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Rural Lane off housing list

Original post made on Oct 27, 2012

Squeaky wheels get the grease, so the saying goes, and the Menlo Park City Council listened. Protest by hundreds of people over allowing housing on Rural Lane led to the council's decision on Tuesday night (Oct. 23)to drop the site from consideration.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, October 24, 2012, 11:02 AM

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Posted by Gary Wesley, a resident of another community
on Oct 27, 2012 at 11:39 pm

At the start of the October 23 Menlo Park City Council meeting, I suggested that a city must have its own constitution called a "city charter" to have control over "municipal affairs" under Article 11 of the California Constitution. I am told that the City Attorney was later asked whether being a charter ciy would help Menlo Park in dealing with state dictates regarding its "fair share" of new housing. Reportedly, the City Attorney said "no." The truth, however, is that there is no binding appellate court decision in Calfornia which has determined what "home rule" power a charter city possesses against such state dictates. The fact that city councils in charter cities have also gone along only proves they too receive poor legal advice. Wake up Menlo Park.


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