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Klein sticks to priorities in 'State of the City'

Original post made on Mar 4, 2008

Sticking with his plans to devote 2008 to "taking care of business," Mayor Larry Klein concentrated on Palo Alto's four priorities in his State of the City address Monday.

  • State of the City: Challenges can build community -- text of speech

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    Posted by Big carbon footprint
    a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
    on Mar 4, 2008 at 7:36 am

    Based on our mayor's comments, I plan to INCREASE my carbon footprint this coming year.

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    Posted by Danny
    a resident of Crescent Park
    on Mar 4, 2008 at 11:08 am

    That sounds very responsible...

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    Posted by Big carbon footprint
    a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
    on Mar 4, 2008 at 11:12 am

    Danny--as responsible as our city leaders are spending our money and dealing with city-related issues.
    If our city leaders want things from us, they need to reciprocate and start addressing issues of concern. the big increase in greenhouse gasses come from the Larry kleins of the world

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    Posted by Resident
    a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
    on Mar 4, 2008 at 11:24 am

    I appreciate the Mayor’s speech, it is focused and clear and I agree with most of what he says. I disagree that “. . . Mitchell Park Library is just the wrong size.” We need another branch library in South Palo Alto and an improved Mitchell Park Library, not a huge Mitchell Park Library. I agree with his ideas about climate protection, but we also need water protection. Our abuse, pollution, misplacement, displacement and just mismanagement of water is actually one of the causes of climate change.
    As we have polluted the world’s surface water, we are taking water from the ground, from ground water or from wilderness or from watersheds, and we’re moving it where we want it to be (to water big cities that then dump it into the ocean), we don’t return it to the watershed, or we pave over what’s called water-retentive lands, so we don’t have the hydrologic cycle able to fulfill its responsibility and bring water back.

    We shouldn’t put all our water eggs in the basket of cleaning up dirty water, instead of conservation, instead of protecting water at its source. It’s now popular to talk about cleaning up water after it’s been polluted. And there’s huge amounts of money to be made. We have to have public control, public transparency and public accountability.

    Mayor Klein, please add water protection to your climate protection goal and say no to dense housing in Palo Alto. Say yes to incremental, slow housing growth.

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    Posted by Danny
    a resident of Crescent Park
    on Mar 4, 2008 at 3:21 pm

    BCF - It isn't our city leaders that want us to reduce greenhouse gasses, it's the planet itself and the population. To say you will increase your carbon footprint this year is a slap in the face of the other people who share this world with you as well as the planet itself. You're thinknig is too narrow -- what each of does effects more than just Palo Alto. As someone who wants to see this planet thrive rather than decay and future generations survive rather than suffer, I'd appreciate if you tried to reduce your carbon footprint. My guess, though, is that you don't care much about the planet's wellfare or future generations.

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    Posted by Big carbon footprint
    a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
    on Mar 5, 2008 at 8:58 am

    Danny--you do have your nerve, I will give you that.
    Everyone must be in lockstep with your way of thinking. Your comments are a slap in the face to individual freedoms and thought.
    I do care about the planet's welfare or future generations. However I do not need to be told what to do by self-serving politicians who are only interested in getting their names in newspaper articles. Nor do I need to be lectured by their acolytes.
    If Klein and the rest of the city council are serious about this issue, then let them take real steps--ban cars in Palo Alto, get rid of busses, limit electricity usage in the city etc.
    Lecturing us to go on a "low-carbon diet" looks really catchy in the newspaper, however it does little to really address the problem. Also it takes away from the council's supposed role of dealing with city issues.
    Much of the global warming emanating from PA, due to hot air from local politicians, could be prevented by gagging our "city leaders".

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    Posted by Danny
    a resident of Crescent Park
    on Mar 5, 2008 at 10:29 am

    BCF - Thanks for the compliment. Having nerve is certainly a lot better than not having it. Seems to me your battle is with politicians and "being told what to do" rather than global warming and the planet's welfare. Individual freedom is wonderful of course, but not when one person's individual freedom (smoking cigarettes, for example) leads to pain and suffering for others. The trick is finding the balance between personal freedoms and what's good for society. You have a "personal freedom" to cheat on your wife (it isn't against the law), but does that mean it's the right thing to do? No one can stop you if you want to increase your carbon footprint and cause more damage to an already damaged planet. But I'd be woe to understand the logic behind it -- there's no benefit other than to stick your tongue out at the politicians you so dislike. The benefits for decreasing your carbon footprint, however, are much more tangible.

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    Posted by Disgusted
    a resident of Professorville
    on Mar 5, 2008 at 12:17 pm

    Global warming is caused by changes in the sun's activities that lead to increased levels of CO2 being released from the natural environment. CO2 emissions due to human activities ammount to less than 5% of the total, and therefore cannot influence warming.
    This is what the most credible climate change scientists claim. However, because of politics and the general scientific ignorance of the society at large, these scienist's data and conclusions are almost never heard in the media.
    Klein and others should focus their efforts on problems that are not beyond their intellectual capacities and that will actually provide some real benefits, like fixing potholes, etc. It is time for them to stop chasing windmills for publicity purposes and start taking care of this city's business.
    Otherwise, I will be voting against the mayor and the current City Council members the next time around. We need some true public servants, not prancing frauds and cheap showmen.

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