Survey shows growing angst about development, parking
Original post made on Feb 4, 2014
Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, February 4, 2014, 4:38 PM
on Feb 4, 2014 at 5:17 pm
Important to note that 1200 surveys were mailed out, but there were only 337 completed.
page 76: The confidence interval for the City of Palo Alto survey is no
greater than plus or minus five percentage points around any given percent reported for the entire sample (337 completed surveys).
on Feb 4, 2014 at 5:33 pm
Most Palo Altans did NOT receive a survey, they really should have mailed out about 5,000 in order to get a better cross section.
on Feb 4, 2014 at 6:50 pm
"aims to get residents involved in a conversation about the city's long-term future and reach out to people who don't typically attend council meetings. Planning Director Hillary Gitelman called the new initiative an "an opportunity to engage in a community conversation"
This past year has seen a historic level of participation from Palo Altans across town, many of us new to participation and feeling like we put a lot of work into providing feedback (many of us warned the Council about overdevelopment concerns growing long before Measure D) that has been almost utterly ignored.
Why ignore the many people who are trying to participate in order to reach out to those who aren't? It's probably the same inclination that led the City Council to spend an extra $600,000 on the election instead of reading the handwriting on the wall and deciding to overturn the ordinance based on the successful referendum (and the historic levels of participation leading up to it): they are good at ignoring those whose opinions they don't like, and believe the silent ones are all in their camp if only they can get them to say so. We saw this a lot during and even after the Maybell situation, I listened to the most amazing mental contortions by councilmembers who figured both before and after that the majority in Palo Alto really were in favor of PC's and high-density development in our neighborhoods.
I have a clue for the Council: it's not an honest conversation if you never intend to be changed by what you hear back. It's downright insulting to have put so much work into trying to participate this past year only to be ignored and told, NOW we want to listen, only we want to listen to other people, still not any of YOU.