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Re: Modification to the San Francisquito Creek Flood Protection Project

From: Keith, Kirsten <"Keith,>
Date: Tue, 3 Jun 2014 13:20:25 -0700

Dear Mr. Key,

Thank you for writing to express your concern with floodwalls upstream (west) of Highway 101. Please know that I share your concern. When this issue was raised previously, I expressed my belief that floodwalls would have severe negative impacts to our neighborhood and that they are a non-starter.

Please also know that tonight<x-apple-data-detectors://0> the Menlo Park City Council is NOT considering action related to floodwalls or any other potential work UPSTREAM of Highway 101.

Tonight<x-apple-data-detectors://1>, the only action we are considering is whether to authorize the City Manager to sign an agreement that enables the construction of a project on the creek between the Bay and Highway 101 separating Palo Alto and East Palo Alto. There are planned floodwalls for this Bay-Highway 101 portion that has seen repeated flooding, and this issue has been extensively discussed and agreed to by those cities.

Again, thank you for your email. If you have any other questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.


Kirsten Keith
Council Member & Former Mayor
City of Menlo Park
701 Laurel Street
Menlo Park, CA 94025

On Jun 1, 2014, at 3:05 PM, "Alexander Matthew Key" <akey_at_(domainremoved)

Dear Menlo City Council,

I would like to express my strongest support for community efforts to remove the floodwalls option from the planning process for a possible 100 year flood protection project.

I am a homeowner on the San Francisquito Creek (1097 Woodland Ave, 94025) and from the environmental, aesthetic, and property value angles I would be very concerned to see the mature trees on the creek threatened with removal. I believe that the proposed resolution could and should be amended to remove the floodwall option so that it reads:

"If sufficient funding becomes available in the future, a 1 percent flood protection project upstream of Highway 101, including some combination of: modifications to the University Avenue and Middlefield Road bridges; upstream detention and underground bypass channels, could be constructed."

Thank you for your consideration of my input,

Best regards,

Alexander Key

Alexander Key
Assistant Professor of Arabic and Comparative Literature
Stanford University
450 Serra Mall, Room 109 Building 240
Stanford, CA 94305-2006
+1 650 723 9272
akey_at_(domainremoved)´╗┐Office Hours: akey.youcanbook.me<http://akey.youcanbook.me>
Received on Tue Jun 03 2014 - 13:17:58 PDT

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