Wednesday, April 9, 2003
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MEANWHILE, IN PALO ALTO...: I'm
MEANWHILE, IN PALO ALTO...: I'm just going to reprint this Reuters story (which CNN is also running) on the recent machinations of the Palo Alto City Council in its entirety and let everyone have a good laugh:
"In a bid to improve civility in the town's public discourse, a committee on the city council has spent hours debating guidelines for its own behavior.
'Do not use body language or other nonverbal methods of expression, disagreement or disgust,' a new list of proposed conduct rules reads.
Another rule calls for council members to address each other with titles followed by last names, a formality not always practiced in laid-back California.
'I don't want to muzzle my colleagues,' councilwoman Judy Kleinberg, who headed the committee that drafted the rules, told the San Jose Mercury News. But, she added: 'I don't think the people sitting around the cabinet with the president roll their eyes.'"
[Are you painting a fair portrait here?--ed. OK, for more context -- which does suggest that perhaps Reuters is overhyping the story -- here's a Palo Alto Weekly recap on the origins of this proposal. Was that an eye roll? C'mon, I saw that!!--ed. Too bad we moved away from Palo Alto in 1996]posted by Dan on 04.09.03 at 03:52 PM