Tell us your ideas for the 2018 Council Priorities!
172 Registered Statements
Harold McHaggard in Downtown North
May 1, 2018, 12:20 PM
I am concerned about the amount of new commercial development in the downtown area. I understand from several other parents that developers are pushing for additional "entertainment options" such as arcades and other gathering spots for teenagers. While providing after-school options for our kids sounds laudable, there is no shortage of extra-curricular programs and some of the proposals, including installing a pool hall, are downright dangerous. In particular, either the council is closing its eyes to a situation it does not wish to acknowledge, or it is not aware of the caliber of disaster indicated by the proposals to put in a pool table in our community. It takes judgment, brains, and maturity to properly play such a game and it is not well suited for our community's youth. There is already enough of a crowd around Pizza My Heart near curfew time. Think of the crowds on University if these proposals went through. It's bad enough that we have billiards at Antonio's Nut House. Now imagine that scene writ large over downtown, with peanut shells littered everywhere and constant shouting? We'd have trouble. Big, big trouble. Trouble with a capital T. I want our wonderful community to remain a peaceful place. Peaceful with a capital P, for Palo Alto.
Elron Hoffman-Chang in Community Center
April 30, 2018, 5:20 PM
Many concerned residents have already pointed out the dangers posed to our community from the noise caused by planes flying overhead. I'm glad to see that the citizenry of Palo Alto are more aware of how are own government is using us as pawns in their sonic warfare experiments than they were ten years ago. But we must do more.
Chemtrail dispersal vapors visible at high altitudes (+7000 ft) are much harder to see with the naked eye when planes are flying lower. I usually duck into my car and flip up the overpressure system and radio static every time I hear the planes nearing overhead but I'm sure I've huffed my share neuroaltering agents so far living here.
Maybe we can set up a loud townwide PA/klaxon/muezzin system to notify us 24/7 when planes are about to fly overhead? Then we can muffle our ears and grab our HEPA masks in time. God bless!
February 1, 2018, 7:02 PM
A top priority of the City Council should be to lessen the traffic congestion on residential streets, especially in Crescent Park. Drivers trying to leave Palo Alto at the end of a work day to cross the Dumbarton Bridge cut through the little streets of Crescent Park to try to skip some of the traffic on University Ave. Some days the traffic gets backed up in front of my house such that I can't even drive all the way home. I have even heard some people talking about wanting to move out of the neighborhood because the traffic is getting so bad. I imagine this might also having a negative effect on property values.
In addition to traffic within the neighborhood, the 101 on/off ramps at Oregon Expressway/Embarcadero, University Ave, Willow Ave and Marsh Rd are horrendous. My understanding of this situation is that there is a mass exodus from Palo Alto across the Dumbarton Bridge at the end of the work day. However, this Peninsula to East Bay traffic also causes North/South traffic on the 101. I think the interchanges need to be redesigned to accommodate the massive new influx of workers in Palo Alto. I also think that development needs to stop, we cannot accommodate it without severely affecting quality of life. I am frustrated with traffic on a daily basis.
January 31, 2018, 10:37 PM
1 Crescent Park rush hour congestion
2 Student bike safety along Newell toward Jordan (esp while fire station is under construction)
3 Continued city support for Project Safety Net
Shira Mowlem in Crescent Park
January 31, 2018, 11:45 AM
Respectfully, I hope the City will address the recent cuts to our PAFD staff effective January. I have concerns that these cuts to PAFD and implemented cross-staffing model impacts the safety of the many people in the City of Palo Alto. In just this month, there have been simultaneous calls resulting in PAFD reaching level zero. Response times have increased and mutual aid by neighboring cities have dropped. I hope the City Council can prioritize re-looking at this issue to find a revised plan that doesn't involve reducing PAFD staff. Thank you.
Elaine Uang in Downtown North
January 31, 2018, 11:17 AM
For the fourth year in a row, please please please prioritize HOUSING. We are far behind on our housing goals for the 2015-2023 period - The last two years we've permitted 16 and 80 units respectively - and need to permit at least 330 housing units per year to meet our Regional Housing Needs Allocation for 2015-2023. Let's pass zoning changes to allow MORE housing in our downtown areas. We need to allow much more housing in commercial mixed use zones (CC, CD, CN, CS zones) and re-legalize missing middle housing traditionally built in the RM zones next to our downtowns . More housing will make our city more affordable, walkable, livable, healthy, vibrant, and able to support retail and services. As Jane Jacobs said, “You can't rely on bringing people downtown, you have to put them there.”
Micheline Horstmeyer in Midtown/ Midtown West
December 31, 2017, 2:09 PM
I would like the Council to address the issue of JET NOISE. We have been clamoring for some redress for several years, have watched committees come and go, and yet nothing has been accomplished. You have acknowledged that many Palo Alto citizens have asked you to make this a top priority...yet I do not see this on your list (unless you have included this as a subset of "Transportation"). This is a clearly defined issue with a measurable outcome (i.e., less noise). Take some leadership on this in 2018!
December 29, 2017, 11:13 AM
Please reinstate traffic enforcement. With no traffic police, drivers speed through residential neighborhoods where thousands of bicyclists and pedestrians are doing what is right for the community while putting their lives in danger. Ticket the speeding. Ticket red-light running. Provide more lighted crosswalks. Crossing guards are cheap. Add more before another child is hit by a car. My teenage children bike, but they are regularly afraid of drivers and their bad behavior. More parents would let their children walk or bike if it was safer. Put police officers in residential neighborhoods. Enforce the laws we have. Residents pay huge taxes to support this city and there is far too much focus on attracting more business and more traffic. Don't be like Trump. Please do your job and work for the people who live here and not for the businesses. Thank you.
December 26, 2017, 7:03 PM
December 23, 2017, 1:34 PM
A top priority of the City Council should be to lessen the traffic congestion on residential streets. We live just off on University Avenue where motorists use the tiny residential side streets as a short cut to University Avenue. The situation has gotten much worse in recent months. At first we were told it was due to the construction on 101, then the lack of coordination between traffic lights of Palo Alto and East Palo Alto. Now? It is a major problem just getting in to or out of our driveway many nights from 4:30 until 6:30. If there is a night when, for whatever reason, there is less the traffic, cars speed down our street creating an unsafe situation for all.
Has any research shown exactly why there is such a huge increase in traffic? Are the drivers of these cars downtown employees, affiliated with Stanford, shoppers, or restaurant goers?
Residential streets are becoming frequently gridlocked.
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