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Upper Laurel School Bus

From: domainremoved <Alan>
Date: Mon, 29 Aug 2016 04:07:55 +0000 (UTC)

To Whom It May Concern:
How can Menlo Park allow a school but prohibit school buses from safely conveying students to and from the school? This is the land of the Google bus and the Marguerite, the land of Willow road automotive back-up that stretches from University Avenue in Palo Alto to the Dumbarton Bridge during high-volume periods twice a day. Whose mathematics suggests that the addition of couple hundred individual cars, drivers, impacted schedules, and limited drop-off space is a gross improvement for neighborhood noise, traffic, and safety?
The bicycle path to the new school has not even received the imprimatur in green paint for the flocks of eight-, nine-, and ten-year-olds pedaling to sanctuary through narrow roads that a decision to prohibit buses will fill with drivers seeking the swiftest in-and-out access possible. Will it be the city of Menlo Park or the strip of, say, thirteen residents who oppose School District busing that we can hold accountable when a hurried parent on the way to an urgent calling clips a novice rider, with the predictable, lamentable, preventable result? If the former, I would prefer my tax dollars spent on something other than a negligence settlement in a case of underage manslaughter. Yellow buses will keep more kids safe than yellow signs, if I must wager.
The whole thing is preposterous, a school without buses. At present, busing is the safest and most democratic way to get students to school, no matter the school. The ability of a handful or two of homeowners to imperil hundreds of children in the community through their own selfish disregard must be just another curious entitlement for kids growing up in our city to face. 
Please demonstrate brain and spine; permit busing for all who require it to the Upper Laurel campus.
With concern,
Alan Eaton, a parent presently baffled by the vanity of this discussion
Received on Sun Aug 28 2016 - 21:14:06 PDT

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