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Credit where due - the City web site has improved

Original post made by Terry, Midtown, on Jan 27, 2008

The PA City web site ( improved. The Google site search is fast and fairly useful. You can also find many/most pages through a regular Google search, without hitting dead links. And more content seems to be accessible.

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Posted by Joanna
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jan 27, 2008 at 2:59 pm

You are right. Any improvement done to the site (it couldn't get worse) is welcome.

A crime was still committed however.

$500,000.00 for a website (functional or not) is nothing to overlook.

The State's Attorney needs, according to the aide that I called, more "complaints" from the public. Working on that.

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Posted by Fireman
a resident of another community
on Jan 27, 2008 at 4:33 pm

Who care's...

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Posted by Cant find
a resident of Southgate
on Jan 27, 2008 at 5:12 pm

Maybe there is some improvement. It's not obvious.
I just put into the search box City Council Agenda, the simplest most current subject I could think of.
It sent me to a list of several more or less related items. I decided to give up.
The logic is flawed. Everything is indirect.
Why do we need FEATURES on the home page? Is this a commercial site where we need to entice people to click on items?
It is written by business people who don't know how a city web site is used.

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Posted by Terry
a resident of Midtown
on Jan 27, 2008 at 5:19 pm

Hmm, not sure what is going on, CF. I put in "City Council Agenda" and got a pretty good results page - a boxed result at the top with "Review City, Boards and Commission Agendas and Minutes" which led to a custom page just for minutes, and then a list of regular results below led by "City of Palo Alto Website - City Council Agendas/Minutes". So it worked pretty good for me.

I tend to agree it has a "glitz" factor that I don't particularly like. But there may be an intended audience of outsiders (home buyers and businesses) that may find it more appealing.

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Posted by Cant find
a resident of Southgate
on Jan 27, 2008 at 9:15 pm

Four clicks to get to the top meeting in the city government doesn't sound good to me. If you search for a specific agenda it should go to a list of that body's agendas.
The glitz factor (also known as dumbing down) is exactly what is inappropriate for Palo Alto or any municipal web site.

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Posted by janette
a resident of College Terrace
on Jan 29, 2008 at 12:47 pm

It's still horrible looking, and hard on older eyes.

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