WHAT'S IN A NAME? ... After wrestling with California's high-speed-rail project for two years, Palo Alto officials now face a more pressing problem: keeping Caltrain alive. On Thursday morning, a City Council committee recognized this change in priorities and offered to change its own name. If the full council agrees, the council High-Speed Rail Committee would be rechristened as the Rail Committee. The committee considered other alternatives, including the High-Speed Rail/Caltrain Committee — a mouthful of a proposal that ultimately faltered. The new name is meant to signify a "changed strategy" for the committee now that the high-speed-rail project is slated to start in Central Valley. The project has galvanized the Palo Alto community and the council, which last year joined a lawsuit against the California High-Speed Rail Authority. By contrast, the council is deeply concerned about Caltrain, which is facing steep budget shortfalls and service reductions. "Why don't we divorce high-speed rail?" committee Chair Larry Klein asked as the meeting concluded. "Or get a pre-nup," Councilwoman Nancy Shepherd quipped.
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TOUR OF TRIUMPH ... Baseball fans all over the Peninsula cheered last fall, when the San Francisco Giants defeated the Texas Rangers and claimed the 2010 World Series Trophy. On Feb. 15, baseball's greatest prize will make an appearance in East Palo Alto, where fans will have an opportunity to see and take photos of it. The trophy will be displayed between 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. at the city's newly remodeled Youth Activity Center, 550 Bell St.
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