Palo Alto Weekly

News - December 21, 2012

Around the block

NEWELL BRIDGE REFINED ... The City of Palo Alto will host a community meeting regarding the Newell Road/San Francisquito Creek Bridge Replacement Project on Jan. 8 at 7 p.m. at the Community Room of the Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. The bridge connects East Palo Alto at Woodland Avenue with Palo Alto at Newell Road and must be rebuilt to prevent future flooding, city officials say. Considerations include a wider span, realignment with the East Palo Alto portion of Newell Road, and pedestrian and bicycle lanes. Refined project alternatives based on prior public input can be viewed at www.cityofpaloalto.org/newell.

GUILTY PARTIES TAKE NOTICE ... Much has recently been written in this paper about the community effort to save Palo Alto's Buena Vista Mobile Home Park from demolition. But one Barron Parkneighbor wrote to highlight objectionable behavior. Buena Vista residents have used the private streets at The Villas de las Plazas townhome complex opposite the trailer park as a thoroughfare from El Camino Real, often speeding. Requests to slow down are often answered with a dirty look or "the finger," he said. Loud music blares from the park during Saturday-night parties, and residents drop litter as they walk through the complex, he said. "I have no objection to the people who live in the Buena Vista trailer park they are for the most part friendly and add some color to the neighborhood. ... My simple request to the Buena Vista residents is: 'Be a good neighbor.'"

O, CITRUS TREE, O, CITRUS TREE ... 'Tis the season when citrus trees beareth a sweet harvest, and residents in some neighborhoods report that strangers are helping themselves to the bounty. Last spring the Weekly reported that thieves destroyed dogwoods by lopping off huge branches for their flowers, which are sold to florists. Now the crop has shifted to winter fruit, and again people are entering private properties to illegally gather bags of lemons and oranges. Suggestions for thwarting the poachers among Barron Park residents have ranged from installing remote-sensor deer sprinklers that spray trespassers to adding high-voltage signs and cameras.

WEED WHACKING ... The City of Palo Alto will hold a public hearing on a proposed weed abatement resolution on Jan. 14 at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers, 250 Hamilton Ave. The resolution lists nuisance properties. The city will inform the landowners, and if the weeds are not whacked, Santa Clara County will arrive to do the job and could charge for abatement costs. This year's list contains 43 properties. The proposed resolution and list of properties and owners can be viewed at http://tinyurl.com/paloweeds.

Send announcements of neighborhood events, meetings and news to Sue Dremann, Neighborhoods editor, at sdremann@paweekly.com. Or talk about your neighborhood news on Town Square at www.PaloAltoOnline.com.

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