The Barron Park Association

Sep 172014
 
CPI :  Risk Assessment Report & Possible Zoning Strategies 

October 6: The Palo Alto City Council will review and discuss the the AECOM consultant’s Risk Assessment for Storing and Handling Hazardous Materials at Communications & Power Industries, LLC (CPI), 607‐811 Hansen Way, and supplemental materials, including an analysis of possible zoning strategies to establish adequate separation between plating shop uses and residences.

Staff Report: • CPI Risk Assessment Report and Zoning Direction

Consultant Report and other Attachments:• Consultant Report and Attachment

From the Staff Report: Recommended Motion 

“Direct staff to prepare a draft ordinance for review by the Planning and Transportation  Commission (PTC) and consideration by the City Council in early 2015. The ordinance should  amend the list of uses in the zoning code to explicitly identify plating shops, prohibit plating  shop uses within a specific distance of residential uses and residential zoning districts, and incorporate an amortization schedule based on updated information on the value of affected  investments.”

October 2:  City staff and consultants will be available to answer questions about the Risk Assessment and the staff report at a pre‐meeting scheduled for October 2, 2014 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Barron Park Elementary School, Multipurpose Room, 800 Barron Avenue.

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Sep 152014
 

Below is the postcard mailer that was sent out last week to Laguna Avenue residents regarding upcoming street work.   The meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 23, 6:30pm at Barron Park Elementary School to discuss proposed street resurfacing work on Laguna Avenue from Matadero Avenue to Los Robles Avenue.

Laguna Repaving Community Meeting Notice

If you have any questions regarding the meeting, please contact the Project Engineers, Matt Brunnings at 650.617.3148 or Murdo Nicolson at 650.617.3154.

Aug 162014
 

Open Letter to Hillary Gitelman and Jaime Rodriguez:


Hillary and Jaime:

Your response to residents comments about the Speed Humps that had been installed on Matadero Ave, Update on Speed Bumps on Matadero, suggested that you were uncertain how to proceed. You wanted more input from residents before making a decision about whether to replace the Speed Humps with Speed Tables or, because they turned out to be higher than required, to just grind them down to the appropriate height.

To get input from residents, I ran a survey for the past three days, which was announced on several Barron Park email lists. Background information from Palo Alto’s “Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program – Appendix” was provided for definitions, specifications and uses of Speed Humps and Speed Tables. There were two questions:

1. Which of the following traffic calming options do you prefer?

  • Speed Humps
  • Speed Tables
  • No Preference

2. Do you have any other comments, questions or concerns?

The survey responses are anonymous.

The results are clear; with 61 responses to the question, residents prefer Speed Tables to Speed Humps by more than a factor of two to one.

Survey Results: Speed Humps versus Speed Tables

Here is a link to the results. Survey: Speed Humps versus Speed Tables on Matadero  You can also read here the responses for the second question from 39 residents who wrote about their comments and concerns.

It’s now up to you to make the corrections and changes to Matadero that reflect the will of the people of Barron Park.

Regards, Art Liberman

Aug 122014
 

Many of you have already written to the City of Palo Alto concerning your views of the Speed Bumps on Matadero.  That apparently has not been enough to change the City Staff’s decision as to what to do. THEY NEED TO HEAR FROM YOU AGAIN. And copy Hillary on the email hillary.gitelman@cityofpaloalto.org

Here is the email (8/12/14) I received today  from Hillary Gittlemen, Planning Director, which is similar to ones she has sent to others who had contacted her previously.


” Many thanks to you and to everyone who has written in and provided comments regarding the recently constructed Speed Humps on Matadero Avenue.  Many of the comments we received said the new humps feel very abrupt and expressed a preference  for Speed Tables, like those on Maybell Avenue.

