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Realtor Alex Comsa jumps into Palo Alto council race

Original post made on Jul 28, 2022

Realtor Alex Comsa announced Wednesday that he will seek a seat on the Palo Alto City Council, joining a growing roster of candidates for the three open seats.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, July 28, 2022, 9:30 AM

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Posted by Annette
a resident of College Terrace
on Jul 28, 2022 at 11:40 am

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Housing and Climate Change. One can hardly be a candidate here w/o expressing concern about those two issues. If we had even 10 houses for every candidate who tells us he or she wants to "focus on below-market-rate residences and on adding housing to high-traffic corridors" we'd at least be progressing on that front. It is nice to read, though, that this candidate acknowledges the value of "preserving the charm and character of Palo Alto". Hope springs eternal.


Posted by Philomena Davis
a resident of Menlo Park
on Jul 28, 2022 at 1:42 pm

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"Comsa said he particularly wants to focus on below-market-rate residences and on adding housing to high-traffic corridors, which he said will allow the city to meet state mandates while preserving the charm and character of Palo Alto."

^ Hopefully Mr. Comsa's objectives will include advocating for more rentals that accept Section 8 vouchers in South Palo Alto and redeveloping the entire Barron Park/El Camino strip with high-rise mixed-use housing.

That way the overall charm and character of 'classic' (aka north) Palo Alto will successfully be preserved.

South Palo Alto is the 'teardown' section of Palo Alto.


Posted by Consider Your Options.
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 28, 2022 at 2:18 pm

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A realtor with no previous experience serving in government that I know of. Has he ever served on a city commission or committee? Which one (s)? Given his stated interests, he could have applied to serve on the Housing Element Committee or the Planning & Transportation Commission, for instance. Did he? What does he actually know about how government works?

From his comments, I don't see much depth of knowledge. Serve. Learn. Then run. In government, experience matters A LOT.


Posted by Neighbor
a resident of Greendell/Walnut Grove
on Jul 28, 2022 at 3:09 pm

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I'm glad to see someone with material knowledge of housing and development policy running. Another neighbor importantly notes how important experience is and, in my opinion, said experience is best in the area the candidate cares about. EVERYONE cares A LOT about housing, yet we have no one other than Alex running or currently sitting on the city council with that knowledge. I will say, though, that I would like to see this candidate expand a bit on his public safety agenda - for example, why is the use of "analytics and historic crime data" needed? For what?


Posted by A resident of Barron Park
a resident of Barron Park
on Jul 28, 2022 at 3:14 pm

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Quote: "Comsa said he particularly wants to focus on below-market-rate residences and on adding housing to high-traffic corridors, which he said will allow the city to meet state mandates while preserving the charm and character of Palo Alto."

So those of us already living near those high traffic corridors will get to carry all the burden off congestion, traffic and noise, while residents of those low traffic so called charming neighborhoods get to keep their tranquility?
Burden should be shared by ALL Palo Alto residents, not just the ones who are already burdened.


Posted by Aaron Schaefer
a resident of Downtown North
on Jul 28, 2022 at 4:14 pm

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A real estate agent with developer connections is a good call for PACC member as the available housing issue has become a hot topic in Palo Alto.

@A resident of Barron Park...
I sympathize with your potential plight and concerns BUT as others may have mentioned, South Palo is best suited for development and the burden comes with the territory.

With all Palo Alto homes commanding high RE prices, a relocation is always a consideration...maybe to one of the more quite and quaint Palo Alto neighborhoods.


Posted by Bystander
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 28, 2022 at 5:35 pm

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Keeping charm and character of residential areas sounds more like a platitude to me. He is a realtor. His aim appears to work with developers even and not deal with the issues of infrastructure, parking and traffic which are serious issues now even without more housing. As for water and other facilities for additional residents, he seems to think that charm and character is all that is needed.

I would like to hear how he wants to deal with adding more residents without improving infrastructure.


Posted by Resident
a resident of Barron Park
on Jul 29, 2022 at 9:56 pm

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So far, Comsa is the only candidate in the race with any experience/knowledge of housing and development, the most relevant issue PA faces today. We need candidates with practical experience who can actually help us solve our challenges, not government bureaucrats who have done nothing to benefit the city despite years of being in office. Good luck to Comsa—I look forward to the rest of his campaign.


Posted by Pat Markevitch
a resident of Downtown North
on Jul 31, 2022 at 5:03 pm

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Resident: "So far, Comsa is the only candidate in the race with any experience/knowledge of housing and development, the most relevant issue PA faces today."

This is patently false. Ed Lauing has far more experience. In addition to his decades of community service, Ed Lauing is currently serving as the Chair of the Planning and Transportation Commission and he is also Co-Chair of the Housing Element Working Group. Ed will bring an enormous amount of experience to the City Council.


Posted by LovingPA
a resident of Downtown North
on Aug 17, 2022 at 10:47 am

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I appreciate all candidates wanting to do this because it's not easy. I have to question this one because it's pure gold for a realtor to jump in the race and have his name on signs in the city he sells in, but is Comsa selling? No active deals this year on the Coldwell Banker site. And he claims $500 million in negotiated contracts? The numbers on the CB site are nowhere close to that. It feels like a waste of time with no expertise and substance, only words and numbers that don't mean a thing, especially with so many other qualified candidates.


Posted by Online Name
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Aug 17, 2022 at 11:34 am

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!) I want to hear more about Mr. Comsa and his views so please follow up.

2) "Mayor Pat Burt, while stopping short of endorsing Comsa, said in a statement that he is "pleased that Alex brings us another candidate for city council with a thoughtful and balanced approach to meeting our challenges."

Does Mayor Burt and/or one of his family members have a conflict of interest due to his/their ties to another candidate's campaign? PAO, please do your homework.


Posted by LovingPA
a resident of Downtown North
on Aug 19, 2022 at 10:18 am

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@Online Name Burt endorsed two other candidates as far as I can see and his endorsement is on their website. It's not a conflict of interest. You do your homework. PAO quoted him and he chose not to endorse Comsa. I don't see any endorsements on Comsa's page for now. But I see the Donation button right on the homepage asking for money.


Posted by Online Name
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Aug 19, 2022 at 11:54 am

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@Loving PA, check the candidate web sites for declarations for the names of campaign managers, treasurers and other officials. Naming those folks isn't legally required, it sure should be.


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