A STUDENT FOR THE STUDENTS ... A 19-year-old Stanford University sophomore, Sathvik Nori, is set to become the youngest member of the Sequoia Union High School District board of trustees. Nori was elected over Jo-Ann Byrne Sockolov, a consultant at Transform Collaborative, to represent the district's area D, which includes Atherton, much of Menlo Park and parts of Redwood City and North Fair Oaks. During an October debate, Nori said the district would benefit from his "fresh and diverse perspective" if he was elected. Nori was previously a student trustee for the board while enrolled at Menlo-Atherton High School, where he graduated in 2021. His resume includes serving as chair of the San Mateo County Youth Commission and editor-in-chief of his high school's newspaper, the M-A Chronicle. He was also one of two teens to represent California in the 59th annual United States Senate Youth Program last year. As of the Nov. 15 update from San Mateo County, Nori has expanded a significant advantage over his opponent, leading 57% to 43%, a gap of more than 1,400 votes. "Now the real work starts in ensuring that every student, no matter what their background is or what middle school they went to, has a rigorous, challenging, and fun high school experience," Nori wrote in a text to this news organization.
SOAKING UP THE VIEW ... Graduate Palo Alto, the luxury hotel located in the historic building that once housed the President Hotel apartments, is set to open a cafe and a rooftop bar next month. Starting in December, Graduate Palo Alto will offer two new food and drink businesses: Lou & Herbert's, a casual all-day cafe, and President's Terrace, a rooftop bar with downtown views, according to a press release. The cafe will offer simple breakfasts in the mornings and light bites at night. Coffee will be sourced from Saint Frank Coffee, and the breakfast menu will include items such as pancakes and pastries from Manresa Bread. In the evenings, it will offer snacks, local beer and wine and classic cocktails. The revamped hotel is moving forward more than two years after the Palo Alto City Council permitted the 75 apartments the building previously housed to be converted into 100 hotel rooms. That decision in itself was the result of a two-year legal battle.
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