As I think you know, we asked a surveyor to measure the Humps and Tables, to see how they compared to each other and to the City’s standards.  Low and behold, the Matadero Speed Humps are above the standard of 3.5” that we use, as shown below, and we are working to get the contractor back in town as soon as possible to address this issue.
Matadero Avenue Speed Humps
No.
Location
Max Height (Inches)
Hump Width (Feet)
1
Whitsell Avenue
3.84”
12’
2
Tippawingo Street
4.8”
12’
3
Julie Court
4.2”
12’
4
Emma Court
3.54”
12’
5
Chimaulus Drive
3.48”
12’
Maybell Avenue Speed Tables
No.
Location
Max Height (Inches)
Table Width (Feet)
1
Thain Way
4.8”
22’
2
East of Baker Avenue
4.92”
22’
3
West of Baker Avenue
4.56”
22’
4
Frandon Court
5.76”
22’
We can ask the contractor to replace the current Speed Humps with either Speed Tables or with Speed Humps that meet the City’s standard and would welcome continued input on these two alternatives by email to transportation@cityofpaloalto.org.  We would also be happy to come out and walk the street with a group of neighbors, if that’s desirable.
Whichever alternative we use for the five existing locations, we still plan to install the Speed Table at Tippawingo that will double as a raised crosswalk for pedestrians.  This speed table will be constructed at a height of 3.25” and a width of 16-FT due to geometric constraints.
Please feel free to email your additional thoughts/concerns to the email box above.  We anticipate being ready to remove and reconstruct as early as the first week of September and hopefully sooner.
Many thanks,
Hillary & Jaime”

 

Jul 022014
 

Please act before July 30th!  We need your input and advice!

Our survey will help guide the BPA’s efforts in 2014 and beyond.

In the following survey, please indicate how important each of the items is to you. Opinions on issues are not asked but can be expressed in comment boxes.

We prefer that you take the survey online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/L8S63FN

If you prefer to mail in your responses, the newsletter version can be downloaded here.

Survey responses should be submitted by July 30.

Jun 302014
 
The Matadero Bicycle Boulevard plan is moving ahead. The recent June 19th meeting with consultants and Jaime Rodriguez and other staff was devoted to creating / enabling / enhancing other routes (not boulevards) for bicycling in Barron Park, but Jaime provided some information afterward on the status of the plan for the Matadero (Margarita) Bicycle Boulevard.

The proposal for the bicycle boulevard followed two Barron Park community meetings, in May and September of 2013. Images of the design concept were previously posted on the Barron Park Association website, Initial Concept Plan for Matadero – Margarita Bike Boulevard » The Barron Park Association   To reduce automobile speeds, and enhance bicycle and pedestrian safety, Matadero will have a number of speed humps and also a speed table (raised cross walk across Matadero from Tippawingo to Josina) .

The current plan provided by Jaime Rodriguez can be downloaded here. Basemap – Matadero Bike Blvd – Final Speed Hump Sites – 053014 The locations for the speed humps have been finalized [look at the orange outlined rectangles with single chevron in the attached pdf]. What’s not certain is the date for when the work will be begin.

Currently, as you are all too well aware, the Matadero Ave roadway is a real mess, most recently a consequence of the Utilities Department’s gas line replacement program. This work was supposed to have been completed by end of June, but there are still quite a number of steel plates covering holes. Hopefully, this work will be completed within the next few weeks. In addition to the the gas line work, the sewer line replacement repairs have left many scars on the roadway. Because of the present roadway condition, Jaime said that the Public Works will apply a ‘slurry seal’ to the entire length of Matadero, from El Camino to Laguna.

The slurry seal will cover the painted roadway markers, including the yellow center line. The initial Bicycle Boulevard plan had been to leave the yellow line in place. But, as discussed in the June 19th meeting, there are two schools of thought about the yellow line – one is that it keeps the lanes of traffic clearly marked and makes people slow down; the other is that by keeping traffic in the lane, cars are less willing to cross it and instead pass too closely to bicyclists and pedestrians. Jaime said that he is open to repainting the yellow lines if eliminating it turns out to cause issues and the community is not happy with the situation.

