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Name not shown in Southgate October 14, 2021, 7:19 PM

In regards to Climate Action, what should be the City’s top three priorities? [choose 3] Study additional Key Actions needed to fully meet our 80x30 goal, Accelerate GHG reductions through mandates or price signals, Study carbon neutrality options
In regards to Energy, what should be the City’s top three priorities? [choose 3] Launch residential programs and incentives for voluntary electrification, Launch non-residential programs and incentives for electrification, Study reliability and resiliency needs
What are your top three barriers to electrifying your home? Unwilling to toss out perfectly good appliances, Concerns about electric reliability, Lack of availability of contractors with expertise
What should be the City’s top three priorities for advancing residential building electrification? Reduce upfront costs or otherwise provide meaningful financial incentives, Pilot programs, Make the process smoother
In regards to Mobility, what should be the City's top three priorities? [choose 3] Expand transport options, Expand bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure, Other - advocate for greater Caltrain integration with BART
What are the top three reasons, if any, preventing you from purchasing or leasing an electric vehicle for your next vehicle? Insufficient driving range, Lack of options among electric vehicle models currently on the market, Lack of consistent rebate options
What should be the City’s top three priorities regarding Electric Vehicles? [choose 3] Evaluate electric bill discount for residential EVs, Electrify our Municipal Fleet
In regards to Water, what should be the City’s top three priorities? [choose 3] Maximize water conservation and efficiency, Build a water reuse project, Establish an impervious surfaces baseline and KPI
In regards to Climate Adaptation and Sea Level Rise, what should be the City's top three priorities? [choose 3] Conduct a Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Assessment, Collaborate on reducing wildfire hazards, Coordinate regionally, act locally
In regards to the Natural Environment, what should be the City's top three priorities? [choose 3] Maximize biodiversity and soil health, Ensure no net tree canopy loss for all projects, Establish a carbon storage of tree canopy baseline and KPI

Robert Neff in Palo Verde October 11, 2021, 5:06 PM

In regards to Climate Action, what should be the City’s top three priorities? [choose 3] Develop major employer custom emissions reduction plans, Accelerate GHG reductions through mandates or price signals, Other - For residents and business, encourage electrification through free or low cost permitting and planning for electric upgrades. Help residents be ready to switch to all-electric when the furnace or water heater needs replacement. Not "Study".
In regards to Energy, what should be the City’s top three priorities? [choose 3] Launch residential programs and incentives for voluntary electrification, Launch non-residential programs and incentives for electrification, Develop electric rate options that support electrification
What are your top three barriers to electrifying your home? Cost: The cost of electricity is more expensive than the cost of gas, Lack of time to research electrical appliance options, Other - Cost and complexity of connecting electricity where there is gas now, and of fitting a different form-factor electric system in place of my current gas furnace or water heater. Replacing Gas with Gas is simple, swapping electric for gas is not.
What should be the City’s top three priorities for advancing residential building electrification? A strong price signal for carbon e.g., a carbon tax on natural gas usage, Make the process smoother
In regards to Mobility, what should be the City's top three priorities? [choose 3] Implement smart parking infrastructure in public garages and parking fees in Business Districts, Expand bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure, Other - 1) Increase housing density. 2) Maintain distribution of destinations around the city, especially retail like grocery and drug stores. Keep everyday destinations close enough for walking and biking, or just short car trips.
What are the top three reasons, if any, preventing you from purchasing or leasing an electric vehicle for your next vehicle? Other - We own one. It's great! Even though it is 7 years old.
What should be the City’s top three priorities regarding Electric Vehicles? [choose 3] Expand multi-family and workplace EV charging, Electrify our Municipal Fleet, Other - Land use choices for higher density and shorter trips.
In regards to Water, what should be the City’s top three priorities? [choose 3] Provide rebates and incentives for home and landscape water conservation, Implement green stormwater infrastructure, Other - Heavily prioritize Native Trees. DO NOT BUILD A SALT REMOVAL FACILITY!
In regards to the Natural Environment, what should be the City's top three priorities? [choose 3] Reduce pesticide use in parks and open space preserves, Other - Not just trees, native trees.
In regards to Zero Waste, what should be the City's top three priorities? [choose 3] Eliminate single-use disposable cups and containers, Other - Favor compostable vs plastic everywhere, esp. in single use containers.

