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Diana Diamond column: Palo Alto council gives some tepid mea culpas for secrecy but no real explanation

Sep 09, 2014 - San Jose Mercury News (California)

I waited for a good explanation Monday night, about why the Palo Alto City Council and city staff kept hidden for months a deal with billionaire developer John Arrillaga to build a huge office complex at 27 University Ave.

I didn't get one.

Instead, I heard rationalizations, suggested changes for making the "process" better, wordsmithing, a need to establish new procedures, and -- to their credit -- good apologies from council members Pat Burt, Greg Scharff, Karen Holman, Greg Schm...