• Monday, May 08, 2017 at 07:00 PM · 1 rsvp
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    Dutch Cycling Embassy


    80% of the Dutch use a bicycle to get to work, school and do errands and they own an average of 1.8 bicycles per person!  While bike riding isn’t for everyone it can really help with our quality of life here in Silicon Valley.

    In the 1970's the Dutch were struggling with congestion, air pollution, increasing traffic accidents, and a decreasing quality of life (sound familiar?).  At that point the they started to implement overt policies to increase biking and walking.  This has resulted in a broad based bicycle culture and the highest rate of cycling in the world.

    On May 8th The Dutch Cycling Embassy has agreed to conduct a "grass roots" public forum in Palo Alto to share with us their experience and to offer us ideas and strategies.  They’re in the US "to share our expertise and technology as the world’s number one cycling country to facilitate cycling worldwide as the most modern, efficient and sustainable method of transport."  Meeting with officials from LA to SF they’ve agreed to meet with us as well.

    Come join Palo Alto Forward and Balanced Mountain View to engage with the experts.  this public forum will be held at 7 PM at 1001 Emerson, Palo Alto.  

    As always, Palo Alto Forward Events are free to Palo Alto Forward Members and $5 for non-members.  All members of the public are welcome to attend!


  • Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 06:00 PM
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    Stanford General Use Permit


    Please join us for a Palo Alto Forward Salon in a discussion regarding the Stanford University General Use Permit (GUP). In November 2016, Stanford University submitted an application to Santa Clara County for an updated General Use Permit to authorize the next phase of campus land use in the coming years within unincorporated Santa Clara County. This effort requires us to ensure that our physical spaces serve the needs of our students and faculty and facilitate the groundbreaking research that has contributed so importantly to the world around us.  The process also involves consultation with neighbors and community partners.

    Whitney McNair, AICP, Director, Land Use Planning, Stanford University and Jean McCown, Associate Vice President, Government and Community Relations, Office of Public Affairs, Stanford will present on the 2018 General Use Permit application and process. 


    Jean McCown
    Associate Vice President, Office of Government and Community Relations

    Jean McCown focuses on Stanford’s government and community relations efforts and initiatives at the city, county and state level. She maintains relationships with community-based organizations, government officials, local businesses and citizens to support effective communication and dialogue within the Stanford community and between Stanford and its neighbors.

    McCown was a member of the Palo Alto City Council from 1990 to 1998 and served as mayor in 1993. She previously served on the Palo Alto Planning Commission and on regional transportation committees including the CalTrain Joint Powers Board and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission. Before coming to Stanford in 2004, McCown was a partner at the law firm of Ritchey Fisher Whitman & Klein, where she focused on land use, environmental and real estate matters.

    McCown serves on the boards of the Greenbelt Alliance and the Palo Alto Housing Corporation. She received the John Gardner Leadership Award in 1994 and the Athena Award in 2004. McCown received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of Michigan, a Masters degree in History from the University of Wisconsin and a Juris Doctorate from the University of California, Boalt Hall.

    Whitney McNair, AICP
    Director, Land Use Planning, Stanford University 

    Whitney McNair, AICP, leads the Office of Land Use and Environmental Planning (LUEP) for Stanford University to support the senior administration and the Board of Trustees with recommendations for long-term land uses and the protection of land-based resources.  LUEP strives to balance the stewardship of lands for future University needs and protection of the local environment. McNair provides advice on securing land entitlements for University development and actively works with the local agencies to communicate Stanford's priorities for its lands and maintain compliance with regulations. 

    McNair has a background in city planning, with a particular emphasis on policy development and implementation. She has worked throughout the Bay Area on large, complex, high-profile projects. She has been instrumental in the preparation of award-winning planning documents, ranging from design guidelines, specific plans and precise plans. 

    As always, Palo Alto Forward Events are free to Palo Alto Forward Members and $5 for non-members.  All members of the public are welcome to attend!



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