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Annette Isaacson in Midtown/ Midtown West December 8, 2017, 12:22 PM
Palo Alto should focus on finding ways to provide more affordable housing for its workers...encouraging developers to build smaller, more affordable houses on in-fill properties, encouraging residents to build ADU units on their property or renting rooms in their homes. Young families and single professionals as well as service workers are priced out of the housing market.
Name not shown in Community Center December 7, 2017, 11:07 AM
My suggestions for priorities are:
1. Traffic. Embarcadero is a major problem, with three traffic lights near each other near T & C Shopping Center and the three-lane underpass. A pedestrian overpass would help--the ramp could run parallel to the road. Please realize that narrowing roads increases travel time, thus increasing pollution and lowering productivity.
2. Fiscal problems. We are overstaffed compared to other nearby cities. Why? City salaries seem way to high. Example: our city manager was hired with a large salary and benefits, and that has now been raised, I believe. Then he must not have been able to handle the job, because he needed an assistant, also with a high salary. Then he got *another* assistant, also with a high salary. So now we have three people where before we had one. What do they do all day? My next complaint would be that we hire way too many consultants. Don't we have people on our staff who are qualified to work on these problems? Finally, we need a Committee on Common Sense that reviews actions by the city. Too many things are done that are silly or poorly thought out.
3. I realize I am in the minority, but jet noise doesn't bother me. They go over quickly. It seems to take Surf Air about 10 seconds, which is not much of an intrusion. I would think that a large number of Palo Altans fly on planes. Every time they do they are contributing to jet noise somewhere. I can imagine someone saying "I hope my plane is not late--I have to get to the anti-jet noise meeting!"
Many thanks for the opportunity to share ideas.
Name not shown in Crescent Park December 3, 2017, 12:49 PM
I urge the Council to make JET NOISE RELIEF a top priority for 2018. The incessant, intrusive roar of jets over our home in Crescent Park for the past 2.5 years has significantly eroded quality of life in Palo Alto and increased stress. More broadly, restoring a focus on the quality of life for Palo Alto residents would be a welcome change from the Councils apparent priority to advance business and developers interests. The increased traffic in Crescent Park has become hazardous and the Council should make traffic reductions and residents safety a priority.
Name not shown outside Palo Alto December 2, 2017, 8:14 AM
Please add more books to the city libraries! We have built a new library, but it is more like a community center, not a true library. We have very limited copies of books. For example, when I need to borrow a SAT/ACT test book for my child, I had to put in a hold request at least 2 months ahead, because we only have one copy of each year's test book in the whole PA library system! Later I found out I can use Mountain View' city library, and they have 16 copies, thanks.
Name not shown in Palo Verde December 1, 2017, 8:39 PM
The City Council and the government of the City of Palo Alto needs to make maintaining quality of life for residents of the city a top priority. Each time a department within the city decides it's time to revise their mission statement it should include the phrase "... for the residents of Palo Alto."
Focusing on properly implementing the train track intersection improvements getting the tracks below ground level should be a top priority.
Name not shown in Southgate November 30, 2017, 9:09 PM
Let's prioritize the creation of a longer-term vision for our transportation systems -- one that can accommodate appropriate / inevitable growth (near mass transit centers) while at the same time reducing automobile traffic and helping the city of Palo Alto feel more unified. We need to invest sufficiently in Caltrain and High Speed Rail so that these trains don't further divide our city and disrupt our lives.
MB Bieder in Downtown North November 30, 2017, 9:44 AM
Reduce airplane noise and pollution.
The City must continue to make this the highest priority and maintain pressure on the FAA and Congress to solve the problem. Despite what the FAA says, solutions exist but we need the political pressure of the City Council to make sure that solutions get discussed and implemented. Airplane jet noise and pollution severely affects adults and children in this community day and night. Nextgen continues to impact Palo Alto with planes flying even closer together- 2 minutes apart! Thank you for all your efforts and please don't take your foot off the gas now.
marie-jo fremont in Leland Manor/ Garland November 29, 2017, 8:15 PM
Reduce airplane noise.
The City must continue to make this a priority to force the FAA to solve the problem they created in the first place. We need relief during the day and at night. Despite what the FAA says, solutions exist but we need the political pressure of the City Council to make sure that solutions get discussed and implemented.
Thank you for all your efforts on this critical issue that affects many Palo Alto residents, young and old, in their homes, gardens, work places, churches, and parks. Please continue the battle. This is not the time to stop.
Jim Barkley in University Park November 29, 2017, 8:00 PM
We should buy another mobile command post. I saw a man trying to steal the one parked outside city hall. What if he had succeeded?
I’m already prone to anxiety, and now I have to worry about this too?? Until I know the city has a backup command post, I’d like to help guard the only one we have. I own a shotgun, a lawn chair, and two feral wolves. Please let me know which hours you’d like me to take as I’ll need to plan lunch breaks.
Sincerely, a very concerned citizen.
Michael Hodos in University South November 29, 2017, 8:46 AM
Please make improving the quality of life for the residents the guiding principle for every decision that is made by the City Council, the City Manager and every department within the city government (i.e. "How will this decision help maintain or improve the quality of life for the residents?")
Specifically . . .
• Improve and expand the Residential Permit Parking Program and the associated enforcement; continue to reduce the number of non-resident permit parking permits issued for the residential neighborhoods.
• Reduce airplane noise.
• Encourage customer serving ground floor retail
• Improve and encourage the use of public transit