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Re: Satire Strikes the Region

From: domainremoved <Neilson>
Date: Tue, 19 Jul 2016 23:04:01 +0000 (UTC)

Attachment failed to load.  Here it is Neilson Buchanan155 Bryant StreetPalo Alto, CA  94301 650 329-0484650 537-9611 cellcnsbuchanan_at_(domainremoved)

      From: Neilson Buchanan <cnsbuchanan_at_(domainremoved)
 To: City Council <city.council_at_(domainremoved)
Cc: Kate Bradshaw <kbradshaw_at_(domainremoved)
 Sent: Tuesday, July 19, 2016 1:30 PM
 Subject: Satire Strikes the Region
Dear Menlo Park and Palo Alto City Councils,
Today's Scott Herhold column strikes home to me.  Attached is a copy.
Recently I expressed my concerns to you about the scope and pace of development impacting the mid-Peninsula.  Herhold's concerns are expressed much more eloquently.  
More specifically, there is a massive number of issues in front of the Menlo Park Council tonight.  All of the issues directly impact Menlo Park and indirectly impact each adjacent city.
I urge you to exercise your stewardship wisely.  Here are just four issues out of dozens that should be addressed tonight.

1. Pushing a massive packages of development into public view and semi-final approvals during height of summer vacations.  Due process has been followed, but the standard practice of development is to obscure the impacts and glorify the benefits.2. Financial analyses, especially the term sheet, not presented as present value
3. Vague and unenforceable public benefits
4. Narrow focus on negative and positive impact; avoidance of regional impact

I do think satire is better than my last minute email forays this afternoon.  I appreciate the tasks before you and wish you well.
Better yet......... neighboring cities could be discussing best practices learned from one another.  If time permitted, for example, Palo Alto leaders elected and otherwise could forewarn you about our strengths and shortcomings.  We in Palo Alto have identical difficult situations involving massive economic opportunity, wishful TDM, weak public engagement, pained decision making process, intractable traffic, forgotten public benefits, permit parking, struggling small planning departments, etc, etc.

 Neilson Buchanan155 Bryant StreetPalo Alto, CA  94301 650 329-0484650 537-9611 cellcnsbuchanan_at_(domainremoved)


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