Appeals of housing quotas for Palo Alto and Los Altos rejected

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By the Daily Post staff

The Association of Bay Area Governments yesterday (Oct. 22) denied appeals from Palo Alto and Los Altos to have their housing quotas reduced, with one ABAG member calling Palo Alto’s appeal “disrespectful” of its neighbor in East Palo Alto.

East Palo Alto Mayor Carlos Romero, who sits on the ABAG board, didn’t buy Filseth’s argument, saying that it was “disrespectful” for Palo Alto to expect its neighbors to carry the burden of housing Palo Alto’s workers.

The cities will be required to plan for thousands of new homes that can be built by 2031 or face lost funding and reduced controls on development.

At a hearing yesterday, the cities argued for their appeals of the Regional Housing Needs Allocation, a state quota that requires city planners to identify sites where housing can be built.

Palo Alto is required to plan for 6,086 homes and Los Altos is on the hook for 1,958 homes, and most of the units must be for people with average or low incomes.

The quotas were opposed by the city councils and supported by housing advocates. In the end, the association of Bay Area officials said they could only reduce the quota if there was a technical error. They voted unanimously to deny both appeals.

Palo Alto Councilman Eric Filseth said the city has already made progress in limiting the number of jobs in Palo Alto while building new housing. Restrictions on new offices have stopped job growth, while other cities continue to grow in terms of jobs, he said.


  1. 44% OF THE quotas are for ABOVE AVERAGE INCOME LEVELS. The majority is either low income or moderate, but not MOST. 56% is not most. If I owe you a dollar and pay up 56 cents you aren’t going to credit me with paying back MOST of the debt.

    Why are we seeing these HUGE quotas which can be used for LUXURY DELUXE OPULENT MCMANSIONS and SUPREME SIZE FLATS in penthouse style areas of multi story? Hmm?

  2. Dave is right. The big tech backers of this bill are getting exactly what they paid for.

    The lies about how the bills will help affordability shows the need for teaching critical thinking skills just like their fairy tales about how no one wants cars.

    Shame on UNELECTED ABAG representatives. They’ve rejected EVERY challenge to their authority no matter how reasonable. What a facically cynical power grab.

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