my voice to those who are upset, disappointed and borderline furious that special interests once again are "in process" to ram ill-conceived and self-serving developments like the Menlo Park Visioning Project down our throats.

Especially in these trying times, when alliances between governments and corporations are under increasing scrutiny, it is extremely important that a true, open and transparent review of this project (including sufficient time for the public's comments) be mandatory.

I am sure there are other solutions to the needs that the Menlo Park City Council may believe this project is to address. Perhaps a city referendum is needed.

Arthur Jonath, Golden Oak Drive, Portola Valley


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