Where is the organized city leadership in Palo Alto? It's the vacuum created by lack of strong, visible leadership that seems to let so many things get off-track or bogged down in interest-group sniping. Back east, we had a Mayor - a real, elected-to-the-job, 4 year Mayor, as the chief executive of the city, whose job was to drive initiatives and actually get things done. If we didn't like him/her, we'd vote him/her out, but at least things got done. This City Council/City Manager form of government appears to open the door for interest-group driven gridlock without leadership responsible for getting results.
Is there real civic leadership in Palo Alto?