It’s clear from the postings on the Almanac Forum, local articles, and the buzz in grocery stores and neighborhood associations that everyone in Menlo Park is concerned about the current and probable future state of Allied Arts. But as far as I can see, no one is doing anything! Although we all would like to know how this fiasco happened, the important thing is to fix the problems before the Allied Arts complex reaches the point of no return, the point at which the only alternative left is to sell the property for some other less desirable use.
There are so many stakeholders in the Allied Arts community: the Woodside-Atherton Auxiliary members (now Allied Arts Auxiliary) who must be sick of seeing their name associated with the failure of their organization’s plans for the future; the individuals who contributed millions of dollars to the restoration of the complex who now see their investment being squandered on the site, with no benefit to the Children’s Hospital; the Children’s Hospital which has lost the hundreds of thousands of dollars of revenue from the Palo Alto Auxiliary-run restaurant, is about to lose more money from the Allied Arts Auxiliary’s contributions, and must also be sick of seeing one of its auxiliary’s name associated with failure; the Allied Arts neighbors who now have no idea what to expect from the owners of Allied Arts in terms of the site’s future; and the Menlo Park community, which is about to lose one of its most treasured historic icons.
Why isn’t anyone doing something! Why doesn’t the Allied Arts Auxiliary dump its current president and leadership, get new officers, and try to save their site while there’s still time? Why don’t the major contributors to the restoration demand answers from the auxiliary regarding the mismanagement of the site, which has devalued their investment in benefiting the Hospital? Why doesn’t the Children’s Hospital make some effort to influence the auxiliary towards better management of their resources? Why isn’t the media seeking answers to the many questions surrounding Allied Arts and keeping the community informed of the problems and what’s being done to correct them? Why don’t the neighbors seek city government involvement in addressing the problems affecting their neighborhood? Why isn’t the community incensed at the possible lost of a valued historic site?
Why has no one from the Allied Arts Auxiliary given the community a credible explanation as to what’s going on? If there are problems, maybe the community can help.
Why isn’t anyone doing something!