If Menlo Park seems split on many issues...that's because it is split, structurally. 'The hourglass economy,' tends to do that. People making top professional incomes and those with low incomes know little of each other. They can't agree on issues...because their issues aren't the same.
Nor are their views of the community. In a very real sense there isn't a community. The people who teach our kids, answer calls to the fire department and help us find a library book...all have to live somewhere else.
Housing, of course, is the killer. The Belle Haven's current boom is great for property owners. But it's driving residents into cramped quarters or long commutes. This week's KQED story on Menlo Park describes a perfect storm of burgeoning high-tech, soaring land values and decades of civic inaction on housing.
What can be done about the lack of mid-income jobs? After all, this is a global problem. The answer may not be simple but awareness is a good start.