NEW LIQUOR STORE ... While the battle between two Barron Park businesses over who should have a liquor license and the Ernie's Liquors name continues in Santa Clara Superior Court, the California Department of Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) has granted an interim operating permit to E Wines and Liquors, located at 3870 El Camino Real. The store opened on May 3. The location used to be called Ernie's Wines and Liquors, but former tenant Anthony Puthanpurayil moved his liquor store — and the Ernie's name — to a strip mall at 3866 El Camino Real in November 2010. Barron Park residents have opposed the E Liquors license but are not involved in the dispute between the two stores. They don't want another liquor store near a residential neighborhood. The interim permit is good until Aug. 20. ABC will hold a hearing on July 25-26 at 9:30 a.m. at the State Building auditorium, 100 Paseo de San Antonio, San Jose, regarding neighbors' protests.
SLOW DOWN, MIDTOWN ... Travelers along Middlefield Roadin Midtown Palo Alto can expect to see some changes designed to slow drivers down and make the busy roadway more friendly for pedestrians. Public Works will add pedestrian-warning signs at the intersection of Colorado Avenue and Middlefield. The signage addressed complaints that left-turning vehicles on Colorado weren't yielding to pedestrians, city Chief Transportation Official Jaime Rodriguez said. The city's also installing four new vehicle-speed feedback signs, two at each end of the business district near the Moreno Avenue-Marion Avenue and Towle Way-Wellsbury Way intersections.
CTRA SPRING PICNIC ... The College Terrace Residents' Association Annual Spring Picnic will take place Saturday, May 19, from 3 to 6 p.m. at Mayfield Park, which is adjacent to the College Terrace Library, 2300 Wellesley St., Palo Alto. This year's theme is Favorite Foods of the Family. Russian potato salad, Romanian deviled eggs, French cheese and vanilla kipferl, along with hot dogs and veggie burgers, will be among the foods brought by neighbors to share.