Lydia Kou Honored by American Cancer Society

Palo Alto's Councilmember Lydia Kou has been selected as the

American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network's
Policy Maker of the Year for the Northern California Region

Along with two other elected officials and a State legislator, she will be recognized at the

ACS CAN's Annual California Legislative Awards Reception
June 23, 2021 at 5:00pm - 6:15pm.

If you are available to celebrate with us, please RSVP:

The official announcement flyer is available.

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Catalysts Town Hall Series

You are invited to join the 2nd Catalysts' Town Hall in the 4-part series  


"Our Homes and

Cities are

Under Attack."



Sacramento is increasing housing costs without meeting the need for affordable housing, approving density, ignoring water shortages, removing environmental protections, and transferring wealth from individuals to corporations!


Hosted by Susan Kirsch, Director, Catalysts for Local Control


Session #2:

Thursday, June 17, 2021 5:30-6:30 pm

Inflated RHNA Numbers Lead to Ruin

Art Kiesel, former Mayor, Foster City

The Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) calculates  new housing needs by region and then assigns the local Council  of Governments (MTC/ABAG) to determine the allocations for each city. But what if the numbers are wrong and the cities can’t meet the allocations?

Click here to register 

to receive the Zoom login information

Information on the full series is on the Catalysts website.

You can also view the recording from Town Hall #1: "What About Water?" with Rick Johnson.

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Asian Amerian & Pacific Islander Heritage Month

We are collating all the videos from the AAPI Heritage Month presentations and will make them available for viewing here shortly


BONUS AAPI Heritage Month feature

A Peninsula favorite since opening its doors in 1970, Chef Chu’s is known world-wide for its innovative, tempting cuisine and charismatic owner, Lawrence C. C. Chu.

chef_chu_cooking.jpegChef Chu’s is a lively, bustling place, with Chef Chu himself often at the center of the activity. Almost always at the restaurant, he remains as busily involved in the daily operations as ever, whether it be helping out in the kitchen or greeting people as they enter.  As you watch him “in action,” you quickly understand that his hands-on participation and energy have played a large role in his success. So, too, have his deliciously creative menu and culinary philosophy.

In celebrating AAPI Heritage Month, Chef Chu shares his personal journey in building Chef Chu’s into a local icon and how Chinese food has evolved in the US in the last 51 years. 

He will also demonstrate the making of Chef Chu’s famous Chinese Chicken Salad

and Minced Chicken in Lettuce Cups

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Town Hall Meeting on Housing Needs

How much housing does

California REALLY need?


Between 2023 and 2031

Palo Alto will be required to build more than

6000 housing units

Every eight years the State tries to assess how much housing California needs.  But questions have been raised about “double-counting” in the new State methodology.

If you want to understand the impact this will have on YOU -- watch the video of the Town Hall presentation by Gab Layton, President and Co-founder of the Embarcadero Institute.

As I mention at the end of the presentation, Assembly member Janet Nguyen has introduced AB-1258 which would make the HUD (Housing and Urban Development) determination of RHNA numbers subject to judicial review. Here are links to two letters of support to Assembly member Nguyen, one from me and one from the Association of California Cities - Orange County.  Your support of this bill would help.

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Town Hall on Single Family Neighborhoods

Single Family Neighborhoods are Under Attack


What will Senate Bill SB9 do to your neighborhood?

What will Senate Bill SB10 do to your democratic rights?

State legislators are usurping local control of zoning

Join us and hear Maria and Jeff Kalban answer these questions and describe how SoCal neighbors are fighting these bills. 

Watch the Town Hall Meeting


Hosted by Palo Alto Councilmember Lydia Kou

The future of your lifestyle and how you live

is on the line in Sacramento.



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Council Resolution and Upcoming Agenda

Resolution of the Council of the City of Palo Alto Expressing Support for Actions to Further Strengthen Local Democracy, Authority, and Control as Related to Local Zoning and Housing Issues HAS PASSED with a 6-1 vote (Council Member Alison Cormack dissenting). You can read the full resolution here.

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