Newsletter

Newsletter
 Volume VII | May 1, 2017
This newsletter strives to place jobs, housing and transportation into useful context for San Francisco Peninsula residents. We search the local press for articles that feature stories on these and other topics of interest to individuals and families who make their home on the peninsula.
 
The newsletter is edited by Neilson Buchanan and John Guislin, two Palo Alto  residents with no ties to developers.  Our sole objective is to promote quality of life context for local residents.
 
Please note: We occasionally highlight  articles on news sites that have limited access for non-subscribers.
 THIS WEEK ON THE
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Parking Minimalism
San Jose gives up it parking lots in hope of more vibrant, urban, mixed-use…walkable environs…. adequate parking in city garages and private lots. San Jose Mercury News
Google and Mt. View leap together into the future as vehicle minimalists.  
 Foggy Future for Overcrowded Caltrain
Caltrain final round $647 million is still MIA. Feds declined to sign off after receiving a letter from members of the California Republican congressional delegation ….  Peninsula’s train project remains in limbo.  Palo Alto Weekly
Palo Alto Pursues Paid Parking
There’s a cure for downtown Palo Alto’s parking shortage and traffic congestion, consultants say, and it’s called paid parking.  Council members unanimously voted to accept a study and directed staff to evaluate ways to charge for parking. 
Gas tax in perpetuity
For starters, it raises an enormous amount of revenue — over $5 billion/yr in perpetuity, equivalent to a 45% increase over current levels… vast majority of the funds are devoted to roadways, but the focus is….. maintenance rather than roadway expansionSPUR
Pause may or may not refresh 
Mt. View Council pauses on study to squeeze nearly 350 new apartments into a site already built up with 400+ homes……residents in the area didn’t exactly lay out the welcome mat. “I’m adamantly opposed to making this is a high-density project; it’s out of the character. Traffic proved a thornier issue. Mountain View Voice


Thumbs Up or Down
Relentless budget tradeoffs .. San Mateo supervisors ponder affordable housing allocations.   Authorizing Measure K funds is vital to enhance housing options for low-income residents. …..deciding a proposed $15 million annual allocation may not be sufficient”, supervisors set date for more aggressive funding.         San Mateo Daily Journal
Good Golly!
Whole lot of shakin’ going on…Housing crunch game on again. New listings plunged 12% in March… creating a seller’s market…. Buyers pounced…… leaving slim pickings behind for those still hunting for a home.  

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