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$4 million cut from public-safety, library costs

Original post made on May 20, 2008

Public construction projects usually get more expensive, but on Monday night the Palo Alto City Council got good news: planners have shaved $4 million from the costs of the public-safety building and the proposed Mitchell Park Library and Community Center.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 20, 2008 at 2:21 pm

I wonder how much the experts charged to save us all this money?

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Posted by fireman
a resident of another community
on May 21, 2008 at 11:27 am

Sounds like a step in the right direction. Resident I know how you feel. However too be fair I would think it is a lot less than 4 Mil.

Why has the City always not worked this way. It is there job to do good work for the citizens at a good&fair price. What has happened here. Why has it been going on in the wrong direction for so long?

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Posted by fireman
a resident of another community
on May 21, 2008 at 11:37 am

Resident; I know how you feel. I think you know that, but to be fair I would hope it was a lot less than 4 million?
The question ,I would have and I hope others, WHY, why for so long, has this not been the way the City was being run?

It is the job of City Employee's to do a good job at a good fair price. This is what they were hired for. Seems like they have been rewarded with good pay and benifits for promising to do a good job.
Do you as a citizen feel they have been doing there jobs well?

If not ,then WHY has it been allowed to carry on? Seems like only the regular CITY Employee's have been held to a STANDARD? and we do not get bonuses for doing are jobs.. We get paid to do that.


Point... This should not be a NEWS story, This should be the way the BUSINESS of running a city is done. EVERY day..

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Posted by Ben
a resident of Gunn High School
on May 22, 2008 at 12:14 am

You have a small typo on the second italicized title/header:
[S]avings depends on using two lots for public-safety building plus revised design and inflation estimates

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Posted by Watching
a resident of Downtown North
on May 23, 2008 at 11:24 am


The committee of experts did not charge the city for their services. Their task was to assess whether the construction and other costs that the city is projecting for the library program are consistent with commercial practices. So there was no charge to save the money.


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