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Council continues housing plan review tonight

Original post made on Oct 22, 2012

It's the sort of process likely to leave everyone unhappy in the end, aside from the three housing nonprofits that won a settlement from Menlo Park. The Planning Commission had much to say, as did the public, during the commission's recent consideration of the draft housing plan update.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, October 22, 2012, 9:48 AM

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Posted by Janet
a resident of Menlo Park: Stanford Weekend Acres
on Oct 22, 2012 at 1:38 pm

Rural Lane is part of Stanford's Habitat Conservation Zone. Rural Lane exits at a blind spot on Alpine Road (a truck route) carrying up to 32,000 vehicles/day; it fulfills NONE of the settlement criteria; it does not comply with the State Housing Element; Stanford does not want the proposed development; it abuts the creek; has no infrastructure;would require annexation, which will be contested; the site floods; the city zoning is in direct conflict with the immediately adjacent county zoning that has just been revised; the city has refused to take any in maintaining or providing services within this part of its jurisdiction; the only very limited bus service was removed by the CHP owing to the dangers of Alpine Road and the numerous accidents. Abutting neighbors were given no notice and the entire process has been politically motivated. In addition, the wife of Vince Bressler, Planning Commissioner has been leading the charge with respect to Linfield Oaks (a site that fulfills every criterion of the settlement agreement) and he refused to recuse himself from the protest. Alpine Road CANNOT be "improved" because of the topography. One ridiculous suggestion was to build a tunnel across it!! (perhaps slap on top of the 109 PGE gas line currently being replaced. This proposal would impact not only Stanford weekend Acres but Ladera and Portola Valley residents. Las Lomitas school district IS overburdened, the Menlo Park district has brand spanking new schools. Allocation by elementary school district is a ploy. In the proposal the City dumps most of the potential kids on E. Palo Alto, Redwood City and residents of unincorporated county residents. The city only proposed 10% of the kids be enrolled in Menlo Park Schools. This is a political ploy to appeal to MP voters at the expense of residents in other locations. Why build more OFFICES in MP along El Camino. The city and its attorneys have been flouting the legal requirements for 20 years. Second units ARE a good way to go, but affordable housing IS needed near transportation and amenities not out in the boonies.

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Posted by marie
a resident of Menlo Park: Stanford Weekend Acres
on Oct 22, 2012 at 4:15 pm

Building on Rural Lane has got to be the stupidest around. It physically can't be done without adding more cars and people to the
road. And think of the children. Alpine Road is already dangerous,put
housing on Rural Lane would just wind up causing more tragic accidents.As for bus's there are none except one bus stop near stowe lane which you can only catch at 7 in the morning Monday through Friday during the school year only. Coming back there is no bus stop where there used to be one near Rural Lane. I know because I used to ride sam trans when it had regular service and crossing alpine road ages ago was like a chicken trying to cross the road. Too many times I almost became road kill. Menlo Park should reconsider its dumbest idea yet. It's not going work without causing major headaches for all of us who call Stanford Weekend Acres home.

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Posted by FYI
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Oct 22, 2012 at 8:48 pm

**** Why Linfield Oaks should not be on the list for new housing ****

Dear City Council and Planning Commission Members,

This neighborhood has received many units of infill housing in the last few years. Many students have been added to the local schools from these new housing units, despite what we were told. Some of these students are already being sent across town to Oak Knoll because the school system on this side of El Camino is full up.

Traffic has become much worse since Facebook moved in, especially on Willow toward 101 and at the intersection of Middlefield and Willow.

The neighborhood also contains many community attractions, some recently expanded, such as the Burgess Pool, the new gym, the new gymnastics center, the newly renovated community center and the city library, not to mention Burgess Park.

The worst and most dangerous interchange in the city, Ravenswood/El Camino/Alma/Railroad Crossing is one gateway to this neighborhood and the previously mentioned Middlefield/Willow intersection is another.

This is a very busy, hard to get to area of the city. Making it harder to get into and out of this important area of the city will hurt everyone in Menlo Park.


Vincent Bressler

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Posted by Janet
a resident of Menlo Park: Stanford Weekend Acres
on Oct 23, 2012 at 1:19 pm

Vince Bressler (unless he just moved) is a resident of Linfield Oaks, is listed as an "activist" for that community. His wife, JoAnne Goldberg started a petition to get Linfield Oaks off the Housing Element List and threatened to sue the city. Bressler is a member of the Planning Commission, part of the decision making process that decides which area gets the high density housing. He refused to recuse himself from the last hearing. By contrast, Kelly Fergusson has recused herself from the Council meeting just because her husband happens to work for Stanford. How is this NOT a huge ethical problem, and NOT a conflict of interest. Do you really want someone with these loose values on your Planning Commission? I think this is a disgrace.

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