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Original post made on Jan 27, 2012

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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Posted by svatoid
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Jan 27, 2012 at 3:06 pm

" Palo Alto ex-mayors stick together, particularly when it comes to political endorsements. So perhaps it's no surprise that when Santa Clara County Supervisor Liz Kniss announced her desire to return to the Palo Alto City Council, her former council colleague and current State Sen. Joe Simitian was among the early endorsers of her campaign. This week, Kniss returned the favor and announced her endorsement of Simitian, who is termed out of Sacramento this year and who hopes to take Kniss' spot on the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors."

How convenient--Liz and Joe playing footsie with endorsements. Let's not forget that Liz was behind the shift in election years for PA Council--done to ensure that she will have a seat to run for when she gets booted of the Supervisors Board. AS we know by now, Liz does not do anything that will not gain personal benefit for herself.
We should ask Liz which current council member she thinks she should replace--certainly not the Mayor, Mr. Yeh, since she spoke about him in sparkling terms when he was elected mayor a few weeks ago.
Re-electing Liz to the council will be a disaster for the city. And yes, part of my feelings about Liz are personal--I remember her disgraceful behavior during the eruv discussion a decade ago.
As for Joe, I think we have had enough of his nanny state way of running things.
The big question is why do these career politicians feel that they are somehow owed a new elected position when they are termed out of the position they occupied for years.

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Posted by common sense
a resident of Midtown
on Jan 28, 2012 at 9:01 pm

svatoid - I couldn't agree with you more. Joe Simitian has been absent on two big issues: High Speed Rail & the ABAG housing allocations. He has done nothing to represent the majority view of the district he represents. And given the 12 years he's been in Sacramento, he's had no courage to help solve the budgetary spending problems. And education, is "signature interest area" is in worse shape than ever.

I found Liz Kniss to be particular self serving when she pushed the council to place on the ballot measure the election year change so that she would have another political office to go to when she was termed out as a County Supervisor. Kniss as well as been absent in the two big issues facing Palo Alto: High Speed Rail & the ABAG housing allocation. Kniss is on the board of Caltrain, and should have been a key oppposition leader to HSR, and should have been one pointing out the many flaws in the HSR business plan. Kniss's ties to developers like Jim Baer will make her a tool for more high density development, more PC zoning.

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