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Fortune cookie sets tone for Cubberley recommendation

Original post made on Mar 15, 2013

A fortune cookie set the tone for a meeting of Palo Alto's elected officials on the future of Cubberley Community Center Thursday night.

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Posted by Midtown resident, a resident of Midtown
on Mar 15, 2013 at 1:19 pm

In other words, I would gladly pay you tomorrow for a hamburger today.

Posted by These reports are worth reading., a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 15, 2013 at 2:06 pm

Actually, this is a report about planning a facility for the future...and saving future expense as the community grows. Did you bother to read the reports, Midtown Resident?

I strongly recommend you read the subcommittee reports. The final report and executive summary really don't capture some key issues that will help you understand the economics of these recommendations.

Posted by Blah blah, a resident of Adobe-Meadows
on Mar 15, 2013 at 2:14 pm

Executive summary: City to continue to pay districts legal, PR, and inflated executive compensation. If you dont like it who cares? bahahahahah. Direct questions to Mandy Lowell Munger.

Posted by Midtown resident , a resident of Midtown
on Mar 15, 2013 at 2:34 pm

I have read the report. It doesn't do what this process was supposed to do, which was get us out of the bind in which Cubberly falls apart while the district pockets the money. Read Kleins comment. The plan for a high school 20 years from now is a distraction from today's still unsolved problem.

Posted by neighbor, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 15, 2013 at 2:37 pm

Make it a high school with plenty of parking. I disagree with weird shared schemes for several reasons: exclusive niche services, safety of having the general public on a campus doing who knows what, and the fact that Cubberley WAS a successful high school in a great location in the past. It can be successful again and should be utilized as a super high school!

Posted by Ellen, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 15, 2013 at 5:23 pm

The City can start weening the School District from continuing to rely on the $7.Million the City gives the PAUSD for Cubberley by eliminating the $2. Million the City gives them annually for "the covenant not to develop"

In other words the City of Palo Alto pays the School District not to develop Cubberley. This is a huge waste of money and should be eliminated from any future lease agreement.

Also the City and the School District should agree to an annual flat rate for the next five years. No more annual increases, if we keep doing this the money the City pays the School District for Cubberley will go into the stratosphere.

Posted by Good vision. Now we need leadership., a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 15, 2013 at 5:31 pm

That said...What's key is that the majority response to the recommendations were positive by the public and electeds. I read all of the reports. Good ideas there. The subcommittee reports helped me understand things much better.

PAUSD does need to work with the city on this. For the first time, I see a glimmer of hope that they might.

Posted by pa parent, a resident of another community
on Mar 15, 2013 at 6:40 pm

PAUSD could easily reallocate $5million from administrator development Cathy Mak just set aside, and maybe fire 4 or 5 inept administrators who make life hard for parents rather than serving the parents of our district -- I saw on the news tonight that Oakland just dumped 65 administrators, how did they manage that? -- it's about time someone in the district stopped being penny wise and pound foolish by prioritizing that rent money above strategic facilities planning.