Address our Growth Issues

We must address our Growth issues — housing, traffic, parking, and services. The economic engine of Silicon Valley produces new jobs five times faster than new dwellings, which puts enormous pressure on local housing, transportation and infrastructure.  To make meaningful progress, we need thoughtful, balanced, realistic, long-range solutions, that don’t rely on speculative or excessively optimistic assumptions.

  • Housing: Execute the Comprehensive Plan as adopted by the 2017 Council, with as much focus as possible on low- and mid-wage earners --- people such as new teachers and city staff who serve our community, but cannot afford to live here.  Work toward the conversion of commercial space to housing, and increase funding for Affordable Housing using development impact fees.  Fund Supervisor Simitian's proposed Teacher Housing initiative.
  • Traffic: we need to not make it worse. TMA is necessary but not sufficient.  Slow down new development that adds commuter vehicles to our traffic load.  Apply technology where possible, and continue to develop incentives for non-SOV travel; and selected disincentives such as increased commuter parking fees, which =appear= to correlate to increased carpooling rates into the University Avenue core -- though data so far is limited.

    Resist attempts to discontinue monitoring of "LOS," the standard measure of local traffic congestion.  This came up several times during the Comp Plan discussions, but it is overzealous; people still care about traffic.
  • Parking: No new project should dump parked cars into neighborhoods - period.  Manage parking fees to encourage, and fund, non-SOV transportation.  Where nonresident parking is limited, prioritize it first to community-serving businesses.

  • Services and schools: future growth must not be allowed to overwhelm our schools and resident services.