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News - February 10, 2012

Avenidas announces Lifetimes of Achievements honorees

Six local seniors honored for work in the community

by Eric Van Susteren

Palo Alto nonprofit organization Avenidas Inc. recognized six seniors for their community contributions by naming them Lifetimes of Achievement honorees during a private reception on Thursday, Feb. 9.

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Posted by just a local person, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Feb 10, 2012 at 10:44 am

These awards have gone from honoring unheralded hard-working individuals to honoring the big donors/fundraisers. These recipients have also worked hard, but the motive of raising more money becomes transparent.

Posted by Another neighbor, a resident of Downtown North
on Feb 10, 2012 at 1:01 pm

"Just local" puts it more gently than I would.
Boyd Smith is currently involved in asking the city for permission to build a huge, humongous, self aggrandizing, code-violating, zone breaking, building at 355 Alma Street where the gas station was.
This is just a couple of blocks from Avenidas so of course they know about it. How much has Smith given. or will give, to Avenidas in return for this so called honor.
Shame, shame. No way to put lipstick on this critter. Developers have infiltrated a number of local non profits. You can watch them support mega developments before the city council. Shame, shame.

Posted by Resident, a resident of Midtown
on Feb 11, 2012 at 2:40 pm

"Developers have infiltrated a number of local non profits"?

Wow, the cynicism of some people! No, developers certainly cannot be people who genuinely feel it's their responsibility to give back to the community. They can't possibly care about other people. That would defy the happy little fiction that other people want to believe about who they've decided are good and who they've decided are BAD.

Shame belongs somewhere, but not on the people who have accomplished much for others in our community. Your completely unfounded allegation that Boyd Smith has paid to have this honor bestowed on him is shameful, Another neighbor.

Posted by Another neighbor, a resident of Downtown North
on Feb 11, 2012 at 4:57 pm

You are correct, Resident, it was impolite of me to mention the elephant in the room. Smith has been associated with many good causes.
I was questioning AVENIDAS judgement in honoring someone who is in the middle of a controversial huge development application with the city, right near Avenidas. The impression of bias cannot be avoided, and the impression of trying to influence the outcome.
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Seems a little odd that many of the honorees are involved in construction or development. Other organizations have done similar things. For example, the Chamber of Commerce often honors members of its own board.
The first posting on this list expressed it well.