Town Square

Post a New Topic

New committees undermine transparency

Original post made on May 3, 2013

Palo Alto Mayor Greg Scharff has just a year as the ceremonial head of the City Council, but in just four months he has made some changes that are rankling some of his colleagues and should also concern members of the public.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, May 3, 2013, 12:00 AM

Comments (1)

 +   Like this comment
Posted by Innovative
a resident of Barron Park
on May 3, 2013 at 7:24 pm

Quote article: "Council committees are not a new mechanism for addressing important issues, but they will only be effective if their membership is not manipulated by the mayor to achieve his or her personal goals, and only if they take their direction from the full City Council."

Let's start with this question: The public's right to participate? What about the council's right to participate? The citizens did not elect an/a (apparently self appointed ?) "committee".

The hype around transparency has truly been "hype",
but isn't that why we have three City of Palo Public Relations managers for the city now?

Why would anyone expect "Son of Klein"to be a source of democracy?
Evidently the historical lessons learned are that you can dominate council... Scharff just hasn't learned to be subtle. He's only reflecting the arm of council he grew up on -
We'll decide, and we'll let you know.


Don't miss out on the discussion!
Sign up to be notified of new comments on this topic.

Email:


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

Grab a Bowl of Heaven soon in Mountain View
By Elena Kadvany | 0 comments | 2,914 views

Don't fund the rape culture at my alma mater
By Jessica T | 36 comments | 2,558 views

Quick Check List for UC Applications
By John Raftrey and Lori McCormick | 0 comments | 1,991 views

Mothers, daughters, books, and boxes
By Sally Torbey | 4 comments | 1,171 views

Campaign Endorsements: Behind the Curtain
By Douglas Moran | 10 comments | 1,062 views