Residents Survey on Palo Alto's Foothills Park

 

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Once again, to guide my work as a City Council member, I asked for the opinions of Palo Alto residents on a key issue that will impact all. This issue is on the City Council agenda for August 3, 2020. And 1129 of you responded and gave me your opinions. I would like to thank you for your help in my effort to make City governance responsive to the wishes of the residents.

As I did with my Budget survey, the results of this survey are now available to my City Council colleagues and the public. 

If you want to learn more about the issues, click here.

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Make Palo Alto Count!

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To ensure our FAIR representation at the State House, in the US Congress & our FAIR share of over $926B of Federal + State aid.

 Please Complete your U.S. CENSUS

Complete it once for your entire household.

 

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LOG ONTO: my2020census.gov

FILL OUT & MAIL: your paper 2020 Census form, if you got one

CALL: 1-844-330-2020 (English) or 1-844-468-2020 (Spanish)

 

US Census enumerators – census takers – will be knocking on the doors of those who have not completed their census beginning August 11th

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You Have Spoken

Dear Palo Alto neighbor:

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My heartfelt thanks to everyone who took the time to complete my online survey regarding Palo Alto's 2020-2021 

City Budget. Your thoughts and ideas are very important to me … as a Councilmember I am your voice on the City Council and I want to be able to accurately reflect the community during the very difficult budget decisions we must make for the 2020-2021 budget in the post-pandemic era.

I have included a summary presentation of the final results of the survey. The overwhelming consensus of 650 residents was that cuts should be made in the use of consultants (92.6%), salaries of city employees (90.8%) and large infrastructure projects (80.0%) but not in public safety (80.0%). Preliminary information was presented to the Palo Alto's City Council on 5/12 and 5/13 during our three day budget session. The final summary will be presented at the budget hearing on 5/26.

Let me also invite you to continue to provide me with your ideas for the future of Palo Alto which you can do by leaving a comment on my website or by joining me at my weekly video chat. I look forward to our continued conversation. 

Thank you again for your interest and participation.

Be well.

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Palo Alto Budget Survey

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May 9 – 23, 2020

 

SUMMARY OF RESULTS 

 

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Infrastructure Priorities #1

 

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Infrastructure Priorities #3

 

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Public Safety

 

Administration and Management

 

Finances

Results have been updated as of 5/24/20.

 

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Plan Bay Area 2050

In the midst of the unprecedented COVID-19 shelter-in-place with all its disastrous consequences — some of which will significantly impact future planning for the Region — MTC/ABAG is nonetheless rushing ahead to assign “housing needs” numbers to our cities this summer,  without any input from the affected communities. We have never needed fair, effective, and thoughtful regional growth planning as much as we do today.  Our very lifestyle and the quality of that lifestyle depend on it. It is essential that we have a planning process for our future in which everyone who is critically impacted by this growth can take part in decisions that affect them deeply.

Increasingly, citizens in the West Bay are demanding to understand the full impacts of new policies and to know the costs of full mitigation!  And, specifically, they are asking for an opportunity to have open public discussions of goals and real input to resulting policy decisions. The global COVID-19 pandemic has and will continue to affect planning profoundly -- many assumptions will need rethinking!

Please do not let unelected agencies like MTC/ABAG and Big Business usurp our City Council’s rightful roll as the focus and driving influence of effective and balanced local zoning and spending decisions. They are rightly the voice of the people that these plans will impact.

But, the City of Palo Alto City Manager and Council majority will not agree have a public study session or discussion about MTC/ABAG’s Plan Bay Area 2050 and Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA), so I have been following other cities’ when they have theirs. I want to alert you to an opportunity to learn more about the growth that is planned for Palo Alto by regional entities. 

Next Tuesday, May 19th, Cupertino City Council will be conducting a Study Session on the Plan Bay Area 2050 and Regional Housing Needs Allocations (RHNA). It includes impact of Jobs-Housing Balance and Jobs-Housing Fit to RHNA.

May 19th, 2020 regular meeting starts at 6:45pm.  It is Agenda item 22.

https://www.cupertino.org/our-city/videos-on-demand/all-televised-meetings

Attachments:

1. Staff Report, 2. A - Plan Bay Area 2050 Memo, 3. B - Regional Housing Needs Allocation Memo

  • The MTC/ABAG has adopted Growth Geographies for each city: basically areas within 1/2 mile of bus lines with 15 min frequency of service during peak time and 1/4 mile of bus lines of 16-30 mins during peak time.
  • The City has an opportunity to nominate new/expanded Growth Geographies through May 31, 2020. (Note the wording... the City can only ADD to what MTC/ABAG has already adopted.)
  • Particularly since SB 375 does not require a local jurisdiction’s General Plan to be consistent with the regional plan. => Meaning... MTC/ABAG's regional plan could violate a local jurisdiction’s General Plan => The regional plan supersedes the local General Plan?
  • MTC and ABAG staff has been discussing the form of development envisioned in the different Growth Geographies. For example, in the HRA’s with a basic bus service, multifamily development in the form of two-story tri- and four-plexes are envisioned while in TRA’s, larger multi-family development in the form of three- to five- story buildings are envisioned

May 31st is the deadline for the Cities to respond on the MTC/ABAG adopted Growth Geographies.

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Online Meetings, Parks and COVID-19

Dear Palo Altans,

I am offering online/phone office hours

Chats with Lydia (via Zoom) 
1st and 3rd Tuesdays 

11:30am - 1:30pm

Please register in advance for this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwkceioqjkqEtITNpZQF5BTTCxzhTYrwJC8

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. If you have trouble registering, please email [email protected]


Today is the 14th day since the Bay Area-wide shelter-in-place order went into effect, and the 11th day since the State-wide executive order for the same.

The City has had to make many difficult decisions since the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic, and this week, the decisions do not get any easier we came to the decision to close the parking lots of the open space preserves. At this time, Palo Alto parks and open spaces are still open. Please, please comply with the 6-foot physical/social distancing and avoid group gatherings. FYI, San Mateo County has closed all its 23 parks and MidPen Open Space has closed Windy Hill Open Space Preserve.  

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Why Scott Wiener's SB-50 Won't Get Us Affordable Housing

On March 30, 2019, 48 Hills in San Francisco presented a very informative talk by “geographical economist” Dr. Michael Storper entitled “Why Scott Wiener’s SB-50 Won’t Get Us Affordable Housing.” The two videos below are Dr. Storper’s talk and the Q&A session that followed.

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