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News - August 26, 2011

Airport Day aims to raise visibility of Palo Alto facility

Organizers for Sept. 10 event hope to showcase airport's role as community asset

by Karla Kane

The Palo Alto Airport Association will hold its free, public Airport Day, featuring tours, appearances by special aircraft, birds of prey, flights for kids and more, on Saturday, Sept. 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Posted by Joe
a resident of Barron Park
on Aug 29, 2011 at 1:03 pm

I'm confused. Ralph Britton says the airport brings in about $2 million a year and the article says that around 200 workers are currently employed "at the airport". David Hopkins is even quoted as saying that the airport is a a center for "highly skilled jobs".

But, $2M over 200 workers pencils out to $10K/worker a year. That's a wage below the US federal poverty guideline for a single person household: Web Link

How can there be 200 people working at this airport generating so little revenue? Do they live in their car?

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Posted by Neighbor
a resident of Menlo Park
on Aug 29, 2011 at 1:09 pm

$2m a year net "profit" from the airport. The revenue must be higher to all of those organizations to support the 200 employees. But then again some of them are probably part time too.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 29, 2011 at 1:28 pm

Here's a link to the thread about last year's events. Web Link

It seems to have mixed response from those who visited. I think the organizers and also those who plan to attend should read the comments.

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Posted by Sea-Seelam Reddy
a resident of College Terrace
on Sep 29, 2014 at 6:09 am

I was at the airport last evening late.

Palo Alto taking over IS A GOOD THING!

Thanks Jim Keene and City Council for making smart choice.

In the long run, Palo Alto citizens will gain.


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Posted by Where was the Publicity?
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Sep 29, 2014 at 12:39 pm

If the city wanted to raise awareness and visibility in regards to the airport, why didn't they invest in more publicity for this event? Do some advertising? Most Palo Altans were not aware of this event until the day of, if at all. Too late to plan a day around it.

As always with this city, too little, too late.

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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Sep 29, 2014 at 2:19 pm

Mr Reddy, what was the point behind your bumping this dead 2011 article to the top of the most recents?
It refers to an airport day on 10th September. We have to look carefully to find the year.

Recent Midtown Residents Association enews had this past weekend's Palo Alto Airport Day (Sept 28, 2014) advertised under Emergency Preparedness Events, which I suppose makes some sense since the Stanford Life Flight helicopter was on display, and also a Palo Alto fire engine and the Palo Alto Police Department's Mobile Emergency Operations Center (with walk-through tours).

I fully agree the City might do a better job of at least acknowledging such events on their website on-line calendar -- Web Link -- the only item listed for September 28 was the Palo Alto and Tsuchiura Sister-City Celebration at the Lucie Stern Community Center. I did not visit both, but I suspect the airport got greater attendence than Lucy Stern.

Sorry, but further commenting on this topic has been closed.