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Re: Attention Council Member Kirsten Keith...

From: Keith, Kirsten <"Keith,>
Date: Tue, 3 Jun 2014 15:38:27 -0700

Dear Mr. Warren,

Thank you for writing to express your concern with floodwalls upstream (west) of Highway 101. Please know that I share your concern. When this issue was raised previously, I expressed my belief that floodwalls would have severe negative impacts to our neighborhood and that they are a non-starter.

Please also know that tonight<x-apple-data-detectors://0> the Menlo Park City Council is NOT considering action related to floodwalls or any other potential work UPSTREAM of Highway 101.

Tonight<x-apple-data-detectors://1>, the only action we are considering is whether to authorize the City Manager to sign an agreement that enables the construction of a project on the creek between the Bay and Highway 101 separating Palo Alto and East Palo Alto. There are planned floodwalls for this Bay-Highway 101 portion that has seen repeated flooding, and this issue has been extensively discussed and agreed to by those cities.

Again, thank you for your email. If you have any other questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.


Kirsten Keith
Council Member & Former Mayor
City of Menlo Park
701 Laurel Street
Menlo Park, CA 94025

On Jun 3, 2014, at 3:36 PM, "Mark Warren" <mwarren_us_at_(domainremoved)

Council Member,

Please maintain your position in favor of preserving open space and tree lined creeks. I purchased a home near the creek, fully aware of the flooding potential, to be close to this sliver of trees. San Francisquito Creek is one of the nation's most endangered rivers and I would greatly appreciate your help in preserving its natural beauty for future generations.

I understand the goal is to get protection from the 100 year flood event and thereby FEMA compliance. I would urge further study on alternatives to flood walls, including:
- retention basins and other diversions in the upper watershed
- an underground bypass

Thank you,
Mark Warren
Received on Tue Jun 03 2014 - 15:36:14 PDT

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