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on Oct 10, 2007
I still say it is no coincidence that one of the most important cross town arteries (Middlefield) is being dug up just before the election to make it look like the City is doing something about its "Infrastructure"
Nice piece Weekly.
Becky Trout is a first rate reporter.
Interesting that Jack Morton claims he is tired of the "i" word being bandied about. His solutions to solving the infrastructure problems--cutting or services or increasing city revenue.
So what is Mr Morton doing about either solution? Nothing. He is just playing city council member while our mayor ignores everything. Maybe he is bitter because he got passed over for vice mayor position even though he had seniority on the council.
Passing over Jack Morton for Vice Mayor is the smartest thing this City Council ever did. He's turned the "I" word into a dirty word!!! But, we still need our "infrastructure" fixed Mr. Morton.
I just saw the Daily's endorsements for City Council - Burt, Espinosa, Yeh, and Schmid.
This really surprised me, because Schmid is simply not very well informed on current issues; I've watched him in forums.
We should stay with the Weekly's choices:
DYKWEL, Yeh, Espinosa, and Burt
That the candidates are informed at all is due more to the Weekly than to any openness on the part of our City Government. That's where we all get our information, unless a few dedicated people like Bob Moss and Tom Jordan do their own digging.
I think these candidates are probably all pleasant, agreeable people. That isn't going to be enough to restore confidence in City government.
These new councilmembers would have to change the longstanding pattern of unquestioning support of the City Manager. They've lost credibility with enough of us to make each bond election a gamble.
Telling people who've watched the expensive blunders what a wonderful city government we have just makes elections seem irrelevant.
Unless the new Council restores confidence in the City government, passing any bond is going to take a lot of luck, more luck than presentation.
This is Tim Gray, candidate for Palo Alto City Council. Take a look at my web site: Web Link .
A little humility, and and a little demonstration of financial accountability will go a long way in restoring the trust. The idea that we can "market" or "time" the new financing to change community "perception" is naive.
We must acknowledge that the "king has no clothes". It is a little trite, but "If you want to make the world a better place, take a look at yourself and make the change." With openess, and dropping all defensiveness, we can find the financially responsible path to new libraries and a public safety building.
Let's keep it real and step it up a notch. With a little financial discipline, we can unite and walk there together.
Offered in the spirit of cooperation,
Tim Gray www.vote4gray.com
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