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Name not shown in Palo Verde January 18, 2023, 6:38 AM

What should the City be doing differently for "Community Health and Safety"? An unrecognized aspect of community health is simply Fun. There is very little fun to be had in Palo Alto, particularly for young people. Over the years, this area has lost bowling alleys, laser tag, mini golf, etc. City government itself does not need to provide these things but city policy and practice should encourage, support and protect such businesses. Our community would greatly benefit from having some fun social options nearby.
More than having additional hotels, etc.
What other feedback would you like to share about the 2023 City Council Priorities? Need to get the city HR department functional again! I hear of many open positions within the city that are not being filled because HR isn’t doing its job.

Pat Grange in Palo Verde January 15, 2023, 11:16 AM

What other feedback would you like to share about the 2023 City Council Priorities? I volunteer at the Jr Museum & Zoo.
There are VERY few full-time employees, resulting in staffing deficiencies & turnover.
I have read that a city can be judged by the manner in which it treats its animals.
At this point, our city would be getting a low grade.
Please give zoo staff full-time employment. Thank you.

Name not shown in Charleston Terrace January 12, 2023, 1:28 PM

How are we doing on the current 2022 City Council Priorities? Very well on Economic & Recovery, Climate Change, and Community Health. Poorly on affordable housing. Safety seems to be an increasing issue.
Please rate how we are doing on the 2022 Priority "Economic Recovery and Transition"

[5 being the best] 5
Please rate how we are doing on the 2022 Priority "Climate Change - Protection and Adaptation" [5 being the best] 5
Please rate how we are doing on the 2022 Priority "Housing for Social and Economic Balance" [5 being the best] 1
What should the City be doing differently for "Housing for Social and Economic Balance"? The City should create an ordinance requiring that homes be used as primary dwellings and not be purchased as foreign investments & left uninhabited. Palo Alto needs to house those who serve our community (teachers, police, firefighters, local government employees) and not simply collect taxes on unused properties. Unoccupied homes weaken the sense of neighborhood community (no actual neighbors), pose a safety hazard/crime threat (unmonitored property) and worsen the housing crisis. In our Charleston Gardens neighborhood, a home that once housed a family was sold & rebuilt 5 years ago and has remained unoccupied since. I have heard similar stories from friends in other PA neighborhoods. In addition to unused homes, we have unused business properties some on which could certainly be rezoned for housing.

Housing should take priority over hotel construction. Given the housing crisis, I was surprised when PA City Council approved the construction for 2 hotels on San Antonio Road rather than allow that plot to be rezoned from business to housing (there are two beautiful condominium complexes with a combined 188 units directly across the street and another family condo complex 2 blocks away so it is partially a residential area.) When I read that hotel tax represented (at that time) 12% of the City's budget, I understood the motivation but, again, feel like housing needs to be a priority over simple tax collection.
Please rate how we are doing on the 2022 Priority "Community Health and Safety" [5 being the best] 4
What should the City be doing differently for "Community Health and Safety"? Really my answer is 5 for Community Health & 3 for Safety. The City did an extraordinary job providing myriad community support services throughout the Pandemic and the weekly "Coronavirus Reports" have always provided a wealth of information. I'm giving a 3 to Safety. I'm a second generation Palo Altan, raising a 3rd, and have been disturbed by the rash of homes burglaries & car thefts in the past several years not to mention the regular issues at Stanford Shopping Center including store robberies, & parking lot muggings & car-jacking. I realize crime is complex issue tied to the growing population in the area & and the increased wealth gap and appreciate the work of local Law Enforcement...Surely there is a way to mitigate crime...Perhaps an investment in aiding our under-resourced neighbors in East Palo Alto might serve to decrease criminal activity rooted there & enacted here?
What other feedback would you like to share about the 2023 City Council Priorities? Thank you for soliciting community feedback. On the whole, my family & I are very satisfied with life in Palo Alto and my feedback is meant just that: notes & suggestions based on my experience within the community. I appreciate the Council's work & care for our city.

