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Palo Alto Neighborhoods

Original post made on Dec 17, 2010

Named for an ancient redwood tree that was a living landmark for late-1700s Spanish explorers, Palo Alto today is a diverse community, a mixture of high-tech and locally owned companies and more than 26,000 homes.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, February 2, 2010, 2:43 PM

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Posted by Henry Zwang, a resident of another community
on Dec 17, 2010 at 4:57 pm

I am proud to be Al Pepper's cousin, also formally from Brooklyn, and I am now living in Los Angeles. I knew Al and his brothers (Herman and Ralph) and his sister (Ann) and being cousins we saw each other regularly in Brooklyn as kids and teen-agers until we all went our ways as adults. Bless you Al for being there when this great country needed you. I remember you vividly.
With much respect and love - your Cousin, Henry


Posted by deedee, a resident of Barron Park
on Jun 18, 2011 at 12:57 pm

Thanks Reading Tree for all the books.

Vanier Elementary School

Web Link


Posted by Fred Smith, a resident of Midtown
on Jul 21, 2011 at 12:05 pm

I'm currently homeless living in my vehicle. I've been a resident of Palo Alto for over 30 years. I've paid rent, roughly $500,000 over the years. I have a degree in physics and a few years of graduate school. I'm an out of work software engineer with 25 years experience. I lost my job a couple of years ago, went through my savings, exhausted my unemployment and lost my apartment last year. I borrowed some money from a friend and bought a old RV off craigslist which I now live in. I park either on El Camino Real or in industrial areas. I do no urinate, defecate nor bother my environment in any way. I have no criminal record. I keep a low profile. I cost the city nothing. I've now been out of work a couple of years and I'm considered old, both of these things making it difficult to find work but I continue to send resumes out looking for work. I survive on a small social security check. I cause no one any problems that I know of. It is no "fun" living in my vehicle but until I find work it's the best I can afford. Yet this proposed ordinance will at the least make me a minor criminal through no fault of my own as the economy is bad and seemingly getting worse. When I become a criminal by virtue of this new ordinance it will become even harder to find work. Palo Alto for many years has been a compassionate and liberal place but the proposed ordinance as it's written is heartless and ill thought out. Many people supporting the ban seem to say to those of us unfortunates ... "go away, I don't want to see you around here". How many of you live pay check to pay check? What if the economy continues to get worse and worse? Please be compassionate.


Posted by Ralph Hansen, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Dec 2, 2013 at 1:19 pm

Steve wrote an interesting piece BUT he only mentions Miller the first historian and Steiger the latest. There were a few more who contributed to the cause.


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