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Persons, not firms, may name city buildings

Original post made on Apr 15, 2008

Palo Alto won't have any new buildings named after Hewlett-Packard Corporation or Taco Bell, the City Council decided Monday night. But future Bill Hewlett/David Packard-type philanthropists, or even foundations named for them, can get their names on buildings or parts thereof.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, April 15, 2008, 3:25 AM

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Posted by Tina
a resident of Southgate
on Apr 15, 2008 at 9:28 am

City Council clearly has its priorities all screwed up. Who cares about naming conventions? Even if they spent only a few hours deliberating on the subject, what a waste of time and efforts!


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Posted by Here's hoping
a resident of South of Midtown
on Apr 15, 2008 at 10:53 am

This is about money. For example if you care to give $5M. to the new Mitchell Park Library you might get your name on the building!!!


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 15, 2008 at 5:26 pm

This is moving in the right direction. What we really need to know is the nuts and bolts of how to get word out there and to find out what sort of amounts of money this will produce. No timewasting studies, just facts please.


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Posted by George
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Apr 16, 2008 at 1:20 pm

If Taco Bell wanted to give $5 million to Palo Alto to build a community center, we shouldn't take it? Because there'd be a logo? Is our community losing touch with reality?

That attitude is so elitist. You must be scared to teach your kids that Taco Bell is doing this for advertising because you're not comfortable with free market economics. It doesn't mean that you have to worship Taco Bell. It's just business. Is our community that uncomfortable with business? You'd rather have tax payers fund the entire building?

The US was built on the backs of the free market. We live in a community built on the back of University funded by a railroad capitalist. Granted, he didn't name it Southern Pacific Railroad University because the railroad didn't fund it. Leland Stanford funded it.

Given the need of infrastructure funding in our community, we sure as heck should consider public/private partnerships (AKA corporate sponsorships) for new buildings. We are drunk with our own wealth here. When tax revenues fall or stagnate due to the current recession, the elistists will change their tune.


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Posted by Walter E. Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 17, 2008 at 2:17 am

Return to the tradition of not naming any public thing after anyone not dead 10 years.


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