Newsletter

Newsletter
 Volume VIII | May 8, 2017
SF Peninsula news is fast-moving and busy residents are challenged to stay informed.  This newsletter places current news on housing, jobs and transportation into useful context.  It is edited by two Palo Alto residents, Neilson Buchanan and John Guislin, who have no ties to developers.  The sole objective is to provide information in support of residential quality of life.
Please note: We occasionally highlight  articles on news sites that have limited access for non-subscribers.
THIS WEEK ON THE SAN FRANCISCO PENINSULA 
News that Impacts Your Quality of Life
Skyrocketing Rents Threaten Displacement/Eviction
 65 acres of Sunnyvale mobile homes are in national sunlight.  How will Sunnyvale value its residents?
 Menlo Park and other Bay Area Cities see Population Boom
 Most growth in Bay Area…..Menlo Park added 1,900 new residents for 5.5% increase last year.  
City Supports Affordable Units 
San Mateo loaned $1.1 million for $3 million project with 7 apartments and small retail.  Financing package included funds from county half-cent sales tax revenue, private donors, private bank loan and other sources. 
Coming Soon?
City Center with Housing
South San Francisco leaping into future with new civic center and hundreds of homes …officials issued request for residential development on nearly 6 acres.   SanMateoDailyJournal
Airbnb Blowback
 Settlement of a lawsuit against San Francisco by Airbnb and HomeAway appears to represent a long-elusive opportunity to bring transparency and accountability to a short-term rental market that has operated largely beyond the reach of regulation.
Mt. View Tests Rent Control
Mt. View Rent Control…A Beginning or An End?… So far, city officials say they are hearing remarkably few reports of problems. 
Hacker Homes Hamstrung 
Reader alert!  Palo Alto Council reacts with 6/3 vote — launching a business out of a single-family home will remain a code violation.  Stay tuned for next chapter of all too real reality. paloaltoonline
 Spy Party Slips into Palo Alto
 Famously secretive data-mining giant Palantir to land en masse with a gigantic white tent at Palo Alto soccer field. Upcoming employee party consumes most of field almost two weeks for 2-day festivities. 
 Council Adrift? Bizarre Proposals Waste Time and Disrespect Public
 The erratic behavior of three Palo Alto city council members is beginning to become a tiring pattern seemingly more designed to stir up controversy and stake out a political philosophy than seek genuine solutions to real problems. Palo Alto Weekly Editorial

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