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Council Subcommittee Violates Process
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by disappointed resident, Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park,
on Aug 6, 2013
The Council Subcommittee of Kirsten Keith and Catherine Carlton have violated their own process rules for facilitating discussions between designated neighborhood representatives and Stanford. Having held only 2 meetings with neighbors since the subcommittee's formation in April (the 2nd meeting was in late June), the subcommittee has declared success in causing Stanford to modify its proposed project. They did this without any meetings between Stanford and the neighborhood representatives, and did not even provide the courtesy of informing the residents before making the information public. If they had done so, they would have been reminded that serious traffic congestion and neighborhood cut-through concerns persist.
It remains to be seen if the subcommittee will honor the hundreds of concerned constituents who expect evidence that their safety and quality of life concerns are being addressed. It's just that much more difficult to imagine when the subcommittee members ignore the letter and spirit of their own process rules.