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Spectrum - March 1, 2019

Editorial: A new Cubberley in sight

After decades of neglect and failed planning efforts, a plan is rapidly emerging

The former Cubberley High School site at 4000 Middlefield Road, close to Palo Alto's southern border and likely the most valuable piece of publicly owned real estate in the city, has been waiting a long time for the dawning of a new day.

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2 people like this
Posted by Barron Park dad
a resident of Barron Park
on Mar 1, 2019 at 1:41 pm

I remember there was _already_ a committee proposal to build a new middle and/or high school at Cubberley. It was presented to the School Board back in 2015, 3+ years ago.

But it was voted down 3-2 by Ken Dauber, Terry Godfrey, and (one other board member). Todd Collins (not then on the board but now is) was a vocal dissenter.

And the Palo Alto Weekly was also against the idea, if I recall correctly.

This seems like a massive change of heart. Why?

8 people like this
Posted by JR
a resident of Palo Verde
on Mar 1, 2019 at 6:42 pm

"It now stands as a shrine to government ineffectiveness — a 65-year-old set of deteriorating buildings that is the equivalent of an old shed occupying a residential parcel in Old Palo Alto." WRONG. The only thing "wrong" with Cubberley right now is that developers can't make tens of millions of dollars redeveloping it. Come to Cubberley any day of the week and you will see kids, parents, elderly, people of all ages enjoying the facilities.

SAVE CUBBERLY from developers.

2 people like this
Posted by Disco fever
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 1, 2019 at 11:44 pm

“If there is a danger in this fast-moving process, it is that it risks focusing too much on input from the several hundred people who have had time to be involved thus far. They tend to be older, retired residents who are neighbors of or currently utilize the Cubberley facility. It is important to hear from younger families who will be the primary users of this new campus by the time it is completed and from other community members who don't wish to or can't attend meetings.”

And these “older” people haven’t raised children? Or don’t help raise grandchildren?

Is the danger that suddenly what most families need will change?

Experience counts, listen to the old folks who have been working in family spaces longer than whoever wrote this.

4 people like this
Posted by A nearby skeptic
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Mar 1, 2019 at 11:46 pm

There's no need for a new school -- ask the school board about that. There's no need to tear down and rebuild a community center for the city, on school land. I attended some of the Concordia sessions: they're structured to prefer the largest possible project. How about no project? Are we fresh out of worthwhile goals? Is Cubberley not fancy enough? This effort is a waste of time and money that I'd rather see go to more worthy goals, like the teacher whose salary went to Concordia.

3 people like this
Posted by Ms. Wells
a resident of Midtown
on Mar 2, 2019 at 8:58 am

How to pay for it? I won't vote yes on anything Cormack is promoting now that she has voted for more office space.

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