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We are too critical according to Frank

Original post made by Marvin, Charleston Gardens, on Mar 11, 2008

Check out this story in today's PA Daily:

Web Link

Especially note these parts:


"When council members were asked what they think the biggest challenges are to attracting qualified people to work for the city, Council Member Sid Espinosa thrice said "cost of living," while Council Member John Barton said Palo Alto has a "local press that keeps tab of everything."

Benest said employees in the city's senior management positions were surveyed and reported that Palo Alto is a hypercritical community with "negative media."

A member of the city staff reportedly called it the "Palo Alto killing fields" - to which Benest said there is an element of truth."

Apparently there is something wrong with our local press keeping tab on things--maybe we need Frank to head up a censorship bureau to monitor our local press.

How dare we, as citizens, get upset with the Utilities scandal, Emily harrison suspension, Frank's ripping off the city etc, etc.

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Posted by Mike
a resident of College Terrace
on Mar 11, 2008 at 9:32 am

Another hypercritical resident. I think Benest is largely correct. Talk to almost any city official in neighboring communities. They shudder thinking about the challenges of working in this environment.

The real pity is that most citizens in Palo Alto are not represented by those who are the most hypercritical. Somehow, those who want to stick their nose in every corner of government have managed to find a way to dominate the discussion here.

I wish the newspapers would ask for comments on issues from those in our community who are NOT a part of the gadfly crowd that populates city hall for every little meeting.



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Posted by FIREMAN
a resident of another community
on Mar 11, 2008 at 9:45 am

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Posted by Fireman
a resident of another community
on Mar 11, 2008 at 11:04 am

Yes and they also did a Survey of the Fire Department.

Lets compare this one to that one


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Posted by Jim
a resident of Crescent Park
on Mar 11, 2008 at 11:26 am

It's the media again. If they weren't so picknitty we wouldn't have these messes all over in the papers for everybody to see.

Or could it be that Palo Alto city staff and council and commissions really do screw up more than elsewhere? Might the local Nattering Nabobs of Negativism have it right?


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Posted by Alyssa
a resident of Midtown
on Mar 11, 2008 at 12:04 pm

If City employees didn't steal from the city and did their jobs with reasonable competence, we wouldn't have things like the Utilities Scandal and the awful website to be negative and hypercritical about.

If what goes on here is accepted without criticism or comment in other cities, we have yet another reason to be grateful for an informed citizenry and vigilant press corps.


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Posted by Bring back Jim
a resident of Community Center
on Mar 11, 2008 at 12:18 pm

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Posted by Tim
a resident of Crescent Park
on Mar 11, 2008 at 7:49 pm

Alyssa,

Feeling Guilty??


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Posted by anonymous
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Mar 12, 2008 at 10:15 am

It's so obvious. With local press resources lessening, the impact as stated by knowledgeable people is: less oversight of/reporting on local government. I highly value the local press covering city hall.

This is considered a major loss in that local press oversight has tended to keep local government fraud/misbehavior in check and/or uncovered it on occasion. Citizens need to know what's going on with their tax money and about new policies/decisions. Local politicians and municipal staff NEED to be scrutinized!


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