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Pat Briggs: She's angry but not bitter

Original post made on Aug 7, 2008

In a bittersweet moment marking both her return to the theater as director Friday and her official retirement after 47 years, Pat Briggs was welcomed by cheering supporters at the Palo Alto Children's Theatre on Monday.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, August 6, 2008, 12:00 AM

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Posted by Adrian Zymed
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 7, 2008 at 10:28 am

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Posted by Adrian Zymed
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 8, 2008 at 1:01 am

I see the editors are still kowtowing to the PACT-"Briggs Can Do no wrong" supporters.
I merely asked why she is bitter--she is getting the nice retirement package with all the accolades etc courtesy of the behind the scene manuvering of certain "city leaders".
I also asked if she is angry because she was actually caught defrauding the city.
I also mentioned that Briggs stated that shew as planning to retire anyway, which is kind of ironic since many have stated that PACT will collapse without her.
Too much criticism of a city "icon"???

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 8, 2008 at 8:14 am

Not only have they brought Ms Brigg's back for six months but they've given her a new office!!

How is the City going to "move on" after this debacle when the new Assistant Director and the replacement in Ms. Brigg's position of Director, are going to be picked by Ms Briggs herself?

The new Assistant Director and Director must be able to handle and manages money honestly, and I don't think Ms. Briggs is a good judge of that.

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Posted by Jerry
a resident of South of Midtown
on Aug 11, 2008 at 7:22 pm

PACT needs to be fully DEFUNDED by PA. It will only reform, if it is forced to reform! PACT needs to be forced to assume a non-profit model, like Little League or Babe Ruth League or AYSO. Just look at how well these organizations are doing, without ANY operational funds from the City.

This is NOT rocket science, folks.

PACT is an ingrown disease on the face of Palo Alto. It needs to be eliminated, in its current form. Why are we avoiding a REAL solution?

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Posted by Bye Bye Briggs
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 12, 2008 at 5:56 am

Jerry--the reason a real solution is being avoided is that PACT is a "city institution" and has the backing of very vocal people, as well as certain members of our city council.
Any attempt to defund the theater will result in mass protests by said vocal minority at the city council chambers, which will cause conflict and as we all know conflict is to be avoided at all costs

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