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Revived local leadership program graduates 19

Original post made on Jun 17, 2013

A hopeful crop of aspiring civic leaders celebrated a Palo Alto graduation last week. With an oft-cited shortage of volunteers stepping up for city commissions and other community-service roles, the reinvigorated fellowship program known as Leadership Palo Alto aims to help fill the void.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, June 17, 2013, 9:03 AM

Comments

Posted by Wayne Martin, a resident of Fairmeadow
on Jun 17, 2013 at 9:10 am

So why can't this sort of information be made available via the Internet, so that everyone can learn how the City "works" without having to spend $2,500?

Municipal finance matters, and the legal framework of our City, should be available to all--at no cost.


Posted by No surprises here, a resident of Downtown North
on Jun 17, 2013 at 9:54 am

Q: Why would any civic minded citizen pay $2,500 to participate in a program to learn about leadership in Palo Alto?

A: There is a cost/benefit relationship.

Somehow, becoming a leader allows the individual to recoup the $2,500. Leadership Palo Alto is designed to financially benefit the leaders, not the public. Architects, bankers, lawyers, realtors, hoteliers and politicians are all serving their own best interest.

What ever happened to public service?


Posted by commonsense, a resident of Fairmeadow
on Jun 17, 2013 at 10:36 am

Right - Leadership Palo Alto is a real threat to our community - trying to fill the void in civic, unpaid positions in the city government - how dare they!


Posted by $2,500 is exclusive., a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 17, 2013 at 10:48 am

Actually, I was interested in the class, but I couldn't afford it. I do a lot of volunteer work in Palo Alto and I know a fair amount about how our governement works. Nonetheless, I'd probably benefit from the experience. $2,500 is too much.


Posted by No void in volunteers, a resident of Downtown North
on Jun 17, 2013 at 11:23 am

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Posted by Alon, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jun 17, 2013 at 2:19 pm

S, how was the 47,500 spent? Salaries I guess? Honorarium? Non profits?

Us, and why not have the seasons on media center, or are they secret, or confidential?

Seems like a good group with a good purpose.

But maybe someone will read this and get the idea for a parallel one that is open to all, maybe with donations....


Posted by Business as usual, a resident of Greenmeadow
on Jun 17, 2013 at 11:12 pm

>Program co-directors Paula Sandas and Lisa Van Dusen revived the long-dormant >Leadership Palo Alto program last year under the sponsorship of the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce.

The Chamber of Commerce is developing business advocates, not resident advocates. When Sandas was on the Planning Commission she consistently voted in favor of major developers and her reward was then she went to work for the Chamber of Commerce.
These are people interested in making money more than improving the community,
Wayne Martin, above, makes a good point.


Posted by Siejen, Fellow of Leadership Palo Alto 2013, a resident of Evergreen Park
on Jun 21, 2013 at 10:12 am

I am a recent graduate of the Leadership Palo Alto, Class of 2013. The program leaders, Lisa Van Dusen and Paula Sandas, did a phenomenal job and helped each of us to develop a more holistic understanding of the issues and complexities that confront our local leaders.

The class was comprised of a diverse group of community-minded individuals all of whom either live or work in the City of Palo Alto. Each program day was filled with interesting topics and enlightening discussions led by local community members.

The program provides long-term value by increasing citizenship and community awareness. Indeed, Palo Alto is lucky to have such programs -- it would be ideal if all communities could invest in such forward looking endeavors.