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Palo Alto again eyes City Hall upgrades

Original post made on Dec 6, 2018

After balking earlier this year, Palo Alto officials are preparing to move ahead with significant technological upgrades to the Council Chambers.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, December 6, 2018, 9:07 AM

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19 people like this
Posted by Fiscal Restraint
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Dec 6, 2018 at 9:45 am

> These broadcasting upgrades have a price tag of about $750,000...Another $750,000 would be spent to upgrade the audio system in the Council Chambers with new speakers, wireless microphones and other supporting infrastructure; to install a dual-screen and projector system that could televise three simultaneous source

$1.75M to upgrade the PACC chamber seems like a lot of money to spend on conveying gibberish to the public.

Upon completion, will the PACC 'chamber experience' be like going to a modern, high-tech movie theatre?

If so, the monetary resources could probably be spent on something more worthwhile.


21 people like this
Posted by Online Name
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Dec 6, 2018 at 10:55 am

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Maybe the city could ask our outgoing CIO to get his new employee Oracle to donate a better system.


17 people like this
Posted by Be fiscally responsible
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Dec 6, 2018 at 11:01 am

The City is in a fiscal deficit of $4 million dollars. Why would you spend money you don't have? This is the reason there is a deficit because the City is not responsible and can't say no to anything. This is not the way to run a business. Don't always blame the lowest paid employees for everything that goes wrong with the budget. It is horrible mismanagement with the budget that has caused this issue.


3 people like this
Posted by midtown millenial
a resident of Midtown
on Dec 6, 2018 at 11:28 am

Is all that traditional equipment for broadcasting really necessary anymore? You would think they could drastically reduce all the heavy-duty stuff for lighter video streaming (and recording) hardware. I would however like to see a screen like the one they have in the updated Apple Store in the chambers instead of that hideous set up they have now.


17 people like this
Posted by More spending before he leaves
a resident of Downtown North
on Dec 6, 2018 at 11:40 am

The staff microphones work better than any others. Wonder why.
When Keene spent 4.5 MILLION to reupholster the chamber and uglify the lobby, he did not include fixing the audio. The public was not important, spending money on big screens and ugly carpets was primary.
Now even MORE money to fix his malfeasance.
Just fix the public's microphone!


26 people like this
Posted by Online Name
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Dec 6, 2018 at 11:58 am

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The only upgrade the chambers needs is to let the council get feedback from the viewers at home, something even dinosaurs like AOL have had for decades in its "auditorium chats" with public officials. So tired of wasting time attending these farcical meetings where the CC has shortened the comment period, silenced the audience, relegated us to doing the dumb YMCA wave not seen by viewers at home and ignores the comments/questions anyway


23 people like this
Posted by Keeping It In the Red Zone
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Dec 6, 2018 at 3:18 pm

Gee...why not add a concessions stand as well? The proceeds could help offset the costs of this undertaking.

It's just amazing how the PACC and City Manager's office can come up with more ways to spend taxpayer dollars.

$1.75M could go a long ways towards other more pertinent and pressing CPA obligations to its residents.


4 people like this
Posted by grammar
a resident of Midtown
on Dec 6, 2018 at 8:15 pm

To Fiscal Restraint:

They're all articulate, so it's actually just blather, punctuated by bursts of hot air.


4 people like this
Posted by The PACC Thesaurus
a resident of Stanford
on Dec 7, 2018 at 2:59 pm

> They're all articulate, so it's actually just blather, punctuated by bursts of hot air.

Articulate in presenting gibberish?

gibberish:
synonyms: nonsense, garbage, balderdash, blather, rubbish


12 people like this
Posted by R.Davis
a resident of Crescent Park
on Dec 8, 2018 at 9:54 am

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QUOTE: Another $750,000 would be spent to upgrade the audio system in the Council Chambers with new speakers...seems like a lot of money to spend on conveying gibberish to the public.
QUOTE: They're all articulate, so it's actually just blather, punctuated by bursts of hot air.

Kind of like having an expensive/audiophile stereo system to play lousy music through.


8 people like this
Posted by Planet Waves At PACC Meetings
a resident of College Terrace
on Dec 8, 2018 at 2:16 pm

> Another $750,000 would be spent to upgrade the audio system in the Council Chambers with new speakers.

They should also add a planetarium to the council chambers...especially for when the meetings get boring or counterproductive.

Then we wouldn't have to drive all the way to De Anza College to watch a galaxy presentation with Pink Floyd playing in the background.


4 people like this
Posted by Anon
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Dec 10, 2018 at 12:27 pm

Posted by The PACC Thesaurus, a resident of Stanford

>> > They're all articulate, so it's actually just blather, punctuated by bursts of hot air.

>> Articulate in presenting gibberish?
>> gibberish: synonyms: nonsense, garbage, balderdash, blather, rubbish

Articulate when meeting with developers, and, articulate balderdash when meeting with the public.


12 people like this
Posted by Make Mine a Double
a resident of Community Center
on Dec 10, 2018 at 1:32 pm

> Gee...why not add a concessions stand as well? The proceeds could help offset the costs of this undertaking.

Better yet...cocktail service.

Picture yourself sitting in a nice leather chair, listening to PACC blather (over a state-of-the art surround sound system) and either getting bored or a bit ticked-off.

Now wouldn't it be nice to have someone deliver you your favorite cocktail while you slowly reclined your seat and simply turned a deaf ear to these articulate proceedings?


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