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Don't purchase any more gasoline police cars

From: domainremoved <Debbie>
Date: Tue, 21 May 2019 11:52:24 -0700

Dear Council members,

Menlo Park has taken an important step with your resolution to make significant reductions in CO2 emissions — and particularly in stressing the need to electrify tranportation.

However, it’s disappointing to learn that the Council will be voting this evening (5/21) to purchase 8 new police vehicles that will get between 17 and 24 miles per gallon!

The time to stop purchasing gasoline cars is NOW.

Not only do electric vehicles protect our planet, but they also have tremendously fast acceleration (ask anyone who drives one!) — and for that reason alone, you ought to be purchasing them for the Menlo Park police.

Please don’t commit a half million dollars to outmoded and polluting equipment, when you could be an leader and identify the best new technology to meet the 21st Century needs of the community. There are many individuals in the Menlo Park community (Janelle London of Coltura and Diane Bailey of Menlo Spark, for example) who can help you work with the police department to identify suitable EVs for your city needs.

Please follow the lead of Redwood City which two weeks ago decided to hold off on purchasing two new gasoline pickups for its Public Works department — and instead directed the staff to research the new pick-ups that are coming on line in 2020. How about deciding to create a collaborative effort to purchase new police cars for ALL the cities in San Mateo County? This should save you all money though a group buy — and create new and helpful collaboration among police departments.

The time for ”business as usual” is over. Please take a leadership stand and hold off on this purchase.

Thank you.

Debbie Mytels
Co-chair, Fossil Free Midpeninsula and
Chair, Peninsula Interfaith Climate Action
Received on Tue May 21 2019 - 11:47:38 PDT

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