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RE: Wise report fails to meets requirement for accuracy, completeness and impartiality]

From: Jerome-Robinson, Starla L <"Jerome-Robinson,>
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:04:43 -0700

Dear Mr. Robinson

The Ballot Measure Impact Analysis report<http://www.menlopark.org/DocumentCenter/View/4645>, which the Menlo Park City Council received last Tuesday, provides an independent analysis of potential impacts of the initiative. The report found varying impacts, including ones that could be considered neutral, possibly positive, or possibly negative, an indication of its objective nature. The report is a public document and readily available for everyone to review and interpret for themselves.

In addition, the intent of the report was to look at possible impacts of the initiative on the Specific Plan. It was not a study of the two major projects that may be considered in the future.

The City Council authorized adding the initiative to the November 4, 2014, ballot so that the voters can make their own determination.

Starla Jerome-Robinson
Assistant City Manager
City of Menlo Park

From: Heyward Robinson [mailto:hrobi_at_(domainremoved)
Sent: Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:35 PM
Subject: Wise report fails to meets requirement for accuracy, completeness and impartiality]

Council Members,

Please consider the issues raised in the attached letter to the editor.

Thank you,

Heyward Robinson


By law, the City is not allowed to take sides in elections. All materials provided by the City must consider all important points and be fair to both sides of the issue. The $150,000 Wise report, which the Menlo Park City Council accepted last Tuesday, does not meet this standard.

For example, when analyzing the Initiative's section prohibiting balconies and rooftops from being considered as open space, the Wise report ignores the obvious public benefit of requiring developers to include more open space in their projects. The Report did not analyze any impacts of pending projects, including the massive and controversial proposals from Stanford and Greenheart, nor did it evaluate against the community's Vision for the Plan area what will happen with these and other pending projects.

In accepting an admittedly deficient report, in mid-summer with no prior discussion, and no other meetings scheduled, Council gave City's official backing to work known to be inaccurate. This is a great disservice to the voters of Menlo Park who are relying on the City to provide complete, accurate and truthful information for the upcoming ballot measure.

The City should immediately address the report's shortcomings and issue corrections as soon as possible. Not doing so violates the law

and deprives the public of vital information necessary to decide this important issue.

Heyward Robinson
Received on Mon Jul 21 2014 - 18:01:38 PDT

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