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Palo Alto Mayor Sid Espinosa to deliver 'State of the City' tonight

Espinosa to present annual address at Cubberley Community Center

Palo Alto Mayor Sid Espinosa is scheduled to present the State of the City address at 7 p.m. tonight (Jan. 24) in the Cubberley Community Center Theatre (4000 Middlefield Road). A reception will follow in Gymnasium B.

The City Council opted to meet at Cubberley tonight for Espinosa's speech in order to reach out to those residents who have generally avoided council meetings in the past -- particularly those who live in the southern part of the city.

"We need to get out of City Hall," Espinosa said in a news release. "And, we need to do more in south Palo Alto to connect with the community there."

He also indicated that the council will continue to look at other locations for future meetings. "It's too easy to stay here in our Council Chambers, but that's not good enough. I want us to do more outreach throughout the year. This is just a start."

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Posted by Millie
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Jan 24, 2011 at 11:11 am

Do something useful for the city and address the stupid timing of the traffic lights that causes traffic backups for miles, polluting the environment, raising people's blood pressure and causing traffic accidents.

Review the ridiculous California Ave. plan with its stupid back-in diagonal parking.

Call Fremont, the only city to have tried the back-in diagonal parking and ask them how well it's worked out since one of their city attorneys said there were 3 accidents as soon as it was implemented in a low-traffic area.


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Posted by Enoch Choi, MD
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jan 24, 2011 at 11:55 am

Go get 'em Sid!


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Posted by Been-There
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 24, 2011 at 12:01 pm

> "We need to get out of City Hall," Espinosa said in a news
> release. "And, we need to do more in south Palo Alto to connect
> with the community there."

Several years ago the Palo Alto City Council said the same thing, and began to hold City Council meetings at locations around town, in order to "connect with people". The attendance at these meetings was so low that they were quickly discontinued.


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Posted by south PA Mom
a resident of South of Midtown
on Jan 24, 2011 at 12:17 pm

Thank you, Mayor Espinoza, for spending a little time in the south. I have lived in south Palo Alto for 15 years. I think this is the first State of the City address I have seen in south PA. For the first time, it will be very nice to walk to this meeting instead of having to travel across town as I have to for almost every city meeting.

As for Cal Ave. Please just say yes. It is a good project. Some people are afraid of change. Read the data. This project has been done in other communities with huge success. Go! Go! Go!


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Posted by Jenny
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Jan 24, 2011 at 12:39 pm

I hope Sid says something about getting a decent truck route through town. Right now truckers say that San Antonio is too bumpy and dislodges their loads, and that the overhanging tree limbs hit their cabs.

Tuckers are routinely turning up Charleston because they can't use San Antonio Road. Why should be have trucks moving through out South Palo Alto neighborhoods?

There have been too many accidents on San Antonio, and in the last 12 years a couple of bicycle fatalities.


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Posted by There might be hope
a resident of Meadow Park
on Jan 24, 2011 at 1:13 pm

I hope this new major really does something about the suicides. I am so tired that kids keep dying and they just pretend to be doing something, but reality is that whatever they are doing is not working, otherwise we will have zero suicides.


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Posted by bill
a resident of Barron Park
on Jan 24, 2011 at 10:06 pm

The meeting in the Cubberley Theatre was completely full and some had to listen to the event in Gymnasium B (where the food was - lucky people). The major themes were the "City" is working hard to do more with less, and challenging all who are not volunteering to help in some area to step and participate.

Very little mention was made of the negative aspects of some City efforts, but this was a looking forward meeting. Let's remember what was said/promised and call the Council to task where they haven't fulfilled the promises made. That being said Pat Burt mentioned at the Thursday retreat that staff and residents have to accept more risk if we want significant progress. Since more risk means more chance of failure, we must accept that consequence.


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Posted by bill
a resident of Barron Park
on Jan 24, 2011 at 10:07 pm

The meeting in the Cubberley Theatre was completely full and some had to listen to the event in Gymnasium B (where the food was - lucky people). The major themes were the "City" is working hard to do more with less, and challenging all who are not volunteering to help in some area to step and participate.

Very little mention was made of the negative aspects of some City efforts, but this was a looking forward meeting. Let's remember what was said/promised and call the Council to task where they haven't fulfilled the promises made. That being said Pat Burt mentioned at the Thursday retreat that staff and residents have to accept more risk if we want significant progress. Since more risk means more chance of failure, we must accept that consequence.


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