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Re: Can we please clean up the garbage?

From: domainremoved <Kirsten>
Date: Thu, 20 Oct 2016 09:47:01 -0700

Hello Monica,

Yes, I understand your frustration. The city may contact Caltrans to
request a cleanup. I will also forward your email to Caltrans.

Best regards,
Kirsten

On Wednesday, October 19, 2016, Monica Montefiore <
m.mountainflower_at_(domainremoved)

> Hello Richard, Kirsten, Peter, Ray and Catherine,
>
> My name is Monica Montefiore. I am a relatively new and extremely proud
> resident of Belle Haven in Menlo Park. And as much as I love coming home to
> this peaceful neighborhood, I am disgusted by the spectacle that is the
> Willow Road East exit off the 101. I don't know how long it has been this
> way, but this is one of the worst kept stretches of roadway that I have
> ever witnessed.
>
> I've attached 2 of over 20 photos I took on August 31. I have never seen
> so much garbage on a road in my life. It has become a literal dumping
> ground for people's refuse. Tonight I saw what looked like a piece of a
> windshield on the right hand side of the Willow East off ramp. One of the
> images I've attached shows a baby stroller sitting atop a large pile of
> other household items just a little further down the same side of that exit
> (Image 174653). These are just two examples of what seems like an unending
> trail of waste on both sides of this exit. And I'm sure this isn't the only
> exit plagued by a disregard for civil decency.
>
> It's frustrating enough to have to sit for sometimes up to 20 min on that
> exit, fighting the rush hour traffic to try to get home after a long day at
> work - only to be faced by other people's trash as far as the eye can see.
> What kind of an impression does this leave for the thousands of people that
> drive through Menlo Park every day?
>
> Who is responsible for maintaining this section of the road? I am
> wondering if there is anything we can do to improve this situation. Maybe
> initiate a campaign to educate people on the consequences of illegal
> dumping? Or organize a volunteer group made up of Menlo Park residents to
> clean up the garbage periodically? I am more than happy to help with any
> clean up efforts. I am willing to do my part to address this issue as I
> believe it is a major contributor to the negative perception of this
> neighborhood.
>
> This display of disrespect for the community and the environment
> undermines all the great efforts that people like you are trying to make to
> improve the quality of life in our City.
>
> Any light you can shed on this situation and how we can address it as a
> community would be greatly appreciated.
>
> Sincerely,
> Monica Montefiore
>
Received on Thu Oct 20 2016 - 09:52:11 PDT

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