Rebuttal to Argument Against Measure M
Vote YES to preserve Menlo Park’s small town charm and character.
Measure M gives voters a choice about future development. Opponents support massive office developments in downtown. We don’t. We support balanced growth.
Measure M encourages developers to better match their projects to Menlo Park’s character.
Opponents’ arguments distort the facts and contradict the City consultant’s conclusions.
Here’s the truth:
REVITALIZATION – Measure M closes loopholes to provide REAL open space and a vibrant mix of shops, restaurants, offices, housing, and hotels – as adopted in the 2009 Downtown Vision.
Without Measure M, developers will count balconies and rooftops as “Open Space”; massive office complexes will be approved by the City Council, changing the heart of town for our lifetimes.
Don’t be misled: Vacant lots will be redeveloped. Menlo Park is desirable to developers. Measure M encourages more variety of property uses, more consistency with Menlo Park’s residential character.
LESS CONGESTION – Less office space means less rush hour gridlock on El Camino Real, and less cut-through traffic in our neighborhoods.
MORE REVENUE – The City’s own study concluded Measure M will not burden the City, Schools, or the Fire District. Hotels, shops, and restaurants provide City tax revenues – unlike offices.
VOTER VOICE – Council remains able to approve projects and modify zoning rules at any time; they will not be able to reset limits on office development without voter approval.
Vote YES on M for a revitalized downtown that retains a small town character, protects our neighborhoods and children, and funds important services for our residential community.
J. Michael Gullard – Member, Downtown Specific Plan Oversight & Outreach Committee (2008-2012)
John Hickson – Secretary, Menlo Park Live Oak Lions Club
Chuck Bernstein – Director, Menlo Park Fire Protection District Board*
Mary Jo Borak – Former Menlo Park Mayor
Margaret Carney – Co-founder, Menlo Park Farmers Market
*For identification purposes only; author is signing as an individual and not on behalf of an organization.