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Menlo Park: Crane City

Uploaded: Aug 28, 2019
Well, we in Menlo Park used to advertise ourselves as "Menlo Park: Tree City."

In recent months I have at least a weekly occasion to travel to Redwood City or San Francisco and back. As I do I am astounded on the traffic blockages currently dotting El Camino – and all the construction underway and the additional traffic when completed and inhabited.

Have a look:


and here:

and here:

and here:

All of this construction is in Menlo Park Council District 3, depicted below:

But there’s a lurking issue: Who represents Menlo Park District 3, which contains the large swaths of the construction and future traffic? Ignoring pending projects for Stanford and the former Oasis site.

Also ignoring the the Big Five Staples single story shopping center is ripe for someone to red elope into a larger project.

As it was recently national dog day, I consulted with Henry on what he thought was the scentiment in Linfield Oaks, as he’s in contact, directly and indirectly, with many of the neighboring households via their respective dogs.

With the Menlo Park establishment of District elections two years ago we divided the city into five districts each represented by one city council seat. At the last election, council members Taylor, Combs and Nash were elected to represent districts 1, 2 and 4 respectively. This left Districts 3 (Felton Gables, Linfield Oak and Vintage Oaks) and 5 (Far West Sharon Heights) without dedicated representation on the council for the time being. (Acknowledging both current council members Carlton and Mueller are sharing District 5.) However, the significant commercial structure of District three is portions of El Camino and the CalTrain right-of-way. By the time this is sorted out in the 2020 election, more projects will have been approved in the vacuum.

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Posted by DP, a resident of another community,
on Aug 28, 2019 at 11:47 am

is Henry thinking of running for council? Council always seems to end up with a lot of dogs, so why not a real one? Think of the campaign slogans " he'll doggedly reduce traffic, he won't take bribes just dog biscuits, he'll go off leash to protect your neighborhood. His campaign would be a howling success.

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Posted by brian, a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows,
on Aug 28, 2019 at 12:37 pm

Yes but whoever runs against him would probably say he has to recuse himself on any project that has a fire hydrant within 500 feet...

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Posted by CodyCross Lösungen, a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood,
on Aug 29, 2019 at 6:44 am

Best regards from Germany especially from CodyCross Lösungen :
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