Sept. 25 is International Coastal Cleanup Day, and our local bayfront shoreline will also benefit from this global effort to improve our planet's marine environment. If you want to enjoy a heart-warming morning working with good people, contact our local coordinator, Davena Gentry, at (650) 814-3412.
Menlo Park's Bayfront Park also is scheduled to benefit financially from the city's development agreement to build the Menlo Gateway project, which includes a new hotel, health club, and three office buildings on 16 acres east of Highway 101. On the November ballot is Measure T which, if passed, will provide over $600,000 in improvements to our Bayfront Park.
Environmental leaders are supporting the Menlo Gateway proposal because it will be a model for green, sustainable development. Our city's Environmental Quality Commission has endorsed it because the project will include LEED-certified energy-frugal buildings, low greenhouse gas emissions (100 percent offset by purchasing carbon-offsets), and an estimated 15 to 20 percent trip-reduction (carpooling, Caltrain and bikes).
Some nay-sayers aren't satisfied that our city budget will receive $1.6 million annually, $14 million in one-time fees (for affordable housing, etc.), and $1.8 million annually for area schools from Menlo Gateway. Yet the project passed Planning Commission review and is endorsed by the City Council. It's an environmental home-run and deserves our support.
Clem Molony, Menalto Avenue, Menlo Park