The City of Palo Alto's budget deficit can be reduced in several ways. Rents should be increased at the Cubberley Community Center so it is self-supporting and will no longer require subsidies from the City. An artist told me her rent was so cheap she used her studio as a storage room for her paintings!!
People who wish to preserve the Juana Briones house or restore the Ross Building should raise the money through private donations, not lean on the City. They should be turned over to private foundations like the Children's Museum and Zoo.
People who leave their cars parked on Alma and ride the baby bullet to SF should be charged $5.-$10. a day. Most of those people drive in from Los Altos Hills, Portola Valley, Woodside and Atherton anyway; they can afford it. The all day Downtown parking permit fee should be increased, this would encourage people to take the bus.
Increase the late return fees for books, CDs and videos taken from the libraries.
Green fees at Palo Alto's golf course should be increased especially for out of City players. Tie-downs at the airport should be increased too.
Pensions for City staff should be 401Ks not a percentage based on the number of years they've worked. Both industry and most Federal Government agencies have moved over to 401Ks, why can't local government.