I am writing in response to last week's article about the Planning and Transportation Commission hearing regarding Castilleja School's proposal. I couldn't agree more with one speaker's lament that this is beginning to feel like Groundhog Day. It is time to stop this cycle, work from the facts to make sound decisions and approve this project.
Your reporter noted that this proposal has undergone numerous revisions since March 2021. This is true, but as a near neighbor of the school, I want to add that this proposal went through numerous revisions before that date, as well. In fact, the school has been making compromises and adjustments for years now. At this point, the updated campus and the proposed conditions of approval will improve quality of life in my neighborhood, and I am ready to see that positive change take shape.
As someone who values this infrastructure investment in my neighborhood and in the city of Palo Alto, I am encouraged by the facts that came out during last week's commission meeting. The city findings, the city code and the years of study all indicate that this project is compliant and ready for approval. Now, I ask city leaders to follow the law, abide by the code,and approve this proposal.
After all these years, all the compromises and all these improvements, it's time to let the school modernize and let our neighborhood move forward.
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