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Annexation of WMP Triangle Item G-2 on Next Council Agenda

From: domainremoved <Janet>
Date: Tue, 29 Oct 2019 04:57:48 +0000 (UTC)

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I am not directly affected by the annexation question since I live on Alpine, but the traffic situation in this small part of Menlo Park is utterly infuriating. The Staff report is not yet prepared for publication but it makes eminent sense to annex this little portion of MP, and I hope that the council decides in favor of the proposal. That way decisions can be made that comport with the rest of the city and this would result in some kind of consistency. Right now there are too many instances where one house is in the city and another is in the county resulting in a hodge podge of rules. If the city has major control of this triangle they can perhaps make sensible decisions that affect traffic/bike lanes/ pedestrian sidewalks along Alameda and Santa Cruz. Several significant problems exist at the moment that might reach a faster resolution if one jurisdiction has control:

Constant flow of construction trucks along Alameda to and from Atherton that the county seems unable to control;
Lack of ADA compliance with respect to sidewalks;
Lack of Law Enforcement and traffic control;
Inconsistency of speed limits along Santa Cruz;
Stupidity of sharrows where cars frequently travel at high speeds;
Problems concerning inadequate and unsafe pedestrian crossings;
Better control of construction practices and tree protection to preserve neighbors' privacy
There are probably several things that would be of benefit to the county with this arrangement also. For some time the county Public Works has made a valiant attempt to improve matters, but obviously it would be simpler for at least the traffic related problems to be the City's responsibility.
Received on Mon Oct 28 2019 - 21:49:25 PDT

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