Posted by Mark Weiss, a resident of Barron Park
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Kudos to Winter Dellenbach for her compassion and diligence and tenacity here.
Shame on local leadership — Council, commissioners and staff — for not doing more to broker a deal along the lines that Winter indicates. I would think converting the park from a group of disorganized renters to an HOA would entail a significant improvement to the site from a physical standpoint.
I thought it notable and slightly confounding that there was disconnect and dissonance between the referendum at Maybell and the defense of our neighbors at Buena Vista. I would think in both cases the principle is stopping greedy interests acting in their own interests but adverse to everybody else. People I like and respect were For D AND passionate about saving the park, for instance — Nancy Krop comes to mind. And there are plenty of Against D who haven’t said boo about BV.
The deal offered Jisser would be a reasonable profit for him. Why he is entitled to maximize his profit, especially given the externalities?
It is notable that GS reports that Palo Alto Housing Corp would have worked with Prometheus to develop the property but have not apparently figured out a way to help the BV residents organize and defend or buy their homes.
This is another good litmus test for the upcoming Palo Alto City Council candidates.
By the way I think discourse would be improved considerably if more than 5 of the first 55 posters here would do so under their full names.
Lastly, is there someone living at BV who wants to step up and run for Council? We need more residentialist and opposition candidates.
By the way, is it time for a Rent Board or Tenants Union here and not just a pro-landlord “mandatory mediation process”?