Palo Alto Weekly

News - July 23, 2010

Around the block

A BURGLARY 'FAMILY'? ... A burglary team consisting of a child and two adults is active in Palo Alto, police Capt. Bob Beacom told residents during a "Meet the Chief" get-together in Juana Briones Park on Wednesday. The burglars have attempted three residential break-ins in the past month. Beacom said the group resembles a family operation, although there is no confirming evidence of that. Residents who see something suspicious can call the police department's anonymous hotline at 650-329-2190 or text paloalto@tipnow.org. Those who relay information anonymously are assigned a number to maintain confidentiality.

IN REMEMBRANCE ... The College Terrace Residents Association (CTRA) will honor longtime resident Colin Mick, who died April 7, with a memorial bench and plaque at Werry Park. Mick was active in College Terrace issues. He helped organize the neighborhood against the College Terrace rapist, which led to the rapist's capture in 1980. He worked to cut down on cut-through traffic and parking problems on the neighborhood's streets and worked on the recent residential parking-permit program. He had been elected the association's communications director in March.

ARSON WATCH ... Summer brings an increase in open-land fires, and arson is a concern as the summer progresses, according to Palo Alto police Capt. Bob Beacom. Last summer, several suspected arsonists were identified and arrested. Now more could be at work, he said. Five suspicious fires have been set since April 15, including one at Herbert Hoover Elementary School. The fires are being set between 11 p.m. and 1 a.m., and police and fire officials are asking citizens to watch for suspicious activity.

NO MONEY HERE ... Palo Alto won't get a $1.7 million grant from the Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) for improvements to California Avenue. The city applied for the grant money, which required about $500,000 in city matching funds, to pay for new street lights, wider sidewalks, landscaping on the median strip, a new fountain, refurbished plaza benches, bike kiosks and other improvements. The money was to come from a $5 million-plus federal Community Development and Transportation grant. The city could still apply for some of that grant money if VTA reopens bids, since $3.1 million has yet to be allocated, according to a VTA spokesperson.

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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