Town Square

Post a New Topic

City Council aims for less talk, more action

Original post made on Feb 8, 2013

The topic of too much talking at City Council meetings has become an irksome problem for Palo Alto's council members, prompting lots of talk about the need to talk less.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, February 8, 2013, 9:13 AM

Comments (2)

Posted by Scharff stifles public hearings, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Feb 8, 2013 at 11:04 am

It's ironic that Scharff and Klein claim that fair and transparent public hearings are what stifles democracy.

Scharff has a pro-development agenda. He is putting rules in place that allow him to silence Council Members who do not share his values. Those who favor his outcomes unfairly get extra time for questions and comments. As Mayor, he controls the agenda, he works closely with city staff to make his desired recommendations, and then he minimizes the public discussion of other perspectives. This is not democracy!

The quality of a decision should not just be measures by the time it takes or the number of words. Outcomes should be judged by the soundness of the decisions and the cost/benefits for the City, including taxpayers!


Posted by Scharff and Klein, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Feb 8, 2013 at 2:05 pm

Scharff is a real estate attorney and has worked for a major national developer.
Klein is a trust and estate attorney, helping the rich safeguard their wealth.
That's where their values are, nothing hidden about it.


If you were a member and logged in you could track comments from this story.

Post a comment

Posting an item on Town Square is simple and requires no registration. Just complete this form and hit "submit" and your topic will appear online. Please be respectful and truthful in your postings so Town Square will continue to be a thoughtful gathering place for sharing community information and opinion. All postings are subject to our TERMS OF USE, and may be deleted if deemed inappropriate by our staff.

We prefer that you use your real name, but you may use any "member" name you wish.

Name: *

Select your neighborhood or school community: * Not sure?

Comment: *

Verification code: *
Enter the verification code exactly as shown, using capital and lowercase letters, in the multi-colored box.

*Required Fields

On Tour at Selective Schools: Chapman, La Verne, Redlands, Whittier
By John Raftrey and Lori McCormick | 1 comment | 1,861 views

The dress code
By Jessica T | 16 comments | 1,714 views

Two Days to Save This Dog?
By Cathy Kirkman | 15 comments | 1,141 views

. . . People will never forget how you made them feel.
By Chandrama Anderson | 0 comments | 1,115 views

It Depends... Disguising Real Characters in Fiction
By Nick Taylor | 0 comments | 373 views