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Response to Dave Price's opinion piece of Just 3, 2019 by Aram James-Palo Alto: Just say yes to a safe parking program

From: domainremoved <Aram>
Date: Sun, 9 Jun 2019 13:08:38 -0700

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>> Dear Editor:
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>> Your opinion piece of June 3, 2019, An unintended way to hurt the poor-makes one very good point: “Palo Alto has an abysmal record of approving housing developments for low income residents.” However, contrary to your view that a safe parking program, as proposed by Palo Alto council members Tom Dubois and Lydia Kou, is condescending to the poor and sends the wrong message to the city re the need for low income housing, misses the mark.
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>> Safe parking programs have proven to be an important part of a temporary solution to avoid exacerbating our already statewide homeless crisis. Safe parking programs often prevent those close to homelessness from-losing their vehicles/homes and ending up living on the streets. Those forced to live on the streets often end up costing taxpayers far more then the cost of housing the poor-due to emergency room visits, police and court costs, and other health and safety risks associated with the hardscrabble existence of those forced to live on the streets.
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>> We agree that safe parking programs are no substitute for massive permanent low income housing as proposed by legislation like SB 50. But the staggering housing crisis now facing our communities-support the notion that well-run safe parking programs are a viable stopgap measure while cities are forced to build adequate housing for the poor. Palo Alto has more then the necessary resources to support a robust parking program. Palo Alto: Just Say Yes To A Safe Parking Program!
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>> Aram James
>> 335 Park Street
>> Redwood City CA
>> 94601
>> abjpd1_at_(domainremoved)
>> 415-370-5056
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Received on Sun Jun 09 2019 - 13:02:54 PDT

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