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As term ends, Mossar reflects, looks to the future

Original post made on Aug 22, 2007

On nearly every Monday evening for the last decade, Palo Alto City Councilwoman Dena Mossar could be spotted pedaling from her Emerson Street home to City Hall.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, August 22, 2007, 12:00 AM

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Posted by Woodrow
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Aug 22, 2007 at 7:17 am

Good bye Ms Mossar--you will not be missed on the city council--you have become a big cog in the out of touch city council wheel.

A perfect example of this is cited in Ms Mossar's quotation from the article:

"As a new council member, Mossar plunged into the historic preservation debate, quickly siding with preservationists in what she saw as an easy decision: "I think old buildings are wonderful. Ö I thought this was a no-brainer."

First of all Ms Mossar led herself be persuaded by the vocal minority of the time who were pushing to usurp private property rights by declaring everything over 50 years old historic--she did not take the time to actually study the issue and see what people really wanted.
Then the quote about all old buildings are wonderful---is that for real?? Real shows that Ms Mossar was out of touch from day one
Hard to believe she served for so long on the council. [Portion removed by Palo Alto Online staff.]

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Posted by Marvin
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Aug 22, 2007 at 8:56 am

Interesting that Dena considers the little used Homer Street pedestrian tunnel as one of her greatest achievements. Her legacy from 10 years on the council will be leaving the city with a library system in shambles, crumbling streets, poorly maintained infrastructure, tax revenue leaving town, unresolved issues regarding at least two shopping centers etc. etc.
Not much to be proud of in my opinion

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Posted by Alyssa
a resident of Community Center
on Aug 22, 2007 at 11:17 am

Marvin is right. Mossar's self proclaimed list of "accomplishments" is a clear pointer to why Palo Alto is poor shape in almost every measure of municipal competence. An unusable $6 million bicycle tunnel, another unneeded government owned "Preserve", and a mostly empty "shuttle" system. And (de rigeur for our current Globally-oriented council members) climate change.

Ms Mossar does not differ substantially from the rest of her colleagues in her focus on peripheral issues at the expense of the nuts and bolts of municipal governance. And so we have an increasingly out of touch city staff attempting (and mostly failing) to do tasks beyond their competence (see the $240,000 disaster of a website), while the city infrastructure crumbles, crime slowly but relentlessly rises, and city unions systematically loot the city treasury leaving no money to address real problems let alone the frilly pet projects of individual council members.

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Posted by Woodrow
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Aug 22, 2007 at 11:24 am

I mistakenly wrote a comment above about Mossar's dirty dancing, when I should have referred to her as a "sexy dancer" as per the artcile in the PA Weekly below:

Web Link

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Posted by snow job
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 22, 2007 at 1:30 pm

What a snow job. Sure, a person needs some time to think about the future after a very demanding job. But my guess is that she will end up working for a major developer, like her predecessor, pseudo environmentalist and former mayor McCown. McCown traded her inside connections to go to work for big developers and now works for the biggest developer in the county.
Mossar never met a big development she couldn't approve. They owe her big time.

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Posted by John
a resident of Palo Verde
on Aug 22, 2007 at 3:54 pm

To the extent that Mossar approved the future, namely, development, I supported her. I even think that tunnel under the rr tracks will, in time, come to be seen as a good thing. I would hope that she takes a job with Stanford, in order to get more expansion approved by PA.

I think she was was in lala land when she first arrived, and couldn't understand that her historical preservation notions were a direct taking from private property owners. It sounds like she learned from that experience. Decent politicians should learn from their mistakes. At least she was honest about it. Give her credit for that.

I was never a big fan, and when I did vote for her it was only because she voted in my direction often enough for me to give her my vote. That's all I can ask of a politician.

I wish her well.

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Posted by Lukewarm
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 24, 2007 at 7:57 am

The sad part about Dena Mossar's tenure on City Council is that she was a better council person than most which doesn't say much for the decision making process going on at City Hall.

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