Palo Alto's Year of Disruptions

How residents created a turbulent year for City Hall


When Mayor Greg Scharff chaired his first City Council meeting in January, he referred to 2013 as the "year of the future," a year when the city would take giant strides in tackling long-term problems and make big decisions that would shape it for decades to come.

 The city was to come up with ways to pay for fixes of its flagging infrastructure, give the city's masses ultra-high-speed access to the Internet, figure out what to do about the lease of Cubberley Community Center in south Palo Alto, and provide relief to downtown residents whose streets have become de facto parking lots for commuters.

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