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homeless encampments in downtown menlo park

From: domainremoved <Cheryl>
Date: Thu, 27 Dec 2018 15:10:10 -0800

On Dec. 27th I saw a picture on the front page of the Daily Post of the 6
or 7 shopping carts in front of Pharmacia (spelling?) in downtown Menlo
Park. I am so glad that a resident sent you a photo and complaint. I have
been meaning to do the same. I try to walk to town every day from my house
on Cotton Street. In the last two weeks there have been two instances that
I have been involved with the woman that has these carts. The first time
was when she was complaining in a LOUD/RAUCOUS manner to a shop owner. Then
yesterday I was returning a shopping cart and walked by her. She yelled at
me in a LOUD/RAUCOUS manner and I was scared that she would attack me/run
after me. I kept looking back to see that she stayed seated on the bench.
I guess the noise of the wheels woke her up and she was not happy. She was
under a tarp. The situation is unsightly and not fair to the owners of
Pharmacia. I do not know how they stand it. Not exactly what you want to
see when entering a wellness store.

I have also complained about a family that was begging in front of Trader
Joe's. I waited 30 minutes for the police to come. They had other calls
that were first. The police said that since the children had water, they
could do nothing. What about their mental health? I haven't seen this
family recently, but they use to hang out at the Sharon Park shopping
center as well.

I think it is time to have a No Loitering/Homeless Encampment Law. I do
have sympathy for these unfortunate people, but begging and living on the
streets of Menlo Park is not the answer. If you allow it, word gets out
that Menlo Park is a nice, safe place to live on the streets... and then we
have more. It is a tragic situation, and doing nothing is not the answer.

Cheryl DeGolia
1221 Cotton Street
Menlo Park
Received on Thu Dec 27 2018 - 15:07:23 PST

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