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Save Menlo Proposal voices real concerns

From: domainremoved <Hugh>
Date: Tue, 8 Jul 2014 18:27:57 -0700

Dear Council,
I never did get my asked-for "transparent" disclosure about why the
development on El Camino was in the interests of anyone who lives in Menlo
Park. It sounded to me like some developers had some hidden pressure to
bear. So now Save Menlo group has thousands of signatures which speak
loudly that many want to know:
a) Why so massive?
b) What cost benefit is it to Menlo? -- it is not the hotel that was to
make us money without much traffic impact.
c) The traffic has to be worse -- what is the truth here?
etc etc as spelled out by the Save Menlo proposal. And many like me want
even more stringent restrictions.

Developers want to develop -- that is their love -- but the money
constraints in today's world make them adversaries to the public at large,
i.e. given the size and location of the Stanford property, developers make
more money when there is more traffic and less benefit to the city.

Only transparency clears the air and helps to make good decisions as to how
to proceed. Please proceed thoughtfully and carefully. We do not have to
rush this. Stanford needs to put us first. The wishes of the people that
the Save Menlo proposal expresses needs to be heard and responded to.

Sincerely,
Hugh Macdonald
650-328-6783
300 Yale Road
Received on Tue Jul 08 2014 - 18:25:00 PDT

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