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Cubberley, retiree costs on council agenda tonight

Original post made on Apr 16, 2012

The Palo Alto City Council tonight will discuss the uncertain fate of Cubberley Community Center, appoint members to openings on three city commissions and consider revising assumptions in projections of health care obligations for city retirees.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, April 16, 2012, 9:53 AM

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Posted by what is wrong with this picture?, a resident of Crescent Park
on Apr 16, 2012 at 11:57 am

Number of employees 923
Average employee Age 44.7
Number of retirees 860
Average Retirement Age 55.5

Posted by PA Neighbor, a resident of South of Midtown
on Apr 16, 2012 at 12:23 pm

"....the school district has said it may need to reclaim part or all of Cubberley, but probably not for another five or six years."

If the School District does not want Cubberley back for five or six years, the question is: "Will the City lease the School District's 27 acres of Cubberley for another five or six years at $6.1 Million per year?

Another five year lease agreement between the City and the School District should be the subject of negotiations between the City's legal department and the PAUSD.

Do we really need three Citywide Committees to decide Cubberley's future when the School District has already said what they want?

Posted by george, a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Apr 16, 2012 at 3:34 pm

The City Manager has recommended "that the primary advisor to the council should be a five-member committee made up of three council members and two school board members".

In such case, what is the purpose of an unwieldy 21 member advisory committee? It will go the way of all Blue Ribbon ad hoc committees (Library and Infrastructure are recent examples) where many dedicated citizens put in thousand of hours to find their efforts are ignored or at best, slighted.

When the dust all settles, the PAUSD board will make the final decision, unless the City Council says, "Enough. We can't wait five years and pay you $6M/year we can't afford". Unlikely happening.

Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 16, 2012 at 4:33 pm

I agree with George about this committee.

The school board has had committees made up of various groups in the past and then totally ignored their input. The AAAG (boundaries) and high school task force are two that come to mind and I think the math task force is another example.

Posted by observation, a resident of Midtown
on Apr 16, 2012 at 9:12 pm

"the value of existing community uses and access to Cubberley."

I hope people remember that the new community center at Mitchell Park will be opening soon, many uses can move there.

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