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$50 million for a police HQ?
Original post made
by Mondo, Ventura,
on Apr 11, 2007
The city council is proposing to spend $50 million for a
police HQ. That's almost $1000 per resident.
Admittedly, I have no specific expertise with regards to
this issue, but this seems outrageously profligate to me.
Especially given the city government's track record on
Does anyone have access to amounts comparably-sized cities
typically spend on a police HQ?
And I can't believe they're toying with the idea of packaging
the bond measure for this project along with the proposed
library upgrade bond. Don't I remember a failed library bond
a couple of years ago that was rejected due to having other
unrelated spending packaged together?
Posted by pat
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 14, 2007 at 3:57 pm
Just some comments on surveys, which have been mentioned here.
An article in the San Jose Mercury says, ". . . Palo Altans are a happy bunch, pleased to live in their pricey, comfy city . . . with 93 percent rating life in Palo Alto excellent or good." Full article at: Web Link
- The 93% is based on the response to only ONE question in the survey: How do you rate PA as a place to live? Responses to that single question:
51% excellent, 43% good, 5% fair, 1% poor. So there's the 93% positive. The average is 82.
The Quality of Life Rating section in the survey actually comprises SIX questions. In addition to the one above, there are these five:
How do you rate your neighborhood as a place to live?
40% excellent, 50% good, 8% fair, 2% poor. Average = 76
How do you rate Palo Alto as a place to raise children?
46% excellent, 46% good, 6% fair, 2% poor. Average = 79
How do you rate Palo Alto as a place to work? (I wonder how many residents actually work here.)
39% excellent, 45% good, 13% fair, 3% poor. Average = 73
How do you rate Palo Alto as a place to retire?
27% excellent, 41% good, 20% fair, 12% poor. Average = 61
How do you rate the overall quality of life in Palo Alto?
41% excellent, 50% good, 7% fair, 1% poor. Average = 77
- The Public Trust section comprises 4 questions:
I receive good value for the city taxes I pay:
31% strongly agree, 43% somewhat agree, 14% neither agree nor disagree, 7% somewhat disagree, 5% strongly disagree. Average = 72
I am pleased with the overall direction the city is taking:
21% strongly agree, 41% somewhat agree, 20% neither agree nor disagree, 13% somewhat disagree, 5% strongly disagree. Average = 65
The city government welcomes citizen involvement:
31% strongly agree, 42% somewhat agree, 17% neither agree nor disagree, 6% somewhat disagree, 3% strongly disagree. Average = 73
The city listens to its citizens:
20% strongly agree, 39% somewhat agree, 23% neither agree nor disagree, 13% somewhat disagree, 6% strongly disagree. Average = 72
You can get the complete city survey results from the auditor's office. It's got some good info, e.g., where the general fund dollars go and per capita spending. And some interesting data on staffing: General Fund employee benefits has gone up 96% over the last 5 years, and benefits rate has gone up 26%. Yes, staff has dropped, but only by 3%.
There's also a nice little chart of employees per 1,000 residents, which shows in graphic form what we all know: Palo Alto has far more employees/1,000 residents than neighboring cities.
BTW, 1200 surveys were mailed, but only 495 people responded.