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RE: Pope-Chaucer Bridge Replacement

From: domainremoved <Jessica>
Date: Thu, 13 Feb 2014 16:51:46 -0800


Thank you so much for your comments. I will be sure to share this with the project team.

I would also like to share with you an update on the project status, which is currently posted on our webpage and titled "A message from the SFCJPA: Upstream of Hwy. 101 projects going forward."


Thank you again for your interest in the project.

Public Information Representative
District Communications Unit
Office of the CEO
Santa Clara Valley Water District
(408) 630-2200

-----Original Message-----
From: shelly [mailto:sheldon.kay_at_(domainremoved)
Sent: Tuesday, February 11, 2014 7:25 PM
To: Jessica Collins; city.council_at_(domainremoved)
Subject: Pope-Chaucer Bridge Replacement

I am sure you are getting letters, email with all different viewpoints on the Creek problem.

I live on the Menlo Park side of the creek close to the Pope-Chaucer Bridge. I wasn't impacted by the 1998 flood but I know people in Palo Alto who were severely impacted. I see the creek every day and the impacted people don't. Obviously that leads to different viewpoints.
The trees that will be lost with some of the proposals don't seem to have any vote and they have been here longer than we have.

What I think should be done is deal with the problem upstream.
Diverting, or storing water seems like the best solution. I do not accept the fact the Stanford is not cooperating with this approach.
Stanford seems to alway get what they want. The campus, hospital, housing has grown (buildings, population) many times the rate than Menlo Park or Palo Alto has. They have to be forced to be part of the solution instead of being the problem.

Separately, I have lived in my neighborhood almost 50 years. In the past, prior to the 1998 flood there were some threatening events. In those times there were 2 people stationed (tied in for safety) on the bridge. They had long poles that were used to push debris, branches, trees under the bridge to keep the bridge from clogging up. In the
1998 flood the Menlo Park Mayor was there and I asked "why we aren't doing something like that now?" I didn't get an answer.

Sheldon Kay
Received on Thu Feb 13 2014 - 16:51:22 PST

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