Palo Alto Weekly

Spectrum - March 5, 2010

Editorial: A businesslike, sobering 'State of the City' report

In a businesslike and sobering report to the community, Mayor Pat Burt warned Monday night that Palo Alto will face a worsening budget shortfall for several years — meaning cuts in city services and staff retirement benefits.

He also discussed the five city priorities for the year, each of which faces substantial challenges: city finances, infrastructure needs, well-being of youth, the environment, and land-use/transportation. The latter means considering the massive expansion and rebuilding plan for Stanford Medical Center and hospitals and confronting plans for a Peninsula high-speed-rail connection through town.

Burt outlined several successes, such as attracting three new hotels, a financial boon to the city, and cutting back on city staff positions. Burt, fighting a sore-throat, nevertheless delivered his comments smoothly, outlining a solid plan of action for the city for 2010.

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