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Pope-Chaucer Bridge Replacement

From: domainremoved <shelly>
Date: Tue, 11 Feb 2014 19:24:44 -0800

I am sure you are getting letters, email with all different
viewpoints on the Creek problem.

I live on the Menlo Park side of the creek close to the Pope-Chaucer
Bridge. I wasn't impacted by the 1998 flood but I know people in Palo
Alto who were severely impacted. I see the creek every day and the
impacted people don't. Obviously that leads to different viewpoints.
The trees that will be lost with some of the proposals don't seem to
have any vote and they have been here longer than we have.

What I think should be done is deal with the problem upstream.
Diverting, or storing water seems like the best solution. I do not
accept the fact the Stanford is not cooperating with this approach.
Stanford seems to alway get what they want. The campus, hospital,
housing has grown (buildings, population) many times the rate than
Menlo Park or Palo Alto has. They have to be forced to be part of the
solution instead of being the problem.

Separately, I have lived in my neighborhood almost 50 years. In the
past, prior to the 1998 flood there were some threatening events. In
those times there were 2 people stationed (tied in for safety) on the
bridge. They had long poles that were used to push debris, branches,
trees under the bridge to keep the bridge from clogging up. In the
1998 flood the Menlo Park Mayor was there and I asked "why we aren't
doing something like that now?" I didn't get an answer.

Sheldon Kay
Received on Tue Feb 11 2014 - 19:24:23 PST

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