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Re: Please help adress this serious issue

From: domainremoved <Kirsten>
Date: Sat, 11 Nov 2017 02:59:50 +0000

Hello Brian,

This item is now on the city council agenda this Tuesday, 11/14/17 at 7 pm.

Best regards,

Kirsten Keith

On Fri, Nov 10, 2017 at 8:57 AM Kirsten Keith <kkeith_at_(domainremoved)

> 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)
> wrote:
>
>> 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
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> On Thu, Nov 9, 2017 at 8:38 PM Brian Gilmer <brian_at_(domainremoved)
>> wrote:
>>
>> 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
>
-- 
Best regards,
Kirsten Keith,
Mayor of Menlo Park
Received on Fri Nov 10 2017 - 19:04:45 PST

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