Ed Lauing, a Metropolis Corridor veteran who at the moment chairs Palo Alto’s Planning and Transportation Fee, mentioned Tuesday that he plans to run for the Palo Alto Metropolis Council.

If elected, Lauing will fill one in every of three open seats on the seven-member council, with council members Tom DuBois and Eric Filseth each terming out this yr and council member Alison Cormack asserting final month that she won’t search a contemporary time period. Lauing additionally ran for council in 2020 and narrowly missed out on getting elected, ending fifth out of 10 candidates vying for 4 seats.

Very similar to throughout his final marketing campaign, Lauing mentioned he’ll make housing — significantly below-market-rate housing — a high precedence. He additionally emphasised in an interview Tuesday that Palo Alto wants to advertise housing sorts for varied segments of the inhabitants, together with seniors, service employees and households. This implies pondering past microunits and small studios.

“There’s a want for quite a lot of housing for quite a lot of wants and I positively assume the class of inexpensive housing is an important,” Lauing mentioned. “It’s positively a worth assertion to deal with all these people and actually get lower-income people to succeed in the primary rung on the housing ladder. … We additionally should plan for folk to dwell right here as soon as we get on that ladder.”

Lauing has been closely concerned in analyzing Palo Alto’s housing insurance policies. He serves as co-chair on the Housing Ingredient Working Group, which is charged with creating a plan for assembly the state’s housing quotes. He has additionally been on the planning fee since 2017 and, previous to that, had spent seven years on the Parks and Recreation Fee, which included three stints as chair and one as vice chair.

Along with housing, Lauing mentioned he needs to prioritize public security. This consists of addressing the development of automobile break-ins and “smash-and-grabs.” Two vehicles on both aspect of his Professorville residence had been not too long ago damaged into, he mentioned. His automobile had additionally been damaged into whereas parked on the driveway, he mentioned.

To handle these crimes, Lauing believes the town ought to contemplate extra officers in addition to take a more in-depth have a look at recruiting and coaching throughout the division.

“We won’t have a policeman in entrance of very doorstep however we have to discover a higher strategy to get protection,” Lauing mentioned.

One other marketing campaign precedence is local weather change. Lauing mentioned he needs to see Palo Alto take “concrete actions” to implement packages to satisfy the town’s aim of decreasing carbon emissions by 80% by 2030, with 1990 because the baseline. This consists of “tactical” packages that give residents incentives to change away from gasoline home equipment to ones powered by carbon-free electrical energy.

“With assist from the town to ease buy and set up of electrical water heaters, and with same-day supply service, we will ensure that we’re not putting in new units that use pure gasoline for one more 20 years,” Lauing’s marketing campaign web site states. “I’ll have laser concentrate on equitable, sensible packages that our residents can afford that may progressively scale back pure gasoline utilization.”


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