Housing, dollars, fairness and the new Stanford Med Center
Original post made on Sep 25, 2007
Read Diana Diamond's Guest Opinion here Web Link posted Wednesday, September 26, 2007, 12:00 AM
on Sep 25, 2007 at 5:23 pm
Prior to founding her firm Diamond Communications & Design in 1993, Diana Diamond was head of publications for the Marketing and Strategy Department of Stanford University Hospital.
Diamond says, "Keep in mind that the two hospitals are independent and separate entities and do not receive any financial support from the university. Both hospitals have their own boards of directors and are self-sufficient."
Each of the hospitals may have its own board of directors, and the hospitals may be independent of each other, but I believe they are both subsidiaries of Stanford University, and the advocates for the hospital projects include Jean McCown, Stanford University's Director of Community Relations, and Charles Carter, Stanford University's Director of Land Use and Environmental Planning, neither of which is part of either hospital. (The University's own Internet site says, "Stanford Hospital and Clinics is a university-owned, nonprofit corporation".)
on Sep 25, 2007 at 5:35 pm
Diana is on target with her concern. There is a "hand out" attitude that Palo Alto projects toward Stanford University. It poisons the well prior to, and during all development that happens as a result of Stanford activities. That our own City Council members subscribe to this (some of them), is unfortunate.
Stanford is insular; there's no duobt about that. With this as a given, we should be employing municipal development talent that know how to go right to the top with Stanford, other large enterprises, and our neighboring municipalities to make good things happen.
Right now, that isn't happening. As a result, we have an anarchy of ideas, relative to what Stanford can do for Palo Alto, as if it hasn't done almost enough, already.
And we wonder why relations between our two communities are tense? We need leadership on this issue - in policy, and in city operations.
On a related issue: any City Council candidate with ties to Stanford University sufficient to cause recusal on Stanford issues that come up before Council, should be considered a non-candidate, by default. It's absurd that we have candidates who cannot speak to issues about our most important neighbor. Let's not let this happen, again,
on Sep 25, 2007 at 11:17 pm
Wasn't Palo Alto established to provide housing for Stanford's University?