The following comes from a Nov. 29 story in the Mercury News.
Two years after a public outcry prompted it to back off from establishing a clinic in Redwood City, Planned Parenthood has quietly been putting the finishing touches on another one that it intends to open Monday in North Fair Oaks.
But residents who recently got wind of the news aren’t being quiet; they have been circulating a petition in the last two weeks opposing the clinic. It has been signed by more than 1,500 residents, said Redwood City resident Linda Potter, who is against abortion.
“People are really passionate about this and incensed for many reasons,” Potter told The Daily News on Wednesday.
The clinic is set to open at 2907 El Camino Real, the site of a former Chevys Fresh Mex restaurant.
Liz Figueroa, a spokeswoman for Planned Parenthood in California, said the clinic will operate about 20 hours a week at first and longer in a few months, after obtaining final state approvals.
“We’re very excited about it,” Figueroa said. An official open house for the public will be scheduled at a later, undetermined date, she added.
The clinic will offer primary health care as well as reproductive health services, Figueroa said. It will provide medical abortions — which use the drug mifepristone to terminate a pregnancy — but not surgical abortions, she said.
The petition opposing the facility is addressed to Brad Ehikian because the property is owned by his family and he is listed as its leasing agent. The petition says the Planned Parenthood clinic will decrease property values and negatively impact nearby businesses by association. It also questions the medical safety standards of the regional organization, Planned Parenthood Mar Monte.
“Members of our community may suffer physical harm from poor quality services,” the petition states.
Reached by phone, Ehikian would not comment on the protest effort. “Affordable health care to low-income families, that’s what I care about,” he said….
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Update- opening delayed
The following comes from a KGO report on Dec. 2.
A controversial Planned Parenthood clinic, scheduled to open Monday in San Mateo County, isn’t going to open as planned. The new clinic in the North Fair Oaks neighborhood of Redwood City will not open today.
Officials tell ABC7 News that some of the equipment wasn’t fully operational yet. And they want to make sure everything is good to go before they open.