Council tackles $455 million infrastructure lag
Original post made on Apr 15, 2008
Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, April 15, 2008, 9:01 AM
on Apr 15, 2008 at 1:28 pm
(1)how come no one is minding the store?
(2)how come the city runs in reactive mode?
If we can answer those questions we can understand why we are
in crisis mode.
Question(1): Possible answers.
---The bottomline is the tax payers pay so who care.
---Maybe if we had a major, we at least have someone accountable.
---Who is accountable now. The city manager, city staff, or city council. Or is this just the fox minding the hen house. I say this because how do we give as a benefit to city managers a whole house. Not even the United States President get to keep his house. What else is out there we citizen don't know about.
Question(2): Possible answers.
---Maybe city planners need to understand that what is done today come s home someday to roost. For example, I have noticed many condo's being developed on El Camino. Does anyone ask, who will pay for the children in these condo's to go to Palo Alto schools. I forgot, see answers to question 1. Does the city make these developers pay to build schools. Or does the city stamp "APPROVED" for every new housing project. Then some time 1 year or two later the headlines read: Schools Over Crowded in Palo Alto. Who can we get to pay? The developer made money, he's long gone. The city manager and city staff make recommendations for more taxes. City council stamps "APPROVED".
on Apr 15, 2008 at 1:39 pm
Just read the last lines of the article to see how the city council plans to address this matter:
"I don't know where we're going with this other than to face that it's a huge problem," he said. "I think as a community we're going to face some very tough decisions.""
Our elected officials in action!!!!
on Apr 15, 2008 at 2:35 pm
"Sid is surprised the city only is focused on maintenance and "not planning for things that are visionary."
Our city has always been focused on maintenance alone. If there is a crack in the side walk the city will patch it up rather than spend the money to redo it. "Patchwork Palo Alto". Sid's idea of visionary plans is great, however, this approach will not get us any further ahead when we don't have the money to spend on visionary things.