City Staff Recommendation: Increase Population

On the September 14th, 2020 meeting during the Verbal Update and Possible Direction to Staff on COVID-19 related to Business Recovery Efforts, the Assistant Director of Planning and Development, Rachael Tanner,  presented the Long-Term and Large-Scale Recovery Strategies, including –

  1. Increase local customer base by growing the city’s population and by planning for more walkable, mixed-use neighborhoods with housing, retail, and services (e.g., NVCAP, Downtown Plan, El Camino Real, etc.)
  2. Support experience retail through destinations and place marking in downtown and other shopping districts.
  3. Retain major employers, producers, and start-ups to continue drawing workers to Palo Alto.

Watch City Staff comments, the long term strategies which the City Manager proposes growing Palo Alto’s populations and consideration to adjust ground floor retail preservation. A copy of the full presentation is available.

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Community Check-in

Community Check-In Meetings

The City Manager has monthly check-ins with the community, and that would be you… Palo Altan resident. 

These informal community check-in meetings are held via Zoom and are open to the public to provide feedback on the program, will be on the following dates and times:

  • February 16, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
  • March 16, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
  • April 20, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
  • May 18, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
  • June 15, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Click to join the webinar on Zoom.
Webinar ID: 995 9377 6067
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Watch the prior recorded meetings on YouTube.

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Palo Alto City Council Retreat

Please join City Council at our retreat on Saturday, January 30, 2021 starting at 9:00am virtually. Here is the link to join:

***BY VIRTUAL TELECONFERENCE ONLY***

https://cityofpaloalto.zoom.us/s/362027238

Meeting ID: 362 027 238 Phone:1(669)900-6833

You can access the Agenda here. (Hovering your curser over an agenda item and clicking will provide access to the staff report).

This Council Retreat is a priority setting meeting and there is an opportunity for you to speak and provide your thoughts during Public Comments scheduled for 12:00noon.

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Community Survey – Now Open

COMMUNITY_SURVEY_OPEN_ONLINE.pngThe National Citizens Survey, missed in 2019, has returned as the Nation Community Survey and now coordinated and managed through the City Manager’s office (it used to be coordinated through the City Auditor’s office). Some of you may have received this survey and already submitted it. If you did not receive the survey, you can take the survey online.

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Regional Planning is Out of Whack

Regional planning had gone completely out of whack and essentially their goal, the way I see it, is to ensure cities and counties fail in its housing goals and obstruct cities to plan land use in a practical, realistic, and balanced manner.

MTC/ABAG had previously assigned Palo Alto to build 10,500+ housing units between 2023-2031 (8 years), later ABAG reduces the obligation to 6,058 housing units. This number is unreasonable when compared to the 1,988 housing units allocated between the years 2015-2023. This MTC/ABAG action is purposefully setting up cities and counties fail so that state laws can take over jurisdiction's land use, zoning and permitting process. MTC/ABAG’s action is strategic to cause divisiveness and to pit cities against cities.

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Airplane Noise Update

It has been my pleasure to represent Palo Alto at the Santa Clara/Santa Cruz Counties Airport/Community Roundtable (SCSC RT) and as liaison to the SFO Airport/Community Roundtable (SFO RT) for the last four years to address airplane/craft noise, which has not only has been excessive, but disruptive and has health and environmental impacts. Council Member Greer Stone is the new appointee to the SCSC Roundtable.

I would like to bring you up to date on the discussions:

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