A GENIUS IDEA ... It doesn't seem to happen often in Palo Alto, but the owner of a new business proposed for Edgewood Plaza took the initiative to address neighborhood concerns by holding an outreach meeting with residents of the Duveneck-St. Francis neighborhood. The July 24 meeting was to discuss the proposed Genius Kids afterschool tutoring program and child-centered services. Franchise owner Carol Karer organized the meeting. Residents have had concerns about traffic and parking that could spill over onto residential streets.
MEET THE CANDIDATES ... The ever-on-top-of things Midtown Residents Association is publishing a schedule of the kick-off events for this year's Palo Alto City Council and Board of Education candidates so that residents can meet the candidates and ask questions. Kick-offs began this month, and Aug. 24 and Sept. 7 will have multiple events, according to the group's e-newsletter. For information go to midtownresidents.org/pan/calendar.htm.
WALK THIS WAY ... Traffic snarls on Oregon Expressway are expected to ease somewhat when road changes and the installation of new traffic signals are done later this year. But changes for pedestrians are also afoot. People walking south on Bryant Street will soon find that one sidewalk will end in a barricade. Waverley Street will lose one of its crosswalks at Oregon. Santa Clara County Department of Roads and Airports engineers say that eliminating the crosswalks will improve traffic and shorten the time it takes to walk across Oregon. But all is not lost. The project is also adding a traffic signal at Ross Road that will be key to the future Ross Road Bicycle Boulevard, allowing cyclists and pedestrians the chance to cross Oregon more safely.