Kudos to David Coale for urging our city to lead the nation in embracing the Green New Deal (Guest Opinion, Jan 24). The Green New Deal is a program to decarbonize our economy as quickly as possible.
Like Franklin Delano Roosevelt's New Deal, it is a massive investment, in this case in clean-energy jobs and infrastructure. In addition, it decreases the inequality in our economy.
We have been dragging our feet into the transition to renewables promulgated by the Paris 2015 Accords. We need to speed it up because the Earth will not wait for us. It is changing too fast. Temperatures and CO2 levels in the atmosphere and oceans are increasing too rapidly. The crisis we are in is unprecedented.
As a wealthy and influential city, Palo Alto should lead on this.
No to Monopoly-like fake mail boxes
This message is sent as there is an appeal on the wise and logical choice of the city of Palo Alto to not place a fake mail box at 345 Forest Ave./Gilman Street.
Having lived now three years at 345 Forest Ave., Palo Alto and overlooking the lovely 1930s fountain and little courtyard, I have seen hundreds of people stop and gaze from various angles at this courtyard and wonderful building.
Any type of extension to the current size of the traffic light — small as the telecom firm will claim it to be — is directly in the view of one of the most photographed local landmarks.
The role of the Architectural Review Board has to be to defend the beauty of our city, and small or large add-on contraptions have no place at this location.
The Crown Castle/Verizon applicant is proposing a node at Forest/Gilman. Let them know that they can keep their nodes away from blocking/changing the view (be it even slightly) of our town.
Further: It would be very helpful for our city that — instead of each time (and there will be hundreds) a small cell is to be placed we have to re-debate the logical and wiseidea — this material be placed in vaults. It is obvious that we do not want to have endless green boxes all over town.
Ardan Michael Blum
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