Housing conversation with Scott Wiener coming to Palo Alto

Few topics garner as much passionate debate in the Bay Area – or California at large – as housing policy. Everyone agrees there isn’t enough housing to go around, but the questions remain of where to build, how many units, and how dense should it be.

To continue that conversation, Palo Alto Forward will host the author of some of California’s most progressive housing proposals, State Senator Scott Wiener, in a conversation open to the community.

Senator Wiener may be best known for authoring SB50, a bill that would change residential zoning in communities across the state and allow for significantly more housing density around major transit lines. That legislation was recently shelved for the year.

A different bill Senator Wiener authored, SB35, enacted in 2017, is already being used to expedite development of a major project in Cupertino: Vallco Town Center. That project, once completed, will feature more than 1,000 affordable housing units.

Palo Alto Forward’s conversation with Senator Wiener is Friday, June 7, in the Ballroom at the Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Rd., in Palo Alto. It is set for 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Other hosting organizations include SV@Home, Housing Leadership Council, the TechEquity Collaborative, SPUR, and the League of Women Voters of Palo Alto.

For details, or to register, click here.

1 Comment on "Housing conversation with Scott Wiener coming to Palo Alto"

  1. It was a set-up. The tough questions were not asked or answered. For example, why if state Senator Scott Wiener wants (affordable) apartments built would his bill (SB 50) allow developers to just build luxury condos instead? True answer: Because SB 50 is for the well-paid workers of the high tech corporate giants. It is not about middle-income or low-incone or homeless people. And now , Senator Wiener has another sneaky bill being advanced for the corporate bigwigs operating behind the scenes: SB 592.

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