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As Palo Alto expands its list of 2023 goals, staffing remains an issue

Original post made on Apr 12, 2023

As the City Council formally adopted its list of over 70 projects it wants to see completed this year, some members suggested other new initiatives, including a vacancy tax on retail and housing.

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Posted by JS1
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 12, 2023 at 7:10 pm

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The City should consider allotting some ground floor space in the City-owned building located at 445 Bryant (space formerly occupied by Form Fitness at corner of Bryant/Lytton) to La Comida. There is adjacent outdoor space that could be utilized quite nicely for outdoor lunching and socializing. The City would not be sacrificing much as this tenant space is not well suited for almost all other uses. In this economy, the space is just going to sit empty anyway. A bonus would be that the space is located centrally in downtown PA, close to Lytton Gardens and across the street from Avenidas.

Posted by Native to the BAY
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Apr 13, 2023 at 2:07 am

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“I think we're reaching the point of discomfort," Shikada said at one point. I & my children are in severe discomfort. Living in trapped, draconian, oppressive, lock-up multi billion dollar Related “low income” residence. Yes. The same Related that owns the 2019 Hudson Yards, NYC. The largest development at 25 Billion Dollars in the United States. our 70 families in Palo Alto, live under plastic, vinyl & cardboard, cheap squalor. Mayfield is the most honest assessment of how it feels to be poor, alone and yes: trapped in a substandard rental reality in Palo Alto. Yet like Trump time & time again, over the course of his presidential campaign & presidency, he would say such as you Shikada. Sadly apealing & garnering empathy support from so many who not only have little to nothing, yet believed he was speaking & acting on thier behalf. now we have now. Many of that supportive populous then 4 Trump , near the edge r now over the cliff. This is our consequence of electing not only a stock/real estate mogul and also a lawyer lover. Millions of his supporters, have neither. Where is the glue to his goo? It would really be in the City’s best interest to revisit the Mayfield Agreement. It is far from family. very low income housing. We are literally trapped. Outside doors lock at 6pm, inhumane management, broken everything, no access to community room amenities, bullying management, utter lack of management communication unless served lease violations & three day notices, no safe parking, ill conceived laundry amenities absolutely no where for children to go outside! unsafe units that require monthly / weekly maintenance on plumbing drains & unsafe windows to smoke/carbon alarms. too, we r located on “Stanford Research Park lands (formerly Mayfield) treated like outsiders to the whole of the Palo Alto Community. yet I suppose on the up, the hot water returned & the maggots disappeared. It’s uncomfortable 4 us treated as temporary over inclusive, accepting 2 grow beyond

Posted by Bystander
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 13, 2023 at 10:53 am

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When so much money has been wasted it seems probable that anything the City decides to do needs more personnel to do it! I have no idea of the number of City staff with suspect titles who are basically pen pushers rather than actual workers. We have studies for almost everything with outside agencies giving what appears to be foregone conclusions. Can we for once start making our City financially responsible and get those employed by the City (at City Hall) to actually work for their high paid salaries. If ex governors can fill pot holes, then City workers can do the same.

Posted by MyFeelz
a resident of another community
on Apr 13, 2023 at 5:18 pm

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This city council can't prioritize a Saturday shopping list. Sure, you wrote down "filet mignon". And you wrote down "champagne". And "caviar". But when all you can afford is 20% lean ground beef, a liter of Pepsi and a box Cheez-its, you need to take a reality check. You can write down anything you want on a list, but you should only be committing to what you can afford. How many of those things on your list are leftover fantasies from councils gone by? How many members of the council are hanging on by a thread to their aging promises? The emperor needs new threads, already.

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