These are letters which readers have sent to us, posted on our Facebook page or sent to the newspapers.
- Are you a YIYBY? August 22, 2019
It’s not whether you are a NIMBY or a YIMBY (Daily Post, August 21st), but a YIYBY (“Yes In Your Back Yard”) because that is what Scott Wiener of San Francisco, and others like him, are pursuing via SB50 (Daily Post, August 20th).
- ABAG and BMR Housing August 19, 2019
Every move California ABAG and related unelected and not-responsible Committees have made seems to be based on making it easy for developers to increase their profit. They claim it is based on planning, but it is not. As is borne out by the results.
- The “real” impediment to affordable housing July 16, 2019
The July issue of POLITICO Magazine has an article that states: “The middle-class dream of a single-family home is the biggest impediment to affordable housing, according to some housing activists—it keeps prices up by preventing new and denser developments.. This is simply wrong, wrong, wrong!
- SB 592: The Snake in the Grass June 15, 2019
A “gut and amend” technically may be legal but it is not necessarily moral or good governance. The gut and amend of SB 592 bespeaks of a legislator unable to accept consensus and all too willing to plan ahead and prepare bills that can then serve as vehicles for these kinds of legislative maneuvers. ...
- Wiener’s Gut & Amend Tactics June 13, 2019
Just today (Thursday 6/13), Senator Scott Wiener did what we had heard and predicted that he would do — he gutted SB 592 held at the Assembly Desk since May 24, 2019 — and amended it to a new “Housing Accountability Act” now set for hearing on July 3, 2019 at 9:15 am before the ...
- Speak Out NOW October 13, 2017
At the Public Hearings held on October 23 and October 30, 2017, the Palo Alto City Council considered the Planning & Transportation Commission’s recommendations in order to provide direction to Staff, and certify the Final EIR. Due to a large number of public comments and discussions, this item was continued to the November 13th Council ...
- Stanford University General Use Permit October 9, 2017
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: County website: www.sccgov.org/sites/dpd/Programs/Stanford/Pages/GUP2018_CEQA.aspx Mitchell Park Library, 3700 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto; Rinconada Library, 1213 Newell Rd, Palo Alto THREE public meetings will be held on the Draft EIR: October 12 ...
- Safety Must Come First October 27, 2013
I live on Georgia Ave. on the Cul de sac that nestles up to the back of Juana Briones school. Some days I have to back out of my driveway during the peak of pedestrian traffic, past the blind spot caused by my neighbor’s illegally high privacy fence. Kids on bikes, kids walking, little kids ...
Editorials by our webmaster and staff.
- The Only Wiener California Needs June 5, 2020
State Senator Scott Wiener has rushed bad bills through his Housing Committee which would destroy our neighborhoods and raise our taxes.
- Support Our Local Newspapers March 31, 2020
The current Coronavirus health crisis is affecting all our daily lives, and it is having a huge impact on two critical sources of news and information that our community has relied on for years and needs in this time of crisis – the Palo Alto Weekly and the Daily Post.
- Dear Senator: Please oppose SB 50 January 24, 2020
Livable California has set up a letter which you can sign and it will be emailed to all the State Senators to tell them you oppose SB-50.
- CA legislators should take a breath on housing ‘crisis.’ January 24, 2020
Legislators should declare a moratorium on more legislation until the impact of the 40-plus housing bills passed in the last four years take effect,
- PBA 2050 Public Engagement Plan October 11, 2019
Manipulation Suitable for an Anti-Democratic State Posted by: Susan Kirsch – October 6, 2019 – 8:00pmReprinted from The Marin Post There are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations. James Madison, fourth president of the United States, 1809-1817 UPDATE: Click these ...
- Regional housing plan boomerangs June 12, 2019
More than a decade ago, Bay Area regional planning agencies launched a growth strategy intended to concentrate new jobs and housing at designated sites close to transit — so-called Priority Development Areas or PDAs.
- The Failed Economics of Jobs-Housing Linkage June 12, 2019
Developers would pay for only 20 percent of the demand their projects create – so why are we still building so much office space?
- Proposed City Law Threatens Housing and Renters January 28, 2019
All Palo Altans should urge the Planning and Transportation Commission to reject a controversial proposal that would make it easier for City staff to cast aside or “adjust” existing laws. Read more…
- We Need Your Votes October 14, 2018
An open letter to all who are concerned, as we are, about the future of Palo Alto as a livable community. We need your votes! Read more…