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Spectrum - June 25, 2021

Letters to the editor

More bikes, fewer cars

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Posted by Online Name
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Jun 25, 2021 at 6:50 pm

Online Name is a registered user.

I'm commenting on the second letter by Brigid Barton and Rob Robinson on the city's choice of a deafening drum band as dining music for Cal Ave and its failure to consult with or even inform the restaurants, one of which had already hired a more appropriate musician.

It was amusing hearing the City Council finally propose music as a way to help Palo Alto's restaurant scene because they're only a decade or two late to the party after Menlo Park and Redwood City. Perhaps our "leaders" and staff could drive north a few miles to Bistro Vida and Left Bank to partake of the excellent and dining-appropriate Jazz combos which pack the restaurants instead of emptying them.

"Don't you think that after the infamous tree affair city hall would have learned that consultation with the local merchants on California Avenue is essential before making decisions about the street?"

Sadly, no on too many counts: 1) The city's long-standing failure to support resident-serving retailers vs offices, 2) The city's continued failures to reach out and touch those they should even with the huge growth in its PR/Communication Staff with its $1,000,000 budget and 3) The City's apparent willingness to violate its own rules as it continues to close entertainment venues like the Varsity and more recently the CineArts Theater in Palo Alto Square which MUST house a theater ttps://www.cityofpaloalto.org/files/assets/public/agendas-minutes-reports/agendas-minutes/city-council-agendas-minutes/00-archive/2016/08-15-16-ccm-final-transcript.pdf,

Clearly, staff needs to get out more. Maybe the proposed high-priced "economic development consultants" can take them on field trips and help them draft a COMMUNITY OUTREACH mission statement.


Posted by Fred Balin
a resident of College Terrace
on Jun 25, 2021 at 11:18 pm

Fred Balin is a registered user.

Online Name writes: "Don't you think that after the infamous tree affair city hall would have learned that consultation with the local merchants on California Avenue is essential before making decisions about the street?”

Correcting the record. The Sept. 14 - Sept. 16, 2009 clearcut of all but four trees along California Avenue, including dozens of mature evergreen Holly Oaks, was pushed forward by a few leading Cal Ave property owners and their association representative onto Palo Alto’s Department of Public Works, which incorrectly believed that the association had the support of the majority of merchants and businesses. Neighbors and the larger community were not a part of that process, a grave omission that will never occur again as long as there are people here who experienced that disaster.


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