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Former assemblyman Ira Ruskin dies from brain tumor

Longtime former state Assemblyman Ira Ruskin, who represented Palo Alto for six years, died on July 3, according to his family. He was 70 years old.

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Posted by Henrietta J. Burroughs
a resident of Meadow Park
on Jul 5, 2014 at 9:21 pm

This is very sad news. This area has lost a very conscientious and thoughtful public servant.


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Posted by Dennis
a resident of Downtown North
on Jul 5, 2014 at 11:35 pm

Ira Ruskin - A decent man.


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Posted by anne
a resident of Green Acres
on Jul 6, 2014 at 12:17 am

I agree, a good man and an intelligent and dedicated public service. Condolences to his family. Very sad news for the community.


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Posted by Palo Alto Native
a resident of College Terrace
on Jul 6, 2014 at 2:24 pm

Thanks for your service Ira. A great public servant and a huge loss to protecting our community. RIP.


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Posted by Myrtle Walker
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jul 7, 2014 at 10:32 am

Long time public servant. Served California to the fullest. I knew him well. RIP. He will be missed.


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Posted by Rebecca Nelson
a resident of another community
on Jul 7, 2014 at 10:44 am

A dedicated and authentic public servant. May he rest in peace and condolences to all family.


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Posted by Jane Ratchye
a resident of Downtown North
on Jul 7, 2014 at 11:07 am

Ira Ruskin was missed the minute he left the State legislature. His reasoned approaches and willingness to listen to everyone were a hallmark of his time in office. His leadersip galvanized the interest of other public officials and led to the formation of the very well respected retional water agency, the Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency, a legacy his family should be very proud of.


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Posted by JIm Phillips
a resident of Greendell/Walnut Grove
on Jul 7, 2014 at 11:13 am

Condolences to his family. Ira was a very effective public servant. I agree with all the thoughts above. I especially remember Ira's great interest in, and support of, Peninsula Habitat for Humanity as we were building many homes in Redwood City.


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Posted by Cur Mudgeon
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Jul 7, 2014 at 11:20 am

So sorry to hear of this outcome. He has been missed and will continue to be.
Condolences to the family.


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Posted by Debbie Mytels
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 7, 2014 at 12:55 pm

Our region has lost a thoughtful and hard-working leader.

It's also worth mentioning that Ira worked to pass the legislation that created the Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency. This agency gives representation to all of us on the Peninsula who use Hetchy-Hetchy water and who would have had to pay for the repairs to the system without any voice in the process, if it were not for Ira's efforts.

He was a great leader for the environment, education, honest government and human rights. With condolences to his family at this time of loss.


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Posted by Jackson
a resident of Green Acres
on Jul 7, 2014 at 10:16 pm

He was quite a cautious guy willing to listen to all sides of an issue.


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