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News - May 19, 2023

Around Town

by Palo Alto Weekly staff

Around Town

NEW LIFE ... Light Tree Apartments in East Palo Alto celebrated its expansion with a grand reopening and ribbon-cutting ceremony on May 12, which just happened to coincide with Affordable Housing Month. The development at 1805 E. Bayshore Road now includes 185 apartments and townhomes of which 128 are new, and 57 are renovated. The project was a collaboration between nonprofits Eden Housing and EPA Can Do, as well as the city of East Palo Alto. Built in 1966 on a 3-acre plot with 94 affordable apartments, the renovation nearly doubled the number of homes on the site. The improved Light Tree includes residences for low-income families, former foster youth and people with disabilities. Local elected officials were scheduled to appear at the May 12 event, including state Sen. Josh Becker, D-San Mateo; San Mateo County Supervisor Warren Slocum; East Palo Alto Mayor Lisa Gauthier; and representatives for U.S. Reps. Kevin Mullin and Anna Eshoo and state Assembly member Diane Papan. The guest list also included Denise Jauregui, executive director of Housing Choices, and the leadership teams from Eden Housing and EPA Can Do.

A CELEBRATION OF CULTURES ... The 52nd annual Stanford Powwow returned to the university's Eucalyptus Grove last weekend, giving community members a chance to embrace Native American and Indigenous communities. The free three-day event, which was held May 12-14, ran under the theme of "Intertribal Unity." The Powwow's energy was captured in Stanford's recap video published on May 17. The footage shows food and clothing, as well as items from vendors such as jewelry, dreamcatchers and crafts. "I see it as an opportunity for other people to see a part of my culture and other people's cultures and just enjoy the weekend," Nena Dorame, co-chair of the Powwow, said in the video. The event draws an estimated 20,000 to 30,000 each year and is one of the larger powwows across the country, according to Dorame. "I think it's an awesome experience because you really get to see some of the similarities and some of the really big differences between different tribes in the regalia especially," fellow co-chair Landon Swopes said in the video. "It is a fantastic cultural opportunity."

COOKING UP INSPIRATION ... Someday soon, the culinary secrets of some of the delicacies available at the popular Peninsula-based Pakistani restaurant chain Zareen's will be laid bare in the pages of a new cookbook by the couple that founded the restaurant. Zareen Khan, the chef and restaurateur behind the eatery with locations in Palo Alto, Mountain View and Redwood City, is teaming up to write the cookbook with her husband, Umair Khan, who's an author in his own right: He wrote "College Application Hacked" about how to write personal essays for college admission applications. Zareen said she has been collecting recipes for some time now and was ready to look for a publisher. Working with an agent, the couple found a publisher, Sasquatch Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House, and recently signed a contract. The book is more than a year out from publication, they said. It's expected to focus on the recipes Zareen grew up with in Pakistan and how they evolved after she married and moved to the U.S., where she has worked to recreate from memory some of the foods she grew up eating. "It will also have some recipes for people who are new and want to experiment with Pakistani food," Zareen said. For instance, they're planning to include the recipe for their Memoni samosa, which helped the restaurant receive Michelin Guide recognition, Umair said. As he sees it, the couple has three goals with the cookbook. First, every cookbook should provide instructions on how to prepare the recipes. The second goal is for the book to be a thing of joy. Third, they want to promote a mission of women's empowerment. Zareen's inspiring personal story as an entrepreneur, South Asian immigrant and mom of three is part of the message, he said.


Posted by Native to the BAY
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on May 21, 2023 at 9:46 pm

Native to the BAY is a registered user.

How to shuttle and safe guard a rental market against the greed of capitalism. It’s nearly impossible for me to relocate my family within a PA Zip. A fourth Gen Palo Altan zip because of extreme greed, distrust, absolute gate iron like PAN Association membership gates. These associations metaphorically behave like those secondary iron front doors (iron screens) on EPA homes. Shutting, locking out anyone who might pose a threat to the “character” of their street, limiting rentals on their street, expanding the demands on erroneous and discriminatory job references, credit checks 3 times income to asking rent. 3 times savings to asking rent. Proof an acceptable automobile make, model, year, rental insurance — no bankruptcies, no evictions or no convictions . This is outside of excellent human being relations, excellent rental history, A+ references, co-sighners, good lasting jobs... it’s a gated community of the have’s a lot. V. The other half, Good luck! In Palo Alto... here is the read on greed ...
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1. Housing is Abruptly More Valued

COVID caused people everywhere to want more home. Extra zoom rooms and home offices and home gyms made residential housing, as an asset class, discontinuously more valuable than before. Will people abruptly go back to the “sharing economy” and movie theatres and sports bars and health clubs, reducing the primacy of “home” in our lives? It’s not clear, but it does not seem to be happening much yet.

2. Housing Was Underbuilt Even Before COVID

As a consequence of the Great Recession, many young people delayed starting families and buying a starter house. The cumulative amount of pent-up household formation continues to this day. Goldman Sachs estimates 2.4 million 25-44 year olds who would typically be starting their own household, but are currently not.

Should the light between the leaves give splice at EPA’s LightTree behind the Home Depot/IKEA (Irony not intended here but it is irony non-the less). BTW the waitlists are closed on all unit sizes.

Posted by Native to the BAY
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on May 22, 2023 at 1:10 am

Native to the BAY is a registered user.

The legit service workers are having a famed time time relocating in the very zip code they are 4th Gen residents. So a resident came here in 1932. Never bought a home here, yet served the community in volunteer hours for decade, after decade. Fast forward ty day. Why are rentals not only requesting proof of income to rent, no evicts/ex-convicts, near perfect credit score, proof of 3 x rent cash reserve. An all online application. Is this ADA green lighted.

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