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From: Shirley D'Andrea <sldandy_at_(domain_name_was_removed)>
Date: Sat, 10 Dec 2011 12:31:58 -0800

To Menlo Park City Council

      Consultants want $225K more for ECR Downtown Specific Plan Money Pit
      The following was posted on the Almanac News Forum by Roxie Rorapaugh, a resident of the Menlo Park University Heights neighborhood,  
      It is endless, on top of the nearly $900,000 the city has already paid the consultants working on this project, the staff is now asking for an additional $225,000 for the same consultants to make changes and finish the EIR and Final Plan --- even though the original contracts were supposed to include necessary revisions for completing the EIR and Final Plan!!

      The city is also paying for city staff time, including a special lawyer who is being paid out of the city manager's discretionary funds account.

      It is time to can the plan. Residents and downtown businesses are opposed to it. If enacted it will cause local businesses to go under, people to lose jobs and traffic to become worse. The entire character of the downtown will be changed -- for what!!! 

      The planning department staff are not listening to the citizens of Menlo Park, nor are they working in our interests. They answer to developers and special interests. Our city council needs to say no to this request and start an investigation of how so much money could have been wasted on this project. Otherwise, the new appropriation will be wasted and the consultants will be back asking for more. 

      Tell the city council to say no!\

      Almost all merchants and most citizens are opposed to this plan.  Please scrap it now!! Sincerely Shirley D'Andrea,Atherton resident and Menlo Park shopper, banker etc
Received on Sat Dec 10 2011 - 12:32:16 PST

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