Nov 202017

Smoking Restrictions in Palo Alto

Multi-unit Residences

Palo Alto City Council unanimously voted in December 2016 to restrict smoking at all multi-unit residences and common areas to reduce public exposure to secondhand smoke. Smoking restrictions for multi-unit residences go into effect on January 1, 2018. 

Landlords and sellers of condominium units are required to give written notice to tenants and buyers about the smoking ban and include smoking prohibitions as part of the terms of their rental agreements. This ordinance requirement considered input from a 2015 survey of Palo Alto multi-unit residents. The survey showed that:

  • 80% of multi-unit residents said smoking inside the unit bothers them;
  • 64% indicated smoke bothers them very much;
  • 90% favored smoking restrictions in multi-unit housing.

The following is from the Staff Report of December 5, 2016:

While there would not be an active enforcement program, Committee members noted that adopting the Ordinance would help to create a social norm for Palo Alto. Several Bay Area cities have done this, and believe that it has been successful. Council may decide that this approach is desirable. There remains a concern, however, that Palo Alto residents may expect outreach and
enforcement, for which there are no available resources.

 Posted by at 9:49 PM
Oct 022017

With sadness we must inform you of the death of our long-time PML maintenance man, Dennis Forrest, who passed away on September 27th from complications after open heart surgery. His excellent work and his jovial attitude will be sorely missed by those of us who had the opportunity to work with him here at Barron Square. We extend our condolences to his daughter Christina and all his family.

Services for Dennis will be held 10:30AM on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at Peninsula Temple Beth El, 1700 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo, CA 94403 (map). Donations in his name may be made to the charity or foundation of your choice or the Peninsula Humane Society. The full obituary is available here.

 Posted by at 3:01 PM
Sep 222017

Have you heard jets flying low and loud over your house, children’s school, or workplace, sometimes every 2 min or less, sometimes in the middle of the night or early morning? This noise is due to changes by the FAA in March under a program called NextGen, which concentrates air traffic in narrow corridors. As a result, virtually all SFO-bound flights from the South, West, and North converge over Palo Alto using trajectories that often cause substantial noise damage to residents.

Palo Alto has been disproportionately impacted. 3 of the 4 main routes into SFO now converge over Palo Alto. In the last 8 years, SFO arrival traffic increased by only 28%, while arrival traffic for the lowest and noisiest flights (3000-4000 feet) over Palo Alto went up a whopping 131%. In the last 2 years alone, the number of low flights (3000-4000 feet) over Palo Alto increased by 65% while nearby communities saw substantial reductions in low elevation air traffic.

Why should you care?

Many low flying aircraft degrade your health, productivity, and quality of life (as well as your children’s and other loved ones’) resulting in:

  • Sleep disruption, stress, and exposure to pollutants such as carcinogenic aromatic hydrocarbons from aircraft exhaust emissions that undergo chemical changes in sunlight
  • Decreased ability to concentrate for learning and working purposes
  • Reduced ability to enjoy the outdoors 
  • Aircraft traffic also impacts property values.

We want the FAA to:

  • Include noise and emissions as critical design inputs for arrival and departures routes.
  • Distribute noise equitably over populated areas when it cannot be eliminated.
  • Adopt more meaningful noise assessment methods on the ground.

What YOU can do!

  • File noise complaints with SFO in one click with stop.jetnoise.net
    • Login once through Gmail or Facebook (stop.jetnoise does not see or store your password but will email
      complaints to SFO on your behalf). Create an icon on your phone or computer home screen for easy access.
    • We prefer that you use stop.jetnoise.net because it is simple, gives you flight data, and makes it easier to roll
      up and analyze complaints.
    • At least one click per day to keep the planes away: one complaint from 100 different people carries much
      more weight than 100 complaints from one person.
  • Contact Congresswoman’s Eshoo’s office (eshoo.house.gov/contact; 408-245-2339) to demand that she
    make addressing this issue a top priority. In addition, fill out her SFO noise survey (tinyurl.com/nlpne5a)
  • Visit the Sky Posse Palo Alto website (skypossepaloalto.org) and get involved:
    • add a personal note to this flier and distribute it in your neighborhood.
    • sign our petition to reduce jet noise over Palo Alto (click the Sign petition! icon)
    • join our mailing list (click Join our mailing list on the website)
    • follow us on Twitter (twitter.com/skypossepa) or Facebook (www.facebook.com/skypossepaloalto )
  • Sign the petition to ask airlines to spend less than $5000 per jet to retrofit their Airbus A320
    series with airflow deflectors to stop the loud “whistling” sound (bit.ly/1OJAVok) as required in Europe.
 Posted by at 10:03 PM
Jun 122017


Discover the Aging in Place Membership Program

Vickie Epstein, Avenidas Village Program Director and
Bruce Heister, Former Chair, Avenidas Board of Directors

Launched in October 2007, AvenidasVillage is an aging in place program that provides members with many of the benefits of living in a retirement community while they remain in the homes they love.
Join us as we discover more about the resources, assistance and services provided by the village. Hear about the History and Overview of the Village and get perspective from current members.

Attendance is free but this event is limited to 25 attendees.
PLEASE RSVP on https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bpa-meet-and-learn-avenidas-village-tickets-35030681712

Catherine Hendricks is presenting this event organized by the Barron Park Association.


 Posted by at 2:01 PM