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New jail in Menlo Park?

Original post made on Jul 17, 2009

A plot of land in Menlo Park is one of seven potential sites for a new county jail.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, July 16, 2009, 8:47 PM

Comments (15)

Posted by Elizabeth Lasensky, a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jul 17, 2009 at 9:02 am

Thank you for posting this news!

What outreach did the county do in either Menlo Park or East Palo Alto? Did our city staff or council know about this? The community meetings are next Tuesday and Wednesday!

I would think our business development office might want to provide some input to the county on the possible location of a jail in a prime redevelopment area.

Posted by Deriter Wolfe, a resident of Woodside High School
on Jul 17, 2009 at 10:19 am

Keep an open mind, folks! The jail has to go somewhere and the NIMBY attitude is getting old. Of course the Councils know about this and it has been talked about in the news for the past year that they were looking for sites. Listen and learn and state your opinion and then decide what you want for that area. We need to stop being so negative every time someone has a proposal and listen to it first. These people have a job to do and that is exactly what they are doing. It is not easy and, of course, no one wants to have a jail in their community. They are a fact of life and it has to go somewhere. Just because they want to discuss it with the community doesn't mean it is going to end up there! Chill out and listen - politely!

Posted by afas, a resident of Menlo Park: Fair Oaks
on Jul 17, 2009 at 11:30 am

hopefully they choose menlo park so menlo park can gain some street cred

Posted by Hmmmm, a resident of another community
on Jul 17, 2009 at 11:50 am

Easy for Deriter to say folks are being NIMBY. I didn't read that they're planning a jail in *his* neighborhood. Yes, yes, keep the jails east of 101, closer to all of us unwashed masses...

Posted by Elizabeth Lasensky, a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jul 17, 2009 at 1:08 pm

Mr. Deriter Wolfe, please lecture someone else on not being informed and on their attitudes.

Residents and communities have the right to be notified of any actions to be taken in their area. Notice of the potential jail has not been made in any of our official sites. This has not been duly publicly announced. If you search the Almanac site, you will not find other articles or notices about the community input meetings scheduled for next Tuesday and Wednesday.

The location being discussed is in Belle Haven, where there are already plenty of street cred's. The residents and businesses in Belle Haven and other nearby areas should be given ample opportunity to state their concerns - just like should happen west of 101.

Posted by Elizabeth Lasensky, a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jul 17, 2009 at 3:56 pm

I stand corrected. The location being discussed is in an industrial area of Menlo Park, east of 101, but not in Belle Haven.

Posted by Belle Haven Res Speaks, a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Jul 18, 2009 at 1:58 am

Some residents of Belle Haven feel anything east of 101 in Menlo Park is a part of Belle Haven. Therefore, yes a jail in the industrial area would greatly affect the Belle Haven community as well as East Palo Alto.

Posted by sfgs, a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jul 18, 2009 at 3:04 pm

There should have a jail right in the middle of sharon heights to improve the street cred there.

Posted by Jeanne, a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Jul 19, 2009 at 5:44 pm

Our business development manager's work?

Posted by James Madison, a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jul 19, 2009 at 8:31 pm

Has anyone asked David Bohannon about the impact of the proposed jail on his mega project and any plans he may have to acquire and develop the interstitial property in its vicinity?

James Madison

Posted by Tully Mo, a resident of Menlo Park: Felton Gables
on Jul 20, 2009 at 12:05 pm

At least they'll have a good view of Kelly Park and the new fields.

Posted by Deriter Wolfe, a resident of Woodside High School
on Jul 20, 2009 at 12:09 pm

Not true, Hmmmm, we are in Redwood City - we know about jails (West of 101).

Dear Ms. Elizabeth Lasensky: This process is just beginning. That's why we were notified of the meetings next week so that it can be discussed. There will be more meetings - the discussion is just beginning and was duly noticed. I'm sure folks will have plenty to say and if theycannot attend the meeting, I'm sure they will send a letter to their representatives and/or make a phone call to their offices to state their opinions.

Pardon me for lecturing. Notice I used the word "we" - I included myself in those comments. My only point is that we tend to look for the bad and negative in things like this before giving them a chance to even be discussed. We go off getting angry and upset before we have heard what they have to say. We show up at the meeting pissed off when we haven't even given them a chance to state their ideas and reasons for their proposals. Do I want another jail in Redwood City? No! Howev er, I am willing to listen to the reasoning behind the proposal to do so. If it makes more sense, will save taxpayer dollars because of increased efficiencies, and if there is no threat to the surrounding citizens and other mitigating steps are taken to reduce the impact, I am willing to consider it.

I sat through many public meetings and I marvel at the people who attend that are so angry before they have even heard a word or listened to a presentation. It's not worth the high blood pressure, stress, and ulcers. I prefer a civil community discussion where we present our views and listen to each other.

Posted by anonymous, a resident of another community
on Jul 21, 2009 at 2:14 pm

Both employees and top officials within our justice system publicly demonize law violators. They should not be surprised when communities do not want offenders in their midst.

This is an attempt to scare us, reorder our priorities, and secure more money for an ever expanding justice system. Wish they would do more to control the size and cost of the justice apparatus rather than seeing "more" as the only solution. We cannot afford a new jail especially when stacked up against other priorities we will have to give up to finance both construction and operations, I would support a new jail only if excesses are squeezed out of the present system. I need to see evidence of more fiscal discipline.

Posted by Althea, a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Jul 21, 2009 at 2:54 pm

Slash education funding and increase spending on jails and prisons. Gotta love California's priorities.

Posted by Hmmm, a resident of another community
on Jul 22, 2009 at 1:39 pm

Deriter is writing like he's an openminded expert about these type of projects, but being a Woodside High School community member w/a jail in RWC doesn't mean they aren't trying to push jail onto the eastside, which is where one jail already resides.

Quality of life issues abound, especially east of 101 in southern SM county and a jail likely won't improve that.

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