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Posted by Mike D
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jan 1, 2010 at 6:35 pm

They keep on building more and more cookie cutter condos in midtown and near mt. view, with a new large development in the works again, from what I understand. Why do we need more people here? Traffic is already horrendous, parking impossible, and schools jam-packed.The end result is that this community will be downgraded along with its schools.

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Posted by Daniel Mart
a resident of Mountain View
on Jan 3, 2010 at 1:52 pm

Daniel Mart is a registered user.

Blame a status quo that favors rich people ... there is so much special-interest mone involved in hotel and housing developments; this fact alone protects the developers from any public protest. And then we have city governments too cowardly to challenge this broken status quo.

It is an extreme form of institutionalized discrimination. Take the Palo Alto Bowl issue, for example; so many disabled people will be negatively affected, including Special Olympics (used the alley to train), disabilty programs in Palo Alto Rec, local hospitals, and every special ed/APE program in the PAUSD.

And many of these bowlers are unable to go to other cities for the very few authentic alleys which still remain. And the new bowling clubs, with their lights and such, are not accessible ... example: not good for individuals prone to seizures.

And Barry Swenson cashes in.

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Posted by pecuniac
a resident of Midtown
on Jan 4, 2010 at 11:24 am

When will the City Council get that in lieu fees paid by developers never pay for the additional infrastructure and services (police, fire, schools) that additional residents require?

And does it make sense to locate housing right on busy, polluted roads like El Camino Real or US101?

And what is the purpose of city planning? Is it a plan to get a job with a developer in a revolving door system similar to the defense industry?

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Posted by Mike
a resident of University South
on Jan 4, 2010 at 4:56 pm

Didn't we just vote in more property tax money for schools?

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Posted by Chris Kenrick, Palo Alto Weekly staff
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jan 4, 2010 at 7:27 pm


The last time there was a property tax election for Palo Alto schools was June 7, 2005, when 74 percent of voters approved the current $493-per-parcel tax. That tax expires next year and Superintendent Kevin Skelly is recommending it be replaced with the new proposal. The parcel tax generates about 6 percent of the district's operating budget.

You may be confusing it with a June 2008 election in which 77.59 percent of PAUSD voters approved a $378 million bond measure for school construction and renovation. These funds will cover new building and upgrades of all PAUSD campuses over the next decade or so. More information on the bond program is at Web Link.

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Posted by Mike
a resident of University South
on Jan 5, 2010 at 1:42 pm


Thanks for clearing this up!


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Posted by Steven
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jan 5, 2010 at 3:06 pm

All those new housing developments bring in lots of new property tax money; more than enough to pay for the schools and other services that the residents use. The problem is all the people who are paying less than their share of property tax because their houses are not assessed at fair market value.

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Posted by Concerned
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Jan 7, 2010 at 10:40 am

Seems that we should be looking at the State of Texas for some answers to our budget problems. They have close to the same demographics as California yet there students are better educated at a lower funding level. You can read more here Web Link

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