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News - July 12, 2013

Around Town

CIVIC ENRAGEMENT ... Palo Alto has been awash in neighborhood events this summer, with block parties, foodie gatherings and emergency-planning exercises all coming on board thanks to the City Council's recent decision to subsidize these events through a "neighborhood grants" program. But the two neighborhood parties set for this Sunday were sparked by another council decision — its June 28 vote to rezone the site at 567 Maybell Ave. to enable construction of a 60-unit apartment complex for low-income seniors and 12 single-family homes at the former orchard site. In approving the project despite major opposition, the City Council has succeeded beyond its wildest dreams in sparking civic engagement, promoting democratic participation and bringing neighbors together (albeit in opposition to the council). On Sunday, July 14, opponents of the rezoning decision are hosting two events geared at getting the needed signatures to bring the decision to a November referendum. From 4 to 6 p.m., there will be a wine and cheese party (it's still Palo Alto, after all) at a residence at 1121 Harriet St. Those who prefer lemonade and cookies can attend another referendum party at Mitchell Park, near the East Meadow Drive side. That event will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

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