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Menlo Park: Louise Street compromise possible

Original post made on Jul 17, 2013

The expected showdown over the fate of an approximately 53-by-60-foot tangle of greenery on Louise Street did not come to pass on July 16.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, July 17, 2013, 10:18 AM

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Posted by Frugal
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jul 17, 2013 at 12:32 pm

I think a reasonable comprise would be for Micrea to build this oversized spec house in Hayward and to reimburse the neighbors for their legal fees.


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Posted by Public Discourse
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Jul 17, 2013 at 3:31 pm

Why on GGE did the City Attorney shut down public comment? Again, the City showing a total lack of regard for public input giving favoritism to Developers


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Posted by old timers
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jul 17, 2013 at 4:00 pm

McClure and Sinnott are old buddies; McClure's office is in a building which is owned jointly by a group of which McClure and Sinnott's wife father are part owners.


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Posted by member
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jul 18, 2013 at 6:38 am

Yes, Bill McClure is apparently in practice (legal) with Sinnott's father-in-law.


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Posted by member
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jul 18, 2013 at 6:41 am

Think about this mystery of why? Follow the money - who has it and who doesn't. Who stands to gain excessive profits and who simply spends to defend a quality of life.

Answer that question and you will be disgusted.


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Posted by member
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jul 18, 2013 at 6:52 am

The city has been hijacked by developers. You only need to try and survive a developer-led construction project on your block to know. They are rude, aggressive, unethical and messy.

I have been physically threatened by developers when asking them to act like the neighbors they claim to be.

The proof of this hijacking is simply to ask a few questions;

1. Why is the fine for an unauthorized heritage tree removal so nominal?
2. Why does it now cost money if you desire to object to a heritage tree removal?
3. Why does the city not enforce the signage code (code intended to prevent advertising in our neighborhoods)?
4. Why does the city not enforce job site cleanliness and dust control measures at jobsites?
5. How much money do the developers contribute directly and indirectly to various programs?

Please be reminded that the local realtors are complicit as well -- they would much rather sell to a developer than to an individual desiring to live there. The realtor know that when sold to a developer that there will be a subsequent sale at roughly 2x the first sale. GREED BEGETS GREED.

Our city is destined for complete ruin if steps aren't taken to eliminate this.


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Posted by member
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jul 18, 2013 at 3:14 pm

How many driveways does each lot need?


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Posted by Concerned
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jul 18, 2013 at 3:16 pm

Is it not the City's responsibility to look out for the greater good of the community?


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Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Jul 18, 2013 at 3:53 pm

Peter Carpenter is a registered user.

"How many driveways does each lot need?"

Well originally there were only 9 lots on Louise. However via lot splits and flag lots there are now 12 lots not counting the two that also face Santa Cruz. As a result of lot splits and flag lots Lot 1 in the original subdivision now has 4 driveways.


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Posted by member
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jul 18, 2013 at 5:38 pm

What doesn't Sam Sinnott pack up his bag (along with his sleazy development practices) and move to another City? He would fit in better elsewhere.


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Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Jul 18, 2013 at 5:51 pm

Peter Carpenter is a registered user.

"What doesn't Sam Sinnott pack up his bag (along with his sleazy development practices) and move to another City?"

What an interesting approach to finding a compromise!

Who else would you like to throw out of MP?


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Posted by member
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jul 18, 2013 at 6:12 pm

His compromise was to threaten to sue the city. That seems like an even more interesting approach to finding a compromise. Personally I wouldn't like to throw him out because I wouldn't want to get that close to him.

I guess when this much extra money is at stake it's worth it so sue. Perhaps you are his lawyer.

Sam Sinnott probably believes (like so many other developers) that he is improving the neighborhood and improving the property value. It all comes back to the developers love of money - more, more, more.

It's too bad that you don't have the opportunity to live next to Sam Sinnott's project.


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Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Jul 18, 2013 at 6:20 pm

Peter Carpenter is a registered user.

" Perhaps you are his lawyer."

As noted above, I do not know him and have never met him.


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