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Stunned by rising costs, Palo Alto seeks to renegotiate deal for wastewater plant

Original post made on Sep 16, 2022

After signing a deal with Valley Water in 2019 for new wastewater-treatment facilities, City Council members confronted this week a major obstacle: costs that are rising faster than anyone had expected.

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Posted by Green Gables
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Sep 16, 2022 at 11:17 am

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I agree with Councilman Tanaka that Mountain View should pay 75% since they use 75%. Palo Alto has already been used and abused by VTA for costs.


Posted by Online Name
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Sep 16, 2022 at 11:27 am

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Let's hope PA does a better job of negotiating this one than they did on the proposed business tax.


Posted by Mondoman
a resident of Green Acres
on Sep 16, 2022 at 12:34 pm

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Since the Doomsday Glacier melting won't hit for hundreds to thousands of years, it seems to me that it would be better to spend today's money on improving our electrical distribution system, which we need right now.


Posted by MyFeelz
a resident of JLS Middle School
on Sep 16, 2022 at 1:32 pm

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Mondoman, your theory is perfectly suited to the reasoning around why they didn't have more lifeboats on Titanic. "Unsinkable!" "Won't ever happen!" "One life boat is too many for such a grand modern ship!" "Let's have more champagne!" "Why are all those rats running uphill?" "Who cares, let's have some more champagne!"

I finally put together the waste treatment facility being right next door to a bunch of planned low income housing. Who else would live near a cesspool except for the POOR? I guess they should be grateful, and maybe we can set up a gofundme account to purchase nose plugs to give them.


Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Sep 16, 2022 at 2:02 pm

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We have paid for pure Hetch Hetchy mountain water in PA. This is a long-standing favorable arrangement.
I believe PA paid San Francisco a lot of $ as our contribution towards upgrading the Hetch Hetchy water pipeline in recent years.
Now our city will have the option to purchase locally purified waste water for our drinking water.
- NO.
Talk about bait and switch!


Posted by Alcon
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 16, 2022 at 3:36 pm

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Next time the Council agrees to a percentage of cost on a project we do not control the agreement should cap the actual dollars by adding a clause "but not to exceed X dollars".


Posted by Online Name
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Sep 16, 2022 at 5:52 pm

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"Next time the Council agrees to a percentage of cost on a project we do not control the agreement should cap the actual dollars by adding a clause "but not to exceed X dollars".

You think they would have learned after the Mitchell Park Library fiasco with its cost overruns and delays.


Posted by Sameoldthing
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Oct 30, 2022 at 10:08 pm

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It is interesting that these same people, Pat Burt, Lydia Kou, Eri Filseth and Tom DuBois, are supporting the same person that wants to charge the City 2-3x the initial cost of the waste water treatment plant. Why even negotiate with Santa Clara Valley Water? Why not just give them a blank check? It would be less expensive.


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