Unfortunately, there is not an abundance of "affordable housing" in some areas of California. Now, there is state legislation pending, mandating significant giveaways to developers to build housing. Sadly, only a small percent of the housing to be built is required by the state to be "affordable," while the vast majority is therefore assumed to be "unaffordable."
This does not make sense unless you are a developer.
Stanford Avenue, Palo Alto
Palo Alto's "true" birthday
Since our town's inception 125 years ago, April 16 has been acknowledged, honored and celebrated as Palo Alto's birthday. The April 16 founding date is blatantly evidenced by engravings on the multitude of antique bronze plaques placed over the ages throughout our beautiful city that commemorate historical landmarks such as our first hospital, first elementary school and first fire department.
It is arrogant and disgusting to rewrite our history on the whims of a rotating City Council that has little understanding or respect for how Palo Alto has historically been represented. And, for what purpose? To coordinate celebration with Earth Day.
Shame on the City Council for spending its limited time twisting our history instead of focusing on important city issues. When again I run for council, my campaign platform will be sure to include restoring our true Palo Alto birthday as April 16.
April 16 is the month and day that our founders chose for our historical annals as Palo Alto's birthday. Because our April 16 birth date was a purposeful decision reflecting our town folks' thinking and mindset at the time, the very decision itself to make April 16 Palo Alto's birthday is historical.
Palo Alto history deserves respect, and it is folly to tamper with any historical dates and events, regardless of who is in power.
Guinda Street, Palo Alto
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