It is a mystery why the parcel purchased by the fire district in 2008 that was to enhance the rebuilding of the station was not included in the specific plan area. There are no less than 13 communications from the fire district via letters and appearances at Planning Commission or City Council meetings in an 18-month period that the fire district sought assistance regarding the parcel it purchased and wanted to use for its building plans.
Most egregious, the day before the council approved the specific plan on June 5, 2012, Fire Chief Schapelhouman again wrote to then Mayor Kirsten Keith and Vice Mayor Peter Ohtaki repeating the fire district's plea to consider flexibility regarding the Station 6 redevelopment plans.
Some say that the specific plan took seven years to create and should be left as it is. I support the SaveMenlo initiative because there are unintended consequences of the specific plan that need to be addressed