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RE: ALERT: Menlofuture Email Misinformation

From: Nagaya, Nicole H <"Nagaya,>
Date: Tue, 23 May 2017 23:28:31 +0000

Hi Steve,

Thank you for the message. I am not on the Menlo Future email list, but am providing some clarifying information about the points you have raised. I’ve copied your original points below for ease of reference, with my notes following each point.

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 ECR.
The City did explore concepts to widen El Camino Real to provide an additional through lane in 2014-2016. The analysis showed that a significant number of the trees on the corner of ECR/Ravenswood would be impacted; as would the access to the property at 1000 ECR. Therefore, the Council directed staff not to pursue the previous designs, but to continue further evaluation of improvements that would reduce northbound congestion without these impacts. We are currently working with the consultant team to finalize that analysis.

2. No current proposal for grade separations eliminating the connection between Encinal & ECR is planned.
No proposal to eliminate the Encinal crossing is proposed as part of the Ravenswood Railroad Crossing Study.

3. There are four streets, not three, that have at-grade crossings of Caltrain in Menlo Park.
Four crossings in Menlo Park exist: Ravenswood, Oak Grove, Glenwood and Encinal.

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.
Improvements to the Dumbarton Corridor are currently being evaluated through SamTrans’ work on the Dumbarton Corridor Transportation Study. We expect the next round of information to be available in August based on the most recent discussions we’ve had with SamTrans. More information can be found here:
http://www.samtrans.com/Planning/Planning_and_Research/DumbartonTransportationCorridorStudy.html

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.
Regarding the Ravenswood Railroad Crossing Study, no alternative has yet been chosen. Two remaining alternatives are under evaluation:

· Alternative A - an underpass of Ravenswood Avenue (lowering Ravenswood below the existing tracks). Oak Grove, Glenwood and Encinal would remain as-is under this alternative.

· Alternative C – partially raising the tracks and partially lowering Ravenswood, Oak Grove, and Glenwood (called a “hybrid”). Encinal would remain as-is under this alternative.

These two alternatives will be further presented at a community meeting on June 7, 2017 at the Arrillaga Recreation Center from 6:30-8:30pm. More information about the meeting can be found here:
http://menlopark.org/Calendar.aspx?EID=3460&month=6&year=2017&day=7&calType=0

We expect to return to Commissions for a recommendation, and then the City Council in the fall for a decision on which alternative to advance forward.

Let me know if you have any further questions.

Thank you,


Best,
Nikki

Nicole H. Nagaya, PE
Assistant Public Works Director
City of Menlo Park
650.330.6781


From: Steve Schmidt [mailto:menloparksteve_at_(domainremoved)
Sent: Sunday, May 21, 2017 3:23 PM
To: _CCIN <councilmail_at_(domainremoved)
Subject: ALERT: Menlofuture Email Misinformation


Council:



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 ECR.



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 Tue May 23 2017 - 16:32:55 PDT

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