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Re: Pope-Chaucer Bridge Replacement

From: domainremoved <Anne>
Date: Wed, 12 Feb 2014 23:09:52 -0800

Hello Gwyn,

Thank you for your wonderful letter, with which I wholeheartedly agree. Please tell me what I can do to support our position and the very sensible ideas that you expressed in your letter below.

With warm wishes,
Anne Murray
112 Laurel Avenue, Menlo Park, California 94025

On Feb 12, 2014, at 11:05 PM, Gwyn Murray <gwyn_at_(domainremoved)

> Dear All:
> I am writing to express my deep concern over the two alternative proposals for replacement of the Pope-Chaucer Bridge. I hope and trust that the City Council(s) will prevent either of these alternatives from going forward.
> My concerns include:
> 1. There currently is work proposed/ occurring at 101 and University that might abate some of the flooding issue. Why would we not wait until that work is complete before evaluating and proceeding with upstream work that might not be needed?
> 2. Why is this project moving forward into engineering and approval BEFORE an environmental impact report is conducted?
> 3. Given that we are facing a serious drought and that, given climate change, this likely will not be the last, why is there not serious exploration and consideration of upstream alternatives that would divert and store excess water for residents' use in times of drought? I am disappointed that there is not more creative and long-term thought going into solutions around the prospect of storing excess water.
> 4. I moved to the Willows 22 years ago and chose to buy in the neighborhood largely because of the abundance of trees and proximity to the somewhat wild creek. Removal of trees and potential construction of high floodwalls will decimate this neighborhood and its special character. (And, I would bet, reduce property values around here.) Please do not do ANYTHING that would jeopardize the unique and pastoral nature of our neighborhood and creek!!!
> 5. Trees and their roots help combat erosion. Trees and bushes create habitat for wildlife. Has any analysis been done on the impact on bird, fish and other wildlife species of removal of trees and the related proposals? And on the likelihood of increased erosion? I hope that these and related factors will be deeply investigated and considered before any action is taken.
> 6. I have lived here for 22 years. In that time, one flood has occurred. (Which, BTW, did not affect my house nor any houses on my street, although we now are in a "flood zone." As far as I know, the 1998 flood was the worst one in over 30 years. Are you really willing to trade the unique character of this neighborhood, numerous heritage trees, and uncounted wildlife for the relatively remote possibility of a damaging flood?
> I appreciate your consideration of my concerns. If you have questions, please feel free to reach out via email or to my cell phone at 650-823-5864.
> Thank you very much.
> Best regards,
> Gwyn
> Gwyn Firth Murray
> 223 Laurel Avenue
> Menlo Park
> 650-823-5864

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Received on Wed Feb 12 2014 - 23:09:31 PST

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