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With revenues falling, futures of Cubberley center, College Terrace Library up in the air

City considers ending its arrangement with school district, limiting next lease to sections of community center

As Palo Alto grapples with a bleak budget picture, city officials are considering withdrawing from Cubberley Community Center and shuttering the College Terrace Library entirely.

Both the sprawling community center and the small library on Wellesley Street are popular recreational amenities that residents have been enjoying for decades. Now, with Palo Alto facing a projected $40 million budget shortfall, city leaders are considering closing the library for two years and ending the city's agreement with the Palo Alto Unified School District over Cubberley. The district owns 27 acres at Cubberley and leases them to the city, which in turn rents the facilities to various nonprofits, studios and sports groups.

Both community assets came up on Monday night, as the council held the first of three meetings on City Manager Ed Shikada's proposed budget. The council will continue the budget discussion on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The closure of the College Terrace Library proved particularly unpopular Monday, with residents pushing back Monday against the proposal.

Altogether, the list of budget cuts that City Manager Ed Shikada released last Thursday includes $6.5 million in cuts to community services and libraries. This includes reducing programs at the Children's Theatre and the Palo Alto Art Center, cutting staff at community centers and reducing the hours at Rinconada and Children's libraries.

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If adopted as presented, the budget would represent the biggest contraction of city services in decades, with an expected elimination of 91 full-time equivalent positions and 33 full-time-equivalent part-time positions. It also reduces the general fund, which pays for most city services not including utilities, by 18% from the pre-shutdown level, bringing it down to $195.4 million.

Kiely Nose, the city's chief financial officer, noted that the numbers remain somewhat uncertain, given the lack of clarity about how long the shelter-in-place order will remain in place and how long it will take for the economy to recover once the order is lifted.

"Even if the shelter in place is lifted, will people go back to business as usual? Will the economy be in a recession and consumers be hesitant to spend disposably?" Nose asked.

The proposal to shut down the College Terrace library for two years is expected to save about $167,550, a tiny fraction of the city's total budget shortfall.

Some residents believe the proposal is ill-conceived and unfair. Neighborhood resident Sonam Soni called the library branch an "important and integral part" of the community. Rather than cut the College Terrace Library, the city should cut employee salaries or consider closing one of the libraries in the northern half of the city, she wrote.

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"It is heavily used and a vibrant part of our community," Soni wrote to the council. "The city provides very few services on this side of the city — no community center, no shuttle service, etc. — please do not take our library away."

Doria Summa, a resident of College Terrace, was part of a group of residents who addressed the council at Monday's virtual meeting and urged it to keep the library open.

"It's not just the library. It's a historic resource, it's a community center," Summa said. "it's a child care center, it's a park. It's a public place where it's free for any person to come in and sit down, to find a respite from the elements and something to educate themselves. Please share whatever kinds of accommodations you have to make across the library system, and don't pick this one to be closed."

Many of her neighbors agreed. James Cook called it a "great, intergenerational meeting place," while Kevin Murray said it was a valuable community resource. Many speakers pointed out that the small library is the only branch that is west of El Camino Real.

"More than ever, we need things like this in this community," said College Terrace resident Annette Ross.

The council didn't make any decisions on Monday about the library budget, which it plans to review in detail on Tuesday afternoon. It also plans to discuss at the May 12 meeting the budget for the public safety departments, which stand to lose about $7.7 million. In the Police Department, this means a reduction of investigative and patrol services and the elimination of the designated traffic-enforcement team. In the Fire Department, it means brownouts of stations when staffing levels are low – a deviation from the current practice of staffing vacancies with overtime.

Vice Mayor Tom DuBois proposed that the city first consider big-ticket items like capital expenditures and pension obligations before weighing cuts to each department. He warned against making cuts that could "change the nature of our community."

"We all know we're going to be making hard cuts," DuBois said. "But if we can be creative and keep an open mind, we can talk about some partial cuts and some deferrals and shift the balance a little bit."

