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Could Cubberley negotiations be back on?

School board invites city to pitch ideas for land swaps, lease modifications

by Gennady Sheyner and Zoe Morgan

Seeking a breakthrough after decades of frustrating and largely fruitless negotiations, the Palo Alto Unified School District Board of Education this month submitted a letter to the city soliciting proposals for the redevelopment of Cubberley Community Center.

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Posted by Morgan
a resident of Meadow Park
on Mar 18, 2023 at 12:08 pm

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I guess in this case, Lythcott-Haims is ok with deciding what to do with stolen land. Does she want to consult the Muwekma Ohlone to see what they want to do with the land?

Posted by Ken Horowitz
a resident of University South
on Mar 18, 2023 at 5:51 pm

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The Board of Education’s letter for an invitation for Cubberley development proposals is finally a call to the City Council to “put up or shut up”. The Council has been advocating to re-develop Cubberley but has stopped short of
any action because PAUSD had never been clear on its intentions regarding the acres it owned. With this letter, the ambiguity is gone. Now the Council must immediately prioritize Cubberley into its current 2023-2024 workplan. We can no longer push such an important issue for residents into the future. However the financial costs will be enormous requiring most likely a public/private partnership. I would recommend our County Supervisor Joe Simitian be engaged in this effort. His track record on getting things done for Palo Alto is second to none. Let your City Council know that we have waited far too long on Cubberley re-development. Failing to plan today is planning to fail tomorrow.

Posted by Ugh
a resident of Midtown
on Mar 18, 2023 at 6:31 pm

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Hah, I was thinking the same thing. lythcott-haims the hypocrite!

Posted by Native to the BAY
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Mar 18, 2023 at 7:17 pm

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Thank you Julia 4 speaking truth 2 the elephant: housing!! Our kids attend school w classmates who r unhoused, barely surviving w leaky RV’s — rent burdened, housing insecure.

Our PAUSD enrolled r taught x dedicated professionals, commuting from Aptos, Scott’s Valley, Los Banos, Morgan Hill, garlic capital — not the Google, Apple, Facebook planet.

Why not reserve 3 acres of Cubberely 4 future income based, mixed, multi abilities housing?

Too it appears GS could not include housing advocates like CC candidate, Lisa ... vocal about such uses of this precious, yet dilapidated structure & ripe acreage 4 homes 4 the human element of our workforce, livelihoods — which have benefits 2 keep many growing & going forward.

GreenMeadow folk would prefer a private park & gyms & pickle ball courts 4 personal back-yard home ownership, access.

Did anyone examine the application recently to get a artist cubicle space @ cubberely. 25 pages of city SNAFU . Would turn any “emerging artist” young/old away w shear weight of vetting . Yes honor our artist yet at what endowment or honoring 4 a artist’s drive to create, produce, nurture w a tiny bit of space to make it happen. Entirely a “turn away” application. NEA the PA way.

There are two parcels in PA that are within the power of zoning laws & ownership of a plan. This & Fry’s. Laying waste is not progress yet the idles of the yammering R1 Zone homeowners who can’t see past sight lines of their property fence lines unless it 100% benefits them.

It’s exhausting . While the majority of The Bay Area is losing years of life on Earth. We continue 2 struggle under the weight of real estate greed — the self ascribed “liberal” equitarians can’t share boomer wealth of a white privilege. The multi Millions SFH’s who ride $1o,ooo bikes 2 tech hi, who pick up after pure bred pooch poop, recycle Amazon goods & all electric.

Cup runneth over in waste of fecal matter of r own making.

Take it away here @MyFeelz...

Posted by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Mar 20, 2023 at 12:57 pm

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I stop in at Cubberly where the Friends of Palo Alto Library (FOPL) is situated. They have dedicated space which allows them to offer at their sales organized selections of books. I attended such a sale at Los Altos and they do not have dedicated space so the sale is more of a search through disorganized offerrings. I always marvel that at CHS there are children dance classes, exercise classes, rooms for groups to use for meetings and presentations. Lots for children to do. And of course the fields which will be filled with team sports. The fact that this location is available for all of these types of activity is really wonderful. The parking lot is always full - a share the ride parking lot.
This city has an issue - the Fry's site is sitting with no activity and should be the focus of the housing issues. No activity in such a large space which should have a housing/commercial mix. Trying to use CHS to check a box when no action of Fry's is a manipulaton of housing goals. WE are seeing that now in San Jose where the Google Village has slowed down leaving empty property.
Yes - Cubberly needs some tender loving care but it is a valuable resource for the city as we wait for the supposed influx of people we are required to house. They will have children who have to go to school.

Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Mar 20, 2023 at 4:46 pm

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Full community resource. This is an outstanding, central, valuable city location!!
- No bennies (benefits) for select groups.
Either: a public school/s or a full modern community center with city-wide availability.
Fields or outdoors athletics good idea, too.
No leases to narrow interests.
No taxpayer subsidized housing!
It’s time to get this going.

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