Newsletter

Newsletter
 September 20, 2017
SF Peninsula news is fast-moving and busy residents struggle to stay informed. SFPNA collects news on housing, jobs and transportation and places it into useful context. The overriding objective is to promote residential quality of life. 
The newsletter is edited by two Palo Alto residents, Neilson Buchanan and John Guislin, who have no ties to developers or government organizations. Regional citizen leaders guide article selection.
 This issue focuses on a range of issues from housing to transportation, elections to regulations.
 THIS WEEK ON THE SAN FRANCISCO PENINSULA 
News that Impacts Your Quality of Life
Watch out, Tech Giants – it’s Regulation Time
“Tech giants don’t like to think of themselves as monopolies. They prefer to cast themselves as dynamic, multifaceted corporations aimed at making our lives more productive and entertaining. But they’re also highly competitive, acquiring smaller startups that have technology they covet and becoming aggressive competitors against bigger companies that operate in a sliver of their universe.
If they haven’t already, these Silicon Valley powerhouses should start preparing for an aggressive push from a Washington administration that loathes regulations and a media landscape that’s starting to seriously question how they do business.”
Hurdles Cleared
 A package of housing legislation is on it way to Gov. Brown. Bills will fund housing construction and streamline development rules. 
San Jose’s Tiny House
Tug of War
After more than a year, City Council approved pilot program to build up to three “tiny home” villages for the homeless but fight over location rages on. Council approved a plan after hundreds of residents and housing advocates packed City Hall to debate where to place homeless micro-housing.
 
Out, Out Damn Spot
100+ people let San Mateo County officials know about problems with the busy Santa Cruz Avenue/Alameda de las Pulgas roadway bisecting their West Menlo Park neighborhood. They told of seniors and school children afraid to cross the street, of cars slamming through fences and walls, and of people unwilling to walk dogs, push strollers or ride bikes in the area. 
Can a City be Badgered/Bullied?
It’s getting hot in Brisbane…not just the weather…..Political pressure for massive development in its village setting is increasing.
When the Pie Gets Smaller,
Table Manners May Change
Palo Alto retailers respond to nationwide pressures. “When the going gets tough, the tough get going”.  PaloAltoOnLine
Will Sales Taxes Save Us?
How about another half-cent sales tax increase in 2018 to generate another $80 million annually, this time to address potholes, traffic congestion, better mass transit and other transportation matters? There is support in San Mateo County. 
What’s Worse: Peninsula Congestion or Sinus Headache?
Oh, What a Relief It Isn’t. The average driver in 2016 spent roughly 3.5 minutes per commute traveling less than 35 mph, a new record and a 9 percent increase over the previous year. It also marked the fourth consecutive year that weekday traffic congestion around the region reached a new high. Or new low, depending on how you view it.  SJMercuryNews

 

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