We invite you to respond to our new survey on the Foothills Preserve Lawsuit.
PURPOSE: The results of this survey will be used to inform Councilmember Lydia Kou of resident's opinions and will be made public before the November 2 Council meeting where action on the Foothills Preserve lawsuit will be decided.
SUMMARY: On August 3, 2020 the Palo Alto City Council voted 5-2 to:
- approve renaming Foothills Park to be a Nature Preserve,
- approve a revenue-neutral pilot program to allow a limited number of non-residents to enter the Preserve without needing to be a guest of a Palo Alto resident, and
- encourage the next City Council to put forward a ballot measure on the access rules in 2022.
Fifty days later, a small group of individuals filed a lawsuit against Palo Alto to force the immediate removal of the resident + guest restriction. This lawsuit is backed by local chapters of the NAACP and ACLU and a high-power law firm doing pro bono work for the ACLU. On October 19, the City Council voted in closed (confidential) session to settle the lawsuit with the public vote coming on November 2.