The proposed budget assumes that the economic effects of the pandemic-induced shelter-in-place order will linger through the year, even after the county lifts its health order. The council directed staff on May 4 to cut $38.8 million from the budget.

The bleak budget picture has also upended Palo Alto's plans for Cubberley Community Center, a worn-down but well-used campus on Middlefield Road. Last year, the city and the school district were working on a master plan that envisioned a reconstructed center with shared facilities such as swimming pools and theaters, as well as teacher housing, playing fields and classroom spaces.

Those plans have largely stalled, with little consensus between the city and the school district on the next steps. Now, even the status quo appears in jeopardy. While the city has been leasing about 27 acres from the school district since 1990, and the City Council voted last October to extend the lease by five years, the negotiations appear to have stalled. Rather than reach a new agreement by the end of 2019, when the prior lease expired, the city and the school district entered into a month-to-month agreement for Cubberley space.

Now, the city is considering terminating this arrangement and only renting more limited portions of Cubberley, including the playing fields, the gym and the theater. Shikada said he has communicated his position to school district Superintendent Don Austin. The city's goal is to save about $2.5 million from the Cubberley lease in the next year.

Shikada also said he has talked to Austin about the prospect of turning over any revenue that the city would receive from the Cubberley facilities to the school district. He noted that the city's goal at Cubberley would not be to make money but to make the community center open to the public.

"So we can be relatively austere in terms of our own expectation on revenue, given that our focus is availability of those facilities, while also recognizing that we just don't have the discretion to continue the lease as has been the case over the last many years," Shikada said.

Councilwoman Liz Kniss noted that there will be "some unhappiness from the school district about what we're doing." She also suggested that the budget crunch might be an opportunity for increased collaboration with the district.

"We've needed to share things for a long time," Kniss said. "This is a great time to start doing it."

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With revenues falling, futures of Cubberley center, College Terrace Library up in the air

City considers ending its arrangement with school district, limiting next lease to sections of community center

by / Palo Alto Weekly

Uploaded: Tue, May 12, 2020, 12:50 am

As Palo Alto grapples with a bleak budget picture, city officials are considering withdrawing from Cubberley Community Center and shuttering the College Terrace Library entirely.

Both the sprawling community center and the small library on Wellesley Street are popular recreational amenities that residents have been enjoying for decades. Now, with Palo Alto facing a projected $40 million budget shortfall, city leaders are considering closing the library for two years and ending the city's agreement with the Palo Alto Unified School District over Cubberley. The district owns 27 acres at Cubberley and leases them to the city, which in turn rents the facilities to various nonprofits, studios and sports groups.

Both community assets came up on Monday night, as the council held the first of three meetings on City Manager Ed Shikada's proposed budget. The council will continue the budget discussion on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The closure of the College Terrace Library proved particularly unpopular Monday, with residents pushing back Monday against the proposal.

Altogether, the list of budget cuts that City Manager Ed Shikada released last Thursday includes $6.5 million in cuts to community services and libraries. This includes reducing programs at the Children's Theatre and the Palo Alto Art Center, cutting staff at community centers and reducing the hours at Rinconada and Children's libraries.

If adopted as presented, the budget would represent the biggest contraction of city services in decades, with an expected elimination of 91 full-time equivalent positions and 33 full-time-equivalent part-time positions. It also reduces the general fund, which pays for most city services not including utilities, by 18% from the pre-shutdown level, bringing it down to $195.4 million.

Kiely Nose, the city's chief financial officer, noted that the numbers remain somewhat uncertain, given the lack of clarity about how long the shelter-in-place order will remain in place and how long it will take for the economy to recover once the order is lifted.

"Even if the shelter in place is lifted, will people go back to business as usual? Will the economy be in a recession and consumers be hesitant to spend disposably?" Nose asked.

The proposal to shut down the College Terrace library for two years is expected to save about $167,550, a tiny fraction of the city's total budget shortfall.

