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It Isn't Easy Being Green

Original post made by Paul Losch, a resident of Palo Alto, on Apr 6, 2010

With apologies to Kermit the Frog from Sesame Street, this Byxbee Park/Composting Facility question is an incredible conundrum.

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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 7, 2010 at 6:40 am

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Here's a deal for the Green Freaks - You can have your industrial site in Byxbee Park, just as soon as you bring back the yacht Harbor and give their building back to the Sea Scouts. It will be worth it to see all those El Toros skeetering around the South Bay.

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Posted by Paul
a resident of Downtown North
on Apr 7, 2010 at 1:08 pm

I totally concur with you, Paul L. Except I think it's more like laying the pipes after turning on the water.

Monday night we heard several tons of civic boosterism, replete with various "facts" about the awaiting bounteous energy nirvana, etc.. What was notably lacking was any citation of a qualified source for these prognostications. I think a group of enthusiastic amateurs bootstrapped themselves with wishful thinking, wrapped it in some impressive numbers, and five members of our city council got moonstruck with the prospect of a nice new big municipal toy. A toy it certainly is - our director of public works told the council directly that the regional alternative would be just as effective and much less costly for Palo Alto.

The council has committed itself where it counts: money. There is no turning back unless somebody high up admits a mistake. Our public safety building and burgeoning budget deficit will have to wait. We're deep into garbage now in Palo Alto.

Sit down for this, Walter - I'm on your side. The south bay is one of the best small boat sailing spots in the world. Our yacht harbor was evicted because it was considered incompatible with the planned Byxbee Park. Once the park is compromised for a garbage processor there is no more possible reason to keep out the boats.