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Fwd: San Francisquito Pope/Chaucer Bridge Comment

From: domainremoved <Jordan>
Date: Thu, 13 Feb 2014 16:03:54 -0800

Dear Sirs and Madams,

Please accept and review my email comment sent to J Collins with regard to what I see is really important here. Thank you very much.


Jordan S. Gruber, J.D., M.A.

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> From: Jordan Gruber <jordangruber_at_(domainremoved)
> Subject: San Francisquito Pope/Chaucer Bridge Comment
> Date: February 13, 2014 at 12:35:28 PM PST
> To: jcollins_at_(domainremoved)
> Dear Sirs and Madams,
> This comment is in lieu of the comment card I received at the meeting a couple of weeks ago.
> Look, you have by now received a ton of feedback, much of it saying the same thing, so I am just going to summarize the obvious:
> 1. The degree of public ire you rose is directly indicative of how extraordinarily out-of-step you were both with Menlo Park’s official stance on keeping the creek in as natural as state as possible as well as the feelings of nearby residents who were very, very upset with you about your cavalier attitude towards destroying trees and the creek bed.
> 2. Neither of the alternatives you submitted were even close to being good enough. Not only have you not committed to or worked out the upstream cachements or fully committed to underground culverts, but you have insisted that there are “only two alternatives,” the two you originally came up with. Those alternatives were unacceptable. Period. And claiming that there are no better alternatives is simply not true.
> 3. If I were you, I would go out of house, possibly with a kickstarted campaign, and start looking for entirely new, better, more eco-friendly, less resident inflaming, alternatives. You need better ideas, not an insistence that we must pick between two lousy alternatives. For example, good work is being done in Arizona on going up-stream, removing concrete throughout the area, and allowing more rain water to soak into the ground. Have you even looked into alternatives such as this?
> 4. The fact that you already have funding to Build, Build, Build does not in any way justify or reinforce your need to spend that money before there is a good plan that most people agree to. It’s time to cool your heels, lick your wounds, come up with a better plan, have that plan vetted and approved on by the community’s residents, and then move forward.
> I do appreciate and thank you for the good work you are doing, and your willingness to take in these comments and start from scratch, if necessary. But make no mistake: the beauty and natural nature of the creek and its flora are a huge part of both the emotional/psychological and housing value of the homes where we live, and therefore the direction you had been heading in will simply not suffice.
> Sincerely,
> Jordan S. Gruber,
> J.D., M.A.P.P.A.A.
> Jordan S. Gruber, J.D., M.A.
> http://jordangruber.com
> jordansgruber_at_(domainremoved)
> (650) 289-9393 (office); (650) 322-1665 (home office);
> (650) 465-3458 (mobile)

Jordan Gruber
Received on Thu Feb 13 2014 - 16:03:46 PST

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