Council shuns environment entity, by any name

'We don't need an environmental commission to keep us focused -- we are focused,' Councilwoman LaDoris Cordell says

Despite emphatic support from a trio of council members -- all of whom will return next year -- the Palo Alto City Council rejected a proposal to create either an Environmental Commission or committee, task force or something by any other name Monday night.

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Posted by Not so fast
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Dec 11, 2007 at 7:21 am

Bravo to the 6 members of the city council that had the spine to stand up to Yoriko and her climate change pipe dreams by voting against any kind of environmental commission.
Finally a well deserved slap in the face to our "crusading" mayor. Maybe this will awaken her to the need to start addressing important issues facing the city, Instead of gallivanting around the world with climate change agenda.
Unfortunately I do not think this issue is dead, since our future mayor Klein was one of the "environmental" troika who was trying to circumvent the present council. look for another attempt by this threesome to re-introduce this issue again next year.
Clearly when it comes to their dream of "climate change" this three some will not take "no" for an answer (while saying to hell with the other problems facing PA).
Recall yoriko, Peter and Larry now!!!!

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Posted by Not so fast
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Dec 11, 2007 at 8:50 am

As usual, The PA Daily News has done a better and more thorough job reporting on the shenanigans last night by our climate change troika Yoriko, Peter and Larry.

Read their article and compare it to the Weekly coverage:

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Posted by Mike
a resident of College Terrace
on Dec 11, 2007 at 10:08 am

I saw last evening's shenanigans on this issue; it was a good example of how poorly one can look when trying to comport oneself as one is being rebuffed for attempting "end arounds" in an effort to steamroll one's preferences, *after* a vote has been taken that soundly defeats one's position.

Council members Cordell, Morton, Barton, Beecham, Kleinberg, and Mossar had this one right.

Why do we need another commission, especially one that parallels the already-stated environmental stance of our city policy makers and most of its residents? We do NOT need to politicize every little environmental tactic our city introduces, or have 5-7 commissioners noodling around, parallel to staff and an environmentally-committed policy group (or so-called, see notes on ABAG) making political waves about nothing.

I fear this commission would turn out to be the disaster that the Human Rights Commission has become.

We even had one member of the community (no doubt looking to be appointed to this unnecessary position) suggesting that we hire a staff member to support this commission!

Mayor Kishimoto's failure to take "no" for an answer was unfortunate; she has seriously damaged credibility with other members of the Council with her actions, and should refrain from lobbing toward a similar effort when new Council members are appointed early next year.

The Mayor should remember that she sits in a *appointed* position that came as a result of consensus by her peers. Those who remain on the Council next year (Kishimoto among them) will need to remain a cohesive, focused policy body if they are to get done what needs doing.

This unnecessary focus on an unnecessary commission - a commission that will further politicize already-understood environmental policy - should cease, for the good of our city, its citizens, and the focus that we need to give to more pressing issues.

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Posted by Proverb
a resident of Evergreen Park
on Dec 11, 2007 at 11:22 am

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Posted by Not so fast
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Dec 11, 2007 at 11:40 am

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Posted by Not so fast
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Dec 11, 2007 at 12:48 pm

Last night must have been tough on Yoriko--first Al Gore does not mention her in his Nobel Prize acceptance speech and then the city council votes against her regarding the Environmental committee.
This is a major blow for "climate change" in our city

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