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PA plans $181,000 green-coordination effort

Original post made on Jun 17, 2007

With little discussion and less public input, the Palo Alto City Council has earmarked $181,000 to create an environmental-coordinator position and hire consultants to focus the city more tightly on combating global warming locally.

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Comments

Posted by Green Gal, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 17, 2007 at 11:05 pm

Regarding the the environmental coordinator position, will this person be working the the school district as well?

There is a real need and a real opportunity...


Posted by Fred, a resident of Barron Park
on Jun 18, 2007 at 8:06 am


It is a strange irony, as pointed out elsewhere - we earmark big $ for green programs, while our decrepit Mitchell Park library sits closed for lack of air conditioning. The council clearly has interest in "big picture" issues (FTTH?), while some of the basic work of maintaining a high-quality city is neglected.

Suggesting we invest in a leadership position (along with Harvard and Minneapolis) seems just out of step given the relative weakness of some of basic infrastructure.

My two cents,
Fred


Posted by Parent, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 18, 2007 at 8:36 am

I hope that the green co-ordinator will do something to keep rte 88 and get more people to use public transport. That would be a real help.


Posted by Walter_E_Wallis, a resident of Midtown
on Jun 18, 2007 at 9:30 am

Obviously much more important than protecting public safety with a manned fire station in the foothills.
You can't parody this.


Posted by R Wray, a resident of Palo Verde
on Jun 18, 2007 at 11:09 am

What a travesty--adding another position to the bloated city staff. The taxpayers will have to pay his/her pension and medical care for for life--all for nothing.


Posted by Marvin, a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Jun 18, 2007 at 11:41 am

To hell with the city's infrastructure---full speed ahead with Mayor Yoriko's climate change agenda.
So what if the libraries are in shambles, if our streets our falling apart and the fire stations are not manned--the important thing is to use the right light bulbs, bicycle everywhere and not eat meat.


Posted by Tim, a resident of Crescent Park
on Jun 18, 2007 at 1:19 pm

I will remember who voted for this next election!


Posted by Dave, a resident of Professorville
on Jun 19, 2007 at 6:11 am

What a joke. The city hires an environmental coordinator - and yet has not done one thing to get us out the Iraq war - besides pass some inane resolutions. They have not done anything at all about the looming Social Security crisis. Nor have they made any progress on health care for all. I have not seen them even start to address the immigration issue. Have they done anything about Bush's tax cuts for the wealthy? Have they done anything about the tragedy in Darfur? Have they made any progress in addressing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?

All of these things left undone and unaddressed! And yet they hire somebody to fight global warming! Where are their priorities?!


Posted by Walter_E_Wallis, a resident of Midtown
on Jun 19, 2007 at 11:35 am

You forgot the Jefferson Memorial sinking into the mud. Oh! The humanity!


Posted by pat, a resident of Midtown
on Jun 19, 2007 at 10:51 pm

There's a wonderful Dilbert strip that started today about Dogbert, the environmental consultant.

Web Link

Click on 6/19 and 6/20.

Don't tell the city council or they'll hire Dogbert!


Posted by Get real, a resident of Midtown
on Jun 20, 2007 at 11:34 am

It is Public Works that is responsible for the roads and for library maintenance. And the city manager who is in charge of that department. Not the mayor!
You need to look in the right place for where the big bucks are being spent without adequate outcomes. Get real!


Posted by Marvin, a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Jun 20, 2007 at 11:54 am

Doesn't the mayor and the city council vote on funding for library maintenance and infrastructure repairs? Does;t the city council decide what is the priority for funding the various things in PA that need taking care of?
Isn;t the public works department and the city manager answerable to the city council?
Seems like Get Real is just providing a Kishimoto-like excuse for why she and the city council can ignore all of PA problems and focus on pipe dream fantasies of solving global warming in the world


Posted by Get real, a resident of Midtown
on Jun 20, 2007 at 12:59 pm

The mayor has one vote and my impression is she is outvoted most of the time.
and she serves for one year. Why don't you check on how Morton Beecham Drekmeier Mossar Barton and Kleinberg vote. They are the majority. For some reason you have decided to rag on the mayor and I find it a little suspicious, that's all.
Better yet, look at where the big money is spent, and on what, in Public Works. Get real.


Posted by Fred, a resident of Barron Park
on Jun 20, 2007 at 4:02 pm

Get Real - I hear echoes of "Deep Throat" from Watergate days - "follow the money." But not sure what you mean exactly.

This thread started with complaints about the budgeting for a Green Coordinator, which will not cost huge dollars in the scheme of our budget, but seems to symbolize the council's desire to spend time/money on "sexy" issues rather than on making sure basic services and infrastructure are delivered cost effectively. And I believe that global warming is a pet issue of our current Mayor.

You of course are right - Public Works spends a lot of money and the city manager administers the budget. But the Council does sign off on the budget and drives the priorities. We elect THEM to oversee the city budget and the Manager, so we don't have to individually dig into how Public Works (and each department) does its job. If we're unhappy, they seem to right people to complain to and about. If I'm unhappy (or happy) about the war, I write my congressman, not the defense department.

Do you see it differently?

Fred


Posted by Marvin, a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Jun 20, 2007 at 6:42 pm

Get real--what do you find suspicious--that I expect the mayor to provide leadership and deal with issue sfacing the city? Or that I am upset that she is focused on her pet project/pipe dream only.
Trust me, if the mayor wants she gets thing taken care of--note the first sentence of the story about this new waste of money:
"With little discussion and less public input, the Palo Alto City Council has earmarked $181,000 to create an environmental-coordinator position"
Considering yoriko's plan to address climate change, don;t you think she was behind this new post and don't you think that it was done in a sneaky, underhanded, late-at-night manner so that the public could not comment/object???
So when she wants something--she can get it done--too bad nothing else in the city matters to her.