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News - November 12, 2010

Around Town

CLOUDY VISION? ... Palo Alto's planning commissioners have been brainstorming for months to come up with the perfect "vision statement" for the city's Housing Element — a document that lays out the city's housing goals and programs that will be part of a revised Comprehensive Plan. This week they agreed to go back to the drawing board after panning the latest vision proposal: "A city in which all neighborhoods thrive." The previous statement, which talked about "world-class schools" and "treasured cultural institutions," was ruled out as being too bland and fuzzy. The new one was dismissed as too sleek and simplistic, almost like a commercial slogan. Commission Chair Samir Tuma said reading the new vision statement made him feel "like I'm in a Kaiser Permanente commercial. ... I know we worked very, very hard during this whole process to make things short, concise and punchy," Tuma said. "I'm fearful the current vision statement has gone too far." A further hint that the statement is too much in the clouds rather than down to earth comes from the League of Women Voters of Palo Alto: "We believe it is inappropriate that a Housing Element Vision Statement did not mention housing," chapter President Phyllis Cassel wrote to the commission.

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Posted by What a joke our city is, a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Nov 13, 2010 at 7:35 am

The piece about "Cloudy vision" is quite amusing if it weren't such a sad statement about Palo Alto and it's priorities. This is what the commissioners are working on--coming up with cute statements.
Let's see ""A city in which all neighborhoods thrive." is not good and neither was "The previous statement, which talked about "world-class schools" and "treasured cultural institutions," . Are they kidding?
Our city council and their associated committees and commissions in action!!!
Let's not forget the new Blue Ribbon Infrastructure panel that has been around since september n ut has not met yet because the 18 members cannot figure out a time when they all meet!!!

Posted by Watched it on TV, a resident of Meadow Park
on Nov 13, 2010 at 12:37 pm

The Planning Commission hardly fits the image presented above. They deal with some of the most complex issues and they are an intelligent and hard working group.
Anyone who picks on a tiny item to focus on, from a 4 hour serious discussion of a complex document, was probably too lazy to watch the whole discussion. They were analyzing and critiquing a serious draft of the Housing Element.
In any event, the local League of Women Voters has become a housing advocacy group and appears to have lost its mission. It's a pity, but does anyone take them seriously anymore?

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