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Stanford medical researcher seeks City Council seat

Original post made on Jul 6, 2022

Hope Lancero, a medical researcher at Stanford University School of Medicine, has joined the race for a seat on the Palo Alto City Council with the goal of bringing more affordable housing to the city.

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Posted by William Hitchens
a resident of Mountain View
on Jul 6, 2022 at 6:09 pm

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OMG! Another person who thinks they can "save the world" even if it's not remotely affordable. "god" help us. A solid Chicago School economics education should be necessary for anyone seeking political office.


Posted by Citizen
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 6, 2022 at 7:07 pm

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I would like to know what civic volunteering the candidates have been involved in, beyond what they did for their own self-interest. I appreciate Ms. Lancero's interest, but the City Council is already smaller than it used to be, and we don't need more people using it as a platform for airing views that could be done other ways. There is work to be done for the City. I appreciate that she and some of the other candidates are intelligent well-meaning people, but I would also appreciate seeing that they've spent some time understanding what it means to be in government service or even volunteering for civic benefit, such as Alison McCormack did before she ran. Even those with executive experience can have really unrealistic expectations or be lacking in understanding of what it takes to deal with and serve the general public, not just their own interests or constituencies.

Cutting their teeth volunteering for civic projects is usually one good sign, at least as far as this voter in concerned.

My question for Ms. Lancero would be -- and this is a sincere question -- I thought Stanford made affordable housing available for its employees? Or is it just some employees?


Posted by Please Don't
a resident of College Terrace
on Jul 7, 2022 at 11:24 am

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Affordable housing WILL NEVER be solved at the local level and needs to be addressed by the state and federal government. I'm getting tired of the "affordable housing" discussion. Also, I hear Bakersfield is affordable, go there if you want "affordable".


Posted by rita vrhel
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jul 7, 2022 at 7:42 pm

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Is Stanford having their employees run for PA City Council so they can ensure housing for their employees rather than provide it on their own land?

Does not Stanford presently own 37 houses in College Terrace which are standing empty? Why not help solve the "housing crisis" by renting these units?

How many "ghost houses" are there in PA? And why isn't PA taxing all existing ghost houses?

Will new housing be purchased by Stanford and other investors and left empty, thereby defeating the entire purpose of building more housing?

Anyone know the answers to these questions?

Thank you.


Posted by Online Name
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Jul 7, 2022 at 10:21 pm

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@Rita, Excellent questions. And what's Stanford doing to maintain the properties it owns which may be occupied and poorly maintained?

I ask because last weekend we visited friends in College Terrace and were horrified to see how bare their previouslu beautiful back yard is now without all the trees that had to be were cut down due to Stanford failing to deal with the infected plantings on their property backing up thg yard of our friends.

Absolutely shameful.

Either way, elected official with Stanford ties must recuse themselves from voting on anything concerning Stanford and/or land use. I mean if someone who belongs to PAN (Palo Alto Neighborhoods) had to recuse himself from voting on Casti simplky because PAN once sent a letter on the issue so should Stanford affiliates.

Fair's fair, right?


Posted by mjh
a resident of College Terrace
on Jul 8, 2022 at 7:36 pm

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Council member Tom Dubois used to have to recuse himself when any item involving Stanford came up because his former wife worked at Stanford. Since council has now been reduced to 7 members it would be a mistake to elect someone who couldn’t represent the interests of their Palo Alto constituents every time anything remotely involving Stanford is on the agenda.


Posted by JR
a resident of Palo Verde
on Jul 8, 2022 at 8:27 pm

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I humbly suggest that any Stanford employee should run for Stanford City Council rather than Palo Alto City Council. Of course, there is no such thing as "Stanford City Council", that is because Stanford is run as an unaccountable plutocracy.


Posted by Bystander
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 9, 2022 at 11:40 am

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I always like to thank those willing to enter the race, willing to spend time to attempt to do a role that few of us are willing to undertake. I am also of the opinion that those who are not likely to be supported by developers and similar would be great candidates, provided they educate themselves on the hot topic issues around town.

Saying that, it does seem that someone from Stanford may have divided loyalties or at best not know enough about how non-Stanford Palo Alto works.

I look forward to more newcomers and thank those considering.


Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jul 11, 2022 at 3:53 pm

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I disagree with this person’s stances.


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