Palo Alto Animal Shelter

Council’s tentative agenda indicates that the draft Operating Agreement with Pets In Need will be coming to City Council for a public hearing on August 20th, 2018.

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Small Cell Deployment (Cell Antennaes)

It has come to my attention that State legislators, Senators John Thune (R-SD) and Brian Schatz (D-HI), have introduced legislation, SB 3157 to further streamline small cell deployment due to the rapid evolution and modernization of leading-edge infrastructure necessary to enhance small cell deployment act.

SB 3157 has been referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation.

https://lrus.wolterskluwer.com/news/tr-daily/thune-schatz-introduce-bill-to-streamline-small-cell-deployment/54837/

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Airplane Noise

Palo Alto has a unique opportunity to influence SFO's future GBAS landing system to reduce airplane noise for many Bay Area residents. The SFO team made it clear that their #1 goal is to “Improve Noise Impact to the Community”.  In this endeavor, we finally have a chance to be proactive and provide input on design that could potentially reduce noise for many residents, including but not limited to Palo Alto residents. However, the City of Palo Alto government must be proactive and it is critical that Palo Alto communicates its position on the topic to SFO before SFO submit requests to the FAA.

SFO’s timeline to submit “innovative approach” requests to the FAA is during the 4th Quarter this year. “Innovative approaches” means any approaches that are different from today’s approaches. It encompasses things such as higher glide slopes, curved approaches, and different touch points on the runway. Therefore, it is critical that City government communicates its position on the topic to SFO before they submit requests to the FAA at the end of December 2018.

At this time, Palo Alto does not have a seat at the SFO Roundtable, while I am assigned as a Council Liaison, I do not have a vote.  The Santa Clara/Santa Cruz Counties Roundtable is not operational yet, therefore, Palo Alto does not have either channel to communicate the City’s needs and expectations to SFO.

Palo Alto must be proactive and communicate its position on GBAS to SFO at least a month before SFO submits their innovative approach requests to the FAA in December 2018. We hope that the City won’t miss this first opportunity to be proactive in influencing a design that could reduce noise for many Palo Alto residents, as well as, other residents in neighboring cities.

Please email City Council to add this to the August 13, 2018 City Council agenda. City.Council@cityofpaloalto.org

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Office Cap Initiative

Dear Palo Altans,

Thank you to each and all who supported the resident initiative to amend the 2030 Comprehensive Plan to reduce and limit net new office/R&D development to 850,000 square feet. It provides this City government an opportunity to focus on remedying the negative impacts that affects residents’ quality of life.

I want to extend a heartfelt “thank you” to former Vice Mayor Greg Schmid for bringing this initiative forward and his continued care for the well being of the community and Palo Alto residents. Also, to everyone who worked to make this a successful initiative…Thank you.

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What Traffic?

Dear Palo Altans,

I would like to share this email from a couple of Crescent Park residents with you. It was posted to the Crescent Park Neighborhood email list-serv.

Neighbors:

We listened carefully to the recording of Mayor Kniss at Council on Monday night where she essentially denied that we have traffic problems in Palo Alto. Astounding!

This appears to be willful ignorance of the many issues residents live with due to congested traffic. Her view might be considered a part of her support for commercial interests who want to continue growing commercial activity in and around downtown.

We think everyone in Crescent Park should be aware of the mayor’s views:

  • She states that traffic is not significant problem
  • Her view is in direct conflict with years of Citizens’ Survey results where traffic is rated a top concern
  • She trivializes the work of residents to address traffic congestion and safety issues near downtown
  • She recommends that drivers use residential streets like Channing if University is busy

The mayor did say that residents could email her if they find traffic to be a problem. May we suggest you let her know your views and help her understand that we expect our mayor to have a better grasp of the growing traffic impacts we face in Palo Alto.   Liz.kniss@cityofpaloalto.org

John Guislin & Greg Welch

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City Council Retreat

I want to wish you Happy New Year, and at the same time, I apologize for the late wishes. The holidays turned out to be a forced rest for us – our family had a family cold. We’re all recovered and rested. I hope you are all well.

Please put this date on your calendar and help inform City Council what you would consider a priority or priorities for 2018.

City of Palo Alto City Council Retreat
Saturday, February 3, 2019
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
El Palo Alto Room, Mitchell Park Community Center, 3700 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto

Agenda https://www.cityofpaloalto.org/civicax/filebank/documents/63222

This year, there is much to be aware of and for you to determine whether this is YOUR vision for YOUR city…a place that you decided to call home for your family, a place that you could feel safe in all aspects, a place that you thought you could find peace and quiet enjoyment.

