Palo Alto Bowl--the Deeper Implications
Original post made by Paul Losch on Dec 15, 2009
They don't all come from the City. Stanford provides many programs available to the public, as does the School District and private entities, including Palo Alto Bowl.
This is glue that holds us together. I really don't care for bowling, but I attended numerous birthday parties at Palo Alto Bowl when my kids were age appropriate for such activity.
I worry that many programs that are provided through the City's Community Services Department are now at risk of getting cut or eliminated altogether, due the the current financial circumstances the City faces: declining revenue sources, actuarial expenses from retired employees, major infrastructure upgrades, and on going operational expenses.
So, to bring it back to the bowling alley, what's the City to do? The decision has been made, and the process seemed to be better than some other big projects of late. While it is a shame to lose the bowling alley, it appears that this approval to get a Hilton Hotel in town will help the revenue line, which in turn means that fewer programs run the risk of getting cut.
A Hilton Hotel is quite different from many of the other lower cost places that comb El Camino Real, it is more like the demised Hyatt Rickeys. It has the potential to attract travelers who are part of the Hilton affinity program, and those who travel here and are on the expense account.
I regret that Palo Alto Bowl is going away, and I hope that some of the revenue generating by this new hotel through the hotel taxes paid by patrons will keep alive other programs, mainly funded by City revenues, that otherwise would be cut or eliminated altogether.
on Dec 15, 2009 at 5:27 pm
I respect your point of view, but you are forgetting quality of life here.
Palo Alto Bowl (and the Winter Lodge) are one of the very few places for older kids and teens to ride their bikes and hang out with friends. In the summer they can cool off and in the winter they have somewhere safe and inside. What else do we have in Palo Alto for our kids?
Middle school sports, up until this year, were open for all. Now there are only a certain number of spaces and it is first come, first served. Baseball, soccer, basketball, are all popular but field and gym space are hard to find and once a child reaches the age of 12, most of these sports are only available to those who are able to get on select teams or whose parents are coaches. Our only recreational swimming pool is open only during the summer and a few other weekends even though we have hot weather for many other months.
The movie theaters in town are not likely to show the movies kids want to watch.
These kids don't have that much free time, but when they do have a day off school for teacher development or such, they need parents to drive them to the movies, to lazerquest, sky high, mini golf, or other places outside their home town.
Losing the PA Bowl, is depriving kids of a little bit of independence. Losing the PA Bowl, is taking something away from the kids feeling of belonging to Palo Alto. Losing the PA Bowl really is a quality of Palo Alto life issue.
on Dec 16, 2009 at 3:01 am
Walter_E_Wallis is a registered user.
That's the way I feel about the loss of the Yacht Harbor, an early act of Big Sister politics backed with our friend, lying pseudo science. Yacht Harbor was perhaps to pretentious, El Toro Harbor might have bean a more apt description for the hundreds of those little 8 [?] foot two seaters that introduced thousands to the fun and learning and guarding the South Bay. That, and the subsequent reneging on the promise to the Sea Scouts and giving their building away for PC reasons set the pattern of contempt for individual choice by Know-It-all councils.
on Dec 16, 2009 at 12:28 pm
Daniel Mart is a registered user.
I agree with the last two comments.
And yes, corrupt council may have approved demolition, but people, we're not dead yet. More and more peope need to be made aware, that's the thing ... this is "not" about the PA Bowl owner selling the place before he knew what he had; there are numerous examples of that in history. Rather, what this "is" about is a status quo which favors the rich; which gives millionares the power to do whatever they want. It needs to change NOW.