Posted by svatoid, a resident of the Charleston Gardens neighborhood, on Jul 3, 2010 at 12:35 pm
Will we also be asking Skype to guarantee no new net car trips into the city and demanding that they build housing for their employees? I think if the council will continue to make these demands from Stanford, then they should for EVERY business that plans to open in town. Skype should submit their plans to the city and then wait about 4-5 for a decision.
You know why our council will not make these demands of Skype? Simple--Skype will tell the city to get lost and move to a more friendlier location. That is too bad--every business that plans to open in Palo Alto should meet the same standards--be it Stanford, Skype or a small mom and pop store
Posted by George, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, on Jul 3, 2010 at 7:15 pm
Svatoid, get real. Skype is going to bring in something like 80 employees. Stanford is going to bring in around 3,000.
By the way, what is your connection to Stanford? And please, spare us the time they saved your life, no one is questioning the value of the medical people.We all appreicate them. The issue here is oversized development.
Are you an employee, or is someone close to you connected to Stanford?
Posted by svatoid, a resident of the Charleston Gardens neighborhood, on Jul 4, 2010 at 10:06 am
George--the number of employees that Skype brings is irrelevant--be it 1, 80 or 1000. The issue is outrageous demands made of one business entity in the name of "overcrowding" and "too much traffic" should be made of all business entities that plan to be in the city.
Yes, I am an employee of Stanford, but that is irrelevant as well. You will find plenty of people that support the Stanford expansion--you seem to dismiss them because they are employees or had their lives saved at the hospital.
Sorry you feel that Stanford's hospital should remain a 20th century relic--as is the thought process of those that oppose everything that Stanford tries to do because they remember Palo Alto as some kind of bucolic little village.
Posted by musical, a resident of the Palo Verde neighborhood, on Jul 6, 2010 at 8:55 am
Skype is not building a new development or adding square footage. There is plenty of empty office space left over from the nineties. Several buildings sit empty up there. You want an area of concern, look to what's going on further up Page Mill, where the horse pastures are. I'm seeing new construction equipment on the corner of Coyote Hill Road. Hope we don't see another 200 acres of grassland paved over.
Posted by Show-Me-The-Money, a resident of the Crescent Park neighborhood, on Jul 6, 2010 at 12:53 pm
Skype will not be bringing any money into Palo Alto, at least at the moment. It will not be building much, and certainly will not be paying much in property taxes. It may consume a little electricity, and contribute to the outlandish salaries and pensions of the electric utility, but otherwise .. this is an unimportant bit of news for Palo Alto.