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PRIORITIES ... First the easy part: the City Council decided Saturday to keep all five of the city's 2011 priorities — finances, environmental sustainability, emergency preparedness, land use and transportation, and youth well-being — in place for another year. Now comes the tricky part: figuring out exactly what that means. Though setting official priorities is a time-honored council tradition, members acknowledged at the retreat that they really need to clarify what a "priority" is. Councilman Larry Klein argued that five priorities are too many and implied to residents that any issue not labeled a priority would be ignored. He recommended adopting just two: infrastructure and Cubberley Community Center. Klein also suggested that it's time to "rethink the whole process" of setting priorities and recommended sending the discussion to the city's Policy and Services Commission. His colleagues agreed. Meanwhile, because city officials have been calling 2012 "the year of infrastructure investment and renewal," Councilman Pat Burt voted against the council's decision to keep the priorities in place and to not include "infrastructure" on the list. Others, including Mayor Yiaway Yeh and Councilman Sid Espinosa said the council's existing priorities already encapsulate infrastructure. Burt disagreed. "We basically are saying that it (infrastructure) is such a priority that we won't speak the word in our priorities," Burt said. "I think that's flawed."
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