Original post made on Oct 11, 2007
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on Oct 11, 2007 at 12:50 pm
In "Did Someone Say 'WMDs'?," Jack Morton of the Palo Alto City Council is quoted saying "There are only two ways to devote more money to [Palo Alto] infrastructure...cut services or expand the City's revenue base." His thinking, and I think this is pervasive in our present city council, is quite narrow. Another area to get funds for infrastructure is reducing waste. I saw some obvious waste recently and presented my case to the City Council (see Mercury New article Web Link) only to witness what I would call a polite cold shoulder, followed by an immediate unanimous vote to unnecessarily spend the cash.
If I were to guess the motivation behind the City Council's decision to ignore the warning about waste of funds, I would say that it is simply more expeditious and easier to spend than it is to look into waste and correct it. I would also say that for Mr. Morton to say there are only two ways to spend more on infrastructure, perhaps that's more expeditious, easier and takes less thought than to actually have a meaningful dialog with citizens and candidates that care about the decline of several of our city's assets.
on Oct 11, 2007 at 1:39 pm
No opportunity for more efficiency???? No waste whatsoever?
Let's begin with the fact that every Palo Alto employee gets every other Friday off! This is in return for a commitment to work an extra hour each work day - god forbid they are required to stay until 6PM ! This is equivalent to an extra 5 weeks of vacation. It also institutionalizes the understanding that under no circumstances are they required to stay past 6PM.
This program originated in the dot-com days, when city workers felt abused that they weren't eligible to become instant millionaires like all their peers. The consolation prize was an extra 5 weeks of vacation.
Name me one Silicon Valley company where all the employees walk out the door at 5PM. We work as hard as our company needs - if we want the company to stay alive.
This perk must end!!!
on Oct 11, 2007 at 4:48 pm
That's great Jack - no argument. So what have you done in the last term of raise revenue or save money by trimming services, in order to fund our massive infrastructure deficit? Please be specific, and make sure that you show results (i.e., hard dollars made/saved) not just actions or votes that wound up meaning nothing.
Good lord, the condescension for taxpayers among our elected officials (and senior hired staff) is breathtaking.