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Atherton and Facebook: Friends at last

Original post made on Jul 4, 2012

It appears that all's well and friendly between the town of Atherton and its new neighbor, Facebook, after a period of disagreement over what should be done to lessen traffic impacts to the town as the social network giant expands its nearby campus in Menlo Park.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, July 3, 2012, 5:20 PM

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Posted by truth
a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Jul 4, 2012 at 11:06 am

Talk about hijacking a company. Peter Carpenter should be the first to criticize Atherton for holding FB hostage and then asking for items that are unrelated to the EIR.

Atherton is as sleazy as it gets.

Rich and sleazy.


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Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Jul 4, 2012 at 12:07 pm

Peter Carpenter is a registered user.

Facebook is simply more aware of and responsible for its impact on the surrounding communities than was the so-called 'lead agency' - Menlo Park.

Well done Facebook.


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Posted by truth
a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Jul 5, 2012 at 11:53 am

Who wants to bet that Atherton will not use any of the money to actually mitigate issues they whined about in the EIR? They will use the money on some dysfunctional BS issue like the library. FB got fleeced by a bunch of rich old folks and MP was smart enough to not get taken. As a tax payer, kudos to MP staff.

[Portion removed. No need for personal attacks.]


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Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Jul 5, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Peter Carpenter is a registered user.

"MP was smart enough to not get taken"

No, MP was 'smart enough' to just get millions for themselves and then to tell others to go suck. Horrible leadership. EPA, MPFPD and Atherton then had to negotiate their own mitigations with Facebook..

The kudos go to Facebook, not Menlo Park. Facebook is simply more aware of and responsible for its impact on the surrounding communities than was the so-called 'lead agency' - Menlo Park.



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Posted by truth
a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Jul 5, 2012 at 2:00 pm

Menlo Park owes nothing to EPA and Atherton. Both agencies had the time and the right to make known their issues and needs. They only threatened legal action when they felt they could fleece FB. Once they realized they could hijack FB they did.

Menlo Park acted responsibly and the resulting deal is one of the greatest in the history of the city. My personal opinion is that MP carries the weight for both Atherton and EPA for services, shopping, parks and recreation without any return.

Without MP, name the long list of recreation services for Atherton kids? Name the huge list of narcotics officers for EPA? Have you looked at the amount of taxes the fire district sucks up from MP revenues? Without that huge influx what does Atherton have? One truck?

You rant on and on and give nothing to our community. Nothing.

But you got some sweaty money out of FB.

Yes, kudos to Atherton indeed.


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Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Jul 5, 2012 at 3:09 pm

Peter Carpenter is a registered user.

"Have you looked at the amount of taxes the fire district sucks up from MP revenues?"

Zero!!!

"Menlo Park owes nothing to EPA and Atherton".

Just responsible lead agency behavior - which it failed to provide just as it did on the Gateway project.