City of Palo Alto – Secret Funding Planned

Palo Alto future bond  initiative

City of Palo Alto – Secret Funding Plan Look for a variation of this in your mailbox next year, and every year after 2016. The City has made hefty promises of pensions and healthcare benefits to employees that cannot possibly be paid in a stagnant economy that has stripmined the middle class and small business.…

Homeless has become the dirty word of this century

Homeless Van belonging to retired school teacher

When growing up, I used to hear my parents refer to those who were either incapable or too lazy to work as “bums” or”tramps”. Those terms have been replaced now with a more fitting term “homeless”. In my 3 years of research, I have come across at least a thousand pictures of what the media considers as…

Palo Alto city employees get secret raises

Taxpayer's Money

According to the City of Palo Alto, city employees are so valuable that they can only be retained and encouraged to work if they are given bonuses and raises for showing up and doing the work that they were supposed to do. And no one can know who got a raise and who didn’t because…

There ought to be a law against city land grabbing

Land grab

What if you owned 4 1/2 acres in Palo Alto and you wanted to sell it, is there anything wrong with selling your own property?  Yes. It turns out, some property can’t be sold unless local politicians say it’s OK. For example, according to Palo Alto City Council and Santa Clara County Supervisors, Joe Simitian…