Scharff, Shepherd to lead City Council in 2013
Original post made on Jan 8, 2013
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on Jan 8, 2013 at 9:30 am
> Klein also rejected the notion that a mayor is strictly a
> ceremonial position in Palo Alto. The position involves
> not only chairing meetings but also representing the city
> in other communities, in the United States and abroad.
The Charter does not remotely suggest that the City of Palo Alto has any municipal authority outside its borders. So, it's not at all clear what role an unelected Mayor should be trying to assert beyond Palo Alto's borders. Certainly inviting people to visit our town is within the role of Mayor, but to promote national policies, or international policieswhich might reflect only the mindset of a few peopleis not appropriate, and should perhaps even become the basis for a Council recall.
> "I think Greg has shown that he is a leader for our community," Klein said.
Our form of government is "representative", meaning that there is a conveyance of political power from "the people" to individuals who are elected (but sometimes selected) to make decisions for everyone. There is no mention of "leaders" in our municipal Charter, or any of the foundation documents of our government (state/federal constitutions). Leaders are people who generally expect the "little people" to follow them, rather than to discern the sentiments of the majority and make decisions that reflect those sentiments.
After Scharff's clear statements favoring massive buildings (relative to a recent PC zoning: "The building is the benefit"), it's difficult to believe that there will be anything that remotely reflects the general sentiments of Palo Altansjust his clients in the building trades.
It is difficult to understand how a city that is populated with as many well-educated people can end up electing the likes of Peter Drekmeier and Gregg Scharff.
on Jan 8, 2013 at 10:47 am
Dark days said:It is difficult to understand how a city that is populated with as many well-educated people can end up electing the likes of Peter Drekmeier and Gregg Scharff.
I agree and I would add Kniss and the new kid, Marc Berman. He sounded like a high school boy talking about himself and joking round. Ignorance wont stand in his way though, the other developer lawyers will tell him how to vote.
Kniss was unbelievable in the tastelessness of her speeches. She used her time to praise her own ELECTION committee and she went off the dais to give flowers to her election committee. Her egocentricity set a new low for inappropriate self-praise.
on Jan 8, 2013 at 11:38 am
The elected officials keep congratualting themselves for doing a great job, but somehow the job is not getting done.
Let's be optomistic and hope for a change:
1. A list of priortitized city services, and meaningful reductions to the bloated City budget.
2. Stop the gifts to developers and uphold the principles of our comprehensive plan.
3. Stop robbing the Utility funds to pay for City operations.
In the end, we need to show that we spend no more per resident than any other Bay Area city.
We have a long way to go. I hope that the voters will hold the elected officials accountable for these pragmatic expectations. We sure spend a lot of time on pomp and circumstance for being a relatively small business compared to the companies most residents work for. Let's ask for fewer words and more results.
Hope springs eternal, but there are no historical data points indicating brighter days. Instead we can look to Bond Issues as a substitute for fiscal responsibility, and breaking Prop. 13 as a substitute for living within our means.
Greg Scharf, I hope you read this and take us in a new direction.