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Editorial: Betsy Nash for Menlo Park District 4

Original post made on Oct 10, 2022

We believe Betsy Nash, who has shown herself to be an energetic, forthright and engaged member of the City Council, is voters' best choice to represent District 4 in this election.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, October 10, 2022, 11:16 AM

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Posted by Brian
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Oct 10, 2022 at 12:11 pm

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Is it just my imagination or has the Almanac become less of a neutral news reporting organization and more activist since the change of ownership?

Posted by Observer
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Oct 10, 2022 at 3:39 pm

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Brian, Embarcadero Media which owns and controls the Almanac is primarily a PR and advertising firm rather than a news company. Thus political recommendations in the Alanac and other "papers" they own are more geared to who can improve those advertising an PR revenues.

Posted by MP Father
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Oct 10, 2022 at 8:05 pm

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This editorial does come across as one-sided and bias. It sounds as if the Almanac's editorial staff is looking to not only support Nash's agenda but also to promote it.

I agree Measure V is flawed but I will still support it as Nash, Wolosin, and Taylor have demonstrated that they are more interested in driving their personal agendas than representing the interests of their constituents. If we let them break up and urbanize our neighborhoods, there is no going back. We will not be able to reverse the damage after the fact, and will be left with disjointed zoning and will lose the charm that initially attracted so many of to purchase in MP.

Posted by kbehroozi
a resident of Menlo Park: Suburban Park/Lorelei Manor/Flood Park Triangle
on Oct 13, 2022 at 4:38 pm

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"If we let them break up and urbanize our neighborhoods, there is no going back." Huh? This simply isn't happening.

@MP Father, before you make assumptions about what various council members intend to do vis-a-vis zoning and R1 neighborhoods (which is what Measure V concerns), maybe go see what they actually decided to do in the draft housing element that staff sent to the state. Web Link

Once council votes to finalize it (which they'll need to do before February 2023), that's the plan for the next 8 years. By the time we need to update it again, we'll likely have an entirely different council.

Contrary to what some posters seem to believe, this council approached zoning changes collaboratively, and they seemed to collectively acknowledge the need to distribute housing evenly in places other than District 1. They listened to the public and focused on rezoning/upzoning commercial and mixed use and multi-family parcels.

In the end, of 69 sites in the draft housing element, only 3 are currently zoned R1: two church parking lots and one vacant lot of public land that used to be a school (and though staff recommended a higher density for that site, council settled at zoning it for 20 du/acre, which only enables high-density development there if it's 100% below-market-rate.)

This council's zoning changes are basically done, but Measure V doesn't have an end date. It's not going to prevent this council from doing anything other than upzoning Flood School for that teacher housing development. So if this council – these personalities – are your reason for voting yes, you might want to reconsider. There are smarter, more efficient ways to make yourself heard and influence the decision-making in Menlo Park (like showing up for meetings and advocating for what you want to see).

Posted by Stuart Soffer
a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Oct 17, 2022 at 2:55 pm

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District 4 is fortunate to have two capable candidates in Betsy Nash.

I mentioned that Peter Ohtaki's governmental finance experience, planning commission and finance committee experience is more value to the City of Menlo Park. I have served with him on city bodies.

Again, for me it's the finance experience that isn't available elsewhere.

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