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East Palo Altans form tenants union to fight housing crisis

Group aims to have clout to protect affordable and low-income housing

More than 60 East Palo Alto residents voted on Saturday to form a tenants union to combat rising housing costs that they say are harming the city's long-term residents.

The action was brought about by multiple nonprofit organizations that advocate for renters, immigrants and seniors, which convened the meeting at Willow Oaks Elementary School in Menlo Park. The union, the first such entity in the 36-year-old city, will be led by residents.

The group aims to gain influence and to oppose developers and landlords seeking to redevelop large portions of the city, which until recently has been one of the least expensive areas to live in the nine-county Bay Area.

The city has at least 27 large commercial and mixed-use developments in the pipeline, which could increase demand for market-rate housing in East Palo Alto by employees working in those buildings.

Projects to provide more market-rate housing are already in the works. The city's largest landlord of low-income housing, Sand Hill Property Company, proposed in December to demolish 160 rental units and to replace them with 605 apartments, 445 of which would be rented at market rate and 160 that would be below-market rate.

The company said that tenants currently protected under the city's rent-stabilization ordinance would have first right for return to the new apartments, but residents have expressed concern about whether their units would be protected under state law and where they would live during construction.

The company said it would not displace the residents.

"This proposal pledges no displacement. Because it's a small portion of the overall property, all of the existing tenants that currently live in the area can be relocated to other apartments within Woodland Park during the construction process. We will pay for the move and we will facilitate the process," Mike Kramer, a managing director for Sand Hill, said in a May planning commission meeting.

When the new building is constructed, current residents can move into the new units at the same rent-stabilized rent, which is only adjusted by the rent board.

Those units will be part of the Rent Stabilization Program, company spokesmanMatt Larson said.

"We intend to deed-restrict these units so they will be required to be rent stabilized in perpetuity. Vacated units would be treated like any other vacated rent-controlled unit under the Rent Stabilization Program."

But residents said with all of the development in the city, they still need to be vigilant.  

"We are here with one common interest: We wonder about redevelopment and what that will do to my home," said Francisca Guzman, an 11-year resident of the Woodland Park Communities and a member of the city's rent-stabilization board.

Karla Facundo, an East O'Keefe Street resident, said she has seen her rent rise dramatically — to $2,248 a month — and struggles to make ends meet. Her landlord recently started charging her for utilities in addition to rent.

"It is so much money. They are raising my rent by $100 a month. Garbage, sewer and water are now being added to my rent," she said.

Longtime residents who lived in the city when "nobody wanted to live here" should not be pushed out of the community, she said.

"I don't know. We're living in very difficult times. The only thing I can say is 'Let's fight. Let's not remain quiet.' As families, psychologically it's affecting us so much. We should never be fearful of the future," she said.

Tenants unions have been successful in places such as Los Angeles, where government leaders decided to enact "rent pauses," to prevent rent increases for a period of time in vulnerable communities. The San Francisco Tenants Union, which formed in the 1970s, pushed to pass rent control and a proposition that gives every tenant facing an eviction a right to an attorney, said Ofelia Bello, executive director of Youth United for Community Action.

Representatives from community groups including Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto, Youth United for Community Action, Faith in Action, the city planning commission and Comite de Vecinos del Lado Oeste East Palo Alto, a group of Woodland Park residents, said they are supporting the tenants union because it represents the city's diverse population.

Even in a city like East Palo Alto, whose elected representatives lean toward the progressive side, a tenants' union is the only way to have a flexible and responsive voice to the changes, some residents said at Saturday's meeting.

East Palo Alto is also approving the development of new, affordable housing. The city gave the green light to a proposal in January for 128 new affordable units at Light Tree Apartments at 1805 E. Bayshore Road, 14 of which will be set aside for formerly homeless people, the disabled and/or transitional-age youth. The city also plans to build 120 affordable units at 965 Weeks St. on city-owned land.

The number of units, however, is small compared to the estimated thousands of new workers who theoretically could populate the city as the new office developments come to fruition.

The union plans to have four working groups: governance and leadership structure; membership; programs and activities; and members' urgent needs. A larger meeting will be scheduled in the future after the organizational committees' initial meetings, organizers said.

