Original post made on Jul 27, 2012
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on Jul 27, 2012 at 2:49 pm
Another REAL ESTATE ATTORNEY on the Planning Commission and a highly competent expert booted out.
Burt, Scharff, and Klein are leaving their scars on the city and the developers can have a party. The 1 percenters take care of one another.
on Jul 27, 2012 at 4:15 pm
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.. know almost nothing about the new P&TC members, yet am still shocked over the council's decision to not reappoint Susan Fineberg.
She was a model commissioner ...
... extremely intelligent
É and dedicated É
... always exceptionally prepared,
... fluent in the Comp Plan, Zoning Code, overarching statewide rules and legal constraints,
É always asking thoughtful, relevant questions of staff and colleagues
... always interacting in the most respectful manner no matter how contentious an issue
Low key, while also clear and direct,
She took her role as a "chief inspector" for the council and representative of the public interest very seriously
She believed strongly in proper process, transparency, and inclusion ...
and she was her own person, not afraid to make to her own, best judgment
Maybe these were part of disappointing reasoning by which she was not reappointed: the desire for more malleable, quicker, pre-planned outcomes over thoughtful, studied, independent consideration
.. her departure over a series of votes, and until proven differently, rests unfavorably on this council.
on Jul 27, 2012 at 8:03 pm
Susan Fineberg was a commissioner who represented the residents of Palo Alto rather than the developers. Her most recent votes on the Lytton Gateway and other high density projects most likely irritated the developer crowd who are represented by Jim Baer. That's why a majority of the council voted Susan out. They don't like anyone on the Planning Commission asking tough questions - it puts the council on the spot.
Return the favor - don't vote for Pat Burt this November.