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RE: housing in menlo park

From: Cogan, Jim C <"Cogan,>
Date: Thu, 26 Jan 2017 19:20:47 +0000

Nancy

Thank you for sharing your thoughts. In December of last year, the City Council approved an ordinance requiring landlords to provide tenants with the option of a 12-month lease. This ordinance will be effective in March. On January 10th, the City Council referred a number of other policy actions designed to protect tenants and encourage the development of new affordable housing to the Housing Commission. In addition, the City Council has directed that the Housing Commission increase their meeting schedule to monthly meetings.

Because of your interest in the topic, I wanted to make sure that you have an opportunity receive the Housing Commission agendas and policy updates. You can sign up for notifications at the following link. If you scroll down to the Agenda Center you can sign up to receive the monthly Housing Commission agenda via email. http://www.menlopark.org/list.aspx

Thank you again for your interest and please feel free to contact me directly if I can be of any assistance to you.

Sincerely,

Jim Cogan
Housing and Economic Development Manager
City of Menlo Park
Direct: (650) 330-6614



From: Nancy Larocca Hedley [mailto:nancylarocca_at_(domainremoved)ail.com]
Sent: Thursday, January 26, 2017 10:14 AM
To: _CCIN <councilmail_at_(domainremoved)
Subject: housing in menlo park

Hello city council members,

I wanted to express my support for the goals identified in the City Council 2017 Work Plan Preparation document. I am proud to live in a city that holds itself accountable to goals that will continue to help Menlo Park residents be healthy, resilient, and thrive.

I recently heard of the council’s decision to focus its evaluation of possible housing-related priorities on efforts that will not address the artificially restricted supply of housing in the Menlo Park area.

I would like to see more multi-story apartments to reduce the unnecessary constraints on housing supply, especially near key transit access (Caltrain). This will also create a more vibrant downtown. I would like to see the council address lax policies that allow landlords to evict tenants quickly and without cause.

Now is the time for us to act. With incredible investment in jobs in Menlo Park, we need to make sure the housing supply keeps up and does not force people out of their homes, their communities, their jobs and livelihoods.

I want to show support for two issues in particular:
1) I am fully supportive of any plans to develop mixed-use retail/commercial/residential units on Santa Cruz Avenue. I think this creates vibrancy and promotes community.
2) I think we must consider options that tackle root cause, such as rent control and “just cause” eviction, in addition to dramatically increasing new housing stock.

As housing demand grows with the rapid influx of very high wage jobs, we need to ensure that our community stays healthy, access to more affordable housing will help all our residents thrive.

Thank you for hearing my concerns,

Nancy Larocca Hedley
Partridge Avenue
Received on Thu Jan 26 2017 - 11:24:00 PST

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