Some residents believe the proposal is ill-conceived and unfair. Neighborhood resident Sonam Soni called the library branch an "important and integral part" of the community. Rather than cut the College Terrace Library, the city should cut employee salaries or consider closing one of the libraries in the northern half of the city, she wrote.

"It is heavily used and a vibrant part of our community," Soni wrote to the council. "The city provides very few services on this side of the city — no community center, no shuttle service, etc. — please do not take our library away."

Doria Summa, a resident of College Terrace, was part of a group of residents who addressed the council at Monday's virtual meeting and urged it to keep the library open.

"It's not just the library. It's a historic resource, it's a community center," Summa said. "it's a child care center, it's a park. It's a public place where it's free for any person to come in and sit down, to find a respite from the elements and something to educate themselves. Please share whatever kinds of accommodations you have to make across the library system, and don't pick this one to be closed."

Many of her neighbors agreed. James Cook called it a "great, intergenerational meeting place," while Kevin Murray said it was a valuable community resource. Many speakers pointed out that the small library is the only branch that is west of El Camino Real.

"More than ever, we need things like this in this community," said College Terrace resident Annette Ross.

The council didn't make any decisions on Monday about the library budget, which it plans to review in detail on Tuesday afternoon. It also plans to discuss at the May 12 meeting the budget for the public safety departments, which stand to lose about $7.7 million. In the Police Department, this means a reduction of investigative and patrol services and the elimination of the designated traffic-enforcement team. In the Fire Department, it means brownouts of stations when staffing levels are low – a deviation from the current practice of staffing vacancies with overtime.

Vice Mayor Tom DuBois proposed that the city first consider big-ticket items like capital expenditures and pension obligations before weighing cuts to each department. He warned against making cuts that could "change the nature of our community."

"We all know we're going to be making hard cuts," DuBois said. "But if we can be creative and keep an open mind, we can talk about some partial cuts and some deferrals and shift the balance a little bit."

The proposed budget assumes that the economic effects of the pandemic-induced shelter-in-place order will linger through the year, even after the county lifts its health order. The council directed staff on May 4 to cut $38.8 million from the budget.

The bleak budget picture has also upended Palo Alto's plans for Cubberley Community Center, a worn-down but well-used campus on Middlefield Road. Last year, the city and the school district were working on a master plan that envisioned a reconstructed center with shared facilities such as swimming pools and theaters, as well as teacher housing, playing fields and classroom spaces.

Those plans have largely stalled, with little consensus between the city and the school district on the next steps. Now, even the status quo appears in jeopardy. While the city has been leasing about 27 acres from the school district since 1990, and the City Council voted last October to extend the lease by five years, the negotiations appear to have stalled. Rather than reach a new agreement by the end of 2019, when the prior lease expired, the city and the school district entered into a month-to-month agreement for Cubberley space.

Now, the city is considering terminating this arrangement and only renting more limited portions of Cubberley, including the playing fields, the gym and the theater. Shikada said he has communicated his position to school district Superintendent Don Austin. The city's goal is to save about $2.5 million from the Cubberley lease in the next year.

Shikada also said he has talked to Austin about the prospect of turning over any revenue that the city would receive from the Cubberley facilities to the school district. He noted that the city's goal at Cubberley would not be to make money but to make the community center open to the public.

"So we can be relatively austere in terms of our own expectation on revenue, given that our focus is availability of those facilities, while also recognizing that we just don't have the discretion to continue the lease as has been the case over the last many years," Shikada said.

Councilwoman Liz Kniss noted that there will be "some unhappiness from the school district about what we're doing." She also suggested that the budget crunch might be an opportunity for increased collaboration with the district.

"We've needed to share things for a long time," Kniss said. "This is a great time to start doing it."

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Comments

Wrong Way to Cut
Crescent Park
on May 12, 2020 at 3:13 am
Wrong Way to Cut, Crescent Park
on May 12, 2020 at 3:13 am
80 people like this

How about instead temporarily cutting salaries, especially from those earning over a $100,000 a year? Start with the City Manager, who makes over $400,000 a year PLUS benefits.

