Menlo Park City Council Email Log

[ Home ] [ City Council ] [ Search ] [ 05/06 Archive ] [ 07/08 Archive ] [ 09/10 Archive ] [ 2011 Archive ] [ 12/13 Archive ] [ Watch City Council Meetings ]

Re: Who caused the housing shortage?

From: domainremoved <chuck>
Date: Mon, 9 Apr 2018 09:42:30 -0700

Thanks, Aram. I read it and agree with what it says.

I'd like to offer some more supporting evidence. I once asked Joe Simitian
at a public meeting at Stanford why Palo Alto doesn't build housing. He
said that a long time ago Palo Alto decided it would make more money more
easily building commercial developments than residential and has followed
that philosophy, Boy, I'll say they have! I remember one night at CC when
a developer had no trouble getting approval when he brought a request that
the building he was putting up have a fountain instead of the 10%
affordable units in his building which had been part of his agreement. He
argued that the fountain was better because "it would benefit everyone."

What he meant, of course, was that the fountain and fewer poor people would
make his building more attractive to the rich.

What Palo Alto and Silicon Valley is all about-- in housing and other
areas-- is personal progress at the expense of those who can't keep up,
This includes ignoring housing needs of the neediest as the article states,
ignoring all but the entreaties of those with money and ambition, and
ignoring their most human feelings and religious teachings-- to take care
of the children, aged, infirm, poor, and ill who have made other
contributions than being able to buy a house now. They have made
contributions in the past or will make them in the future.

Unfortunately the hard hearted way NIMBY rules the roost now may very well
come back to bite the very hands that are so stingy with help now.

We each should be examining our lives to see what steps we can all take to
help alleviate the crisis instead of trying to avoid dealing with it.


On Sun, Apr 8, 2018 at 6:55 PM, Aram James <abjpd1_at_(domainremoved)

> Follow the link below to view the article.
> mercurynews.ca.newsmemory.com/publink.php?shareid=002a8cae8
> Sent from my iPhone

Received on Mon Apr 09 2018 - 09:44:24 PDT

[ Search ] [ By Date ] [ By Message ] [ By Subject ] [ By Author ]

Email communications sent to the City Council are public records. This site is an archive of emails received by the City Council at its city.council_at_(domainremoved)