Name not shown in Charleston Meadows January 12, 2023, 12:24 PM

What should the City be doing differently for "Climate Change - Protection and Adaptation"? Make solar panels easier for homeowners to get approval for.
What other feedback would you like to share about the 2023 City Council Priorities? Would love to see progress on the Cubberley community center rebuild...not just repairs.
Mitchell Park dog park project approval.

Name not shown in Midtown/ Midtown West January 12, 2023, 11:14 AM

Please rate how we are doing on the 2022 Priority "Economic Recovery and Transition"

[5 being the best] 3
What should the City be doing differently for "Economic Recovery and Transition"? More focus on homelessness and affordable housing, since they have been affected by the pandemic and economic downturn.
Please rate how we are doing on the 2022 Priority "Climate Change - Protection and Adaptation" [5 being the best] 3
What should the City be doing differently for "Climate Change - Protection and Adaptation"? Palo Alto does not appear to be a leader.
Please rate how we are doing on the 2022 Priority "Housing for Social and Economic Balance" [5 being the best] 3
What should the City be doing differently for "Housing for Social and Economic Balance"? For Palo Alto to be a welcoming city, much more affordable housing is needed. The recently elected mayor appears to move in the opposite direction.
What other feedback would you like to share about the 2023 City Council Priorities? Expect 2023 to put the US and the world in a recession. How does Palo Alto want to respond to falling wages, rising unemployment (or workers giving up jobs), more homelessness, a reduced state budget, and falling property values?

Robert Neff in Palo Verde January 12, 2023, 10:43 AM

How are we doing on the current 2022 City Council Priorities? I'm glad to see the heat pump water heater program. I wish the transportation department had more bandwidth for transportation in all its forms (active transportation, transit/trains, and vehicles) and spent less time on parking. B
Please rate how we are doing on the 2022 Priority "Economic Recovery and Transition"

[5 being the best] 4
What should the City be doing differently for "Economic Recovery and Transition"? I think we should embrace having employers continue to use work at home substantially, and promote much more housing near our downtowns to increase the vibrancy of those areas. I don't think we should pivot away from depending on return to work in the office in the Research Park or at Stanford as a necessity to having successful business districts at Cal Ave and Downtown. I love the changes on Cal Ave.
Please rate how we are doing on the 2022 Priority "Climate Change - Protection and Adaptation" [5 being the best] 3
What should the City be doing differently for "Climate Change - Protection and Adaptation"? If electrification is the future, we need to plan for infractructure to support that throughout the city. Also, I would love to see actual progress on undergrounding of utilities (it has been so slow!) so that we have more trees along back lot lines in south of Oregon Expy, and be comfortable with higher housing densities. Make sure our transportation infrastructure has few barriers to walking, shuttles, and active transportation (biking / scooters) and that these trips can serve work commutes and errands is important.
Please rate how we are doing on the 2022 Priority "Housing for Social and Economic Balance" [5 being the best] 2
What should the City be doing differently for "Housing for Social and Economic Balance"? We have some projects, but it seems like no fortitute for embracing the housing we need when a loud group objects. It seems like we are set up to solicit projects, and then shoot them down. Leadership on what we want would be great. I'd like to see the proposed housing at Fabian / Charleston and at the Creekside Inn properties be given a more positive reception.
Please rate how we are doing on the 2022 Priority "Community Health and Safety" [5 being the best] 4
What should the City be doing differently for "Community Health and Safety"? The new 101 overpass is great! Much safer to get to the baylands in south PA for healthy exercise! We can continue these kinds of connections by formalizing the 101 seasonal undercrossing at Matadero Creek (widely used by able bodied joggers and dog walkers already).
What other feedback would you like to share about the 2023 City Council Priorities? I would like to see the city to continue to put energy and money into Climate and Sustainabilty issues, including a broad approach that includes housing, transportation, utilities, and overall development that is complimentary to the Climate and Sustainability progress. I would like to see our parking lots simplified. Anyone should be able to drive in, park, and pay conveniently for metered parking, from 2 hours to all day, and not have to return to their car until they are done with their trip. Also, I'd like to see plans completed for the rail crossings, and a firm start on bike/ped crossings near Loma Verde and Seale to serve the city while the multi-modal crossings are under development.

