On Tuesday, May 22, Transition Palo Alto’s Community Council met for the second time. Six intrepid souls met at the Prolific Oven in downtown Palo Alto to hash through the business of Transition.
We first set our mind to considering the pending election and the question set by the Steering Committee in the May TPA Newsletter: should we endorse local propositions. The group decided, after much soul searching, that we should not endorse propositions in the name of Transition Palo Alto. TPA is not a membership organization, nor a registered 501(c)3 – or other- non-profit. The assembled group thought that in order to use Transition Palo Alto’s name on an endorsement, TPA ought to have a more formal structure and a publicly defined process for endorsements, such that all members could become involved, whatever membership then entailed. This might seem less than satisfying, but in fact it was very satisfying: we had a group of supporters, with inclusion beyond the steering committee, come out with a well thought through position.
We did come up with our own opinions, which are those of the assembled group only. We agreed that we supported Proposition 68 and that we opposed Proposition 70. We decided that since none of us were residents of San Jose, we were not going to take a position on Measure B. (Spoiler: in yesterday’s election 68 passed, while 70 and B were both defeated.)
We talked about the City of Palo Alto’s draft Zero Waste Plan. Most people hadn’t read it. It is a significant document, running to about 50 pages, including charts and appendices. Those who skimmed it were impressed by its vision, short term and long. We decided that it was indeed something which Transition Palo Alto should comment on and kicked off a committee to make comments. If you would like to participate, send us a message.
We ran out of time before returning to our Resource Map conversation. One thing we’re learning is that these conversations are deep and take time. We’ll want to put multiple items on the agenda, but order them for urgency in case we run out of time. We’ll want to return to the Resource Map conversation soon, and if we don’t have time to finish it in the Community Council, then it may just have to kick off its own separate project.
Look to join us in Council some time.