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Menlo Park: Voter ban on building housing at city parks proposed

Original post made on Aug 31, 2021

To keep city parks from being considered for housing development or any other uses, Menlo Park City Councilman Ray Mueller on Tuesday requested that the city of Menlo Park pass an ordinance banning zone changes at city parks.

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Posted by Ray Mueller
a resident of Menlo Park: University Heights
on Aug 31, 2021 at 6:26 pm

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I really appreciate this article sharing information regarding the proposal with the public. As a point of clarity, I just want to share would want the mixed use at Sharon Heights Shopping Center to also continue to include community serving retail.


Posted by Brian Cutcliffe
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Sep 1, 2021 at 1:18 pm

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Love this idea to preserve our parks that are enjoyed by everyone in the community.


Posted by lspw
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Sep 1, 2021 at 1:31 pm

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Yes! Bravo to Ray Mueller! Save our parks! And, indeed, with increased housing requirements from the state, we will need the open spaces more than ever to accommodate extra citizens.

Hmmmm. Why am I "other" on this Almanac site? As per Menlo Park itself, I am "Central Menlo,"
and on original San Mateo County plans, Menlo Park Villa Lots.


Posted by Wendyb
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Sep 1, 2021 at 1:34 pm

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Thank you Ray Mueller for suggesting such a common sense proposal.


Posted by Happy Resident
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Sep 1, 2021 at 2:02 pm

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This is a perfect idea to preserve our limited park space and to update the aging Sharon Heights Shopping Center to become a real contributor to the community and make a substantial contribution to area housing availability in all categories. There is land and there is opportunity.


Posted by Laurel
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Sep 1, 2021 at 8:39 pm

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Thank you Ray Mueller! You have have given this topic a great deal of thought and have come up with a positive solution to the issue of increasing housing and preserving our parks and open space. Thank you for serving our community and working towards solutions for the benefit of all.


Posted by dana hendrickson
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Sep 2, 2021 at 1:12 pm

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Great idea, Ray. The ordinance should also ban housing on any city public land.


Posted by new guy
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Sep 2, 2021 at 3:17 pm

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Great Idea!

Can we also add a ban on new housing until land for the additional schools, ballfields, and playgrounds that will need to be built to support them is secured and built.


Posted by Observer
a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Sep 3, 2021 at 1:29 pm

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new guy is right.

Has anyone talked to the people who run the rec department? Every scrap of green space is in high demand, with multiple sports leagues, sports classes, and the city's own programs negotiating for slivers of land. We're already adding thousands of new residents to the El Camino corridor, and we have no idea what that impact will be. It's short-sighted to add even more housing for residents without first determining how to accommodate their educational and recreational needs.


Posted by Sunny Storm
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Sep 6, 2021 at 4:59 pm

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@new guy

It is these kind of seemingly innocent proposals to block housing that have prevented California from building needed housing for generations. While I recognize we also need more sports fields and the like:

Don’t let perfect be the enemy of good

In maslow’s hierarchy of needs, housing comes before recreation. Just because you have housing, don’t be the reason that other people don’t.


Posted by Observer
a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Sep 7, 2021 at 1:03 pm

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Maslow never said that everyone needs to be housed in the most expensive part of the country. In the virtue signalers' perfect world, there would be housing for everyone who wanted to live here. In the world we've got, there are kids who already live here who want to go out and play baseball, soccer, lacrosse -- and can't because of the intense levels of development.

Most densely populated cities set aside recreational space because they understand the need for green space. Not Menlo Park, though, because it doesn't "pencil out."


Posted by new guy
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Sep 7, 2021 at 1:37 pm

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Really wish economics classes were mandatory...

but.. you "sunny" learned about Maslow so social sciences it is then. what does the study of sociology suggest happens when you crowd more people together who compete for already limited resources?

how about real numbers (Zillow shows 52 listings for home for sale, 133 listings for rent), kind of wondering what the "crisis" is.

next time I visit Malibu, I will visit their city representatives and explain that Maslow says I need to be housed there. cuz housing comes before...insert word here...

as for how local government is supposed to work, we, citizens of the town, vote for people who are supposed to represent MP residents and put OUR best interests first. when this works, those towns (including MP) become desirable placed to live.

as for perfect being the enemy of good. not sure what this has to do with school/playground/ball-field capacity. I am not suggesting a perfect anything, if you knew anything about MP, you would know that the schools are currently at or beyond stated capacity, require fundraising and added parcel taxes to support... BUT these issues are thing you wish to not have to think about, since those things are "the enemy of good"...


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