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Palo Alto looks to offer more aid to local nonprofits

Original post made on Apr 16, 2014

With Palo Alto's economy sizzling, City Council members are preparing for the first time in more than a decade to raise the amount of money offered to nonprofits serving some of the city's neediest residents.

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Posted by Annette
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 16, 2014 at 11:10 am

"One of its programs involved providing homeless people with voice mail and dedicated phone numbers, a "lifeline to the world" for those applying for jobs."

Are they taking advantage of Google voice now, for the homeless looking for jobs? It's free. When people get a voicemail, it gets translated to a text message in an email. The person can check email at a library, or the public stations at the resource centers established for the homeless. It's a start for providing access to a phone number and voicemail at least, and it is free.

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Posted by Annette
a resident of College Terrace
on Apr 16, 2014 at 11:44 am

Annette is a registered user.

This is a different Annette. I am glad to read this story and especially like that the homeless amongst us may benefit. I do have to ask, though, how this fits with needing to increase the TOT; seems to me that isn't really necessary at this time. Also have to ask if a sufficient amount of the City's income from this "sizzling economy" is being set aside for the general fund and projects such as a new public services building and the various repairs that are needed around town. Perhaps if the City saved more it could avoid being enticed by developer dollars, be more in control of its growth, and avoid exacerbating some of the vexing problems that we are dealing with now.

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Posted by happy
a resident of College Terrace
on Apr 16, 2014 at 11:50 am

I volunteer at two of the above mentioned non profits. Finally the city is doing something correct. The money will definitely be in good use.

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Posted by Looking for loopholes
a resident of Downtown North
on Apr 16, 2014 at 12:29 pm

Many worthy organizations here.
Wonder whether giving the Chamber of Commerce below market-rate offices in the so called Lytton Gateway office building also counts as "charitable".

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Posted by Ridiculous
a resident of Crescent Park
on Apr 16, 2014 at 1:09 pm

Why is the Palo Alto Housing Corporation being given money by the city government? Why are city resources being given to an organization that has spent its resources trying to buy an expensive election that never should have been on the ballot in the first place .

I used to be a PAHC supporter but they lost me for good with their divisive, tone-deaf, and reckless behavior during the Maybell debacle. [Portion removed.]

Any council member who gives PAHC city money after all of this needs to be voted out or recalled.

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Posted by ChrisC
a resident of College Terrace
on Apr 16, 2014 at 3:41 pm

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Couldn't they find a home for the Bargain Box? A very worthwhile charity that has been here a long time. Who do we talk to? Do they have to sit back and wait for complicated grant applications?

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Posted by jerry99
a resident of Barron Park
on Apr 16, 2014 at 5:33 pm

The money should to the Palo Alto Animal Services Organization, which took a $200,000 decrease because they could not find the money. It is the only worthwhile use of the money. Otherwise, decrease utility rates and give it back to the resident.

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Posted by Looking for loopholes
a resident of Downtown North
on Apr 21, 2014 at 12:06 pm

NO, no! Give more help to major developers and their supporters on the Chamber of Commerce. Reduce the amount of parking they supply, let them build high and up to the sidewalk, toss in a couple of BMR units and laugh all the way to the bank.
Make sure the CofC gets below market rate office space in the Lytton Gateway office building now under construction. Nothing but the best for our developers!

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