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Palo Alto appoints new planning commissioners

Original post made on Dec 5, 2018

A land-use attorney and a retired Google manager won appointments this week to Palo Alto's influential Planning and Transportation Commission.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, December 5, 2018, 2:34 PM

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Posted by More growth appointed
a resident of Downtown North
on Dec 6, 2018 at 5:15 pm

Looks like we are in for more growth! Growthy council majority appoints growthy committee members.

We really need to vote for more slow-growth city council members to shift the 5-4 and soon to be 4-3 "growth at any cost" split.


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Posted by Mark Weiss
a resident of Downtown North
on Dec 7, 2018 at 2:31 am

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I sat thru the bulk of the five hours of candidate vetting and read the application packets and am mystified how in a field of 13 applicants a young and unknown person like Giselle could get eight votes? What was communicated about her candidacy that I could not see at the public hearing or read in the public document?


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Dec 7, 2018 at 8:13 am

I think we need to know these people's neighborhoods. We don't need their full addresses, but knowing exactly whereabouts they live is important.


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Posted by South Gate
a resident of Evergreen Park
on Dec 7, 2018 at 11:07 am

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@Mark Weiss -
really? Her profession is land use planning. It's the planning commission. She has professional expertise in an aspect of the work. And she is a young woman. She seemed like the perfect candidate to me!


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Posted by Mark Weiss
a resident of Downtown North
on Jan 10, 2019 at 9:16 pm

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I’m not saying she’s unqualified; I’m asking how a relatively unknown person in a field of 13 —including two former mayors — could garner eight votes. It seems that there is deliberation behind closed doors, possibly in violation of the Brown Act.
It’s subjective. I watched the interviews in person and rated Kraus and Eisenberg highest. I would have thought the results should have shown a “Splatter Pattern”.
Some cities, like San Francisco, make all boards purely political — if that’s not an oxymoron. Spoils. If we accept applications, and in fact recruit, via email blasts, applicants, then we shouldn’t make backroom deals.
I’d like a discussion that refutes my assertion, if I’m wrong.


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Posted by Mark Weiss
a resident of Downtown North
on Jan 14, 2019 at 4:57 pm

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I'm amending my previous to state that another person present at the meeting thought Giselle's presentation was the best of the bunch and he made it a point to introduce himself to Giselle on her way out of the meeting.


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Posted by Marie
a resident of Midtown
on Feb 4, 2019 at 6:00 pm

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And not surprisingly, both new members voted for Riggs for Chairman who couldn't even be bothered showing up at 7 of 15 meetings in 201 and Alcheck the Vice-Chair who was being investigated for manipulating the system to allow garages at his property when zoning didn't allow their placement in the front of the property. How long before those garages become ADU's?

The pro-development council members have once again stacked the deck. Their support for housing is a joke - only market rate housing enriching developers is on their agenda, when what we need is low and moderate income housing.

If they really care at all, they will recommend against accepting any in-lieu fees and require all developers to include low and moderate income housing in their projects.


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Posted by Creepy
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 5, 2019 at 9:20 am

Sorry but that last meeting where Riggs appointed himself and got chair and Alchek vice chair was creepy

The two new women say basically nothing but vote along with Alcheck and Riggs.

How predictable is this committee?

They are worse than last year’s council and will probably take years to undo the damage as the City is already in a hole in case this bunch hasn’t read the Citizen’s Survey


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