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19 people like this
Posted by TheTruthHurts
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jul 2, 2019 at 3:49 pm

I've lived in East Palo Alto for over 2 decades, going on 3. The vast majority of long-term residents aren't struggling financially - in fact they are benefiting from such all-time low ‘Bay Area’ cost of living, in fact some may argue they are cheating, life hacking since literally everyone else around them have to pay market rate prices. Drive through the city on a Friday, Saturday and sometimes Sunday evening and you will find house parties/gatherings with loud music playing, blow-up jumper castles and people laughing, singing, drinking, etc - sometimes on every other block past mid-night. It’s awesome, No financial crisis here! I don’t get it, there are hundreds of proposed/approved units on the city development timeline – yeah I could see why people want “more, more, more affordable housing” – Not having to pay market rate prices sounds very nice, but you can’t build a viable, progressively prosperous city on low-income! I don't understand how this group of 60 people (out of the supposed 30k city residents) are "opposing" the potential tax benefit that these future developments will bring to our city. Roads still need to get resurfaced, sidewalks still need to get built, schools still need the funds, crime still needs to be dealt with, many houses/buidlings still need to be adequately brought up to code. Take a guess of how many people are abusing the city’s lenient or lack of building regulation – The streets are jammed with cars because multiple families swarm rentals – it’s shocking! Where will the funds come from if “everyone” doesn’t contribute their equal share. Sorry not sorry!


9 people like this
Posted by EPA resident
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jul 2, 2019 at 6:50 pm

Me and my family moved to EPA back in 1990. We were able to buy a house and settle. When the economy crushed a few years ago my family business did too so we were forced to sell our house. We are renting now and leaving pay check to check. I went to college earned a degree and still do not make enough to buy a house. I live and work for the city of EPA. This is the place I called home, this is the city I am raising my children and now this is the city that is now trying to push me out!!! I understand things and time change but there should be a limit. Tell me why am I not entitle to live in the city I work for?!!!! I work with children and I want to show them how wonderful life is if you educate yourself......although choosing a career you love might not be enough even if you love what you do (just so we can live where we were raised).


70 people like this
Posted by Lateisha
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jul 2, 2019 at 7:03 pm

East Palo Alto will never be the same. White developers with big money now infiltrating our city and changing its landscape.

EPA residents will never benefit from the added municipal tax revenues.

90% of the world's problems are caused by white people. Look it up in your history books.



6 people like this
Posted by Real EPA
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jul 3, 2019 at 9:47 am

Hey- @TheTruthHurts

You state un-truths. You’re wrong and completely misguided. And you can’t be part of EPA. No one who’s been in my community that long would speak about it in such a manner. The hard working people of our community are allowed to enjoy time with family and friends on weekends. Gatherings are how we celebrate. If you don’t like it, move back to wherever you came from.

I’m a beautiful product of EPA. I’ve lived here my entire life. There’s no place like it.


8 people like this
Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jul 3, 2019 at 3:34 pm

Lateisha, you're the one who needs to crack open some history books and actually read them. It dues trans reading any books to know that the city is not run by white people, developers or no developers. Get involved instead of complaining online.


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Posted by Dontrelle
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jul 3, 2019 at 3:41 pm

I think Lateisha was conveying that white carpetbaggers are infiltrating EPA with their development plans for the city.

And historically, 90% of the world's problems both past & present have been created by white folks!

Let's not give them the future as well.


4 people like this
Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jul 3, 2019 at 4:50 pm

Dontrelle, thanks for EPAsplaining. So what are you doing to stop the evil white man?


25 people like this
Posted by Dontrelle
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jul 3, 2019 at 6:20 pm

> Dontrelle, thanks for EPAsplaining. So what are you doing to stop the evil white man?

By not selling the 'evil white man' our homes and living in perceived squalor with our barred windows, short cyclone gate/fences in the front yard and loyal pit bulls to chase away unwelcomed strangers!

Gentrification and redevelopment can go elsewhere. Some of us are trying to preserve EPA in the same manner a sizeable number of Palo Alto residents are resisting further development in their city.





