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Ballot measure could overturn Palo Alto's new business tax

Original post made on May 10, 2023

Palo Alto is gearing up for a battle against a 2024 state ballot initiative that would make it harder for the state and cities to raise taxes and that could threaten two measures that voters approved last fall.

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Posted by Online Name
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on May 10, 2023 at 11:13 am

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Good re repealing the Gas Transfer Tax giving the city the right to continue to "overcharge" us while also continuing its never-ending rate increases which cause severe hardships for many, especially during the economic downturn,

Unlike City Hall, which continues to waste our money on risky $$$$ projects like Fiber To The Home -- based on a flawed survey where there was no way to say we didn't want it) while forcing us into costly -- risky unwanted forced electrical conversions when the grid's not even being upgraded to meet new demands and now their latest brainstorm to replace parking on El Camino with bike lanes.

How many businesses will these bike lanes kill and how much will they cost?

Surely our retail "consultant" who only thinks about how many square feet of retail we deserve will need another contract extension to factor that in.

Posted by Consider Your Options.
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 10, 2023 at 11:31 am

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To Embarcadero Oaks/Leland-- Fact check. El Camino Real is a STATE highway that is controlled by Caltrans, not the City of Palo Alto. When I called city staff to ask about El Camino Repaving Plans, they were surprised as anyone about the proposed new bike lanes. They had just reviewed a plan set that did not incorporate bike lanes along El Camino Real. As I understand it, this latest iteration of the El Camino Repaving Plan is a Caltrans project. It is NOT a city project. It's important to understand government agency jurisdictions.

Posted by Online Name
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on May 10, 2023 at 11:49 am

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@Consider Your Options, good point. I was wondering about that when I saw that the parking lane elimination proposal was coming before City Council. At the very least, nothing should be approved until it finally gets repaved.

Posted by Novelera
a resident of Midtown
on May 10, 2023 at 5:17 pm

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Predictable "no" from Greg Tanaka. While I'm grateful he's termed out, his recent voting pattern suggests he's still courting business interests for whatever sinecure he's after next.

Posted by MyFeelz
a resident of another community
on May 10, 2023 at 6:46 pm

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Let's keep spending more money defending ridiculous city mandates that don't hold water within the State laws -- old or new laws! I wish I was a Council member. I would vote every time to spend money on studies, plans, skirting long-held laws, and amending amendments that have yet to be studied or planned. Just give me unlimited access to taxpayers' wallets and let me start!

"With the cost of living skyrocketing, I think voters deserve the right to vote on all new taxes … especially in these days of high inflation," Tanaka said, VS this:

"Council member Pat Burt, who chairs the Finance Committee, said during the May 5 budget discussion that because the impacts on local services would be fairly universal to all California cities, he has "modest faith" that voters will indicate that they care about preserving these services.

"That's the thing they're most attuned to, but nobody knows what will be the outcome," Burt said."

Yep we're all attuned to paying for more and getting less. We are not only attuned, but played frenetically like a Bach Overture. Sweet. Web Link Viola!

Posted by Bystander
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 11, 2023 at 6:49 am

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I don't get this. I was under the impression this passed on the last vote. Now it is being voted on again?

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