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Re: East Palo Alto activists say Menlo Park omitted key letter from Facebook expansion study

From: domainremoved <Karen>
Date: Mon, 11 Jul 2016 15:12:34 -0700

Dear Councilmembers,


I read the article below with concern.  I’m concerned that a letter submitted by “Youth United for Community Action” (YUCA) on behalf of a coalition of agencies in East Palo Alto, outlining questions that are important to the community was omitted from the draft environmental impact report provided for public review and comment.  Further, I am concerned that according to the article, the public health concerns raised in the community letter were not addressed by the EIR. 


Already in 2012, more than 2x as many children from East Palo Alto and eastern Menlo Park were hospitalized for asthma than the overall rate for San Mateo County.  The increased traffic of the proposed expansion will certainly make the situation even worse.  The report should include an analysis of the impact of air pollution on asthma – not just on average, but in specific, worst-case communities, as that is what actually affects people’s health. 


I understand that Tameeka Bennett of YUCA requested that the community letter be added to the report, and that the public review period be extended to allow people time to read it and that the city of Menlo Park denied her request.


As a resident of Menlo Park, I add my voice to Tameeka’s as it seems the very least we can do towards addressing the important concerns of the most vulnerable young residents in our community.


I look forward to hearing your thoughts on the matter. 


-Karen Grove




Received on Mon Jul 11 2016 - 15:19:18 PDT

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