The Surplus Lands Act is a reasonably straightforward law. When a local agency proposes to sell of surplus public land, it is required to offer that land up for non-profit affordable housing development before turning to for-profit developers.Today, CaRLA has joined with East Palo Alto Community Legal Services, San Mateo Housing Leadership Council, and the Public Interest Law Project to demand that Caltrain adheres to the Surplus Lands Act in regards to its entering into exclusive negotiations with a private developer for its parking lot at the Hayward Park station. Our coalition letter is below:

Letter re Hayward Park Station SLA Compliance - 8.17.18
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