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Report: Traffic issues top Palo Altans’ concerns 3URVEYSHOWSRESIDENTSAREHIGHLYSATISFIED WITHOVERALLQUALITYOFLIFEINTHECITY by Gennady Sheyner ALO!LTORESIDENTSAREGENER ALLYTHRILLEDWITHTHEIRCITYS SERVICES AND QUALITY OF LIFE BUTREMAINCONCERNEDABOUTTRAF FICJAMSANDAGLARINGSHORTAGEOF HOUSINGTHATISAFFORDABLE ACCORD ING TO AN ANNUAL CITIZEN SURVEY JUSTRELEASEDBYTHE#ITY!UDITORS /FFICE 4HELATEST.ATIONAL#ITIZENS3UR VEY COMPILED BY THE .ATIONAL 2E SEARCH #ENTER )NC AND THE )NTER NATIONAL #ITY#OUNTY -ANAGEMENT !SSOCIATION FOUND THAT  PERCENT OF THE RESPONDENTS RATED THE CITYS QUALITYOFLIFEhGOODvORhEXCELLENTv ANDTHATPERCENTGAVETHESERAT INGSWHENSIZINGUP0ALO!LTOAShA PLACETOLIVEv 4HE NUMBERS ARE SIMILAR TO THE  RESULTS WHEN  PERCENT AND PERCENT RESPECTIVELY RATED0ALO !LTO AS hGOODv OR hEXCELLENTv IN THESE CATEGORIES )N ADDITION  PERCENT OF THE RESPONDENTS SAID 0ALO !LTO WAS A hGOODv OR hEXCEL LENTvPLACETORAISECHILDREN DESPITE A PERCEIVED SHORTAGE OF AFFORDABLE CHILD CARE ONLY  PERCENT GAVE hAVAILABILITY OF AFFORDABLE QUALITY CHILDCAREvINTHECITYTHETWOHIGH ESTRATINGS 4HECITYALSOSCOREDFAR HIGHERTHANBENCHMARKCITIESWHEN IT CAME TO CLEANLINESS AND NATURAL ENVIRONMENT 4HE SURVEY WAS RELEASED IN CON JUNCTION WITH THE 3ERVICES %FFORTS AND !CCOMPLISHMENTS 2EPORT A COMPREHENSIVE ANNUAL REPORT FROM THE/FFICEOFTHE#ITY!UDITORTHAT TRACKSTRENDSANDACCOMPLISHMENTS INEACHDEPARTMENT 4HOUGH THE SURVEY REFLECTS A HIGH LEVEL OF OVERALL SATISFACTION WITHTHECITY ITALSOINDICATESTHAT RESIDENTS ARE LESS PLEASED WHEN IT COMESTOTRANSPORTATIONISSUESSUCH ASTRAFFIC BUSSERVICEANDPARKING /NLY  PERCENT OF RESPONDENTS

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by Gennady Sheyner FORCED HER KIDNEYS TO SHRINK !DRIENNE NEEDS A NEW KIDNEY BUT HER IMMUNE SYSTEM IS CUR RENTLYTOOWEAKTOACCOMMODATE A TRANSPLANT 3INCE /CTOBER SHE AND HER MOM #ARMEN 0RIETO HAVEBEENCONSTANTLYSHUTTLINGBE TWEENTHEHOSPITALANDTHENEARBY 2ONALD-C$ONALD(OUSE AHOME FORCHILDRENWITHLIFE THREATENING ILLNESSES AND THEIR FAMILIES 3HE COULDBEHEREFORANOTHERYEAR !DRIENNETAKESHERSITUATIONIN STRIDE3HEKNOWSHERWAYAROUND THE2ONALD-C$ONALD(OUSEAND HASMADEMANYFRIENDSHERE0O LITE AND PRECOCIOUS SHE CAN DE SCRIBE IN GRAPHIC TERMS HOW THE HUMAN DIGESTIVE SYSTEM WORKS

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GAVE THE CITY THE HIGHEST RATINGS FORSTREETREPAIRSWHILEPERCENT RANKED THE CITYS BUS OR TRANSIT SERVICES AS hGOODv OR hEXCELLENT v A SIMILAR RATE AS IN  BUT WELL BELOWTHERATEOFPERCENT 2ESIDENTS SATISFACTION WITH THE AMOUNTOFPUBLICPARKINGHASALSO SLIPPED WITHPERCENTGIVINGTHIS SERVICEAHIGHRANKINGDOWNFROM PERCENTIN  !S IN PREVIOUS YEARS AFFORDABLE HOUSING REMAINED A GLARING WEAK NESS WITH ONLY  PERCENT GIVING THECITYHIGHMARKSFORhAVAILABILITY OFAFFORDABLEHOUSINGvANDONLY PERCENTEXPRESSINGSATISFACTIONWITH ITS hVARIETY OF HOUSING OPTIONSv !NDWHILERESIDENTSLOVETHEhOVER ALL APPEARANCE OF 0ALO !LTOv  PERCENT RATED IT hGOODv OR hEXCEL LENTv THEYARESOMEWHATSKEPTICAL WHENITCOMESTONEWDEVELOPMENTS !CCORDINGTOTHESURVEY PERCENT OFTHERESPONDENTSGAVETHEHIGHEST RATINGSTOTHEOVERALLQUALITYOFTHE CITYSNEWESTBUILDINGS 2ESIDENTS WERE MORE GENEROUS HOWEVER WHENITCAMETOASSESSING THE CITYS ROLE AS AN EMPLOYMENT CENTER0ALO!LTOSCOREDFARABOVE BENCHMARKCITIESINEVERYCATEGORY PERTAINING TO EMPLOYMENT OPPOR TUNITIES 4HESURVEYSHOWEDPERCENTOF THE RESPONDERS RATING 0ALO !LTO A hGOODvORhEXCELLENTvPLACETOWORK 4HECITYShEMPLOYMENTOPPORTUNI TIESv RECEIVED TOP MARKS FROM  PERCENTOFRESIDENTSWHILEITShSHOP PINGOPPORTUNITIESvWERELAUDEDBY PERCENT "UTTHEYWEREFARLESSSANGUINE WHENITCAMETOTHEIROWNECONOM ICPROSPECTSINTHENEARTERM/NLY  PERCENT SAID THEY EXPECT THE NEXT SIX MONTHS TO HAVE A hSOME (continued on page 8)

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Palo Alto Weekly 02.10.2012 - section 1  
Palo Alto Weekly 02.10.2012 - section 1  

Section 1 of the February 10, 2012 edition of the Palo Alto Weekly