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Key issues will drive policy through the seasons of 2014

Original post made on Jan 10, 2014

The year will certainly be filled with surprises. Given how much unfinished business the council is carrying over from 2013 into 2014, and given the fact that the official priorities the council set in 2013 are scheduled to continue in 2014, it is safe to say that the new year will begin right where the old one left off -- with a downtown Battle Royale over parking policies.

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Posted by commonsense
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jan 10, 2014 at 10:48 am

nice pic but that is not city hall

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Posted by Wondering?
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 10, 2014 at 11:11 am

> Key question: Who will rule the city in 2015?

"Who will rule the city?" .. got to wonder if the author of this key question has given up on representative democracy, and is openly admitting that the government no longer is a servant of the people .. but the boss of all of us?

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Posted by Silly
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Jan 10, 2014 at 11:27 am

1) Eliminate parking for all city officials and employees so they can see how the rest of us live.

2) Conduct an economic impact study of lost sales tax revenue as people shop in neighboring communities.

3) Fix the traffic light timing, especially around Town & Country. Do you need an advanced degree to conclude that the kids aren't at school at midnight so they don't need that additional traffic light?

5) Require council and staff to drive the major streets at different times every day so they can experience the wonders of the exhaust fumes like the rest of us.

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Posted by SteveU
a resident of Barron Park
on Jan 10, 2014 at 12:28 pm

SteveU is a registered user.

A slight variation on #1 by Silly
Limit parking by city employees TO the same number of spaces per unit that were APPROVED for recent new construction in downtown.

What is good for the goose is good for the donkeys in city hall

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Posted by Jill
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jan 11, 2014 at 6:03 pm

Maybe our incompetent city council members would better understand our parking problems, if they had their "dedicated, 24 hour reserved parking" spots on the first level of the city hall garage, taken away from them.
Why do they get such a perk? What other perks do they get that the citizens of Palo Alto are unaware of?

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Posted by old timer
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 12, 2014 at 2:18 am

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Posted by All this and more
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 12, 2014 at 2:14 pm

They also should not get pensions or lifetime free healthcare. The rest of us plebs don't.

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Posted by Resident 1
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jan 13, 2014 at 2:10 pm

The Comprehensive Plan is set for the period 2007 through 2014. The number of new housing units is 2,860. The Weekly has been providing that same data since 2007. However it does not provide the number of new housing units that have been built since 2007. From where I am sitting I think we have exceeded the 2,860 housing units required. Any goal requires statistical data as to how we are progressing on achieving that goal. Please follow up with the data that should be available from the City Hall as part of this presentation. This is an issue that needs statistical data by year, and those projects which are currently under construction with completion by the end of 2014.

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