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News - May 3, 2013

Rise of committees divides Palo Alto council

Some members think new committees are overstepping their authority

by Gennady Sheyner

When the Palo Alto City Council prepared to go into a closed-door meeting last week to discuss the future of Cubberley Community Center, neighborhood leaders and community activists weren't the only people to express shock and concern.

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


Posted by Innovative, a resident of Barron Park
on May 3, 2013 at 7:44 pm

There is a reason there is a City Council - not a City Committee.
The citizens did not elect an/a (apparently self appointed) "committee".

The city hype culture around transparency has truly been "hype",
but isn't that why we have three City of Palo Public Relations managers for the city now?

Why would anyone expect "Son of Klein"to be a source of democracy?
Evidently the historical lessons learned are that you can dominate council... Scharff just hasn't learned to be subtle. He's only reflecting the arm of council he grew up on -

We'll decide, and we'll let you know.

Posted by South PA resident, a resident of Charleston Gardens
on May 3, 2013 at 8:20 pm

As a South Palo Alto resident I am very disappointed that no South Palo Alto Council members has been appointed to these newly formed Committees. Obviously our voices are not going to be heard or listened to.

We are returning to a former time when North Palo Alto representatives on City Council would dictate to South Palo Alto how their part of the City should be run, then make us pay for their inflated ideas.

South Palo Alto has one option and that is to vote "NO" to any proposed Infrastructure Bond Measure that may be placed on the ballot in 2014.

Greg Scharff wants to be a hands-on, controlling Mayor but he ignores South Palo Alto at his own risk.

Posted by Sunshine, a resident of Ventura
on May 4, 2013 at 8:36 am

@ Wondering
Thanks for pointing out that Gregg Scharff is a real estate attorney. That explains why he wants to shortcut the planning process on the Jay Paul project and why he did not include any of the councilmembers with extensive planning experience (Burt,Holman - PA Planning and Transportation Commissioners and Price- Sunnyvale city planner) on his Infrastucture Committee that decided to shortcut the process without council review. I hope this article will serve as a wake up call to our mayor.