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Five issues, 10 approaches: City Council candidates explain how they would improve Palo Alto

Original post made on Oct 2, 2020

Get a rundown of where the 10 candidates running for Palo Alto City Council stand on housing, transportation, the pandemic, finance and commercial development.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, October 2, 2020, 9:02 AM

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Posted by Mark Weiss
a resident of Downtown North
on Oct 2, 2020 at 12:35 pm

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Under the leadership of Pat Burt, planning commissioner, council member and mayor, Palo Alto gutted its comprehensive plan and abolished it’s downtown cap.
He shouldn’t get a Mulligan on his first 12 years.


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Posted by Correcting mistruths
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Oct 2, 2020 at 6:05 pm

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@ Mark Weiss - your comment is completely false on both accusations.

Cory Wobach, Greg Tanaka and others attempted to gut the comp plan - here's the real story: Web Link

Burt, Holman and others voted to retain the downtown Cap in 2016. Three years after Burt left office, it was Tanaka, Fine and Cormack voted to reverse that action - see: Web Link

@Weekly - why is @Mark Weiss always allowed to post fabricated claims?


Posted by Mark Weiss
a resident of Downtown North

on Oct 3, 2020 at 8:17 am

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Posted by Name hidden
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on Oct 3, 2020 at 9:04 am

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Posted by Sky
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Oct 3, 2020 at 10:37 am

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Most of the candidates don't feel really have any strategy to 'solve' the real problems, just keep objecting this and that, and keep delaying and delaying the problem. No good.
Something like Ajit's approach looks practical and would could bring a healthy feedback loop, where we need help business, more development of business which helps to bring more housing with mix-zone, plus more business would bring in more rev to help infrastructure project. Business in town is still critical for the future development of the city.
The city isn't capable of solving housing, infra problems at all by itself. It NEEDs to work with business to do that and leverage the business when the city is still relatively attractive for business, before too late. (a bunch of great businesses are moving out).


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Posted by samried
a resident of College Terrace
on Oct 7, 2020 at 2:37 am

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The city isn't equipped for settling lodging, infra issues at without anyone else. It NEEDs to work with business to do that and influence the business when the city is still generally alluring for business, before past the point of no return.

Something like Web Link methodology looks down to earth and would could bring a sound criticism circle, where we need assistance business, greater advancement of business which assists with carrying additionally lodging with blend zone, in addition to more business would acquire more fire up to enable foundation to extend. Business around is as yet basic for the future improvement of the city.


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Posted by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Oct 7, 2020 at 8:37 pm

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Do you all think Palo Alto is special? WE talk about our issues in a bubble. I am reading about the San Jose, District 6 race that has an incumbent - Dev Davis and a young challenger - Jake Tonkel. The incumbent is voting with her mayor. The challenger is challenging the way the city does business. All of his points are the SAME points we are hearing from our "progressive" candidates. And their goal is to breakdown their high end neighborhoods.

That is what we are hearing about the city of Alameda. So all of these young, progressive candidates are touting the same story lines with the same goals. All up and down the peninsula and bay area cities. The story line is the same and the goals are the same. Not sure if it goes down further since Gilroy is farm country.

So that is where we are right now - a whole contingent of people who appear to be working the area with the same stories. I so do not appreciate that.


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