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Palo Alto looks to shield two nonprofits from grant competition

Original post made on Mar 31, 2014

As senior and youth populations continue to grow in Palo Alto, the city is looking to change the long-standing relationship between City Hall and the two nonprofits that are most involved in serving these two demographics.

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Posted by JO
a resident of College Terrace
on Mar 31, 2014 at 3:37 pm

I don't understand the concern about reducing the angst for particular nonprofits. Nonprofits with cozy relationsips with the City deserve as much scrutiny as other nonprofits, Perhaps even more.Have we forgotten pAHC and Maybell already?

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Posted by Sally
a resident of Crescent Park
on Mar 31, 2014 at 4:56 pm

It's a sweet heart deal for Larry Klein's cronies. They help him dominate the Council and he funds their beloved causes. Just look at the board members and staff of both Avenidas and PACCC and compare that with Klein's and Price's donor lists... Shame on them both!

Avenidas and PACCC both do fine work but they should not be allowed to operate beyond the scope of Council review.

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Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 31, 2014 at 7:16 pm

This doesn't pass the smell test. If these are such great non-profits, they will win funds through normal competition. If the City really wants more stable funding for non-profits just issue an RFP for a multi-year grant. Something fishy is up.

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Posted by anonymous 2
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 31, 2014 at 10:31 pm

I agree. After recent experience with a venerable non-profit that may possibly be in the process of being looted, and witnessing just how poor the oversight of non-profits is, it just seems like removing an important competitive process is asking for trouble. Oversight may be work, but it's ultimately what keeps non-profits healthy.

I support PACCC and Avenidas, but I don't see a compelling reason for this change.

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Posted by palo alto resident
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Apr 1, 2014 at 9:00 am

While I don't dispute that both these organizations provide extremely valuable services, I don't quite understand why they would get special treatment because "they offer critical services that would otherwise have to be provided directly by the city". Is the City required to provide child care and elder care? I also believe that school district was required to open the PACCC on site school child care as part of the agreement not to sell some school sites and the Cubberly deal.

Can anyone clarify this for me?

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Posted by Crescent Park Dad
a resident of Crescent Park
on Apr 1, 2014 at 11:10 am

Wonderful organizations. Very bad idea.

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Posted by source of funds
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 1, 2014 at 12:08 pm

re:" they offer critical services that would otherwise have to be provided directly by the city" I second the question above; "required" by whom or what law?
RE: source of these funds, I believe the City receives "Community Development Block Grant Program - CDBG" funds from State and/or Feds that must be spent. Are those funds used here, or these General Fund $?

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Posted by Jean
a resident of Community Center
on Apr 1, 2014 at 12:16 pm

My husband and I will 'probably' continue membership in Avenidas but will no longer give extra financial support since it chose to get involved in politics - that is, support of Measure D - the Maybell issue. It publicly endorsed the Maybell issue in the Pro-D advertising. I am sure that not everyone who belongs to Avenidas endorsed the measure, and Avenidas has no business getting involved pro or con in any political, i.e. ballot issue or even endorsing a candidate. We are NOT alone in this opinion. It makes no difference about how we personally felt about the ballot issue. It is a 'matter of principle'.

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Posted by T
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Apr 1, 2014 at 12:24 pm

Is the youth population in Palo Alto growing? How does one research that? I feel like there are less kids around...not more.

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Posted by Joe
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 1, 2014 at 12:26 pm

This is absurd! With the $1.5M a year that the City is giving the Palo Alto Housing Corporation for twiddling their fingers, this ear-marked $600K brings the total for these three NGOs to over $2M a year--GUARANTEED!

Anyone have any idea what this money is going for?

Any chance the City Auditor will ever audit these operations? Probably not! The Auditor audited Comcast once, but it's not likely these NGOs will ever come under the same kind of scrutiny!

Another example of just how broken PA City Government is!!!!!

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Posted by anonymous 2
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 1, 2014 at 4:10 pm

There is very little oversight over nonprofits, which makes me worry about why Larry Klein is being so chummy with the better-funded ones in the waning days of his term.

The best place I know to get information on what a given nonprofit is really doing is

Web Link

You can pull up nonprofits' tax forms here, and this website has the most complete assembly of them that I have seen.

If you want to know what the money is going for, what assets they have, etc., look at their 990s.

Tell us what you find!

PACC by the way, is different than PAHC.

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