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City Council Job Performance Poll

Original post made by Resident on May 17, 2007

Lately, there have been several threads on this forum regarding the performance of the Palo Alto City Council. I thought it would be interesting to conduct an informal poll to measure how satisfied people are with the City Council. You can vote and view the results at the link below.

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Comments (8)

Posted by Remodler, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 17, 2007 at 8:51 am

As someone who is struggling at present with an add on rather than a full remodel, I am get increasingly infuriated with the red tape that goes on in the planning department. Trying to get our inspections passed is becoming a nightmare. We call out one inspector who fails us on some small technical matter. We get it fixed and call out someone again. He then also fails us on something the first guy thought was OK. Once again, we call out another individual and he comes and finds something else wrong. We have deliberately chosen an architect and a contractor who both have plenty of Palo Alto experience so that they should (a) know the inspectors and (b) know the way to get these inspections done first time, and they all say that this is just the norm. Are there are a certain number of inspections that must fail just to prove that these guys are doing their job, or what exactly is the reason why they cannot all do the same job the same way and tell us all the things that need to be fixed, then when they are done, give us the seal of approval. Maybe if they passed more first time, or at least gave us a list which when done would be passed, we could cut down on the number of inspectors and save the city some money.

So, my poll of satisfaction with the planning department is no, I am not happy.

Posted by Resident, a resident of Midtown
on May 17, 2007 at 9:03 am

Click on the web link in the first post to go to the poll web page, where you can vote and view the results of the poll.

Don't just post comments in this thread.

Posted by Remodler, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 17, 2007 at 9:23 am

Without a few comments this poll will just get hidden at the bottom of the heap and no one will see it.

Posted by Resident, a resident of Midtown
on May 17, 2007 at 12:04 pm

As of 12:00 noon today Thursday May 17, the poll has been in progress for 3 hours and 7 people have voted. The results so far are as follows:

Poll Question
Overall, how satisfied are you with the performance of the Palo Alto City Council?

Very Satisified: 17% (1 vote)
Satisfied: 0%
Neither Satisfied Nor Dissatisfied: 0%
Dissatisfied: 17% (1 vote)
Very Dissatisfied: 71% (5 votes)

If you wish to vote or see the current results, click on the web link in the first post in this thread (at the top of the page).

- The poll will accept only one vote from a given IP address within a 24 hour period
- Multiple computers from the same house will usually (depending on network configuration) be considered to be originating from the same IP address
- So, if multiple people from a given household want to vote, each person must wait 24 hours after the last person's vote

Please vote if you have the time. The more votes, the more meaningful the data will be.

Posted by Walter_E_Wallis, a resident of Midtown
on May 17, 2007 at 12:32 pm

The Council is best described in Kipling's Gods of the Copybook Headings.

Posted by Resident, a resident of Midtown
on May 17, 2007 at 3:36 pm

Walter, can you please explain your Kipling reference?

Posted by Observor, a resident of Professorville
on May 17, 2007 at 4:00 pm

I believe there are too many options in the poll. It is much easier to choose from only two options:

1. The City Council is a rubber stamp for the City Manager.

2. The City Council is a door mat for the City Manager.

Posted by Walter_E_Wallis, a resident of Midtown
on May 17, 2007 at 6:14 pm

The Gods of the Copybook Headings
Rudyard Kipling, 1919

As I pass through my incarnations in every age and race,
I Make my proper prostrations to the Gods of the Market-Place.
Peering through reverent fingers I watch them flourish and fall,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings, I notice, outlast them all.

We were living in trees when they met us. They showed us each in turn
That Water would certainly wet us, as Fire would certainly burn:
But we found them lacking in Uplift, Vision and Breadth of Mind,
So we left them to teach the Gorillas while we followed the March of Mankind.

We moved as the Spirit listed. They never altered their pace,
Being neither cloud nor wind-borne like the Gods of the Market-Place.
But they always caught up with our progress, and presently word would come
That a tribe had been wiped off its icefield, or the lights had gone out in Rome.

With the Hopes that our World is built on they were utterly out of touch
They denied that the Moon was Stilton; they denied she was even Dutch
They denied that Wishes were Horses; they denied that a Pig had Wings.
So we worshipped the Gods of the Market Who promised these beautiful things.

When the Cambrian measures were forming, They promised perpetual peace.
They swore, if we gave them our weapons, that the wars of the tribes would cease.
But when we disarmed They sold us and delivered us bound to our foe,
And the Gods of the Copybook Heading said: "Stick to the Devil you know."

On the first Feminian Sandstones we were promised the Fuller Life
(Which started by loving our neighbour and ended by loving his wife)
Till our women had no more children and the men lost reason and faith,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: "The Wages of Sin is Death."

In the Carboniferous Epoch we were promised abundance for all,
By robbing selected Peter to pay for collective Paul;
But, though we had plenty of money, there was nothing our money could buy,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: "If you don't work you die."

Then the Gods of the Market tumbled, and their smooth-tongued wizards withdrew,
And the hearts of the meanest were humbled and began to believe it was true
That All is not Gold that Glitters, and Two and Two make Four --
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings limped up to explain it once more.

* * * * *

As it will be in the future, it was at the birth of Man --
There are only four things certain since Social Progress began --
That the Dog returns to his Vomit and the Sow returns to her Mire,
And the burnt Fool's bandaged finger goes wabbling back to the Fire --
And that after this is accomplished, and the brave new world begins
When all men are paid for existing and no man must pay for his sins
As surely as Water will wet us, as surely as Fire will burn
The Gods of the Copybook Headings with terror and slaughter return!

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