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.

This story contains 419 words.

If you are a paid subscriber, check to make sure you have logged in. Otherwise our system cannot recognize you as having full free access to our site.

If you are a paid print subscriber and haven't yet set up an online account, click here to get your online account activated.

Comments (4)

Like this comment
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?

Like this comment
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!!

Like this comment
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?

Like this comment
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?

Don't miss out on the discussion!
Sign up to be notified of new comments on this topic.


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

Nobu confirmed to open in Palo Alto
By Elena Kadvany | 0 comments | 20,326 views

And one more makes three
By Cheryl Bac | 0 comments | 6,206 views

Secretary of Plate
By Laura Stec | 5 comments | 2,089 views

New York College Tours
By John Raftrey and Lori McCormick | 3 comments | 1,037 views

Family Planning: Both Agree Before Getting Pregnant
By Chandrama Anderson | 0 comments | 668 views


Palo Alto Weekly Holiday Fund

For the last 23 years, the Palo Alto Weekly Holiday Fund has given away more than $4 million to local nonprofits serving children and families. When you make a donation, every dollar is automatically doubled, and 100% of the funds go directly to local programs. It’s a great way to ensure your charitable donations are working at home.