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Lydia Kou: Playing zone defense

Original post made on Oct 2, 2020

Lydia Kou, who's looking to keep her seat on the Palo Alto City Council this fall, distinguishes herself from the other two "residentialists" on the council as less likely to compromise.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, October 2, 2020, 6:50 AM

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Posted by Tom DuBois
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 4, 2020 at 12:13 pm

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It's been a pleasure to work with Lydia on Council and I hope the voters give her four more years to continue working for them. She has been incredibily dedicated - one thing the article misses is how hard she has worked behind the scenes. In four years, she has been on nearly 40 boards and commissions for elected officials, working tirelessly on behalf of Palo Alto residents - regionally and locally.

Just one clarification on renter protections. The Weekly said "Kou and DuBois also have been the council's chief advocates for rental stabilization measures, though their efforts to explore such measures have so far failed to sway the council majority." After we made our proposals to Council, nearly all the provisions were adopted at the state level and are now state law and in effect.


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Posted by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Oct 6, 2020 at 3:26 pm

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YEAH Lydia - keep up the great work.


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Posted by Fred Balin
a resident of College Terrace
on Oct 6, 2020 at 5:23 pm

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This video I wrote and narrate is one of the reasons that I support Lydia Kou for re-election: Web Link


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Posted by Me 2
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Oct 7, 2020 at 10:14 am

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"A Realtor..."

She benefits from the housing market in Palo Alto by restricting supply to keep prices high. 2.5% of a bigger number is more money in her pocket. She continues to hide behind silly affordable housing mandates to kill housing and thus maintain high housing prices.

This is clearly a conflict of interest when it comes to zoning and housing policy.


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Posted by Online Name
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Oct 7, 2020 at 10:31 am

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@Me 2, that doesn't make much sense. A residential realtor would make more money if she/he had more units to sell, esp. since most of them would be market rate and thus would do nothing to bring down the price of existing housing.


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Posted by Me 2
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Oct 7, 2020 at 12:53 pm

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Not if you specialize in high value Palo Alto properties. And you don't have to sell a bunch of them to make your income.

"A residential realtor would make more money if she/he had more units to sell, esp. since most of them would be market rate and thus would do nothing to bring down the price of existing housing."

More supply = lower prices. Yes, even supply and demand applies to Palo Alto housing. More work for her to make the same income.

Realtors who focus on Palo Alto have made bank because of restrictive housing and zoning - and her place on the city council is the best advertising she could ever get for listings.

She bears scrutiny as much as anyone else who has a potential conflict of interest. If she's reelected, she needs to step down from her real estate role. You would demand a developer to do the same thing, wouldn't you? Or if a person worked for Palantir, right?

It goes both ways.


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