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Editorial: Foothill Palo Alto campus hopes fading?

Original post made on Mar 19, 2008

As with so many prior possibilities for visionary collaborations, Palo Alto may have undermined the chances that Foothill-De Anza Community College District might rebuild a major portion of the Cubberley Community Center site in south Palo Alto.

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Posted by Matt
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 19, 2008 at 10:12 pm

If Cubberley falls through, Foothill should consider the Sears site on San Antonio. Home Depot was just denied the site by Mountain View City Council's amendment to the Shopping Center precise plan. If Sears is considering leaving, then maybe the Community College could build a campus there. It is already a major transportation hub and is within walking distance to San Antonio Caltrain station. I wonder if Thoits Bros. would sell it to them? They are probably only willing to lease it.

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Posted by Rick
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Mar 19, 2008 at 10:56 pm

The city should have never offered the site to Foothills College.

It's a great school, but not here where the school district is finally realizing that South Palo Alto lacks adequate space in their schools.

The local community was never included in the talks about selling the land to Foothills College, contrary to newspaper reports. Maybe a few people were invited to speak and support the sale the neighborhood was not notified. Some people may act as if they represent the neighborhood, but they don't.

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Posted by JW
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Mar 20, 2008 at 2:17 am

Members of the Foothill College Board of Trustees and Staff were at a meeting of the Midtown Association last night (3/18) to discuss their future options with regard to building a Campus for Foothill College in either Mountain View, Sunnyvale or Palo Alto.

We learned last night that buying or leasing Palo Alto's 8 acres at Cubberley is still their first choice. They are well aware that if they move their programs to another location they will lose students. Also, Cubberley is centrally located with several nearby bus lines.

They really want to work with the School District, the PAUSD Adult School, the City's Community Services Department, and the Campus for Jewish Life so that classes can be coordinated between the different programs. They also have plans for expanding their offerings into entrepreneurship, community services, lifelong learning etc.

They are eager to be permanent part of the PA community and make available to the Community their facilities when they are not using them. Foothill at Cubberley will be a huge benefit to Palo Alto.

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