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Menlo council signs off on Willows study

Original post made on Dec 10, 2008

The Menlo Park City Council approved a plan for a Willows traffic study at its Tuesday meeting. The council also decided not to include the amelioration of crime as a goal in the study, something that several residents (and transportation commissioners) had pushed for.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, December 10, 2008, 12:08 AM

Comments (5)

Posted by truth, a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Dec 10, 2008 at 11:34 am

There was a lot more that went on in this meeting and it skews the facts. At least three council members voiced budget concerns and challenged the efficacy of this study, but Howell just doesn't seem to care. Council made it clear a crime study needs to be completed. But Howell doesn't seem to care. All council members supported EPA in the study, but Howell doesn't seem to care.

He wants to create characters out of the council members so that he can safely label them and plant them into his stories under the same context.

Cohen anti and no growth.
Boyle the fiscal adult.
Robinson the visionary.
Cline the enigma.
Kelly the caretaker.

But he really seems to have a love affair with Robinson and Boyle.

You can't find an article he has written without one of them in it.


Posted by Huh?, a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Dec 10, 2008 at 12:11 pm

Truth, Help me out here, please. What article did you read that provoked your rant?


Posted by truth, a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Dec 10, 2008 at 1:47 pm

This one just annoys me because if you listen or watch the meeting, there was some very good commentary that just gets dropped by our fourth estate.

I thought there was some great comments from the public that went uncovered. These are the sources I want to hear from, not just council members.

The real critical moments last night involved crime versus traffic (covered by Goitia), past studies versus yet another study (no mention), new construction in EPA that changed the traffic or didn't (no mention), EPA inclusion (no mentiond) and the NTMP merits (no mention aside from "extreme" stuff.

It seems to me this reporter talks to the same people or quotes the same people to put his stuff together which inherently means he will write incomplete pieces.


Posted by Tom, a resident of another community
on Dec 11, 2008 at 8:39 am

Truth, didn't the Council approve the study? If three members expressed concerns about its impact on the budget and its efficacy that were significant enough that they should have been reported on in the article, why did they then vote for approval? In the company where I work, we make consensus decisions all the time. The decision is communicated, the reasons supporting the decision are communicated, but all of the discussion about other possibilities, while valuable to the decision making process, are not pertinent any longer. Personally, I think the crime issue is extremely important-sorry, more so even than traffic. It deserves and requires separate attention. I would like to see the City Counsel's and PD's of Palo Alto, Menlo Park and East Palo Alto join forces and resources and study possible mitigations to this problem together rather than to engage in the finger pointing I keep seeing on this site and others.


Posted by truth, a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Dec 11, 2008 at 10:24 am

Tom, I agree with you almost completely. I am mixed because I think this study and a partnership with EPA will go a long way. But if the study is not done well and does not gain traction, it is yet another wasted chunk of time and money.


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