Salary cuts protect both jobs and existing services and makes getting back to full service easier when the economy recovers. Right now, it sounds like upper management is feverishly protecting its own salaries by happily sacrificing the lowest-paid workers, such as the non-librarians who run the College Terrace Library. So we'll get even more top-heavy management and worse city services while laying off people who need the money the most.

Come on Council - show some leadership.


Concerned
Adobe-Meadow
on May 12, 2020 at 6:05 am
Concerned, Adobe-Meadow
on May 12, 2020 at 6:05 am
37 people like this

Thank god we have the money to build the bridge that will service like 10 houses across the creek in North Palo Alto.


Pshhh, who even wants a community center that mostly serve south Palo Alto anyhow...


Resident
Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 12, 2020 at 6:47 am
Resident, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 12, 2020 at 6:47 am
58 people like this

The first way is to cut costs at City Hall. Get rid of the large numbers of administrators with fancy titles. Start whittling away at the top, not the services for residents.


TimR
Downtown North
on May 12, 2020 at 8:52 am
TimR, Downtown North
on May 12, 2020 at 8:52 am
16 people like this

I live on the other side of town, but have always wondered why the city needs both the Cubberly Center, and Mitchell Park. They're very close to each other, and offer very similar things, don't they?


Anon
Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 12, 2020 at 9:35 am
Anon, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 12, 2020 at 9:35 am
36 people like this

Let's see a budget laid out with ZERO *new* construction projects. Defer all the constructions -starts-. Defer the public safety building. Delay the replacement firestation. Postpone the 101 bike bridge.

Next, zero out overtime.

THEN let's see what we need to do. I just don't believe that we need to cut services for residents. To the City Manager/City Council: PROVE IT. Prove that services for residents must be cut.

Every time they talk, it proves to me once again that they are more interested in continuing to build edifices than they are in services for residents. Until they completely stop these new construction starts, there is really nothing to talk about.


Dan
Midtown
on May 12, 2020 at 10:13 am
Dan, Midtown
on May 12, 2020 at 10:13 am
34 people like this

I live on the other side of town ... but I've always wondered why we need the Art Center, Junior museum, Riconada park, Riconada library and Lucie Stern community Center. They are all very close together and serve the same purpose don't they? (note sarcasm).


Barron Park dad
Barron Park
on May 12, 2020 at 10:33 am
Barron Park dad, Barron Park
on May 12, 2020 at 10:33 am
33 people like this

For many older residents, taking public transportation to a library across town is not only difficult, but also dangerous in these Covid-19 times. And because of where the other 4 Palo Alto libraries are located (Downton, Children’s, Rinconada, Mitchell Park), walking for our seniors -- or biking for children -- is not a reasonable option.

At a bigger picture level, please understand that you would be cutting not into flesh but rather into bone. Our city libraries and emergency services (fire, police, etc.) should really be the last thing cut. The net savings of $167,000 for closing the CT library hardly seems worth it.


Anon
Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 12, 2020 at 10:38 am
Anon, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 12, 2020 at 10:38 am
9 people like this

Posted by Dan, a resident of Midtown

>> I've always wondered why we need the Art Center, Junior museum, Riconada park, Riconada library and Lucie Stern community Center. They are all very close together and serve the same purpose don't they? (note sarcasm).

I have a different take on it. In my opinion, "art centers" have a relatively short shelf-life, but, better to allocate some money and real-estate on them than office space. Cities need some non-money-making spaces in them to give them livability. Palo Alto is drowning in app-developers right now. We need other stuff to balance it out. As for Cubberley, I hope that within my lifetime everyone will see the light and turn it back into a third high-school (re-named after a tree I hope). The Gunn site is badly situated to be a large central high school. PAUSD made a really, really dumb decision back in 1978-1979. Exceptionally short-sighted, and, it has cost a bundle over the years to compensate.


