Palo Alto mayor to present 'State of the City' tonight
Original post made on Feb 27, 2013
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on Feb 27, 2013 at 11:35 am
The City Council is considering ways to pay for our infrastructure and public safety needs. Naturally and predictably they default to yet another proposed bond measure and potential tax increase. Absolutely unreal.
One of the primary functions of our city leaders and elected officials is to operate with our public funds in a responsible manner. That would include working within a balanced budget, and providing for our essential infrastructure and public safety needs. After all, without those elements being in place, our overall quality of life in the big scheme falls at risk of serious compromise.
So why has it reached this point? Why do we find ourselves incapable, or perhaps unwilling, to allocate the required funds to pay for our essential needs? In my opinion, because our city leaders have never set any solid financial priorities. They have ignored and dismissed our vital and essential civic needs, preoccupying themselves instead with special interest groups, niche projects, and feel good programs and services. This has been going for many, many years. On one hand they decry our current fiscal circumstances as being unprecedented and grave, while in the other they continue to approve and dole out millions of dollars in public funds for bike bridges, golf course remodels, bike bridges, new playgrounds, community center make-overs, and commercial district beautification. The list goes on.
Our city leaders are seemingly incapable of demonstrating the common sense and courage to say no to the many special interest groups and niche programs and services. We continue to publicly support programs such as the Children's Theater and the Opportunity Center. When discussion arose to outsource our animal services, a move that would save us several million dollars over time, these same city leaders allowed themselves to be shouted down by a vocal minority. They concern themselves more with their own image, to not appear uncaring or insensitive, than they do with the greater good.
I will oppose and work defiantly against any future proposals which involve a bond measure and tax increase to pay for our essential civic needs. The city council must be sent a message. You cannot keep spending public funds in a frivolous, irresponsible manner, and expect to return to the tax payers crying poor. Please demonstrate some fiscal responsibility and common sense.
on Feb 27, 2013 at 11:45 am
Very odd location for an official event. It traditionally has been successful at city hall.
Cant help wondering whether the mayor will receive any private advantage from the car company for the free publicity he is giving them.
on Feb 27, 2013 at 12:25 pm
Dear Wondering, this event was held last year at the JCC, and the year before that at the Cubberly theater. Basically the mayors are trying to have this annual event at different parts of the city.