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Laurene Powell Jobs buys 30 acres in East Palo Alto

Original post made on Sep 21, 2018

One of the largest parcels of vacant land in East Palo Alto is now under the ownership of a limited liability company associated with Laurene Powell Jobs, according to San Mateo County records.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, September 21, 2018, 6:57 AM

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Posted by Mark Dinan
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Sep 21, 2018 at 10:42 am

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East Palo Alto has so many needs, it will be interesting to see what will be built on the many properties. Bars & Restaurants - a pizzeria maybe? Office space for non-profits and/or tech workers? "Missing Middle" Housing for teachers? Car Mechanic/Oil Change spot? Nail/Beauty/hair Salon? Grocery Store? Cafe Zoe in EPA? Dry Cleaner? Bank space?

EPA is economically thriving, with average houses selling for around $1 Million. Unemployment is low, around 2%. Violent crime is also low, and the murder rate has fallen ~98% in the last 25 years. It is a great time to invest in EPA, and I am very curious what Emerson has in mind with their many properties.


Posted by peppered
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 21, 2018 at 10:52 am

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Will this land be under water as ocean levels rise?


Posted by Tee Dee
a resident of St. Claire Gardens
on Sep 21, 2018 at 10:58 am

Just curious,is J Brad Powell possibly related to Laurene Powell Jobs? No big deal just an interesting coincidence.


Posted by Sea Reddy
a resident of College Terrace
on Sep 21, 2018 at 11:06 am

Suggestion

Perfect location for Castelleja school expansion. Perfect place to reach out to Bay Area communities rich and not wealthy.


Posted by Redfern West
a resident of Crescent Park
on Sep 21, 2018 at 2:52 pm

Site includes one of the largest and most beautiful eucalyptus/gum trees in Northern California. Hope it makes it as well as the parcel...its land that will be underwater in our grandchildren's day.


Posted by Capt. Jessie Walter
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Sep 21, 2018 at 3:36 pm

>Will this land be under water as ocean levels rise?
>>its land that will be underwater in our grandchildren's day.

Nonsense. Just raise the proposed buildings on posts. When the tides/waters eventually do rise, you will have a nice waterfront area for dining and shopping.

People may even be able to take small boats to & from the various venues which will create new jobs (e.g. a 'boat works' repair operation and boat rental services).

EPA by the Bay would be reminiscent of some of those swampy areas like they have in Louisiana and Florida.

I'm looking forward to the waters rising but am somewhat concerned about the other parts of EPA flooding during the winter.

The Army Corps of Engineers should be able to come up with some preventative measures.


Posted by Anon
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 21, 2018 at 6:52 pm

Are people expecting suggestions? How about 1000 units of affordable housing?


Posted by tree lover
a resident of College Terrace
on Sep 21, 2018 at 8:51 pm

@Redfern West - would you mind specifying where exactly this eucalypt is? I'd love to check it out.


Posted by Affordable Housing
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Sep 21, 2018 at 9:21 pm

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Posted by DeniseW
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Sep 21, 2018 at 11:11 pm

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I am sure she will do something smart with the land that will benefit us all. She is a smart, caring person


Posted by Sea Reddy
a resident of College Terrace
on Sep 22, 2018 at 12:10 am

Castilleja school can perform miracles education the underprivileged. Mrs Jobs has devoted lots of resources to help them.

Let’s begin with a nice track & field facility until big plans are made.

Thank you for what you do Ms. Powell


Posted by Sea Reddy
a resident of College Terrace
on Sep 22, 2018 at 4:15 am

Tall trees in Palo Alto east west north south!
Tall minds!


Posted by So Much Potential
a resident of Woodside
on Sep 22, 2018 at 9:35 am

>When the tides/waters eventually do rise, you will have a nice waterfront area for dining and shopping.

And the fallen eucalytus trees will add a nice driftwood aura to the overall scene.

A top-notch seafood restaurant would be an ideal addition to the area and might draw numerous diners if the menu was really good + taking a small boat to the dining venue would certainly add to its allure.

This is a prime opportunity to turn EPA into an upscale, revenue-generating locale.










Posted by senor blogger
a resident of Palo Verde
on Sep 22, 2018 at 11:00 am

Who Cares.
Is this news or just gossip?


Posted by Think Big
a resident of another community
on Sep 22, 2018 at 2:37 pm

Is the parcel large enough to create a major university? In time, a visionary concept along the lines of The University of West Nairobi could become a major educational force in our country.

As Stanford is often considered the Harvard of the West, UWN could become one of the preeminent black universities in the country with specialties in a variety of academic fields + a nationally-recognized sports program including Division I football and basketball.

Recruiting key administrators and educators from the Ivy League and beyond would add prestige to the school and accelerate its accreditation process. Who wouldn't want to leave New Haven or Cambridge to be a part of such a dynamic undertaking in EPA?

