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Fall reading: Five books by local authors to give you a new perspective of Palo Alto

Original post made on Sep 21, 2019

With cooler weather and shorter days ahead, the start of fall is a good time to update your reading list. This month we're looking at five newly released books by local authors.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, September 19, 2019, 4:19 PM

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Posted by Reading Tutor
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Sep 21, 2019 at 9:06 pm

I was disappointed that you recommended Amazon for purchasing these books when we have two great local bookstores, Kepler's and Books Inc.


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Posted by Light My Fire
a resident of Mountain View
on Sep 22, 2019 at 1:40 pm

As Cliff Claven (of Cheers) would often say..."It's a little known fact but,"

'BUT' being that though it involves Mountain View, probably 99% here have no idea of this little known (obscure) fact...

Web Link

Stop by the house on Yosemite sometime...it hasn't changed in over 70 years.


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Posted by Light My Fire
a resident of Mountain View
on Sep 22, 2019 at 2:00 pm

> According to one person she interviewed for the book, the opening of Mayfield School helped bring the newly merged community together as students formed friendships in the classroom with disregard to in what part of town they lived.

^^^ I am a 6th grade graduate of the old Mayfield School....back in the day we had a graduation ceremony (with ice cream), a May Day/Maypole celebration & a Christmas Program involving all of the different elementary grades.

My teachers were Reynolds/Kindergarden > Fain/First Grade > Fatjo/Second Grade > Evans/Third Grade > Stockman/Fourth Grade > Stockman/Fifth Grade & Jensen/Sixth Grade. The principle was Max Van Patten & Dr. Henry Gunn (district superintendent) made regular rounds.

The neighborhoods that went to Mayfield included northern Ventura, South PA (Olive to California), College Terrace, Evergreen, & South Gate. For a brief time (while Escondido was being built) College Terrace kids went to Mayfield.

Buses were provided for South Gate & northern Ventura kids...the subway below ECR provided directional access for coming & going.

South Gate/Evergreen/College Terrace were predominantly white.

Ventura & South Palo Alto were primarily people of color...African Americans, Hispanics, Filipino & Japanese-Americans.

Palo Alto neighborhoods were somewhat segregated back then.

The same could be said of the Cub Scout/Boy Scout troops based on residencies.

Of the teachers mentioned, one was the absolute WORST that I have ever endured in my entire life but shall remain nameless.

When we moved to Los Altos, I never encountered another student of color except for some Japanese-Americans + a high school foreign exchange student from Africa.

Los Altos High School of that time frame was like living in a Beachboy's song.


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