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Mayor seeks 'Environmental Commission' delay

Original post made on Dec 4, 2007

In a move that aroused the ire of her City Council colleagues, Mayor Yoriko Kishimoto attempted to postpone a vote on a proposed Environmental Commission until January -- when the council will have four new members.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, December 4, 2007, 2:37 AM

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Posted by Not so fast
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Dec 4, 2007 at 8:54 am

A cynical attempt by our mayor to get her way, one way or another. Obviously she does not have to vote to push through another one of her pet projects, an environmental commission (like we need another commission anyway), so her and her climate change pipe dream pal, Drekmeier try to delay a vote until new council members are seated.
One can only hope that this new batch of council members will be willing, ready and able to deal with the important issues facing our city and not waste time and resources on vanity projects supported by dinousaur council members like Yoirko, who only care for their own self-serving interests.


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Posted by J Muir
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Dec 4, 2007 at 9:44 am

Let's see how our distinguished Mayor comes out on issues like rectifying the jobs/housing imbalance - to relieve carbon load to the environment - or the issue of requiring Stanford to do something in within its enterprise that she steadfastly refuses to support at home.

We're going to find out, very soon, just how "green" some of our policy makers are.


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Posted by Not so fast
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Dec 4, 2007 at 10:00 am

Our "too much traffic" mayor is not interested in rectifying the jobs/housing imbalance. First of all she is against new housing (unless Stanford builds it on their own property) --she feels that it will create too much traffic. Second of all, dealing with the jobs/housing imbalance will be messy and will, therefore, a) cause conflict--which yoriko wants to avoid at all costs and b) distract from her goal of working only on climate change issues--nothing like jetting off to London and riding in private taxis while pushing "green" issues at home.


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Posted by a long time resident
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Dec 4, 2007 at 5:49 pm

Can someone fill me and others on what this commission was to do?

Or hasn't that been defined or what exactly their object was; Specific actions. ??

To many commissions or committes are formed and appear to be set up to benifit certain groups and everything is predetermined and they just go thru the motions:

i.e. Fiber to the home, :provided free fiber at a cost of possibly $1,000,000 to the taxpayers for the benifit of about 70 people. No plans were made ahead of time of how to expand this throughout the city and when the tial was over it was money down the drain.

i.e. I'm sure there was a commission or group formed to study undergrounding power lines throuout the city. It appears "DEAD" now that the people proposing got undergroudning in their neighborhoods. And at a cost of many millions of $$ to the ratepayers who don't have undergrounded power.

i.e. The new police station location. This was probably predetermined as only one other location was looked into and it was known that that area didn't want a parking lot converted into a police station. It is my opionion that some deal was worked out with the present owner of the proposed location to buy his property for over $10,000,000 for a parcel in a isolated, next to train tracks, inaccessable to E. of Alma part of the city in certain circumstances.
Where is there proof that this is what land is selling for in that area? Did the council zone it for a use that would double or triple the value of the land.?? Who actually own's the parcel (aprox 1.25 acres)?

I'm sure there are other examples


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Posted by Not so fast
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Dec 5, 2007 at 7:57 am

Here is the article from the PA Daily about this:

Web Link

From that article:

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"I wear my agenda on my sleeve," added Kishimoto, an ardent environmentalist. "

Finally, honesty and truth from Yoriko after all these years. Maybe she should resign from the council since she does not appear to care about anything else (of course, she should have mentioned that whining about too much traffic is also her agenda) and try to get appointed as Environmental Commissioner.

Who knows what our new mayor's (I assume it will be Larry Klein) thing for next year will be, but I think that anyone will be an improvement over Yoriko.


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Posted by Poor NSF
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Dec 5, 2007 at 10:41 am

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Posted by Not so fast
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Dec 5, 2007 at 10:55 am

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