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City declines to interfere in President Hotel evictions

Original post made on Jan 16, 2019

Residents of the President Hotel Apartments made a last-ditch plea on Monday night to the City Council to help them obtain an extension, a request that city officials indicated they are unlikely to entertain.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, January 16, 2019, 10:38 AM

Comments (13)

Posted by BP
a resident of Barron Park
on Jan 16, 2019 at 12:18 pm

If only the residents were employees of Palantir, Facebook, or Google, then certain city council members would surely be helping them stay longer.


Posted by Curmudgeon
a resident of Downtown North
on Jan 16, 2019 at 1:00 pm

Beggar the tenants. Shikada is acting in the best interests of his staff, who can move on to lucrative employment with the developers they serve during their city hall stints (a la former Planning Director Steve Emslie) only if their resumes boast of promoting enough lucrative development projects.


Posted by Just Move On...
a resident of University South
on Jan 16, 2019 at 1:29 pm

The City of Palo Alto should not get further involved with the plight of the displaced President Hotel tenants.

The evicted tenants received extended time frames to vacate + a generous relocation bonus from AJ. Of the 75 tenants, about 30 whiners remain...what is their problem?

Grow up folks and start acting like an adult.


Posted by Landowners rights
a resident of Barron Park
on Jan 17, 2019 at 8:21 am

The truth about the prez residents is they’re not low income....they live there for many of the other reasons — community, location, low rent, etc.

One only needs to Google search each person’s name to better understand. There’s a very good NYT article from 2004 on a person mentioned in this article....


Posted by Joel
a resident of Barron Park
on Jan 17, 2019 at 11:24 am

Business before residents. Oh if Joe Simitian could only parlay this no brainer.
Shame to the Council.


Posted by almunday60
a resident of another community
on Jan 17, 2019 at 12:31 pm

almunday60 is a registered user.

since the city bailed out buena vista mobile home park, those residents should open up their park to accept some from the prez....unless buena vista wants to keep
their mobile home park non-diverse


Posted by Anon
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 17, 2019 at 2:57 pm

It turns out that it was mistaken to consider the President, Casa Olga, etc, to be "housing", just because people lived there, paid rent, and considered these places their "homes". If we want a property to remain housing, it needs to be zoned as housing, and, the zoning needs to stay housing. And, it turns out, hotels are not "housing".

I'm still angry about Casa Olga. Web Link


Posted by YSK
a resident of Downtown North
on Jan 17, 2019 at 3:44 pm

Of course they deny help.

Care about non super wealthy Palo Alto residents?

Nah.

Regard less of zoning, people have made that hotel their home for many many years.


Posted by Another Giveaway
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 17, 2019 at 5:39 pm

Headline should read:

"City agrees to interfere in President Hotel redevelopment, but declines to interfere in President Hotel evictions"


Posted by Anon2
a resident of Ventura
on Jan 17, 2019 at 9:20 pm

To Anon: The President is, in fact, zoned as housing, and has been for the past 60 years.


Posted by Resident
a resident of Ventura
on Jan 18, 2019 at 2:45 am

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Posted by Anon
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 18, 2019 at 10:52 am

Posted by Anon2, a resident of Ventura

>> To Anon: The President is, in fact, zoned as housing, and has been for the past 60 years.

Second try: We have learned that "hotels" =/= "housing" and, zoning for each needs to be non-interchangeable.


Posted by Name hidden
a resident of Charleston Meadows

on Jan 19, 2019 at 2:43 pm

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