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Spectrum - November 12, 2010


Oughta be a law

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Posted by Ted Rudow III,MA, a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Nov 12, 2010 at 10:45 am

Matt Lauer will interview Mr. Bush on a prime-time broadcast Nov. 8, one day before Mr. Bush’s book, “Decision Points,” is released by Crown Publishers. Mr. Lauer will interview Mr. Bush again live on the “Today” show, the country’s highest-rated morning show, on Nov. 10. It is easy to see why he and his cohorts would have done everything in their pernicious power to get their nefarious names and dastardly deeds off the telly and out of the papers for awhile! But now after two years of being out of office, he is still defending his views. Germany's justice minister found herself in hot water for saying that "Bush wants to divert attention from his domestic problems. It's a classic tactic. It's one that Hitler also used." She later denied that she had compared Bush to Hitler, but did say that their methods were similar. German chancellor Gerhard Schroeder was reelected but found himself in the bad graces of the U.S. for his own stance against a U.S. invasion of Iraq. Hitler was an expert at distracting his people's attention from their real problems and his own mistakes by dragging the red herrings of Red Jewry across his hell-bent trail of national destruction, and conjuring foes without to divert their attention from their much more serious affairs within.

Posted by Ronna Devincenzi, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 12, 2010 at 11:51 am

To Fred Balin's letter - [Portion removed by Palo Alto Online staff.] Fred pointed out the investigation was left entirely to "citizen investigators, the press, and now a leak to fill in the record."

City leaders were never upfront regarding information collected by the Human Resources Department.

As for the Summary itself, it has errors,omissions and gaping holes in the timeline. Much of what was reported to higher ups is not how I remember events of the 5 years that led up to the Project.

The City NEVER asked me for any information at all, while preparing the summary. From reading what they gathered, they merely relied on INTERNAL information, and from many of the same people that caused the problem in the first place!

As an example:
Fred wrote, "... the Planning Department deferred to the expectations of the development association's leadership as to whether the streetscape project should be reviewed in public or at the staff level." That was reported in the Summary. But it is NOT true.

Two points Fred made that I agree with, 100%, are:

1) "...the community's clear understanding and expectation is that the city would release a thorough report. However, no information of any kind has been forthcoming since the council meeting three weeks after the trees fell."

2) "To move beyond this unfortunate episode the city needs to fulfill its obligation to finish and release that report together with the complete set of mechanisms designed to prevent such an occurence in the future."

Posted by Deep Throat, a resident of another community
on Nov 15, 2010 at 3:40 pm

Instead of relying on Ronna Divincenzi's memory of the past five years, why doesn't she just make public all the agendas and minutes of the California Avenue Area Development Association Board of Directors for those five years?

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