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Spectrum - January 29, 2010

Editorial: Palo Alto needs new 2010 priorities

Brand new City Council Saturday should to focus on definable areas needing short- and long-term attention in a time of economic challenges

With one exception, every member of the Palo Alto City Council who will convene Saturday for a day-long retreat has served less than two years, with four serving just since Jan. 4.

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Posted by Marvin, a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Jan 29, 2010 at 8:52 am

"Klein noted that only 494 persons responded of 1,200 sent surveys, a high return but still representing just over 100 persons per zip code. He and Councilman Greg Schmid determined there was a 9 percent margin of error, which Klein termed "huge.""

why was the survey not sent out to more people, i.e. 10-20K? Leave to Larry Klein to try to pooh pooh residents concerns about an incompetent city council with excuses. Maybe he can claim that the people who took the survey where misled.

Anyway the priorities for the city should be the Stanford Hospital renovation, getting something done with Alma Plaza and Edgewood Plaza, getting tax generating businesses town (and by extension dropping the "too much traffic/no new net car trips" mantra). Also the council needs to demonstrate a minimum of responsibility for what they are supposed to be in charge of instead of engaging in finger pointing and constantly claiming that they did not know or where misled.

For the overall good of the city, it be best if Larry Klein resigned from the council, but I doubt that will happen.

Posted by JW, a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Jan 29, 2010 at 1:52 pm

How about the present City Council completing the many unfinished jobs left them by the previous City Council.

Trees for California Avenue, the replacement trees for Mitchell Park, Greer Park picnic area, the Charleston/Arastradero Road redesign and resurfacing, San Antonio Road tree replacement and root removal between Middlefield and H101.

These are just a few of the unfinished projects that need our City Council's attention.

Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 29, 2010 at 2:52 pm

The City Council should be concerned about Palo Alto issues, first, second and last. Green Issues should be a hand in glove item, not a priority (if there is a green way to achieve something rather than a non-green way then it should be considered as a good alternative type reasoning). Making the City a place where its residents can live, work, shop, play and relax should be high priorities. Balancing the books must be ensured. Getting work done (Alma, Edgewood, storm drains, etc.) must become timely.

Posted by JW, a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Jan 31, 2010 at 8:42 am

Having attended the retreat on Saturday morning I am very pleased with the performance of all our new City Council. They get it!!! From the five priorities they have chosen, they are clearly much more with it than previous City CouncilS. The five priorities are:

Dealing with the City's finances.
Land use (Planning and Transportation)
Emergency Preparedness (very important after Haiti'S earthquake)
Environmental Sustainability
City/Schools - Community collaboration for youth, health, and well being.

Gone is the perennial number one "Civic Engagement for the Common Good." This rather nebulous statement never gained traction.

Our new City Council members were united and clearly are not going to be weighed down with the baggage of previous City Councils.

Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 31, 2010 at 3:08 pm

Sounds good to me, hope they keep to it.

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