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Ravenswood school district staff make their case for workforce housing

Original post made on Aug 3, 2022

Gerardo Garcia's workday is not done after he leaves his seventh grade science classroom at Cesar Chavez Ravenswood Middle School in East Palo Alto. For the last six years, he's spent his evenings driving for Uber to afford housing.

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Posted by Mary
a resident of Menlo Park: Suburban Park/Lorelei Manor/Flood Park Triangle
on Aug 3, 2022 at 12:41 pm

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Please don’t keep repeating the same miss information about the traffic study. When the Flood School was operating Flood Park graciously allowed the Ravenswood school buses and traffic to go in and out through flood park.

Posted by diesel
a resident of another community
on Aug 3, 2022 at 1:48 pm

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"James Flood Magnet School site in Belle Haven, close to U.S. Highway 101 next to Flood Park. " My understanding is that the school site is on the Menlo Park side of highway 101 (and yes, next to Flood County Park), not where your map shows it. Or are there 2 similarly named sites?

Posted by sie
a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Aug 3, 2022 at 2:40 pm

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@diesel: FYI - Menlo Park is on both sides of Highway 101. Belle Haven is part of Menlo Park; however, the school site is not in Belle Haven.

Posted by PH
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Aug 5, 2022 at 5:20 pm

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Actually the area that was first sub-divided and called Belle Haven City was on both sides of what was then called the Bay Shore Highway. BHC tracts 1-17 were on what is now called Flood Triangle and BHC tracts 18-35 are in what is now called Belle Haven. That's why some of the street names are identical on both sides.

They were initially subdivided in 1930 and 1932. Before zoning, before annexation into Menlo Park.

If you are into it, go to the county property maps viewer click on parcels and then pull up the subdivision maps.

Posted by PH
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Aug 5, 2022 at 5:31 pm

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The reason why comparing alleged project traffic to alleged school traffic would not be either valid or lawful under CEQA is that CEQA requires comparing the project use to the current use, not some fictitious past or future use cited by project proponents or Almanac Reporters.

The alleged school use is irrelevant to any legal traffic analysis performed for the site, now.

The site has not been used as a school for about a decade, and, in order to lease it for 90 years as housing, the School District had to formally jump through a number of legal hoops to prove there is no school use for the property in the next 90 years.

Hence the pro-project world, and Almanac reporters, continues to compare alleged project traffic to a use which does not currently exist on the site and has been legally proven will not occur on the site for 90 years.

It may be a persuasive political argument to make to suggest that neighbors should "expect" to live near "school traffic", but sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.

I can show you a subdivision map, also on the county parcel viewer, of the flood school site when it subdivided for 15 single family units.

If we're going to compare a future project to some irrelevant past use, why not to the time when it was subdivided for 15 single family homes?

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