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Re: Belle Haven: Lack of Basic City Services - Why is the City not delivering them? Classism? Racism?

From: domainremoved <Terri>
Date: Thu, 4 Feb 2016 19:37:24 -0800

Hi Kirsten, Catherine, Peter, and Rich,
  I want to let you know that I responded too quickly to Kirsten's original

  I was tired and made a mistake by saying I'd not heard from anyone else.

  I have heard from Ray Muller, and he has shared what he has been working
on with staff with regards to bus shelters and other efforts he is making
on behalf of the residents of Belle Haven.

 With that, I look forward to meeting with each of you.

Terri Epidendio

On Thu, Feb 4, 2016 at 6:32 PM, Terri Epidendio <terriepidendio_at_(domainremoved)

> *Hello Kirsten*
> Thank you for responding as I have not heard back from anyone else on
> City Council or staff.
> However, you did not address my core proposition - inequality.
> What I'd like from you is to send me dates and times you are available
> to discuss what I raised in my letter.
> *Hello Catherine, Peter, Ray & Rich,*
> I am once more disappointed that I have not heard from any of you.
> I respectfully ask that all of you individually send me dates and times
> you are available to discuss the issues I raised.
> I know that I cannot meet with you as a group as that would be a
> violation of the Brown Act.
> I look forward to having a respectful and fruitful dialogue.
> Regards
> Terri Epidendio
> On Thu, Feb 4, 2016 at 1:43 PM, Kirsten Keith <kkeith_at_(domainremoved)
> wrote:
>> Hello Terri,
>> Thank you for your email.
>> Alex, please share with us the changes that are being proposed to make
>> Chilco safer and the timeframe that this will come to council and be
>> implemented. Thank you.
>> Nikki, please share with us the information from Samtrans on how to
>> proceed with getting bus shelters. This topic was discussed at our council goal
>> setting last Friday and I received an email from Samtrans this week stating
>> they would provide you with this information. Thank you.
>> On Wednesday, February 3, 2016, Terri Epidendio <terriepidendio_at_(domainremoved)
>> wrote:
>>> *Dear Menlo Park City Council & Staff,*
>>> As a resident of the Belle Haven neighborhood for seven years, I am
>>> unbelievably frustrated and deeply disappointed by the City’s dereliction
>>> in delivering basic services to our neighborhood and the platitudes we
>>> receive about the Council caring.
>>> I have attended numerous meetings over the years, long before Facebook
>>> was our neighbor, attempting to get you, our elected officials, to provide
>>> the same types of services that are provided to our neighbors west of 101.
>>> Those requested services have included, but are not limited to:
>>> *1) CHILCO STREET CORRIDOR: * 2 deaths in 2013. Why has nothing been
>>> done to improve safety?
>>> The Chilco corridor, as you all should know, is a curved, unlit
>>> road, with no sidewalks, and it is dangerous for pedestrians, bikers, and
>>> automobiles.
>>> Many neighbors walk their dogs and children ride their bikes on this
>>> road. And now Facebook workers are also walking, riding their bikes and
>>> driving their cars.
>>> How is it that 2 of my neighbors from Modoc Avenue were killed by a
>>> driver back in 2013, and yet the City has NOT made a SINGLE improvement??
>>> Why is this???
>>> How many others will lose their lives or be gravely injured because
>>> of this issue?
>>> Or, will you wait until you have a lawsuit?
>>> * More likely, if I look at how other issues are fixed in my
>>> neighborhood, you will ask Facebook to fund the needed improvements.*
>>> 2*) BUS SHELTERS: *Asking for 7+ years. Why have none been built?
>>> I do not have the luxury of a company that will send a bus to pick me
>>> up nor is public transit available to my place of work. And, if it were,
>>> where would I wait on a rainy or a hot and humid day??? If I did not have
>>> a smartphone, how would I know what bus stopped at what location, at what
>>> time??
>>> Yet, this is what my neighbors, who are mostly black and Latino, and
>>> who face long commutes, often to low paying jobs, are faced with.
>>> Why is this??
>>> When attending the January 14th planning focus meeting on what our
>>> community wanted as amenities to be provided by property developers, bus
>>> shelters showed up on the list.
>>> Yes, we want them. *However why is it that when we request them,
>>> they have to be an amenity and for west side Menlo Park residents they are
>>> a city* *service?? *
>>> * Do you think west side Menlo Park residents would be happy if David
>>> Bohannon chose to build an 8 story structure and in return the amenity they
>>> received were a few bus shelters? *
>>> * Unfortunately, I surmise that the neglect of my neighborhood is due
>>> to a *combination of classism and racism.
>>> I am a Caucasian, highly paid, high tech worker and when people
>>> who look like me show up for meetings, people tend to listen. And when I
>>> make comments at planning meetings, property developers have their paid
>>> land use attorneys contact me asking “wouldn’t it be better that the issues
>>> you bring up in public be discussed in private?”.
>>> Do you think my brown-skinned neighbors get these calls? No.
>>> Do you think my neighbors who watch our children, mow our lawns, and
>>> serve me a latte at Starbucks, get these calls? No.
>>> I hope that this letter and a letter you received from Sheryl Bims on
>>> January 26th (see attached), will finally spur you to do what is right,
>>> what is just.
>>> This is 2016 and the United States of America, and we can and should
>>> be doing better for all of our citizens.
>>> Regards
>>> Terri Epidendio
Received on Thu Feb 04 2016 - 19:41:02 PST

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