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News - September 3, 2010

Around Town

THE CAPITAL TEAM ... They've come from every corner of Palo Alto to help city leaders with a daunting and mind-bending task: tackling that pesky infrastructure backlog, which officials estimate at more than $500 million. Once the City Council officially appoints the city's newest commission on Sept. 13, an eclectic group of 14 citizens will join four appointed commissioners in analyzing the long list of capital projects, including damaged roads and obsolete facilities, and brainstorm ways to pay for them. The 28-member candidate pool for theInfrastructure Blue Ribbon Committee features many familiar names, including a former mayor (Leland Levy), a former vice mayor (Jack Morton), two prominent land-use attorneys (Robin Kennedy and William Ross), two advocates of the Palo Alto Airport (Ralph Britton and David Creemer), a recent Assembly candidate (Marc Berman), a recent City Council candidate (Corey Levens), a Human Relations Commission member (Ray Bacchetti), a library fundraiser (James Schmidt) and an economist (Stephen Levy). In their applications, both Levy and Morton play up their experiences on the council. "As a former member of the Finance Committee, I experienced the frustration of not having the flexibility to deal with two long-deferred maintenance projects or to have a clear indication of what items had the highest priority," Morton wrote. A three-member council committee, composed of Vice Mayor Sid Espinosa, Gail Price and Greg Schmid, began interviewing the candidates this week and will conclude the interviews next week.

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