Dan
Old Palo Alto
on May 12, 2020 at 12:07 pm
Dan , Old Palo Alto
on May 12, 2020 at 12:07 pm
30 people like this

All capital development projects should be put on hold immediately, until we finish this discussion on budget. We have a shortfall of around $40M and potentially 20% of that could be solved by not building the bike bridge over 101. Let's postpone that for a couple of years until the economy comes back. People can use the Adobe Creek tunnel at the same site until that happens. Just put a stop to it right now, take a breath, and then re-evaluate it. They just started work on it last week (groundbreaking was 6 months ago) and it will probably take 18 months to build. So, do you want a bike bridge that we don't really need, or a library and fire and police services?


Online Name
Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on May 12, 2020 at 12:31 pm
Online Name, Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on May 12, 2020 at 12:31 pm
34 people like this

Vice Mayor Dubois was absolutely right that they should focus first on the big-ticket items first; it was surprising that such a sensible suggestion got any pushback if the council is serious about saving money.

If you watched last night's meeting, you saw several interesting things: 1) Mayor Fine declining to answer whether the city discussed not giving out the $6,000,000 in new raises, 2) the dancing around whether any savings could be found by cutting the city's PR budget because "it's not pr; it's communications" and the double-talk about identifying "managers" who might be subject to cuts.

Going after the crossing guards while avoiding focusing on big ticket items or staffing seems like a false economy that avoids the big issues.

At least Mr. Tanaka tried to pin down the CFO and City Manager about staffing cuts but at every turn he was told, "nope, that won't work, not possible" raising questions about the sincerity of their efforts.


PA Grandma
College Terrace
on May 12, 2020 at 12:43 pm
PA Grandma, College Terrace
on May 12, 2020 at 12:43 pm
25 people like this

Definitely do something to curb capital spending and excess salaries and pensions before cutting libraries and other services. Especially all the expensive road work, like the latest Charleston maze.

The libraries, the programs at the Cubberley site, Lucie Stern Center and the Art Center are going to be enormousely important as we climb out of this disaster. In fact it would be a valuable thing for PA to figure out how to put in place a program to actively subsidize tuition for children that need it, and adults, to engage in these activitie, not cut programs.


Unions run Palo Alto Budget
Downtown North
on May 12, 2020 at 12:55 pm
Unions run Palo Alto Budget, Downtown North
on May 12, 2020 at 12:55 pm
17 people like this

Until residents understand the strangle hold that unions have on the budget they will continue to make comments that for budget cutting that will not be possible.

The city council has no ability to cut salaries since they are union negotiated and can't be changed under California law. Only the union can decide that their members can take pay cuts.

These same unions also are bleeding taxpayers dry with huge cushy pension costs that their members get at very early retirement ages.

The only way to cut salary is to fire people, which is OK with the unions as long as the overall pay to individuals doesn't go down.

The city needs to outsource as many jobs as possible to the private sector to take some of the power away from the unions.

Maybe the good citizens of Palo Alto can start some private corporations to run libraries at lower costs or run community spaces or offer support for community programs. Cut out the unions with their rigid rules and untouchable pensions.

I vote for completely outsourcing fire and paramedics so that they are not spending half their time eating and sleeping on the job. We can get inspections and fire duties done because the union says there are too few of them. I think if they actually "worked" they could get it done. At least the police show up for their shifts and nominally work while they are one the job.

So just remember, don't say cut salaries unless you can make the unions do it. And I don't see the unions here at all saying they will help out and everyone will take a 20% salary cut!!!


see comment above
Downtown North
on May 12, 2020 at 12:58 pm
see comment above, Downtown North
on May 12, 2020 at 12:58 pm
1 person likes this

It should be "can't" not can get inspections done in the above comment. Sorry.


