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Please support safe sidewalks!

From: domainremoved <Dayna>
Date: Tue, 10 Mar 2015 20:47:48 -0700

Dear City Council,

Thank you so much for the work you are doing to bring sidewalks to Santa Cruz Avenue.

I would like to express support for
Sidewalks on both sides of the street
Wide sidewalks (6-8 feet) to keep our children safe as they walk downtown after school
A strip of plantings between the street and the sidewalk to buffer the sidewalk and beautify the surroundings
Maintaining wide bike lanes
For the benefit of all residents, I am in favor of
Using the city's FULL right of way
Eliminating all parking that gets in the way of the priorities above
Planting new trees for every heritage tree that is removed (while preserving heritage trees is important, it is more important to me that Menlo Park plans wider sidewalks for our vibrant, growing city)
On a more personal note, I would just like to add that for good reason, safety prevails. When you want to build a home - you have to build it to code....codes created for the purpose of ensuring safe buildings.....even if the effort and cost is a hassle, we don't make exceptions. As a homeowner, I am responsible for the apron in front of my home - even though it is city property. Time after time, we are asked - as home owners - to bear a certain cost in the interest of safety and the good of the community. In this instance, when the safety of so many (young and old) is at stake - we cannot allow a few dissenting voices override what's best for our community. I cannot imagine that many (if any) property owners impacted were unaware of their property lines when they acquired their homes.

One reason that this is important to me is that I have three kids, ages 4, 7 and 9. They will be using Santa Cruz to get to middle school. And, as a family, we like to walk into town to eat at restaurants, participate in summer concerts and just enjoy the downtown. But, sections of this journey are nerve-wracking. I often tell my kids that there is a difference between needs and wants. While I sympathize with the home owners impacted - I must point out that since the area in question is technically city land - this is a matter of their wants - not their needs. And, we cannot allow a precedent of this sort to elevate the safety needs of the many over the desires and wants of a few. Trees (even more than are being removed) can be replanted. Lives lost can never be replaced.

Please consider these inputs as you weigh this decision.

Gratefully,

Dayna Chung
1756 Stanford Ave
Menlo Park
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Received on Tue Mar 10 2015 - 20:42:49 PDT

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