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From: domainremoved <Kirsten>
Date: Sat, 11 Nov 2017 03:04:01 +0000

Hello Ross,

This item is now on the city council agenda this Tuesday, 11/14/17 at 7
pm. Thank you to Menlo Park Staff for coming to work on your day off to
get an amended agenda out. I really appreciate it.

Best regards,

Kirsten Keith,

On Fri, Nov 10, 2017 at 4:40 PM Ross Wilson <rswilson1_at_(domainremoved)

> 10 November 2017
> Upper Woodland Avenue
> Dear City Council,
> As you know, the Willows traffic situation is becoming unbearable. Please
> do something immediately to reduce the *volume and speed* of cut-through
> traffic in our neighborhood *as a whole*. Sound levels are very high,
> safety is impaired, and quality of life and property values are degraded.
> In the attached document is a photo of traffic on Woodland and Middlefield
> taken at ~9 AM on 3 November. Similar congestion often exists on other days.
> Speed bumps are NOT the answer, nor are the platitudes of ‘increased
> enforcement’. What is urgently required is to make transit through the
> Willows more time-costly than use of the main arterials, and to block the
> high volume of trucks short-cutting through the area. I’ve on two occasions
> seen large 10? vehicle commercial transporters using Woodland Avenue.
> Please … don’t beg off the problems with statements like ‘when the 101
> intersection is finished, things will be better’. Development in the works
> on El Camino and at Stanford and Facebook will greatly increase traffic,
> countering any temporary lessening occurring at intersection completion.
> You also need to attend to the dangerous intersection at Woodland /
> Middlefield. Besides often being blocked by cars, automobiles round the
> low-sight-lined-corner from Palo Alto at high speed and are a hazard. On
> several occasions, we have nearly been hit.
> The underlying cause of the traffic woes is Council’s (and neighboring
> cities’) approval of massive building projects grossly incompatible with
> existing roadway capacity; and the gridded street layout of Menlo Park’s
> older neighborhoods. Why has not this council / city manager been
> forthright with residents about the traffic consequences of out-scale
> development so that elective decisions can be made?
> Clearly, some traffic figures are buried in EIRs, but these
> developer-sponsored documents never convey the full impact of their
> projects (or else they are approved with ‘mitigating circumstances’).
> Between work and family obligations, who has time to wade through them?
> What is needed is a simplified accounting to all residents, of the
> consequences of any major development project, perhaps through
> easily-digestible mailers.
> I realize that Council does not bear sole responsibility for these
> problems: the City management is equally culpable; and in my opinion
> performance reviews and tenure should reflect the mess this team has
> visited upon our residents.
> Besides being pro-active and not shifting the burden of mitigation onto
> residents, you also need to show your commitment to residential quality of
> life by reforming the NTMP structure: how can you in good faith claim to be
> concerned about traffic problems and retain the No-Returned-Ballot ==
> No-traffic-mitigation rule in NTMP surveys?
> In its current form, NTMP potentially sets street against street,
> effectively paralyzing mitigation. Of course, that was its goal.
> Have you even considered or planned in advance for traffic impact of the
> likely ‘redevelopment’ of the apartments on the eastern side of the
> Willows, and factored this into your future plans ?
> Sincerely
> Ross Wilson
Best regards,
Kirsten Keith,
Mayor of Menlo Park
Received on Fri Nov 10 2017 - 19:08:55 PST

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