1. Elaine D
    2. Petition by

      Elaine D

      Palo Alto, CA

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November 2013

Victory

From Petition Creator: Residents of the City of Palo Alto attended multiple public hearings, circulated a petition that forced a city-wide referendum, set up a community website and action group, wrote letters to the editor of local newspapers, canvassed neighborhoods door-to-door, and distributed signs, literature, and posters throughout the city to voice their concerns about unchecked, high-density development at the cost of student bicycle and pedestrian safety along a designated "Safe to School" corridor on Maybell Avenue. The majority of those who voted, voted "NO" to Measure D.

A developer wants to rezone 567-595 Maybell (at the corner of Maybell and Clemo) in order to build 60 high-density housing and 15 homes. Currently, there are 4 single family homes on this small property parcel. Existing zoning already allows for reasonable development that includes restrictions on setbacks, building height, density, and daylight plane - the new rezoning has no such restrictions. 

This area already suffers from traffic and safety hazards for our school children on bikes and foot every day on their way to and from school. Adding 75 housing units to a congested and dangerous traffic area is irresponsible. It is a foreseeable risk and danger to hundreds of school children, who depend on Maybell as a designated "Safe to School Route."

Stop the rezoning. We demand reasonable and responsible development.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. VOTE AGAINST MEASURE D NOW!

      Elaine D
      Petition Organizer

      Have you voted yet? Mail-in ballots must be RECEIVED at the registrar's office "by voting day." Postmarks do not count. Mail-in ballots must be at the ROV office by MONDAY (Nov 4) midnight.
      If you or your neighbors did not mail in your ballot yesterday (Friday), you need to take your ballot envelope to your polling place on TUESDAY November 5, or your vote may not count.
      If you have lost your ballot, you can still vote on Tuesday by going to your polling place and voting with a provisional ballot.
      Please go talk to your neighbors and email your friends to make sure we stop unchecked high-density development in Palo Alto NOW!

    2. LAWN SIGN "VOTE NO ON MEASURE D"

      Elaine D
      Petition Organizer

      Message from "Vote Against D":
      Would you like a lawn sign? If so please provide your address when you log in to the web site at www.voteagainstD.com.
      Second, please donate to the campaign so that we can print and distribute brochures and place ads in the local papers so that people will be informed about the facts and the real issues and why they should vote against Measure D. If you are able to donate, please go to www.voteagainstD.com where donation information can be found.
      Third, there are a lot of volunteer activities that need support. Would you like to help out by delivering flyers, contacting neighbors, endorsing Vote Against Measure D, or in any other ways? Our web site lists a number of volunteer options. If you want to drop off flyers our latest one is attached. Print as many as you wish and distribute them wherever it is convenient to you. To get information and tell us how you would like to help defeat Measure D, please go to www.voteagainstD.com.
      THANKS!

      | Palo Altans to Preserve Neighborhood Zoning

      Palo Altans to Preserve Neighborhood Zoning

    3. ELECTION ON MEASURE D - VOTE *AGAINST* ON NOVEMBER 5!

      Elaine D
      Petition Organizer

      VOTE AGAINST MEASURE D - the high-density development proposed in Barron Park along the congested Arastradero/Maybell corridor that would lead to serious, unsafe traffic conditions. Keep and protect this corridor as a "Safe to School" route that serves FOUR schools and hundreds of children.

      NOVEMBER 5, 2013
      POLLS OPEN FROM 7AM TO 8PM
      Vote by Mail, Early, or at the Polls on Election Day.

      CHECK YOUR MAILBOX FOR THIS IMPORTANT BALLOT. Call 1-408-299-VOTE (8683) if you don't have one but are registered to vote.

      For more information, go to www.paloaltoville.com.

      Your neighbor,
      Elaine D.

      | Palo Altans to Preserve Neighborhood Zoning

      Palo Altans to Preserve Neighborhood Zoning

    4. Palo Alto City Council Postpones Decision

      Elaine D
      Petition Organizer
      Palo Alto City Council postpones decision on controversial affordable housing project

      More than 50 members of the public put forward their best cases Monday night for why the Palo Alto City Council should or shouldn't approve a nonprofit organization's request for a zoning change to build a mix of affordable and market-rate housing at Maybell and Clemo avenues.

    5. Coalition for Safe & Sensible Zoning

      Elaine D
      Petition Organizer

      Letter from Maybell Action Group to City Council: http://www.paloaltoville.com. Come tonight!

    6. SPEA study shows links between land use and violent crime rates

      Elaine D
      Petition Organizer
      SPEA study shows links between land use and violent crime rates: IU News Room: Indiana University

      Land use matters when it comes to predicting violent crime rates, according to results of a study by two professors in the IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

    7. Palo Alto Online: Maybell-Clemo Project-Traffic Study Flawed Say Residents

      Elaine D
      Petition Organizer
      Palo Alto Online

      Palo Alto Online is the online community site for Palo Alto, CA, and includes the online version of the Palo Alto Weekly.

    8. Reached 100 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Joseph Hirsch PALO ALTO, CA
      • about 1 year ago

      Because it is bad land use planning, and if we don't stop it now, it will continue to, project-by-project, degrade the quality of life we have known in Palo Alto for decades.

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    • Jeff Clavier PALO ALTO, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      We are living in this neighborhood.

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    • gail schwettman PALO ALTO, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      Maybell Avenue is way too narrow and already congested for a development of this magnitude. Seniors need to be near vital services, not isolated as this would be. I support the current zoning with development of a nature suitable to the existing neighborhood. The proposed houses seem to have little character and are much too close to the street.

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    • Cheryl Lilienstein PALO ALTO, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      The city should not allow ANY MORE CARS on bike routes. Development has already clogged our roadways. How about this: require developers to IMPROVE transit --and DECREASE the number of cars--as a condition for building?

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    • Sergei Lopatin PALO ALTO, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      This neighborhood is already unsafe for schoolchildren as is, due to the horrendous traffic congestion exacerbated by the prior decisions regarding Arastradero and Charleston re-striping.

      The council members need to remember that, unlike federal government employees, they are not immune from lawsuits regarding their dereliction of duty, in case such dereliction resulted in bodily injury or death of a citizen for whose safety and well-being they are responsible as the condition of being elected to the office.

      In the absence of such event, the perception of enough citizens that such dereliction is taking place provides enough ground for initiating an impeachment process.

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