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No vote on Pop Up Park

From: domainremoved <Mary>
Date: Mon, 25 Sep 2017 19:17:09 +0000

Dear Honorable Council Members:

I understand you will be reviewing the Curtis Street pop up park tomorrow night. I am writing to you to encourage you to discontinue a park in this location and instead come up with a more comprehensive beautification plan for Santa Cruz Avenue.

The "park" has been nothing but an eyesore from the time it was thrown down. It looks cheap and is a total attraction for homeless people and a potty for dogs.

Aside from the pop up "park", the sidewalks, garbage cans and news stands on SCA need to be cleaned on a regular basis. For whatever reason, they always appear dirty with encrusted food or other material. Either the city or the shop owners need to hire someone to regularly hose down the sidewalks. The garbage cans need to be emptied and cleaned more often than the current schedule. There has been something disgusting encrusted on the front of one of the news stands in front of Starbucks for months -- maybe even a year.

The outdated kiosks should be removed.

Benches and garbage cans need to be replaced with a more upscale product.

With respect to the homeless, there are many cities up and down the peninsula that have found solutions to relocating the homeless from their downtown street benches and parks. Menlo Park should make this a priority as it has become more the norm than the exception to have homeless people begging in front of Walgreens and Starbucks or camping out in front of La Boulanger. The people who beg in front of store entrances are like ticket takers and there is no reason why anyone should be allowed to do this. We have an extremely generous community who give regularly to programs that help the needy. If we need to pass an ordinance, then we should do it.

I wanted to take this opportunity to say that the outdoor sidewalk seating is a wonderful improvement and the restaurants have done a fantastic job with design and decor. We are lucky to have these proprietors invest in this way. I would go further to encourage the council to finally build a parking structure behind Left Bank, behind Cheeky Monkey and behind Flegels and then remove parking off SCA. Bike lanes should be installed all the way down SCA to the train station once the parking is removed.

Also, the parking lots behind Left Bank, Trader Joes and the post office are hazards to walk on. They also have ridiculously narrow lanes. At a minimum they should be repaved so they do not pose so many trip hazards.

Thank you for your attention.

Mary Gilles
Realtor, Alain Pinel Realtors

BRE# 01789710


Alain Pinel Realtors
1550 El Camino Real, Suite 100
Received on Mon Sep 25 2017 - 12:22:38 PDT

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