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Proposals for changes to the San Francisquito Creek

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Date: Tue, 28 Jan 2014 11:49:24 -0800

Dear Mr. Mayor and City Council Members, This letter is in regards to the changes for the Pope Street Bridge and the surrounding areas that are being proposed by the San Francisquito Creek Joint Powers Authority (SFCJPA). I live in the Willows, on Woodland Road. I am very concerned about the two current proposals for flood control in our area. The wants and needs of the Palo Alto residents seem to be getting met, but I don’t hear the SFCJPA speaking about what Menlo Park residents want or need. I also haven't heard anyone from the City Council speaking up for us. Even a recent newspaper article in the Almanac made it sound like no one really cared about these possible changes to our neighborhood, which is totally wrong. The current proposals will change the creek forever. The Willows residents are being told that the trees will remain, but anyone who lives/walks along the creek can see that there are large areas where there won’t be room for both walls and trees. And areas where trees might possibly be left alone will likely die off over time, as the roots will get cut to build the walls. If either of the current plans is implemented, we will have almost no green-space left in our neighborhood. I, and other Willows residents, believe there are other alternatives to the two current proposals. Here are my questions and issues regarding this project: * Does the Menlo Park City Council have any say in this matter? If so, I am wondering why no one is speaking up and fighting for the Willows residents, where some of you actually live. * Some folks in the neighborhood have organized and distributed information to the rest of us, but what else can be done to stop these current plans? * Earlier, other alternatives were under consideration, including a culvert to divert the water, but we ended up with two plans that require walls, with no reason given as to why the other plans were dismissed. We gave our input on these earlier plans. What happened to these other ideas? I urge you to take part in the meetings and design developments related to San Francisquito Creek and to fight for the citizens you represent. Help the Willows residents put a stop to the current plans and propose ones that will help divert flood waters, but keep our creek, with all its foliage and wildlife. Please don’t allow this lovely area to be walled off. Thank you. Lynn Evans cc: jcollins_at_(domainremoved)
Received on Tue Jan 28 2014 - 11:49:21 PST

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