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Letter: Where are the sidewalks on Santa Cruz Avenue?

Original post made on Aug 27, 2008

I've lived in Menlo Park for 20 years now and have watched with trepidation as parents and nannies with strollers and people of all ages walk beside oncoming cars and fast-moving bicycles the length of Santa Cruz Avenue into downtown.

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Posted by AGREED
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Aug 27, 2008 at 2:25 pm

Seriously, this is WAY overdue. I'm fearful for the day my kids are old enough to go out on their own.

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Posted by truth
a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Aug 27, 2008 at 3:06 pm

Menlo Park kids are living in such dangerous lower standards...

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Posted by follow the Measure U school bond money
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Aug 27, 2008 at 3:56 pm

need the school district to pay for signals at Santa Cruz/Olive,Santa Cruz/Elder bordering Hillview School. It's crazy that they want 900 kids to come from all over the city and Atherton to that one campus.
It would also slow cars down on Santa Cruz.
Tried driving Sand Hill between ECR and Santa Cruz/Alameda lately?
With a dozen signals it's almost a crawl.
No wonder a lot of drivers use Santa Cruz, Olive, Middle as a "no red lights" shortcut to ECR, instead of Sand Hill at commute times.

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Posted by SW
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Aug 27, 2008 at 7:57 pm

The problem in the past has been that many properties without frontage sidewalks have their gardens extending into the public right-of way where a sidewalk would go.

Wait 'till you hear the squeeling when the city wants to use it!

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Posted by wants sidewalks 2
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Aug 28, 2008 at 5:57 am

I am thrilled that this council has made Santa Cruz sidewalks a priority, and that the planning for them has begun in earnest. We should not underestimate the technical and financial challenges, tho.

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Posted by MPworkingMom
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Aug 28, 2008 at 12:18 pm

If city officials want people out of their cars, they need to make Menlo Park pedestrian-friendly. I think sidewalks on Santa Cruz are vital.

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Posted by Thrilled
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Aug 28, 2008 at 1:44 pm

Thrilled, but who will tell Pat White that his stucco wall is in the city's right of way? Ms. Gilles, I ask that you take this on and contact the city while you're at it. This is the side of Santa Cruz ave. where the sidewalks should be. A middle school, a park and 2 churches. We can't do everything we want. We have to settle on one side of the street.
Thanks, Mary

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Posted by grounded lobes
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Aug 28, 2008 at 4:56 pm

fyi, Mr. White lost his Santa Cruz house in foreclosure end of June.
It's on the market. All fixed up with a big lot and guest house.
Ask $1.7M
Maybe the city should buy it for our city mgr.???
He can't sell his Riverside house due to down market.
A "rectory" for current and future city managers!!
They did that for Dave Boesch just a few doors down on the other side of Santa Cruz, then the Santa Cruz traffic calming project got into high gear when he got tired of the traffic.
When that traffic calming got yanked, Boesch moved over to Cotton/Bay laurel.
Like follow money said above, get some school bond money to put some signals near Hillview, maybe even some sidewalks participation up near the school.

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Posted by Donald
a resident of another community
on Aug 29, 2008 at 1:30 pm

Sidewalks should be considered essential, not optional. Both sides of every street is best, to minimize distance and number of crossings, but one side can be enough for the short term. Schools should not pay for traffic signals -- that is the role of the city government, and it is their property on which the signals go.

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Posted by santa cruzer
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Aug 29, 2008 at 4:14 pm

the school district is planning on rebuilding the Hillview campus, and have it as the only middle school for the entire district.
They should pay for 2 new signals at Olive and Elder since they expect over 900 kids daily. They should be treated no differently than any other developer who creates traffic with new development.
It has been upheld in state courts that school districts have to pay for their impacts on the community. They certainly have the deep pockets with the $91 million bond issue, $40 million earmarked for Hillview's new campus

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Posted by Never surprised be some
a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Aug 29, 2008 at 8:04 pm

Santa Cruzer:
You sound cranky. Maybe this is why you didn't get appointed t the Planning Commission. Come on, be an active player in the community. We were all kids once, all students once and some of us are parents. It's the circle of life. Join us. You'd be so much happier.

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Posted by Support the Public Schools
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Aug 30, 2008 at 10:46 pm

Isn't it amazing the cranky, short term thinking, selfish people that go up against any improvement in our schools for MP? My kids don't even go to the public schools in MP, and I am a big proponent of supporting whatever they need. Reason: Go buy a house in Redwood City, and tell us the worth of that home, versus what you have in MP. There has to be a +30% housing appreciation difference between an MP home, and a Redwood City home. If you have a home in MP, you now have a nice nest egg for the future, or now. All thanks to MP schools. Just read any real estate listing in our town, "Nice home, 4 bedrooms, bla, bla, bla......MP Schools!" Please begin to have an open mind on the public schools here, and the worth of your home. If you don't get it, please move!

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