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Re: release of 500 El Camino traffic study

From: domainremoved <Heyward>
Date: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 15:32:41 -0700

Alex,

Thank you for the clarification on the timing of the release. I'm
reassured to know that everyone outside of staff is receiving the report
at the same time. I hope that you can understand my confusion (and that
of other residents) given the press release where Mayor Mueller is quoted:

“It is great news to be receiving the information provided by the 500 El
Camino Neighborhood Cut-Through Analysis, and to be releasing that
information to the public. The information contained in the study is
critical to the ongoing discussions between the 500 El Camino Real
Subcommittee comprised of Councilmember Keith and myself, and Stanford
Real Estate, regarding the viability of their proposal. It is noteworthy
the study indicates the need for an Environmental Impact Report, and is
evidence that the impact limits set by the Specific Plan are definitive
and enforceable to protect the quality of life of Menlo Park residents
in a pragmatic public process.”

How could the Mayor comment on the report's indication of "the need for
an EIR" if he hadn't read or been briefed on the report beforehand?

Heyward


On 9/29/14 2:34 PM, McIntyre, Alex D wrote:
> Heyward,
>
> I wanted to take a moment to respond to your e-mail to CCIN.
>
> Most importantly, given the staffing changes that have occurred here over the past 18 month, we have been challenged in focusing on completing the 3rd phase of the 500 ECR report. Interim Public Works Director Jesse Quirion assured both the neighbors and staff that the report would be released no later than October 1.
>
> Given the technical nature of the study, no one outside of the Transportation Division staff has seen the report. Even I still have not seen the report and only late Thursday was briefed on it. The City Council was unaware of the existence of the report, had no early access to the report and its findings and frankly didn't know about the report until we notified them on Friday as to our intent to release it on Monday.
>
> Staff just released it today around 2 PM to all parties (including the City Council).
>
> I hope this clarifies any misconceptions that might exist around the just-released traffic report.
>
> Alex D. McIntyre
> City Manager
> City of Menlo Park
> 701 Laurel Street
> Menlo Park, CA 94025
> (650) 330-6610
> admcintyre_at_(domainremoved)
>
>
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Heyward Robinson [mailto:hrobi_at_(domainremoved)
> Sent: Saturday, September 27, 2014 7:14 PM
> To: _CCIN
> Subject: release of 500 El Camino traffic study
>
> On Friday, the City sent out a press release announcing that the long awaited traffic study for 500 El Camino would be released on Monday.
> The contract for this study was approved by the City Council in August of 2013. The study had three parts was to have been completed in 8-10 weeks. Phase one was released in March 2014, phase two in May 2014.
> Now, over 13 months since the contract was approved, the City finally will finally release phase three and the details of neighborhood cut through traffic generated by the proposed Stanford project.
>
> But by sending out a press release without the actual report, the City teases residents with even more delay. Why not release the report on Friday, when its ready? What could possibly justify this delay? As the City is well aware, the results of this study are quite germane to Measure M. In allowing the City Council, all of whom are actively campaigning against Measure M, to see the report before "mere"
> residents, the City gives Measure M's opponents a head start on analyzing the report's details and conclusions. In a hotly contested election, even a few days can make a big difference.
>
> This appears to be yet another example of the City taking sides in the debate over Measure M. Although not surprising, its very disappointing nonetheless.
>
>
> Heyward Robinson
> Menlo Park City Council 2006-2010

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Received on Mon Sep 29 2014 - 15:28:20 PDT

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