Name not shown in Southgate October 10, 2021, 9:23 PM

In regards to Climate Action, what should be the City’s top three priorities? [choose 3] Develop major employer custom emissions reduction plans, Study additional Key Actions needed to fully meet our 80x30 goal, Accelerate GHG reductions through mandates or price signals
In regards to Energy, what should be the City’s top three priorities? [choose 3] Launch residential programs and incentives for voluntary electrification, Launch non-residential programs and incentives for electrification, Enable low-income residents and vulnerable business electrification
What are your top three barriers to electrifying your home? Unwilling to toss out perfectly good appliances
What should be the City’s top three priorities for advancing residential building electrification? Reduce upfront costs or otherwise provide meaningful financial incentives, A strong price signal for carbon e.g., a carbon tax on natural gas usage, Plan for recycling appliances as they are replaced
In regards to Mobility, what should be the City's top three priorities? [choose 3] Expand transport options, Expand bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure, Disincentivize sole occupant vehicle trips
What are the top three reasons, if any, preventing you from purchasing or leasing an electric vehicle for your next vehicle? Insufficient driving range, Long charging times
What should be the City’s top three priorities regarding Electric Vehicles? [choose 3] Improve low-income resident access to EVs and EV charging, Evaluate electric bill discount for residential EVs, Electrify our Municipal Fleet
In regards to Water, what should be the City’s top three priorities? [choose 3] Maximize water conservation and efficiency, Provide rebates and incentives for home and landscape water conservation, Implement green stormwater infrastructure
In regards to Climate Adaptation and Sea Level Rise, what should be the City's top three priorities? [choose 3] Implement a Sea Level Rise Adaptation Plan, Implement a Foothills Fire Management Plan, Implement CAL FIRE public education programs
In regards to the Natural Environment, what should be the City's top three priorities? [choose 3] Maximize biodiversity and soil health, Reduce pesticide use in parks and open space preserves, Enhance pollinator habitats
In regards to Zero Waste, what should be the City's top three priorities? [choose 3] Expand the Deconstruction and Construction Materials Management Ordinance, Require food waste prevention and food recovery from commercial food generators, Champion waste prevention, reduction, reusables, and the sharing economy

Cecele Quaintance in University Park October 10, 2021, 10:13 AM

Have you visited Downtown or California Avenue since the start of Uplift Local (formerly known as Summer Streets)? Yes
If yes, how was your experience? If no, what has kept you from visiting? It has been a life saver.
Do you have ideas to enhance this community program? More beautiful and friendly traffic barriers!
Do you have other thoughts to share about Uplift Local? More open, inviting plaza like feel
As the City considers changes to reopening University Avenue and downtown streets and California Avenue, what is you preference? Explore other options to keep streets closed to through traffic.
Do you have other feedback about changes to the Downtown or California Avenue Uplift Local street closures? If converted to a true pedestrian shopping, dining and entertainment plaza, it would be heaven!

Name not shown in Duveneck/ St Francis October 9, 2021, 10:24 PM

In regards to Climate Action, what should be the City’s top three priorities? [choose 3] Develop major employer custom emissions reduction plans, Study additional Key Actions needed to fully meet our 80x30 goal, Accelerate GHG reductions through mandates or price signals
In regards to Energy, what should be the City’s top three priorities? [choose 3] Launch residential programs and incentives for voluntary electrification, Launch non-residential programs and incentives for electrification, Enable low-income residents and vulnerable business electrification
What are your top three barriers to electrifying your home? Cost: Upfront cost of conversion, Unfamiliarity with what residential electrification conversion means/includes, Unwilling to toss out perfectly good appliances
What should be the City’s top three priorities for advancing residential building electrification? A strong price signal for carbon e.g., a carbon tax on natural gas usage, Ensure that everyone, regardless of income, can electrify their homes, Plan for recycling appliances as they are replaced
In regards to Mobility, what should be the City's top three priorities? [choose 3] Expand transport options, Study land use and transportation, Expand bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure
What are the top three reasons, if any, preventing you from purchasing or leasing an electric vehicle for your next vehicle? Other - Already have an electric vehicle
What should be the City’s top three priorities regarding Electric Vehicles? [choose 3] Expand multi-family and workplace EV charging, Improve low-income resident access to EVs and EV charging, Electrify our Municipal Fleet
In regards to Water, what should be the City’s top three priorities? [choose 3] Maximize water conservation and efficiency, Provide rebates and incentives for home and landscape water conservation, Implement green stormwater infrastructure
In regards to Climate Adaptation and Sea Level Rise, what should be the City's top three priorities? [choose 3] Implement a Sea Level Rise Adaptation Plan, Implement a Foothills Fire Management Plan, Coordinate regionally, act locally
In regards to the Natural Environment, what should be the City's top three priorities? [choose 3] Expand Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance (WELO) requirements, Reduce pesticide use in parks and open space preserves, Enhance pollinator habitats
In regards to Zero Waste, what should be the City's top three priorities? [choose 3] Eliminate single-use disposable cups and containers, Champion waste prevention, reduction, reusables, and the sharing economy, Evaluate a best practice standard for low carbon construction materials

