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on Feb 7, 2008
Sounds like good news to me. Will this mean fewer of the wildly dangerous high-speed police caravans heading south on Laurel and east on Willow, lights flashing and, often, sirens blaring? No disrespect to Menlo's police department -- they have a tough and important job to do -- but one can only drive down Laurel and Willow in excess of 50MPH so many times before someone gets hurt or killed. Regards,
Spending nearly $410 per square foot for this facility is insane. Thanks for spending tax payers dollars so we go broke, when perfectly good facilities are available for much, much less.
Next time I need to go shopping, can I spend all your money? It's not fair, you get a blank check book and I have to live within my means. I suppose this is just another example of government in action.
@ Over Priced:
I hear you. It is sickening. Someone is laughing all the way to the bank. I hope there is no funny business between officials and the contracts made.
On another note, I'd like to let you know that our city manager, Glen Rojas, enjoys a $204,000 annual salary along with:
Automobile Allowance: $320/month
Relocation Allowance: Not Disclosed
Housing Allowance: $2,000/month for 8 months
City Backed Loan for Home: $1,100,00.00
... among other benefits rumored to be well over $250,000 and above Govenor Schwarzenegger's $212,000 package.
Sickening. You want to talk about reckless spending and waste? Who else rides Menlo's gravy train?
The new Police station is a great idea, I'm glad it has been approved and will be built. Considering how little we offer our police in the arena of competitive salaries, the least we can do is build good stations for them to work from. Putting the station in Belle Haven where the community needs extra help shows sound judgement and good planning. A lot of good things are happening in Belle Haven, the people there are really working to improve their nieghborhood while contending with problems from Redwood City and East Palo Alto -- the rest of Menlo Park is wise to show support for the nieghborhood now.
The police station is not overpriced, this is exactly the type of infrastructure the city should spend money on. From what I have seen, City Manager Rojas has his priorities in the right place.
Joanna still spitting out misinformation. Just look at "her" new position...now 250K is rumored. Her last post she was making it a fact. Are you sure you know what a police facility costs? Are you sure you know what kinds of funds are behind this facility? Or are you just sure you are angry and you want someone to defame and insult as you have with virtually every leader in this city?
Move on Joanna. Or at least get honest with us. I will track your comments until you do.
Add to this that Palo Alto is looking into a 49,000 Sq ft facility with a price tag around $45M including land. In Illinois a recent new police facility in Moline was built at $190 a square foot. If you compare COL and home/building values, that makes our cost right around $400 per sq foot. Do some research and give us facts. Look at neighboring cities. Evalaute the history of the project. JUST BE CREDIBLE!! This forum cannot work if you distort everything into angry insults and false accusations.
To those who have a vested interest in the maintenance and upkeep of a blameless view on our elected officials...
Credibility?? I hope we all strive for it.
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