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Preschool gets priced out of Menlo Park

Original post made on Mar 25, 2016

Casa dei Bambini, a preschool at 1215 O'Brien Drive in Menlo Park, is a hive of activity on weekdays.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, March 25, 2016, 10:03 AM

Comments (8)

Posted by Member
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Mar 25, 2016 at 1:32 pm

Thanks, Facebook. Your purchase of all surrounding area for your expansion is pushing out services for the community. Now that you own all the land around your campus, how long before you expand preschool services for your own employees? How about supporting services in the general community and not just on your inwardly facing, Disney-style main street?

Posted by neighborly
a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Mar 25, 2016 at 5:22 pm

How bout the city stop building parking garages and subsidize a project like this,

This is one property tax I would support, It would be about a dollar a year per property to keep this school operating.

Anybody live in Menlo Park and can't afford a dollar?

Any comments from the council members

Posted by Navin Johnson
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Mar 25, 2016 at 5:43 pm

"The Market" is a cowardly excuse that landlords hide behind because they think it absolves them from the greed-driven, morally abhorrent choices they make.

"The Market" Isn't holding a gun to Mr. Sahyoun's head and forcing him raise his rent.

The only thing The Market is doing is waving a handful of cash in front of Mr. Sahyoun's face and asking the question "What are you willing to do for this?"

Mr. Sahyoun's answer: "Whatever it takes"

Posted by Sad
a resident of another community
on Mar 27, 2016 at 4:09 pm

It was sad enough to read that a preschool was set up in a warehouse in a "light industrial area", but then to read that such a place is raising rents and driving out these loyal tenants? That is just a Dickensian level of sad.

Posted by Menlo Park/County Resident
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Mar 27, 2016 at 10:08 pm

Before blasting Facebook, consider that if people are civil to a valued employer, they might be willing to help the community (and I believe they have). Before blasting the landlord, keep in mind that the landlord has already sacrificed. Those complaining about the landlord - would you sell your Menlo Park home for one-tenth of its value and donate that to the school? (Probably not).

The rational suggestion is the one offered by the individual who mentioned a modest property tax. I agree we need to have a balanced lifestyle, but it can't come on the shoulders of a few individuals.

Additionally, keep in mind that you will hear objections from OTHER operators of daycares asking for their space to be subsidized. And, maybe it should be. Housing and rental space is unbelievably expensive around here and it is an issue which doesn't seem to be being fully addressed.

Posted by old mom
a resident of Portola Valley: other
on Mar 29, 2016 at 6:32 am

GREEDY GREEDY - Seems as tho those who hae raised the rent don't know how valuable day care is these days when both parents need to work to live in this wonderful area. I would venture to guess that the expenses the landlord incurred of late are not 5x more that they were last year at this time. The nursery school/ day care center must pay very expensive insurance plus, utilities, payroll as well as rent. Shame on you Mr. Landlord

Posted by Menlo Voter.
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Mar 29, 2016 at 7:00 am

Menlo Voter. is a registered user.

Yes, shame on you Mr. Landlord for running a business as a business. You should go out of business instead.

Posted by MPer
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Mar 29, 2016 at 11:17 am

I love that the people here shaming a landlord for not giving this business a break would NEVER give a buyer a break when selling their over inflated home

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