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Palo Alto approves 'safe parking' for vehicle dwellers

Original post made on Sep 15, 2020

A parking lot near the Palo Alto Baylands will be transformed into a shelter for vehicle dwellers, equipped with a shower, a lot attendant and case managers charged with helping residents find stable homes.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, September 15, 2020, 12:43 AM

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Posted by Contrast
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 15, 2020 at 7:17 am

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This was a good decision - thank you Supervisor Joe Simitian and Councilmembers Lydia Kou and Tom DuBois for bringing RV safe parking to the Council. Without Lydia and Tom we would have no RV safe parking program.

The only clinker last night was Councilmember Tanaka who fumbled around trying to figure out how to make a nonexistent buck for the city rather than safely house the homeless.

As to location - this location has amenities that likely would never be found on a random parking lot elsewhere. Be happy, don’t worry.

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Posted by Henry22
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Sep 15, 2020 at 12:14 pm

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Another virtue signaling nothing burger from Tom Dubois and Lydia Kou.

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Posted by Novelera
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 15, 2020 at 12:36 pm

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This article warmed my heart. It also gave me some nostalgia seeing that photo of the proposed site with the gorgeous clear blue sky.

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Posted by Shwonder Sharikov
a resident of Barron Park
on Sep 15, 2020 at 1:09 pm

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What a tragic waste of hard earned tax payers money in these complex times. What does it even mean to be a resident without property/home/lease? Am I a resident as soon as I cross the border of the city?

If they really wanted to help that should've focused on integration - provide jobs, make it easier to find a job, teach people to fish instead of giving it to them - it's much harder to do then lease a parking lot in a bushes and then spend money on clean-up, making sure it won't burn down or "residents" of these bushes won't steal from people who pay for their place.


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Posted by Citizen
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Sep 15, 2020 at 1:12 pm

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Residents have a permanent address and pay utilities and get mail delivered to that address. Otherwise you are a temporary resident.

If they are just temporarily working here, and have no permanent address, and are living in a vehicle, how are they residents?

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Posted by Spectator at Large
a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Sep 15, 2020 at 1:22 pm

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Shameful Tanaka. You’ll never get my vote!

Thanks To the council members who support this proposal and particularly Lydia!

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Posted by Native to the BAY
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Sep 15, 2020 at 4:38 pm

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Wow. 13 spaces for temporary overnight parking! How generous. What about using the New fancy parking structure off California ave for safe parking for our service workers who can’t get the dire housing at a living wage rent cost. Of course the city can’t move on real tangible affordable housing decisions and take action. 13 automobile spaces on the end of town? How nice, comforting to know our civic leaders have our most vulnerable in their hearts. Lauding themselves as good decision makes. Now only thousands more to go. And those who don’t have a working car to call home? What of them? 13 such an unlucky number for a few fortunate humans living under disastrous past and present conditions conditions, and for years. Double speak loud and clear. Shame.

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Posted by Jonathan Brown
a resident of Ventura
on Sep 16, 2020 at 10:44 pm

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We need enough safe parking areas with service offerings like this to ban vehicle dwelling elsewhere. Adrian Fine, you already have allowed vehicles with permanent dwellers in them to be parked all around California Ave. and elsewhere in the City for a decade or more. So what does it say about you as a mayor that you did not seem to notice this need and never got around to offering services or help to these people until now? If you'd like to live next to vehicle dwellers, you can invite them to park outside of your home or move near the Geng site. Personally, I like the idea of having an isolated site that's properly considered, spaced, and serviced rather than having vehicle dwellers densely packed in residential neighborhoods that were never planned for such use.

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Posted by iSez
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Sep 17, 2020 at 1:18 pm

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What happens when the nearby neighborhoods start getting burglarized? How about The Market at Edgewood? Will the clientele change? Will these homeless people be selected as ones that have a chance at returning to the workforce?

Churches in the middle of residential areas plan to bring the same program to their parking lots? No, please no.

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Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Sep 17, 2020 at 3:06 pm

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Terrible plan. Illogical. Who gets in? What happens as word spreads?
I call this an attractive nuisance. Likely to lead to trash, fights, conflicts, drug use, possible fire spreading to PA residential areas right across the freeway, much less near businesses and The Baylands. Crime rise from petty to serious: remember how the experiment at Cubberley Community Center proved UNWORKABLE.
Shame on our County Supervisor, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, and weak Palo Alto City officials who do not support their residents! I will no longer be safe to walk the loop around the Baylands, coming out there after circling the little airport.
Our police resources will have to commute over there to try to supervise and manage this. Oh, and this is OUR tax dollars.
Truly ridiculous politicians.

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Posted by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Sep 17, 2020 at 7:16 pm

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I suspect that once that lot if filled up then the residential streets will then become the opportunity for overnight parking. My street is already the opportunity location for the employees of JCC so that their visitors can park in the garages. What we end up is litter on the street, packages from the fast food chains, and general trash.

Due to COVID we have not had the onslaught as in previous years and so great that the street cleaner actually can clean the street. I asked one lady why she was sitting in her parked car and she said her child was busy playing soccer. A soccer mom who is parked on a residential street that is not near any soccer field. And she left trash on the street.

We need to shift these people elsewhere - Cubbereley parking lot? Shopping center parking lot? At least near bathrooms, coffee, and trash cans.

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