Around Town | September 23, 2011 | Palo Alto Weekly | Palo Alto Online |

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News - September 23, 2011

Around Town

OF OTTERS AND MEN ... The Palo Alto City Council had plenty on its plate this week, including changes to water and trash rates and the increasingly irksome topic of housing projections. But first, the sea otters. Yes, sea otters. In case you missed the Monday meeting, this week is Sea Otter Awareness Week. To commemorate the event, Councilwoman Gail Price read into the record an official resolution honoring sea otters as "a symbol of wilderness and an integral part of California's natural ecosystem." John Aikin, director of the Junior Museum and Zoo, noted that sea otters don't actually live in Palo Alto, but the city's open space preserves protect the near-shore habitat and, in doing so, support the otter population. "We are the nurseries that nurture that environment," Aikin said. "Working with rest of the communities in California to protect the sea otters is a good thing to do."

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