I am interested in facts, arguments and values pro and con to help my thinking on the following which now seems right to me at least:
NOW IS THE TIME,AND THIS IS THE PLACE TO START IN RATIONALIZING AND JUSTIFYING GOVERNMENT. PUBIC SAFETY, elections,. . . what else is really essential???
Friends have shown themselves dedicated and capable; comparableyout activities are private in general; years ago, decades ago, this was discussed; $100,000 or so plus $1,000,000 to $4,000,000 retirement for a costume person,e.g.?
This is not sustainable. Public art should be a golden handshake!
City should CONSIDER volunteer $1;/;yr managers for EVERY department with full authority to be unpopular,and make rational decisions on merit.
Director of a small staff of children's theater?
Probably ten to fifty people in Palo Alto could competently do this job. ANd WOULD! Probably, l' board members would be qualified.
START with an appeal to work for ONE dollar to straighten out the mess,and make a transition to all private funding,
Now is time to set the children's theater free of public control, pubic limitation, public mismanagement.
Friends of the Children's theater are experienced, sophisticated, can raise funds,and seem to be good stewards. NOW is a good time to make a transition tofree up sity funds for public safety.
Others have noted the knife attacks, armed robberies, cell phone taken by intimidation from women walking in the afternoon, car break ins, home robberies, all within even walking distance of the Children's Theater.
Wouldn't appropriate and effective expenditures to reduce this ( more detective work? watchful recording cameras? education of neighbors? I don't know how this can best be done).
Is the children's theater attracting the crowd doing the harm? Seems doubtful, but it should be looked at in light of the origna robbery sequence of actors, no pun intended.)
With almost unlimited wealth, huge taxes, generally increasing sity revenues, and million to multi-million dollar "handshakes" for retiring employees (Isn't each retiring fire and police office taking out about 2,000,000 to 4,000,000 EACH if from age 55, thirty year service, 3% x 30 - 90% pension, 80,000 to 90,000 to start, health care benefits, spouse benefits, life insurance? etc., can the public rationally afford this?
Non- essential govt services much be allowed to flourish as non profit services. Perhaps the City could donate use of the space.
But it does seemthat potholes,flooding,airport, stanford, huge hospitals,shopping centers,school contracts, parks, libraries,
police protection and police misconduct, giving out grants to small popular and legitimate groups, having 1,000 or more employees, secret records of real compensation paid each employee apparently (only budgeted salaries seem to be available), compliance with public record request, fire protection, housing development, transportation issues, Burma, Iran, "global" warming, sports fields, plaza fix ups, UTILITIES, HETCH HETCHY, EARTHQUAKE SAFETY, Tasers, intergovernmental panels, .......
Can this really be supervised by nine rotating volunteers?
Look at former Palo Police Officer Monk,disgraced for visiting illegal house of drugs and prostitution;
former PA Officer apparently sent to prision ? for felony stealing from victim he took report on;
not to mention the officer who was convicted not too long ago of bad behavior with children.
Or the officers who beat innocents.
This just seems inherently too much to manage, or even apparently audit in an even limited way, time to pare down government reach and scope slowly and significantly it seems.
Posted by Solon, a resident of the Professorville neighborhood, 10 hours ago