MOVING ON UP ... As fans of "The Office" can testify, a little preposition can make a big difference when it comes to job titles. Dwight Schrute, whose official title was "assistant to the regional manager" was routinely corrected when he wishfully tried to condense it to "assistant regional manager." In Palo Alto, one member of the City Manager's Office is jumping ship to Hayward in order to shed that pesky "to." Kelly Morariu, who has served as assistant to the city manager since 2006, will leave Palo Alto and become Hayward's assistant city manager in late October. Morariu's responsibilities included organizing the City Council's labyrinthine work plan; reinstituting the Citizen Corps Council; and adopting the Foothills Fire Management Plan. City Manager James Keene said his office "will really miss Kelly and wish her all the best." He also suggested in a statement that Morariu's job title could see further condensing in the years ahead. "Kelly is on the path to become a City Manager and this is an important next step in her career," Keene said.
CALIFORNIA VS. TEXAS ... What's a good way to persuade Palo Alto residents to oppose a California proposition? Link it to Texas. That, at least, is what opponents of Proposition 23 are banking on. This month, the "No on Proposition 23" campaign set up a fake oil rig on the 3400 block of El Camino Real, near Margarita Avenue, with the sign "Stop Texas Oil: Hell NO on Prop 23." The campaign had also opened an office on El Camino. If Proposition 23 passes, California would have to suspend the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, which regulates greenhouse-gas emissions, until its unemployment rate dips to 5.5 percent. Backers of Proposition 23 include Texas oil giants Valero Corp. and Tesoro Corp. The Palo Alto City Council had unanimously passed a resolution earlier this week opposing Proposition 23. The council also voted 8-1, with Greg Schmid dissenting, to oppose Proposition 20, which would create a 14-member redistricting commission (five Democrats, five Republicans, and four members from neither party) to handle Congressional redistricting, a task currently performed by legislators. The idea is to make the redistricting process less political. But Councilman Larry Klein called Proposition 20 a "unilateral disarmament" by California. He also noted that Texas would still be able to gerrymander its own congressional districts to give archconservatives seats in the U.S. Congress. California, he said, shouldn't change its redistricting rules "until the whole country goes along."