Wonder how Belle Haven Action came to be? Reports dating back to the '80's are available. Here are a few more recent reports.
We sent a letter to the City of Menlo Park and CalTrans to address the issue of pedestrian safety on Willow Road - especially over 101 as the sidewalks have been removed. The Almanac covered it here. We are monitoring the updates on a regular basis. Some solutions CalTrans is trying include making the shuttle more visible, making signs clearer and potentially removing the median to make an area safe for pedestrians to walk over 101 on Willow.
Cecilia Taylor is quoted in an article about Facebook's Willow Village. We are pleased that national attention to the unique situation the community faces with the region's growth and Facebook's expansion. Now, more than ever, community advocates like Belle Haven Action are important to represent the interests of existing and future residents.
We're excited to announce our ongoing operations will be supported by a grant from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Community Fund. We will use this money for our efforts in health and safety of schoolchildren, civic responsibility and community engagement, as well as our ongoing advocacy for social equity, fair housing and inclusion.
We're excited to announce that the city of Menlo Park has made the sign for Karl E. Clark Park and will be unveiling it at a ceremony on January 15 at 11:00 a.m. We would love to see you there.
Stay tuned, because the Menlo Park Historical Association is putting together a brochure about Mr. Clark's life that will be the basis of a formal storyboard to be installed over the summer. There will be another event in July to celebrate.
The Belle Haven Action Team
Today Belle Haven Action announces the achievement of its first successful legacy campaign for the Belle Haven community; the renaming of Market Park after deceased WWII hero and Belle Haven resident Mr. Karl E. Clark. The effort began earlier this year and is a key element of BHA’s focus on community engagement and legacy. Park dedication will take place on 07/30/2018 with the Menlo Park Mayor Kirsten Keith, Congresswoman Anna Eshoo and BHA Founder & Executive Director Cecilia Taylor in attendance to do the honors.
In the June 19th edition of the Daily Post, reporter Emily Mibach wrote about the planned MidPen project at 1300 Willow Road quoting Cecilia. The full text of the article is available here. The gist of the article was similar to the one in June 7. We stand by our original concerns, Willow Road is not a place for a library, parking is inadequate for retail, and a four story building is a significant concern for privacy in the neighborhood.
In the June 21 printed edition of the Menlo Park Almanac, reporter Kate Bradshaw showcased that even with a new senior apartment complex, more seniors are still in need. Belle Haven Action helped seniors who were excluded from the application process petition Mid-Pen Housing for support. More information in the article here. Our efforts continue on behalf of those most in need. Currently Menlo Park Below Market Rate policy does not include a provision for residents who are homeless to have priority in lotteries for available housing.
In the June 7th edition of the Daily Post, Cecilia was quoted "It is negligent to put a public library on Willow Road" Taylor wrote "Willow Road is a major artery to the Dumbarton Bridge and (Highway) 101. Over 77,000 cars pass daily." The reporter, Emily Mibach, quoted a letter sent to the city council. The full text is here.