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Let's vote on a new police building now

Original post made by Diana Diamond, Palo Alto Online blogger, on Jun 29, 2006

In their eagerness to build a new police station in town, Palo Alto City Council members may have forgotten about all of us.

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Posted by no more Bonds or taxes, please
a resident of Midtown
on Jun 29, 2006 at 4:41 pm

Diane, your right again. I seem to recall a recent story in one of the local papers that estimated what it would cost each home owner if all projects that require bonds/taxes were passed. The total was ridiculously insane! The City needs to get its budget under control, I know they've made cuts and have not back filled positions but all the bonds/taxes are getting way out of hand for many homeowners in this City and County. Maybe I should apply for the Utilities Director or subsidized housing and an income (salary) that wouldn't be much effected by all the bonds and taxes! I'm not against a new police building but the timing may not be right.

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Posted by pat
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 2, 2006 at 3:04 pm

I wondered about the same issues when I read about Council's approval of the police building concept. Why are they moving forward in such haste, eager to spend money they don't have? What happens if voters turn down the planned bond issues next year or the year after?

I wish you would run for city council, Diana. We need your analytical mind and rational thought process.

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Posted by resident
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jul 3, 2006 at 7:49 am

I don't want to see any new taxes. I wish they would spend the money instead on hiring more police to slow down the crime wave in Palo Alto. A fancy new building won't help much with that. I think it's easier to try and get money to pay for buildings (create a new tax) than find the operating funds for personnel.

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Posted by Louise Lyman
a resident of Meadow Park
on Jul 12, 2006 at 6:18 pm

Diana, You are correct!! The issue of a new police department building should be put before the voters to decide before the city council makes plans to buy the land for the building. That is putting the cart before the horse. The seller of the property will not be inclined to give a reasonable price when they find out that the city council has already made the decision to build on property they do not own.

Another idea which could solve the space problem of the police department would be to have a satellite station in another part of town . This would even make it easier for the staff to be closer to those areas of the city. Other police functions could be handled the same way. Who said all the staff have to be in one place? In private industry that would have been thought of long before now.

I feel like I am in the middle of a Monopoly game with funny money . Schools, police department, new libraries, sewer infrastructure, sidewalks and streets all need money from Palo Alto residents, not to mention old Enron contracts!! Does anyone else feel as I do that we have to stop and make an assessment of how much is in our piggyback.