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News - June 17, 2011

Around Town

TOWNIES IN GOWNS ... Marching in Stanford University's "Pomp and Circumstance" procession Sunday were a handful of townies. Palo Alto Mayor Sid Espinosa, City Council members Pat Burt, Greg Scharff and Nancy Shepherd, school district Superintendent Kevin Skelly and U.S. Rep. Zoe Lofgren, along with elected officials from Los Altos Hills, Menlo Park, Redwood City and Mountain View. Stanford has a long, neighborly tradition of inviting local officials to share the commencement stage, said the university's Director of Community Relations Jean McCown, herself a former mayor of Palo Alto. Officials gathered at the Sunken Diamond to put on their robes and sip coffee when Mexico President Felipe Calderon came over to say hello to everybody, McCown said. "Everybody got to meet him; he was very gracious," McCown said. Such are the perks of local public service — some reward, perhaps, for reading hundreds of pages of City Council packets each week and debating the mind-numbing nuances of municipal waste, street repair and utility budgets into the wee hours.

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