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Peter Drekmeier named PA mayor by acclamation

Unanimous City Council doesn't bother voting for sole nominee but splits to elect Jack Morton vice mayor over Pat Burt

Longtime environmental activist Peter Drekmeier, 43, was named Palo Alto mayor for 2009 by acclamation Monday night and standing applause by fellow City Council members and an audience of nearly 200 persons.

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Posted by SuperD
a resident of Community Center
on Jan 5, 2009 at 11:19 am

The article states "Palo Alto is expected to have a budget shortfall of $2.5 million this year and a $5-million shortfall next year." Hey, I've got a great idea - why don't we stop spending more that bring in? What a novel concept ! ! !


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Posted by Greg K
a resident of Downtown North
on Jan 5, 2009 at 11:50 am

Best wishes to the new mayor.


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Posted by Susan Stansbury
a resident of Barron Park
on Jan 5, 2009 at 12:15 pm

Best wishes to our new mayor!


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Posted by Brian Steen
a resident of Greater Miranda
on Jan 5, 2009 at 2:26 pm

I'd like to thank Larry Klein for running a stable council this past year, without the wild fluctuations we've seen in previous years.

And congratulations to Peter Drekmeier as new mayor. The 2009 fiscal challenges will be daunting, as they are everywhere.


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Posted by Mike
a resident of Southgate
on Jan 5, 2009 at 4:31 pm

Hopefully this mayor will support the police department and not sell out to EPA.


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Posted by PatrickD
a resident of Barron Park
on Jan 5, 2009 at 5:05 pm

What are the new uses for Palo Alto Airport that Drekmeier is considering? It seems like the airport is doing just fine as it is.


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Posted by Cut, cut, cut
a resident of Barron Park
on Jan 5, 2009 at 5:21 pm

"Palo Alto is expected to have a budget shortfall of $2.5 million this year and a $5-million shortfall next year"

Start by nixing city bonuses and cutting salaries, which are inflated anyway.

Also, don't even think about starting the library work--given the current financial crisis, the muni bonds needed will have a HUGE premium that will drive the cost through the roof.


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Posted by Maggie
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jan 5, 2009 at 9:45 pm

Congrats to Peter Drekmeier and hopefully he'll help to put things together for Palo Alto in a sensible, financially responsible way.


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Posted by Celia
a resident of Barron Park
on Jan 5, 2009 at 11:11 pm

Congrats Peter


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Posted by PalyAlum
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 6, 2009 at 9:14 am

I attended Paly with Drekmeier and Larry Klein's son.

What does Drekmeier do for an income?


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Posted by James Nottingham
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Jan 6, 2009 at 12:01 pm

Drekmeier is going to force Stanford to do things no one else is expected to do, like build housing for workers at the expanded mall and hospital. The schools are over crowded as it is, the city needs revenue and the city always wants to build housing. When Trader Joes goes into Town and Country, will they be required to build housing for their workers?


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