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Where the Palo Alto City Council candidates stand on housing

Original post made on Sep 26, 2022

The candidates propose how Palo Alto should plan for meeting a state mandate of 6,000 more housing units while keeping single-family neighborhoods' character and incentivizing affordable housing.

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Posted by PaloAltoVoter
a resident of Crescent Park
on Sep 26, 2022 at 3:07 pm

PaloAltoVoter is a registered user.

Julie is quoted above as saying “I prefer market ( BMR included at 15% or higher) over 100% affordable, because it pencils out and because we need to undo the vestiges of a discriminatory past …”

Julie has talked about not wanting to focus on affordable housing but to focus on inclusionary market rate housing. She talks at length about a mix of housing types in our neighborhoods. This should be a huge alarm for everyone.

Palo Alto requires 15% of the units of a market rate project to be below market rate units. Using inclusionary housing, in order to get to our state mandated ~3000 BMR units, Palo Alto would need to build 20,000 units of housing. 20,000!

This is so far beyond the bounds of reasonableness I can not support any candidate who thinks this is the way to meet these mandates. 20,000 new housing units would create a highly urbanized Palo Alto, unrecognizable to the voters living here. It would have to raze and rebuild current neighborhoods or completely remove Palo Alto business districts. We would no longer be a nice family town with good schools. Our urban forest would be a distant memory in the shade of a major cities tall buildings.

Not the Palo Alto I want to see. I’ll be voting for other candidates.


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