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Council Decision Endangers Children

Original post made by Outraged, Menlo Park: Downtown, on Feb 10, 2007

Putting a childcare center in the middle of an industrial park is a bad idea and unnecessarily endangers our children. Heavy truck traffic, hazardous materials, and lack of safe evacuation routes were all cited as reasons the planning commission originally denied the application. The council’s 4-1 vote (Boyle opposing) to override the planning commission is irresponsible.

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Posted by Richard Hine
editor of The Almanac
on Feb 10, 2007 at 11:24 am

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For a related story, "Preschool approved for MP industrial zone," click here: Web Link

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Posted by Rory Brown
Almanac staff writer
on Feb 11, 2007 at 11:03 pm

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In your post, you state, "the Almanac's suggestion that this [the approval of the preschool] is a victory for parents is absurd."

In my story regarding the Casa dei Bambini proposal, I said that at the City Council meeting, council members sided with parents over landlords and business owners. The Almanac didn't say, or imply, that the approval of the project was a "victory" for all Menlo Park parents.

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Posted by Menlo Parent
a resident of Hillview Middle School
on Feb 12, 2007 at 11:25 pm


I have to agree with the original post that the only winner here was the Casa Dei Bambini business owner. Menlo Park parents would be better served if the council had done what Mr Cohen suggested and try to find an alternative location for the school.

Your article also gives the false impression that the school was supported by a large number of Menlo Park parents when in fact the majority the speakers in favor of the school were from Palo Alto and Mountainview.

P.S. I don\'t know the Jill Wernicke that you quoted, but I do not see anyone by that name in the Menlo Park phone book.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Menlo Park: Fair Oaks
on Mar 19, 2007 at 7:33 am

This is indeed a "victory" for the city. The surrounding businesses do not pose a hazard beyond the bounds of their properties, for that would be illegal. Affordable childcare and excellent preschool education are a benefit to employers as well as citizens and add value to our community.