Palo Alto Weekly

News - June 25, 2010

Around the block

FOR SHUTTER BUGS ... Take a look at Palo Alto Online's new Photo Gallery. The gallery allows people to upload their pictures, which will then be viewable by the public. Photos can be submitted in five categories: breaking news, community events, sports, travel and "just for fun." Captions will allow the photographers to elaborate on the context for the pictures. Several of the submitted photos will be selected for display on the website's front page on a regular basis. Visit the gallery or submit your photos at www.PaloAltoOnline.com by scrolling below Town Square.

SOCCER, ANYONE? ... The north soccer fields at Greer Park, the park restroom and a portion of the off-street parking lot reopened for public use on June 15 to accommodate organized soccer play as park renovation continues, according to Annette Glanckopf Ashton, parks and public-art chair of the Midtown Residents Association. The rest of the park, including the installation of the new play equipment in the center of the park, is scheduled to reopen Oct. 15. The Greer Park Skateboard Bowl will be closed through July 2.

EXPECT TRAFFIC DELAYS ... Residents of Barron Park and drivers who use streets through the neighborhood could come across some snags during the summer months. All of Los Robles and almost all the streets from Los Robles to Georgia will be dug up for sewer replacement, according to Bob Moss. Work is expected to start in late June and run through late August. Neighbors should receive seven-day and 24-hour notices of construction on specific streets. The report is on the City of Palo Alto website, www.cityofpaloalto.org, under Council Agendas, June 21, Item 5.

OUTSIDE MONEY FOR CAL AVE.? ... More changes could be afoot for Palo Alto's California Avenue district. The City of Palo Alto has submitted a grant application to the Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) for $1.7 million for streetscape improvements, College Terrace resident Fred Balin reports. Ruchika Aggarwal, assistant planning and transportation engineer, said the grant could pay for new street lights, wider sidewalks, landscaping on the median strip, a new fountain, refurbished plaza benches, bike kiosks and other improvements. The city would pay $500,000 as part of a local match the grant requires for the $2.1 million project.

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.

Comments

Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 28, 2010 at 9:51 pm

The first question is where would VTA get the money for this, as they are always raising fares saying they are financially strapped?

The second question, is where would Palo Alto get the money? By asking us to pay for sidewalk repairs outside our own homes?


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