Funding public-safety building splits committee

City Council to discuss financing quandary at its meeting next Monday as it races against inflation

The four members of Palo Alto's Finance Committee agreed on only one issue Tuesday evening: The city needs a new public-safety building, and it needed it yesterday.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 6, 2008 at 12:51 pm

It's all dollars and no sense to me.

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Posted by Good Luck
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Feb 6, 2008 at 1:21 pm

Good luck with that bond thing. Headed into a scary recessions, I would guess the chance of passing a mega-bond with both items is pretty low. Your bed's been made, City Council, by years and years of delay, inaction, and inattention - now you'll have to choose one project and show that you can get it done. Start making cuts today, that might convince voters you are serious about any kind of real discipline.

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Posted by Periwinkle
a resident of Downtown North
on Feb 6, 2008 at 1:46 pm

COPs for the police building, with a taste of the COPs for the library, and finishing the library with a bond + some private donations. That'll get it done.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Crescent Park
on Feb 7, 2008 at 9:32 am

Just fix the main library. Make it competitive with surrounding communities. Leave the rest alone for now.

Let the police expand in the existing City Hall facility. Get rid of some of the waste right there in the City Hall facility to make room for the police.

Put the public safety personnel and equipment in an existing building that is safer in case of an earthquake. Stop the nonsense of a mega-structure with all the amenities for both the police and the public safety personnel. Let's demand some common sense be used here. Don't vote to privde any more money until the city starts controlling how it spends the money it already has. Also insist that the city thoughtfully and economically use the facilities it already has. We don't need yet another police station/public safety building.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of South of Midtown
on Feb 9, 2008 at 12:47 pm

Resident: I quote: "Just fix the Mitchell Park Library. Make it competitive with surrounding communities. Leave the rest along for now." Why bother with Main Library?

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