Nov 062013

paloalto online logo squareA grassroots campaign in Palo Alto to overturn an approved housing development on Maybell Avenue scored a sweeping Election Day victory Tuesday night, winning by more than 1,000 votes.

With all 32 precincts reporting, the campaign against “Measure D” had a lead of 6,437 to 5,036. The vote means that residents have succeeded in overturning a unanimous decision by the City Council in June to rezone a 2.46-acre site on Maybell and Clemo avenues to enable a housing development with 60 units for low-income seniors and 12 single-family homes.  Read full story…


Daily News logoThe D in Palo Alto’s Measure D might as well of stood for defeat.

More than 56 percent of the 11,473 people who cast ballots in Tuesday’s election voted against the measure, according to unofficial, semi-final election results posted by the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters.

Measure D — which only needed a simple majority to pass — would have given the nonprofit Palo Alto Housing Corporation permission to build a 60unit apartment complex for seniors who make 30 to 60 percent of area median income as well as a dozen singlefamily houses at 567-595 Maybell Ave. The homes would have helped pay for the apartments.

For opponents, the project was less about affordable senior housing and more about a city council that had lost touch with its constituents.  Read full story…


world-journal-logo聖他克拉拉縣開票結果,反對D提案陣營共得8210 票,得票率達56.46 %,以近1000張選票差距,擊敗巴洛阿圖市議會二讀通過的Maybell道開發案。不少反對D提案民眾表示,這是民主一大勝利。



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  One Response to “Voters Stop Maybell Development”


    Rezoning the orchard to permit 60 senior housing units in a residential neighborhood went down to defeat: 55% to 44%. Single family homeowners were persuaded that they were threatened by neighboring dense development. They were the 55%.
    But who were the 44%? Its composition is an important predictor of trends that will overturn the preservationist plurality in future time. The more densely populated areas of Palo Alto voted FOR density: the condo areas, apartments, the well-off seniors (Moldow and Classic), mostly voted in favor of rezoning for senior housing and for planned community rezoning. The motivations probably included recognition that there is need for more living space, that land is a finite and increasingly expensive resource. More efficient use of land to house more people requires more intensive, more dense development.

    Two factors point to future growth of the 44% as the 55% diminish.
    1. By 2030 over 77M Americans will be over 65, one in 5 people. including many of the 55%, who will begin to change their lifestyle views.
    2. Low density sprawl will drive land prices so high that the children of the 55% will be priced out of single family housing. They will not agree with their parents’ vote.

    These are demographic and land use changes that are happening now.

    On top of those factors, there is the strong trend to increasing need for more technological workers to support continued Silicon Valley growth. Good bye, PaloAltoVille!

    Harvey Saul Miller

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