As a long standing resident of Allied Arts and a Menlo Park business owner, I feel compelled to speak out against Measure M. Over 25 years ago my firm, Menlo Management Company, submitted plans to the city to build Menlo Center - home to Cafe Borrone and Kepler's Bookstore. This award winning complex of restaurants, shops and offices transformed an ugly strip of blight into a beloved and vibrant gathering place for residents of Menlo Park and beyond.
It almost didn't get built! "No growth" advocates launched a misleading and dishonest campaign against the project alleging that we were planning a ten story Los Angeles style mega-office complex, citing traffic gridlock and loss of Menlo Park's small town character. Sound familiar? History has a way of repeating itself if we aren't informed.
Today we are faced with a contentious ballot initiative which has polarized the city, and, if passed, will halt the progress of future developments in our City. Measure M proponents claim that they are saving Menlo Park from traffic and massive office developments, but the truth is that the initiative does neither. It is a poorly written document which does nothing to limit growth or traffic but instead adds confusing limitations to the Downtown Specific Plan.
I urge you to take the time to understand the facts and join me in voting No on Measure M.