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on Sep 2, 2008
This op-ed piece is so personal and so nasty, it surprises me that the Almanac would print it. I would have preferred an article by the Almanac addressing the issues that Winkler raised in her letter. Was this closed session publicly noticed in a proper fashion or was it added to the agenda without an identifying topic?
Because it's election season again, It might be a good time to put a hold on the nastiness. Morris, your op-ed piece could have been stronger had you simply denied your participation. As it is, you and Mr. Engel who live close to the train tracks wanted the council to join the lawsuit against high speed rail. Just as the other letter writer Nancy Barnaby wanted. The fact that the claim in the lawsuit pertains to the route and has nothing to do with the concerns raised by you and your neighbors speaks volumes of your lack of vision.
I understand your personal fear but really, do you think this state-wide project is going to be stopped by one neighborhood, even if you do have a strange power hold on this council? Council member Fergusson may have voted to join the lawsuit for political reasons but when she got to the regional board, City and County Association of Governments and faced a vote to support the High Speed Rail Bond measure, she played it smart and abstained. The safe Jellins method of dancing lightly when facing a difficult tune.
"This op-ed piece is so personal and so nasty, it surprises me that the Almanac would print it."
Ms. Winkler fully deserved it and I salute both Mr. Brown for writing it and the Almanac for publishing it!
Mr. Brown appears to be proud that he got 2 million dollars from the developer. He might have, IF the project ever gets built. But a fair accounting of the impact of his action should include the public dollars LOST because of the two plus years of delay. The biggest loser was our city's schools, both the impact fees and the real estate taxes not paid. The city lost the commercial taxes, business and sales tax. The Parks department lost about 900,000 dollars in Rec-in-lieu fees due to the unit reduction count, 135 to 108.
WAY TO GO, MORRIS! You make our town a really special place!
Don't bring the schools into this. The schools don't want more homes built because they are already bursting at the seams and because the amount paid in property taxes doesn't begin to cover the cost of each additional student. Morris is a hero for trying to minimize the project's impact. We will all have to live with whatever is built for a long time.
According to the shortsided reasoning of the above poster, we should be cramming 100 or more units onto every acre so as to increase in lieu fees and taxes. That kind of logic would only spell doom for our city.
Okay, if crowded schools are an issue, then the original Derry proposal with more units but smaller units is BETTER than the Morris Brown design with fewer but larger units. Larger units means more families with kids can buy their way into Menlo Park.
Apparently "hooray" wants the borders of Menlo Park to be closed. Only the elite are allowed; the riff raff should move to the East Bay, pave over farmland, build new highways, then clog them. Menlo Park is closed. Hooray has no knowledge of history, this town once had many more kids than today, every block full of playing kids. With the end of baby boom, many schools closed. We now have smaller families, and these families are the future of Menlo Park. Our refusal to accommodate them is to deny our future.
Full disclosure, I'm one of the new families and have no problem paying $big$ dollars for a new home. We should have more than ethnic diversity, we should have economic diversity too! I want my kid's teachers to be able to live here.
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