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News - March 25, 2022

Becker bill aims to clear path for more affordable housing locally

SB 1094 seeks to unlock state funding for nonprofit developers, allow cities to get credit for 'interim' housing, home-share programs

by Gennady Sheyner

With cities throughout California struggling to meet the state's affordable housing goals, state Sen. Josh Becker has authored a bill that would make more funding available for below-market-rate projects and expand the types of development that would qualify as "low-income" housing.

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Posted by Bystander
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 22, 2022 at 8:37 am

Bystander is a registered user.

One of the recent well publicized tiny home communities has already had 3 units destroyed by fire. The cause has not been given, but the fire did start in one of the homes. People who live in the community of tiny homes have been told not to store too many belongings inside them. This apparently was evident from the destroyed homes that they were overfilled with stuff.

Many of these new developments are going to be our future slums. It is apparent to me that the residents do not take a pride in their home and they rapidly become neglected and abused. The well intentioned idea of giving people somewhere nice to live doesn't always work out well. People often take advantage of something that is free or low cost, they are unwilling or unable to maintain and the units become a blight.

I sincerely hope that this doesn't become the case, but my experience shows me that time and time again these areas for whatever reason, soon turn into very undesirable areas.

Posted by Online Name
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Mar 22, 2022 at 10:38 am

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@Bystander, I think they're now blaming unsafe propane tanks in the homeless encampment at Lake Merritt; they're are commonly used for cooking and heating.

""I know from knocking door-to-door that there are a lot of big houses in the area with just one or two people in them and a spare bedroom or two," Becker said."

This sounds exactly like Soviet Russia which mandated how many people had to live together in a unit, sharing kitchens, bathrooms etc. with total strangers.

Guess he finally found a way to "wrap his mind around" the housing issues after dissembling on the issue right until he voted to support the new housing bills. Wouldn't want to alienate his deep-pocketed backers in the development and tech community but he did a fine job of alienating the hundreds of people who showed up at his Zoom meeting armed with facts, ALL of which he dismissed since he knew how he was going to vote.

Posted by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Mar 25, 2022 at 4:52 pm

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Palo Alto has an obvious place to put some affordable housing. Go After all of those closed, empty buildings on El Camino. Put the screws in on the owners to make some choices on how they will proceed - choice to build new high rises that have a business on the ground floor with one floor for lower cost, smaller units. Then put bigger units on other floors - regular price. That is a win-win for everyone. If the owners of those buildings are resistant to doing anything then the city can impose a take-over of the property by eminent domain.
I do not get the hows and whys that those ugly buildings are sitting there when we drive down to Menlo Park and see all of the building that is going on there.

You can assume that based on the age of the buildings the property tax has to be minimal. If the property tax is minimal then why are they allowed to keep ugly, old, empty buildings on the main street of the peninsula?

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