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ALERT: Menlofuture Email Misinformation

From: domainremoved <Steve>
Date: Sun, 21 May 2017 15:22:55 -0700


An email blast from Menlo Future, which will undoubtedly produce a number
of supporting letters addressed to the Council contains several
misstatements. It is important that Staff and the consultant clarify these
statements so that the public has the correct information. It is my
understanding that Menlo Future has a near 12,000 recipient list. Here are
5 of the most egregious misstatements:

1.The extra right turn lane was explored by the City’s engineers; it was
tabled because the turn would have required removal of significant heritage
trees and it would have conflicted with a protected bike lane proposal for

2. No current proposal for grade separations eliminating the connection
between Encinal & ECR is planned.

3. There are four streets, not three, that have at-grade crossings of
Caltrain in Menlo Park.

4. To say that reopening the Dumbarton Rail “would cause major impacts on
traffic throughout our city” makes little sense. Reconstructing this much
needed east/west public transit system would ease traffic congestion and
offer Facebook employees an alternative way to commute to work from the
Easy Bay.

5. The City has not yet elected to lower Ravenswood and/or Oak Grove. It
is my understanding that no configuration alternative has been selected.

It is disappointing that Menlofuture continues to send residents misleading
and erroneous statements and that these emails seem to be edited by two
former council members and possibly a current Planning Commissioner.

It should be the responsibility of the current City Council and City Staff
to publicly fact-check & correct these blasts from Menlofuture.

Steve Schmidt
Received on Sun May 21 2017 - 15:27:24 PDT

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