Trying to milk Stanford for money
Original post made by Not so fast on Mar 13, 2007
Looks like another example of the council trying to use different standards when dealing with Stanford.
Of particular note is this quotation from Drekmeier:
"This is something they can afford," said Council Member Peter Drekmeier. "
Drekmeier, who prior to his days on the council was an noted Stanford basher, seems to think that Stanford is cash cow that the city of Palo Alto can milk to make up for their ineptitude in managing their resources and money.
By the way, I wonder if anyone bothered to ask Benest, Baum and the rest of our city leaders where they planned to build the affordable housing with the money they would have gotten from Stanford.
on Mar 13, 2007 at 10:35 am
They were closing a loophole, not milking anybody. Most interesting is that Judy Kleinberg and Bern Beecham voted against it. Maybe conflicts of interest aren't about cups of coffee after all. There's a little more to it. This is a perfect example.
on Mar 13, 2007 at 10:53 am
It is convenient to call it a loophole by the powers that be--it makes it sound like Stanford is getting away with something.
You will note from today's article the following:
"Currently the hospital is exempted from paying housing "in-lieu fees" because developments providing public benefits were granted an exception in the city's municipal code in 1984. The fees were initially imposed to help cover housing needs generated by developments bringing new employment to the city."
This was an exemption that was granted to all Stanford Hospital by the city in 1984, it is not a loophole.
Please read yesterday's article:
and note particularly this part of it:
"Research around the state showed that most cities that charge housing fees either exempt hospitals or leave them to be addressed on a case-by-case basis, McCown said."
on Mar 14, 2007 at 12:37 am
Fine. Do it on a "case-by_case" basis. And in this particular case, make them pay plenty for their arrogant attempt to aggrandize to themselves further bloated, traffic inducing development.