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Palo Alto process is alive and well

Original post made by The process is our life on Oct 29, 2007

Here is an article from today's PA Daily News:

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WHile I think it is a great idea to name something in this city after Martinand Coretta King (and I wonder why it has taken so long to do it). the opening sentence of this article say a lot:

"After months of discussion and debate, the Palo Alto City Council tonight is poised to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his wife, Coretta Scott King, by naming City Hall's front plaza after the legendary civil rights family."

Why did it take months of discussion and debate?
I know this is Palo Alto and nothing can be done the easy and quick way--everything, including naming a plaza after a great american must slowly wind it's way through the PA process.

Wonder why businesses are fleeing this city and no new ones are interested in opening here?

Comments (9)

Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 29, 2007 at 10:32 am

What is wrong with City Hall Plaza as the name for it. We all know it, it makes sense, and it costs nothing to keep it.

If we must name something after the Kings', why can't it be something that doesn't already have a very good name, something new that doesn't have to be changed and something that doesn't cost us $10,000 to do so. Apart from the fact that the City website won't be able to find it, most locals will continue calling it City Hall Plaza in the same way that most people still call Candlestick Park, Candlestick Park.


Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 29, 2007 at 11:14 am

I see that the Daily is also reporting that there will be lights lighting up the Plaza to spruce it up also. Does anyone else see a coincidence here?


Posted by The process is our life, a resident of another community
on Oct 29, 2007 at 11:20 am

You must be referring to this article:

Web Link

But remember that they will be environmentally friendly lights:
"Mayor Yoriko Kishimoto focused on the green benefits of using LED lights, saying the eco-friendly choice will help "showcase the climate protection goals we have for the city.""


Posted by Dave, a resident of Professorville
on Oct 29, 2007 at 11:27 am

This project showcases the know-nothing silliness of Kishimoto's climate protection grandstanding more than anything else.

The LED lights are being placed in a location where previously there was no other lighting. The LED's didn't replace conventional energy gobbling lights with eco-friendly lights; they are an entirely new source of energy consumption and of carbon emissions were previously there was none.

Thus the city is contributing more to Global Warming than before this project started.

This whole thing is more about "showcasing" than it is about anything else. Another photo-op for our vacuous mayor.


Posted by Henry W, a resident of Midtown
on Oct 29, 2007 at 11:41 am

Yes, I preferred the photo ops of Mayor Burch. At least there wasn't anything behind the photo. No ideas, no originality, nothing. Just lots of photo ops.


Posted by Bring Back Burch, a resident of Ventura
on Oct 29, 2007 at 11:51 am

Mator Burch's year as mayor was highlighted by him protecting Frank Benest by gavelling anyone who dared to criticize Frank as being out of order. Free speech had no place in Jim's world--a lesson he probably learned when he served in WWII ( as he always liked to point out his service record)


Posted by DA, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 29, 2007 at 11:55 am

What's so great about environmentally friendly LED lights when supposedly they have mercury in them? Why bother, any lights will simply add to the consumption of fossil fuels. This is environmentally unfriendly and fiscally irresponsible.


Posted by safety?, a resident of Menlo Park
on Oct 29, 2007 at 12:08 pm

I think lighting the Plaza is good for safety reasons. Especially in light of some of the crime taking place after hours on the weekends.


Posted by dott31, a resident of Fairmeadow
on Oct 29, 2007 at 1:21 pm

Whatever WWII contributed to former mayor Burch's reservations about free speech I suspect a stronger influence on him was his longtime membership in Creative Initiative or Beyond War or whatever it may be calling itself now. This group struck me as fully as doctrinaire as the pre-Vatican II Roman Catholic Church in which I was reared. I was fortunate in that, while my family members were nominal Catholics, they were independent thinkers to the extent that we dispensed with church restrictions that didn't make sense to us.

While Creative Initiative didn't have a pope or supposedly celibate priests, there was a "groupspeak" quality in their efforts; it was "the community is supporting" this or that so there was no need to think or talk about it further. Many of their positions I shared; others I didn't; nevertheless, I always felt uncomfortable about their almost overwhelming discipline because it seemed to me it overwhelmed independent evaluation.


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