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How to bring jobs to Palo Alto, benefit residents and increase Palo Alto's net worth.

Original post made by Resident, Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Jan 13, 2010

We can look to the Campus for Jewish Life in South Palo Alto to learn how to do this. A large piece of property came on the market (Sun Microsystems). The CJL Foundation was formed in October 2001 and fundraising began for the land acquisition. We need to from a Palo Alto Neighbors Foundation (PANF).

Palo Alto has large properties on the market for sale. City-owned land is profitable for the city because we need to think not only of revenue but also of investment properties in a market that always rebounds.

Palo Alto needs a branch library and day care in South Palo Alto, a recreation center with bowling alley and a separate room for small groups to meet and eat, and we need playing fields. The disabled community (every special education class/PE program in our area etc.) will have access to these resources.

We have eleven schools along the East Charleston/Arastradero school commute corridor and many local businesses. How they will be benefited by investment in this project:

Part of the land can be set aside for playing fields and educational garden (Plant a Pollinator Garden) Web Link

An infrastructure can be put in place to conserve water resources, save on the water bill, help the planet and be a teaching tool for children (Web Link);

Have kids play ‘water detectives,’ save money: (Web Link).

Have teachers submit grant proposals for projects using this investment. Teachers may use lesson plans that have already proved their worth. Part of the proposal should include the names of specific local businesses to partner in the lesson plan. In exchange for the advertising, the businesses would give children a discount on materials needed for the project.

This project would attract investment because it serves the needs of diverse populations (bees, athletes, water conservation supporters, all library users, all children, teachers, small businesses, job hunters).

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Posted by MidtownMom
a resident of Midtown
on Jan 13, 2010 at 2:43 pm

Branch library in south palo alto - you got to be kidding me !

I support the bowling alley, recreation center, meeting places ..

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Posted by Bill
a resident of Midtown
on Jan 13, 2010 at 7:45 pm

What kind of jobs are you creating? Low-paying public-supported jobs? Those kinds of jobs cost the community money. The jobs may have benefits to the community, but whether or not the benefit is worth the cost is debatable. And if the job pays so little money that the employee cannot afford to live in Palo Alto, then you are also creating traffic and smog.

Or are you talking about private-sector jobs that pay enough money so that the employee can buy a home and support a family in Palo Alto?

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Posted by NIMBY
a resident of Meadow Park
on Jan 13, 2010 at 9:59 pm

Ba hum bug!!

Resident seems to want to dump his entire building proposal on South Palo Alto, how about North Palo Alto?

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