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Fires point to risky conditions in Ravenswood Triangle

Original post made on Jul 10, 2020

A 60-acre grass-and-marsh area with homeless encampments, most of which is supposed to be protected habitat for endangered species, has been besieged by 23 fires this year.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, July 10, 2020, 6:59 AM

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Posted by resident
a resident of Menlo Park
on Jul 10, 2020 at 10:10 am

Are there any homeless shelters in this part of San Mateo County that can help these people? I don't think we can morally or legally move kick the people out of this location when there is nowhere for them to go.


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Posted by Dorm-style housing for homeless.
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 10, 2020 at 12:09 pm

What about dorm-style housing for homeless? It is better than a tent. The way they are living now is not safe for them or the community.

Super small units with a small bathroom, fold up beds and compact kitchen for minor cooking all in one room. My daughter lived in something like this for a while.

It had safe running water and restroom facilities, heat, a comfortable bed, and a locked door so she could sleep safely and soundly. We can do this.


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Posted by Heidi Schwenk
a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Jul 10, 2020 at 1:30 pm

I am so glad to finally read PA Weekly’s article about the Ravenswood Triangle. There have been many articles about the issues but none about who is responsible for the land or helping the socially disenfranchised people who call
It home! The Menlo Park Fire Fighters have been the only organization responding during crisis.

I hope the Menlo Park Mayor and establishment speaks to the San Jose Mayor and establishment soon, to find out about the portable housing CA State helped them construct for the socially disenfranchised people in San Jose.

How about the old Toys R Us parking lot in Redwood City for a convenient portable housing site?


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Posted by Janice
a resident of another community
on Jul 10, 2020 at 5:07 pm

Heidi, I'm sure the neighboring Kohl's would be just thrilled (not!) to have a homeless encampment right next to their parking lot. A better choice might be the giant parking lot of the now-dead Kmart next door, which is a standalone lot.


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Posted by Jennifer
a resident of another community
on Jul 10, 2020 at 8:33 pm

I will always have compassion for the homeless. Homeless people are people too.


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Posted by ALB
a resident of College Terrace
on Jul 11, 2020 at 9:50 am

This challenge to help find homeless people alternative shelter is staggering but not impossible. Thank you Sue Dremann for this informative and important piece. One poster suggests that the committee with Mayor Cecelia Taylor reach out to the Mayor of San Jose regarding how San Jose is addressing homelessness. Why not cast the net wider and see how Mayor London Breed's program is working. I do not think that Menlo Park would embrace having some of the hotels' rooms be allowed for homeless people but why not look into what SF is doing. The Triangle is beyond a crisis on all levels. I know with research and imagination these social and environmental issues can be addressed.


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Posted by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jul 11, 2020 at 10:24 am

The KMART lot is blocked off and it is now in conversion to it's next end use. It has been bought and it's end use has been approved by Redwood City. You are making assumptions about how other cities are managing their growth.


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Posted by Online Name
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Jul 13, 2020 at 11:08 am

The Menlo Park fire chief has long been warning about the problems impeding response while Palo Alto merely virtue-signals. Given the jurisdictional disputes, maybe ABAG can do something useful for a change and coordinate a response to this rather than constantly pushing for more expensive housing that will cause more homelessness and cause more congestion that will delay emergency responses?


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Posted by Anon
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 14, 2020 at 8:32 am

Posted by Online Name, a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland

>> The Menlo Park fire chief has long been warning about the problems impeding response

Wasn't there another fire yesterday afternoon? I did not see it in the news. But, I guess with so many fires in the area, what is one more or less.


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Posted by Alex
a resident of Menlo Park
on Jul 28, 2020 at 11:00 am

Ok, so let me get this straight. If I drop a plastic wrapper on the ground in theory i can receive a ticket for littering. How are these people able to trash a protected habitat area with mountains of debris and human excrement? Even if shelters are available some prefer the freedom to come and go as they please and they are able to use drugs. Mental health is no joke, hope nobody gets hurt or dies in the next fire coming shortly.....


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