Palo Alto Weekly

News - May 28, 2010

Around the block

CPI SOLD ... A hazardous-chemicals facility that has long plagued Barron Park residents with repeated chemical leaks has been sold. Communications and Power Industries (CPI) announced its sale to Comtech Telecommunications Corp. on May 10 for $472.3 million in cash and stock. Residents hoping that the sale will trigger closing of the plating plant and chemical facility could be disappointed. Michael D. Porcelain, Comtech senior vice president and chief financial officer, told the Weekly that the plating facility is crucial to the company's manufacture of defense systems and medical equipment. "We have no plans to move this facility today. However, any decisions we may make in the future about the facility will balance the interests of all the communities in which we participate and serve, including our neighbors in Palo Alto, our armed forces and the nation's healthcare providers," he said. Comtech will meet with residents to hear their concerns, he added.

FEELING DUMPED ON ... Officials at Henry M. Gunn High School sent surrounding residents an e-mail on May 24 asking for information about illegal dumping of dirt and asphalt in the field beyond the athletic fields. Palo Alto Unified School District construction crews are under strict orders not to use the field for dumping. The debris did not come from Gunn, according to Assistant Principal Tom Jacoubowsky. The incident is believed to have happened sometime between May 19 and May 23 and there were fresh tire trucks left at the scene, he said. Residents with information are asked to call Jacoubowsky at 650-354-8290 or e-mail tjacoubowsky@pausd.org.

GREENING BARRON PARK ... The Barron Park Association's Green Tour was so successful last year the Barron Park Green Team has decided to organize a tour this year. Fifteen homeowners will show off their energy-efficiency systems, such as photovoltaic panels and solar hot water and organic and drought-tolerant gardens. Special events include talks on compost, vegetables, native plants and chickens. The event takes place Sunday, June 27 from 1 to 5 p.m. and starts at Bol Park, where solar vendors and nonprofit organizations working to reduce the carbon footprint will be stationed.

LIBRARY CLOSURE ... The Palo Alto Main Library will be closed May 28 through 30 for fumigation to eliminate a major termite infestation. The library will reopen June 1. Book drops, including the parking-lot book drop, will be closed.

AND THEN THERE WERE THREE ... At least three eucalyptus trees scheduled for removal at Eleanor Pardee Park in the Crescent Park neighborhood will get a temporary reprieve pending further assessment, according to Greg Betts, director of City of Palo Alto Community Services. Six trees were originally recommended for removal as safety hazards. Three trees will be removed in June.

Send announcements of neighborhood events, meetings and news to Sue Dremann, Neighborhoods editor, at sdremann@paweekly.com. Or talk about your neighborhood news on Town Square at www.PaloAltoOnline.com.

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