Peninsula cities, companies explore partnership to tackle traffic congestion, Palo Alto Weekly, 10/18/19
"While the TMA programs all share the goal of reducing solo driving, they vary widely in structure, scope and funding mechanisms. And despite everyone's acknowledgment that traffic is a regional problem that requires regional solutions, each TMA program has been operating more or less in a vacuum...
Now, a movement is afoot to change that. On Thursday, elected leaders, transportation experts and representatives from major employers in the region convened at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Palo Alto for the fifth and final meeting in a series called "Manzanita Talks." Launched by Joint Venture Silicon Valley, the series sought to bring all the parties together to exchange knowledge about transportation-demand management, explore partnerships and — most significantly — consider creating a "subregional TMA" to serve the greater area."
Manzanita Talks move forward, Menlo Park Almanac, 7/1/19
"While the effort initially was intended to address the "first and last mile problem," characterized as the challenge of connecting people with transit options near where they live and work, the effort now incorporates goals to encourage commuters who travel five to 10 miles to work to use alternatives to driving solo."
Local leaders, teachers gather for workforce housing town hall, Menlo Park Almanac, 2/27/19
"About 70 people gathered at Sequoia High School in Redwood City on Feb. 13 to discuss possible solutions to a crisis that's plaguing educators in San Mateo County: the scarcity of affordable places to live in the communities in which they work."
Teachers lament housing market, Los Altos Town Crier, 10/17/18
"The teacher housing forum, hosted by the activist groups Supportteacherhousing.org and Bay Area Forward, comes at a time when Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian is spearheading a project to build affordable teacher housing in Palo Alto in partnership with the county, the city and five local school districts.
The boards of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District and the Los Altos School District have directed their respective administrations to look for funding for the project. If completed, the project could provide 60-120 housing units – not enough to solve the teacher housing crisis, but a step Simitian said could pave the way for future, similar projects. Simitian said that when he talks about this idea, he often hears people say it’s a “nice” thing to do. He said it’s not a nice thing, it’s a necessary endeavor."
Palo Alto Considers Building Housing for Teachers on County Property, KPIX CBS SF Bay Area, 1/25/18
"If this project actually comes to fruition, it will be the first of its kind."
Palo Alto Board considers building teacher housing near courthouse, San Jose Mercury News, 1/25/18
"...if the project is approved and developed, it could be used as a model for similar ones elsewhere in the region."