One further issue – Jaime acknowledged the many concerns voiced by residents about pedestrian safety along Matadero, especially near the Matadero Creek bridge, just past the Tippawingo intersection.  Here is an image from the file of the plan proposed for that location (click on the image to bring up a full size, clear image – then on your back button on your browser to return to the message):
One possible improvement for pedestrian safety, which Jaime is discussing with  Matt Brunnings (Public Works), would result from the removal of a storm water drain on Matadero near the bridge. Removal of the storm water drain would permit the city to move the metal guard rail in, towards the Creek and away from the roadway, and provide additional room for pedestrians to walk safely in that area. But removal of the drain entails a series of steps that have to happen and all pieces have to fall into place before this proposal becomes a reality. Look for work “By Others” on this figure (2nd panel in the pdf if you download it).  This storm drain receives water from the valley gutter that runs along Matadero and crosses the end of Tippawingo. So removing the storm drain, and the valley gutter leading to it that crosses Tippawingo, would require an alternate path for the runoff – one possibility would be a new section of valley gutter that would wrap around the Matadero-Tippawingo corner, joining with one on Tippawingo that leads to a storm drain at the corner of Tippawingo and Chimalus. This part of the plan is still in the discussion phase between the Transportation Division and Public Works.
Art Liberman
Jun 232014
 

1)  Proposed Project at 4146 El Camino Real

PASZ Website explains proposed 21-condo project at 4146 El Camino Real (near Barron Square and Maybell Avenue)

http://paloaltoville.com/21-condos-on-el-camino

2) Housing Element Community Panel Meeting

(Public comments expected during final 15 minutes)

Thursday June 26, 2014
Lucie Stern Center-Community Room
1305 Middlefield Road
4:30 TO 6:30 pm

http://www.cityofpaloalto.org/gov/depts/pln/advance/housing_element_update_2015_2023.asp

3)  City of Palo Alto Alternative Futures Forum

Tuesday, June 24, from 6 – 8:30 p.m.
Elk’s Lodge, 4249 El Camino Real

YOUR ideas needed to help design Palo Alto’s future.

We will recap the previous two meetings and discuss potential alternatives to the “what happens if we do nothing” scenario.  This interactive meeting will give participants the chance to help design possible futures for Palo Alto.

Did you miss the first two meetings?  Catch up on what you missed by visiting our website and participate in the online version of the Critical Issues Forum.

http://www.paloaltocompplan.org

 

 Posted by at 9:41 pm
Jun 042014
 

To all,

You have about five days left to join the BPA for 2014 to receive the upcoming summer edition of our quarterly newsletter, plus the other newsletters for this year. Articles will include:

Barron Park Streets Scarred by Gas Pipe Line Distribution Replacement Work schedule – Art Liberman
Art in the Park – Lorraine Capparell
Graffiti article (removal & artwork restoration, Bob Moss and Erin Castelan)
May Fete – John King
Pets article – Reine Flexer
General BP Survey (+ online) – Lisa Landers (BPA board)
Liberman resigns from the board – Lynnie Melena
BPA e-mail lists – Rich Elder
Business Beat – Bob Moss
Presidents message – Markus Fromherz
History article – (Walk through Barron Park in the 1930′s + map of the area back then) – Doug Graham
Tour de Coup – bicycle tour in September
Hannah May Allison article – Barron Park girl a musical success

We welcome local stories and artists to feature in “Art in the Park.”

Thanks,

Nancy Hamilton
BPA Newsletter Editor

 Posted by at 1:08 am
May 172014
 

We need photographers for the May Fete tomorrow from 1-4 p.m. in Bol Park.

Please send me your best shots — whenever possible please get children’s names if there’s only one to three in the shot, their ages, and permission from their parents to print them in our BPA Newsletter.

We also need photographers for the BPA Newsletter. Articles would be very welcome as well. Don’t worry about spelling or grammar, we can edit them.

Thanks in advance,

Nancy Hamilton
BPA Newsletter Editor email

 Posted by at 5:13 pm
May 092014
 

We’re looking for stories/articles from our readers.

Have you or one of your neighbors lived here a long time?
Your/their story might be interesting.

Have you recently joined our neighborhood? Your story might be
interesting.

Have a special story about your child? Your pet? Submit them.
Ours is a neighborhood newsletter for our neighborhood and the
people in it. Please contribute and send photos.

Final deadline is June 1st for the summer edition. Articles &
photos received well ahead of time would be appreciated.

Thanks,

Nancy Hamilton
BPA Newsletter Editor — email

 Posted by at 10:11 pm