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News - January 20, 2012

Around the block

SMOKIN' ... At Wednesday evening's meeting in Downtown North to consider renovations to Cogswell Plaza on Lytton Avenue, city officials got a first-hand look at the partying in the park that has made it a less-than-welcome spot for community gathering. Boom boxes blared as a party took place in a darkened corner behind shrubbery and a cloud of marijuana smoke rolled over the adjacent sidewalk. Inside Avenidas, where officials and residents met, city landscape architect Peter Jensen and Daren Anderson, division manager of open space and parks, told residents the park plan would include doubling wattage on light poles, clearing out tall shrubbery and adding lighting under trees to make the park more visible to patrolling police cars. New benches, tables and game boards are planned to make the space more community-friendly, they said. Renovations are expected to begin in spring and would be completed in summer.

STREETSCAPE ... The City of Palo Alto will hold a community meeting regarding the latest concept designs for the California Avenue Streetscape Improvements Project on Jan. 26 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The project plans include sidewalk widening and the Park Boulevard Plaza design. The meeting will take place in the Escondido Elementary School multipurpose room, 890 Escondido Road, Stanford.

CONGRATULATIONS ... Along with a new mayor, Palo Alto has new committee members from the neighborhoods. Midtown resident Pamela Radin joins the Bicycle Advisory Committee and Noel Bakhtian of College Terrace joins the Library Advisory Commission.

LOOKING OUT FOR EACH OTHER ... On their lists of resolutions for 2012, many neighborhood leaders said they planned to ramp up emergency preparation this year. Midtown Residents Association, which has actively pursued getting all of its blocks involved in the Palo Alto Neighborhoods Block Preparedness Program, is stepping up its efforts to identify and plan for people with special needs and persons living in apartment buildings. Downtown North, Meadow Park and Charleston Gardens residents are also working to increase participation in their emergency-preparedness programs, neighborhood association leaders said.

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