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Spectrum - July 15, 2011


Library lovers prevail


The celebration of the reopening of the Downtown Library on July 16 will not have happened were it not for the years of unflagging effort by passionate library lovers.

Over powerful opposition of past city managers, library directors and some media all urging the closing of branch libraries, the people of Palo Alto proudly prevailed in the preservation of our valued branch libraries.

Winners of this struggle are the library-going public of our city who richly benefit by convenient neighborhood gathering places for books, study, Internet access and laptops.

Vic Befera

High Street

Palo Alto

Should have sold to Foothill


I think the city and the PAUSD (who currently have first rights to the Cubberley land) should have sent a letter of support for the sale of the eight acres to the Foothill-DeAnza Community College District. A $40 million "state of the art" educational facility would be a tremendous asset to the city and especially South Palo Alto residents.

It would have addressed many of the concerns of high-school students who just don't fit into the traditional model high school at Gunn or Paly.

Now Foothill College will take its planned unique campus to Sunnyvale. There are those who said that selling the eight acres would be a terrible mistake. Imagine if the City Council in past times had told Leland Stanford that he could not build a university west of El Camino Real because the land was too valuable to sell. Would Palo Alto then be the place it is today?

Cubberley is an old high school site in disrepair and there is no assurance that a third high school will ever be needed given today's technologies. I believe in five years both the city and PAUSD will regret their decision.

Ken Horowitz

Homer Avenue

Palo Alto

Vehicular dwelling


The Palo Alto City Council is going to be contemplating banning people living in their vehicles on public streets.

I am very much against such a ban, unless alternative spaces are made available for people to live in their vehicles.

I personally know a long-time resident of Palo Alto who has nowhere else to live. He is self-employed but doesn't earn enough to pay rent, and has a disabled sister he helps support who does not live with him.

Many people live in their vehicles these days, even families and people with jobs, nationwide.

We should not discriminate against people who are forced to live in vehicles. And that is better than living on the streets or under bridges. The vehicles contain all their belongings, and sometimes pets, none of which would be accepted in shelters, which have no privacy and aren't always safe anyways.

I am shocked and outraged that such a ban even be brought up before our city council.

Natalie Fisher

Ellsworth Place

Palo Alto

Recycling costs?


The idea of closing the recycling center in Palo Alto goes against a green initiative for the community. Though sacrifices would have to be made to keep this institution going, these sacrifices should be seen as worth the extra charge. Putting a cost on helping the environment is a foolish thing to do. The closing of the recycling center is a short-term gain initiative. Though we do need to be financially responsible for our city, the fact of the matter is that cutting programs that benefit our lives in the long-term is short sighted and foolish.

This community matter should be taken on and fixed in a way that spreads the cost to everybody through their local taxes. Who would not be willing to pay the extra cost to help the environment? I do understand that some cannot afford such extra costs in times like these, but that should not be a problem if the community pitches in together.

Jules Pichette

Seale Avenue

Palo Alto

'Obamacare' protests


The Hitler-mustached Obama signs in front of the Palo Alto Hamilton Avenue post office revolted me. Espousing Obamacare as killing people was their message. Such ignorance needs to be addressed. Health care for all would reduce the horrific situation we are currently in, in America, ranking us in the lowest for industrial nations for health care and social services. For shame.

Alice Smith

Los Palos Circle

Palo Alto


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