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Error caused city to delay passage of renter-protection law

Original post made on Dec 17, 2019

Palo Alto City Attorney Molly Stump said Monday that she had erred on Dec. 2 when she told the City Council that it did not have enough votes to approve an urgency law protecting tenants from evictions without a just cause.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, December 17, 2019, 1:58 PM

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Posted by anon
a resident of Greendell/Walnut Grove
on Dec 17, 2019 at 2:27 pm

Actually the PA city Attorney's office number is listed as 650-329-2171.

Dialing the number the city attorney gave last night gets you to a recording stating "you have reached the Palo alto unified school district, the number you called is no longer in service"

what??????



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Posted by Gennady Sheyner
Palo Alto Weekly staff writer
on Dec 17, 2019 at 2:37 pm

Gennady Sheyner is a registered user.

Thanks, @anon. Sorry for the error. I updated the phone number in the story.


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Posted by Online Name
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Dec 17, 2019 at 2:39 pm

Online Name is a registered user.

(The same folks who couldn't be bothered to collect the $200,000 the landlords owed the city for not having an operating grocery store (the old JJ&F). But hey, we're only cash cows to be milked to pay outrageous salaries and $4,000,000 home loans for our city royalty.)


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Posted by Anon
a resident of Greendell/Walnut Grove
on Dec 17, 2019 at 2:44 pm

Thank you Mr. Sheyner for providing the correct number.

To be clear it was not the paper's reporting error;
you correctly reported the number the city attorney gave out last night.



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Posted by Incompetence
a resident of Mayfield
on Dec 17, 2019 at 2:45 pm


If the City attorney did not give wrong information on November 18, when this emergency ordinance was originally introduced, it would have been voted on and adopted November 18th. But, She prevented the vote.


25 people like this
Posted by common sense
a resident of Midtown
on Dec 18, 2019 at 4:59 am

No problem, Molly just got a 5% pay raise the other day.


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Posted by Catmom Leonorilda
a resident of Barron Park
on Dec 18, 2019 at 2:51 pm

I hope the delay did not result in people getting unfair rent increases and/or evictions.


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Posted by redstonemeg
a resident of Mayfield
on Jan 14, 2020 at 11:41 am

it should have passed on Nov 18th. She either did this intentionally or is grossly incompetent. In either case she should be removed from office.


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Posted by Annette
a resident of College Terrace
on Jan 14, 2020 at 4:14 pm

Listening to last night's meeting raised concerns about both Legal and Planning. It seems there's been a series of critical (and costly) errors and omissions. There was the "typo" that created trouble with regard to what can be done with the President Hotel property, the schedule of fines that was left out of official conditions of approval for the College Terrace Centre deal, the wrong advice regarding the urgency ordinance, and a "misunderstanding" about a deadline that was mentioned last night.

Too busy? Rushed? Lacking experience or training? Whatever the reason, these occurrences argue in favor of having an independent auditor.


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Posted by Online Name
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Jan 14, 2020 at 4:19 pm

Annette's right that these costly "mistakes" suggest we need an independent auditor. It's also clear that we need that auditor to start auditing these "mistakes" and lay out steps to fix them. NOW might be a good time.


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