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Theatre Staff Removed For Political Goal?

Original post made by oIled up thespian, Old Palo Alto, on Mar 5, 2008

Some New Palo Altans Have Made it clear they want to stop the funding to the CHILDRENS THEATRE For Pot Holes. What do you think? The same poster said the city charter has" no money for entertainment" But as we all know the Childrens Theatre is not about entertainment its about Learning and Growing and self expresion and comunity comming together like family. Whats next closing the schools because the curriculum has become entertaining. Money can't buy the things the Theatre Provides. If you can't apreciate the amenaties of this Great City Leave! What you have done is unforgiveble, sending the police after the staff so you can cut the funding and efectivly Killing the Childrens Theatre is cruel

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Posted by Perp walk
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 5, 2008 at 10:11 am

Oiled up thespian--please provide proof for your rantings.
Also do not tell people they need to leave if they disagree with our city's financial decisions.
I look forward to the perp walk of the staff when the police bring charges.

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Posted by Alyssa
a resident of Midtown
on Mar 5, 2008 at 10:20 am

"Some New Palo Altans Have Made it clear they want to stop the funding to the CHILDRENS THEATRE For Pot Holes. What do you think?"

I would hope we could do both. But as a matter of priorities, the maintenance of infrastructure, including streets, would seem to come before funding programs that however fulfilling to the beneficiaries, are really an extra frill in terms of what a city government should be doing.

Our city is in trouble because it's given short-shrift to the basics of municipal government for too long. Before a city starts paying for recreation and entertainment and the CT, it needs to provide police and fire protection and keep municipal infrastructure in good condition. For too long we've done the sexy stuff (and bought off city employees and unions with lavish pensions and benefits), but avoided the boring pothole stuff.

Oiled up thespian's derogation of "pothole fixing" points to the reason why our city is looking so dowdy, and why so many people are complaining about it.

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Posted by John
a resident of College Terrace
on Mar 5, 2008 at 11:36 am

"Oiled up thespian's derogation of "pothole fixing" points to the reason why our city is looking so dowdy, and why so many people are complaining about it."

Exactly, Alyssa.

PACT can pay for itself, just like so many other youth organizations in Palo Alto. This is a no-brainer!

CPA needs to fix potholes! Even the rich areas of PA (e.g. Coleridge) have terrible streets.

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Posted by John John Went to Scholl with one shoe on
a resident of Midtown
on Mar 5, 2008 at 12:24 pm

Its isent about the streets or the travelers checks or crimes by the staff. I want to know who started the investigation and removal of the staff. Oiled up thespian has a point but where is the proof? No one would or could be so cold.

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Posted by Joanna
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Mar 5, 2008 at 12:32 pm

Want to save money? Look at the PA payroll. Any fool making six figures needs to go through an audit. What do they do that justifies such a salary? Some may deserve it. I guarantee you that most do not.

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Posted by litebug
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Mar 5, 2008 at 2:06 pm

This city is rich enough to have a Children's Theatre and all of the other cultural amenities that it has maintained in the past plus no pot holes! Get real! This city has a very high socio-economic level. Look at the kinds of stores which have taken over downtown, Stanford Shopping Center and the newly-upscaled Town & Country. Those stores aren't for those of us struggling economically (we're out in Mt. View at Sears and Mervyn's), they are obviously for the well-heeled. Look at the huge houses being built everywhere you look and all the expensive cars, spas, restaurants, etc. Still some people whine like they are on welfare and living in a deprived area. This is ridiculous!

This isn't a case of "can't" support, it is a case of "won't" support. Even though my husband and I feel we are circling the drain economically, one retired and one unemployed, on fixed income with many health/medical insurance expenses, I do not whine about paying taxes for either pot holes or the theatre because I want to live in a nice place with these amenities. After all, this is a major part of what makes our properties so valuable! Downgrading the town will downgrade everything. It is stupid and short-sighted and self-defeating. It makes me furious the way so many people with means just want to take, take, take and never give, give, give.

Certainly there should be oversight any time tax money is involved. No one approves of waste, inefficiency or graft or any of the other abuses that eat up a lot of money before it ever gets to the final destination. I think we should agree that this is a given.

Look at how well Mountain View, for example, has done in the past 20 years. They quite visibly improved their city. During the same period of time Palo Alto has regrettably gone in the other direction, with more and more richer people wanting to give less and less support to the community (or to the country) so that they can afford those luxury homes, cars and stores. A selfish, disgusting breed of person (not deserving the term "citizen") which can never successfully maintain a community or a democracy, and really doesn't much care to anyway.

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Posted by litebug
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Mar 5, 2008 at 2:18 pm

How long did it take to investigate and resolve the complex and international mess that was Enron, as opposed to the mysterious 15-year or so Children's Theatre case? Just asking.

I would like to hear from people who know (lawyers, city officials) just what can be done if there is suspicion or there are questions about the propriety and/or conduct of a city police investigation. Who looks into this? Is it up to the City Attorney? Is it a matter for a civilian review board and do we have one? Is it a matter for a Grand Jury? If so, can any citizen request a Grand Jury investigation? I have no idea and would like to learn about this. Of course, a vigorous investigative press could also do wonders but...

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