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How to Value the Palo Alto Persona

Original post made by Paul Losch, Community Center, on May 1, 2012

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Posted by Sean
a resident of Midtown
on May 2, 2012 at 10:33 pm

"We must not lose the persona of this special town."

Translation: Raise taxes!

Paul, you are the problem, not the solution.

Where will the leadership in Palo Alto come from, if this is what we get from our public officials? We need an intellectual epiphany, and we are not getting it from the likes of Paul.

It is time to think outside the box, in Palo Alto. We, indeed, need to think more like Moraga, instead of elitist snobbery. Our city governance needs to think about basic needs, instead of boutique projects. A woman was killed by a bad sidewalk a few years ago. Why? Because Palo Alto refused to spend on basic infrastructure, because it was too pedestrian to consider as a priority.

We need some "Moraga" right here in Palo Alto. Even if Paul hates it. There is no need to raise taxes.


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Posted by Crescent Park Dad
a resident of Crescent Park
on May 8, 2012 at 6:55 pm

My opinion is that we should consider a blend of solutions - which may include an elimination or drastic cut, as well as maintaining a service as is. This is not a digital problem in need of a digital solution.

One point, I disagree that people move to Palo Alto for the services and amenities --- or that their existence is a primary consideration.

First, if you can afford moving here, you are most likely trying to get into the public schools. Which has nothing to do with city budgets or programs. PAUSD is separate entity.

Second, people move here for the ambiance. As my relatives from out of town will say - "we love that every street is a tree tunnel." Amazing diverse homes, beautiful gardens, tree lined streets, etc.

Third - the heart of technology, a great university, venture investment. Easy access to SF or SJ and points in between.

I could go on. Not to be disrespectful, but speaking for myself, I did not move here because there is an over-subsidized children's theater program. Not to pick on children's theater, but you get my point.


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