Appointing a subcommittee rather than addressing the real issues of the Downtown Specific Plan is akin to thumbing your noses at residents of Menlo Park while kissing the hand of the developer who put his name on the gym.
I'd be happy to underwrite a building in exchange for being able to put an apartment complex on my single-family-home-zoned lot. Neighbors would not be able to do a thing because you eliminated public process in the Specific Plan. Oh, wait, they could have a say in the "architectural review" of the massive apartment building I'm building next to their homes.
Again, I ask you to do better for the residents of Menlo Park. Fix the plan.