There is an aggressive plan/priority to build housing by deregulating and providing flexibility by changing zoning and relaxing the City’s building codes. Much of the negative cumulative impacts are deflected by the rationale that it is a regional matter. Here is a link to the draft Housing Work Plan https://www.cityofpaloalto.org/civicax/filebank/documents/63027. Page 27 will show all the deregulation. How will this impact your neighborhood and quality of life? The City is big on talking about “sustainability”, is this kind of growth sustainable? How will the City address parking? How will the City address the cut through traffic into our neighborhoods? How will the City fund all City services and infrastructure needs? The growth plan below is for the years 2018 – 2035.

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GUP Extension

Good news!

Santa Clara County Planning has extended the comment period for the Stanford University General Use Permit (GUP) Environmental Impact Report (EIR) to February 2, 2018.

https://www.paloaltoonline.com/news/2017/11/30/county-extends-comment-period-for-stanford-expansion

I would like to suggest that we come together to each take a section of the GUP EIR, so it is not so overwhelming. Let me know your interest area and if you permit, I will connect you with others who are interested in the same interest area. Let’s divide and conquer.

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Stanford General Use Plan

Dear Palo Altans,

A couple of matters pertaining to the Stanford University General Use Permit (GUP) that I want to bring to your attention:

  1. An extension for the comment period with regard to the Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) was formally requested by Palo Alto’s City Manager as reported in PA Weekly https://www.paloaltoonline.com/news/2017/11/29/cities-seek-more-time-to-vet-stanfords-proposed-expansion#comments. Stanford University has responded and is not supportive of the extension, but we are waiting for the response from the Santa Clara County office of Planning and Transportation. Please write in support for a 60 day extension, see the commenter in the PAOnline “Tired of Asspirations” for the email addresses.
  2. The period to make comments with regard to the Draft Environmental Impact Report for Stanford University’s 2018 General Use Permit (GUP) is coming to a close on December 4, 2017, if the extension is not approved.  Therefore, it is best to operate as if we will not be getting the extension.

Supervisor Joe Simitian will be hosting another public meeting to receive comments on the Draft EIR: 

  • November 30 (Thursday) from 7-9 p.m.

Palo Alto Arts Center Auditorium
1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto

(Special County Planning Commission meeting to receive public comments on the Draft EIR.)

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Two Meetings

Dear Palo Altans,

There are two significant projects that will be coming upon us that will require your attention.

Stanford University’s growth and expansion proposal

Supervisor Joe Simitian is hosting community meeting on Stanford University’s General Use permit associated Draft Environmental Impact Report. This community meeting held by Supervisor Simitian at Palo Alto City Hall will serve as an opportunity to hear about the proposed development and the process for reviewing it, including the opportunity for public engagement. It will also be a forum for the community to offer comments for consideration in the Final Environmental Impact Report.

Date:  Thursday, October 19, 2017
Time:  6:00pm – 8:00pm
Location:  Council Chambers, Palo Alto City Hall, 250 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto

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Stanford EIR

Dear Palo Altans,

Santa Clara County has released the Draft Environmental Impact Report for Stanford University’s 2018 General Use Permit (GUP).

The Draft EIR and referenced documents are available for review at the following locations:

Two public meetings will be held on the Draft EIR:

  • October 12 (Thursday) from 7-9 p.m.

Lucie Stern Community Center Ballroom
1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto

(Presentation by County Staff of Draft EIR and public comment process)

  • November 30 (Thursday) from 7-9 p.m.

Palo Alto Arts Center Auditorium
1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto

(Special County Planning Commission meeting to receive public comments on the Draft EIR.)

The proposed 2018 General Use Permit would authorize Stanford campus growth and land use development, anticipated to take place over a period extending from approximately 2018 through 2035:

  • 2,275,000 net new square feet of academic and academic support facilities;
  • 3,150 net new housing units/beds (550 units would be available for faculty, staff, postdoctoral scholars, and medical residents); and
  • Stanford University proposes that the 2018 General Use Permit include an option to allow Stanford to construct a 2,000-space parking supply reserve, subject to Planning Commission review and approval, if any one of the following conditions apply:
    • 1) Stanford is achieving its No Net New Commute Trip goal;
    • 2) such parking would not result in a substantial increase in peak-hour commute trips; or
    • 3) unforeseen circumstances occur due to changes in background conditions would require provision of additional parking.

 

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