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Collacchi challenges city on Bohannon project

Original post made on Sep 24, 2009

A law firm representing former Menlo Park council member Paul Collacchi has sent a letter to the city of Menlo Park, challenging the finding that a major office/hotel project proposed by developer David Bohannon would make a less than significant contribution to global warming.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, September 23, 2009, 8:30 PM

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Posted by Paul Collacchi
a resident of another community
on Sep 24, 2009 at 11:52 am


More information on the Menlo Gateway project can be found here: Web Link
The DEIR can be found here: Web Link
The DEIR climate change section can be found here: Web Link


(All units are metric tons CO2e)

Existing 4783
After Project 28520
Net due to Project 23737
Proposed Mitigations 8662
Unmitigated 15075

One-time due to Construction 5484


(All Units are metric tons CO2e)

Estimated Emissions Menlo Park 2005 493237
Predicted Emissions Menlo Park 2020 600464
Difference 107227
Net due to Project 22%
Net due to Mitigated Project 14%

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Posted by Dude
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Sep 24, 2009 at 12:17 pm

Why oh why can't these past council members get on with their lives and quit messing about in current council business. Boring and boorish.

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Posted by R.GORDON
a resident of another community
on Sep 24, 2009 at 12:35 pm

R.GORDON is a registered user.


Well said and absolutely correct..........if ever an entire COUNTY needed new blood in their cities' councils and moved forward, it is San Mateo County.
It would serve us all living in this COUNTY and environs to have a thorough examination of expenditures,salaries, tax records,and most of all, the building commissions and its officers.
I more than suspect there is a lot of corruption happening right here in RIVER CITY.

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Posted by carpooled
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Sep 24, 2009 at 12:58 pm

Thank you, Paul. I am glad to see that at least one person is not afraid of the powerful and rich Mr. Bohannon. The issues Paul enumerates are significant, and highlight the fact that Bohannon expects to have this project approved without having to do more than wave some random numbers swaddled in verbiage before the council.

Forget the fact that it's hard to see much benefit to our city from this project. The negative impact of a million square feet of office space (professional office space, which produces no revenue) is massive and permanent. Not only will the level of toxic emissions increase, so will traffic within our city. The schools and recreational facilities, are already strained and near capacity.

In ignoring or sidestepping these impacts, the existing plan is seriously remiss. I hope the planning commission and the council overcome their skittishness and demand some hard answers. Someone needs to think about what is best for our city.

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Posted by At Home in Menlo
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Sep 24, 2009 at 2:05 pm

Emissions are not just council business, they are everybody's business. And these will affect not just Menlo Park's air, but Redwood City's air, and Palo Alto's air, and the world's air.

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Posted by WhoRUpeople
a resident of another community
on Sep 24, 2009 at 2:07 pm

If Pauli is so concerned about global warming, why doesn't he turn his attentions to all of the development in his own city (Redwood City) that has been going full bore for the past several years. The CO2 emissions have to dwarf anything that this project will create. Me thinks there must have been some bad blood between he and the developer such that Pauli still carries a grudge. Nonsense, and a waste of good blog space! Run for city council in RWC, Paul--move on.

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Posted by Morris Brown
a resident of Menlo Park: Park Forest
on Sep 24, 2009 at 3:15 pm

to WhoRUpeople

Paul still owns a home in Menlo Park; he therefore has an interest in our City. Paul does not live in Redwood City, but in the County area. I would urge him to run for a County or State office. He was an outstanding Mayor and councilman.

The project itself has many more problems than those posted here, as I have previously pointed out. A project with 1.7 million square feet of structure on 15 acres is big time, high density and height development. We don't want or need it.

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Posted by Morris Brown
a resident of Menlo Park: Park Forest
on Sep 24, 2009 at 3:39 pm

Collacchi's formal comment on the DEIR of the Bohannon project can be downloaded at:

Web Link

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Posted by oy vey
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Sep 25, 2009 at 12:30 am

re Morris Brown's comment on Paul running for county/state office - GOD FORBID!

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Posted by Xavier
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Sep 25, 2009 at 1:34 pm

Nice to see Paul putting his wonkish tendencies to work.

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Posted by Are you kidding?
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Sep 26, 2009 at 10:19 am

Who are we to be so righteous in demanding that Bohannon's project be a zero carbon project when the City of Menlo Park Green Task Force (and Slocum in particular) has had almost 3 years to come up with definite carbon reducing rules or ordinances regarding residential and commercial construction. When it comes to climate change concerns, all I have seen is talk, talk and more talk. The politically ambitious Slocum and Fergusson types seem to be looking for green bragging rights while so much could and should have been done. Menlo Park needs to get its house in order before requiring developers to stand on their heads. Collacchi talks about development closer to transit. Where's Morris Brown on this idea? Didn't he and Collacchi kill the Derry housing near Caltrain? Didn't Fergusson and Robinson support Suburban Park neighborhood in their opposition to Dumbarton Rail? Didn't Menlo Park join a law suit to delay High Speed Rail? Didn't this council kill housing at the Cadillac site? We have an out dated general plan and residential zoning ordinance. Let's get our homework done before we get demanding. Fergusson, you ran on the issue of the city's need for an updated residential zoning ordinance. Get going.

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Posted by What a disgrace
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Sep 28, 2009 at 10:13 am

Great entry! Let us not forget the cowardice of the current council in working with Habitat for Humanity in their proposal to build housing in the city. The Belle Haven neighborhood leaders (all 6 of them) have now joined the fearful ranks of the rest of the city. Home ownership has been proven to be one of the best ways to give a hand to people who want to be part of a community. Building the Habitat homes is a positive step in reaching out to good people who have been vetted by the Habitat organization. Are we not a humane city?

This council and the two who will run for re-election next year need to hear from the residents. Attention Council: Find a back bone and stop catering to every small group of naysayers, whether they are from the west side or the east side of the freeway.

Imagine, this council majority ran on platforms built on all the Democratic Party fundamentals. Give me an honest Republican, any day.

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Posted by refried bean counter
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Sep 30, 2009 at 12:00 pm

This project is all about conferring immense wealth on one local family by zoning that no other resident or business else will be entitled to.

As I look at Collacchi's letter, the palnning staff was either asleep, played dumb or looked the other way on every legitimate question.

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Posted by Andre Driscoll
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Oct 4, 2009 at 11:48 pm

@Dude who wrote: Why oh why can't these past council members get on with their lives and quit messing about in current council business. Boring and boorish.

Hear, hear. Why can't Colacchi be a good little sheep? Who cares if Bohannon makes even more mega-millions through this special deal when we get to eat the table scraps? Don't worry about our kids -- they'll figure out how to deal with the extra pollution we pass along to them. It's not like childhood asthma is on the rise. It's not like the nearby Baylands are ecologically sensitive. I say you want good air, drive to the mountains; you've seen one burrowing owl, you've seen them all.

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Posted by a survery
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Oct 8, 2009 at 8:12 pm

What is going on with staff is even worse than looking the other way. They are actively promoting the project --- its like they are working for the developer, and not the good of the City and its residents.

The City manager must be responsible for this situation. Staff works for the City manager; if Council doesn't take a position, then they do what the manger wants. Remember when the present manger learned his trade --- major growth city down south.

In this case, a City council that was elected to be resident friendly, unlike the previous majority, which were in the pockets of the development community. It now seems that the present Council majority has become more or less like the previous majority.

The next election should be interesting --- maybe all the incumbents are swept out.

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