Trail to close Wednesday for mosquito-abatement repairs Palo Alto Issues, posted by Editor, Palo Alto Online, on Sep 4, 2012 at 6:59 pm
A popular Palo Alto Baylands trail will be closed Wednesday, Sept. 5, while crews repair a hole beneath a floodgate that has caused mosquitoes to proliferate, the Santa Clara Valley Water District has announced.
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Posted by We-Don't-Need-No-Stinkin'-Permits, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Sep 4, 2012 at 6:59 pm
While this is good news, one can only wonder if all of the permits are in place that allegedly had been the holdup for fixing the levee, according to previous Weekly articles. There seems to be no mention of the permits, or if the work is being performed sans permits.
Those permits are no doubt as pesky as the mosquitoes.
Posted by Donald, a resident of the South of Midtown neighborhood, on Sep 5, 2012 at 7:02 pm
I am glad that they didn't drop all their high priority jobs and move all their equipment off of other projects to immediately fix what was, at that time, a small and inconsequential leak. If they acted that way and their large projects fell behind schedule and over budget then they would be managing incompetently and should be fired. When running an organization like this you need to set priorities and make decisions based on the facts available to you at that time. Sometimes a decision doesn't work out in the long run, but that doesn't mean that you should have chosen differently. It just means you were unlucky. It boggles my mind how nasty and unforgiving people can be in these forums. It is clear that they have never had to manage a bunch of projects at the same time and had to deal with weather, equipment maintenance, etc.
Posted by Arnold, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, on Sep 5, 2012 at 9:03 pm
I don't believe that it makes sense to fire someone just because they made a mistake. If they repeatedly demonstrate total incompetence, then fire them. Otherwise the consequences of firing an employee may be worse than the consequences of keeping him/her. Everybod makes mistakes, and people should be given a chance to learn. If you fire someone they you have nobody doing that job, which is generally not a positive. Then you have to hire a replacement, which is the most danger-fraught task a manager ever has. Firing someone should be a last resort, not the immediate reaction to a mistake.
Sharon, tell us more about your business experience. Did you ever make a mistake? Were you immediately fired if you did?
Posted by Hmmm, a resident of East Palo Alto, on Sep 5, 2012 at 11:26 pm
Fire them for what? There was no devastating result. A bunch of us got a bunch of mosquito bites. So what? Overall, mosquito abatement works quite well. These buggers weren't carrying West Nile. The workers don't work for Sharon or other PA residents. They work for the city. They answer to supervisors, managers & directors. The city is for the people, but pretending that a city worker works for the taxpayer is misleading. It's really not the tax payer that the city worker answers to - it's more complicated than that & to pretend otherwise is misleading and/or ignorant.
The bottom line is that no one was damaged as a result AND it's being fixed. Sheesh.