Letter: Menlo failed other cities in negotiations Menlo Park, posted by Editor, The Almanac Online, on Apr 25, 2012 at 3:50 pm
Kudos are due to Facebook for simultaneously negotiating with Menlo Park, East Palo Alto and the Menlo Park Fire Protection District (which predates and serves Menlo Park, Atherton and East Palo Alto) on the impact of its planned expansion on each of these entities. Facebook has shown remarkable patience and understanding in this process.
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Posted by Peter Carpenter, a resident of the Atherton: Lindenwood neighborhood, on Apr 26, 2012 at 10:37 am Peter Carpenter is a member (registered user) of Almanac Online
The fact is that each of the other entities had to cut their own deal with Facebook. Menlo Park never even called of meeting of all the impacted jurisdictions to discuss this matter. That is not what is expected of a Lead Agency.
Leadership is "organizing a group of people to achieve a common goal" but what Menlo Park did was to simply leave every else do their own thing.
Posted by Hmmm, a resident of another community, on Apr 26, 2012 at 12:42 pm
Thank you, Peter, for correcting truth's incorrect info. I'm also relieved that my city has the leadership strong enough to have dealt w/this. It is also due to citizens like William Webster and his tireless efforts that EPA was able to take charge. I'm also relieved that Facebook has been top shelf as well. Menlo city gov't should be ashamed of itself, but of course, they're too self-absorbed, smug & obtuse to feel shame.
Posted by Peter Carpenter, a resident of the Atherton: Lindenwood neighborhood, on Apr 26, 2012 at 12:54 pm Peter Carpenter is a member (registered user) of Almanac Online
Untruth states"The deal was accepted by Atherton via Facebook." Opps, untruth forgot to tell Atherton - which still believes that it was totally left out of the process.
As noted in the original letter "One jurisdiction, Atherton, did not lose faith in Menlo Park to properly perform its legally obligated lead agency role, and, as a result, ended up with nothing. I suspect that Atherton may well now attempt to block this project in court, a sad, but totally preventable outcome."
Poor leadership does have its consequences since paragraph 30 of the Facebook agreement makes it clear that Facebook's obligations are conditioned on the absence of any legal challenges.