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Save Menlo shows its hypocracy

Original post made by Peter Carpenter, Atherton: Lindenwood, on Jul 30, 2013

Save Menlo has finally shown its true colors and its true intentions - rather than working with Stanford or the city council to improve the proposed Arrillaga project Save Menlo has now disclosed that it intends to try to totally block the project via a ballot initiative.

So much for good faith negotiations!

I always suspected that Save Menlo had no interest in improving this project and was only interested in stopping it - without a moments thought as to what would be the implications for Menlo Park if this project is not built. Save Menlo is simply engaging in protecting their own narrow special interests at the expense of the larger community.

If responsible citizens, absent Save Menlo, are unable to work with the city and Stanford to move this project forward to a timely approval then I suspect that Stanford will simply fence off the area (or make it available rent free to various non-profits without making any improvements that require discretionary approvals) and invest its time and money elsewhere.


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Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Feb 23, 2014 at 4:03 pm

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As has now been reported Save Menlo is indeed seeking signature for just such an initiative.

One wonderers what the exact initiative language is since Save Menlo won't even post it on its own web site - what are they hiding?

It appears that one component of the proposed initiative will force Stanford to develop each of its three ECR parcels as separate projects - so much for having an intergreated design that uses interior portions for public access. Hopefully they realize that once that start gathering signatures they cannot change the language of the proposed initiative.