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News - January 10, 2014

Around Town

A COWARDLY COUNCIL? ... Residents who recently posted comments on the Open City Hall website want to give City of Palo Alto officials a somewhat harsh civics lesson. The city asked the question, "What core values do you believe the City Council should use to guide them in their decisions on behalf of the community?" The responses were all over the map. Suggestions ranged from more pingpong challenges to "Tell ABAG to stuff it." (The Association of Bay Area Governments determines how much new housing each city is required to build based on growth estimates and the jobs-housing imbalance.) But the majority of comments focused on a need to listen to constituents and to do something to preserve Palo Alto's quality of life: "Don't be cowardly; be willing to reject developments; stand up for us; BE a government. Quit being a dictatorship," one resident wrote. And another gave the city leaders a civics lesson and verbal spanking: "When I think about it, it is a crying shame, not to mention an outrage, that in a city like Palo Alto, its council has to ask its citizens what its core values should be. How about 'Do unto others what you would have them do unto you.' This exercise just shows how far our city government has moved from reality and the ability to even understand the meaning of the word 'governance.' Our Founding Fathers gave us our core values — it's called The Constitution."

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