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From: domainremoved <Jim>
Date: Tue, 20 Feb 2018 10:50:53 -0500

Honorable Mayor Ohtaki and Council Members:
The Town of Atherton is considering the pros and cons of detachment from the Fire District. If they decide to leave and provide fire services some other way, have you CONSIDERED the impact it would have on the citizens of City of Menlo Park?
Detachment may remove nearly 35% of the revenues from the Fire District. This may result in REDUCED services to Menlo Park residents, businesses, visitors and others. How will this affect Menlo Park's budget? Will you need to increase the amount paid to the Fire District in order to maintain the same standard of service to the community?
If detachment happens, this is likely to affect what resources are available to fight FIRES, provide MEDICAL TREATMENT and DISASTER SERVICES, such as the event of an earthquake, flood and other natural and man made emergency. Will Atherton's decision result in a reduction in services to Menlo Park? Will it take longer to arrive? Will residents die needing faster service?
Thus, you may wish to PARTICIPATE in Atherton's discussions BEFORE a decision is made. Just like traffic, development and other issues tend to be regional, the funds available to the Fire District are likely going to affect service provided within the City of MENLO PARK.
You can be the victim reading about the issue in the newspapers, when it may be too late to do anything about it, or instead you can choose to participate in the process, perhaps including others such as East Palo Alto and the County of San Mateo as well. There is a lot at stake. It's your choice to be re-active or choose to be pro-active.

Atherton's potential gain may be at Menlo Park's peril. Will you be considered negligent in being passive and sitting back to let this happen before your very eyes? Will a stitch in time save nine?
The Atherton City Council meets this Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at 7:00 pm at their City Councl Chambers, 91 Ashfield Road, Atherton, CA. I would hope that Menlo Park would send a representative at a minimum to watch and preferably to participate by asking what IMPACT THEIR DECISION will likely have on others, including here at home.

There's a lot at stake. For more information, kindly refer to the article attached or go to Atherton's Staff Report. http://ca-atherton.civicplus.com/Archive.aspx?ADID=2645

Received on Tue Feb 20 2018 - 07:53:40 PST

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