Four injured in drive-by shooting Friday night in Menlo Park; suspects at large Menlo Park, posted by Editor, The Almanac Online, on Nov 3, 2012 at 7:01 pm
Four people were hit by gunfire in a drive-by shooting Friday night in Menlo Park, according to police. One victim was listed in critical condition, another in serious condition soon after the shooting, police said.
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Posted by Keeping Track, a resident of the Menlo Park: The Willows neighborhood, on Nov 3, 2012 at 7:01 pm
Why is there no police substation in Belle Haven? This shooting occurred at Ivy and Windemere and the empty lot where the police substation was promised is at Willow and Ivy, a mere 5 blocks away.
Can the City tell Menlo Park residents where we are with the contract to build the substation? Has the City reneged on this plan and is choosing to not tell the public? Does the council know about the agreement the City had with the owner of the parcel and decisions were made in a closed session and the public has no right to know?
Posted by Hamilton Park, a resident of the Menlo Park: Belle Haven neighborhood, on Nov 4, 2012 at 8:58 pm
A substation is needed for the people who live on the east side of Menlo Park. You may think it's a waste, but that's easy to say when you don't live in the Belle haven neighborhood. For some, it is not so easy to get to the main station and it provides a place for us to easily access police services. After some of the recent events in the neighborhood, we would like to keep the police presence.
Posted by substation, a resident of the Menlo Park: Stanford Weekend Acres neighborhood, on Nov 5, 2012 at 8:38 am
I get it but Menlo Park is a small city. The main police station is 2.2 miles away. Or call for a police officer. Or file a report online. The cost for a partially staffed substation only takes funds away from other programs or projects. The redevelopement agency is gone. A substation will not do anything for crime.
Posted by Gern, a resident of the Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks neighborhood, on Nov 5, 2012 at 12:49 pm
@substation, we most certainly do need a police station in Belle Haven, based on the number of times each week police cruisers leave the Burgess Park area and drive 60+ miles per hour through the Linfield Oaks, Willows, and Belle Haven neighborhoods to respond to these incidents. It's only a matter of time before the police response to just such a situation will turn an emergency into a tragedy, when a child or senior citizen isn't able to get out of the way of a police cruiser as it barrels through these neighborhoods.
Posted by Keeping Track, a resident of the Menlo Park: The Willows neighborhood, on Nov 5, 2012 at 12:50 pm
The Belle Haven police substation is an unstaffed office and a empty police cruiser parked outside. Has anyone ever seen a police officer in the cruiser or the sub station office, ever? The laundromat next door has more action than this substation office.
The police who respond to calls from Belle Haven speed down Willow from Middlefield and over the freeway. The numbers show that the majority of problems that require police intervention occur on the East side of the Freeway.
If the city has no plan to build the promised sub station, call a press conference at the blighted site and tell the residents what's up.
Posted by Chava Luden, a resident of the Menlo Park: Belle Haven neighborhood, on Nov 5, 2012 at 12:51 pm
The unfortunate shooting on Ivy & Windermere is just another reason that it is important to have a modern and very visible Police Substation in Belle Haven. Public safety is a major concern for residents of Belle Haven! Even though, the Police may feel that there is not much cooperation when crimes occur, we still need to impose systems that can curtail such activities. One solution is to install cameras at the only four ways to exit the community by car...(Newbridge & Willow, Ivy & Willow, Hamilton & Willow, and Chilco & Terminal areas.) The cars were identified by color and make, but with cameras they could have been identified by license plates. Any law abiding resident will not oppose the cameras. And for those who don't live here, you just don't understand our needs. We don't need any more dead bodies around!
Posted by Alan, a resident of the Menlo Park: Belle Haven neighborhood, on Nov 5, 2012 at 1:28 pm
A full blown substation in Belle Haven would be good. However, the police do have a very visible presence there; there's usually a police car in the vicinity of Newbridge and Willow, often many. There's a recent problem with extremely audacious criminals; let's not blame the police. The residents need to be forthcoming and report any information they know which could lead to an arrest.
Posted by Alan, a resident of the Menlo Park: Belle Haven neighborhood, on Nov 5, 2012 at 1:32 pm
@Keeping Track: I live very close to there. For better or worse, they keep the Belle Haven substation windows covered - but police are there a lot of the time. I have seen dozens upon dozens of people given traffic tickets on that corner (perhaps not the highest priority, but it sends the signal that they're there). As a white guy, I was once pulled over for merely walking around at 9:30 at night, and questioned (it annoyed me at first, but then I thought better of it). The police are doing their job; more would be better, but I do not blame them for the problems there.
Posted by Familiar, a resident of another community, on Nov 6, 2012 at 6:14 pm
Menlo Park needs accept that their only police station will be in or near Redwood City once the Sheriff's office assumes control. It is inevitable. Especially if Peter Carpenter and friends succeed. East Palo Alto operated a safer community and was more accountable under the Sheriff's office anyway.
Individual agencies are no longer viable under future cost projections. The sooner tiny San Mateo County moves to a single Countywide police agency and away from small city departments, the more manageable budgets will become. Fire service is almost under this model now and is just as effective. Perhaps one South County police substation could be budgeted and centrally located to handle needs of East Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Atherton, Woodside and Portola Valley.