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Why do Palo Altans Elect People with Stanford Connections to City Council?

Original post made by Midtown Guy, Midtown, on Aug 13, 2007

So much council business concerns Stanford issues, resulting in

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Posted by John
a resident of South of Midtown
on Aug 13, 2007 at 10:34 pm

Stanford was here first. There wouldn't be a Palo Alto if there wasn't a Stanford!

Does it really matter if occasionally a couple of members of our City Council must recuse themselves? There are nine Council persons, so what if only seven are left to vote, that's two more than Menlo Park.


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Posted by Palo alto mom
a resident of College Terrace
on Aug 14, 2007 at 9:01 am

Can someone please explain why Palo Alto gets to control Stanford projects?


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Posted by Gary
a resident of Greater Miranda
on Aug 14, 2007 at 9:56 am

Because some Stanford interests lie within our borders.


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Posted by Mary
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Aug 14, 2007 at 3:27 pm

Stanford Hospital, Lucille Packard Children's Hospital, and the Shopping Center were annexed to the City of Palo Alto years ago and from what I remember, one reason was to give those properties the protection of the Palo Alto Police Department. The rest of the campus including the Medical School is not in Palo Alto - it is the county and is under the jurisdiction of the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Department. I believe, but I could be wrong, that most of the real estate including Oak Creek Apartments and the Class Hyatt, etc. on the north side of Sand Hill road are also within the city limits of Palo Alto.
This is why the issue of housing for all of those employees is so critical. Is Palo Alto responsible for building housing on the east side of El Camino for all the jobs on the west side of El Camino? Stanford and the shopping center owners say they are not in the housing business. So whose business is it?