Would these be your top priorities for Palo Alto?
Original post made by Diana Diamond, Palo Alto Online blogger, on Apr 6, 2007
The Weekly ran a story that listed Palo Alto's capital improvement priorities planned for June 2007 to June 2008.
The following are not my priorities, nor, do I suspect, would they be the priorities of many residents. They total $5,584,000.
• Remodeling the kitchen, dayroom and training room in the fire station on the Stanford campus $60,000
• Updating the electrical and mechanical systems at Cubberley Community Center $1.325 million
• Improving the electrical and lighting systems at the Municipal Service Center $1.05 million
• Design and review of the proposed police headquarters at Page Mill Road and Park Boulevard $600,000
• Replacing fencing and fixing dugout and parking at Baylands Athletic Complex $580,000
• Restoring roadways and parking in Foothills Park $525,000
• Completing Greer Park by installing landscaping, pathways and furnishings $400,000
• Renovating playground equipment and other portions of Peers Park $444,000
• Repairing and resurfacing tennis and basketball courts throughout the city $425,000
• Sprucing up California Avenue A $175,000
My reaction: Some of these will better satisfy the city staff than the residents: remodeling the fire station, improving the municipal service center.
As for designing the new police station, I keep on wondering how much money the city is going to spend on a proposed station before it lets voter decide if we want to pay for this station, estimated to cost around $50 million. The council has already authorized a $1 million Environmental Impact Report for the station. Yet a survey found the proposal cannot garner necessary residential support plus we won't even vote on this police station proposal until November 2008.
Repairing playing fields and tennis courts is all right, except not as many people play tennis now.
I do think that sprucing up California Avenue is great.
In fact, if I were to put together a priority list for the city, mine would include:
• Repairing the roads at a more rapid rate. We are $28 million behind in road improvements. Have you seen the condition of Waverley Street in front of the Gamble Gardens? It's a mess.
• Sprucing up the downtown: clean sidewalks, colorful banners, installing tree lights on Hamilton and Lytton Avenues, more directional signage.
• Transforming the plaza in front of City Hall into a seating area with an array of planters, tables, umbrellas and chairs, so people could sit and enjoy the downtown and each other.
• Finding ways to trim utility department costs so we don't see an average $360 increase in our utility bills each year, like we are probably going to get this year.
• Improving our libraries.
What are your priorities?