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Ravenswood school district staff make their case for workforce housing

Original post made on Aug 4, 2022

Gerardo Garcia's workday is not done after he leaves his science classroom at Cesar Chavez Ravenswood Middle School. For the last six years, he's spent his evenings driving for Uber to afford housing.

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Posted by MenloVoter
a resident of Menlo Park
on Aug 4, 2022 at 5:24 pm

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“The survey also estimated that the district would need over 200 units of affordable housing to meet the needs of staff. Close to 75% of district faculty and staff rent.”

The Flood School project sets aside ZERO units for RCSD faculty and staff. In the proposal by RCSD they would be given “preference if available.” How many times have we all heard that?

If the RCSD is concerned about teacher families why aren’t they proposing homes they SELL to teachers at affordable rates? Clearly building wealth is an issue, but every proposal by RCSD is simply revenue generating for ther district.

Once again elected officials promise one thing, and deliver something that benefits them.

Posted by RP
a resident of Menlo Park
on Aug 5, 2022 at 8:05 am

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I have been a resident of Menlo Park for 11 years, and have volunteered in the Ravenswood School District, as a part of the non-profit organization Ravenswood Classroom Partners (previously known as All Students Matter.) It has been inspiring and heartwarming to work with the teachers and students of the Ravenswood School District. Just as there are a few teachers from MPCSD and MAHS that live among us, I would be delighted if teachers from RCSD would also be neighbors.

Regarding the former Flood School site and plans for its development, months after residents flagged traffic and emergency vehicle access issues as a concern, Menlo Park City Councilmember Ray Mueller has offered a potential solution: have an additional access road. (Web Link

This is what many of us have been urging in the first place. Additional access is essential, and the most obvious point of entry is the existing wide entry through Flood Park, which I understand used to be a point of entry for Flood School. This option is not mentioned in Councilmember Mueller’s proposal.

Councilmember Mueller’s proposal is creative, and would be a good option if implementation was guaranteed. Without an agreement in writing and commitment from the various stakeholders, it will remain what it currently is: an interesting idea. The Menlo Park City Council needs to secure this agreement in writing as soon as possible from Caltrans, from LifeMoves, RCSD, and from the builder/developer as needed.

Councilmember Mueller is a candidate for San Mateo County Supervisor in the upcoming November 2022 elections. Demonstrating that he is able to secure agreement among these disparate bodies would certainly be a feather in his cap as the campaign season heats up, and would likely secure him the goodwill and votes of many Menlo Park constituents.

I hope we can welcome RCSD teachers and staff to the vicinity before long.

Posted by Mel Chandler
a resident of Menlo Park
on Aug 6, 2022 at 2:26 pm

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“In your article you reference that the Flood site “could still be a school generating traffic.” I ask that you please don’t continue to use this false equivalency to residential traffic. Schools are only in operation at best for 9 months of the year. During the time they are in operation, traffic is concentrated to about 30 minutes before the start of the day and 30 minutes at the end of the day. Traffic impacts are minimal and concentrated, thus making it a very poor comparison to residential traffic. Secondly, when the Flood School was last in operation, the entrance to and from school was through Flood Park. There were signs on the fence in Suburban Park telling families it was not a drop off or pick up spot. It’s an apples to oranges comparison…”. Suburban Park did not ever experience increased traffic from the Flood School site… The suburban Park neighborhood only has two ingress/egress streets, and the impact of the proposed development will be substantial—including during years’ long construction [heavy vehicles, workers, etc].

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