Name not shown in Downtown North January 12, 2023, 7:56 AM

Please rate how we are doing on the 2022 Priority "Economic Recovery and Transition"

[5 being the best] 1
Please rate how we are doing on the 2022 Priority "Climate Change - Protection and Adaptation" [5 being the best] 1
Please rate how we are doing on the 2022 Priority "Housing for Social and Economic Balance" [5 being the best] 1
What should the City be doing differently for "Housing for Social and Economic Balance"? We need many slots for seniors on fixed incomes in ALL the Palo Alto FOR PROFIT Senior Living Retirement Communities, like Lytton Gardens, Webster House, Channing House.
Please rate how we are doing on the 2022 Priority "Community Health and Safety" [5 being the best] 3
What other feedback would you like to share about the 2023 City Council Priorities? We need many slots for seniors on fixed incomes in ALL the Palo Alto FOR PROFIT Senior Living Retirement Communities, like Lytton Gardens, Webster House, Channing House.

Name not shown in Crescent Park January 8, 2023, 9:38 PM

How often do you visit California Avenue (pick one)? At least once a month
What brings you to California Avenue? [select all that apply] Restaurants, Farmer's market, Retail
What concerns you most about California Avenue today and in the future? [select all that apply] Too many vacancies, Loss of retail shops, No potential customers driving on the street, Underutilized
If you can have anything on California Avenue, what would you want long-term?
[Select all that apply]
Music, Retail vendors and kiosks, Programmed events and activities, Other - Cal Ave is deserted during the day. I’ve not seen any evidence or report that it is a good candidate to be a closed/car free street.
If you were to test creative, flexible interim street designs prior to permanent improvements, what options would you want to explore:
[Select all that apply]
Slow, low volume two-way vehicle access to local businesses, Bike lanes, Public plazas with street furniture including chairs, tables, movable planters, and lighting, Locations for future trees and nature areas
How often do you visit Ramona Street?
[Select one]
At least once a week
What brings you to Ramona Street?
[Select all that apply]
Restaurants, Cafes, Retail
What concerns you most about Ramona Street today and in the future?
[Select all that apply]
Too many vacancies, Loss of retail shopping, Road closure barriers, Other - It’s less than a block long and yet has at least two vacancies.
If you were to test creative, flexible interim street designs prior to permanent improvements, what options would you want to explore:
[Select all that apply]
Closure to all car traffic, Create an urban public space, Locations for future trees and nature areas, Other - Restaurants need to leave the front of retail spaces unencumbered by parklets and dining fixtures for retail to have a fair/even opportunity exposure environment.
Long-term, what would you like to see on Ramona Street?
[Select all that apply]
Small scale public spaces with seating, Maintain historic character and scale of street, High-quality design, Planting and street trees that complement historic buildings

Shannon McEntee in Evergreen Park January 8, 2023, 1:17 PM

How are we doing on the current 2022 City Council Priorities? I salute the City Council. These are extremely challenging times due to health and other issues related to COVID, the difficulty in keeping employees, and to the extreme pressure to build more housing, especially affordable housing.
Please rate how we are doing on the 2022 Priority "Economic Recovery and Transition"

