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Housing advocates file suit against Los Altos for blocking project

Original post made on Jul 29, 2019

A lawsuit filed against the city of Los Altos alleges that city staff -- and later the City Council -- illegally blocked a housing project that complied with California's new by-right housing law.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, July 29, 2019, 8:59 AM

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Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jul 29, 2019 at 9:54 pm

Ick, that looks hulking. But then if California state bills like Senate Bill SB50 pass in the new year, we’ll have to get used to things similar to this with respect to our residential,zoning. Who benefits? Big Developers. Be aware of efforts by our State Legislature to impose control over local zoning, complete with oddball terms and designations such ad “transit rich” areas, etc. that may surprise you —which then permit development we haven’t seen. (Oh, you’re excused if you’re Marin County and a friend of leading politicians in the Legislature.) You’re included if deemed deep pockets, like Palo Alto.
Meanwhile, back to Los Altos: while change is inevitable in the world, there are still considerations and appropriateness of such projects. Good luck.


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Posted by Anon
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 30, 2019 at 11:55 am

An office building in sheep's clothing. The developers should be ashamed of themselves.


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Posted by Jeremy Hoffman
a resident of Mountain View
on Jul 31, 2019 at 7:03 am

Jeremy Hoffman is a registered user.

I can't believe I have to keep saying this, but the answer to "who benefits when we legalize more homes?" is "our neighbors who get to live in those homes! And all of us whose lives are enriched by having those neighbors as part of our community."


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Posted by Anon
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 31, 2019 at 8:59 am

Posted by Jeremy Hoffman, a resident of Mountain View

>> I can't believe I have to keep saying this, but the answer to "who benefits when we legalize more homes?" is "our neighbors who get to live in those homes! And all of us whose lives are enriched by having those neighbors as part of our community."

This project started life as an office building and has morphed into "mixed-use". What is the mix of residential area, office area, and retail area? (In square feet.)


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Posted by Anon
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 31, 2019 at 10:24 am

Posted by Jeremy Hoffman, a resident of Mountain View

>> I can't believe I have to keep saying this, but the answer to "who benefits when we legalize more homes?" is "our neighbors who get to live in those homes! And all of us whose lives are enriched by having those neighbors as part of our community."

If this is about "housing", then, why is there office space included that will house a significant number (20-40?) of office workers? Depending on employee density, this could be a net loss with respect to jobs/housing imbalance. Let's build projects that are 100% housing if we care about housing. It only takes a small amount of office space to add enough employees that the jobs/housing imbalance is worsened.


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Posted by Karl
a resident of Mountain View
on Jul 31, 2019 at 5:13 pm

This is an excellent project which is 100% in conformance with all applicable laws.

I'm glad that CARLA is "taking the wood" to the City of Los Altos for flouting the law.

Multiply what Los Altos is doing by 491 jurisdictions throughout CA over the course of 4+ decades and what you end up getting is a chronic housing shortage and skyrocketing housing prices.

Godspeed CARLA!


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Posted by Overbuilding Blues
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 1, 2019 at 7:26 am

This is the perfect project for this fight, since Los Altos has been the last local city to maintain any of its character and traffic circulation in light of the overbuilding caused by tech companies all insisting on their companies taking over Silicon Vally and destroying communities for their entry level workforces. Los Altos getting ruined by this zoning busting project will be a real test of whether the heads of these companies will just move away and let everyone else’s quality of life be destroyed, or whether they will just move away and let everyone else’s quality of life be destroyed.

Meanwhile, research is showing that cities are increasingly a bad place for less-skilled workers in the long run, especially those in areas concentrating highly paid tech workers, and tech workers are pretty much only looking for work in four geographic places (you know which). Developers are laughing all the way to the bank with all the unsafe unsafe unsafe building in the name of “crisis”.

So the real question is whether tech companies and governments are going to be willing to foster expansion of the number of job centers - which is the only real solution to the housing crisis, and the only solution that will help lower-income workers along with everyone else - before the cities of the Peninsula are completely ruined by all this overbuilding with no regards to infrastructure limits or after? In the case of Los Altos, will it hit the real cause of the problem - selfish heads of tech companies - close to home, and when will they just shrug their shoulders and retire to Woodside??




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