The Palo Alto 311 app, which can be used to report infrastructure and other problems to the city, is excellent. Easy user interface, quick response — you can even take a picture.
I've reported an abandoned bike, a broken sidewalk and a streetlight in need of repair. All matters were handled quickly, and I was kept updated (via the app) throughout.
My hat's off to all who developed this app and who do the work to help the city and residents!
Fulton Street, Palo Alto
Ban single family zoning?
Do Californians really want single-family zoning banned? Oregon just passed a law to do that. Right now, California legislators are proposing to do much the same across the state.
SB 592 proposes to:
1) Permit multi-story, multi-unit bunkhouses to be built in single-family home neighborhoods.
2) Eliminate use clauses for residential zones, paving the way for bars, hotels and car repair shops to be permitted "by right" in residential areas.
SB 330 proposes to:
1) Subject residential areas, without a public hearing, to non-residential uses.
2) Ban voters from overturning any of SB 330's elements.
Owning a home has always been the American dream. A majority of renters want to eventually own a single-family home.
It happened in Oregon, but it doesn't have to happen in California. Now's the time to speak up.
Walter Hays, Palo Alto
So, when people have trouble finding nice quiet places to park their RVs, they just enroll in a few courses at Foothill or another community college and they are in? What's not to like?
The staff folks are pretty high quality, the students are well-behaved, only college cops to hassle you and no late night traffic to whiz by. What could possibly go wrong?
Raymond R. White
Whitney Drive, Mountain View
Don't add more homes; limit the population
Michael Harbour's June 21 comment, "In Response to 'Lawmaker behind SB 50 makes case for zoning reforms to address state housing crisis," motivated me to share some thoughts.
It seems there is not a day we do not read or hear about the "housing crisis." Instead of submitting to the appearance of not enough affordable housing, why don't we eliminate the problem — meet it head on?
Stop inviting people to come to the Bay Area through enticing jobs. Support small businesses. Hire people from the local community.
Family planning should be supported. Encourage people to think about how every child that comes into the world will affect other people, our natural resources and our planet as a whole. How much money will it take to have and raise a child without any help from outside?
The Bay Area is greatly hurting from the overabundance of people both coming from outside (for jobs) and from inside.
It is time to say "no" and start supporting our own community. There are no more vacancies.
Walnut Avenue, Atherton
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