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From: Bertini, David C <"Bertini,>
Date: Fri, 23 Sep 2016 17:51:37 +0000

Ms. Alsop.

Thank you for your email to the Police Chief and City Council. I will need more information from you about the specific case you are referring to before I can answer your questions and concerns.

Please contact me at the below number at your earliest convenience.

Thanks you.

Commander Dave Bertini
Menlo Park Police Department
701 Laurel Street
Menlo Park, CA. 94025

From: Doug & Nancy Alsop [mailto:alsop8_at_(domainremoved)ail.com]
Sent: Thursday, September 22, 2016 11:44 AM
Cc: Police Chief
Subject: housing

Dear Menlo Park City Council,

My name is Nancy Alsop and I am a resident of Redwood City. I am writing to you about a concern my husband and I have regarding an event that happened to a young man, who is a friend of ours. Jon is a 27 year old living here legally (has a green card) from Guatemala. He is ambitious, doing his best, working 2 part-time jobs and is about to begin studying to become a citizen so that he can get a better job with Delta Airlines. He is not involved in drugs and doesn't drink alcohol. We have known him since he was 17 years old. He was sent here to stay with a relative as his grandmother in Guatemala could no longer afford to keep him. The relative abandoned him and he has been left on his own. We have helped him out over the past 10 years.

The only housing Jon could afford was a tiny converted garage in East Menlo Park. It appeared that this garage had been used for housing for some time. As he was preparing for work one day, an official from the city of Menlo Park knocked on the door and told him he had to get out right away and could not live there anymore. He was upset and called us for help. We helped him move his things to our house as an emergency plan. He had to miss work that day, which he could ill-afford to do. The official handed him a list of homeless shelters which would have been totally inappropriate places for him to go.

It has taken at least 2 months to try to find cheap enough housing, and finally he has found something in So. San Jose. It is only a matter of time before he realizes that he can't afford the gas and the time it will take him to drive daily to one of his part-time jobs at SFO. He will again begin the struggle to find something affordable that will get him closer to work.

We are completely aware of zoning rules, building codes etc., however, in this ridiculous rental housing market here on the Peninsula, it is literally impossible for low wage earners to find decent housing, or even indecent housing. Maybe someday we will be putting our bags on the airplane ourselves. Can we consider loosening up the housing rules, even just temporarily, to help these people? If the dwelling is not in immediate danger of catching fire or falling down, can we possibly ease up a bit? I don't think erring on the side of compassion is a bad thing.

Thank you for your consideration.

Nancy Alsop

Received on Fri Sep 23 2016 - 10:57:17 PDT

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