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Re: Floodwalls along San Francisquito Creek

From: Keith, Kirsten <"Keith,>
Date: Sat, 7 Jun 2014 15:06:10 -0700

Dear Mr. Rockwell,

Thank you for cc:ing this email to me.

Mr. McIntyre, I request that this issue be placed on a City Council agenda so that all council members may vote on this very important issue. I live in the Willows and enjoy our creek on a daily basis. I do not support floodwalls here and have stated that many times at SFCJPA and Council meetings.

As has been stated previously, there is no money for floodwalls upstream of 101. If a finance district was created in the future to pay for potential floodwalls, that would require people in the finance district to vote in support of taxing ourselves to pay for floodwalls.

I would vote against that, and so far, I have not met a single person in the Willows who would vote in favor of this. Every person I have had email communication or spoken with agrees that we do not want floodwalls in the Willows.

Mr. Rockwell, please let Melanie Richardson and Norma Camacho, both of the SCVWD, know that you do not support floodwalls in Menlo Park. Their emails are above as I am sending this to them, too.

Ms. Camacho and Ms. Richardson, please ensure that floodwalls are removed as an option for flood control in Menlo Park upstream of 101. If you cannot do this, please explain why so that we may determine our next steps.

Mr. Materman, please add this issue to our SFCJPA agenda so that we my discuss it, also.

Thank you.

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

On Jun 7, 2014, at 1:51 PM, "Larry Rockwell" <larry_at_(domainremoved)


Thank you for considering the issue of potential floodwalls upstream of 101 along our precious Creek. We are long-time residents of the Willows. Our house is on the Creek and our property line actually extends to the middle of the Creek bed. We love the Creek. It defines our quality of life. I am looking out over it as I write this. Anything that could potentially alter its natural appeal is abhorrent to us.

I have written twice to Kirsten Keith to voice my objection to any flood mitigation plan that would include floodwalls. She has confirmed that, for her, they are "a non-starter." But what does that mean? She is a member of the City Council and the City's representative on the JPA. As such, does she speak for the City and its residents? Other than attending the 2 public outreach meetings, how does she know what the residents want? How is that being communicated to the JPA? Does the City Council's view of this matter supersede hers? Must all decisions made by the JPA be unanimous? If an EIR is being undertaken, which option(s) of those presented some months ago is/are being looked at? Is the JPA considering a third alternative, or only the 2 they presented (neither of which is acceptable)?

For us, these are all pressing questions that I hope the City Council will consider and, hopefully, answer. As Mayor Mueller said on June 3, the residents of the Willows, and others who love the Creek and hope to preserve its natural beauty, deserve answers.

Please put this matter on the Council's Agenda at a time when Mayor Mueller and Ms. Keith can attend. As our representatives in this matter, please consider our strong opinion that any flood mitigation plan that includes floodwalls upstream of 101 is unacceptable.

We hope to be able to attend the upcoming Meeting that takes up this matter. If we are unable to attend, please include this email in the public comments.

Thank you for your consideration.

Lawrence Rockwell & Freddie Jackson
854 Woodland Court
Menlo Park
Received on Sat Jun 07 2014 - 15:03:39 PDT

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