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Term Limits, City Council Size, and Related Matters

Original post made by Paul Losch, Community Center, on Jun 5, 2013

I don’t know all the current City Council members, and for those with whom I am acquainted, I have generally found them to be decent folks working at an awful job. I toyed with running some years ago for City Council, and decided it was not what I wanted to do in my not so spare time. It is a very demanding job to be on Palo Alto City Council, and that is true no matter what you think of the people serving or the points of view they take.

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Posted by Not for incumbents
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jun 5, 2013 at 11:18 am

Any change in structure should NOT apply to the current council or it will clearly be a power grab by the development-supporters. -which Nancy Shepherd, Liz Kniss, and Gail Price have shown themselves to be, time and time again. Shepherd even liked 27 University!

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Posted by Wayne Martin
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Jun 6, 2013 at 8:53 am

This idea seems to have popped up out of nowhere. There doesn't seem to be the slightest evidence of a problem with the current system. As to the matter of representation, or clout, on regional boards/commissions--perhaps the proponents of this change could provide us with a list of these organizations that have told Palo Alto representatives that until that have been on a City Council for 10 years--they can't speak, or have any votes, on these regional groups.

There really needs to be clear problems demonstrated before we make charter changes just to please lifetime politicians.

The biggest threat from regional boards at the moment is the ABAG mandate for thousands of new housing units in Palo Alto. It's not clear that any of our Council Members have taken a strong stand in any meetings that they may have attended in the past. Perhaps these ladies might point out how being on the Palo Alto City Council longer than eight years would lead to Palo Alto's being able to mitigate, or quash, these sorts of ABAG mandates in the future. So far, we've seen nothing from these three about any real problems that being on the Council longer than eight years would solve.

Hopefully, this idea will not make it to the ballot.

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Posted by Not an issue
a resident of Community Center
on Jun 6, 2013 at 5:02 pm

Well said, Wayne. I look forward to Liz, nancy and Gail explaining their rationale. Of course, our comments will probably be ignored-- we just sit quietly and let those that know best( the city council) run things. When we need to know anything they will instruct their local newspaper to tell us what we should do and how we should vote.