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Withdraw from the SFCJPA or Reconstitute the Agency!

From: domainremoved <Chuck>
Date: Wed, 29 Jan 2014 16:40:50 -0800

January 29, 2014
City Council
City of Menlo Park
701 Laurel Street
Menlo Park, CA 94025-2483
Ref.: January 29 Community Meeting re Chaucer Street Bridge
Dear Council Members:
Tonight¹s community meeting regarding the Chaucer Street bridge (or, more
accurately, the entire lower reaches of San Francisquito Creek) is an insult
to the intelligence and the good will of the ³community.² It will force
attendees to focus on two options, both of them highly destructive of our
wonderful creek and its surroundings.
There are, of course, more than two options. The bogus process is akin to
giving residents a choice of ³death by gun² or ³death by poison,² and then
calling it ³suicide.²
This tired stratagem of providing limited choices and then touting cynically
the ³months of community meetings² and ³transparency² and ³consensus
building² needs to be exposed for what it is: a dishonest attempt to obtain
an outcome that people would not otherwise choose if they were involved
I am requesting that the council consider withdrawing from the agency or, at
the very least, reconstituting it. How is it that the Santa Clara Valley
Water District obtained a seat at the table, creating a 3-2 Santa Clara
County majority? This must be rectified immediately.
Please remember that the Santa Clara Valley Water District has managed to
turn every creek within miles into concrete raceways reminiscent of a
freeway or Los Angeles¹ rivers. While we should take measures to help
control flooding, let us not turn our magnificent creek‹tame nine years out
of 10‹into the Berlin Wall.
If you have any questions, you may reach me at my office (650-424-1155, X1)
or by e-mail (cbernstein_at_(domainremoved)
Yours truly,

Received on Wed Jan 29 2014 - 16:41:05 PST

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