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East Palo Alto Considers Lawsuit Over Facebook Move To Menlo Park

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MENLO PARK (CBS SF) – Facebook could be facing a lawsuit from the city of East Palo Alto over its recent move to Menlo Park.

The suit would involve the Environmental Impact Report for the project, as the city is concerned about an increase in traffic resulting from the expansion.

“The project is happening in various phases so they’re already there now,” said East Palo Alto City Attorney Kathleen Kane. “The Environmental Impact Report addresses later aspects of the project. The question is whether that report has been prepared adequately to cover the impacts on surrounding cities.”

KCBS’ Mike Colgan Reports:

East Palo Alto Vice Mayor Ruben Abrica said that while Facebook is located in Menlo Park, it might as well be in East Palo Alto.

“If you’re on the East Campus of Facebook, you go to the right and you end up on Willow Road, which is in Menlo Park,” he said. “If you go to your left, you go on University Avenue to East Palo Alto. So the geography of it has a very direct impact on us.”

The East Palo Alto City Council is expected to decide in closed session on Thursday whether to go ahead with the lawsuit against Facebook.

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