As term ends, Mossar reflects, looks to the future
Original post made on Aug 22, 2007
Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, August 22, 2007, 12:00 AM
on Aug 22, 2007 at 7:17 am
Good bye Ms Mossar--you will not be missed on the city council--you have become a big cog in the out of touch city council wheel.
A perfect example of this is cited in Ms Mossar's quotation from the article:
"As a new council member, Mossar plunged into the historic preservation debate, quickly siding with preservationists in what she saw as an easy decision: "I think old buildings are wonderful. Ö I thought this was a no-brainer."
First of all Ms Mossar led herself be persuaded by the vocal minority of the time who were pushing to usurp private property rights by declaring everything over 50 years old historic--she did not take the time to actually study the issue and see what people really wanted.
Then the quote about all old buildings are wonderful---is that for real?? Real shows that Ms Mossar was out of touch from day one
Hard to believe she served for so long on the council. [Portion removed by Palo Alto Online staff.]
on Aug 22, 2007 at 8:56 am
Interesting that Dena considers the little used Homer Street pedestrian tunnel as one of her greatest achievements. Her legacy from 10 years on the council will be leaving the city with a library system in shambles, crumbling streets, poorly maintained infrastructure, tax revenue leaving town, unresolved issues regarding at least two shopping centers etc. etc.
Not much to be proud of in my opinion
on Aug 22, 2007 at 11:17 am
Marvin is right. Mossar's self proclaimed list of "accomplishments" is a clear pointer to why Palo Alto is poor shape in almost every measure of municipal competence. An unusable $6 million bicycle tunnel, another unneeded government owned "Preserve", and a mostly empty "shuttle" system. And (de rigeur for our current Globally-oriented council members) climate change.
Ms Mossar does not differ substantially from the rest of her colleagues in her focus on peripheral issues at the expense of the nuts and bolts of municipal governance. And so we have an increasingly out of touch city staff attempting (and mostly failing) to do tasks beyond their competence (see the $240,000 disaster of a website), while the city infrastructure crumbles, crime slowly but relentlessly rises, and city unions systematically loot the city treasury leaving no money to address real problems let alone the frilly pet projects of individual council members.