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Re: realtor advertising boxes still cluttering Menlo Park

From: domainremoved <Heyward>
Date: Mon, 13 Feb 2017 17:15:58 -0800

Kirsten,

While I appreciate that there are specific steps necessary to get rid of these boxes, its taken far too long for the City to take action. I first raised this issue in September: http://ccin2.menlopark.org/13843.html. Has Deleon Realty been asked to voluntarily remove them? Are they arguing that they have a right to put their boxes on public property? Can the City provide an estimate for when they will be removed?

Heyward


On 2/13/17 4:56 PM, Kirsten Keith wrote:
Hello,

I spoke with Jim Cogan about this today. It seems that it is not as easy to remove them as one might wish. There are a few steps that must be followed to remove them. Jim is in the process of doing this now but it will take some time. 

Best regards,
Kirsten 
 
On Mon, Feb 13, 2017 at 2:59 PM Heyward Robinson <Cat,

I fully agree that many of the newspaper boxes could/should be more
attractive. But to be clear, I am specifically objecting to the DeLeon
realty boxes. The objection is not merely a matter of aesthetics and
clutter, but the more fundamental issue of allowing a private entity to
use public space for a commercial use.

Heyward


On 2/13/17 12:58 PM, Cat Carlton wrote:
> Some of the city’s newspaper distribution boxes along the street look as bad as some of the others.  I’m following up with Alex.  You can get more direct updates from him.
>
> All the best,
>
> Catherine
>
>
>> On Feb 13, 2017, at 11:10 AM, Heyward Robinson <
hrobi_at_(domainremoved) wrote:
>>
>> Cat,
>> Thanks for your reply. I see that the Deleon box at the corner of chestnut and Santa Cruz has been removed. But other boxes remain, including this one further along Santa Cruz. Is there an explanation for why they haven't been taken away yet?
>> Heyward
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>> Sent from my iPhone
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>>> On Feb 7, 2017, at 3:13 PM, Cat Carlton <
cat.carlton_at_(domainremoved) wrote:
>>>
>>> Heyward,
>>>
>>> I agree that they are unsightly, and have been working with the City Manager to address this issue.  After looking into the legal issues surrounding them, Alex tells me that staff asked the owners of these boxes to remove them about 10 days ago.  I have some ideas about how we could improve the distribution of newspapers in town.  As it might be something that we vote on, the Brown Act restricts my sharing these with you on CCIN.  I’m happy to tell you about it in person or on the phone, so, if you’re interested, please feel free to give me a call at 650-575-4523.
>>>
>>> All the best,
>>>
>>> Catherine
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>> On Feb 6, 2017, at 1:54 PM, Heyward Robinson <
hrobi_at_(domainremoved) class="gmail_msg"> >>>>
>>>> Council Members,
>>>>
>>>> I am writing once again to request that you remove the Deleon real estate boxes from downtown and other parts of Menlo Park. I have attached a recent photo of a box blocking access to a downtown bike rack.  These boxes are a nuisance and an eyesore. There is no reason to delay action  any further. Please address this asap.
>>>>
>>>> Thank you.
>>>>
>>>> Heyward Robinson
>>>>
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Received on Mon Feb 13 2017 - 17:19:23 PST

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