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Editorial: What to do with $40 million?

Original post made on Jul 29, 2011

The Palo Alto City Council and administration set the stage Monday for what we hope will be a serious and productive discussion about how to bring the most benefit to the city from the $40 million that will begin flowing from Stanford later this summer.

Read the full editorial here Web Link posted Friday, July 29, 2011, 9:04 AM

Comments (9)

Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 29, 2011 at 10:18 am

Why no mention of using some of the money to improve public transit. Improve the shuttle service around town, particularly for school children and to interact with Caltrain. Don't make it a free service, but make it comprehensive.


Posted by Judith, a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Jul 29, 2011 at 10:38 am

We have a huge infrastructure backlog, including a long-stalled utility undergrounding project. I don't think the money should be spent on high-profile sexy projects, transformative or not. I think we should catch up on the backlog and then think about new things.


Posted by EPA Resident, a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jul 29, 2011 at 10:52 am

Hey Stanford, why not expand into East Palo Alto instead! We could really use $40 million here. That is about twice the entire discretionary budget for the whole city.


Posted by KP, a resident of South of Midtown
on Jul 29, 2011 at 1:22 pm

I still say the city should help finish the Magical Bridge project. They are doing fundraisers to get money, why not just finish it off for the community!


Posted by Bill, a resident of Barron Park
on Jul 29, 2011 at 3:39 pm

Spending money you didn't earn can lead to hasty decisions. I think Mt. View chose the best path in the short run.

After the dust settles in a year or two it will be easier to make meaningful choices to improve our City. There will be too many people clamoring to spend the money on their pet projects.


Posted by Aram James, a resident of Barron Park
on Jul 29, 2011 at 6:39 pm

[Post removed by Palo Alto Online staff.]


Posted by Don, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jul 29, 2011 at 9:46 pm

Aw. C'mon. At least leave the gist of Mr. James screed up. He can be very entertaining.


Posted by Walter_E_Wallis, a resident of Midtown
on Jul 30, 2011 at 5:10 am

Walter_E_Wallis is a registered user.

Give it back!


Posted by Stan, a resident of Downtown North
on Aug 2, 2011 at 7:27 pm

Use it to build a tunnel between Stanford and 101. OK, that will take more than $40 million, but for such a direct benefit Stanford can use their influence with Washington and Sacramento to get fed and state funds.


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