Palo Alto should approve funding to bolster chances of preserving mobile-home park
With 117 units of affordable housing at stake, and with the cost of replacing those units far greater than the expected cost of acquiring Buena Vista, only those who do not place a value on maintaining diversity in Palo Alto are arguing against this initiative, and virtually all of them are doing so anonymously online.
We Need Your Help
The County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously on Tuesday (June 23rd) to set aside an additional $6.5 million towards preserving the park for its residents and affordable housing, making the total set-aside by the County $14.5 million, all coming from developer fees paid by Stanford.
On Monday, June 29th, the Palo Alto City Council will be voting on taking next steps towards matching these funds. This is a critical juncture for the City Council to take action towards keeping Buena Vista’s residents in their homes. In order to encourage them, we are suggesting that folks:
1) Write letters to the City Council
Urge them to take steps to match the County’s funds and preserve the park. These will be very influential to the Council in understanding our community support for affordable housing and for keeping Buena Vista residents in their homes. The Council can be reached as a group here:
2) Attend the City Council meeting on Monday night. There is a good chance that this is one of the last meetings we’ll be asking folks to come to before there is a deal to approve, so it will be worthwhile for supporters to come out. The item is scheduled to be heard by 6:40pm, so I recommend arriving by 6:15pm. We won’t need folks to speak – they have a long meeting that night, and they’ve heard from many of us already – but we do need to show that the broader community supports preserving the park.