My fiancé and I worked hard to put our roots down in Palo Alto and we look forward to growing old here together. The choices Palo Alto makes now will determine our collective future. 
Despite our small size, Palo Alto has enormous resources: our own utilities, an airport, huge parks, a water treatment plant, and more. However, our city’s infrastructure has some big gaps which put our productivity, environment, and homes at risk. We must plan and act decisively to improve our outdated infrastructure and prepare for the years ahead. 

 

Fiber Optic Connections for Every Home in Palo Alto

  • Enable every home to connect to our city’s fiber optic network. Palo Alto has talked about this for years. Now, with so many of us working from home, and kids dependent on an internet connection to do their schoolwork, it’s time to get it done.

Safe, Sustainable Streets for All

  • Everyone on our streets — kids biking to school, couples jogging, families walking their dogs, and drivers heading to work — should be safe from each other and potholes.
  • With 70% of Palo Alto’s greenhouse gas emissions resulting from transportation, helping people get out of their cars with protected bike lanes and better shuttles is critical not only for reducing traffic but also for the future of our planet. 

Flood Protection

  • When I went to Texas to help with Hurricane Harvey relief efforts, I saw firsthand how families suffered when water flooded their homes in the middle of the night. Too many Palo Altans experienced a similar nightmare in 1998. We’ve taken important steps to reduce the risk of creek flooding, but we have a lot more work to do — especially in the face of climate change and rising sea levels.

 

 

Every day, I am grateful to be a part of our caring Palo Alto community. Our essential workers and their families belong in our community too. It is imperative for Palo Alto to ensure that none of our community members face housing insecurity or the agonizing possibility of houselessness on our watch. 
However, for decades, Palo Alto’s housing market has been distorted by job growth that has outpaced our production of new homes. As a result, rent skyrockets, people are evicted, hardworking families are forced out of Palo Alto, and kids are pulled out of our schools. Forcing people who work in Palo Alto to live far away, rather than here in our city, is also damaging to our environment because it leads to longer commutes and the destruction of open spaces due to urban sprawl in our region. 

 

Protect Unhoused Palo Altans

  • We can establish safe parking for people who have been forced to sleep in their cars and ensure year-round homes such as tiny homes, rather than just temporary shelters. 
  • Palo Alto should be part of a regional housing-first approach to protect public health and save the public money.

Remove the Stain of Segregation

  • To foster diversity, Palo Alto can follow the example of other communities and end exclusionary planning. 
  • We should finally eliminate racial exclusion clauses from old deeds which still, today, explicitly prohibit people of color from owning many homes in Palo Alto. Even though these clauses are not legally enforceable, they are a painful reminder of the ways in which Palo Alto has not always welcomed diversity.

Protect and Create New Homes

  • To protect our homes and our community, we can start by keeping apartments from being redeveloped into hotels or offices, and by keeping groups of small homes from being torn down and replaced by single houses.
  • To enhance our beautiful, walkable neighborhoods — and to ensure a climate-friendly future — we can create more mid-sized, mid-priced apartments and townhomes.
  • We can work collaboratively with nonprofit developers to create high quality affordable housing for our teachers, first responders, seniors, people with disabilities, and families.

 

I chose to live in Palo Alto for our pristine public parks, great schools, and vibrant community. At the time, I truly believed it was a safe place for us all. Unfortunately, I have seen and heard that not all of our residents feel the same sense of security.
I believe we can change this together. Refocusing on our community resources — and recognizing that systemic problems require systemic reforms — will lead us toward the safest and most equitable version of Palo Alto.

 

Invest in Community

  • A vibrant, sustainable community requires communal spaces and investments in elements of our city that enrich our lives and bring us together: after-school sports, libraries, the Children’s Theatre, the Art Center, public transportation, and neighborhood programs.

Holistic Emergency Responses (H.E.R.)

  • A community-led approach will allow us to ensure we keep all community members safe. 
  • Trained civilian first responders can be dispatched to help unhoused people and respond to mental health crises.
  • Sworn police officers can focus on serious incidents, where they are most needed.

Ensure Accountable Policing

  • Our city budget can’t afford another decade of burning money settling excessive force lawsuits. 
  • We can revamp police department policies and contracts to ensure transparency and accountability, rather than wiping disciplinary records clean after only 1-3 years.