Council Decision Endangers Children
Original post made by Outraged on Feb 10, 2007
The Almanac's suggestion that this is a victory for parents is absurd. There is plenty of other vacant space in town that would be far safer for locating a childcare center. It is only a victory for the childcare operator, who will save money by locating their center in a run-down industrial building rather than more appropriate facility.
And speaking of money, this is likely to cost the city money as sales tax producing businesses once again flee Menlo Park for more business friendly towns. Eight resident business owners, a Silicon Valley business association and the landlord of the neighboring industrial park all told the city council that putting a childcare center in the heart of our industrial zone would make them less likely to stay in Menlo Park. Responsible employers like drug company Alza said that they have corporate policies against locating hazardous operations near childcare.
The Mayor's statement that we all "just have to live together" is ridiculous. No one would think about allowing a chemical plant to move into a residential neighborhood. That is why we have zoning laws.
Lastly, council members Cline and Robinson stated that they would vote to allow the project to go forward because "there were already other childcare facilities within a quarter mile of the industrial park." So how does knowledge that other children may already be within the hazard zone make it OK to put more children right in the center of it.
The council majority's action to over-ride the planning commission in favor of a Palo Alto business owner is the worst kind of political favor -the kind that endangers the lives of children and encourages our most responsible businesses to relocate to other towns.
on Feb 10, 2007 at 11:24 am
Richard Hine is a registered user.
For a related story, "Preschool approved for MP industrial zone," click here: Web Link
on Feb 11, 2007 at 11:03 pm
Rory Brown is a registered user.
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.
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.