This year's five contenders for the Palo Alto City Council explain their positions on housing in the city in individual endorsement interviews at the Palo Alto Weekly.
Pat Boone emphasized the need to revise the city's renters protections, such as relocation assistance and early notification for those facing eviction. Alison Cormack found promise in the growth of accessory-dwelling units, which have been popping up at a faster pace than in the city's recent history. If Boone and Cormack are elected, they would both be newcomers to the council that will see its number of seats reduce from nine to seven after the general election.
Incumbents Tom DuBois, Eric Filseth and Cory Wolbach pointed to past council discussions in describing their stances on housing. For DuBois, affordable housing is defined as below-market-rate housing. He has taken a moderate, get-it-done approach on housing issues as a councilman. Filseth sees raising impact fees as the way to address the region's housing and transportation problems. Wolbach, who believes the jobs-to-housing imbalance is due to the skyrocketing costs of housing, has been a proponent of both market- and below-market-rate housing.
The five candidates are seeking three open seats on the council this Tuesday.
For complete 2018 election information, check out the Palo Alto voters' guide.