Author: Bob Staedler (Bob Staedler)

Staedler: High-Speed Rail collaborating for a win-win in Coyote Valley

One of the most highly anticipated State of California bond projects is the 2008 Prop 1A High-Speed Rail Act. The approved proposition authorized issuance $9.95 billion in general obligation bonds for construction of high-speed train facilities connecting San Francisco to Los Angeles. The February 2020 estimate for completing the project has ballooned to $80.3 billion....

Staedler: A yearly tradition of California housing legislation disappointment

A yearly California tradition that we have become accustomed to over the past several years is the hysteria and disappointment of potential housing legislation. It generally ranges from a hopeful slogan to wild and unsubstantiated levels of optimism. An example of the overstated optimism is the Metropolitan Transportation Commission’s CASA — the Committee to House...

Staedler: Consideration for the death of Rick Doyle

San Jose lost a public service giant Aug. 23. Rick Doyle, after retiring just weeks prior, passed away at age 65 following a battle with cancer.  As we reported, Rick advised three mayors, 38 councilmembers and six city managers. The praise he received in various publications is well deserved. I had the privilege of interacting...

Staedler: San Jose’s public outreach process needs improvement

Over the last several years, how many times have you heard about a San Jose policy decision that was being heard by a committee or commission at the “last minute”? The latest community outreach kerfuffle is the city’s staff recommendation to establish an Opportunity Housing policy, as heard by the city’s General Plan Task Force last week. The...

Staedler: San Jose is at a crossroads that cannot be ignored

The city of San Jose is facing a crossroads in terms of dealing with racial inequities and abuses of power. It was heartening to see the large numbers of residents peacefully protest the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police. While there were some people who damaged public and private property, we can’t lose focus on...

Staedler: Park space vital for dense urban development

As we continue to shelter-in-place and enter into phase 2 of reopening, it is important to continue thinking about the future of our towns and cities. The city of San Jose has huge plans on the books: Diridon Integrated Station Concept Plan, Diridon Station Area Plan Update, Google Downtown West, Jay Paul CityView redevelopment plan,...

Staedler: The greatest trust exercise of our lives

As we live through the greatest trust exercise of our lives, our elected officials and city staff throughout the Bay Area need to extend that same level of trust and respect when it comes to community process during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are not sheltering in place to provide politicians and city officials an opportunity...

The Podlight: Urban Catalyst’s Erik Hayden talks Opportunity Zones

The Podlight, a new podcast collaboration by San José Spotlight and Silicon Valley Synergy, is back. Late last year, we released eight episodes of The Podlight featuring in-depth conversations with San José Spotlight reporters about South Bay policy, politics and government, delving into critical issues such as housing, technology, business, homelessness, land use and development....

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