Save the Date: Fall Picnic on October 20

Get ready to party! The CTRA will be hosting its annual Fall Picnic on Saturday, October 20th from 2pm to 5pm at Mayfield Park, next to the College Terrace Library. Don’t miss the Pet Costume Contest, Neighborhood Bakeoff, and Cakewalk with Wine!

We’ll be grilling burgers (meat and veggie) and other goodies, but neighbors are encouraged to bring a potluck dish to share. (We’ll take care of drinks, plates, napkins, and utensils.) So stop by, have a bite, and hang out with some of your friendly College Terrace neighbors.

By the way, the CTRA Spring and Fall Picnics are made possible by your donations, so why not donate today?


 

City Council Candidate Forums Next Week

We’re only a few weeks away from the November 6 elections and there are a number of events coming up to help voters become more familiar with local candidates for Palo Alto City Council. Five candidates–Pat Boone, Alison Cormack, Tom DuBois, Eric Filseth, and Cory Wolbach–are vying for three seats on the council.

The Palo Alto Weekly is hosting a candidate debate at the Little Theatre at Cubberley Community Center on Monday, October 3rd at 7:30pm. The following night (October 4th) at 7pm, Palo Alto Neighborhoods (PAN) is hosting a candidate forum at City Hall moderated by former City Councilwoman LaDoris Cordell. The League of Women Voters of Palo Alto will also hold a candidate forum on October 9th at 7pm at First Congregational Church on Louis Road.

If you can’t make any of those events, be sure to check out PAN’s City Council Candidates Questionnaire, which gathers responses from the candidates on issues ranging from accessory dwelling units (ADUs) to renter protections.

The Weekly has a summary of other election events, including School Board candidate forums as well as events covering the various ballot measures. Do your homework and don’t forget to vote!

Local News Roundup: September 10, 2018

Here are some recent news stories of interest to College Terrace and the surrounding area.

California Ave Public Safety Building and Garage Meetings
A community meeting will be held Wednesday, September 12, to discuss the project and upcoming street and parking changes to the area during the construction. The Public Safety Building will also be presented to the City Council and Architectural Review Board in the coming weeks.

Study: Stanford Can Triple Its Density (September 5)
How big can Stanford truly become? According to a study commissioned by Santa Clara County planners, Stanford can roughly triple its density and expand to 44 million square feet without infringing on the foothills.

Caltrain Launches Construction in Palo Alto (August 29)
After a year of work in other parts of the line, work on the electrification of Caltrain has finally started in Palo Alto. Local impacts include work performed at night (between 7pm and 7am), some weekend service disruptions, and the removal and pruning of trees.

Return of the College Terrace Market?

When the College Terrace Market closed abruptly in December after just six months in business, many in the neighborhood wondered how long it would be before a new grocery store took its place. Wonder no more for, as reported earlier this week by both the Palo Alto Weekly and Palo Alto Daily Post, the former owners of JJ&F market are planning to open a new market in the same space later this year.

Joe Khoury bought JJ&F from the Garcia family in 2011 and ran the market until 2013 when the building was torn down to make way for the College Terrace Centre.  Khoury has returned to run the new grocery store and “is looking forward to re-connecting with old friends here as we open our market with locally sourced produce, meats and, of course, our enduring emphasis on service.” It’s unclear what the new market will be called–the JJ&F name is still owned by the Garcia family–or exactly when it will open, but we’re looking forward to having a neighborhood grocery store again!

What’s Up with the Stanford GUP?

One of the topics at last week’s CTRA board meeting was an update on the Stanford General Use Permit (GUP) approval process. The GUP is intended to guide the growth and development of the university’s central campus through the year 2035. Stanford has asked for approval of 2,275,000 net new square feet of facilities and up to 3,150 units of housing, which is estimated to generate an additional 9,610 people on campus.

Journalists at the Palo Alto Weekly recently discussed the proposed campus expansion and the debate over how much housing the university should provide as part of its growth plan. If you haven’t been closely following the GUP process, the video is a good way to catch up.

The period for providing comments on the recirculated Draft Environmental Impact Report (including the two alternative housing options proposed by the county) recently ended. Once the Environmental Impact Report is final, the project will go before the Santa Clara County Planning Commission for consideration and then to the Board of Supervisors for a vote. Here’s the current schedule for those workshops and hearings:

Planning Commission
Workshop, September 27
Hearing #1, October 11
Hearing #2, October 25
Hearing #3, November 1 (if needed)

Board of Supervisors
Hearing/Workshop, November 6
Hearing #1, November 13
Hearing #2, December 4
Hearing #3, December 18
Final Meeting #4, January 8, 2019

Check the county’s website for further information, including locations when they’re announced.

The outcome of the GUP approval process will have a profound impact on the surrounding area, and our neighborhood in particular, for years to come. (The majority of new on-campus housing forecast will be adjacent to College Terrace in Escondido Village.) So take time to read up on the issues (via the Weekly’s coverage, the county’s website, Stanford’s own GUP site, or elsewhere) and consider attending one or more of the above meetings to make sure your concerns are addressed.

Local News Roundup: July 9, 2018

Here are some recent news stories of interest to College Terrace and the surrounding area.

Local Developer Buys College Terrace Center (July 3)
The College Terrace Center has a new owner, Blox Ventures, who will continue the search for a tenant to replace the failed College Terrace Market. In related news, the $2,000 per day fine for the market being vacant (per the original agreement with the city) is set to begin on July 10.

Sun of Wolf Opens on California Ave (July 2)
Combining “Old World Mexican roots and modern Bay Area flavors,” three cousins whose parents own Palo Alto Sol next door have opened a new restaurant on California Avenue.

More Stanford Housing, But Worse Traffic? (June 29)
The Palo Alto City Council discussed the draft environmental analysis of Stanford’s expansion plans and the potential impact of new on-campus housing on the surrounding community.

Dish Closed: July 28 – August 11

Update (July 16): This post has been updated to include the new dates.

A special note for our local walkers and hikers: the Stanford Dish will be closed from Saturday, July 28 to Saturday, August 11 for maintenance. All Dish access gates will be closed during this time. These dates may also shift; if they do, we’ll update this notice.

Community members are encouraged to send any Dish-related questions, comments or concerns to CommunityRelations@stanford.edu.