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500 El Camino Real Project

From: domainremoved <George>
Date: Mon, 5 Aug 2013 16:59:53 -0700

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From: George Fisher <georgecfisher_at_(domainremoved)
Date: Mon, Aug 5, 2013 at 4:53 PM
Subject: Re: 500 El Camino Real Project
To: Kirsten Keith <kkeith_at_(domainremoved)
Cc: Peter I Ohtaki <piohtaki_at_(domainremoved)
McIntyre <admcintyre_at_(domainremoved)
Carlton <cc_at_(domainremoved)

Dear Mayor Ohtaki and Council members, I want to update you on the 500 El
Camino Real Project as a subcommittee appointed neighborhood representative
to the Subcommittee. Although the subcommittee report to the Council
specifically stated that the purpose of the subcommittee is to "facilitate
conversations between neighborhood representatives and the applicant
regarding project refinement that balances the needs of Stanford and the
greater Menlo Park Community prior to submittal for consideration by
planning commission and city council," this is the first that I have heard
of these suggestions or proposals. The subcommittee groundrules set up by
Staff and the Subcommittee members specifically state the subcommittee is
to provide a framework for the facilitated discussions The Subcommittee
did not facilitate any conversations between the neighborhood
representatives and the Applicant, nor did and such conversations take
place. In fact they did not take place from my standpoint, because I was
acting in good faith through the subcommittee. They would have taken place
if i had any inkling the Subcommittee was not going to follow its own
procedures, which it asked me to do.

I am shocked that the subcommittee is reporting on these Stanford Proposals
prior to any discussion of them with the Neighborhood representatives. How
can negotiations take place when they are usurped midstream. I am very
disappointed and want to be sure you all understand that I feel personally
taken advantage of and civically ashamed that the needs of the greater
Menlo Park community have been unduly sacrificed. In short, I feel "sold
out" by the very people I am trying to help, without the courtesy of being
allowed to comment or even being informed of the suggestions.. We, as
neighborhood representatives have put forth high level principles and
suggested approaches to further the visions of the specific plan, and
suggested approaches. I was not aware the Subcommittee had rejected them,
if indeed they have. I expect further negotiations to take place with
respect to quality of life issues, adverse affects on adjoining
neighborhoods, traffic, as well other significant changes to the Project.
 I am not denigrating the Stanford Proposals, which are helpful, I am
simply stating more is needed.

There should be not understanding express or implied that the neighborhood
representatives took part in obtaining them, knew of them, considered them,
discussed them, gave advice or consent with respect to them, approved of
them or participated in the process of obtaining them, other than the mere
status of being named as neighborhood representatives.

I have been asked to comment on proposed traffic studies, and I intend to
complete that assignment. My suggestions will be good ones and hopefully
will not be ignored as a matter of form or for any other unreasonable
reason. Traffic is still a significant problem. Thank You, George

On Mon, Aug 5, 2013 at 4:04 PM, Kirsten Keith <kkeith_at_(domainremoved)

> Dear Mayor Ohtaki and Councilmembers,
> Councilmember Carlton and I want to update you on the 500 El Camino Real
> Project after meetings with community members and Stanford.
> In response to conversations with the city council subcommittee, Stanford
> has agreed to the following modifications to their proposed 500 El Camino
> Real project:****
> 1. Stanford will eliminate ALL medical office. All office will be general
> office (this follows Stanfordís previous reduction for all office to
> 199,500 s.f.)****
> 2. Stanford will make a substantial contribution to the cost of design and
> construction of a pedestrian-bike undercrossing at Middle Avenue. The
> amount will be negotiated/determined through the project approval process
> with the goal of ensuring there will be sufficient funding to construct the
> undercrossing in timely manner.****
> 3. Stanford will participate in a City working group regarding the design
> of the Middle Avenue plaza and vehicular access to the site.****
> 4. Stanford will fund a neighborhood cut through traffic study as scoped
> by the City.
> We will provide updates in the near future as more information is
> available.
> Sincerely,
> Councilmembers Keith and Carlton
> Kirsten Keith
> Councilmember and
> Former Mayor, Menlo Park
> Attorney at Law
> Sent from my iPhone

George C. Fisher
2600 El Camino Real, Suite 410
Palo Alto, Ca 94306
(650) 799 5480
Fax (650) 475 1849
George C. Fisher
2600 El Camino Real, Suite 410
Palo Alto, Ca 94306
(650) 799 5480
Fax (650) 475 1849
Received on Mon Aug 05 2013 - 17:00:47 PDT

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