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Palo Alto braces for battle against housing mandates

Original post made on Jan 21, 2012

If one believes regional projections, Palo Alto will have to build 12,500 new homes by 2035 to accommodate job growth and meet California's ambitious green goals.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, January 20, 2012, 12:00 AM

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Posted by Mark Weiss
a resident of Barron Park
on Jan 21, 2012 at 11:39 am

Regarding 420 Cambridge (which you picture next to this same story in your actual edition) I would say two homes there is green, four homes there is greed. see also:
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Posted by Greg
a resident of Southgate
on Jan 21, 2012 at 12:48 pm

Palo Alto is currently paralyzed by its "sustainability" and austerity efforts. Larry Klein, and other leaders, are completely painted into a corner with this argument. "Green" has become a new religion, with its own doctinaire mandates, including absurdly high levels of new housing and transit corridors. The only way Larry and his cohorts can get around it is to be complete hypocrits, and make excuses why he is exempt from that which he helped to create.

Most of these problems could be overome by simply building new nuclear power plants, which would offer the electrons for a 21st century transportation (like all electic cars), without the greenhouse burden.

Instead, we are being compelled to become more intensely crowded, more controlled by those who wish to control, and made to feel that we are aginst the future, even if we are the true leaders into future.

Palo Alto is now feeling the effects of its crazy, constipated green policies, which prohibit support for nuclear.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 21, 2012 at 3:22 pm

12,500 housing units will probably mean 25,000 extra children in our schools.

We should be asking where will we put 25,000 students as well as asking where we will put 12,500 housing units.

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Posted by Palo Altan
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 30, 2012 at 11:54 am

People change jobs all the time. If dose not make sense to assume that people would always live close to their work. Alternatively, the agency should ask companies to let everyone work 1-2 days per week from home, in order to reduce communte and gas emission.

If Palo Alto continues to add high-density housing, the results would be

- lower the quality of public school education due to over-crowding
- lower home equity value due to deteriorating public school system
- higher taxes for bonds to build more schools to accomodate growing student population

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