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News - October 11, 2013

Around town

POWER TO THE PEOPLE ... The City of Palo Alto's Utilities Department invites residents to rock out this month with a new video of singing utilities employees. The musical video was created by student intern Tyler Murphy and shows employees singing to the Beatles' song "Let It Be" but with their own utilities-related lyrics. "There We'll Be" features lines such as: ""When you find yourself with sewer trouble or smell gas that you can't see, all you do is call us — there we'll be." The video is part of a month-long celebration to bring attention to the benefits of community-owned utilities, including having local control, fairer rates and generating support for other city services such as libraries and public safety, utilities spokeswoman Debra Katz said. The celebration is part of national Public Power Week and Public Natural Gas Week. Palo Alto owns and operates its own gas and electric utility and provides its own water, sewer and fiber-optic services. Local control has resulted in decisions to have a 100 percent carbon-neutral electric supply; an upgraded emergency water-supply system; water, gas and sewer-main replacement programs; efficiency programs and personalized customer service, Katz said. Additional events for the month-long celebration include a Halloween hoopla at a Haunted EcoHome on Oct. 30. A full list of October events, with links to the video can be found by clicking on the Power to the People box at

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