Len Materman selected to head SF Creek agency Crimes & Incidents, posted by Editor, Palo Alto Online, on Jul 25, 2008 at 3:49 pm
Len Materman, an environmental-policy specialist, has been named the new executive director of the San Francisquito Creek Joint Powers Authority (JPA). Materman's primary initial challenge will be to break a logjam in federal, state or local funding that has held back progress on a long-term flood-control and watershed-management program for the creek and its upstream tributaries.
Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, July 25, 2008, 11:36 AM
Posted by Joe, a resident of the Ventura neighborhood, on Jul 26, 2008 at 10:22 am
Palo Alto voters (about 14,000 out of over 40,000) recently committed Palo Alto taxpayers (mostly) new taxes in the order of $750M+. The library bond adds about $160M or so, the police station another $160M or so (depending). Additionally, the City Council approved $250M for a "transit hub" to provide a "grand entrance" to the Stanford campus.
The tab for these items is about $1.4B--but nothing for the Creek!
Obviously, Palo Alto is awash in money--but short of the necessary political will or common sense to pay to fix the Creek (with the help of Menlo Park, East Palo Alto, Stanford, San Mateo County and Santa Clara County). Palo Alto's share of this would probably be between $20-$30M.
Palo Alto doesn't really need a huge police station--but it does need the Creek to be fixed.
Well .. we keep electing the same bozos to the City Council--so we get in the long run what we have voted for on election day.