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.

“Young guns” out of step with community – Editorial

Palo Alto Matters – May 13, 2017

Councilmembers Wolbach, Tanaka and Fine have stretched their wings as part of the new Council majority with policy proposals that would worsen the city’s jobs/housing imbalance and shift parking and traffic burdens to residents. Along the way, they have employed tactics that sidestep City staff, exclude public input and forego opportunities for compromise, undermining public trust and repeatedly raising widespread and vocal community concern.

Council backs shift to downtown parking meters

Palo Alto Weekly – by Gennady Sheyner / April 12, 2017

Palo Alto council members to explore different technologies, policies for paid parking

Seeking to bring some order to downtown’s chaotic parking scene, Palo Alto officials signaled on Tuesday night their intent to abolish the existing system of color zones and to bring back paid parking.

The details of downtown’s new parking program are yet to be hashed out, but members of the City Council indicated Tuesday that they generally support the recommendations of a newly released study, which surveyed downtown’s parking landscape and urged a switch to paid parking.

Editorial: Return of the parking meter

Palo Alto Weekly – by Palo Alto Weekly editorial board / April 7, 2017

Palo Alto considers shifting to paid parking on downtown streets, lots and garages

We hope the City Council enthusiastically supports these initiatives, which cap years of discussion and are consistent with adopted city policy to expand supply, create incentives to reduce solo driving, reduce the impacts on surrounding residential neighborhoods and fund a transportation-management program to encourage people to use transportation alternatives.