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Animal shelter to move into downtown Palo Alto post office

Original post made on Apr 1, 2012

Editor's note: This story was part of Palo Alto Online's April Fools' Day Express.
In their latest effort to raise revenues and refresh the city's dilapidating infrastructure, Palo Alto officials approved a land-swap plan Friday that involves moving the city's animal shelter to the current site of the downtown post office, relocating the historic MacArthur Park restaurant to the unoccupied mezzanine at City Hall, building an auto row in the Baylands and constructing a waste-to-energy plant at Gamble Gardens.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Sunday, April 1, 2012, 9:45 AM

Comments (22)

Posted by Eileen Stolee, a resident of College Terrace
on Apr 1, 2012 at 10:31 am

Ha, Ha, and happy April Fools to you too! :-)

Posted by member, a resident of Greenmeadow
on Apr 1, 2012 at 10:32 am

Has the city investigated the possibility of barking dogs and filed an environmental impact study report on having animals at the site.
Since I live in the southern part of Palo Alto this isn't a big deal but for downtown residence-the noise problem could create a problem.

Posted by Floyd, a resident of Green Acres
on Apr 1, 2012 at 10:53 am

Does anyone remember Inside at the Outside at Hamilton and High? or was it the other way around?

Posted by Marlene Prendergast, a resident of Crescent Park
on Apr 1, 2012 at 11:00 am

This story had me for two seconds until I got to the moving of MacArthur Park to the City Hall mezzanine! Good set of stories!

Posted by Laughing!, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 1, 2012 at 11:14 am

They set this up well with the article yesterday regarding the animal shelter and car dealerships. They had me going (though shocked) until I got to "selling El Palo Alto" on eBay. "Member," read the article! Very funny, and great satire on all the major issues in the news lately! Great job, April Fuller! Happy April Fools Day everyone!

Posted by Barbara, a resident of Downtown North
on Apr 1, 2012 at 11:19 am

What good news! Palo Alto has chosen a great place for the Animal Shelter!! And a building site for the theatre. YES!

Posted by Annie J, a resident of Midtown
on Apr 1, 2012 at 11:33 am

Oh my gosh! It had me till the ebay thing, too.... but not fully - I was like, what the heck? Has everyone gone mad ... and things don't move that fast in city government! Good one! Happy April Fool's Day to you to!

Posted by LaNell Mimmack, a resident of Downtown North
on Apr 1, 2012 at 11:42 am

All these things - including selling El Palo Alto on Ebay - seem
par for the course at city hall.

Posted by Fool, a resident of Greenmeadow
on Apr 1, 2012 at 11:48 am

We never get Express on weekends--so before even reading the headlines, I knew it was gonna be a spoof. Thanks Weekly for a good laff. Too bad our local gov takes itself soo seriously . . . do they realize how ridiculous some of their everyday decisions and "process" really are?

Posted by Winter, a resident of Barron Park
on Apr 1, 2012 at 12:07 pm

Oh, we'll done online weekly! I ran into read this to my husband, aghast, and got to the waste plant bit before the light went on!
So funny. So very funny. You all know the town of which you write.

Posted by neighbor, a resident of Greenmeadow
on Apr 1, 2012 at 12:41 pm

You got us, although I must say that I was scratching my head wondering how so much could be passed by the council in such record speed! A great April fool's article! VERY funny.

Posted by Ray, a resident of Professorville
on Apr 1, 2012 at 1:05 pm

I could hardly believe what I was reading! You really got me.
And then I read:
"As a 'public benefit,' the auto dealers have agreed to provide a giant digital billboard with the words, "Welcome to the Baylands!" in blinking, fluorescent lights. "

And I realized what the date is.

Nice job. :-)

Posted by Grumpy Granny, a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Apr 1, 2012 at 1:44 pm

Golly, are you absolutely certain that all these plans are not part of an April Fool joke??? Or, perhaps, some of these plans....

Posted by diana, a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Apr 1, 2012 at 5:59 pm

Wow, you got me really good! I was reading and saying "what?!" out loud over and over again...i thought wow, im moving out of town for sure with these choices! LoL. Good, funny read! :-))

Posted by Anne K., a resident of St. Claire Gardens
on Apr 1, 2012 at 6:59 pm

LOL!!! But wait; the idea of building the digester in Gamble Gardens makes sense. Why does it have to be in the Baylands?

Posted by Lynn, a resident of University South
on Apr 2, 2012 at 12:35 am

It was all believable, until I got to where you misspelled Arillaga's name. Arigato is a Japanese word. . . . Can't fool all the people all of the time.

Posted by Leonor Delgado, a resident of Midtown
on Apr 2, 2012 at 8:38 am

I hate to be, as we say in Mexico, "un aguafiestas" (throw water on the parade), but... as someone who is extremely concerned about the future of PAAS (the animal shelter) and the impact on this community and surrounding communities should PAAS services be lost, this mock piece of news is no laughing matter... it creates false hopes. I'm very disappointed that such a serious issue was presented as something to be laughed at.

Posted by Jeromy, a resident of Midtown
on Apr 2, 2012 at 9:52 am

My favorite part was:

"Councilman Larry Klein said the goal is to reduce greenhouse gases by placing the new waste facility in a central, pedestrian- and bike-friendly urban setting."

If such a move of the waste facility to Gamble Gardens did not upset his influential friends, he probably would think it was a good idea. The Weekly's staff knows the local political actors quite well.

Thanks for a good laugh! I read the article to my wife this morning, and we laughed 'till we cried!

Posted by Jeff, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Apr 2, 2012 at 9:58 am

Hook, Line and Sinker.

Posted by Dennis, a resident of Downtown North
on Apr 2, 2012 at 9:59 am

Nicely done. April Foolery masked as the Palo Alto Way had me grinding my molars while harrumphing and sputtering at the exasperating tone-deafness of our elected officials and their appointed minions.

Posted by Richard C. Placone, a resident of Barron Park
on Apr 2, 2012 at 10:04 pm

Sounds like business as usual to me!

Posted by Heather A., a resident of Barron Park
on Feb 22, 2013 at 5:05 pm

Floyd, The Inside At The Outside was my father's night club. I would love to hear any memories you have of the place! Or if anyone on here remembers the place I would love to hear about it!

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