Palo Alto’s brick-and-mortar retailers face steep challenges

Palo Alto Weekly – by Sue Dremann /  July 27, 2017

Downtown Palo Alto stores are struggling with high costs, difficulties in finding employees who will work for minimum or low wage and a parking shortage, among other problems, a panel of business owners said Wednesday morning during a discussion on the future of retail….

Facebook’s “Village” plan raises questions

Palo Alto Daily Post – by Emily Mibach / July 12, 2017

Facebook’s proposal to develop a 59-acre business park on Willow Road in Menlo Park into a “Village” with homes, stores and 1.75 million square feet of office space doesn’t answer some major questions about housing and traffic.

Editorial: Facebook’s proposed ‘village’

Palo Alto Weekly – by Palo Alto Weekly editorial board / July 14, 2017

Massive development proposal will only worsen housing, transportation problems

It’s hard to imagine a better example of how messed up our region’s planning processes and development policies are than Facebook’s latest proposal to build nine new office buildings totaling 1.75 million square feet, likely to be occupied by up to 10,000 new employees, while eventually constructing 1,500 rental apartment units.

New budget signals city’s shift on transportation

Palo Alto Weekly – by Gennady Sheyner / June 27, 2017

City Council supports sharp hikes to parking rates, more investment in car-less alternatives

Palo Alto fired a salvo Tuesday night in its war against traffic congestion when it approved a budget that dramatically increases the cost of parking in downtown and around California Avenue and invests nearly $500,000 in a new nonprofit charged with shifting drivers to other modes of transportation.

Plan for ‘car-light’ development on El Camino draws mixed reviews

Palo Alto Weekly – by Gennady Sheyner / June 19, 2017

Palo Alto officials support having housing on busy intersection but wary of parking impacts

Few projects epitomize the hopes of Palo Alto’s housing advocates and the anxieties of the city’s land-use watchdogs as clearly as 2755 El Camino Real, a four-story housing project proposed for the busy intersection of Page Mill Road and El Camino Real.

Palo Alto backs away from business tax

Palo Alto Weekly – by Gennady Sheyner/ May 9, 2017

City Council agrees to revisit proposal in the fall

From expanded shuttles and transit subsidies to new garages and improved grade crossings at the rail tracks, Palo Alto has no shortage of projects on its transportation wish list.

But on Monday night, the City Council abruptly backed away from one proposal that would have paid for some of these projects: a business license tax that the council has been contemplating for well over a year.

Editorial: A council adrift

Palo Alto Weekly – by Palo Alto Weekly editorial board / May 5, 2017

Bizarre and poorly conceived ‘symbolic’ proposals are wasting time and disrespecting the public process

City Council changes course on housing fees

Palo Alto Weekly – by Gennady Sheyner / March 28, 2017

Council members spar over best way to fund affordable housing

In an unusual move that reflected Palo Alto’s shifting political dynamics, the City Council reversed on Monday night its December decision to significantly raise the fees that office developers must contribute to support affordable housing.

Making amends

Palo Alto Weekly – Editorial / March 24, 2017

Admitting its January “irrationality,” council backtracks on Comp Plan

Faced with a strong backlash from residents across Palo Alto’s political spectrum and angry colleagues who felt disrespected, the City Council majority that had in January abruptly voted to remove the implementing programs from the draft revision to the Comprehensive Plan reversed course with a do-over Monday night.