Ten years since the flood and nothing
Original post made by Kev Henderson on Feb 4, 2008
The flood occured but the biggest travesty is what has continued what we have allowed to happen. The associate director of the JPA brought in (and hired) a few people she knew well. The debate about what to do about the creek has nobody to lead it and no sound thinking about any solutions. It's a lot like the present operator in the White House.
It's all voices inside an echo chamber at the JPA. A lot of failure and waste and all this at the taxpayers expense.
on Feb 4, 2008 at 6:42 pm
Has anyone asked the city officials why this bridge hasn't been removed and the creek widened at this city owned property? Also a "berm" could be built here to prevent the city from being liable for any flooding from the city property.
About $3 million in taxpayers money was doled out to a few homeowners after the 98 flood. The attorney(s) probably collected about $1 million of this money for bringing the lawsuit. This could be a "cash-cow" for the attorneys. Maybe that's why no action has been taken (Comspircy theory).
The city needs to take action so they can't be held liable for allowing flooding from their property.
I gather that all of the private property owners along the creek can be held liable if flooding occurrs on or across their property. Think of the size of the class action suit that could occurr if hundreds or a thousand houses were flooded in the flood zone and the people,owners of creek side property were held liable. I would imagine they would be egar to give away their back yard, creek side property. Many of them own to the middle of the creek.
This property along the creek should be rezoned "Creek-side Open Space" or "Urban Open Space" and then made into a creek side park. It could be 100 to 200'wide park on each side of the creek with a trail from the bay to the skyline.
on Feb 4, 2008 at 6:49 pm
City has been too busy with global warming and other pc issues to do anything basic over the past few years.
on Feb 4, 2008 at 7:07 pm
I just remembered: The storm drain project will protect Palo Alto from flooding! This is a $20 to $30 million parcel tax program that will repair storm drains and also put a gigantic pump in the creek juse East of 101 that will lower the water level in the creek and thus prevent flooding. Everyone in the city is paying for this project. It was sold as a solution to the flooding problem.
Nothing to worry about now.