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Name not shown in Fairmeadow March 8, 2022, 10:15 PM

In regards to Climate Action, what should be the City’s top three priorities? [choose 3] Other - Encourage more local consumption. 1) Allow residents to dig wells to water their trees and plants and send it back to the ground, i.e., consume the water locally. 2) Generate electricity locally. Expedite all solar installs to reduce grid pressure.
In regards to Energy, what should be the City’s top three priorities? [choose 3] Launch residential programs and incentives for voluntary electrification, Develop electric rate options that support electrification, Study reliability and resiliency needs
What are your top three barriers to electrifying your home? Belief that technology will be a lot better in a few years, Unwilling to toss out perfectly good appliances, Other - All solar installers say that Palo Alto is the worst city to work with because of the nightmarish permit process that is fraught with delays and lack of transparency.
What should be the City’s top three priorities for advancing residential building electrification? Reduce upfront costs or otherwise provide meaningful financial incentives, Make the process smoother, Plan for recycling appliances as they are replaced
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, Improve transit and traffic flow
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, Long charging times
What should be the City’s top three priorities regarding Electric Vehicles? [choose 3] Expand multi-family and workplace EV charging, Evaluate electric bill discount for residential EVs, Study ways to expand EV charging
In regards to Water, what should be the City’s top three priorities? [choose 3] Maximize water conservation and efficiency, Implement green stormwater infrastructure, Other - Encourage wells so that folks can use water from their own land and send it back into their own soil. This will make Palo Alto green. Provide a smooth permit process and reference designs to residents.
In regards to the Natural Environment, what should be the City's top three priorities? [choose 3] Increase Palo Alto's tree canopy, Enhance pollinator habitats
In regards to Zero Waste, what should be the City's top three priorities? [choose 3] Require food waste prevention and food recovery from commercial food generators, Promote residential food waste reduction, Champion waste prevention, reduction, reusables, and the sharing economy

Name not shown in Palo Verde March 8, 2022, 2:21 PM

In regards to Climate Action, what should be the City’s top three priorities? [choose 3] Other - Study effects of climate change to city infrastructure and property; appropriate risk mitigation responses.
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, Cost: The cost of electricity is more expensive than the cost of gas, Other - Currently no reasonable alternative for my gas water heater radiant floor heating system
What should be the City’s top three priorities for advancing residential building electrification? Reduce upfront costs or otherwise provide meaningful financial incentives, Make the process smoother, Ensure that everyone, regardless of income, can electrify their homes
In regards to Mobility, what should be the City's top three priorities? [choose 3] Expand transport options, Expand bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure, Other - Incentives for non personal vehicle usage for travel within the city
What are the top three reasons, if any, preventing you from purchasing or leasing an electric vehicle for your next vehicle? Other - None
What should be the City’s top three priorities regarding Electric Vehicles? [choose 3] Raise awareness of alternative transportation modes, micro-mobility, and EVs, 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] Provide rebates and incentives for home and landscape water conservation, Build a water reuse project, Implement green stormwater infrastructure
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, 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, 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] Eliminate single-use disposable cups and containers, Require food waste prevention and food recovery from commercial food generators, Promote residential food waste reduction

Name not shown in Barron Park February 26, 2022, 10:51 AM

In regards to Climate Action, what should be the City’s top three priorities? [choose 3] Develop major employer custom emissions reduction plans, Study potential funding for post-2025 Key Actions, Other - Take action based on what we know rather than endlessly studying what we might do.
In regards to Energy, what should be the City’s top three priorities? [choose 3] Launch residential programs and incentives for voluntary 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 - Cost: Additional wiring from panel to appliance locations not easy due to construction of house
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
In regards to Mobility, what should be the City's top three priorities? [choose 3] Expand transport options, Expand bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure, Other - Ensure necessary retail services are available within easy walking distance (neighborhood retail)
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, Other - Cost of electric panel upgrade to install charger at home.
What should be the City’s top three priorities regarding Electric Vehicles? [choose 3] Evaluate electric bill discount for residential EVs, Study ways to expand EV charging
In regards to Water, what should be the City’s top three priorities? [choose 3] Maximize water conservation and efficiency, Develop a One Water Portfolio
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] Increase Palo Alto's tree canopy, Ensure no net tree canopy loss for all projects, Other - Stop allowing the removal of otherwise protected trees for frivolous reasons.
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, Provide waste prevention technical assistance to the commercial sector

