Don't be afraid, be informed about the CASA compact

There has been a lot of discussion recently about the CASA compact and related legislation, such as state bill SB50.  Much of the conversation has been misleading as many options are still being considered and a final legislation has not been adopted. Palo Alto Forward strongly supports the principles of the CASA compact, which form the basis for a large amount of the state’s legislative efforts around housing.  The Committee to House the Bay Area (CASA) compact was developed over the past year and a half by committees composed of advocates for low-income residents, non-profit and market rate developers, labor, business and environmental groups and city representatives. The meetings were public and included extensive public comment. Read more

CASA Compact FAQ

In this post, we try to answer some questions about the CASA compact.   Read more

March "Council Corner"

Welcome to our fourth edition of “Council Corner”.  This time, we’re going to take a look at major council action on housing and transportation issues from March.   Read more

February "Council Corner"

February Welcome to our third edition of “Council Corner”.  This time, we’re going to take a look at major council action on housing and transportation issues from February. Read more

January "Council Corner"

Welcome to our second edition of “Council Corner”.  This time, we’re going to take a look at major council action on housing and transportation issues from January. Read more

December "Council Corner"

Happy New Year!  To ring in the new year, Palo Alto Forward is introducing a new effort to increase visibility into the day-to-day policy decisions that the City Council is making related to core issues of concern to our members.  In October, we published a blog post about how to understand local housing and transportation issues.  This year, we’re going to go further. Each month, we will briefly review important votes that the City Council took in the preceding month regarding housing and transportation.  To kick things off, let's talk about december! Read more

In support of the residents of The President Hotel

Dear Mayor Kniss and Council Members, Palo Alto Forward writes in support of the President Hotel tenants. We encourage the council to extend the stay of the current tenants as requested in the letter dated December 20, 2018 from Iqbal Serang and Dennis Backlund.   Read more

The policy of housing: what makes housing more plentiful and more affordable?

This is a long post. It gets to the heart of why Palo Alto Forward exists, though: how to make housing more affordable and more available, and how can we have transportation solutions that support a more sustainable city. The tl;dr of the post below: everyone says that they are “pro-housing”, and sometimes policy discussions at City Council are framed such that each side has a “pro-housing” claim.  We wanted to dissect these policy discussions around a lens of “what would actually make housing more affordable, and what would serve to make housing less affordable”.  If you’re interested, read on :) Read more

Affordable Housing Overlay

Dear Planning and Transportation Commission, On this Valentine’s Day, we he hope you give affordable housing a little love!  Palo Alto Forward is a community group made up of Palo Alto residents who support the City’s efforts for to create better housing and transportation options.  We were highly supportive of the housing policies outlined in the Comprehensive Plan and are excited to see an Affordable Housing Zoning overlay so it can help the friends, neighbors and community members in our city who need housing the most.   Read more

Car Lite Housing Moves Forward

On Jan 31, 2018 the Planning and Transportation Commission UNANIMOUSLY supported moving this to Council.  We will alert everyone when the Council meeting is going to take place. Huge thanks and congratulations to the 134 people who signed the petition supporting the project at 2755 El Camino Real! In the meantime, if you're interested, here is the article about last night's discussion and passage (if you get further inspired, you can leave a supportive comment at the bottom of the article).  For the time being, though, be happy that you helped support a sustainable, more affordable, car-light project in our city :) Read more


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