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Palo Alto wins award for climate protection

Original post made on Jul 17, 2008

The City of Palo Alto has won an Outstanding Achievement in Local Government Innovation Award from the Alliance for Innovation for its climate protection plan.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, July 17, 2008, 10:45 AM

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 17, 2008 at 11:30 am

Whereas this may be a feather in the cap of the mayor and the rest of the City council, it does very little for the rest of us.

We still have crime problems, library problems, potholes, storm drains, shopping issues, traffic (?) issues, tennis court problems.......


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Posted by fireman
a resident of another community
on Jul 17, 2008 at 11:37 am

And do not forget. You still have the Fireman, Brandon, The Childrens Theatre investigation


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Posted by Walter E. Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 17, 2008 at 11:49 am

If all the city goals are met, what will the change in future conditions be? Ask Hansen to crank that question into his little magic box. Our energy and gasoline already cost twice what they should because of unjustifiable ignorant interference with energy production and silly subsidies. Time to join "The Village that Voted the Earth was Flat" [Kipling] in the chronicles of fools. By and large, this award is for a violation of the First Amendment.


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Posted by Herb Borock
a resident of Professorville
on Jul 17, 2008 at 1:46 pm

The award was presented at the 2008 Transforming Local Government Conference in Greenville, SC, at the awards lunch on Thursday, June 5, 2008, at 12:15 p.m:

The award was announced by the Alliance for Innovation on May 13, 2008: Web Link

The president of the Alliance for Innovation is Palo Alto's designated new City Manager Jim Keene.

I suppose the announcement of the award could have been made by Frank Benest to the City Council in May, or the presentation of the award by Benest to the Council could have been done in June, but I like Benest's choice of announcing and presenting the award at a Council meeting only after Keene's selection as Benest's replacement was announced.


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Posted by Old Timer
a resident of Downtown North
on Jul 17, 2008 at 3:40 pm

Herb Borock,

You are usually very good on your particular facts. Thus, taking you on the facts you present, I must say that this one is a real stunner, even for an old cynic like me, and I have been around for a long time.

Palo Alto is so much an internal game, that it even recruits a cover from the outside. Unbelievable.


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Posted by Climate in PA needs change
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 17, 2008 at 3:47 pm

Now it is becoming clear why Jim Keene was hired as city manager, a little quid pro quo. no wonder this was not announced until the job became officially his. Nothing like a little conflict of interest (and we have a lot of that with our city council these days).


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Posted by a long time resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 18, 2008 at 2:18 pm

Palo Alto is probably the cause of more C02 production than any other city in the bay area, on a population,size basis.

What about the 60,000 plus commuters that probably commute a minimum of 100 miles per day. Millions of gallons of gasoline each week.

A long time pro business, anti private non corp.built housing has resulted in this cause of C02 production. If Greenbelt Alliance dosent own the land no housing is allowed attitude.

Most wages in the city are so low the employees cant afford million dollar townhouses.


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Posted by OhlonePar
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jul 19, 2008 at 12:40 am

Long time,

60,000 commuters coming from 50 miles away every day, eh? In other words, no one who works in Palo Alto actually lives in the Bay Area south of Marin County.

Stanford's faculty all lives in Tracy.

(eye roll)


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Posted by fireman
a resident of another community
on Jul 19, 2008 at 1:24 pm

Hey stop with the facts and the common sense. That is not how you win awards.

You lie and make stories up!
It is a matter of pride, to get an award. Not about telling the truth or giving real facts.

I lived 28 miles from work and rode my bike. Then got to palo alto and the City would do nothing for you. Said if you ride your bike. You need to get to any station we move you to on your own!

Got the Paperwork from Kenny G to prove it. He rode in from San Carlos. And found that te city did nothing to help you out once you did ride your bike to work?
Do as we say, not as we do. Its a matter of pride!!


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Posted by Walter E. Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 19, 2008 at 1:31 pm

If Palo Alto were really innovating they would have followed my advice and established teleconferencing as the replacement for attendance at out of town conventions, meetings and whatnot. Our outgoing manager apparently spent his last months attending such boondogles, no doubt picking up a few contacts for his consulting services but to no apparent benefit to the city.


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Posted by BMR & A Bike
a resident of Professorville
on Jul 20, 2008 at 9:51 pm

I love you Herb


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Posted by Way To Go Herb!
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jul 21, 2008 at 6:22 pm

Mr. Borock,

This was an excellent find! Keene and Benest were buddies.
This is not a good was to start a new job - for employees and citizens.
Suspicion and more of the same


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Posted by cut the fat
a resident of Barron Park
on Jul 26, 2008 at 9:21 pm

Interesting that the team won for the "Palo Alto Process". They are officially in "the club" now of getting nothing done. These four people have done nothing but create reports in over a year. More Palo Alto analysis paralysis and publicity for doing nothing.

And weren't these four people pulled off their regular jobs to do this one but they have to hire consultants because they are not capable or qualified to do the job themselves? I guess their departments really don't need them to do their job so let's rid of the excess. Start balancing the city budget by getting rid of these four and the unnecessary work of contractors. Money would be better spent by actually doing something versus a $20K report. Let's get some real work done in this city.


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