Newsletters

For a one-stop overview of what’s going on and what’s coming up, check out our Newsletters. In each issue, you’ll find commentary detailing what the latest fuss is about and a quick wrap-up of recent news and developments.

April 8, 2018 Newsletter

April 9 promises impassioned public comment as affordable housing and airplane noise take center stage at City Council. On other fronts, community voices recently prompted city response on traffic patrol, controversial bike boulevard design elements, and employee parking permits in the downtown RPP. Get up to speed on what the city is up to and make sure your opinion is part of the mix.

March 20, 2018 Newsletter

Train tunnel deemed “practically unworkable.” Affordable housing ordinance delayed; City supports transparency in labor negotiations; Eichler design guidelines move forward; and controversy brews over Cool Blocks, Ross Road and PTC ethics.

SB-827 height overlay map

February 15, 2018 Newsletter

Multi-family housing near transit: Sounds good, right? Well here it comes. Is this what you expected? Get the run-down on a newly proposed state-mandate, SB-827. And stay up to speed with local action on traffic and parking, housing and more.

January 21, 2018 Newsletter

It’s easy to say yes, I’m pro-housing, or anti-traffic. But as with all public policy, the devil is in the details. How will the City advance its priorities and how it will impact our daily lives? Will residents have an influential voice? Get a heads up on the hard questions ahead for Palo Alto.

December 13, 2017

At the close of this action packed and tumultuous year, Palo Alto ends up right back where it started – debating ADUs (Accessory Dwelling Units) policies. Though City Council has finished its work for the year, the Planning and Transportation Commission (PTC) will get a first look at possible revisions to the 2017 ADU ordinance tonight.

December 4, 2017 Newsletter

Residents bristle at a lack of timely City leadership and communication regarding Stanford’s growth plans, grade separations, and new State housing laws, and they are again disappointed by a lack of transparency, productive civic engagement, and public deliberation. 

cartoon

November 3, 2017

As Comprehensive Plan Update approaches final vote, worrisome Stanford expansion impacts come to light and Fine/Kniss/Wolbach advocate parking reductions and zoning changes for new housing.

October 21, 2017 Newsletter

Monday, October 23 offers the last best chance for resident input to influence the Comp Plan Update that will set city land use policy for the next 15 years. This newsletter issue offers a quick primer on what’s at stake.

accountability cartoon

October 10, 2017 Newsletter

What’s sexy about code enforcement? Public trust … Get up to speed on renter protection proposal, campaign finance violations, office cap and PAUSD controversies, and climb aboard for rail planning.

September 1, 2017 Newsletter

Two new housing projects and 8th hotel on South El Camino Real enter the review pipeline. Council to adopt rail corridor design process and moves to preserve animal shelter. PTC gets first look at Environmental Impact Analysis for Stanford expansion. 

June 25, 2017 Newsletter

Seeing the forest through the trees – big picture questions about where we’re headed, bottom line numbers, and specific issues of concern in the alignment of values and strategies.

June 11, 2017 Newsletter

Comp plan wraps up; rail, code enforcement, sustainability, and parks and rec on deck for City Council. Residents air worries about hotels, Castilleja’s expansion and proposed micro-housing project.

April 9, 2017 Newsletter

Council’s First 100 Days: New City Council charges ahead on housing, retail, parking and more amid community unease and campaign finance investigations.