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Megan Fogarty in Midtown/ Midtown West January 16, 2022, 9:37 AM
Posting as an individual. Priority ideas from me:
1) Developing sense of place - nurture civic spaces, business corridors, arts, community service. Bring us together through our recreation and culture resources.
2) Continue work on housing affordable for all in our community (in particular our most vulnerable children and families) and climate change impacts.
3) Local campaign finance reform - insure that Palo Alto is an active and thriving democracy.
The League of Women Voters has put forward an excellent proposal for local campaign finance reform that would enact a $30,000 voluntary expenditure limit to rein in excessive campaign spending, cap campaign donations at $500, and require PACS that pay for campaign ads to disclose contributors who donated $2500+ to the PAC in the previous 12 months. Palo Alto is lagging behind neighboring cities such as Mountain View, Cupertino and Santa Clara that have passed similar measures. At a time when national politics is riven with multiple threats to democracy, this Council should unite around these campaign finance reform measures as a simple means of restoring faith in government and elections.
larry alton in Downtown North January 16, 2022, 4:10 AM
Lets have more get togethers, picnics, entertainment.
Karen Kalinsky in Fairmeadow January 15, 2022, 11:58 AM
In addition to the given priorities:
1. Encourage voter participation in local elections for City Council and PAUSD School Board by enacting city ordinances that create limits on individual donations to at most $500; and voluntary expenditure limits to at most $30,000 (lower limits for school board). This will make many more voters think that their smaller donations to candidates matter; and will allow potential candidates who don't have access to large funding (including more people of color and more diverse backgrounds) to consider running for office. This supports the DEI priority as well as a commitment to participatory democracy.
2. Act expeditiously to decide on plans for replacing all the at-grade train crossings. The Meadow and Charleston crossings are in dire need of improvement given the large number of students biking and walking across these intersections. Please keep in mind that the same solution will not necessarily work for both crossings since Meadow is much narrower than Charleston. Visual impacts are important, but not as important as creating safe crossings for everyone (cars, pedestrians, bike riders, people with disabilities, etc.).
Craig Taylor in Crescent Park January 15, 2022, 8:57 AM
Actions should improve citizen's lives with the most efficient use of city funds. Address congestion, parks, schools, libraries, crime, roads... local issues for a local government.
Programs should have measurable impacts and costs.
Name not shown in Crescent Park January 15, 2022, 6:00 AM
1. Remove restrictions on housing construction, including zoning and requirements for size, parking, etc. Streamline processing of building permits.
2. Reduce regulatory and taxation burden on business. Same as #1 with different focus.
3. Justice: Establish policy against qualified immunity and civil forfeiture. Do not enforce laws against victimless crimes, especially regarding drugs and immigration. Do not cooperate with other agencies in enforcing such laws.
4. Financial responsibility: Stop spending money on non-essentials, for example public art. Get all city employees onto defined-contribution retirement plans. Put local taxes on the ballot to be repealed (50% to repeal!).
5. Economics: Avoid feelgood policies whose unintended consequences make things worse, among them rent control, minimum wage regulations, electrification mandates.
6. Education: Work to open Palo Alto schools to students from less affluent neighboring communities. If Palo Alto taxpayers are to subsidize anything in the social justice area, let it be education opportunities.
7. My personal gripe: Stop making streets less safe for cyclists under pretense of making them bicycle friendly. Examples: Middlefield from Oregon to Channing, Arastradero from El Camino to Gunn, University at Center or W Crescent. Never put bollards or curbs in the street (exception: wrong-way bike lane on Homer, Alma to High).
LAUREN ANGELO in Old Palo Alto January 15, 2022, 5:23 AM
Continued City funding and support of the vital Community Services that make Palo Alto such a wonderful place to live and visit. Please continue to provide the funding needed by the Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo, the Children's Theatre, the Palo Alto Art Center, and the libraries. Thank you!
Name not shown in Charleston Terrace January 15, 2022, 12:26 AM
Make Palo Alto a Safe Community to live and visit.
Name not shown in Research Park January 14, 2022, 9:50 PM
Would appreciate the City Council looking through the lenses of the well-being of the residents of Palo Alto & social justice in making decisions on priorities.
Name not shown in College Terrace January 14, 2022, 9:37 PM
Level crossings! This has been discussed ad nauseum for years. The city has a surplus; use it, and anything you can get from the states or feds, and get it done. San Carlos and other cities have done it. How many more accidents does it take? And don’t even think about closing Churchill Ave. We need to get across town, and once high speed rail comes along, it will be impossible. Please!
Name not shown in Palo Verde January 14, 2022, 9:30 PM
We absolutely have to improve overall safety in PA by greatly reducing all kind of crimes. Unless the city feels safe to live, nothing else matters