[5 being the best] 3
What should the City be doing differently for "Economic Recovery and Transition"? I don't have any suggestions to contribute.
Please rate how we are doing on the 2022 Priority "Climate Change - Protection and Adaptation" [5 being the best] 3
What should the City be doing differently for "Climate Change - Protection and Adaptation"? One of the most effective ways we can help battle climate change is to make it easier for people to use public transportation, bicycles and walk. That means optimizing safe routes (and effectively advertising them and offering classes on safe bicycling) and working with VTA, Caltrain, BART and other transportation systems to make paying easier, connections more efficient, and more frequent options. Until we figure out how to incentivize people to drop their SOV (single occupancy vehicle) usage, we can't conquer climate change. We have to make it easier and more efficient to use alternative ways to move to and from work, recreation and whatever. One important change we need to make is to improve the east/west connectivity on California Avenue. While outdoor dining is all well and good, even more important is protecting our planet. Making it hard for workers, students, children and seniors like myself to move from the east side of Cal Ave to the west side and vice versa is counter to our climate goals. The City must rethink making Cal Ave focused on dining and shopping, unless they can figure out how to make biking east/west safe and efficient. It it not at all efficient since you closed the road at El Camino and on Ash Street. Someone who lives in College Terrace or works in the Stanford Research Park is hardly going to be persuaded to change to biking when the City has made that crossing nearly impossible for bikes. In addition, cutting off the access to Cal Ave for cars has traffic bottled up, with awkward backing up and back to turn around on dead ends. This causes more emissions and lost time. Is outdoor dining more important than protecting our air quality and countering climate change? No!!! Countering climate change is more important than enjoying ourselves as we eat and drink outside. Unfortunately Cal Ave is not a good location for dining in the street, regardless of how popular it might be.
Please rate how we are doing on the 2022 Priority "Housing for Social and Economic Balance" [5 being the best] 3
What should the City be doing differently for "Housing for Social and Economic Balance"? This is a fight we won't win any time soon given the impossible to reach State housing mandates. I noticed that something new is just starting to be built on Cambridge Avenue -- parallel to Cal Ave. That is a big lot and could be an excellent housing location with access to Caltrain and schools. I haven't seen anything in the Palo Alto Weekly describing what the project will be. If it will be offices, that's a lost opportunity. It's clear we don't need more offices. We need affordable housing and especially housing located with walking distance to transportation.
Please rate how we are doing on the 2022 Priority "Community Health and Safety" [5 being the best] 3
What should the City be doing differently for "Community Health and Safety"? We are fortunately in Palo Alto to have excellent healthcare. What we could use more of is cleaner air (less traffic), safer streets (less traffic and traffic laws enforced such as stop signs and speed limits), and a more quiet city. Reducing traffic will reduce much of the noise we endure. Citing cars without mufflers will help (seems to be increasing numbers of "hot" cars flexing their noise muscles). In addition, there is a great deal of research that shows night lights disturb our sleep AND perhaps more important, the health of other species such as birds. Other cities are dealing with excessive lights at night. Palo Alto needs to add this to our list of important climate and health improvement goals.
What other feedback would you like to share about the 2023 City Council Priorities? I give my sincere appreciation to the City Council and the City's employees for the challenging work you all accomplish. This modern world is more challenging than ever. I hope you can devote more attention in the future to the various aspects of climate change where we can and must make a difference.

Name not shown in Old Palo Alto January 8, 2023, 12:21 PM

How are we doing on the current 2022 City Council Priorities? Not too badly
Please rate how we are doing on the 2022 Priority "Economic Recovery and Transition"

[5 being the best] 4
Please rate how we are doing on the 2022 Priority "Climate Change - Protection and Adaptation" [5 being the best] 3
What should the City be doing differently for "Climate Change - Protection and Adaptation"? Main focus is on removing gas-fueled appliances which is good.
Not sure what's happening w/ increasing solar on public buildings, and figuring out how to get EV charging at multi-unit structures, and enforcing the prohibition on gas-fueled gardening equipment (blowers currently).
Another area to study is to find substitutes for the propane-powered outdoor heaters restaurants use widely.
Please rate how we are doing on the 2022 Priority "Housing for Social and Economic Balance" [5 being the best] 4
Please rate how we are doing on the 2022 Priority "Community Health and Safety" [5 being the best] 4
What should the City be doing differently for "Community Health and Safety"? A recent study pointed out that 1 in 5 childhood asthma cases can be traced to natural gas stoves. The community should be educated on this, and make sure people at least use their exhaust fans when cooking