The establishment of a new university would also assist in the further gentrification of the area and attract new developers as well as development projects. RE prices would soon be on the rise and many of the older EPA neighborhoods would take on a new life.

About the only thing left would be a memorable name for the UWN team mascot.




Posted by A Design Major
a resident of Stanford
on Sep 22, 2018 at 6:35 pm

> Who wouldn't want to leave New Haven or Cambridge to be a part of such a dynamic undertaking in EPA?

I imagine there are probably a few who might have some reservations.


Posted by Suzie
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 23, 2018 at 7:42 am

Army corps of engineers will protect this investment from flooding ? My tax $ will protect mrs Jobs land? That makes sense.


Posted by Thad
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Sep 23, 2018 at 8:17 am

Does anyone even care that 44% of its 2,682 students are homeless?

Does anyone even know?


Posted by Willie Sutton
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Sep 23, 2018 at 9:10 am

"...a visionary concept along the lines of The University of West Nairobi could become a major educational force in our country."

Who'd ever imagine that EPA could someday become a college town?

A board of trustees including some of the biggest "movers & shakers" in Silicon Valley could make this concept a reality.




Posted by Highly Unlikely
a resident of Crescent Park
on Sep 23, 2018 at 2:48 pm

> In time, a visionary concept along the lines of The University of West Nairobi could become a major educational force in our country.

Never gonna happen.

>> Who'd ever imagine that EPA could someday become a college town?

Nobody in their right frame of mind.


Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 23, 2018 at 11:13 pm

The aspect that EPA is becoming so much in demand means that the value of this land will increase. Whether or not this land is used or not the investment value alone is worth thinking about. For those who are already homeowners, their home value I imagine has just increased on the news of this purchase alone.


Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Sep 24, 2018 at 12:52 am

>> " ... their home value I imagine has just increased "

Giving rise to yet another generation of Prop 13 supporters.


Posted by Another Idea
a resident of another community
on Sep 24, 2018 at 6:15 pm

How about building a racetrack along the lines of Laguna Seca, Watkins Glen and Searspoint Raceway?

Use it for automotive races and large outdoor rock concerts.


Posted by Palo Altan
a resident of Greene Middle School
on Sep 24, 2018 at 10:45 pm

She's in favor of funding education for low income students. I'm guessing it will be an EPA K-8. Hopefully, because they feel out of place in PAUSD; they should have a good school to attend instead of having a 1-hour bus ride in the mornings. My children have tried to be friends with them but it just doesn't work, with the differences in upbringings. Thus, they end up hanging with themselves because it's more comfortable.


Posted by Willie Sutton
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Sep 25, 2018 at 8:32 am

>She's in favor of funding education for low income students. I'm guessing it will be an EPA K-8.

Isn't this the fiscal responsibility of the San Mateo County School District?
Why do other schools in its more affluent cities flourish while EPA sits by the wayside?

BTW, not all EPA residents are low income. Some just prefer to live here. The city has potential but has been neglected over time by various public administrations.


Posted by Anon
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 25, 2018 at 9:39 am

Posted by Willie Sutton, a resident of East Palo Alto

>> Isn't this the fiscal responsibility of the San Mateo County School District?

EPA is in San Mateo County. Schools in San Mateo County are overseen by the San Mateo County Office of Education. Website here: Web Link Map of elementary school districts here: Web Linkassets/files/about-smcoe/districts-and-schools/elementary-school-district-map.pdf The various school districts are responsible for their areas. Normally, responsibilities don't cross county (office of ed) boundaries, but, a local wrinkle is the "Tinsley" Voluntary Transfer Program, described here: Web Linkparents-and-students/tinsley-voluntary-transfer-program.html

>> Why do other schools in its more affluent cities flourish while EPA sits by the wayside?

There is a lot of history here. Maybe it is time for Palo Alto Weekly/Online to (re-)publish some of that history for the benefit of all the newcomers who have moved here since 1980. ;-)


Posted by john
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Sep 25, 2018 at 2:30 pm

Regarding "Does anyone even care that 44% of its 2,682 students are homeless?" Was that referring to the Ravenswood School District (RSD)? BTW, how can students register for a school if no permanent address within the district? If allowed in RSD, is it also allowed in high performing school districts - e.g., in Palo Alto, Fremont, Cupertino? Does some of the school funding come from property taxes. If large number of students not funded my matching property taxes - because have a taxed permanent residence in the district, then the district guaranteed to be underfunded and forever underperforming. Food for thought


Posted by Option 2
a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Sep 25, 2018 at 5:41 pm

How about a game reserve? We haven't had one around here since Africa USA.

Educational + it would provide job opportunities for EPA locals.


Posted by East Palo Alto
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Oct 1, 2018 at 8:27 am

Now is a good time to reflect and watch this amazing documentary produced by Stanford University on East Palo Alto. Web Link


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