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Off Deadline: Stanford's expansion/land-use wars taking a cease-fire timeout?

Original post made on Nov 16, 2019

The surprise pullback on Nov. 1 of plans for major growth by Stanford University is almost certainly temporary, according to longtime observers of the university's land-use battles over the decades.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Saturday, November 16, 2019, 7:49 AM

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Posted by PA observer
a resident of Community Center
on Nov 16, 2019 at 8:46 am

Actually Stanford's decision is completely fathomable. Joe was overmatched by a task this big, and couldn't figure out how to climb down from his refusal to negotiate with Stanford.

Do we really want a supervisor who claims to have no idea what happened on the biggest job he had on his watch?

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Posted by Anon
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 16, 2019 at 10:19 am


>> The first approach is simple lobbying, which Stanford has shown its skill at repeatedly over many years, both locally and at the state level.

>> But the second approach appears to be something Stanford hasn't put a lot of effort into over the years: building community support for the university as a whole,

Unfortunately, what this says is that Stanford is not taking the time to do the real planning effort seriously: figuring out where its employees will live, and, how they will commute to Stanford, even as Facebook, Menlo Park, EPA, Google, Mountain View, etc, block out existing commuting on US-101 and the CA-84 Dumbarton Bridge. Figure out how more Stanford employees can live closer to, or on, Stanford.

The main problem that needs to be addressed is -traffic-. Stanford needs to think much harder than it has about -transportation-. Stanford will have a worsening transportation problem for decades to come, but, it thinks it has a PR problem. I would like to think Stanford management is smarter than that.

Posted by PA observer, a resident of Community Center

>> Actually Stanford's decision is completely fathomable. Joe was overmatched by a task this big, and couldn't figure out how to climb down from his refusal to negotiate with Stanford.

Joe Simitian has done a great job over the years. Did he tell you your dog was ugly or something? Skip the ad hominem and address the issue-- traffic.

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Posted by JR
a resident of Palo Verde
on Nov 16, 2019 at 12:49 pm

"Some at Stanford tried to reduce the impact on the university by first getting the peak hour defined as just one hour. At least one department head, it was discovered, put out a memo encouraging employees to arrive and depart before or after the designated hour so their trips wouldn't count."

This is outright fraud in an attempt to rig a traffic study. Why isn't that department head in jail? Who ordered them to rig the study?

Shame on Stanford.

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Posted by lili li
a resident of Barron Park
on Nov 17, 2019 at 7:01 am

A lot of that traffic comes from outsiders driving to the Dish so they can exercise for free on Stanford land. Maybe Stanford should close the Dish to outsiders? Would alleviate a big part of the traffic problem.

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