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Posted by Lateisha
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jul 3, 2019 at 7:02 pm

Thank you Dontrelle. Some white folks just don't get it.

Next on the agenda...reparations for descendants of slavery but only the southern states should be required to 'cough-up' the remunerations. No need to hold the northern states responsible.

The unfulfilled promise of 40 acres per family also provides a means to gauge the magnitude of reparations owed to the descendants of those enslaved. A conservative estimate ofthe price of land in the USA in 1865 would be $10 per acre (Mital and Powell). An allocation of40 acres to a family of four would imply 10 acres per person, hence a value of $100 per ex-slavein 1865. If we also take as a conservative estimate of the total number of ex-slaves who hadattained emancipation at the close of the Civil War of as 4 million persons, 40 million acres of landvalued at $400 million should have been distributed to the ex-slaves in 1865. The present valueof that sum of money compounded from 1865 at 6 percent (5 percent for interest earned and onepercent as an inflation adjustment) would amount to more than $1.3 trillion. If there areapproximately 30 million descendants of enslaved Africans in the USA today, the estimate based upon forty acres, yields an allocation of slightly more than $400,000 per recipient



2 people like this
Posted by Don
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jul 5, 2019 at 8:57 am

Lateisha,
I agree with your numbers completely. I think it should be 10x that. $4,000,000 each and free house in Palo Alto with utilities included. If the white man complains. Leave America but please leave your wallet.


6 people like this
Posted by Reparatins
a resident of Mountain View
on Jul 5, 2019 at 10:40 am

@Lateisha, how about reparations for the Eastern Europeans who worked like slaves in the meat packing plants in Chicago, living in squalor and working with such unsafe practices that many of them died (if you’re not familiar with this try reading Slaughterhouse Five and educate yourself)? How about reparations to the Irish who came and worked factories, again under unsafe conditions and for minimal compensation? Or the Chinese who worked the railroads, the Hispanics who work(ed) fields (read Esperanza Rising), the Oklahoma Dust Bowl migrants who swarmed to California under false promises of work only to come for nothing, again living in cardboard shacks, eating fried dough and dying of malnutrition (try Grapes of Wrath for a glimpse)

Are they deserving of reparations?


6 people like this
Posted by Reparations
a resident of Mountain View
on Jul 5, 2019 at 11:05 am

I meant to say:
Are they deserving of reparations or does it only apply to black folk?


42 people like this
Posted by Dontrelle
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jul 5, 2019 at 1:52 pm

The hardworking immigrants from Europe & Asia chose to come to America & work.

The Dust Bowl migrants were white Americans displaced by the farmlands that they themselves ruined by not alternating crops. Result...topsoil lost & blown away.

The slaves were brought in chains against their will and didn't get paid.

BIG DIFFERENCE!

White folks are still in denial.


49 people like this
Posted by Lateisha
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jul 5, 2019 at 5:39 pm

It is pointless to try & educate people who cannot see the entire picture Dontrelle.

America was built on the exploitation of cheap labor regardless of one's ethnicity.

However & as you pointed out succinctly, there's a huge difference between being exploited by white 'fat cats' (aka 19th century industrialists) VS being brought over as slaves against one's free will & forced to work for NOTHING.



4 people like this
Posted by Reparations
a resident of Mountain View
on Jul 5, 2019 at 6:40 pm

The slaves were sold out by their own people in Africa. Perhaps you should
Go to them for reparations. Oh wait, Africa is pretty much a cesspool of poverty and exploitation by their own rights.

You are correct in one respect, lot of denial going on here. Denial that at least in America ALL people have had the freedom and chance to improve and get better.


27 people like this
Posted by Lateisha
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jul 5, 2019 at 6:50 pm

> The slaves were sold out by their own people in Africa.

^^^ That is true as most of us have seen Roots. However the southern US white man created the market for these captured slaves by purchasing them in large numbers.

No market = no slaves to be caught & sold.

But don't feel bad...the British & Dutch were also involved in this practice.

Except that they abolished slavery long before the southern American whites were forced to by losing the Civil War.


