Opinion: Give Mayor Yeh a Chance to Deliver on Promises

Mayor Yeh should beware of conflicts of interest as he embarks on ambitious journey for 'renewal'.

Dear Editor,

Let's give Mayor Yiaway Yeh a chance to deliver on the promises delivered in his .

However we need to watch the following closely:

1. How much of the budget is dedicated to building future reserves.

2. Are City services listed out in simple language and then prioritized?

3. Are meaningful reductions made to the size of our City government to make room for the "Catch up" of infrastructure and the "reserve" for future needs. Without meaningful progress on both counts, the words offered will go down in history as insincere political rhetoric.

4. The Labor Union has spent a lot of money getting Yeh to his current spot. Beware of any indication of Quid Pro Quo. There are many labor initiatives that are masked as "fairness to the workers", however in practice they are about escalating municipal costs and preserving privilege for the few.

5. Watch out for Mega Projects that sneak in under the Planned Community zoning, and violate density restrictions guised as environmentally friendly density near transit hubs. Know that sheep in Wolves clothing. Density not only
impacts the quality of life in our neighborhoods, but gives away school access without compensation to the schools.

In short, we can support Mr. Yeh and wish him the best, but keep these potential conflicts of interest on your radar, and if you observe any of these things happening, speak up and unveil the truth.

More simply stated: "Mr. Yeh, don't go there."

Timothy Gray, Park Boulevard, Palo Alto

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Mark Weiss March 01, 2012 at 12:13 AM
Hi, Tim. Good job. Welcome to the Patch fold. They should give you a little column like the rest of us. With cute little photo (though not as cute as Lisen Stromberg). But I must say I am not feeling you here, my friend. What makes you think YY is pro-union? Union is taking it on the chin (polite way to say it) here -- I worry he is not standing up to the people scapegoating our working class and our public safety. I agree that we should not be oversold on BRIC. In my hoops days -- humble relative to Jeremy Lin -- I scored 4 points total for the Titans -- a brick was a poorly placed shot. $300 million fills a lot of potholes. Or as I call them,"porkholes." As I said about YY's speech Monday, I prefer more ping pong and less pothole. And I am serious (as opposed to my typical internet mix of hyperbole, satire and obscure SNL references from the 1970s) that seeing Leland Levy practicing his topspin drive, upstairs at Oshman JCC made me like his singing even even better (sic).


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