Dear Palo Alto Neighbor
The COVID-19 pandemic and the necessary shelter in place restrictions have decimated Palo Alto's finances and will necessitate deep and painful budget cuts that will have some substantive impacts, much of which will seriously affect our residents’ quality of life.
The May 11th City Council meeting’s agenda states “…service impacts are unavoidable when more than 60% of the City’s General Fund budget is attributed to the outstanding workforce delivering the City’s services every day.”
We know the post-pandemic world will be different, and I would benefit from your view of what our priorities should be in that world.
I have prepared a survey questionnaire to help guide me in assessing the issues and making the difficult and painful decisions that must be made. I would appreciate it if you would take a few moments to fill it out. You can answer most of the questions ‘yes’ or ‘no’, but please do not hesitate to add any comments or elaborations that you feel are important and should be considered.
Please submit your responses by the end of Sunday, May 10th, 2020. Happy Mother’s Day!!!
The City of Palo Alto has also sent out a questionnaire
soliciting input from residents about where to make budget cuts, and I urge you to also take the time to respond to that survey. While I find this survey limiting in many ways (for example, does Infrastructure and Environment really belong together?), your response to it will give me a clearer, more focused, and in-depth understanding of how the pandemic has impacted the needs and wishes of the residents of Palo Alto.
To join the City Council on-line for budget discussion on:
MONDAY 5/11; 5-10 pm; https://zoom.us/j/362027238
meeting ID 362 027 238 phone: 1 (669) 900 6833.
Meeting Agenda (hover your cursor over the item and click to access the staff report) https://www.cityofpaloalto.org/civicax/filebank/blobdload.aspx?t=44708.52&BlobID=76435
TUESDAY 5/12 @ 1-9 pm; https://zoom.us/j/95830849418
meeting ID 95830849418; phone: 1 (669) 900 6833.
Meeting Agenda https://www.cityofpaloalto.org/civicax/filebank/documents/76439
WEDNESDAY 5/13 @ 1-9 pm; https://zoom.us/j/95830849418
meeting ID 958 3084 9418; phone: 1 (669) 900-6833
Meeting Agenda https://www.cityofpaloalto.org/civicax/filebank/documents/76441