Do you hear that sucking sound? That's all of our tax dollars being sucked out of Palo Alto by the surrounding towns. The city's income is on a downward spiral.
Since we moved here in 1991, all we've ever seen is retail business leave Palo Alto. All the talk by the City Council and city management has been a waste of time.
All the coffee shops, all the restaurants and all the frou-frou French patio stores don't bring in the tax revenue that one big box retailer or car dealer does.
Here's my prediction for the next five years:
Magnussen's Toyota moves to Mountain View. Whole Food's sales drop 40 percent once the Mountain View super store opens. Magnolia HiFi closes due to the Best Buys in East Palo Alto and Mountain View.
Fry's moves to Menlo Park, just north of Palo Alto on the site of the closed auto dealers — plenty of room for a huge building and parking.
What will the City Council say then? That it's time to form another Blue Ribbon committee to develop a plan to save retail.