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Re: Please help adress this serious issue

From: domainremoved <Kirsten>
Date: Fri, 10 Nov 2017 16:57:02 +0000

Hi Brian,

We don’t have a confirmed date yet. As I mentioned, we are looking at a few
dates. We’ll confirm a date next week.

Best regards,

Kirsten Keith,
Mayor

On Fri, Nov 10, 2017 at 8:18 AM Brian Gilmer <brian_at_(domainremoved)

> Thank you, I appreciate the urgency that you are giving to this matter.
> If we are confirmed for the next council meeting I will let the Willows
> Neighbors know so that we can attend and speak on the topic. I do not know
> if I will have time to get a small group together to come up with
> suggestions, but I will try.
>
>
>
> Best Regards,
>
>
>
> Brian Gilmer
>
>
>
> *From:* Kirsten Keith [mailto:kkeith_at_(domainremoved)
>
> *Sent:* Thursday, November 9, 2017 10:29 PM
> *To:* Brian Gilmer
>
> *Cc:* city.council_at_(domainremoved)
>
>
> *Subject:* Re: Please help adress this serious issue
>
>
>
> Hi Brian,
>
>
>
> Thank you for your email. I live in the Willows and completely understand
> your frustration and that of all of our neighbors. I’m so sorry that your
> car was hit. That is very scary.
>
>
>
> Amy Roleder wrote in earlier this evening and I have already written to
> our City Manager about trying to find some immediate solutions to the
> serious increase in traffic in the Willows.
>
>
>
> I usually reply directly to people who write to me on CCIN, but thought
> this warranted responding to CCIN.
>
>
>
> I will add this to our 11/29/17 or 12/05/17 council agenda so that we may
> discuss short term solutions that we can quickly implement. I will also
> confer with our city attorney about the possibility of discussing this
> topic at our next council meeting, 11/14/17.
>
>
>
> Again, thank you for writing to me. The City will address these concerns.
>
>
>
> Best regards,
>
>
>
> Kirsten Keith,
>
> Mayor of Menlo Park
>
>
>
>
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>
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> On Thu, Nov 9, 2017 at 8:38 PM Brian Gilmer <brian_at_(domainremoved)
>
> City Council Members,
>
> I am writing today to bring to you attention a matter that poses a serious
> safety hazard as well as impacting the lives of my family and many of the
> residents in the Willows. That matter is the cut through traffic and the
> impact it is having on our lives and safety.
>
> I know you are aware that cut through traffic in the Willows has been an
> ongoing issue for many years, I have lived here for 50 years. We have a
> lot of cars trying to avoid University Avenue and Willow Road by cutting
> into the Willows neighborhood, driving down residential streets not mean
> for a high volume of traffic and then back on to Willow at O’Keefe, Durham
> and Chester. While driving through the Willows many of these drivers fail
> to obey the posted speed limits and in many cases run stop signs at various
> speeds. With the number of children in this neighborhood this poses a
> serious threat to their health and well being.
>
> As bad as this problem has been in the past it just became much worse,
> dare I say untenable. The Willow Road / highway 101 interchange work is
> progressing and as part of that work two additional stop lights have been
> activated on Willow Road. This has created a traffic debacle. Congestion
> is much much worse now. Starting at about 4:00 PM myself and many of my
> neighbors on O’Keefe are not able to leave our driveways due to the line of
> cars backed up trying to turn right onto Willow Road East. This back up
> eventually extens well past Laurel Avenue three blocks south of Willow
> Road. I have spoken to my neighbors on Durham and if anything the backup
> is even worse there. I can only imagine how bad it must be on Chester. I
> am enclosing some pictures I took this evening. Starting as just after
> 4:00 PM the cars on O’Keefe street extended from Willow past Arnold. By
> 4:45 they extended past Regal and included buses from Facebook.
>
> I challenge each of you to attempt to drive from City Hall to Bayfront
> express way at 5:00 on a week day evening in under 1 hour. When you find
> that a near impossible challenge I invite you to walk through the Willows
> neighborhood and observe the congestion on the residential streets and the
> impact it’s having on our families. If a fire truck or other emergency
> vehicle was needed it would take a very long time to get through.
>
> Finally I would like to add that as I was writing this letter one of the
> construction crew working on my house came in to inform me that my vehicle
> had been hit by another vehicle attempting to squeeze between the traffic
> trying to get onto Willow and my SUV parked on the street due to day time
> construction. This is the second day in a row that has happened, with the
> car breaking my driver side rear view mirror yesterday. This has never
> before happened to me and just indicates how drivers are in a rush and are
> driving dangerously.
>
> Please do something NOW to address this. We can’t wait for another 3
> years while another traffic study is done, issues are debated, etc.
> Someone is going to get hit by a car speeding through the neighborhood or
> need an emergency vehicle that cannot reach them in time.
>
> Sincerely
>
> Brian Gilmer and Zhanna Sardaryan
>
>
>
> Two photos attached. One of the line of traffic down O’Keefe toward
> Laurel taken from the middle of the 500 block. The other the cars blocking
> the drive ways so we cannot get out. The line grew even longer but it was
> difficult to get a good picture when it was dark.
>
>
>
>
>
> --
>
> Best regards,
>
> Kirsten Keith,
> Mayor of Menlo Park
>
-- 
Best regards,
Kirsten Keith,
Mayor of Menlo Park
Received on Fri Nov 10 2017 - 09:01:57 PST

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