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News - December 1, 2017

City seeks more protection from Stanford expansion

Palo Alto officials, residents question university's plans to manage anticipated traffic and housing problems

by Gennady Sheyner

What if you hosted a public hearing on the largest land-use project in Santa Clara County history and almost no one showed up?

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Posted by Jeff
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Dec 1, 2017 at 11:13 am

I believe Stanford should widen Junipero Serra to allow more cars to pass in less time (that single-lane country road meandering by the golf course and "academic preserve" was inadequate thirty years ago). Similarly, Sand Hill really would benefit from extra lanes through the shopping center.


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Posted by Shuttle Rider
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Dec 1, 2017 at 12:14 pm

It would be great if Stanford could take its lessons learned from its Marguerite Shuttle and their TMA in the research park to help get a regional TMA off the ground. I ride the PA free shuttle on occasion but it really isn't frequent enough or doesn't operate when I need to use it that would make sense for regular use. What if traffic congestion could really be addressed with this?


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Posted by Marie
a resident of Midtown
on Dec 1, 2017 at 2:22 pm

Marie is a registered user.

The county should also require Stanford to follow recommendations from the CA Regional Water Control Board for upstream improvements to the San Francisquito Creek to help prevent future flooding along the Creek.

In 2014, the Board held up approval of flood control projects partially because there were no upstream measures included. The San Francisquito Joint Authority responded as follows:

"The creek authority's letter stated that it supports the use of upstream detention as part of the broad planning effort and that is has been discussing such projects for several years with Stanford University, which owns property upstream.

They requested approval without any specific upstream measures because they were unable to get Stanford to agree to any such mitigation which was finally approved. Nothing has been done since.

Web Link There was another article on the subject on June 20, 2014 but I can't get to it at the moment.

No progress has been made for any plans to reduce flooding based on upstream mitigations. There is no plan for a water retention basin or any plan to remove the silted-up Sears Dam.

The Board of Supervisors should require Stanford to include a plan to prevent future floods following recommendations of Regional Water Board. I think the Army Corps of Engineers also had recommendations totally disregarded by Stanford.



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Posted by Anon
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Dec 4, 2017 at 6:11 pm

I see estimates of new housing and new area for academic space, but, I did not see an estimate of the number of new jobs estimated. Is that in the proposal somewhere?

As always, the issue is traffic. Stanford needs to do more to get employees onto public transit. One way to do that would be to provide faster/better public transit on-campus, so that employees don't feel the need to drive to get from one end of campus to the other (e.g. via Campus Drive), and, faster/better access from ECR and Caltrain into campus (including the hospital(s)/med school). Currently, for example, Marguerite buses from Caltrain are mostly stuck in the same traffic jams and slow traffic that car commuters experience getting into the central campus. Transit lines should not share rights of way with the cars they are trying to supplant.


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Posted by Curmudgeon
a resident of Downtown North
on Dec 4, 2017 at 8:56 pm

"Stanford needs to do more to get employees onto public transit. One way to do that would be to provide faster/better public transit on-campus, so that employees don't feel the need to drive to get from one end of campus to the other ... Transit lines should not share rights of way with the cars they are trying to supplant."

Hear, hear. Stanford needs to first build a campus-wide subway system connecting to regional transit centers, then consider adding more surface superstructure.


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Midtown
on Dec 5, 2017 at 6:54 am

I attended a council meeting a while back, the action item was for an approval for a five billion dollar expansion of Stanford. When the vote came in, council chambers errupted in cheers. Who is cheering now?!

Just sayin'


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Posted by Ralph Eckland
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Dec 9, 2017 at 3:50 pm

The new Palo Alto Peripheral Train Canal will help carry the additional Stanford University water run-off into San Francisquito Creek and distribute it into Menlo Park and Mountain View neighborhoods.


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