Is There Civic Leadership in Palo Alto?
Original post made by fred on Mar 19, 2007
Where is the organized city leadership in Palo Alto? It's the vacuum created by lack of strong, visible leadership that seems to let so many things get off-track or bogged down in interest-group sniping. Back east, we had a Mayor - a real, elected-to-the-job, 4 year Mayor, as the chief executive of the city, whose job was to drive initiatives and actually get things done. If we didn't like him/her, we'd vote him/her out, but at least things got done. This City Council/City Manager form of government appears to open the door for interest-group driven gridlock without leadership responsible for getting results.
Is there real civic leadership in Palo Alto?
on Mar 19, 2007 at 8:39 am
Our civic leaders are the ones facing away from bread and butter housekeeping while they try to steer the nation down the rosy path.
on Mar 19, 2007 at 8:47 am
Fred--you are right, there is no city leadership. the city council is afraid of any conflict and upsetting/alienating certain factions in the city, therefore difficult decisions are not made and things spiral downhill from there(witness the current discussion on cutting $3 million from the budget, any and all cuts appear to be opposed by one group or another, so the city council, not wanting to upset certain people, is dithering by trying cut $2 here and $10 there) Any criticism of city leadership is considered a personal attack and quickly gaveled out of order.
The mayors we have had are elected for a year and each has their own personal agenda that they want to see fulfilled. Our current mayor is interested in climate change and does not want to upset the apple cart by addressing the important issues facing our city
on Mar 19, 2007 at 8:52 am
fred is a registered user.
Thank you, NSF. So that sounds like a bad problem. Has there ever been strong civic leadership in Palo Alto in the last 10-50 years? Is there a formula that works, or are we stuck with interest-group gridlock and reactiveness?