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News - October 26, 2012

Around Town

TO DRINK AND DRINK NOT ... Changing the U.S. Constitution is a tricky business, laden with high hurdles and, in some cases, unintended consequences. With that in mind, the Palo Alto City Council stopped short this week of endorsing a citizens drive to add a constitutional amendment specifying that corporations are not people and that money is not speech. In explaining their position, Councilmen Larry Klein and Pat Burt both alluded to the short-lived 18th Amendment, which prohibited alcohol sales (it was later overturned by the 21st Amendment). Burt noted that the federal amendment that launched Prohibition had a significant impact on Palo Alto because it forced the "wet" town of Mayfield to lose business. "Which resulted in it being annexed to Palo Alto ... and we have California Avenue today," Burt said. "So, let the buyer beware and be careful when we adopt amendments and make sure they're well thought through."

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