Palo Alto Mayor Sid Espinosa – Just Another Cut and Paste List of Accomplishments?

RESOLUTION OF THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF PALO ALTO EXPRESSING APPRECIATION FOR OUTSTANDING PUBLIC SERVICE

TO SIDNEY A. ESPINOSA AS MAYOR

WHEREAS, Sid Espinosa served as Mayor of the City of Palo Alto from January 4, 2011 through January 3, 2012; and

WHEREAS, Sid advocated for visionary and much-needed building projects, including the completion of negotiations for the Stanford Hospital and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital expansions, finishing the Downtown Library renovation, and breaking ground on the 2.5-million gallon emergency water tank construction, among others; and

Compared to Former Palo Alto Mayor Pat Burt:

WHEREAS, 2010 was a year of unprecedented challenges for the City, with an international fiscal crisis, serious City budget concerns, labor tensions, profound high speed rail considerations, and a large and complex negotiation regarding the Stanford Hospital project; and

WHEREAS, Sid is focused on the long-term health and financial strength of the City, helping to ensure a balanced budget, overseeing critical structural changes in the City’s labor agreements, supporting the important work of the Infrastructure Blue Ribbon Commission (IBRC), which will establish a long-term and comprehensive plan for infrastructure maintenance and planning across the City, and promoting the development of an Economic Development Plan for Palo Alto; and

Compared to Former Palo Alto Mayor Pat Burt:

WHEREAS, under the leadership of Mayor Burt the City closed a $6.3 million mid-year budget gap and eliminated a $7.3 million dollar structural deficit and began the process to restructure its long-term pension and health care costs for real structural change while at the same time improving its management and labor relations; and

WHEREAS, Sid is a recognized environmental leader, speaking at numerous environmental conferences and events, declaring 2011 the “Year of the Bike” in Palo Alto, actively promoting Earth Day and Safe Routes to School for our City’s youth, ensuring the update of the City’s Bike & Pedestrian Master Plan, and being honored by environmental non-profit leader Hidden Villa with the Humanitarian of the Year Award; and

Compared to Former Palo Alto Mayor Pat Burt:

WHEREAS, Mayor Burt oversaw noteworthy progress in the environmental review of Stanford University’s proposals to remodel and expand the Stanford University Medical Center; and

WHEREAS, Sid advocated for the use of technology to revolutionize the way that Palo Alto provides government services and interacts with its citizens, including initiatives with OPower and IDEO to test new innovations within City departments, pushing for the completion of the new website, launching new mobile applications like one that will help citizens report problems to City departments, and actively using video as a means of communicating, among others; and

WHEREAS, Sid is a champion for the City’s emergency preparedness, including active involvement in the highly successful Quakeville exercise, speaking at neighborhood association meetings and community preparation events, and creating videos to inform citizens about how to become prepared – all to ensure that Palo Alto is ready for an inevitable disaster; and

Compared to Former Palo Alto Mayor Pat Burt:

WHEREAS, Mayor Burt strongly supported the city’s goal of emergency preparedness, including the City’s completion of the Fire Services Study, over 200 Safety and Disaster Preparedness presentations, and the Quakeville exercise; and

WHEREAS, Sid has a deep commitment to improving teen mental health in our community, bringing together people and organizations from across the City to focus on youth engagement, and speaking at school, non-profit, and business events regarding these issues; and strongly supporting the Project Safety Net initiative, which was recognized this year by the League of California Cities with a Helen Putnam Award for Excellence in Health and Wellness programs; and

Compared to Former Palo Alto Mayor Pat Burt:

WHEREAS, Mayor Burt’s leadership on the issue of youth well-being – a difficult and emotional topic — was influential in the City’s adoption of the well regarded Project Safety Net initiative.

WHEREAS, Sid focused on government transparency and public outreach, launching a monthly Mayor’s Messages newsletter, creating regular office hours including “mobile mayor” office hours across the community, and constantly inviting people from across the City to volunteer and get actively involved in City issues; and

WHEREAS, Sid did all of the aforementioned work and more with a genuine excitement, constant professionalism, sincere friendliness, and real passion for improving the City of Palo Alto and the lives of people therein.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Council of the City of Palo Alto hereby commends the outstanding public service of Sidney A. Espinosa and gratefully records its appreciation, as well as the appreciation of the citizens of this community, for meritorious service rendered and contributions made during his term as Mayor.

INTRODUCED AND PASSED: JANUARY 3, 2012
ATTEST: APPROVED:
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City Clerk Mayor
APPROVED AS TO FORM:
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City Manager City Attorney

1. RESOLUTION OF THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF PALO ALTO TO SIDNEY A. ESPINOSA AS MAYOR

2. RESOLUTION OF THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF PALO ALTO TO PATRICK BURT AS MAYOR

One Reply to “Palo Alto Mayor Sid Espinosa – Just Another Cut and Paste List of Accomplishments?”

  1. Thank you anonymous for your post. There are in fact many similarities as you have pointed out and the picture use is appropriate. At least he’s up the creek with his political paddle. LoL

    I think the most outstanding accomplishment as mayor was his innovated and brilliant use of social media networking of community outreaching through Twitter, Facebook and video media.

    However, like mayors before him, never has there been any effort to reach out to our most venerable in the community our youth, seniors, homeless, unemployed or disabled.

    I could be wrong, but I don’t believe any of these national concerns have been placed or addressed as an agenda item for discussion or debate. That to me, would be truly ground breaking and I hope our new mayor will consider doing so.

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