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About this blog: I grew up in Los Angeles and moved to the area in 1963 when I started graduate school at Stanford. Nancy and I were married in 1977 and we lived for nearly 30 years in the Duveneck school area. Our children went to Paly. We moved ... (More)
About this blog: I grew up in Los Angeles and moved to the area in 1963 when I started graduate school at Stanford. Nancy and I were married in 1977 and we lived for nearly 30 years in the Duveneck school area. Our children went to Paly. We moved downtown in 2006 and enjoy being able to walk to activities. I do not drive and being downtown where I work and close to the CalTrain station and downtown amenities makes my life more independent. I have worked all my life as an economist focusing on the California economy. My work centers around two main activities. The first is helping regional planning agencies such as ABAG understand their long-term growth outlook. I do this for several regional planning agencies in northern, southern and central coast California. My other main activity is studying workforce trends and policy implications both as a professional and as a volunteer member of the NOVA (Silicon Valley) and state workforce boards. The title of the blog is Invest and Innovate and that is what I believe is the imperative for our local area, region, state and nation. That includes investing in people, in infrastructure and in making our communities great places to live and work. I served on the recent Palo Alto Infrastructure Commission. I also believe that our local and state economy benefits from being a welcoming community, which mostly we are a leader in, for people of all religions, sexual preferences and places of birth. (Hide)
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Questions About the Acquisition of the Buena Vista Site
Uploaded: Jun 25, 2016
In discussions with friends, several questions arose and I am interested in learning the answers.
1) in the proposal announced last week, who would own the site?
2) upon acquisition of the site, what rules would apply as to who can live there now that public money is involved?
3) My understanding is that currently the residents own their mobile homes but rent space on the site. How if at all will this change when the site is owned and operated by a public housing agency? Will the mobile homes remain, need to be upgraded, converted eventually to apartment type units?
4) What are the rules related to succession? If a current resident leaves, how is succession determined? By working off the agency wait list?
5) My memory from early meetings with Supervisor Simitian is that all 117 units will not be allowed even if the site remains a mobile home park. Is this correct and if so how will those who must leave be determined?
6) Will those who are allowed to stay be required to be qualified under rules for receiving public assistance for housing? How many current residents qualify?
7) I understood that besides acquisition costs, there are renovation costs and operating costs. What is the magnitude of these costs?
8) What procedures will the Housing Authority follow in determining whether to invoke eminent domain?
9) Are there options that allow existing residents to remain AND provide housing for additional eligible low income families?
I hear a lot of discussion about whether the acquisition is a good idea or not but very little information on what will actually happened if the site is acquired for housing for low income residents.
What is it worth to you?
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