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Atherton guts most of multifamily housing from plan it's sending to state

Original post made on Feb 1, 2023

Around 250 people turned out for Atherton City Council's Tuesday meeting to sound off about the town's contentious efforts to craft a state-approved plan for building housing over the next eight years.

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Posted by been there
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Feb 1, 2023 at 1:37 pm

been there is a registered user.

We need to recall this bad law and the elected politicians who voted for this. We elected when.
This problem is not just in Atherton or next door to you. It applies everywhere in California.
I have written a large check to help fund this law as unconstitutional. I encourage you all to open your checkbooks also.
When I find a credible organization to mount a statewide recall of this madness, I will be donating to it too.

Posted by CyberVoter
a resident of Atherton: other
on Feb 1, 2023 at 2:27 pm

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The Town Council & Staff need to "regroup" and decide where the "red line" is that would cause them to spend litigation $ with the State. If they can articulate a clear & concise position, they would find many other towns joining the effort!

Posted by Bad law / bad press
a resident of Atherton: other
on Feb 1, 2023 at 5:59 pm

Bad law / bad press is a registered user.

The Almanac needs to be more thoughtful about its headlines. This is negative framing in the title of this article.

Atherton is proposing a viable plan to meet its obligations while supporting, to the best of its ability, the property rights and life savings of owners.

The Almanac needs to be supportive of its community or you will find yourselves without friends and supporters - biting the hand that feeds you. You hurt people’s livelihoods when you misrepresent your community on such an important issue.

Posted by CyberVoter
a resident of Atherton: other
on Feb 1, 2023 at 6:28 pm

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Bad Law/Bad Press - You are absolutely correct! The press coverage was terrible & absolutely biased as to how selfish & evil people are that worked hard to build enough personal wealth to afford some privacy.

It is part of the "entitlement" of the generation of the reporters.

Posted by editoratlarge
a resident of another community
on Feb 1, 2023 at 8:44 pm

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People in other communities, neighboring communities, are also grappling with the “loss of privacy and space.” Do the people of Atherton expect their neighbors to pick up the housing slack on their behalf? Why should they get special treatment?

Posted by Westbrook
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Feb 2, 2023 at 12:37 am

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Are there really 112 property owners willing to rent their ADUs to very low, low-income tenants, in Atherton?

Posted by Thoughtful
a resident of Atherton: other
on Feb 2, 2023 at 6:50 am

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Atherton should provide incentives for those 112 ADU residents. Pay for it with a parcel tax. Would be better than the loss of property values that is coming. Money has never been spent prudently. Too much in town centers and police departments who have admitted they will not pursue thieves on car or on foot.

Posted by CyberVoter
a resident of Atherton: other
on Feb 2, 2023 at 9:04 am

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Perhaps the Town Center should be "re-purposed" into a Town owned Multi family housing complex and the staff offices could be constructed in a much smaller & more appropriate location.

The new "Town Housing Center" could be rented to Atherton's staff and others that serve the area.

Posted by Thoughtful
a resident of Atherton: other
on Feb 2, 2023 at 9:35 am

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Cybervoter, that's the best suggestion I've heard. And plenty of poetic justice. We should do a citizen's referendum. The council will never do it.

Posted by Menlo Voter.
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Feb 2, 2023 at 9:50 am

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"Are there really 112 property owners willing to rent their ADUs to very low, low-income tenants, in Atherton?"

Not a chance in hell. Most in Atherton built "ADU's" as a work around so they could get more square footage built. They had and have ZERO intention of renting it to ANYONE.

Posted by Ayesha
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Feb 3, 2023 at 10:01 pm

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Athertonians want their independent school teachers, but not living in their neighborhoods. Let’s think about what this is really impacting.

Also, when your platform and charitable giving is for underserved and under-resourced communities and often through a religious lens, it seems pretty hypocritical.

How can your household staff be from an underrepresented and underserved group, but they aren’t ok to be your neighbor?

Posted by Menlo Lifestyle
a resident of Menlo Park: Suburban Park/Lorelei Manor/Flood Park Triangle
on Feb 14, 2023 at 2:40 pm

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At least Atherton is trying to stand up for their residents, unlike the progressives in Menlo Park who have come out against single family homes. The homeowners of MP better clean house soon or they won’t be able to get back what they lost. That’s what the YIMBY’s are counting on!

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