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The Initiative

From: domainremoved <Lynore>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 10:54:17 -0700

  July 13, 2014   Dear Members of the City Council,   Definition: An Initiative... allows the people to bypass the legislators and propose a new statute, ordinance, or constitutional amendment to be placed on the ballot for popular vote of its adoption.   In this case: ”Who Are The People?” We are residents of Menlo Park who care about the vision for our community put forth in the Downtown Specific Plan.  We gathered to discuss and organize the initiative on behalf of our citizens from a variety of neighborhoods. We are from across the city:  Sharon Heights, Belle Haven, Downtown, Linnfield Oaks, The Willows, West Menlo, Allied Arts and other neighborhoods.   The Initiative was and is an exercise in democracy because we saw our City Council, in reviewing the Specific Plan, did not listen carefully and with understanding to the people who will be impacted by vast business development. We, the members of Save Menlo and other citizens, felt closed out of the community participation in this review—for example, a series of meetings we expected to have with the Planning Commission. To all appearances, you overlooked our town in favor of developers who have a different kind of investment than the people who live here and want to continue feeling pride in their city based on its livability.   Now, you have the opportunity to accept the terms of the Initiative and in doing so, integrate the information coming out of the Independent Consultants Ballot Measure Impact Analysis. Would you please join us in this effort? Your thoughtful consideration and positive decision will be well remembered.   Sincerely,   Lynore Banchoff Morey Dr. Downtown Menlo Park
Received on Mon Jul 14 2014 - 10:54:18 PDT

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