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Stanford wants to dump 300,000 cubic yards of fill on former Christmas tree farm in SM County

Original post made on Nov 8, 2007

As Stanford pursues its massive campus expansion, it will dig up a lot of dirt that needs to be disposed of somewhere -- up to 300,000 cubic yards of it.
The university is proposing to dump the fill from new basements and underground parking on its former Christmas tree farm located southwest of Sand Hill Road and in the State Scenic Corridor west of Interstate 280 in unincorporated San Mateo County.

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Posted by Martin Engel
a resident of Menlo Park: Park Forest
on Nov 8, 2007 at 12:44 pm

And, when there are so many other wonderful places to dump it so much closer in town!
What a waste! For a few provocative suggestions, just call me.

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Posted by So Telling
a resident of Atherton: West of Alameda
on Nov 12, 2007 at 9:22 pm

You MP people can spend time hurling insults at one another over nothing while you can't even see that Stanford is asking the county for a permit to dump their development spoils in your back yard and use your streets to haul it there.
Wake up and stop your fighting with one another over housing for human beings, affordable housing for people like your adult children who want to live in their home town and a run down movie theater that the owner has intentionally left to ruin.
Grow up and be a city. Get your mayor off her cloud and stop your whining.

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Posted by new guy
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Nov 13, 2007 at 11:49 am

Housing for "human beings"? We should build it where? My backyard?

I guarantee that you could build housing for "human beings" in your backyard, and you would not even notice, since you are from West Atherton. Lets see, I think we should build all new housing units in Atherton. Lots of space there.


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Posted by helping our neighbors
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Nov 13, 2007 at 12:52 pm

NG, Atherton and some of the other high-rent suburbs managed to have themselves exempted from the ABAG requirements. ABAG was sympathetic to their professed need to maintain their community culture. However, given that Athertonian gardeners and housekeepers need a place to live, we Menlo Parkers need to step up to the plate and built more affordable housing!

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Posted by odd geezer
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Nov 13, 2007 at 9:06 pm

Is this news? Stanford dumps its traffic on Menlo because it can get away with it. They've been handling Palo Alto with kid gloves. Alma blocked off, etc. . Menlo's so embroiled in internal power struggles it has no fight left for Stanford. "They're too powerful to stop".
But, ever since Schmidt opened the floodgates for Stanford overdevelopment at Menlo's expense (read Sand Hill widening in Menlo Park, not Palo Alto, just go look at Sand Hill) , it's no wonder Stanford thinks it's AOK to haul their trash, medical waste, excavates over Menlo streets to the front yard of Portola Valley/Woodside. Hey, Schmitty, nice piece in the op/ed Almanac today. Kind of late now that you rolled over for your alma mater. How about they haul it past your house every nite on the way to the baylands like LEnnie suggests?

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Posted by Mazy
a resident of Atherton: other
on Nov 14, 2007 at 12:02 pm

Not that this has anything to do with the topic, but in response to "helping our neighbors," Atherton isn't exempt from the A/BAG housing requirements, but the town did managed to get its quota lowered.

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Posted by new guy
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Nov 15, 2007 at 7:33 am

So how many units do the elite in Atherton need to build to house their gardeners and maids? Hey they have a train station too (I know it is no longer in use), but if they build all the units in Atherton I am sure it would be a good area with easy access to the train.