45 people like this
Posted by Dontrelle
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jul 5, 2019 at 6:57 pm

The white Southern Baptists of that period were also a peculiar group of WHITE bible-thumping fundamentalists.

How could one be a Christian slave owner? This doesn't make any sense.


25 people like this
Posted by Lateisha
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jul 5, 2019 at 7:07 pm

^^^ And long after the Civil War, many of these white 'bible-thumping' Southern Baptists were local civic leaders as well as active members of the KKK.

Two sets of rules based on skin color.



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Posted by Dontrelle
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jul 5, 2019 at 7:26 pm

So all things considered, the WHITE investors striving to gentrify EPA through extensive development projects represent the new plantation owners of the 21st century.

It's all about displacement and exploitation of the poor (regardless of color) in the name of the almighty dollar sign.

The key then is not to sell-out to these carpetbaggers and to keep EPA as it is.


6 people like this
Posted by Better than Cartoons
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 5, 2019 at 9:56 pm

Thanks, Dontrel and Leteisha, for confirming all the worst stereotypes that other races have about our community.


5 people like this
Posted by Reparations
a resident of Mountain View
on Jul 5, 2019 at 11:59 pm

@Lateisha...I don’t feel bad, I had absolutely nothing to do with slavery. Neither did you.

The bigger question is why do YOU feel so bad? So easy to be the victim.


18 people like this
Posted by Dontrelle
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jul 6, 2019 at 11:11 am

@Better than Cartoons/Reparations

Denial & ridicule is the standard operating procedure for avoiding responsibility.

The sides that have lost wars often resort to this excuse.


20 people like this
Posted by Dontrelle
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jul 6, 2019 at 12:22 pm

Come to think of it, the sides that win wars and/or misappropriate land are also guilty of the same 'standard operating procedure'.

Speaking of reparations, the Native Americans should be FULLY remunerated in real property or current CASH value for all of the acreage that was stolen from them during the course of westward expansion and unlawful land acquisitions.

Most of the state of Georgia should be returned to the Cherokee Nation along with Florida to the Seminoles and we haven't even addressed the American southwest, Rocky Mountain states, the Dakotas and much of the eastern United States!

Years ago a Native American acquaintance remarked that they should have let the Pilgrims starve that winter as the shared banquet just created more problems along the way...white man generated problems.


65 people like this
Posted by Joaquin
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jul 6, 2019 at 2:34 pm

Not seeking any reparations but The United States created a war with Mexico to cede California & many Spanish/Mexican land grants were dissolved to accommodate the westward migration of WHITE settlers.

The Republic of Texas had aspirations to become a southern slave state & Mexico had abolished slavery in 1829...part of the growing conflict between WHITE American Texans & Mexico.

Except for maybe the Louisiana Purchase, Manifest Destiny = theft and contrived conflicts to ensure a land grab.

Though Mexico eventually lost Texas & the Mexican-American War, around the end of February my cousins & I always celebrate our own version of 'Alamo Day' to commemorate Santa Anna wiping out the arrogant Texans who were invited by Mexico to settle the land but wanted to make up their set of own laws and bring in black slaves to work on their ranches. Good riddance!


12 people like this
Posted by Joaquin
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jul 6, 2019 at 3:05 pm

> America was built on the exploitation of cheap labor regardless of one's ethnicity.

Socialist based/capitalistic-driven China is following this American 'business model' but being a homogeneous society, they do not have to import slaves or indentured servitude.

There are many successful manufacturing business owners arriving from overseas with the financial resources to purchase expensive Palo Alto residencies with CASH. I understand Palo Alto is now demographically 40% Asian.

Ironic...these changing times.




18 people like this
Posted by Lateisha
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jul 6, 2019 at 5:57 pm

> Ironic...

Ironic in that the 'pre-revisionists' in Hollywood portrayed the pro-slavery Texans & Tennesseans valiantly defending the Alamo but never addressed their exploitive & racist agendas.


25 people like this
Posted by Other Countries Owe Reparations As Well
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jul 6, 2019 at 6:27 pm

"90% of the world's problems are caused by white people."