Name not shown in Palo Verde October 9, 2021, 9:49 AM

In regards to Climate Action, what should be the City’s top three priorities? [choose 3] Provide building and transportation emissions consultations for residents, Study additional Key Actions needed to fully meet our 80x30 goal, Accelerate GHG reductions through mandates or price signals
In regards to Energy, what should be the City’s top three priorities? [choose 3] Launch residential programs and incentives for voluntary electrification, Launch non-residential programs and incentives for electrification, Develop electric rate options that support electrification
What are your top three barriers to electrifying your home? Cost: Upfront cost of conversion, Cost: The need to upgrade a home’s electrical panel, Other - Where to start? It involves so much planning, money, time. We have to redo roof and electric system, before installing solar, 220v in garage for EV and heater. We redid our kitchen with all electric, any more upgrades involves a HUGE investment.
What should be the City’s top three priorities for advancing residential building electrification? Reduce upfront costs or otherwise provide meaningful financial incentives, Ensure that everyone, regardless of income, can electrify their homes, Easy financing options such as on-bill financing (the utility provides a loan for the upgrade, which is then repaid through your electric bill)
In regards to Mobility, what should be the City's top three priorities? [choose 3] Expand transport options, Improve transit and traffic flow, Disincentivize sole occupant vehicle trips
What are the top three reasons, if any, preventing you from purchasing or leasing an electric vehicle for your next vehicle? Purchase price, Insufficient driving range, Lack of consistent rebate options
What should be the City’s top three priorities regarding Electric Vehicles? [choose 3] Provide incentives for e-bikes, e-scooters, and e-skateboards, Evaluate electric bill discount for residential EVs, Electrify our Municipal Fleet
In regards to Water, what should be the City’s top three priorities? [choose 3] Maximize water conservation and efficiency, Provide rebates and incentives for home and landscape water conservation, Other - Fine commercial and government entities watering dring warm hours, remove lawns to install drought resistant and native plants (look at companies with those lush green lawns)
In regards to Climate Adaptation and Sea Level Rise, what should be the City's top three priorities? [choose 3] Implement a Sea Level Rise Adaptation Plan, Discuss levee alignment alternatives, Coordinate regionally, act locally
In regards to the Natural Environment, what should be the City's top three priorities? [choose 3] Expand Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance (WELO) requirements, Establish an impervious surfaces baseline and key performance indicator (KPI), Reduce pesticide use in parks and open space preserves
In regards to Zero Waste, what should be the City's top three priorities? [choose 3] Expand the Deconstruction and Construction Materials Management Ordinance, Eliminate single-use disposable cups and containers, Require food waste prevention and food recovery from commercial food generators

Name not shown in Barron Park October 8, 2021, 7:47 PM

In regards to Climate Action, what should be the City’s top three priorities? [choose 3] Provide building and transportation emissions consultations for residents, Develop major employer custom emissions reduction plans, Other - Enforce ban on gas powered landscaping equipment - blowers and mowers.
In regards to Energy, what should be the City’s top three priorities? [choose 3] Launch non-residential programs and incentives for electrification, Conduct a City facilities electrification assessment, Study reliability and resiliency needs
What are your top three barriers to electrifying your home? Cost: Upfront cost of conversion, Concerns about the ability to keep specific gas appliances, Concerns about electric reliability
What should be the City’s top three priorities for advancing residential building electrification? Reduce upfront costs or otherwise provide meaningful financial incentives, Ensure that everyone, regardless of income, can electrify their homes, Pursue multi-family building electrification
In regards to Mobility, what should be the City's top three priorities? [choose 3] Improve Transportation Demand Management for employees and residents, Study land use and transportation, Expand bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure
What are the top three reasons, if any, preventing you from purchasing or leasing an electric vehicle for your next vehicle? Purchase price, Long charging times, Lack of options among electric vehicle models currently on the market
What should be the City’s top three priorities regarding Electric Vehicles? [choose 3] Expand multi-family and workplace EV charging, Study ways to expand EV charging, Electrify our Municipal Fleet
In regards to Water, what should be the City’s top three priorities? [choose 3] Maximize water conservation and efficiency, Build a water reuse project, Other - invest with other municipalities in a desalination plant
In regards to Climate Adaptation and Sea Level Rise, what should be the City's top three priorities? [choose 3] Implement a Sea Level Rise Adaptation Plan, Implement a Foothills Fire Management Plan, Minimize fire hazards through zoning
In regards to the Natural Environment, what should be the City's top three priorities? [choose 3] Maximize biodiversity and soil health, Implement the Urban Forest Master Plan and Parks Master Plan, Expand Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance (WELO) requirements
In regards to Zero Waste, what should be the City's top three priorities? [choose 3] Expand the Deconstruction and Construction Materials Management Ordinance, Provide waste prevention technical assistance to the commercial sector, Evaluate a best practice standard for low carbon construction materials

