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Five Former Menlo Park Mayors and Fire Board member, Peter Carpenter, urge a No Vote on Measure T

Original post made by Morris Brown, Menlo Park: Park Forest, on Oct 25, 2010

The following letter has been released.

Please take their advice and Vote No On Measure T

for more information

Morris Brown
(copy of letter)

Former Officials Urge "No" on T

Dear Neighbor,

As former Menlo Park mayors and Fire District Board members, we urge Menlo Park voters to withhold approval for the Bohannon office/hotel project and vote No on Measure T.

For these reasons we question whether the current approvals are in the long-term best interests of Menlo Park.

Some of us believe the approvals shortchanged other impacted agencies, such as the fire district and school districts, of fair fees and reimbursements.

Some of us believe the project is too large and should be reduced in size to one of the less impactful alternatives studied in the EIR. This could eliminate traffic impacts and allow nearby property owners to develop their properties as well.

Some of us believe that the project mix needs to be changed. There should be housing with jobs, and tenants should be technology companies that produce sales tax; otherwise, developers should
pay a sales-in-lieu fee to compensate the city for rezoning areas currently zoned to encourage sales tax.

We also question the citys planning practices. Why did council stop its scheduled plan for this area to approve a project that cannot be built until many years after the scheduled planning process can be finished? We fear this council rushed to make a decision that should be made by a future generation of leaders after better planning.

For voters rightly concerned about potential loss of project opportunities we point to the recently opened Rosewood Hotel on Sand Hill Road. Before proposing that hotel, Stanford proposed a larger Westin hotel that was correctly rejected by Menlo Park. We urge voters to reject the proposed Bohannon Project approvals with the same understanding.

Menlo Park voters are reasonable. They have always embraced truly sustainable development projects that benefit the city financially. This one does not yet rise to that level.


/s/ Mary Jo Borak, Former Mayor
/s/ Peter Carpenter, Former Fire District Board Member
/s/ Andy Cohen, Council Member and Former Mayor
/s/ Paul Collacchi, Former Mayor
/s/ Calvin Jones, Former Mayor
/s/ Jack Morris, Former Mayor

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Posted by interesting
a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Oct 26, 2010 at 12:33 am

Four Menlo Park Council Candidates Support Measure T!

Mayor Cline
Council Member Robinson
Peter Ohtaki
Kirsten Keith

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Posted by looking on
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Oct 26, 2010 at 6:08 am

Why anyone would want to to have Robinson retunred to office is simply beyond me.

Ohtaki and Keith put up by the old DuBoc/Winkler crowd, who are trying again to regain some sort of power.

Hopefully Measure T fails. Bohannon must know Measurt T is in some sort of trouble. Why else would he put up $475,000 to try and get it passed?

Will Meno Park voters be bought off, with his spending between 50 to $100 per vote for their approval?

Belle Have sold out early, even though they will feel the greatest effects. They calim to not want housing, but housing in gobs will be headed their way along with all the traffic. Its amazing what a few picnics and barbarques sponsorded by Bohaonnon can do.

Look for the next council to rezone a lot of Belle Haven for high density housing. Why not 10 story apartments buildings in the Belle Haven? Makes perfect sense.

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Posted by pragmatic
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Oct 26, 2010 at 9:23 am

Given that any new jobs created by this mammoth project will be low-paying (housekeeper or bellhop in hotel) Belle Haven is the perfect place for high density housing.

Heyward and Rich were opposed to the project until they had private off-the-record meetings with Bohannon. When they release their final campaign spending reports, it will be interesting to see how much money he donated.

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Posted by truth
a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Oct 26, 2010 at 9:29 am

[Post removed. You are welcome to state your differences, but please avoid sweeping personal attacks.]

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Posted by R.GORDON
a resident of another community
on Oct 26, 2010 at 12:52 pm

R.GORDON is a registered user.

I too want to see financial campaign spending reports because I was not overwhelmed when going to
In these times, no one seems to get it that "long term best interests" no longer apply to ANYTHING in life,either in this financially 'set' properous area or the rest of the country/world as we knew/know it.


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Posted by Caroline
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Oct 27, 2010 at 9:01 pm

I appreciate the clarity of the letter in delineating the concerns of some about Prop T.

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