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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.

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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?

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