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Spectrum - January 25, 2019

Guest Opinion: Ensuring Stanford does its fair share

by Alexa Russo

The year 2019 will determine the outcome of a crucial issue in Santa Clara County — Stanford University's development through 2035. Stanford is reaching the end of a lengthy application process for a general-use permit (GUP) that will allow a specific amount and type of growth over this 16-year period. As we enter into the last six months of negotiation, it is worth taking stock of where we are in these negotiations and what is at stake, particularly in light of the near-finalization of the recent Environmental Impact Report (EIR).

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Alexa Russo is a doctoral candidate at Stanford University and can be reached at alexaarusso@gmail.com

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4 people like this
Posted by Fair?
a resident of Los Altos
on Jan 26, 2019 at 2:28 pm

The community holds Stanford to such high standards and I wonder about "fairness." Why aren't other large employers such as Facebook, Google, and Apple held to equally high standards? Why don't we require these other large employers to commit to "no-net-new-commutes" or to provide the additional low-income housing, schools, and infrastructure that are needed when they rapidly create jobs that bring multitudes from all over the world to this area? Why don't we require them to submit plans and apply for general-use permits that dictate their growth over the next decade? Seems to me that similar standards should be applied to all employers of a certain size in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. Until that happens, we should back off of Stanford and simply thank them for the "extras" they already provide relative to other similarly-sized employers.


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Posted by Expect Less From Some
a resident of Stanford
on Jan 27, 2019 at 1:55 pm

> The community holds Stanford to such high standards and I wonder about "fairness." Why aren't other large employers such as Facebook, Google, and Apple held to equally high standards?

Because of its academic pedigree, many people have come to expect more of Stanford from the standpoint of integrity.

Facebook, Google and Apple...not so much. Just read the news.


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Posted by Just the facts, please.
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jan 28, 2019 at 12:05 pm

Just the facts, please. is a registered user.

Facebook, Google and Apple also went through extensive environmental review when they built. Mitigations were required. Is it adequate? No. However, Stanford won't end up mitigating all of their impacts either. They never do.





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