Lydia Kou

Palo Alto City Council

Lydia Kou

Palo Alto City Council

Lydia Kou

Palo Alto City Council

Lydia Kou

Palo Alto City Council

Lydia Kou

Palo Alto City Council

Lydia Kou

Palo Alto City Council

Lydia Kou

Palo Alto City Council

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Mill Valley Mayor Disputes SB-9 Claims by Sen. McGuire

Mill Valley Mayor Disputes SB-9 Claims by Sen. McGuire

At the CO$TMarin webinar on “Clifornia’s New Housing Laws: Truth AND Consequences” Sen. Mike McGuire, co-author of SB9 stated that the law allowed cities to deed restrict properties ‘in perpetuity’. On November 1st at the Mill Valley City Council meeting, Mayor John McCauley challenged McGuire to prove his claim.

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California’s New Housing Laws: Truth AND Consequences

California’s New Housing Laws: Truth AND Consequences

CA State Laws Now Target “The Housing Problem” at the Local Level – What Happens from Here? In September, 2021, two days after his recall victory, Governor Gavin Newsom signed SB9 as part of a 24 bill package intended to address housing supply and affordability..Legislation to change housing policy statewide is an ongoing thrust and highly contentious. Can recent and future Sacramento legislation deliver a lot more housing and improve affordability?

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ABAG Appeals Hearing on RHNA

ABAG Appeals Hearing on RHNA

The ABAG Appeals Meeting for Palo Alto is scheduled for  October 22, 2021 from 9AM to 5PM and will include unincorporated Marin county, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Monte Sereno, Palo Alto, Saratoga, and  unincorporated Santa Clara county.

For the upcoming 6th Cycle of the Regional Housing Needs Assessment (2023-2031) Palo Alto’s RHNA allocation will be 6068 units. During the current 5th Cycle  (2015-2023) Palo Alto’s RHNA allocation was 1,988 units. We believe the City of Palo Alto received between 530 and 2,515 additional housing units more than it should have been assigned. Accordingly, the City of Palo Alto, based on the criteria set forth in state law, is requesting a mid-point reduction of 1500 housing units resulting in an adjusted RHNA of 4,586 housing units.

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Town Hall on Housing Affordability & Homelessness Crisis

Town Hall on Housing Affordability & Homelessness Crisis

Every eight years the state assesses how much housing California needs. This cycle, the assessments doubled and, in some cases, tripled for cities across the state. Palo Alto will be required to build more than 6,000 housing units between 2023 and 2031. However, the Governor and State Legislators just mandating “Build, Baby, Build” are only exacerbating the problem. Housing is not just a California issue. What’s really causing our housing prices to be so unaffordable?

Our speaker, Sharon Byrne, from the United Nations Association of Santa Barbara, suggests that the problems may be more widespread than we realize. On October 16, 2021 she spoke at a Town Hall hosted by Lydia Kou. Watch the video and judge for yourself.

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Lydia Kou Honored by American Cancer Society

Lydia Kou Honored by American Cancer Society

Palo Alto’s Councilmember Lydia Kou has been selected as the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network’s Policy Maker of the Year for the Northern California Region.
Along with two other elected officials and a State legislator, she will be recognized at the ACS CAN’s Annual California Legislative Awards Reception June 23, 2021 at 5:00pm

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Our Homes and Cities are Under Attack

Our Homes and Cities are Under Attack

Sacramento is increasing housing costs without meeting the need for affordable housing, approving density, ignoring water shortages, removing environmental protections, and transferring wealth from individuals to corporations!

CATALYSTS’ TOWN HALL SERIES (on Zoom)
Hosted by Susan Kirsch, Director, Catalysts for Local Control
Thursdays, June 10 – July 1, 2021    5:30-6:30 pm

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Town Hall Meeting on Housing Needs

Town Hall Meeting on Housing Needs

How much housing does California REALLY need?   Between 2023 and 2031 Palo Alto will be required to build more than 6000 housing units Every eight years the State tries to assess how much housing California needs.  But questions have been raised about...

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