Q to City Council candidates: "Palo Alto has a large job-housing imbalance and is under pressure to reduce it. The City's current approach to development strongly encourage _increasing_ that gap, for example, providing exceptions and other bonuses for projects that include large amounts of office and only a few housing units.
Can you explain this policy? What would you do to change it?"
As someone who has developed questions for City Council Candidates, both for forums and formal questionnaires, I have chaffed under the requirement to be polite and measured and have longed to be able to ask "impolite" questions such as the above. Well this is the election I am free to do so.
I have put together a list of rough "impolite" questions with the idea that voters can pick any that interest them and then tailor them (or simply use them as an inspiration). These are the type of questions that work best when you have some opportunity to follow up with the candidate when the answer is not satisfactory. However, because follow-up tends to be very limited, you need to start with a pointed, even aggressive, question.
My evolving set of questions can be found at Web Link
First Council Candidate Forum is Saturday, 2-4pm, Unitarian Church by League of Women Voters (I am not affiliated). Web Link
This topic (thread) is intended to allow others to post QUESTIONS in the same style. I have the hope -- probably futile -- that the usual trolls won't overwhelm this with their usual rants.