Editorial: From nine to seven | January 11, 2019 | Palo Alto Weekly | Palo Alto Online |

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Spectrum - January 11, 2019

Editorial: From nine to seven

With two fewer council members, new leaders and a new city manager, an uncertain year awaits

Only one new face will be on the dais at Palo Alto City Council meetings this year, but that belies the fact that dramatic and unpredictable changes are afoot for our city government and local politics.

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42 people like this
Posted by Loss
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 11, 2019 at 6:57 am

This I’ll advised reduction was entirely political in order to consolidate power in fewer hands. Those fewer hands over time are far more likely to represent moneyed interests over those of residents - just look at the history. This reduction was “justified” by saying it would reduce the length of meetings and other cities got by with fewer Council members, but what it actually does is reduce the robustness of democratic representation in our city. We now have fewer elected representatives, less opportunity for diverse views on Council, less representation on regional commmittees, etc.


9 people like this
Posted by Need to Re-balance
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 11, 2019 at 5:41 pm

Palo Altans who care about holistic civic responsibility in the face of overdevelopment pressures really ought to get together and recall anyone who engaged in "misleading the public" in their campaign disclosures re: development money, especially Kniss and Fein. That would give those trying to govern for all of Palo Alto a reprieve from the overrepresentation of the overbuilding crowd.


12 people like this
Posted by Need to re-balance
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 11, 2019 at 5:42 pm

The FPPC isn't really much of a watchdog -- the fact that they were willing to say Fine misled the public is about as strong as it gets. Public: the ball is in your court. That should be grounds to recall him.

There has never been a residentialist majority (Burt never was one). We need it for balance.


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