Editorial: A worthy gamble by Palo Alto city manager
Original post made on Sep 9, 2011
Read the full ediorial here Web Link posted Friday, September 9, 2011, 12:00 AM
on Sep 9, 2011 at 6:26 am
Ms Holman should explain her vote. Why dosen't the Weekly find out why she is against this change. There is clearly a problem and the city is trying to address it. COme on--Weekly, for too long you have let our local "leaders" slide by not following up with hard hitting news stories. There have been plenty of examples of our "leaders" screwing up (HSR vote, PACT, California avenue trees, budget deficit) and the Weekly has done no investigative reporting whatsoever.
on Sep 9, 2011 at 7:01 am
The Weekly did report on why Holman voted against the proposal in its original article Web Link:
"Holman was the only council member to oppose the staff proposals, arguing that they don't go far enough in ensuring transparency. The reforms, she said, are geared primarily toward helping applicants achieve their goals more efficiently. They don't, however, take into account the concerns of the greater community, which may differ from those of the applicant, she said."
Before you are so quick to criticize, perhaps read a bit more carefully? The Weekly is by far the most reliable coverage we get. Can it be better? Of course. But to say they do no investigative reporting is silly. To take just one example I'm most familiar with, their coverage of the Children's Theater fiasco was spot on and made a big impact.
on Sep 9, 2011 at 7:29 am
Regular reader--you are correct. I missed that part.
I see it also states:
"They don't, however, take into account the concerns of the greater community, which may differ from those of the applicant, she said."
That is a problem. And that is what is wrong with the Palo Alto process and what is wrong with council members like Holman. The"concerns" of the "greater community" are too enough put ahead of the rights of the property owner, even when they are following the rules to the letter. We have seen many (too many) examples of this. Holman has long been a proponent of usurping private property rights for her vision of the "greater good"--remember her role in the historic land grab ordinance, which was handily defeated by the voters. People like Holman need to learn that they cannot exercise absolute control over property they do not own--be it for their misguided vision of what the greater community wants.
I will take issue with their investigative reporting. Their work on the PACT scandal was way off the mark.. They let the issue of conflict of interest from two sitting councilmembers (Klein and Morton) slide and they sugar coated Briggs' acts of malfeasance--probably so as not to upset the very very vocal local contingent that has ensured that the PACT continues to receive $1+ million per year, even as our streets go unrepaired (it is a local treasure they say).
Sorry, the Weekly can and should do better--less focus on advertising and more on journalism.