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Palo Alto delays urgency law on eviction due to shortage of council members

Original post made on Nov 20, 2019

A proposal in Palo Alto to prevent evictions before California's rent-cap law takes effect will not be discussed until early next month because the City Council didn't have enough members present to pass the urgency ordinance.

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Posted by Anon
a resident of Greendell/Walnut Grove
on Nov 20, 2019 at 11:55 am

Is it fair to assume council member fine was absent because of the urgency item in the agenda?
Usually, especially lately, council menbers arw allowed to participate telephonically whenever they wish to.

Usually city wide ordinances do not trigger a need for recusal.

Is it the case that issues of fairness fir renters in Palo Alto not a priority for Council menbers Kniss and Fine?


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Posted by @Anon
a resident of another community
on Nov 20, 2019 at 1:53 pm

Certainly shows that renters are not a priority at City Hall. After that delay, they will likely decide it's not worth passing an ordinance for less than a month.... Political bonus, council members won't have to take a position....which will allow some of them to keep talking from both sides of their mouths.


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Posted by Incompetent
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 20, 2019 at 2:17 pm

Molly Stone is not serving our city or its residents well. As supervisor of the City Attorneys Office, the other attorneys do not have benefit of good leadership.

This blown call about the number of votes needed is not minor. 40% of Palo Altans are renters - many potentially are subject to this critical, time sensitive matter erroneously put off for 2 weeks. They may needlessly suffer as a result.

If Stump were in private practice, this would not be tolerated and it should not be tolerated here. And this is not the only example - she seems to be unengaged on all levels.


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Posted by Gale Johnson
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Nov 20, 2019 at 2:45 pm

Gale Johnson is a registered user.

I would have expected better oversight and understanding of the rules from Eric, whom I supported in the last election, but Liz and Adrian were just doing what they always do. It's sad that we have not gained an inch on providing affordable housing and some form of rent control. At the next election cycle just block out any and all of those talking points from the candidates during your decision making process. Many promises and then nothing happens. I followed Cory Wolbach and supported some of his housing proposals, even the idea of micro units in new housing near transit. I opposed his idea about ADU's providing much needed housing because I was sure it would change the character of neighborhoods and would do little or nothing to solve the housing problem for the low income workers in our town. I think his ADU idea has been catching on, but it will never be enough to solve the problem of housing the low income folks because I feel none of them could afford the ADU rental prices.


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Posted by Fine
a resident of Evergreen Park
on Nov 20, 2019 at 6:23 pm

Fine Is the only renter on the council.

DuBois and Kou vote against every housing proposal.

@anon - no it’s not fair to assume Fine missed the meeting to avoid voting. Maybe he just had a business trip because unlike the majority of the rest of the council he works for a living.

Palo Alto online is a cesspool.


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Posted by Green Gables
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Nov 20, 2019 at 7:31 pm

Green Gables is a registered user.

And maybe Mr. Fine could have been on the phone from his "business meeting."


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Posted by Comment Above Quite Incorrect
a resident of Crescent Park
on Nov 20, 2019 at 7:49 pm

The comment from "Fine" above says that Fine is the only renter on the Council but DuBois also lives in a rented apartment, as many know.

The comment also claims that DuBois and Kou vote against every housing proposal, when it's pretty much the opposite. Just two examples: DuBois and Kou to increase the fees collected for below-market rate housing while Fine and others voted to lower those fees and thus enrich office developers instead. Fine also voted to eliminate the Downtown Commercial cap, thereby enabling more commercial development where new housing could be going instead.

And of course, Kou and DuBois have consistently led efforts to improve renter protections, while Fine and others on the Council have voted consistently to block such protections.

To all readers of this thread other than "Fine," please don't support falsehoods like the ones from "Fine."


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Posted by Seth
a resident of Green Acres
on Nov 21, 2019 at 9:32 pm

Ugh so the only people who can afford to live in Palo Alto ... Are the people who *can't* afford to live in Palo Alto?
Apparently there is a shortage of housing supply in the Bay Area, so why is the city lowering the amount of available housing units even further by allowing them to become protected squats? Ostensibly there are other people who are willing and able to pay rent. This is an expensive place to live.
Seriously, this shouldnt need to be said, but if you sign a lease here you should be able to address any contingencies out of pocket. Butbut maybe they want to keep their kids in the same highly ranked school, or be closer to their workplace, or live in the same place they have for years? ... so does everyone!
Be rich, be frugal, be childless, but don't be in arrears...


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Posted by @anon
a resident of another community
on Nov 30, 2019 at 1:20 pm

PA Council gets a second shot and they'll all (including the absentee) get a chance to show if they're for or against tenants (regardless of their own housing situation).


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Posted by Ming Zhao
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Nov 30, 2019 at 9:10 pm

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