Town Square

Post a New Topic

Committee: 'Discourage' private talks on projects

Original post made on Dec 15, 2010

Seeking to bring more transparency to Palo Alto's development process, a City Council committee is calling for an end to last-minute changes to development applications and private meetings between council members and applicants with projects in the pipeline.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, December 15, 2010, 12:24 AM

Comments (4)

Posted by Don, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Dec 15, 2010 at 1:59 pm

Yes. Back room deals, last minute submission of changes to a development, private talks, all can lead to suspicion of what should be a process which protects all parties. If there is no hidden motive that would not be in the best interest of the community, why should anyone fear transparency?

Posted by svatoid, a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Dec 15, 2010 at 2:15 pm

"Councilwoman Karen Holman saying they will "provide good process, transparency and fairness for all parties.""

Like the "process" that was followed when they tried ramming the Historic Ordinance down our throats?
The question is will this new "feel good" policy actually lead to any changes with the Palo Alto Process? Or will we still be taking years to make decisions, with the council afraid to make a final decision lest they upset the "usual suspects"?
I am sure the council can consider this as another one of their "accomplishments" for the year--another round of pats on the back is called for!!

Posted by No backroom deals, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Dec 15, 2010 at 2:36 pm

The commissioners and svatoid who want to protect backroom negotiations are the ones who make money off of increased development.
Why else would they want to keep those meetings secret?

Posted by No Backroom Deals, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Dec 15, 2010 at 2:46 pm

Come to think of it, where is the League of Women Voters on this open-government issue? Have they spoken or have they completely sold out to the developers?

If you were a member and logged in you could track comments from this story.

Post a comment

Posting an item on Town Square is simple and requires no registration. Just complete this form and hit "submit" and your topic will appear online. Please be respectful and truthful in your postings so Town Square will continue to be a thoughtful gathering place for sharing community information and opinion. All postings are subject to our TERMS OF USE, and may be deleted if deemed inappropriate by our staff.

We prefer that you use your real name, but you may use any "member" name you wish.

Name: *

Select your neighborhood or school community: * Not sure?

Comment: *

Verification code: *
Enter the verification code exactly as shown, using capital and lowercase letters, in the multi-colored box.

*Required Fields

Services, Dining and Shopping Downtown in Palo Alto
By Steve Levy | 16 comments | 2,258 views

Handmade truffle shop now open in downtown Palo Alto
By Elena Kadvany | 3 comments | 2,003 views

It's the End of the World as We Know It: "Snowpiercer"
By Anita Felicelli | 1 comment | 1,505 views

Why is doing nothing so difficult?
By Sally Torbey | 7 comments | 976 views

Call it a novel: Dirty Love by Andre Dubus III
By Nick Taylor | 0 comments | 169 views