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News - June 27, 2014

City slammed for lack of transparency on Arrillaga proposals

Grand Jury criticizes Palo Alto for negotiations on 27 University Ave. and public land near Foothills Park

by Gennady Sheyner

Palo Alto officials circumvented the public process and ignored the city's own policies about leasing of public land when they engaged in closed-door negotiations with billionaire developer John Arrillaga over a proposed office-and-theater complex at 27 University Ave. and a portion of parkland next to Foothills Park, the Santa Clara County Grand Jury found in a scathing new report.

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Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner can be emailed at gsheyner@paweekly.com.

Comments

Posted by Civitas, a resident of another community
on Jun 27, 2014 at 10:35 am

Considering the level of civic engagement in Palo Alto, the apparent attempt to fast-track the massive 27 University Avenue project in downtown Palo Alto was astonishingly ill-advised! Only some combination of hubris and stupidity could have possibly driven Palo Alto officials, including the former Deputy City Manager and several members of the City Council, to think that any attempt to slide a big new development project by a vigilant Palo Alto public would have had the slightest chance of success.


Posted by Sick, sick, sick, a resident of Barron Park
on Jun 28, 2014 at 2:20 pm

So sick of hearing about John Arrillaga and his sub-rosa activities. Sure, he has no ethics, what developer does? Just ignore hom( this includes the city council); maybe he will get the message and go away.


Posted by Ethics, what a concept, a resident of Crescent Park
on Jun 28, 2014 at 3:40 pm

I haven't heard the word ethics in a long time. Someone, please send the definition to the City Manager. None of this could have happened without his approval.

Former Deputy City Manager Emslie is now working directly for developers - including
Facebook, The Sobrato Organization (owns Fry site), Uniqlo, Republic Services, Genentech, Audi USA, Grocery Outlet, Hearst Corp., CH2M Hill, Shell Oil, Zendesk, and AT&T


Posted by resident, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 28, 2014 at 8:23 pm



this same story has a different thread from June 20?

the title was "Palo Alto slammed for lack of transparency on Arrillaga proposals"

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