Viewpoint - September 21, 2011

Letter: A conspiracy to support parking garages?

There have been, and continue to be voiced, many complaints about the over-zealous parking crackdown in Menlo Park. This is quite recent, which begs the question "why?"

It is unfortunate to have to become a cynic, but there seems to be no viable alternative. It is hard to interpret this new city activity as anything other than an effort by developers, with the obvious complicity of our supposedly "representative" City Council, to ram through an expensive, complicated, and mostly unwanted, reconfiguring of our town, most particularly adding parking structures that people can use for extended parking in order to avoid these parking fines. (Yes, I know it is officially a city, but we, the residents feel it is our "town".

Hotels? Apartments whose tenants will fill up the parking structures meant to relieve nonexistent parking problems? Street closures for unneeded and absurd mini-parks? Businesses harmed by years-long construction?

The City Council was elected to represent the wishes of its residents. Therefore, this issue must be presented to the residents of Menlo Park for a vote.

Mimi Kugushev

San Mateo Drive, Menlo Park


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