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on Aug 16, 2007
Looks to be a great field of candidates and an entirely unpredictable election, much like our incumbent-free presidential election. I'm excited to see so much young experience in the field as well, Espinosa and Yeh will bring some really fresh voices to this race and hopefully the council. People will hopefully realize that a career in the corporate world provides experience, but local government staff work like Yeh has done goes much further towards effectively serving constituents and setting consistent policy.
I certainly hope that we get canidates that will represent and serve the entire city.
Ordinary residents are much more likely to do that than the ones tied to corporations and developers.
I would think that regular residents would want Palo Alto to remain a quality, livable city.
I could go on and on and on about what has and is happening in this city and also what is not happening.
All of the candidates are "ordinary residents"; they are all Palo Alto citizens. They are all well-meaning citizens.
To assume that just because someone works for this or that company, or has local financial interests, will somehow "control" their policy-making, is a unproven assumption, and insulting to all who have done the work to qualify.
Mike, what rock have you been hiding under or did you just get in town?
The shutting down of a shopping center(Albertsons)and turning it over to a developer for high profit housing, then saying to the people in South Palo Alto "Go shop in Mt View if you don't like it".
Spending about a million on fiber to the home, not charging those getting it the $10,000 each it cost and having no plans of how to extend it to all of town after this trial.
Finding about $5,000,000 of tax money to build a pedestrian and bike underpass, under the train tracks, a few blocks from a long existing unerpass and it only goes to the clinic.
Not removing the Chaucer St bridge over the SanFrancisqueto (my spelling bad) creek after the big '98 flood and paying millions of taxpayers money (Menlo Park also pd.) to certain homeowners and their attorneys. Still nothing has been done to solve that one problem, but a new underpass was much more important I guess.
I could go on and on and on for years and years of neglect and broken promices (only certain people get underground power lines in their neighborhood where "important" people live, Also 20 to 30 million to drain certain streets (replacement of older storm drains) of water when it rains hard also where "important people live" and no storm drains at all in very large section of the city.)
I will be very interested to see where these candidates live. South Palo Alto, Palo Alto Hills, and Baron Park are always under-represented on City Council so most of the money and attention goes to north Palo Alto. I plan to vote for candidates who don't live in North PA.
Bring back the yacht harbor and remove barracades and bumps.
It's unfortunate that the citizens of Palo Alto living south of Oregon feel neglected or used. How ever,the reason for this is that they are treated as second-class citizens. The list of issues given by "another resident/shopper" is accurate, but not exhaustive. Look also, for instance, at the housing development replacing Ricky's: it pushes up against the streets, it hides the old skyline of redwoods, and the colors are as garish as a hawaiian shirt in Montana. Who be sides the builder has profited by that?
Also, corporate management experience doesn't translate to making nuts and bolts decisions about the city. Small business owners--shopkeepers-- have better training, forced to make decisions that don't get dampened by a large organization or hidden behind the recommendations of a committee or an outside consultant.
Hopefully, no matter what experience Council candidates have, those who are elected will be able to work as a coordinated whole in getting our infrastructure back to par, and compelling innovative changes in government - both locally and regionally. (incidentally, there is no "magic bullet" in terms of business or financial experience - e.g. George Bush is an MBA)
More than one kind of ospecific experience, we need people who have paid attention to all sides of the issues Palo Alto is facing, and have some VISION about where this city is headed.
We need to be far more strategic in our outlook, and far more regional in our outreach - along with taking care of matters here at home.
We need a council that will get off this silly warmie fad and concentrate on real, rather than emotional needs of the city.
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