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on May 24, 2013
I worked with Jen as a fellow Parks Commissoner, and she is a terrific person to work from a City Perspective. I do not really know Diane, and clearly her background is just what is needed to provide the lens that the PAUSD looks through (whoops! dangling participle!)
One thing I have always found puzzling is the notion that school and community centers and libraries in Palo Alto need to be one story.
We are taking some new direction in that context. PALY has a new 2 story building under development, the new Mitchell Library/Community Center facility is 2 story.
I grew up attending schools in other parts of the country, from elementary to high school where 2 story is a given.
The City is built out. The only way we can meet the City and School District mutual and separate objectives is to recognize that two story buildings are called for at Cubberley.
The city Rent out about 80% part of Cubberley from the PAUSD, for some 8 mill per year. The city uses one room only for its own use as it has one department there with some 6 city employees working there. and the rest of some more than 30 classrooms are sub leases for a total of less than a million per year. So the CPA is losing lots of money at Cubberley. almost giving rent free to places like Kumon math, and some private childcare, and chinese after school and so on and lots of other after school program. Are those public benefits? some people would say yes. This private after school programs are ripping the benefits by way 10 to 1. The city does not want to reise the rent because the facilities are crumbling and an earthquake of 6.0 would level that place down. the Discussion should be in turn of this subject, not anything else. Second floor? or course! why now 3rd floor in seismically new building for the new High School, so they would have more space for sport fields.
It would be interesting to have an accurate figure of how much the city spends on children and childcare. It must be astronomical.
The Children's Library, children's librarians, little kids parks, playgrounds, Jr.Museum (no matter how inadequate, it costs a lot), several childcare centers, playing fields, much of the two Community Centers, much of the Art Center space and classes, Cubberley space, Children's Theater, City recreation classes for children, teams, school district recreation classes for children. and more ...
And oh yes, the Schools.
I don't mean to question anyone's obsessive devotion to spending on kids, but it may be out of control. Is there a number? or a guess?