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News - February 4, 2011

Around Town

FOND FAREWELL ... Full disclosure: Jay Thorwaldson had spent the last 10 years of his five-decades-long journalism career at the Weekly before he retired last week. On Monday night, the City Council sent a clear message that Thorwaldson's departure will be felt not only in the Weekly's newsroom but also in the community at large. Mayor Sid Espinosa read aloud a special proclamation, listing some of Thorwaldson's most notable achievements, including a five-part investigative series in 1971 that led to the creation of the Palo Alto Fire Department's paramedic unit; a 1970 editorial that resulted in the creation of the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District; and the Family LifeSkills program he set up at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, which focused on communication between parents and teenagers. The official proclamation also states that Thorwaldson "knows the AP Style Book backwards and forwards and can recite every page by memory" and has "made unforgettable contributions to Palo Alto and to the entire Bay Area." Councilman Larry Klein praised Thorwaldson for his ability to advocate for issues he is passionate about, including his support for the open-space district in 1970 (Klein was part of that effort). At the time, Thorwaldson was a young writer at the Palo Alto Times, and he had to convince his editor to run the editorial. "Jay is not just a critic — he's one who uses his journalistic soapbox to make this place and other places a better place to live," Klein said.

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