Original post made
by X. Lieu, Menlo Park: The Willows,
on Feb 21, 2008
The profit making "non profit" GAIS school has applied for another use permit revision. It seeks to place three so-called "portables" (read: buildings) on site. Two would be placed by the basketball courts on the asphalt, encroaching and violating privacy and use and enjoyment property rights of three neighbors on the O'Connor Street side. In addition, they plan to widen the fire lane to allow more cars and SUVs to enter, drive, and park on the school grounds. In addition to the noise, car exhaust, and attendant congestion problems it would expose children to harm. In fact, one student was almost hit and killed inside the school by a speeding car. The same issue that has been plaguing the Elliott Drive neighbors for years.
The GAIS is a profitable business operation disguised as a non-profit. German employees are subsidized by their companies who pay the highest rate to GAIS (15,000 plus). Non-residents of the area and foreign nationals determine school policy with the powerful Principal/Head of School Hans Peter Metzger. Their tentacles go beyond the Bay Area as they seek international status and reach. Meanwhile, Willows residents have to rush to the Planning Commission and the City Council to continue to protect their property rights. Enough is enough.
The City should buy these intruders and allow the community to protect its rural, green, environmentally sound character.
DO SHOW UP AT THE PLANNING COMMISSION PUBLIC HEARING TO STOP THE GAIS EXPANSION!