Jamie Beckett in Evergreen Park January 24, 2022, 3:01 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, Other - Restrict emissions/particulate matter from major construction projects near residences
In regards to Energy, what should be the City’s top three priorities? [choose 3] Launch non-residential programs and incentives for electrification, Develop electric rate options that support electrification, Other - Note that if you adopt residential programs for electrification you are discriminating against those who are already using only electrical energy
What are your top three barriers to electrifying your home? Other - My home is already electrified
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, Invest in programs to reduce vehicular traffic instead, where the climate impact can be much larger, Provide back-up power to residents
In regards to Mobility, what should be the City's top three priorities? [choose 3] Expand transport options, Study land use and transportation, Improve transit and traffic flow
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, Other - I live in multi-family housing and park in a shared garage. There's no way for me to charge an electric car. This is the piece that's missing in the whole push toward electric cars.
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
In regards to Water, what should be the City’s top three priorities? [choose 3] Build a water reuse project, Implement green stormwater infrastructure, 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] 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] Increase Palo Alto's tree canopy, Ensure no net tree canopy loss for all projects, Other - Stop allowing developers to remove large trees, especially heritage trees
In regards to Zero Waste, what should be the City's top three priorities? [choose 3] Expand the Deconstruction and Construction Materials Management Ordinance, Promote residential food waste reduction, Evaluate a best practice standard for low carbon construction materials

charles johnson outside Palo Alto January 18, 2022, 9:24 PM

In regards to Climate Action, what should be the City’s top three priorities? [choose 3] Study potential funding for post-2025 Key Actions, Study carbon neutrality options, Other - Give further consideration of giving the concept of a "single-point" for entire S F Bay Area" dated 12-16-2021. Anyone interested in this proposal please provide their contact information to or text 831-594-8965.
In regards to Energy, what should be the City’s top three priorities? [choose 3] Conduct a City facilities electrification assessment, Study reliability and resiliency needs, Adopt energy benchmarking ordinance
What are your top three barriers to electrifying your home? Cost: Upfront cost of conversion, Cost: The cost of electricity is more expensive than the cost of gas
What should be the City’s top three priorities for advancing residential building electrification? Provide back-up power to residents
In regards to Mobility, what should be the City's top three priorities? [choose 3] 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, Long charging times
What should be the City’s top three priorities regarding Electric Vehicles? [choose 3] Study ways to expand EV charging
In regards to Water, what should be the City’s top three priorities? [choose 3] Build a water reuse project, 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, Other - Give further consideration of giving the concept of a "single-point" Sea Level Rise (SLR) Control System that will avoid all the multiple resilency protection plans that are being propose by the dozens of cities, agencies, utilities and state.
In regards to the Natural Environment, what should be the City's top three priorities? [choose 3] Incorporate green stormwater infrastructure in the Capital Improvement Program, Enhance pollinator habitats
In regards to Zero Waste, what should be the City's top three priorities? [choose 3] Champion waste prevention, reduction, reusables, and the sharing economy, Evaluate a best practice standard for low carbon construction materials

Name not shown in Charleston Terrace January 18, 2022, 6:02 PM

In regards to Climate Action, what should be the City’s top three priorities? [choose 3] Study potential funding for post-2025 Key Actions, Conduct an electrification affordability study, 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, Other - Do not discourage distributed Solar and Wind Electricity production at the residential or commercial level like it seems the city (and PUC) is trying to do.
What are your top three barriers to electrifying your home? Cost: Upfront cost of conversion, Unwilling to toss out perfectly good appliances, Concerns about the ability to keep specific gas appliances
What should be the City’s top three priorities for advancing residential building electrification? Reduce upfront costs or otherwise provide meaningful financial incentives, Make the process smoother, Other - Some zoning and setback rules stop upgrades sometimes. If you really want us to electrify, rules made long ago need to be relaxed (not studied to death).
In regards to Mobility, what should be the City's top three priorities? [choose 3] Study land use and transportation, Improve transit and traffic flow, Other - Cars are not going away. We will be driving our little electric car around, especially as we age, not bicycling.
What are the top three reasons, if any, preventing you from purchasing or leasing an electric vehicle for your next vehicle? Purchase price, Lack of consistent rebate options, Other - We already have one EV. Waiting for longer range vehicles for the next purchase.
What should be the City’s top three priorities regarding Electric Vehicles? [choose 3] Expand multi-family and workplace 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] Build a salt removal facility, Establish an impervious surfaces baseline and KPI, Other - Do a rain dance!
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, Coordinate regionally, act locally
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, Enhance pollinator habitats, Other - Trees in Palo Alto are good and bad. They block good solar production, cause hazardous situations if too big in the wrong place. Maybe it is a forest master plan issue, but trees should be in the right place and be the right kind of tree.
In regards to Zero Waste, what should be the City's top three priorities? [choose 3] Require food waste prevention and food recovery from commercial food generators, Provide waste prevention technical assistance to the commercial sector, Other - Not much Palo Alto can do but there needs to be a much larger market and processing facility infrastructure for recyclables. China ain't doing it for us anymore.