Top 6 Countries That Grew Filthy Rich From Enslaving Black People
By ABS Contributor - October 1, 2013

>> England, France, The Netherlands, Spain, Portugal, The United States.

Web Link


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Posted by Lateisha
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jul 6, 2019 at 8:30 pm

> ...around the end of February my cousins & I always celebrate our own version of 'Alamo Day' to commemorate Santa Anna wiping out the arrogant Texans who were invited by Mexico to settle the land but wanted to make up their set of own laws and bring in black slaves to work on their ranches. Good riddance!

Good for you Joaquin!

Robert Duvall, one of Hollywood's greatest journeymen, weighed in memorably and may have had the best moment in the movie 'Geronimo'...as he surveys a burning village of slaughtered Indians, the work of bounty hunters, he wonders who would sink to such depths.

"Must be Texans," he says. "Lowest form of white man there is."


20 people like this
Posted by Quashaun
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jul 7, 2019 at 12:15 pm

"The number of units, however, is small compared to the estimated thousands of new workers who theoretically could populate the city as the new office developments come to fruition."

Don't want any new office developments in East Palo Alto.

Don't want the THOUSANDS of new office workers moving in & living here either.

Continue this kind of over-development in Palo Alto instead.

Don't need or want any WHITE developers/opportunists ruining the EPA way of life!




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Posted by Lateisha
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jul 7, 2019 at 5:50 pm

Of note...the prospective developers of EPA are moneyed WHITE folks and not the local residents or business people of color in East Palo Alto.

The locals electing to sell their properties to accommodate these office complexes and upscale residential developments are doing a major disservice to the remaining EPA residents.





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Posted by Lamar
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jul 7, 2019 at 6:19 pm

Lateisha,
PLEASE run for mayor. Your our only hope. Also everyone do not vote Donald Trump. He is racist and mean man. Bad role model for children.
Before I vote for you. How do you feel about LGTB taking over?


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Posted by Lateisha
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jul 7, 2019 at 6:34 pm

> Before I vote for you. How do you feel about LGTB taking over?

Lamar...it's not so much about 'taking over' but acknowledging that everyone's voice is important & must be heard.

Recognition & respect for the interests/concerns of the LGTB community should never be overlooked or ignored as they are a vital part of the American and global fabric.

As for running for mayor...no thanks.

However you strike me as worthy individual up to the task. In the event you decide to run, we can brainstorm & you will have my undivided support.

As for POTUS #45, let's not even go there!


12 people like this
Posted by Dontrelle
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jul 8, 2019 at 12:11 pm

> ....the prospective developers of EPA are moneyed WHITE folks and not the local residents or business people of color in East Palo Alto.

> The locals electing to sell their properties to accommodate these office complexes and upscale residential developments are doing a major disservice to the remaining EPA residents.

^^^ Yes. The WHITE/moneyed developers are dangling carrots & that is the easiest way to catch a rabbit.

EPA residents...be like Bugs Bunny & view the carpetbagging WHITE/developers as Elmer Fudd with a thick wallet. Last time I checked, the Fuddster never did catch Bugs.

The same can be said of The Road Runner & Wiley Coyote. The WHITE/developers are wily but they can be kept in check.


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Posted by Quashaun
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jul 8, 2019 at 6:00 pm

"The unfulfilled promise of 40 acres per family..." (and don't forget the mule) simply goes to show that the WHITE man cannot be trusted to keep his word. Just ask our Native American friends about the countless treaties their ancestors signed in good faith only to be forced off their new lands when gold, oil and other natural resources were found there.

East Palo Alto was once viewed as an undesirable locale by the very same people who now consider it opportune for development...development to primarily serve the vested interests of guess who?

Silicon Valley continues to expand and more acreage is needed for office complexes and housing for those who will work in those office buildings. Palo Alto is striving to put an end to this expansion within their city boundaries so why not EPA as well?

To date, no developer or corporation has promised to hire more EPA residents. Instead these new workers will be from other areas and backgrounds.

Until these so-called outside expansionists start assuring that at least 50% of the new hires will be current EPA residents (regardless of job training & educational background) then it is best to keep them at bay.