Darwin
another community
on May 12, 2020 at 12:59 pm
Darwin, another community
on May 12, 2020 at 12:59 pm
2 people like this

@Online Name

I agree that big picture items should definitely be looked at first, but stating Councilman Tanaka raised good points is where you definitely lost me. Tanaka came across as ill-informed, ill-prepared, and honestly just looked like he was bumbling along at a job he is ill-suited for.

The resistance to answer his questions wasn't met with "double talk" or with a lack of "sincerity" as you say, it was because they were suffering a fool and being as patient and respectful as they could while holding his digital hand.

Web Link

Watch yourself


nat
Midtown
on May 12, 2020 at 1:29 pm
nat, Midtown
on May 12, 2020 at 1:29 pm
14 people like this

I'm upset that the City is considering cutting part of its lease with the school district at Cubberley.
Even if the sports fields are saved, the nonprofits would be displaced and have nowhere to go. As a group, the nonprofits form an art community. I also feel we should support the schools and not cut payments to them.

We can postpone the bridge over 101 and other large capital projects. That's where the City Council should start.


Online Name
Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on May 12, 2020 at 1:49 pm
Online Name, Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on May 12, 2020 at 1:49 pm
16 people like this

Darwin, I did watch it thanks. I said "At least Mr. Tanaka TRIED to pin down the..." which is more than many of the others did as they seemed to blithely accept there was nothing to be done besides cut low-hanging fruit.

Most reasonable people would assume that not filling the 112(?? staff vacancies already budgeted would result in some savings and was worth questioning, esp. since the city uses the figure of $240,000 for each position. That there's no difference between hiring / not hiring 112 people could use a little more explanation for the test of us.


rsmithjr
Duveneck/St. Francis
on May 12, 2020 at 2:03 pm
rsmithjr, Duveneck/St. Francis
on May 12, 2020 at 2:03 pm
23 people like this

[Letter sent today]

Dear Mayor and Council,


This concerns the budget discussions in the light of the pandemic.

I suggest that you think about budget adjustments the way that businesses normally do when confronted with a financial crisis. Many businesses are having these problems right now.

First, you avoid actions that could harm or annoy your customers. You make it clear that you are working to restructure the company to meet customer expectations more efficiently.

Then, you review the obligations, organizational structure, and staffing of the company. Group heads are directed to come up with new plans including staffing and other resource reductions while still meeting group and corporate goals.

The City has been blessed with large resources for many decades. Head counts have increased remarkably while salaries and benefits have increased a lot. Given this, it is difficult to believe that you do not have many redundancies and inefficiencies in what has become a large bureaucracy. The City has too many managers and too large a staff in many areas. The residents know this.

I simply refuse to believe that the things you have identified for cuts (for example, the libraries and traffic control team) are the least important things in the City's budget. This list is an insult to the community.

It is time to take a measured and professional approach to the problems we face. The community will support you but is likely not to favor cuts to services that we depend upon and love in order to preserve positions that we don't think we need.


Thanks for listening.


Robert Smith


Rose
Mayfield
on May 12, 2020 at 2:51 pm
Rose, Mayfield
on May 12, 2020 at 2:51 pm
23 people like this

Put the big projects on hold -- the new Public Safety Building, the bike bridge, the fire station. That is where the big savings will be. Then as Mr. Smith recommends above, ask each department head to come up with a plan to reduce their budget. DO NOT close any libraries, though open hours and perhaps staffing could be reduced. DO NOT reduce traffic control: our city is already dangerous because drivers are speeding and ignoring stop signs.


Chris
University South
on May 12, 2020 at 2:53 pm
Chris, University South
on May 12, 2020 at 2:53 pm
4 people like this

Online,

Do you understand that canceling vacancies does not fix the budget by itself. You have to fix the budget, then you can determine what jobs you need and don’t need. There already is a hiring freeze.


Online Name
Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on May 12, 2020 at 3:23 pm
Online Name, Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on May 12, 2020 at 3:23 pm
5 people like this

Chris, I do understand that but there are savings there. But in the hearings last night the city said they were going to fill vacancies due to under0staffubg in some departments, especially police. They said the "vacancies" could also be used by current employees seeking a higher-level job and more money.

