Budget review kicks off on happy note for Palo Alto
Original post made on May 8, 2013
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on May 8, 2013 at 10:51 am
Unfreezing police positions is a positive step - it responds to resident concerns, reflects the reality of needed traffic enforcement. As for the new Office of Sustainability, if this is to have real meaning, its first priority should be a review the City's Planning and Transportation Dept pro-growth anti-environment, anti-neighborhood policies to confront the reality of what is happening in our City.
on May 8, 2013 at 11:10 am
Contrary to all this city hall exuberance, Palo Alto should be shoring up its shaky long term finances, instead of, "it's party time!"
The City is behind on infrastructure, its cost structure is still unsustainable, and it has a $300-500 million unfunded pension liability. The staff/council's solution: borrow money via a bond measure and do more lousy deals with developers; and pretend that other stuff doesn't exist.
How about we tell Chop to get lost and build our own parking structure? But nooooo ....
on May 8, 2013 at 11:18 am
Frys has two huge parking lots, behind and in front of their building. I know at one point the parking lot behind the building that is huges, and hardly used, was going to be turned into a park... Why not reconsider that it again -- it would be perfect, right in the middle of town. You could add something new and interesting to it to, that all of the community could use, such as a pavilion for music concerts.... Since PA is cramming in so many new condo - we now need more open space, and also more things for all of us to do... Please consider it. And eventually if Frys moves out - this would be a great place to have a community center, and free up Cubbberly for what it was intended for, a school.