Zoning Potpourri: SB50; Cuckoos Nest Events; Mark Tuschman photo exhibit | Deep Menlo | Stuart Soffer | Almanac Online |

Local Blogs

Deep Menlo

By Stuart Soffer

E-mail Stuart Soffer

About this blog: Growing up in Brooklyn, NY I lived in high-density housing and experienced transit-oriented services first hand. During high school and college summers I worked in Manhattan drafting tenant floor plans for high-rise office buildi...  (More)

View all posts from Stuart Soffer

Zoning Potpourri: SB50; Cuckoos Nest Events; Mark Tuschman photo exhibit

Uploaded: May 7, 2019
Mark Tuschman Photography Exhibit

For more than a year Menlo Park photographer Mark Tuschman interviewed and photographed over 100 immigrants spanning the entire spectrum: from the undocumented, to those seeking asylum, to DACA recipients, and finally, to those with full citizenship. The photo survey spans immigrant communiti, and includes people of all skills, from those doing manual labor to those highly skilled in medicine, law, and hi-tech.


The exhibit - at ArtVenture Gallery on Santa Cruz Avenue,is Thursday May 16 7-9 pm, Friday May 17 7-9 pm, Saturday May 18 5-7pm. Mark will be on site May 16, 17 and 18.

No on AB 50


The local consensus is that giving the state power to override locally elected officials local zoning is a bad idea. It isn’t only the zoning proposed today – it also, if I’m not mistaken, gives the future modifications of zoning and density away from localities. Tonight the Menlo Park, Palo Alto and East Palo Alto Councils are meeting jointly to arrive are a concerted approach.

State senate bill SB50 trumps local zoning within a ½ mile radius of train and bus centers to encourage higher density housing. Menlo Park’s Linfield Oaks neighborhood gets a double shot of density latte as we are situated with ½ mile of Palo Alto’s transit center in addition to Menlo Park’s train stop.


No on Cuckoos Nest’s Outdoor Patio Events

Once again Boot Up Ventures seeks a use permit for catering and amplified sound in their outdoor patio. The patio faces not only Willow Road, but also Palo Alto houses across the creek. This was traversed and declaimed during their original office use permit. The use is incompatible with a neighborhood.

We have a history of intrusion into quiet neighborhoods. For years the former Sunset Magazine sequestered Willow Road itself for a weekend each year. Private Use of a Public Facility (Willow Road). The neighbors originally tolerated. However the thrill of free tickets wore off over time, and the event became more a nuisance than benefit.

There was another example of adapting party uses in q quiet neighborhood. Allied Arts Guild center on Arbor Drive has restaurant services whose proceeds help support their charitable mission. I was Chair of the Planning Commission at the time. We agonized over how to protect a good resource for Menlo Park, and at the same protect a neighborhood known for its tranquility. This was the most contentious zoning effort I’ve seen, and it strained friendships. But the basic rule we wanted to preserve was the ability of residents to have quiet weekends.

Our work went on for months – with no consensus. One night a representative of the Women’s Auxiliary (who operated Allied Arts Guild) rose and asked, “why don’t you guys just turn this down so that we can appeal to the council.” Whereupon I asked, “Is there a motion?” So moved; seconded; voting passed. We exhaled. An unhappy process and denouement.
What is democracy worth to you?
Support local journalism.

Comments

 +  Like this comment
Posted by click here, a resident of Menlo Park: University Heights,
on May 21, 2019 at 12:28 am

The local consensus is that giving the state power to override locally elected officials local zoning is a bad idea.



Follow this blogger.
Sign up to be notified of new posts by this blogger.

Email:

SUBMIT

Post a comment

Posting an item on Town Square is simple and requires no registration. Just complete this form and hit "submit" and your topic will appear online. Please be respectful and truthful in your postings so Town Square will continue to be a thoughtful gathering place for sharing community information and opinion. All postings are subject to our TERMS OF USE, and may be deleted if deemed inappropriate by our staff.

We prefer that you use your real name, but you may use any "member" name you wish.

Name: *

Select your neighborhood or school community: * Not sure?

Comment: *

Verification code: *
Enter the verification code exactly as shown, using capital and lowercase letters, in the multi-colored box.

*Required Fields


All your news. All in one place. Every day.

After experiencing harassment, owner of Zareen's restaurants speaks out about Islamophobia, racism
By Elena Kadvany | 28 comments | 6,223 views

Don't Miss Your Exit (and other lessons from an EV drive)
By Sherry Listgarten | 12 comments | 2,102 views

Goodbye Food Waste!
By Laura Stec | 5 comments | 1,965 views

"Better" Dads and "Re-invigorated" Moms: Happier Couples
By Chandrama Anderson | 0 comments | 1,440 views

Good News: The New Menlo Park Rail Subcommittee Hits A Home Run
By Dana Hendrickson | 11 comments | 1,359 views

 

Register today!

On Friday, October 11, join us at the Palo Alto Baylands for a 5K walk, 5K run, 10K run or half marathon! All proceeds benefit local nonprofits serving children and families.

Learn More