Ardan Michael Blum in University Park January 18, 2022, 11:59 AM

Dear City Councillors,

I would like to draw your attention to an area where there might be some considerable savings.

Since moving into my apartment in downtown, I have seen 3 times in 5 years the city’s street painters re-do the “STOP” marking (painted) on the road. This seems odd. In other places I have lived, the paint used has been far less prone to vanishing.

It might be interesting to investigate what paint is being used!

Best regards,

Ardan Michael

Bob Wenzlau in Crescent Park January 18, 2022, 11:59 AM

Council Priority Statement by Bob Wenzlau

Water Resources. Water is an integrated resource managed in multiple departments and silos. Water is a resource that has quality and quantity considerations. Water integrates to climate, hazard via flood, health and economy. The Utility Advisory Committee and Storm Water Commission touch water, but neither whole a One Water view. Council should consider charging the Storm Water commission with oversight of One Water.

Municipal Airport. The airport is a tipping point indicator to commitment on sustainability. Now a source of noise, lead, carbon and land use. The airport land is also an asset with land value of likely 1 billion dollars, yet yields no economic return. The airport serves a wealthy clique, not the community. As a source of housing, the airport lands could offer 3,000 mixed use housing, with parklands and commercial potential. Given the demand for housing, it is arrogant that our city does not explore this option. Santa Monica is a community that in the longterm has ceased their airport operations.

Climate and Drawdown. Participating in the SCAP working group, the rate of transition to achieving 80 percent reduction cannot happen via converting toward reduced emissions of carbon alone. There will be a lag in timing. To maintain our commitment, the City should embrace more investment in offsets so that we can achieve our climate goals consistent with the timing we have set.

Transportation by Bike. A shift to transportation by bike over automobile should be prioritize. A litmus test is the lack of safe biking along Embarcadero where sole preference is given to vehicle transport over bike. As bikes continue to be required to take the longer route, this represents the view that bikes are a secondary mode of transport that cannot be accommodated along the most direct routes.

Fate of Paper and Plastics. Our waste paper and plastics continue to be shipped to Southeast Asia. Council has not stopped this practice. Our climate calculations do not measure that these materials are reasonably burned or converted to carbon dioxide, and of course cause incredible social harm. Council should not greenwash this adverse impact, and demand that this practice stop for Palo Alto’s waste stream.

International Engagement. Council should maintain international as well as domestic engagement. I appreciate the unwavering support Council maintains to this engagement.

Patrick Ye in Old Palo Alto January 18, 2022, 11:51 AM

continuing to make progress on Palo Alto's climate goals. we are running out of time, and forward thinking action items (e.g. simplifying the solar panel approval process, a timeline for phasing out city gas) will be critical

Name not shown in Downtown North January 18, 2022, 11:50 AM

Housing cost and affordability is still the number one issue in Palo Alto today. We are losing community, including long term residents, due to high housing costs. This year, 2022, Palo Alto City Council's #1 priority must be the creation of a Housing Element that meets regional requirements and state law. Our own county, through a Civil Grand Jury Report, has also called on our city to step up and put together a feasible housing plan that serves our current and future residents. If we don't act our county and our state will hold us accountable for our lack of action. Worst case the state may sue us or strip away our ability to act for ourselves. As a homeowner and taxpayer I do not want our city council to put us on a path to be sued - they is bad governance and fiscal negligence. That's why it is paramount that in 2022, this city council, current mayor and vice mayor must act responsibly to prioritize, not thwart, a legal, feasible, workable Housing Element and long-term housing plan that meets state law, addresses our county's concerns and serves our community as a whole.