City of Menlo Park's failure as a Lead Agency
Original post made by Peter Carpenter, Atherton: Lindenwood, on Dec 8, 2011
A Lead Agency is required by law to examine the impacts of the propose project on all of the other impacted entities. Yet the Draft EIR blatantly states that this very substantial project there will have NO impacts (mitigations -"none required") on the City of East Palo Alto, the school districts or the Fire District. This is exactly the posture that the City of Menlo Park took with the Gateway Project.
In its haste to approve this project and to enhance the city's revenues Menlo Park is ridding roughshod over all of the other impacted entities. It seems that the only alternative for the other impacted entities is to sue the City of Menlo Park in order to require it to properly fulfill its Lead Agency responsibilities.