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Palo Alto Environmental Commission unlikely

Original post made on Oct 17, 2007

An Environmental Commission, replete with formal agendas and reports, isn't coming to Palo Alto anytime soon, the Policy & Services Committee decided Tuesday.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, October 17, 2007, 11:51 AM


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Posted by Bob Wenzlau
a resident of Crescent Park
on Oct 17, 2007 at 4:49 pm

Bob Wenzlau is a registered user.

Council made the correct decision here in not forming a commission. I believe that council should obligate existing commissions to carry an environmental agenda, rather than creating a new forum. My experience is that these extra commissions introduce a circuitous process toward the accomplishment of any desired outcome. When focus is needed, the council can create a task force, and then disband the task force. Ultimately, I hope for a leaner governmental and citizen process.

When government seeks to "honor" and issue by forming a commission, often they accomplish just the opposite. As a case in point, I have discovered that our "bicycle" issue has been honored by having numerous "commissions" in local government, but these same commissions inadvertently confuse government and citizenry, and potentially lead to less rather than more progress.

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Posted by John
a resident of College Terrace
on Oct 17, 2007 at 5:00 pm

Kill this environmental Czar/commission before it hatches! It is another crazy Palo Alto greenie idea, that has no merit. Worse, it will grow into an anti-business, anti-private property monster.

We need a real tax base in this city, not a CO2 reduction propaganda crusade. We also need infrastructure...not dreams about saving the world!

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Posted by Eva
a resident of Downtown North
on Oct 17, 2007 at 5:19 pm

Good call...

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Posted by Jenny
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 18, 2007 at 8:36 am

At last our City Council makes the right decision for once. Now lets get rid of the Environmental Czar with his/her $180,000 salary plus perks. This is a big waste of money.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 18, 2007 at 8:49 am

I agree with Bob above. I think that giving all our various commissions a mandate to do things with the environment as a key issue is the best way to go. We can build green, do things in small ways, but the really big things that would make a differernce have to be done at the State and National levels. Once these are put into effect, we can come back to see what individual cities can do. We can't put the cart before the horse and we can't let everything else go to pot.

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Posted by Adam
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Oct 19, 2007 at 4:52 pm

Thank you council for getting it right. Bob's reasoning and examples are excellent - as is Resident's.