Newsletter

Newsletter
January 7, 2018
THIS WEEK ON THE SAN FRANCISCO PENINSULA 
News that Impacts Your Quality of Life
Quality for neighborhoods and work itself have been hallmarks of California’s success.  All of the Peninsula’s communities are experiencing the benefits and pains of sustained growth. Articles selected for this newsletter reflect the editors’ concern for quality of life in each town and city.
Car sales may hit wall
“Automakers are cautious about new car sales in 2018, but owners are keeping vehicles for longer periods of time. After seven straight years of growth in domestic new-vehicle sales, manufacturers report a decline of about 1.8 percent in 2017.”

Ed. Comment:

We note that most city councils are adopting plans that their citizens (and voters) will be less dependent on driving and parking their personal vehicles. During 2018 this newsletter will focus on regional metrics such as number of driver licenses, registered vehicles, escalating commute peak hours and the mysterious interaction of LOS/VMT. We will praise city councils who develop traffic solutions that do more than move a problem to another location. If our readers don’t understand “LOS/VMT”, don’t worry. We will be asking one of the newly elected Peninsula mayors to explain how traffic is measured and managed with LOS/VMT. 

Menlo Park: play or pause
“It took five years for Menlo Park to come up with the plan to rezone downtown – about as long as it has taken a stream of development proposals to nearly eat up the bulk of the growth allowed under that plan, according to city staff. The plan was intended to regulate the gradual growth of the downtown area for 20 to 30 years.”

Ed. Comment:

Menlo Park, like most Peninsula cities, has taken full advantage of our strong economic cycle. Menlo Park’s stewardship will be tested in their next cycle of development. How will Menlo Park address its current growth problems? 
 

$100+ billion traffic fix!
“Knotty problem awaits the Bay Area mega-leaders and voters. Imagine a Bay Area with highways that flow instead of grind to a halt. With trains that ring the bay, some running 24 hours a day…….with buses and ferries blasting past cars on the freeway…. If that sounds like a fantasy, just wait….”
Ed. Comment:
California success has always depended upon big dreams and big risks. In this case we implore these dreamers to stop and calculate the capacity and will of voters to pay the bill. The new Federal tax laws have created a new political equation to finance infrastructure of all types. How will voters react to the flurry of requests coming not only from regional transportation agencies but also from their local cities and schools? We strongly advise regional and local leaders to survey voter attitudes after April 15 when taxpayers have digested the new Blue State tax incentives.
What medicine is needed in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties?
“One of the assumptions of our society is that economic growth is good. There are many excellent reasons to believe that is true but it’s also true that some of the most serious problems we face in our region are the result of our economic success.”
Ed. Comment:
 A powerful editorial opinion was overlooked during our holiday crush:“Santa Clara County needs a committee to hash out growth plans.”
 
We agree and urge our readers to click and read the link above to the San Jose Mercury News opinion piece.
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 Editors Neilson Buchanan and John Guislin are unpaid, private citizens on the SF Peninsula and have no ties to developers
or government organizations.

 

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