Of course you have to fix the budget; one lives in hope.

My main concern is that other council members weren't pushing more.


common sense
Midtown
on May 12, 2020 at 3:24 pm
common sense, Midtown
on May 12, 2020 at 3:24 pm
33 people like this

Saving $167,000 for the College Terrace library; to put that in perspective, look at the cost of the City Manager's office per 2020 adopted budget (salaries only):

City Manager - $356,000
Assistant to the City Manager - $310,000
Assistant City Manager - $256,000
Deputy City Manager - $214,000
Chief Communications Office - $206,000
Communications Manager - $121,000
Executive Assistant to the City Manager - $102,000
2 Admin Assistants - $178,000
Management Analyst - $85,000

Total salary is $1,830,000; add in benefits, and it's $2,700,000


Len
Old Palo Alto
on May 12, 2020 at 4:57 pm
Len, Old Palo Alto
on May 12, 2020 at 4:57 pm
19 people like this

Put a hold on the Police Station. That should put $30 or $40 million back in to the budget.


Dianne
Downtown North
on May 12, 2020 at 6:07 pm
Dianne, Downtown North
on May 12, 2020 at 6:07 pm
15 people like this

Besides our excellent schools, one of the reasons Palo Alto is so desirable and the property values are so high is the availability of cultural resources for our community. When I walk through Cubberley Center I see classes for many forms of dance, music, martial arts, meditation, art, yoga, movement, sports who would not be able to find or afford space in a town where almost every available nook or cranny has been turned into a tech company. The non-profits and arts organizations housed in Cubberley are treasures whose loss would be deeply felt so I urge those of you who value them to speak up before consequential decisions are made which could change the character of our town.


Barroness
Barron Park
on May 12, 2020 at 7:08 pm
Barroness , Barron Park
on May 12, 2020 at 7:08 pm
1 person likes this

Move FOPAL from Cubberly to College Terrace Library.


rita vrhel
Crescent Park
on May 13, 2020 at 9:51 am
rita vrhel, Crescent Park
on May 13, 2020 at 9:51 am
14 people like this

Well, i am glad everyone is enraged at this wholesale destruction of all that make Palo Alto a desirable place to live! besides posting online , please email the city council and city manager with your thoughts: city.council@cityofpaloalto.org.

stand up and be heard! yes, stopping the public safety building, the pedestrian bridge and some other massive projects will save the needed funds. No need to eviscerate the College Terrace Library and other services.


Joe
Los Altos
on May 13, 2020 at 11:18 am
Joe, Los Altos
on May 13, 2020 at 11:18 am
4 people like this

This employment data is a
couple years old, but likely
to still be mostly accurate.

Department 2017_Full Time
------------- ----------
Administrative Services.55
City Attorney...........13
City Auditor.............6
City Clerk...............5
City Council.............0
City Manager............10
Community Services......81
Development Services....31
Fire....................99
Human Resources.........15
Information Technology..31
Library Services Department..54
Non-Departmental.........1
Planning & Community
Environment.............43
Police.................160
Public Works...........211
Utilities..............247
--------------------------
Totals:...............1062
Full and Part Time:...1549


Anon
Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 13, 2020 at 11:21 am
Anon, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 13, 2020 at 11:21 am
Like this comment

Joe, I'm having a hard time reading/understanding your post as it is formatted now.


Joe
Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 13, 2020 at 12:01 pm
Joe, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 13, 2020 at 12:01 pm
4 people like this

> Joe, I'm having a hard time reading/understanding
> your post as it is formatted now

The data was formatted in columns, but the Weekly's software mangles the text. The Weekly refuses to fix this problem. It's been pointed out to them for years.

However, if you copy the text from the post, put in an editor, word processor or spreadsheet on your PC-- then you can format it so that you can read it comfortably.


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