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Atherton, Menlo Park continue talks on Facebook EIR dispute

Original post made on May 30, 2012

Oh, the irony of it all: The very same company that has encouraged millions of "friends" to get all warm and fuzzy online -- whether they know each other or not -- is now at the heart of a disagreement that could drive a wedge in the long-standing friendship between next-door neighbors, Atherton and Menlo Park.

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Comments (8)

Posted by zuck, a resident of College Terrace
on May 30, 2012 at 9:56 am

The one percenters are all shorting Facebook stock; betting that the company is going to stop growing. If they are right, Atherton has nothing to worry about.


Posted by Steve C, a resident of Menlo Park
on May 30, 2012 at 10:56 am

Zuck, either that or they got in on the IPO and didn't make out as well as they had hoped. Either way, it's pretty hard to feel sorry for them, Facebook or Atherton.


Posted by Surprise, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on May 30, 2012 at 11:04 am

Gee, someone noticed that the EiR skipped over some problems. What a surprise.


Posted by Peter Carpenter, a resident of Atherton
on May 30, 2012 at 11:06 am

Peter Carpenter is a registered user.

Given Menlo Park's total failure as the Lead Agency for the EIR on the Facebook expansion project the current situation was totally predicted and completely preventible.

Why didn't the City of MenloPark call an open meeting with ALL of the impacted jurisdictions at the very beginning of this effort to insure that everyone's issues would be on the table so that there would be an equitable mechanism for dealing with those issues - as is required by CEQA?


Posted by Cid Young, a resident of another community
on May 30, 2012 at 11:35 am

Can't they go back for another bite of the apple if F/B eventually expands to the vacant land?


Posted by Peter Carpenter, a resident of Atherton
on May 30, 2012 at 1:30 pm

Peter Carpenter is a registered user.

"Can't they go back for another bite of the apple if F/B eventually expands to the vacant land?"

No, the project as defined in the EIR already includes the West Campus expansion.


Posted by shmacebook, a resident of Charleston Meadows
on May 30, 2012 at 5:26 pm

Relax. Facebook is out of style and will never use the built-out campus. The pet rock was big, as was the rubics cube. Do millions still have them? Just look at the stock. When grandma's FBooking, it's no longer cool.


Posted by Linder, a resident of another community
on May 30, 2012 at 8:26 pm

I work in Palo Alto and live in the East Bay so I am VERY familiar with traffic. It is incessant and ugly. Facebook has not made a difference in my commute. I take the Dumbarton Bridge M-F.

I don't know about any Atherton issues...

Loved the presentation of the idea of Grannies logging on to Facebook and making it UN-cool. I am not a grannie, but it is nice to know that someone thinks they have powers.

Facebook is just a business. My life was NOT transformed by it when I was a participant. I no longer subscribe since I wish to actually live my life and not observe what my ex is doing on his vacation.

Have fun, everyone.




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