Go somewhere else & build your high-rises. Even Palo Alto residents will concur as we don't need the traffic gridlock and in East Palo Alto...the displacementof residents who could be forced out due to this one-sided business opportunity.

White developers & corporations...go to the East Bay, Central Valley or Sacramento areas. You are not welcome in EPA.









8 people like this
Posted by Shocked
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jul 8, 2019 at 7:37 pm

I'm shocked the moderators allow such racist comments on this thread.


4 people like this
Posted by avoid the fray
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 9, 2019 at 1:00 am

It would be racist to delete such comments.
"Strange game, the only winning move is not to play."


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Posted by Quashaun
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jul 9, 2019 at 6:15 am

> I'm shocked the moderators allow such racist comments on this thread.

Is it racist to simply point out some historical facts & to address developer interests in EPA?

No one is making any disparaging remarks...just pointing out the obvious.

Like the residents of Palo Alto, many East Palo Alto citizens are concerned about unchecked development & its eventual impact on the community.


4 people like this
Posted by Kenny
a resident of University South
on Jul 9, 2019 at 11:02 am

"Don't want the THOUSANDS of new office workers moving in & living here either."

Since the nouveau riche in Palo Alto don't want additional residents, they are trying to dump them on surrounding communities. That includes East Palo Alto. They say "Not in my backyard", but have no problems throwing the problem over the freeway fence into somebody else's backyard.

"Also everyone do not vote Donald Trump."

It would be worth it to make all the sanctimonious elitist liberals bounce off the walls, would it not? They aren't your friends. For those who cannot stomach Trump, why not vote Libertarian or Green instead?


2 people like this
Posted by Kenny
a resident of University South
on Jul 9, 2019 at 11:14 am

"I'm shocked the moderators allow such racist comments on this thread."

You are surprised at Shallow Alto being racist? You're kidding, right? Not everyone is that way, but many of the sheep really are wolves.


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Posted by Reparations
a resident of Mountain View
on Jul 9, 2019 at 12:25 pm

Interesting that making blanket statements about “white man” are “just stating facts” but when someone points out actual facts about black crime that’s then being racist.

You can’t have it both ways. I’m actually totally fine calling out white developers if that is indeed the case. But then you can’t get upset when people recognize that black crime is an issue and needs to be addressed.


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Posted by Stay On Topic
a resident of College Terrace
on Jul 9, 2019 at 2:54 pm

> Interesting that making blanket statements about “white man” are “just stating facts” but when someone points out actual facts about black crime that’s then being racist.

^^^ This thread is about the housing crisis in EPA. It has nothing to do with the demographics of crime.


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Posted by Keshawn
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jul 9, 2019 at 6:32 pm

> Since the nouveau riche in Palo Alto don't want additional residents, they are trying to dump them on surrounding communities. That includes East Palo Alto.

^^^And the only way the developers (regardless of their ethnic backgrounds) can pull this master plan off is by purchasing EPA land at or below market value & then proceeding with their gentrification/redevelopment plans to make the community more attractive to professional people...regardless of anyone's ethnic background. It's all about big money.

This in turn will force many EPA residents to relocate as the rental and sale prices of new & existing housing will skyrocket due to residency demands and its convenient location for commuting.

Most EPA locals do not want to see this happen and it's got nothing to do with racism.

All things considered, are the developers people of color? Highly unlikely.

Let's get real. EPA is the last city in Silicon Valley to expand upon and the developers are land sharks. Palo Altans should understand this given the develper abominations they have had to endure.





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Posted by Tar & Feather The Developers!
a resident of Community Center
on Jul 10, 2019 at 1:14 pm

Best case scenario would be to run ALL of the developers out of town whether in PA or EPA.

This area is getting way too paved over and over compacted.


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Posted by Seriously?
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jul 11, 2019 at 2:23 pm

> I’m actually totally fine calling out white developers if that is indeed the case.

^^^ Very magnanimous of you. Who else would the developers be? It takes a lot of working capital & financial connections for the undertaking of these kinds of projects.

How many major black or Hispanic developers do you know of?


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