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Developing the corporate/community connection

Original post made by Jeff Blum, Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on May 10, 2007

Palo Alto's boards and commissions and nonprofit community organizations (such as the Palo Alto YMCA) could use more involvement from corporate bigwigs.

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Posted by Parent
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 10, 2007 at 4:12 pm

Could the same be said for getting some of the big corporations to donate to our schools? I am sure that both the Haymarket Theater and Gunn's theatre and swimming pool, or whatever, would be happy to use the corporations name when advertising the whereabouts of their sporting events or theatre productions. If the Giants and Sharks can do it, why can't our schools?

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Posted by John
a resident of College Terrace
on May 10, 2007 at 4:36 pm


Your letter is SO Palo Alto!

You want corporations to be our sugar daddies. They already provide the financial locomotive for this town (jobs + taxes + Stanford support).

Why is it that the citizens of this town cannot, on their own, provide for their own causes? Are we so infantile as to expect the Great Fathers (CEO's of corporations) to take care of us? Why do we rely on retail sales taxes to run this town? Answer: Because it seems like a free ride. Why not tax ourselves directly for our City services? Answer: Because it would not be free, and it would cause each of us some pain.

It is time, finally, for Palo Alto to grow up.

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Posted by Anna
a resident of South of Midtown
on May 10, 2007 at 11:31 pm

Jeff, You are not the first to suggest that Palo Alto's wealthy class step up to support city service development. It's not a bad idea.

In fact, it's such a good idea that most of Palo Alto's truly wealthy class has been hit up over and over and over again by one non-profit and city service cause after another, for years. In spite of the onslaught of continuous solicitation, Palo Alto's service programming has received generous donations from many, many wealthy and not-so-wealthy individuals. Palo Alto's wealthy have by-and-large come through for many different projects.

Palo Altans should be proud of it's record of obtaining private donations for public service and other projects.

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Posted by curious
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 11, 2007 at 6:39 am


Are you one of the happy taxpayers who will vote for new parcel taxes, new bond measures, for the schools, the libraries, and the police building? (I am)

If so, I salute you!! Thanks!

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Posted by John
a resident of College Terrace
on May 11, 2007 at 12:54 pm


Yes I am, generally, one of those. If I support a service, I vote for the tax measure(s) which support it. If I disagree with a proposed service, I vote against.

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Posted by Andrew L. Freedman
a resident of College Terrace
on May 11, 2007 at 1:32 pm

Hi Jeff and all,

I wrote a similar-type proposal to City Council about 4 years ago. You may remember the stories about “Auntie” Lucie Stern - how she'd put up her own money for various Palo Alto groups and causes.

I thought that some of the richer Palo Alto folks (not necessarily just corporations) wouldn’t mind donating to some of the groups that interest them, and that it would give them a say in some decisions and directions of those groups (and recognition for their generosity)

One council member responded back saying that, while it was a good idea, she would really prefer to ensure that the money they currently receive is being used properly. So, no action was taken on that.

But Jeff, if we could develop a program like this, I’d love to have a hand in it. It’s a good idea! In fact, we could have one person on the HRC that would be dedicated to the project.


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