Almanac

Viewpoint - December 14, 2011

Letter: Menlo Park falling short on Facebook review

The city of Menlo Park has taken the responsibility as the lead agency for the environmental impact review of the proposed Facebook expansion. This expansion involves 6,600 employees to occupy the East Campus (former Sun Microsystems site) and 2,800 employees on the West Campus. No employee cap is proposed as part of the project.

A lead agency is required by law to examine the impacts of the propose project on all of the other impacted entities. Yet the draft impact report blatantly states that this very substantial project will have NO impacts (mitigations — "none required") on the city of East Palo Alto, the town of Atherton, the school districts or the Menlo Park Fire Protection District. This is exactly the posture that the city of Menlo Park took with the Gateway Project.

In its haste to approve this project and to enhance the city's revenues, Menlo Park is riding roughshod over all of the other impacted entities. It seems that the only alternative for the other impacted entities is to sue the city of Menlo Park in order to require it to properly fulfill its lead agency responsibilities. The city runs the very real risk of having this project delayed for months if not years unless it starts fulfilling its lead agency responsibilities.

Peter Carpenter, Larch Drive, Atherton

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