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Teacher housing proposal gains traction

Original post made on Sep 12, 2018

A proposal to build affordable housing for North County school employees in Palo Alto is picking up steam, after one local school district agreed to set aside $600,000 to help finance the project. Four other local school districts are being asked to follow suit.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, September 12, 2018, 9:18 AM

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 12, 2018 at 9:24 am

Please can someone tell me how this will solve traffic and parking as these proposed residents will be working all over Santa Clara county. I don't know how a teacher who works in Milpitas or Cupertino will use Caltrain?

I have nothing against helping teachers, but why build this at the northern tip of the county where there is poor public transportation for teachers whose spouse may work somewhere different even if the teacher actually works in Palo Alto or Mountain View.


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Posted by No Way
a resident of Evergreen Park
on Sep 12, 2018 at 9:32 am

Near the North County SC Courthouse in Palo Alto?

Now we're talking about adding even more congestion (cars + people) to the once quiet California Avenue neighborhood.

Build it somewhere else like in Redwood City or Alviso.



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Posted by Field of dreams
a resident of Crescent Park
on Sep 12, 2018 at 9:39 am

This is more about Simitian getting in the paper then solving teacher housing need. 60 units for 5 districts? PA probably has almost a thousand teachers by itself. Plus the traffic from a project when 80% will work outside PA.


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Posted by TONY
a resident of another community
on Sep 12, 2018 at 12:07 pm

I teach in PAUSD and live in Los Banos. I emailed Simitian suggesting a transportation stipend for teachers as this would have a greater impact. He never responded. His idea has so many obvious flaws.


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Posted by long view
a resident of South of Midtown
on Sep 12, 2018 at 12:35 pm

long view is a registered user.

The five districts this is directed to are all close by. Not Milpitas... An affordable apartment and a short commute - that's attractive.


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Posted by y us
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 12, 2018 at 1:09 pm

Article says Los Altos gets 12 units, so the units will be split equally between the 5 districts? City of Palo Alto & PAUSD give $3.6 million to get 12 units while every other city + school district give $600,000 to get 12 units.

Why is Palo Alto paying $3 million more than everyone else for the same number of units? Where's the part where every other city has to give $3 million?

If these people are living here they're going to be using Palo Alto city services and we will be paying for that long term as well. An extra $3 million upfront + $$$ for eternity = Very sour deal for Palo Alto.


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Posted by Do What Some Others Do
a resident of another community
on Sep 12, 2018 at 1:18 pm

Cheaper to simply purchase some RVs and situate them in the school parking lots.


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Posted by Ferdinand
a resident of Barron Park
on Sep 12, 2018 at 1:49 pm

As a tangent to this discussion, I'm told that PAUSD already owns apartments along San Antonio [the frontage road near Charleston and the Athena site] that could be converted to teacher housing if they wanted to consider it.


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Posted by Do What Some Others Do
a resident of another community
on Sep 12, 2018 at 1:59 pm

Or how about if the PAUSD provided out-of-town teachers PA motel-hotel vouchers during the midweek?

Then the pro-development faction would have another feather to add to its cap.


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Posted by Greg
a resident of Greater Miranda
on Sep 12, 2018 at 2:01 pm

The intentions behind this proposal are good, but it puts the county and school districts into the real estate speculation and apartment management business, and it assumes that they are competent in these areas. I'm skeptical.

Why not just sell the land on the open market (for use as per existing zoning), and use the proceeds to fund housing stipends to attract teachers to the county school districts in question? Then the teachers can live where they want.

Yes, housing is ridiculously expensive here. But there is no magic bullet. One way or another, we have to pay the teachers enough to live nearby. The county and school districts are biting off more than they can chew here.


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Posted by Ex Palo Altan
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Sep 12, 2018 at 3:27 pm

We once tore down a creamery and built housing for teachers and city employees, but alas it was priced out of their reach


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Posted by ME
a resident of Esther Clark Park
on Sep 13, 2018 at 11:00 am

Why not sell the land and use the money to build the units in a less expensive area of the county?


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Posted by Wayne Martin
a resident of Professorville
on Sep 13, 2018 at 11:41 am

School districts are required to report a lot of their financial and operational data to the State Board of Education. One of these reports is called the J90 report. This data, once compiled, is available on-line.

The J90 report for the schools reporting 2016 finances shows that the average salary for Santa Clara County teachers is about $80K. Compensation data submitted to TransparentCalifornia by the PAUSD shows that the average salary for a PAUSD teacher is about $88K (again, for 2016).

Moreover, 50% of the teachers at the PAUSD are paid more than $100K.

And keep in mind that teachers will receive a 72% pension at 30 years of service--which will bring in more than $2M+ for teachers who retire making more than $100K.



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