High Speed Rail community meetings

The California High Speed Rail Authority is hosting Community Open House meetings on the range of alternatives being considered for the segments from San Francisco to San Jose. San Francisco to San Jose section is part of the first phase of California HSR, connecting communities from San Francisco and Silicon Valley to the rest of the state. The meetings will be identical in format and content. Some of the issues for review include:

  • Vertical alignment for the approach to Diridon
  • Passing track options, including how they will affect service quality for Caltrain
  • A train storage and maintenance yard proposed for Brisbane

The meetings will be held from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. with a formal presentation starting at 6:00 p.m.

  • Mountain View – Tuesday, April 11, 2017 – Success Center – 875 West Maude Avenue, Unit 5, Mountain View
  • San Mateo – Thursday, April 13, 2017 – Silicon Valley Community Foundation – 1300 South El Camino Real, Suite 100, San Mateo

If you have questions, the High Speed Rail staff to contact are:

Ben Tripousis, ben.tripousis@hsr.ca.gov
Morgan Galli, morgan.galli@hsr.ca.gov

Via: greencaltrain.com

Sunnyvale City Council to consider General Plan revision: more jobs, more transit, less housing

On April 11, City Council is expected to review a revised draft of the Land Use and Transportation Element (LUTE) which is a chapter of the city’s General Plan. The objective is to move Sunnyvale towards being a “Complete Community” that is less dependent on automobiles. Major strategies include:

Village Centers: modify existing shopping districts to include housing. This will increase the housing supply at village centers and expand commercial opportunities for businesses there. Village center will be located near transit lines, improving the odds that residents can commute without driving.

Jobs/Housing Balance: Sunnyvale will add proportionately more jobs than housing. Under present conditions, Sunnyvale has 1.44 jobs per housing unit. By 2035, Sunnyvale will have 1.73 jobs per housing unit. This will make jobs more plentiful, and make it more difficult for residents to secure housing within Sunnyvale.

Multimodal Transit System: city policies will emphasize complete streets, carpooling, mass transit and bicycle infrastructure. As we approach and exceed Sunnyvale’s capacity to transport residents via private automobiles, residents will need better access to more efficient transportation.


Development will focus on transit corridors and village centers. Proportionately more jobs will be added. Most existing residential neighborhoods will remain low density.

What do you think? Let City Council know!

Contact City Council to share your thoughts on the LUTE.

City Council is expected to review the changes next Tuesday, April 11, at 7 pm in the City Council Chambers, 456 W. Olive Ave. Members of the public are welcome to speak at the meeting for up to three minutes each.

UPDATE: the City Council agenda for April 11 has been published. Council will review the Land Use and Transportation Element as agenda item #4.

Palo Alto to Introduce Eichler Neighborhood Design Guidelines

Eichler homes, the first of which were built in Sunnyvale in 1949, are an architectural signature of the peninsula. In 2009, the City of Sunnyvale adopted its Eichler Design Guidelines, which are available via the Heritage Commission. Sunnyvale’s Eichler Design Guidelines detail a list of Sunnyvale’s Eichler neighborhoods and design guidance to ensure the basic preservation of these distinctive homes. Sunnyvale’s Guidelines suggest that additional protection should be afforded by the creation of Heritage Preservation Districts.

On April 11, the City of Palo Alto is hosting a community meeting to introduce their own Eichler Neighborhood Design Guidelines project:

Tuesday, April 11, 2017, at 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Mitchell Park Community Center, Midtown Room
3700 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto, CA 94303
Attendees are requested to RSVP to Eichler@CityofPaloAlto.org

Additional information is contained in this flyer.

Thanks to local realtor John Fyten for the tip.

Congressman Ro Khanna: Cupertino Town Hall March 25


Rep. Ro Khanna (CA-17)

Rep. Ro Khanna (CA-17) will discuss recent developments and current legislative activities in Congress and take questions from constituents in attendance

Saturday, March 25, 2017, 4:00pm – 5:30pm
Homestead High School Gymnasium
21370 Homestead Rd.
Cupertino, CA 95014

If you are interested in attending, please fill out the form at the bottom of: https://khanna.house.gov/about/events/march-25-2017-town-hall-meeting

The last Town Hall at Fremont was packed and not everyone who came could attend. The Homestead High School gymnasium seats approximately 1,000 people, and attendees will be accommodated on a “first come, first served” basis. Expressing interest through the RSVP form does not guarantee entry.

Thursday: DIY Native Garden

(Via John Cordes on NextDoor)

“Install-It-Yourself” Native Garden

This is the second, yet stand-alone, class following the “Design-It-Yourself” talk in January. The speaker will cover the nuts and bolts of lawn removal, sheet mulching, soil percolation testing, transitioning to drip irrigation, plant acquisition, and planting techniques. This lecture provides a lot of material in a short time and is designed for a layperson who wants some tips on how to install a small native garden.

Thursday, March 16
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Library Community Room
Mountain View Public Library
585 Franklin St Mountain View, CA

Deva Luna is a sustainable and Bay Friendly-certified landscape designer who has been teaching and speaking about horticulture for over 20 years. She has a degree in “Plants and Art” from U.C. Davis and works for EarthCare Landscaping in Cupertino.

Gardening with Natives (GWN) is a special interest group within the Santa Clara Valley chapter of the California Native Plant Society that includes beginning and seasoned native plant gardeners, along with landscape architects and designers. It offers over 30 talks throughout the year at public libraries which are free and open to all. Visit http://www.cnps-scv.org to see videos of past programs, find out about more events, and learn how you can join the chapter.