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Community asked to weigh in on East Palo Alto's future

Two meetings set for November to solicit input about city's broad 'Vista' plan

As East Palo Alto begins to look at how it will update the plan that guides everything from land use to employment, the city is calling on citizens to participate in the process and share their input during two community meetings to be held in November.

The city's General Plan is a state-mandated document that the city will use over the course of 20 years to prioritize issues that affect the community, such as development and affordable housing. The plan, called Vista, is slated to be completed in 2015.

"The people of East Palo Alto are the most important component in shaping the future of our

community" City Manager Magda González said. "I encourage all of our community members to attend and participate in these initial workshops as we start the process of updating the plan that will guide our community's progress for years to come."

The first meeting will include presentations on the state of the neighborhoods located to the west of U.S. Highway 101. Community members will given a chance to participate in discussions about their visions for the area.

This meeting will be held Saturday, Nov. 2 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Four Seasons Hotel, Ballroom, 2050 University Ave., East Palo Alto. Spanish translation, child care and refreshments will be provided.

A following Nov. 23 meeting will include a broader look at the general plan and will be presented in a "workshop" style. Community members can drop by Costano Elementary School any time between 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. and participate in different stations, each of which represents an important issue affecting the community. Visitors will be able to get information from officials, provide input and share ideas.

Free childcare, kids' activities, and refreshments will also be offered during this workshop. This meeting will also have Spanish translation available.

Interested community members can visit the East Palo Alto General Plan Update webpage

at Vista2035epa.org to get more information about the process, sign up for email alerts,

and get the schedule for future workshops and meetings.

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