Palo Alto's only remaining mobile home park faces closure, which would force out hundreds of mostly low-income residents. But Santa Clara County's Board of Supervisors on Tuesday will consider putting up $8 million in seed money to help save the community.
Buena Vista Mobile Home Park is home to about 400 residents who could end up on the streets, Supervisor Joe Simitian says. The landowner, Joe Jisser, wants to sell the property to developers planning to build a new apartment complex.
The $8 million Simitian wants to chip in, in hopes that other community organizations would rally support for the effort, would come from affordable housing funds Stanford University pays as a condition of its general use permit.
"To be clear, we are not proposing that the county either own or operate the Buena Vista Mobile Home Park," says Simitian. "Rather, we believe that the appropriate use of these existing funds might provide the impetus necessary to turn the current conversation away from enabling the conversion—which puts 400 people on the streets—to determining if and how the property can be preserved as a long-term supply of deed-restricted affordable housing."
- A decades-old trash heap along Coyote Creek will finally get cleaned up to improve the public parkland just west of Highway 101 and north of Bailey Avenue past the southern border of San Jose. The site, which lies in Coyote Creek Parkway County Park, was piled with garbage—including tractor tires and empty, chemical-tainted drums—back in the 1970s, when the land was owned by a rancher.
- The county spends $150,000 a year on psychological screening for new law enforcement hires. That number may increase with the need for new hires after statewide prison reform pushed more low-level offenders to local jails.
WHAT: Board of Supervisors meets
WHEN: 9am Tuesday
WHERE: County Government Center, 70. W. Hedding St., San Jose
INFO: Clerk of the Board, 408.299.5001