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Guest opinion: Green spaces, a healthy planet, and affordable housing

Original post made on Sep 21, 2021

In a guest opinion, Menlo Park resident Karen Grove advocates for the city to consider using land it owns for affordable housing.

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Posted by dana hendrickson
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Sep 21, 2021 at 12:27 pm

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In general, I strongly oppose using city land to solve our housing crisis but would likely accept it if (a) a large majority of voters supported this action, (b) the gains were huge, (c) the trade-offs were objectively documented and communicated and (d) all reasonable alternatives were researched and explained BEFORE use of public land was decided.

I would prefer that city regulations permit higher density commercial residential development especially on El Camino. It's time that our Specific Plan be updated to reflect the need for more housing of all kinds.

Posted by Observer
a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Sep 21, 2021 at 12:46 pm

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"Hi, I live in Sharon Heights, in the Las Lomitas School District. So it makes the most sense to me to add thousands more people to the Civic Center/USGS/SRI area. Those kids can attend MPCSD schools, their families' cars will clog El Camino, and none of it will affect the people living in my neighborhood or our quality of life.

P.S. I'm including my neighborhood park in the development list just to appear evenhanded and because I can count on Ray Mueller to make sure it doesn't happen."

Posted by Running hard to stay in place
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Sep 21, 2021 at 1:07 pm

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What's the point of living in a place where the local government is hell bent on destroying the commons to build housing so that a few people can feel like they are making a difference.

The worst tyrants are those who think that they are doing good.

The decades long destruction of our middle class has everything to do with corruption of our political and financial systems. These solutions simply take us further down that dreary road.

Posted by Armando Castelano
a resident of Menlo Park: South of Seminary/Vintage Oaks
on Sep 21, 2021 at 3:19 pm

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Thanks you Karen! I live here and I want this type of housing. Let's do it.

Posted by new guy
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Sep 21, 2021 at 4:14 pm

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Here I thought local government worked on behalf of the residents of said local town. Can you image the amount of time and effort now shifting at OUR town council, then endless commissions (planning, housing, equity...) all now working on behalf of those who do not live here. What happens to the work said council and commissions already have to do (you know, the work on behalf of the current residents that pay for all of this.)?

Posted by Observer
a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Sep 22, 2021 at 12:57 pm

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City employees seem unaware of who pays their salaries (we do!) and are too easily beguiled by the big checks coming from developers. Too, the developers take them out to dinner and chat them up; residents complain. It's only natural for staff to favor the developers. (Don't believe me? Have a conversation with staff in the planning department.)

The council and commissions, conversely, are volunteer jobs held by residents, who theoretically should be working on behalf of the community. In recent years, though, we've seen more self-serving behavior among some of the volunteers, and now Menlo Together seems to have a stranglehold on the council. It's a group with its own agenda, and if members are somehow personally profiting -- by being offered jobs or investment opportunities -- well, we don't know. But it's clear that many decisions being made now are not in the best interests of those of us who live here already.

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