Lucas Morton outside Palo Alto October 8, 2021, 6:08 PM

In regards to Climate Action, what should be the City’s top three priorities? [choose 3] Provide building and transportation emissions consultations for residents, Develop major employer custom emissions reduction plans, Accelerate GHG reductions through mandates or price signals
In regards to Energy, what should be the City’s top three priorities? [choose 3] Develop electric rate options that support electrification, Adopt expanded All-Electric Reach Code, Other - Adopt timeline for stranding of natural gas infrastructure entirely
What are your top three barriers to electrifying your home? Cost: Upfront cost of conversion, Inconvenient, Other - City permitting for electrification will be more onerous and costly than prescriptive natural gas changeouts. Why get a permit if it's just going to be more costly and take a lot longer? Lastly-- prove that permitting and City inspection is value-add
What should be the City’s top three priorities for advancing residential building electrification? Reduce upfront costs or otherwise provide meaningful financial incentives, A strong price signal for carbon e.g., a carbon tax on natural gas usage, Make the process smoother
In regards to Mobility, what should be the City's top three priorities? [choose 3] Implement smart parking infrastructure in public garages and parking fees in Business Districts, Expand bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure, Disincentivize sole occupant vehicle trips
What are the top three reasons, if any, preventing you from purchasing or leasing an electric vehicle for your next vehicle? Not enough public charging stations/not enough public fast chargers/no charging stations convenient to me, Nowhere to charge at home/landlord won't install a home charger, Lack of options among electric vehicle models currently on the market
What should be the City’s top three priorities regarding Electric Vehicles? [choose 3] Expand multi-family and workplace EV charging, Improve low-income resident access to EVs and EV charging, Evaluate electric bill discount for residential EVs
In regards to Water, what should be the City’s top three priorities? [choose 3] Build a water reuse project, Implement green stormwater infrastructure, Build a salt removal facility
In regards to Climate Adaptation and Sea Level Rise, what should be the City's top three priorities? [choose 3] Conduct a Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Assessment, Implement a Sea Level Rise Adaptation Plan, Implement a Foothills Fire Management Plan
In regards to the Natural Environment, what should be the City's top three priorities? [choose 3] Expand Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance (WELO) requirements, Incorporate green stormwater infrastructure in the Capital Improvement Program, Establish a carbon storage of tree canopy baseline and KPI
In regards to Zero Waste, what should be the City's top three priorities? [choose 3] Expand the Deconstruction and Construction Materials Management Ordinance, Evaluate a best practice standard for low carbon construction materials

Mitch Gevelber in Crescent Park June 22, 2021, 10:01 AM

Have you visited Downtown or California Avenue since the start of Uplift Local (formerly known as Summer Streets)? Yes
If yes, how was your experience? If no, what has kept you from visiting? I LOVE the streets being closed. It creates a beautiful sense of community
Do you have ideas to enhance this community program? Make it permanent, put fountains and trees and play areas and seating.
Make it park like
Do you have other thoughts to share about Uplift Local? No
As the City considers changes to reopening University Avenue and downtown streets and California Avenue, what is you preference? Explore other options to keep streets closed to through traffic.
Do you have other feedback about changes to the Downtown or California Avenue Uplift Local street closures? I've always thought that Palo Alto needs to close those streets, to create a mall like in Boulder, CO.
We deserve to be world class like that!

Marc Najork in Duveneck/ St Francis June 18, 2021, 9:52 AM

Have you visited Downtown or California Avenue since the start of Uplift Local (formerly known as Summer Streets)? Yes
If yes, how was your experience? If no, what has kept you from visiting? Extremely pleasant
Do you have ideas to enhance this community program? I would love for the program to continue throughout the summer and ideally beyond. It is wonderful to have more outdoor dining options!
Do you have other thoughts to share about Uplift Local? It would be worthwhile extending the program further
As the City considers changes to reopening University Avenue and downtown streets and California Avenue, what is you preference? Keep streets pedestrian only through December 2021