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Support for 100% Renewable Energy & Water Heating, Ride Share Credits, and a Transit path including Bike & Ped along the Dumbarton Corridor

From: domainremoved <Diane>
Date: Wed, 19 Jul 2017 00:26:07 +0000

Dear Mayor Keith and City Council Members,

A number of important environmental items will be considered at your Council meeting tonight. Thank you for considering these items.

In particular the following renewable energy actions on the consent calendar will help Menlo Park reach its Climate Action Plan goals, and become a more sustainable community:

o A letter of support to the California Energy Commission (CEC) for creation of a renewable water heating model ordinance<http://menlopark.org/DocumentCenter/View/15038>

o A resolution for a vision of 100 percent renewable energy<http://menlopark.org/DocumentCenter/View/15039> powering the Menlo Park community by 2030

Please consider also adding the renewable water heating model ordinance to the City Work Plan for 2018. Once the CEC approves this model ordinance, which includes a determination that it is cost-effective, it will be available for Menlo Park to adopt with very little effort, because the technical and legal work will be complete. In practice, and if adopted in the future, the ordinance would slowly transition water heaters away from carbon-intense and inefficient natural gas, creating significant climate and clean air benefits.

We are also pleased to see an item to consider a ride-sharing credit pilot program (by modifying the City Council Work Plan to include it) . In addition to Mountain View, similar programs have also successfully been implemented in San Mateo<https://uphail.com/us/ca/san-mateo/> and Foster City<Uber,%20Lyft%20in%20Foster%20City,%20California%20|%20Taxi%20&%20Rideshare%20Services%20|%20Up%20Hail>. We hope you will move forward with the staff recommendation.

Although the Dumbarton Corridor<http://www.samtrans.com/Planning/Planning_and_Research/DumbartonTransportationCorridorStudy.html> study is not on the agenda, it will be considered at the upcoming SamTrans Board meeting on August 2nd. In addition to critically needed new transit service, we support a bike and pedestrian path for the Dumbarton Corridor, to improve mobility, bicycle safety, and health, and to reduce congestion and pollution. This is an important project that warrants active participation from City Council.

Thank you for considering all of these issues. Your support for environmental measures, and efforts to cut traffic congestion have made Menlo Park a better, more sustainable place to live and work.


Diane Bailey

Diane Bailey | Executive Director
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