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City Council to discuss 'priorities' Saturday

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To kick off a new year, the newly constituted Palo Alto City Council will meet Saturday to set its annual priorities and orient its four new members. (View the agenda)

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 10, 2008 at 1:54 pm

I believe our outgoing mayor was at a final photo op today planting a tree (in the rain?), according to KLIV.

Hopefully, this sort of thing will be put bottom of the list of priorities.


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Posted by Mike
a resident of College Terrace
on Jan 10, 2008 at 2:34 pm

Hopefully, our respective policy makers will listen to forward messages of innovation and hope, instead of the outsized fear so often vocally expressed at these meetings by citizens. I'm speaking particularly here of those who 1) constantly and obsessively generate harsh criticism of city government operations; 2) those who are fervent anti-growth residents, having brought more than their fair share of budget constraint to our city (in the days when they were listened to); those who continue to perpetrate myths, fear, and misinformation about the effect of oPalo Alto's growth on the environment, and who continue an unceasing attack on ABAG, and thus, the sustainable future of our region. We MUST work with our neighbors to overcome population growth and irrational planning that results in suburban sprawl.

Aside from all this, we have to consider infrastructure needs, Stanford's new growth, and many other issues. It's a full plate; I wish our policy makers well. May they approach all this with open minds, and a view toward sustainable future - while at the same time realizing that there is a great silent majority in Palo Alto (all those working folk who are too busy to attend to the details of policy-making) that wants to see our city maintain its responsibility to the environment, and keep our community a forward-looking and dynamic organism - a city that LEADS. There's a political future in the latter mode, as opposed to the fading away that will result if we shrink from responsibility.


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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Jan 10, 2008 at 2:39 pm

But - but Mike, these are BIG PICTURE folk. Would you hitch Whirlaway to a milk wagon?


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 11, 2008 at 7:36 am

Well, if this year is like previous years, City Council will pick their five priorities with great fanfare and media hipe, then promptly push them on one side and continue with business as usual!!!


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