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City to stop publishing meeting notices in Weekly, citing cost savings

Original post made on Aug 24, 2018

The city of Palo Alto will no longer publish agendas of city meetings in the Palo Alto Weekly, a move designed to save about $20,000 a year in advertising expenses.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, August 24, 2018, 6:55 AM

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Posted by Council watcher
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 24, 2018 at 7:05 am

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A sad reflection on the attitudes of our city government. Are we really to believe that this is a financial-driven decision? “Gee, let’s no longer tell residents what the City Council is going to be discussing each week because we can save $20,000.” Sounds more like a move to keep the public from showing up and speaking at council meetings. We residents can be such a bother when we’re informed. Much better to not share your agendas with us! What we don’t know won’t hurt us.

Posted by Anon
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 24, 2018 at 7:51 am

I hate to be cynical, but, it is difficult not to be in this case.

Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 24, 2018 at 8:01 am

Realistically, how many people read newspapers any more?

I occasionally pick up a Post if I'm out and about and flick through it if I have to wait. My Weekly is sometimes opened, sometimes not.

I get more news of City notices from Nextdoor or Twitter.

Posted by R. Davis
a resident of Crescent Park
on Aug 24, 2018 at 8:10 am

The $20K savings is minuscule compared to the vast monetary resources the city tends to waste on other things (i.e. consultant services, inflated administrative salaries, various 'rework' projects etc.).

It's very reassuring to learn that the folks in city hall are being so fiscally concious..

Posted by Homeowner
a resident of University South
on Aug 24, 2018 at 8:46 am

This requirement is a relic of a bygone time. No one cares about printed newspapers anymore. They only exist as a way for realtors to signal that they are doing everything on behalf of their clients’ multimillion-dollar homes. Pretty soon, broadcast TV is only going to be kept afloat by DeLeon advertising massive estates. (“People say you can’t get anything on the Peninsula for $50m anymore. Well, you haven’t seen our gorgeous property in Woodside.”)

Even the Daily Post now has a digital edition.

Posted by Good news
a resident of Monroe Park
on Aug 24, 2018 at 9:23 am

Not an issue. The city is just switching to a real newspaper from a well known tool for spreading propoganda for certain people in the city. The weekly makes it sound like the city will no longer be publishing an agenda. Not true.
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Posted by margaret heath
a resident of Evergreen Park
on Aug 24, 2018 at 11:23 am

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@Homeowner "No one cares about printed newspapers anymore."

"No one?" You don't speak for me. I count on the Weekly print edition for announcements and the agenda for City Council meetings, and also all the other commissions, boards, and committees. All in one place at one time, quick to glance through, and comes to my doorstep without my having to remember to check other sources.

While I enjoy reading the Post, it means going to look for one, and I don't do that every day. And if it is later in the day there are none left. So no, I don't want to have to rely on finding a Post to read city announcements.

Posted by margaret heath
a resident of Evergreen Park
on Aug 24, 2018 at 11:34 am

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Is this a final gift from the retiring city manager to the citizens of Palo Alto? Since stopping to pick up a Daily Post is rather hit or miss, and doesn't reach all those who are not out and about every day and those commuting to other cities to work, this move is guaranteed to keep fewer citizens informed about what is going on at city hall. Darn those pesky citizens.

Posted by Online Name
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Aug 24, 2018 at 11:52 am

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What nonsense! $20,000 savings? How much does the city empower Zero Waste to spend on its ads that seem to appear everywhere with great frequency at a time when PAU had a $19,500,000 surplus last year?

Posted by Curmudgeon
a resident of Downtown North
on Aug 24, 2018 at 1:07 pm

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An informed citizenry is a pain in the [censored].

Posted by Online Name
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Aug 25, 2018 at 6:02 pm

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Write to the CC and protest this move that comes right before the election. Remind that we'll be watching how they vote.

Maybe s they don't like the fact that so many new people are showing up at council meetings and questioning what they're doing and embarrassing them over ridiculous claims like how we don't have a traffic problems.

Posted by peppered
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 26, 2018 at 7:12 pm

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What an absolutely ridiculous and insane decision. Here's a way to save much more then $20K. Fire the clerk for making such a bonehead decision! The Post is anything but journalism.

Posted by margaret heath
a resident of Evergreen Park
on Aug 28, 2018 at 11:47 am

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This switch violates the spirit of transparency that is understood by the requirement that these announcements be placed in a local newspaper. The Daily Post has very limited distribution to residents.There is no way of knowing how many readers actually live in Palo Alto or are one of the tens of thousands of people come to work in Palo Alto every day. Even finding a Daily Post is a hit or miss affair. After mid to late afternoon most kiosks are empty. Those who commute out of town may not easily pick one up in the morning without going out of their way, or find it easy to pull over and park. Some people are not out and about every day.

I trust that the Council will direct the city manager to publish these announcements in the Palo Alto Weekly as well as the Daily Post for even greater transparency.

Posted by Joe Rolfe
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Aug 28, 2018 at 10:20 pm

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I know that the City is free to print relevant information any place that satisfies the current rules. I also realize that print journalism is almost an anachronism. After all here we all are online. But have you read the Daily Post?
I'm aware that they are protected by the First Amendment, but then again "Have they no sense of decency?"

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