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Original post made on Jan 25, 2013

YAKETY-YAK ... Palo Alto City Council Chambers were deserted Tuesday night by the time the council got to its last agenda item ' long-winded members. The nine readily agreed to spend "about an hour" at their upcoming Feb. 2 retreat discussing voluntary ' or perhaps mandatory ' provisions to limit council members' questions and comments during meetings. Worried that lengthy meetings are "undermining public confidence" in the political process, Mayor Greg Scharff and council members Larry Klein and Gail Price have suggested that mandatory time limits be considered if council members cannot voluntarily refrain from making voluminous comments. The average length of council meetings ' held almost weekly ' crept up from about four-and-a-half hours in 2008 through 2011 to five hours in 2012. "We risk undermining public confidence in our processes if we can't this problem under control," Scharff, Klein and Price said in a memo to colleagues.

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Posted by Not an issue, a resident of Community Center
on Jan 25, 2013 at 4:34 pm

We cannot have menlo park being beeper than us as far as plastic bags go. We have to be the leader. We must immediately ban the possession and use of any and all plastic bags. We must also ban paper bags and everyone must use reusable bags. To prevent outside shopping all people entering palo alto will be stopped and searched for illegal plastic and paper bags. [Portion removed by Palo Alto Online staff.]


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