It appears that a green baby was thrown out with the bathwater during the April 5 City Council meeting . Not mentioned in your story was the council's decision to slate up to 10 acres of designated parkland by the Bay for "un-dedication" to make way for a possible industrial-waste processing plant. Ten acres of peace, tranquility, and natural beauty representing the long needed addition of Byxbee Park, 10 acres of serenity and joy for all the stressed-out inhabitants and visitors of our city are now in serious jeopardy.
Under the banner of "Clean Energy" the supporters of the plant managed to get a $250,000 study approved for this location. At a time when the awareness of the entire nation is focused on the preservation of parks, when we, in the Bay Area, have fought so hard and so long to preserve and protect our last open spaces by the bay for future generations, someone wants to strip down a park and set up an industrial plant?
I say "hands off our park!"
East Meadow Drive
Palo Alto Bowl
I am the founder of a campaign to save the hallowed, 55-year-old Palo Alto Bowl.
The Palo Alto Bowl is representative of a simpler time; of romanticism. As soon as one steps inside, they can sense a true, old-world atmosphere in the place; in the simplicity. None of that new-age, almost futuristic technology and design which sadly plagues many new alleys today; while these bowls may be shinier and some of the equipment easier to use, it is also these very aspects which take away so very much.
Let me ask one thing: when were we informed of this new motel and condo development? After the fact, right? Were you ever asked for your opinion? I know I wasn't.
Care about the Palo Alto Bowl? Sick and tired of a handful of elderly people deciding the fate of cities with decisions that are the opposite opinions of most people? Sick of city councils slowly chipping away at character? Being developer-friendly? Refusing to solicit and consider opinions from the majority of the public? Using their power to serve personal, short-term interests? Then please join the official Facebook campaign to save this hallowed 55 year old classic alley!
Palo Alto Bowl has been a staple for over half a century. Whether you are 15 or 50, whether you have gone here your entire life or have just recently discovered this gem, whether you are one of the many, many disabled students who rely on this hallowed alley year after year, or are an older bowler who has been involved for years in one of their many leagues, you, my friend, are a part of its rich history. From the moment you entered those doors for the very first time, you helped to play a lasting role in making this jewel what it is today.
The status quo must change.
Councilwoman Karen Holman is quoted (April 12): "I think the public has spoken pretty loudly and clearly about how much they cherish the libraries. "
"It's not a top priority for me — changing the number of hours."
Exactly what are Holman's priorities?
I always worry when I see words like "cherished" or "beloved" used to justify spending money. Are the police "cherished"? The public works road crews?
"Cherished" is not a criterion for what's essential. Public safety and infrastructure should be at the top of the city's priority list.
Of course libraries are important, but when there's a budget deficit — with more debt looming — not everything can be preserved.
It would be helpful to see the city manager's priority list and City Council's. Without such a list, how do they determine what to cut?
I am a Ragazzi parent and a long-time reader of the Weekly.
I wanted to write to thank you for your lovely story on Ragazzi member Nathan Wilen. We are proud of our Ragazzi boys, who work hard and go on to accomplish great things. I hate to be a nit-picker, but it is a shame that you chose to print this story just a week after Ragazzi performed a marvelous public concert in Palo Alto, when readers could have heard Nathan and his young colleagues present a simply fantastic performance here in Palo Alto. Most of Ragazzi's concerts take place in Palo Alto — there will be another one coming up Sunday, June 5 (for information visit www.Ragazzi.org).
The music is absolutely ethereal. If your readers enjoy good music, they don't need to wait for Chantecleer to make its annual local appearance (although we recommend they attend that as well!); there are lots of chances in-between to catch the next generation of gifted singers right here.