HEALTHY COUNTY ... Residents of Santa Clara County have something to cheer during this year's National Public Health Week, which began April 2. According to a new survey from the American Public Health Association, they live in the second healthiest county in California. The group has just released its County Health Rankings, an initiative that considers factors such as mortality rate, smoking rates and clinical care and pollution in determining the overall health of each county. The survey ranked 56 California counties (two counties weren't on the list) and found Santa Clara County trailing only Marin County on its health rankings. The county placed a bit above San Mateo County (fifth) and well above San Francisco (24th). At the bottom of the scale are two counties in the far north of the state — Del Norte and Trinity. Residents who wish to survey other states or get more information about public heath in particular counties can do so at www.countyhealthrankings.org.
OSCAR SEASON ... Palo Alto's top officials engaged in a rapid-fire exchange of snappy questions and abbreviated answers last week during the city's second Twitter Q&A. The conversation included questions about a new downtown residential parking-permit program (the city will decide in June whether to launch it), the number of retired workers who returned to City Hall as contractors ("More than we'd like to have," was City Manager James Keene's laconic response), and whether Mayor Yiaway Yeh enjoyed acting in a promotional video advertising the "Super Happy Block Party." The video features an awestruck mayor confronted in an alleyway by a zombie-like gang of gadget-wielding "nerds." "Fun, but I'm no actor," Yeh responded and quoted the director who told him, "You need to look more scared than that." Keene was more complimentary. "Look for Mayor @YiawayYeh at the Oscars next year," Keene tweeted.
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