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Palo Alto Weekly

News - December 21, 2012

Around Town

WAR OF THE ROSES ... As Stanford University prepares for its Rose Bowl showdown with University of Wisconsin, the mayors of Palo Alto and Madison are raising the stakes with a little municipal trash talking. Earlier this week, the city received a message from the office of Madison Mayor Paul Soglin offering a friendly bet on the big football game, which will take place on Jan. 1 in Pasadena. Soglin's criteria: something that "would benefit that winning community" and that "would not use City funds." At the end of Monday night's council meeting, Palo Alto Mayor Yiaway Yeh unveiled the city's response: a friendly wager with the following terms: The mayor of the city whose team had lost will have to wear the opposing team's hat for an entire City Council meeting in January. The losing city will also have to raise the flag of the winning city and winning team for the entire week in January. Lastly, in a truly Palo Alto touch, the city requested that the losing city hold a tree planting in honor of the winning city and involve a local service organization. "We are waiting to see if they accept our terms." (As of Thursday morning, there had not been a response, possibly because of a blizzard preoccupying Wisconsinites.) The council had no objections to the bet, though Councilman Pat Burt had a concern and a proposal. "There's no cheese bet?" Burt asked. "Maybe they'll supply us cheese and we give them Rick's ice cream, but we don't supply the dry ice?"

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