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News - August 17, 2012

Around the block

WATER SURVEY ... A select group of Barron Park residents received notices by mail last week regarding a state-mandated residential water survey to protect drinking water. The survey asks questions regarding a backflow-prevention device. To protect drinking-water quality, Palo Alto is required by state law to administer a backflow-prevention program. At this time, the city is testing the survey language only with the Barron Park residents; however, in the fall, the surveys will be administered citywide. City Utilities department staff will come to properties to do an inspection if the resident does not complete the survey. The property owner will then be billed up to $250 for the cost of the inspection. Questions can be addressed by emailing the city at or by calling 650-496-5926. The online survey is available at

KUDOS TO PALO ALTO YOUTH ... Palo Alto residents can feel a bit safer with Divya Saini around. The Midtown neighborhood teen has been selected as part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) National Youth Preparedness Council. She is one of only 13 youths on the nationwide council. Divya participates in Palo Alto's Block Preparedness Coordinator Program and volunteers at local neighborhood emergency preparedness events. She has developed a Facebook site for emergency preparedness, and she is the founder of Movers and Shakers, a teen club designed to form a stronger bond between adults and teens through earthquake preparedness. Divya was recently recognized with a grant from the Palo Alto Unified School District Board to further her efforts in helping teens and others be prepared.

DRIVERS BEWARE ... Palo Alto police are reminding drivers to be aware that school is back in session as of Aug. 16. Residents can expect to see an increase in traffic along school corridors and more children walking and biking. Traffic enforcement will be stepped up, police spokesman Lt. Zach Perron said. "Avoid a ticket: Obey signs, slow down, make complete stops and yield to pedestrians in crosswalks." As part of its new social-media program, the department sent out a notice to residents through the website A list of traffic-safety tips is available through "And we urge parents to review them with their children," he said.

RINCONADA PARK PLAN ... Community input on the long-range plans for Rinconada Park are available for viewing online. Residents who could not attend a recent meeting and would like to review the presentation or find dates for upcoming meetings can find information at The project is spearheaded by City of Palo Alto Landscape Architect Peter Jensen.

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