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sidewalks on Santa Cruz Ave.

From: domainremoved <Heyward>
Date: Mon, 9 Mar 2015 18:15:07 -0700

Members of the City Council,

I am very glad to see that the Santa Cruz Ave. sidewalk project appears
to finally be moving forward. I was on the Council in 2008 when this
project was conceived. The need for sidewalks on Santa Cruz is as great
now as it was then. The increasing enrollment at Hillview and other
schools has only added to the urgency.

The delay is due, at least in part, to the significant number of
properties that have landscaping and other improvements encroaching into
the City's right of way. This was an issue in 2008 just as it is
today. My view (which I believe was shared by other members of the
Council at the time) was that the implementation should be very flexible
to minimize the impact on heritage trees and existing improvements -
even those that encroached into the ROW. I envisioned sidewalks that
would not necessarily be straight or of uniform width so as to
accommodate the unique characteristics of a particular block, property,
tree, etc. I also thought that much of the parking on Santa Cruz could
be removed but that owners should have the option of retaining parking
if they so desired.

I reviewed the public comments in both the transportation and bicycle
commissions minutes. Its evident that the majority of residents support
a flexible solution that creates sidewalks and bicycle lanes while
preserving heritage trees and maintaining most landscaping. I support
the preferred alternative in the staff report with the one exception of
allowing the sidewalks to be narrowed (or widened slightly) if necessary.

I look forward to listening to your discussion of the issue tomorrow
evening.

Heyward Robinson
Menlo Park City Council 2006-2010
Received on Mon Mar 09 2015 - 18:10:09 PDT

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