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Hillview school: Report details traffic, noise

Original post made on Feb 28, 2009

A study of plans to rebuild the Hillview Middle School campus in Menlo Park shows significant traffic and noise, but the negative impacts would be even worse if the project wasn't built, according to a draft environmental impact report released Feb. 18.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, February 27, 2009, 10:58 PM

Comments (11)

Posted by outraged, a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Feb 28, 2009 at 1:07 am

MP school board screwups over the years.
Sold the old Fremont site because they said the number of students was going down.
Refused to increase facilities at Encinal and Laurel because district board members lived across from those schools.
Refuse to consider making two middle schools grades 5-8 and spread the impacts and make it easier for students and parents.
Just spent millions remodeling Hillview and all set to waste all that and to top it off how about some poisoned play fields - wash your hands after playing? Will the kids get protective cloting and breathing gear?
How many bonds do we have to pay for before the district comes to it's senses.
It's time for a change to state law so that local review and approvals for school development and construction are required just like any other development in the area.


Posted by traffic school, a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Feb 28, 2009 at 8:05 am

district should pay for a signal at Santa Cruz/Olive, remove the mid block one which does nothing (a lot of kids get dropped at Olive/Santa Cruz, and dash across S.C).. Current crossing Santa Cruz @ Olive is very dangerous.
They can afford the new Elder and Olive signals from their Measure U bond money.
After all, its their gross campus facility mismanagement that brought this 4 campus mess on us.


Posted by OK, Here We go, a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Feb 28, 2009 at 4:53 pm

OK, here we go..........all the outrageous comments from the NIMBYS that chose to buy near the school, live near the school, and think it is THEIR right to fight any change, regardless of the need. You people are so easy to figure out, and a joke. The schools are what give YOUR HOME its value. Try moving to Redwood City, San Carlos, Mountain View.......or any other small town on the peninsula, and see if your size home would receive the same type of value. Stop all the fear mongering and idiotic comments, it's a SCHOOL for X sake! I hope our town can silence these nut cases, build the school cheaply and quickly, then in single file order have all of the kids jump on their bikes and ride across your lawns! I can't stand it anymore!!!


Posted by Get serious, a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Feb 28, 2009 at 10:31 pm

"OK, Here We Go," I think you must have gotten this thread confused with another. If you read the posts above yours, you'll see that the posters are 1)suggesting ways to mitigate the effects of the inevitable Hillview reconstruction, 2) suggesting a change in state law to give towns and their residents more control over massive development by school districts, and 3) lamenting the questionable decisions that led to the soon-to-begin multi-million-dollar reconstruction of a school that had undergone a multi-million-dollar renovation only a few years ago.

Seems to me as if you've got a pre-programmed response to anyone who would DARE challenge anything this school district wants to do, even if that pre-programmed response doesn't come anywhere near addressing the specific comments being made. Care to comment on what the posters are actually saying?


Posted by Wow, a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Feb 28, 2009 at 11:40 pm

Wow, sounds like "OK, Here We go" has only one concern - that his/her house is worth a ridculous amount of moola - with no concern for mismanged money, safety, education and well being of the students and the neighborhoods. Perhaps "OK" would like to make some constructive comments or do us a favor and move to Redwood City or one of those other towns.


Posted by county resident, a resident of La Entrada School
on Mar 1, 2009 at 6:39 pm

Ever since I heard this was proposed and likely to happen, I was really shocked. It would seem that several of the concerns could be mitigated by appropriate construction rather than a complete campus re-do which will be very disruptive to the children who attend the school. Forcing 1/3 more kids onto that campus (a population nearly HALF of what M-A houses) seems unrealistic without an alternate school solution.


Posted by Sorry Charlie, a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Mar 2, 2009 at 1:01 pm

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Posted by I Knew It, a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Mar 3, 2009 at 1:15 pm

Gosh, I knew these were the postings this topic would receive. I should have put some money on this, it's the same ol', same ol. The money has been approved, there is enough money to build, the plan has been available for everyone to see, the safety issues have been more than addressed, the kids will have a great environment in which to learn. This should be a very easy process, but no, in typical NIMBY fashion, someone who chose to move close to the school has to find something wrong, rather than allowing the process to move forward.
I'm waiting for the next posting to be about the old Indian Burial Ground! C'mon people!


Posted by outspent, a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Mar 10, 2009 at 9:34 pm

tonite's school board meeting has a presentation by Charlie Feinstein, Bond Promoter, and a Bond Attorney "promoter", discussing
"Bond Anticipation Notes" as a derivative device to make up for the shortfall to rebuild the Hillview campus. As if the district voters will approve another bond measure.
When will taxpayers say enough to these outlandish schemes.
Thought we had enough of this taxpayer soaking ruse by Ranella, Ives, Thygessen, Box and the rest of the arrogant inner circle.
Doesn't anyone think that the safeguards of Prop. 39 should prevent this outrage, esp. since the state mandated Bond Oversight Committee has never had a legally required taxpayer organization representative, nor a senior citizen organization representative.


Posted by Outnuts, a resident of Menlo Park: Felton Gables
on Mar 11, 2009 at 10:32 am

Mr. Outspent. I know each one of the individuals you mention in your little negative mud slinging fest. Three of them live in the community, they all pay taxes in Menlo Park, have sent their kids to Menlo Park Schools, [portion removed]. It astounds me how individuals like you, who live near the school, have this type of an opinion. It's not about these "arrogant" folks, it's all about your little space near the school. Come up with a decent, thought provoking opinion versus your garbage that you spew. And, while you are at it, make sure you take your calculator and add up the appreciation of your home, once this construction is completed.


Posted by Rosie, a resident of Menlo-Atherton High School
on Mar 12, 2009 at 10:57 am

I really object to this new trend of replacing grass with synthetic turf in order to facilitate the overuse of playing fields.

My son had soccer practices on turf and the fumes are overpowering on sunny days. And those horrid little plastic pellets get caught in socks and cleats and get tracked all over.

I'd much rather make do with grass and dirt!


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