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RE: The recent ban on all radio controlled aircraft in Menlo Park

From: Brandell, Cherise E <"Brandell,>
Date: Wed, 28 Sep 2016 15:42:11 +0000

Mr. Bulchandani – The City Council has determined that drones and other UAS are not appropriate for Menlo Park’s parks at this time. This decision was reached following more than 10 hours of community input over more than 4 public meetings with the Parks and Recreation Commission and at the Council meeting over a two year period and is similar to bans on these types of uses at most other city parks on the Peninsula.

We appreciate your concern and suggest you visit the Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve, which has designated space for these activities.


Also – please watch the City’s web site for more information on the Bedwell Bayfront Park Master Plan process which should begin in the late winter or early spring that may provide an opportunity for further discussion with the rest of the community about this use.


Cherise Brandell, PhD
Community Services Director
City of Menlo Park

From: sanjay bulchandani [mailto:bulchandani_at_(domainremoved)
Sent: Tuesday, September 27, 2016 4:43 PM
To: Brandell, Cherise E
Subject: Re: The recent ban on all radio controlled aircraft in Menlo Park

Dear Ms. Brandell,

I wanted to follow up on my email of September 21 suggesting that you reconsider the band on all r/c aircraft in Menlo Park. Can you let me know how I might further discussion on this topic? This draconian ban on what can be a very pleasing and peaceful leisure time activity seems, to me, to partly defeat the purpose of this beautiful recreational area we have in Menlo Park.

Respectfully yours,

Sanjay Bulchandani
1020 Coleman Avenue, Menlo Park, CA 94025

On Wed, Sep 21, 2016 at 9:05 AM, sanjay bulchandani <bulchandani_at_(domainremoved)
Dear Ms. Brandell,

I was very saddened to hear about the recent decision of the city council to ban all radio controlled aircraft in Menlo Park.

While I can understand why people are offended by quadcopters and helicopters, my son and I often fly very small radio control planes that weigh under 2 oz (50g) at Bedwell Bayfront Park. Many passers-by often stop by for conversation because they are intrigued by these quiet little aircraft and many children often want one.

Can I ask that you reconsider this ban? Perhaps permit the flying of only some aircraft during some restricted hours? I have included some screenshots of these small electric planes to give you a feel for what I'm referring to.

I'm happy to discuss this with you further.

Respectfully yours,

Sanjay Bulchandani
1020 Coleman Avenue, Menlo Park, CA 94025


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Received on Wed Sep 28 2016 - 08:47:45 PDT

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