Palo Alto optimistic about infrastructure fixes

City Council approves plan to fund new police building, bike projects, revamp of two fire stations

Palo Alto's evolving shopping list for infrastructure improvements began to crystalize Tuesday morning as city officials endorsed a funding plan that includes a downtown garage, numerous bike projects and, above all, a new police headquarters.

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Posted by Midtown
a resident of Midtown
on May 20, 2014 at 12:33 pm

What about fixing stuff that really needs fixing like more grade separations on Caltrain. Instead of up zoning for for more and more traffic, try to fix the traffic.

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Posted by Wayne Martin
a resident of Fairmeadow
on May 21, 2014 at 10:05 am

The City's increasing its labor costs about about $10M this year will, over the new 30 years, come to about $300M-$400M. Virtually all of the costs of our infrastructure could have been funded from this money. The idea that we have to double our salary base every 10-12 years is simply unsustainable. Yet--there doesn't seem to be any sense of long-term costs, or alternatives, in the current Council, or City management.

I do hope that there is a funding plan that looks at more sources than just an increase in the TOT.

It would be really nice to have all of the City's infrastructure identified in a spreadsheet, with end-of-service dates identified, and likely replacement costs estimated for those dates when each item on the list will likely need replacement. Currently, we do not have a complete list.

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Posted by LaNell Mimmack
a resident of Downtown North
on May 21, 2014 at 11:08 am

I totally agree with Wayne Martin.
How about that spreadsheet?

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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on May 21, 2014 at 11:12 am

Does anyone maintain a spreadsheet like that for their own home?

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Posted by Neal
a resident of Community Center
on May 22, 2014 at 7:17 am

There's no mention of street repairs, sewer, electrical, natural gas and other basic infrastructure needs. I find it humorous and immoral to lease the seismically unsafe police department to someone else just to generate some extra revenue. If it's really unsafe then it should be off limits.

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