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Editorial: On the eve of county approval, Stanford withdraws its development application and forfeits years of work. There was a better way.

Original post made on Nov 8, 2019

Stanford University's decision last Friday to pull the plug on a plan that would have allowed it to build millions of square feet of development is as difficult to understand as the strategy it has followed throughout the last year.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, November 8, 2019, 6:56 AM

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Posted by Hulkamania
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Nov 8, 2019 at 10:06 am

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You can always tell a Stanford man, but not much.


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Posted by Outsourced Land
a resident of Mountain View
on Nov 8, 2019 at 10:21 am

Stanford isn't stupid. They can just spread out on private lands throughout Silicon Valley (and beyond). Just look at what they are doing at Redwood City. I asked an employee based there if they saw any backlash from the locals. They said the locals love it and the campus becomes a dog walking park in the evening. Redwood City has so many other growing pains, that the Stanford campus isn't even on the radar. Similarly, every other city around has room for satellite campuses like that.

Stanford will not suffer from this decision. And they won't have the uncertainty of major shakedowns for this external growth.


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Posted by ILoveStanford
a resident of another community
on Nov 8, 2019 at 11:12 am

Hi Stanford, Please consider moving your hospitals and Med school to East Bay/Livermore/Dublin. When the PAns have to travel two hours to get world-class healthcare, they will learn. Most of the PAans are the ones who need the medical care the most. They are sitting in the $50M homes because of Prop13. Get rid of Prop-13 and move Stanford Hospitals out of Palo Alto


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Posted by Anon
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 8, 2019 at 12:40 pm

Posted by ILoveStanford, a resident of another community

>> Hi Stanford, Please consider moving your hospitals and Med school to East Bay/Livermore/Dublin. When the PAns have to travel two hours to get world-class healthcare, they will learn.

Your mental model of health care is obsolete.

Stanford Children's Health, the not-for-profit "corporation", already is expanding all over the Bay Area. And, IMHO, that is mostly a good thing. No reason why everyone needs to drive to Palo Alto for everything. Here is a convenient map of all the locations. The locations are easy to find. I have stumbled over several just visiting people around the Bay Area.

Map: Web Link


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Posted by Samuel L.
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Nov 8, 2019 at 1:13 pm

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Does anyone really think that Stanford is not going to go back to the county at some point with a new, but similar proposal?


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Posted by Online Name
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Nov 8, 2019 at 1:19 pm

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Outsourced Land, if Stanford's Redwood City employees claim Redwood City residents "loves" their expansion, maybe they can explain why Redwood City residents had to sue Stanford to stop the 24-hour-a-day construction that they said was destroying the community and everyone's sleep? I remember being struck by the arrogance of Stanford's reply to what should have been normal limits on construction times.


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Posted by John T
a resident of Portola Valley
on Nov 8, 2019 at 1:27 pm

The cynic in me just assumes Stanford is going to wait for Joe Simitian to retire from the county board, then resubmit the same basic proposal. Maybe they will prove me wrong, but I would be surprised.


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Posted by Anon
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 8, 2019 at 1:31 pm

Posted by Outsourced Land, a resident of Mountain View
3 hours ago

>> Similarly, every other city around has room for satellite campuses like that.

>> Stanford will not suffer from this decision. And they won't have the uncertainty of major shakedowns for this external growth.

So, it is all good then. Everybody is happy. I'm glad to hear that Stanford has realized that it doesn't need to build everything in one single location.


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Posted by Nanny
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 8, 2019 at 1:33 pm

I fully expect joe and all the other Palo Alto big shots to demand that every business in Palo Alto fully mitigates its impacts on the city. That should go for the smallest mom and pop to the biggest companies.
Time to start limiting access to the dish area for non Stanford residents .


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Posted by george drysdale
a resident of Professorville
on Nov 9, 2019 at 12:54 pm

Flunk economics and you're in big trouble in Silicon Valley. Trump: degree in economics from Wharton. As I predicted in the Buena Vista blow up Newsome and Chui are in a bonai charge with real property owners and all social studies teachers manning the machine guns. Statewide rent control, a pure disaster. 90% probability Newsome will become a lame duck next year. Real estate investor's srike 90% probability. Rent control in California number one lesson in economics classes 90%. I'll take bets now.

George Malcolm Drysdale Lord Protector of Palo Alto, Silicon Valley and the entire state of California


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