Kudos to Facebook; Shame on Menlo Park
Original post made by Peter Carpenter, Atherton: Lindenwood, on Apr 14, 2012
Shame on the City of Menlo Park for its totally selfish behavior in this process. Under the law the City of Menlo Park was the designated lead agency for these negotiations. Unfortunately the City of Menlo Park so completely ignored the impacts of this project on other local jurisdictions that those jurisdictions were forced to negotiate directly with Facebook. One jurisdiction, Atherton, did not loose faith in the City of Menlo Park properly performing its legally obligated lead agency and, as a result, has ended up with nothing. I suspect that Atherton may well now attempt to block this project in court - a sad, but totally preventable outcome.
With the Facebook project the City of menlo Park totally disgraced itself as being a selfish and irresponsible lead agency. And this is not the first such failure - the City of Menlo Park did exactly the same thing on the Gateway project.