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LWVPA Action Alert 4/20/22
By signing this petition, which will be shared with City Council, I agree it is high time Palo Alto adopt a $500 cap on individual (single source) campaign donations for city council races.
Current state law allows individual donations of up to $4900 to city council candidates. That is nearly ten times the amount Santa Clara County allows for donations to county supervisor races.
But the law also says that cities can modify that limit. Many small California cities (under 100,000 population) have imposed limits of $500 or less. Palo Alto should do the same.
The $4900 limit creates a worry that candidates are being bought by wealthy interests; enables a small number of wealthy donors to bankroll a campaign; and pushes the cost of campaigns ever higher, discouraging ordinary citizens with good ideas from running for Council.
Please share this petition with your family and friends to help the League reach its goal of 500 signatures by May 13, 2022!
LWVPA Action Alert 1/13/22
Santa Clara County released a Civil Grand Jury report Affordable Housing: A Tale of Two Cities, detailing how Mountain View and Palo Alto have been addressing the regional housing shortage. The differences are stark. Mountain View has far outpaced Palo Alto in its political support, long-range and area planning, funding and process of approving affordable housing.
The Grand Jury report asks Palo Alto City Council to review the findings and create a plan to meet the recommendations. A number of concerned Palo Alto community members have initiated a petition to support the recommendations and would like to send as many signatures as possible to Palo Alto City Council.
Will you join us and sign the petition? Please also share with other local friends!
Call to Act
Call or write to the Palo Alto City Council members and tell them to enact three campaign finance reforms in time for the 2022 city elections:
1) Limits on campaign donations of $500 to reduce the influence of large contributors and the perception that decisions are influenced more by the size of the contribution than by the best interests of the city;
2) Voluntary expenditure limits of $30,000 to stop the skyrocketing trajectory of campaign spending, so candidates can spend less time fundraising and more time addressing issues of importance to their constituents; and
3) Disclosure of the top five donors who contribute $2500+ to independent spending on political ads in city elections.
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Palo Alto regularly encourages the community to support housing and transportation, education, immigration and responsible gun ownership legislation, resolutions and ordinances as they arise.
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